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February 14, 2020 Events

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Friday, February 14, 2020
» BC Alternative Education Association (BCAEA) Challenge and Change 2020
Feb 13 to Feb 14, Vancouver, BC
The 33rd annual conference is of interest to alternate education teachers, education assistants, counsellors, and administrators working with at-risk youth. Featuring more than 30 different sessions focused on helping at-risk youth, and presented in varying styles and topics, including technology, film-making, art, outdoor education, and mental health. Keynote: Ivan E. Coyote. More details on the website www.bcaea.com or contact DJ Pauls, Conference Coordinator conference@bcaea.com

Developing Minds 2020 Connect Creative with Critical Thinking in the Classroom
Feb 14, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
You are invited to register for Developing Minds 2020, to be held on Friday February 14th at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver.
Teaching critical thinking from an early age equips students with transferrable skills eagerly sought by modern employers. However, for onward educational and career success, this skill should not be taught in isolation. Connecting Creative with Critical Thinking for Developing Minds brings teachers and experts to a one-day workshop that explores best practices in teaching critical thinking within the secondary school system. This year our focus is on creativity, exploring interconnections and synergy between creative and critical thinking for practical solutions for BC teachers. During collaborative breakout sessions, provincial education stakeholders and recognized experts will develop comprehensive lesson plans as practical tools for the classroom. Contact devminds@sfu.ca

The Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Simon Fraser University co-present a one-day conference with roundtable discussion on teaching critical thinking in BC secondary schools. Join us to share global best practices and experience on K-12 pedagogy, focusing on creativity and creative thinking in the BC secondary classroom.

Open to teachers and education professionals, Developing Minds gives delegates an opportunity to share and explore key concepts in teaching critical thinking at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
Fully catered; registration is free - please check the conference website for details: http://www.sfu.ca/conferences/criticalthinking/home.html and register here: https://devminds20.eventbrite.ca

Engineering for Your Classroom
Feb 14, Vancouver, BC
Join UBC Geering Up to test out three curriculum-related engineering activities that you can use in your classrooms to help create the connection between science and society. Emphasis will be given to activities that relate to the ADST curriculum, including computational thinking and digital skills activities. Leave with ideas, inspiration, and free supply kits. FREE (coffee and lunch included) Target Grades: 8-10 Registration available at https://geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/teachers/professional-development-program/pro-d-day-engineering-for-your-classroom/

Holocaust Education: New Strategies and Best Practices for the Classroom
Feb 14, Vancouver Technical Secondary School, 2600 East Broadway, Vancouver BC
The day-long conference will feature concurrent workshops facilitated by teachers and educators at the forefront of Holocaust education with curricular links to courses including Social Studies 10, Explorations 11, Genocide Studies 12, Social Justices 12, and History 12. In break-out sessions, attendees will learn about advanced lesson plans, activities and resources supporting Holocaust education in the classroom. This conference is being held in partnership with the Azrieli Foundation and the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers Association. Contact programs@vhec.org

Inspire Environmental Awareness in Your Students
Feb 14, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver BC
Let’s inspire a generation to be passionate about the environment. In this interactive, fun and empowering workshop K-7 teachers will discover the common thread that connects sustainability leaders. A common thread we can easily cultivate by tapping into ideas already found in the curriculum, such as: valuing diversity and relationships, understanding cycles, and appreciating our interconnection with nature. Participants will gain the skills to deliver the Social Responsibility Competency facet: caring for the environment in such a way that students feel hopeful about their future and wowed by the natural environment. The instructor will facilitate hands-on activities in the classroom and outside in the Garden leaving you with plenty of ideas to ignite the next generation of environmental leaders.
Learn more and register here: https://www.amilia.com/store/en/vanduseneducation/shop/activities/2438754

Tapestry (Tri-Local Conference)
Feb 14, Victoria BC
https://tapestry.ourconference.ca/index.php
Greater Victoria Teachers' Association
2020 Tapestry Conference
a tri-district event brought to you by Sooke, Saanich, and Greater Victoria Teachers' Associations

Teacher Days (For K-12 Educators)
Feb 14, Mt Seymour Resorts, North Vancouver, BC
Spend your professional development day in February learning about school programs and enjoying time outdoors. Let us take you on a morning guided snowshoe or ski,
then spend time on your own or with a colleague in the afternoon. Lift ticket or trail ticket and rental equipment are free of charge. To register email cgwilt@mtseymour.ca.