Engaging All Learners in the Middle Years:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion April 26, 2022 Session Recording with Beth Applewhite and Bryan Gidinski. Beth Applewhite is the acting District Principal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with the Burnaby School District. BC-born and raised, Beth is a bi-racial educator of Trinidadian and Scottish heritages. She has been unrelenting in her determination to challenge the […]

Engaging All Learners in the Secondary Years

Session 1: Nov. 7, 2022 With thanks to support from the Ministry of Education, BC’s Rural Education Advisory, UBC’s Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre, and the Greater Victoria School District invited educators in BC to join in a shared conversation about literacy learning in the secondary years. Sessions had a blend of current thinking, examples […]

What Counts as Primary Literacy

Faye Brownlie, Literacy and Learning Expert: Faye is a long-time advocate of inclusive classrooms where all children continue to grow as readers and writers. She believes in our collective ability to reach and teach all our learners, working collaboratively, asking questions, remembering to include passion and joy, and most importantly, teaching responsively. Faye finds great […]

Indigenous Storywork and Math Education

Participating teachers include: Joy Fast (SD37 Delta), Jen Whiffin (SD43 Coquitlam), Sandra Fox (SD39 Vancouver), Leighann Rodger (SD50 Haida Gwaii), Cynthia Nicol (UBC), Jo-Ann Archibald (UBC), Joanne Yovanovich (SD50 Haida Gwaii), Janice Novakowski (SD38 & UBC) Organizers include: Leyton Schnellert (UBC), Jo-ann Archibald (UBC), Janice Novakowski (SD 38 Richmond UBC), Cynthia Nicol (UBC). With Thanks […]

Teaching and Learning through Place/Land

The first session of our series Connecting Mathematics, Community and Culture. In this session four teachers share stories of math and place/land to imagine mathematics education differently. Teacher stories include the power of place and mathematical inquiry grounded outside an urban school, within a rural community, and guided by teachings of cedar on the Pacific […]

Land as Teacher

The worldview of Indigenous peoples is deeply connected to land. Land and place are seen as multidimensional and a source of knowledge including rich and precise knowledge of local ecosystems. Land is much more than a physical marker, a geographical location, or a landscape. Land and place encompass spiritual and emotional sensibilities.  “All my elders […]

Reciprocity, Responsibility, Relationships

To live in balance and harmony with others and the natural world around requires reciprocity and responsibility. Educators can demonstrate these values in their teaching, interactions with students, families, and communities, and caring for the natural world.   What is Reciprocity? What is Responsibility? What is Relationship? What does it mean to teach within these […]


“The Truth About Stories is that is all we are” Thomas King “All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here. It is what we arrive with. It is all […]

Place-based learning in BC

In practice, educators who enact a pedagogy of place situate the local environment, and more-than-human-world, as important teachers in curricular learning. Place-based learning is not a singular lesson, but rather a reflective practice that prioritizes meaningful connections between learners and the more-then-human world over rigid adherence to a prescribed curriculum (Smith, 2007). The Kooteney / […]

Place-based learning

Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop strong ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation […]