UBC Okanagan Summer Institute in Education 2019

I am thrilled to be writing and delivering a course at UBC Okanagan this summer.  The course will focus on working with at-risk youth, how to reach a deeper understanding of their needs, and how to guide them to success in both school, and in life.  There will be many real life examples and actual students not only inspired the course, they had input in the creation of the topics, and they will be guest presenters who will candidly discuss education from the point of view of at-risk youth who found unexpected success.

Click here for UBC Okanagan SIE information and registration.  

Course Syllabus

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Central Okanagan Teachers Association February Conference

February 22, 2019

10:15-12:15 and 12:45-2:45 (Same session offered twice)

No Such Thing as Problem Youth, Just Youth With Problems

We can never undo emotional trauma but we can teach youth to manage their issues and turn them into strengths. The session will focus upon changing how teachers view at-risk youth, how to recognize mental health issues, how to find the root causes of the issues and not just see the symptoms, and how to change those who feel like failures into those who know they are successes. Real life examples and input from actual “problem students” will illustrate that there is no such thing as problem youth, just youth with problems. Teach them to cope and they will soar. It should be noted that at-risk youth not only inspired this course, but have also been actively involved with the development of the topics.

ABEABC Conference 2018

The Public Speaking Process – What You Need to Know

The workshop will take educators through the entire process of creating a talk/presentation from what you want to say and why, to how to say it.  So many great things are happening in education every day and this will encourage people to share their successes both to bring awareness and to share ideas.

Ignite Abbotsford 2017

I have partnered with Karen Copeland of Champions for Community Mental Wellness and we are organizing an Ignite Abbotsford event for October 11, 2017.  I was at the event last year and it was a phenomenal success, so I was very excited about getting involved with it.

Full details are available on her website at championsforcommunitymentalwellness.com/ignite where you can also find the link for a speaker application or event tickets when they are available.

Follow Ignite Abbotsford on Twitter and on Facebook for updates and to let us know what you think.

If you would like to support this event through partnership, here is a letter providing the details.

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Ignite 35 Langley

I will be giving an Ignite talk in Langley on May 31.  This year’s theme was “mixed tape” with the speakers choosing songs that represent their ideas.  I chose “Born This Way” to have an upbeat, positive look at what alternate students can do despite being a little different from their colleagues in the mainstream schools.

I am excited to be speaking and to hear the others as well; there is an impressive speaker list and the topics are excellent.  Join us on May 31 at Porter’s Bistro in Langley from 6:30-8:30 pm!

Speaker List

Adult Centered Education (ACE) Conference

The ACE Conference is taking place on May 18 and 19 this year.  I will be doing a session called Personalizing for Adults in an Adult/Alternate setting.  From having all ages in my program, I have come to recognize that adults are every bit as varied in their circumstances and abilities, if not more so, than alternate youth so personalized learning is essential for them as well.  I will share how we have tailored programs to a number of different backgrounds and ages to ensure success for those in our programs.

Conference details can be found at aceconference.net.  There is a student rate for aspiring teachers, and all meals and snacks are included for all.

ABEABC Conference

I was honored to be part of the panel at the ABEABC conference in Harrison Hot Springs this year.  Although it is always great to get to speak about our program, this was even more exciting because they also invited students to join me.  Two adult students and two alternate students joined me on the panel, speaking about our program, personalization, and the positive impact of mixing adults with alternate youth.  It was a great experience for all of us and we were so excited to be able to share what we do with the other educators there.

ACE Students joining the panel.

BC School Superintendents Association 2013

In 2013, I presented to the BCSSA on the rebuilding, rebranding and reprogramming of our alternate school.  It was my first opportunity to present on the programs and innovations we introduced to increase the students’ self-esteem and successes.  I highlighted the journey of overcoming stereotypes and creating a new and respected program.  The PowerPoint that I used is below.