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.