WRDSB Collaborative Learning Carousel & Leading Change Symposium – May 1, 2015

Educators with the Waterloo Region District School Board are invited to apply to present during the third annual Collaborative Learning Carousel and Leading Change Symposium scheduled for May 1, 2015.
In 2013 and 2014, the WRDSB organized an event to raise awareness of
  • improving practices,
  • to reflect on and celebrate school- and system-wide efforts, and
  • highlight the connections between improving practice and achievement of the BIPSA goals and components (i.e., Vision of Educator and Student, Values, Learning Cycle – Plan, Act, Assess, Reflect, Collaboration, System Expectations, etc.).
You are encouraged to view video clips from the 2014 Collaborative Learning Carousel and Leading Change Symposium
This year we are building on that experience so that WRDSB educators can once again share and celebrate many of the innovative efforts employed in our district.
The Collaborative Learning Carousel and Leading Change Symposium focuses on sharing evidence of learning, for both students and staff, from classrooms/schools that feature and include many of the following characteristics:
  • examples of efforts to achieve the 2014-15 Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA) goal of every student will improve the ability to communicate their thinking,
  • promoting collaboration, as well as other contemporary, (21st century) cross-curricular skills reflected in the Vision of Student in the BIPSA,
  • promoting student voice and choice, as well as other attributes reflected in the Vision of  Educator in the BIPSA
  • shifting instruction from teacher directed to student inquiry focused approaches,
  • emphasizing cross-curricular integration, gradual release principles and improved instructional practice enabled through the use of technology.
The Carousel provides a forum for sharing and celebrating the work to improve learning and instruction across the WRDSB, including examples from a variety of schools as well as specific, system-facilitated digital learning projects.
Educators are encouraged to reflect on their learning during 2014-15 and to individually, or collaboratively, apply to share their learning experience as a presenter during the May 1, 2015 WRDSB Collaborative Learning Carousel and Leading Change Symposium.
Each carousel presentation will be about 15 minutes in duration and be followed by five minutes of questions and discussion.
Following March Break, all schools will receive details on registration procedures for the Collaborative Learning Carousel and Leading Change Symposium through System Memos.
Please contact Kenn Whytock, Consultant, Learning Services, ext. 4486  or Wendy Goulden, Co-ordinator, JK-6, ext. 4429 with any questions regarding this opportunity.

To apply as a Learning Carousel presenter, please complete the application form at
http://goo.gl/forms/QUevVcuhE7 no later than Monday, March 30, 2015.  Applicants will receive confirmation of participation and additional support materials by Monday, April 6, 2015.

4 thoughts on “WRDSB Collaborative Learning Carousel & Leading Change Symposium – May 1, 2015

  1. I was wondering does anyone have any thoughts are how to account for teacher training in Collaborative Inquiry in the classroom? I am very interested in how I can do this given the limitations of resources and funds in public schools in Ontario.

  2. I am very interested in attending the Symposium mentioned above. Does anyone know where and when the new Symposium for this year will be? If you have details about the cost that will help as well.

  3. Hi Tammy, like Kristina I am enrolled in the same collaborative inquiry course at Queens University. Our group just finished an assignment that we would like to share on your site for all to see. Our topic is “How Does Culture Hinder Collaboration in Aboriginal Communities.” The four areas that will be discussed are written, humour, silence and linguistics. We created a google slide and a google doc to share our ideas and allow new teachers who will be entering an Aboriginal environment in Canada. We wanted to make note that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada defines Aboriginal peoples as: “The descendants of the original inhabitants of North America. The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal peoples – Indians, Métis and Inuit. These are three separate peoples with unique heritages, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs”
    We would like to express how these are merely just suggestions. We do not expect people to take on these suggestions and start to apply them. These ideas will hopefully spark some other possible ideas to help and expand ways to overcome any hindrances pertaining to collaboration in Aboriginal communities.

    Google Slide:


    Google Doc https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mxzhRKZSWtvyO427yDf9WKVbJ32yYjvpCR9J–eEThM/edit?usp=sharing

    Group Members are Bailey .H, Jean Girard, Kerri Smart and Mary Banski

    Thank you and we look forward to your reply.

  4. I am currently enrolled in a professional inquiry program and the class i’m working on right now explores collaborative inquiry; the coming together of professionals to find a solution to a common problem, as well a collaborative inquiry among students. I’m still new to the teaching profession and wanted to get a better idea of if and how collaborative inquiry is present in our schools? How are schools, school boards and teachers being encouraged? how are they being supported?

    any thoughts or insight would be great, thank you.

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