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Investigations & Expressions Professional Learning

What’s innovative in curriculum design?

Bring inquiry to your primary or junior classrooms!

As Canada’s oldest independent day and boarding school for girls, The Bishop Strachan School has learned a thing or two about balancing curriculum expectations with meaningful, emergent project work. We are our own live research hub into 21st Century learning. As a school founded on innovation we can’t wait to share our Reggio-inspired work from Grades JK to 6. Come experience the exciting environments and projects our children are engaged in.

Investigations & Expressions 2019

Feb 8, 2019 & April 26, 2019

You can choose to focus on early childhood learning or see what inquiry looks like in upper elementary grades. Join us for one or both of these all-day sessions in February and April. Each day will offer a choice of workshops and presentations led by BSS teachers: develop confidence working with graphic materials; learn from real world investigations; tour the school’s beautiful Reggio-inspired learning spaces; use thinking routines that support collaboration and idea growth.

Each one-day workshop is $150 for educators and $75 for students.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and grow through conversation and collaboration with other educators who are passionate about inquiry-based learning!

Summer Symposium

Discover our Summer Symposium, four days chock full of exhilarating learning.

Session 1 – An introduction to Reggio-inspired and inquiry-based pedagogy

Tuesday, July 2, and Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Are you interested in deepening classroom engagement through an inquiry-based approach? Do you want to learn more about applying Reggio-inspired principles to your classroom environment? This two-day session is designed to introduce you to inspiring ideas from educators in Reggio and North America. We will begin with an overview of history and theory, and then look at how you can develop exciting, emergent projects in your own context by developing your capacity to listen carefully to children and make their thinking visible. In hands-on sessions with members of the Junior School team (JK to Grade 6), you will explore strategies, successes and dilemmas around navigating inquiry within the Ontario Curriculum.

Session 2 – Stepping up the Inquiry: Using Intelligent Materials and Documentation to Support Higher-Order Thinking

Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019

If you are new to Reggio-inspired pedagogy we recommend taking Session 1 first to give you a background and context for the ideas explored in this session.

Are you looking for ways to move across disciplines by bringing expressive languages into your project work? Do want to develop your ability to work with documentation to respond to children’s ideas and deepen their thinking? This two-day session is an opportunity to combine theory with practice. In hands-on sessions, you will develop your competence using a variety of tools and materials within an inquiry such as light and projection, magnification, graphic and sculptural forms. We will also explore ways that documentation can be used and displayed to support project work, group knowledge-building, teacher collaboration and theory development in children.

Price for each session: $300

Discount for all 4 days: $550

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