Spark Learning Lab
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Spark Learning Lab

Professional development for educators, teachers, and professional learners

Spark Learning Lab is all about educators!

Need a bolt of inspiration to supercharge your classroom experience in 2022? Want to help build a more inclusive and curious learning community?

Join Spark for a series of engaging online professional development sessions that unlock science communications, science-based tools and new methods for teaching science (and other subjects) in the classroom. Spark Learning Lab is a learning-focused online program designed for not just teachers, but informal educators and professional-learners alike!

What's the cost? $5 per session. However, sessions are FREE for anyone who identifies as an Indigenous educator, or is an educator that teaches Indigenous students.

Want more details? Check out the sessions below, or contact [email protected] for more information.

Upcoming Sessions

  • SEPTEMBER 27
  • 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Beyond Problem Solving: Design Thinking in the Classroom: How Holistic Design Can Empower You and Your Students

With Erin Quinn & Stephanie Bartlett

Design practices are evolving in response to the world. In the past, design was seen as a linear tool to identify and solve problems, but now it is understood in a more generous and holistic way. Join this workshop to learn how a holistic design approach can help build relationships and set the stage for an incredible year of learning.

This participatory workshop will examine questions such as:

- What is holistic design and how do we practice it?

- Why do relationships matter and how can these be cultivated to enable design?

- How can design uplift people to be empowered?

- How can design practices help you connect your students to curriculum?

- How do holistic design practices build collaborative communities between school and beyond?

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  • OCTOBER 18
  • 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Re-Imaging Education: Making the Culturally Diverse Context Meaningful for Students and Educators.

with Carl James

In this session, explore what it means to engage in an equitable educational process that would make learning and teaching meaningful for everyone in today’s culturally diverse classrooms, especially in this moment, where institutions are being called upon to be more inclusive and engage in a process of decolonialization. The idea of “re-imagining education” is related to two questions: what are we going to do differently and what are we prepared to do differently?

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“An amazing, MUST-DO, personal and teaching practice altering experience that allows you to feel and be creatively confident”

Former Participant

“A great environment to be uncomfortable, develop new skills, experience being a learner, and improve your teaching practice.”

Former Participant

“Design Thinking is a way of thinking and doing that empowers our students with what they need to be innovators, creators, collaborators, critical thinkers and risk-takers in our society. Nobody knows how design thinking can be transformative in education better than the dedicated team of educators at Telus Spark.”

Former Participant

“It's a chance to learn to think fluidly, brainstorm rapidly, and generate ideas that you can really make. You're pushed to think, act, and collaborate quickly and when mistakes arise, which they do, you build on them and learn.”

Former Participant

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