Award winning educators share innovative practices

Education’s changing landscape offers new opportunities for teaching and learning.

What: Mindful Teaching and Learning: Innovations in Practice
Who: Kelly Hanson, Kevin Kaiser and Michael Ross
When: Tuesday, November 26 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Where: Innovation Centre, 460 Doyle Avenue

UBC Okanagan School of Education is hosting an interactive panel discussion on Mindful Teaching and Learning: Innovations in Practice on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Come and meet award winning educators as they talk about how they support creative and critical approaches aimed at empowering their students, their colleagues and those passionate about education.

Audience members can expect an evening of lively conversation as panelists share stories and insights based on their innovative practices – with a focus on place-based learning, sustainability and the First People’s Principles of Learning There will be an opportunity to post questions to the panelists to create audience dialogue.

Following the discussion, there will be refreshments available at Gather (in the Innovation Centre).

About the speakers

On the panel is Kelly Hanson, Kevin Kaiser and Michael Ross.

Kelly Hanson is a teacher with the Central Okanagan Instructional Leadership Team. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Okanagan School of Education, where her research shares how the First People’s Principles of Learning can support an ongoing, responsive, inquiry process. She loves collaborating and co-creating experiences that value students holistically and nurtures their unique gifts in the context of their communities.

Kevin Kaiser won the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence for developing First Nations English 9. As a K-12 Indigenous Education resource teacher, he aims to develop students’ physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional abilities. He has introduced a mentorship program for Indigenous youth and has developed free workshops for the Okanagan community on cultural sensitivity and the unique needs of Indigenous learners

A recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Michael Ross uses the outdoors to teach his students to build communities and find their place in the world. His students have sat around the campfire with elders, hiked glaciers, and sailed tall ships in a program called QUEST BC. Michael also helps his student turn their ideas into action, such as the Mission Roots Café that has made over $10,000 for groups impacted by or looking to solve climate change.

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

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