May 30, 2014 - In May, innovators, designers, educators, academics, researchers and students came to campus for the second annual Ideas conference. Co-hosted by the Werklund School of Education and the Galileo Educational Network, this year’s theme, ‘Rising to the Challenge’, provided opportunities for participants to share their work, build on ideas and challenge notions of learning and teaching.
“This year’s conference was a tremendous success that saw more than 240 people from nearly 90 organizations throughout Alberta and around the world attend,” says Brenda Gladstone, co-founder and COO of the Galileo Educational Network. “We were thrilled with the high caliber of keynote speakers we were able to line up,” says Gladstone.
Highlights of the two-day conference included presentations by Greg Bass Deputy Minster, Alberta Education who shared the Government of Alberta’s vision for education, Ewan McIntosh on teacher collaboration, the WSE’s own Lyn Daniels and Yvonne Poitras Pratt on Métis remembrances of education and Vivian Robinson who discussed student-centred leadership.
“Deputy Minister Greg Bass's message regarding the current and future direction of Alberta Education was motivating to attendees, especially his clear and inspiring vision for Alberta students and educators. Lyn Daniels and Yvonne Poitras Pratt brought forward the voice of our elders and the importance of building relationship between our past and present. Ewan Macintosh delighted attendees in his spotlight on teacher collaboration followed by the afternoon workshop on teaching design thinking. The lineup of peer-reviewed sessions from innovative educators, designers, and researchers was amazing.”
Gladstone says that attendees were delighted to get to work with Robinson in person as so many Alberta leaders have been engaged with her work.
Robinson, a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Academic Director of its Centre for Educational Leadership, shared her research into types of leadership practice and how, why and when they are most effective, in her presentation “Understanding Student-Centred Leadership: Research Evidence and its Implications for Practice.”
Plans are already underway for next year’s conference which will be held April 30 and May 1, 2015.
“We are all looking forward to IDEAS 2015 now!”
Please note: During Viviane Robinson’s presentation a fire alarm sounded resulting in a short interruption in recording.