This is it!!



Venue – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

The Beyond the Classroom Conference hopes to provide sessions of interest and relevance to beginners, intermediates and experts both familiar with and new to the ‘Beyond the Classroom’ model.  Our presenters include Gillian Kydd (co-founder of Open Minds) and site school coordinators from Edmonton, Calgary & beyond to provide a broad range of experiences.  As always, there will be many opportunities to network, share and have fun!

Monday, June 25

9:00 – 9:45 Sign In and Coffee Mixer

9:45 – 10:00 Conference Welcome

10:00 – 10:45 Plenary Session – Gillian Kydd

Growth of any group brings new ideas, new excitement, new people, new resources. Flexibility and choice are built into what we do with teachers and students in the Beyond the Classroom network of sites. But how do we make sure that the principles that form the foundation of our work stay intact? What are those principles? What might change look like? What might the future look like?

10:45 – 11:00 Refreshments

11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions

1.Site School 101 – Gillian Kydd 2.Changing Face of Education-Alberta Education 3.U School Visit – Lisa
New to the site-based learning approach of the ‘Beyond the Classroom’ model?  Need to know more? What is the background of this philosophy? What IS the philosophy? Why does this kind of learning work? Where can it happen? There is no-one better to talk to then one of the co-founders, Gillian Kydd.  This session will provide an illuminating backgrounder of how it all began and what it is becoming. Alberta Education has introduced a new framework for student learning, positively impacting future curriculum design and educational practice. How can your site best meet the needs of tomorrow’s teachers and students? Want to know more about how the University of Alberta is used for U School? What does a week look like? Where can students go and what can they do? This is your chance!

12:30 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 Concurrent Sessions

4. Journeying through Journaling with Trish Savill 5. Impact on Teaching – Perspectives 6. Sharing our Story
Journaling is a learning tool that helps students make sense of the world around them. Journals are used to write and sketch about what is personally interesting, to note observations, to imagine, to wonder and to connect new information with prior learning. During this session, Trish will share a compilation of lessons learned from Campus Calgary. Site schools can benefit teaching and learning at all levels. In this panel discussion you will hear from a teacher, an administrators and a school board trustee from Edmonton Public Schools. They will reflect on how Site-Schools have influenced their teaching practices and you will have a chance to pose your own discussion top Anita Crowshoe (Site Coordinator, Stampede School) , Kathleen Meuse (City of Calgary Parks), Christine Leach (City of Calgary Parks) and Maureen Luchsinger (Cross Conservation Education Coordinator) share stories from their diverse urban sites which share a common thread: unique environments connecting education and community. Come join us at a tipi for stories of how they work together to nurture these connections…perhaps share stories of your own.

2:45 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:45 Concurrent Sessions

7. Beyond the Basics 8. Setting up Shop: Trials & Tribulations – Ron Mason 9. A Week at a glance – 3 site schools from far and away
Jessca Glombick, Linda Hut and Deb Griener a variety of journaling approaches unique to their Edmonton Inquiring Minds sites. After the 2010 Beyond the Classroom Conference Ron came away inspired. He returned to a community with no history of site based education and immediately set to work setting up shop. Here about his adventures and misadventures. Learn some valuable lessons that you can take back to your own site. Program coordinators from three different sites present an introductory ‘virtual tour’ of a typical week.  This session highlights sites from outside of Edmonton with a walk-through / slide-show of student experiences and the activities they engage in.  Session attendees will learn directly from coordinators and experience a diversity of approaches at a variety of locations as well as ask questions and share ideas.  This is a perfect opportunity to be inspired while also adding ideas and activities to your ‘site-school toolbox’.

5:15 Bus to Devonian, Dinner & Bus Back to Jube

Tuesday, June 26

9:00 – 10:30 Concurrent Sessions

10. Language Learning through Inquiry – Kevin Cantelon, Judy Sillito and Peter Vogels 11.  Crafting Your Digital Footprint – Rick Stiles-Oldring 12. Communicating Impact – Strong Strategies in Successful Donor Stewardship
Visiting an Alberta park, spending the weekend or participating in an environmental education program is second nature to many Alberta students and educators. But for many newcomers to this country, it is an unfamiliar and new reality.  The speakers will share the incredible story of the Learning the Language, Learning the Land project that explored the steps needed to develop a nature based program for new Canadians to explore their new “home” environments and in the process develop an environmental awareness and associated literacy skills. Social Media is: a great way to connect with teachers and students, a liability waiting to happen. ,a violation of privacy, a great way to extend your proffesional development? All of the above? This session will be a discussion on how to leverage Social Media (blogs, twitter, Facebook) to help communicate what you are doing in your organization and connect with others. Bring your questions and opinions as we talk through issues with a facilitated discussion. Do your sponsors truly understand the impact of their money on your programs? Every organization that seeks sponsorship dollars will benefit from learning about effective stewardship – that is, managing relationships with your donors and/or sponsors successfully.What does successful stewardship look like? Come join us to learn about current stewardship challenges, recommendations and best practices in the sponsorship industry; strategies for sponsor recognition; and, how reporting can be used as an effective tool to communicate the true impact of sponsorship on your programs.

 10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:00 Open Floor

A time for conference participants to draw on each others knowledge. What do you want to know more about? What issues have you faced at your site that you would like to discuss with the group. What great innovations would you like to share? Come prepared with a topic to suggest.

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 Concurrent Sessions

13. Inquiry & Technology with University of Alberta DiscoverE 14. Jube School Visit – Jen/Tarryn 15. Taking your site home with you through ART! Nancy
Mohamed El Daly will conduct an hour-long hands-on activity that includes using microelectronic equipment, soldering and building an electric circuit. Come try an engaging, challenging session that incorporates lots of learning, and hear how inquiry based learning strategies work in this type of setting. Check out behind the scenes at the Jubilee Auditorium and find out more about what students experience when they come for a week at Jube School. Nancy will describe how she assists children in making interesting drawings while at City Hall School. She focuses on composition, line weight and perspective. There are many ways to collect images/impressions from your site visit, including sketching, rubbings and documenting with pictures.  We will talk about how these sketches and impressions can generate future art projects. Another topic for discussion is how to talk about the Art that is in and around your site.

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 4:15 Closing Session – Learning in Museums

Join Michelle Gallant and Marnie McCormack from Glenbow Museum School in Calgary as they share their learning from Project 0, a collaborative conference bringing together the work of Dr. Howard Gardner and his Harvard team as well as a group of Smithsonian Educators. Guaranteed to energize and inspire!

4:15 – 4:30 Closing Remarks/Housekeeping re: Wednesday’s format for site visits.

6:30 – Optional Evening Meal (Additional Cost at Registration)

Wednesday, June 27

Site Visits

9:00 – 11:30

Royal Alberta Museum School I.C.E. School(moved from PM to AM) City Hall School School at the Leg.

12:30 – 3:00

Zoo School(moved from AM to PM) Fort Edmonton Park School Edmonton Journal School