Thank you for joining us at the Teachers’ Planning Playground Event!
We hope you enjoyed the event, please see below for the event recording.
In collaboration with our Learning Design Manager in Teacher Education, Yvonne Dawydiak (BEd’91, MET’11), we are pleased to invite you to a Teachers’ Planning Playground!
This event is designed to bring together teachers from across disciplines and subject areas who are keen to learn together and collaborate on planning for the upcoming school year and, hopefully, share those plans to benefit other teachers across BC. We’ll kick off the event with a soft start, coffee and connecting followed by a panel of speakers who will share their perspectives on planning for diverse communities. The panel will be hybrid so those unable to join in person can still participate via Webinar.
After a short break, we’ll learn about resources through some hands-on activity and then get into planning working groups. After some collaborative time, we’ll continue the conversation informally over lunch after which you might leave or stick around to consult more individually during the afternoon.
August 29th, 2022
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (panel webinar only – 9:30 – 10:30 AM) PDT
Deena Kotak Buckley BA’94, BEd’95, Dip(Ed)’99, MEd’03, currently works on the unceded, unsurrendered and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations for the Vancouver School Board. Deena started teaching in 1995 and has been a teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, District Principal and Director of Instruction before taking on her current role of Principal. Deena has worked in public education in Hong Kong, Surrey and Vancouver and her background is in language learning and inclusive education. During her 28 years in education Deena’s guiding focus has been to empower student voice for the co-creation of optimal learning environments. To do this with impact Deena prioritizes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice through a lens of cultural humility.
Karla Braber has worked in a variety of contexts helping people build connection. I’ve worked in the prison system, in mental health, and for the past 5 years in the K-12 setting. Through this process I have become extremely well acquainted with the theoretical and applied concepts of attachment theory, child and youth development, family functioning, social emotional learning, and evidence based, trauma informed practice. My central aim is to support understanding of how “ALL BEHAVIOUR HAS MEANING”. Just as we are trying to figure out the meaning of behaviour of students in our classroom, students are also trying to figure out our pattern of behaviour and what it means. Today I hope to provide a brief understanding of how to reflect on different ways that students communicate their attachment needs in their relationship in the classroom, with teachers and with other students. We will practice stepping back, being curious and “reading” the behaviour of students from an attachment point of view.
Rav Johal currently works on the traditional and unceded territories of the First Peoples of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language group with the Richmond School District. He was born in London, England and grew up in the Greater Toronto Area. Rav worked in a variety of roles with the Peel District School Board before moving to British Columbia in 2016 and is currently a Director of Instruction with Learning Services in SD 38. Rav has a wide range of research interests, and earned his PhD in education at York University focusing on the lived realities of second generation youth in suburban Toronto. His dissertation examined the intersecting notions of racial identity, gender, social class, and religion while analyzing the role of school, family as well as community in the lives of youth. Rav would like to engage in further research in the area of race and sport, particularly the experiences and participation of racialized youth in hockey.