Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Regional Meetings Update (lots of resources!)

The Networks have been busy over the last week with regional meetings happening all over the world (yes, world!), including Nanaimo, Smithers, the Lower Mainland and Australia (yes, Australia!).  We have a lot to share from the discussions and networking over the last week.

Judy and Linda, and AESN Impact Study leader Debbie Leighton-Stephens were in Smithers with the North West Regional group for a day of professional learning and networking. Judy and Linda shared the brand-spanking-new Spiral Playbook, which they were asked to write by C21 Canada aimed at Canadian Superintendents.  There are a bunch of resources that accompany the Playbook which we hope you will find useful, including the Spiral Playbook Quick Reference Guide.  Debbie shared more about the AESN Impact Study, and specifically how schools involved with the study are focusing their inquiry work around transitions for learners. You will hear more about how this work is going at the NOII Symposium in May.

The central Vancouver Island Network meeting was held in conjunction with the regional Canadian Assessment for Learning Network (CAfLN) event – two great events in one! The CAfLN conference is in Nova Scotia this year in early May.

The Extended Lower Mainland group meet in Burnaby, with Network Leaders Brooke Moore (Delta) and Lynne Tomlinson (West Vancouver) focusing a part of the discussion around assessment and sharing a bunch of ready-to-use tools and resources. Check out the Embedded Critique and Feedback Rubric (developed from Ron Berger’s Leaders of Their Own Learning), this Science 10 Lab Rubric developed by Michelle Wood, and this visual rubric developed by Kelly Skehill. We also thought this Grade 1 Term Overview by Annieville Elementary is a really helpful way to communicate student learning and focus for the term. (See what you miss when you don’t attend meetings??!! – I missed attending this one and was so disappointed!). The next Extending Lower Mainland meeting will be on Jan. 23rd (lock it in!).

Last but not least, NOII Australia kicked off their first meeting as an official region of the Network – go team! We’re thrilled to learn with and from this great group lead by Network Leaders Natalie Mansour and David Sim. Make sure you plan to attend the NOII Symposium on May 12 – 13 in Richmond in order to meet and network with some members of this Australian team.

If you held a meeting that we’ve missed (or you have one upcoming) please let us know by dropping us a line along with a few details (and even better, some resources) to noii.aesn@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone involved – especially those hosting meetings, sharing during discussions and attending for the first time – for all your great work in supporting inquiry, teamwork and curiosity. And please keep in mind that submission of your school inquiry focus is due by November 25th. See more about how to do that here.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

S’TENISTOLW Conference - Proposals due Jan. 31, 2017

S’TENISTOLW Indigenous Adult Education Conference
August 23-25, 2017 


Hosted by EyēɁ Sqâ’lewen: The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections
Camosun College | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Traditional Territories of the Lkwungen and W’SANEC Peoples

The 2017 S’TENISTOLW Conference is a gathering for instructors and educators in Indigenous programs as well as leaders and allies in the field of Indigenous adult education. The goal is to build relationship and networks of reciprocity – to share, learn and exchange with each other. 

  • Cultural Pre-Conference and Welcome Dinner in collaboration with the Songhees Nation
  • Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Gregory Cajete (Tewa educator and author, Look to the Mountain),  Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Māori educator and author, Decolonizing Methodologies) and Graham Hingangaroa Smith (Māori educator and Indigenous education advocate)
  • Workshops and presentations from educators, scholars and knowledge keepers
  • Sessions with Elders, wellness providers and artists

We invite all Indigenous and allied educators, scholars, administrators and other leaders in the field from Turtle Island and beyond to join us and submit workshop and panel proposals along the following themes:

Indigenous Pedagogies
·          Land and Community-Based Experiential Learning
·          Supporting Learner Engagement
Relationality/Living Our Collective Values
·          Practicing Indigenization
·          Strengthening Alliances

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: January 31st, 2017

To submit proposals, register and for further information on our conference themes and structure please visit our Website:

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Indigenous Education Professional Learning at UBC

The UBC Faculty of Education has announced three professional learning courses in Indigenous Education that will take place in 2017: 

·         Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education | Online MOOC (poster)
·         Aboriginal Education in Canada | UBC Vancouver (poster)
·         Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon | Lamas, Peru (poster)

January 24 ­ March 7 | MOOC ­ a free Massive Open Online Course

Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.

For educators, this means responding to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people¹s worldviews and cultures as a basis for creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this MOOC.

For others who want to build their own competence and the capacity of those around them to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, this course will help get you started in this process.


This online course is delivered using the edX platform, learn about how to register here.
·       DATES:   January 24 ­ March 7, 2017
·       LOCATION:  Online (asynchronous)
·       REGISTRATION:  Register by January 23 


Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:pdce.educ.ubc.ca/MOOC

January ­ April, 2017 | 8 evening classes + 4 online modules

The educational landscape in BC is undergoing exciting developments,
and this course responds to new curriculum developments.


In this course, educators will build their knowledge and deepen their understanding of Aboriginal/Indigenous people¹s worldviews, approaches to learning, and their histories and contemporary realities. Through the frameworks of reconciliation, decolonization, and self-determination, we will explore how Indigenous histories, perspectives, content, worldviews and pedagogies can be respectfully and meaningfully integrated in the curriculum, teaching, and programming of classrooms, schools, and community contexts.

This course responds to new curriculum development in British Columbia and Canada¹s Truth and Reconciliation Commission¹s Calls to Action (2015), whereby educators are prepared to advance Aboriginal history and worldviews in the curriculum of schools.

Delivered through blended learning, the class will meet 8 weeks face-to-face at UBC Vancouver and include four 3-hour online modules.


Registration is available for credit (3 credits, EDUC 440) or for non-credit participation to meet the needs of working professionals. We anticipate this course will fill quickly, early registration is recommended.

·       DATES:   January 3 ­ April 7, 2017
·       TIMES:  Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm
·       LOCATION:  UBC Vancouver + Online modules
·       REGISTRATION:  Register by November 22


Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts: pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Aboriginal-Ed

July 4-24, 2017 | Lamas, Peru


Join UBC at the Sachamama Center for BioCultural Regeneration in Lamas, Peru.  The Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work collaboratively with the local Kichwa-Lamista communities in their bio-cultural regeneration with the goal of nurturing intercultural dialogue.


This six (6) credit Peru Summer Institute: Ecology, Technology & Indigeneity in the High Amazon offers an intensive three-week program of study consisting of two integrated courses: Ecology, Technology, and Indigeneity in the High Amazon, and Narrativity, Indigenous Ecoliteracies and Ecopedagogies in the High Amazon.

Through a combination of seminars at Sachamama and immersion learning in a local Kichwa-Lamista community, students will engage mind, body, heart and spirit as they experience worldviews, knowings, and community practices that value other than global capital and geopolitical systems.  

Students will reciprocate by doing hands-on service work at Sachamama and in the Kichwa-Lamista community as part of their coursework. It is anticipated that the exchanges with the Kichwa-Lamista continue beyond the Peru Summer Institute enacting sustained intercultural solidarity-building toward a more just and sustainable world.


Registration is available for credit (6 credits), therefore participants would need to be a UBC student or apply for admission in order to register. Go Global at UBC International House supports this program.
·       DATES:   July 4-24, 2017
·       LOCATION:  Lamas, Peru
·       REGISTRATION:  Register by January 19


Visit the website for more detailed information, and program contacts:pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Peru2017