Friday, March 28, 2008


Dr. Lorna Williams is at the VPL TONIGHT

The Minerva Lecture Series was created by the Canadian Council on Learning to foster discussion between Canadian learning researchers and citizens from across the country. It is a unique opportunity to understand how research can inform and affect students' learning and the everyday work of educators across the country. Come to discover why learning and education are topics that matter to everyone. Dr. Lorna Williams will be giving a free, public talk on March 28 at 7:30 PM at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library. The title of her lecture is "Weaving Worlds: Enhancing the learning of Aboriginal Students".

Anyone interested in issues pertaining to Aboriginal Educational will know of Dr. Williams, a renowned scholar of Aboriginal Education, an Assistant Professor of Education and Linguistics, and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning. Lorna also worked for the VSB before pursuing scholarly goals. Visit the Minerva Lecture Series page on the Canadian Council on Learning's website for more information.


Waverly is hosting an evening with David Ward, children's author and researcher on Thursday, April 10, from 4 to 6 pm. The event, called "Collective Imagination: Reading and Writing with Children," will explore how we can further support young readers and writers in literacy as we collaboratively write and read with them.

Call Meredyth at 5328 for more information. Tix are $20 for non-members. Alanna at Trudeau writes, "I took a Multicultural Literature course with David last summer at UBC. He was an insightful professor. I was inspired by his passion for literature and his respect for all cultures. I will definitely be going to hear him speak and will be encouraging my staff to go as well." Anyone going to join them?


Did you see this entry on last week's blog? I am still waiting to hear from anyone interested in joining me for an evening of Extraordinary Canadians with award winner David Adams Richards, historian and author Charlotte Gray, and acclaimed novelist Lewis deSoto. Shall I pick up tickets? See Blog Archives for last week for more details. It's 7:30 pm, Thursday April 17, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Tickets: $15/$13. Bring colleagues.


TL Studio is April 9 at Kerrisdale. Online registration.

Google for Educators: Well-known Maquinna computer educator Alan Zisman is working collaboratively with David, Michele, and me in a 2-part session to learn more about Google Tools for Educators, including Google Earth, Picasa, and more. Online details and registration. April 16, 4 pm. Chief Maquinna Elementary, 2684 East 2nd Avenue (between Nanaimo and Renfrew Street), Room 102. Also, May 21, Kerrisdale School Library, on 41st, east of Blenheim. Bring colleagues.

teachingbooks and other databases: We are going to try something a little different by offering this webinar in five different locations. Bring teaching colleagues to find out about this wonderful resource for teaching literature. Online details and registration. Sessions number 409.0 to 409.4, depending upon whether you are planning to go to the school library at Byng, Killarney, Tillicum, Hamber, or room 461 at the VSB.

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