Indigenous Ed Opportunities in New BC Curric

Expectations for an evening with Dr. Jan Hare were high and she did not disappoint.  Her point that indigenous education is not the responsibility of any one group was well taken.  She also shared her enthusiasm about the First People’s Principles of Learning embedded the new curriculum in British Columbia.  Dr. Hare also discussed the importance of an understanding of our shared history to successfully navigate the path forward.  Our Storify master of the PDK executive, Rose Pillay, provides a great synopsis of the evening.  Options to view: # pdkedchat @Rose Pillay1 @CarrieFroese @TriciaStobbe or

Dr. Hare’s presentation and questions left us with a sense of how much there is to learn and how great the task before us.  As Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (2008) communicates in his book Flight of the Hummingbird, we are simply called to “do what we can”.


Special thanks to our Online Ticketing Committee.  New technology is not without it’s challenges but we were delighted with our choice of PICATIC.  Just a reminder that if you have difficulty accessing your receipt of payment, please contact us at

TwitterChat – Thanks to Krista Forbes for her tech advice to make this happen last night.  We used TweetChat.  We’re still learning how to make this happen smoothly.  I realized that I should have reset the sleep timer to a longer timeframe.  Please add #pdkedchat to any tweets that would be interesting to our group.



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Indigenous Perspectives on New Curriculum with Dr. Jan Hare

There is strong interest in the Tuesday, February 17th dinner meeting with Dr. Jan Hare. Dr. Hare’s work, including the recent MOOC at UBC, Indigenous Education 200x, has generated some interesting conversation between educators in Vancouver and around the world.  We are looking forward for the continuation of this rich dialogue on November 17th.  Jan has proposed a question for us to consider and tweet out about at our dinner meeting:

Bringing Reconciliation to the Classroom:  Hope of Hype?

Buy your ticket now at PICATIC

Due to our transition to online purchasing of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate last minute walk-ins at the door on the day of the event.  Ticket purchases and requests for refunds must be made online 72 hours prior to the event (Saturday, November 14th at 5 pm).  Tickets sales have been steady so buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Doors open at 5:00 pm to allow ticket holders to network prior to dinner.

Hope to see you there.

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Dr. Jan Hare- PDK Guest Nov. 17, 2015


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We hope you can join us.

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Save the Date for an evening with Dr. Jan Hare – Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Topic:  Indigenous Perspectives on the Curriculum

Date:  Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Time:  5:00 – 8:00 pm

Venue:  The Arbutus Club

Registration will go live on Picatic (Pronounced Pick A Tic(ket)) soon.  Register early to avoid disappointment.

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Heartfelt  Thanks to Dan Brown

Dan Brown is a familiar face at PDK events in Vancouver.  He was a professor at UBC in the Faculty of Education for 29 years and on the PDK executive for the past 10 years. Students and colleagues are always delighted to see Dan at PDK and he has recruited many to the PDK UBC Chapter over the years.  The Executive values his extensive background knowledge, diplomacy and grace when it comes to planning and facilitating our yearly events.  I have personally benefitted from his mentoring and friendship, as I know have many of you.

Dan has decided to scale back on his volunteer activities.  Although he will continue attend PDK Events, he will no longer be serving as an executive committee member.  His role as board member of University Canada West, rental business in Kits, role as president in The Independent Immigrant Aid Association and his active travel life will continue to keep him busy.   Please joining me in a heartfelt thank you to Dan for his contribution to PDK- UBC Chapter.

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Happy Summer PDK Members

Our start to the year was unusual but the 2014-2015 school year was professionally very rewarding for the UBC chapter of PDK.  Our meetings at The Arbutus Club bring together a unique mix of educators, and sometimes parents, from the Kindergarten to Post Secondary level.  Teacher leaders come together with principals, vice principals, faculty and consultants to engage in thought provoking and inspirational dialogue.  Of course, it is the speakers that come with a willingness to share their expertise and participate in the dialogue that makes PDK dinner sessions particularly rewarding.

Our panel discussion with Chris Kennedy, Kit Kreiger and Dr. Blye Frank filled the room for our first dinner meeting:  Building Community in Times of Change.  Their collective background experiences and perceptions about the educational context in B.C. helped us to consider future directions in light of our history.  Their ability to interact fluidly with each other and the audience captivated everyone in the room.

Jordan Tinney generously offered his time and talent and access to George Couros, when School District #36 brought him to participate in Surrey professional development.  This was our first session was sold out that was also followed from outside the room via social media.  Never underestimate the power of blogging and Twitter.  The discussion of innovation sparked with energy in the room.  They were able to share many stories of teachers in Surrey and Alberta working to engaging parents and students in assessment and evaluation using online tools such as APPS like FreshGrade, digital portfolios and other innovative teaching practices.

I would also like to take this time to thank the executive committee of the UBC chapter of PDK.  These volunteers come together with busy lives but a fundamental commitment to service, leadership and research.  Thanks for your time, commitment and energy Brian Leonard, Eileen Phillips, Dan Brown, Kathryn Jung,  Karen Addie, David Hope,  Rose Pillay, Tricia Stobbe and Selma Smith.  Your efforts have made all the difference.

The executive will continue to meet during the summer.  Please feel free to contact me @CarrieFroese on Twitter or Facebook or via email with dinner meeting ideas for next year.

I hope your summer includes the rest, relaxation or adventure you desire.  Enjoy.

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“Listen to Teachers” Tinney & Couros @ PDK April 22, 2015

Report Cards and Communicating Student Learning: Leadership & Learning in a Changing World

Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Surrey, and George Couros, Division Principal of Parkland School Division (Alberta), made a dynamic presentation and then responded to questions on assessment and report cards from a large audience at the Arbutus Club.  Initially, they provided many observations and examples of how students, teachers, and others are connected today.  Connections between people and educational leadership have both changed greatly in the last 20 years.  Our speakers raised serious questions of how school reporting is done, its costs, and most importantly, its effectiveness for learning and student engagement.  They offered three electronic alternatives and commented on their reception by teachers, parents, and students in Surrey, noting that 1500 teachers had adopted them – elementary and secondary. The audience was invited to follow reactions to the talk on Twitter at #pdkedchat, to explore the topics further at and, and especially, to “listen to teachers.”

by Dan Brown

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