Educational Leadership: Navigating the Complexities & Challenges of Today’s Shifting Landscape

Jump starting our PDK-UBC Fall learning!                                                                                   Join us for an evening of conversation, networking and dinner with our distinguished guest speaker panel. Everyone is welcomed. Registration is online (until Nov. 13). We continue to meet/network at the lovely Arbutus Club in Vancouver and dinner/dessert are included with a ticket. We are Pro D!

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Aboriginal Education With Brad Baker – Why Now?


Join us for a dinner meeting with guest speaker Brad Baker. Brad brings his expertise and experience from the North Vancouver School District where he serves as District Administrator of Aboriginal Education and Safe and Caring Schools.

Date:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Venue:  The Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Street, Vancouver, B.C.

As we continue to move forward and advance the curriculum in British Columbia that includes First Peoples Principles of Learning and Aboriginal Ways of Knowing, one question that is asked by educators and parents is why now? The presentation will focus on how the three pathways of Aboriginal Education – students, educators and community – and will lead to a broader understanding of why Aboriginal Education needs to become a fabric of the school community. Understanding the past of Aboriginal Education will lead to reconciliation and why it is becoming part of the curriculum.

Follow this event link for more information and to purchase tickets.  Members discount applies with promo code (MembersOnly)

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Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc: Fostering resilience among LGBTQ and straight youth: How schools make a difference


Thursday, February 25, 2016

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Arbutus Club – 2001 Nanton Street, Vancouver, BC

Educators require an awareness about the people they serve – students. Using BC and recent national research, Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc will share evidence of how schools play a pivotal role in fostering LGBTQ adolescent and youth well-being. Her research also shows how school attitudes, policies and programs can be advantageous for heterosexual youth too! The results may challenge and surprise you. Dr. Saewyc is eminently qualified to lead the presentation. She is Professor and Associate Director – UBC School of Nursing, Research Director – McCreary Centre Society, Executive Director – Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre, and principal researcher and writer of Being Safe, Being Me.  After her presentation, she will facilitate a brief discussion on strategies and policies to support safe and connected schools for LGBTQ youth.

As with past practice the doors will open at 5:00 pm to allow members to network prior to dinner.  We hope to see you on Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Tickets available online using PICATIC:   $55.00 PDK Members with promo code: “PDK-UBC-Members-Only”     $75.00 Non-Members.      Remember to print-out your receipt at the time of purchase.

Group ticket purchases may require one transaction for members and one transaction for non-members. Ticket purchases and requests for refunds are required a minimum of 72 hours prior to the event. Refunds will be issued for the price of the ticket minus the service charge(s) to issue and refund the ticket.


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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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