PBL Canada Institute Agenda

Keynote Speaker

Grant Lichtman
Author of Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education, Grant Lichtman assists schools and their communities understand the ever-evolving world of education for K through 12. He helps them to harness the role of innovation, and to build comfort and capacity for change.

Lichtman helps forward-leaning educators face three big questions allowing them to maintain relevancy for their schools in the future. He helps them to ask and answer:
  • Why should schools change? For many, that train has left the station, but some school communities still need to make the case.
  • What will that change look like? For many, it is a transformed, student-centered “deeper learning” system that replaces a very outdated, Industrial Age, teacher-centric system.
  • How will we make the change? We know how good organizations make successful transformation. We have to adapt this knowledge and culture for the unique real-world conditions of schools.
When he collaborates with educators, the work is tailored to the innovation arc for each school by utilizing a series of fast-paced, design thinking-based activities to help school teams:
  • Imagine futures that may look very different than the past.
  • Build a capacity and comfort with ongoing change
  • Develop an inclusive vision that represents the unique dreams and aspirations of their entire school community.
  • Align their precious resources—people, time, money, space, and knowledge—with their unique vision in a sustainable system of action plans.
  • Question the legacy assumptions that drive strategic plans and budgets.
  • Bust the silos that have separated us as educator-leaders in the past.
  • Connect to the rapidly expanding global neural network of knowledge creation and sharing.
  • Learn to embrace risk rather than fearing it
Since 2012, Grant has visited more than 125 schools and districts, published three books, written numerous articles, and worked with thousands of school and community stakeholders to develop unique and powerful visions and strategies for transforming education away from the Industrial Age and towards future-focused models of deeper learning.

Grant is the author of three books: Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education; #EdJourney: A Roadmap for the Future of Education; and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School.

To learn more about Grant, visit http://www.grantlichtman.com/

2019 Agenda

Monday, August 19
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Registration 
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Coffee
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker - Grant Lichtman
9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Course Sessions
3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Built within the day are breaks and lunch 

Tuesday, August 20
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Coffee
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Optional School Tour
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Course Sessions
Built within the day are breaks and lunch 

Wednesday, August 21
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Coffee
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Course Sessions
Built within the day are breaks and lunch 

National Faculty
Erin Starkey

Throughout the past 10 years in education, Erin has enjoyed inspiring learners across grade levels, writing curriculum, and coaching as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, technologist, and national faculty member. Erin has relished implementing various initiatives such as Project Based Learning, Writer’s Workshop, Daily Cafe, STEM, Bring Your Own Device, and transitioning to 1:1 with both Macbooks and Chromebooks during her work with multiple districts. 

Erin earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from Abilene Christian University and her M.Ed. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas State.
Dori Berg
Dori is passionate about supporting PBL implementation to promote authentic learning opportunities for all students.  Part of her love of learning began when she completed her student teaching in Auckland, New Zealand, and experienced living and learning in a vastly different culture.  As a middle and high school teacher for 13 years, Dori had the opportunity to serve as a team leader, a representative on a pilot PBL team, and the department chair, all while earning her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and contributing to the redesign of the district curriculum for social studies.  
Dori is a PBL-instructional coach to more than 100 staff and administrators across three, K to 9 STEM-designated campuses. She has designed and facilitated professional development workshops, and the integration of technology into PBL units in collaboration with the New Tech Network program. Working with K-9 teachers and the leadership team in aligning the PBL units and assessments around state standards and learning 21st century competency skills proved to be a strong learning opportunity which brought her to BIE as a National Faculty member.   

Currently, Dori’s focus is facilitating high-energy, relatable workshops of PBL practices to both teachers and administrators around the world.  
Eric White

Eric White is a passionate educator who, above all else, is devoted to student and teacher empowerment. Eric currently provides professional development and coaching for school districts on a full-time basis. He previously served as a PBL Instructional Coach and Lead Teacher of Project Based Learning at the secondary level. Eric has deep experience with PBL in alternative settings and career academies. He has been instrumental in the establishment of multiple school-within-a-school PBL programs.

Eric earned his B.S. and M.Ed. in Secondary Social Sciences from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
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