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We want you to leave INSPIRED to start your Homeschool year excited!
Alisha is a passionate advocate for homeschooling and individualized learning options. She has 4 children and is currently home-educating her 3 oldest using an eclectic unschooling approach. She blogs at Learning From My Kids where she shares about her children’s struggles and triumphs with ADHD and SPD.
Project/Inquiry Based Homeschool
Michelle is an early childhood educator and special needs mom who found homeschooling after it became obvious her first child would end up surviving school, not thriving in it. She has embraced the differences in her children and their learning styles through a project/Inquiry based approach to curriculum. This includes research, documentation, experiential learning, immersion and fine arts. Her 16 years of experience as an educator has been heavily influenced by the work of Reggio Emilia, play based learning and, more recently, Forest School Canada. She is the director at Wild Child, an alternative education and forest school program in Bragg Creek, AB.
No Bubbles and Potions - The Magic Behind Exploring Sciences
Sue loves words. She is a communicator with over ten years of experience writing and talking about different STEAM subjects. Most recently, you can find Sue on the Stage or in the Dome at Calgary’s Spark science centre doing cool (or hot) science experiments, or taking you on a journey past the planets and to the edges of our universe. Her Master’s degree is in Science Communication and she enjoys hearing kids share their latest stories or staring together at bubbles flying through the air.
Sue shares her experiences learning and showing science, and explores inquiry as a base for guiding the ever curious student to find out more.
Calgary Public Library
Resources for your Homeschool
Join Gabrielle Doyle as she shares with us all the ways that the Calgary Public Library can work for your Homeschool. From reading, to resource materials, games, early literacy centres, classes and more; there are so many ways to use the Calgary Public Library. This talk will show you how.
Jess Szabo & Rich Theroux
Nurturing, Cultivating and Embracing Creativity
Jess and Rich are teachers (Highschool and Jr. High) by day and the owners and operators of Rumble House Art Society, a community art gallery and studio on the west end of downtown by night. They have carved out a space for anyone to come and breathe in the experience of creating art and have kept it alive for years on sheer will and determination. With a TedX Calgary talk, 2 books authored, a variety of gallery shows and several adventures into new and experimental ideas, these two have walked many winding roads to get where they are today. Why is creativity important? What does creativity look like? How do we recognize a creative mind and how do we nurture it? Live Art.
Teaching and Learning Electronic Music Production
An award winning producer and composer, owner of Redemption Audio a music production and sound house providing the Film, TV and advertising world with music and sound. He is also the founder of Beat Drop a music production and DJ school in Calgary Alberta. He has produced music for companies like SYFY, Sony, Lifetime, Warner Brothers, ESPN, Oakley, Nissan, Lamborghini, Activision, Nintendo, Adidas and many more. Mitch enjoys pulling the curtains back on the secrets of modern day production and mentoring the next gen of laptop producers.
Preparing Students for a Robotic Future
Dennis Kambeitz, Founder of Robots.Education, is recognized as a leader in the field of robotics, how it will impact our workforce, and what we need to do to prepare our students.
His presentation “Preparing Students for a Robotic Future” has been described as “Transformational”, and “Critically important for all educators”.