The Head's Tales: Celebrating and Learning Together

On February 4th and 5th, the majority of the SMS staff are heading over to participate in the FISA Conference (The Federation of Independent Schools Association) which will bring over 5,000 educators together to learn from each other and to be inspired by some of the best 21st century thinkers in the world.  This event was put together to celebrate FISA’s 50th Anniversary in British Columbia. In addition, FISA will be recognizing those independent schools in BC that are 100 years or older, an honour held by St. Margaret’s at 108.

In the spirit of collaboration, and in recognition of the hard work staff have put into the CAIS (Canadian Association of Independent Schools) accreditation process, this celebratory event has the SMS group learning together and engaging with other like-minded educators. Following our return from this conference, I know my SMS colleagues will share highlights from their sessions, and identify any “aha” moments that validate our goals in our Strategic Plan and support learning in a single-gender environment.  Below is a list of some of the speakers and their themes:

Daniel Pink:  “The Science of Influence and Persuasion
(Identifying the three elements of true motivation – autonomy, mastery and purpose)

Charles Fadel: “What should students learn for the 21st Century – Knowledge, Skills, Character, Metacognition
(Exploring those skills that one needs in order to be successful in an age of artificial intelligence)

Chris Hatfield:  “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
(Examining the importance of taking risks and having aspirational goals)

Yong Zhao:  “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon
(Measuring those things that matter most as you develop entrepreneurial skills)

Alan November:  “Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning
(Leveraging technology to develop cultural perspectives and global empathy)

Amy Burvall: “Make du Jour: Fostering Daily Critical Creativity
(The connection between creating and learning AND learning by making)

Kimberly Mitchell:  “The Inquiry Five – Unwrapping Inquiry-Based Learning
(The importance of inquiry-based learning to ignite curiosity and life-long learning)

Christopher Gaze:  “The Importance of the Arts in 21st Education
(Examining the connection between Shakespeare and preparing students for the 21st Century)

The opportunity for us to go together to learn, celebrate, and engage in conversations that extend beyond the classroom is a gift.  We would like to thank the SMS community for making it possible for us to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.  I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend and a happy Family Day on February 8th.

“Working together in concert more smoothly not only helps us move more quickly, it changes the nature of what we can undertake. When we have the confidence that we can orchestrate the group effort required to realize them, we dare bigger dreams.”
Justin Rosenstein

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