Webinar | A Foundation for Change: Using Technology to Support Effective Student Engagement

Oct 5, 2020    Source: BCCIE


Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
Format: Online via GoToWebinar
Target audience: Public and independent K-12, international student services, and student mobility

Now is the time to leverage new professional development strategies that include hybrid- learning, alternative assessment approaches, and integration of STEM activities to prepare the teachers and learners of the future. The Coquitlam School District has established an international reputation as a leader in K-12 technology-supported instruction and STEM education and has developed a framework for technology-facilitated practice called ‘The Conditions for 21st Century Learning model.’ This presentation will introduce the model and explore steps to enable systemic alignment of resources to support the transition to technology-facilitated instruction and competency-based approaches to instruction and assessment. We will explore the challenges currently faced in the emerging “new normal” and how to transform these into opportunities to engage our international students.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn a concerted and intentional system-wide approach to the allocation of resources and infrastructure to provide equitable access to technology and effective hybrid instruction.
  • Understand how technology can develop effective digital citizens and empower learners to pursue ideas and innovate in a digital world.
  • Think of new ways to approach challenges in teaching as opportunities to encourage innovation and risk-taking in learners.
  • Learn how a hybrid learning experience has the potential to impact and strengthen our views on education in the future.


Patricia Gartland, Superintendent of School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

Patricia is a leader in intercultural and international education. She has earned the accolades of her many colleagues and peers including receiving the BCCIE Distinguished Leadership Award in 2012. Patricia has made presentations internationally on 21st century learning and technological innovation at multiple conferences and symposia. Her work and achievements have been highlighted in newspapers including the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, the South China Morning Post, and MacLean’s Magazine.

Stephen Whiffin, Director of Instruction and Chief Information Officer at School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

Stephen is responsible for the design and implementation of the “Conditions for 21st Century Learning” systemic planning model which has led to Coquitlam’s 70 schools gaining an international reputation for digital learning. Founder of the Inquiry Hub, named the most innovative program in Canada by the Canadian Education Association, Stephen was recognized as Canadian Educational Technology Leader of the Year (Microsoft Connected Learner Conference, 2017). Recently, Stephen has provided significant lectures and presentations at international events including the International Society for Technology in Education Conference (Philadelphia, USA); the British Education and Training Technology Exposition (London, UK); and Microsoft E2 Educator Exchange (Singapore and Paris) among others.

Registration deadline: 9:00 a.m. PST, November 12, 2020.

For more information, please contact events@bccie.bc.ca.