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On the frosty evening of January 16th, 2018, more than forty LRSD educators (including trustees Sandy Nemeth and Tom Parker) and a few colleagues from outside the Division gathered for an evening of sharing and learning at our first annual LRSD Ignite Evening.
A typical Ignite Evening offers a series of speedy presentations. Presenters get 20 slides which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation that lasts just 5 minutes. This wonderful evening was organized by Kimberley Adair-Gagnon and Cathy-Ann Winters, supported by the Instructional Support Team, and sponsored by the LRSD IT Happens Committee.
The audience enjoyed six engaging presentations. Presenters and topics included:
- Jenn McKinnon – Pushing Our (Literacy) Practice Forward: The Power of an #observeme Movement
- Thaddeus Bourassa – #LRSDProjectGenerosity
- Monique Ditter – Pyeongchang 2018 – À vos marques, prêt, partez!
- Cathy-Ann Winters & Kim Adair-Gagnon – Collaboration – C Your Way to Student Success
- Steve Lawrie – We Live in the World our Questions Create
- Tara Mclauchin – I (Still) Like Big Books
The goal of the LRSD Ignite Evening is to foster the culture of collaboration we are nurturing in LRSD and I enthusiastically share the feedback from presenters and audience members that the evening was a resounding success. All of us in attendance were energized and inspired by the passion of our colleagues and are looking forward to next year’s event! I want to especially thank Kim and Cathy-Ann for organizing the event and thank the Instructional Support team for their support that evening.
All six presentations were inspiring and ignited my curiosity. I will be following up with each of my colleagues. I did promise Thad, a grade 5/6 teacher at General Vanier School, that I would encourage all of us to share the stories of generosity and compassion in our classrooms by using the hashtag #LRSDprojectgenerosity!