Annual Conference

Annual Conference

REGISTER NOW for C2C 2019!

Conference Details:

Land Acknowledgement:

We acknowledge that the land on which we will gather is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People.


Place-Based Learning is a core foundation of our curriculum in B.C. Teachers and students across the province are excited to be inquiring about issues and priorities that matter most to our communities with a more ‘local lens’. By helping educators to connect classroom and community through a focus on people, place and planet, this professional development event hopes to inspire more promising practices and transformative learning in our schools and communities.

The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2019 Conference aims to support the practice of place-based learning. The conference goals are to:

  1. Model Place-Based Learning through highly interactive, experiential and replicable practices.
  2. Share and explore success stories of place-based learning as K-12 teaching and learning that is central to BC’s curriculum.
  3. Inspire, support and enhance the evolving work of K-12 teachers and partners in BC schools and communities to integrate promising practices of place-based education.
  4. Build greater capacity and collaboration for a BC wide network of place-based education leaders/mentors, including K-12 teachers, schools, school districts, organizations, associations of K-12 teachers and all other interested partners.


This year we will be convening at UBC’s Vancouver Campus and will be featuring over 40 inspiring sessions facilitated by education and community leaders from across B.C. Workshops will incorporate:

  • Experiential walk-shops
  • Interactive dialogue sessions
  • Exploration of diverse and interconnected foci such as: Place, inquiry, Indigenous perspectives, climate action, arts, play and competencies

Core Values of the Conference:

  1. Place-Based: Helping participants discover the value of place and community, wherever they live, teach and learn.          
  2. Participant Engagement: Facilitating learner-centred experiences and creating space for dialogue and sharing of experiences and practices.
  3. Model Inquiry: Modeling a focus on inquiry through place and community, and exploring Indigenous and other perspectives on inquiry, knowledge and understanding.         
  4. Experiential: Immersing participants in place through lived experience.     
  5. Walk the Talk: Ensuring the event is inclusive and respectful of all people and sustainable to the greatest extent possible.

Info/Promo Posters:

C2C Conference Poster


The conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences, gatherings, community-based excursions and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. You are invited to submit proposals in a format that outlines how your session focus will be highly engaging to participants. See evaluation criteria below. Collaborative, co-delivered offerings that celebrate shared successes and goals related to place-based learning are encouraged. All session hosts/facilitators are expected to register for the conference and should do so within 15 days of acceptance of their proposal.

Conference Venues:

Friday, Oct. 25

Venues on UBC Vancouver Campus, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, including:

  • UBC Longhouse (First Nations House of Learning)
  • Breakout spaces (indoor and outdoor) around campus
  • Robert H Lee Alumni Centre
UBC Longhouse

Saturday, Oct. 26

  • Field Experience Venues around the Region


C2C 2019 will convene both school-based and community-based educators, as well as other community members committed to place-based, community-connected learning in a wide range of settings, including:

  • Academics/Researchers
  • Administrators and Policy-makers
  • Post-Secondary Instructors/Professors
  • Community-based Educators
  • Educators who work with elementary schools
  • Educators who work with high schools
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Teacher Candidates
  • Teacher Educators
  • Other (please indicate)

Proposed Future Conference Dates & Locations:

October 2020 – Northern BC

October 2021 – Vancouver Island

October 2022 – Kootenays


Feedback from past Classrooms to Communities Conference participants: 

“I can honestly say that I have never been to a conference that in any way stacks up against the incredible event that you pulled off – it was an incredibly powerful and inspiring few days”.  – Participant
“I heard so many people say that this was one of the best conferences they had ever been to. It was the perfect mix of information, connection, and fun. When I think about what experiential, place-based learning should look like, talk about ‘walking the talk’ with this conference!” – Volunteer
“I struggle to describe to people how magical, transformative, challenging, beautiful, emotional and inspiring it was. Prior to the Classrooms to Communities Conference, I have never previously attended an event where indigenous people and culture were so interwoven.  It was so much more than indigenous strands, content, speakers but so much more authentic. This feels foreign to me and I don’t know how to start but am willing to learn”. – Participant


BC’s Minister of Education Rob Fleming voicing his support for environmental education and place-based learning as being a key piece of BC’s redesigned curriculum


ʔaq̓am Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre taking the time to greet each of the 300 conference participants at the Opening Circle


Keynotes were greeted by a packed house with 300 educators across Canada participating


Participants enjoyed over 100 sessions and workshops on outdoor and environmental learning