Annual Conference

Annual Conference

C2C 2020 Provincial Conference

Lhtakoh* – Where People, Place and Practice Flow Together

*Lhtakoh: Lheidli name for the Fraser which means “waters within each other”

 

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to all who joined us on October 23rd for our annual C2C Provincial Conference – this year held from Prince George and online everywhere. We are grateful that so many passionate community members are part of this growing circle of educators connecting people, place and practice. We hope you enjoyed your experiences!

From the Welcome and Morning Panel featuring the Koh-Learning project, to our rich and varied program of sessions, and the closing with music by Kym Gouchie, we hope you gathered inspiration, shared promising practices and strengthened connections to support your work.

Many thanks to all of our Organizing Committee members, speakers, presenters, sponsors, volunteers, and all other contributing partners. Deep gratitude to the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation upon whose land we were graciously welcomed to gather virtually.

See you next year (hopefully in-person!) from Vancouver Island for C2C 2021.

Feedback from Conference Participants:

“Great to see student participation and gain inspiration from fellow educators on how to connect students to the real world outside the classroom, and to make curriculum connections in the process!”

 “I loved the welcome and the plenary and really enjoyed the deep and authentic connection between outdoor learning and First Peoples Principles of Learning.  I valued the presence of so many strong indigenous voices in the mix.”

 “Wonderful to hear the stories about how people are incorporating place-based and land-based practices into their classrooms through integrated experiences. Very inspiring!”

 “I really liked the passion and enthusiasm of the presenters and the attendees.  The range of topics was amazing – from activity-centered workshops to developing environmental awareness and literacy.”

 

Context:

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 ‘local lens’. By helping educators connect classroom and community through a focus on people, place and practice, this professional development event inspired promising practices and transformative learning in our schools and communities.

This year’s theme flowed from the ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh (people from the confluence of the rivers) honoring their culture, language and history in their keyoh (territory, village, trapline), spanning the North Central Interior of B.C. from the Prince George area to the Alberta border. Many of B.C.’s tributaries originate in the region and flow through the province to the ocean through the Lhtakoh. We gratefully acknowledge and respect the Lheidli T’enneh and their neighbouring nations’ language, culture, peoples and lands as we visit or reside on their ancestral territories. Their stewardship and Indigenous ways of knowing and being inspire us to continue to carry our work forward for a sustainable and engaging future in education.

Because of Covid-19, this is was a unique conference, in that the program was accessed digitally. Despite not being able to gather face-to-face in community spaces, the focus of the conference was still how to connect students to their communities.  Our primary concern is the health and safety of all participants.

The Classrooms to Communities (C2C) 2020 Conference aimed to support the practice of place-based learning. The conference goals were to:

  1. Model Place-Based Learning through highly interactive, experiential and replicable practices.
  2. Share and explore success stories of place-based learning as central to teaching and learning in BC’s K-12 curriculum.
  3. Inspire, support and enhance the evolving work of pre-K to 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 pre-K to 12 teachers, schools, school districts, organizations, associations of teachers and all other interested partners.

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

Audiences:
C2C 2020 convened 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