Okanagan Skaha Teachers' Union
697 Martin Street, Penticton BC  V2A 5L5
Phone: 250-492-4915     Fax: 250-492-5540

Session 7A
The Language of Learning: How the Words and Structures We Use Can Empower Educators and Students in the Renewed Curriculum.
Myron Dueck & Todd Manuel
Words that activate - A study of the Revised Taxonomy (Anderson and Krathwol) and how verbs steer learning towards competencies.

The conundrum of knowledge - Recently knowledge has been branded old-fashioned and counter to 21st Century learning, though many teachers rightfully feel that some knowledge targets are essential to understand curricular areas and competencies. This session will address the realities that knowledge can be much more complicated and essential than simply memorizing a fact.

Is the renewed curriculum stopping you from doing what you want to do or providing opportunity? How do we intentionally build our learning targets and instruction to encompass the curricular competencies?
Myron Dueck has been a VP in SD 67 for the past decade and recently took on a part-time district role to support grading, assessment and reporting. Myron has over 20 years of classroom experience in education and has been a part of district groups, school committees and governmental bodies that have further broadened his access to innovative ideas. Myron has shared his stories, tools and first-hand experiences with public, charter and international school educators around the world. Myron has twice been published in EL Magazine. His best-selling book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder- Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014 and in 2015 ASCD released a video project based in SD67 entitled 'Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom'.

Todd Manuel is the Assistant Superintendent of S.D. 67 - Okanagan Skaha. Previous to the role, Todd was Director of Instruction, Student Support Services. He has been a Principal and Vice-Principal, as well as teacher in middle schools, high schools, and alternate education settings. Prior to becoming a teacher, Todd worked as a Youth and Family Worker for a non-profit agency supporting alternative education and community programs. His current professional learning is focused on best practices in leading our public education system through times of transformative change that focus on equity, quality, wellness, and agency for student voice.  Todd's learning focus emphasizes educational leadership as a shared responsibility, and focuses on ethical decision making and moral courage as critical components of teaching and leading in a public school system.  @toddmanuel_67
Intended Audience:
Secondary Educators, though the theory and concepts are universal.