Future Skills Institute

Curriculum expectations can be interpreted in many ways. It’s one thing to learn math. It’s quite another experience to work with a group, applying that math to a real-world problem and building, for example, the prototype for a dream home.

Working within the curriculum requirements across all grades and subjects, the Future Skills Institute empowers educators with project-based strategies that build creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills. Educators walk away with immediately applicable ways to build classroom of the future, armed with a unit plan that embeds design thinking, entrepreneurship, global mindfulness and innovation into their daily routines.

Future Skills Institute 2020 - Fully Online

CIS Ontario and Future Design School (FDS) collaborated to redefine our annual Future Skills Institute to respond to the needs of CIS Ontario educators. The Future Skills Institute 2020 is a fully online two-part professional learning series to help educators reflect on the online teaching and learning that has taken place to date, to celebrate success and to push thinking on where teaching and learning should go in the next school year, whether fully online, in-person or a blend of both.

As experience designers, educators deepen and amplify learning by taking a human centred approach to designing units and lessons that build future ready skills and competencies in a blended setting through an inquiry-based approach. Leveraging a backwards design process, educators learn a repeatable process to drive innovative practice in unit and lesson design that take advantage of the best use of the different learning modalities. 

Join us for 3 hours of synchronous and 3 hours of asynchronous actionable professional development. Work in teams from your own school, or collaborate with teachers across schools, to plan a lesson or unit together leveraging inquiry based learning and connecting learning to real-world challenges. Design & implement context specific inquiry-based unit plans that build future ready skills, competencies in a blended environment.

Part 1 - Reimagining Remote Inquiry in the Elementary Years was offered on June 19, 2020. Part 2 of the Institute will focus on a Deep Dive into Remote Inquiry with sessions for Elementary and Middle and Senior teachers and is being offered in August (see below). 

 

Part 1: Reimagining Remote Inquiry in the Elementary Years 

To kickoff this learning journey, FDS designed a customized, thought-provoking 90-minute session to end the school year, and spark imagination as educators head off for the summer. The session, held June 19, 2020, specifically focused on Reimagining Remote Inquiry in the Elementary Years (JK-6). Elementary teachers can find materials from the session on the Elementary Teachers' Network member dashboard.
 
For elementary educators, this June session was the first part of a two-part series that continues in August with a Deep Dive into Remote Inquiry in the Elementary Years (JK-6).  Please see below for registration. ***Registration for each session is completed separately and it is not mandatory to participate in both sessions.

Part 2: Deep Dive into Remote Inquiry

Deep Dive in Remote Inquiry in the Elementary Years (JK to 6)

Synchronous Cohort A - THIS SESSION IS NOW FULL

  • August 24th 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • August 25th 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Synchronous Cohort B

  • August 27th 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
  • August 28th 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*Participation in Part 2 is not dependant on enrolment in Part 1.

Deep Dive into Remote Inquiry in the Middle and Senior Years (Grades 7 – 12)

Synchronous Cohort A

  • August 24th 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  
  • August 25th 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Synchronous Cohort B - THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLMENT

  • August 27th 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
  • August 28th 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

REGISTER FOR Part 2

This eye-opening experience has reframed how to set students on a journey that hits curriculum expectations while developing transferable skills that build confidence and a growth mindset.
Educator from Upper Canada College
Future Design School

NEED TO KNOW

PART 2 - Deep Dive into Remote Inquiry
AUGUST 2020

Two offerings:

  • Elementary (JK - 6)
  • Middle & Senior (7- 12)

Location: fully online ***login details will be shared with registered participants

Please see all date and time details and registration link in the main body of this webpage.

CO-CHAIRS

Sandra Nagy
Director of Learning
Future Design School

Leslie McBeth
Director of Professional Development
Future Design School

For additional information, please contact:
 
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager
slittle@cisontario.ca
647-330-8622