Session 1: Dispositions of an Inquiry Leader: Building our Capacities as Inquiry Leaders
Inquiry is teaching practice that is used as a framework for learning in our classrooms, but what happens when leaders use this philosophy as a mindset to lead & inspire their teachers? In this session, we’ll explore the seven dispositions of an inquiry leader, identifying how these attributes empower all learners. By identifying the why and how behind these essential dispositions, we’ll interrogate where these are already within our practice and how we can refine those that aren’t quite so visible. At the end of this session, you’ll walk away with a clearer picture of who you are as a leader and a tangible guide for next steps that honor your own professional practice as well as those you serve.
Session 2: Nurturing and Cultivating Cultures of Curiosity: Identifying Root Causes & Opportunities as Inquiry Leaders
It’s easy to get lost with our portfolios and our “duties as assigned”. Consider this session as your launching point to truly determine where it is that your efforts and actions need to be focused, including the “who” and “how” we can get there as a collaborative school community. We’ll balance our mindsets and roles as inquiry and managerial leaders, engaging in an inquiry process that asks you to gather tangible evidence and data to help you plan your next steps. By comparing systems and reflecting on the cultures that we are trying to cultivate, let's hone in on the “stones” we cast that, in turn, have the ripple effect we intend. During this session, leaders will engage in school vision work, goal setting and specific action steps moving forward. This session is followed up with a check in session to assess the impact our work has on your learners and co constructing next steps for change and action.
Day 1
  • 7.30 am to 8.30 am - Registration

  • 8.30 am - Introductions & Housekeeping

  • 8.40 am to 9.40 am - Keynote

  • 9.40 am to 10.15 am - Morning Tea

  • 10.15 am to 11.45 am - Session 1

  • 12.00 pm to 1.30 pm - Session 2

  • 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm - Lunch

  • 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm - Session 3
Day 2
  • 7.30 am to 8.30 am - Breakfast

  • 8.30 am to 10.00 am - Session 4

  • 10.00 am to 10.30 am - Morning tea

  • 10.30 am to 12.00 pm - Session 5

  • 12.15 pm to 1.30 pm - Panel Session with closing
This will be followed by 7 one hour online Q & A sessions.
Jessica Vance
With a professional teaching and leadership background in both the private and public international schools (IB PYP Educator & PYP Coordinator), Jessica Vance, brings a unique perspective to her role as Enrichment & Environment Coordinator. Her passion for student centered learning, collaboration, and coaching stems from the students themselves, finding inspiration in their natural curiosity as they authentically engage in learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Jessica strongly believes in the power of leading with a lens of inquiry, facilitating innovative professional learning opportunities and coaching sessions that provide the space for educators to collaborate and reflect, while supporting their professional growth as inquiry practitioners.

Her journey and experience as an inquiry educator in IB schools and Place Based Education fuels her passion and global work in coaching both teachers and leaders in their roles, as well as supporting schools in implementing inquiry based learning. Jessica understands the power of curiosity to guide next steps, creating the space we all need as learners as we actively engage in a reflective practice. In her newest publication, Leading with a Lens of Inquiry, she outlines the ways in which we, as leaders, need to support and facilitate our teachers in the same ways in which we want our teachers to engage with their students.
CAD 500 Per Participant Closing Date 1st April 2023