Session 1: Professional Inquiry - Building Adult Curiosity to Change the Experiences of Young People
This session focuses on adult professional learning and is based on the understanding that for young people to be curious, they need to be surrounded by adults who are curious. The Spiral of Inquiry is a framework rooted in moral purpose, grounded in practice and research, and designed to build adult curiosity through deep listening to learners. Engaging in the Spiral as a team involves challenging often long-held beliefs and assumptions. It requires educators to engage in professional inquiry with an open mind and a growth mindset. In this session, participants will be introduced to the foundational ideas and to the six stages of the Spiral. With illustrations from schools in diverse settings, our intention is to make the connection between adult curiosity and changed outcomes for learners.
Session 2: Working Together - Building Powerful Inquiry Networks
For over two decades Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser have been supporting networks of schools committed to equity and quality through professional inquiry. Over this time we have seen networks in a range of jurisdictions start with great intentions only to fade away after a few years. The work of creating cultures of curiosity for learners across our schools and systems is too difficult for one teacher of one school to do it on their own. We need to work as teams within and across schools. In this session, we will invite participants to reflect on their own experiences as we share what we have learned about creating networks that last - and that lead to real changes for learners.
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.
Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser
Dr. Judy Halbert and Dr. Linda Kaser are the co-directors of the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education ( and are faculty members at the University of British Columbia where they lead the Transformative Educational Leadership Program. (

Linda and Judy have served as teachers, principals, district leaders and policy advisors with British Columbia’s Ministry of Education. They have consulted extensively with school systems internationally.

They are deeply committed to achieving equity and quality for all learners—and to networking for innovation and improvement across systems. The Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education have three big goals:
  • Every learner crosses the stage with dignity, purpose and options.
  • Every learner leaves our settings more curious than when they arrived.
  • All learners gaining an understanding of and respect for Indigenous ways of knowing – and through our collective efforts eliminating racism in schools.
Judy and Linda were identified by the Big Change Organization as Pioneers for their work with NOIIE and in 2019, along with NOIIE leader Debbie Leighton Stephens, they were awarded the prestigious Cmolik Prize for the enhancement of public education in British Columbia.

They are the co-authors of Leading Through Spirals of Inquiry (2022) The Spiral Playbook (2017), Spirals of Inquiry for Equity and Quality (2013), Leadership Mindsets: Innovation and Learning in the Transformation of Schools (2009) and with Helen Timperley, A Framework for Transforming Learning in Schools: Innovation and the Spiral of Inquiry (2014).
CAD 500 Per Participant Closing Date 1st April 2023