In-Person Workshop

Day 1: Question Routines, Curiosity, and Cultures of Co-Design

Trevor MacKenzie facilitates learning from his recently released fourth publication, Inquiry Mindset Questions Edition. Question Routines are designed to help teachers leverage student-generated questions to help plan next steps in learning. These routines call on students to sort, organize, justify, and revise their questions and in doing so, help them become more competent questioners themselves. Mr. MacKenzie will demonstrate strategies to plan for curiosity through the lens of provocations, facilitate learning of the ten high impact Question Routines from the publication, and examine how these routines align with inquiry teaching and learning.
Day 2: Transforming the Landscape of Assessment

Trevor MacKenzie deepens our understanding of assessment with a lens on supporting learners in understanding where they are in their learning and where they need to go next in their learning. Mr. MacKenzie is an educator in British Columbia, Canada, who teaches in a public school system world renowned for its rich formative assessment practice and competency focused standards. In this highly engaging offering you will participate in activities that align learning standards with reflective exercises to empower students in understanding themselves as learners. You will design assessment activities that are infused with student voice aimed at transforming grading practices to move beyond merely providing students with a letter grade or percentage score. Transforming the Landscape of Assessment will provide sensible and time effective strategies to support student growth in the classroom.
You will learn to answer questions like these:
  • What are the benefits to curiosity?
  • How can we create entry points of curiosity to our curriculum?
  • What are the characteristics of the inquiry classroom?
  • How might we scaffold for agency and competency development?
  • How can we embed cooperative learning strategies to help students share their understanding and move towards doing rather than merely knowing?
  • How can we facilitate assessment exercises and conversations more consistently in our classrooms and in our teaching time so students take on a more authentic role in the assessment process?
  • How can we encourage our learners to take on this new role in the classroom? And how can we inform parents to create capacity and support in this assessment transformation?
  • How can we facilitate meaningful conversations in student/teacher assessment conferences?
  • How can we strike a balance in our formative and summative assessment practice?
Topics to be explored include:
  • 10 Student Centered Assessment Beliefs
  • The 2 Dimensions of Assessment
  • Assessing with Optimal in Mind
  • Nurturing Assessment Capable Students
  • The Tenets of Formative Assessment and Time Effective Formative Assessment Strategies
  • 10 Characteristics of the Inquiry Classroom
  • 8 Benefits to Question Routines
  • The Power of the Provocation
Potential Audience:
Elementary to high school.
Trevor MacKenzie is a part-time high school teacher in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His research, consultancy, and authorship have reached all parts of the world as he works with schools, districts, organizations, and ministries/departments of education in a variety of contexts. Policy advising, curriculum development, professional development, and systems change are Trevor’s areas of expertise. His three publications are globally recognized as “must reads” in the inquiry-based school of thinking. He is a highly regarded speaker known for his heartfelt storytelling, kind demeanor, and person-first philosophy.

Trevor’s graduate research focused on identifying and removing the barriers to implementing inquiry-based learning in the K-12 setting. He has four publications: Dive into Inquiry; Inquiry Mindset Elementary Edition; Inquiry Mindset Assessment Edition; and Inquiry Mindset Questions Editionall published by Elevate Books Edu. He has vast experience supporting schools across several years in implementation strategies in public schools, international schools, and International Baccalaureate programmes (PYP/MYP/DP).
Anglo American School of Sofia
Address: Панчарево, ul. "Siianie" 1, 1137 Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 923 8810

Hotel options close to the school:
  1. Intercontinental Sofia (IHG)
  2. Grami Hotel, Sofia
8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Registration at 8:00 am
on the 29th of March 2025
USD 850 Closing Date 20th March 2025
USD 750 Early Bird Offer Till 20th December 2024
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development Hours, Lunch and Coffee Breaks.