In Conversation with Stephen Hurley

In Conversation with Stephen Hurley

Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities

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December 17, 2021 24 min
Bridging the Gap is a documentary film project currently being produced to provide a window into the stories, experiences and challenges of displaced and refugee newcomers to Canada.

Joining me today to talk about the initiative are project lead Dr. Rahat Zaidi and filmmaker, Nina Sudra.

Dr. Rahat Zaidi, is Professor and Chair of Languages and Literacy at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

Nina Sudra is an Ind...
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Dr. Brent Davis is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. He also leads the research team at Math Minds, a "professional community dedicated to the effective teaching of K-12 mathematics".

We use Dr. Davis' work on mathematics education, complexity and curriculum design to discuss the current reform efforts in the province of Alberta. In particular, we focus on the...
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Dr. Rahat Zaidi is Professor and Chair of Language and Literacy at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. It is a role that has given her the opportunity to be an international mentor and visionary among her professional colleagues and her students.

Dr. Zaidi is the recipient of the 2020 Calgary Award for Community Achievement in the area of Education. In this conversation we talk with Dr. Zaidi about her current ...
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A great deal has been written in the days following the passing of former Ontario Premier, William Grenville Davis. And I can only imagine even more has been said around kitchen tables, summer campfires and Zoom meetings around the province. It’s hard to imagine what more can be added to the story of a man who shepherded the province of Ontario through times of great growth and modernization as well as times of increased political ...
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Stuart Miller has been serving the Halton District School Board for the 37 years. Stuart began as a secondary school teacher in 1984 and, as time went on, moved into more formal leadership roles: department head, school administrator, superintendent and, currently, Director of the Halton District School Board.

In July, 2021, Stuart Miller retires from his current role and we took the opportunity to sit down and look back on a career...
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William Deresiewicz returns to In Conversation to speak about "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life". We talk about the narrative that college is something that young people just "need to do", the importance of a humanities education and the courage that it will take to challenge our current meritocratic approach to college and university admissions.

We're spea...
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Today, a conversation about Natural Curiosity—the organization and the book. Haley Higdon is the Program Director at Natural Curiosity and Doug Anderson is co-author of the second edition of the book: "Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: A Resource for Educators: Considering Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry"

In today's conversation, we explore the pedagogical principles underlying Natural Curios...
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What could be so contentious about a draft Physical Health and Wellness Curriculum? Well, our guests today on In Conversation point to many issues with the proposed curriculum changes in the province of Alberta. In fact, Shelly Russell-Mayhew and her team at the Body Image Lab, University of Calgary, have taken their concerns to Alberta parents in an open letter that outlines their concerns with the way that the draft curriculum se...
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Dr. Ann Lopez is a professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She also holds the position of Director for the Centre for Leadership and Diversity.

In this conversation, we explore Ann's early life and the influences that had an impact on her work as a young student, an educator, administrator and, now, a scholar in the...
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May 8, 2021 26 min
Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating students from underrepresented and underserved communities to discover computer science and coding.

Here in Canada, a unique partnership between AFE, Fairchance Learning and ECOO is capturing the imaginations of both educators and students,

Today we are joined by a panel to offer several perspective on the program and the partnership:

Lynn Thomas:...
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Margaret Whitley is a teacher, a teacher trainer, a consultant and a writer who has experienced and lived Montessori for more than 50 years. Margaret pushes the boundaries of education and works to create awareness of the contribution Montessori can make to educate children for the 21st century.

Find out more about Margaret, her passion and her work at https://margaretwhitley.com/
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Christine Saulnier is the Nova Scotia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-NS). We catch up with Christine to talk about her critique of the recently-released provincial budget released by Nova Scotia Minister of Finance, Labi Kousoulis.

We talk about child care, the high cost of post-secondary tuition in Nova Scotia and support for families needing income support.

Find Dr. Saulnier's critique here: htt...
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Margaret Brigham is an educator, and administrator and Indigenous storyteller. She joins me today to talk about the power of story, our current age of apology and the how listeners might come to the storytelling experience.

Find out more about Margaret and her work by visiting https://indigenousstorytelling.com
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Our world has become increasingly complex with most day to day decisions requiring at least some digital literacy. Computational Thinking, or an approach to problem solving that uses a logical framework that allows a computer to solve the problem, has become a fundamental skill for learning and future success. This talk will explore what skills are required for this type of thinking and how they are represented across the elementar...
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March 26, 2021 31 min
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Pieter Toth teachers business and social justice at Dundas Valley Secondary School, Dundas, Ontario. Today we talk about the move towards block chain technology and the ways in which personal identity is now being traded. We also talk about how Pieter's students are taught to look at the wider supply chains that are involved in our consumer lifestyles. Finally, we discuss student agency and the ways in which young people are ch...
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Pieter Toth teaches Business and Social Justice at Dundas Valley Secondary School in Dundas, Ontario. In this conversation, we explored the dynamic that is created when one takes the combination of business and social justice seriously. We also explore the energy and passion that Pieter continues to bring to his work!
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March 8, 2021 23 min
A new Minecraft World invites users to travel back in time to experience Anishinaabe culture, community and teachings.

"Manito Ahbee Aki: Where the Creator Sits" has been created in partnership with the Louis Riel School Division, Anishinaabe Knowledge Keepers and Microsoft Canada.

Today, we're In Conversation with three educators from the LRSD (Manitoba). Mark Lesiuk, Christopher Heidebrecht, Bobbie-Jo Leclair tell the s...
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Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Hamilton's McMaster University. She joins me today to introduce us to a new podcast, World of Possibility. It's a collaboration between Dr. Jean, broadcaster Cheryl Jackson and author/parenting expert Ann Douglas.

Find "World of Possibility" on your favourite podcast platform.
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