Conference programme

Announcing our Lineup.

We are pleased to announce the full conference program for Emergent Learning 2013. Please check back periodically to explore session details, speaker profiles, and the complete schedule.

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Deepak Chopra

Keynote speaker Deepak Chopra is a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine. Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of over sixty-five books with twenty New York Times best sellers in both fiction and non fiction categories. His latest publication is a manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way. Super Brain shows you how to use your brain as a gateway to health, happiness, and spiritual growth.

Dave Carroll

Songwriter, performer, author, speaker and consumer advocate, keynote speaker Dave Carroll discusses the importance of telling your own story and bringing the act of caring into everything you do.

This dynamic multimedia presentation covers personal branding, social media and the power of voice in "United Breaks Guitars." Dave's ability to extract the essence of a message and craft it into song is a rare gift that is attracting fans of all ages. His warm and often humorous delivery of his story is both entertaining and educational.

Panel Discussion

Emerging issues in education across the spectrum: views from the top.

Chris Treadwell Principal, Park Street Elementary School, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Chris Treadwell is an educational leader, administrator, speaker, and author. Winner of two national awards for excellence in school administration, he brings a wealth of innovative, practical leadership experience from 28 years as an educator and education luminary in New Brunswick's schools. He has dedicated his career to developing personalized learning environments designed to meet students' individual academic, physical, social, and emotional needs - to nurture the 'whole child.' Chris has a particular interest in the affective learning domain, and in equipping children with the emotional intelligence skills needed to be successful, actualized citizens in a global society.

Al Reyner Principal, Sir John A. MacDonald High School, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Al has taught Technology Integration for the 21st Century to teachers for 10 years. His focus is on ways to help teachers engage, motivate and inspire students, through socially and culturally relevant curriculum activities. His high school is a pilot for the HRSB's 21st Century Learning. At his school students use their pocket technology (phones) as a learning tool and the teachers constantly use these devices for learning activities.

John Messenger Nova Scotian Provincial Head of I.B. Programs

Mr. Messenger has had a distinguished 52-year career in education in Nova Scotia, across Canada and in the United States. He is currently the head of the Nova Scotia Department of Education's International Baccalaureate programs. In that capacity, Mr. Messenger is expanding the program from two to 12 public schools in Nova Scotia. Previously, he was headmaster at Kings-Edgehill School in Windsor and the Halifax Grammar School.

Dr. Shaunda Wood Chair of Education, Saint Thomas University, New Brunswick

Shaunda Wood is an Associate Professor and Director, School of Education at St. Thomas University. Shaunda has worked in University settings for over fifteen years, teaching Educational Psychology and Elementary Science and Mathematics. She had conducted studies examining how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is best learned especially by women and non-traditional populations and has presented data at numerous international conferences.


This room is designed to facilitate interactive and experiential presentations. Participants may have an opportunity to use the tools that are being demonstrated, experience content from a student's point of view, or participate in an activity.

Browse sessions Session Tracks

21st Century Learning

A Hard Day's Math: The Connections Between Mathematics and Music Jason Brown
Coming Back to Our Senses: Why Sensory Awareness Trumps Everything Else We Teach in School Regalena Melrose
Connecting School, Community & Career Initiave Nathalie Losier
Critical Conversations: Preparing for Communication Beyond the Classroom Ellyn Lyle
Curb Cuts in the Classroom: UDL Tools in Action Barbara Welsford
How Much Do Our "Digital Natives" Really Know About Technology? Matt Corkum
Knowing the 21st Century Student, Being a 21st Century School Al Reyner
Learning Through the Arts Kathleen Purdy
The Power of Symbols: A Universal Language David Holt
Tinkering or Tampering? How IT Prevents Students From Breaking Anything and Why That's Bad. Chris Marriott
Tools for Any Teacher, Any Subject - Democratizing Educational Technology Ari Najarian
Where is the 'Any' Key? Drew Hayman

Birds of a Feather

B'o'F Emerging Faces of Assessment Carole MacInnis
B'o'F Financial Intellegence Anjali Jensen

Emerging Issues

BEING a Leader, Not DOING Leadership Crane Stookey
Building a Bigger Tent - to Make Room for All Special Needs Children Paul W Bennett
Complementary Alternative Medicine & the Healthiest Self Bryce Wylde
Failure in the Brain Mandy Wintink
Methods to Address Bullying Within a School-Based Climate Bruce Van Stone
Rhizomatic learning - Embracing uncertainty in education David Cormier
Seeing People As People Peter Davison
Show me the Learning! Tammy Earle & Craig Jollymore
The Fourth R: Ready? Patrick Hartling
The Science and Art of Mindfulness in Education Robyn Traill

Experiential Café

Co-opertition Expressed in Classrooms David Jellicoe
Everyone at Their Best: Affective Domain Tessa Walsh
Everyone at Their Best: Cognitive Domain Chris Treadwell
LD Simulations Angela Rudderham
Learn to Play, and then Play to Learn! Sarah Hart

Learning Disabilities

A Proven Intervention for Struggling Readers Eryn Steele and Sarah Arnold
Building Support For L.D's in a New Teacher's Classroom: Filling Your Toolbox Cheryl McLellan
Program Planning for Students with Learning Disabilities Lisa Saunders
Specific Reading Disabilities: Core problems and effective treatments. Joseph Torgesen
Teaching All Our Children to Read: A Research-Based, Practical Perspective Jamie Metsala

Mental Health

Living With Mental Illness Cindy Wheeler
Mind over Matter: Recognizing and Understanding the Importance of Mental Health Issues for a Healthy Body and Mind Bianca Lauria-Horner
Psychiatry Inside Out: Leading with the Future in Mind Jacqueline L
Self-regulation and Willpower - Understanding and Fostering Skills for Success Erica Baker
The Truth about Mental Health in the Global Workplace Today! Tova Sherman

Physically Active Lifestyle

Budokon® for Kids Céline Burlock
H2K: Heart Healthy Kids Camille Hancock Friesen
Positioning Physical Education - Building More Physically Literate Children Mike Hudson
Tai Chi Ruler Céline Burlock

The Power of Story

African-Nova Scotian Video Games and Other Online Tools for Teachers Dawn Harwood-Jones
Breathe, Stretch, Write! Dr. Sheree Fitch
Intuition and Inner Peace- A Talk and Film Showing. Keri-Lynn Calp
Life-Long Learners are Leaders Corey Poirier
Shifting our Worldview through Children's Stories Betsy Jardine
The New Narrative: Reinventing yourself, your cause or anything you care about through the power of story Leo Artalejo
The Place For Poetry Matthew Gwathmey
Write Your Way to Clarity, Growth & Health Lynda Monk


Becoming 'Yogaliterate' Ericka Sutherland
Breath and Concentration: Yoga is for Everyone Gillian Costelo
Yoga in Schools Jenny Kierstead

Birds of a Feather

Derived from the proverb, "birds of a feather flock together," a BoF session is an informal meeting, where the attendees group together based on a shared interest and carry out discussions without any pre-planned agenda. These lightly facilitated sessions provide an opportunity for community members to network and organize around emerging advocacy issues in education.

Are you passionate about about an emerging issue and interested in connecting with a network of like-minded peers? Suggest a topic to the conference organizers by email or Twitter.