NAME/CaNOE Virtual Panel Discussion 2020

Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators and Canadian Network for Ocean Education invite you to a

Virtual Panel and Discussion

When: August 19th from 10:00 am–12 noon PDT
Where: online through Zoom

Integrating virtual and hands-on marine education: experiences, reflection and addressing challenges

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Agenda: During the plenary session, panelists will introduce themselves and speak briefly about their role in the marine education community. Then, panelists will engage in a facilitated question and answer discussion in which all four panelists will be asked questions and encouraged to discuss the topic between them. After the plenary session, each panelist will lead a break-out session for further exploration of their perspective and experiences, and the chance to engage in discussion with participants.

Registration: The cost of this event is $40 CDN, which includes a discounted one-year membership to either NAME or CaNOE. Current NAME members can use their Member ID (recently sent in an email) as a promo code for $20 CDN off of registration in lieu of membership renewal for those members who do not want or need to renew at this time. The code can be entered once the event ticket has been placed in the cart, before checking out on Eventbrite. Please contact with any registration questions.

Schedule of Events:

10:00 am Welcome and Blessing, Introduction of CaNOE and NAME-BC

10:15 am Panelist individual presentations (40 minutes)

  1. Dr. Sandra Scott, Tanner Owca, and Ziyad Shukri, representing UBC and Ocean Networks Canada
  2. Laura McKillop, Elementary School Teacher at White Rock Elementary School
  3. Patrick Wells, Doctoral Candidate at Memorial University and Science Teacher
  4. Abigail Speck, Indigenous Knowledge Specialist at Ocean Wise

10:55 am Full Panel Discussion (30 minutes)

11:25 am 5-minute break and transition to Small Group Discussion

11:30 am Small Group Discussions (30 minutes) Check links in chat, and/or on the Eventbrite event listing

12:00 pm Small Group Wrap-Up and Thank You!

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Laura McKillop

Laura McKillop is a teacher with Surrey School District. Laura currently teaches Grade 2 in the Fine Arts Intensive Program at White Rock Elementary. After just one year of humbly learning from (and co-teaching with) a delightfully peculiar group of sea creatures in the Seaquarium at her school, Laura cannot imagine teaching and learning any other way! While new to marine ecology and biology, Laura approaches these subjects with curiosity and joy. Laura is passionate about ocean education because it nurtures a sense of wonder and ecological awareness in learners, while simultaneously creating opportunities for meaningful cross-curricular exploration. Laura completed a BFA and BEd at Simon Fraser University. When she’s not in the classroom, Laura can be found exploring the beaches, mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes of coastal British Columbia with her best friend (and dog) Chuka.

Dr. Sandra Scott

I am an Associate Professor of Science & Environmental Education with the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia. Before joining UBC I was a classroom teacher, marine educator, and park naturalist. My work focuses on elementary science, environmental education as slow ecopedagogy, and teacher education. I am a naturalist, scientist, and educator of, for, and in the environment and an advocate for experiences which nurture our sense of wonder for the human and more than human worlds.

Ziyad Shukri

Ziyad is a teacher-to-be, fitness instructor, engineering graduate and a nature lover! As a child he memorized (most of) the world’s capital cities and always enjoyed looking at Atlases. This eventually led him to have a soft spot and appreciation for oceans and marine life, which he got to re-experience as part of his Community Field Experience through UBC!

Abigail Speck

Abigail k̓ʷə nə skʷix, təliʔ cən ʔəƛ̓ xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Abigail Speck is my name, I’m from Musqueam). I am the Indigenous Knowledge Specialist with Ocean Wise at the Vancouver Aquarium, I work on integrating Indigenous Knowledge into our programs within the Education Department. It’s important to me as an Indigenous person to include this form of knowledge into our programming for not only the younger generations to learn multiple ways of knowing but also for the teachers and parents exposed to it too! I love getting this opportunity to share my knowledge as well as being able to learn new things within Ocean Wise on a regular basis! Before Ocean Wise I was a Youth Outreach worker within my community, providing after school programming with Indigenous youth. I have a strong passion for teaching, sharing and engaging with the younger generation.

Patrick Wells

I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Science Teacher in the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, as well as a beachcombing aficionado and reflective educator dedicated to the memory business that is teaching. I focus on inquiry using the process of science to engage students’ senses to observe, form testable questions, and to interrogate the natural world—with a bias towards ocean based investigations. Life and learning is sensory first, then cognitive—local investigations make engaging the affective domain more likely—forming meaningful memories that challenge prior conceptions. How can this happen face to face and remotely? Let’s find out!