An Introductory Workshop
Duration: 3 hours
Target Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Parents
- To introduce the main principles of WSPs
- To indicate how the main principles of WSPs translate into practice
- To identify appropriate topics for a WSP
- To provide guided practice in thinking about the impact of a WSP on everyday school activities
- To provide resources to support planning and developing WSPs
Outline: (Note: This is only one possible approach. Workshops will be shaped to meet the specific needs of participants.)
1. Overview of workshop aims and outline
2. Introduction to WSPs
- PowerPoint presentation
3. Focus on specific WSP topics
- After an introduction that describes the main principles for selecting an appropriate topic, participants will work in small groups focused on what topics might be most suitable for their school/s and locality/ies. Discussion.
4. Planning to implement a WSP
- We will look at a set of purposes WSPs are designed to achieve in schools, and the administrative conditions necessary to get a program underway. We will underline how WSPs are different from other kinds of projects or themes that are common in some schools.
5. Questions and Discussion
- We will conclude with a whole group discussion of the distinctiveness of WSPs, and their focus on building community and invigorating learning, and engaging the imagination and emotions of learners.
Note: We also offer more in-depth training through full-day and 2-3 day workshops. The WSPs team also provides consultancy visits to schools and school districts. For more information on possible workshop formats and consultancy visits please contact:
Dr. Kieran Egan,
Director, Imaginative Education Research Group,
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University,
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6