Dr. Gillian Judson is one of the Directors of the Imaginative Education Research Group and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her published work and teaching show how we can routinely engage students’ imaginations (pre-K through graduate school) to ensure effective learning across the curriculum. She is particularly interested in sustainability and how an imaginative and ecologically sensitive approach to education can lead to a sophisticated ecological consciousness. Her recent books include Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies For Teaching (UBC Press, 2015) and Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive Tools for the Classroom (Teachers’ College Press, 2015).

Areas of Expertise:

The Imagination’s Role in Learning and Teaching (pre-K through graduate school): Imaginative Education and its programs (

In-Depth Learning & Ecological Education
The Role of Mental Imagery And The Development of Ecological Understanding
Place-Making and Activeness: Strategies For Engaging the Imagination and The Body in Place (

Professional Experience: Teaching & Consulting:

Georgia Leadership Institute For School Improvement (Atlanta, Georgia) (Scheduled: 2018)

Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.)

Yorkville University (Fredericton, N.B., Canada)

Bank Street College of Education (New York, New York, USA)

University Gabriel Minstrel & University Finis Terrae (Santiago, Chile)

Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C., Canada)

University of Victoria (Victoria, B.C., Canada)

Numerous conference Presentations & Workshops in many countries

K-12 Teaching, BC College of Teachers: Social Studies 8-10, Core French 8-12, Sciences Humaines 8-10

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Dr. Gillian Judson
Director at the Imaginative Education Research Group

Upcoming Talks/Workshops


August 29, 2017

North Surrey Secondary School ProD Day, Surrey, B.C.. Workshop: Engaging Students In Learning With Cognitive Tools.

September 9-17, 2017

9th World Environmental Education Conference (WEEC 2017), Vancouver, B.C. Workshop: Exploring Tools of Imaginative Ecological Education.

September 23, 2017

TEdX Talk, West Vancouver, B.C. Presentation:  Imagination Matters: Engage The Heart, Engage The Mind

October 5-6, 2017

InspirED conference, Pacific Academy School, Surrey, B.C. Workshop: Place-Based/Ecological Education/Outdoor Learning #getoutside: Resources For Cross-Curricular, Place-Based Learning In Your Schoolyard. Workshop: Emotion At The Helm: Engaging Emotion & Imagination In The Secondary Classroom. 

October 19, 2017

AEWright Elementary School, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Workshop: Engaging All Students Through Imagination. Workshop: Principles & Practices of Imaginative Ecological Education.

October 20, 2017

Manitoba Elementary School Teachers’ Association (META) Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Keynote Presentation: Imagination Matters: Making Knowledge Meaningful And Memorable and Featured Workshop: Talking Place & Engagement: Imaginative Ecological Education Practices.

November 14, 2017

St. Michael’s Elementary School, Burnaby, B.C. Workshop: Cultivating Student Creativity & Curiosity: Extending The LiD Program.

January 30, 2018

British Columbia Camping Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C. Keynote Presentation: Engaging With The Wonders Of Nature: Developing Sense of Place Through Imaginative Ecological Education. Featured Workshop: The World Is Wonder-Full: Exploring Imaginative Ecological Education In Practice.

Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive tools for the classroom: By Kieran Egan & Gillian Judson

Book Cover Kieran and Gillian



Engaging imagination in ecological education: Practical strategies for teaching.
Judson, G. (2015)

Wonder-Full education: The centrality of wonder in teaching and learning across the curriculum.
Cant, A., Egan, K. & Judson, G. (Eds.) (2013)

image_mini_FotorA New approach to ecological education: Engaging students’ imaginations in their world.
Judson, G. (2010).

WSP bookWhole School Projects: Engaging imaginations through interdisciplinary inquiry.
Egan, K. (With Dunton, B. & Judson, G.) (2014).

Teaching 360°- Effective learning through the imaginationTeaching 360°:  Effective learning through the imagination.
Judson, G. (Ed.) (2008).


I am always looking forward to listening to your great and inspirational presentations about Imaginative Education in 2015. Your presentations always make your audience fall in love with IE!

Bratislav (Brad) Mladenovic, M.Ed.Manager, Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU

Gillian Judson possesses two enduring qualities that any great educator aspires to: passion and knowledge. Under her tutelage throughout my graduate degree, I learned to ask of myself the “right” questions, and Gillian’s unwavering support in my search for answers encouraged me to pursue my own intellectual passions. Not only have I lived it as her student, I have witnessed Gillian’s ability to challenge and inspire through her work as our Faculty Member for our Imaginative Education module in SFU’s Professional Programs. Gillian’s tenacious spirit and commitment to the betterment of education is infectious, and our student teachers learned deeply from her. Like me, they too aspire to become the kind of educator Gillian Judson is–respected and admired.

Kelly Robinson, M.Ed.Faculty Associate, SFU/Teacher IE

Since 2006 Gillian Judson has been teaching Museum Educational Leadership students at Bank Street College of Education about Imaginative Education. She is an intuitive and passionate educator who has fully absorbed Imaginative Education into her teaching; students can immediately make connections between the theory and their own practice even though they are working not in classrooms, Gillian’s usual environment, but museums and cultural institutions.

Leslie Bedford, PhDMember of the Museum Group