Dr. Gillian Judson is Executive Director of the Centre For Imagination In Research, Culture and Education (CIRCE) at Simon Fraser University. She teaches for Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and supervises Graduate Programs in Imaginative Education. 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. Her research interests also include educational program design, online learning, educational change, educational leadership, and Museum education. 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 A Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder & Developing Sense of Place K-12 (KDP, 2018), 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).
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AREAS OF EXPERTISE & RESEARCH
The Imagination’s Role in Teaching & Learning (PreK-Higher Education)
The Power of Story: Increasing Engagement & Effectiveness with Cognitive Tools
Imaginative Education (circesfu.ca): A Cognitive Tools Approach to Teaching (PreK-Higher Education)
Imaginative Ecological Education/Imagination’s Role in Place-Based Education (ierg.ca/IEE)
Pedagogy for Place-Making & Activeness: Engaging The Body in Local Natural/Cultural Contexts
Inquiry-Based Learning: The Learning in Depth Program
The Imagination’s Role in Educational Leadership
Program Design & OnLine Learning
TEACHING & CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
100+ conference presentations/workshops worldwide
Georgia Leadership Institute For School Improvement (Atlanta, Georgia)
Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University (B.C., Canada)
Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University (B.C., Canada)
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)
University of Victoria (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
K-12 Teaching, BC College of Teachers: Social Studies 8-10, Core French 8-12, Sciences Humaines 8-10
UPCOMING TALKS & WORKSHOPS
September 17/18, 2019
KPMG Inspire 2020 Conference, Vancouver/Langley, B.C. Featured Presentation: What’s the Story? Engaging Clients and Colleagues with Cognitive Tools.
October 11, 2019
Central Okanagan School District, Rose Valley Elementary School. Featured Workshop: Exploring Imaginative Ecological Education Practices.
February 14, 2020
Whole Hearted Education Conference, School District #71 (Comox Valley), February 14, 2020. Keynote: Evoking Wonder and Developing Sense of Place K-12. Featured Workshops: Engaging Imagination in (Eco)-Teaching K-12.
February 21, 2020
Surrey School District, KB Woodward Elementary School. Workshop: Engaging Imagination in (Eco)-Teaching: Walking Curriculum.
February 24, 2020
Innovation Conference: Reimagining Where We Are, The Ecology Of Place, Nanaimo School District. Keynote: Imagination Matters: Evoking Wonder and Developing Sense of Place K-12. Featured Workshops: Engaging Imagination in (Eco)-Teaching K-12.
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)
A New approach to ecological education: Engaging students’ imaginations in their world.
Judson, G. (2010).
Whole School Projects: Engaging imaginations through interdisciplinary inquiry.
Egan, K. (With Dunton, B. & Judson, G.) (2014).
Teaching 360°: Effective learning through the imagination.
Judson, G. (Ed.) (2008).
WHAT IS IMAGINATIVE EDUCATION?
*By artist Corrina Keeling (lovelettersforeverybody.ca)