Dr. Laurie Anderson in Chile

Dr. Laurie Anderson is an Associate Director of the IERG and delivered a keynote address on “Using our Imaginations” at a conference on Changes and Innovation in Education at the University of Finis Terra in Santiago, Chile. Laurie is also the Executive Director of the Simon Fraser University Vancouver campus. His outstanding work in Chile helped in furthering the IERG’s increasingly expanding relationships with many educators in Chile, both in schools and universities.

Laurie spoke on:

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The aim of his keynote speech and other talks to teachers and principals was to provide teachers with the rationale and the leadership strategies and ideas they need to address the evolving learning needs of their students, and to provide principals with the knowledge, sensitivities, and skills to manage the transition to enriched learning. He presented these needed changes as part of the journey towards implementing imaginative education as the pedagogical framework in schools.

He assures us that his time was not all spent on delivering keynote speeches and consulting with groups of principals, discussing how change and innovation can be managed successfully from the principals’ perspective. He did himself manage to enjoy other contributions of Chile to world culture:

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Laurie says: “I want to reassure all ierg devotees that my mission was to extol the pedagogical virtues of imaginative education writ large, not to attempt to a granular exposition (a task more suited to others more qualified). I was exploring the challenges of leadership at the teacher and principal level: the myths of reform (reliance on testing, technology, the accountability movement) and the value of building strong efficacious relationships between and among teachers, principals, students and the parent community. As those of you familiar with the ierg foundation established at the Universidad Finis Terrae, there is a strong appetite to develop even stronger, sustainable links with SFU in this area.”

Imagination and the Engaged Learner: Cognitive tools for the classroom

A new introduction to Imaginative Education, written by Kieran Egan & Gillian Judson. Due to be published soon by Teachers College Press.

Book Cover Kieran and GillianStudents’ imaginations are often considered as something that might be engaged after the hard work of learning has been done. Countering such beliefs, Egan and Judson show that the imagination—one of the great workhorses of learning—can be used to make all learning and all teaching more effective. Through techniques that any teacher can learn and easily apply in any classroom, they demonstrate how and why imagination can be used across the curriculum and grade levels to make teaching and learning more interesting, engaging, and pleasurable for all. Teachers who use these techniques will discover the emotions, images, stories, metaphors, sense of wonder, heroic narratives, and other cognitive tools that can bring life and energy to their classroom. This practical handbook will help teachers learn how to use these enlivening techniques in their daily practice to stimulate students’ intellectual activity and growth.

Book Features:

  • A comprehensive description of imagination’s role in thinking and learning.
  • Field-tested teaching strategies for the K–12 classroom.
  • Cross-curricular examples showing IE making a real difference for teachers and students.
  • A “cognitive toolkit” to spur active learning and meaningful interaction.

Kieran Egan is a professor in the faculty of education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. His books include Whole School Projects: Engaging Imaginations Through Interdisciplinary Inquiry. He is a winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Education.

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.

December 2015/160 pp./$37.95/ISBN: 978-0-8077-5712-3

IERG News & Updates September 2015

Welcome to our latest newsletter, the 4th this year.

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter September 2015

IE MEd Paint Night

The IE MEd cohort of 2013-15 is nearing completion. To celebrate this accomplishment, students and instructors decided to participate in a painting class. Regretfully 3 members of the cohort were unable to attend (they were missed). Those who did attend had a great time. Please notice the 15 variations of a “swimming turtle” image as well as 1 oil-spill. Good times had by all!

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Our first CORIX Research Assistant

We are happy to announce the appointment of our first CORIX Research Assistant. Ms. Carolina López is a MEd student (Imaginative Education Cohort 2013-2015) in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She will help us in developing the LiD program in a variety of ways. Recently she worked with the IERG on a research project implementing our Imaginative Literacy Program http://ierg.ca/ILP/ in Mexico, analyzing its applicability and effectiveness.

During her appointment as a Corix Research Assistant, Ms. Lopez will be working with others involved with the LiD program on the following projects:

  1. organizing and disseminating the resources we and cooperating teachers have already developed for optimizing the implementation of LiD, and making these widely available on our website;
  2. disseminating brochures that describe how the LiD program can be used to benefit the education of gifted and talented students and also how it can benefit those designated as “special needs” and “at risk” students;
  3. exploring how LiD has become picked up and disseminated in those countries where it is expanding most successfully; based on the results, devising a strategy that we can deploy in two or three other countries to see how we might stimulate wider implementation of LiD;
  4. drafting a new Frequently Asked Questions document that addresses the commonest reasons administrators have given for not implementing the LiD program.


The company generously donated $250,000 towards an endowment for our Learning in Depth program. Corix is a leader in the implementation of sustainable water, wastewater and energy utility infrastructure solutions for small to medium-sized communities across North America. Their generosity will enable us to develop and expand LiD in a number of dimensions. If you would like to add to this endowment fund, please contact us at lid-ed@sfu.ca.

Visiting Professor with the IERG

We are pleased to announce that Kiyotaka Miyazaki will be a Visiting Professor with the IERG from mid-May to mid-July, 2015. He is professor, of educational psychology, in the faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University. For a number of years he has been an associate of the IERG, and has given memorable presentations at a number of our summer conferences in Vancouver. His research background is in cognitive psychology. He has been studying the teaching-learning process in, mostly, elementary school and early childhood education. He has been engaged with cultural-historical theories, and has published work on both Vygotsky’s and Bakhtin’s ideas. He has published books on improving children’s learning, on interrelationships between students’ and teachers’ learning, and on children’s discovery and creativity in learning through artistic work. One of his research interests is to use IE ideas, particularly the recapitulation view of development, to develop Japanese practitioners’ uses of Imaginative Education.

NEW IEE Workshop

Engaging The Body and Developing A Sense of Place

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Would you like some practical strategies for imaginatively engaging your students in their learning?

Would you like to know how to engage the body in ways that can support learning and also contribute to ecological understanding?

Do you want ideas for getting students outside and developing a sense of place as you finish the school year?

Fee also include Resource book: Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education:  Strategies for Teaching (Pacific Educational Press, 2015) pacificedpress.educ.ubc.ca/iee

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IERG News & Updates May 2015

Welcome to our latest newsletter, the 3rd this year.

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about some IERG activities worldwide. You will find examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces describing our different programs, publications, and events.

We always look forward to your feedback, and please feel free to share our News & Updates with your colleagues and students.

View IERG Newsletter May 2015

IERG News & Updates March 2015

News & Updates – March 2015

IERG News & Updates is our way to keep you informed about activities of the IERG, examples of Imaginative Education in action, interviews with practitioners, as well as short pieces giving in-depth insights into various aspects and programs of the Imaginative Education Research Group.

We welcome your feedback, and as always, please feel free to share this with your colleagues and students, so that everyone can stay connected.

View IERG Newsletter March 2015.


Engaging imagination in ecological education: Practical strategies for teaching K-12.

Monday April 27th, 2015

This interactive, ecologically-oriented workshop will provide participants with background knowledge and practical strategies for teaching K-12 that will both engage students’ imaginations in learning cross-curricular content and support the development of their ecological understanding.

The registration fee offers participants a 3-hour workshop, resource book (Judson, 2015), and light refreshments.

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