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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Keynote speaker at upcoming SAGE conference

I am very proud to be invited to be the keynote speaker at the   VTAM/TEAM SAGE Conference (Vocational Teachers Association of Manitoba and Technology Educators Association of Manitoba). 

This is quite an honour and a bit like coming home. I recall as a new teacher how I looked forward each year to to attending this conference and never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I would one day be a keynote speaker. 


The conference is going to be at Winnipeg Technical College (now Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology). I have a special affinity to MITT as it was the last place where I taught as part of the public school system. I am posing some questions that I want the audience to think about because they were the same ones I was grappling with when I was a vocational teacher. 

I do hope that non-vocational instructors attend too as do administrators who work in vocational schools but may not themselves have a vocational background. I am also facilitating a workshop on how a professional growth plan really helps teachers focus on their professional development. I like that a number of the workshops will focus on teaching and learning in addition to subject matter content.

If you are a Manitoba teacher or know one who may be interested, pass the information along.