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2021 SCWI Spring Symposium

Theme: Engaging and Supporting Students in a Virtual World

On behalf of SCWI and the Symposium Organizing Committee I would like to offer our deep appreciation to the two experts whose contributions to our virtual Symposium 2021 helped to make it another resounding success.

Brian Weishar, as our keynote speaker, offered a presentation on the adolescent brain and the implications for online learning that provided a theoretical basis with very practical suggestions

Mary Smart, as our “critical friend”, offered her much-valued insights on the Symposium and on SCWI development to date and beyond.

Special thanks to all the presenters, moderators, facilitators, tech supporters and especially the attendees for helping to make the 2021 Annual Symposium another very valuable experience!

David Armstrong
Project Officer
School-College-Work Initiative

2021 SCWI Spring Symposium - By the Numbers

380+ Registrants
17 Workshops
7 Networking Sessions
Early Bird Sessions + Keynote Session + Closing Session
Keynote Speaker:
Brian Weishar
Teacher and Professional Learning Facilitator
Simcoe Muskoka CDSB
Brian Weisher

2021 Keynote Address:
Still Learning About the Adolescent Brain: Implications in a Virtual World

Speaker Bio and Overview of the Keynote Address - pdf format
Presentation - pptx format
View the session - Adobe Connect Recording
Notes and Polls - pdf format


2015 Keynote Address:
Adolescents Can Learn Anything: The Growth Mindset Explained for Teachers” (2015)

Learn about the adolescent brain, the educator’s role in shaping it, and approaching learning with a growth mindset to help teens.

Presentation slides and audio
Plays from the SCWI YouTube Channel and opens in a new window
Critical Friend:
Mary Smart
Retired Educator
Mary Smart

Closing Comments:
Our 'critical friend', Mary Smart, former Education Officer at the Ministry of Education and a great proponent of SCWI, will attend Symposium events throughout the day. She will bring her insights to the Closing Comments session.

Speaker Bio - pdf format
Presentation - pptx format
View the session - Adobe Connect Recording
Notes and Polls - pdf format

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Symposium Feedback Survey Draw Winners

Kara Nolan, Guidance Counsellor, Banting S.S., Thames Valley DSB, RPT 10 Southwestern Ontario
1 $50 gift certificate - Staples

Deb Ford, SCWI Chair, RPT 9 PASS
1 $50 gift certificate - Best Buy

Chantale Rousseau, Teacher on Special Assignment, SHSM/Focus, CEC du Centre-Est, RPT 12 Eastern Ontario
1 $50 gift certificate - Indigo

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Dual Credit Photography Student Photos

The 2021 Symposium featured photos from students in Dual Credit Photography programs.

falling leaves

"Falling Leaves"
By Delainie Sheldon
Lambton College

the end

"The End" By Brendan Frayne, Lambton College

reflections

"Reflections"
By Hayley Branton
St. Clair College