Dr. Hartley Banack
I am rather passionate about outdoor education, and I am attempting to live more ‘locally’ (whatever that might mean), and explore this in my approach to outdoor education. I know myself to be an educator, philosopher, poet, and a fierce advocate by nature. I hold a BC teaching certificate from SFU, and have taught with various age groups and indistinct educational settings, including pre-school, elementary school, high school, post-secondary school, and with adults and seniors.
Carrie is an outdoor enthusiast. Her early years were spent exploring Vancouver parks and beaches. She loves to ski, snowboard, bike, golf, swim and make new discoveries. Carrie is the principal at University Hill Elementary School. She is engaged in trying to break down the barriers between learning indoors and outdoors. As a lover of Vancouver, she believes: There is no bad weather, only bad clothing! Dress for weather and go play outside!
Megan Zeni is a first year PhD student in the faculty of education at UBC (EDCP) with over 20 years of K-7 classroom teaching experience. Megan currently teaches in a public school outdoor classroom and is an advocate for the social, emotional and cognitive benefits of outdoor and garden classrooms beyond the preschool years. She consults extensively on garden classroom start up and maintenance, as well as practical tips for joyful learning with all sorts of loose parts outdoors. Her research interests include teacher perceptions of risk, playful inquiry outdoors, and capacity building opportunities for normalizing outdoor cross-curricular learning in BC schools. Follow her learning journey at www.meganzeni.com
Born in Vancouver, Jason has called the city home his whole life. In addition, Jason has been lucky enough to explore, not just the wilderness just outside the city limits, but the great outdoors around the world. From mountaineering in the St. Elias range in Canada, to rock climbing in the deserts of Australia, to scuba diving in the Caribbean, to hiking in Iceland, Jason has listened to the call of the wild and answered to the best of his ability. A teacher for the past 10 years, Jason is passionate about hands-on learning experiences, and has done his best to encourage his students to explore the natural world.
Kate is an outdoor recreation enthusiast and loves to explore the beautiful and rugged landscapes of British Columbia. As a Secondary teacher with the Vancouver School Board, Kate works to promote outdoor education and nature-based learning with her students. Focusing on education for sustainability and environmental stewardship with her students, Kate looks forward to participating in this year’s WAV festival with Templeton Secondary and the city of Vancouver.
Rooted in environmental place-based learning and psycho-biology, my research area focuses on writing improvement through musical storytelling strategies. Nature and being outdoors lend themselves well to two strong influences that underscore my work and research: Stanley King and Susan Chung’s Youth Manual Co-Design method of story drawing and Murray Schafer’s Composer in the Classroom soundscaping. My goal is creating classroom adaptable training methods that teach children to co-design whole class music-theater from inception to completion, promoting positive emotional growth through engaging research-based narrative(s).
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