Dr. Judy Halbert & Dr. Linda Kaser

Sub-theme: Matching Teaching to Learning Needs

Title: Matching Teaching to Learning Needs

The skills that young people need to thrive in the global community of the 21st Century are different than those required for past generations.  In many schools across the world, teachers are struggling to adapt their instructional repertoire to meet the changing needs of their learners and the changing context of schooling.  Drawing on the strength of research-informed practice, the wisdom of traditional approaches to learning, and the potential of innovative practices, this keynote will challenge educators to consider specific ways in which learning can be deepened and enriched for all learners. 

Dr. Judy Halbert is a co-leader of the Network of Performance Based Schools and the Aboriginal Education School Network in British Columbia, Canada. She has served as a secondary school principal, district leader and has worked provincially in school and district improvement. Currently on faculty at the University of Victoria and Vancouver Island University. Judy is committed to developing school leadership and school communities to developing school leadership and school communities focused on quality and equity.

Dr. Linda Kaser is a co-leader of the Network of Performance Based Schools and the Aboriginal Education School Network in British Columbia, Canada. She has served as an elementary and secondary principal, and a district leader. She has worked in senior policy roles with two provincial governments with special responsibilities for literacy, student achievement, and rural education.  As a faculty member at two BC universities and an advisor at a third, Linda is committed to creating stronger links between the academy and practitioners.

They are the co-authors of Leadership Mindsets - Innovation and Learning in the Transformation of Schools (Rutledge: 2009); “Cross Grade Learner Conversations” in Professional Learning Conversations: Challenges in Using Evidence for Improvement, (2008) Earl and Timperley editors; and Deepening Learning in School-to-School Networks with Louise Stoll forthcoming.