Professional Development

Instructor PD Day

Instructor Professional Development (IPD) Day is an event created and organized by a team of RRC Polytech Instructors, Program Managers/Chairs, and the Centre for Learning and Program Excellence. The day’s events are geared towards increasing faculty engagement with each other and their students and sharing our teaching and knowledge with one another. 

This second annual IPD Day will offer a slate of professional development sessions and networking opportunities for faculty to choose from. Join us June 15, 2022 for a full day of faculty-focused speakers, panels, live and curated on-demand professional development sessions and themed networking spaces. 

Instructor Professional Development Day is almost here!  

Keep an eye on Staff News for session spotlights between now and our event day, June 15.

Sessions will be delivered virtually and you are welcome to use the Whova platform for networking (create meetups, discussion groups, etc.)

Featured Speakers

We’re excited to share that in addition to the amazing faculty- and staff-led sessions, we also have two featured speakers joining us!

Dr. Peter Liljedahl — Building Thinking Classrooms

Much of how classrooms look and much of what happens in them today is guided by institutional norms laid down at the inception of an industrial-age model of public education. These norms have enabled a culture of teaching and learning that is often devoid of student thinking. In this session I present some of the results of over 15 years of research into how teachers can transform their classrooms from a space where students mimic to where students think.  

Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education and an associate member in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University. 

Dr. Karen Bopp — Autism and Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Supporting ALL Students to be Successful

In Canada, the estimated prevalence of autism is 1:50 (PHAC). Many autistic and neurodivergent individuals go on to post-secondary education. It is no longer the case that you MAY have a student who is neurodivergent, it is how many and what can I do to support their success

This presentation will provide a brief introduction to autism and neurodiversity. You will learn some practical strategies on how to create an inclusive learning environment for all of your students.  

Dr. Karen Bopp is the Director of Provincial Outreach at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia.