Boundary Creek Times editorial – Feb. 20: Sessions important

Workshops on suicide prevention and harm reduction and social media and a District Trades Day are being sponsored by SD51.

School District 51 (Boundary) is planning some important sessions over the next few months.

March 5-6 SPERAS Consulting will be providing Suicide and Self Harm Prevention workshops in both Midway and Grand Forks.

At BCSS on March 5 the workshop will be presented to students during the day and in the evening to parents; the next day will see the workshops repeated at GFSS. Suicide is preventable. Preventing suicide requires family, friends, colleagues and employers to be willing and able to spot the signs and reach out.

On May 14 and 15 Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality will be providing Social Media workshops in Midway and Grand Forks using the same daytime/student, evening/parents format. Miller is an international public speaker who has addressed thousands of participants presenting and consulting to schools and companies since 2007.

A District Trades Fair is tentatively scheduled for March 7th showcasing the trades as a career choice.

It is hoped that Larry Espe, Superintendent of Trades and Transitions from the Ministry of Education will be able to attend. Sue Crighton of UBC-O will be facilitating ‘Maker Day’.

The Maker movement encourages a shift in learning, helping educators introduce working with their hands and trades and technology to students.

Dedicated Maker Days will integrate more hands-on learning opportunities into the education system and encourage invention, prototyping, and experimenting.

At Maker Days, students will be introduced to design thinking, inquiry, and experiential learning through small group design challenges.

One of the biggest challenges for small school districts is where to get the state of the art shop equipment to train the future tradesmen.

Perhaps the Maker Day people can slap together a Star Trek replicator that will handle the job, that is unless Mr. Espe comes with a cheque in hand.