Developing Minds 2021

Developing Minds 2021: Place-Based and Experiential Learning

Developing Minds 2021: Friday, February 26th, 2021

Developing Minds 2021 explored place-based and experiential learning during the global pandemic. Hear the latest theory and how it translates into teaching practice from experts during keynote presentations, then develop practical strategies with your peers during interactive breakout sessions.   

A big thank you to everyone who took part in our half-day virtual conference with interactive breakouts. With a mixture of presentations in real time, materials delivered ahead of the conference for reading in your own time, and virtual interactive sessions, we saw over 100 delegates take part. Next year's conference will open to teachers and education professionals, K-12 in late 2021. It is free to attend.

Ticketing - please read carefully

There are two ticket types for our online conference.

"General Admission" will register you for the keynote presentation, panel discussions, and virtual expo.

"Full Access" ticket will give entry to the above events as well as an interactive breakout session. These tickets are limited to 100 registrations. Please read the breakout session descriptions to make your selection during registration. Note: limited seating in breakouts.

There are two tickets available. Please choose one. Both are free.


  • Friday, February 26th, 2021
  • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Virtual Event
  • Registration closed Feb 24

DevMinds 2021 Recordings and Speaker Presentations captured the day.

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Critical Thinking in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education

Recent changes in the BC education curriculum established Critical Thinking as a core teaching approach throughout K-12 classrooms. Students benefit from a rich community of inquiry that promotes deeper understanding of curriculum content and equips them with valuable life skills. School systems already using this approach have documented success using a number of outcome metrics.

Critical thinking skills transfer readily from the classroom into post-secondary education, and beyond. Not only do they enhance learning outcomes but students also gain a competitive advantage in the job market by acquiring skills in critical, creative and collaborative thinking frequently sought by modern employers.

Developing Minds seeks to open up discussion among provincial education stakeholders keen to explore how teaching critical thinking in K-12 classrooms transfers into post-secondary education for student benefit. 

Simon Fraser University presents a day of roundtable discussion and keynote presentations on teaching critical thinking within BC’s education system, with a focus on connecting creative thinking with critical thinking skills in the classroom. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers with direct experience, and then collaborate to build a provincial framework of reference.