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SHIFT Lab at Spark

May 9, 2019
Posted By: TELUS Spark

Shift your practice with SHIFT Lab at Spark!

SHIFT Lab is a year-long program crafted by Spark designed specifically for educators. This leading edge opportunity gives you the tools to learn more about makerspaces, tinkering and design challenges while growing your experience and comfort level with risk-taking, collaboration, feedback, empathy and resiliency. Participate in hands-on workshops that require you to go beyond your comfort zone (in a safe and friendly environment) alongside engaging discussions with fellow participants and Spark staff members. 

SHIFT Lab includes up to nine days of professional development:

  • One week of workshops in our Summer Intensive from July 15 to 19 OR August 12 to 16
  • Fall 2019 workshop on November 1
  • Fall 2019 education conference on November 2
  • Spring 2020 workshop 
  • Fall 2020 education conference  

Get curious!

Throughout the week, you will be working on a design declaration; a statement of what shift you want to make in your professional practice. Do you want to create a makerspace? Are you looking to incorporate empathy into your classroom activities? Do you want to help students build resiliency and teamworking skills by building models collaboratively? Are you curious about how to incorporate design challenges into the humanities?

No idea what you want to shift? Don’t worry!

Experienced TELUS Spark staff members will help you craft your design declaration and will support you in fulfilling your declaration over the school year.

Participating in SHIFT Lab connects you with a friendly, helpful and passionate group of educators who are SHIFT Lab participants and alumni. The educational conferences are a great opportunity to share knowledge and build your network. In Fall 2019, you will hear from SHIFT Lab alumni as a conference guest. By Fall 2020, you will have the option to present your experiences to the next cohort of SHIFT Lab participants.

SHIFT Lab is an amazing professional development opportunity that will change the way you think about yourself and the work that you do.

Hear from SHIFT Lab Alumni! 

  • “Every teacher should go through SHIFT lab training. This experience will transform your practice and your approach as an educator”
  • “It was active. It put us in the same position we are going to put our students in. Gave me a new perspective.”
  • “An incredible [Summer Intensive] week of learning, failing and thinking, unlike no other experience I have ever had before…[It] renewed my passion through challenges, design thinking, making, tinkering and building relationships with passionate educators and instructors.” 
  • “The Shift Lab Summer Intensive is a super awesome, jam-packed, exhilarating, mind-blowing, mind-shifting, fun experience that will allow you to grow and stretch in ways you never imagined! It’s a community of like-minded individuals coming together to iterate passions and possibilities.”  

Application deadline extended to June 9, 2019! 

Apply Now

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