2016 Conference

Keynote Speaker

Yong Zhao


Yong Zhao currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His latest book World Class Learners has won several awards.

Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.

See Yong’s article about the need for a paradigm shift in education at http://zhaolearning.com/2015/04/06/a-world-at-risk-an-imperative-for-a-paradigm-shift-to-cultivate-21st-century-learners1/

You can learn more about Yong on his website at http://zhaolearning.com/

Conference Speakers

Rod Allen


Rod Allen currently holds the position of Superintendent for the Cowichan Valley School District. Earlier this year, he held the position of Chief Superintendent of Learning and Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Education. Under his leadership, BC has become a major contributor to global transformation efforts and within our province he has set a clear path and high standards for education transformation - ensuring students have the opportunity to explore their passions and take ownership for their learning.

"Rod's expertise and passion for student learning is well known in national and international circles. He will continue to influence the learning agenda for the benefit of students across our province. Rod is a Premier's finalist in Leadership for his education transformation work.

Jeff Hopkins


Jeff has been an educator for 21 years. He has experience as a teacher of English, English Literature, Social Studies, History, Psychology, Physics, Math, and Independent Directed Studies in almost every discipline. He has been a school counsellor and has a Masters in Counselling from UNBC, where he studies the relationship between perceived locus-of-control and overt aggression in adolescents. Jeff was BC’s first Safe Schools Coordinator, working to address issues of intimidation, harassment, marginalization through strategies that support inclusion, equity, restorative practices, and welcoming school environments.

Jeff has been both vice-principal and principal of several high schools in BC. He was UVic’s first Educator in Residence in 2013-14, hosting conversations about the evolution and revolution in education. He is interested in the philosophy of consciousness, the quantum enigma, writing music, lyrics, stories and screenplays, and transforming education.

Jeff is the founder and principal educator at PSII. He was formerly the Superintendent of School District No. 64 (Gulf Islands) in southern British Columbia. As of April 1st, 2013, he began working full time on PSII. The school opened in September, 2013. See its website at http://www.learningstorm.org/.

“It is my hope that once people can see this vision in operation that I will soon thereafter be put out of business by a public school system that finds the conviction to change in a more profound way than it has been able to so far,” he’s quoted as saying.

Shelley Moore


Shelley Moore consults locally, provincially and beyond. Her presentations include school, district and provincial professional development days throughout British Columbia, as well as various leading conferences throughout North America, including CEC, IRA and NCTE. Her interactive presentations are constructed based on contexts of specific schools and communities and integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education and technology.

Read more about Shelley at https://blogsomemoore.wordpress.com/about/

Here is an excerpt from this site:

Two years ago started a new professional chapter. I am a new member of our district’s inclusion support team, as well as a consultant facilitating the use of technology as a tool to support special education in the district. A whole new set of challenges, I am becoming quickly aware of my strengths…and my stretches. It has come to my attention that there is a direct correlation between nameplates and executive functioning skills!! I support 10 secondary schools in everything ranging from curriculum to behaviour support.

During this time, I started my graduate studies at Simon Fraser University in. I was introduced to a comprehensive inquiry based process and for the first time in my life I felt like I had something to contribute. Tackling my final field study, my completion came in October 2012. I am a perfect example differentiation and multiple pathways to success at its finest. This August, in a dancing fit of shock, excitement and panic, my dog and I danced in my living room at finding out of my acceptance to a PhD program at the University of British Columbia. With 2 very fine supervisors, we are continuing this educational journey together.