Inspiring a passionate commitment to learning

Dr. Sharon Friesen and Dr. Barb Brown presented at the Technology and Teacher Education (TATE) Pre-Conference in Calgary, AB.

Galileo Educational Network (galileo.org), in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, creates promotes and disseminates innovative teaching, learning and leadership practices through research, professional learning and fostering collaboration across Canada both onsite and online.  Presenters will share how students, teachers, administrators and faculty members are engaged in leading and learning, improvement and innovation and research and development. Six principles foundational to the work include:

  1. stewarding the intellect through discipline-based inquiry;
  2. infusing digital technologies;
  3. providing high-quality assessment;
  4. honoring collaboration and teamwork;
  5. fostering scholarship of teaching and
  6. providing practical, thought-provoking preparation for pre-service teachers.

Using design-based professional learning strategies and design-based approaches to research serve to continually inform both theory and practice.  A professional learning and research project focussing on STEM designs for learning will be highlighted as a current example of collaborative work with faculty members, Partner Research Schools and Galileo mentors and consultants.


Friesen, S., Brown, B., & Sengupta, P. (2016, May). Inspiring a passionate commitment to learning. Pre-conference workshop presented at the Technology and Teacher Education (TATE) SIG, Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), May 28, Calgary, AB.

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