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Keynote Speakers

Friday - Marian Small

Marian Small, the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick, writes and speaks about K-12 math across the country. Her focus is on teacher questioning to get at the important math, to include all students, and to focus on critical thinking and creativity.
Some resources she has written include Making Math Meaningful for Canadian Students: K-8, Big Ideas from Dr. Small (at several levels), Good Questions: A Great Way to Differentiate Math Instruction, More Good Questions: A Great Way to Differentiate Secondary Math Instruction, Eyes on Math, Gap Closing (for the Ministry of Education in Ontario), Leaps and Bounds toward Math Understanding (at several levels), Uncomplicating Fractions,  Uncomplicating Algebra, Building Proportional Reasoning, Open Questions for the Three-Part Lesson (at several levels), Fun and Fundamental Math for Young Children, The School Leader’s Guide for Building and Sustaining Math Success, and MathUp, a new digital teaching K – 8 resource.


Friday - Adrienne Gear

Adrienne Gear has been a teacher with the Vancouver school board for over 25 years.  She has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher librarian and district Literacy Mentor.  She continues to teach part time in Vancouver, as well as provide professional workshops, demonstration lessons and leadership sessions to schools and districts throughout the province, across the country, and internationally.  Adrienne is the author of four other books: Reading Power-Revised and Expanded (Pembroke, 2015) Nonfiction Reading Power (Pembroke, 2008), Writing Power (Pembroke, 2011), and Nonfiction Writing Power (Pembroke, 2014), and her latest book Powerful Understanding (Pembroke, 2018).  Her books are currently translated into French, Swedish, Danish and Chinese.  She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their two sons. 


Saturday - Mary-Louise Gay

Marie-Louise Gay is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Short Stories for Little Monsters and Mustafa. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com


Saturday - Ashley Spires

 Ashley Spires is the author and illustrator of mnay books including the bestselling The Most Magnificent Thing and the Binky The Space Cat series, both of which are now animated productions.  She lives in Delta, BC with her husband, a dog and far too many cats.



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