Soaring to Success: The 4C’s (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration & Communication in the Classroom)

AbbySchools Middle School Conference January 29, 2018 

Proudly hosted by W. A. Fraser Middle School

Our conference theme this year is Soaring to Success: The 4C’s (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication in the Classroom). Sessions for the day focus on the 4C’s used within the classroom.

Keynote speaker is Mr. Hall Davidson


Hall Davidson has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. He has collaborated with thought leaders including teachers, superintendents, and departments of education. A former K-12 bilingual math teacher and college faculty member, he left the classroom to became part of an Emmy-winning team, creating math and technology integration programs. For forty years, he has been an educational innovator in important waves of change, first in broadcasting, then computers, and now digital learning. His talks blend humor, deep insight, and data from both education and industry and illustrate the big picture with nuts and bolts examples. He has worked with transformational industry groups, education ministries, and with thousands of students through guidance of the nation’s oldest student media festival. Across four decades of work with education, he identifies right now as the most transformative and important time for teaching and learning.

Keynote Presentation: The Digital Transformation

Going digital has fantastic, unintended consequences for learning. New digital ‘techbooks’ arrive by tablet, computer, and phone. They have cloud-based media DNA: differentiated, personalized, updatable and media rich. These inevitable smarter ‘books’ have profound implications. When the textbook goes digital, the whole game changes. It becomes its own backpack with a camera, sensors, encyclopedias, and much more. Much like the old textbook, core resources remain the teacher’s friend while their augmented realities, embedded codes, and mobile media create deep and immediate connections to learning for students.

This conference is supported through our partnership with DiscoveryEd. The Science TechBook is available to Middle School Teachers in the district!

Science Techbook helps teachers transform their instruction with a simple-to-use, highly interactive program that integrates multimedia resources including video, audio, text, and interactives. Hands-on activities, virtual labs, and technology-enhanced formative assessment provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Science Techbook works on any device and can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings. Check it out here.

Contact your Principal to get access to this excellent resource.




Please remember to bring a water bottle!! After morning coffee and snacks, water will be the only drink option.

What are my parking options for the event?

Please park in the Fraser Middle gravel parking lot, immediately East of the school, or at Yale Secondary (there is a walking path to Fraser Middle). Please do not park in the ARC parking lot. Parking at Fraser Middle will be reserved for staff and presenters only – thank you.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

  • Susan Green – 604-859-4891 local 1233
  • Dean Johnston – email ( or phone at Fraser Middle at 604-850-7849.  

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No – please check in at registration to pick up your registration tag/ details upon arrival. 

What’s happening for lunch?

Lunch will be catered by Eleni’s Restaurant.

 What is the cost of registration? 

  • Early (and free) registration for #AbbySchools Middle School staff until January 22nd.  
  • #AbbySchools Middle School Teachers after January 22nd –  $25.00 
  • #AbbySchools Elementary & Secondary Teachers  – $25
  • Out-of-District participants – $50.00.
  • Student Teachers – $15, unless currently in a practicum at an #AbbySchools Middle School