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  • How online learning happens at SelfDesign

    Online learning at SelfDesign® is a diverse, engaging, personal experience that draws on resources far and near, in person and virtually to support learners’ individual learning journeys. We put learners at the centre of their own learning experience and allow them to determine the pathway towards meeting the required BC Ministry of Education competencies.

  • Nurturing connection in a time of physical distancing

    Art Intensive Camp brings SelfDesign® learners in grades 9–12 together for one week to connect, collaborate and share while they immerse themselves in art. When the B.C. government suspended in-person learning in B.C. schools in mid-March to protect students and slow the spread of COVID-19, SelfDesign decided to take the camp online and opened it up to all interested SelfDesign learners.

  • Reconciliation and SelfDesign: Building capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect

    SelfDesign® has been working to build cultural bridges across and throughout our own organization. Our efforts are driven by the more than 80 recommendations put forwards by SelfDesign’s Indigenous education task force, comprised of a First Nations elder, a First Nations SelfDesign parent and learner, and SelfDesign educators including those with Indigenous heritage.

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A ‘no-grades’ model for assessing learning

October 20th, 2020|Our Approach|

In the traditional classroom setting, teachers have always used tests, grades and reports to assess learning. If those three words make you quiver, you’ll be relieved to learn about an alternative model that SelfDesign® uses that assesses learning through observing and about our learner-led philosophy that goes hand-in-hand with supporting a learner’s curiosities.

From the backroads of B.C. to the beaches of South America, learners at SelfDesign show how learning happens everywhere

October 16th, 2020|Our Approach|

At SelfDesign®, at the core of our Kindergarten to Grade 12 online learning school, is the belief that learning happens all the time, and the learner is always at centre. Learning stems from curiosity and each individual learner’s passion and interests, whether that's at home engaging with family during game night, or connecting with nature in an old-growth cedar forest... Learning happens everywhere.

How online learning happens at SelfDesign

October 8th, 2020|Featured-Blog, Our Approach|

Online learning at SelfDesign® is a diverse, engaging, personal experience that draws on resources far and near, in person and virtually to support learners’ individual learning journeys. We put learners at the centre of their own learning experience and allow them to determine the pathway towards meeting the required BC Ministry of Education competencies.

Personalized learning: Celebrating and nurturing each learner’s passions, interests and skills

September 28th, 2020|Our Approach|

At SelfDesign®, passions are important and in every moment, children are encouraged to explore their interests. It’s not something that has to wait for after school or weekends, it’s a part of each and every day. Learn more about personalized learning at SelfDesign, and how our model encourages individuality and nurtures each learner’s passions, interests and skills.

SelfDesign shares its expertise in building meaningful relationships with learners online

September 25th, 2020|Education Innovation|

This fall, many schools are incorporating online and remote learning into their offerings, and many families are seeking to support their school-aged children in the new learning environment. To help both navigate this new reality, SelfDesign® has collaborated with Cognia, the world’s largest education improvement organization, to share our expertise in building meaningful relationships with learners online.

Relationship, trust and support: SelfDesign supports learning in challenging times

September 17th, 2020|Who We Are|

SelfDesign® Family Services provides resources and supports to help learners and families when events or situations interfere with learning. Within Family Services, members of the Contact Assistance Team – referred to as CAT – are experienced in working with learners in kindergarten to grade 12, including learners who receive Support Education services.

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