Imagination Champions Professional Learning Series (2019-2020)

Are YOU an Imagination Champion?

Thanks to our recent sponsorship from Envision Financial, as well as our partnership with the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship, we are launching a 4-part professional learning series. This FREE series will be open to 15 select K-12 educators in the Lower Mainland.

The Imagination Champions Professional Learning Series strives to equip educators with practical strategies and resources to help bring imagination to the heart of their practice. Participants will be part of a wide community of imaginative educators who teach in ways that support creativity and innovation.

For more information on this series, requirements for participation, and the dates and topics, visit our webpage here.

New Walking Curriculum Challenge

The countdown for our second 30-day Walking Curriculum Challenge starts NOW! On September 16, 2019 join educators (K-12) around the globe in the movement to take learning outdoors.

Rain or snow or shine, educators are engaging the imaginations of their students through inquiry-focused walks and The Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder And Developing A Sense of Place as a resource and guide for outdoor learning.

For more information, free resources (we have even added new resources since our last 30-day challenge), tips for successful school wide involvement and more check out our webpage here.

Join the movement to #getoutside!

Think of the Possible: Webinar on IE in Museums

Jane Cockcroft from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford did a webinar on her guide to employing IE in Museum contexts. The guide entitled  Think of the Possible: Imaginative Education in Action in Museums and Heritage Settings provides a brilliant introduction to Imaginative Education and indicates its value and potential for creating emotionally memorable Museum experiences. The guide is incredibly practical, including vivid examples and a step-by-step process for exploring IE.

Enjoy the webinar and be sure to download Jane Cockcroft’s IE Guide for Museum Educators. (Jane welcomes your feedback–please get in touch with her. Contact information in the guide.)


New Partnership With Envision Financial

Imaginative Workplace Research: What’s that?

Does your workplace encourage ? Tell us about it!

Got 20 minutes to share?

Please participate in CIRCE’s “imaginative workplace research study” by responding to a short questionnaire.

All responses are anonymous.

Please email if you are interested!

New Addition to the CIRCE Administration Team

We are pleased to welcome Chloë Lum to the CIRCE administrative team as an assistant.

Chloë is an undergraduate student studying in the English Department at Simon Fraser University. She aspires to be an elementary school teacher and is grateful to all the wonderful teachers who instilled the love and passion for education she has today.

Imagination & Creativity in Higher Education: A Manifesto!

In collaboration with Creative Academic we facilitated an open discussion and developed a manifesto to advance thinking about imagination and creativity in learning and educational practices in higher education/post-secondary contexts.

Download, read, share!

Steps to a Manifesto for Imagination & Creativity in Higher Education (A)

Encouraging Imagination & Creativity in Higher Education (B)

Take the Walking Curriculum 30-Day Challenge

Playgrounds and schoolyards are underused resources for ecological learning.

The Walking Curriculum challenge begins on April 3, 2019 (National Walking Day). K-12 educators around the globe are committed to taking student learning outside for part of the day–rain or snow or shine–for 30 days.

With The Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder And Developing A Sense of Place (K-12) as a resource and guide, outdoor learning will involve engaging students in imagination- and inquiry-focused walks designed to enrich learning of the regular curriculum. Outdoor, walking-based learning fuels cross-curricular activities students then pursue throughout the rest of their day.

This page on the CIRCE website offers you support for joining and successfully completing this challenge. Free resources, information for parents and more. Be sure to check it out!

“The simple act of taking a walk—a walk with a curricular focus or purpose—can have multiple positive consequences. For example, walking can support students’ health and wellbeing. It can also emotionally and imaginatively engage learners by changing the “context” of learning. On a deeper level, a new level of curriculum relevance can emerge for students when learning occurs in real-world contexts. Going even deeper, walking-based practice can support students in developing a sense of Place. … Sense of Place is what can change how our students understand the world of which they are part—it can help them re-imagine their relationship with the natural and cultural communities they live in.”

Join the movement to #getoutside!

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2019 Dialogue Series on Imagination in Research & Teaching

The Possible’s Slow Fuse

The Possible’s Slow Fuse is a scholarly dialogue series organized by the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE) and the Research Hub of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Our 2019 series offers six stimulating discussions about the nature and role of imagination in research and education, facilitated by scholars from diverse fields in education – arts, indigeneity, technology, teacher education, mathematics, and aesthetics. Join us! Bring your ideas and questions, and share and celebrate learning and discovery together.

To get more information on the entire series and register click HERE. (It’s FREE.)

The FIRST session: Thursday, February 28 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SUR 5080, Faculty of Education, Surrey Campus

Speaker: Dr. Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

The Visceral Imagination

What is the relationship between the body and cultivating a relationship to the imagination?  In other words what would the visceral imagination mean for you?

What would it mean to bring your bodies to teaching, research and practice?  What would it mean to have your imagination infused with all your senses and connected to your teaching and research?

Click here to download a pdf document with information on the series.