Engaging All Learners in Secondary Schools

Interactive Webinar Series

Greater Victoria School District 61 and the Rural Education Advisory invite educators in BC to join in a conversation about engaging all learners in secondary years. This three-part interactive webinar series will feature leading BC educators and examples from across the province.

Social & Emotional Learning in Secondary Schools

  • October 20, 2021 | 3:15-4:30pm PST
  • Miriam Miller and Leyton Schnellert

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Secondary Schools

  • November 16, 2021 | 3:15-4:30pm PST
  • Beth Applewhite and Leona Prince

Nurturing Student Agency through Assessment Practices

  • February 23, 2022 | 3:15-4:30pm PST
  • Trevor MacKenzie, Emma Milliken and Leyton Schnellert

Designing for Access and Engagement

  • May 18, 2022 | 3:15-4:30pm PST
  • Shelley Moore, Katie Marren, and Shannon Schinkel

Archived Sessions


Leyton Schnellert, PhD

Leyton is an associate professor in UBC’s Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy and Eleanor Rix Professor in Rural Teacher Education. He focuses on how teachers and teaching and learners and learning can mindfully embrace student diversity and inclusive education. Dr. Schnellert is the Pedagogy and Participation research cluster lead in the UBC Institute for Community Engaged Research and co-chair of BC’s Rural Education Advisory Committee. He has been a middle- and secondary-school classroom teacher and a learning-resource teacher for grades K–12. His books, films, and research articles are widely referenced locally, nationally, and globally.

For more information about Leyton visit: leytonschnellert.com or on twitter as @LeytonSchnell

Miriam Miller

Miriam Miller is an educational and research consultant committed to bringing social and emotional learning (SEL) to the forefront of the education community. Miriam works with educational institutions and organizations to support on-going professional learning in the areas of emotional literacy, school and classroom climate, and intervention/prevention initiatives. Miriam is a senior coach and trainer with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University and a researcher with the Social, Emotional, and Educational Development lab at the University of British Columbia. The combination of Miriam’s background as an educator, and her current role as a researcher, allows her to dynamically present research-to-practice in especially relevant ways for educators.

For more information about Miriam see her on Twitter @miriam_e_miller

Beth Applewhite

Beth Applewhite is the acting District Principal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with the Burnaby School District. BC-born and raised, Beth is a bi-racial educator of Trinidadian and Scottish heritages. She has been unrelenting in her determination to challenge the status quo and create equitable experiences and spaces that both acknowledge racial bias and celebrate personal and cultural identities. Beth recognizes that most folks value diversity, equity and inclusion. The challenge is encouraging them to be vulnerable enough to explore and reflect on their own biases, practices and rituals that contribute to school/district culture. Beth has been recognized for her work, including the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Community Achievement Award (2019). She was nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2020) and has been nominated for a Premier’s Award in Education (2020/2021). She has also been named one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women (2020/2021).

Leona Prince

Leona Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whu’ten and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. She is a descendant of Chief Kwah and Stiche. Leona is an award-winning educator and is currently the District Principal of Aboriginal Education for School District 91 (Nechako Lakes). She is the author of A Dance Through the Seasons, published by Fireweed Canada. Her newest publication that is to be released on May 17, 2022 is Be a Good Ancestor, published by Orca Publishing. Leona lives in Burns Lake, British Columbia.

Trevor MacKenzie

Trevor MacKenzie is an experienced teacher, author, keynote speaker and inquiry consultant who has worked in schools throughout Australia, Asia, North America, South Africa and Europe. Trevor’s passion is supporting schools in implementing inquiry-based learning practices. He is a highly regarded speaker known for his heartfelt storytelling, kind demeanour, and student-first philosophy. Trevor’s graduate research focused on identifying and removing the barriers to implementing inquiry-based learning in the K-12 setting. He is an inquiry practitioner currently as a teacher with the Greater Victoria School District in Victoria, Canada. He has two publications: Dive into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset, both published by Elevate Books Edu. He has vast experience supporting schools across several years in implementation strategies in public schools, international schools, and International Baccalaureate programmes (PYP/MYP/DP).

Emma Milliken

Emma Milliken is from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Ontario, with Anishinaabe and Scottish ancestry. She has been an Indigenous Education support teacher for fifteen years, and is a member of the Indigenous Education District Team in SD 61 (Greater Victoria). Emma is grateful to be working with Indigenous youth, and to have found a home with her own family on Lkwungen territory for the past twenty years. She is currently working on projects to support school staff in their journeys to understanding and practicing reconciliation personally and professionally. In her own teaching practice, her focus has been on both pedagogy and assessment, and how Indigenous approaches in these areas can benefit all children in our schools. Emma lives in Victoria, BC.