Interested in presenting with us?
Deadline for submission is April 30, 2021.
Workshops run in a 60 min time segment. This includes all aspects of the workshop, so if you are planning a Q&A session, doing an activity, showing videos/demos you will need to adjust accordingly. However, there will be empty “rooms” to which you can move if you are having a debate or discussion that runs longer than the allowed 60 mins.
Most of our presenters are educators, however, anyone who has a passion for science is welcome to share their resources and knowledge.
Our platform hosts provide ample training opportunities, both live and pre-recorded. Drop-in sessions will also be available for troubleshooting and/or any other questions you may have. Our team will also provide a workshop moderator (should you request one) who will help you manage the chat and field questions as they arise during your workshop.
Hands on activities are definitely great! As this conference will be hosted online, please bear in mind that teachers will have varied access to equipment depending on where they are. If you have physical items/printouts that you’d like your audience to have with them for the workshop, we can assist you in the mail out process. You can also upload documents so that delegates can print ahead of time on their own. If you are doing an activity that needs physical items we highly encourage you to think of items that would be easily accessible to the vast majority of teachers. For example, household items, items they can find in their classroom or borrow from their school’s lab, and/or items that could be purchased inexpensively (like a dollar store).
This year’s Catalyst will be held on Zoom as it was last year. Given this platform the default number of attendees is capped at 100. However, if you have special circumstances that require fewer numbers, we can cap it at whatever you are comfortable with. If you are interested in increasing the number from 100, then depending on the case, we would prefer to run 2 sessions rather than one.
Generally speaking, your audience is made up primarily of science teachers from around the province of BC. However, other guests are welcome to join and make up a small portion of the audience as well (ex: Educational Assistants, Learning Support Service teacher, Teacher on Call, Student Teachers, other presenters, community members, etc.)
In the past, our workshops have been predominantly geared toward secondary teachers, however, we are going to make an elementary/middle school “stream” so that we can better engage and serve our delegates teaching in these grade levels. It is most helpful if you specify which grade level your presentation is for. We also encourage you to do more than one presentation (if applicable) that can be geared toward junior and senior levels of science educators rather than do a “general audience” presentation. Teachers find it more helpful to see resources and tools specific to their area of expertise rather than have to do extra work to adapt said resource.
We are accepting workshops of all nature! Some examples are: resources to be used in the classroom such as virtual labs, strategic planning, new ways to teach a difficult concept. How to assess work and give meaningful feedback, how to get students to do peer-to-peer editing and assessing. New technology or apps that make teaching/marking online more streamlined. A place/organization with an education program and/or field trip opportunity that integrates with BC curriculum. Anything that a teacher can use to enhance their repertoire and make teaching more accessible and engaging to students is the goal.
We want to inspire our students to be curious, life-long learners and responsible global citizens. We want them to be activists for the environment, carers for the community, and leaders in the world!
*Please note, these are suggestions, not requirements, and that all of these have come from direct feedback from our delegates from past conferences.
If presenting a way of learning (for example, Project-Based Learning), we encourage you to spend no more than 5-10 mins going over the reasoning for choosing such a method. Most teachers are aware of the different types of learning methods and are joining your session to see how to implement it rather than why to use it. In the past, feedback from delegates was that the presenter spent too much time explaining the “why” leaving very little time for demonstrating the “how”.
Presenters should write a description/introduction that gives an overview of the workshop itself. Talk about the target audience (elem./middle/sec.), how will you present (lecture with q&a, interactive with breakout sessions, hands on activities, etc.). Give a bit of your background and what drew you to this subject. We would LOVE it if you would consider submitting a video so that delegates can see you for a more personal introduction, however, this is optional.
If your workshop is for a general audience, we encourage you to have examples for different grade levels rather than focusing on one age group and saying “this could be adapted to any level”.
If you are willing to record your session, please let us know! We would love to compile a catalogue of workshops for our website so that teachers from all over can access and view as needed. We also ask that you consider making your resources (if applicable), available to all delegates for viewing.
Pre-recorded sessions will be posted to our website for access to Catalyst II, but won’t be included in our conference
Please choose materials that are somewhat easily accessible, such as household items or things that can be acquired in a classroom/school lab. Many of our delegates live in remote communities so gaining access to special equipment might be challenging. Print outs and paper resources can be shared online for delegates to print out ahead of time. You may also share links and documents in the Zoom chat as you go.