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ISABC Virtual Professional Development Conference 2024

Join us for the  Pro-Development Conference on Friday, February 16th 2024.

Attendee Registration opens on January 15th, 2024 at 9am.

At ISABC, we believe in the power of professional development to inspire growth, foster collaboration,
and drive innovation in the field of education. Our Pro-D Conference is a unique opportunity for educators,
administrators, education professionals, and parents to come together and expand their
knowledge base, exchange ideas, and enhance their practices. 

The conference will focus on raising awareness, providing information and support,
and elevating the conversation around:

Mental Health and Wellbeing
Environmental Sustainability
Indigenous Education

Importantly, the day will provide practical support and information for those in the
education field and parents in their engagement with young people – as well as support
for adults in their own mental health and wellbeing,
environmental sustainability, and Indigenous education journeys.

Presenters and Programming

The Professional Development Conference will be held virtually allowing convenience for participants across the ISABC community.  We anticipate hosting nearly 1500 attendees at the conference.  This year we are including dedicated time for Conference Connections; an opportunity to mingle, muse, and merge ideas with peers from across ISABC schools.

We encourage you to check back to this site regularly for updates on featured speakers. Make sure to save the date and join us on February 16th for a day filled with inspiring discussions, practical workshops, and opportunities for connections. 

Speaking Opportunities

Are you a passionate educator or an expert in your field? We invite you to become an active participant in our upcoming Virtual Professional Development Conference by sharing your knowledge and expertise as a speaker.

Being a presenter at the Professional Development Conference is an excellent opportunity to engage with educators, inspire professional growth, and make a meaningful impact on the ISABC community. We welcome you to click the ‘Speaker Registration’ button below to register.  

We appreciate your commitment to advancing professional development in the education community. Thank you for considering this opportunity to share your expertise and contribute to the success of the Professional Development Conference. We look forward to receiving your submissions and creating an enriching experience for all participants.

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for professional development within the ISABC community. We look forward to virtually welcoming you to the 2024 Pro-D Day, where we will collectively foster growth, share insights and a passion for learning.

Attendee Registration begins on January 15th, 2024 at 9am.

Meet OurSpeakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr. John-Tyler Binfet

We are thrilled to have Dr. Binfet as the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Binfet is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. His research focus is the investigation of kindness in schools including how children, adolescents, and teachers understand what it means to be kind within a school context. Dr. Binfet’s goal is to create inclusive spaces where students are challenged to think differently and move forward through the world in creative and meaningful ways.

Dr. Gabriela Ionita

Jessica Wollen

Kelsey Penney

Omari Newton

Kevin Frick

Nicola Doughty

Meg Kapil

Christopher Britt

Rebecca Greier Horton

John Hannah

Holly Johnson

Blue Netherclift

Alexandra Lesk

Kyle Prior

Rebecca Brunswick

Kristina Thomson

Adrian French

Peter Holowka

Adi Aharon

Shirley Lee

AGENDASessions Schedule


February 16, 2024 08:15


Begin the day with warm words from our ISABC Executive Director and Board Chair that will set the tone for a day of learning and connecting.

February 16, 2024 08:30

Opening Keynote

Dr. John-Tyler Binfet will take the virtual stage to spark conversations and ideas that will resonate throughout the day with this keynote titled The Science Behind Being Kind: Implications for Educators, Students, and School Communities

February 16, 2024 09:30

Session 1

Dive into Session 1, where thought leaders and innovators will take us deeper into the world of education. Select from a selection of workshops categorized into the topics of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Indigenous Education, and Environmental Sustainability.

February 16, 2024 10:45

Conference Connections

Engage in dedicated time for Conference Connections; an opportunity to mingle, muse, and merge ideas with peers from across ISABC schools.

February 16, 2024 11:45

Session 2

Continue your education with Session 2, offering fresh perspectives and practical takeaways for your professional toolkit. Select from a selection of workshops categorized into the topics of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Indigenous Education, and Environmental Sustainability.

February 16, 2024 13:00

Closing Remarks

We’ll wrap up with heartfelt Closing Remarks, sending you off with key messages to ponder and practice.

FAQFrequently Asked Questions

There is no charge for teachers and parents within the ISABC to attend the conference. For non-ISABC members, the cost is $50 per person.
If you are registering with other teachers from a non-ISABC, your school will be invoiced after the conference for your attendance. If you are a single attendee from a non-ISABC school you can send the $50 payment by interact transfer to bonniefisher@isabc.ca. Please make sure to add your name in the notes field and to reference ISABC Conference 2024.
Of course, welcome! Please note that for non-ISABC member attendees the cost for the day is $50 per person. Please see the payment instructions in the question above.
Going virtual this year again allows us to welcome participants from all over British Columbia, enhancing the diversity of perspectives and experiences. We've heard your feedback about wanting more opportunities to connect with colleagues. This year we've introduced an exciting new platform, complete with dedicated networking time between sessions. Get ready for a dynamic and interactive Professional Development Conference experience!
Yes, welcome! Parents are invited again this year for the ISABC Professional Development Conference. There will be workshops open for just teachers and workshops available for teachers and parents. Parents, please ensure to select workshops that include parents as an audience.
You can view the timings of the conference above in the agenda section. The detailed schedule, including session speakers and topics that you can register for, will be available for viewing at the beginning of January 2024. In the meantime please continue to check this site for an updated speaker list.
Prior to the event, all registered attendees will receive an email with instructions on how to access the virtual conference platform. This email will contain all the necessary information to log in and navigate the platform.
Most sessions will be recorded and will be made available to registered attendees after the event.
The virtual conference platform will include various interactive features, such as chat rooms, and discussion rooms. These features will enable attendees to connect with fellow participants, fostering meaningful interactions and discussions.
Attendee registration opens on January 15th, 2024 at 9am. We encourage you to register as soon as it is open. Some sessions have limited capacity, so early registration ensures your preferred choices, and that you receive timely information. Attendee registration closes on January 28th, 2024 at midnight.
Upon request we can provide you with a certificate of attendance. Please email Veronica at info@isabc.ca after the day.
For any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to email Veronica at info@isabc.ca. We are here to assist you and ensure you have a valuable conference experience.

Attendee Information

Attendee Registration opens on Monday, January 15th at 9am.