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Creating a Movement - Reimagining Education

November 19, 2019 10:00 AM PDT
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“Giving Students a Seat at the Table”

What happens if you put students in the driver’s seat and let them design their education? This is the question Vancouver filmmaker Jon Long started out with as an idea for a documentary. During his search for the answer, he encountered inspiring kids and teachers who are re-imagining education in profound ways. The result is two groundbreaking documentaries, “Rise” and “Skool,” featuring innovative schools driven by the student voice.

Does engaging students in the structure of their education prepare them better for life after graduation? Phil Jarvis, president of the Transitions Canada Coalition, believes that students need personalized, project-based learning to reach their full potential. He’ll join Jon Long in a virtual event that takes a closer look at the innovative schools featured in Long's documentary film “Rise” to explore how they're giving students a seat at the table as partners in their own education and curriculum.

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Jon Long

The Earth Network

Jon has been a media creator for over 20 years and has developed, produced and directed films, multi-platform storytelling initiatives and television shows for companies such as Universal Studios, IMAX, Disney, Universal, Entertainment One, National Geographic and PBS. He is passionate about bridging the intersection of entertainment, technology, distribution and education and finding innovative ways to create meaningful projects. He created EXTREME for IMAX® theaters, which became one of the most successful documentaries of all time as well as THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM for Universal. Many of his projects have extensive community engagement and educational initiatives in collaboration with organizations such as Outward Bound, PBS, and World Wildlife Fund.


Phil Jarvis

Founding President
Transitions Canada

Phil Jarvis is the Founding President of Transitions Canada, a not-for-profit national coalition of youth, education, business, government, and civic leaders to help K-12 students’ become career- and life-ready. Early in his career he created a career exploration and planning system called CHOICES that was adopted by most secondary and postsecondary schools in Canada and by 13 U.S. states. He has since led a number of national and international career projects that have reached tens of millions of students. In The Real Game, for example, students take on the role of an 25-30 year old adult character and juggle life and work in a virtual community they create in the classroom. This gound-breaking learning program, disguised as a game, has been used in over 30,000 schools in the U.S. and 100,000 classrooms worldwide over the last two decades. Phil believes helping our youth discover their unique strengths, find their WHY, and learn what they will need for success and happiness in the life they dream of must be job 1 for teachers and parents - in fact, for the nation!



Liz Anderson

Engagement Coach

Born and raised in the Kootenays, Liz brings a wide variety of experience to her role and prides herself on being flexible, hardworking, and patient.  She also brings great negotiation skills and a hearty sense of humour honed by growing up in a family of four girls and raising her son as a single mom. Liz is thrilled to be able to live and work in her chosen hometown of Rossland where you will find her hanging out with her husband Jesse, working on their 100+ year old home, playing in the woods, or planning their next road trip.

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