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Surrey Focus Day
February 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Theme: “Igniting Minds”
How is information turned into knowledge? Under what conditions do people learn? What is the role of education in the development of societies? What kind of teaching fosters critical thinking and problem solving? This presentation is about the relationship between agency and education. It considers the power of education to transform individuals, their communities, and ultimately, whole societies. From the magic inherent in the moment when a child learns to read to the power of literature to bring hope during the darkest moments in our history, Lauryn delivers an enthusiastic ode to learning, and in particular, to the pivotal role of teachers in igniting young minds.
Dr. Lauryn Oates
Lauryn is a ﬁerce proponent of the universalism of human rights, and frequently speaks out for global citizenship in the Canadian and international media. She is the recipient of several awards and distinctions, including a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded by the province of BC.
In 2008, The Globe & Mail named Lauryn as the ﬁrst of Ten Canadians to Watch in 2009. She holds a BA in international development (McGill University), an MA in human security (Royal Roads University) and a PhD in language and literacy education (University of British Columbia). She has taught graduate students at the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University since 2014.