NOII Symposium

We are looking forward to the SOLD OUT 2017 NOII Symposium: Connected Learning Matters on May 12 & 13, 2017 at the Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC. There are still a limited number of spots available for the Pre-Symposium Seminar.

The Symposium is now sold out. To be added to the wait list, register here.

The 2017 NOII Symposium Program has now been finalized. Download here.

Westin Wall Centre (Airport)
3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC


Skytrain: The Aberdeen Station or Bridgeport Station are both about a 15 minute walk from the Symposium hotel. There is also additional parking at the Bridgeport Skytrain Station.

Parking: Parking at the Symposium venue is available on a first come, first serve basis. Daily hotel parking is $15/day. Should hotel parking be full when you arrive, hotel staff will direct you to an additional parking lot and shuttle service. Please note: downloading the Pay-by-Phone app will be helpful in expediting parking payment. Lot number is: 3858.

Alternative parking spots (free) around the hotel are noted on this map.

Please join us on May 11th from 10am – 2:45pm for the Pre-Symposium Seminar with Dr. Helen Timperley and Amelia Peterson. Helen and Amelia will provide an in-depth and personal session focusing on deeper learning around inquiry, professional learning and system change. See this flyer for more details. Registration is very limited. Register online at:

Accommodations at the Richmond Westin Wall Centre (Symposium hotel) are now sold out.

We have arranged for a limited number of additional rooms at the Pacific Gateway Hotel, a 5 – 10 minute walk to the Symposium.  To qualify for the group rate of $189 CAD, book early and prior to April 18, 2017 using the information below:

Event Name: Networks of Inquiry and Innovation
Code: 1703NETW
Hotel Toll Free: 1-866-382-3474
Local Phone: 604-278-1241

Pacific Gateway Hotel
3500 Cessna Drive
Richmond, BC V7B 1C7

Any questions? Contact Donna Weaving, Network Coordinator,

Missed one of our past events? See below for more information from past Seminars and be sure to visit the Video page to access a variety of presentations featuring innovation ideas and practical learning from school network teams.

The 2016 NOII SymposiumPassion, Purpose and Persistence: Making it Real – was a great success. The event kicked off with a special pre-event with Dr. Helen Timperley. Helen led us through a practical, hands-on session working with the Spirals of Inquiry, including examples of the stages from professional practice. The following 2 days were filled with local and international speakers, school and ignite presentations, and lots of informal networking time. See what people were sharing through #noii2016 (we captured a few comments here).

Check out this amazing video capturing our Friday session (thanks to our student video crew from North Vancouver SD!). You can also find several speaker presentations below:

School Presentations:

The theme for the 2015 NOII Symposium, Passion and Purpose: Making it Real was fitting, with keynote presenters sharing stories of system change, school sessions featuring innovative practice, and thoughtful discussions between peers through flash chats and informal networking. It was an amazing day (check out the full program if you missed it). Several attendees created stories based on how participants were sharing ideas through #noii2015 and we captured ideas around inquiry from experienced educators in these short videos. You can also find several speaker presentations below:

The theme for the 2014 NOII Symposium (#noii2014) was Stories of Change: Pictures of Possibility, featuring deep and powerful presentations and breakout talks, and thoughtful discussions between peers and colleagues through flash chats and numerous networking opportunities. Some of the featured speakers included:

Maureen Dockendorf & Rod Allan, BC Ministry of Education (facilitated discussion by Anthony Mackay) – Provincial Stories of Change and Possibility (video)

Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser, Centre for Innovative Educational Leadership, Vancouver Island University – Paddling Hard for Quality and Equity (video | ppt)

David Istance & Mariana Martinez-Salgado, OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation – An International Perspective on Learning (video)

Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools, West Vancouver – Innovation That Sticks: Real Examples from Real Schools (video | ppt)

Deborah Koehn, UNBC Instructor – Small Inquiry Steps: Learning from the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Student-Led Inquiry Projects (video | ppt)

Laura Tait, Director of Instruction, Nanaimo Ladysmith School District – It Takes a Village (video | ppt)

Julia Thompson, Surrey School District – Discovering the Joy of Reading: Duoth’s Story (video | ppt)

Sean Toal, Campbell River School District – Engagement and Innovation in Secondary Schools in Campbell River (video | ppt)

Diane Turner, Superintendent of Schools, Delta School District – Inquiry and Innovation: One District’s Story (video | ppt)

All breakout talks are captured here in small segments. Video segments can be downloaded for easy sharing through staff collaborations, conferences, or simply for personal learning.

The 2013 NOII Seminar focused on Inquiry, Innovation, Connections and Action: Down Home Inquiry – World Class Innovations. The featured speakers included:

Jim Wright – Creativity, risk-taking and leadership

Trish Rosborough – Language, culture, identity – A personal journey

Paige Fisher –Teacher learning and teamwork – New stories emerging

Nancy Perry and Deborah Butler – Self-regulation for curiosity and confidence

Laura Tait – Reflections and challenges –Moving into the water

Brooke Moore – Teacher leadership – A metaphor for change

Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser – Innovation and creativity – The next five years

The 2012 NOII Seminar focused on Deepening Inquiry and Building Curiosity – For a Healthy Learning World. The featured speakers included:

Paul Clarke – Educational sustainability and environmental leadership through pop-up farms

Paige Fisher – Assessment and learner motivation

Sharon Friesen – Cultivating the intellect through inquiry and professional community

Guy LeMasurier – Fitness for Life – passion and persistence

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl – Promoting social-emotional development

Laura Tait – Aboriginal Understandings – Raising our paddles for the next part of the voyage

Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert – Inquiry and innovation – Curiosity at all levels