NOII Symposium

We’re gearing up for the 2018 Symposium on May 11 – 12th, 2018 at the Westin Wall Centre, 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC. It will be an event showcasing presentations from leading local and global educators, practical school-based sessions, flash chats, ignites and lots of time for networking.


The 2018 Symposium is now SOLD OUT.  Please add your name to our wait list to be notified of an opening. There is still space available for the Pre-Symposium Seminar with Dr. Jal Mehta – see more below.


Please join us on Thursday May 10th from 10am – 12pm for the Pre-Symposium Seminar with Dr. Jal Mehta – Deep Learning: What It Is & How to Get There. Jal will provide an in-depth and personal session focusing on deep learning, particularly around professional learning and system change. See this flyer for more details and please share with your networks.

Registration is very limited. Register online here.


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


We have arranged for a limited number of rooms at the Westin Wall Centre at 3099 Corvette Way, Richmond, BC. To qualify for the group rate of $200 CAD+tax, book early using the information below:

Online: NOII Symposium – May 2018

Phone: 1-866-716-8108 indicating “NOII” or “Networks of Inquiry and Innovation” Symposium.


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: Paid parking at the Symposium venue is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

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


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 2017 NOII Symposium: Connected Learning Matters on May 12 & 13, 2017 and the Pre-Symposium Seminar on May 11, 2017 were noted as the “professional learning highlight of the year” by many attendees. See what people were sharing through #noii2017 (we captured a few comments here).

Some of the Symposium presentations are included here:

School presentations:

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