Spark Nights

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What is a Spark?

Spark is any learning event at SMUS open to the Greater Victoria community. Spark Night is the new name for the SMUS parent lecture. You may also see references to Spark in other SMUS events and activities connected to our wider community in Victoria.

About Spark Nights

Since 2010, SMUS has invested in connecting the latest in brain research to the education and well-being of students from Kindergarten to graduation and life after school.

This year’s conversations look to bridge current brain and wellness research with SMUS educational philosophy and practice. In each session, various SMUS educational leaders and guest speakers will be addressing a blend of research and practical suggestions for K-12 students and families. These are excellent opportunities to become more familiar with relevant topics on the educational landscape that are important for our community to be discussing.

These events are all free and open to SMUS parents, as well as our wider Greater Victoria community.

Upcoming Session Dates

Late September/early October, 2019.

Recent Spark Nights

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2018-19 Spark Night sessions:

  • Session One: Paul Mohapel discussed our device culture through a critical lens.
  • Session Two: Allison Rees - Building Communication Skills in an Age of Distraction.
  • Session Three: Jason Dorland - LOVE as a competitive strategy.

2017-18 Spark Night sessions:

  • Session One: Hypersext: Live talk with Dr. Gillian Roberts
  • Session Two: Sidestepping the Power Struggle: an evening with Dr Allison Rees
  • Session Three: Sleep, Think, Eat, Move: A presentation by Dr. Greg Wells
  • Session Four: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow: A presentation by Nancy Steinhauer
  • Session Five: Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints and Cyberbullying: A presentation by Nick Chernoff

2016-17 Spark Night sessions: