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 to 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.

Session Five: Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints and Cyberbullying: A presentation by Nick Chernoff

This parent presentation will focus on all things digital. Your child in Middle or High School has now entered into the peak of their digital media lives, where cell phone ownership doubles, video game use explodes and they dive into the world of social media and hypertexting. As a parent, you must lead the charge as a digital role model and help your child develop a strong digital citizenship foundation while reminding them that their digital tattoo is a reflection of their real and online selves. Nick Chernoff, from Safer Schools Together, will help families set rules and parental controls, develop a family tech plan and offer recommendations for monitoring your tween/teen’s digital life. A snapshot of current trends and concerning apps will be provided to equip you in your digital parenting strategy.

Monday, April 30, 2018
6:30 pm wine and cheese
7:00 pm program start
School Chapel, 3400 Richmond Road

Register for Session Five

Upcoming Session Dates

June 5, 2018

Recent Spark Nights

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2017-2018 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

2016-2017 Spark Night sessions: