January 22-25, 2013 (St-John's, NL)
January 28-31, 2013 (Calgary, AB)
February 12-15, 2013 (Vancouver, BC)
April 8-12, 2013 (Winnipeg, MB)
April 15-18, 2013 (Halifax, NS)
May 27-30, 2013 (Toronto, ON)
June 17-20, 2013 (Regina, SK)
September 17-20, 2013 (Edmonton, AB)
September 23-26, 2013 (Montréal, QC [Fr.])
October 28-31, 2013 (Moncton, NB)
Dates to be determined at the end of each DACUM I workshop with participants wishing to take this second module.
Arrangements can also be made for the delivery in English or French (or in an other language via an interpreter) of the CVA DACUM Training workshops (either in a standard or adapted format) to address specific requests and needs from private or public organizations / associations in Canada or in other countries.
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The CVA introduces each occasional paper with a short biography of the author. Please find attached a short biography for Professor Blane Després from the University of British Columbia who has contributed our most recent paper.
Dr Blane Després has taught most subjects at all levels of K-12 school, though primarily French as a Second Language (as it used to be called) including short stints in French Immersion, gifted, drafting, automotive and woodworking, and at a storefront school for a couple of years. He has been designing and building houses since 1982 and tinkering with automobiles and his Beemers. His MA (1994) was a narrative study of an alternative learning program he initiated and his PhD (2003) was on on business and education partnerships. It was during a hiatus from his data analysis to run a Master Franchise business in internet solutions that Dr Després came upon systemic thinking through Robert Flood's (1999), Rethinking the Fifth Discipline, and became hooked. He returned to his dissertation and thus began the development of his systems thinking matrix for modelling and analysis (...)
Dr Després' interests include systemic ("whole picture") thinking, advancing it as a primary model for and analytical tool of all events (policies, organizations, happenings), true educational reform, leadership, purposes of education, philosophy, architecture and alternative learning approaches (e.g. homeschooling, rites of passage).
Currently Dr Després is Assistant Professor in Education at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus where, among other activities, he teaches up-and-coming Technology Education (vocational education) teachers.