Thursday, October 1, 2015

TransformEd Fall Offerings!

As we setup our classrooms, we begin to anticipate the arrival of our wonder-ful students and the excitement of a new school year ahead!  What an amazing opportunity to reflect on former practices and continue to transform with the help of colleagues, social media, and other collaborative learning sessions.   

After a lot of consideration, I have decided to take a break from instructing the York University Kindergarten AQ course.  Though it is an experience that I look forward to and cherish, I am unable to physically commit to all of the hours knowing that I will be in my third trimester for most of the sessions.  My apologies to all of the amazing participants who have emailed me in hopes of continuing their studies...  

In the meantime, here are a few Fall offerings that can support your journey: 

1. #CTInquiry

Are you interested in joining a free network that can inspire and guide your inquiry work throughout the school year?

Join us for our first session in Anamaria Ralph's classroom of the TDSB - Maurice Cody P.S. on Thursday, September 17th, 2015!

Download the flyer in pdf here.
More information on the #CTInquiry page.

2. TransformEd Fall Workshop:

Provocations, projects, and my pedagogical documentation process: Reflections of a five year journey transforming educational practices

For the past five years I have planned many different invitations for learning in hopes that they might lead to inquiry sparks. Learn more about how I provoked student thinking with several examples of project work and how these experiences were documented to support planning throughout the years.

Special guests include #FourEverInspired: Trista Dutt, Jocelyn Schmidt, Vanessa Bianchi as well as my SK/1 grade partners Heidi Theis and Sandra Foryszewski.

What will you gain from this session?
  • provocation ideas from five years in the making
  • inquiry project examples from five years
  • seeing how various inquiry sparks were carried out and documented 
  • how documentation was used to support planning of next steps
  • how the process of documenting evolved over time
  • exposure to higher-order thinking questions that aligned with each project
  • examples of uncovering the curriculum
  • insights, experiences, and perspectives of educators in FDK, SK/1, Library, and Junior grades
  • opportunity to ask questions at a point in the school year where you might have many
  • inspiration for the coming months and year
  • certificate of participation

Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Timing: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:30-10:00 Registration, exploration, and networking
10:00-12:30 p.m. Presentation by Joanne Marie Babalis
12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-3:30 p.m. Presentation by Joanne Marie Babalis followed by special guests
3:30-4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion (including varying perspectives of guests) and Questions

Location: St. George's Golf and Country Club 
1668 Islington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M9A 3M9

Download the flyer in pdf here.

If you register by October 1st, your name will automatically be entered in a draw to win some educational products.  In addition to these materials, the first 50 registrants will receive 1 in 5 chances for a FREE TransformEd Consulting Services package (which might include any of what is listed below under #3 - customizable opportunities) to continue our learning and growing together! 


The TransformEd Fall Workshop on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 from 9:30-4:00 p.m. (6.5 hours) with lunch included costs $200.00 + HST = $226.00.  

An email will be sent to you confirming your registration from paypal and will attach your receipt.  If you do not receive this confirmation (sometimes there are glitches), please contact  A second email will come your way leading up to the session with any updated information and a receipt from TransformEd Consulting Services.

All sessions are non-refundable.  The golf course requires that the number of participants are confirmed, to ensure that they have adequate space, staffing, and food.  Even on a snow day, they do not provide our money back.  You may, however, give your spot to someone else and email me about the changes so that I may update my list.  Think of this like a ticket to a concert-once you register, your spot is confirmed.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  

3. TransformEd Consulting Services customizable opportunities

Download the flyer in pdf here.

How can TransformEd help you, your program, and your colleagues, within your context?

  • Workshop presentations at your location with topics that match where your group of learners are in their transformation (lecture style, hands-on creative, or a mixture of the two formats)

  • Classroom consultation visit with design inspiration on how to make your learning environment act as the third educator (not limited to your classroom - could also be a discussion over materials at a store such as Ikea)

  • One-on-one or small group planning meetings (at your location, a cafe, or within TransformEd studio office space) supporting you or your team wherever you are on your journey (e.g., flow of the day, inquiry, pedagogical documentation study, etc.)

  • Skype/Face-Time consultation meeting or online learning session

  • Book study or network sessions facilitated such as #CTInquiry

  • Educational event planning, marketing ideas/creative brainstorming sessions, and support with styling or setup

  • Classroom or school photography captured through TransformEd's lens that you can then used for your social media

  • Support with and tips to begin your own educational blog, youtube channel, twitter account, Pinterest page, or Instagram feed

For more information about these customizable packages, please contact  I will try to work creatively around my busy schedule to accommodate your request(s) throughout the school year!

4. TransformEd customizable children's programming

Download the flyer in pdf here.

How might TransformEd inspire your child to become a lifelong learner?

  • private inquiry-based learning sessions in the TransformEd studio (near Wonderland) or in your own home for 1-6 children 
  • private piano lessons
  • private art lessons
  • private literacy lessons (oral communication, reading, and writing)
  • custom package that combines different areas of your interest

5. Coming soon to TransformEd:  Online video workshop sessions entitled, "Tea Talk Tuesdays" from the comfort of your own home, teacher products/publications, and an official website. Stay tuned!!!!

Download the flyer in pdf here.

The sky is the limit and anything is possible!  Thank you for following this blog and helping it to reach new heights!  I am forever indebted to all of you and appreciate your interest in my learning and sharing!  Special thanks to those who keep pushing me and my thinking by providing suggestions of how TransformEd might better support their learning.

Commit yourself to lifelong learning. 

The most valuable asset you'll ever have 

is your mind and what you put into it.

                                                                                       -Brian Tracey