Summer Institute

Note – The BCTLA Summer Institute runs every second year. Look for this program to return in 2022. Check back in Spring 2022 for more details.

2018 BCTLA Summer Institute

2018 BCTLA Summer Institute Kamloops Flyer

Transformational Storytelling

Sunday, August 26-Monday, August 27
Kamloops, BC

Presented by Kamloops/Thompson Teacher-Librarian Association

Join us Sunday evening, August 26th for local wine tasting and appetizers at the Sandman Signature Hotel.

Monday, explore storytelling strategies, ethnobotany, Secwepemc culture and history at the site of the Kamloops Residential School.


Register with: 2018 BCTLA Summer Institute Registration

The morning sessions may not be suited to those with mobility issues.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the BCTF.  Thank you to the Secwepemc community and local Indigenous peoples who have
helped us by sharing their cultures and supporting us in our learning.

Sunday, August 26th, Sandman Signature Hotel 5-7PM
225 Lorne St, Kamloops

The Sandman Signature Hotel is conveniently located downtown. Stroll shops on Victoria St., swim in the Thompson River, play tennis or pickleball at Riverside Courts or simply relax by the hotel pool. Between 5PM-7PM join us for local wine-tasting and appetizers at the Sandman Signature Hotel, overlooking scenic Riverside Park. Finish the evening by enjoying our city sponsored Music in the Park at Riverside.

Monday, August 27th, Assembly Hall Residential School 8:30-12:25
345 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops

Welcome Song and Storytelling 9:00
Begin your day immersed in storytelling and poetry with a local Secwepemc storyteller.

Tours from 10:15-12:25

Pow-wow Grounds and Pit House Tour
After your fruit and bannock snack, take a tour of the Pow-Wow grounds and pit-houses. Learn about the uses of local plants by Secwepemc peoples, the historical significance of pit house villages and how Pow-wows provide a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage.

Residential School and Secwepemc Museum Tour
Join Cultural Educator, Sabrina Thomas, on a tour of the Kamloops Residential School and museum. View museum exhibits and gain insights into the lifestyles and culture of the Secwepemc people.

Afternoon Sessions, Henry Grube Education Centre 12:45-4:00
245 Kitchener Crescent, Kamloops

Lunch and Displays 12:45
District Principal of Aboriginal Education, Mike Bowden
Library Coordinator, Andrea Wallin

Storytelling Project
School District #73 Teacher-Librarians will share their collaborative Storytelling Project, focusing on Aboriginal stories and using loose parts and realistic scenes to engage learners.

Pine Needle Art
Participate in a Secwepemc pine needle art activity with a local artisan.

Core Competencies and Aboriginal title lists and displays~ all day (HGEC)
School District No. 73 Teacher-Librarian 2018 curated lists and displays of picture books that support the teaching of the BC Curriculum Core Competencies.

Past BCTLA Summer Institutes


The 2017 summer institute was unfortunately cancelled due to a forest fire situation. It was intended to have been hosted by the Kamloops chapter of the BCTLA, and would have focused on the exploration of storytelling strategies, ethnobotany and Secwepemc culture and history at the site of the Kamloops Residential School.


This year’s BCTLA Summer Institute was hosted by Nanaimo-Ladysmith SD#68 teacher-librarians. The goal for the day was to have fun, get excited about the new school year, play and learn using technology for education and, of course, network with peers and check out the latest resources! Check out the 2016 Summer Institute Flyer for a summary of the day.


Materials: Lisa’s slides (.key) | Monica’s slides (.pptx) | Joseph’s slides + coding lesson plans Jessica’s Minecraft Prezi + handout | Leanne and Michelle’s lesson ideas handout | Maria’s Maker Education Explorations slides (ppt) + text + handouts 1 2 3 | Art Gallery materials

In Prince George, Lisa Domeier De Suarez and Monica Berra led us through an exciting and varied sharing session about makerspaces. They were joined by five SD57 Prince George teacher-librarians, Jessica Bonin, Leanne Berry, Michelle Labonte, Maria Weisgarber and Joseph Jeffery, who presented on their makerspace learning. In the afternoon, we were introduced to the Two Rivers Gallery MakerLab space and tools, and had a demonstration and Q&A of their laser cutter/engraver and 3D printed. Next, we got “hands-on” and tried out a maker activity involving gears and simple mechanical assembly and explored the MaKey-Makey platform.



Buffy Hamilton is best known in the school library community as the Unquiet Librarian. Her presentations from the 2014 summer institute included one on subject guides and one on participatory culture. View the session materials to explore how to create dynamic and strategic subject guides. Explore also the qualities that distinguish sites of participatory learning and how school libraries might contextualize their role as co-learners that can collaboratively construct the possibilities of print and digital information, and new literacies, through inquiry-driven work.


USC Professor Emeritus Dr. Stephen Krashen is a well-known, witty, engaging and frequently cited international expert on the importance of reading.  Researcher, linguist, speaker, and social activist, Dr. Krashen is quick to advocate for school libraries as “the hottest tool in the literacy kit”. During his day with BC educators, Dr. Krashen shared insights into free voluntary reading and its importance for children’s literacy development, the profound impact of poverty on reading, what international tests of reading can tell educators about reading improvement, and the strong connection between second language learning and reading.



Carol Koechlin presented that, “the ‘work’ of the Learning Commons is to facilitate and lead a new culture of learning that truly addresses the needs of 21st Century learners and teachers. The Learning Commons supports school wide inquiry and critical and creative thinking while fostering ‘habits of mind’ and ‘learning dispositions’ conducive to success”.

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