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Professional development event digs into successful intelligence

Written on June 13th, 2011

Educators have the opportunity to attend a professional development event just in time to ramp up for the 2011-12 school year.

King’s Christian Collegiate in Oakville is hosting the Aug. 24-25 event entitled Successful Intelligence: Wisdom at the Teaching and Learning Intersect, featuring acclaimed speaker and education thought leader Dr. Robert Sternberg.

John De Boer, King’s vice-principal and event organizer, heard Sternberg speak about successful intelligence a couple years ago at Redeemer University College.

“The heart of successful intelligence is how do we teach towards wisdom, and how do we even assess and evaluate for wisdom,” says De Boer.

Sternberg’s message included that as the world changes so does the way people relate with one another, prompting schools to question how to lead in this context, notes De Boer.

Wisdom is always an important topic, especially in terms of how young people navigate and make decisions in a global culture with many views of what’s right and wrong, De Boer says.

He hopes people come away from the event with inspiration.

“I think as teachers we always need to be thinking in terms of innovation,” says De Boer, noting this includes thinking differently about how education happens and how to make it work in the schools.

Whole school faculties are encouraged to attend the event to have the best educational change impact, though individuals are also welcome.

“Change doesn’t happen from the top-down, it happens from the bottom-up,” De Boer tells the OACS News.

The conference will build in time for delegates to think together about how take the ideas and turn them into reality in the classroom.

Sternberg is a psychologist, psychometrician and Provost at Oklahoma State University and the former Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University.

According to a write-up on Tufts website, the successful intelligence theory suggests successfully intelligent people “achieve what they want by capitalizing on their strengths, correcting or compensating for their weaknesses, and adapting to, shaping, and selecting their environments.”

The two-day conference runs from 9-3:30 p.m. and includes lunch and refreshments. Click here for a flyer. For group rates contact De Boer at