Professional Development Workshops

To register for our workshops, please call 604.733.1356 or email us at Participants will receive a certificate to recognize their attendance at a Professional Development event.

Professional Development at Christianne’s Lyceum brings together proven technique from our popular programs for young people and the latest in pedagogical theory. Designed to meet the needs of participants, the programs take on an open ended discussion format that guarantees that they meet the needs of participants.

All professional development workshops include light refreshments, a handout (including a list of books discussed during the workshop) and the opportunity for individualized consultation with children’s literature expert, Dr. Christianne Hayward.


For ECE and Primary Educators
November 2, 2017
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
$65 + GST

Early Childhood and Primary Educators are invited to join us for an evening of storytelling. How do you select stories as provocations for inquiry? How do you use props to place stories in different, more relavent, contexts? How do you help students feel the suspense of a story as it unfolds? This workshop will address these questions while introducing you to some of the best in children’s literature, each book chosen specifically to spark larger discussions and highlight possible areas of inquiry. An individualized book list will be generated for each participant.


Incorporating Inquiry-Based Principles in Literacy Explorations
For Primary and Intermediate Educators
February 19, 2018
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
$175 + GST

As inquiry-based learning becomes the norm in British Columbia classrooms, Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, Vancouver’s preeminent children’s literature centre, invites educators to a day devoted to techniques for placing students’ questions and observations at the centre of their reading and writing curriculum. The day will include the sharing of writing provocations designed to help students theory build through writing, and discussions about ways to use literatureboth as provocations for inquiry and to support the natural flow of ideas within the classroom using books that challenge and extend thinking. Each participant will leave the day with an individualized book list, and host of easy-to-implement ideas, guaranteed to inspire.


Making Essays Fun
For Intermediate, Middle School and High School Educators
April 19, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
$65 + GST

Essays. The word strikes dread in the hearts of many students. And many teachers, for that matter. It seems that no matter how many times you explain the essay format, or what a thesis statement is, your students still seem muddled, confused, and frankly, scared. In this workshop, Dr. Christianne Hayward will walk you through some techniques for clarifying the essay writing process. We’ll look at ways to help your students embrace the ambiguity that comes with the initial brainstorming process for essay writing, and introduce a way to physically represent the fluid nature of students thinking as their ideas about their essay topic evolve and take shape. Add to this a few hilarious essay writing activities that are guaranteed to get your students talking, and you have everything you need to create a classroom full of passionate non-fiction writers. After all, essays are really about clearly articulated ideas, so if your students like winning arguments, they like writing essays. They just may not know it yet.