----- Micro Society North Tour ----- January 31, 2018

Red Deer Micro Society, Ponoka Elementary, Ponoka Secondary

” The design of a school is intrinsically linked to learning, and to even go a step further by demonstrating that design directly impacts teaching and learning.” ~ The Third Teacher

During the tour, the learning design team will visit a variety of innovative school spaces and programs. By exploring different school designs, we will become inspired to change our environments to better serve the needs of learnings.


  • Be Fully Present
  • Bring a Creative Commons Mindset
  • Adopt a beginner’s mindset
  • W.A.I.T. Why am I talking?
  • Take Risks and Fail Forward
  • Make Learning Visible

Driving Questions

How might we use design thinking to enhance our current and future practices as designers of powerful learning opportunities for students?

How might we be inspired by these spaces?

How might we design for better learning within our schools?


Firsthand exploration of design thinking processes and protocols.

Collaboratively design project pitches for cross disciplinary inquiry.

Develop professional competencies that are sought after by school jurisdictions in Alberta.


8:30am Leave RVS Education Centre
– travel to Ponoka Elementary School

10:00am Ponoka Elementary School Tour

11:00am Walk and talk protocol to Ponoka Secondary School

11:15am Ponoka Secondary School 

12:15pm Leave Ponoka, drive to Aspen Heights School in Red Deer
– snack lunch en route to Red Deer 🙁

1:00pm Micro Society Market Day Tour

3:00pm Debrief tour day

6:00pm Return to Airdire

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