What’s The Story on Imagination in Educational Leadership?

By Gillian Judson (Imaginative Educator; Executive Director, CIRCE) It’s sad, but true. Imagination continues to reside on the margins of educational theory and practice despite ongoing and increasingly urgent calls for originality and innovation in the world around us. Beyond the context of early years education, arts education, and the unique offering of Imaginative Education, talk […]

Imaginative Schools, Imaginative Leadership, Imaginative Education

On Saturday, October 19, we kicked off the first session of the Imaginative Schools Network (ISN) symposium series. In this symposium series co-hosted by the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture and Education (CIRCE) and the Centre for Educational Leadership and Policy (CSELP) at Simon Fraser University, a team has been formed to investigate the […]

Higher Education in a Digital Age: Imagination Matters

Some books just push me to write—Joseph Aoun’s (2017) book Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence is one of those. It’s full of compelling arguments for educating the imagination. If you’ve read anything I’ve written before, you know I’m an accomplice for imagination. The truth is, we still live an age when we have to justify talking […]

Language Renewal Through Coding And Imagination

By Robin Ulster and James Denby (Educators, curriculum designers, and proud members of the CIRCE Academic Council) Storytelling is an essential element of being human. We tell, listen, and watch stories from an early age. Those stories are inextricably linked to our ability to imagine possibilities, to invent new things, and to create art. Teachers […]

Making Ideas Stick With Cognitive Tools

Engaging Emotion & Imagination for SUCCES (SUCCES; Heath & Heath, 2007) About 16 years ago something happened that I will never forget. It was near the end of the school year and in most of my classes I was playing an exhausting game of tug-of-war for my students’ attention. This class was different. That year […]