Literacy Workshop for Teachers and EAs

18 June 2024

August 20 and 21, 2024 | The Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver

In-Person and on Zoom

The First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for teachers and education assistants in First Nation schools on August 20 and 21, 2024.

This event is intended for K4-12 educators, including educators who work with adult students. Opportunities have been designed for K4-7 and 8-12 educators, but we recognize that educators work in diverse classrooms, so we encourage participants to select the sessions that match the needs of their students and their professional growth goals.

August 20th will feature two classroom teachers who are highly regarded for their engaging and impactful instruction. Rebecca Bushby (K4-7) and Devon Hancock (8-12) will share their expertise around using inquiry to support literacy (K4-7) as well as resources to incorporate novels into the high school classroom (8-12). Both sessions will provide participants with practical tools and resources they can take back to their classrooms and implement.

On August 21st a variety of different workshops will be offered, focused on supporting literacy in K4 – 12 classrooms. Participants can select the workshops that best meet their needs.


Rebecca Bushby

Rebecca is a Kindergarten teacher and is the co-author of the book Inquiry Mindset and an avid sketch note artist. Rebecca is passionate about facilitating learning with an inquiry-based approach and weaving in her students’ curiosities, wonders, and stories into her teaching.

Devon Hancock

Devon Hancock has been teaching high school Math, English, Science, Socials, and a wide variety of elective courses in classrooms from the UK to rural BC for over a decade. She is interested in how curriculum can shape not just what we teach, but how learning happens in our classrooms.


To register to attend in-person or virtually, please use the button below.




Teachers and Education Assistants from First Nations schools in BC are eligible to register.


Please note that participants will be responsible for paying their own travel and accommodation expenses, as well as all food and incidentals related to travel to and from the event. FNESC/FNSA will provide the facility, presenter, breakfast and lunch (which will be provided at 8:00 am and 12 pm, respectively) during the event.


The Westin Bayshore Hotel, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

  • Please use the Booking Link. Alternatively, phone the Westin at (604) 682-3377 quoting ‘FNESC Literacy Workshop’.
  • Book by July 18, 2024 for the block rate of $419 per night.

*Accommodation is limited, please book as soon as possible.


  • 8:00 am Breakfast (provided for in-person attendees)
  • 9:00 am -12:00 pm Morning Session
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch (provided for in-person attendees)
  • 1:00 – 3:30 pm Afternoon Session


Please stay home or attend virtually if you are feeling unwell. Only registered participants are eligible to attend. Family and friends cannot attend the event at any time, including for meals. The decision to attend in-person events is a personal one and it should be made in consideration of your individual risk factors and vulnerabilities.


For questions relating to this event, please contact or phone 1-877-422-3672.