Watch the video of our recent Webinar Event.

We chaired a really interesting webinar on Wednesday 11th January 2023

Four dedicated teachers, from both sides of the Atlantic, come together to share their experiences of immersive education. Learn how these educators connect oral and written traditions with innovative digital classroom tools. Discover how they continue to innovate with digital storytelling and games to keep students engaged. Seedling has been privileged to work with these dedicated educators for a number of years. Their insights will be beneficial to anyone teaching or developing an immersion learning program.

Webinar Speakers:

Kathryn Michel, Language Co-ordinator, Chief Atahm School, British Columbia: Dr. Kathryn Michel has worked extensively in the area of community language revitalization and Indigenous language immersion education. Kathryn has worked as a language nest coordinator, curriculum developer, post-secondary instructor and researcher for over 20 years. She is one of the founding parents of Chief Atahm School, a Secwepemc language immersion school that started in 1991 that is situated in BC, Canada. Chief Atahm School is a parent-operated school where Elders, parents, teachers and staff work together to offer the best program possible that adheres to the school’s vision, philosophy and principles. Instruction of all courses are conducted in Secwepemctsin.

Matthew Rama, Assistant Superintendent, Red Cloud Indian School, South Dakota: Matthew Rama is a Lakota language revitalization advocate, veteran teacher and basketball coach. He got his start at Red Cloud School as a student teacher back in 1997. He returned in 2004 to teach English in the high school. In subsequent years Matt taught Computers before becoming a second grade teacher at Red Cloud Elementary. Most recently he has fulfilled the roles of Dual Language Curriculum Director and Assistant Superintendent at Red Cloud.

Aingeal Nic an tSábhaisigh, Education Adviser, IMRU, St. Mary’s University College, Belfast: Aingeal has been teaching in Irish Immersion (known in Northern Ireland as “Irish Medium”) education for 20 years. She was principal of Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche in Castlewellan, from 2016-22. They were the first Irish Medium school to achieve “Digischool” status from the “Digital Schools Ireland” Awards. They went on to win the C2K “School of Excellence” award in 2019 among all the primary schools in Northern Ireland and were listed in the 2021/2022 “EdTech 50”. Aingeal recently joined “An tÁisaonad”, the Irish Medium Resource Unit within St. Mary’s University College in 2022, as Educational Adviser.

Richard Hanna, Board Member of Northern Ireland Screen and Chair of the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund: Richard is Currently a non-executive Board Member of Northern Ireland Screen and Chair of the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund. Formerly he was Director of Education Strategy in The Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) which is responsible for providing education policy advice to Government about the curriculum in all schools in Northern Ireland. His responsibilities included all statutory assessment and development of teaching and learning resources for all schools. This included support for minority language education. Following retirement Richard was Director of Education and Language in a Government-funded organisation responsible for promoting/supporting the Ulster-Scots language.

This event started at: 07:00PST / 08:00MST / 09:00CST / 10:00EST / 15:00GMT and lasted 1 hour 10 minutes.