George Lucas Educational Foundation

Peter Skillen

Hi there,

I am currently the Manager of Professional Learning with the YMCA of Greater Toronto after 40 years teaching students & teachers. I started working at the Y as a founding teacher at the YMCA Academy - a secondary school serving youth who prefer an alternative approach.

I've been involved in technology supported, project-based learning since the late 1970s and still love to explore & develop deep applications of the latest technologies - particularly as it relates to learner agency, passion, motivation and cognitive intent.

It thrills me to have recently served on the Board of Directors of iEARN-Canada, The Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, and global ambassador with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Both face-to-face and online learning with the Ontario Teachers' Federation keeps me busy in my spare time. Being an 'Experienced Voice', coach & Community Leader with The Powerful Learning Practice has been a recent highlight for me. I am also co-founder of the Minds On Media model of professional learning which truly reflects how I wish classrooms to be.

Love...rock-climbing, motorcycles, mountains, oceans...yeah, adventures - even at my age!! (Ok, and then there's a recent foray into paragliding. LOL No fool like an old fool!)

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