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David Spencer
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  • Canada

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About David Spencer

David Spencer is an environmental educator, community networking and media specialist based in Ontario, Canada. He is learning and teaching about aboriginal education, outdoor education, global education, justice education, music, Canadian law and Canadian history.


He spends time outdoors camping, canoeing, mountain biking, kayaking, and Nordic skiing.

David presently teaches grade 10 to 12 in an alternative education secondary school.

Follow David on Twitter and the RSS feed from his wiki and blog.

David's Blog

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“David Spencer’s Creative Mind” is the blog that provides information about David M.R.D Spencer’s creative community projects,  Christian faith,  education projects, media networking,  music, and outdoor education activities. David is often found outside camping, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, snowshowing or tree planting in Ontario’s wilderness. His Christian faith and love for God is evident [...]

AEE Circle Launches a Facebook Page

AEE Circle Launched a Facebook Page to help connect aboriginal elders and educators. The Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle (AEE Circle) is a professional learning and sharing network of over  300 educators, teachers, supporters and Aboriginal elders and leaders gathering resources and creating a speakers bureau that will help teachers integrate current cultural, environmental and [...]

Benefits of Running

Spring is here. Time to head outside and run. My favourite Bible passage relating to running is Hebrews 12:1-3 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out [...]

Friends of Bark Lake

Past staff alumni, campers and friends of the Ontario Camp Leadership Centre at Bark Lake are invited to join The Friends of Bark Lake. Sign up for the Friends of Bark Lake free e-newsletter. You are also invited to join the The Friends of Bark Lake Facebook page. Friends of Bark Lake

Kirk Wipper was an Inspiration to Canoeists and Outdoor Educators

The outdoor education and children’s camping community is feeling the loss of Kirk Wipper who died unexpectantly on Friday March 18, 2011. Kirk was an inspiration to canoeists and outdoor educators around the world. I got to know Kirk at Camp Kandalore where I was a camp counsellor for junior boys in the summer of [...]

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At 12:54pm on November 18, 2011, Amy Stephenson said…

Hi David,

Thanks for the friend invite.

Your role sounds really multi-faceted and rewarding!

I've learnt and grown a lot in my role at Vancouver Aquarium for sure. It's been so great to deepen my professional development.

Moving back to Australia at the end of the year - so I'm excited to see what opportunities await me there.

Have a great day!


At 8:18am on November 18, 2011, James Lizamore said…

Hi David

Thanks for connecting and adding me to your list of friends. I spend my time between Cape Town and Johannesburg. I am a Teaching & Learning Manager for a large private college group and responsible for the development of close to 300 lecturers on 8 college sites around the country. Also working with them around the integration of technology into T&L.

Hope you have a good weekend.


At 8:02am on November 14, 2011, Phil Taylor said…

Hi David,


Conducting a PD day - Ed. Tech in the classroom. Lots of activity at my school. Will be curious to see the reaction of faculty to the iPads session today.

At 7:38pm on November 13, 2011, Brenda Sherry said…

Hi David,

Things are going well in Guelph, Ontario!  I'm a tech coach so lots of different grades and lots of different's pretty awesome!



At 3:05pm on November 13, 2011, Kimberly Chernesky said…

Hi David.  Thank you for the friend request.  It is nice to meet you.  I have worked as a Reading Specialist and 5th grade teacher (both for one year each).  I am currently working on my thesis this year in order to finish my Master of Science in Reading Education.  I have 3 certifications: Reading Specialist, Elementary, and Early Childhood. 

My thesis will be on how Media Networking Enhances Teacher Education and Professional Development, and increases effective instructional methods in the classroom.  It has been consuming most of my time.  I am taking a Children's Literature course too. 

I look forward to sharing and learning together.  Welcome!


At 8:20am on November 13, 2011, Bill Burkhead said…

Hi David, things are well in Plymouth, MA.  Thanksgiving season always great here!  

At 8:19am on November 5, 2011, Justine Hughes said…

Hi David. Nice to meet you.  Your work sounds really interesting.

I'm an elementary teacher but I left my position as an Assistant Principal earlier this year so that I could study full-time for my Master of Education.  My education passions are global collaboration and education, eLearning and personalized learning. Curriculum design that meets the needs of 21st century teachers and learners is also a huge area of interest.

Looking forward to getting to know more about what you do.


Justine :-)

At 12:06am on November 5, 2011, ginger wooten said…

Hi David,

Your job sounds very exciting?  Do the students who attend your school attend by choice?

At 6:52pm on October 25, 2011, Alicia Lopez said…

Hello David,

First of all your profile is truly inspiring.  Recently I was connected to K-12 school system that believed in the ideas and outcomes embedded in professional learning communities.  Breaking down walls, isolation, lack of sharing took time as we all know. It is amazing what the 17th century education model has created for our kids and teachers in schools. PLC, if understood and embraced will never take their focus off of kids and their learning. If understood, teachers take PLC ideas and bring it into their classrooms.  I've seen amazing classrooms grounded on the ideas of PLC.  It took several years and meaningful conversations, letting go, asking challenging questions -- always asking why we said "yes" to teaching and learning before teachers and administrators integrated PLC into their every day practice. 

We engaged in book studies, speakers that got it, teacher stories focused on PLC journey, student involvement with the curriculum process, taking time to develop quality systems like response to intervention to make sure we would not lose students because of academic and behavior challenges. Some of the resources we delved deep into were:  On Common Ground: The Power of Professional Learning Communities by Richard and Rebecca DuFour.  Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement by Dufour.  Powerful Learning: What We know about Teaching for Understanding by Linda Darling-Hammond.  21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in OUr Times by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel.  

We also recognized in our journey that we have to understand and model the power of personal learning networks so that our PLC's grow outside of the grade levels and traditional classroom walls. Now reading Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connection to Transform Education by Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli.  Love his idea of transforming schools not reforming and your idea of building a 21st century school.  

I've recently retired from a K-12 school setting with 35 years connection to various school districts. Dislike the word retirement so sharing with the world this is my renewment phase! There's way too much work to be done for kids.  I'm connecting to a community organization, Esperanza.  Its mission is to enhance educational and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  It's the only non-profit organization of its kind in Ohio to provide services to Hispanic students from elementary school through college.  Latino students have high dropout rate nationwide.  I was close to being a part of those statistics during my younger years. I now hope to be part of a community team that will change conditions for our Latino students so they know how to empower themselves to be all they can be in life. Community is the classroom!  Thanks for being part of my PLN and sharing your gifts with those who are passionate about making change for kids now.  Sorry my response is a bit long.  Couldn't find a way to shorten my response to your question!  

At 12:07am on October 25, 2011, Alicia Lopez said…

Are you interested in resources regarding professional learning communities. What is your view on PLC's?



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