On the occasion of the #Clair2018 conference, we met Mario Asselin, a great friend and contributor to this event over the years. He tells us how this unmissable annual meeting was born.
From January 25 to 27, L'École branchée was in Clair, New Brunswick. The annual conference is held in his small school with a big heart, the Haut-Madawaska Learning Center (CAHM). Clair - See education differently. More than 325 people gathered there, in addition to almost 200 students.
The Clair conference was born following a meeting between Roberto Gauvin and Mario Asselin when the latter was director of the Institut St-Joseph, an elementary school in Quebec. Together, they explored the possibilities of blogging to put students into action on the Web. To perfect his experience with blogs, Mario networked with publishers Americans. It was through this network that he got wind of a conference similar to that of Clair, which did not exist at the time. Roberto and Mario then felt that it was time for such an event to be born in the French-speaking educational community.
From intention to influence
In initiating it, their intention was clear. They wanted to influence people to change their teaching practices. Slowly, year after year, the influence of the Clair conference has gone beyond the area of “usual” innovative participants, and we are welcoming more and more new participants. Mario would like to say that it is not an exaggeration to say that the staff of the CAHM begins the preparation of the 2019 conference on the Monday following the end of the 2018 conference! Indeed, the wheel turns, the teachers of the CAHM know that this conference nourishes the flame and the motivation of everyone. Above all, they have an enthusiasm that drives them to continue their project for the students. Enthusiasm is certainly what contributes the most to the development of the Clair conference. People take risks by focusing on what matters most: student success.
Mario wants to see other educational communities explode that take risks and open their doors. It is heavy to be a teacher when you are alone, it is lighter when the load is shared over an entire community, he believes.
In conclusion, he concludes thus: “The era of“ sanctuary ”schools is over, it is that of schools open to their community that we are in the process of creating! "