Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Photo from Boundless SchoolKnowledge Forum Conference: Supporting At-Risk Youth

Friday, November 15, 2019
Duncan McArthur Hall
511 Union St., Kingston, ON
The event is free, but spaces are limited.  Please register via Eventbrite.



9:00 – 9:30 am: Sign in and coffee/refreshments
9:30 – 10:30 am: Keynote featuring Steven Gottlieb from The Boundless School
10:30 – 10:45 am:  Break
10:45 – 12:30 pm: Session 1
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch (provided)
1:30 – 2:45 pm:  Session 2
2:45 – 3:15 pm: Closing remarks

Keynote: Steven Gottlieb, Founder and Executive Director of the Boundless School

In his own words

I am a teen whisperer. Of course, if a teenager heard me say this, they would think I'm a moron.

Yet I resonate with teens, especially those that struggle in mainstream education. The adolescent inside has never quite left. I hold the distinction of dropping out of high school AND University. I figured I could do better, so I started The Boundless school way back in 1984, when I still had hair, muscle tone and a shred of optimism. 

Since then, I and over a thousand teachers have created a haven for teenagers to find their mojos and develop new relationships with achievement and learning. Boundless is a charity and a special democracy. We bring education, mental health and nature therapy all under one roof.

As for awards, distinctions and letters beside my name, I'm afraid I have very few. In 2008, I was awarded the EJLB Foundation's National Leadership award in the Non-Profit sector. I used the prolific proceeds to explore what other educators are doing around the world, mercilessly stole ideas, and started a boarding school a few years later. The lives of our at-risk students have been forever transformed.

When I finally grow up, I want to be a writer, teach to teach, and pursue environmental stewardship.


Each session will include two invited speakers from the Faculty to present research, tools, and concepts, followed by a group discussion. This is also a chance for our faculty to hear directly from teachers and administrators working in schools. In sharing classroom stories, student experiences, research problems and solutions all participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other and collaborate on ideas to create learning experiences that suit students needs. 

Discussions will be facilitated by a faculty or staff member from Queen’s.

Session Topics:

What should our priorities be in schools to make them a more supportive and welcoming place for our Indigenous youth?
Discussion led by: Deb St. Amant and Heather E. McGregor.

How do we balance the accommodation of needs with building a culture of resilience in our students?
Discussion led by: Jordan Shurr and Alana Butler.

What opportunities do we have to create classrooms that greater reflect the cultural diversity of our students?
Discussion led by: Thashika Pillay and Liying Cheng.

What is our role as educators to lead and provide opportunities for students to constructively engage in global and local issues such as the climate crisis or other social, environmental, and economic issues (for example gender equality, funding cuts)?
Discussion led by: Richard Reeve and Holly Ogden.