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ABOUT US

Welcome to REiL Learning 

REiL Learning is an educational consultancy providing professional development, content creation, facilitation, and engagement for school, out of school, government, and community organizations. We specialize in building bridges in "tricky" situations and in designing ways to integrate creative, practical approaches to inclusion. Through our well received workshops and tailored engagement sessions, we support projects and teams in designing and delivering meaningful learning for all learners. REiL Learning is a play on words for what is "real" infusing imagination and creativity into the experience of learning.  

E-mail Katy at REiLlearning@gmail.com to set up an initial consultation.

 

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Professional Development


We offer professional development sessions and consultations for school, out of school, and community organizations.

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Featured in BC Recreation & Parks Association - Healthy Living Matters: Ensuring Inclusivity during Challenging Situations

TESTIMONIALS

TESTIMONIALS

It was such a pleasure partnering with Katy at REiL Learning. From the beginning of our planning time together, Katy listened deeply and thoughtfully as she tailored a workshop for over 40 adult learners that work with kids and youth in education, out of school, and recreation programs. Her presentation was fun, engaging and responsive. The participants were so impressed by her knowledge and expertise and walked away feeling informed and inspired. I look forward to working with Katy again soon!

 

Sheri Brattston

Managing Director, Community Education

Burnaby School District

Katy was a fantastic addition to the annual Training Weekend for the Camp Goodtimes team. She provided valuable insight and techniques for working with children presenting challenging behaviours as well as supporting children who experience anxiety. Not only was her workshop informative and engaging, but her approach and presentation style is so open minded and flexible which our team greatly appreciated. She helped prepare our team for an amazing summer at camp, thanks Katy!

John McCracken

Volunteer Support Specialist, Camp Goodtimes

Canadian Cancer Society

Katy Bigsby uses a Social-Emotional Framework to facilitate change with rapport and thoughtful intention. Her unique background in Education and Social Work lends itself to a creative and collaborative approach to increasing engagement in formal and informal education programs. Through her interactive approach, participants are given the opportunity to reflect on their practice and receive feedback in a safe and supportive environment. Katy models how self-care is foundational to fostering environments where youth feel valued and cared for. She provides relevant strategies and up-to-date research with immediate takeaways. Katy is knowledgeable, kind, professional and enthusiastic- I highly recommend her workshops for anyone working with youth and/or young adults.

Alex Inglis, 
Health Promoting Schools Coordinator
School District 73 (Kamloops-Thompson)

I love the work of Katy Bigsby! Empowering facilitators to lead and empower students… important, powerful and hugely effective work. As someone who works a lot with young people, I have been personally impacted and ‘upskilled' through participating in Katy’s training.  Learning strategies to engage young people, in a respectful and meaningful way that thoughtfully enhances their lives was a great benefit to me! And Katy’s effervescent style of  imparting creative and practical strategies to facilitators and teachers makes the training and working with her a real delight.  I can’t recommend her highly enough!"

Daniel Duggan,

Executive at Rhythm Resource Inc

Working in partnership with Katy is a truly collaborative experience. Katy is responsive, respectful, and always maintains the learner at the heart of her work. The passion Katy shows through her work and modelling of being a teacher-learner is always present. Results are reflective of the desired outcomes and inclusive of diverse perspectives and ways of knowing. I always look forward to collaborations with Katy.
 

Christine Macer

Education Programs Manager

Katy’s knowledge and unique ability to engage and facilitate her Pro Active Strategies and Social Emotional Learning provided our team fantastic tools to work with youth in our community. It was a pleasure working with Katy, we look forward to working together in the future and highly recommend her work.

Sandra Sherbaty

Pacific Titans Athletic Program

Administrator/Wellness Coach

We had the opportunity to work with Katy twice this school year. Katy’s workshops were engaging and encouraged participation. Katy offers a flexible, open approach and worked with us before the dates to ensure that she was addressing our district's diverse needs. She listened carefully to participants and incorporated their experiences into the group activities and discussions. Katy provided a safe, inspiring space for participants. We all left feeling empowered and heard! We look forward to having Katy here again in the future. 

 

Laura Syms, Professional Development Chair

Kamloops Thompson Teachers Association

Katy Bigsby recently facilitated “Creatively engaging all learners” for our school based pro-d session. We really enjoyed her energy and professionalism. It’s clear that she knows what she is talking about. Her engaging and positive attitude encouraged us all to reflect a little deeper on our practice. We wished that we had more time to delve into the topics and would happily have her back for a much longer session. 

 

Jessica Reveley, Professional Development Representative

Fulford Elementary School

Katy was one of our sessional speakers at our recent Provincial ACE-bc Conference. She did her session on Incorporating social emotional learning into practice. She was very energetic and engaging! She connected right away with our group, and made the participants laugh, feel at ease, and feel that she really understood the current issues and concerns facing educators and community school coordinators, in schools right now. Katy shared some very helpful models and frameworks that support social and emotional learning and practice in out-of-school-time programs. The conference attendees had time to work with the frameworks and models in small groups and the feedback was very positive. Folks appreciated Katy’s knowledge and experience, and the fact that she clearly respects children and the importance of honouring the different ways they learn and feel supported.  

 

Gayle Beavil, President 

ACEbc (The Association for Community Education in BC)

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CONTACT

Katy Bigsby

 

REiLlearning@gmail.com

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