Tiffany inspires audiences with dynamic keynote presentations, creative hands-on workshops, seminars, and retreats for educators and students (K-12). She has been a featured speaker at dozens of events, seminars, and conferences including TEDxVictoria, the World Gifted Conference, Connect 2017: Canada’s Learning & Technology Conference; North Island College Conference, the Greater Edmonton Teachers Conference, and the Abbotsford Secondary Educators Conference. 

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Keynotes:

The following is a menu of Tiffany’s popular keynote presentations and workshops. Contact about customizing a presentation for your event: info@inquiryninja.com

* = a presentation tailored for educators.


Past Partners & Events:

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  • The Question Toolbox, Northwest Regional Learning Consortium, Grimshaw, AB, October 23, 2017
  • Way of the Inquiry Ninja , Northwest Regional Learning Consortium, Grimshaw, AB, October 23, 2017
  • Nurturing Dialogue Northwest Regional Learning Consortium, Grimshaw, AB, October 23, 2017
  • Connect 2017: Canada’s Learning & Technology Conference – Keynote Speaker, “Finding Your Question: Tools, Techniques, and a Roadmap”, Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 25-28, 2017
  • Way of the Inquiry Ninja, Google Summit Victoria (GAFE), Oak Bay High, Victoria, BC, November 18, 2017
  • The Learning Coats Project, GVSD Enhanced Learning Grant Celebration, SJ Willis Auditorium, June 1, 2016
  • How to Be an Inquiry Ninja, Ignite presentation, Sticky Wicket, Victoria, BC, February 24, 2016
  • The Power to Question– 3x Keynote Presentations, Stan Hagan Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay, BC, February 11
  • Inspiring Big Questions– Keynote, North Island College Open House, Stan Hagan Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay, BC, February 10
  •  The Power to Question – Keynote, Alberni District Secondary School, Port Alberni, February 10
  • Creative Education – Thinklankia, a keynote presentation hosted by TEDxVictoriaSalon at Thinklandia, Yates Street Parkade Rooftop, Victoria, BC, September 16, 2015
  • Way of the Inquiry Ninja, presentation for staff, Northridge Elementary, Victoria, BC,
  • Way of the Inquiry Ninja, keynote, Abbotsford School District secondary teachers, Abbotsford, May 8, 2015
  • 8th Engaged Philosophical Inquiry Symposium, presenter, UBC, Vancouver, February 13, 2015
  • Inquiry, Ethics & Dialogue, a presentation for UBC teacher candidates, UBC., Vancouver, BC, July 24, 2014
  • An Overview of Gifted Education, a presentation for UBC teacher candidates, Prince Charles Elem., Surrey, BC, Feb. 6, 2014
  • The Power to Question, TEDxVictoria, MacPherson Playhouse, Victoria, BC, Nov. 16, 2013
  • How I Used My Philosophy Degree, a presentation for students and faculty, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Oct. 30, 2013
  • The E.P.I. Facilitator’s Toolkit: How to Get “Hands on” with Philosophy in the ClassroomEngaged Philosophical Inquiry Symposium #3, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Sept. 13, 2013
  • Introducing The Teaching Coats Project, an impromptu invitation by Parker Palmer to share the stage at Healing the Heart of Democracy, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, WA, July, 17, 2013
  • Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students, a workshop for student teachers, William Watson Elementary, Surrey, BC, April 24, 2013
  • The Learning Coats Project, District Leadership Symposium, District Education Centre, Surrey, BC, April 5, 2013
  • Personal Interest Projects, Greater Edmonton Teacher Conference, Convention Centre, Edmonton, AB, Feb. 28, 2013
  • Philosophy in the Classroom, Greater Edmonton Teacher Conference, Convention Centre, Edmonton, AB, Feb. 28, 2013
  • Gifted Education, a workshop for new teachers, Prince Charles Elem., Surrey, BC, June 5, 2012
  • The Teaching Coats Project, Investigating Our Practice Conference (IOP), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, May 5, 2012
  • The Teaching Coats Project, 4-day fine arts retreat, Samish Island, WA, April 25-28, 2012
  • The Teaching Coats Project, M.Ed Capstone Presentation, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver, BC, April 3, 2012
  • The Teaching Coats Project, Three-Minute Thesis (3MT), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Feb. 9, 2012
  • Q is for Question: Strategies for Nurturing Young Gifted Philosophers,World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children, Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC, Aug. 4, 2009
  • My Teaching Journey, UBC Teacher Education Alumni Luncheon, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, May 23, 2009
  • Q is for Question: Book Launch, Kidsbooks, Vancouver, BC, May 27, 2009
  • Q is for Question, Spring Book Hatching, Downtown Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, BC, May 2, 2009
  • Philosophy for Children, teacher workshop, Brock Elementary, Vancouver, BC, April 16, 2009
  • Q is for QuestionWinter Tonic (Vancouver Teacher-Librarian Association), Tupper High, Vancouver, BC, Feb. 10, 2009
  • Supporting the Social/Emotional Needs of Gifted Students, VESTA Workshop, VESTA, Vancouver, BC, Jan., 2009
  • Personal Interest Projects for Gifted Learners, a workshop for teachers, Brock Elem., Vancouver, BC, Oct. 27, 2008
  • Gifted Contact Meeting, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver, BC, Oct. 25, 2008
  • Welcome Brunei Education Committee, a roundtable discussion, Brock Elem., Vancouver, BC, May 5, 2008
  • Gifted Education – Coffee Shop Series II, a workshop for teachers, Brock Elementary, Vancouver, BC, April 21, 2008
  • Gifted Education – Coffee Shop Series I, a workshop for teachers, Brock Elementary, Vancouver, BC, Feb. 5, 2008
  • Teaching for Social Justice: Philosophy for Children, in class with Dr. Deirdre Kelly, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Feb. 4, 2008
  • Introducing the Dream Team, Vancouver School Board, Vancouver, BC, Jan. 31, 2008
  • Doing Philosophy in the Regular Classroom, a workshop for teachers, Brock Elementary, Vancouver, BC, Jan. 16, 2008
  • Supporting the Social/Emotional Needs of Gifted Students, a workshop for teachers, Lord Tennyson Elem., Vancouver, BC, Jan. 14, 2008
  • Creativity: Gifted Workshop for French Immersion Teachers, a workshop for teachers, Lord Tennyson Elem., Vancouver, BC, Nov. 10, 2007
  • Personal Interest Projects, a workshop for teachers, Brock Elem., Vancouver, BC, October 29, 2007
  • Philosophy for Children, Social Justice Conference, Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace, Vancouver, BC, June 8, 2007
  • French Immersion Gifted Workshop, a workshop for teachers, Hudson Elem., Vancouver, BC, May 2007
  • Gifted Education, a workshop for teachers, Brock Elem., Vancouver, BC, Feb., 2007
  • Enrichment Programs for Gifted/Highly Able Students, a workshop for teachers, Brock Elem., Vancouver, BC, Jan., 2007

Contact Tiffany about creating a keynote, workshop or special presentation customized for your event.  Below are examples of talks she has given in the past.


The Power to Question

photo_by_keri_colesIn this talk originally shared at TEDxVictoria, Tiffany Poirier tells stories and shares examples of the big questions her students explore in their “community of inquiry” classroom dialogues. She argues that children are natural philosophers and that every child has a question and an idea that could change the world.

Way of the Inquiry Ninja

Slide069What is inquiry-based learning, and why can’t anyone seem to explain it in 60-seconds or less?  This session brings inquiry to life using the “4 Vehicles” analogy and lots of clear frameworks, stories, examples, resources, activities and project ideas to help you quickly get started facilitating learning like an “Inquiry Ninja”. Audience members get exclusive “backstage” access to some unique takeaway gifts, including bonus training videos and the ebook, “100+ Examples of Inquiry”.

The Teaching Coats Project

The-Teaching-Coats-Project_Tiffany-PoirierImagine you own a magical “Teaching Coat” that tells the story of who you are as a teacher. What would it look like? What lessons would it teach? In this full-day, mini-retreat, you’ll be inspired to get creative and hands-on as you explore your “inner teacher” through making your own “Teaching Coat”. Using meaningful symbols, writings, quotes, memorabilia, and artifacts, you’ll create a wearable collage of your professional identity—a unique treasure to share and inspire dialogue with colleagues and students! As well, you’ll learn strategies for how to teach the matching student activity, “The Learning Coats Project”. Handouts, materials, and resources are provided.

Personal Interest Projects

slide052“Personal Interest Projects” are the perfect way to differentiate and personalize learning—guaranteed to engage and challenge any learner! This session offers teachers ideas and strategies for supporting students in conducting their own short-term and long-term inquiry-based learning projects. You’ll learn about Tiffany’s “10-Step Personal Interest Project Framework” and explore fun, meaningful project ideas, and tips for how to facilitate the process from start to finish across a variety of ages and disciplines…to ensure the success of every learner!

10 Tips for Richer Classroom Dialogue

tiffany-her-studentsIn this session, you will explore fun and surprising strategies to inspire more meaningful and productive dialogue in any classroom. We will introduce the “Community of Inquiry” practice (P4C model) and how it can be used to promote engagement and deepen students’ learning. Come join us around the “campfire” and bring your own questions and ideas—we will work together to creatively troubleshoot the top challenges educators face in facilitating dialogue with learners of all ages.

Q is for Question

Icropped-0001xl-e1386807497429n this book talk, Tiffany Poirier shares her journey as the author and illustrator of “Q is for Question: An ABC of Philosophy”, from growing the seeds of this idea to getting the published book to store shelves, on the radio and in the media, and–most importantly, into the hands of young readers.  You’ll see backstage on Tiffany’s creative process and get learn frameworks for writing, illustrating and publishing your own book.

Storytelling Secrets for Educational Leaders

Everyone has a story–and yours could change the world! Let author and TEDx speaker, Tiffany Poirier, show you how educational leaders can identify, craft, and share more powerful narratives to reach, teach, and inspire hearts and minds or any age. Don’t discount the incredible wisdom you have won through experience: this session will help you learn to turn even seemingly “mundane” memories into story gems to share with audiences anywhere.