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Social & Emotional Learning ♢ Anti-Bullying ♢ Mindfulness
Counselling ♢ Workshops ♢ Presentations

Wellness Workshops

Youth & Adult

Anti-Bullying & Mindfulness Training

Learning & Development

Professional Development Teacher Training

Social Emotional Intelligence ♢ Bullying ♢ Mindfulness

Meet the Facilitator

Jodi Derkson

Our Philosophy

We all want to feel CONNECTED.

Let’s face it, people today are inundated with information. Our technological tools afford us a near-constant connectivity we find incredibly difficult to unplug from.

What was once private spaces are now public forums. Sometimes we feel utterly exposed, yet alone. At times, we find ourselves reacting to social media or situations in ways that compromise our relationships and reputations. And there’s no escaping it! Kids are being bullied at home; employees are expected to be available 24/7. …more

The Latest

Self. Other. Community.  Imperative Education Event for Schools & Businesses. July 24th!

Self. Other. Community. Imperative Education Event for Schools & Businesses. July 24th!

Brief, snappy, experiential snippets of our most popular workshops for both schools and businesses. Let’s come together and connect on topics like mindfulness, anti-bullying, relationship building, communication strategies, and improv! Fun for all!

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It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Fantastic! Motivational! Inspiring! Eye Opening!”
Rabbi Lichtman

4-week Bullying Buster

“Jodi made a real effort to get to know our school community, and throughout our time together, it was evident that she cared about the students. She provided us with high-energy, interactive sessions and helped students build a repertoire of strategies to use in social situations. She was flexible in adjusting her activities to meet our students’ needs.”
Colette Foran, Principal, Immaculate Conception School, Vancouver

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Really powerful ways to encourage self-reflection and growth. I loved how you reframed ideas in new and innovative ways to promote developing into our best selves and teachers.”

The Rules of !mprovisation are the Rules of life

“I was so afraid to do this workshop but I’m glad I did. It’s important that I learned how to go with the flow more and to listen to my colleagues without too much attachment to my own agenda. Super powerful!”
F. Blakely, Vancouver teacher

Bullying for Educators Define. Resolve. Prevent

“Good, important information to share. And, very interesting!”
Mary K., Columbia College

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Jodi helps you focus on the value of education as a tool to help every student maximize their potential. This truth, although universally accepted, is rarely discussed and implemented in schools – which is a huge disservice to our children. Fantastic!”

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“This workshop was useful is many ways: a time to reflect on my teaching practices; an opportunity to examine ways to help students deal with anxiety and their emotions through meditation and mindfulness; and a chance to reflect on how to be a happier, more positive person and find ways to help my students in these areas too!”
D. Lawrence, Vancouver

Mindfulness Workshop

“A meaningful and powerful workshop that could positively transform our educational system if its teachings were to be implemented on a regular basis.”
J. Sullivan, VSB

Negotiation for Women

“Jodi really demystified a lot of the mystique around negotiating at her workshop. So many women are uncomfortable and unsure about making demands at the beginning of a relationship. In addition to the validation, Jodi also offered alternative ways of phrasing and approaching situations that are effective and still true to who we are.”
Jade, Vancouver

The Rules of !mprovisation are the Rules of life

“Jodi led us through one exercise after another and before I knew it I was telling a story, in front of others, and having a blast! I didn’t know I was that creative!”
M. Mclallan, North Vancouver

4-week Bullying Buster

“Best professional development course I’ve attended in years! Jodi has great energy and is able to connect with her audience 100%.”

Negotiation for Women

“Thank you for the encouragement, wisdom and practical advice.”
Sophia, Vancouver

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Jodi talks to you in a meaningful, relatable, and humorous way. She uses her own life and vulnerabilities to help us look at ourselves. Her practical examples can be used immediately in the classroom or in our other relationships.”
Lisa Altow

Mindfulness Workshop

“Empowering. Awareness on the development of your soul. A start to a better life. Jodi has opened up my eyes.”
Fuzzyb, VSB

It’s not about you…but then again (SEL workshop for educators)

“Jodi is a captivating and dynamic presenter! Her workshop was a refreshing change from other workshops. It was fun, engaging and reflective, and covered important aspects of self care, and connecting with student and our school community. I’m left rejuvenated and refreshed!”
Denise @Killarney, Vancouver

From Our Blog

Break Free from Phone Addiction!

Break Free from Phone Addiction!

Are we addicted to our phones? This addiction is affecting kids mentally, socially, and emotionally. Imagine a device detox for your household. Lift your head up for a bit and just think about it.

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Being your own BEST FRIEND

Being your own BEST FRIEND

That voice is my head harps on every flaw, takes me down rabbit holes of shame and regret, tells me that I’m not good enough.
I have asked every single person I’ve taught the same question: If you were to take that voice and magically turn it into a person, would you want to be friends with it? The answer is almost always ‘no’.

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Hello! It’s Jodi, founder of Imperative Education. You know, ever since I can remember I’ve been interested in how people communicate… how relationships are formed. At McGill University, I studied Communications so that I could take this focus from intuition to fact, and from serious interest to passion. I decided to become a teacher, like so many, to make a difference and that initial goal hasn’t paled at all throughout the years ... more