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VINTA District Pro D Day Nov 24, 2017 – Information Booklet and Sign Up Form

We are having a small vendors fair at the November 24 Pro-D. A number of local services and U’mista Cultural Centre will have tables.
Kool and Child, from Nanaimo, will also be there. You can order classroom resources and Christmas presents online now and they will bring your orders with them. Just choose the ‘pick up in store’ option when placing your order. Also, if there are certain types of items you would like to see at the Kool and Child table, let your pro-d rep know and we will pass that information along so that they can bring those items with them.

Click here to view the booklet with information on presenters and workshops

Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association Presents:

Taking Care of Business

District Professional Development Day #1

Friday, November 24, 2017
Port Hardy Secondary School

Go to or click this link to register online
Registration is first come – first serve, please register early!

Science First Peoples Workshop, Gr. 5-9

FNESC Summer Pro-D Opportunity

Free Summer Forestry Pro-D Opportunity

Free Summer Forestry Pro-D Opportunity

Port Alberni and Southern Vancouver Island

When: August 23-25, 2017
Where: Departing from Horseshoe Bay for Mainland teachers, and 
Woodgrove Mall in Nanaimo for Island teachers, this tour will focus on 
Southern Vancouver Island forests in the region of Port Alberni.

Our 2017 summer teachers’ tour will take you to Port Alberni — a hub 
for forestry on Southern Vancouver Island. Port Alberni is a deep port 
city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni 
Inlet, Vancouver Island’s longest inlet. On the east side of Vancouver 
Island there is a long history of timber harvesting, and many of 
today’s forests are third growth stands (meaning they’ve been 
replanted three times in the history of logging).

The tour kicks off in the MacMillan Provincial Park at Cathedral 
Grove, were you can get up close and personal with giant Douglas-fir 
trees, some over 800 years old. You will contrast this magnificent 
old-growth with a local Christmas Tree Farm run by students in Alberni 
District High School, followed by a visit to a private land woodlot.

You will be treated to what we call a live logging show that will 
include a skyline, tie-back component. How logs are processed, sorted 
and sold will be discussed, and issues around land management, 
silviculture, ecosystem management and First Nations values will also 
be addressed.

On your final day you will tour a large sawmill, where the latest 
technology is used to process logs into lumber, extracting the highest 
value and volume of wood from each log.

Along the way will be nature stops, presentations and opportunities to 
ask questions. There will be discussions about how to use the 
materials you will receive and the information you gain in your 
classroom programs and much more.

As with all of our tours, there will be moderate hikes in the forest, 
nature stops, many different stakeholders to speak with, and lots of 
great goodies to take back to the classroom.

Best of all—the entire experience is absolutely FREE!.
** Click to visit our website for details and application form 

Free professional development events for British Columbia teachers that take teachers on tours of resource-based communities, forests, sawmills, ecosystems

For safety and scheduling we require that all teachers stay in the 
accommodations provided. Accommodation is shared, two per room, and is 
arranged and paid for by the Festival of Forestry. We cover 
accommodation, meals, and transportation from the tour meeting place 
and back again at the completion of the event.  Selected participants 
will receive additional information prior to the tour that includes a 
detailed itinerary, what to bring, where to meet and what to expect.

Please be prepared for bus travel, rooming with a partner, walking and 
hiking outdoors.

Each tour can accommodate 20 teachers. Thank you in advance for 
acknowledging these guidelines.

World Environmental Education Congress

BCTF members interested in environmental education and social justice are invited to apply for funding to attend the 9th World Environmental Education CongressCulturenvironmentWeaving New Connections. This annual event brings together researchers and practitioners from around the globe who are committed to supporting high quality environmental and sustainability learning. The BCTF will fund one member from each the eight zones in the province to attend the “teacher-friendly” sessions, which take place on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, 2017, in Vancouver. More information on this congress can be found on the WEEC website at 

To download an application, visit the BCTF Opportunities for Members web page at the following link.

The deadline for applications is Friday, June 2, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Barb Ryeburn (

October PSA Super Conference registration is now open

Register for the October PSA Super Conference October 20 – 21
Registration is now open. Apply for Pro-D and book conference/accommodation as soon as possible.
TTOC availability will go quickly and conveniently located accommodation in Vancouver will also fill up quickly.

BCTF Pro-D News April 2017

Check your email for BCTF Pro-D News April 2017 or click the image below:



Teaching to Diversity – UDL & the new BC Curriculum | UBC Summer Institute

Announcing the 2017 Alumni Choice Summer Institute

Teaching to Diversity: UDL & The New BC Curriculum

July 10 –­ 21 | with Jennifer Katz & Trevor Boehm


The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning is an effective approach to classroom management, planning, instruction, and assessment that creates a compassionate learning community from K-12. 



Today’s classrooms reflect the diversity of a global world. This diversity means that students vary in what they already know, what they are ready to learn, the pace at which they are able to proceed through curriculum, and the level of adult support they require for success. Building inclusive learning communities requires that students see school as a place where they belong, are valued, and have something to contribute. The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning is an effective approach to classroom management, planning, instruction, and assessment that creates a compassionate learning community from K-12. It has been implemented in elementary, middle, and high schools across three provinces, and has been shown to increase student engagement, academic achievement, self-concept, respect for diverse others, prosocial behavior, and teacher satisfaction and self-efficacy.


This course will focus on the practical ‘how to’ of starting the year, building climate, and planning units in a way that facilitates differentiated instruction, inquiry, and multi-modal/outcomes based assessment. The new BC curriculum will be modeled through a UDL lens ­ that is, we will explore how UDL can be used as a vehicle for implementing the new curriculum in ways that support diverse learners, reduce teacher stress and workload, and still meet assessment and grading requirements. Sample units, lessons, video, and student work K-12 will be shared!


This summer institute is a 6-credit course, and can be taken as a stand-alone course but is also offered as a basis for teachers who wish to begin the Diploma in Special Education. 

  • EPSE 390C 96B ­ undergraduate, 6 credits
  • EPSE 565I 96B + EPSE 390A 96B ­ graduate, 6 credits
  • non-credit option available


Register By: May 29
We anticipate this program will fill quickly, early registration is recommended. 


UBC Transformative Educational Leadership Program (TELP) | Online info session on April 6

UBC Faculty of Education is currently accepting applications for the 3rd offering of the UBC Transformative Educational Leadership Program (TELP).  The 2017/18 program runs from October 2017 to July 2018, and is ideal for leaders and future leaders in the K-12 system and other connected sectors, who are interested in system transformation.  

We are hosting an online information session on Thursday, April 6 and I¹m writing to ask for your assistance sharing this announcement and invitation with members of the Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association?  We would like to ensure this professional learning opportunity reaches current and future educational leaders who may be interested in this type of program.


VINTA/SD85 District Pro-D Day#2 Feb 24 at NISS in Port McNeill