District Day 09Dec2016

Vancouver Island North Teachers’ Association Presents:

 

Healthy Practice 

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District Professional Development Day #1

Friday, December 9, 2016
Port Hardy Secondary School

Please bring a mug for your personal use and
non-perishable foods to donate to the Harvest Food Bank.

Click This Link to Register On-line
Registration is first come – first serve, please register early!

 


 

Schedule

Welcome to all attendees!

 

 


 

Acknowledgements

The VINTA Professional Development Committee and
SD #85 are pleased to host this day for you.

Thank you to the staff and students of the
Eke Me-Xi Learning Centre for providing lunch.

Thank you to the staff and students of
Port Hardy Secondary School for the use their school Dec 9th.

Notice: Some people who will attend this event have sensitivities to various fragrances, scented or flavoured products. We ask for everyone’s cooperation in our efforts to accommodate their health concerns.
Let’s make this event Scent-Free and Mint Free.

 

 


 

WORKSHOPS AT A GLANCE

MORNING
11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
 
 
Click on name to go to In-Depth Workshop information
 
Meaningful Student Investment through Self- and Peer Assessment (Elementary)
 
Telling the Story of the Learner
 
Reaching Out Program – Working with Mental Health Issues WORKSHOP IS FULL Please attend the Afternoon workshop or register for another workshop
 
Infusing Aboriginal Content with the New Curriculum – Authentic Resources!
 
Coding and Core Competencies? You Betcha!
 
Guided Discussion on “Fresh Grade“
 
CPI Refresher  Please Note: This Workshop Only Starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 12:30 PM.
 

AFTERNOON
1:30 PM to 3:15 PM

 
 
Click on name to go to In-Depth Workshop information
 
Meaningful Student Investment through Self- and Peer Assessment (Secondary)
 
Telling the Story of the Learner
 
Reaching Out Program – Working with Mental Health Issues
 
Numeracy Has Never Been So Fun
12.
Jacqui Sneazwell Cancelled
 
Drama in the Classroom
 
Health and Well Being: Taking Learning Outside
 
Introduction to Smartboard Software

Click This Link to Register On-line
Registration is first come – first serve, please register early!


 
 Keynote Address
9:40 AM to 10:40 AM

 

Essential Assessment

With Tom Schimmer

This keynote address will highlight the six essential assessment tenets that create a culture of learning that builds hope, efficacy, and achievement. Highlights will include the essentials for designing assessments with precision, responding to results with instructional agile, and ways in which teachers can cultivate student investment and ownership of their own learning. As well, the tenets will be examined through the lens of the new BC curriculum.
 

 


 

WORKSHOPS IN-DEPTH

MORNING WORKSHOPS
10:45 AM to 12:30 PM

 

1.

Tom SchimmerRegister On-line

 

Meaningful Student Investment through Self- and Peer Assessment (Elementary)

 

Tom Schimmer is an independent education consultant from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his career he has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district level leader. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment, grading, RTI, and educational leadership. He has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions at several national and conferences. As well, Tom has worked directly with schools and school districts throughout Canada, the United States, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Qatar, India, and the U.A.E. He is the author of two books: Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading (2013) and Grading from the Inside Out: Bringing accuracy to student assessment through a standards-based mindset (2016).

 

As a follow-up to the keynote, this session will specifically highlight the ways in which teachers can create opportunities for students to be more self-regulatory about their learning. Through the lens of both curricular and core competencies, this session will specify the necessary prerequisites and subsequent practices that maximize the opportunity for students to be learning resources for both themselves and one another.

2.

Brad CunninghamRegister On-line

 

Telling the Story of the Learner

 

Brad Cunningham is an English, social studies, and PE teacher and the department of the Flexible Studies Program at Reynolds Secondary School in Victoria, BC. In the past few years, Brad has been involved in teaching a hip-hop English course, piloting a partner school project with the Royal BC Museum, integrating the stories and wisdom of a local elder into the classroom, and contributing to the development of Creative Thinking core competency in the renewed BC curriculum. Brad has also recently presented at the Hip Hop Education Think Tank II and III (Harlem, NY; 2012 & 2013), the EdTechTeam Victoria Summit Featuring Google for Education (Victoria, BC; 2015), the Yukon Summer Academy (Whitehorse, YK; 2016) and at numerous Professional Development days around Greater Victoria.

 

How and when do our students get to tell their own story in our classrooms?
Can they do that if they are always answering questions that they never asked?
And how do our assessment practices promote or hinder this process?

In this session, high school teacher Brad Cunningham will share some of his experiences around creating space in the Flexible Studies Program, as well as his own social studies and English classroom, for students to share their own voices and engage in directing their assessment. The hope is that this session will help educators navigate our transition into the renewed BC curriculum by identifying what we are already doing in our classrooms and by creating connections and relationships with colleagues to help us through the challenges we will inevitably face as we ponder how to implement the increased flexibility of the curriculum into our classroom.

Some of the topics covered in this session will include:

  • I have something to say: Honouring student voice and choice.
  • What time does this learning stop?: Breaking down silos of learning.
  • Human learning: Aboriginal perspectives and worldviews as a guide to assessment.
  • Becoming a coach: Formative assessment/Assessment for Learning.
  • Moving beyond self-assessment: Collaborative Assessment Dialogues.
  • Don’t hide behind the numbers: Doing away with averaging assignments as a means of determining a “final” grade.
  • Thanks, but I don’t need this report card: Tech tools to support ongoing communication with families.

3.

Don KattlerRegister On-line

 

Reaching Out Program – Working with Mental Health Issues WORKSHOP IS FULL Please attend the Afternoon workshop or register for another workshop

 

Don is the North Island Regional Educator for the BC Schizophrenia Society. In addition to his role with BCSS he is currently a member of the Mental Health and Substance Use Intensive Case Management Team for Island Health. Don is active in the BC mental health community and holds many volunteer positions including being a member of the BC Schizophrenia Society’s Provincial Public Policy Committee and past board member of the BC Schizophrenia Society, Victoria Branch.
Don continues to participate in academic research and is a member of the CREST.BD research team that study’s psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder at UBC’s School of Psychiatry. Don is also the principal of Mindful Peer Consulting that offers specialized peer support and counselling services to those with mental health, addiction, and concurrent disorders.
When Don is not working he is an avid vinyl record collector and a self-described ‘coffee snob’, and can be found reading at Guido’s coffee shop most mornings in beautiful Port Hardy.

 

Don will be presenting “Reaching Out “, which is a complete, easy to teach educational program specially created for Canadian youth. It is an ideal awareness and learning resource for students in Grades 7-12. “Reaching Out” allows educators to empathetically expose young people to the sensitive topic of mental health by providing them with real tools for helping others. Its use of simple and clear language also promises to improve the understanding of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses amongst teachers, counselors, parents, coaches, and other responsible adults in a teenager’s/young adult’s life.
In addition to “Reaching Out”, Don will also be presenting information about substance use, concurrent disorders, and stigma.

4.

Sandra Walther & Jacqueline HuntRegister On-line

 

Infusing Aboriginal Content with the New Curriculum – Authentic Resources!

 

Jacqueline Hunt is from the Wuikinuxv Nation Kwakiutl band and lives at Tsakis. She graduated with a B. Ed from Vancouver Island University and proceeded to work at Wagulus school for 9 years. Jacqueline is a contributing author in the FNESC/FNSA resource: In Our Own Words, Bringing Authentic First People’s Content to the K-3 Classroom.
Sandra Walther (Nee Gunson/Prestwich) is a northern Vancouver Island resident having either attended school or taught (since 1965) in Port Alice, Holberg, Port McNeill and Port Hardy. She completed her B.Ed at University of Victoria and her M.Ed (Teacher-Librarian) from U of Alberta. Sandra has been an educator and mentor in sd85 for 34 years teaching Kindergarten to Grade 7, as well as various non-enrolling positions including Teacher-Librarian and Fine Arts Specialist K-7. In the past 10 years Sandra has worked extensively implementing inquiry; teaching ELL (English Language Learners); advocating for evolution of libraries into Learning Commons, and extending Aboriginal resources. Sandra was a member of sd85 pilot team implementing FNESC curriculum about Residential schools and Reconciliation, a presenter at the 2015 BCTLA conference, and represented sd85 at the 2016 FNESC summer institute.
Passionate about Aboriginal Education, Jacqueline and Sandra are moving forward in promoting the use of authentic Aboriginal resources and content in classrooms.

 

How do you begin when infusing Aboriginal content with the New Curriculum in the classroom?
This workshop will focus on why an authentic Aboriginal perspective is important and what defines this designation. Cross-curricular topics will be presented ready to implement in the classroom using engaging, hands-on activities and literary resources.
Focus: Our workshop is intended to be practical, sharing lots of useable ideas and resources. The focus is Elementary – but could be adapted to Middle School level.
Maximum 25 attendees.

5.

Karen LirenmanRegister On-line

 

Coding and Core Competencies? You Betcha!

 

Karen is an author and award-winning K-3 STEAM teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. She has a hands-on approach to teaching which includes inquiry, project-based, and maker mindset. Her students have choice in how to learn, show, and share their knowledge. Karen is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google for Education Innovator. She recently published: Innovate with iPad:Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom with co-author Kristen Wideen.

 

Coding is the language of today. It teaches perseverance, problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. What’s better yet is that you don’t need to be a computer scientist to figure it out. Come find out how students are learning to code while exploring BC’s core competencies. In this hands on session we will explore coding with and without technology and we will look at ways your classroom content can be taught through code. An extensive resource will be shared which will help you best meet your learners need and of course we’ll have fun playing with programmable toys too! This session is geared towards K-7 educators.

6.

Ron MollingaRegister On-line

 

Guided Discussion on “Fresh Grade“

 

Ron Mollinga has been teaching in School District 85 for 27 years. He’s taught intermediate grades, concert band and computer technology. Ron designs web sites using both Dreamweaver and WordPress for his class, school, local companies and non-profit organizations. He also works as a music copyist for a company in England that publishes professional sheet music for bass players around the world. Ron has participated in webinars and taken online courses about FreshGrade which he uses daily as a way of keeping his students’ parents informed about their child’s progress and accomplishments.

 

Excerpt from www.edsurge.com:

FreshGrade is an online portfolio where teachers, students and parents all interact to capture and comment on the student’s school work. The program also allows teachers to create and grade custom assignments, which are then tracked in the tool. FreshGrade’s core features are free for all users, though an upgraded version is available.

www.freshgrade.com/

7.

Angela Hagen and Dustin SwainRegister On-line

 

CPI Refresher
Please Note: This Workshop Only starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 12:30 PM.

 

Angela is the school district elementary counselor. She has been providing CPI training for the district, for the past six years.

 

The CPI refresher course (non-violent crisis intervention) is for those who have taken CPI training within the last four years; certification is good for two years, as CPI recommends that refresher training be taken every two years. This is a required course for educational assistants, but all school district employees are encouraged to take the training. Another full training day (for those with no previous training) will be offered sometime later in the year.
Participants should dress in a loose comfortable clothing, with no dangling jewelry. We will be practising CPI self-defence moves.
Focus: Elementary and Secondary
Maximum 30 attendees.


 

WORKSHOPS IN-DEPTH

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
1:30 PM to 3:15 PM

 

8.

Tom SchimmerRegister On-line

 

Meaningful Student Investment through Self- and Peer Assessment (Secondary)

 

Tom Schimmer is an independent education consultant from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his career he has been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district level leader. Tom is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment, grading, RTI, and educational leadership. He has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions at several national and conferences. As well, Tom has worked directly with schools and school districts throughout Canada, the United States, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Qatar, India, and the U.A.E. He is the author of two books: Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading (2013) and Grading from the Inside Out: Bringing accuracy to student assessment through a standards-based mindset (2016).

 

As a follow-up to the keynote, this session will specifically highlight the ways in which teachers can create opportunities for students to be more self-regulatory about their learning. Through the lens of both curricular and core competencies, this session will specify the necessary prerequisites and subsequent practices that maximize the opportunity for students to be learning resources for both themselves and one another.

9.

Brad CunninghamRegister On-line

 

Telling the Story of the Learner

 

Brad Cunningham is an English, social studies, and PE teacher and the department of the Flexible Studies Program at Reynolds Secondary School in Victoria, BC. In the past few years, Brad has been involved in teaching a hip-hop English course, piloting a partner school project with the Royal BC Museum, integrating the stories and wisdom of a local elder into the classroom, and contributing to the development of Creative Thinking core competency in the renewed BC curriculum. Brad has also recently presented at the Hip Hop Education Think Tank II and III (Harlem, NY; 2012 & 2013), the EdTechTeam Victoria Summit Featuring Google for Education (Victoria, BC; 2015), the Yukon Summer Academy (Whitehorse, YK; 2016) and at numerous Professional Development days around Greater Victoria.

 

How and when do our students get to tell their own story in our classrooms?
Can they do that if they are always answering questions that they never asked?
And how do our assessment practices promote or hinder this process?

In this session, high school teacher Brad Cunningham will share some of his experiences around creating space in the Flexible Studies Program, as well as his own social studies and English classroom, for students to share their own voices and engage in directing their assessment. The hope is that this session will help educators navigate our transition into the renewed BC curriculum by identifying what we are already doing in our classrooms and by creating connections and relationships with colleagues to help us through the challenges we will inevitably face as we ponder how to implement the increased flexibility of the curriculum into our classroom.

Some of the topics covered in this session will include:

  • I have something to say: Honouring student voice and choice.
  • What time does this learning stop?: Breaking down silos of learning.
  • Human learning: Aboriginal perspectives and worldviews as a guide to assessment.
  • Becoming a coach: Formative assessment/Assessment for Learning.
  • Moving beyond self-assessment: Collaborative Assessment Dialogues.
  • Don’t hide behind the numbers: Doing away with averaging assignments as a means of determining a “final” grade.
  • Thanks, but I don’t need this report card: Tech tools to support ongoing communication with families.

10.

Don KattlerRegister On-line

 

Reaching Out Program – Working with Mental Health Issues

 

Don is the North Island Regional Educator for the BC Schizophrenia Society. In addition to his role with BCSS he is currently a member of the Mental Health and Substance Use Intensive Case Management Team for Island Health. Don is active in the BC mental health community and holds many volunteer positions including being a member of the BC Schizophrenia Society’s Provincial Public Policy Committee and past board member of the BC Schizophrenia Society, Victoria Branch.
Don continues to participate in academic research and is a member of the CREST.BD research team that study’s psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder at UBC’s School of Psychiatry. Don is also the principal of Mindful Peer Consulting that offers specialized peer support and counselling services to those with mental health, addiction, and concurrent disorders.
When Don is not working he is an avid vinyl record collector and a self-described ‘coffee snob’, and can be found reading at Guido’s coffee shop most mornings in beautiful Port Hardy.

 

Don will be presenting “Reaching Out “, which is a complete, easy to teach educational program specially created for Canadian youth. It is an ideal awareness and learning resource for students in Grades 7-12. “Reaching Out” allows educators to empathetically expose young people to the sensitive topic of mental health by providing them with real tools for helping others. Its use of simple and clear language also promises to improve the understanding of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses amongst teachers, counselors, parents, coaches, and other responsible adults in a teenager’s/young adult’s life.
In addition to “Reaching Out”, Don will also be presenting information about substance use, concurrent disorders, and stigma.

11.

Karen LirenmanRegister On-line

 

Numeracy Has Never Been So Fun

 

Karen is an author and award-winning K-3 STEAM teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. She has a hands-on approach to teaching which includes inquiry, project-based, and maker mindset. Her students have choice in how to learn, show, and share their knowledge. Karen is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google for Education Innovator. She recently published: Innovate with iPad:Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom with co-author Kristen Wideen.

 

Who needs “boring” worksheets when the iPad allows our learners to practice, learn, create, and share their numeracy skills in new and innovative ways. Bring along your iPad (or tablet) and be ready to explore open ended creative apps that can be used to transform the way students create their own math. Some open ended iPad app suggestions include Popplet (lite is fine), Explain Everything (Draw and Tell for younger learners), iMovie and Book Creator. Bring your favourite digital math manipulatives too. This session is geared towards K-7 educators.

12.

Jacqui Sneazwell CancelledRegister On-line

 

Drama in the Classroom

 

Currently teaching grade 2 and working on an M. Ed in ECE, Jacqui hopes to inspire a love of theatre and get kids using their imaginations.

 

Get ready to get out of your seat! This is a fully interactive workshop. Drama in the classroom helps develop communication, confidence, collaboration, and problem solving skills. Learn some new games beginning with warm ups to full improvisation games. Learn how to adapt these improv games into plays and other productions for your students.
Focus – Drama is for everyone and is easily adapted to any grade level.
Max 25 attendees.

13.

Eleanor RopponenRegister On-line

 

Health and Well Being: Taking Learning Outside

 

Eleanor is retired after 35 years in the classroom (all in sd85) and currently working as a TTOC and enjoying life as a grandma. Her last few years of teaching were focused on reconnecting children to the outdoors while meeting required learning outcomes and working on self regulation strategies. Since retirement she has continued to explore the positive benefits to taking children outside.

 

We’ll explore the calming/health affects of connecting to nature. How to weave outdoor experiences with classroom activities/literature in all subject areas. I’ll share some research with regard to dementia, anxiety, ADHD, etc. and the positive effects of outdoor exposure and experiences. Weather permitting we will go outside so please dress accordingly.
Focus: Elementary
Max 20 attendees.

14.

Andrew DoddRegister On-line

 

Introduction to Smartboard Software

 

Current grade 6/7 teacher at Sunset Elementary with a background in Special Education, and Distance Education and Technology. Personal interests include spending time with the family, home renovations, technology, gamification, computer programming, robotics.

 

This workshop is designed to introduce you some of the many possibilities the Smartboard has to offer. Very little to no experience using the smart board is required. Some of the topics include:

  • Lesson activity toolkit
  • Customizing toolbars and using the smart recorder
  • Creating a sorting activity
  • Multiple ways to reveal information
  • Picture Word Induction Posters
  • Review Activities
  • Further resources
  • Small group activity/challenge

Focus – Both Elementary and Secondary

 


Click This Link to Register On-line
Registration is first come – first serve, please register early!