SUMMER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

The following is a list of professional learning opportunities offered this summer by educators from the Education Services Support Team. For further information please contact education.support@sd23.bc.ca

INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

Hello all:

 

We can't believe summer is just around the corner! We hope everyone is enjoying the final couple of weeks of school.

 

We want to extend an invitation to anyone interested to join us for summer ProD. We are offering two sessions, one on August 31st for elementary educators, and one on September 1st for middle and secondary educators. Please see the details of each session below.

 

If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Google forms for elementary (Aug 31) and middle/secondary teachers (Sept 1). Please note, more details of the sessions will be sent out the week prior to the professional development week, based on what phase of the pandemic we find ourselves in!

 

Here are the details:

 

Monday, August 31st 

Innovative Learning Environments: Discovering the Possibilities of Integrating Learning Through Nature for Elementary Teachers 

 

This session will be responsive to what stage we find ourselves in as we head back to school at the end of August. We will tailor the learning based on where we find ourselves - both where and how we meet. There is potential for us to engage in hybrid learning together where some of the learning will happen in person and some of the learning will happen remotely. Knowing that there is a level of uncertainty with what learning will look like, our intention is to create the possibilities and opportunities to support and plan for whatever phase we are in.

 

Join us as we consider these following questions:

  • How might we sustain and grow what is good? How might we use the possibilities that remote and hybrid learning has provided us? What might we be able to try that is different? What risks might we take that we didn’t feel we could take before? 

  • How might we integrate learning from different subjects? 

  • How might we connect/reconnect our students to the land to engage them in learning that will benefit their health and mental well-being?

 

We will be using nature as a vehicle to consider how we might connect and integrate learning for students. This session will include nature-based and inquiry-based learning activities that connect the curriculum based on students’ interests while fostering the growth of their core competencies. There will also be a focus on place-based core routines, Indigenous learning, making thinking visible routines, and collective knowledge building. There will be time to collaborate and co-create integrated learning opportunities to support your students.  

 

Engaging in this learning comes with an invitation to stay connected with the Instructional Leadership Team and the ILE network as you innovate throughout the year.  

SIGN-UP HERE

Tuesday, September 1st 

Innovative Learning Environments: Discovering the Possibilities of Integrating Learning Through Nature for  Middle/Secondary Teachers

 

This session will be different depending on what stage we find ourselves in as we head back to school at the end of August. We will tailor the learning based on where we find ourselves - both where and how we meet. There is potential for us to engage in hybrid learning together where some of the learning will happen in person and some of the learning will happen remotely. Knowing that there is a level of uncertainty with what learning will look like, our intention is to create the possibilities and opportunities to support and plan for whatever phase we are in.

 

Join us as we consider these following questions:

  • How might we sustain and grow what is good? How might we use the possibilities that remote and hybrid learning has provided us? What might we be able to try that is different? What risks might we take that we didn’t feel we could take before? 

  • How might we create the conditions to invite our colleagues to see the possibilities in collaborating and integrating across disciplines? How might we integrate learning from different subjects? How can we reimagine the constraints that have held us back from innovating? Timetables, schedules,...

  • How might we create a learning environment that engages our students both in-person and remotely?

  • How might we connect/reconnect our students to the land to engage them in learning that will benefit their health and mental well-being?

 

We will be using nature as a vehicle to consider how we might connect and integrate learning across subjects for students, based on their interests. This session will include nature and inquiry-based learning activities that support the growth of curricular and core competencies across subject areas.  We will be discussing ideas around ways that educators are breaking down the constraints of schedules and timetables. There will also be a focus on place-based core routines, Indigenous learning, making thinking visible routines, and collective knowledge building. There will be time to collaborate with colleagues and the Instructional Leadership Team to co-create integrated learning opportunities to support students in your context.  

 

Engaging in this learning comes with an invitation to stay connected with the Instructional Leadership Team and the ILE network as you innovate throughout the year. 

SIGN-UP HERE​

 

LEARNING TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Hey everyone,

As we head into the summer, there remains uncertainty of what school might look like for us all next year. However, we do know that technology will continue to play an essential role in teaching and learning this fall and beyond.  In that light, below you will find some great professional learning opportunities that you may wish to explore.
 

 

The following is a list of sessions being offered by members of the Learning Services Team at the COTA Summer Institute on Monday August 31st to Wednesday September 2nd.

 

Safety, Connection, and Reduced Stress: Trauma Informed Practices

Toni Bochek, Social Emotional Learning Team

Target Audience: All Grades and Roles

 

Together we explore the power that comes with knowing that experiences alter the way that kids respond to us (those behaviours or creative adaptations that were acquired in realms we know nothing about and tend to be maladaptive in the school environment) and that our call to create safety is hinged on our connection with each of our students (as well as our connection with ourselves and all those around us) and our ability to reduce stress. Trauma complicates it all, and each of us can only " Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better" (Maya Angelou).

We talk about how it is the individual response to trauma, not as what happens to us but as what we hold on the inside in the absence of an empathic witness, impacts the brain; what it looks like in the classroom; what we can best do to support those around us; and how to put our own oxygen mask on first.

Addressing Unexpected Behaviour

Andrew Portwood, Social Emotional Learning Team

 

When students start displaying extreme behaviours in our classrooms, we can take one of two approaches. One is to simply focus on these symptoms, and try to prevent them from occurring. The other focus involves getting to the true core of what is happening for that student, and discovering what we can do on a classroom level to help. As a primary responder to Tier 3 behaviour situations in SD23, Andrew will share with you the main elements he evaluates when called in to support, and how to create solutions that can last for the rest of the school year. Also covered will be the 3 most common scenarios faced when working through Tier 3 situations using actual examples and stories from SD23!

Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE) Workshop

Janelle Zebedee and Tricia Penny, Health Promoting Schools 

Target Audience: Grades K-5 Classroom Teachers

 

EASE is a collection of evidence-informed anxiety prevention and resilience-building resources for use with students in grades K-5. These stand-alone resources align with the B.C. curriculum and are designed to benefit all children by fitting into existing classroom routines and practices.

• Discover ways to integrate anxiety prevention tools into regular classroom routines

• Get hands-on strategies to help students

• Recognize helpful and unhelpful thinking

• Take brave steps to face a challenge

• Use relaxation skills to dial down strong emotions and build resilience

EASE’s evidence-informed classroom activities have been selected for their effectiveness as universal anxiety prevention and management techniques. They are designed to be delivered by classroom teachers, but can be adapted for use by school counsellors, administrators and support staff.

Mental Health Literacy

Brette Richards, Janelle Zebedee, Marilyn Green, and Tricia Penny; Social Emotional Learning Team

Target Audience: Grade 8 Teachers and Middle School Counsellors/ BITs

 

Approximately 70% of mental illnesses start before age 25, and 1 in 5 youth will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Knowing the difference between normal and resilience-building challenges or opportunities that life brings, and the symptoms of a mental illness is an instrumental component of mental health literacy.

 

In order to support mental health literacy with our middle years learners, this opportunity will introduce you to the Teen Mental Health Curriculum developed by Dr. Stan Kutcher and act as a foundation for mental health promotion, prevention and care.

Nurturing Passion in Young Mathematicians: How might math structures and environment inspire the development of joyful, independent mathematicians?

Kendra Jacobs

Target Audience: K-5

 

This math session is structured so that participants can choose to align their literacy and numeracy practices by taking this session as well as the morning writing session. This workshop invites participants to come together into a learning community that positions all as mathematicians, teachers, and learners with each other. It will offer participants opportunities to both build and distribute knowledge in the foundations of numeracy development and instructional design as we all continue to evolve in our identities as teachers of mathematics. This session will include learning about setting up the mathematics environment, creating a culture of mathematicians, developing a math workshop structure, starting the year off strong and developing numeracy throughout the year.

Nurturing Passion in Young Writers: How might writing structures and environment inspire the development of joyful, independent writers?

Lisa Wilson and Parvina Panghali

Target Audience: K-5

 

This writing session is structured so that participants can choose to align their literacy and numeracy practices by taking this session as well as the afternoon numeracy session. This workshop invites participants to come together into a learning community that positions all as storytellers, teachers, and learners with each other. It will offer participants opportunities to both build and distribute knowledge in the foundations of writing development and instructional design as we all continue to evolve in our identities as teachers of writing. This session will include learning about setting up the writing environment, creating a culture of writers, developing a writing workshop structure, starting the year off strong and developing writing throughout the year.Target Audience K-5

Soutenir les Lecteurs en Langue Seconde

Joanne Brunel, Jessica Moore, Stacey Lea, Susan Elliott, Jennifer Dewolf, Jessica Williams, Pam Rice and Joanne Lapointe

Target Audience: French Immersion, K-6 


This literacy workshop will be geared to exploring how the strategies, structures and pedagogies offered in literacy can be applied in a French immersion classroom. How might we dive deeper into the components of reading instruction to best support our French Immersion learners? Join us for a launch into an inquiry using the book "Soutenir les lecteurs en langue seconde" authored by Renée Bourgoin to support this work. An invitation will be made to continue the conversation throughout the year. This session will provide teachers with an opportunity to explore various reading interventions as they pertain to second language learning.

 

 
 
 
 

Central Okanagan Public Schools

1040 Hollywood Road S., Kelowna, BC V1X 4N2

Phone: (250) 860-8888        Fax: (250) 870-5056

Email: education.support@sd23.bc.ca

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