MPSD 2017 Professional Development

As a result of teacher feedback we have organized some great professional development opportunities for Mission educators in the new year.  Based on roundtable discussions, plans for further sessions are currently being developed.  These include:

  • The re-designed curriculum and assessment
  • Infusing indigenous perspectives in the classroom
  • Inclusion and meeting the needs of all learners
  • Core Competencies
  • Early Literacy Programs
  • Jump Math
  • Coding
  • Common Assessments
  • Reporting
Coming Soon!
Joyful Literacy Summit – January 2017:


MPSD is sending Primary Literacy Teams from six elementary schools to the January 2017 Joyful Literacy Summit in Victoria.  We appreciate the amazing response from teachers in the district and are excited to announce that the district will support all schools that applied for this professional development opportunity.

Professional Learning Series – January/February 2017:

1. Three Crows Productions: Residential School Professional Development


Thursday, 19 January 2017, 3:30 – 6:00

Edwin S. Richards School, 33419 Cherry Avenue, Mission, BC

“With recent and growing recognition of the history surrounding the Indian residential school system in Canada, three unique First Nations storytellers have come together to raise public awareness of the residential school experience and the intergenerational impact these experiences have had on the personal lives and communities of Aboriginal people today.” Source: Three Crows Productions 

Note to teachers: There are limited spaces available. Please contact Melinda Dempster if you would like to attend this professional learning session.

2. Naryn Searcy:  Assessment Professional Development


Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 3:30 – 6:00

Clarke Foundation Theatre, 33700 Prentis Ave, Mission, BC

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Naryn Searcy teaches English First Peoples 10 & 12 and is a district helping teacher in Aboriginal Education, Okanagan-Skaha. This professional learning opportunity is designed for K-12 teachers interested in learning more about formative assessment approaches that can be used effectively with the revised BC curriculum.

Read Transformative Shift: Naryn Searcy reflects on the power of Aboriginal content and pedagogy in Learn Magazine’s Winter 2016 issue.

3. Shelley Moore:  Inclusion and BC’s Renewed Curriculum

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 3:30 – 6:00

Clarke Foundation Theatre, 33700 Prentis Ave, Mission, BC

From Portage and Main Press: “SHELLEY MOORE is an inclusive-education consultant supporting access to education for every learner. She presents at conferences both nationally and internationally, and has developed courses at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia. Shelley has worked in both elementary and secondary schools supporting students with and without special needs. A PhD student at the University of British Columbia, her research focus is on the interactions of inclusive education, curriculum, and teacher professional development.”

This professional learning opportunity is intended for MPSD educators interested in adopting inclusive strategies that benefit all learners and fit within the framework of the redesigned curriculum.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

New sessions will be added to our Calendar as they are confirmed.