Early Fall Pro-d Opportunities

Welcome back to another year of learning! We are very pleased to share some professional learning opportunities that are taking place early this fall for educators in Mission.

Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She is a proud mom of fifteen year old twins. She is an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant.

Monique’s first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Since then, Monique has written five books , including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. Speaking our Truth has won numerous awards, is a a Canadian Best Seller and a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. It continues to be used across the country as a tool to educate the hearts and minds of both young and not so young readers. Monique’s latest release, Tilly and the Crazy Eights is an adult novel about an epic road trip that reminds the reader of the power of the human spirit and that love is medicine. She has been involved in her own personal healing journey for over 28 years and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

Grades: Early Learning – Gr.12

Date: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Time: 3:30pm-6:30pm

Location: HPMS Cafetorium and Clarke Theatre. Dinner will be provided.

Click here to register. Limited to 100 participants.

Introduction to Joyful Literacy: Special Event October 25th

For this year only, Dr. Janet Mort and Mission educators Chelsea & Nathan Reist will be sharing an introduction to Joyful Literacy on the Provincial Pro-d Day in Mission.  This session is for anyone who would like to learn more about the framework including EAs, parent volunteers, StrongStart facilitators, teachers, support staff, administrators and more.

We are anticipating high demand for this learning opportunity, so please sign up as soon as possible if interested.  This will help us secure a location that can accommodate everyone who is interested.

Grades: Early Learning – Gr.3

Date: Friday, October 25th (Provincial Pro-d Day)

Time: 8:30-3:00

Location: To be determined

Click here to sign up (by October 15th).

Trauma, Attachment and Neuroscience

Videos and discussion: Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. and Dr. Bruce Perry

8 sessions X 75min (attend at least 4 sessions to earn May in-lieu Pro-D)

Grades: Early Learning – Gr.12

Dates: Oct 3, Nov 7, Nov 28, Dec 12, Jan 16, Feb 6, Feb 27, April 2

Time: 3:30-4:45

Location: SBO

Topics include:  Affect Regulation, overcoming helplessness, human connections, memory processing, complex trauma, developmental trauma disorders, neglect, child maltreatment, neurobiology of the developing brain

Limit: 25 participants

Click here to register.

Pulling Together 2019: Building the Resilient Brain


Come join Mission’s educators, support workers, social service personnel and others who work with children and youth for a day of learning and networking.

Children or youth who have experienced trauma, can often present with challenges of emotionally demanding and difficult behavior. Learn to keep calm and keep caring for them even when facing perceived resistance, Find balance, learn strategies and focus on providing healing attachment experiences.

Keynote: Chuck Geddes

Where: Clarke Foundation Theatre

When: Friday Oct 25

Time: 8:30-2:30

Cost: $50.00 ($35 for Early Bird!!) Includes workshops and lunch

Important detail: Early Bird ends Oct 5th

Click here for tickets.