May In-Lieu Professional Learning Opportunities

Below are some of the professional learning opportunities that Mission Public School District is offering in the 2022/2023 school year.  These can be used in-lieu of the May 19th, 2023 professional development day.

Open to All Educators: Early Learning – Gr. 12

Virtual Author Café – Legacy: Trauma, Story & Indigenous Healing

Please join us virtually for a series of four learning sessions with author Suzanne Methot, author of Legacy: Trauma, Story & Indigenous Healing. Using her book as a guide and through an Indigenous lens, Suzanne will walk us through the following:

Session #1: Trauma-Informed Practice (November 17, 2022)
In this session, we will learn about the impact of trauma on our brains, bodies, spirit, and
emotions; the difference between intergenerational trauma and complex trauma; and how
complex trauma relates to colonization and colonialism.

Session #2: Healing-Informed Strategies for Working With Youth and Families (January 12, 2023)
During this session, teachers will try out and practice 3-5 strategies that they can use when
working with students and families who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma.

Session #3: Self-Care for Helpers (March 2, 2023)
This session will consider the impacts of intergenerational trauma on helpers and on the
teacher-student relationship, and how Indigenous culture-based strategies for creating
meaning and connection can minimize triggers and alleviate vicarious trauma, burnout, and
compassion fatigue.

Session #4: Expressive Writing for Health and Wellness (May 4, 2023)
During this workshop, teachers will use expressive writing to engage in self-care and achieve
greater emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Details: This learning opportunity also may count towards May in Lieu, if you commit to all four learning sessions.

Dates: November 17, January 12, March 2, May 4

Time: All sessions will start at 315pm and end at 445pm.

Location: Virtual

Capacity: 100 participants

Click here to register. You will be provided the book free of charge.

Registration Deadline: Please sign up before Friday, November 4, 2022, in order to receive the book beforehand.

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An Evening with sɬə́məxʷ, Rain Pierre

Please join us for an inspirational evening with sɬə́məxʷ, Rain Pierre, highly acclaimed artist and motivational speaker from Katzie First Nation.

“Five years ago, I was dedicating my time and energy to a career working in the civil engineering realm. I was working extensive overtime and travelling around British Columbia, Canada inspecting multimillion-dollar projects building bridges and highways. I gave up my free time and weekends, dedicating everything to my career. I was making a name for myself within the industry, as well as a very good salary for my age. I worked on pursuing and growing this career for 7 years. I had made it… and I should have been happy, right? 
But I wasn’t. I had worked myself into a state of depression without knowing it. I knew deep down something was wrong. I could feel that my internal self wasn’t happy. I felt like I was committing spiritual suicide.  
At the end of a long day, I asked the Creator, is this what I should be doing? Because I’m not really quite sure. That evening I got some answers.
I was sitting on the couch scrolling Facebook and saw a video someone had shared about spray paint art. It was the first time my heart fluttered for anything. I felt more alive and awake than I ever did.

“IT’S CRAZY TO THINK ABOUT WHERE I ONCE WAS IN MY LIFE. I HAD TO LET GO OF WHAT I THOUGHT I “SHOULD” BE DOING AND TOOK A LEAP TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME TRULY HAPPY.”

Details: 3.5 hours toward May in lieu

Date: Thursday, January 26th

Time: We will begin with a brief dinner from 330pm to 430pm, followed by an inspirational presentation from 500pm until approximately 700pm.

Location: HPMS Cafetorium and Clarke Theatre

Capacity: 100 Participants

Click here to register.

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The Secret Pocket: Book Launch and Learning Session with Author Peggy Janicki

The true story of how Indigenous girls at a Canadian residential school sewed secret pockets into their dresses to hide food and survive

Mary was four years old when she was first taken away to the Lejac Indian Residential School. It was far away from her home and family. Always hungry and cold, there was little comfort for young Mary. Speaking Dakelh was forbidden and the nuns and priest were always watching, ready to punish. Mary and the other girls had a genius idea: drawing on the knowledge from their mothers, aunts and grandmothers who were all master sewers, the girls would sew hidden pockets in their clothes to hide food. They secretly gathered materials and sewed at nighttime, then used their pockets to hide apples, carrots and pieces of bread to share with the younger girls.

Based on the author’s mother’s experience at residential school, The Secret Pocket is a story of survival and resilience in the face of genocide and cruelty. But it’s also a celebration of quiet resistance to the injustice of residential schools and how the sewing skills passed down through generations of Indigenous women gave these girls a future, stitch by stitch.

Details: 2.5 hours toward May in lieu

Date: Thursday, March 30th

Time: 3:30-6:00

Location: HPMS Cafetorium for meal and presentation to follow in the Clarke Theatre

Capacity: 100 participants

Click here to register.

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This is a virtual learning series, offered by the Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre at UBC. Organizers are Dr. Cynthia Nicol, Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald and Janice Novakowski Open to all educators, free of charge.

Details: All sessions run from 3:30-4:45 (all three sessions would count for 3 hours for May in lieu)

Dates: Wednesdays – November 2nd, January 25th, February 22nd.

Register here by October 31st: https://elvlc.educ.ubc.ca/culturally-responsive-mathematics-assessment/

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Understanding and Developing Executive Functions in the Classroom

Hosted By: Lisa Stevens

Part 1: December 5 2022, 3:30 – 6:00

This workshop is designed to introduce the concept of executive functions and how to support their development in a classroom setting. Part 1 of the workshop focuses on introducing different aspects of executive functions, how they affect everyday functioning, and strategies to support their development. We will also discuss Get Ready, Do, Done, as a strategy to facilitate the development of executive functions. At the end of Part 1, the participants will be asked to design and implement Get Ready, Do, Done in their classroom. Participants should be ready to share their implementation in Part 2.

Understanding and developing executive functions in the classroom

Part 2:  January 9 2023, 3:30 – 6:00

In Part 1 of this workshop, the concept of executive functions and how to support their development in a classroom setting was introduced. The focus was on introducing different aspects of executive functions, how they affect everyday functioning, and strategies to support their development. The participants discussed Get Ready, Do, Done, as a strategy to facilitate the development of executive functions. At the end of Part 1, the participants were asked to design and implement Get Ready, Do, Done in their classroom and be ready to share their implementation in Part 2.

Part 2 provides an opportunity for the participants to bring questions regarding their Get Ready, Do, Done strategy and its implementation.

Details: 5.0 hours toward May in lieu

Dates: Monday, December 5th & Monday, January 9th

Time: 3:30-6:00

Location: To be determined

Click here to register.

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Accessibility with Office 365

Hosted by: Sandra Norum

Suitable for: LST, ISP, Classroom Teachers, EA’s

Description: Learn how to get the most out of Office 365 Accessibility for your students.

Details: 1.5 hours toward May in lieu

Date: Thursday, December 8th

Time: 3:30-5:00

Location: To be determined (in person or virtual options available)

Click here to register or use QR code:

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The Competing Behaviour Pathway Model: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours  

Hosted by: Lisa Stevens

Part 1: February 9 2023, 3:30 – 6:00

A competing behaviour pathway model is designed to better understand why a challenging behaviour might occur. The model also helps design a comprehensive, multi-component treatment plan to make the challenging behaviours irrelevant, inefficient, and ineffective. At the end of Part 1, the participants will be asked to design and complete a competing pathway diagram for a student they have in mind. Participants should be ready to share their diagram in Part 2.

The Competing Behaviour Pathway Model: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours 

Part 2: April 17 2023, 3:30 – 6:00

In Part 1 of this workshop, the competing behaviour pathway model was introduced to better understand why a challenging behaviour might occur. The model also helped participants design a comprehensive, multi-component treatment plan to make the challenging behaviours irrelevant, inefficient, and ineffective. At the end of Part 1, the participants were asked to design and complete a competing pathway diagram for a student they had in mind.

Part 2 is a chance for the participants to share their competing pathway diagrams and receive feedback, suggestions, and ideas to polish their treatment plan.

Details: 5.0 hours toward May in lieu

Dates: Thursday, February 9th & Monday, April 17th

Time: 3:30-6:00

Location: To be determined

Click here to register. School teams are encouraged to attend together.

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POPFASD On Demand Course

Six module, self-paced course. Let’s complete this together!

Hosted by: Sandra Norum

Suitable for: LST, ISP, Classroom Teachers, EA’s

Description – FASD 101 On-Demand course is an online, free, self-paced course for BC Educators.  This 6-module course provides foundational information to enhance educators’ capacity to support students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Educators who complete the 3-hour course will receive a certificate of completion.  (Link to course: www.fasdoutreach.ca/training)

Details: Two 1.5 hour sessions (3 hours towards May in lieu)

Dates: Monday, February 27th & Monday, March 6th

Time: 3:30-5:00

Location: To be determined (in-person or virtual options available)

Click here to register or use QR code:

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K-9 Options:

Mastering Math Manipulatives (K-8)

Hosted by: Rebekaah Stenner

This professional development opportunity is all about exploring math manipulatives. We will follow two new books published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and look at everything from Cuisenaire rods and base ten blocks to geoboards and pattern blocks. Two sessions are available (primary and intermediate plus) – feel free to attend one or both. The first 50 people who register will receive a copy of the book at the session!

Details: 2.5 hours toward May in lieu

Primary: Monday, February 6th, 3:00 – 5:30

Intermediate Plus: Monday, February 13th, 3:00 – 5:30

Location: To be determined

Snacks will be provided

Click here to register.

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Science of Reading for Elementary LST

Hosted By: Sandra Norum & Guests

Suitable for Elementary LST, or anyone interested!

Description: How can you use the SoR to help struggling readers on your caseload? Tips for pull-out groups, as well as classroom supports to offer teachers at your site.

Details: 1.5 hours toward May in lieu

Date: Thursday, April 13th

Time: 3:00-4:30

Location: To be determined (in person or virtual options available)

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Secondary (Gr. 10-12) Options:

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Science of Reading for Middle and Secondary LST

Hosted By: Sandra Norum & Guests

Suitable for Middle and Secondary LST, or anyone interested!

Description: How can you use the SoR to help struggling readers on your caseload? Tips for your enrolling support blocks, as well as classroom supports to offer teachers at your site.

Details: (1.5 hours toward May in lieu)

Date: Monday, May 1st

Time: 3:30-5:00

Location: To be determined (in person or virtual options available)

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