Resource Bulletin #5:

Anti-Racism Resources:

In light of current events many educators are wishing for more information and/or resources.

  1. NFB Campus: Anti-racism films

This playlist features films that confront racism. They are a small selection of films from the NFB collection that look at instances of racism in Canada, and support dialogue on equality and diversity.  Age suggestions are listed for each film.

2. BCTF’s anti-racism lesson plans and resources:

3. CBC Curio: Fighting Racism and Discrimination collection & Canadian Race Relations Foundation Collection (Ages 13+)

This collection looks at the fight against discrimination and racism in Canada. It includes examples of ongoing efforts across the country to remove barriers to equity, diversity and inclusion and to reduce inequities in all sectors of society.

4. @janemount created this graphic of anti-racist books:

 


Spring Scavenger Hunt:

“As you explore the outdoors … try to take a moment and really think about the world around you. Keep an eye out for details and see what you can find.” (SD 42 Aboriginal Education Department via Twitter)

(Shared by SD 42 Aboriginal Education, Created by Jessica Knott)


Monique Gray Smith, Susan Nielsen, and other Canadian writers share writing tips and perspectives.

 

 

 


Kids in the Know: K-12 safety education program uses age-appropriate lessons to increase children’s personal safety skills to reduce their risk of victimization online and offline. Lessons are matched to the outcomes mandated by departments of education across Canada and are purposefully designed to create a common language to help facilitate the way we teach kids about their own personal safety. Topics covered by KIK include safe and responsible use of technology, healthy relationships and boundaries, daily safety habits, as well as knowing when and how to seek help.

Grade 9/10 Digital Lesson: An engaging new lesson, includes videos and online activities, covers topics such as body and sexual boundaries, consent, and healthy and unhealthy relationships, as well as where to go for help. This lesson is free for educators for a limited time (in English and French).

Big Feelings Come and Go Storybook: Available for download in six different languages, as well as a read-aloud video series, this storybook teaches kids about freeze, flight and fight and helps them learn some basic self-regulation skills.


Resilience resources:

 

 

Resilience Art Cards and Teaching Guide

 

 

 

 


FVRL – Mission Library

We’ve been busy getting ready for FVRL Express. We’ve pulled over 3,000 holds and packed 550 bags with full of people’s holds.
🛍️📚 Beginning June 1 you can start picking up library holds using FVRL Express – Click, Pick, Go.
www.fvrl.ca/fvrlexpress

The new contactless service offers customers a physically distanced way to pick up library holds and return items at all 25 locations.


YMCA Launches New Online Resource for Teachers:  (available in English and French)

Looking for a fun way to keep your students active? The YMCA has launched YGym, a free virtual physical activity program for young people and families across Canada. Offered in both English and French, YGym includes a variety of physical activity and sports skills videos for students aged 5-9 and 10-15. A fundamental movement video will also be launched soon.

YGym is a great resource for teachers looking for ways to encourage their students to continue developing their physical literacy. Each video is instructed by a YMCA certified fitness coach and features content based on YMCA Canada’s Health & Fitness programs and Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines.

Please visit the YMCA’s YGym web page for more information.


Canada Learning Code: (available in English and French)

Canada Learning Code offers free, live workshops that students and educators can access that help students as young as nine years old learn how to code in different forms. This includes creating websites, online games and generative art, among others.

In addition, Canada Learning Code is also planning a virtual coding conference that students will be able to take part in this summer.

“We’ve reimagined our popular in-person learning experiences to create live online classes that are optimized for project-based, highly collaborative and interactive learning opportunities,” said Melissa Sariffodeen, CEO of Canada Learning Code. “At each workshop, there is a team of instructors to help youth discover the power of technology to solve problems and become builders – not just consumers of technology.”

Along with learning resources, the website also includes helpful guides to maintain routines and stay safe online, giving parents information about how to talk to their children about COVID-19, along with other mental health resources to manage stress or anxiety. (Source: BC Gov News)

 

Resource Bulletin #4:

Locally Developed Resource by MPSD educator Susan O’Soup:


5 Moore Minutes Special Edition: Home Learning Series: 

Shelley Moore (storyteller, inclusive education advocate and PhD candidate) offers tips for home learning in this evolving series. Two videos will be released each week during the rest of the school year.

Designed for families who have children with disabilities, much of the information is useful for all families.

The playlist is embedded below and also on the Inclusion page of this website for future reference.


UBC Museum of Anthropology: From Home for Teachers (K-12)

“As the world adapts to the new realities of digital engagement, we adapt with it. To support the work of teachers, parents and caretakers, MOA’s Education department has been busy compiling lesson ideas that bring world cultures, new ideas and new experiences into the home classroom. We hope that these resources can help students stay engaged while staying home.”


 

CBC Article: Set in Stone: Stó:lō ancestors’ spirits live in Fraser Valley landmarks

 

 

 

 

 


BC Ministry of Education: Keep Learning Activity Ideas

Simple activities and games that you can play at home are added daily to this site.  Click here for a .pdf of activities developed so far.

 

Resource Bulletin #3:

Source: BCTF Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and Being

Resource highlights:

Stó:lō Shxwelí Halq’méylem Language Collection:

Language resources and stories for learning Halq’méylem.


First Peoples Principles of Learning during Remote Learning:

(Source:Delta School District Indigenous Education Department’s COVID- 19 Teaching and Learning at Home)

“We can still keep the First Peoples Principles of Learning at the centre of our instruction while students are learning at home. We have taken the activities provided in the Everyday Learning Activities section of the Ministry’s Keep Learning site and matched them with the First Peoples’ Principles Of Learning.”


Distance Learning for Special Education (Early Learning – Grade 12) (Source: Kansas Department of Education)

Resources on this page are provided by educators and families from around the world. We are collaborating to support the needs of students with significant disabilities during the COVID 19 pandemic. These materials are open source and may be adapted to fit your child or student’s need. They may not be used for purchase.

  • See the Inclusion page on Curriculum Connections for more resources to support remote learning for students with diverse needs.

CBC Resources: include articles, activity ideas, videos, shows, and games.  No advertising!


Royal BC Museum: Virtual Resources

  • Learning Portal: “The Learning Portal is for learners of all ages but much of it aligns with BC K-12 school curriculum. Designed with a constructivist approach, it is a non-linear, learner-centred, inquiry-based and interactive website.” (Account creation is not required to access content. Educator page with some French resource links here.)
  • YouTube Channel (scroll down the page for RBCM@Home recent uploads on a variety of topics)

Junior Library Guild: (K-12, American, fiction and non-fiction e-books and audiobooks)

“FREE access to our JLG Digital online reading platform! With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High school students, JLG Digital gives you and your readers access to read books online from any device. There is no limit to the number of users and titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available. Using a computer? Usernames & passwords are not needed! Simply click your book-stream choice below and you’ll be automatically logged in! Full instructions and passwords for using the app version are available here.”


District Digital Resource Highlights:

  1. NFB Campus:  In the fall of 2019, MPSD purchased a district K-12 license to access CAMPUS, the National Film Board’s video streaming service for the classroom and the primary source for Canadian film and media content across a wide range of subject areas.  This includes access to authentic Indigenous films and resources in French and English.
  • Educators and students can access thousands of films and other media simply by going to https://www.nfb.ca/education/.
  • Educators can access everything that students do, as well as all the tools and resources that make CAMPUS unique. Here are some of the educator features:
    • Thousands of films and other media
    • A curated library of Learning Bundles
    • Tools to create and share your own chapters and playlists
    • Educational summaries that draw links to Pan-Canadian curricula
    • In-depth Educator’s guides
    • Search filters by subject area and age level
    • Access via the web with no hardware or server space requirements
    • Easy integration into the classroom

To access to these features, MPSD educators need to activate their individual accounts. Contact your teacher librarian for the steps to activate your educator account.

2. Siwal Si’wes Digital Library: K-12 curated Indigenous resources

Resource Bulletin #2:

Created by Peggy Janicki, Indigenous Teacher/Mentor SD 75, Jan. 2020

With this teaching in mind, here are some additional resources to consider when planning remote learning opportunities for students:

sqewlets

“Why use this website?”

“There are two main reasons for teachers to use the Sq’éwlets website.

This site was designed with the Sq’éwlets community rather than about them. The Sq’éwlets people, who live where the Fraser River meets the Harrison River, approached archaeologists from the University of British Columbia to help investigate and support their claim that their local territory included an ancient burial ground. The researchers and archaeologists worked with the Sq’éwlets people to ensure that artifacts, or “belongings,” and other archaeological materials were excavated and treated respectfully. The content of the website respects Indigenous protocols regarding sacred information and procedures. The information is not just about the Sq’éwlets people, it is coming to you from the Sq’éwlets people using their own voices, language, and understandings.” (Source: Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre / Stó:lō Nation)

Classroom Resources and Lessons (available in English and French)

Lesson 1: Story telling as an Oral History (Grade 3-5)

Lesson 2: Place-based Understanding of our Environment (Grade 3-5)

Lesson 3: Aboriginal Resource Use and Sustainability (Grade 4-7)

Lesson 4: Aboriginal Communities of the Past and Present (Grade 4-7)

Lesson 5: The Past is our Future (Grade 4-9)

Lesson 6: Origin and True Stories (Grade 6-8)


LesPlan Educational Services: Our team of classroom teachers, writers, and illustrators select the previous month’s top news stories, then craft age-appropriate, leveled stories summarizing the key points and perspectives for students. We include the background information often lacking from traditional news stories – as well as key vocabulary definitions – to help students understand the issue, and strive to present all sides of any debate. Our aim is to foster understanding and develop critical thinking so that students can develop their own positions on each story we cover.  (Canadian, Gr. 3-10)

  • What in the World? / Le Monde en Marche is a photocopiable current events resource for Canadian students in grades 5 – 10.  Click here for the free downloads page.
  • Currents4Kids.com / Infos-Jeunes.com is an engaging, online interactive current events resource for students in grades 3 and up.  Educators and parents can sign up for a  free-30 day trial. Once you create your account, LesPlan will automatically convert your trial to a free subscription until the end of the year.

Math Resources:

Math mentor teachers, Rebekaah Stenner and Camille Anderson, are posting weekly math activities to try at home for K-Gr. 7+.

Low tech everyday ideas and online resources available.


Social Emotional Learning:

CASEL: SEL Resources for Families and Educators during COVID-19

As the country and the world respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all feeling a range of emotions. At CASEL, we understand how important it is to attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike – during this challenging time. CASEL CARES is a new initiative that connects the SEL community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances.

We Schools @ Home: We’re committed to helping you navigate the world of distance learning during this challenging time. WE Schools @home offers free online tools and resources to complement and support at-home learning. Developed for Grades K through 12, this weekly lesson package includes interactive and experiential curriculum-based resources, materials and lesson plans with an emphasis on well-being, social and emotional learning, service-learning and fostering resiliency.

Click here for detailed information. Sign up is required for access to some of the resources.


Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2): (Canadian, Gr. 4-12)

“We know that educators have come to rely on us for high quality materials that take a thinking approach to teaching and learning. You can be confident that in the transition to online learning we will never sacrifice educators’ goals of nurturing student thinking and building important competencies. Everything you find here is true to our mission of supporting efforts to create thinking learning environments and opportunities.
On this dedicated web-page you will find:

  • Ready-to-post Materials to Support Student Learning Online
    • PDF or fully editable powerpoint lessons that students can independently work through
    • background briefing sheets to support their learning
    • activity sheets in Word format that students can write or type in and send back to you to demonstrate their thinking
    • notes that you can cut and paste into your online platform with instructions (from you to your students) about each lesson
  • French resources (more being added soon)
  • Tips for Teachers
    • critically thoughtful discussions online
    • thoughtful engagement with various text forms containing your course content including videos, articles, and other online content sources
  • Ready-to-share Parent Materials (coming soon)
    • how  to help children make good decisions
    • how to support and nurture thinking through play and everyday activities
    • how to engage with your children in meaningful ways that nurture thinking when reading with them”

Digital Literacy and Social Media: Resources for Families

Common Sense Media: includes resources for understanding news coverage, apps for staying calm, free online events, app reviews and more. *Educators, please follow MPSD District digital resource and app selection guidelines if you are considering using any of the apps listed here with families.* (American)

Mediasmarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy for Families and Educators

  • Mediasmarts blog: articles to help families manage screen time and stay connected.

Canadian Geographic Online Classroom (K-12, Canadian)

Canadian Geographic Education is announcing the launch of its new Online Classroom, created to support students in finishing the school year from home and to offer fun activities that families can do together.

For years, Can Geo Education has worked to develop engaging, innovative and accessible online educational resources for classrooms and its more than 23,500-member network of educators. Can Geo Education now prides itself in being able to support parents, students and teachers by offering free, bilingual educational content that they can access from home. The new Online Classroom initiative will feature activities and materials all geared toward providing long-distance learning while also connecting Canadians virtually.

Can Geo Education’s Online Classroom will host online webinars, drawing from our extensive archive of educational content (such as what lessons can be learned from the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918), live Google Hangouts with adventurous explorers, challenging online trivia, and much more.


Follett Lightbox Interactive E-books: Follett is the provider of MPSD’s library system, Destiny

Follett is making all of 1,200+ LightBox/AV2 World Language interactive eBooks available to schools for free. (American)

  • Go to: https://www.gofollett.com/
  • Location: select “Any Location
  • School: select “Follett eLearning, McHenry, IL”,
  • Click Go

  • Choose Login (top right corner of the page)
    •   username = guest, password = follett

Special Resource Bulletin #1

Press play to listen to a brief message regarding the resources posted below:

Below are some digital resources that have recently been released free of charge:

  1. Curio (K-12, Canadian, Indigenous Content, Bilingual and Accessibility features)

Curio.ca is a subscription-based educational streaming platform targeting educational institutions from primary through to post-secondary levels across Canada. You can now access thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canada on a provisional basis. This includes complimentary access to Curio.ca. (BBC, National Geographic, News in Review and Curio info channels not included.)

2. myBlueprint Remote Learning Guides (K-12, Canadian)

Resources here include links to remote learning checklists for teachers, learning guides for families and activity guides for educators.

3. Mystery Science (K-5)

We’ve gone through all of our K-5 science lessons, collected the easiest ones to do from home, and put them on a single page to make things easier. Share this page with any teachers who may be planning for school closures. This page and all the lessons are public and free. No signup or student login is needed—we just want to help.

https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

4. Scholastic Digital Resources (K-12)

We’re here to help! Scholastic Education is committed to supporting children, parents, and educators. Access these Scholastic digital platforms for a limited time for free at home and keep your kids reading, thinking, and learning. Complimentary access available until June 30, 2020.

  • Bookflix (K-3) is a curated database that pairs fiction and non-fiction books, and a great tool for reading aloud with your child. The resource reinforces reading skills while introducing children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
  • Literacy Place Shared E-Reading (K-3)  is a compilation of digital books with reading prompts and audio for children to follow along with. Teaching plans also included.
  • TrueFlix (Gr.3-5)  helps children strengthen literacy skills, build science and social studies knowledge, and cultivate 21st-century skills. Watch, read, and learn cool facts about people, science, and history.
  • ScienceFlix (Gr.4-9)  offers teachers and parents hands-on projects, activities, videos, and more to help kids learn about science.
  • Scholastic Go! (Gr. 2-12) Scholastic GO! makes searching simple and learning authentic. A digital search engine full of articles, videos, and age-appropriate content, kids can learn about their favourite topics in meaningful ways.

Access the resources here: http://scholastic.ca/education/free_digital_resources/

Scholastic Learn at Home (Early Learning – Grade 9, American)

The site supports students with approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. These daily learning opportunities were carefully curated by our editors to reduce the burden on teachers and families needing to create meaningful learning experiences.

The Scholastic Learn at Home website does not require a username or password and is open freely to all, on any device. They are designed to limit the need for printing and allow students to learn independently or with their families.

www.scholastic.com/learnathome

5. Tumblebooks Databases: free through summer 2020

  • Teen Book Cloud (Gr. 7-12 ebooks and audiobooks)
    • username: tumble2020
    • password: A3b5c6
  • TumbleMath: (K-6 math ebooks)
    • username: tumble2020
    • password: A3b5c6
  • AudioBookCloud: (K-adult) (select age range from the top menu)
    • username tumble2020
    • password A3b5c6

6. Audible Stories – Free audio stories

District MPSD digital resource highlights:

greatspirithand.com: K-12 Local Indigenous website

The SD 75 Virtual K-6 learning commons is open for students, families and educators. Check back often for new resources including weekly featured activities, literacy and numeracy resources, free e-books and more!

 

 

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.


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: Hatzic Middle School

This session is now full. Confirmation notes will be sent to all participants by October 21st. Please contact Jen Lane if you have any questions.


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

This series is now full.


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. 


 

Thank you for 2018/2019 – Planning for 2019/2020

Mission Public School District offered a wide range of professional development and learning opportunities this year.  Thank you to everyone who facilitated and participated.  It was wonderful to see educators from diverse areas come together to share, learn and collaborate with each other.

Here is just a sample of what was offered:

 

Many people contributed to the planning and facilitation of these sessions, but one person in particular made it all possible.  Thank you to Assistant Superintendent Larry Jepsen, our “Fearless Leader” and “Prince of a Man”, for your visionary ideas, leadership, and support of learners in Mission.  We will miss you and wish you a happy retirement!

Planning for 2019/2020:

Please click on the link below to share feedback that will help us plan learning sessions for next year.

Connecting with our Students: MPSD Professional Development 2019/2020

 

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map

Earlier this month, Silverdale Elementary students and staff engaged in some powerful interactive learning.

 

Indigenous Mentor Teacher, Peggy Janicki, a BCTF facilitator, was able to bring Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada Giant Floor Map to Mission. This 11m x 8m Giant Floor Map is a resource to help understand the ‘past, present and future of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’ (Source: Canadian Geographic).

Silverdale’s Teacher Librarian, Angela Bout, along with Peggy and Jennifer Lane from Curriculum, collaborated with teachers to plan activities for every class.  They were joined by Halq’eméylem Cultural Worker, Pipte, and Aboriginal Liaison worker, Joe Kelly to bring about this learning for the entire school. This initiative provided opportunities for students and staff to view Canada, and the Indigenous peoples of Canada through a new interactive lens.

Please see the resources below that outline this powerful work.  Contact Peggy Janicki and Shannon Bowsfield if you are interested in bringing the giant floor map to your school.

Click on the image below for a slideshow  that demonstrates the collaborative process of planning the learning opportunities.

May In-Lieu Professional Learning Opportunities

May In-Lieu Professional Learning Opportunities

2018-2019:

Below are some of the professional learning opportunities that Mission Public School District is offering in the 2018/2019 school year.  These can be used in-lieu of the May 17th 2019 professional development day.

Core French Learning Series (first session begins October 25th):

Facilitated by: Shauna Néro

(Gr.5-12) (Maximum 30 participants) (Location: École Mission Central)

Shauna Néro is Mission’s French Program Coordinator and Vice Principal at École Mission Central Elementary.  She is also a sessional instructor for teacher-learners at Simon Fraser University and is the President of the BC Languages Coordinators Association.  She has experience teaching secondary Core French, Sciences Humaines and Français langue 8-12.  Shauna’s experience as Surrey School District’s International Languages and Zonal Support Helping Teacher has given her the opportunity to work with teachers from K-12 in connecting their instructional practices to quality formative and summative assessment practices.  She has worked with teachers at all grade levels from different disciplines to develop assessment practices that honour students’ learning.

Click here to register for the Core French Learning Series. 


Siwal Si’wes Professional Learning Opportunities:

As we embark on the Year of Respect, it is a good time to set personal and professional goals for acts of reconciliation that extend on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 calls to action.

 Below are three professional learning opportunities and some additional resources that focus on acts of reconciliation.

1. UBC Massive Open Online Course: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

(First session begins October 25th)

Facilitated by Peggy Janicki and Vivian Searwar, (K-12) (Maximum 30 participants)

We have received information from UBC, regarding a free online course called Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education. This course has been offered for a few years now and is both informative and transformative. Best of all, it’s free, and you have the option of receiving a certificate of completion at the end!

As part of the May In-Lieu Pro-D Opportunities, we would like to offer registrants of this course time to gather in Portable 6 (Camille Anderson’s work space) at MSS from 3:30-5:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Oct 25
  • Thursday, Nov 1st
  • Thursday, November 8
  • Thursday, November 15
  • Thursday, November 29th.

Note that there will be NO scheduled class during the week of November 20th.

We plan to view one (or if time permits more than one) video presented in the week’s module followed by discussion and dialogue. Snacks will be provided.

The intention is that you attend a minimum of four of the sessions, which would then fulfill your obligation for the May In-Lieu Pro-D.

You must register with UBC before October 23 athttp://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Reconciliation/ (You can also register at: https://www.edx.org/course/reconciliation-through-indigenous-education-0)

To register for the MPSD sessions, email vivian.searwar@mpsd.ca .


2. Feast on Local Knowledge with Naxaxalhts’i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie:
November 14th, 3:30-6:00, HPMS Cafetorium & Clarke Theatre

(K-12) (2.5 hours) (Maximum 150 participants)

Enjoy an evening of learning over a catered meal with esteemed Stó:lō knowledge keeper, Naxaxalhts’i, (Sonny McHalsie). Listen and learn about the unique relationship between the Stó:lō, “the River People”, their land and their environment. Discover (and re-discover) local resources to use in the incorporation of Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in your classroom.

Naxaxalhts’i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie – Cultural Advisor/Historian and Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Victoria.Dr. Naxaxalhts’i is the Cultural Advisor/Historian of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre.  Naxaxalhts’i has worked for the Stó:lō as a researcher in cultural heritage and aboriginal rights and title issues since 1985.  He is a much cited author of several publications focusing on Stó:lō culture and history.  His areas of expertise include Halq’eméylem Place Names, Fishing, and Stó:lō Oral History. He has also been featured in many television documentaries for the CBC, APTN and Omni. He currently acts as the cultural advisor on the Treaty Negotiation Team for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association. He is a member of the Shxw’ow’hamel First Nation, the proud father of two girls and six boys, and has six grandchildren. He continues to fish at his ancestral fishing ground at Aseláw in the Stó:lō Five Fishery in the lower Fraser River canyon.

Click here to register for Sonny McHalsie. 


3. Beyond the poster on the wall: Jo Chrona
The First Peoples Principles of Learning as a Framework for Transformation and Equity
February 5th, 3:30-8:30, HPMS Cafetorium & Clarke Theatre
(K-12), (5 hours), (Maximum 150 participants)

Enjoy an evening of learning over a catered meal with respected educator and presenter, Jo Chrona.

How do we create an education system that supports the success and well-being of ALL learners? What are our individual roles within this process? The First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL) are making an impact on our education system, but we have only begun to understand how they can be used as a framework to build a stronger education system for all learners by building on the strengths that we each bring.  Join us for a discussion about how we can take our individual and collective next steps in our own learning journeys. Through a combination of presentation and small group conversation we will explore such questions as:

  • What do our schools and classrooms look and sound like when they are grounded in the FPPL?
  • How can we use the FPPL as a framework for our work to support an equitable education system for Indigenous learners
  • What assumptions do we need to challenge in order to do this work?
  • What does it feel like for students? For families? For you as an educator?
  • What is your personal/professional role in this transformation?

Click here to register for Jo Chrona. 

Additional Resources:

Personal Acts of Reconciliation: 10 Simple Actions you can take to learn more about reconciliation

Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

First Contact (APTN series)


Competency-based IEPs (first session begins November 19th):

Facilitated by: Sheri Montgomery and Shannon Bowsfield

In lieu of May pro-d, the four sessions offered are: November 19, 2018, and January 7, February 4, and March 11, 2019 from 3:30-5:00 at Riverside College. Snacks provided.

(K-12) (Maximum 30 participants) (These sessions are now full.)

Now that we have developed an understanding of the history behind the design of the competency based IEP- we are ready to put the structures in place to support the implementation.  During these four sessions you will:

  1. Gain access to My Ed, (including FOIPA training)
  2. Learn some basic Navigation tools in My Ed BC
  3. Obtain access to the CB IEP;
  4. Develop an understanding how to support students to write a strengths-based student profile, including how to write both Core and Curricular competency goals,
  5. Gain access to templates, examples and resources and self assessment tools.

Outdoor Education Series (first session begins November 30th):

Facilitated by: Sue McLeod

(K-9) (Maximum 20 participants) (Location: HPMS) Three of five sessions are required for May in-lieu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To register, please email susan.mcleod@mpsd.ca.


Building Thinking Classrooms (first session January 14, 2019):

Facilitated by: Rebekaah Stenner

(K-6) (Maximum 30 participants) (Location: MSS, Portable 6)

To register, email rebekaah.stenner@mpsd.ca.


Inquiry-Based Learning with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt:
January 17, 2019, 3:30-6:00, HPMS Cafetorium
(K-9) (Maximum 100 participants.)

Join Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt, co-author of Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders and Curiosities of our Youngest Learners, in exploring how to adopt the inquiry process into your K-9 practice. You will leave understanding how to use various tools to provoke your learners and allow their interests to guide the direction of your inquiry. Rebecca will help you unpack the types of student inquiry and look at the inquiry cycle of a unit. This session will be full of practical ideas and ways to empower your learners and to feel confident implementing inquiry into your practices. Additionally, you will leave with the access to resources to further explore and use when designing inquiry experiences for your learners.

Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt is a French Immersion Kindergarten teacher in the Greater Victoria School District, BC, Canada. Rebecca co-authored Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders and Curiosities of our Youngest Learners with Trevor MacKenzie published by EdTechTeam Press. 

Click here to register.


Meaningful and Quality Assessment:

Facilitated by: Shauna Néro

1. Gathering Evidence: Assessment of the Curricular Competencies and Content Learning Standards K-9

(K-9) April 15 *new date*  3:30-6:00, Location: Heritage Park Cafetorium

The BC curriculum redesign is based on a “Know-Do-Understand” model to support a concept-based competency-driven approach to learning. Since assessment and instruction are interconnected, we need to honour K-9 students’ learning and understanding.   As we design learning experiences that connect to the curricular content and competencies, we need to design a framework for quality assessment that focuses on the learning process by providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.

Competency-based assessment is a process that collects evidence based on observations, conversations and products that are connected to the curricular and content learning standards.  Our report card language is shifting to support the curriculum redesign, but it is just as important to connect our assessment practices to the instructional shift. During this introductory session, participants will reflect on their past and present assessment practices and explore meaningful questions to deepen their understanding of competency-based assessment.  Participants will leave the session with theoretical knowledge and some practical examples to design a framework for quality assessment.

2. Connecting Curriculum Design to Competency-based Assessment: Rethinking Percentages and What They Mean for our Learners in Grades 10-12

(Gr. 10-12) February 26th, 2019, 3:30-6:00, Mission Secondary School, Portable 6

The BC curriculum redesign is based on a “Know-Do-Understand” model to support a concept-based competency-driven approach to learning. Since assessment and instruction are interconnected, we need to honour grade 10-12 students’ learning and understanding.   As we design learning experiences that connect to the curricular content and competencies, we need to design a framework for quality assessment and focus on the learning process by providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.

Competency-based assessment is a process that collects evidence based on observations, conversations and products that are connected to the curricular and content learning standards.  During this introductory session, participants will reflect on their past and present assessment practices and explore meaningful questions to deepen their understanding of competency-based assessment.  Participants will leave the session with theoretical knowledge and some practical examples to design a framework for quality assessment.  It’s time to rethink percentages and letter grades to make our assessment and reporting meaningful for our learners!

Shauna Néro is Mission’s French Program Coordinator and Vice Principal at École Mission Central Elementary.  She is also a sessional instructor for teacher-learners at Simon Fraser University and is the President of the BC Languages Coordinators Association.  She has experience teaching secondary Core French, Sciences Humaines and Français langue 8-12.  Shauna’s experience as Surrey School District’s International Languages and Zonal Support Helping Teacher has given her the opportunity to work with teachers from K-12 in connecting their instructional practices to quality formative and summative assessment practices.  She has worked with teachers at all grade levels from different disciplines to develop assessment practices that honour students’ learning.

 

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Trauma Informed Practice:
April 11, 2019, 3:30-6:00, HPMS Cafetorium
(K-12) (Maximum 150 participants.)

Click here to register.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to introduce the curriculum team:

Click on the image below and enter the code MPSD to see the short video introductions.

 

MPSD Curriculum Implementation Day: October 5th

We are pleased to announce the following professional learning opportunities for the October 5th Curriculum Implementation Day.

Shape of the Day:

Coffee and refreshments will be provided at each location from 8:00-8:30.

AM Sessions will begin promptly at 8:45-10:15

Break 10:15-10:30

AM cont’d 10:30-11:30

Lunch 11:30-12:30 (on your own)

PM Sessions will begin at 12:30-2:45

Topics/Presenters:

Inquiry-based Learning with Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt:

AM K-9 educators, PM K-9 educators (repeat of AM session)

Join Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt, co-author of Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders and Curiosities of our Youngest Learners, in exploring how to adopt the inquiry process into your K-9 practice. You will leave understanding how to use various tools to provoke your learners and allow their interests to guide the direction of your inquiry. Rebecca will help you unpack the types of student inquiry and look at the inquiry cycle of a unit. This session will be full of practical ideas and ways to empower your learners and to feel confident implementing inquiry into your practices. Additionally, you will leave with the access to resources to further explore and use when designing inquiry experiences for your learners.

Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt is a French Immersion Kindergarten teacher in the Greater Victoria School District, BC, Canada. Rebecca co-authored Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders and Curiosities of our Youngest Learners with Trevor MacKenzie published by EdTechTeam Press. 

Location: MSS Cafeteria

Core Competencies with Julie Bertrand:

AM Session: Gr.7-12 educators

During this session, Julie will explore various practical ways of integrating the self-assessment of the core competencies in a Middle School/Secondary setting. Resources such as templates, posters and activities will be shared with teachers in order to support the integration of the CC in the classroom all year round.

PM Session: K-6 educators

During this session, Julie will explore various practical ways of integrating the self-assessment of the core competencies in an Elementary classroom. Resources such as templates, posters and activities will be shared with teachers in order to support the integration of the CC in the classroom as soon as Monday morning!

Julie Bertrand is currently the District French Facilitator for the North Vancouver School District. The last three years, Julie has worked with the NVSD leadership team to develop and lead many Professional Development opportunities to help support teachers in the implementation of the redesigned BC curriculum. She also teaches in French Immersion and is passionate about helping Second Language Learners.

Julie Bertrand est conseillère pédagogique pour le programme d’immersion française dans la commission scolaire de North Vancouver. Elle est aussi une enseignante d’immersion au secondaire où elle s’engage a partager sa passion pour la langue française avec ses élèves en leur offrant des occasions de communication authentique et engageantes. Étant francophone de milieu minoritaire, Julie comprend bien les enjeux des enseignants d’immersion et francophones en milieux minoritaires.

Location: MSS Bandroom

POPARD Super-Workshop: Self-Regulation Skills for School  

This is a two day K-12 super-workshop.  You must register for October 5th and October 19th to participate.  There is a maximum of 60 participants.

Overview: Open to all BC School District and independent school personnel, participants will become familiar with a variety of strategies and curriculum resources for structuring the classroom environment and improving students’ self-regulatory abilities.

Objectives:

  • Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the construct of self-regulation
  • Learn five different domains associated with self-regulation and how characteristics associated with ASD may impact individuals functioning in each domain
  • Explore strategies and curriculum resources for concerns related to challenges in sensory-related self-regulation, emotional self-regulation, cognitive self-regulation (executive functioning), and social & prosocial self-regulation
  • Complete several activities using: sensory motor toolkit and movement breaks, The Incredible 5-Point Scale, Superflex, The Zones of Regulation
  • **Please note: there is a $25.00 fee for learning materials.**

Registration is through POPARD: Click here to register

Location: MSS Library

Bad Rock Place Names Tour with Naxaxalhts’i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie:

Full day, off site session: K-12 educators (30 participant maximum)

Enjoy the majestic mountains and waterways of the Upper Fraser Valley on a tour destined for the scenic Fraser Canyon above historic Yale B.C. Listen and learn about the unique relationship between the Stó:lō, “the River People”, their land and their environment.

Naxaxalhts’i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie – Cultural Advisor/Historian and Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Victoria.Dr. Naxaxalhts’i is the Cultural Advisor/Historian of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre.  Naxaxalhts’i has worked for the Stó:lō as a researcher in cultural heritage and aboriginal rights and title issues since 1985.  He is a much cited author of several publications focusing on Stó:lō culture and history.  His areas of expertise include Halq’eméylem Place Names, Fishing, and Stó:lō Oral History. He has also been featured in many television documentaries for the CBC, APTN and Omni. He currently acts as the cultural advisor on the Treaty Negotiation Team for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association. He is a member of the Shxw’ow’hamel First Nation, the proud father of two girls and six boys, and has six grandchildren. He continues to fish at his ancestral fishing ground at Aseláw in the Stó:lō Five Fishery in the lower Fraser River canyon.

Location: Confirmation note to registrants will include bus location and times. Participants will need to bring a bagged lunch.

myBlueprint Webinars:

AM Session: Gr. 7-12 educators (Education Planner)

PM Session: K-6 educators (All About Me)

Interested in using myBlueprint for Career Education, Core Competenies, Subject Areas and Authentic Assessment?  These introductory webinars will explore the basics of what myBlueprint can offer to students and teachers.

Location: MSS (Room 223 or 225, TBD)

JUMP Math with Rebekaah Stenner:

AM Session: K-6 educators

This workshop is for teachers interested in learning more about how to implement JUMP Math in the K-6 classroom. We will take a closer look at how to use the resource to build a classroom community that promotes mathematical discussion and curiosity. Specifically we will look at how to use JUMP to
– build confidence
– engage students in mathematical thinking and discussion
– differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners
– build computational fluency

Location: MSS (Portable 6)

Self-Regulation & Social Emotional Learning with Kiran Sidhu:

Full day Session: K-6 Teachers, Youth Care Workers, Counselors, ISP teachers, Educational Assistants

This workshop will examine the change in lifestyles of children, comparing millennials of the past to our current Generation Z students.  It becomes critical for all educators to understand how environmental influences and change in lifestyles have created different learners. These learners come with many unique strengths and curiosities, and yet struggle in the constructs of a classroom and the stressors that are associated with this environment.  Understanding these stressors through better self-awareness and self-management from us and for our students will foster increased opportunity to engage our Gen Z learners.

Location: MSS Small Gym

Teaching for Thinking in Social Studies with Stefan Stipp:

Full Day session: Gr. 7-12 Social Studies teachers (30 participant maximum)

Join Stefan Stipp from the Critical Thinking Consortium for a day of hands-on professional learning designed specifically for Social Studies teachers.  Teachers will have the opportunity to create frameworks for mini-units that align with the redesigned curriculum.

Location: MSS (Portable 7)

Implementing the Redesigned Curriculum in Secondary Math & Science:
Marc Garneau & Chris Hunter 

PM Session: Gr. 10-12 Math and Science teachers

This is an opportunity to go in depth with the curriculum design for Science and Math secondary courses.  Innovative practices and resources will be shared.

Chris Hunter has been teaching in Surrey for twenty years. For the last eight, Chris has been collaboratively working with—and learning from–teachers of mathematics from Kindergarten to Calculus; it is his privilege to be invited to teach in many different classrooms throughout Surrey. Chris is passionate about providing opportunities for students to develop and communicate their mathematical ideas. Chris is also an active member of the “MathTwitterBlogoSphere,” an online community of math educators; he blogs at reflectionsinthewhy.wordpress.com and tweets at @ChrisHunter36.

Location: MSS (Portable 6)

 

Joyful Literacy with Dr. Janet Mort:

The six school teams will be working with Dr. Janet Mort on October 4th and October 5th.

Location: Heritage Park Middle School

 

Project Based Learning (SET-BC) :

AM session only, K-12 educators, 30 Participant maximum.

This session will provide an overview of project-based learning (PBL) and examine how it integrates with the redesigned curriculum.  Participants will explore how PBL can enhance their teaching practice to create authentic learning experiences.  They will also gain insights and resources to support them in implementing PBL in their practices.

Location: MSS, Room 217

Competency-based IEP:

PM Session: K-12 educators

Join MPSD’s Inclusion Mentor teachers, Sheri Montgomery and Shannon Bowsfield, for an introduction to Competency-based IEPs.

During this session, Sheri and Shannon will take you on a journey to understand the history behind the design of the competency-based IEP. This was created in collaboration across the Province with over 42 participants from school districts and education partners in 28 districts, including the BCTF and Ministry of Education.   Located in My Ed BC, this strength-based IEP is an entrance point for teachers to access the redesigned curriculum and support all learners in the classroom.

As an extension of this professional learning opportunity, for those interested, we are hoping to form a small pilot group to test out the most recent template, and to provide feedback and direction.

Location: SBO Boardroom

French Immersion Retreat with Shauna Néro:

 

K-12 French Immersion teachers have the opportunity to participate in an off-site retreat that begins the evening of October 4th and continues for the full day on October 5th.

Location: Harrison Hot Springs

Registration will open

Wednesday, Sept. 19th at 8:30

Click here to register.

(When sessions are full, they will be removed from the list of available options.
Confirmations/reminders will also be sent later in September.)

Updates and Opportunities: September 2018

A. All About Me:  How to make the most of Digital Portfolios in the K-6 Classroom

There are a number of benefits to implementing student portfolios in the classroom:

1) Student portfolios are an effective learning and evaluation tool. These individualized collections of work help students develop and reflect on their skills and prepare them for their future.

2) Portfolios allow students to document learning through diverse mediums – writing, photography, videos, audio recordings, etc. This provides a fulsome view of a student’s development, giving teachers many opportunities to discover strengths and areas that need attention for diverse learners.

3) Portfolios document student growth over time. As students contribute to their portfolio throughout the year, teachers can understand how their work is evolving and how they are progressing through course material.

4) Finally, using digital portfolios will ensure that students do not lose their work and with live artifacts year-to-year, students can easily reflect on their growth and progress from kindergarten through to grade 12 (and beyond).

Want to learn more about the resources that you have access to? Want to create e-Portfolios with your students?

School boards using All About Me across Canada are using Portfolios to promote inquiry-based learning, self-reporting on the 21st century or Core Competencies, and showcasing growth and achievement over time. After feedback from students and educators,  All About Me has been refined to provide:

  1. Student Tags for easy organization and teacher filtering (without having to go into each student portfolio)
  2. Teacher Comments to provide summative feedback throughout the year
  3. Audio Recording to ensure young students can easily reflect on their learning
  4. Teacher Activities to support inquiry-based learning
  5. New iOS Class Pass App to support easy artifact building, even when there is only one iPad or iPhone in the classroom. To learn more about Class Pass, click here!

Looking for e-Portfolio Exemplars?  Check out a few samples below:

What’s coming up with myBlueprint?

myBlueprint has also been hard at work on the brand new counsellor account (to be released October 2018). All Elementary Administrators and School Leads will have access to a faster, more intuitive designed account to support students with their education. Stay tuned for more information regarding these exciting updates.

Want to learn more? Email support@myBlueprint.ca or sign up for a drop-in webinar.


B. Education Planner (7-12) How to make the most of Digital Portfolios in the 7-12 Classroom and exciting updates to myBlueprint

There are a number of benefits to implementing student portfolios in the classroom:

1) Student portfolios are an effective learning and evaluation tool. These individualized collections of work help students develop and reflect on their skills and prepare them for their future.

2) Portfolios allow students to document learning through diverse mediums – writing, photography, videos, audio recordings, etc. This provides a fulsome view of a student’s skills, giving teachers many opportunities to discover strengths and areas that need attention for diverse learners.

3) Portfolios document student growth over time. As students contribute to their portfolio throughout the year, teachers can understand how their work is evolving and how they are progressing through course material.

4) Portfolio building can also help students prepare for the world of work as many employers and post-secondary institutions request portfolios as part of the application process. The practice of compiling work samples and revisiting their past projects also help students hone skills necessary for resume building and cover letter writing.

5) Finally, using digital portfolios will ensure that students do not lose their work and can easily reflect on their growth and progress year-after-year.

Want to learn more about the resources that you have to create e-Portfolios with your students?

School boards using myBlueprint across Canada are using Portfolios to promote inquiry-based learning, self-reporting on the 21st century or Core Competencies, and showcasing growth and achievement over time. After feedback from students and educators,  myBlueprint revamped their existing 7-12 portfolio to include a number of exciting upgrades, including:

  1. Student Tags
  2. Teacher Comments
  3. Audio Recording
  4. Better Organization and Filtering
  5. Brand New Sharing Options like Slideshow Mode and Interactive Share

These updates have been released, so all students can make use of the exciting new features immediately!

Looking for e-Portfolio Exemplars? Check out a few samples below:

What’s coming up with myBlueprint?

myBlueprint has also been hard at work on the brand new counsellor account (to be released October 2018) and a companion app to make creating 7-12  portfolios even easier! The new Counsellor Account will include a fresh, intuitive design and much faster load times. Stay tuned for more information regarding these exciting updates.

Want to learn more? Email support@myBlueprint.ca or sign up for a drop-in webinar.


 

Reflecting on Learning

Here are some highlights of  learning opportunities that were offered in Mission Public School District during the 2017/2018 school year:

Aboriginal Mentor teachers visited K-12 schools in Mission to ‘dive deeper’ into the resources and stories available on greatspirithand.com

 

 

 

 

Siwal Si’wes Siya Ye Yoyes group visited  the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and learned about the UBC longhouse. Visit: https://collections.irshdc.ubc.ca/  for digital resources.

Peggy Janicki, MPSD Indigenous Mentor teacher, has been working in K-12 schools and sharing resources:

Teacher Librarian Curriculum Highlights:

Click on the image below to see how K-12 school libraries are supporting the implementation of the redesigned curriculum.

Early Learning:

MPSD Early Learning Coordinator, Diana McCall, has supported Ready, Set, Learn, Welcome to Kindergarten, Empower Learning Series, Little Readers, visits from the Public Library and more!

 

Math Mentor Teacher, Rebekaah Stenner, has been supporting schools with JUMP Math and Building Thinking Classrooms:

Joyful Literacy:

Every Elementary school has sent a team of educators to a Joyful Literacy Summit.  In addition, 50 educators from six schools have embarked on a three year initiative and participated in 8 days of professional development with Dr. Janet Mort’s Joyful Literacy Interventions.

Approximately 600 students from these six schools will be going home with a summer reading packages to support the literacy skills they have been mastering this year!

Other Curriculum and Student Services Pro-D:

Visit the Pro-D page to see all of the workshops and learning sessions that were offered this year.

Winter Curriculum Update

New from the Ministry of Education re: Graduation Numeracy Assessment (also posted in Assessment Strategies)

There is still time to register for upcoming Professional Learning Series opportunities. (These contribute to in-lieu time for the May Pro D day.)

Coming up….

  • SET-BC Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Part 1 (January 15th), Part 2 (January 29)  (3:30-4:45, Riverside College) (K-12) (Limited space available. Visit our new Pro-D page to register)SET-BC Digital Storytelling and Math Apps sessions are FULL.
  • Stefan Stipp: Critical Thinking and the Redesigned Curriculum

 

February 27th, 3:30-6:00 (K-12) (Visit our new Pro-D page to register)

Stefan brings a classroom teacher’s perspective in his journey with the re-designed curriculum. Using Critical Thinking as a foundation and the TC2 model and resources, Stefan demonstrates how to help students become thoughtful, active citizens.  He has pioneered a global perspective program which uses an inquiry-based approach to integrate psychology, history, film studies and social justice courses and has taught  and mentored students as a faculty associate with Simon Fraser University.  Stefan received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Stefan’s work with TC2 (a resource available to all Mission educators) includes authoring and contributing to various publications. He facilitates workshops on promoting self-regulated learning, student engagement, critical thinking and historical thinking.  Stefan’s work is grounded in his day to day experience with students in the classroom.

  • Peter Liljedahl: Building Thinking Classrooms 

April 23rd and May 14th, 2018 (3:30-6:00, HPMS Cafetorium) (Grade 7-12) Attendees must attend both sessions. (Limited space available. Visit our new Pro-D page to register)

Peter Liljedahl, Professor of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University, is offering two sessions for 7-12 Math and Science Educators.  Dr. Liljedahl is a former high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. His research interests are creativity, insight, and discovery in mathematics teaching and learning; the role of the affective domain on the teaching and learning of mathematics; the professional growth of mathematics teachers; mathematical problem solving; numeracy; and engaging student thinking. He consults regularly with schools, school districts, and ministries of education on issues of teaching and learning, assessment, and numeracy.

 

 

Local Offerings November 2017

Here are some additional learning opportunities coming up in Mission this month:

November 27: Early Learning educators (K and Grade 1 teachers, EA’s, etc):

Our Early Learning Connect 75 group will be meeting on Monday November 27th , 3:15pm at the School Board office.

Our theme for the month is: Marvellous Math Make and Take Extravaganza! Please join us to share our/your math ideas. As always we will be making hands on play based math boxes that you can take away and use the next day in your classrooms/programs. Rebekaah Stenner will be joining us for a little Q and A session in order to support the great work you all do.

Please email Diana.mccall@mpsd.ca or call at 604 226-2854 to register so I know how many materials to bring. Space is limited

Provincial Outreach Online Learning Opportunities: (thank you to LSS in Abbotsford School District)

Crisis Prevention Institute – http://www.crisisprevention.com/Home
 Open the Resources tab to find a listing of webinars that are available for anyone to watch.
 Topics include such things as Positive Connections: CPI and Positive Behaviour Support; Supporting all Students: Creating a Safe and Caring School; Real Issues at School: Positive Strategies for Crisis Prevention

Special Education Technology BC – http://www.setbc.org/
 Open the Learning Centre tab to find an alphabetical listing of all resources. There are both print and visual resources in this section. Some relevant examples might include Boardmaker Studio 2012 (collection of presentations and demonstrations), Communication Supports (video on positive interventions for building self-determination and communication skills for people with Autism), Including Students in the Curriculum (2013) (hyperlinked table of activities supporting PLOs for BC students).

POPARD – http://www.autismoutreach.ca/
 Open the elearning tab to find a list of elearning titles
 Titles include such things as PECS, Using Interactive Whiteboards to Provide Differentiated Instruction, Functional Communication Training, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, etc.
 Open the Resources tab to find Website Links that have further training opportunities (e.g. UBC has a series of six webcasts on Autism and Developmental Disabilities

POPFASD – http://www.fasdoutreach.ca/
 Open the eLearning Videos tab to find a videos guide leading you to videos on Learning about FASD, Instructional Planning, Creating a Positive Behaviour Climate, Teaching to Strengths and Needs, Developing the IEP, and Transitions.
 Open the Teacher Resources tab to find links to supportive websites and Training/Courses options

PIOP (Previously PISP) – http://www.pisp.ca/
 This website focuses on student with multiple and complex disabilities (normally our category A students)

 Open the Learning Modules tab to find a set of six modules including Assessment, Developing IEPs, Reporting Progress, Program Planning, Communication and Social Strategies, and Transitions
 Open the Videos and Tutorials tab to find information on Integration, transition, use of switches, How To videos, PE modification, etc.

Others:
The Gray Center – http://www.thegraycenter.org/
 Open the Social Stories tab to learn about Social Stories and how to write them.

Council for Exceptional Children – http://www.cec.sped.org/
 Open the Professional Development tab for information on relevant webinars (examples include upcoming live webinars as well as recorded webinars).
 Recorded webinars include topics such as Behaviour and Positive Behaviour Intervention and Supports,

Co-Teaching and Collaboration, Inclusive Practices, Transitions, etc.
 Note: There is a cost to ordering these webinars.

Autism Community Training – http://www.actcommunity.ca/
 Print material available under the Autism Information tab (includes topics such as Autism Research,

Autism Diagnosis in BC, School Age Children with Autism, Autism Manual for BC, etc.)
 Online Videos available under the Autism Education tab (note that some of these are free, although a majority of them do require an annual license in order to access them). Topics include such things as Education, Integration and Inclusion, Best Practices in Early Intervention, What is ABA and Why is it Important in the Treatment of Autism, etc.

November 18th: ** This session is now full.  Please watch for future offerings.**

 

 

MPSD 2017/2018 Professional Learning Series

Exciting news for K-12 Educators:

We are once again offering Professional Development Learning Sessions for all staff in lieu of the May 18th, 2018 Professional Development Day.   Please see the four professional learning opportunities listed below (in chronological order) and sign up using the link at the bottom of the page.  Attendance at two (2.5 hour) sessions or four of the Set B.C. sessions is considered the equivalent of a full day.

  1. December 5th, 2017“Stories of Truth” Curriculum exploration session featuring the film “Reconciliation in Mission”  (2.5 hours) (K-12) 

This session takes place from 3:30pm – 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Ecole Heritage Park Middle School.

This event will begin with a fully catered Salmon feast in the Cafetorium at 3:30pm and will contain exploratory sessions of Mission’s locally developed residential school curriculum and resource website. This session will also be the official release of “Reconciliation in Mission”, a learning resource documenting two elders’ journey towards reconciliation and the Mission school district’s residential school tour experience. The Elders / Survivors featured in the film will be present at this event and will speak to their experience in collaborating with the Mission school District in the making of these resources.

Agenda:

3:30 pm – Welcome song and Salmon Feast in Cafetorium

4:30 pm – Website Curriculum Walk through K-12

5:00 pm – “Reconciliation in Mission” release

5:40 pm – Response from Witnesses featured in the film.

6:00 pm – Honour song and Closing


2.  January – March:   SET BC Four Part Series: Riverside College    

∗ Each session is limited to 30 participants.

(Attendance at two sessions equals 1/2 day and four sessions equals a full day as in-lieu time for the May 18th Pro D Day)  Please note:  Not all sessions apply to all grade level educators. 

  1. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) (K-12) January 15th 3:30pm – 4:15pm

2. UDL  Jan 29th 3:30pm – 4:15pm (K-12)

3. Digital Story Telling (K-7): Feb. 28th   3:30-4:45, 4:45-5:00 additional resources *Sorry, this session is full.*

4. Overview of Math Apps (K-9): March 14th 3:30-4:45, 4:45-5:00 additional resources *Sorry, this session is full.*


3. February 27, 2018: Critical Thinking and the Redesigned Curriculum with Stefan Stipp  (2.5 hours) (K-12)

(3:30 – 6:00, Heritage Park Middle School)

Stefan will share strategies and resources that connect critical thinking with the redesigned curriculum.


4. April 23rd and May 14th, 2018: Building Thinking Classrooms.  (Grade 7-12) Attendees must attend both sessions. (2.5 hours each)

Peter Liljedahl, Professor of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University, is offering two sessions for 7-12 Math and Science Educators.  Dr. Liljedahl is a former high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. His research interests are creativity, insight, and discovery in mathematics teaching and learning; the role of the affective domain on the teaching and learning of mathematics; the professional growth of mathematics teachers; mathematical problem solving; numeracy; and engaging student thinking. He consults regularly with schools, school districts, and ministries of education on issues of teaching and learning, assessment, and numeracy.

This session is targeted for Grade 7-12 math educators.  Space is limited to 30 participants.

 (3:30-6:00, Heritage Park Middle School)

Click here to register for sessions:

MPSD 2017/2018 Professional Learning Series

 

Oct. 23 Curriculum Implementation Day

Please find agendas and information related to our upcoming District Curriculum Implementation day below.

Most sites will be providing early morning snacks and refreshments.  Staff are on their own for lunch.

K-6 Offerings/Agendas:

 

SNAP (Student Numeracy Assessment & Practice)

 

Presenters: Christine Blessin and Kathleen Mitchell (SD 33, Chilliwack)

Location: Heritage Park Cafetorium

Shape of the Day:

8:30-9:00 Snacks/Refreshments

9:00 – 11:30 SNAP for Primary Educators

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:30 SNAP for Intermediate Educators

All About Me: Career Education Resource

Presenter:  Sierra Holtzheuser

Location: Clarke Theatre

Shape of the Day:

8:30-9:00 Snacks/Refreshments

9:00 – 11:30 All About Me for Intermediate Teachers

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:30 All About Me for Primary Teachers

Additional Resources: British Columbia Teacher Resource Guides

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Additional lesson plans, video tutorials and webinars are available on the myBlueprint Support page.

Middle Schools, Fraserview and Mission Secondary School are on site working on curriculum related themes including assessment, student engagement and resources to support the redesigned curriculum.

Riverside College: November 23rd, 2017

September Learning: Follow-Up

Thank you MPSD educators for a wonderful start to the year!

We have received positive feedback from those who attended our Professional Development sessions last Friday, including POPARD, JUMP Math and Trauma Informed Practice at Heritage Park Middle School as well as The Question Behind the Question at MSS and Assessment at Hatzic Middle School.

Kw’as Hoy to Johnny Williams for the welcome and Joe Heslip for sharing artist Trenton Pierre’s rationale behind the image below, which represents the Sacred Teaching of Love, through the Eagle.

Snapshots of our September 22nd Pro-d Day:

Planning for Inclusion for All Students (POPARD)

JUMP Math Feedback:

Early Learning Day Follow-Up:

The Early Learning Day for Kindergarten teachers and StrongStart facilitators was also a great success. Below are some snapshots of learning from our morning session “Math for Early Learners” with Rebekaah Stenner and Liz Barrett.

Based on Rebekaah’s recommendation, every K-6 school library has received a copy of Number Sense Routines.

 

 

Fall Curriculum Event Update

September 22nd Agendas for presentations at Heritage Park Middle School:

JUMP Math (K-6) (All K-6 classroom teachers & Educational Assistants)

Paper Tigers (7-12) (Fraserview, Summit, Heritage Park Middle School)

September 22nd Agenda for Mission Secondary School:

Question Behind the Question

Upcoming Community Conferences/Events:

Click here for ACES Summit agenda & session information and on poster to register:

 

 

September Learning Resources

(Source: CLA, 2014)

Welcome to another year of learning and working together.  We have drafted this post with the hope that some of these resources may useful to your planning for September and beyond.

Ministry of Education Curriculum Updates:
  • Please see the Documents and Assessment Strategies pages for Educator Updates regarding FSA’s and Graduation Years (including Gr. 10-12 Curriculum Comparison Guides for all subjects and the draft design of the Numeracy Assessment).
  • A series of videos and booklets on Assessment is being developed and we will post links as soon as they are available.
Learning Sessions and Teaching Resources:
  • Please see the Teacher Developed page for units developed by MPSD teachers, including ADST and Career Education. (Please ask your Teacher Librarian or Jen Lane (jennifer.lane@mpsd.ca) if you require the password to open this page.)
  • ERAC has curated and recommended a collection of K-12 websites that are aligned with the BC redesigned curriculum.  We have added these websites to the Subject Area pages in Resources (K-12).  For K-6 sites, you can also go to Databases and Subject Guides in the Elementary Virtual Learning Commons.
  • September blog posts are published in the Elementary Virtual Learning Commons and are full of teaching ideas and activities! This month we are connecting to growth mindset and the core competencies.  (Check back at the beginning of each month for new posts.)

Coming Soon…..

Please see our previous post for some of MPSD’s fall professional learning opportunities.

We also have a fabulous line-up of speakers and presenters for our 2017/2018 Professional Learning Series.  Details will be posted this fall.