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Welcome Back to Learning!

Our team is looking forward to learning with you this year!  Here is a glimpse of what we accomplished together last year and some of the opportunities as we move forward with implementing the redesigned curriculum in 2016/2017.

2015/2016 Year in review:

  • Re-establishment of the JEAC planning committee;
  • Selection of 28 K-9 teacher planners who attended two planning days and coordinated two curriculum implementation days;
  • District supported two collaboration days for teachers to work with colleagues to explore the redesigned curriculum;
  • Aboriginal mentor teacher presentations at February 22nd NID, resources from the Siwal Si’wes Library highlighted;
  • Reconciliation tour of St. Mary’s Residential School on May 2nd with a waiting list for 2016/2017 school year;
  • Print and digital resources being shared on our district learning commons “Curriculum Connections” (10 000+ views, 200 Tweets sharing strategies/ resources/community events)Tweet4Tweet3Tweet2

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  • Educators from each school attended a tour of the Stave West area and Zajac Ranch where they shared ideas for using the space for Outdoor Education initiatives;
  • Print resource ‘Invent to Learn’ purchased for every school to help support the new K-12 Applied Design Skills and Technologies curriculum. In addition, some teacher librarians attended a four week Makerspace webinar series and are curating resources and ideas for maker-oriented activities;
  • Two after-school learning sessions offered by the Curriculum Department focused on technology integration and resource strategies;
  • District partnership with The Critical Thinking Consortium enables teachers to access high quality digital learning resources. Binders of “The Competency Toolkit” were purchased for each school with over 70 lessons focused on thinking and literacy skills embedded into content areas.

What’s New:

Launching Fall 2016:

  • CALM: A self-regulation curriculum developed by the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre.  Training will be provided to Kindergarten teachers and Strong Start Coordinators on September 9th.
  • Assessment Committee: We plan to establish an assessment committee in September. The goal of this committee will be to share assessment practices, gather resources and co-develop community goals for assessment tools that support the redesigned curriculum.
  • Curriculum Implementation Planning: JEAC and teacher facilitators will plan our October 24thNID for both K-9 and 10-12 groups.
  • Technology Committee: Will be established September 2016.

Purpose:

  1. Set broad educational goals and direction for students at all grade levels with the use of technology;
  2. Establish a vision of seamless integration of IT into instruction in a variety of course and subject areas;
  3. Ensure sustainability and stability of IT throughout the district; and
  4. Plan IT purchasing throughout the district in an organized and logical manner.

Stay connected:

  • Use our new Calendar tab on Curriculum Connections for curriculum related events and learning opportunities.
  • Follow us on Twitter @SD75Curriculum for links to resources, ideas and updates.

 

Resource Update

Thank you to all the Mission Public School District educators who have been sharing resources with us!

We wanted to take this opportunity to provide a brief summary of what is new and where it is posted on the Curriculum Connections site. Please continue to share your ideas for resources and professional development opportunities as we learn and plan together. Click on each link below to go directly to the specific resource.

  • Graduation Program and Assessment Information (released May 26, 2016)
  • K-9 Applied Design Skills & Technology Updated in Curriculum Starting Guide, Documents (see also Ministry of Education)
  • NEW! Critical Thinking Consortium Partnership (TC²):  Mission Public School District is now a partner group with the Critical Thinking Consortium.  Mission educators have access to free online resources and discounted print-based professional learning resources.  To learn about accessing these resources, go to the District ERAC & TC² page.
  • Siwal Si’wes PLC (New: Additional Community Resources posted)
  • Subject Area Resources (New: Career Education subject area.  Many new links have been posted for print and digital resources in all subject areas.)
  • Another way to access ERAC Digital Resources: Click on the ERAC logo at the bottom of the Welcome page and on the right side of every content page.  The access page contains all of the resources included in the British Columbia Digital Classroom (BCDC) Core Collection.  Each product is licensed for certain grade levels.  To see a list of what is licensed for your school – go to your PLC group and all the resources are posted with links to the products.

Agendas for May 2nd Host Sites

SD75 Word CloudA planning session was held on Wednesday, April 15th at Riverside College. Teacher planners worked diligently to create flexible agendas that will support educators on the 2nd.

Each school was provided with a binder of planning templates and resources, as well as a sample list of lesson topics in the Siwal Si’wes Digital Library (see Section A: Aboriginal Education). In response to teacher requests, the district has also provided a memory stick to each school that contains the digital files of these resources.

Note: Siwal Si’wes is verifying copyright approval before making digital copies of the print resource binder “9000 years of the River People”.  If approved, we hope to make digital copies available  as soon as possible.

Below are details regarding the framework of the day at each of the sites for May 2nd. (Click on the green links to access the agendas/resources.) Unless otherwise indicated in your agenda, the morning will begin at 8:30am. Coffee and muffins will be provided for breakfast and lunch is on your own.

Albert McMahon: School-based Collaboration

Cherry Hill: School-based Collaboration

Deroche: School-based Collaboration: Online Resources for New Curriculum Planning

École Christine Morrison Elementary: School-based Collaboration

École Mission Central Agenda: School-based Collaboration (French Immersion at Christine Morrison)

Edwin S. Richards Agenda: School-based Collaboration

Fraserview/Summit/High, Low Incidence Teachers’ Agenda

Hatzic Middle Agenda

Heritage Park Agenda

Hillside K-3 Cohort Agenda

West Heights 4-6 Cohort Agenda:  Online Resources for New Curriculum Planning

Mission Secondary: School-based Collaboration

Elementary Teacher Librarian Agenda

Education Assistants, Youth Care Workers, Aboriginal Liaison Workers– Windebank

Elementary Clerical Staff: Ferndale

Supervision Assistants E.S.R. Library (12:00-1:00pm)

*Any staff at school-based sites that would like to join the cohort-based collaborators are welcome to join.*

**Participants in the St. Mary’s Residential School Tour:  Please check your district email or the News section of the website for important scaffolding information from Joseph Heslip.**

St. Mary’s Residential School Tour

This post is intended for the 50 teachers who registered for the upcoming St. Mary’s tour, May 2nd, 2016.  There was so much interest that we have an alternate list for another tour next fall.

Please read through the “Pre St. Mary’s Tour Scaffolding” document.  This document will direct you to the necessary readings (“A Survivor’s Story” &  “This Benevolent Experiment – conclusion“), and will take you to some important web links related to Reconciliation in Canada.

Here is a “Shape of the Afternoon” document that will specify meeting places and relevant information for the day. You will also find a Post St.Mary’s Tour document outlining some of the ceremonies and after tour options available to you.

Please note, that a professional film crew will be documenting parts of the tour for educational purposes. This footage will be used to enhance our locally developed Residential School Curriculum.  If you have any concerns regarding your image possibly being used in this footage there will be an opportunity to indicate your wishes at the beginning of the tour.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

This will prove to be a powerful day of experiential learning.  I thank you for your interest and look forward to seeing you on the 2nd.

Ey cha o ta’ swayel (have a good day),

Best,

Joe

Joseph Heslip

Acting District Principal

Aboriginal Education

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Indigenous Education Focus – UBC Summer Institutes

Shared by Networks of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) and Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) 

INDIGENOUS EXISTENTIAL RESISTANCE: THE SUNDANCE PRACTICE

EDST 565B | EDUC 490V

Begins May 21 | UBC Vancouver & Kanai Reserve, Alberta

Apply by April 9

THEORIES AND DIMENSIONS OF PLACE-BASED LEARNING

EDCP 467A | EDCP 532 | Non-credit

Begins July 25 | Bamfield, B.C.

Apply by June 13

RECONCILIATION IN EARLY LEARNING AND CARE COMMUNITIES

Non-credit

Begins July 13 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by June 1

PLACE-CONSCIOUS LEARNING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

ECED 480B | ECED 565F | Non-credit

Begins July 4 | UBC Vancouver 

Apply by May 23

See the full list of summer learning programs.

In addition to these Indigenous Education programs, below are some non-credit events may be of interest for your professional learning this summer.

NON-CREDIT PROGRAMS

GOING PUBLIC: BUILDING CAPACITY FOR KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION IN MENTAL HEALTH

Begins May 2016 | UBC Vancouver (blended in-person & online)

Apply by April 18

CRITICAL DIGITAL LITERACY: ISSUES, CHALLENGES, DIRECTIONS

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 30

SRL INQUIRY HUB – Developing Self-Regulating Learners in Inclusive Classrooms

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 23

PRACTICAL INQUIRY AND INNOVATION FRAMEWORDS for School and District Teams

Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 26

CREATING THE FUTURE: PARTNERSHIPS FOR INCLUSIVE LEARNING

Begins August 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by July 11

SUPPORTING IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE STUDENTS IN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS

Begins August 22 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by July 11

SUPPORTING IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE STUDENTS IN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS

Begins August 22 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by July 11

FRENCH IMMERSION SUMMER INSTITUTES

July | UBC Vancouver & Robson Square

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, new BC coding curriculum

July 4-15 | UBC Vancouver

 

 

 

Summer Institute Opportunities

Here are two Summer Institutes that connect with BC’s redesigned curriculum:

  1.  Summer Institute in Teacher Education:  Innovative Teaching Practices (UFV)

SITE_UFV

“The Teacher Education Department at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford is pleased to offer a Summer Institute in Teacher Education: Innovative Teaching Practices for 21st Century Students in July 2016. The SITE provides exciting opportunities for local, national and international educators to engage in powerful professional development and qualify for possible TQS (Teacher Qualification Service) upgrade. We envision recent Teacher Education Program graduates, TTOCs (Trained Teachers On Call), teachers in their early years of teaching and/or teachers in career transition as our target audience. The SITE 2016 theme is Enabling Innovation, with a specific focus of engaging with BC’s “New Curriculum”.

SITE is designed with K-12 teachers in mind. It is flexible, it provides a wide array of courses (1-, 2- and 3-credit) lasting one, two or three weeks in length, and it is scheduled during the month of July. We proudly offer coursework in subjects and topics that matter most to educators: 21st Century Teaching & Learning, Language & Literacy Education, Special Education, Technology Education, Numeracy & Mathematics Education, Historical Thinking, Indigenous Education, Physical Education, Science Education, FSL, Core French, and Working with English Language Learners just to name a very few.”

Resources:

Course Listings

Course Calendar 

Contact Information

Application Checklist (Apply by May 15, 2016)

2. Creating the Future:  Partnerships for Inclusive Learning (UBC)

Inclusive Learning Institute

Creating the Future-Partnerships for Inclusive Learning is a summer conference designed to provide a robust learning environment. We’re facilitating strategic approaches to inclusion and belonging for all students in B.C.’s elementary and secondary schools. Participants will include administrators, teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, therapists and other members of a school based team.”

“It is clear, when we create inclusive schools, develop lessons and plans that will include all kids right from the start, and look deliberately at how we can transform school culture to have a place for everyone, inclusive environments will be created, and a sense of belonging can and will be experienced by all kids. This belonging transcends the school environment and ultimately positively impacts people’s lives in all areas including employment, relationships, post secondary education, self esteem, and participation.”

This year’s chosen topics of study are Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Positive Behaviour Supports (PBS), Literacy, Transition, and Self regulated Learning.”

Resources:

Training Strand Choices

Schedule

Registration (early bird price until April 15th, group discount available)

 

 

Plans of the Day for February 22nd Host Sites

A second morning planning session was held on Wednesday, February 17th at Riverside College.  Teacher planners worked diligently to create agendas and detailed resource lists in order to have as much support as possible for educators on the 22nd.

Below you will find details regarding the framework for the day at each of the sites. (Click on the links to access the agendas.)

Each day will include a brief presentation by Aboriginal Mentor Teacher Presenters who will address three main areas:

  • Building Capacity
  • Sharing Resources
  • Integrating Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives into the curriculum.

Details:

Time Frame: 8:30-2:30 at each site

Groups and Locations:

Grade K-2: Hillside Elementary School

Grade 2-4: Edwin S. Richards School

Grade 4-6: Albert McMahon School

Grade 7-9 School-based Team: Hatzic Middle School

Grade 7-9 School-based Team: École Heritage Park Middle School

Elementary Teacher Librarians: Windebank Library

Educational Assistants Agenda: Windebank Gymnasium

Inclusive Support Teachers: Christine Morrison

Reminders:

  • Coffee and muffins are generously being provided by our district at each location.  Lunch is on your own.
  • Please remember to bring your own electronic device in order to explore the digital resources and websites.
  • Please complete the feedback survey (available on site) before you leave your session at the end of the day.

NID Planning Session

On January 28th, 2016, approximately 30 K-12 educators from Mission Public School District met at Riverside College.  Our goal was to share input from our colleagues, gain a sense of direction and plan the framework for the upcoming Curriculum Non-Instructional Day, to be held on February 22nd.

As an icebreaker activity, we were asked to think about a child that we know and write down words or phrases that represent our hopes for what skills and attributes they would possess by the end of their K-12  journey.  The ideas have been thoughtfully composed into a word cloud (below) in three languages.

Yalh yexw kw’es hoy Pipte for translating our ideas into Halq’eméylem.

SD75 Word Cloud

On Wednesday February 17th our Teacher Facilitators are meeting once more to finalize plans for our February 22nd Curriculum Day.  Details regarding the framework for the day at each of the sites will be posted Wednesday afternoon.  Please see below for the venue for your grade or teaching area.

K-2 – Hillside Elementary School

2-4 – Edwin S. Richards School

4-6 – Albert McMahon School

7-9 – Hatzic Middle School

7-9 – École Heritage Park Middle School

K-6 Teacher Librarians – Windebank Library