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.

 

Click here to register.


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.

 

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.


 

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.**

 

 

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:

 

 

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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