MPSD 2018/2019 Professional Learning Opportunities:
  • May In-Lieu Professional Learning Opportunities: Click here for details and registration information
  • Neuro Emotional Literacy series (can be used as a May-In Lieu professional learning opportunity):

Facilitator: Dr. Kathryn E. Patten, Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and Director, Neuro Emotional Literacy Program

This 6-week course will be offered on Mondays, January 21 – March 4th from 3:00 – 4:30, at West Heights Elementary School and include snacks, tea, coffee and juice. The course is free to the district for teachers and educational assistants, and any other district staff who wish to attend and completing participants will receive a certificate.

Workshop Description:

Workshop series explains the neuroscience and neuropsychology of emotion, the differences among different types of affect, and how several researched methods, including mindfulness and heart coherence technique, can be modeled and used to regulate it. Emotional and cognitive development are discussed in relation to emotion management. Also presented are the significant affect phenomena of emotional hijacking, emotional contagion, drug abuse, positive/negative affect, delayed gratification, and neural plasticity; and how these relate to both physical and emotional well-being.  The brain/body biological connections critical to affect management are explained and several researched strategies essential to affect management will be discussed and demonstrated. Discussion will center on how we can model, create, and teach effective positive affect and improve student/adult well-being, healing, and learning.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Mon., Jan. 21
  • Mon., Jan 28
  • Mon., Feb. 4
  • Mon., Feb. 11
  • Mon., Feb. 25
  • Mon., Mar. 4

Teacher Information Sheet

Please register by emailing kepatten@sfu.ca.


  • Meaningful and Quality Assessment:  Facilitated by: Shauna Néro

Click here to register.

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

(K-9) February, 7th, 2019,  3:30-6:00,  location to be determined

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, location to be determined

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.


Art Workshop: Facilitated by Eva Wieczorek

The new curriculum “recognizes that engaging in creative expression and experiences expands [[student’s] sense of identity and belonging”.  It encourages students to “develop and refine ideas, processes and technical skills in a variety of forms to improve the quality of artistic creations”. Supporting these tenants, this workshop will provide ideas which can fit any grade level in the elementary program and will include aboriginal samples to fit within the curriculum.   

There will be two workshops offered, each two and a half hours in length.  They will each have a different focus. 

Workshop One offered on Thursday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m.  will offer numerous activities, how many depends on how the participants complete each sample and the speed in which they want to progress.  Some activities include salmon calendars, autumn leaves, fireworks, monsters, watercolor animals, cats on mats, tearaways and others.  

Workshop Two  will be offered the next week on Thursday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. It will focus on owls completed in many mediums, including my favourite chalk pastel owls, that look awesome in any grade level and the pine cone critter. 

The same handout will be available at both workshops, but your samples will be different! 

Please email eva.wieczorek@mpsd.ca and/or jennifer.lane@mpsd to register for these workshops.


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