2020/2021 Professional Learning Opportunities and Registration Information:

Universal Design for Learning

The pandemic has been a trying experience indeed, but it has made us search for creative new slants on our traditional approaches.  Shannon Bowsfield, MPSD Inclusion Mentor Teacher, has created a Pro-D opportunity on the subject of UDL as an asynchronous course that can be done anytime, in the comfort of your own home.

This workshop is virtual but there are no Zoom meetings.  It is completed individually but participants will all be able to message each other and Shannon, in the style of a Professional Learning Community using the Microsoft Teams platform.

This workshop has been set up in Teams, and anyone who wishes to enroll please mail Shannon at shannon.bowsfield@mpsd.ca .  You will be able to work through the material in time chunks of as little as half an hour.  Completing the entire course will be the equivalent of the May in Lieu day.

Self-Care for MPSD Educators:

Angela Murphy from the complex care and interventions team ( CCI team) is offering a virtual workshop (spread over two sessions) on how to take care of ourselves and in doing so, help take care of those around us. The sessions will be a combination of presenter style and breakout sessions. Here are some of the topics that will be covered.

  • Self-care and its importance
  • Mindfulness and how to use it for yourself and how that can transfer to the classroom
  • How mindfulness affects the brain and its “superpowers”
  • Mental Health is now at the forefront since the pandemic and how we can cope in a time of stress
  • How to access resources available

This is exclusive to Mission staff. The sessions can count for the May day in- lieu. If you are interested in registering, please email Beth-Anne Cullen by February 26th. You will be sent a “zoom” link before the session. The two sessions are linked and you must do the first session to be able to complete the session in April.

Dates & Times:

Wednesday, March 3rd 3:00-5:30.

Wednesday, April 28th 3:00-5:30

Continuation of NOVEL Approach: 2020/2021  (for NOVEL Approach Schools)

A Formative Approach to Teaching Reading, Writing and Oral Communication

Each session will be 1.5 hours. Attend 4 of 5 dates to count towards May-in-lieu.

Session 1: Monday, November 9th, 3:30-5:00
• review the how, why and the key components of A Novel Approach
• review of the purpose, design, format and structure of Phase One, Phase Two and Phase
• timing of Phases
• the non-negotiables

Session 2: Monday, November 23rd, 3:30-5:00
• review and enhance Making Thinking Visible
• the importance of using Formative Teaching and Learning practices
• formative and summative assessment as it pertains to Making Thinking Visible

Session 3: Monday, January 11th, 3:30-5:00

• review, enhance and improve the quality of the Written Response
• the importance of using Formative Teaching and Learning practices
• formative and summative assessment as it pertains to the Written Response

Session 4: Thursday, January 28th, 3:30-5:00
• purpose, format, structure and increase the quality of Book Club
• role of Formative Teaching and Learning practices in Book Club
• formative and summative assessment as it pertains to the Book Club

Session 5: Thursday, February 18th, 3:30-5:00
• review, enhance and improve the quality of the Mini Lesson
• using formative teaching and learning practices to achieve quality in student responses
to T&L questions, Gift of Words, and Book Club discussions
• formative and summative assessment as it pertains to the Gift of Words and Thinking
and Learning Questions

Click here to register.

Indigenous Canada (offered by the University of Alberta):

Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.

Registration is now open.”

Anti-Racism through an Indigenous Lens:

SD75 and Siwal Si’wes will be hosting a virtual learning series called Anti-Racism through an Indigenous Lens. The idea is to have safe and open dialogue and discussion, while leaning into discomfort together as we explore and reflect on the following:

  • What is the meaning of prejudice, of discrimination and of racism?
  • What are the forms of racism that exist? What does racism look like? What are existing subtleties of racism?
  • What is implicit bias and how does it drive our thoughts and actions?
  • What are microaggressions?
  • What is privilege? How do we examine our privilege?
  • What is white supremacy?
  • How does racism connect to trauma?
  • What is the connection between the Calls to Action of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and Anti-Racism?
  • What is the connection between Anti-Racism and Equity in Schools?
  • What is allyship? What does it look like? How do we validate experiences of Indigenous peoples and those of People of Colour?
  • What is a pedagogy of kindness? How does a pedagogy of kindness connect to Anti-Racism and Equity in Schools?

Each session is approximately 1.5 hours in length and will count toward the May In-Lieu. 🙂

Virtual meeting dates:

Nov 5 2020, 3:30-5:00

Feb 4 2021, 3:30-5:00

April 8 2021, 3:30-5:00

May 13 2021, 3:30-5:00

Please RSVP via email to Vivian Searwar, District Principal Indigenous Education to be added to the list.

This session is now full.  Please email jennifer.lane@mpsd.ca to be added to a waiting list.

The POPFASD series is now full.  A spring session may be added.

Accessible Any Time:

Pre-recorded Webinar Dr. Angela Nardozi and guests (May 2020)

What do Decolonization and Indigenization look like in the classroom?

Focused Education Resources (formerly ERAC) Webinars: K-12

Hosted by the Professional Learning Team, the Webinar Series for Educators guides you through a variety of the resources offered in the BC Digital Classroom.

Click here for archived webinars (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

All About Me (K-6) and Education Planner (7-12) Webinars:

Click here to select the type of webinar you are interested in and the available dates.  (Some of these webinars are available in French and English.)

Other forms of support available: (Click on the image below to go to the support page.)

Click here for Provincial Outreach Online Learning Opportunities

Taking Making Into the Classroom Free Online Pro-d Course: (3 hour, 5 hour and 8 hour options available.)

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