May In-Lieu Professional Learning Opportunities

Below are some of the professional learning opportunities that Mission Public School District is offering in the 2022/2023 school year.  These can be used in-lieu of the May 19th, 2023 professional development day.

Open to All Educators: Early Learning – Gr. 12

Virtual Author Café – Legacy: Trauma, Story & Indigenous Healing

Please join us virtually for a series of four learning sessions with author Suzanne Methot, author of Legacy: Trauma, Story & Indigenous Healing. Using her book as a guide and through an Indigenous lens, Suzanne will walk us through the following:

Session #1: Trauma-Informed Practice (November 17, 2022)
In this session, we will learn about the impact of trauma on our brains, bodies, spirit, and
emotions; the difference between intergenerational trauma and complex trauma; and how
complex trauma relates to colonization and colonialism.

Session #2: Healing-Informed Strategies for Working With Youth and Families (January 12, 2023)
During this session, teachers will try out and practice 3-5 strategies that they can use when
working with students and families who have experienced, or are experiencing, trauma.

Session #3: Self-Care for Helpers (March 2, 2023)
This session will consider the impacts of intergenerational trauma on helpers and on the
teacher-student relationship, and how Indigenous culture-based strategies for creating
meaning and connection can minimize triggers and alleviate vicarious trauma, burnout, and
compassion fatigue.

Session #4: Expressive Writing for Health and Wellness (May 4, 2023)
During this workshop, teachers will use expressive writing to engage in self-care and achieve
greater emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual wellness.

Details: This learning opportunity also may count towards May in Lieu, if you commit to all four learning sessions.

Dates: November 17, January 12, March 2, May 4

Time: All sessions will start at 315pm and end at 445pm.

Location: Virtual

Capacity: 100 participants

Click here to register. You will be provided the book free of charge.

Registration Deadline: Please sign up before Friday, November 4, 2022, in order to receive the book beforehand.


An Evening with sɬə́məxʷ, Rain Pierre

Please join us for an inspirational evening with sɬə́məxʷ, Rain Pierre, highly acclaimed artist and motivational speaker from Katzie First Nation.

“Five years ago, I was dedicating my time and energy to a career working in the civil engineering realm. I was working extensive overtime and travelling around British Columbia, Canada inspecting multimillion-dollar projects building bridges and highways. I gave up my free time and weekends, dedicating everything to my career. I was making a name for myself within the industry, as well as a very good salary for my age. I worked on pursuing and growing this career for 7 years. I had made it… and I should have been happy, right? 
But I wasn’t. I had worked myself into a state of depression without knowing it. I knew deep down something was wrong. I could feel that my internal self wasn’t happy. I felt like I was committing spiritual suicide.  
At the end of a long day, I asked the Creator, is this what I should be doing? Because I’m not really quite sure. That evening I got some answers.
I was sitting on the couch scrolling Facebook and saw a video someone had shared about spray paint art. It was the first time my heart fluttered for anything. I felt more alive and awake than I ever did.


Details: 3.5 hours toward May in lieu

Date: Thursday, January 26th

Time: We will begin with a brief dinner from 330pm to 430pm, followed by an inspirational presentation from 500pm until approximately 700pm.

Location: HPMS Cafetorium and Clarke Theatre

Capacity: 100 Participants

This session is full.


The Secret Pocket: Book Launch and Learning Session with Author Peggy Janicki

The true story of how Indigenous girls at a Canadian residential school sewed secret pockets into their dresses to hide food and survive

Mary was four years old when she was first taken away to the Lejac Indian Residential School. It was far away from her home and family. Always hungry and cold, there was little comfort for young Mary. Speaking Dakelh was forbidden and the nuns and priest were always watching, ready to punish. Mary and the other girls had a genius idea: drawing on the knowledge from their mothers, aunts and grandmothers who were all master sewers, the girls would sew hidden pockets in their clothes to hide food. They secretly gathered materials and sewed at nighttime, then used their pockets to hide apples, carrots and pieces of bread to share with the younger girls.

Based on the author’s mother’s experience at residential school, The Secret Pocket is a story of survival and resilience in the face of genocide and cruelty. But it’s also a celebration of quiet resistance to the injustice of residential schools and how the sewing skills passed down through generations of Indigenous women gave these girls a future, stitch by stitch.

Details: 2.5 hours toward May in lieu

Date: Thursday, March 30th

Time: 3:30-6:00

Location: HPMS Cafetorium for meal and presentation to follow in the Clarke Theatre

Capacity: 100 participants

This session is full.


This is a virtual learning series, offered by the Edith Lando Virtual Learning Centre at UBC. Organizers are Dr. Cynthia Nicol, Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald and Janice Novakowski Open to all educators, free of charge.

Details: All sessions run from 3:30-4:45 (all three sessions would count for 3 hours for May in lieu)

Dates: Wednesdays – November 2nd, January 25th, February 22nd.

Register here by October 31st:


Understanding and Developing Executive Functions in the Classroom

Hosted By: Lisa Stevens

Part 1: December 5 2022, 3:30 – 6:00

This workshop is designed to introduce the concept of executive functions and how to support their development in a classroom setting. Part 1 of the workshop focuses on introducing different aspects of executive functions, how they affect everyday functioning, and strategies to support their development. We will also discuss Get Ready, Do, Done, as a strategy to facilitate the development of executive functions. At the end of Part 1, the participants will be asked to design and implement Get Ready, Do, Done in their classroom. Participants should be ready to share their implementation in Part 2.

Understanding and developing executive functions in the classroom

Part 2:  January 9 2023, 3:30 – 6:00

In Part 1 of this workshop, the concept of executive functions and how to support their development in a classroom setting was introduced. The focus was on introducing different aspects of executive functions, how they affect everyday functioning, and strategies to support their development. The participants discussed Get Ready, Do, Done, as a strategy to facilitate the development of executive functions. At the end of Part 1, the participants were asked to design and implement Get Ready, Do, Done in their classroom and be ready to share their implementation in Part 2.

Part 2 provides an opportunity for the participants to bring questions regarding their Get Ready, Do, Done strategy and its implementation.

Details: 5.0 hours toward May in lieu

Dates: Monday, December 5th & Monday, January 9th

Time: 3:30-6:00

Location: To be determined

Click here to register.


Accessibility with Office 365

Hosted by: Sandra Norum

Suitable for: LST, ISP, Classroom Teachers, EA’s

Description: Learn how to get the most out of Office 365 Accessibility for your students.

Details: 1.5 hours toward May in lieu

Date: Thursday, December 8th

Time: 3:30-5:00

Location: To be determined (in person or virtual options available)

Click here to register or use QR code:


The Competing Behaviour Pathway Model: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours  

Hosted by: Lisa Stevens

Part 1: February 9 2023, 3:30 – 6:00 (Virtual session, link will be sent to registrants)

A competing behaviour pathway model is designed to better understand why a challenging behaviour might occur. The model also helps design a comprehensive, multi-component treatment plan to make the challenging behaviours irrelevant, inefficient, and ineffective. At the end of Part 1, the participants will be asked to design and complete a competing pathway diagram for a student they have in mind. Participants should be ready to share their diagram in Part 2.

The Competing Behaviour Pathway Model: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours 

Part 2: April 17 2023, 3:30 – 6:00 (Virtual session, link will be sent to registrants)

In Part 1 of this workshop, the competing behaviour pathway model was introduced to better understand why a challenging behaviour might occur. The model also helped participants design a comprehensive, multi-component treatment plan to make the challenging behaviours irrelevant, inefficient, and ineffective. At the end of Part 1, the participants were asked to design and complete a competing pathway diagram for a student they had in mind.

Part 2 is a chance for the participants to share their competing pathway diagrams and receive feedback, suggestions, and ideas to polish their treatment plan.

Details: 5.0 hours toward May in lieu

Dates: Thursday, February 9th & Monday, April 17th

Time: 3:30-6:00

Location: To be determined

Click here to register. School teams are encouraged to attend together.


POPFASD On Demand Course

Six module, self-paced course. Let’s complete this together!

Hosted by: Sandra Norum

Suitable for: LST, ISP, Classroom Teachers, EA’s

Description – FASD 101 On-Demand course is an online, free, self-paced course for BC Educators.  This 6-module course provides foundational information to enhance educators’ capacity to support students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Educators who complete the 3-hour course will receive a certificate of completion.  (Link to course:

Details: Two 1.5 hour sessions (3 hours towards May in lieu)

Dates: Monday, February 27th & Monday, March 6th

Time: 3:30-5:00

Location: To be determined (in-person or virtual options available)

Click here to register or use QR code:


K-9 Options:

Mastering Math Manipulatives (K-8)

Hosted by: Rebekaah Stenner

This professional development opportunity is all about exploring math manipulatives. We will follow two new books published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and look at everything from Cuisenaire rods and base ten blocks to geoboards and pattern blocks. Two sessions are available (primary and intermediate plus) – feel free to attend one or both. The first 50 people who register will receive a copy of the book at the session!

Details: 2.5 hours toward May in lieu

Primary: Monday, February 6th, 3:00 – 5:30

Intermediate Plus: Monday, February 13th, 3:00 – 5:30

Location: To be determined

Snacks will be provided

Click here to register.


Science of Reading for Elementary LST

Hosted By: Sandra Norum & Guests

Suitable for Elementary LST, or anyone interested!

Description: How can you use the SoR to help struggling readers on your caseload? Tips for pull-out groups, as well as classroom supports to offer teachers at your site.

Details: 1.5 hours toward May in lieu

Date: Thursday, April 13th

Time: 3:00-4:30

Location: To be determined (in person or virtual options available)

Registration is closed.

Secondary (Gr. 10-12) Options:

Click here to register.


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Science of Reading for Middle and Secondary LST

Hosted By: Sandra Norum & Guests

Suitable for Middle and Secondary LST, or anyone interested!

Description: How can you use the SoR to help struggling readers on your caseload? Tips for your enrolling support blocks, as well as classroom supports to offer teachers at your site.

Details: (1.5 hours toward May in lieu)

Date: Monday, May 1st

Time: 3:30-5:00

Location: To be determined (in person or virtual options available)

Registration is closed.

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.

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


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.


  • 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 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.)

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 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 –
 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 –
 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).

 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

 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) –
 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.

The Gray Center –
 Open the Social Stories tab to learn about Social Stories and how to write them.

Council for Exceptional Children –
 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 –
 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.


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


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

Science/Math Superworkshop

Sign Up begins on Friday, January 27th at 3:30.  There are 20 seats available.

You can register for one or both sessions.

Email: at 3:30 to register








Naryn Searcy Presentation January 31st, 3:30-6:00, Heritage Park Cafeteria

(Please note: this presentation is now full.)




Shelley Moore Presentation February 7th, 3:30-6:00, Clarke Theatre

(There are still a few spaces remaining.)

Roundtable on Assessment: Follow-Up


During the last week of November, we met with three groups of Kindergarten – Grade 9 educators to discuss the challenges and current positive assessment practices in Mission Public School District.


Feedback was gathered from small groups of educators (teachers and administrators) at each Roundtable on Assessment.  They were asked to respond to two questions:

  1. What are the challenges for you in terms of classroom and school-based assessment and/or reporting?
  2. Are there things that are working for you in terms of classroom and school-based assessment that you would like to share?

Please click on the links below to read the collated reports from each grade grouping:

Kindergarten – Grade 3 Educator Feedback

Grade 4 – Grade 6 Educator Feedback

Middle School Educator Feedback

Some of the common themes identified at the Roundtables include:

  • The need for consistent and meaningful literacy and numeracy assessment practices;
  • Self-assessment teaching strategies and meaningful self-assessment practices;
  • Learning about different reporting options and how to engage the whole learning community in the process.

And the winners are…..

There was a draw for Professional Learning Resources at each sharing session. Congratulations to the teacher-winners! Your books have been ordered and we hope to deliver them to you before the winter holiday begins.

                      School                                                                                      Book Title/Link

West Heights Community School Joyful Literacy Interventions Part One
Dewdney Elementary Learning to Write and Loving It!
Hillside Traditional School Joyful Literacy Interventions Part One
Ecole Christine Morrison Science First Peoples (FNESC)
West Heights Community School Creating Cultures of Thinking
Edwin S. Richards Elementary K-10 Science & Ethnobotany
Ecole Heritage Park Middle School Righting Canada’s Wrongs – Residential School
Hatzic Middle School Teaching About Historical Thinking
Hatzic Middle School Powerful Readers – A. Gear
Hatzic Middle School Powerful Readers – A. Gear

Curriculum Day Highlights

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all educators and guest presenters for your energy and active participation on the October 24th Curriculum Day.  There were many diverse learning events that took place in various locations across Mission Public School District.

Here are some highlights:

SWSWlogoSiwal Si’wes:

  • Peggy Janicki (SD34) presented an interactive Sto:lo government session to Grade 3 -12 educators.
  • Siwal Si’wes and Three Crows Productions offered two tours of St. Mary’s Residential School.  Read about the experience in a CBC article outlining the Residential School Tours.
  • Watch the CBC news coverage for Mission’s Orange Shirt Day and Residential School Tour.





POPARD Super-Worksop: Self Regulation Skills for School


  • This two-day learning session was offered to Educational Assistants, LST, ISP, High and Low incidence support Teachers.

Mission Secondary School:

  • Grade 10-12 teacher facilitators at MSS planned a comprehensive agenda for colleagues to begin exploring the redesigned curriculum.   Please read their agenda and presentation for a glimpse of the learning opportunities that were offered.

K-9 Highlights:


Teacher librarians in MPSD now have curriculum support time as part of their role in each school.   They have been sharing resources at staff meetings and on the October 24th curriculum day.

These included: ERAC resources, Siwal Si’wes Digital Library, SD 75 Elementary Virtual Learning Commons and Curriculum Connections.  They are also collaborating with classroom teachers to implement the redesigned curriculum.


Coming soon…..

Roundtable on Assessment:

As we implement the K-9 redesigned curriculum, we would like to offer some district-wide opportunities to share and learn from one another about assessment practices.  During the week of November 28th – December 1st we will be holding three roundtable-style learning sessions on the topic of assessment.

The goal of the first session is to get feedback from teachers about assessment/reporting concerns, gather ideas for support, and brainstorm future directions.

Please see the details for groups, dates, locations, and times below.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

We hope that you can join us for these learning sessions and look forward to listening to your ideas.


K-3 teachers:  Monday, November 28th, Riverside College, 3:00-4:30

4-6 teachers: Tuesday, November 29th, Riverside College, 3:00-4:30

7-9 teachers:  Thursday, December 1st, Hatzic Middle School, 3:30-5:00

We will hold a second round of learning sessions again in January/February 2017 with the aim of sharing assessment practices and drafting ideas for common assessments in MPSD.




October 24 District Curriculum Day

Through discussion at our JEAC meeting and from feedback from various schools we are leaving the planning for each school’s October 24th Curriculum Implementation day up to each individual K-9 school.  Teachers in most schools seem ready and prepared to continue collaborating with colleagues and accessing their school resources, teacher librarians, and our curriculum websites, including Siwal Si’wes to further their learning.

In addition, Siwal Si’wes is offering several professional learning opportunities that some of your staff may want to take advantage of on that day.  (Please see below for details.)

Our structured plans this year focus more on the Grade 10-12 curriculum and we began working with the MSS planning team on September 27th.

October 24th Learning Opportunities:

SWSWlogoAttention: All CUPE members  

Non Instructional Day St. Mary’s Opt In form

After last year’s Residential School tour there was sufficient interest to organize a CUPE focused, guided tour of St. Mary’s Residential School.  This tour will commence at 12:00pm and will end at 2:00pm, October 24th  2016.

Click and print: CUPE Opt In form


SWSWlogoAttention: All Teachers  

Non Instructional Day St. Mary’s Opt In form

After last year’s Residential School tour there was sufficient interest to organize another guided tour of St. Mary’s Residential School.  This tour will commence at 1:00pm and will end at 3:00pm, October 24th  2016.

Click and print: Teachers Opt In form


SWSWlogoAttention: All Teachers 

Non Instructional Day Interactive Sto:lo Government Presentation

Siwal Si’wes is organizing an Interactive Sto:lo Government Presentation with Peggy Janicki from school district 34, on October 24th from 8:30 – 12:00 at Ecole Heritage Park Middle School Drama Room.

This interactive presentation is designed for teachers of Grades 3 through 12. Learning outcomes: Pre-Contact Sto:lo history, Consensus, Contact, Reservation Law, Indian Residential School, Civilization Act and Present day. This presentation will provide teachers with lesson plans (including handouts) and a greater understanding of the Sto:lo people.

Click and print: Sto:lo Government Presentation Opt In form

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



  • 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.


  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.


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.**

Indigenous Education Focus – UBC Summer Institutes

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


EDST 565B | EDUC 490V

Begins May 21 | UBC Vancouver & Kanai Reserve, Alberta

Apply by April 9


EDCP 467A | EDCP 532 | Non-credit

Begins July 25 | Bamfield, B.C.

Apply by June 13



Begins July 13 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by June 1


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.



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

Apply by April 18


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


Begins July 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by May 26


Begins August 2016 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by July 11


Begins August 22 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by July 11


Begins August 22 | UBC Vancouver

Apply by July 11


July | UBC Vancouver & Robson Square


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)


“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.”


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.”


Training Strand Choices


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.


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


  • 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