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.

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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.

“IT’S CRAZY TO THINK ABOUT WHERE I ONCE WAS IN MY LIFE. I HAD TO LET GO OF WHAT I THOUGHT I “SHOULD” BE DOING AND TOOK A LEAP TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME TRULY HAPPY.”

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

Click here to register.

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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

Click here to register.

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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: https://elvlc.educ.ubc.ca/culturally-responsive-mathematics-assessment/

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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.

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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:

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The Competing Behaviour Pathway Model: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours  

Hosted by: Lisa Stevens

Part 1: February 9 2023, 3:30 – 6:00

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

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.

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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: www.fasdoutreach.ca/training)

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:

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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.

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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)

Click here to register or use QR code:

Secondary (Gr. 10-12) Options:

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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)

Click here to register or use QR code:

Spring Update: Curriculum Implementation

Core Competencies:

We continue to add resources to the Competencies page to support learning around Self-Assessment of the Core Competencies.

Teachers have requested that a common introduction to the self-assessment be provided by the district. Please see your administrator for the introduction developed with feedback from educators that can be used on K-9 report cards to introduce the self-assessment.

Career Education K-12:

Resource Announcement: Mission Public School District has purchased the following two digital resources for the new K-12 Career Education curriculum.  Stay tuned for learning opportunities in the 2017/2018 school year.

All About Me: Career Education Kindergarten-Grade 6

myBlueprint: Career Education Grade 7-12

JUMP Math K-6:  

District-funded resources for all K-6 teachers and students have been ordered and are on the way!

 

Mark your calendar for training on September 22nd for all K-6 teachers.

Early Literacy:

Mission Public School District sent a team of six schools to the January 2017 Joyful Literacy conference in Victoria.  A shared learning session took place in April and we received positive feedback from educators who attended the conference.

 

Below are some of the responses from educators trying out the strategies and expressing their needs moving forward:

We would like to continue the conversation about about establishing common goals for reading expectations to support early literacy in our school district.

Calling all K-3 Educators: Please join us at our next Early Literacy meeting at the School Board Office on Tuesday, May 16th, 2:45-4:15. This is an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process to establish common, district-wide standards for reading levels K-Grade 3 which will be implemented September 2017.  Please bring sample resources, past standards/expectations or any other resources that might be useful to the conversation.

Literacy Professional Development Opportunity:

Congratulations to the MPSD educators who applied to attend the Joyful Writing Summit June 2-3 in Vancouver. Applications were due on May 5th to participate in this professional development opportunity.

 

 

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: jennifer.lane@mpsd.ca at 3:30 to register

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Details:

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Reminder:

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

(Please note: this presentation is now full.)

 

 

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

(There are still a few spaces remaining.)

Roundtable on Assessment: Follow-Up

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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.

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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
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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:

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  • 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.

 

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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:

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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.

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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.

Details:

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:

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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

What’s New:

Launching Fall 2016:

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

Purpose:

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

Stay connected:

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

 

Resource Update

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

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

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