2018 Professional Development Day

Friday, October 19 is BC’s Professional Development Day.
Across the province, schools close so that teachers can engage in professional learning activities. BEd classes will be cancelled so that teacher candidates can also enhance their professional practice and connect with teaching colleagues. Participation is mandatory.

  • If you are hosting a professional development activity, program, or event, let us know!
  • If you are a teacher candidate, come back soon! We are updating this list as we come across new opportunities.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Come to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for a professional development day. Learn how we can support your lessons with curriculum links in our exhibits, activities, and programs.
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a great place to take your class. Whether you teach pre-school, high-school, or post-secondary, your lessons can be supported by our exhibits, activities, and programs. Learn about the opportunities available to your school at the museum, and the offerings we have for this year. Receive a tour of the museum designed just for teachers, explore the opportunities in our collections with a scavenger hunt, and test out our programs by trying some of the activities featured in our guided programs.

K-12 teachers and all other educators, including home-learning facilitators, librarians, early learning specialists, and post-secondary faculty, are welcome to attend this professional development day.

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British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT)

British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers
The BCAMT is proud to present the 2018 edition of the NorthWest Mathematics Conference in beautiful Whistler, BC! The conference will be taking place at the Chateau Fairmont, Four Seasons, and Westin hotels.

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BC Music Educators' Association

The BCMEA Conference is the annual professional development opportunity of the British Columbia Music Educators' Association.

We endeavour to connect music educators of all types from across our province and beyond. Join us at the River Rock Resort for two full days of professional development sessions.

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BC Social Studies Teachers' Association

Our Conference Theme this year is "Building a Better Tomorrow: Acting Now for a Brighter Future."
Keynote speaker: Naomi Klein

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BC Teachers of English Language Arts

BCTELA’s annual conference brings together passionate educators who are committed to
teaching practices that respect, engage, and include all learners.

This year’s sessions will focus on topics that empower learners to take ownership of their learning, connect ELA to the core competencies, consider gender identities; infuse aboriginal perspectives and principles of learning; and explore exciting possibilities in ELA 10-12.

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Download the Poster

British Columbia Teachers' Federation

The BCTF includes 32 provincial specialist associations (PSAs). PSAs are channels for members to exchange ideas on research, teaching strategies, curriculum development, and other shared interests.

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Connecting the Pieces

October 19, 2018
Brookswood Secondary School
20902 – 37A Avenue
Langley BC, V3A 5N2

Connecting the Pieces is the Langley School District’s annual early childhood educator and kindergarten teachers’ conference. For twelve consecutive years, Connecting the Pieces has brought together educators from across BC and beyond on the fall provincial Pro-D Day.

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Design Thinking Educators Conference

October 19-21, 2018
Centre for Digital Media
685 Great Northern Way
Vancouver, BC

Explore design thinking and game based learning with UME and the Centre for Digital Media. Learn how to apply ADST methodologies to any curricular objective. Experience hands-on game creation using analog and digital tools, collaboration and team building skills.

Participants will learn:

  • How to identify and use the phases of ADST to design and build interactive activities in the classroom using analog and digital tools.
  • How to use agile software methodologies (i.e., scrum) on supporting teamwork.
  • How to map curricular objectives into fun, engaging activities using game design methodologies.
  • Play testing prototypes, gathering feedback and iterating on ideas.
  • Digital literacy skills with content creation software, Unity game engine.

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Kindling Your Passion for Physics Teaching: A Conference and Workshops for Secondary Science Teachers

TRIUMPH & BC Association of Physics Teachers

October 19, 2018
TRIUMF, UBC Point Grey campus
4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver

Come and be inspired by award-winning physics researchers and educators while networking with colleagues sharing practical resources, and learning about physics applications.

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Provincial Intermediate and Middle Years Teachers' Association

October 19-20, 2018
North Delta Secondary School
11447 82 Avenue
Delta, BC V4C 5J6

MyPITA provides professional development opportunities and teaching resources for intermediate and middle school teachers across BC. Our volunteer executive works hard to support teachers helping teachers.

The Fall Conference includes speakers such as Gabor Maté, Gary Anaka, Diana Cruchley, and Tom Kero, and will be on Oct. 19-20.

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Physical Education Conference

This conference is presented by Douglas College Sports Institute and Physical Education BC.

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Walking Forward Together: Aboriginal Education Conference

October 19, 2018
Abbotsford Senior Secondary School
33355 Bevan Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2S 0E7

We welcome all to enjoy a day of learning about Aboriginal Education as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people walk forward together on this educational journey.

The ticket will register you for this 1-day conference. Enjoy continental breakfast, a morning and afternoon keynote address, breakout sessions and a great lunch.

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