Professional Development Opportunities (October 23 – Pro-D Day)

ABCDE (Association of BC Drama Educators)"To The Moon and Back!"TBDThis beloved annual fall conference will inspire and refresh with workshops in a variety of dramatic arts, including acting and musical theatre, stagecraft and tech theatre, and using drama as a tool for social justice conversations in the drama and non-drama classroom. Reach for the stars in workshops for elementary, middle, secondary and TTOC's. Conference package includes an incredible dinner and fabulous entertainment where delegates can mix, mingle, share and network with each other.Contact: Gordon Hamilton at or Lana O'Brien at
ACPI-APPIPC (Association canadienne des professeurs d'immersion et l'Association provinciale de professeurs d'immersion et du programme francophone)L'Immersion et la francophonie se rencontrent au sommet Conférencier: Yves La Roche, champion de ski acrobatiqueWhistlerCette année l’Association canadienne des professeurs d’immersion (ACPI) se joint à l’Association provinciale des professeurs d’immersion et du programme francophone (APPIPC) pour offrir un congrès qui rassemblera les éducateurs, chercheurs et administrateurs en immersion française de toutes les régions du Canada. Ce congrès de l’ACPI-l’APPIPC offre ainsi plus de 50 ateliers qui présenteront les dernières tendances en pédagogie immersive, fournissant ainsi aux éducateurs de partout au pays de nombreuses possibilités d’apprentissage professionnel inscriptions: www.congres-acpi.caPour information: Martha Godon at

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AEA PSA (Aboriginal Education Association Provincial Specialist Association)Annual fall conference "Indigenous Perspectives"LangleyKeynote and workshops relating to new BC curriculum, including new Residential School curriculum, incorporating Aboriginal content into curriculum, Deconstructing Myths, Shannen’s Dream, cultural activities, and more.Contact: Bertha Lansdowne at
AEGTCCBC (The Association of Educators of Gifted, Talented and Creative Children in British Columbia)“Designing High Quality Differentiated Units of Study: A Look at the Parallel Curriculum Model”VancouverKeynote Speaker: Marcia Imbeau.
Participants will be introduced to the Parallel Curriculum Model and will be shown how to create meaningful, emotive, and engaging curriculum.
For more information and to register, visit, or call Elizabeth Ensing at 604 574 0465.
ArtStarts"Making Spaces: Transforming a Classroom Through the Creative Process"VancouverIs a classroom ever just a classroom? ArtStarts invites teachers to take part in an experiential professional development event on October 23, 2015 that will explore how to you can transform your students’ learning experience through the creative process. Making Spaces is a full day at the ArtStarts Gallery that will engage your creativity with two hands-on workshops, while exploring arts integration as an approach to teaching. All participants will take part in two workshops, "Documenting the Hard-to-Document: Zine Making with Tin Can Studio" and "Gallery as Classroom, Classroom as Gallery with Elfred Matining".

ArtStarts in Schools is a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.

Making Spaces takes place on Friday, October 23, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the ArtStarts Gallery and Resource Centre, located at 808 Richards Street in Vancouver, BC.
Learn more and register online at
Back to the Studio BC Art AssociationAnnual conferenceNorth VancouverJoin us in North Vancouver for the annual BC Art Teachers Association conference. Participate in studio-based workshops, learning new art skill, and techniques to contribute to your creative classroom. Registration opens May 1, 2015. Call for Presenters May 1 to June 15, 2015.

Day One Back to the Studio, begin the day with the keynote address by celebrated Canadian artist Victor Cicansky, choose from a wide variety of hands-on workshops designed for primary, intermediate and secondary teachers. Lunch, and an evening social at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. Day Two Studio and Gallery Tours, visit a selection of local artist studios and galleries.

Hosted at Carson Graham Secondary, 2145 Jones Avenue North Vancouver, and Artist for Kids Studios, and Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.
BC Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT)54th Northwest Mathematics Conference "Scaling New Heights"WhistlerOpening Keynote: Thursday October 22 at 7:30

• Ron Lancaster
• Egan Chernoff – @MatthewMaddux
• Simon Singh @SLSingh

$90 (Pre-service teachers)

Stay at Fairmont Chateau or Westin Whistler. Hotel rates start at $139 (+taxes, etc.)

Conference registration and program details found:
BC Dance Educators' Association"Spirit of Movement 2015"Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, BurnabyAn invitation to all elementary and secondary teachers of dance, drama, music, physical education and classroom teachers. Classes in Aboriginal Dance, Hip Hop, Contemporary Ballet, Creative Dance and more! Contact:

BC School Counsellors' Association (BCSCA)Annual conference "Building Bridges"Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, RichmondBuilding Bridges and Creating Connections is an integral part of supporting youth and the keynote speakers and workshop presenters, Stan Kutcher and Tammy Fisher will be providing insight and strategies for doing building support networks around youth. Contact: Marci Statham at

BC Social Studies Teachers Association"Living in a World of Conflict" conferenceVancouver Technical Secondary SchoolKeynote speaker: Dr. Samantha Nutt. Each year, the BCSSTA hosts a professional development conference open to all teachers who teach social studies in BC schools. We offer a compelling keynote address which leads you into further workshops spread over two session-periods. The majority of workshops offered will tie into this year’s conference theme of “Living in a Word of Conflict”.

We expect a wide variety of specific workshops to be available. Between the morning and afternoon workshop sections there will be a hot buffet style lunch served (part of your fee) and there will be a host of vendors and organizations with tables in the cafeteria and around the school offering information, free samples, and draw prizes. We also hold the Annual General Meeting of the association in the staff cafeteria next to the main cafeteria. We strongly encourage you to drop in and take part in the AGM.



BC Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (formerly ESLPSA)25th Annual Province-Wide ConferenceVancouverCome speak with, as well as listen to, our keynote To rspeaker, international student mentor
Sam Thiara from SFU and GradusOne. Our many workshop presenters, members of BC TESOL's executive, our SELECT STUDENT PANEL, and hundreds of colleagues from across BC! Let's gather to connect on the themes of ACCESS, APPLICATION & ADVOCACY: How can students and teachers learn to request help from and offer help to each other?
BCATML’s (BC Associations of Teachers of Modern Languages)Annual PSA Conference "Celebrating Languages!"Burnaby South Secondary School and MJF TheatreThe conference features a wide range of engaging and relevant workshops for teachers of French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Punjabi, as well as general workshops for all languages and levels. The conference includes a strong focus on practical, hands-on lessons and especially on information, techniques, resources and lessons that can be implemented immediately in the classrooms. Contact: Conference Co-Chair Stacey Sveistrup at or Tina Tsai at

BCCASA (British Columbia Culinary Arts Specialist Association)Annual fall conference "A Chef’s Adventure on the Sunshine Coast"Powell RiverHosted by Chef Michael Austin featuring foraging traditional First Nations foods: mushroom picking, oyster harvesting, and preparing the dinner together with local ingredients. Canoeing, kayaking and hiking for these foods is part of the experience, so dress appropriately. Location: Haywire Bay Outdoor Education Facility. Pickup from Powell River Town Centre Hotel. Contact: Trevor Randle at


BCCLA & SEL–BC (formerly SRCLE"2015 Encompass Conference"Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey Educating the Social Brain with Dr. Matthew Lieberman ‘Making Social a Superpower in the Classroom’. Being overly social in the classroom is often a punishable offense, yet our
brains are wired to crave social connection, particularly in adolescence. Social neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman shows how we can leverage the brain's social urges to enhance learning in the classroom. The brain's network for social thinking is actually an untapped resource that has a remarkable gift for learning. Dr. Lieberman will reveal how to turn social from classroom kryptonite into a school superpower. Dr. Matthew Lieberman from UCLA will share his expertise on the social brain. Matthew is the author of the book, Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect, and has been a speaker at TEDx St. Louis.

To learn more, check this video link:
BC Music Educators' Association (BCMEA)BCMEA ConferenceRichmondKeynote speaker: Phil Mullin. The BCMEA Conference is where BC’s music education community to come together for an exciting two days of professional development and networking with conductors, directors, performers, music educators, administrators, industry representatives and musicians from across our province. We also feature student performing ensembles as well as the BC Honour groups (Concert Band, Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz and String Orchestra). Location of conference: River Rock Resort. Contact: Matthew Martin at


BCPTAPrimary Leadership Conference "Empowering Learners"Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel, VancouverKeynote speaker, Musical Opening with Charlotte Diamond, keynote address by Maureen Dockendorf. Amazing breakout sessions with Charlotte Diamond, Maureen Dockendorf, Colleen Politano, Adrienne Gear, Trevor Calkins, Anne Davies, Pam Quigg, Dena Doolan, Heather Dean, Lisa Scherr, Sandy Colclough, Lisa Watson, Karen Lirenman, and more.

Contact: Joy Silver at 604 941 2606

BCScTA (BC Science Teachers’ Association)Catalyst 2015 Annual Conference “Thinking Like a Scientist”H.J. Cambie Secondary School, RichmondJoin the BCScTA for an exciting day featuring a keynote, hands on workshops, Smarter Science sessions, science teacher networking, and an opportunity to visit with vendors in the exhibit hall. Website:
BCTEA (British Columbia Technology Education Association)Annual fall conferenceGladstone Secondary School, VancouverLots of workshops for traditional technology education, plus trades skills such as plumbing, electrical, carpentry, etc. There will also be several workshops for Career Coordinators based around ACE IT, Work Experience, and Secondary School Apprenticeship. If you have not been to a conference for a while, plan on attending this one. The intention is to make this a large conference to bring together as many teachers teaching technology education as possible, and thus giving voice to directions for the future. $100 conference fees. Contact information:
BCTELA (BC Teachers of English Language Arts)Conference: "Story and the Landscapes of Learning"Matthew McNair Secondary, RichmondKeynote speaker: Author, Richard Wagamese. How does place shape us? What does it mean for our practice? What kinds of learning experiences do we owe our students so they can see themselves in the world? How can we help them write about their own sense of home and identity? Powerful stories are located in our personal and social geographies. Our stories are shaped by our geographies, and our individual and shared experiences. Come explore the role of place in informing our stories, our literacies and our practice. Contact: Leyton Schnellert at and Kate Campbell at

BCTLA (BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association)Annual fall conference “Charting New PathsFraser Heights Secondary, 16060 108 Ave, SurreyFeaturing keynote speakers Lyn Hay and Lee Watanabe Crockett, multiple breakout sessions and exhibits.Contact: Heather Daly at

Beaty Biodiversity MuseumOpen House for TeachersUBC Point Grey campus, VancouverDrop-in between 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
This event is FREE for teachers and teacher candidates.

Drop into the Beaty Biodiversity Museum to learn how you can use the collection with your students. Experience hands-on activities, join a teacher-focused tour, watch Raising Big Blue, try out a scavenger hunt in the galleries, and get inspired to teach your students about biodiversity, evolution, ecology, and conservation. We've even developed activities and resources to use before, during and after your visit. This open house will help you confidently plan and implement a field trip, selecting the elementary or secondary programs and activities that will best complement your classroom, all while exploring Vancouver's amazing natural history museum.
Contact: Jackie Chambers at or 604 827 4802

British Columbia Teachers for Peace and Global Education (PAGE BC)Fall Conference: "Cultivating Global Leaders"Eric Hamber Secondary School, VancouverKeynote Speaker: Scott Hughes, PhD
Climate and social justice, global education and wellness workshops

Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Conference: 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Burnaby School DistrictHealth & Physical Literacy Community Partners Pro-DMoscrop Secondary (large gym), BurnabyFor Secondary and Elementary teachers as well Fitness and Health professionals who are interested in learning how to implement and promote Health & Physical Literacy.

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(lunch provided)

Keynote & Workshop: Dr. Joanna Sheppard

9:00 - 10:00 – Keynote & Workshop: Dr. Joanna Sheppard, “Physical Literacy for Understanding ~ Playing with Purpose”
10:00 -10:15 - Break
10:15 - 11:15 - Session A
11:15 - 11:45 - Lunch
11:45 - 12:45 - Session B
12:45 - 1:45 - Session C
2:00 - 3:00 - Session D: New Revised BC Physical and Health Curriculum Discussion
Teacher candidates are encouraged to pre-register.

Questions? Contact Erin McGinley at

Please register by emailing by Monday, October 19. This will assist us with our lunch order and preparations.
Computer Using Educators of BC (CUEBC)Annual ConferenceByrne Creek Secondary, BurnabyOur keynote this year is George Couros, there will be multiple sessions, catered lunch, great door prizes and lots of opportunity to network with your colleagues. Registration and information:
Douglas College Sports Institute with the Physical Education BC (PE-BC)2015 QDPE Pro-D Conference (29th Annual Elementary & Secondary School Teachers' Conference – NOT just for Phys-Ed Teachers and Coaches)Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New WestminsterKeynote Speaker:
Former NBA Point Guard, Dan Dickau

Douglas College’s 29th annual Physical Education Professional Development Conference offers you and your colleagues over 40 workshops of dynamic learning activities that can be applied at both the elementary and secondary level.

Please note that some of these workshops run ALL-DAY. Some of the sessions are offered away from Douglas College, so check all details before registering and travelling to your session. Please pass on the information to all your colleagues and try to arrange for a group to attend a session as this is not just a PE teachers’ conference, it is a teachers’ conference.
Phone registration: 604 527 5472

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Eaton Educational Group3rd annual "Neuroplasticity and Education: Strengthening the Connection" conferenceWestin Bayshore, VancouverThis year five leading experts in the fields of neuroscience and education will meet at the Westin Bayshore Hotel to speak about the incredible potential for positive change that comes when we understand the connections between our brain's ability to change and grow and educational practice. Join 750 educators, parents, psychologists, counsellors, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, neuroscientists and those in related professions to hear an amazing line up of world renowned pioneers speak about the connections between education and neuroscience. Be ahead of the field and part of revolutionary conversations with the potential to enhance educational practice as we know it. Registration:
Grouse MountainTeacher Open House - Pro D DayGrouse MountainGrouse Mountain invites teachers to join us on the Province-wide Professional Development Day, October 23, 2015. It's a day packed with adventure including an opportunity to meet Wildlife Ambassador Cleo, the Barn owl; an inspiring talk by Lori Bartley, Park Interpretation Specialist with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks; and a special First Nations Welcome from Squamish Elder, Willie “Kwel-A-A-Nexw” Nahanee.

The focus of the day is on creating memories featuring the importance of play and how to embed learning and create long-lasting memories. Create some of your own memories and see how we take “playing” to a higher level on Grouse Mountain.

There are two sessions. For those wishing to do the Grouse Grind (weather permitting), arrive in time to join the 9:00 Session in Lupins at the Chalet.

Registration: Email or call 604 980 9311 ext. 5591 any day between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
LATA (Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association)“Neuroscience Meets Education: Success for Struggling Students”Sir Winston Churchill School, VancouverTeacher candidates who volunteer for the conference will receive free conference enrollment. To apply as a volunteer, email

LATA invites all teachers to join noted Canadian author, Barbara Arrowsmith Young, founder of the Eaton-Arrowsmith program for Learning Disabilities as she shares an approach to education that aims to overcome LD. Workshops and presentations include: neuroscience and application to struggling students, LD and literacy, self-regulation and executive functioning, neurology/ LD for struggling French Immersions and ELL learners; and Brenda Whittam-Neary returns to lead a workshop at the request of LATA members.
Contact: Gail Bailey at or Maureen Bencze at
Learning Disabilities Association – Fraser South Chapter2015 Pro D Conference: "A Glimpse into the Reading Brain & the Challenge of Dyslexia"SurreyPresentation by Nancy Young, BA, MEd (Special Education)

Nancy Young is an experienced educator with extensive knowledge of science-based approaches to teaching reading, spelling and writing for both the general classroom and intervention programs.

Following Nancy Young's presentation, Dyslexia Simulation Exercises will be presented by Cathy McMillan, BSc, founding member of Decoding Dyslexia, BC, giving the participants insight into some of the learning challenges faced by many students.
Contact: or 604 591 5156.

Mount SeymourA Day of Professional Development for TeachersMount SeymourEarly bird prices will be honoured: $35 (reg. $50)
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Join us for our professional development workshop at Mt. Seymour this fall. You can expect a fun, engaging day with new ideas to take back to the classroom. Limited space!

Amp up your teaching with experiential education in (and near) the classroom.

Develop insights and techniques for experiential learning to amplify student understanding. Engage in indoor and outdoor activities focused on long-term memory and deep learning. The workshop will address meeting the needs of a diverse students population, achieving curriculum goals, and integrating education into the students' core.

Be prepared to go outside and use the natural world to enhance learning and re-evaluate the impact that context brings to the school experience. Bring appropriate wet weather gear and a sense of adventure. Leave with muddy knees and some new tools for your bag of tricks.

Workshop presented by Joshua Keller (MEd).
Contact: 604 986 2261 x215

Provincial Intermediate and Middle Years Teachers’ AssociationConferenceYorkson Middle School, LangleyProvincial Intermediate and Middle Years Teachers’ Association Conference will be held at Yorkson Middle School in Langley. Featuring Jeffrey Wilhelm, Diana Cruchley, and 40 other speakers presenting more than 70 workshops. Register early: Last year the conference was sold out.
THESA (Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association)Annual fall conference “Home Economics: The Heart of Education”RC Palmer Secondary, 8160 St Albans Road, RichmondKeynote and workshops featuring a variety of topics related to foods, nutrition, textiles, and family studies.Contact: Catherine Hay at or Aarthi Naidu at

University of Victoria – Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy"The Wonders of Nature Research Day"First Peoples House, UVicResearch papers: David Sobel, Antioch U New England
Michael Marker, UBC
Sean Blenkinsop, SFU
Ulrich Mueller, Viv Temple, UVic - CECRP

Opening remarks: MLA Andrew Weaver

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Vancouver School Board (VSB)A 'Seasonal Celebration of Songs and Activities' for Primary TeachersUniversity Hill Elementary, VancouverCome and experience through student demonstration and teacher participation the power of music, incorporated with movement, drama, art and language arts. This is an opportunity for classroom teachers to collect a variety of ideas to enrich seasonal celebrations in their classrooms (autumn, Hallowe’en, Remembrance Day and winter). A handout will be provided.

Please bring a recording device to record songs and literacy activities.
Contact: P. Bochun, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Learning Services at or 604 713 5206.

Vancouver School Board (VSB)Hands on Clay — Low Fire HandbuildingTupper Secondary - Room 107, VancouverExplore clay and its classroom Applications
Workshop will present
• Basic handbuilding techniques: pinch, coil, slab
• Projects ideas for all levels of experience
• Resource information
• Cross-curricular connections

This creative clay exploration in the Tupper Ceramics Studio will provide participants the opportunity to explore a variety of hand building techniques and enjoy a morning of creative clay experimentation.

No experience required. Returning participants will have an opportunity to work on new projects and develop techniques.

Optional Glaze Workshop (November 18, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.); register on-line for Hands on Clay—Low Fire Glaze Workshop

Optional Open Studio Workshop (October 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.); register on line for Hands on Clay — Open Studio
Contact: Phyllis Schwartz, Artist in Residence, at or 604 813 4563, or Peggy Bochun at

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Vancouver School Board (VSB)Arts Integration - A Hands-on Introduction to Artful Learning TBAOnly by ‘doing’ can educators fully understand the nuances of different art mediums and how each can be integrated into artful learning in the classroom. In this inspiring one-day workshop, participants will explore arts integration via hands-on experience of art mediums by creating personal projects on paper (with the theme of self and personal identity) with Arts Infusion Teaching Artist Andrea Klann.

Educators will gain confidence and insight into working with mediums such as charcoal, nib pen and ink and chalk pastel, explore cross-curricular Language Arts/Social Studies lessons (adaptable for all ages) and discover how the visual journal is an ideal tool for student (and teacher!) learning and exploration.

Supplies included – each participant will receive a mixed media visual journal.
Contact: E. Andrea Klann, Visual Artist, Writer & Teaching Artist, at / or
604 947 0891 / 604 319 2632.

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Vancouver School Board (VSB)Technical Support and Creative Application for Digital Photography Across the CurriculumTupper Secondary - TBA, VancouverGain confidence helping and working with your students with cameras in the classroom. We will go beyond the automatic settings and learn more about digital camera functions and menu options and how to successfully transfer the students’ images onto the computer. We will create a photographic project that can be adapted to your classroom unit that would encourage visual literacy, self-inquiry, and exploration of the chosen subject area. Be ready to explore photography combined with other mediums, such as collage, drawing and text. Discover ideas that can be applied across the curriculum, as well as art integrated projects from K-12 that are creative, relevant and can be produced in the classroom on limited budgets. Workshop will be supported by photographic presentations, demonstrations and hands-on experimentation. Learn how the photograph can be an excellent learning tool in the classroom for documentation, creative application, and or exploration.

Please bring:
1. A digital camera with fully charged batteries, and an empty memory card. You will have an opportunity to create photos for some projects.
2. Please also bring a few of your own photographs (4x6) to create a project with.
3. Bagged lunch
Contact: Carolyn Sullivan at or 604 780 9374; |

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