2019 Provincial Professional Development Day

Friday, October 25, 2019 is BC’s Professional Development Day.

Photo: Martin Dee / UBC Brand & Marketing

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, please get in touch.

Teacher candidates, this list will be updated as we learn of new opportunities.

Please scroll down to view the list of Pro-d Day events. The table is also searchable. Enter a keyword (e.g., music, Richmond, UBC, etc.) in the search bar to find related events.

BC Teachers of English Language Arts (BCTELA)Seeing Self in Story: Holding Space for Identity and PerspectivesSurreyKeynote speaker, David A. Robertson, is an award-winning writer who educates as well as entertains through his writings about Indigenous Peoples in Canada, reflecting their cultures, histories, and communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. Join K–12 educators to explore topics that connect to identity, story, assessment, diversity, First Peoples, and a variety of exciting possibilities in ELA 10–12, featuring Faye Brownlie, Jo Chrona, Leyton Schnellert, and more BC educators sharing their practices. Faye Brownlie will be launching the 2nd edition of her bestselling book, Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles during the social event.
BC Early Career Teachers’ Association (BCECTA)#IgniteThis mini-conference will take place on the Thursday evening before the busy PSA Day conferences. Join us for food, drinks, and networking using the popular Ignite! format. Ignite is an event where several speakers have five minutes to speak on a topic, accompanied by 20 slides which are automatically advanced every 15 seconds. It is a snapshot into various passions and ideas, and a great opportunity to network with colleagues. We hope you will join us.
BC School Counsellors’ Association (BCSCA)Realizing Resilience: Informed by Trauma, Influenced by CareRichmondJoin BCSCA for a two-day experience exploring trauma through a variety of lenses. Keynote speaker, Dr. Linda O’Neill, is a trauma specialist who works with schools to implement trauma-informed practices. Workshops
include topics such as “Addressing ACEs in your practice,” “Preventing Vicarious Trauma and Provider Burnout,” “Keys to Unleashing Resilience,” and “Trauma Informed Practice in Schools.” On Thursday, we have Corey Reid and Dr. Linda Uyeda presenting about ACE’s, connecting the study to implications for working with children. Join us for two days of important conversations and valuable learning.
BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML)Celebrating Languages Conference 2019SaanichBCATML’s 2019 Celebrating Languages Conference will be held at Claremont Secondary School on Vancouver Island. The conference will be special as it coincides with Diwali weekend. We are proud to announce the award-winning Gurpreet Bains as this year’s conference keynote! She is the Modern Languages Department Head and Punjabi teacher at L.A. Matheson Secondary School in Surrey. Gurpreet embodies her beliefs in empowering students, engaging community, and thinking critically around culture, all through Punjabi language instruction. Conference co-chairs Kindra Harte, and Stacey Sveistrup look forward to welcoming all second language teachers, both elementary and secondary, at this year’s conference!
Beaty Biodiversity MuseumEducator Open HouseUBC-Vancouver 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. Drop in at any time between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm for programming specifically for you.

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
British Columbia Culinary Arts Specialist Association (BCCASA)New and Old traditions in Local Cuisine on the WestshoreVictoriaJoin BCCASA for a culinary filled two days as we explore and learn about a wide variety of local food and fermentations on offer in Victoria, and nearby communities. Sessions will include local First Nations traditional foods, highlights of the capital region’s sustainable food system, and a spectrum of fermented and roasted brews. Come prepared to get your hands dirty on a local farm, spend time in the great outdoors connecting with Indigenous food ways, and sipping on some of the finest Island brews around!
British Columbia Primary Teachers’ Association (BCPTA)Inspiring Teachers—Primary Leadership ConferenceNanaimoKeynote: “Teaching for Heart and Mind: Cultivating Emotion in an Ocean of Thinking” with Adrienne Gear. This inspirational professional development day will include widely-acclaimed presenters and classroom teachers who will focus on integration across the curriculum related to the redesigned curriculum and the goals of the BC Primary Program.
BC Technology Education Association (BCTEA)BC Technology Education Association (BCTEA) Conference 2019BurnabyThe BCTEA is hosting its annual conference at Alpha Secondary in Burnaby this year. Join us for a full day of workshops and collaborative discussion. All Tech Ed subject areas will be covered. Back by popular demand will be
the sharing sessions from last year, giving educators’ time to quickly connect with new project ideas that meet the redesigned curriculum. In addition to all the workshops and activities will be our vendor market.
Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association (LATA)Making Connections–Supporting StudentsVancouverKeynote speaker, Katie Keier, renowned co-author of Catching Readers Before They Fall. Workshops include: Indigenous responses to challenging behaviors, Indigenous responses to learning challenges, Play is the Way, understanding ADHD, assistive technology apps, alternative and augmented communication devices, co-teaching, and many more. Our facilitators include Paul Pantaleo, Dr. Candice Murray, Dr. Marnie Ginsberg, Sarah Cohen, Julianne Harvey, and Dr. Sarah Wright-Cardinal. Lunch will be provided.
BC Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (BCTESOL)Achievement and ELL LearnersSurreyKeynote speaker, Carol Salva (@MsSalvac), is the author of Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students with Interrupted or Minimal Education. She will also be hosting a smaller, in-depth session on her keynote topic. Conference attendees will be able to select from a wide range of workshops on English Language Learning (ELL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and ESL/EAL topics. Participants may receive resources, instructional strategies, and techniques for enhancing their practice. Workshops will be led by educators, innovators, and academics from across the province. Lunch is included. Target audience K–12 ELL Teachers and homeroom/subject teachers.
British Columbia Business Educators Association (BCBEA)BizTech 2019SurreyTeaching intermediate, or high school business courses (5–12), or Career Life 10 and 12 courses? Love resources and curricular support? Then BizTech 2019 will be the place for you to get some classroom ready resources, prizes, and network connections! Conference fees (with lunch and prizes) begin at $50 for student teachers (include BCBEA membership fee), and $149 for BCTF members (include BCBEA membership). Keynote, unique sessions geared to Grade 5–12 teachers (careers animation, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, Office, etc.), 5 Minute Slams (lesson sharing), networking, and prizes, will make this conference a PSA day favourite.
Teachers’ of Home Economics Specialist Association (THESA)Teachers’ of Home Economics Specialist Association Conference ChilliwackCome to scenic Chilliwack and explore farm to table in the Fraser Valley. Enjoy workshops, exhibits, time for
reconnecting and networking, and more.
BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association (BCSSTA)Sharing Lands and Reconciling NarrativesVancouverThe BCSSTA is proud to announce Ryan McMahon as our keynote speaker this year. McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker, and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. He provides audiences with an in-depth, challenging analysis of the Indigenous experience and the reconciliation movement. Ryan inspires audiences to play their part in building a more equitable country. Workshops, exhibitors, and our famous lunch will all be included.
British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT)Math for AllSurreyBCAMT is welcoming educators of all grade levels to experience what BCAMT does best: supporting diversity in learning, instruction, and assessment. This year, we are also featuring an additional Reggio-inspired Mathematics mini-conference facilitated by Janice Novakowski. The conference begins with powerful Ignite presentations from local educators. Speakers from all over BC will then share their expertise on the fundamental shifts in our curriculum, the initiatives in mathematics learning, and the world-wide focus on equity in the classroom. Join us in learning and sharing mathematical experiences that value and reflect the diversity of British Columbians.
Specialist Association of Gifted Educators in BC (SAGEBC)Strengthening the “Core” Critical and Creative ThinkingCoquitlamJoin Lisa Van Gemert, the Gifted Guru, and SAGEBC to bring the Core Competency of Thinking Skills to life in your classroom. Participants will learn different ways to help students to think more deeply and analytically to increase student engagement. Take home a treasure trove of practical strategies to further infuse differentiation, critical thinking skills, and creativity into the classroom.
Middle Years and Provincial Intermediate Teachers Association (myPITA)Middle Years and Provincial Intermediate Teachers Association (myPITA) 2019 Fall ConferenceAbbotsfordThe annual myPITA conference provides a broad range of professional development opportunities for Grade 4–9 educators. With over 60 workshops in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, Social and Emotional Development, Art, Physical Education, Social Justice, and more, there’s something for everyone. Gary Anaka’s ever-popular sessions on brain-based learning and myPITA’s own Diana Cruchley are back, along with other seasoned myPITA presenters and many new faces as well. See you there!

Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)Classrooms to Communities: Connecting People, Place, and PlanetVancouverPlace-Based Learning is a core foundation of our curriculum in BC. Teachers and students across the province are excited to be inquiring about issues and priorities that matter most to our communities with a more ‘local lens.’ By helping educators to connect classroom and community through a focus on people, place, and planet, this professional development event hopes to inspire more promising practices and transformative learning in our schools and communities. The conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences, gatherings, community-based excursions, and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue.
British Columbia Art Teachers’ Association (BCATA)INTERWOVENVancouverINTERWOVEN: Stories, Traditions, Media, and Art. The BCATA is excited to host Robert Davidson (www.robertdavidson.ca), one of Canada’s most respected and important contemporary visual artists. A Northwest Coast native of Haida and Tlingit Descent, he is a master sculptor of totem poles and masks and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter, and jeweler. Ola Volo (www.olavolo.com) is a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism, and folklore. Ola creates winding narratives that acknowledge the subtleties of human nature while celebrating the little surprises of everyday life. Two full days of workshops, gallery tours, and artist talks. Don’t miss this one!
Association provinciale des professeurs d’immersion et du programme francophone (APPIPC)Avoir la littératie à coeurVancouverSous le thème Avoir la littératie à coeur, le congrès offrira des ateliers pour les enseignants de la maternelle à la 12e année. Il nous fera plaisir d’accueillir comme conférencier le Dr. Roy Lyster qui présentera son approche intégrée en immersion qui intègre l’enseignement de la langue aux contenus disciplinaires et thématiques. On vous y attend en grand nombre!
Dance Conference 2019 BC Dance Educators’ Association (BCDEA)MOVE YOUR BODY!VancouverWorkshops for ALL teachers and ALL levels! Contemporary Indigenous/Olivia Davies, Martha Graham Technique/ Desirée Dunbar, Contemporary and Jazz/Christie Lee Manning, Tap/Troy McLaughlin, Musical Theatre/Jennifer Bishop, Movement and Literature/Cheryl Kay, Hip Hop/ TwoFourSeven Company, and more! MOVE YOUR BODY! is a great conference to learn new movement and connect with teachers who incorporate movement into their classrooms.
British Columbia Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA)CATALYST 2019 ConferenceRichmondThis year the BCScTA Catalyst conference returns to the Lower Mainland. The theme, CONVERGENCE: Bringing Perspectives Together, explores the common ground in School Science, Indigenous Knowledge, and Contemporary Science. Our conference keynote, Jo Chrona, will highlight the opportunities to understand the common benefit that is realized when learning involves both traditional views of Science, as well as Aboriginal Perspectives. The theme will be further explored in several workshops appropriate for all grade levels.
Aboriginal Education Association (AEA)Moving Forward TogetherFort LangleyKeynote speakers: Carey Newman, creator of the Witness Blanket, and Charlene Bearhead, Educational Lead for Moose Hide Campaign. Engage your mind and heart when you join us for our popular annual conference in Fort Langley. Discover effective ways to embed authentic Aboriginal Education in your K–12 classrooms. Learn how to take action towards reconciliation and engage your class/school in social justice initiatives such as Jordan’s Principle, Orange Shirt Day, Have a Heart Day, Moose Hide Campaign, Red Dress Project, and Justice for Indigenous Women (J4IW). Many workshops include hands-on activities and take- aways.
BC Music Educators’ Association (BCMEA)BC Music Educators’ Association (BCMEA) 2019 ConferenceRichmondThe BCMEA conference is the annual professional development opportunity of the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association. We endeavor 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.
Computer-Using Educators of BC (CUEBC)CUEBC 2019CoquitlamComputer-Using Educators of BC (CUEBC) are proud to present British Columbia’s longest-running educational technology professional development experience. For over 35 years, CUEBC has offered opportunities for all K–12 teachers to explore the changing world of technology within their classrooms. In 2019 we are focusing on the role of technology in the delivery of British Columbia’s revised curriculum. How can technology benefit your practice, improve learning outcomes for your students, and increase your ability to communicate student learning? Workshops include Office 365, Google Apps, Microbits, Spheros, Online Apps, AR/VR and many more!
Association of BC Drama Educators (ABCDE)Breaking ThroughVancouverABCDE is excited to be offering their conference “Breaking Through” once again in Vancouver at the SFU Contemporary Arts Campus. We will be offering workshops in Drama K–12, Theatre Production, and Film.
British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association (BCTLA)Dewey to DiversitySurreyThis year’s BCTLA conference “Dewey to Diversity” will look a little different. More interaction, more take-aways, more connections! After our own Dominique Sullivan gives the keynote, we will break into facilitated discussion groups, featuring current topics like ‘Digital Literacy,’ ‘Inquiry, STEAM, and more. After lunch there will be workshops on topics such as ‘The Deep Dark Web,’ ‘Collection Curation,’ ‘Diversity in Graphic Novels,’ and ‘Heritage Fairs.’ These will all include a hands-on component to take back and put into use. There will also be specialized sessions for new teacher-librarians. Please come and join us for an interactive experience.
Physical Health Education BC (PHEBC)2019 Physical and Health Education ConferenceNew WestminsterPHEBC and Douglas College have partnered for the past 15 years to organize the Physical and Health Education conference. This year the conference will provide a wide variety of sessions that will engage both the general and specialist teacher. Sessions will include Physical Education (active, assessment, and coaching), and Health (physical,
mental, and sexual) sessions. Come be active, engaged, and connect with like-minded educators. PHEBC will be hosting their AGM during lunch, and are looking for volunteers to become regional contacts and take on different roles within the PSA.
Dalai Lama Center for Peace and EducationHeart-Mind 2019 Conference: The Art and Science of CalmVancouverJoin us for "The Art and Science of Calm" featuring the latest science and practices related to cultivating calm and balance in our lives – at home, school, and in our community. In this one-day experiential conference, presenters will discuss evidence-informed ways to support children and youth in a fast-paced world, and share practical strategies that fit into our daily routines to reduce stress and promote well-being. Participants will experience the calming effects of mindfulness, nature, music, Indigenous knowledge, human connection, interactive experiences, and more, while connecting with like-minded and like-hearted people. Learn, laugh, and be calm! Student tickets are available for $149 (+ taxes and fees). To receive the discount, students may email info@dalailamacenter.org with a copy of their student ID and current registration, and we will provide them with a discount code.
Vancouver AquariumEducator Professional
Development Day
VancouverDuring our teacher professional development day, our team of trained program coordinators will share their ideas and thoughts about the education, research, and conservation programs that are happening both at the Vancouver Aquarium and around the world. We hope you engage with our staff and leave with the tools to promote immersive, active, and exploratory experiences that encourage students to think about marine science and conservation in a new way.
Historic Joy Kogawa HouseJoy Kogawa: From Page to ScreenVancouverPlease join us at Historic Joy Kogawa House for this teacher professional development workshop. Be the first to experience a new website with classroom readings and activities presented in videos featuring author and social activist Joy Kogawa. This workshop takes place in her childhood home, the newly restored Historic Joy Kogawa House. Learn strategies to: introduce students to age-appropriate activities that encourage a discussion of the internment of Japanese Canadians, promote awareness and understanding of the diversity that exists within our society, and support the achievement of social justice for all peoples and groups. During our teacher professional development day workshop, our team of trained program coordinators will share new interviews and animated videos about the writing and life work of author Joy Kogawa. Discover effective ways to embed authentic social justice education into your K–12 class-room. Many hands-on activities and takeaways. Registration deadline: Friday, October 18. Fee required: $25. Maximum enrolment: 25. To register, email info@kogawahouse.com.
Grouse MountainTeacher Open HouseNorth VancouverExplore Grouse Mountain's Education Programs at the 2019 Teacher Open House! Learn how outdoor education field trips at Grouse Mountain can support your teaching objectives for the 2019/20 school year. Experience the field trip activities, meet the education team, and get a feel for how the programs can best support your lessons and planning. This event is open to all teachers, education assistants, student teachers, educators, and school district staff with valid ID. Mountain admission is complimentary with registration. Register now to reserve your spot!
UME AcademyGaming Ethnography and the rise of ESportsRichmondIn partnership with Canada’s first e-sports complex, The Gaming Stadium, UME Academy invites you to immerse yourself in the gamified culture of your students. Learn how video games are made with a hands-on workshop in Unity3D. UME Instructors have been teaching kids as young as 6 how to build games, you can learn too! Get a crash course in gaming culture from the pros at The Gaming Stadium and learn about trending games like Fortnite and CSGO.
Vancouver School Board ProDPE Workshops for Elementary TeachersVancouverFeel free to attend one or both sessions – many activities work great with a lot of age groups, so there is overlap between the two sessions. All activities contribute to the development of student physical literacy and support implementation of the new curriculum. Session 1: Refresh your PE – K to Grade 3. Session 2: PE Beyond Dodgeball!– Grades 4-7
Volleyball BC (VBC)Smashball & VolleyballBurnabyThis two-part workshop will support teachers and coaches to deliver high-quality volleyball programs for athletes of all ages. In the morning we will introduce Smashball, Volleyball BC & Volleyball Canada's new grassroots model for ages 5 to 11. This will include discussion about the modern coaching methods Smashball is built around, and plenty of time on-court to experience the exciting, face-paced game of Smashball. The afternoon will focus on coaching older athletes, including ways to apply many of the same concepts used in Smashball to improve both PE and extracurricular programs. Clinics will be lead by Volleyball BC Regional Manager Fraser McIntosh. Fraser has experience working with athletes from the earliest stages through to the international level, and has played a key role in developing the Smashball model in Canada.