Friday, October 22, 2021 is BC’s Professional Development Day for teachers.
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. A list of PD activities will be shared here. The list will be updated as we learn of new opportunities.
If you are hosting a professional development activity, program, or event, please email email@example.com with your details.
|BC Montessori Teachers PSA (BCMTPSA)||Montessori 150 and Beyond||Virtual||Retaining Montessori in the digital age by connecting through our hearts, hands and minds. For more information and to register visit www.psaday.ca.
Keynote speaker, Micahel Duffy, will discuss Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students. He will also host a workshop about Montessori math and brain development. Randall Klein will share his presentation about Early Reading Mastery. BC public school Montessori teachers will host workshops about Classroom Organization, Parent Education, Sharing Montessori Online Resources, and a Discussion Group for New Montessori teachers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|British Columbia Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA)||Catalyst 2020 Conference||Virtual||Join the BCScTA on October 23 for Catalyst 2020. We are going online, and joining forces with the BCTF and other specialist associations to bring you a selection of general sessions as well as workshops targeted at science specialist. We have reached out to our partners to bring you high-quality, engaging workshops. These include offerings from Science World, Genome BC, Nelson Publishers, Flinn Scientific, BC Association of Physics Teachers, Perimeter Institute, Let’s Talk Science, Argument Driven Inquiry, an Independent Archaeologist, and BC Agriculture in the Classroom. If you have never attended Catalyst before, this is your chance to attend without even leaving home.|
|Crosscurrents Teachers of Inclusive Education British Columbia (TIEBC)||Crosscurrents Online||Virtual||Although our conference is usually held in February, we have decided to present an online version of Crosscurrents on the Provincial Pro-D day in October. While we will miss the face-to-face interactions with people who are passionate about inclusive education, we are excited to offer the chance to learn from a fantastic line-up of high-quality speakers, including our Keynote speaker, Kim Barthel. With a focus on trauma-informed practice and self-care, other speakers include Terry Small, Christa Campsall, Linda O’Neill, Suzanne Harwood, and more!|
|Middle Years and Provincial Intermediate Teachers Association (myPITA)||2020 Fall Conference||Virtual||Over 60 workshops in all subject areas for educators teaching Grades 4-9. Featuring Carole Fullerton and myPITA favourites such as Diana Cruchley, Scott Hodges, Liliana Pesce, and Bryan Gidinski, as well as brand new presenters and sessions. Attend virtually anywhere!|
|Specialist Association of Gifted Educators in BC (SAGEBC)||A Meaningful Mess: Designing Meaningful Experiences for Today's Learners||Virtual||This is a mess, but it's our job to make it meaningful. In this learning experience, Andi McNair will share why it's important right now that we look beyond our current circumstances and find innovative solutions. We will explore practical ways to inspire a willingness to invest, provide opportunities to learn, and encourage meaningful connections beyond the walls of the classroom as we design experiences for our learners. Educators will walk away from this learning experience with the tools and mindset needed to make this a reality in both a manageable and meaningful way.|
|Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association Conference (THESA)||World as Home||Virtual||Join us as we connect virtually in our 2020 THESA conference World As Home this October. Our Keynote speaker Tisha Richmond, a long-time home economics/family studies teacher and author of the book Make Learning MAGICAL, will bring us together in the morning and a.m. and p.m. sessions will engage us in hands-on and pedagogical experiences sure to enhance your practice. The sessions being offered will focus on food studies, textiles, and family studies–all levels are welcome!|
|Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)||Classrooms to Communities: Lhtakoh–Where People, Place and Practice Flow Together||Virtual||Join educators from Prince George and across BC to share and celebrate inspiring approaches to place-based experiential education, and inquire about issues and priorities that matter most to our schools and communities. Explore community-connected, transformative and action-orientated approaches to teaching for and about people, place and practicegrounded in the BC curriculum. This year’s theme flows from the ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh (people from the confluence of the rivers), honoring their culture, language, and history. The featured morning panel profiles the Koh-Learning in our Watersheds Program, a School District 91 and UNBC collaboration.|
|Culinary Arts Education Online British Columbia Culinary Arts Specialist Association (BCCASA)||Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting||Virtual||The BCCASA annual conference and Annual General Meeting is open to all educators who are interested in the teaching of culinary arts, specifically during these challenging times. Join us for collaboration, demonstrations, and more.|
|Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association (LATA)||Virtual LATA Conference 2020||Virtual||LATA will be offering a virtual conference with a keynote by Dr. Paula Kluth. Dr. Kluth, “will explore how to move inclusive practices and ideology forward in our current climate, and present themes and strategies that might be helpful in doing so. Topics that will be addressed include understanding inclusion as a process (vs. as a place), planning creatively, and focusing on self-determination as a goal." The conference will offer morning, afternoon, and all-day workshops available on a diverse array of topics including: co-teaching, inclusion strategies, literacy, assessment, ELL, communication, educating the underdiagnosed, UDL, and much more.|
|BC Educators for Distributed Learning (BCEDLPSA)||BC Blended Digital Ed Conference 2020||Virtual||A truly inclusive event–this one-day professional development opportunity will have something for everyone in K–12 BC education: from the new and experimenting, to the full-time and confident users. Technology in the education realm has completely changed the experiences of both educators and students–it is now both our everyday normal, as well as the most powerful new tool on the planet. Educators will come together on the October 23, 2020 PSA day, online, to share their experiences, tools, tricks, tips, and strategies on utilizing and implementing technology into our practice, classrooms, and schools.|
|BC Dance Educators’ Association (BCDEA)||Move Your Body: A Virtual Conference||Virtual||Annual BCDEA conference for all Dance Educators in BC. Come learn about the best movement practices for your dance classes and classrooms. This year, the BCDEA conference is virtual and is held on Zoom. Our workshops include: Teaching hip hop fundamentals, freestyling techniques and strategies, contemporary with a theme of optimism, components of building mental resilience in youth, video editing, the A.R.T of learning, using breakdancing to teach cross-curricular work, creating vived story lines in dance, and racism in the dance world: historical contect for the current climate.|
|Anti-Oppression Educators Collective (AOEC)||Tools for Antiracist Educators: Confronting Antiblackness in School Communities||Virtual||AOEC presents the second annual BC BIPOC Educators Conference titled Tools for Antiracist Educators: Confronting Antiblackness in Schools Communities. This virtual conference is for social justice educators who care about making Black lives matter in our schools, unions, and communities. This year’s keynote speaker is the multi-talented Ruby Smith-Diaz. She is the founder of Tierra Negra Arts an arts-based facilitation business with a mission to deliver workshops that foster inclusion and social justice in communities. Ruby is the curriculum developer and facilitator for an arts-based workshop titled Stille Here: Black Histories and Futures in Canada.|
|British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT)||Transformations||Virtual||The BCAMT conference begins with a keynote presented by the amazing Mike Pruner with a focus on ways teachers can transform experiences for themselves and their students. The K–12 conference lineup includes prominent experts from across Canada and presentations that are as diverse as our communities and classrooms. Interact with speakers on topics aimed to create equitable and inclusive classrooms: anti-racist mathematics, the interaction of Indigenous and “Western” knowledge systems, Culturally Responsive Mathematics, and Indigenous perspectives. Expand your classroom experiences by joining speakers presenting topics on Desmos, assessment beyond the test, the foundations of fractions, Reggio-inspired Math, using visuals, remote learning, and much more.|
|BC Teachers of English Language Arts (BCTELA)||Engage to Empower: Honouring Students as Creators, Thinkers, and Communicators||Virtual||Join us for a wonderful K–12 conference! Keynote Kelly Gallagher is a renowned teacher and writer with deep insight on the reading and writing habits of students. Plus educators from across BC—including Faye Brownlie, Jo Chrona, Shelley Moore, and Leyton Schnellert—will share their teaching practice and energize your thinking about assessment, literacy, Reconciliation, identity, the classics, and more!|
|BC Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (BCTESOL)||Conference 2020||Virtual||Keynote Dr. Kinsella is an emeritus teacher educator from San Francisco State University where she addresses English as a Second Language research and instruction. Dr. Kinsella offers evidence-based yet tangible guidance for educators across grade levels and subject areas in using consistent, proven practices to help students make academic English strides. Using expert modeling, classroom-tested resources and compelling lesson footage, she shares scholarly interaction protocols that enable all students to actualize personal and academic goals. Keynote: Say it Like a Scholar! Techniques and Tools to Flex Academic Language Muscles, plus a follow-up session titled Providing Actionable Feedback to Advance Oral Language Proficiency are offered.|
|BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML)||Celebrating Languages Without Borders 2020||Virtual||BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML) and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) proudly host a two-day online conference bringing educators and speakers from coast to coast to coast; and beyond! Join us as we Celebrate Languages Without Borders presented live from different parts of Canada, the US, and across the pond. Katy Arnet and Kaleb Child (Musgamdzi) will open each day as conference keynotes. We also have six amazing speakers: Martina Bex, Luisa Canuto, Denis Cousineau, Angelica Galante, Catherine Ousselin, and Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez de France, as well as over 130 sessions for French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, ELL, Indigenous Languages, and incredible cultural performances! There is something for everyone.|
|Aboriginal Education Association (AEA)||Confronting Racism||Virtual||Keynote speakers Dr. Sheelah McLean Indigenous Perspectives in Higher Education and Dr. Shauneen Pete Indigenous Resurgence in Education. Also featuring: Two Worlds Colliding, www.nfb.ca/film/two_worlds_colliding/ a Tasha Hubbard film, storytelling by an Indigenous Elder, and examining authentic Indigenous resources, including Charlene and Wilson Bearhead’s new series of children’s’ books, Siha Tooskin Knows.|
|Computer-Using Educators of BC (CUEBC)||CUEBC 2020||Virtual||CUEBC is proud to present CUEBC 2020. Chris Kennedy will be our opening keynote, followed by a wide variety of sessions that will help you in your daily practice. From the Microsoft Office Suite to Google Classroom as well as Coding and Robotics, CUEBC is something for all Computer Using Educators. Randomly drawn prizes will be mailed to winners.|
|BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association (BCSSTA)||Exploration: Redefining Humanity’s Relationship with Planet Earth||Virtual||From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. In her remarkable presentations, Jill encourages audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears, while applying her practical experience when it comes to lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies. Our conference theme and keynote are informed by geography. There are also a variety of geography related workshops as well as other diverse disciplinary workshops.|
|Beaty Biodiversity Museum||Educators' Open House||Virtual and On Site||Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for an online 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 for in person and virtual field trips. 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. We are running online tours of the museum designed just for teachers, designed to complement our online resources.
If you would like to visit the museum in person, please visit our In-person Open House page for more information. In-person registration is limited, so sign up soon!
Pacific Museum of the Earth will be joining the Beaty Museum at their open house.
|Douglas College Sports Institute and Physical Education British Columbia (PHEBC)||2020 ONLINE Physical Education Conference “Adapting to our New Reality”||Virtual||We are once again excited to be playing host to the 34th Annual PE-BC Physical Education Conference at Douglas College. This year’s conference will look different than past years with live workshops being available online. Our goal is still the same: To grow physical education in this province, while providing a quality PE conference each year for primary and secondary PE teachers across the province. We once again have a great lineup of presenters, and hope you will be able to join us (virtually) on October 23.|
|Association of British Columbia Drama Educators||ABCDE PSA Day 2020|
"The Pillars of Drama"
|Association provinciale des professeurs de l’immersion et du programme francophone (APPIPC)||Congrès APPIPC 2020||Virtual|
|BC Art Teachers' Association||Visions 2020: Think Tank||Virtual||Join us for a dynamic collaborative event to refill your tank. Connect with fellow art teachers ad receive valuable takeaways from presenters.|
|BC Business Ed Association (BCBEA)||BCBEA PSA Day 2020||Virtual|
|BC Co-operative Learning Association (BCCLA)||Enhancing Student Engagement and Safety in 2020||Virtual|
|BC Music Educators’ Association (BCMEA)||BCMEA Conference 2020||Virtual|
|BC Primary Teachers’ Association (BCPTA)||2020 BCPTA Conference||Virtual||Keynote by Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl
"Promoting the well-being and social and emotional competence of children and educators through social and emotional learning"
|BC School Counsellors’ Association (BCSCA)||2020 BCSCA Conference||Virtual||Keynote - Timothy Caulfield|
|BC Teacher-Librarians’ Association (BCTLA)||2020 BCTLA Conference|
"Think Beyond the Book"
|BC Technology Education Association (BCTEA)||2020 BCTEA Conference||Virtual|
|Langley Schools||Connecting the Pieces: |
Pre-K & Kindergarten Conference
|Virtual||Connecting the Pieces: Pre-K and Kindergarten Conference is our annual conference dedicated to professional development for kindergarten teachers and early childhood educators.
Our workshop line-up includes local and internationally recognized experts selected to share their innovative and practical ideas for working with young learners.
|Langley Schools||Competency Based Assessment in Secondary Classrooms||Virtual||In an educational world that is brimming with uncertainty and change, it is hard to know where to focus our attention. We feel pulled in many directions and sorting through the noise sometimes feels impossible. When we think about assessment, it is hard to imagine a paradigm where it could actually be at center of the clarity we are searching for…but it can! JoinKatie White as she explores ways teams can work together to investigate the connection between assessment, curricular competencies, and the decisions we make every day in our classrooms. We are looking for school teams to participate – teams would be based at their home schools and working with Katie virtually. Langley teams will have opportunities to work with Katie on an ongoing basis this school year. All participants are required to register individually here. This event is open to out of district attendees as well. Primarily focussed on secondary teachers, but open to all educators.|
|Ocean Wise Education||Pro-D Day workshop||VIrtual||Connect live and explore ways to engage your students online. Whether you are teaching online, distributed, hybrid or in the classroom this virtual workshop will connect you to resources and tools to enhance your online presence and bring ocean education to your students. Suitable for K-12 teachers of all disciplines.|
|Museum of Vancouver||Pro-D Day workshop||Virtual||Join MOV Education staff and K-12 teachers for a meaningful and exciting day of learning in supporting educators address the Personal and Social Competency of the B.C. Ministry of Education curriculum. Focus will be on equity, diversity, and inclusivity while teaching and learning in a dynamic multicultural environment. Discussion on unconscious biases, perceptions, and assumptions will also be explored.
Learn more about the historical and contemporary experiences of Chinese immigrants by joining a private virtual tour of the temporary exhibition A Seat at the Table, the inaugural project of the newly formed Chinese Canadian Museum Society of British Columbia at the Hon Hsing building in Chinatown.
Explore and exchange ideas with fellow teachers in small breakout groups to enrich perspectives and deepen discourse with discussion questions. Guest lecturer Dr. Latika Raisinghani (University of Regina), will share a research-based framework on (trans-multi)culturally responsive education, which strives to promote socially-just, inclusive, and responsive educational experiences for diverse students and build an empowering school culture.