2019 Teacher Candidate Professional Development Conference: Designing for Learning

Welcome to the 5th annual professional development conference for teacher candidates.

The Teacher Candidate Professional Development Conference is an annual day-long conference. One day is dedicated to the Bachelor of Education secondary program and one full day is dedicated to Bachelor of Education Elementary & Middle Years. The speakers, professional development workshops, and school district human resources panel discussion have been selected to support your journey as an early career teacher.

Participant Info

Attendance is mandatory as this conference is a part of EDUC 315. There are no school visits during this week.

Conference schedule will be available in mid-November. Registration will be in Canvas. You will need to register for two workshop sessions.

Conference Details

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 (Secondary)
Thursday, December 5, 2019 (Elementary & Middle Years)
8:30 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Various Locations at UBC

For inquiries, please contact TEO Director Claire Rushton.

 

Shape of the Day | Secondary
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Start Time End Time Details
8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Make a Future - Careers in Education presentation: Everything you need to know to get a teaching job after graduation
9:00 a.m. 9:50 a.m. Rebeca Rubio: Planning with purpose in the secondary classroom
10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Workshops - Session 1
11:15 a.m. 12:45 p.m. Workshops - Session 2
12:45 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Panel discussion by school district human resources personnel:

• Adrian Keough, Director of Instruction - Educational Programs, School District No. 39 (Vancouver School Board)
• Michelle Guillou, Director, Human Resources, School District No. 35 (Langley)
• Pete Nuij, District Principal, Human Resources, School District No. 36 (Surrey)
• Diego Testa, District Principal, Human Resources, School District No. 33 (Chilliwack)

Shape of the Day | Elementary & Middle Years
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Start Time End Time Details
8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Make a Future - Careers in Education presentation: Everything you need to know to get a teaching job after graduation
9:00 a.m. 9:50 a.m. Janice Novakowski (SD 38 - Richmond): Connecting the Dots across the Curriculum: Stories from Classrooms Enacting the BC Curriculum
10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Workshops - Session 1
11:15 a.m. 12:45 p.m. Workshops - Session 2
12:45 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Panel discussion by school district human resources personnel:

• Adrian Keough, Director of Instruction - Educational Programs, School District No. 39 (Vancouver School Board)
• Michelle Guillou, Director, Human Resources, School District No. 35 (Langley)
• Pete Nuij, District Principal, Human Resources, School District No. 36 (Surrey)
• Diego Testa, District Principal, Human Resources, School District No. 33 (Chilliwack)

Workshops

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Secondary Workshops – Session 1

Workshops Presenters
Learning from the land - incorporating place based learning into the classroom
This workshop will explore how you can incorporate traditional perspectives into your science curriculum. In this session, we will share our experiences from running land-based camps and day camps in rural and Indigenous communities. This session will be presented by two instructors who have spent the last two months in remote BC communities teaching primarily Indigenous students. You will leave this session with activity ideas and inspiration. This session connects to the social studies curriculum, science curriculum, and applied design, skills, and technologies curriculum.
Soundous Ettayebi & Swati Shelly
Fantastic Field Trips
Field trips are a great way to learn outside of the classroom – but what do you need to know to plan and prepare for a successful experience? Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Education Team in exploring the amazing opportunities and potential of informal learning spaces. This session takes place in the museum, providing participants first-hand experience on how to combine our permanent exhibits and museum specimens into a unique learning opportunity.
Jackie Chambers
Building Better Humans- Engineering Healthy Emotional Attachments
How do you build a healthier, happier, purposeful human? Socio-emotional objectives are not taught, they are the product of actual everyday experiences. Experiences and emotions shape who we are. In the most literal sense, they influence brain development and set the neural template for how all future experiences are processed. Learning is an emotionally charged experience. For some, it nurtures bravery, resiliency and joy. For others, it will be anxiety, shame and self-doubt. Basic neuroscience and practical applications will help teachers set and assess intentions that nurture attachments to bravery, resiliency, best effort thinking, healthy relationships and even happiness.
Bill Adair & Shelley Adair
Sexual Health Education Made Easy
This workshop will offer an opportunity for teacher candidates to access resources when developing their own sexual health education lessons. A comprehensive sexual health lesson with inclusive and sex positive language will be demonstrated. Participants will have an opportunity to practice answering anonymous questions and gain valuable feedback on fun and interactive ways to teach sex ed. Questions and concerns will be addressed throughout the workshop in order to provide support for all participants.
Renee Gregerson
How to Have a Successful Practicum
It is not uncommon for TCs to feel frustrated, discouraged, disheartened, and stressed during the practicum. Teaching candidates are under pressure to perform, and often the pressure comes from a variety sources, and sometimes it is self-imposed. This workshop offers practical advice and strategies to successfully meet the challenges inherent in the practicum.
Remigio Vicente
Standards-Based Grading in English
Standards-based grading refers to systems of instruction, assessment, and reporting that are based on students demonstrating understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of standards-based grading, as well as providing insights into a pilot project that is using standards-based grading in an English Language Arts 8 course.
Gail Robinson & Taryn Beukema
Ask an English Teacher and the New Curriculum
When we began our journey as English teachers, despite being well-prepared by UBC's teacher education program, we were filled with many questions - how do we get hired? Public or private education? What is it like to have my own classes? What does the curriculum look like in practice at different schools? Do we ever get to sleep? etc. - and we wanted to give this year's teacher candidates the opportunity to ask us about our journeys after we left UBC as well as how we are handling and working within the framework of the new curriculum.
Braden O'Donnell & Taryn Beukema
A Space to Thrive: Enhancing Access to Education for Teenage Girls Who Live in Poverty and Experience Violence
Justice for Girls staff and interns (young women with experiential knowledge) will co-lead a discussion on the lived realities and educational barriers impacting teenage girls, ages 12 – 18, who are marginalized by poverty and male violence. Included in the discourse will be recommendations for enhancing educators’ practice in the classroom and for effecting broader systemic change.
Tracey Macintosh & Sadea Johnson
Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum
How do we know something in science? Literacy is a necessary skill to parse the information around us. Participants will explore scientific literacy by analyzing how technology and media can colour our understanding of the world. We'll use different tools to create more accurate sources of information through coding. Bring a laptop or tablet.
Science World
Interdisciplinary Approach and Holistic Perspective in Curriculum Planning
In this presentation, artist, art educator and researcher Parvin Peivandi draws from her own international experience of teaching and learning methodologies and talks about the importance of designing contemporary curricula based on interdisciplinary education and holistic learning. Interdisciplinary research brings different disciplines together and creates a ground for critical and analytical thinking. Holistic perspective is concerned with the development of every person's intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. Peivandi concludes that regardless of diversity of teaching subjects, educators have responsibility to design their curricula based on interdisciplinary approach and holistic perspectives to help their students achieve transferable skills while develop care, respect, personal and collective growth and responsibility in universe.
Paarvin Peyvandi
All You Need to Teach BC Career Education in Grades 8-12!
This workshop will provide an overview of the BC Career Education 8 -12 curriculum. We will share our current scope and sequence that was developed with all stakeholders in mind. Using learning platforms such as Google Classroom and MyBlueprint, we will explore how the Career Education curriculum is delivered. You will be equipped with strategies for navigating these courses if they land on your timetable.
Stephanie Jensen, Courtney Bates & Bianca Ferrajoh, teachers at Rockridge Secondary School
Cultivating Your Teacher Presence
Description TBA
Harman Biln
Building Relationships with Parents and the School Community
This workshop will focus on (1) communicating effectively with parents and (2) making connections with members of your school community (aside from your SA) to enhance your teaching experience during practicum. We will take a closer look at techniques on communicating with parents and how you can work together to support student learning. You will also learn who you can turn to (and for what) for support and building connections within your school.
Vincent Chan

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Secondary Workshops – Session 2

Workshops Presenters
Engineering Your Classroom
Engineers innovate by applying their knowledge, skills, and creativity to improve our world. Engineering is about applying science to everyday life - connecting theories and practice. In this workshop, you will explore engineering by designing hands-on engineering activities that will best suit your classrooms. Join us in learning and applying engineering principles, including the engineering design cycle, and activities to help create the connection between science and society and leave with activity ideas and inspiration. This session connects to the science curriculum and the applied design, skills, and technologies curriculum.
Jenny Zhu & Jacqui Nash
Digital and Scientific Literacy
Have you noticed social media stories that feature purposeful graphics and videos with live subtitles? Have you wondered how these tools can transform the way we tell stories and document learning in the classroom? Harness the power of your own creative thinking with an introduction to #everyonecancreate and Apple Teacher resources. Participants will be treated to a hands-on session with Apple Clips with Joe Tong (@teachertong), an adjunct teaching professor and Apple Distinguished Educator. Participants are required to update their devices to the latest iOS version and download Apple Clips before attending the session!
Joe Tong
Inclusive Classroom Design – Supporting ELLs
How does a teacher plan and instruct so that all learners continue to move along their individual learning continuum? This interactive session, for K-12 teachers, offers some background knowledge and concrete strategies that help your ELLs (and all students) access the content. This workshop will give participants an understanding of ELL in the metro Vancouver context. The presenters Ann, Hieu, and Maria bring a breadth of experience working with K-12 students. Currently in their roles as district ELL coordinators they are passionate about equitable and inclusive learning for all students.
Maria Yioldassis, Ann Hunter & Hieu Pham-Fraser
Shift Happens: Connecting your Teaching Practice to Place and Community
How can my planning and practice inspire learning that is more connected to community, place and inquiry? Join this engaging, interactive workshop with educators from Metro Vancouver and local school districts to explore this and other key questions through unique strategies that make learning more real, relevant and action-oriented. Discover personal and local connections to place-based topics across our region related to sustainability, interconnectedness, and systems thinking within many secondary curricular areas. Delve into a variety of engaging resources to promote place-based, community-connected learning in your classroom.
Bruce Ford & Colin Mayer
Selecting and Evaluating Learning Materials for Secondary Schools
Join Education librarians to explore themes of authenticity, bias, diversity, ownership, and developmental needs when selecting books and other learning materials for secondary students. In this hands-on workshop, teacher candidates will learn about relevant policies and evaluation tools, and apply them to the selection of materials for high school classroom.
Emily Fornwald
Out in Schools presents: Two Spirit Understandings of Gender and Sexuality
Join the experienced educators from the award-winning Out in Schools program as they take you through a sample workshop focusing on two spirit and Indigenous understandings of gender and sexuality. This organization captivates students across BC using film and video to facilitate group discussion on issues of homophobia, transphobia and bullying in the promotion of safe and inclusive learning environments. Out In Schools has reached more than 100,000 BC youth since 2004, bringing queer film and transformative discussion to 51 of BC’s 60 school districts with a goal to have reached all 60 districts by the end of 2019.
Gavin Somers & Keara Lightning
Work-Life Balance
As a teacher candidate and future teaching professional, you likely have multiple roles and responsibilities – perhaps as a student, employee, partner, parent, or other external pressures. Each of these roles entail different and often competing responsibilities and commitments. How these responsibilities align with your personal priorities and relatedly, how you allocate your time accordingly, can contribute to your sense of work/school-life balance. Have you been thinking about how your academic responsibilities and practica align with your personal priorities and how you choose to spend your time? This session will allow you to reflect on these tensions and how they contribute to your sense of work/school-life balance. In this session, you will learn effective time management strategies that can be personalized to fit your values, priorities, and lifestyle in order to reduce stress and achieve success.
Levonne Abshire
Surviving your First Year of Teaching
This workshop is facilitated by mentoring coordinators from a variety of lower mainland districts. You will leave this session with:
• A better understanding of what your first year of teaching might be like
• A clear understanding of the supports you can access in your first year
• An understanding of how to find GREAT resources
• Answers to any lingering questions you might have
Tamara Sengotta and others
Harkness in English
In a Harkness classroom, 12-18 students meet with their teacher around an oval table. The students are expected to come to every class prepared to lead the discussion, while the teacher acts as a facilitator, listening actively to students’ contributions and ensuring that the discussion is on-topic, inclusive and rigorous. It is an approach to education that addresses the development of both curricular and core competencies. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with an overview of how re-designing learning spaces and intentionally practicing student-centred teaching and learning strategies can greatly improve student engagement and learning outcomes. Participants will also participate in a Harkness discussion, and a question and answer session.
Gail Robinson & Marc Foley
Writing to Think
Students are often programmed to believe that writing is an end-product, the primary way through which they demonstrate their learning. The following “writing to think” strategies encourage a rethinking of our students’ relationships to/with writing because of its usefulness in processes of critical thinking, and to inquiry-based and discussion-based learning. Giving students independent time to write allows them to explore their observations, ideas, and questions through writing before being expected to discuss them in detail with their peers.
Braden O'Donnell & Taryn Beukema
MATH + BOOKS = 2 4 1
Come explore my vast collection of favorite books that inspire my Math teaching and my students’ math learning! There are books for all ages and all kinds of interests. Throughout the session, there will be time for browsing and sharing our discoveries: a passage, quote, illustration, story line that moves us or piques our curiosity! There will be fun activities that get us laughing, talking, and thinking about how we might use books (movies, songs, etc) to disrupt stereotypes and expand what counts as math, and math texts. Indeed, BYOB to this PARTY, (Bring Your Own BOOK that is)!
Ann Anderson
Exploring Assessment For, As, and Of Learning
Learn about integrating the applications and practicalities of the various forms of cross-curricular assessment with respect to teaching secondary students.
Norma Jamieson
Digital and Scientific Literacy
How do we know something in science? Literacy is a necessary skill to parse the information around us. Participants will explore scientific literacy by analyzing how technology and media can colour our understanding of the world. We'll use different tools to create more accurate sources of information through coding.
Science World
The Dynamics of Assessing Student-made Media Projects - A film production case scenario
Why assess students? When do you start planning your assessment procedures? What types of assessments do you select? How can assessment strategies help students take ownership of their learning? Can assessment be fun?In this workshop, you will explore ways to facilitate student involvement in the learning experience by using the assessment for learning approach, which supports the competency-driven assessment framework of the B.C. curriculum. In this workshop, you will explore ways to facilitate student involvement in the learning experience by using the assessment for learning approach, which supports the competency-driven assessment framework of the BC curriculum.
Chantal Drolet

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Elementary & Middle Years Workshops – Session 1

Workshops Presenters
Building Better Humans- Engineering Healthy Emotional Attachments
How do you build a healthier, happier, purposeful human? Socio-emotional objectives are not taught, they are the product of actual everyday experiences. Experiences and emotions shape who we are. In the most literal sense, they influence brain development and set the neural template for how all future experiences are processed. Learning is an emotionally charged experience. For some, it nurtures bravery, resiliency and joy. For others, it will be anxiety, shame and self-doubt. Basic neuroscience and practical applications will help teachers set and assess intentions that nurture attachments to bravery, resiliency, best effort thinking, healthy relationships and even happiness.
Bill Adair & Shelley Adair
Learning Assistance Teachers as Support for/to Students and Teachers
Learning assistance teachers have a variety of titles, roles and responsibilities across the province. The primary function of this role is to support teachers in meeting the needs of the diverse learners in our classrooms. Some of the children who are directly supported by the Learning Assistance Teacher have specific designations and/or a particular diagnosis, but other children require indirect support through collaborative planning (e.g., Reading Recovery) and/or alternate program implementation. In some districts/schools, the Learning Assistance Teacher role is paired with the role of English Language Learner (ELL) teacher; however, this is not the case in all schools or districts. Meet with the Vice-President of the Learning Assistance Teachers' Association (LATA), a Provincial Specialist Association (PSA) of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) to discuss your questions regarding this role in our schools.
Danielle Neer
FUNdamental Movement Skills For All
This session will be a fun way to learn how to teach and support our students understanding of fundamental movement skills. Offering inclusive strategies and working to enhance each students physical literacy. When we enjoy movement and understand what we are capable of, it promotes life long physical activity and overall healthier students.
Renee Gregerson
Don't do what we did: Practical ADST tips for the STEAMy classroom
The BC applied design, skills and technologies curriculum has re-ignited excitement around STEM and STEAM activities. In this session, we will outline successes and challenges we have faced with developing STEAM activities that work in classrooms and a makerspace. Emphasis will be placed on managing expectations of teachers and students with regards to safety, security, behaviour and resource management. Activities are aimed at Kindergarten to Grade 7, and range from short “brain breaks” to multi-week units.
Matthew Mah & Charlotte Anthony
Fantastic Field Trips
Field trips are a great way to learn outside of the classroom – but what do you need to know to plan and prepare for a successful experience? Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Education Team in exploring the amazing opportunities and potential of informal learning spaces. This session takes place in the museum, providing participants first-hand experience on how to combine our permanent exhibits and museum specimens into a unique learning opportunity.
Jackie Chambers
Organizing for Learning, The Top Ten Tips for New Teachers: Research-based Classroom Design
Teachers spend hours setting up their classrooms and often spend hundreds of dollars trying to enhance the physical space for their students. But does it really make a difference? Teachers are often assigned barren rooms with no evidence-based research to support how specific elements of the room support or even enhance their students' learning. Current research into the design of the physical learning space has advice for all teachers setting up their classrooms, whether they are participating in the design of new buildings or trying to create an optimal learning environment in a current school building. After this workshop teachers will be able to:
- Set up a classroom which supports the revised curriculum and current pedagogy
- Consider elements that support the needs of diverse learners
- Optimize their time and resources while enhancing learning
Susanne Maguire
Selecting Resources for Early Learners
Educators must take many considerations into account when deciding to bring learning resources into the classroom. How do you know if the book or digital resource will be appropriate? Join Education Librarians to explore themes of authenticity, voice, bias, diversity, and developmental needs when selecting books and other resources for young learners. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about relevant policies, evaluation tools and strategies, and apply them to the selection of materials for the classroom. Suggestions for sourcing resources for the classroom will also be covered.
Wendy Traas
Hands-on Structures
Try out classroom-tested hands-on science activities that investigate the materials used in structures and the design of bridges. From open-ended exploration to data collection and graphing, try out activities suitable for grades K-7 that stimulate curiosity and inquiry. Documentation for each activity includes Science Content curriculum connections, as well as materials lists and links to a database of hundreds of hands-on science activities and lesson plans.
ingrid Sulston
Coding Without Ccomputers
If you're struggling with equipment and technology, this workshop will give you several ideas of how you can integrate coding into your classroom. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of off-screen activities that apply coding strategies, which will provide a foundational understanding for both you and your students.
Science World
We Are All Writers! Guiding K-3 Students Through the Writing Process
This session will focus on immersing primary students in the writing process and teaching them strategies to create stories and texts. We will explore a writers’ workshop framework that supports early and emergent writers as they develop their writing skills, and share mentor texts for writing inspiration. By breaking down the writing process into steps, we help students to see themselves as writers, as they gradually build their writing skills.
Lisa Thomas
Seaquaria Ocean Education - a transformative learning approach
Seaquaria are ocean aquaria with local marine animals and algae, installed permanently in schools. The interactive and diverse nature of the aquaria provides a multitude of academic and social development learning opportunities. As a permanent installation, the benefits of nature education and "field" trips can be realized every day. Up to 80% of the curricular topics have been taught using the Seaquaria in elementary and middle schools, including core competencies and an integration of the Big Ideas of the new curriculum. Particular effectiveness has been demonstrated for students with learning challenges. About 40 are now operational, with each school co-evolving their particular utilization over the years with the students. The workshop will demonstrate some of the applications that have resulted, go through some hands-on examples of how they have been used, and conclude with a planning exercise on how a Seaquarium (or other similar nature education tool) can be used to build desired transformational results.
Joachim Carolsfeld & Yvonne Dawydiak
Planning for Primary PE: From Year Plan to Great Lessons!
In this session, you will learn ways to plan your year using skill themed units and plan lessons using What, Why and How.Learn gym routines that work and plenty of student-tested activities that focus on skill development, fitness, and fun!
Lynn Dawson

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Elementary & Middle Years Workshops – Session 2

Workshops Presenters
Engineering Your Classroom
Engineers innovate by applying their knowledge, skills, and creativity to improve our world. Engineering is about applying science to everyday life - connecting theories and practice. In this workshop, you will explore engineering by designing hands-on engineering activities that will best suit your classrooms. Join us in learning and applying engineering principles, including the engineering design cycle, and activities to help create the connection between science and society and leave with activity ideas and inspiration. This session connects to the science curriculum and the applied design, skills, and technologies curriculum.
Jenny Zhu & Jacqui Nash
Inclusive Classroom Design – Supporting ELLs
How does a teacher plan and instruct so that all learners continue to move along their individual learning continuum? This interactive session, for K-12 teachers, offers some background knowledge and concrete strategies that help your ELLs (and all students) access the content.
This workshop will give participants an understanding of ELL in the metro Vancouver context.
The presenters Ann, Hieu, and Maria bring a breadth of experience working with K-12 students. Currently in their roles as district ELL coordinators they are passionate about equitable and inclusive learning for all students.
Maria Yioldassis, district ELL coordinator, West Vancouver School District
Ann Hunter, district ELL coordinator, Vancouver School District
Hieu Pham-Fraser, district ELL coordinator, Richmond School District
Digital Storytelling - Documenting Learning with Apple Clips
Have you noticed social media stories that feature purposeful graphics and videos with live subtitles? Have you wondered how these tools can transform the way we tell stories and document learning in the classroom? Harness the power of your own creative thinking with an introduction to #everyonecancreate and Apple Teacher resources. Participants will be treated to a hands-on session with Apple Clips with Joe Tong (@teachertong), an Adjunct Teaching Professor and Apple Distinguished Educator. Participants are required to update their devices to the latest iOS version and download Apple Clips before attending the session!
Joe Tong
Coding Without Computers
If you're struggling with equipment and technology, this workshop will give you several ideas of how you can integrate coding into your classroom. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of off-screen activities that apply coding strategies, which will provide a foundational understanding for both you and your students.Please bring a laptop or tablet to the session.
Science World
Learning from the land - incorporating place based learning into the classroom
This workshop will explore how you we can use the place within which we are currently situated as a starting point for designing curriculum that is relevant and meaningful. Using our experience working in and collaborating with Indigenous Communities on STEM content, we would like to share our curriculum design process that incorporates place-based learning - a principle of learning that is deeply rooted in Indigenous educational perspectives. In this workshop, you will get a chance to dissect one of our activities and also have a try at designing your own activity in your own discipline.
Soundous Ettayebi & Swati Shelly
Welcome to Kindergarten
Our Welcome to Kindergarten program helps prepare pre-kindergarten children and their families as they begin their school journey. Parents/caregivers and their children attend orientation sessions at their neighbourhood school where they receive early learning and literacy resources, and learn how to use them at home. The orientation helps create the foundation for positive relationships between parents, teachers and community agencies that sets the stage for a smooth transition to school and future success.
Kathy O'Sullivan & Marie Thom
Work-Life Balance
As a teacher candidate and future teaching professional, you likely have multiple roles and responsibilities – perhaps as a student, employee, partner, parent, or other external pressures. Each of these roles entail different and often competing responsibilities and commitments. How these responsibilities align with your personal priorities and relatedly, how you allocate your time accordingly, can contribute to your sense of work/school-life balance. Have you been thinking about how your academic responsibilities and practica align with your personal priorities and how you choose to spend your time? This session will allow you to reflect on these tensions and how they contribute to your sense of work/school-life balance. In this session, you will learn effective time management strategies that can be personalized to fit your values, priorities, and lifestyle in order to reduce stress and achieve success.
Levonne Abshire
Math +Books = 2 4 1
Come explore my vast collection of favorite books that inspire my math teaching and my students’ math learning! There are books for all ages and all kinds of interests. Throughout the session, there will be time for browsing and sharing our discoveries: a passage, quote, illustration, story line that moves us or piques our curiosity! There will be fun activities that get us laughing, talking, and thinking about how we might use books (movies, songs, etc) to disrupt stereotypes and expand what counts as math, and math texts. Indeed, BYOB to this PARTY, (Bring Your Own BOOK that is)!
Ann Anderson
Inclusive Elementary Sexual Health Education
Comprehensive sexual health education is mandated in BC and teaching it can be exciting and rewarding, however the days of separate talks for boys and girls are long gone! Join Kristen Gilbert, Director of Education at
Options for Sexual Heath, to explore strategies and language to make sexual health education truly inclusive for all bodies, identities and families.
Steve Mulligan & Kristen Gilbert
Get Outdoors! Exploring Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the Outdoor Classroom
You don't need to be an expert to use the outdoor classroom effectively! Join educators from UBC and Metro Vancouver for this interactive, outdoor session to learn about place-based, experiential learning and inquiry across the new B.C. Curriculum, and explore strategies and practical K-12 teaching tools, including the Get Outdoors (GO) Teacher Resource Guide. You’ll leave with the GO Guide, other helpful resources and greater confidence to lead and inspire more place-based, experiential learning in your practice. All session participants will receive a complimentary copy of the Get Outdoors Teacher Guide. Please see here for a sample version.
Patrick Robertson & Bruce Ford
Surviving your First Year of Teaching
This workshop is facilitated by Mentoring Coordinators from a variety of lower mainland districts. You will leave this session with:
• A better understanding of what your first year of teaching might be like
• A clear understanding of the supports you can access in your first year
• An understanding of how to find GREAT resources
• Answers to any lingering questions you might have
Tamara Sengotta
Seaquaria Ocean Education - a transformative learning approach
Seaquaria are ocean aquaria with local marine animals and algae, installed permanently in schools. The interactive and diverse nature of the aquaria provides a multitude of academic and social development learning opportunities. As a permanent installation, the benefits of nature education and "field" trips can be realized every day. Up to 80% of the curricular topics have been taught using the Seaquaria in elementary and middle schools, including core competencies and an integration of the Big Ideas of the new curriculum. Particular effectiveness has been demonstrated for students with learning challenges. About 40 are now operational, with each school co-evolving their particular utilization over the years with the students. The workshop will demonstrate some of the applications that have resulted, go through some hands-on examples of how they have been used, and conclude with a planning exercise on how a Seaquarium (or other similar nature education tool) can be used to build desired transformational results.
Joachim Carolsfeld & Yvonne Dawydiak
Scientific Field Guides and Learning Maps: Empowering Students to Use the Core Competencies
Are you wondering how to plan? How to organize your thinking and structure your lessons to meet the needs of your learners and the curriculum? Look no further! Come join me as we explore the core competencies, our curriculum, and how to weave the two cohesively into a unit plan. Come learn how to empower students towards using the core competencies in your classroom. Learn how to use a learning map to structure and guide your teaching, and student learning!
Caitlin Blaschuk
Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum
Explore ways of integrating computational thinking across several content areas. In this workshop, you will engage in hands-on activities that use technology to demonstrate how this problem-solving strategy can be applied in subjects such as language arts, physical education, science, and math. Please bring a laptop or tablet.
Science World

Presenters

Janice Novakowski

Janice has been a K-5 classroom teacher, learning resource teacher, teacher-librarian and math methods instructor and faculty advisor at UBC. She is currently supporting K-12 teachers in the area of mathematics in her role as a teacher consultant for School District No. 38 (Richmond). She is interested in inclusive, culturally-responsive pedagogy that inspires mathematical thinking and inquiry.

 

Rebeca Rubio

Rebeca Rubio is the coordinator for Libraries and Information Services in SD38 Richmond. She supports teachers and schools with curricular planning, resource acquisition, database navigation, digital literacy and other literacy initiatives. She is passionate about student engagement, Aboriginal studies, multiple literacies and libraries.

 

School District Human Resources Personnel

  • Adrian Keough, Director of Instruction – Educational Programs, School District No. 39 (Vancouver School Board)
  • Michelle Guillou, Director, Human Resources, School District No. 35 (Langley)
  • Pete Nuij, District Principal, Human Resources, School District No. 36 (Surrey)
  • Diego Testa, District Principal, Human Resources, School District No. 33 (Chilliwack)