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OTF Summer Institutes
July and August
London, Ottawa, Sudbury, and Toronto
The Ontario Teachers' Federation is offering a variety of professional learning events that give you time to learn, reflect on your classroom practice, and collaborate with peers. Experienced teacher facilitators bring you rich, relevant professional learning which focus on mathematics, technology and First Nation, Métis, and Inuit perspectives. A registration fee of $50 covers workshop materials, on-site meals and two nights of shared accommodation. Participants may also be eligible for a transportation subsidy.
2014 Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour
July 4 – 20, 2014
Asia - China (Shanghai, Nanjing and Harbin), Seoul, South Korea and Japan (Hiroshima and Tokyo)
Toronto Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War II in Asia (ALPHA) is pleased to announce the launch of the 9th annual 2014 Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour. Each year, Toronto ALPHA takes educators and scholars to Asia to learn more about this forgotten history through victim and veteran testimonials, historical site visits, and academic discussions with lawyers and professors. Topics of study include: Nanking Massacre, Military Sexual Slavery (“comfort women” system), Prisoners of War (POW), Chemical and Biological weapon use and experimentation. Next year, the tour will visit China (Shanghai, Nanjing and Harbin), Seoul, South Korea and Japan (Hiroshima and Tokyo). Application deadline is March 14, 2014. Educator grants also available.
TEACHING BLACK HISTORY: 2-Day Summer Institute
July 9-10, 2014 and August 19-20, 2014
Comfort Hotel Airport North, Toronto
In this 2-day course classroom teachers will learn how to integrate Black Canadian history throughout the Ontario curriculum beyond Black History Month. Educators will gain valuable content knowledge and learn inquiry-based approaches to teaching Black history across the Ontario curriculum. This course will support teachers in enhancing their knowledge and application of the six historical thinking concepts and embedding the principles of inclusion, diversity, and equity and into their teaching practice through the inclusion of the African Canadian experience. Educator, Black historian, and curriculum developer Natasha Henry will demonstrate how Black Canadian history doesn't have to be a stand-alone unit, and how it can be incorporated throughout the curriculum. This engaging course is designed for J/I (grades 3-10) teachers.
July 14–18, 2014
Huntsman Marine Science Centre, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick
There is no better outdoor marine classroom than the Canada's own Bay of Fundy. Twice a day the tide at the mouth of the Bay rise and fall eight meters stirring up nutrients that have drifted to the ocean floor. Join us as we explore this unique and diversity environment. What we catch and collect is what we will study! Time is also set aside to share ideas on how to adapt our marine examples to your own classroom.
Focusing our Equity Lens Part 1
August 20, 2014
This one-day Train-the-Trainer program for educators, administrators, teacher candidates and educational support staff is a forum to discuss and gain a deeper understanding of equity and inclusion in schools through self-reflection and analysis. Participants will gain the knowledge, skills and resources required to deliver a two-hour workshop on Equity and Inclusive Education to staff and students at their school or in their board. Each participant will receive a Facilitator’s Guide, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and a certificate of completion.
2014 Teaching, Learning & Technology Conference
August 20-22, 2014
Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Conference Centre & Spa, Markham ON
This conference is specifically for teachers who self-identify as being NEW to using technology in their classrooms.
Discover how to enhance teaching and learning through technology.
- Focus on student learning
- Network with experienced educators
- Learn through demonstrations and hands-on opportunities
- Leverage technology to enhance student engagement and learning
- Share promising and innovative practices
- Experiment with new technologies as Minds On Media facilitators lend support
The keynote address will be given by Chris Lehmann, Principal of the Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia. Participation is expected for all three days of the conference. Registration opens June 2, 2014, and closes August 3, 2014.
Ontario Justice Education Network: Summer Law Institute for Secondary School Teachers
August 26-27, 2014
Osgoode Hall, Toronto, ON
OJEN’s Summer Law Institute (SLI) gives Ontario teachers an opportunity to participate in presentations and discussion with judges and lawyers about timely legal issues that enhance classroom teaching and learning. Session topics include: civil liberties, security certificates, family law, wrongful convictions, the national crisis of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, cyberbullying and the top five significant cases of the year.
Ontario Justice Education Network: Family Law Institute
August 28, 2014
Family Courthouse, Toronto, ON
OJEN’s Family Law Institute (FLI) gives Ontario Family Studies teachers an opportunity to observe a family court proceeding, and to participate in presentations and discussion with judges and lawyers about timely legal issues that enhance classroom teaching and learning. Session topics include access, custody, support, child protection and the intersections of criminal and family law.
19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference
September 18-20, 2014
Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, ON
The 19th Annual Values and Leadership Conference of the International Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education (CSLEE) is hosted this year by Nipissing University. The Theme for the 2014 Conference is “Towards Transformational Leadership: Values and Ethics for Educational Advancement and Sustainability.” The Conference theme will be explored through a variety of lenses including:
- The power of emerging media and technology
- The development of participatory cultures
- The juxtaposition of local and global perspectives
- The centrality of relationships and communities
- The pressures from political interests.
Unique to this conference is a focus strand on the power of emerging media and technology and ethical decision-making in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings. The Call for Papers is posted at http://cslee19.nipissingu.ca/proposals/; the deadline for proposals is May 15, 2014.
Action for Safe & Equitable Classrooms, Schools & Communities
September 27, 2014
OISE, Toronto, ON
Designed for teacher candidates, and also welcoming graduate students, teachers and community members, Educating for Peace and Justice will provide hands-on learning activities and discussions on issues such as anti-violence, conflict resolution, peacemaking, social justice activism, and equity infusion. Choose two or three interactive workshops from a wide menu of options to address specific grade levels and interests and provide strategies to handle conflict constructively, teach peacemaking, and sustain activist practices in school settings. Registration is free and participants will receive a certificate documenting their professional development experience.
Using Technology in the Classroom
September 27, 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The IAF, in conjunction with International Space Education Board, invites teachers to register for this free workshop. The aim of this year’s program is to highlight the importance of effective use of technology in the classroom and to emphasize what can be achieved in delivering engaging educational programs when educational institutions work in partnership with industry and the wider scientific community. Learn how high school students use the 64m Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia to observe pulsars with Dr George Hobbs (CSIRO radio astronomer) & Rob Hollow (CSIRO education officer). You will not only use and control one of Australia’s most famous scientific instruments, but the data you collect will contribute to real scientific research. Investigate the use of serious games in the classroom and how they can be integrated into an effective lesson. Create and explore the Hertzsprung - Russell diagram using StarSearch. Use SeasonSearch and TimeSearch to discover the causes of the seasons and the history of ideas about the place of the Earth in the Universe. Tinker with Quantum Mechanics in Minecraft. Download the application form on the website and submit it by August 8 to reserve your space at this workshop. You will receive an email in reply which will include instructions and links to complete a preparatory exercise. This exercise will familiarise you with the analysis of data from the Parkes Radio Telescope. This is the same exercise as presented to high school students taking part in the PULSE@Parkes Program.
Minds Transfigured - 2014 Stratford Festival Teachers’ Conference
October 3-4, 2014
This very popular and successful two day conference draws educators from across North America and workshop instructors from around the world. Though the conference has a strong Shakespeare studies mandate, it also provides a wide range of practical arts-based workshops that appeal to English and Drama teachers at both the elementary and secondary level. In addition to the workshops, the conference fee also includes a performance of Man of La Mancha OR The Beaux’ Stratagem on the Friday evening and a performance of King Lear on Saturday, as well as lunch both days.
Ophea Healthy Schools Conference 2014
October 16-17, 2014
Allstream Centre, Toronto
This conference provides elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, health and physical education consultants, public health professionals, and community leaders the chance to participate in:
- Fun and interactive workshops that provide hands-on, practical experience; providing ideas to use with students right away
- Capacity building seminar sessions on Assessment & Evaluation, and Technology featuring practical strategies, expert panel discussion, peer-to-peer sharing, and facilitated question period
- Networking opportunities with professionals and colleagues who share the same passion and commitment
- Exhibitor Marketplace with the latest programs, equipment, ideas and resources
The early bird deadline is Friday, June 27th.
Learning from our Elders — Retreat 2014
October 18-19, 2014
Located on 30 acres of field, forest, trails and rugged shoreline on the Ottawa River, Kichi sipi, the Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Centre is a 30 minute drive from the Ottawa airport/train station and is the location for our kejeyadizidjig tidiba -- Elders Circle --experience. Join the First Nation, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO) to experience and learn the historical, cultural and spiritual significance of Storytelling, Singing, Drumming, Sweats, Pipe Ceremonies, Sunrise Ceremonies, Smudging, Talking Circles and more; a holistic approach to teaching and learning-- renewing and educational.
This is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, other educational workers, and professionals who work with children and youth to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions, teachings, language centered activities and the arts, directly from elders, traditional teachers, faithkeepers, and arts people. The retreat style professional development event will also include our AGM where we will hold elections for executive council positions. Comfortable heated bunk houses are available for $25 a night or accommodation is available at local hotels/motels. Tents and RVs are also welcome.
Shaw Festival’s Fall Teachers’ Day
October 24, 2014
Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
DRESSING THE PART! Approaching storytelling and character through costume design and creation with William Schmuck, Shaw Director of Design and Tanya Apostolidis, Shaw Head of Wardrobe.
Bring IT, Together 2 Conference
November 5-7, 2014
Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, ON
Bring IT, Together is a 3-day conference hosted by ECOO and OASBO-ICT. Wednesday features a number of full-day Wednesday Workshop options run in parallel to a full-day OASBO-ICT track (keynote and sessions). Thursday and Friday each feature keynotes and a huge selection of Core Conference sessions. Networking and social events, in addition to the expanded Exhibition Hall, are featured on all three days.
November 6-8, 2014
London Convention Centre and Hilton London Ontario
The Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA) and the Canadian Music Industry Education Committee (CMIEC) are co- hosting the Soundscapes 2014 conference on Music and Music Education in Ontario. Soundscapes 2014 will offer music educators from across Ontario the opportunity to participate in focused workshops and discussions on their craft, investigate the latest music industry innovations and technologies, and gather with colleagues to discuss and refine the education of Ontario’s students towards success in life. New to Soundscapes 2014!! Alongside the workshops, there will be an opportunity for participants to participate in our newly created concert strand. You can go to a workshop on a topic of interest or attend a mini concert presented by a variety of school and community ensembles. Choral, Beginning Band, Strings, Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly, Ukulele, New Approaches, Individual Instruments, Repairs, Reading Session and a whole lot more!
AGO Saturday Workshops for Teachers 2013-2014
Deepen your understanding of curriculum and instruction to further develop your art education teaching practices through the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Saturday Workshops for Teachers! Led by experienced professional educators and some special guests, engage in a full-day of learning, shared inquiry, and collaboration with your peers. Workshops include guided tours, hands-on art-making, practical lesson and activity ideas, and teaching resources, which you can personalize to meet your specific needs and context. Please visit the website for the dates and topics for 2013-2014.
The Educational Institute
The learning programs of The Partnership, Canada's national network of provincial and territorial library associations, are offered coast-to-coast through teleconference, webcast and online. Special conferences and stand-alone face-to-face programs are available to all Partnership association members at preferred rates.
A webinar is a web-based, or Internet-based, seminar. Webinars are different from regular seminars in that they do not require travel to a physical location; they only require that you visit a specific website at a specific time. All e-Learning Ontario webinars are also recorded, so if you cannot attend in person, you can still access the recording. The webinars can be searched by topic or by calendar; each webinar is 45 minutes in length. Topics include such things as:
- What is e-learning?
- E-learning resources for your students
- How the Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB) Can Support Credit Recovery and Credit Rescue
- Using the Discussions Tool Effectively
- Using the Ontario Educational Resource Bank (OERB) for Differentiated Instruction in Grades 7-12
and many more.
Ministry of Education Calendar of Professional Learning Activities
This calendar reflects ministry-initiated professional learning and implementation support (PLIS) activities such as regional training sessions, provincial conferences, and activities taking place at the board level for teachers, principals and system leaders in the English-language system.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) PD Online
OTF Professional Learning Resources
OTF offers professional learning programs, which provide training, resources, and support in numerous areas. The project, funded by the Ministry of Education, has hosted a number of very successful conferences such as “Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century", "Media Violence" and "Critical Thinking." OTF continues to offer professional learning opportunities through OTF’s Online Teacher Resources and OTF Connects. Now available on our website, OTF’s Online Teacher Resource is a portal to a multitude of resource links as well as the extensive, searchable Lesson Plan Resource. Our new online community, OTF Connects, brings teachers together to share and learn through online webinars and social media.
P.D. Online Webcasts for Educators (Curriculum Resources Canada)
Survive & Thrive
Survive & Thrive is an online conference and resource centre, dedicated to beginning teachers in their first five years of professional practice, occasional teachers, teacher candidates and mentor teachers.