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 full conference program, including topics of concurrent sessions and names of presenters, is now available on the conference web site and consists of well over 70 concurrent presentations and featured speakers from Canada, the United States and overseas. Registration will continue for all attendees until capacity is reached, or by September 14, 2014.
Finding our 'Place': Fostering Deep Connections to Land Through Outdoor Education
September 19-21, 2014
Bark Lake Leadership Centre, Irondale ON
What are we as Outdoor and Experiential Educators doing to connect children and youth to the land? Are we creating a successful environment for youth and children to engage with the culture, history and ecology of a place? How do we encourage individuals to move from a shallow understanding of space to a deep, personal and holistic understanding of place? What activities and techniques are we using to inspire and evoke an understanding of and connection to place? This year's conference theme, Finding our 'Place': Fostering deep connections to land through Outdoor Education, encourages practitioners to share stories of places and spaces that have inspired deep connections to the land. This conference will provide an opportunity to share best practices around place-based education and explore new ideas and perspectives about connecting children and youth to natural places.
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.
Understanding Media Now: Navigating Surveillance, Social Media and Marketing
October 18, 2014
The Association for Media Literacy (Ontario) will hold a one-day conference which will focus on privacy, learning opportunities, online environments, rights and responsibilities and agency in a technology-driven digital landscape. Participants will attend workshops and panels on subjects ranging from effective teaching and parenting to digital citizenship, rights and responsibilities, privacy and using media ethically and effectively. The conference will assemble a diverse group of teachers, parents, researchers, industry reps and other stakeholders to explore the impact of the current media landscape and digital information technologies on parenting, teaching and learning. Included in our speaker lineup: Annie Kidder, People for Education, and Ron Deibert, author of Black Code and Director of The Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Early bird registration closes September 1.
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!
National Gathering for Indigenous Education
November 20 to 22, 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Indspire’s National Gathering for Indigenous Education brings educators and others together to share successful practices and work towards improving the high school completion rates of Indigenous students. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Innovations in Indigenous Education.” Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Share successful practices and research
- Network with educators from across Canada
- Participate in up to 6 engaging and practical workshops in the following streams: Indigenous languages and culture; Innovative funding and partnerships; Pedagogical practice; Online learning; Community engagement.
Participants pay only a nominal registration fee, and subsidies for travel and accommodation are available.
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.