Reconciliation through Indigenous Education
Six weeks beginning January 27, 2015
Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools and communities.
UBC - free open online course for educators
ABEL Leadership Summit: Creative Solutions
March 4, 2015
York University, Toronto ON
Whether we are making decisions in our daily lives or in our jobs, many of the problems we face demand engagement with complexity, ambiguity and clashing ideas. As both a problem-solving process and a way of enabling a productive mindset, Integrative Thinking can help leaders find creative solutions to the problems they face every day.
During the day, participants will:
- Learn about the principles of Integrative Thinking as they relate to education
- Experience hands-on exploration of the tension between opposing models in education
- Explore a new way of approaching the factors that constrain our abilities to affect change
This one–day Leadership Summit provides leaders with a hands-on experience of new processes and tools for creative problem solving. By the end of the day, participants will be better equipped to leverage Integrative Thinking in their role as a leader.
Suicidal or Self-Harming? Assessment and Treatment of “At Risk” Teens
March 5, 2015
This workshop will help participants learn to recognize the signs of suicidal and self-harming behaviours in adolescents, how to engage with the teen and their peer network and understand crisis intervention strategies.
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Kitchener ON
It Matters To Us: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools
March 10–11, 2015
Over 130 Indian Residential Schools operated in Canada. More than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children attended residential schools (Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2012). The intent of the residential school system was to educate, assimilate, and integrate Aboriginal Peoples into European-Canadian society. Despite the doors of these schools having closed many years ago, the ongoing impact of residential school continues to be felt throughout generations. The London Area Truth and Reconciliation Committee, in collaboration with local educational and community partners, will be hosting “It Matters To Us: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools,” a conference to provide educational opportunities that foster dialogue, reconciliation, and relationship building between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in our local communities.
Faculty of Education, Western University
ABEL Leadership Summit: Innovation By Design
April 16, 2015
York University, Toronto ON
One the most helpful paths to producing innovation is to demystify it – to provide practical tools from creative industries that can be applied to individuals and organizations. This one-day workshop takes the best creative tools from the worlds of design and business to provide a practical toolkit generating and implementing powerful new ideas.
The framework begins, as all innovation should, with the user - this might be students, teachers, board employees or colleagues. How do we engage with users in new ways, to build our empathy for them and help us understand unmet needs? Then, we turn to the process of generating new ideas collaboratively, visualizing and testing those ideas to get meaningful feedback on them. Finally, we explore implementation dimension of these new ideas – asking how we might build a successful strategy for bringing the idea to life.
This day-long workshop serves as an introduction to design thinking and strategy, and offers a very hands-on experience in innovation.
Shaw Festival Teachers’ Day
April 17, 2015
Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake
A day dedicated to sharing expertise between theatre professionals and professional educators. The registration fee includes two workshops, parking, lunch and a wine and cheese reception. Workshops include Engaging the Reluctant Dancer, Teaching Shaw, How To Avoid ‘Rehearsal Ruts’, and Story Theatre.
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.
E-Learning Ontario is pleased to offer a series of webinars for those boards implementing e-learning and blended learning (i.e., digital learning). Individuals wishing to attend one or more live webinars need only to access the appropriate link at the date and time listed. All webinars are recorded and archived for future anywhere-anytime access for those unable to attend them live. Links to recordings are available at E-Community Ontario (you will need the User ID and password for your board). Alternatively, the PDFs under Related Attachments contain direct links to the 2013-2014 webinars.
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)
The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat (LNS) is a Ministry of Education team created to help educators improve achievement for all students. LNS resources support educators in their professional learning, and address current issues and thinking in the field of education. Expert voices of researchers and practitioners highlight effective classroom, school and board practices that benefit and give voice to all members of the learning community.
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.