This list of professional development conferences is provided as a service to members. The Federation does not necessarily endorse all the conferences, nor does it accept liability for errors or omissions in any of the information provided. Individuals planning to attend a conference should contact the sponsoring organization to confirm the dates and other details of registration. Conferences sponsored by the Federation's provincial specialist associations appear in boldface type throughout the calendar.
Please note procedure statement 36.30.10: "That the BCTF's PD Calendar not publish PD events by outside agencies scheduled for the provincial PSA Day."
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BC Alternate Education Association (BCAEA) Annual "Challenge and Change" Conference
Feb 22 to Feb 23, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Martin Brokenleg will be the keynote with workshops featuring well known presenters like Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Over 35 sessions will be offered, covering a myriad of topics helping those who work with at-risk youth in alternate education learning environments.
Location: Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard St. For more information: http://bcaea.com/conference.html
Feb 22 to Feb 23, Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Crosscurrents 2018 is the annual conference of the Teachers of Inclusive Education PSA. Kim Barthel will be the keynote this year on Trauma Sensitive Education. There are many other presenters on topics such as anxiety, self-regulation, brain function and teaching strategies to support diverse learners. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Panterra Eco Expeditions PD Opportunity-Journey of the Gray Whale Expedition
Feb 20 to Feb 24, La Paz (Cabo), Baja California Sur, Mexico
Magdalena Bay, is world renowned for gray whale interaction with humans and is one of three nurseries and breeding grounds in the world of the Pacific gray whales. During the months of December-March. The gray whales make a 5000 mile migration south to the protected nursery lagoons of the Baja. In the lagoons, females give birth and prepare their calves for the long journey north to their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic. Males and non-pregnant females also gather to mate. Glimpse into the mysterious world of these amazing cetaceans and experience them up close and personal.
The goals of our PD trip is to:
Reconnects teachers with the opportunity to be a part of an immersive, hands-on experience.
Provides a professional development experience that ties together observations, experiences, and the opportunity to connect with a natural environment/ecosystem.
Includes resources which can later be used as a teaching resource in the classroom.
daily whale watching, star gazing, exploring mangroves (bird watching), hiking and beachcombing.
Space limited to 12 participants
For more information:
Working with Aggressive and Violent Children and Youth
Feb 21 to Feb 22, Vancouver, BC
Aggression problems are deeply rooted in
instinct and emotion and are therefore
resistant to conventional discipline practices.
Dr. Neufeld uncovers these roots and outlines steps
to addressing them. His rich professional experience
with aggressive children and violent youth informs
this refreshing approach to an age-old problem. The
principles apply to children of all ages and all settings:
home, school and treatment. One of the foremost
interpreters of the developmental approach tackles
one of the oldest and most perplexing of human
problems, exposing its deep developmental roots
and revealing why conventional approaches to the
problem are so ineffective. For more information email@example.com