BCTF PD Calendar

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."

February 23, 2018 Events

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Friday, February 23, 2018
» Bullies: Their Making and Unmaking
Feb 23, Vancouver, BC
Once we understand how bullies are made,
our attempts to unmake them can be truly
effective and long-lasting. Most prevailing
approaches to this problem assume that bullying
is either learned behaviour or the result of failure
to acquire social skills. In contrast, Dr. Neufeld
dissects the bully syndrome to reveal its deep
instinctive roots in the dynamics of attachment and
vulnerability. Most attempts to change bullies, or
even to teach them a lesson, are not only futile but
counterproductive. The reason for this is that most
interventions are blind, devoid of an understanding
of what makes a bully in the first place. Part of the
problem is that the bully is an enigma. For more information info@jackhirose.com

Crosscurrents 2018
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 msdebra.swain@gmail.com

Mt Seymour Teacher Days
Feb 23, North Vancouver, BC
Take a two-hour snowshoe or let us guide you around the mountain on ski/snowboard, then enjoy time on your own or take a slide in the tube park or down the toboggan hill. Limited spots. Free of charge. Visit www.mountseymour.com/schools for more information or to register email cgwilt@mtseymour.ca or call 604.986.2261 x215.

Okanagan Zonal Professional Development Conference
Feb 23, Kelowna, BC
Theme: Making Connections 12. Keynote Speakers: Will Richardson and Dr. Deborah MacNamara. This conference is put on by teachers for teachers. For more information:

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.
Activities Include:
daily whale watching, star gazing, exploring mangroves (bird watching), hiking and beachcombing.
Space limited to 12 participants
For more information:
website: www.panterra.com
email: lela@panterra.com
webpage: http://panterra.com/journey-of-the-gray-whales/

School Garden Ecology Workshop
Feb 23, Vancouver, BC
In this teacher Pro-D workshop, learn how to grow an ecologically-friendly school food garden by fostering relationships between soil, plants and animals. This workshop is designed for teachers who are enthusiastic about gardening, ecology and cultivating a healthy garden ecosystem. It is also for others in the school community who are interested in school gardens, such as support workers and parents. Explore how to grow a garden in concert with nature. Learn how to attract insects and birds to help pollinate crops and eat pesky pests. Discover why you should rotate a diversity of plants. Be introduced to crops that are well suited to the west coast and the school year. Investigate how to inexpensively build healthy soil. See how a school food garden can be a living demonstration of plant and animal life-cycles, adaptations and interconnection. Instruction will include hands-on activities, group work, and exploration of the Garden. Register here:

Tapestry 2018
Feb 23, Victoria, BC
The Sooke, Saanich, and Victoria Teachers Associations proudly present Tapestry 2018. Our keynote speaker will be Carey Newman who will be speaking about a national monument to Residential School Survivors called the Witness Blanket. You will also have the opportunity to delve more into this topic by registering to participate in a discrete session that Newman will be offering on this topic. In addition to this exciting opportunity, we are also overjoyed to be bringing in a number of other speakers including Shelley Moore who you may have seen at SuperConference, 2017. Her interactive presentations integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and technology. Register online at https://tapestryconference.weebly.com/