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 14-April 14, Various cities in BC. Save Your Sanity: Proactive Strategies for Children with Challenging Behaviour is a full-day workshop focusing on a the following areas: Discipline vs. punishment; managing teacher stress; developing skills to analyse our own behaviour in relation to challenging situations; empowering students to become part of their learning community; pro-active vs. reactive strategies; the power of "you" as a strategy; antecedents to avoid; organization, communication, cognitive, social skills, goal setting and anger/oppositional strategies; executive functioning strategies for ADHD and ADD as well as developing an intervention plan using functional assessments. The workshop is designed to provide the participant with hands-on strategies that can be implemented immediately with the children that they work with. Phone: 250-572-4144. For registration go to www.saveyoursanity.ca or to print registration form http://www.saveyoursanity.ca/images/stories/pdf/bc2014.pdf.
April 10-11 Richmond, BC. Teacher Mentorship: A Provincial Conversation, is being jointly sponsored by Teacher Mentorship BC, BC Teachers' Federation, the New Teacher Mentoring Project, and the UBC Teacher Education Office. The conference is open to everyone, and hopes to draw knowledge and engagement from across the province. This conference features a full-day plenary workshop facilitated by Lois Zachary, author of The Mentor's Guide and Creating a Mentoring Culture. Lois Zachary is internationally recognized for her work on mentoring and has been cited as "one of the top 100 minds in leadership today." Thursday evening's event will offer dinner and panel discussion with Maureen Dockendorff, Linda Farr Darling, Monica Pamer, Melody Li, and Glen Hansman, moderated by Nancy Hinds. Registration is now open. For more information, visit http://members.bctf.ca/NonMemberEvent.aspx?e=1514 or contact Alison Davies, co-ordinator, New Teacher Mentoring Project, at 604-871-1823 or 1-800-663-9163, local 1823.
April 11 Squamish. The Sea to Sky Teachers' Professional Development Committee is hosting "The Power of Story." We are thrilled to feature renowned First Nations author Richard Wagamesel. Richard is not only our keynote speaker, but he will also be presenting a workshop, Using the Oral Traditional as a Tool for Teaching Writing. Our amazing lineup of speakers also includes: Fiona Morrison, Story in the Primary Curriculum; Jo-Anne Chrona, Intermediate/Secondary Curriculum: Maureen Dockendorf, What Really Matters: Learners at the Centre of BC Competencies, Curriculum, and Assessment; Leslie Drinovz & Audrey Hobbs, AM: Creating Framework for Collaboration, PM: Facilitated Collaboration (register as a group); Guy C. Le Masurier, Phd., When I say "GO!": Maximizing Physical Activity; Richard Overgaard, Social Media: Safe and Effective Online Engagement; Peter Jory and Ed Leadership Team, Technology in Schools. Visit the SSTA website bctf.ca/ssta for workshop descriptions and to register.
April 12 Victoria, BC. Building a Successful Choral Program in the Elementary School. Presented by Kelly Foster-Griffin. Ideas to generate and sustain a flourishing, robust choir. Explore necessary components that make up successful and inspirational teaching. University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building A166, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Lunch is provided. Registration and more info at the BC Kodaly Society of Canada website http://www.bcksc.ca, or e-mail Emily Pollet at email@example.com, or phone 250-337-8186.
April 22-26 Victoria, BC. BC Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy. The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia offers BC teachers an exciting professional development program at the Parliament Buildings in our provincial capital. Learn about parliamentary democracy, become champions of citizenship education, and return to your school with an enhanced understanding of our political system in British Columbia. You will meet with the Speaker of the House, MLAs, senior public officials, and have a behind-the-scenes tour of your Parliament Buildings. You will have plenty of opportunities to collaborate and share with colleagues from across the province. The deadline to apply online is: February 28, 2014. For further information, visit http://www.leg.bc.ca/info/bcti/index.asp.
April 25-27 Berkley, CA. Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, California. Fourth International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges: Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family. This conference will bring researchers, educators, policy-makers, and providers from across disciplines together with members of the judiciary and those with lived experience. The primary aim is to share knowledge and experience, to advance the rights and highlight the needs of families striving to live well with parental mental health challenges. Related objectives include provision of an interactive forum to discuss common experiences, effective and evidence informed support and advocacy strategies, and contemporary, cutting edge, research. For more information, visit the conference website at http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/MentalHealth2014/default.asp. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on an enquiry list for updates.
April 26 Kelowna, BC. Teaching Social Thinking Through Stories and Play for Preschool and Early Elementary School. What looks like pure fun to us has important social consequences for the developing mind. The ability to participate in collaborative pretend play depends upon having a flexible brain, competent language ability, self-regulation, and solid social-emotional development as well the executive function skills to multi-task the use of all of the above! The new common core standards highlight the importance of listening and collaboration in the classroom, which are hallmarks of developmental learning in preschool and during the early elementary years. For more information: www.actcommunity.ca/education/act-events/social-stories-play-04-14 or call ACT--Autism Community Training at 604-205-5467 or email email@example.com.
May 2-3 Vancouver, BC. Today's Children & Youth, Tomorrow's Families 2014 Youth and Family Consensus Conference. The purpose of this conference is to bring together youth and families with researchers, policymakers, service providers and educators to share knowledge and experiences about practices that best meet the needs of people living with mental health and/or substance use challenges. The conference will focus on what youth and families need from each other, their communities and service systems to ?ourish today and in future generations. Abstract submission is now available! To view call for abstracts and to submit your abstract (deadline November 30, 2013), please visit http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/2014ConsensusConference/abstracts.asp. For more information, please visit the conference website at http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/FamilySmart&YouthEngagement/default.asp. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on an enquiry list for updates.
May 3 Vancouver, BC. UBC Faculty of Education and the BC Teachers' Federation co-hosts the 17th Annual IOP Conference--a one-day conference where practicing education professionals and students come together to share their questions, investigations and understandings about their practice. In recognition of the Faculty's Year of Teacher Education, the 17th Annual IOP Conference welcomes proposals related to this theme. Learn more at http://iop.educ.ubc.ca.
May 16-18 Gig Harbour, WA. Association of Experiential Education North West Regional Conference, Shift Happens: New People, New Energy, New Direction. We are eagerly looking forward to this shift and what it will bring to our region of new and accomplished experiential practitioners. Conference highlights: Over 20 inspiring and dynamic workshops with amazing presenters, keynote--ActivatEE--a unique sharing platform designed to facilitate the process of creating ones story, inspiring the use of ones voice, and launching an idea, and the Annual US vs. Canada Broomball Match. http://aeenw.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/extra-extra-regional-conference-a-go/ or http://northwest.aee.org/conferences/, or email Sheldon Franken at email@example.com.
June 30-July 18, Quebec City, QC. Institut de Français, UBC à Québec, French Bursary Program for Teachers. This French immersion program is intended for all teachers and administrators interested in learning or improving their French language skills. Visit www.frenchcentre.ubc.ca/quebec, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 1-866-528-7485. A poster is available at http://www.frenchcentre.ubc.ca/Quebec-2014-Poster-BC.pdf.
July 7-11 Vancouver, BC. OR July 7-24. UBC-Vancouver. French Summer Institutes at UBC. One week or three weeks. Mornings only or full-day. Bursaries are available for French teachers from the Ministry of Education. Tuition Fee Certificates are also accepted. Visit languages.ubc.ca/french, email: email@example.com or call toll-free 1-866-528-7485. A poster is available at http://www.frenchcentre.ubc.ca/Summer Immersion Institutes at UBC.pdf.
July 12-15 Vancouver, BC. The 3rd International STEM Education Conference is an opportunity for educators and researchers from schools, universities, colleges, businesses, industries and other agencies to share and discuss their innovative practices and research initiatives that may advance STEM education at UBC Vancouver. Call for papers closes December 9, 2012. For information on submissions, the conference and registration, visit http://stem2014.ubc.ca.
July 23-25 Surrey, BC. Youth Strengths & Prevention of Delinquency and Gang Involvement: Academics and Community Acting Together Conference. The conference will include many exciting features including and not limited to reporting on evidence-based research about the relationship between youth strengths and prevention of delinquency, violence, and gang involvement. The conference delegates will learn about AT-CURA's successes and share research and practice focusing on youth strengths to develop or improve youth programs and public policy. Delegates will include academic researchers, service providers, parents, teachers, youth, police agencies and government policy makers. Location: Sheraton Guildford Hotel. Call for submissions deadline Feb 28, 2014 (may be extended). For registration: http://atcura2014conference.ca/registration/. For all other details on the conference: http://atcura2014conference.ca/. Phone: 604-599-2961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 18-20 Parksvile, BC. Achieving Excellence in Writing Annual Summer Seminar. This workshop presents an exceptionally effective method of teaching writing. Covering various stylistic techniques and structures, both expository and fictional writing are addressed. The material is easy to teach and easy for students to learn. The program provides an extremely powerful tool for teaching students to write effectively. Within a short time, students experience a dramatic improvement in their writing, which in turn, creates high levels of intrinsic motivation. Students are motivated to write, given the tools to write well, and led to take ownership of their writing. Meeting the requirements of both criteria-based assessment and ministry standards, this approach is ideal for teachers who are eager for their students to achieve excellence in writing. The workshop is fun and practical, offering an extensive set of skills to take back to the classroom to use immediately. Applicable for teachers with classes from Grades 2-11.For information or to register, contact: email@example.com or phone 250-248-6434.
August 25-27 Vancouver, BC. Creating the Future: Partnerships for Inclusive Learning. This summer conference is designed for any individual with an interest in inclusive education in K-12. This includes administrators, classroom teachers, resource teachers, support staff, therapists and parents. Join us at the University of British Columbia on August 25-27, 2014 and learn successful strategies from expert speakers in the fields of: Universal Design for Learning (UDL); Positive Behaviour Supports (PBS); literacy; transition; inclusion in the BC context; parent-professional relationships. Contact: Angela Clancy at 604-540-8374 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more detailed info, please visit www.bcinclusivelearning.com.
August 26-27 Williams Lake, BC. School District 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) proudly presents Debbie Miller, author of "Reading with Meaning, No More Independent Reading without Support and Teaching with Intentions." She will present her knowledge of G.R.I.T. that will inspire teachers and principals in creating school and classroom cultures that supports students becoming independent learners and readers. Registration begins April 14, 2014 at www.sd27.bc.ca. Out of district--early bird one day $150; two days $200; after June 15, one day $200, two days $300. In district--early bird one day $100, two days $150; after June 15, one day $150, two days $225. Price includes lunch for both days. For more information contact: Lori Kelly at Lorelei.email@example.com.
30.A. 14 That for the purposes of a province-wide PSA day, the BCTF supports the third Friday in October as the day on which all districts hold a professional day, except in years in which Thanksgiving Monday falls in the same week, in which case the fourth Friday would be the designated day.
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Compiled and maintained by Betty Goto, Acting PSA services co-ordinator, Professional and Social Issues Division, BCTF.