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."
October 4-December 10, Montreal, QC. Fall 2013 Distinguished Educator Seminar Series. Various one-day workshops available in English and French. For more information and to register, go to www.mcgill.ca/edu-lcii/seminars/.
October 29-December 13, BC. The ACHIEVE Training Centre is offering workshops on: Personalitiy Differences--Myers Briggs for conflict prevention, Dealing with Difficult People, Leadership and Management--The essential foundations, Presentation Skills--Speaking for success, Intergenerational Communication in the Workplace, Conflict Resolution Skills, Mediation--An informal process for conflict resolution, on various days, at various locations in BC . For more information, go to www.achievecentre.com.
October 31-December 13, BC. The Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc. is offering workshops on: Understanding Mental Illness, DSM-5--What's new... What's different, Anxiety--Practical intervention strategies, Trauma--Strategies for resolving the imparct of post traumatic stress, De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations, Addictions and Mental Illness--Working with co-occurring disorders, Substance Abuse in Youth--Creating opportunities for change, Stalking--Assessment and management, on various days, at various locations in BC. For more information, go to www.ctrinstitute.com.
January 30-February 1, Vancouver, BC. The Early Years Conference 2014--Shaping Childhood: Factors that Matter. This conference will explore the complex nature of the social, physical and biological environments that shape children's development. Multiple elements interact to create dynamic contexts that contribute significantly to early and lifelong well-being. Similarly, children influence their environments to shape their developmental paths. All of these factors matter. Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver. To view the conference brochure, please visit http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/EarlyYears2014/Brochure.pdf. Early-bird registration deadline is December 6, 2013. To register, please visit http://dentv-events.dentistry.ubc.ca/getdemo.ei?id=218&s=_2400QY03D. For further information and future updates, please visit the course website at http://www.interprofessional.ubc.ca. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on an enquiry list for updates.
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.
February 20-21 Richmond, BC. SEA (Special Education Association) Crosscurrents Conference. Keynote speaker: Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift. Keynote and sessions related to students with special and diverse learning needs, for classroom teachers, special education teachers, administrators, educational assistants and parents. Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond. Register online using the SEA website link http://www.seaofbc.ca/. Contacts--registrar: Rae Perry, email@example.com or Stephanie Koropatnick, firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 20-21 Vancouver, BC. BCAEA (BC Alternate Education Association) "Challenge and Change" BCAEA's 27th annual conference highlighting Dr. Gordon Neufeld as keynote. Over 30 sessions to choose from featuring diverse topics especially chosen to be relevant to all those associated with the more vulnerable students typically enrolled in alternative learning environments. Location: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver. To register (goes live mid-fall), go to: http://bctf.ca/bcaea/conference.html. For more information, http://bctf.ca/bcaea/index.html. Conference co-ordinator: DJ Pauls at email@example.com.
February 21 North Vancouver, BC. Mt Seymour presents Fundamentals of Fostering Student Leadership, Student Mentorship, and the Art of Following: A Jedi boot camp for teachers. A training session that is interactive, challenging, professional, and creative where participants have fun going through cross training of being an experiential learner and wise teacher. Presenter: Jeff Willis. Location: Enquist Lodge, Mt Seymour, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Early bird rate available before January 15, 2014. Lunch is included. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 604 986-2261, ext 215, or for a more complete workshop description at http://www.mountseymour.com/schools.
February 21 Victoria, BC. Its Never Too Late to Begin. Connie Foss More presents ideas for creating musical magic with older beginner music classes for upper elementary and beyond. A free workshop courtesy of SD61 LSA and BCKSC. Victoria, location TBA.1:00-3:00 p.m. 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.
February 21 Victoria, BC. Four locals have joined together to bring you an engaging and enriching professional development opportunity. Victoria, Sooke, Saanich and the Gulf Islands Teachers' Associations, proudly host the Tapestry 2014 Conference! This conference will feature a myriad of speakers and topics for all teachers K-12. Location: Esquimalt Secondary. Costs: $75 for teachers from non-member districts; $50 for teachers from member-districts, and $25 for all TTOCs and student teachers. Check out the website for full details and registration http://tapestryconference.weebly.com/.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 250-337-8186.
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 email@example.com to get on an enquiry list for updates.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com. For more detailed info, please visit www.bcinclusivelearning.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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