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This week, the BC Teachers' Federation's 32 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) are hosting a wide range of excellent professional development conferences in communities across BC. The conferences are part of the BCTF's ongoing commitment to enriching teacher-led professional development and lifelong learning. They will bring teachers together to collaborate, learn, and improve their practice on a wide variety of topics that will benefit them and their students.

“The BC Teachers' Federation has a proud history of advancing professional development in BC and our Provincial Specialist Associations are an integral part of that,” said BCTF President Glen Hansman. “As a Federation, we ensure these professional associations all receive grants to give teachers a community to exchange ideas on research, teaching strategies, curriculum development, and other shared goals. This teacher-led professional development approach enhances our practice and is a huge benefit to our students.”

The province-wide professional development day is this Friday, October 21, 2016 and most events continue through the weekend. The Twitter hashtag for the conferences is #PSAday.

For the full listing of all the conferences, including those on science, math, music, drama, etc., review the calendar and brochure.

Here is a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of conferences taking place this week:

In Vancouver, the BC Social Studies Teachers' Association is hosting Media and Truth in the 21st Century with high profile keynote speakers Mohamed Fahmy and Althia Raj. Other notable sessions include workshops on Brexit's implications for Canada, exploring history through graphic novels, and an examination of legal rights and responsibilities on the internet.

In West Kelowna, the BC. British Columbia Technology Education Association conference will have several workshops with project ideas to help teachers work with the new Applied Design, Skills, and Technology curriculum. Some of the creative workshops include programming robots, building paddleboards and skateboards, using 3D printers, and creating stained glass ornaments.

  • Location: Mount Boucherie Secondary School, 2751Cameron Road, West Kelowna.
  • Conference website: www.bctea.org.

 In Langley, the Aboriginal Education Association Provincial Specialist Association will be taking an in-depth look into strategies to incorporate Aboriginal content into the revised curriculum. Topics will include Reconciliation through Education, teaching the true history of Residential Schools, and various cultural activities. Of particular note is a keynote from Paulette Regan, author of Unsettling the Settler Within

In Nanaimo, the BC Primary Teacher's Association (BCPTA) conference, Inspiring Stories, will provide K­-3 teachers with strategies to increase their understanding of the shifts in the revised curriculum, such as how to teach content through the competencies in integrated, meaningful, and connected ways. Specific examples of these include strategies to incorporate traditional Aboriginal ways of knowing and how to use exploratory and purposeful play to teach the new Applied Design, Skills and Technology Curriculum. 



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For more information, contact Rich Overgaard, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

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