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October 25, 2019 Events

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Friday, October 25, 2019
» "Breaking Through" Association of B.C. Drama Educators (ABCDE)
Oct 25 to Oct 26, Vancouver, BC
ABCDE is excited to be offering their conference "Breaking Through" once again in Vancouver at the SFU Contemporary Arts Campus. We will be offering workshops in Drama K-12, Theatre Production, and Film. Contacts Gordon Hamilton ghamilton@sd35.bc.ca or Katie Everson keverson@gmail.com Website https://abcde.ourconference.ca

"New and old traditions in local cuisine on the Westshore" British Columbia Culinary Arts Specialist Association (BCCASA)
Oct 25 to Oct 26, Victoria, BC
Join us for a culinary filled two days as we explore and learn about a wide variety of local food and fermentation's on offer in Victoria, and nearby communities. Sessions will include local First Nations traditional foods, highlights of the Capital Region's sustainable food system, and a spectrum of fermented and roasted brews. Come prepared to get your hands dirty on a local farm, spend time in the great outdoors connecting with indigenous food ways, and sipping on some of the finest Island brews around! Contact Lpilling@deltasd.bc.ca Website www.bccasa.ca

#Ignite BC Early Career Teachers' Association (BCECTA)
Oct 24 to Oct 25, TBD
This mini conference will take place Thursday evening before the busy PSA Day conferences start. Join us for food, drinks, and networking using the popular IGNITE! format. Ignite is an event events where several speakers have five minutes to talk on a subject accompanied by 20 slides, for 15 seconds each, automatically advanced. It is a snapshot into various passions and ideas, and a great opportunity to network with colleagues. We hope you will join us. Full details on our website www.bcecta.ca Contacts psac77@bctf.ca and bcecta@gmail.com

2019 Physical and Health Education Conference British Columbia Physical Health and Education (PHEBC)
Oct 25, New Westminster, BC
PHEBC and Douglas College have partnered together for the past 15 years to provide a fabulous conference. This conference will provide a wide variety of sessions that will engage both the general, and specialist teacher. Sessions will include Physical Education (active, assessment, and coaching), and Health (physical, mental, and sexual) sessions. Come be active, engaged, and connect with like-minded educators. PHEBC will be hosting their AGM during lunch, and are looking for volunteers to become regional contacts and take on different roles within the PSA. If you are interested in presenting, please send an email to psa54@bctf.bctf.ca
lmanzini@sd48.bc.ca with a title and curriculum area (eg mental health), your name, and a brief workshop description.

Achievement and ELL Learners BC Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (BCTESOL)
Oct 25, Surrey, BC
Keynote speaker Carol Salva (@MsSalvac) is the author of Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students with Interrupted or Minimal Education. She will also be hosting a smaller, in-depth session on her keynote topic. Conference attendees will be able to select from a wide range of workshops on English Language Learning (ELL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and ESL/EAL topics. Participates may receive resources, instructional strategies, and techniques for enhancing their practice. Workshops will be lead by educators, innovators, and academics from across the province. Lunch is included with the registration. Target Audience K-12 ELL Teachers and homeroom/subject teachers. Contact Ebrahim Bawa Ebrahim.Bawa@abbyschools.ca Website http://bctesol.ca/

Avoir la littératie à coeur Association provinciale des professeurs d'immersion et du programme francophone (APPIPC)
Oct 25 to Oct 26, Vancouver, BC
Sous le thème Avoir la littératie à coeur, le congrès offrira des ateliers pour les enseignants de la maternelle à la 12e année. Il nous fera plaisir d'accueillir comme conférencier le Dr. Roy Lyster qui présentera son approche intégrée en immersion qui intègre l'enseignement de la langue aux contenus disciplinaires et thématiques. On vous y attend en grand nombre! Pour plus d'information, contactez info@congresappipc.ca Website www.congresappipc.ca

BC Music Educators' Association (BCMEA) Conference
Oct 25 to Oct 26, Richmond, BC
The BCMEA conference is the annual professional development opportunity of the British Columbia Music Educators' Association. We endeavor to connect music educators of all types from across our province and beyond. Join us at the River Rock Resort for two full days of professional development sessions. Website http://www.bcmeaconference.com/

BC School Counsellors' Association (BCSCA) conference
Oct 24 to Oct 25, Richmond, BC
BC School Counsellor's Association annual conference will align with the provincial pro-d day on October 24 and 25, 2019. Join us for a two-day experience exploring trauma through a variety of lenses. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Linda O'Neill, is a trauma specialist who works with schools to implement trauma-informed practices. On Thursday, we have Corey Reid and Dr. Linda Uyeda speaking together about ACE's, connecting the study to implications for working with children. The conference theme is "Realizing Resilience: Informed by trauma, Influenced by care" and workshops include topics such as "Addressing ACEs in your practice", "Preventing Vicarious Trauma and Provider Burnout", "Keys to Unleashing Resilience", and "Trauma Informed Practice in Schools". Join us for two days of important conversations and valuable learning. Register at bcscaconference.ca

BC Technology Education Association (BCTEA) Conference 2019
Oct 25, Burnaby, BC
The BCTEA is hosting its annual conference at Alpha Secondary in Burnaby this year. Join us for a full day of workshops and collaborative discussion. All Tech Ed. Subject areas will be covered. Back by popular demand will be the sharing sessions from last year, giving educators' time to quickly connect with new project ideas that meet the re-designed curriculum. In addition to all of the workshops and activities will be our vendor market.Website www.bctea.org

BCScTA CATALYST Confernce British Columbia Science Teachers' Association (BCScTA)
Oct 25, Richmond, BC
This year BCScTA once again brings the Catalyst conference to the Lower Mainland. This years theme, "CONVERGENCE: Bringing Perspectives Together" explores the common ground in School Science, Indigenous Knowledge, and Contemporary Science. Our conference keynote, Jo Chrona will highlight the opportunities to understand the common benefit that is realized when learning involves both traditional views of Science, as well as Aboriginal Perspectives. The theme is further explored in several workshops appropriate for all grade levels.
More information contact(s) Phil Bakker Phil.Bakker@sd23.bc.ca
John Munro John.munro@abbyschools.ca Website www.bcscta.com

BizTech 2019 British Columbia Business Educators Association (BCBEA)
Oct 25, Surrey, BC
Teaching Intermediate, or High school business courses (K 5-12), or Career Life 10 and 12 courses? Love resources, and curricular support? Than BizTech 2019 will be the place for you to get some classroom ready resources, PRIZES, and network connections! Conference fees (with lunch and prizes), begin at $50 for student teachers (include BCBEA membership fee), and $149 for BCTF (include BCBEA membership). Keynote, unique sessions geared to Grade 5-12 teachers (Careers animation, marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, Office, etc.), 5 Minute Slams (lesson sharing), networking, and prizes, will make this conference a PSA day favourite. Contact martinrunge@sd28.bc.ca. Website www.bcbea.ca

CUEBC 2019 Computer-Using Educators of BC (CUEBC)
Oct 25, Coquitlam, BC
Computer-Using Educators of BC (CUEBC) are proud to present British Columbia's longest-running educational technology professional development experience. For over 35 years, CUEBC has offered opportunities for all K-12 teachers to explore the changing world of technology with their classrooms. Teachers from all subject areas, and all levels of technological experience, have been coming back to CUEBC year after year for high-quality professional development that supports technologically mediated creativity and classroom innovation. In 2019 we are focusing on the role of technology in the delivery of British Columbia's revised curriculum. How can technology benefit your practice, improve learning outcomes for your students, and increase your ability to communicate student learning? Workshops include Office 365, Google Apps, Microbits, Spheros, Online Apps, AR/VR and many more! Contact registrar@cuebc.ca Website cuebc.ca

Celebrating Languages Conference 2019 BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML)
Oct 25, Saanich, BC
BCATML's 2019 Celebrating Languages Conference will be held at Vancouver Island's Claremont Secondary School. The conference will be special as it coincides with Diwali weekend. We are proud to announce the award-winning Gurpreet Bains as this year's conference keynote! She is the Modern Languages Department Head and Punjabi teacher at L.A. Matheson Secondary School in Surrey. Gurpreet embodies her beliefs in empowering students, engaging community, and thinking critically around culture, all through Punjabi language instruction. Conference co-chairs Kindra Harte, and Stacey Sveistrup look forward to welcoming all second language teachers, both elementary and secondary at this year's conference! Full conference details are found online at https://www.bcatml.org/conference-info.html

Classrooms to Communities: Connecting People, Place, and Planet Environmental Educators' Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)
Oct 25 to Oct 26, Vancouver, BC
Place-Based Learning is a core foundation of our curriculum in BC, teachers and students across the province are excited to be inquiring about issues and priorities that matter most to our communities with a more 'local lens'. By helping educators to connect classroom and community through a focus on people, place, and planet, this professional development event hopes to inspire more promising practices and transformative learning in our schools and communities. The conference will consist of a variety of place-based workshops, experiences, gatherings, community-based excursions, and opportunities for collaboration and dialogue. Contact psac66@bctf.ca Website https://c2c-bc.org/conference/

Dewey to Diversity British Columbia Teacher-Librarians' Association (BCTLA)
Oct 25, Surrey, BC
This year's conference 'Dewey to Diversity' will look a little different. More interaction, more take-aways, more connections! After our own Dominique Sullivan gives the keynote, we will break into facilitated discussion groups, featuring current topics like 'Digital Literacy', 'Inquiry', STEAM, and more. After lunch there will be workshops on topics like 'The Deep Dark Web', 'Collection Curation', 'Diversity in Graphic Novels', and 'Heritage Fairs'. These will all include a 'hands-on' component to take back and put into use. There will also be specialized sessions for new teacher-librarians. Please come and join us for an interactive experience.
More information contact Jennifer Fox jafox@telus.net Website https://bctla.ca/

INTERWOVEN British Columbia Art Teachers' Association (BCATA)
Oct 25 to Oct 26, Vancouver, BC
INTERWOVEN: Stories, Traditions, Media, and Art. The BCATA is excited to host Robert Davidson www.robertdavidson.ca one of Canada's most respected and important contemporary visual artists. A Northwest Coast native of Haida and Tlingit Descent, he is a master sculptor of totem poles and masks, and works in a variety of other media as a printmaker, painter, and jeweler. Ola Volo www.olavolo.com is a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a distinctive style drawn from history, multiculturalism, and folklore. Ola creates winding narratives that acknowledge the subtleties of human nature while celebrating the little surprises of everyday life. Two full days of workshops, Gallery tours, and artist talks. Don’t miss this one! More information contact memmott_d@surreyschools.ca Website www.bcata.ca

MOVE YOUR BODY! Dance Conference 2019 BC Dance Educators' Association (BCDEA)
Oct 25, Vancouver, BC
Workshops for ALL teachers and ALL levels! Contemporary Indigenous/Olivia Davies, Martha Graham Technique/Desirée Dunbar, Contemporary and Jazz/Christie Lee Manning, Tap/Troy McLaughlin, Musical Theatre/Jennifer Bishop, Movement and Literature/Cheryl Kay, Hip Hop/TwoFourSeven Company, and more! MOVE YOUR BODY! is a great conference to learn new movement and connect with teachers who incorporate movement into their classrooms. Additional information at www.bcdea.ca or email psac73@bctf.ca.

Making Connections-Supporting Students Learning Assistance Teachers' Associtation (LATA)
Oct 25, Vancouver, BC
Our Keynote speaker will be Katie Keier, renowned co-author of "Catching Readers Before They Fall". Confirmed workshops include: Indigenous responses to challenging behaviors, Indigenous responses to learning challenges, Play is the Way, understanding ADHD, assistive technology apps, alternative and augmented communication devices, co-teaching, and many more. Our facilitators include: Paul Pantaleo, Dr. Candice Murray, Dr. Marnie Ginsberg, Sarah Cohen, Julianne Harvey, and Dr. Sarah Wright-Cardinal. Lunch will be provided. There will be something for everybody. See you in October! Contact psac53@bctf.ca Website http://www.latabc.com

Math for All British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT)
Oct 25, Surrey, BC
BCAMT is welcoming educators of all grade levels to experience what BCAMT does best: supporting the diversity in learning, instruction, and assessment. This year, we are also featuring an additional Reggio-inspired Mathematics mini-conference facilitated by Janice Novakowski. The conference begins with powerful Ignite presentations from local educators. Speakers from all over BC will then share their expertise on the fundamental shifts in our curriculum, the initiatives in mathematics learning, and the world-wide focus on equity in the classroom. Join us in learning and sharing mathematical experiences that value and reflect the diversity of British Columbians.
More information contact(s) Deanna Brajcich dbrajcich@gmail.com and Susan Robinson srobinson@sd64.bc.ca
Conference website www.bcamt.ca/fall2019

Middle Years and Provincial Intermediate Teachers Association (myPITA) fall conference
Oct 25, Abbotsford, BC
The annual myPITA conference provides a broad range of professional development opportunities for grade 4-9 educators. With over 60 workshops in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, Social and Emotional Development, Art, Physical Education, Social Justice, and more there's something for everyone. Gary Anaka's ever-popular sessions on brain-based learning and myPITA's own Diana Cruchley are back, along with other seasoned myPITA presenters and many new faces as well. See you there! More information www.pita.ca contact president@pita.ca

Montessori Rocks-digging deeper for a better understanding. BC Montessori Teachers PSA (BCMTPSA)
Oct 25, Maple Ridge, BC
Our annual Montessori conference is being hosted at Hammond Elementary School. This year's focus is on Geology, timelines and human behaviour. Renowned geologist, Mika McKinnon is our keynote speaker, Irma Rodriquez will share her Montessori knowledge, and Anjeanette Dawson, our aboriginal weaver will be returning for a full day of weaving. Claudia Mann, from Fossilicious, will be present, and Betsy A. Lockhart will share strategies on classroom management in a Montessori environment. Exciting day of learning! Website www.bcmontessoripsa.org or email psac78@bctf.ca

Moving Forward Together Aboriginal Education Association (AEA)
Oct 25, Fort Langley, BC
Keynote Speakers: Carey Newman, creator of the Witness Blank, and Charlene Bearhead, Educational Lead for Moose Hide Campaign. Engage your mind and heart when you join us for our popular annual conference in Fort Langley. Discover effective ways to embed authentic Aboriginal Education in your K to 12 classrooms. Learn how to take action towards reconciliation, and engage your class/school in social justice initiatives such as Jordan's Principle, Orange Shirt Day, Have a Heart Day, Moose Hide Campaign, Red Dress Project, and Justice for Indigenous Women (J4IW). Many workshops include hands-on activities and take-aways. Contact Engage your mind and heart when you join us for our popular annual conference in Fort Langley. Discover effective ways to embed authentic Aboriginal Education in your K to 12 classrooms. Learn how to take action towards reconciliation and engage your class/school in social justice initiatives such as Jordan's Principle, Orange Shirt Day, Have a Heart Day, Moose Hide Campaign, Red Dress Project, and Justice for Indigenous Women (J4IW). Many workshops include hands-on activities and take-aways. Contact jmoir70@gmail.com

Primary Leadership Conference British Columbia Primary Teachers' Association (BCPTA)
Oct 25, Nanaimo, BC
"Inspiring Teachers" "Teaching For Heart and Mind: Cultivating Emotion in an Ocean of Thinking" with Adrienne Gear as Keynote Speaker.
This Inspirational Professional Development Day will include widely acclaimed presenters and classroom teachers who will focus on integration across the curriculum related to the redesigned curriculum and the goals of the BC Primary Program. BCPTA conference registrar Margaret Cavin margaretcavin@hotmail.com
Contact: 250-624-3783 (evenings and weekends). Website http://www.bcpta.ca/wordpress/

Seeing Self in Story: Holding space for identity and perspectives BC Teachers of English Language Arts (BCTELA)
Oct 24 to Oct 25, Surrey, BC
Social: Portage & Main Publishing sponsors Faye Brownlie launching the 2nd edition of her bestselling book, Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles.
Conference: Keynote, David A. Robertson, is an award-winning writer who educates as well as entertains through his writings about Indigenous Peoples in Canada, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. Join K-12 educators to explore topics that connect to identity, story, assessment, diversity, First Peoples, and a variety of exciting possibilities in ELA 10-12. Featuring Faye Brownlie, Jo Chrona, Leyton Schnellert, and more BC educators sharing their practices. Contact psac46@bctf.ca Website http://bctela.ca

Sharing Lands and Reconciling Narratives BC Social Studies Teachers' Association (BCSSTA)
Oct 25, Vancouver, BC
The BCSSTA is proud to announce Ryan McMahon as our keynote speaker this year. McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker, and community activator from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. He provides audiences with an in-depth, challenging analysis of the indigenous experience and the reconciliation movement. Ryan inspires audiences to play their part in building a more equitable country. Workshops, Exhibitors, and our famous lunch will all be included. More information at https://bcssta.wordpress.com/10-2/

Strengthening the "Core"-Critical and Creative Thinking Specialist Association of Gifted Educators (SAGEBC)
Oct 25, Coquitlam, BC
Join Lisa Van Gemert, the Gifted Guru, and SAGEBC to bring the Core Competency of Thinking Skills to life in your classroom. Participants will learn different ways to help students to think more deeply and analytically to increase student engagement. Take home a treasure trove of practical strategies to further infuse differentiation, critical thinking skills, and creativity into the classroom. Email psac63@bctf.ca

Teachers' of Home Economics Specialist Association Conference (THESA)
Oct 25, Chilliwack, BC
Come to scenic Chilliwack and explore Farm to Table in the Fraser Valley. Enjoy workshops, exhibits, time for reconnecting and networking, and more. Check out our website at https://www.thesaconference.ca/ for more information. Registration opens September 1, 2019.