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Addressing Mental Health Issues in the Classroom

(90 minutes)

Teachers are noticing the increasing numbers of students in their classes who are exhibiting behaviours that are problematic and perplexing. This five-hour workshop will help develop teachers’ understanding of what mental health issues might look like in students and how best to help the students in their classrooms. Teachers aren’t expected to be psychologists or medical practitioners in resolving these issues, but there are ways for them to help students with mental health issues. 

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Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Our Schools and Communities

(1.5–3 hours, includes off-screen working session and break)

Participants will leave the workshops with ideas they can implement towards an action plan to advance equity and inclusion in their communities. After exploring some of the challenges faced by members of equity-seeking groups, workshop participants will become inspired to delve deeper into the barriers to equity and inclusion. Through an understanding of the factors that contribute to oppression of members of equity-seeking groups, participants will consider acts of allyship they can take to help overcome barriers to full inclusion.

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Advocating for Public Education—A conversation between parents, teachers, and trustees

(3–5 hours)

This new workshop can be booked as a SURT is a PSI (Professional and Social Issues) workshop. The intent of this workshop is to bring together parents, teachers, and trustees together to invite a conversation about public education. The objective is to create a local understanding of public education in the 21st century.

The workshop asks participants to consider ways in which parents, teachers, and trustees can work together to achieve the conditions necessary for a vibrant public education system. 

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An In-depth Look at the Role of Joint Health and Safety Committees

(4 hours)

This workshop expands on Module 2 of the basic workshop. It looks at the duties and functions of the joint health and safety committee in the context of the four basic rights and of the general duties of employers, workers, and supervisors. Participants will discuss common difficulties committees face and will examine the effectiveness of their own committees. 

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Antiracist Strategies for Educators

(1.5-hour to 3-hour workshop)

This interactive workshops equips teachers with a better understanding of antiracism and how it can be incorporated into their daily teaching practice. Participants will consider key skills students and teachers need to discuss and implement antiracism and will have the opportunity to explore teaching strategies and resources to integrate this approach into their classrooms.

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Assertive Communication: Positive Interactions

(1.5–3 hours, includes off-screen working session and break)

This workshop teaches the key principles of communication by exploring the differences between passive, aggressive, and assertive communication styles. Participants will develop skills through a variety of exercises, role play and practice, in order to effectively communicate in their classroom, schools, union work, or personal lives.

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Assessment for Learning

(90 minutes)

This workshop reviews the research that shows that doing more formative assessment in classrooms can have dramatic effects on student learning and achievement for all students, and help low achievers the most. The workshop will review the research, clarify the differences between formative assessment for learning and summative assessment of learning, and provide opportunities for participants to discuss what this might look like in the grades and subjects they teach. Participants are asked to bring student work in order to practise giving descriptive feedback.

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Assessment Issues in the Secondary Classroom: Challenges and Possibilities 

(90 minutes to 5 hours)

This workshop addresses issues in assessment, evaluation, and grading practices in secondary schools. Issues discussed will include the balance of formative and summative assessment, the use of zero as a mark, marks deductions for late work and other work habit issues, grading group work, averaging marks across the semester/year, re-dos, and retakes. This workshop supports the directions of the revised curriculum and can incorporate core competency based reflections. (This workshop complements the Assessment for Learning workshop and can be booked in conjunction or separately. If both workshops are being considered it is advised that Assessment Issues in the Secondary Classroom be booked to begin this conversation). 

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BCTF Code of Ethics: Understanding the Professional Relationship

(90 minutes)

This workshop helps members understand professional and ethical behavior as it relates to the BCTF Code of Ethics. It explores clauses, the rationale, and the processes for enforcement of and for dealing with alleged violations of the code. It defines the role of the Judicial Council and the role of local officers in promoting ethical conduct. Scenarios are used to promote discussion and to apply the Code of Ethics to members’ behaviours and situations.

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Capacity Building: Developing the School Leadership Team

(90 minutes)

Developing the knowledge, skills, and union-mindedness of the school-based team of teacher leaders (staff representatives, PD representatives, SJ representatives, staff committee chairpersons, health and safety representatives) is an important way to build capacity in the local. This workshop looks at practical ways to use the power of the team to support and advocate for members, create positive relationships in schools, and promote teacher education agendas. (Please note: this workshop should only be booked when bringing union representatives from all the leadership areas together.)

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Classroom Management

(3 to 5 hours; may be split into two parts)

This workshop provides a framework for creating a classroom management plan that includes preventing problems, taking action when problems arise and intervening with individual students. This framework allows teachers to create a management plan that is based on positive behaviour support but is flexible to accommodate many strategies and teaching styles. Included is the opportunity to re-examine personal practice and beliefs, explore respectful discipline approaches and expand classroom management strategies.

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Notes: There is another workshop on Challenging Behaviour that deals with individual students in more depth. There is also a workshop on Classroom Management for TTOCs.

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Classroom Management for TTOCs

(2–3 hours)

TTOCs must establish rapport with students quickly and use management strategies that work immediately. The workshop will explore the basics of classroom management and how TTOCs can adapt them for their work. Practical strategies for creating a positive environment and taking constructive action with individual students will be explored.

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Contract Awareness: Know Your New Collective Agreement

(two 90-minute sessions)
This revised workshop is designed to familiarize staff reps and the school union team with the restored collective agreement language following our Supreme Court of Canada win. The facilitator will guide participants through the local's restored language, then use case studies to show how the language will be applied at the school level. The role of the staff rep is discussed, showing the importance of the enforcement of the restored language plus any applicable remedies at the school level. This is a "hands-on" workshop so participants must bring copies of their collective agreement as well as copies of the local restored language.

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Creating a Culture of Professionalism

(90 minutes)

This workshop explores the ways local and school teams can and do lead on professional issues, develop ideas and practices around professional cultures, and seek ways to enhance and support the autonomous professional practices of teachers.

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Creating Cultures of Peace 

(90 minutes)

In line with the big ideas and core competencies of the revised curriculum, this interactive workshop provides resources for teachers and their students to create peaceful learning communities, and to discuss current global realities. Activities will incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and discuss the effects of war and violence on children and youth. Lesson sequences will be provided and explored surrounding the Palestine-Israel Conflict, and Olympic Truce, which was recently revived by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to emphasize the role sport can play in building a more peaceful world.  

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Creating Inclusive Spaces: Applying an Equity and Inclusion Lens to Your Local, Schools and Classrooms

(1.5–3 hours, includes off-screen working session and break)

Available as a SURT or PSI workshop. This workshop will provide teachers with strategies to help contribute to more inclusive environments. Participants will be introduced to a number of barriers to inclusion based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class and physical ability. They will then explore strategies and resources available on the BCTF Equity and Inclusion webpages to address these barriers. Through an inquiry model, participants will begin thinking about specific actions they can take in their classrooms, schools, locals, and communities.

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Creating Opportunities for Teacher Inquiry in your Local

(90 minutes)

This workshop is designed to support locals in advocating, developing and implementing teacher inquiry in their district by providing them with examples, suggestions, and resources. Participants will be introduced to the BCTF Teacher Inquiry program, delve into principles of the inquiry process, and have time to strategize and plan for a locally developed and locally organized inquiry project.

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Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

(90 minutes)

TTOCs are a particularly vulnerable sector of the teaching profession. This workshop examines ways to cope with stress and the unpredictability of life as a TTOC. We will look at the emotional and physical reactions to stress, how to identify specific sources of stress, ways of problem solving as well as general ways of relieving stress.

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Education Change: The Big Picture

(90 minutes)

This revised workshop looks at educational change through several lenses including:

- curriculum—what we teach
- our pedagogy—how we teach, assessment, and reporting
- political imperatives—such as Aboriginal Education, inclusion
- technology—the tools we use change what we do
- and contract negotiations—creating a different frame.

Participants will engage in activities that assess educational change initiatives in education using the lenses of students' learning, our ability to incorporate proposed changes in the classroom, and the overall benefits to public education.

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Effective School Staff Committees

(90 minutes)

Government has increased the voice of parents in schools, given greater power to administration, and limited teachers’ roles in decision-making. To maintain teacher influence and control over their professional lives, teachers require their own independent and democratic structure and processes in the worksite. This workshop offers practical advice on how to establish and maintain a school staff committee.

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Engaging Members Through Professional Issues: Unveiling the OECD’s Global Policy Agenda

(90 minutes)

This workshop will help participants identify the OECD agenda and develop concrete plans to broaden our approaches to professionalism, professional issues, and professional development. Participants will be provided background information on the OECD, its agenda, and its role in shaping the BC public education system. You will also be connected to issues of disengagement, burnout, and isolation within the teaching profession and to the OECD’s global policy agenda.

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Ergonomics

(3 hours)

British Columbia is one of only a few jurisdictions in the world that has comprehensive workplace ergonomics regulations. This workshop provides basic information about ergonomics and looks at the ergonomics requirements in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. Participants will learn: how to identify ergonomic problems in their workplaces, some risk assessment techniques, and some effective control measures that can be implemented to reduce the risk to workers of musculoskeletal injuries.

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Health and Safety During COVID-19: Your Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities

(90 minutes)

What are your health and safety rights? How do you report a COVID-19 health and safety concern? What is the process for refusing unsafe work? The purpose of this workshop is to answer these types of health and safety questions, and also for the local to review their health and safety reporting communication protocols and follow up.

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How to be an Antiracist in our Schools, Unions, and Communities

(1.5–3 hours, includes off-screen working session and break)

This skills-based workshop is a powerful, practical way to promote awareness and empathy, and to develop the skills to effectively respond to discriminatory remarks and incidents of racism. Although it is often easy to identify an incident of personal racism, responding effectively is often challenging. This workshop has been updated to provide participants with opportunities to practise strategies to intervene effectively.

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Incident Investigations and Reports

(90 minutes)

The legal requirements of accident/incident investigations and reporting will be reviewed. Various types of incidents and causes of incidents will be discussed. Participants will discuss a case study in order to proceed through the stages of investigation—necessary facts, investigative tools, visiting the scene, interviewing, and evaluating. 

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Incident Reporting

(90 minutes)

Dr. Jennifer Newman, a workplace psychologist, states that workplaces should have zero harm policies. Harm is preventable and unacceptable. All incidents must be reported and investigated to take steps to prevent further injuries or an exacerbation of injuries. The most important incidents to report are the near misses so that whatever caused the near miss is eliminated or controlled and does not cause a more serious accident or injury. This workshop will cover what should be reported, how to report, and what should come from reporting.

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Infusing Aboriginal Content (K-9)

(90 minutes) 

While teachers express interest in incorporating more Aboriginal content in their classrooms, they are sometimes unsure of where to start and how to find authentic materials. This workshop is designed to create awareness around integrating Aboriginal perspectives and quality Aboriginal resources in the classroom through hands on activities.

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Is it a Grievance? Problem-solving at the School Level

(two 90-minute sessions)

This workshop gives union representatives an understanding of the grievance procedure for solving disputes. Participants learn their role in grievance handling and enhance their skill in helping colleagues resolve problems at the school level. Participants must bring a copy of their collective agreement in order to examine issues of local or school concern.

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Joint Health and Safety Committees/Worker Representatives

(90 minutes)

The provisions of the Workers Compensation Act will be reviewed. Scenarios and discussion of duties and responsibilities, including committee terms of reference, will be included. Participants will go over successful strategies for effective committees, including organization of meetings and reporting responsibilities. 

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Navigating Difficult Waters: Relationship Building at the School Level 

(90 minutes)

“This workshop exceeded my expectations. Every school in the province should have this opportunity.” – Workshop participant.
This workshop is designed to build community and collegiality through proactive experiences. When schools undergo significant change, such as an influx of new staff, changing roles, reorganization, or curriculum change, relationships can become strained. The intent of this workshop is to provide an understanding of what influences our behaviour when working together and to provide a framework for ongoing teacher led staff development. “It was a joy to listen to the experiences of people in the field with us, understand my needs in the organization, as well as to see where my co-workers are. I love the thinking it started.” - Workshop participant.

"Thanks for giving us such an inspiring starting point! Everyone had such wonderful feedback on your presentation. The staff was very eager to debate our thoughts further and create an action plan to build in collaboration frameworks into the day. We are hoping to meet next week to develop these ideas further. Thank you so much again."
- an elementary school staff rep

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New Teachers History and Relationships

(90 minutes)

This component of the “New Teachers” SURT will introduce new members to their union. The topics covered include the structure of the BCTF and a brief history of the Federation. Participants will also discuss the importance of professional relationships, including the BCTF Code of Ethics, professional boundary issues, and the importance of the teacher/parent relationship.

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New Teachers Myth Busters

(90 minutes)

New teachers are often unaware of the importance of our collective agreement and their rights and responsibilities as public school teachers in BC. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the collective agreement and discuss the sections most relevant to them. The workshop emphasizes the importance of the local and the role that the Local President plays in upholding the provisions of the collective agreement. This workshop also introduces participants to the rights and responsibilities that teachers have when it comes to health and safety.

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New Teachers Professional Learning

(90 minutes)

BCTF members are fiercely protective of their rights to professional autonomy when it comes to their professional learning and pedagogical decisions. This component of the “New Teachers” workshop delves into professional autonomy by examining the Professional Development Lens and the differences between professional development and in-service, particularly as it relates to curriculum implementation. Participants will also become familiar with the services and supports offered by the BCTF, including the 32 Provincial Specialist Associations, the workshops program, and other PD opportunities.

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Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Program

(90 minutes)

School health and safety issues will be reviewed in the context of the workplace and necessary policies and procedures. The basic elements of an OH&S program are covered. Sample or actual school district policies and procedures will be reviewed. 

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Occupational Health & Safety Training for New Committee Members and Worker Reps

(90 minutes)

This workshop is designed for new members of Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committees in their first six months on a committee.  Effective April 3, 2017, Worksafe BC regulations require all new members of committees and worker reps to receive 8 hours of instruction on prescribed health and safety topics (OHSR 3.27) . This workshop satisfies that requirement. The content of the workshop also serves as a good back-to-basics refresher for committee people, or as a SURT.  

Note: The training prescribed for new committee people is outside of the 8 hour education educational leave entitled under Part3, Division 4, Section 135 of the Workers’ Compensation Act.

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Professional Boundary Issues: Teacher/Student Relationships

(3 hours, may be divided into two 90-minute sessions)

Sometimes the standards of conduct between students and teachers are ambiguous. Teachers place themselves in jeopardy when boundaries are crossed. This workshop helps school staffs and TTOCs identify the boundaries and provides them with support and resources. Reference will be made to the BCTF Code of Ethics.

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Project of Heart

(3 hours)

Project of Heart is an inquiry-based, hands-on, collaborative, intergenerational, artistic journey for seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. This teaching resource examines the history and legacy of Indian residential schools, commemorates the lives of the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result, and prepares students to engage in social justice activities that contribute to the developing truth and reconciliation movement.

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Reach Out, Speak Out on Homophobia and Transphobia

(1.5–3 hours)

This workshop focuses on how to be an ally and support LGBTQ+ youth within schools. Educators will develop an understanding of sexuality and gender as spectrums and will explore essential terminology and pronouns. It will increase understanding of the impact of homophobia and transphobia on youth and look at strategies and best practices to address these. The importance of GSA’s and LGBTQ+ policies will be shared. This workshop is highly recommended for educators wanting to create an inclusive school culture so that all students feel safe and included.

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Refusal of Unsafe Work

(90 minutes)

The process of refusal of unsafe work will be covered in the school context. Scenarios and examples will be reviewed in order for participants to understand the kinds of circumstances under which refusal may occur. 

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Role and Function of the Pro-D Rep

(90 minutes)

This updated workshop develops the skills and knowledge of the PD chairs as a union leader using the PD lens as a strategic tool. Strategies are explored for building member and public support for professional development, advocating for teacher-centered PD, and returning control of PD to teachers. 

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Role and Function of the School Site Health and Safety Rep

(90 minutes)

The School based health and safety rep is more than just another body around the Joint Occupational Health and Safety committee table. This workshop explores the role of the health and safety rep from the union activist perspective. The Health and safety rep is an advocate, an advisor, and an assistant. This workshop explains these roles and how they fit in the union role. 

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Role and Function of the Social Justice Contact

(1.5–3 hours, includes off-screen working session and break)

School-based social justice representatives working with the local’s Social Justice Committee can explore their roles and the functions they have within the school and local. They will have an opportunity to set out long- and short-term plans and explore how to work in coalition with others in their schools and community. 

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Role of the Staff Rep

(90 minutes)

This revised workshop has combined the “Role and Function of the Staff Rep” and the two “Advocacy for Staff Reps” workshops into a single full-day workshop that will prepared your staff reps for their work with members in schools. Staff reps should not feel that they are alone in doing this work in the school. They will learn about their rights as a staff rep, learn how to represent members in initial conversations with school administrators, and become familiar with the format and content of the provincial and local collective agreement.This workshop will also discuss how to establish a network of support at the school and local level. Facilitators will use strategies such as role-playing, problem solving, and discussions to guide participants through all aspects of their role as staff reps.

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Safety Inspections

(90 minutes)

This module reviews the pre-inspection, inspection, and post-inspection stages. School-related checklists and other materials are used. Participants will learn how to identify hazards during safety inspections. Pictures of school activities will be used as a basis of discussion. 

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Self-directed PD Planning: The Autonomous Professional

(90 minutes)

Participants become familiar with professional self-directed planning options that build and support teachers’ autonomy, professionalism, and collaboration. Participants will explore the differences between effective, teacher-directed PD, the "consumer model" of PD, and types of in-service, as well as some of the stumbling blocks to effective PD.

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Staying Well at Teaching

(90 minutes)

Teaching is complex. High public expectations, class composition, educational cutbacks, and increased accountability affect schools, teachers, and students. BCTF surveys identify increased workload and stress as significant concerns for teachers. This workshop helps teachers stay well. Setting boundaries around workload, self-care and smart choices, and de-stressing are key themes. All focus on building shared solutions to both the demands of the work and the isolation of teaching. Participants will reconnect with colleagues, laugh, and tell stories as they assess their work-life balance and explore staying well and creating a healthy workplace. Skilled teacher facilitators will design the session to suit the needs of each school staff. Retreat locations away from the school are recommended, where possible.

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Taking Action for Climate Justice

(1.5–3 hours, includes off-screen working session and break)

This workshop will provide participates with an increased understanding of the urgency to take action on global warming. Participants will leave the workshop with a bank of lessons and resources to teach about climate justice along with the skills needed to address controversial issues in the classroom. The workshop provides strategies for teachers to support existing BCTF policies related to climate action by supporting students in advocating for climate justice in their communities and at the provincial and national level.

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TTOC Life: A Student Teacher Workshop

(180 minutes)

This workshop was designed for TTOCs to build awareness about professional issues. It also provides information to student teachers on jobs and the role of a TTOC. This workshop introduces student teachers to the BCTF and TTOC services.

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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

(90 minutes)

This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The BC Government passed Bill 41 last year as a means of acknowledging the need for governments to align policy with these important principles. Teachers will become acquainted with the document's history and explore the educational implications of Bill 41.

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Union Mentorship

(90 minutes)

In this workshop participants will explore the advantages of developing a local mentorship program for all members, particularly members from equity-seeking groups. Participants will discuss how to create a respectful and deliberate way to share information, support each other, develop leadership and confidence, and how to be open to new ideas and ways of doing things that are essential to this process of renewal. Addressing barriers to leadership opportunities by developing knowledge and understanding makes our Federation more inclusive and encourages the next generation of activists.

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Violence in the Workplace

(3 hours)

Workplace violence is becoming a growing concern in the education sector. Every year dozens of workers in schools are victims of threats and violence in the performance of their jobs. This workshop explores the definition of violence, types of violence, and what is required to assess and plan to reduce and eliminate risks. The workshop discusses risk assessment, safety plans, privacy issues, and the right to know, all with a focus on keeping workers safe.

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Violence Prevention

(90 minutes)

This workshop reviews the WCB section on violence protection. Emphasis is on completing a risk assessment and on processing reports of violence, up to and including a WCB claim. In addition, the workshop discusses the law on the release of a student’s history of violence in the context of a violence protection program.

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