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Summer Institutes 2017

This summer, the Association is offering 15 different institutes on mathematics, Kindergarten, and technology. The two-day sessions, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, are offered by OECTA’s Professional Development department, and are open to teachers in Ontario’s elementary and secondary schools.

Read the Summer Institutes brochure for a full course listing with descriptions, and a breakdown of session offerings by location.

Registration

Register now for a summer institute by selecting one of the courses and locations below. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Successful registrants will receive a confirmation email shortly after registering. Courses with insufficient registrants may not run.

Participants will be notified by email one week prior to the session start date with course information or if a course is cancelled. Lunch will be provided, and a subsidy of up to $200 is available to participants who will incur travel costs.

 

Courses

M-1 Fostering a Math Community

This session is designed to support grade 3-8 teachers in developing an engaging mathematics environment for students, so that the routines in place allow for rich problem solving to unfold . Practical, hands-on ideas such as fostering a growth mindset in mathematics, implementing the first 20 days in math to establish routine as well as our success with the use of vertical non-permanent workspaces to help students succeed in problem solving will be shared. Based on the innovative work of the Two Sisters, Peter Liljedahl, Jo Boaler and Marian Small and others, we will be putting it all together to leap forward in fostering math learning. Let’s explore number talks and flexibility in number to support students in developing conceptual understanding. This will be an opportunity to build and develop conceptual understanding of number sense and numeration expectations and ideas. Games to support concepts will be showcased. We will look at planning, assessment and feedback so that you are prepared when you return to class in the fall will.

 
GRADES 3-8 DATES LOCATIONS
  July 17, 18  Guelph
     
M-2 Help I Need to Teach Math Today!

Participants will learn how to develop a classroom environment, plan and execute the 3 part lesson. There will be a focus on developing mental math strategies. Games that support the acquisition of math concepts to develop fluency, efficiency and flexibility with numbers will be shared. A variety of visual representations to help students gain a deeper understanding of math ideas and concepts, while encouraging all learners to visualize the mathematics will be explored. As Catholic teachers, there will be the opportunity to make mathematics meaningful via a social justice lens. We will examine the planning, assessment and feedback cycle in order to best meet the needs of students and gap close where necessary.

 
JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE OCCASIONAL TEACHERS DATES LOCATIONS
  August 10, 11 Sudbury
     
M-3 Building Thinking Classrooms in Middle and High School Math

How does teaching and learning in a 360 degree classroom look, sound, and feel? Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces (VNPS) and Visibly Random Groups (VRG), research ideas from Dr. Peter Liljedahl, create an incredibly powerful and connected learning community in the math classroom. Student thinking is visible and actionable, where teachers can react in real time to help keep individuals and groups in a state of flow. Tom will lead participants through rich activities that model these ideas, as well as share video of classroom episodes that we will critically unpack and analyze.

 
GRADES 6-12 DATES LOCATIONS
  August 16, 17 Markham
     
M-4 Supporting Students' Mathematical Understanding

This learning opportunity will focus on the elements of a comprehensive mathematics program in primary, junior and intermediate grades. The focus of our learning will include the following:

  • Creating a culture of collaboration and a community of learners in the mathematics classroom- How do we create the conditions for collective sense-making in the mathematics classroom? How can we help students develop as mathematical thinkers who embody the Learning Skills, 21st Century Competencies and Catholic Graduate Expectations?
  • Understanding the Mathematics curriculum expectations and underlying mathematical concepts- What do the Mathematics curriculum expectations mean and what are the underlying mathematical concepts, big ideas and enduring understandings across the grades?
  • Effective assessment practices in mathematics- How do we use effective assessment practices to help us know our learners? How do we use assessment to inform our instruction?

Planning for mathematics instruction that is responsive to the needs of learners- What instructional strategies will support the needs of a range of learners? What effective digital and print resources are available for educators to help with planning and assessment?

 
GRADES K-8 AND OCCASIONAL TEACHERS DATES LOCATIONS
  August 17, 18 Toronto East
     
M-5 Growing in Math for New Teachers

This workshop is intended to support the growth and professional development of new teachers. We will examine various professional development, such as effective teaching strategies and assessment practices. The goal is to provide professional support so that new teachers can further develop skills to succeed in their first years of teaching.

 
BEGINNING TEACHERS DATES LOCATIONS
  July 10, 11 Mississauga
  August 10, 11 Perth
     
M-6 Math for All

The three days will focus on the use of the pedagogical system (Tools, Talks, Task and Trust) to support the vision of the mathematics learner. The session will include:

  • Creating open and parallel tasks
  • Number Talks
  • Purposeful use of manipulatives (concrete and virtual)
  • Strategies to promote growth mindset and establish a community of math learners
 
GRADES K-8 DATES LOCATIONS
  July 10, 11 Sault Ste. Marie
     
M-7 Always Prepared!

We will fill your math tickle trunk with ready to go ideas for any grade. Including both ideas that use technology and those that do not, ideas for Big Ideas in every strand, ideas that are all but guaranteed to keep the students (and you) engaged!

 
ALL GRADE LEVELS DATES LOCATIONS
  July 4, 5 Barrie
  July 13, 14 Windsor
     
M-8 T3 - Talk, Tools and TIPS in the Junior Math Classroom

During this two day institute we will explore strategies to build a vibrant classroom Math community and fill the 60 minutes with impactful Math work. We will:

  • Explore the new TIPS4MATH resource
  • Develop questions that cause students to do "real work" in Math
  • Discuss strategies to increase effective Math talk
  • Plan for the use of manipulatives and technology in Math lessons
  • Think about ways that students can demonstrate their learning

This session is suitable for all grades but examples will be explored from the perspective of the junior classroom.

 
GRADES 3-7 DATES LOCATIONS
  July 10, 11 Walkerton
  August 24, 25 Cornwall
     
M-9 Tips and Tricks for Mental Math

Exercise your Math Brain with this fun and engaging institute that explores Mental Math! Whether you are shaking off some rust or looking for new ways to develop your Mental Math Brain, these 3 days promise to keep you engaged. All teachers welcome because the love of math knows no age or limitation!

 
ALL GRADE LEVELS DATES LOCATIONS
  August 10, 11 Kingston
     
M-10 Stop Start Playing with Your Math: Play-Based Learning in the Junior Classroom & Beyond 2.0

Get students loving math class and learning to recognize the math in a variety of situations. Math games allow students rich opportunities to reflect, communicate and form meaningful connections with difficult concepts. In this workshop teachers will explore a variety of math games and reflection strategies to get students thinking and talking about mathematics. Games-based learning alleviate stress from the math class and provides students immediate feedback. Come play with us as we explore a diverse selection of games; ranging from simple file folder games to introductory coding and minecraft activities and learn strategies that will have your students forming meaningful connections with the math concepts involved.

 
JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE DATES LOCATIONS
  August 10, 11 St. Catherine’s
     
M-11 Inquiry & 21st Century Learning in Math

Math needs to be tangible and real; students need to see the math and see their world reflected in the math they are doing. Students can no longer be passive observers in the math class. We are moving away from the days where students answer from worksheets or spend half the period taking up answers while zoning out. Students must actively engage and see the math as meaningful to them in their lives. We want students to engage and explore mathematics through rich inquiry based tasks. This workshop will focus on how to elicit the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning (Critical thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration) and utilize various web tools to like Scratch (basic coding) and Minecraft to help immerse them in mathematics. Join to help learn to stimulate student curiosity and make mathematics meaningful to students in the 21st Century.

 
GRADES 3-11 DATES LOCATIONS
  August 29, 30 Muskoka
     
T-1 Technology 101 for the Classroom

Pick one tool and be great at it! This workshop is designed to explore a small group of very effective tools in the classroom that can be used for tasks such as documentation, artefact creation, going paperless or for interactive skill development. This is the perfect starting point for any teacher ready to take their first steps into technology integration.

Bringing your own device is highly recommended.

 
ALL GRADE LEVELS DATES LOCATIONS
  August 7, 8 Guelph
     
T-2 Deep Integration of Technology in the Classroom

This workshop focuses on advanced techniques for integration of technology in the classroom and is designed for teachers who have moderate experience with technological tools. Teachers taking this institute will learn advanced methods for tasks involving workflow, documentation, creation and interactivity.

Bringing your own device is mandatory.

 
ALL GRADE LEVELS DATES LOCATIONS
  August 14, 15 Ottawa
     
K-1 The Four Frames

During this two day institute participants will review the Kindergarten Program, examine the conditions necessary for building positive professional partnerships with colleges and begin to unpack each of the four frames of learning. Participants will focus on, becoming discerning noticers and namers of student learning and writing effective Initial Observations.

 
CURRENT KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS DATES LOCATIONS
  July 13, 14 St.Catharines
  August 29, 30 Thunder Bay
     
K-2 Digging Deeper: Moving from Managing Activity to Noticing Learning

During this two day institute participants will dig deeper into the 4 frames. Participants will work towards developing a deeper understanding of inquiry based learning, creating impactful documentation and noticing and naming student learning while discovering how these practices can transform into communication of learning.

 
CURRENT KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS DATES LOCATIONS
  July 4, 5 Toronto
  July 5,6 Sault Ste. Marie
  July 10, 11 London
  July 13, 14 Windsor
  August 10, 11 Barrie
  August 10, 11 Hamilton
  August 16, 17 Markham
  August 14, 15 Ottawa
  August 24, 25 Napanee
  August 24, 25 Mississauga
     

Dates and Locations

LOCATION COURSE DATES SUBJECT GRADE LEVEL

Barrie

M-7 July 4, 5 Math All  Grades

Cornwall

M-8 Aug 24, 25  Math 3-7

Guelph

M-1
T-1
July 17, 18
Aug 7, 8
Math
Tech
3-8
All Grades
Hamilton K-2 Aug 10, 11 Kindergarten

K-Teachers

Kingston

M-9
K-2
Aug 10, 11
Aug 24, 25
Math
Kindergarten
All Grades

London

K-2 July 10, 11 Kindergarten K-Teachers

Markham

M-3
K-2
Aug 16, 17
Aug 16, 17
Math
Kindergarten
6-12
K-Teachers

Mississauga

M-5
K-2
July 10, 11
Aug 24, 25
Math
Kindergarten
Beginning Teachers
K-Teachers

Sault Ste Marie

M-6
K-2
July 10, 11
Aug 24, 25
Kindergarten
Math
K-Teachers
K-8

Ottawa

T-2
K-2
Aug 16, 17
Aug 16, 17
Technology
Kindergarten
All Grade Levels
K-Teachers

Perth

M-5 Aug 10, 11 Math Beginning Teachers

St. Catharines

K-1
M-10
July 13, 14
Aug 10,11
Kindergarten
Math
K-Teachers
Jr. / Intermediate

Muskoka

M-11 Aug 29, 30 Math 3-11

Sudbury

M-2 Aug 10, 11 Math Jr. / Intermediate

Thunder Bay

K-1 Aug 29, 30 Kindergarten K-Teachers

Toronto

M-4
K-2
July 4, 5
Aug 17, 18
Math
Kindergarten
Occasional Teachers
K-Teachers

Walkerton

M-8 July 10, 11 Math 3-7

Windsor

M-7
K-2
July 13, 14
July 13, 14
Math
Kindergarten
All Grades
K-Teachers

Institutes may be offered in other areas if there are 15 or more teachers interested.

Contact

For more information, contact summerinstitutes@catholicteachers.ca or call Riley Watson at 1-800-268-7230 Ext. 476

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