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Across the Curriculum

Cultivating our Catholic Perspective (A)
As Catholic teachers, we know that the core of good teaching is not in the self-centred but rather in the centred self. This workshop offers some clear and simple ways to discover, restore, and nurture our core teaching values, our distinct Catholic identity, and the vocation of being a Catholic teacher.
Fostering Positive Parent-Teacher Relationships (A)
This workshop focuses on effective communication tools that teachers can use to keep parents informed. We will discuss communication practices that promote a partnership with parents and enhance students’ school success. Teachers will learn strategies to address difficulties that may arise in communicating with parents.
LEGO in the Classroom: Building a Better Tomorrow (E)
Can a few brightly coloured bricks have a dramatic impact on your classroom? More than a simple toy, LEGO can help students expand their capacities and develop creative solutions to real-world problems through self-directed and collaborative learning. LEGO in the classroom provides students with the tools to explore their world and their own understanding in a whole way. This presentation will showcase some of the simple and complex ways that LEGO has been integrated into the classroom and how it has transformed the lives of students, teachers, and classroom communities alike.
Parental Engagement (A)
We are part of a team of facilitators for a new workshop resource that has been developed collaboratively with all Catholic education partners. This workshop will train school teams of teachers, principals, and parents to provide local leadership in improving parental engagement in Catholic schools.
Population Education (A)
Regardless of educational background, this workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in alternate strategies to support numeracy and literacy development. Through hands-on activities, participants will discover how they might help students develop a greater social awareness, empower them, and encourage social/environmental/political action. Ready-to-use lesson plans with additional resources and curriculum links provided.

Arts

Art Ideas and Activities to Use Tomorrow and Throughout the Year (E)
This is a hands-on workshop of basic pencil and pastel colouring techniques and other great art ideas, which will allow students to enhance and improve the quality of their artwork across all subject areas. Participants will come away with a year's worth of art lessons, evaluations, and samples.
Drama and Movement 4-6 (J)
This workshop offers teachers creative approaches and activities to this discipline. It provides teachers with resources as well as hands-on activities which can be implemented directly into the classroom. It also examines the curriculum expectations and provides useful assessment and evaluation strategies.
Intermediate Concepts and Skills in the Arts (I)
This workshop provides intermediate teachers with fundamental skills in order to assess and develop students in the discipline of the arts. It helps direct educators, allowing them to facilitate their students to choose the “options” that best fit their needs and individual skills. Teachers will learn how to group the arts together, allowing students to make connections as to how they interrelate with each other.
Linking the Arts (S)
This workshop offers secondary teachers the unique opportunity to learn how to develop a cross-curricular unit of study involving the Arts as the fundamental basis. Using music, drama, visual arts, and dance in conjunction with religion, English, history, geography, and science will show students how historical time periods were collectively developed. This workshop illustrates how teachers can create a student-directed unit of study involving a single time period. It will demonstrate how to coordinate a unit with other teachers who teach in different areas, drawing upon each teacher's experience and area of expertise. Although the basis of this workshop is for teachers of the arts, it is open to all areas of the curriculum and allows for differentiated learning strategies.
Music 4-6 (J)
This workshop demonstrates activities as well as resources for teachers to use directly in the classroom. It provides teachers with a basic, yet useful understanding of key essentials with regard to music theory, musical concepts, appreciation, as well as application. It provides teachers with the skills to build solid foundations in music for their students.
Visual Arts in Elementary (E)
This workshop will expand the expectations of students beyond the concept of “crafts,” allowing them to explore some elements of design. It provides teachers with practical resources and highlights key concepts used in this discipline. Teachers will be provided with several resources as well as practical ideas for use in the classroom.

Bullying

Bullying Prevention (A)
One of the most difficult tasks classroom teachers face is the need to protect students from being bullied, or becoming bullies. Prevention is the best policy. Through a hands-on workshop, teachers will be introduced to some practical, research-based strategies, both for individual classrooms and whole-school approaches.
Bullying: Why it happens and What Parents, Teachers, and Kids Can Do About It (A)
Bullying is found throughout our society: in the workplace, the family, and the school. This is a workshop that will help teachers, administrators, parents, and bullied students to better understand the causes of bullying. It also will provide practical advice for dealing with bullies.

Classroom Planning and Management

How to Make Classroom Organization Work for You (A)
Do you feel you could benefit from organizational time management skills, to help your classroom run more smoothly and give you a chance to enjoy life? The presenter is a classroom teacher and a time management/organizational expert, who will share hundreds of techniques and ideas that will allow you to stay on top of the paperwork and ahead of the game.
Preparing for the Job Interview (O)
This workshop will focus on key elements to help prepare you for the interview process for long-term occasional positions. Topics will include interview questions and responses in areas such as special education, classroom management, what it means to teach in a Catholic school, learning goals, success criteria, and much more. Put the time and effort into preparing so you are ready to walk into an interview with knowledge and confidence.
Simple Strategies to Improve Classroom Management, Teaching Effectiveness, and Ensure Success for Students (A)
This workshop is intended to offer suggestions, not prescriptions, for classroom management and strategies. There are no rules that will work in all situations, but the guidelines to be presented have been helpful to many teachers. Teachers will have an opportunity to share their knowledge, experiences, and concerns with their colleagues.
The Occasional Teacher’s Survival Guide (A)
Whether you are teaching a full-day elementary class or a single high school period, this workshop offers proven strategies and essential tips that will make the difference between a good day of teaching and a disastrous one. Special emphasis will be given to the number one skill necessary for occasional teachers: handling classroom and behavioural situations.

Equity and Inclusivity

Building an Inclusive Classroom (A)
This workshop provides an opportunity for those who have experience with, or hope to become involved in, mentoring groups focusing on the philosophy and objectives of Gay-Straight Alliances. This workshop will explore how schools can further the work of supporting LGBTQ youth. We look forward to sharing "best practices" of teachers from our system.
Combined Grades (A)
This issue presents unique problems for classroom management, planning, and assessment. The workshop provides a framework for teachers, addressing the components of combined grades. At the end of the workshop, teachers will have developed strategies for classroom management, planning, and assessment for their particular set of grades.
Inclusive Practices - Meeting the Needs of Many (E)
Learn more about meeting the needs of students with varying needs and exceptionalities in both the regular classroom and small group settings. Explore strategies for all students to become more efficient and independent learners. Discover ideas and activities to get students turned on to strategy-based learning.
One Classroom for All - Building a Classroom That Welcomes All (A)
Equity and excellence go hand-in-hand. In order to reach every student, an equitable and inclusive classroom is fundamental. This workshop will endeavour to give you the tools necessary to realize the potential, and appreciate the diversity, of every student in your classroom.
Poverty in our Schools (A)
Education is an essential component of creating an inclusive community, where the effects of poverty and homelessness can be recognized and reduced. This workshop will examine poverty and homelessness and its social, emotional, and cognitive effects on students in our schools. Strategies will be shared to offer support for how to teach students about poverty, as well as specific strategies for working with students in your classroom who are experiencing poverty first-hand.
Respecting Ways of Knowing: Culturally Responsive Teaching through the Infusion of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Ways of Knowing (A)
This workshop will explore teaching, learning, and assessment in the context of the Infusion of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ways of knowing. Deconstructing the successes and challenges encountered in the implementation of holistic teaching, learning, and assessment, and the questions raised by the use of culturally-responsive techniques, this workshop will provide practical examples of how these philosophies unfold in the classroom.

Facilitation Skills

Facilitation Skills and Effective Teams (A)
Participants will explore the development and evaluation of effective teams, and focus on the skills that are essential to team success. This interactive workshop introduces and demonstrates facilitation techniques, the various roles of the "citizen facilitator" in supporting teams, and strategies for dealing with challenging participants in both teams and groups.

FSL

FSL Teacher Collaboration and Strategies for Oral Communication (A)
The goal of this workshop is primarily to promote teacher collaboration and sharing of best practices in FSL. The workshop is participatory in nature. Teachers have an opportunity to explore and discuss effective teaching strategies with a focus on oral communication in French. Participants are encouraged to share their valuable experiences and ideas, network with colleagues, and develop Professional Learning Communities.

Global Education

Strategies for Integrating Global Education into Your Classroom (A)
This workshop helps teachers develop an approach to education in which students learn to perceive and understand the world as a global system and, at the same time, recognize the benefits, costs, rights, and responsibilities inherent in their participation in this system. Participants “unpack” key global education issues and examine practical strategies and resources to support the integration of a global education perspective into the classroom.

Kindergarten

Making Learning Visible through Pedagogical Documentation: Full-Day Kindergarten/Grade 1 (E)

Through the use of pedagogical documentation in mathematics, early primary educators are uncovering how children think and learn, and are adapting their practice to support learning of all students. Participants will develop an understanding of and practical strategies about:

  • How to collect documentation: strategies to support taking in and noticing student learning (observations, questioning, note taking, technology).
  • What to collect: learning ideas for math through play/inquiry-based learning.
  • What to do with the collections: analyzing student learning. Learn about and practice various uses for pedagogical documents, including assessment, evaluation, and parent communications.  We will also learn how children can be documenters of their own learning and interact with inquiry-based learning.

Mathematics / Numeracy

Building a Community of Mathematicians (E)

This workshop focuses on Paying Attention to Mathematics K – 12. Key learning will focus on building mathematics knowledge for teaching, exploring a repertoire of instructional approaches, and being responsive to day-to-day student learning through the use of assessment as learning practices. The junior numerate learner will be at the heart of this professional learning, which will focus on:

  • Building content knowledge of the mathematics curriculum and deepening our understanding of the continuum of learning in mathematics.
  • Planning for learning experiences with a backwards design model using curriculum content and Big Ideas in mathematics.
  • Focussing on proportional reasoning and the sequence of learning from additive to multiplicative thinking.
  • Using assessment “for” and “as” learning to drive the plan for next steps / instruction using student work, observations, and conversations. Moderating “at-work” samples using an asset model of assessment.
  • Connecting math inquiry / problem-based learning with math fluency to build an environment of functional mathematics.
  • Facilitating student thinking through balancing instructional approaches to math learning and the comprehensive use of shared, guided, and independent math learning experiences.
Mathematics across the Grades (E)
This workshop is rooted in the Seven Foundational Principles of Mathematics and framed by the Catholic Graduate Expectations. Participants will explore the changes in pedagogical instructional practices, as well as the major changes in the big ideas linked to the curriculum. This institute is designed to be interactive, as participants will explore key areas of mathematics learning such as math talk communities, assessment, use of technology, and mindsets. The changing student and curriculum in the primary and junior grades will be the major focus for this workshop.
Moving Students Forward in Mathematics (E)
From planning to implementation to assessment and evaluation, we will dive into the specifics and discuss what may be required from us for our students to be successful. We will explore mindset, math content, Catholic context, environment, communication, and the backwards design model. We will investigate the use of effective technology (CLIPS and Geogebra, etc.) for intermediate students.
Using Manipulatives in the Intermediate Classroom (E)
This course will focus on supporting student use of manipulatives as a thinking and communication tool to solve problems. A variety of manipulatives (concrete and virtual) will be explored to investigate how to develop students' ability to make connections, understand multiple representations of mathematical ideas, and justify reasoning. Instructional strategies will be modelled to encourage discourse and foster a safe math community.

Physical Literacy / Movement

Creative Ways to Teach Dance (A)
In this active and creative workshop, teachers will experiment with several movement and dance activities, using various types of music and dance styles, which can be used in their elementary and/or secondary classrooms. Each participant will receive a resource booklet, which includes various literacy and cross-curricular connections, and sample assessment tools to assist in the evaluation process. This is a fun-filled, high-energy, and judgment-free workshop where teachers will explore with movement, both individually and in groups. You will leave smiling with accomplishment and with a readiness to bring movement into your classroom! Note: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring bottled water.
Physical Literacy (A)
This workshop will focus on helping teachers understand the critical role of fundamental movement skill development for students, and their practical application to Health and Physical Education and/or extracurricular programming in schools.
Physical Literacy is as Easy as 123, ABC (E/O)
Not every child will develop into an elite athlete, but every child should have the opportunity to play and participate in physical activities that will enhance their movement vocabulary and promote their physical literacy skills. Individuals who are physically literate are motivated, competent, and develop confidence so they may participate in all activities with their peers. Giving all elementary teachers the confidence to teach physical literacy and fundamental movement skills is easy as ABC and 123. Discover some of the methodology and strategies to support teachers in incorporating physical literacy and play into a regular school day. Get ready to be active, because play is natural practice for physical literacy.
Yoga and Movement (E)
Explore Yoga and movement in this experiential workshop. Children love to move. Taking a few minutes for yoga and movement between activities will allow students to better assimilate knowledge learned, to release tension, and to create a more harmonious classroom. Based upon the revised Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum, this workshop focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills that students will need in order to develop physical and health literacy and acquire the commitment and capacity to lead healthy, active lives. Literacy and language skills are developed as students listen, follow directions, and use visual cues/text. This workshop will provide participants with resources and practical ideas for integrating yoga and movement activities into their lesson plans.

Special Education / Differentiated Learning

Differentiated Instruction - A Teacher's Perspective (A)
This workshop examines the Ontario document Education for All (2005) from a teacher's perspective, and gives teachers insight into the world of differentiated instruction techniques through practical examples of how to use this document in their classrooms.
Introduction to Integrating Students with Autism in Your Regular Classroom (A)
The workshop begins with interactive awareness activities to introduce participants to the spectrum that we know as Autism. Participants engage in professional dialogue about positive behaviour supports. With a focus on behaviour tracking and learning to analyze the data, participants learn to implement strategies to affect a change in behaviour.

Technology

Assessment and Evaluation in a Digital World (A)
Project-based learning and an increased focus on collaboration are forcing educators to reconsider how to assess student understanding and critical thinking skills. Unlimited and immediate access to knowledge is creating a paradigm shift in focus on the achievement chart categories, with a renewed focus on learning goals, success criteria, and the learning process. You are invited to learn and share ideas about how to effectively assess student-created video, audio, presentations, imagery, and more. Teachers are encouraged to bring a laptop.
Necessary for Some; Good for All! Assistive Technology is Just Technology After All! (A)
Technology is simply a tool, and in the right hands, it can strengthen all of our students’ love for learning. Find out how some tools not only assist, but also enhance all students’ quality of work. Enrich the senses with a few simple technology tools that many people miss! Learn all about hidden accessibility features and incredibly fun web tools, too! Discover how technology can assist with reading and writing, sharing reflections, and studying. Begin incorporating simple yet effective strategies that engage all learners in all environments. Teachers are encouraged to bring a laptop.
Technology Toolbox for Teachers: Infusing Technology into Everyday Practice (A)
Twenty-first century learning starts with the right tools! Explore the creation of videos, animations, presentations, websites, and blogs! Discover classroom management tools, reward systems, and study tools. Unravel history, science, language, math, and the arts using incredibly rich sources of information that please the eye, the ear, and quench that thirst for new knowledge. Teachers are invited to bring digitally created resources that they would like to incorporate into the LMS on a USB drive or in the cloud. Teachers are encouraged to bring a laptop.
The Connected Classroom (A)
Give your students a global voice! Learn tips and strategies for leveraging various types of technology (Twitter, blogs, Google Hangouts, GAFE, etc.) to bring the world to your classroom and your classroom to the world! The tips and strategies shared with delegates have been featured on CBC News, As it Happens, and Owl Magazine.

Wellness

Balance Your Chi” Wellness Workshop (A)
Chi is a Chinese word meaning aliveness, or life-force energy. Balance your chi in this wellness workshop… explore movement, relaxation, and mindfulness. Experience processes to release stress, increase energy, and create a healthy balance in your life. This workshop will provide participants with resources and practical ideas for integrating wellness activities in their personal and professional lives.
How to Make the Balance of Life Work for You (A)
In a retreat setting, the questions "Is your life in balance?” and “How can you get it there?” are explored in detail. Topics covered include financial, emotional, and physical balance. The Balance of Life wraps up by exploring how to become an Energizer Bunny. It is possible to balance your life and have energy too!
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