Edition 2019/10/11 In The Loop

October 11, 2019



Attention: Grades 3-12 MATH/SCIENCE Teachers
Have you heard of the math and science resource called “GIZMOS”? The district has renewed teacher licenses for Gizmos, award winning online science and math simulations for teachers and their students. Gizmos are highly interactive learning tools that when implemented alongside classroom instruction can increase conceptual understanding in math and science. GIZMOS:

  • Allows students to apply and represent concepts in different ways
  • Engages students in inquiry and the discussion of a variety of real-life math and science connections

If you are interested in learning more about Gizmos, please visit explorelearning.com and click on browse Gizmos. If you would like to set up a district account to use the resource with your students, please click here.

Using Microsoft Office with Students?
Please find this handy GUIDE to K-12 login information, passwords and more!


Reggio Inspired Mathematics
October 15, November 5, January 28 [Register]
This group is for those wanting to explore mathematics with a Reggio influence. We will meet 3 times this school year.  Each session will allow connections with colleagues, rich mathematical discussions, examples of activities and provocations.

Little Mathematicians
Tuesday, October 15 [Register]
This workshop will show you the progression of number sense concepts that primary students need to know in order to build a strong mathematical foundation. We will also explore the use of manipulatives and how to structure your lessons for maximum engagement and learning.

For the Joy of Reading
Monday, October 21 [Register]
Inspired by the work of Pernille Ripp, founder of the Global Read-aloud Movement, this workshop will highlight the importance of creating a passionate reading environment where choice, student ownership, and reading identity will help build the confidence and skills students need to become life-long readers.

MyEDBC | Writing SMART Goals & Using the LOG
Wednesday, October 23 [Register]
When attending this workshop, Resource Teachers will review how to write goals that are relevant to students using BC Curriculum language and an overview of how to use the LOG to track their parent meetings and messages and for use by auditors to track compliancy.

The Decline in Play Outdoors—And the Rise in Sensory Issues
Thursday, October 24 [Register]
Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program—that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis—Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help children thrive in outdoor environments using a therapeutic approach to nature play.

NEW: Running Records: An Introduction to Coding
Monday, October 28 [Register]
Join us for this practical session where you will learn the proper codes used when doing a running record and how to score the accuracy rate and self-correction rate.

NEW: Running Record Analysis
Monday, November 4 [Register]
Join us for a more in-depth session on how to analyze a running record using the MSVs (meaning, structure, and visual information) in order to direct your teaching for each student or for a group of students.

NEWBuilding STEAM: Exploring Science, Math, and ADST Connections with Science World
November 5 and 19 [Register]
Explore how design thinking and inquiry-based learning can be used to interconnect Science, Math and ADST. Working in teams, teachers will be paired with Science World educators and members of Langley’s Instructional Services team as they work to co-construct interactive learning experiences for immediate use in the classroom.

MyEDBC | Creating Progress Reports and Quick Reports
Wednesday, November 6 [Register]
Wednesday, November 13 [
During the session, learn how to activate the IEPs, create the Progress Report Template and develop a quick one page report of the IEP goals and objectives for staff members working with the student to refer to.

NEWReport Card Writing 101
Monday, November 18 [
The time to prepare first term report cards is approaching quickly. At this session we will work together on preparing a template, collecting data, determining descriptors and letter grades, and writing effective report card comments.

November 20, January 15, April 1, May 13 [Register]
Join an innovative learning community of teachers committed to playing with the potential of the redesigned curriculum and exploring different strategies for all learners! In our inquiry teams and as a collective, we will explore the questions: What’s going on for our learners? How do we know? Why does this matter?

Provincial Pro-D Day | Friday, October 25

All About AAC [Register]
Expanding learning through augmentative and alternative communication. Join us and learn how you can better support minimally verbal and non-verbal students in your classroom and in your school.

Connecting the Pieces: Pre-K and Kindergarten Conference [Register]
Our annual conference dedicated to professional development for kindergarten teachers and early childhood educators! Featuring Angela Hanscom from TimberNook, the Right Brained Mom, and Daren Patterson from Scholastic Education.

Emergency First Aid with CPR C [Register}
This course focuses on the most common and critical life-threatening situations one may encounter. It provides basic first aid knowledge to care for adults, children and infants in case of an emergency. Upon successful completion, participants receive a national Red Cross First Aid Certificate valid for 3 years.

NEW: Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE) [Register]
Find out about anxiety and how it impacts children, discover ways to integrate anxiety prevention tools as part of regular classroom routines, and get hands-on strategies to help students.

Let’s Talk About a Talking Classroom – MIDDLE/SECONDARY FOCUS [Register]
This session will focus on how creating a classroom culture that encourages conversation and talk among students enables formative assessment practices that move student learning forward. You will leave with concrete ideas and strategies that you can explore in your classroom right away.

Maneuvering Through My Blueprint’s “All About Me” [Register]
Teachers will be taken through an interactive experience of understanding how this platform works, the benefits of the Class Pass App, and how “All About Me” can be an effective tool for formative assessment.

NVCI Basics [Register]
You will gain an understanding of the levels of behavior escalation and learn strategies to de-escalate behaviors. Topics include verbal and nonverbal behavior, verbal escalation, personal safety, and a debriefing strategy.

NVCI Refresher [Register]
Participants will receive NVCI certification for the three-hour refresher training. You will gain an understanding of the levels of behavior escalation and learn strategies to de-escalate behaviors.

Outdoor Learning in Middle School [Register]
Are you looking for opportunities to enter into play-based learning with your students? Join other colleagues for an inquiry into play! Teachers will participate as if they were the students going through the process of gathering data in the Research forests at TWU and the Blaauw Research Forest.

See our full calendar of upcoming events and find your fit at thinklangley.com

SOGI Rep and Ally Training – “Getting to the Why”
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd  4:00 – 5:30 pm – Peter Ewart Library
This after school workshop will focus on why our ongoing work around SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) is so important. Knowing the ‘why’ of this work helps people understand the necessity of creating and maintaining safe and supportive schools and workplaces. To register, please click here.

Friday, October 25th, 2019 at Moscrop Secondary School
The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, in partnership with Burnaby School District 41, will provide an LGBTQ+ Youth Forum to local high school students and staff from around British Columbia. Participation and lunch are FREE! We understand the importance of providing knowledge, tools and skills for youth to navigate through their school experiences. Having access to workshops that provide education on inclusivity can help students normalize their feelings, identities and relationships. We will cover topics such as LGBTQ+ Terminology, Transgender Inclusion, Intersectionality, Healthy Relationships, LGBTQ2+ History and other various topics that cover many of the intersecting identities in the LGBTQ+ community.To reserve your spot and register for the breakout sessions, click here. Space is limited and spots are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Please complete your registration by Tuesday, October 22nd. The Langley School District will be using school busses to attend this event with students. If staff would like to attend, please contact Renge Bailie.


Science Fair
The 2020 Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair is being held at the UFV Envision Athletic Centre and on the main UFV Campus from April 1-4, 2020. Click here for more details.

Vancouver Maritime Museum Field Trip Opportunity
Explore the Museum with guided school programs and self-guided visits or borrow one of our education kits to bring into your classroom! For more information, please click here.

SFU Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE)
This opportunity is for teachers who seek to deepen their understanding of how place and nature-based learning influences educational decisions and interactions. Click here for more info.

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