Edition 2019/10/18 In The Loop

October 18, 2019


Attention: Grades 3-12 MATH/SCIENCE Teachers
Have you heard of the math and science resource called “GIZMOS”? Instructional Services 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.

Elementary/Middle School Teachers – Math Resources
Instructional Services has created a summary of the recommended/supported classroom resources for math instruction in the elementary and middles school grades. These resources can be found in all schools and teachers need to be aware of their location to facilitate sharing among colleagues. Click here to view the brochure.

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

Looking for iPad or iPhone tips?
Including accessibility and digital citizenship tips? Check out our #think35iPadTip series for short video explanations! https://twitter.com/hashtag/think35iPadTip?src=hash

Video Series on Well-being
Click here to view a series of videos done by local experts on the three pillars of well-being: Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Mental Health Literacy and Trauma-Informed Approaches.


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.

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.

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.

Building 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 [
RegisterDuring 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.

Report 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.

NEWCapstone [Register]
Join us for a day learning about Capstone. We will take an in-depth look at our district Capstone documents and will discuss the meaning and purpose of Capstone. Overview of key features of Ed Planner with both student and teacher view followed by sandbox session for educators wanting more time to explore MyBlueprint in a supported environment.

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.

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 [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 behaviour escalation and learn strategies to de-escalate behaviours. Topics include verbal and nonverbal behaviour, 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 behaviour escalation and learn strategies to de-escalate behaviours.

Outdoor Learning for 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.

New Substance Use Working Group
First Meeting:Tuesday, November 5th 3:30 – 4:30 pm –  School Board Office, Room 355
We are extending an invitation to all those interested in attending an information session about the upcoming Substances/Substance Use Working Group. We welcome any staff members interested in increasing substance use related education and awareness in our district to attend. Expertise is not required. The goal of the group is to have open discussion, brainstorm, plan and prepare resources and training about substances and substance use from a health and harm reduction perspective. The group aims to meet approximately once a month during this school year. We request that all those interested sign up here.


Truth and Reconciliation Webinar
To register for the second part of this two-part series with Dr. Pamela Toulouse, please click here.

SFU’s Masters of Arts for Teachers of English (MATE)
The Master of Arts for Teachers of English is designed to provide English teachers in the elementary, secondary and college system with an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in English literature and literary theory. As the only graduate program in Canada specifically designed for English teachers, MATE offers an innovative and accessible graduate degree. Click here for program information and here for info session information.To find out more about the upcoming Pro-D events, please click here.

8th Annual Writing Contest for Grades 4-8
The winning story will become a published book on Amazon, Apple iBookstore, Google Play and Overdrive. For more information please click here.

Public Event: The Township of Langley’s Climate Action Strategy
Civic Facility – Nov 5th at 7:00-8:30 pm
Climate change has been a growing concern for everyone and this is a great opportunity for students to learn about and provide their input in the development of the Township’s Climate Action Strategy. For more information, please click here.

Canadian Women in Municipal Government Scholarships
These $1,000 scholarships are presented to outstanding high school and CEGEP students for their involvement in their school’s leadership team or student council. Please click here for more information.

Multi Media Youth Creative Design Contest
This creative design contest targets Langley youth, aged 24 and under, and focuses on the impact of substance use and overdose awareness. For more information, please click here.

Year End Water-park Booking
The Otter Co-Op Pool is giving the Langley School District priority in booking year end water-park sessions until November 30th. Please click here for more information.

Attn: High School Teachers
The 2019 Vancouver Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Teacher Training is being offered to high school teachers on December 7 & 8 in Vancouver. This opportunity is organized by the Canadian Red Cross and is free of charge. For more information, please click here.

Invitation to Curling Championships
The 2020 New Holland Canadian Junior Men’s & Women’s Curling Championships are taking place at the George Preston Recreation Centre from January 18-26, 2020. Please click here for more information.

Transit Security Info Session for Students
If you are interested in having a session at your school, please click here.


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