January 15, 2021
DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES and RESOURCES
Shuffling into Math Card Games – Primary Math Games with Jane Felling from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
January 20, 2021 [Register]
Hosted by the Langley Primary Association. We need to keep our students active and engaged in meaningful, hands-on math games and activities. Come prepared to play Jane’s best card games that can be played in all settings, small groups, centers, whole class with social distancing practices, home if being taught remotely. Participants will learn how to use games daily in your math program, how to develop math journals and math talk extensions, and how to differentiate the games to meet the needs of all students.
Show & Share: SS9 District Developed Resource
January 18, 2021 [Register]
In the summer of 2020, a group of Langley educators worked to create a resource for the benefit of all Social Studies 9 teachers. This workshop’s purpose is to bring teachers together who have been engaging with the resource as well as teachers who haven’t used it yet, and are interested in learning more. In this virtual space, we will be: sharing experiences with the source, addressing questions, connecting educators, and discussing the unique ways many have made this resource their own.
Show & Share: SS10 District Developed Resource
January 27, 2021 [Register]
In the summer of 2020, a group of Langley educators worked to create a resource for the benefit of all Social Studies 10 teachers. This workshop’s purpose is to bring teachers together who have been engaging with the resource as well as teachers who haven’t used it yet, and are interested in learning more. In this virtual space, we will be: sharing experiences with the source, addressing questions, connecting educators, and discussing the unique ways many have made this resource their own.
Provincial Pro-D Day | Friday, February 12
Odyssey: Calls to Action – Building Capacity, Understanding and Mutual Respect
Friday, February 12, 2021 [Register]
As we continue our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation in Langley Schools, our focus for Odyssey this year is on enhancing Indigenous student achievement and integrating Indigenous world views and perspectives into learning environments. As Justice Sinclair said, “Education is the key to reconciliation.” Our presenters will use the educational Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation document to guide their learning with you and the First Peoples Principles of Learning will be forefront. Odyssey 2021 connects to our work on Ensouling our Schools which has focused on creating compassionate learning communities which nurture the gifts of all of our learners.
NEW Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1
Friday, February 12, 2021 [Register]
The WorkSafeBC Occupational First Aid Level 1 course is an 8 hour program, including coffee and lunch breaks and is designed to provide life-saving first aid skills to workers in industry. Successful candidates must demonstrate competency in practical skills and achieve 70% or higher on a multiple choice exam. Certification is valid for three years.
NEW Making the Most of Moe
Friday, February 12, 2021 [Register]
Making the Most of Moe® is a five-hour online workshop developed, owned and facilitated by Anne Gardner and Margaret Chesterman, the Speech-Language Pathologists who developed Moe the Mouse® for BC Aboriginal Child Care Society. In this workshop educators are shown how to use the Moe the Mouse® Curriculum Box. The basics of speech and language development in young children, strategies for supporting children’s speech and language development, and strategies for supporting children with speech and language delays in childcare, preschool, and home settings are reviewed.
From the DLC
This week’s DLC Insider Vol 11 features Gr. 4-7 EASE Kits (3 Available). The books in this kit each correspond to a subtopic related to anxiety, and are recommended by EASE (Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators). For more information about the District Learning Commons and some of the resources available, click here.
CONNECTING TO OUR COMMUNITY
Food for Thought Update
The Foundation is continuing with its Food for Thought Campaign to ensure that all students who are coming to school hungry every day receive breakfasts, lunches, snacks and backpacks. Currently we are sending gift cards to schools to support breakfast programs. As well, we are providing gift cards to families who need extra help during these strange times. Please contact email@example.com if your school would like to be included in the gift card or breakfast program.
To help fund our programs and to celebrate our mission of making learning UNFORGETTABLE for every Langley student, the Foundation has Kindness T-shirts for sale. They are $20 for adults. $10 for children and they come in all sizes. All proceeds go to support our hungry students and families. Purchase online here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all school district staff who have committed to our payroll deduction program. Your generosity will allow the Foundation to ensure that all students who come to school hungry will receive nutritious breakfasts and lunches to get them through their days, weekends and holidays. If you would like to contribute via payroll deductions, click here. You can also make donations here.
The Foundation will be sending out all Langley School District Foundation Scholarships with accompanying criteria to scholarship counsellors in the next few weeks.
In keeping with the Foundation’s mandate to support global education, we have included on our website an online market featuring exquisite Kenyan curios. Most have been sold, but a few remain at drastically reduced prices. All proceeds go to support global education. To purchase go here and click on PA-MOJA page.
EXTERNAL STUDENT/STAFF OPPORTUNITIES and LEARNING RESOURCES
School Anxiety & Attendance Challenges Webinars: Practical Strategies for School Professionals
These webinars provide a roadmap for supporting school-aged children, youth, and their families in getting back to school, staying at school and/or coping with anxiety related to school attendance. Click here to register for Elementary School Professionals and here to register for High School Professionals.
Black History Month
As Black History Month approaches, here are some links to resources to help support the learning in your classrooms. Please remember to try to avoid “performative acts” which can be perceived as tokenistic. We want to ensure that events and activities are linked to learning that is happening in your school and in classes. The day should be linked to resources being shared and awareness being built up over time. Trying to avoid one day events. We are still building resources for Diversity and Respect Week of which this will become a part.
This site provides some Canadian perspective on Black History.
This site might be most applicable for elementary schools though certainly not exclusively.
This site focuses specifically through the lens of Black History Month.
This is a site that while titled “Responding to the Insurrection” is really about how to handle discussion about a significant current event in our classrooms.
Dismantling Anti-Black Systemic Racism in Canadian Schools
February 3 (3:15 PST)
Join Nelson Publishing for an opportunity to hear from an incredible lineup of panelists as they share insights on dismantling anti-Black systemic racism in Canadian school systems. Click here to learn more about the expert panelists and to secure your spot.
Restorative Response to Racism & Current Digital Trends
January 22, 2021, Session: 9:00 am–11:00 am (Pacific Time),Login: 8:30 am
Safer Schools Together is hosting Restorative Response to Racism and Current Digital Trends, training that will provide you with tools and resources to gain a greater understanding of the minority groups in your community, how best to support, and how to start a dialogue around previously unacknowledged issues. Our trainers, who have worked in the field of restorative practice in communities affected by racism and hate, will share insight on how to reach out to students to help create feelings of being valued, respected, and wanted. Click here to register.
Black History Month Panel Conversation
January 28 (4:00pm) via Zoom
This event includes an Expert Panel Conversation, free eLessons from FAST, and the latest from the BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner. Click here to register.
This! Is Canada – A Virtual Exchange Program
This program is designed to provide educators with easy-to-implement projects and activities that will ease the burden of lesson planning, while still allowing them and their students to connect with other youth across Canada. To find out more about this program, please click here.
Powersmart for Schools is an online hub of energy focused education resources. Lots of engaging and adaptable activities K-12!