In The Loop – January 14, 2022

January 13, 2022





Odyssey Professional Development Day – February 11th: As we continue our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation in Langley Schools, our focus for Odyssey this year is on Truth and Reconciliation.  As Justice Sinclair said, “Education is the key to reconciliation.” Odyssey is being organized to be relevant to all employees in the District with a focus on our collective responsibility to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Save the date – more details to come!

As we continue our individual and professional commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, her are two SORA recommendations to further deepen and engage with learning/teachings from Indigenous authors. Access instructions on how to use the SORA app here. Special thanks to the Aboriginal Department for the curated resources they have made available to all staff and students in the Langley School District.

“Indian” in the Cabinet by Jodi Wilson-Raybould
Form: Memoir, Length: long, on SORA in audiobook
About:  A compelling political memoir of leadership and speaking truth to power by one of the most inspiring women of her generation. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s first Indigenous Minister of Justice and Attorney General, chronicles her experience in Trudeau’s cabinet and reveals important lessons about how we must continue to strengthen our political institutions and culture.

Did you know that SORA has several Read Along picture books? These picture books are digitally displayed, and the story is read aloud while highlighting the words as they are spoken.Here are a few Read Along Selections found on SORA:

Little You, Richard Van Camp & Julie Flett
Form: Picture Book with Read Along
About: Celebrates the potential of every child.

We Sang You Home, Richard Van Camp & Julie Flett
Form: Picture Book with Read Along feature
About: Celebration of the bond between parents and child.

My Heart Fills with Happiness, Monique Gray Smith & Julie Flett
Form: Picture Book with Read Along feature
About: How to cherish the moments in life that brings us joy.

You Hold Me Up, Monique Gray Smith & Danielle Daniel
Form: Picture Book with Read Along feature
About: Encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.


To see our full calendar of offerings, visit

Mystery Science – Two Dates: January 12, January 18 [Register]
Mystery Science is a K-5 “open and go” resource for teachers looking for engaging, easy-to-use, hands-on science lessons. For each lesson we will discuss: what is Mystery Science? How do teachers use mini-lessons for in-person and remote learning? How do teachers use our core lessons for in-person and remote learning?

Discovery Education – January 19, 2022 [Register]
Get ready for a brighter experience! Join us for a walkthrough of the new Discovery Education. Built around the amazing content you know and love, you’ll find brand new tools and resources to engage students with that content, track their progress in real-time, and gain professional inspiration, every day. Our webinar will be about 30 minutes of a walkthrough of all the amazing multi-modal content DE has to offer.

New! Sound Boxes: The Why, How, What, When and Where – January 26, 2022 [Register]
This Bite-Sized Pro-D session will take you through the procedure for teaching early readers and writers about sound boxes. Join us for a quick look on how you can implement this in your K-2 (and beyond) classroom throughout your literacy time.

Geocaching 101 – January 26, March 2 [Register]
In this two-part workshop, you will learn how to use a GPS (Global Positioning System) device in order to take your class outside and explore your local place through geocaching. In session 1, you will learn about the GPS units, how to find geocaching sites around Langley and how to create your own geocache. In session 2, we will spend time in a local environment putting this knowledge into practice.

Save the Date Odyssey 2022 – February 11, 2022
Listen. Reflect. Act. Waking up to our collective responsibility.

Odyssey is our annual K-12 professional development conference open to all Langley School District staff and to guests from out-of-district.

Rescheduled! La collaboration en immersion française (M-7e)
April 12 (Kindergarten), April 19 (Gr. 1-3), April 26 (Gr. 4-7) [Register]
Veuillez nous joindre en janvier! Collaborez, partagez, apprennez, questionnez et mangez! Les séances sont organisés par niveau et nous allons discuster les sujets suivants: la progression des sons, les mots fréquents, le vocabulaire commun, la progression de la grammaire, les livres pour nos élèves (étude de roman, cercles littéraires), les resources utiles, et les autres items que vous aimeriez discuter et/ou partager. Public: Enseignants de James Kennedy et Belmont.

On-Demand Learning
Welcome to On-Demand Learning, your one-stop shop for all of SD35’s fantastic webinar content. Free to all Langley Staff, On-Demand currently hosts sites and videos from Boot Camp 2021 and Connecting the Pieces 2021 – with more to come! Please browse and register at On-Demand Learning.



We continue this year working to ensure that everyone in our District is represented and as we seek to remove barriers from anyone in our District because of what they look like, where they are from or how they want to live their life. This is especially important right now as we approach Black History Month and Diversity and Respect Week. Just a reminder that there is a resource that you can draw from: here. We will be continuing to update this resource over the next few weeks – but there’s already a lot there. Take a look! You’ll be glad you did… This resource can also be found in TCS TEAMs. 



DASH BC Workshop – “Promoting Mental Wellbeing: Creating Healthy School Communities”
Date: ongoing, by request (register)
Summary: In this workshop, the comprehensive school health framework will be used to discuss ways to promote mental well-being in the school community. Specifically, this session will provide teachers with strategies to strengthen their personal well-being, as well as ideas and resources for supporting the mental well-being of their students. The workshop will include opportunities to reflect and complete activities.

YMCA Youth Cannabis Awareness Program – Webinar: “Cannabis and the Adolescent Brain”
Date: January 31, 10:00am PST (register)
Summary: YCAP is a national program funded by Health Canada, educating youth about cannabis-related subjects through a neutral lens with a focus on harm reduction.

“Cannabis And The Adolescent Brain” addresses the following topics:

1. How the human brain develops as we grow up

2. How compounds in cannabis interact with the human body

3. How cannabis affects different regions of the brain

4. Health risks of cannabis use on a developing brain

5. Harm reduction strategies and access to support resources

My Fav Education Planner Feature is …’ myBlueprint Contest for Students
January 11 – February 4 (more info)
Want to win a prize for using myBlueprint with your students? Perhaps you have a particular lesson plan that uses myBlueprint Education Planner (EP) that you and your students like. Or maybe you just like using one of the EP features for a specific class or subject. Just tell us about your favourite way to use EP with students, and you could win! Whatever way you prefer to use EP, we know you’re doing amazing things and we want to recognize your great work!

Antibiotics Resources for Educators (more info)
There are new lesson plans to help teach students about the basics of antibiotic resistance and the importance of hand washing. There are lesson plans designed for a variety of ages and they are based on the original Do Bugs Need Drugs? lesson plans.

KidsBoost Immunity (more info)
BCCDC has also partnered with KidsBoost Immunity to update lessons on antibiotics and antibiotic stewardship by tailoring them to specific grades and incorporating interactive elements throughout. Check out the example lesson on What are Antibiotics & How they Work for grade 6-7 students.

PHE Canada National Awards Nominations
Over the past year, teachers across Canada have overcome challenges, shared their creativity and passion within the PHE Community, developed innovative teaching tools, and engaged students in a healthy and active lifestyle every way they can. These efforts deserve to be remembered and recognized. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their achievements, consider nominating them for one of the PHE Canada National Awards. Anyone can make a nomination and nominations from underrepresented groups are encouraged.PHE Canada National Award recipients will receive an award plaque; complimentary registration to the upcoming 2022 PHE Virtual National Conference; and recognition on the PHE Canada website, social media, and annual report. PHE Canada welcomes nominations for distinguished leaders for the following:

Nominations are open until next Friday, January 14, 2022.

Share Ed BC (more info)
Share Ed BC is a wonderful BC resource with lesson ideas and resources aligned to the BC Curriculum – all free for Langley! With over 2700 curated resources we invite you to explore what ShareEdBC can be for you and your classroom. This month the What’s New section has an inquiry and online learning foci. Check it out!

Invasive Wise Education Programs (more info)
Are you interested in inspiring learners to contribute to community and care for the environment? Looking for curriculum-linked, place-based activities about invasive and native species but don’t know where to start? Look no further, Invasive-Wise Education is here!

ISCBC’s new Invasive-Wise Education program provides BC curriculum-linked lesson plans for grades 1-7 that can be used in the classroom, at home, and outdoors in the schoolyard or in local parks. Choose from interactive lesson plans like:

  • Healthy Habitat Hero Bingo – a science lesson plan for Grades 1-3
  • Turtle Trouble – an active game and science and math lesson plan for Grades 4-7
  • Design an Invasive All-Star – an arts education, language arts & science lesson plan for Grades 4-7

When you Join the Invasive-Wise Education Program you receive support from our Education Facilitator who will help you to navigate ISCBC resources and all the program has to offer, based on your interests and learning goals. Try out some activities with your students, receive a virtual visit to learn more about invasive species, and get bonus gifts of classroom resources. Sign Up to join the Invasive-Wise Education Program!

2022 Provincial Youth Summit: “The Power of One” – Saturday, January 15 (more info)
SCBC is hosting this FREE virtual event for young adults ages 15 to 30 from across BC to hear from inspiring speakers including Simon Jackson, founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, and Katie and Claire, founders of Friendly Composting. Learn how illustrative nature journaling promotes biodiversity and inspires appreciation of the natural world with plant ecologist Dr. Lyn Baldwin. Learn how to harness the power of one at the ISCBC Provincial Youth Summit.

Writing Contest – Habitat for Humanity Canada (more info)
Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada are invited to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them. It’s a great way for students to engage in an interactive and fun way, and it teaches youth the importance of safe, affordable housing. Posters in French and English, Education Modules and mail-in submission forms can be requested by sending an email to Lyn Duke.

UBC MEd Cohort Program Information
UBC is accepting applications for our next fully-online Masters of Education (MEd) cohort programs:

  • Math Education M.Ed (more info)
    • Upcoming Live-Streamed Information Session (register):
      Mathematics Education MEd: Tuesday, February 1, 4:00-5:00pm
  • Science Education M.Ed (more info)
    • Upcoming Live-Streamed Information Session (register):
      Science Education MEd: Wednesday, January 19, 4:00-5:30pm 

Beginning in Sept 2022 and open to all teachers K-12, this is a perfect opportunity for collaborative professional development for teachers across the province. Please note: a degree in math or science is NOT required and the program enables teachers to qualify for TQS Category 6 Pay-scale Increment. Application Deadline March 20, 2022.

Digital Skills Workshops from Media Smarts (register)
Do you know someone who would like to learn more about using technology in their everyday lives? MediaSmarts is proud to offer a series of free hour-long digital literacy workshops to help empower under-represented populations from communities across the country. Join us for one or all of the three DigitalSmarts workshops taking place online on Zoom over the next few months.

Perfect for beginner technology users as well as those looking for a refresher. Have your burning questions answered by trained facilitators and leave feeling more confident using your devices.

Navigating Online Privacy and Security
January 26, 2022 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST – FrenchJanuary 27, 2022 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST – English
This workshop looks at how to keep your devices and your personal life secure online. Topics will include how to secure your accounts and devices, how to keep your devices safe from malware and how to prevent and deal with cyberstalking.

Navigating Online Relationship Safety
February 15, 2022 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST – FrenchFebruary 16, 2022 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST – English
Today a lot of our lives – including our relationships – happen online. This workshop shows you how to keep yourself and your devices safe online, how to keep your personal life secure on social media and how to deal with sexting, harassment and online relationship abuse. 

BC Hydro Winter Storms Livestream Event (register)
When: Wednesday, January 26 from 1:00 – 1:35pm
Do your students know what an atmospheric river is? Or how heavy snowfall can impact our power? Join our livestream event and learn from BC Hydro’s own meteorologist to help your students understand the science behind weather events, effects of climate change, and how to stay safe around electricity during winter storm season. Your class will have the chance to test their knowledge and win exciting prizes.

Poetry In Voice Contests (more info)
This winter and spring, online options will be available at all levels of competition. Team Regionals and National Finals will be online, with a format similar to last year’s contests.

  • National Finals: You can hold your classroom and school contests online this year. Make sure to get your champions’ videos to us before March 4!
  • Team Regionals: To prepare for a Team Regional event, three students are chosen to represent their school. The submission period begins February 1.
  • VOICES/VOIX: Encourage your students in grades 9-12 to discover their own poetic voices by writing for VOICES/VOIX, our bilingual student poetry journal. This month’s prompt is “Answer Poem“. The submission deadline is Friday, April 30.
  • Poet In Class: Bring a world class poet directly into your classroom, up until June 3!

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