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Balanced Literacy Kickoff with Lori Jamison — Through a Balanced Literacy approach, Lori will share ways of thinking about classroom structures designed to meet the needs the students. Lori will discuss practical ideas for making the most of interactive, read-aloud activities and strategies designed to motive and engage your learners. Lori will also outline literacy assessment practices and practical ways for planning goal-driven guided instruction. In the 2nd session, Lori will outline stages in writing development. She will share her strategies for creating powerful mini writing lessons that will inspire you to start right away in your classroom. Lori is an engaging speaker and and she offers practical ideas for teaching and planning. There will be two separate session for Primary (register here) and Intermediate/Middle (register here). Be sure to attend Balanced Literacy Breakout sessions (more information below).
Balanced Literacy 2017-2018 —This 3-part balanced literacy series will explore the different aspects of a comprehensive literacy program. Session one will focus on whole class and small group reading strategies or approaches such as shared reading, guided reading and literature circles. Session two will examine methods for teaching writing using mentor text, the Write Traits and/or writer’s workshop and story workshop. Session three will explore word work and alternatives to spelling lists, as well as the importance of oral language and communication skills through all the different age groups. Formative assessment practices to inform and drive instruction will be embedded in each session.
Each session will begin together as a whole group and then break out into smaller grade group sessions (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8) for grade specific learning and collaboration. Each session will be practical and will feature free, quality resources to take away! Sessions are limited to 100 registrants and will take place in regions making it more convenient for teachers to attend. Dates run January (16-24), April (16-23) and May (14-17). View the poster with details here. Register and view dates today at thinklangley.pdplace.com!
Making Math Meaningful: A Three Part Series — Conceptual understanding is very important in early Math skills. It is the WHY in Math. If students just learn to memorize facts, they will not be able to use Math to help them understand real life problems. So how do you know where your students are at in their conceptual understanding so that you can plan lessons that are developmentally appropriate? Just like in reading, we want to teach students at their “just right” level in Math. This is a three part series with sessions on March 6, April 4, and May 1, 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM at SBO. Register at PD Place.
Wellness in the Workplace — Learn and practice what Science tells us makes us healthy, happy and inspired. This workshop series on the science and practice of well-being, will build on the ideas and learning from the Heart Mind Conference and the Social Emotional Learning Evenings that have been taking place this year in our District. All are welcome to attend some or all of this series. Coffee, tea, water and light snacks provided. Sessions will be offered April 5, April 12, April 19 and April 26, 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM at the SBO. Registration is at PD Place.
Technology for inclusion: Universal Design for Learning — The topic for this workshop is “Universal Design for Learning Series”. This is a three-part afterschool series to introduce the concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as well as concrete examples of how various programs in Office 365 (O365) can be used to support Gr. 4-12 students for Classroom Teachers, Resource Teachers and Administrators in the district. The first session serves as an overview of principles of UDL/Differentiation as well as an overview of educational programs and learning tools available in O365. The next two sessions offer participants concrete lesson and examples as to how they can incorporate UDL into their teaching practices and tie it to the new curriculum. UDL takes place Nov. 14, Jan. 16, and March 13, 3:45 PM to 5:15 PM at the SBO. Registration is at PD Place.
Why Reading is Hard for ELLs — Do you have ELL/ESL Students in your classrooms? This workshop is geared towards content-based educators teaching grades 5-12 who are looking for strategies to support ELL/ESL students in their classrooms. There will be 4 workshops in this series that each focus on a different component of targeted reading instruction based on Sheltered Instructional Observation Practices (SIOP) Strategies from the Center of Applied Linguistics (CAL). 1: (Feb. 20) Introduction & The Nature of Reading 2: (March 6) Comprehension & Vocabulary Development 3: (April 1) Beginning Reading & Reading Fluency 4: (May 1) Content Area Reading, Study Skills & Putting it all together. Each session will take place 3:45 to 5:15 PM at the SBO. Presented by Janis Sawatzky. Registration is at PD Place.
Teaching Students with Complex Needs, including FASD— Participants will learn an approach to teaching students with learning and behavioural challenges. By understanding individual students, we can begin to look at strategies that will lead to improved success in the classroom. You will be introduced to the LEIC planning tool and provide information about current research strategies and resources needed to work with complex learning needs including FASD. This session will take place on May 4 from 8:30 – 3:00 PM. Register here.
MyEdBC Drop-in for Resource Teachers: MyEdBC is going through some changes — keep up with them at our Monday drop-in sessions. Resource teachers will have the chance to drop in to review or renew their skills at writing IEPs using MyEdBc.April 9: Using the Log
April 23: Enrolling students
May 7: Uploading Documents
June 4: Progress Reporting
June 18: Creating Drafts and/or Renewing Plans for next year
**Please note: these sessions are drop-in; registration is encouraged but not required.** See PD Place for details.