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In the Loop – February 29, 2024

KEY RESOURCES IN LANGLEY

HONOURING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Announcing RCtv: Honouring Truth and Reconciliation | More info
Join us for a nationwide conversation reflecting on Canada’s legacy of Indian Residential Schools and pathways towards reconciliation. Showcasing a powerful short documentary by legendary Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, the programme involves three simple steps:

  1. Watch Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair with your class between April 3 and April 17
  2. Join the discussion with special guests on Wednesday, April 17
    (see time below)
  3. Ask questions through our online platform

The programme also includes lesson plans, sensitivity support resources, extension activities, and access to the film – all completely FREE OF CHARGE. Can’t make the date? You can still watch an interactive recording any time afterwards.

DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
To see our full calendar of offerings, visit
www.thinklangley.com

NEW Workshop! Nurturing Young Writers (K – 3) with Matt Glover – Session 3 | Feb. 29, 2024 I Register
One of the challenges teachers face is determining what to teach each day during a unit of study in writing workshop. Even when teachers have curricular plans and resources that give teaching possibilities, only teachers can determine what their students need each day. In this session teachers will learn and use a process for designing writing units that meet curricular goals and respond to the individual needs of their students

That Wellness Thing | Langley Education Centre | March 6, 2024 | More info
Langley Education Centre is hosting its fifth annual wellness event on Wednesday March 6, 2024 from 4:30 – 7 pm! We hope you can join us. #thatwellnessthing features information and resources from a variety of community agencies, service providers, and some of our local post-secondary schools. There will be opportunities to try yoga and light refreshments will be served. The event is open to students 16+ and their families, staff, and the public.

NEW! Getting Started with Book Creator | On-Demand Learning Feature
Curious about Book Creator? Book Creator is a District approved app that is available to teachers to use with their classes that allows students to create and publish high-quality books as part of a rich classroom literacy program. If you would like to learn more about Book Creator and get an introduction to how you could get started with Book Creator in your classroom

The Path to Reconciliation: Embedding Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility into Our Schools with Len Pierre | On-Demand Learning Feature
In this second session in our Ensouling Our Schools series, Len Pierre focuses on decolonization, reconciliation, and cultural safety in schools. Setting out with the intention to focus on good, culturally safe practices for educators, Len outlines a number of cultural strategies for school districts to embed in their practice at the classroom, school and district and district level. As well, Len also shares some exciting, promising practices and resources that he has encountered in this work that offer continued hope for ensuring cultural safety lives in our classrooms and schools.

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

PHEBC Chat – Critical Conversation about Daily Marks in PHE… what are we looking for? | March 5, 7 – 8 pm | Register
Historically speaking, gathering daily marks has been a common practice in many PHE classes. The methods used to gather these marks, and the number of marks available (e.g., 3, 5, 10) have differed, but the approach has largely been the same: to record a daily score for students in a PHE class. Should we gather daily scores in our PHE classes? What information are we gathering, and how is it used? Are there other ways to approach this practice and support student learning? Join us on Tuesday, March 05, 2024, from 7-8 pm PST as we explore this topic and possibilities for our PHE classes. This is open to everyone, and it will not be recorded.

CAfLN Conversations | Wednesday March 6 – 5:00 pm | cafln.ca
The next CAfLN Conversation from the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network is coming up on Wednesday March 6 starting at 5:00 pm.  CAfLN members can join for free. Not a member of CAfLN? Then go to cafln.ca to learn more about how to become a member and get access to all of the excellent resources and professional learning opportunities that CAfLN offers their members. This session is about Co-regulation of learning via metacognition: what is it and what does it look like in our classrooms? This is a collaborative session so come prepared to discuss your context and the context of others.

Invitation to The Walrus Talks at Home: Arts and Culture Right Now | March 6, 2024 | More info | Register
Join The Walrus Talks at Home: Arts and Culture Right Now, an event that brings together young Canadian artists and cultural leaders who are shaping the future of arts, activism, and digital innovation. Four speakers will discuss how creativity can promote civic engagement, merge politics with art, and leverage technology for change. Join this conversation to witness firsthand how Canada’s creators are not just participating in the arts and culture scene, but are actively redefining it with their bold visions and innovative approaches.

Harnessing the Power of AI to support Teaching and Learning | Mar 7, 2024 | Register
Meet the Teaching Assistant you never knew you needed. Join Learning Forward BC with Cari Wilson and Alex Bleim from West Vancouver Schools online from 4:00-6:00 pm PST on March 7th. The theme of this session will cover making teaching easier, practical ideas and suggestions for using AI in the classroom and supporting the myriad of student demands that face educators daily.

UBC MEd in Math Education and MEd in Science Education | Applications due March 25, 2024 | More info: Math or Science
UBC is now accepting applications for the next fully-online Masters of Education (MEd) cohort programs beginning Sept 2024 and open to all teachers K-12. MEd in Math Education and MEd in Science Education are both excellent opportunities for collaborative professional development for teachers across the province. Teachers can apply in school or in district teams, and a degree in math or science is NOT required. The program enables teachers to qualify for TQS Category 6 Pay-scale Increment.

Network of Inquiry and Indigenous Educators Annual Symposium | May 10 & 11, 2024 | More info
The theme this year is Connections + Community: People, Practices & Promises. It is taking place on Friday, May 10 8:30-4:30pm & Saturday, May 11 8:30-12:30pm at The Westin Wall Centre, Richmond, BC. Make connections and strengthen community with colleagues committed to ensuring every learners crosses the stage with dignity, purpose and options.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAFF/STUDENTS/CLASSES

Discovery Farm Tours at Academy Farms – K to 12 | Academy Farms School Tours Info & Study Guide.pdf
Academy Farms is a local and one-of-a-kind farm that has been operating in the Township of Langley since 2021. In addition to raising unique animals such as bison and water buffalo, the farm also takes great pride in their innovative, sustainable and modern approach to agriculture.  Academy Farms is now offering Discovery Farm Tours for classes at all grade levels – K to 12 – that is directly linked to the provincial curriculum. To learn more about the Tours and what is available as well as for information on the pre and post tour resources available to teachers, please check out the full Academy Farms brochure found at the link above.

BCCPA COIN Competition Announcement | Deadline April 8, 2024 | Register
Each year the Chartered Professional Accountant’s of British Columbia (BCCPA) run an accounting competition called COIN. Your students are invited to compete! Please share this with your Accounting teachers, who will be required to pre-register their students. The deadline to register is 9am, April 8th and the date of competition is 10-11am, April 20th, 2024. Prizes provided by BCCPA.

LEARNING RESOURCES

FORED BC Society Lesson Plans and Resources | Lesson Plans
Unleash your inner maestro with FORED BC Society’s latest sensation! Dive into our electrifying new lesson plan, jam-packed with the symphonic secrets of trees and music! From strumming guitars to pirouetting ballet shoes, discover the sensational ways trees groove into our daily rhythm! Get ready to rock and roll with nature’s melody. Download your musical journey now

Literacy Resources available through Curio
Did you know that students who read for 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, are exposed to up to 1.8 million words in one school year? Inspire even your most reluctant readers with our incredible selection of recommendations.

  • Literacy Secondary | Series
    When we are at a crossroads, when uncertainty is upon us, when we have faced challenges and are ready for the future, how do we know where to go next? This collection of books is about finding the resilience and the hope needed to carry on and keep moving forward. Don’t miss the Canada Reads 2024 debates, March 4-7.
  • Literacy Elementary Grade 4-7 | Video
    Check out The Forest of Reading’s previous year’s Blue Spruce Award nominees and their inspiring work in the 4 to 7 age category.
  • Literacy, Culture Secondary  | Video
    Turtle Island Reads celebrates stories written by and about Indigenous people in Canada and discusses why bringing Indigenous books into the classroom is important (with teacher guides).

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL READINGS AND RESOURCES

Establishing Ongoing Student Self-Assessment in the Classroom – Katie Novak | Article
This article by Katie Novak talks about the benefits of student self-assessment and how to implement it in the classroom in a  very simple way. The author argues that self-assessment helps students develop metacognitive skills, appreciate the purpose of their work, and advocate for themselves.  The article also provides a link to a book and a video on the topic of shifting from teacher-led to student-led instruction which is a crucial component of helping students become more independent, self-directed learners.

The Value of Descriptive, Multi-Level Rubrics – Jay McTighe, Susan M. Brookhart, Thomas R. Guskey | Article
While single point rubrics are very useful and have become very popular among teachers, this article is a very interesting and important read for teachers when considering the use of a single point rubric.  While there is a definitive ease with using them, when it comes to the importance of providing valuable, descriptive feedback to students to help move their learning forward, there are shortcomings which would be perhaps better served with a more descriptive, multi-levelled rubric.

TECH TIPS

How-to’s:

  • Book Creator browser app: the district has purchased licenses for teachers and students. Learn more here: (new) Book Creator (browser)
  • NEW elements for Creating a Virtual Teams Meeting: New-convenient options are now right within the new meeting window. There are now different types of Teams meeting that automatically put specific controls in place. Learn more: New Virtual Teams Meeting Options (Feb 2024)

Digital Citizenship Terms:

  • Media Balance: using media in a way that feels healthy and in balance with other life activities (family, friends, school, hobbies, etc.)
  • Phishing: when someone poses as an institution, like a bank or school, and sends you a personalized message asking you to provide private information.
  • Sound Ergonomics: the control and set up of digital sound system (often headphones)

Generative Artificial Intelligence Terms:

  • Large Language Models: or LLM, is essentially a highly intelligent computer program designed to understand and generate human-like language. It’s capable of assisting people with writing, answering questions, and engaging in conversations by leveraging its vast knowledge of words and sentences.
  • Neural Network: A neural network is a complex computational model inspired by the human brain, composed of interconnected nodes that process information through layers to learn from data and perform tasks such as image recognition or language processing.
  • Natural Language Processing: or NLP, is a type of computer technology that helps machines understand, interpret, and generate human language in a way that feels natural to us.

In the Loop – February 22, 2024

KEY RESOURCES IN LANGLEY

HONOURING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Coffee and Conversations Webinar Series – Working with Indigenous Families and Communities in Education | Register
As shared by Len Pierre in the most recent Ensouling our Schools session, his consulting group is hosting a series of after school Coffee and Conversations Webinars for educators.  Join facilitators Nadine McSpadden and Twyla Perrin in an enriching four-part series named “Coffee and Conversations,” drawing from their extensive experience in Indigenous Education. This series aims to delve into best practices for supporting Indigenous learners, their families, and those directly engaged in working with Indigenous students. Participants can anticipate a safe and collaborative space for dialogue, questions, and idea sharing. Session #3 on Cultural Safety is currently sold out; however, there is space in session #4 on culturally safe pedagogy scheduled for Wednesday March 13 starting at 3:30 pm.

DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
To see our full calendar of offerings, visit
www.thinklangley.com

The Path to Reconciliation: Embedding Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility into Our Schools with Len Pierre | On-Demand Learning Feature
In this second session in our Ensouling Our Schools series, Len Pierre focuses on decolonization, reconciliation, and cultural safety in schools. Setting out with the intention to focus on good, culturally safe practices for educators, Len outlines a number of cultural strategies for school districts to embed in their practice at the classroom, school and district and district level. As well, Len also shares some exciting, promising practices and resources that he has encountered in this work that offer continued hope for ensuring cultural safety lives in our classrooms and schools.

Getting Started with Book Creator | Feb 27, 2024
Curious about Book Creator? Book Creator is a District approved app that is available to teachers to use with their classes that allows students to create and publish high-quality books as part of a rich classroom literacy program.  If you would like to learn more about Book Creator and get an introduction to how you could get started with Book Creator in your classroom, please join us and Jon Smith from Book Creator for these virtual session on Tuesday February 27. The Session will be held on Teams and can be accessed via the link below.

  • Feb 27th Session with Book Creator: An Introductory Session | Teams Link

Nurturing Young Writers (K – 3) with Matt Glover – Session 2 | Feb 29, 2024 I Register
Writing Conferences are at the heart of teaching students to write well. They’re also challenging since they require teachers to make responsive, in the moment decisions. In this session we will use writing samples and video clips to examine strategies for more effective conferring with students.

That Wellness Thing | Langley Education Centre | March 6, 2024 | More info
Langley Education Centre is hosting its fifth annual wellness event on Wednesday March 6, 2024 from 4:30 – 7 pm! We hope you can join us. #thatwellnessthing features information and resources from a variety of community agencies, service providers, and some of our local post-secondary schools. There will be opportunities to try yoga and light refreshments will be served. The event is open to students 16+ and their families, staff, and the public.

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

ConnectedPE Online Conference | February 26-28, 2024 | Register
The ConnectedPE Online Conference is a global Physical Education event that takes places over the course of one week. Each day you will presented with two amazing Physical Education themed sessions led by presenters from all over the world. All attendees will be presented with certificates of completion highlighting the professional development you’ve received.  To learn more about the sessions being offered please see link above under “Register”.

Centering Indigenous Pedagogies in Math Education Webinar Series | More info | Register
The next session of this four part webinar series for teachers, where leading scholars and educators explore strategies for centering Indigenous pedagogies in mathematics education, is coming up on February 27.  Sessions will focus on classroom teachers sharing examples, ideas, and questions on various Indigenous pedagogies such as Indigenous Storywork, teaching mathematics with/from place and land, and culturally responsive mathematics education and assessment practices. The series is free to educators.  If you are unable to attend the live, after school sessions, registered participants will receive the recording. https://elvlc.educ.ubc.ca/unreal-5-cinematics/

PHEBC Chat – Critical Conversation about Daily Marks in PHE… what are we looking for? | March 5, 7 – 8 pm | Register
Historically speaking, gathering daily marks has been a common practice in many PHE classes. The methods used to gather these marks, and the number of marks available (e.g., 3, 5, 10) have differed, but the approach has largely been the same: to record a daily score for students in a PHE class. Should we gather daily scores in our PHE classes? What information are we gathering, and how is it used? Are there other ways to approach this practice and support student learning? Join us on Tuesday, March 05, 2024, from 7-8 pm PST as we explore this topic and possibilities for our PHE classes. This is open to everyone, and it will not be recorded.

CAfLN Conversations | Wednesday March 6 – 5:00 pm | cafln.ca
The next CAfLN Conversation from the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network is coming up on Wednesday March 6 starting at 5:00 pm.  CAfLN members can join for free.  Not a member of CAfLN? Then go to cafln.ca to learn more about how to become a member and get access to all of the excellent resources and professional learning opportunities that CAfLN offers their members.  More details on the next CAfLN conversation will be on the website soon!

Harnessing the Power of AI to support Teaching and Learning | Mar 7, 2024 | Register
Meet the Teaching Assistant you never knew you needed. Join Learning Forward BC with Cari Wilson and Alex Bleim from West Vancouver Schools online from 4:00-6:00 pm PST on March 7th. The theme of this session will cover making teaching easier, practical ideas and suggestions for using AI in the classroom and supporting the myriad of student demands that face educators daily.

Catch UDL-Con: International Savings Before They Fly Away | Register
Register for the world’s largest international Universal Design for Learning Conference. CAST’s Annual Symposium and the UDL-IRN Summit are coming together as one event – UDL-Con: International. Join us as we explore how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be used to break down barriers to learning.
Through online and in-person sessions, participants will:

  • Discover the unique ways UDL can enhance and improve the most cutting-edge practices in education today.
  • Be inspired to use UDL as a framework for pulling together multiple initiatives across a school, university, or workplace.
  • Challenge their own assumptions about teaching, instruction, and learning.

Join us July 30-31, 2024 to engage with experts across a variety of fields and explore how UDL can improve the future of learning! This year’s event will be held online and in person (Sacramento, CA).

CAfLN – Assessment as Communication Conference | October 3-5, 2024 | More info
Speaking of CAfLN, the Canadian Assessment for Learning Network will be hosting their Fall Conference entitled “Let’s Talk – Assessment as Communication” in Canmore, Alberta this coming fall!  Save the dates – October 3 to 5, 2024.  More information and registration details still to come.  Check out the link above to learn more and see the incredible line-up of assessment experts who will be present. And to learn more about CAfLN and how to become a member, go to https://cafln.ca/.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAFF/STUDENTS/CLASSES

High School Economics Field Trips | Deadline Feb 26, 2024 | Register
Last chance to register your class for these engaging field trips! These High School Economics Field Trips are free one-day programs and are a great way to get students to engage with the economic concepts they learn in class through hands on activities. These field trips are open to students grade 8-12 and applicable to a variety of courses like Business, Career Education, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Social Studies and more. Don’t have your students miss out on these fun-filled field trips!

The Great Big Crunch | Thursday March 7 – 10:00 am | More info
Teachers and students are invited to participate in the Canada-wide Great Big Crunch on March 7 at 10:00 am PST. The Great Big Crunch is a moment of “anti-silence” where participants bite into crunchy local produce in unison. Invite your classroom, your whole school, or colleagues to crunch together in celebration of nutritious, B.C.-grown school food. Registration and information can be found on the website.

Edward Jones in your class, are you interested? | More info
Engaging students in conversations about saving or investing their money can be challenging, especially when a Timmies stop on the way to school feels like a high school rite of passage.
EVERFI and Edward Jones are partnering to give high school students the opportunity to talk about their long- and short-term financial goals and how they can save and invest to get there! Students will be able get started on digital activities to practice their finance skills in a safe environment. You’ll project the video call on the board, and students will engage with the activities on their own devices. Please note: students will need a Chromebook/laptop for the session and headphones (if they have them!). Sign up below for one of the virtual sessions:

LEARNING RESOURCES

Canadian Primary Sources for use in the classroom | More info
The Begbie Contest Society has a website full of rich primary source documents that teachers can utilize in teaching a variety of subjects related to Canadian History. The site includes maps, pictures and other primary resources plus a large volume of useful and relevant political cartoons that can be used to teach both the history as well as to provide students more knowledge and understanding of primary and secondary source materials.  You can access the website at the link above.

Book Creator – Calendar of Opportunities | More info
Are you using Book Creator with your students and want to find more ways and opportunities to bring Book Creator into your classroom? Then be sure to check out Book Creator’s Planner/Calendar filled with lots of learning opportunities and great ideas for integrating Book Creator into your classroom learning on a regular basis.

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL READINGS AND RESOURCES

Five Ways to Stop Thinking for your Students | Article
Looking to promote more independent, critical thinking with your students and create a more student-centered (and less teacher-centered) classroom?  This is a great article with five simple strategies and ideas to get students to do more of the thinking in your classroom.  The ideas and suggestions are built off of learning from Peter Liljedahl’s work in Building Thinking Classrooms. You can find the article at the link above.

Building Thinking Classrooms – Peter Liljedahl | Article
To learn more about the ideas expressed in the article above and Peter’s work, be sure to check out his website for more simple ideas and resources for creating a student-centered, thinking classroom where your students are doing the majority of the thinking and doing!

TECH TIPS

Internet Browser: Looking for a solid browser home page that will respect your privacy? Look no further: https://www.startpage.com rated ‘A’ by https://tosdr.org

‘Langley’s Teachers using AI’ Team: Interested in learning more about Generative Artificial Intelligence tools and the considerations of how you could use them as a teacher? Join the “Teachers using AI” Team. Open your Teams app>click on Teams>click on All Teams>click on Join or Create a Team>Paste this code into Join a Team with a code: czgfcy3

How-to’s:

  • Skitch: Have students add reflective comments on a screenshot or photo of their work. Learn how: Skitch Overview
  • Primary-using the iPad Camera: Simple ideas for meaningful strategies for using the iPad camera with primary students.

Digital Citizenship Terms:

  • Curiosity Gap: the desire people have to figure out missing information.
  • Dox: to search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the internet, typically with malicious intent.
  • Identity Theft: a type of crime in which your private information is stolen and used for criminal activity.

Artificial Intelligence Terms:

  • Algorithm: a set of instructions or rules that machines follow to solve a problem or finish a task.
  • Big Data: datasets that are too large to process using traditional methods. Used to understand patterns which then informs decision making.
  • Data Science: extracting insights from data using scientific methods, algorithms, and systems.

In the Loop – February 15, 2024

KEY RESOURCES IN LANGLEY

HONOURING TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

Len Pierre – Transformative Territory Acknowledgment Guide | More info
As a follow-up to Len Pierre’s Ensouling our Schools presentation on Monday, below is a link to Len’s “Transformative Territory Acknowledgement Guide.” This is an extremely useful tool in helping guide all of us on how to move away from performative to transformative Territorial Acknowledgements. 

DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
To see our full calendar of offerings, visit
www.thinklangley.com

STUDENT INCLUSIVE CONFERENCES AND SPACES | Feb 20, 2024 I Register
Empower your students to take control of their learning journey with SpacesEDU, the ultimate digital portfolio tool designed for educators. Showcase student growth, provide tangible evidence of learning, and instil digital citizenship seamlessly. Join us to discover how SpacesEDU can revolutionize your classroom, fostering a culture of student ownership and engagement. Need another reason? SpacesEDU can help students build skills needed for STUDENT INCLUSIVE CONFERENCES, reduce teacher time gathering evidence of learning, increase organizational efficiency and reduce teacher time gathering evidence of learning during conferences.

Getting Started with Book Creator | Feb 27, 2024
Curious about Book Creator? Book Creator is a District approved app that is available to teachers to use with their classes that allows students to create and publish high-quality books as part of a rich classroom literacy program.  If you would like to learn more about Book Creator and get an introduction to how you could get started with Book Creator in your classroom, please join us and Jon Smith from Book Creator for these virtual session on Tuesday February 27. The Session will be held on Teams and can be accessed via the link below.

  • Feb 27th Session with Book Creator: An Introductory Session | Teams Link

Nurturing Young Writers (K – 3) with Matt Glover – Session 2 | Feb 29, 2024 I Register
Writing Conferences are at the heart of teaching students to write well. They’re also challenging since they require teachers to make responsive, in the moment decisions. In this session we will use writing samples and video clips to examine strategies for more effective conferring with students.

That Wellness Thing | Langley Education Centre | March 6, 2024 | More info
Langley Education Centre is hosting its fifth annual wellness event on Wednesday March 6, 2024 from 4:30 – 7 pm! We hope you can join us. #thatwellnessthing features information and resources from a variety of community agencies, service providers, and some of our local post-secondary schools. There will be opportunities to try yoga and light refreshments will be served. The event is open to students 16+ and their families, staff, and the public.

EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Teaching with AI Tools and Tips | Feb 20, 2024 | Register
This 2-hour interactive course provides a comprehensive review of applications for teaching, including those that can be used immediately in the classroom as well as for professional learning, via case studies and hands-on examples.

Teacher Well-Being Series-Honouring the Teacher’s Heart | Register
We have partnered with UC Berkley Greater Good Science Centre’s Education Team to bring you their Honouring the Teacher’s Heart Professional Learning Community 100% free, courtesy of Well-being Canada. This is a four-part series, but you can pick and choose any sessions you need most!

Session 1: Tuesday, Feb 20
Simple, effective well-being practices to integrate into your daily routine.

Session 2:  Thursday, Feb 29
Connecting values to foster agency and integrity in decision making.

Session 3: Thursday, March 7
Compassionate boundary setting to create space in your life.

Session 4: Thursday, March 14
Expressing gratitude to improve our personal well-being and workplace environments.

Sessions will be 1.5 hours and will begin at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET. Certificates of completion will be provided upon post-event survey completion.

Multicultural Training Opportunity | Feb 24, 2024 | Contact: shirleymclauren@send.mailchimpapp.com
The program entails a comprehensive visit to prominent institutions of religious significance, namely a Muslim Mosque, Buddhist Temple, Sikh Temple, and a Hindu Temple!
By immersing themselves in these diverse religious and cultural contexts, participants will gain invaluable insights into the experiences and perspectives of various communities.
This first-hand exposure will foster a more inclusive and empathetic approach to teaching, empowering educators to engage with students from diverse backgrounds more effectively.
Registration is $99 per person including a training tour certificate, recognizing their commitment to professional growth and cultural competence. The time commitment is Feb 24, from 10am to 3pm, in Richmond, BC. A pdf flier is available upon request and if interested, a registration link will be sent.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAFF/STUDENTS/CLASSES

Amazing Adaptations: Birds Built to Survive | Virtual School Presentation for K-4 | VARC – Research Conservation Education | More info
Let The Vancouver Avian Research Centre inspire your kids with presentations about birds and bird science. We have everything you need for engaging virtual learning. In Amazing Adaptations we explore many of the unique adaptations that birds have. Students will become bird detectives as they learn to use key adaptations to tell what a bird eats, where it lives, and how it survives. VARC Virtual School presentations always include a fantastic Teacher Package full of activities, crafts and more! Book Now.
Science and Nature Program is a teacher led program, designed around the B.C. curriculum to inspire students to develop an appreciation for nature and their environment, through the world of birds. There are 8 different units in this program, available as a package or individually. Each unit includes a lesson plan, 2 Powerpoint presentations (one complete and one with just images), age appropriate activities, crafts, and handouts. For more info check link above in the heading.

2024 Art, Video & Photo Contest for Indigenous Youth | Deadline May 19, 2024 | More info
To celebrate the rich cultural and heritage traditions of the Indigenous people of Canada, FORED is sponsoring its annual artwork, photography and video contest with $150 cash prizes for Indigenous youth, aged 5-18.
The theme is Indigenous Traditional Knowledge & Medicine. This contest is a wonderful opportunity to find a mentor in the Elder community to pass down this important knowledge to Indigenous youth. Previous award winners are sometimes featured in local community newspapers. No commercial use of entries is permitted. View contest details here.
Additional Traditional Knowledge Bursary: For educators or parents with older Indigenous youth possibly exploring post-secondary choices in sustainable natural resources management at BC’s Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), FORED also sponsors a Traditional Knowledge bursary of $500 each year (since 2010), administered by NVIT.

TECH TIPS

HOW-TO’S:

Reading Reflections Literacy Centres:

  • Primary Grades
  • Objective: Students will record themselves reading, watch the recording, and reflect on their reading fluency using curricular “I Can” statements.
  • Prior Knowledge Needed: Students should know how to use the Camera and how to hold an iPad.

They should choose a book that they have read more than once from their Guided Reading selection. This lesson can also be done in small Guided Reading groups during Balanced Literacy time. For the full breakdown go to: Reading Reflections (primary) Literacy Centres (Web view) and log in with your SD35 email.

Screen Recording on an iPad:

  • Intermediate-secondary students can use this as a reflection tool.
  • Screen recording allows you to record the screen of your iPad exactly as you see it at the same time as adding audio if you wish.
  • For the full breakdown go to: Screen Recording on an iPad (Web view) and log in with your sd35 email.

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP VOCAB:

  • Addictive Design: features or aspects of a device or app that are intended to hook the user into frequent use.
  • Clickbait: an image or headline that tries to get you to click on it, usually for advertising purposes
  • Cookies: Small text files stored on a computer that keep track of what a person does on a website
  • Credible sources: in the case of digital citizenship, a credible source is an online source of information that is unbiased and is backed up with evidence.

THIS WEEK’S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TERMS:

  • Pattern Recognition: the ability of AI systems to identify and understand patterns in data, which enables them to make predictions, solve problems, and learn from their environment.
  • Tokenization: the process of breaking down a piece of text into smaller units, like words or phrases, to better understand its meaning.
  • Reinforcement Learning: is when a computer program learns to make good decisions by trying different actions and seeing which ones give the best results.

Instructional Services | #Think35

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