Sept 20th, 2019 - LVRogers

Professional Learning

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Keynote 9:15 am

Walking the Talk of Reconciliation and Transformation 

Join Denise Augustine and Rod Allen while they explore the connections between reconciliation and transformation.  Both require us to confront inequity and to work together in meaningful ways to create the future we want.  Engage with a story of transformation and reconciliation informed by the knowledge of our teachers, students, and community; grounded in the wisdom of our indigenous people; weaving together a global education conversation, an empowering curriculum, and learning sciences.




Morning Sessions: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

Walking the Talk of Reconciliation and Transformation - Discussion

Morning Session: 10:45 - 12:15
Facilitator: Rod Allen & Denise Augustine
Location: LVR Gymnasium

Join Denise and Rod in a conversation while they more deeply engage with the ideas presented in their keynote.

Educational Transformation

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 2:30
Facilitator: Rod Allen
Location: LVR Room 200

Rod will explore BC’s learning transformation through an international lens. Why are BC’s teachers are seen as a model for the future?  This participatory session will help deepen your understanding of BC’s learning journey.

Equitable Learning Environments through an Indigenous Lens

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 2:30
Facilitator: Denise Augustine
Location: LVR Room 309

What does reconciliation look, sound and feel like in schools and classrooms today? What can we do to take action towards reconciliation?  Engage in a lively discussion with Denise while experiencing Indigenous pedagogies.

Building Thinking Classrooms

Morning Session: 10:45 - 12:15
Facilitator: Peter Liljedahl
Location: LVR Multi-purpose room

*maximum 40 people

We know that problem-based teaching is an effective way for teachers to foster student learning. Simply “problematizing” the curriculum, however, does not constitute the practice that teachers want or students need. Equally, infusion of problem-based learning into the mandated curriculum does not constitute the building of thinking classrooms. To build thinking classrooms teachers must be provided with a set of tools to allow them to develop authentic thinking lessons and programs. In this presentation Dr. Peter Liljedahl looks at a series of such tools, specifically designed to build an environment conducive to problem-based learning. Dr. Liljedahl will review the findings of recent research in curriculum development with respect to problem-based teaching, with emphasis on specific research that indicates and demonstrates that a problem-based learning environment and culture can quickly be established, even in classrooms where students resist change.

Building Thinking Classrooms (math/science)

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 2:30 
 Peter Liljedahl
Location: LVR Multipurpose room

*maximum 40 people

We know that problem solving is an effective way for students to learn to think mathematically and to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the mathematics they are learning. Simply problematizing the mathematics curriculum, however, does not help constitute the practice that teachers want or students need. Equally, infusion of problem-based learning into the mathematics curriculum does not help with the transformations we want to see in our classrooms. What we need are a set of practices that, along with good problems, can build thinking classrooms. In this presentation, Dr. Peter Liljedahl looks at a series of such practices, emerging from 15 years of research, that can help to build an environment conducive to problem-based learning. He will unpack his research that has demonstrates that a problem-based learning environment and culture can quickly be established, even in classrooms where students resist change.

Dive into Inquiry

Morning Session: 10:45 - 12:15
Facilitator: Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt
Location: LVR Library, Room 100

Join Rebecca in learning and exploring about inquiry based learning with our littles. This session will be great for those interested in learning how to begin inquiry with learners in kindergarten to grade 5. Rebecca will unpack how to spark curiosity, begin with provocations, capture learner interest and move forwards in inquiry. We will explore various tools, processes and ways to empower our learners (and ourselves!) to feel and be successful in inquiry. You will leave feeling ready and excited to try out some new processes in your classroom. This is a great beginner and refresher session for those interested in learning where to begin in inquiry. 

Inquiry Through the Year

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 2:30
Facilitator: Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt
Location: LVR Library, Room 100

Join Rebecca in unpacking what inquiry looks and feels like throughout a full school year. She will share where she begins, how she progresses and scaffolds inquiry in her class. Rebecca will share many classroom and practical ways you begin, continue and move forwards in inquiry with your Kindergarten to Grade 5 students. You will leave feeling inspired and supported to begin to roll out inquiry in your practice. This session would be an excellent follow up to the morning session AND/OR the spring sessions Rebecca held.

Digital M.E. (Media Education)

Morning or Afternoon Session
 Scott Rothermel
Location: LVR Room 209

Snapchat this? Instagram that! This presentation will focus on all things digital that your kids are talking about. Children are creating digital lives and are rapidly developing their personal brand and identity. We have an opportunity lead the charge as digital role models and help children develop a strong digital citizenship foundation while reminding them that their digital footprint is a reflection of their real and online selves. Students will encounter situations that will challenge their independence, including cyberbullying (and more frequent – cyber-exclusion), the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images, and inappropriate websites, and we need to be there to provide support and guidance during this critical period. Finally, this workshop will include a snapshot of the current digital trends, concerning apps, video games and information on sexting/sextortion.

MyEdBC - Staff View Basics

Morning Session: 10:45 - 12:15
Facilitator: Alyson Oshust
Location: LVR Room 211

Alyson is a talented training specialist in MyEducation BC & was a key member of the implementation team for MyEducation BC. This session will discuss the following:
Accessing MyEdBC

  • User Preferences and Security
  • Pages
  • Navigation
  • Attendance


MyEdBC - Gradebook Basics

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 2:30
Facilitator: Alyson Oshust
Location: LVR Room 211

This is an interactive session, providing a detailed overview of the basics teachers need to work in MyEdBC.  This session is designed for new users, or users who want a better understanding of MyEdBC.  

  • Gradebook Preferences
  • Setting Up Course Details for Gradebook Functions
  • Creating Assignments
  • Scores (Entering Grades)
Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History

Morning Session: 10:45 - 12:15
Facilitator: Alison Talbot Kelly
Location: LVR Room 315

Touchstones Museum of Art and History is excited to support the BCED curriculum in experiential ways. We have Archives, a Permanent Museum exhibition (local culture and history) and 2 art galleries (8 diverse shows a year). Come join us to learn about how we can be a partner in education and enliven student learning K-12. Our programming meets curriculum goals through: 

  • experiential learning with hands-on activities and primary sources
  • local, place-based programming with artifacts and stories
  • 8 different art exhibitions a year that invite personal voice and reflection
  • Historical Connection Kits that enliven imaginations and understanding
  • tailored tours and activities to meet your student/class project needs
  • exploration of diverse perspectives through story-telling and curation
  • deepening research skills in the archives


Kootenay Art Therapy Institute

Morning or Afternoon Session
 Monica Carpendale & Jay Carter
Location: LVR Art Room 115

This presentation demonstrates the use of therapeutically designed communication games for addressing core educational competencies in communication, thinking and personal and social skills. The digital and board formats are useful to address a multitude of children’s issues, needs and educational goals. They can support emotional and social development.  The games fall under several categories of: feeling games, anger games, social issues, values and beliefs and self-esteem. Children and youth in schools today present with a variety of educational and therapeutic issues and needs. Specific games can address some of the needs and goals. They also provide an engaging way to practice skills in valuing diversity and promoting “understanding of others and respect for all” (BC Curriculum overview, 2019). As the BC curriculum overview states “Today’s technology enables classrooms, communities, and experts around the world to share digitally in a learning experience, wherever they may be” (2019)

MyBlueprint All About Me K-6 Webinar

Morning Session: 10:45 - 12:15
Facilitator: Meredith Melvin
Location: LVR Room 200

The “All About Me K-6 Portfolio” is designed to support teachers and students with inquiry-based learning, self-assessment and self-discovery in one streamlined K-12 portfolio system.  This easy to use digital platform includes the following:

  • Student driven exploration of the Core Competencies and four inquiry questions
  • Direct connection to BCEd curriculum expectations and learning outcomes
  • 40+ lesson plans, user guides and resources, in English and French
  • Curricular resources connecting Core Competencies, Curricular Competencies, and Career Education Big Ideas
  • Student ability to easily add highly visual, engaging and directed artifacts 
  • Easily upload pictures, files, embed videos, record audio, and more
  • Write detailed reflections and self-assess learning and growth
  • Explore occupations and the world of work (including descriptions in English and French
  • All resources are in English and French
Case Managers and Learning Support Roundtable Discussion

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 2:30
Facilitator: Sandy Boscariol
Location: LVR Room 205

Roundtable discussion for case managers, learning support teachers, and inclusion support staff:

  • Introductions and descriptions of roles
  • How to structure your time over the year 
  • Ideas for further pro-d and in-service
  • General discussion and sharing of ideas 
  • Determine interest in starting a BCTF Provincial Specialist Association such as (TIE BC Teachers of Inclusive Education or LATA Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association) see
E.A. and Youth & Family Workers Roundtable Discussion

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 2:30
Facilitator: Anita Early & Deanna Holitzki
Location: LVR Room 306

Roundtable discussion for case managers, learning support teachers, and inclusion support staff: 

  • Introductions and descriptions of roles
  • Ideas for further professional development and in-service
  • General discussion and sharing of ideas 
CUPE - Developing Leaders

Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 2:30
Facilitator: Theresa Montpellier
Location: LVR Room 311

Similar to the Aspiring Leaders Program for SD8 teachers, we are offering support staff an opportunity to learn new skills to add to their portfolio/resume for future consideration of leadership roles and positions. Over the 1-year length, the program will provide participants with a robust educational and growth opportunity to engage in world-class professional development opportunities, mentoring with current SD8 mentors, school and District visitations and opportunities for leadership involvement, and a program that includes the most up-to-date practices for today's current practices and leadership research. 

This year’s focus will be on leadership skills:

  • Communication – foundations, difficult conversations, effective listening etc.
  • Organization – plan and prep, time management, mastering Microsoft Outlook, excel etc.
  • Coaching and mentoring
CUPE - Accounting Training for Clerical & Secretaries

Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 am
Facilitator: Samara Shaw and Roseanne Winter
Location: LVR Room 309

Accounting Recommendations for School Trust Funds

  • BMO Credit Card Procedures
  • POS terminals (credit/debit machines) and online payments
  • Purchasing System (POs)
  • eFunds Overview
  • District Accounting Overview
CUPE - Custodial Professional Development

Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 am
Facilitator: Janet Wall
Location: LVR Room 313

Review of the following:

  • SD8 Procedures Manual (*new)
  • Safe working procedures
Bus Driver Air Brakes Refresher Course

Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 am
Facilitator: Andy Roberts, Mountain Transport Institute Ltd
Location: Nelson Operations - 90 Lakeside Drive

For many Professional drivers taking the Air Brake course was a requirement of getting their license and that was it. The air brakes systems in today’s vehicles are similar to those from 20 years ago but some things have changed, in particular, slack adjusters. The Air Brake Refresher course is 4 hours long and is designed to review the key points in the system that drivers need to understand on a daily basis. Time will be spent checking the air brake system and reviewing brake adjustments.