NID – February 19, 2016

Our next non-instructional day is Friday, February 19th. For most teachers, this will be a teacher-directed professional development day. It will be an in-lieu day for teachers who participated in a summer PD day at a school which designated February 19th as the in-lieu day. Information regarding two pro-d opportunities for Friday, February 19th was sent out in the Monday Memo today. Teachers are encouraged to check the STA website at for further updates about these events and others in the coming days and weeks. Pro-D reps are asked to post the attached poster. Paper copies will be coming to your school later this week.

Whenever possible, check in with visiting TTOCs to make sure they are aware of pro-d opportunities. TTOCs who work in the same assignment on February 18th and February 22nd are eligible to receive pay for the 19th. They should speak to the school principal to arrange this. TTOCs can also access $150 in pro-d funding each year by contacting TTOC Rep Stacey Kumar at

Joint STA/District Focus Day
Exploring Identity is the theme for the Focus Day at North Surrey Secondary. Associate Professor of Education Psychology and Leadership from UVic, Catherine McGregor will present a keynote titled, “I am Who I am Becoming: Exploring Teaching Identities.” Below several of the workshops are listed:

1. Making Sense of Aggression and Cultivating Resiliance – Colleen Drobot
2. Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies – Carolyn Sousa
3. Author Visit – Nicola Campbell, author of Shi-shi-etko and Shin-Chi’s Canoe
4. Writers Workshop (K-2) – Ginny Timbre
5. Digital Portfolios – Karen Fadum
6. Literacy and Numeracy (3-5) – Karen Coumont
7. Healthy Living (K-12) – Glenn Young
8. Creating a Gender-Inclusive School Culture (K-12) – Annie Ohana
9. Wellness, Mindfullness and Attachment – Dr. Linda Uyeda
10. Integrating Children’s Literature (K-2) – Nadine McSpadden
11. Literacy and Numeracy (3-5) – Selina Millar
12. Developing as a Mathematician (K-2) – Jennifer Barker
13. Thinking and Learning as a Mathematician (4-7) – Marc Garneau
14. Teaching Comprehensive, Inclusive Sexual Education (K-12) – Amy Patterson

What a Poem Can Be and Do Presented by The Surrey English Teachers’ Association Two highly acclaimed poets – Alex Leslie and Sheryda Warrener – will read from their latest books and help teachers gain insights into new and evolving poetic forms, many of which are hybrids of printed words, images, spoken texts, digital texts, and more. In the workshops you’ll have opportunities to explore some of these poetic forms in depth and to create your own through writing activities. Email Dave Ellison to reserve a space:

Tapestry Conference

The Tapestry Conference is a cross-curricular professional development day that offers over 40 workshops for educators K-12 on a range of topics including First Nations education and the new curriculum, mindfulness in the classroom, nature centered learning and more. Join over 400 educators on February 19th at Esquimalt High School for a day of learning and sharing with engaging workshops, community tables, and vendors.

The keynote address “Rewriting Your Story” will be given by Eddy Robinson an indigenous artist, activist, and educator.

Check out the website for a variety of K-12 workshops to enhance your knowledge and learn about ways to implement the new curriculum

Also note that for the first time ever, we will have a separate section to theTapestry conference that will address the professional learning needs of French and French Immersion teachers. Follow the same web link above and you will be able to select the French offerings. The French teachers will be meeting at a separate location at Claremont Secondary. Details are on the website.

Register by January 22nd and be entered to win an iPad!

Bard on he Beach Shakespeare Festival
Announcing Bard Unbound professional Development Workshops for teachers…for more info please visit

Recognizing the importance of mental health and wellness for all, CARES Counselling is offering our first “Work, Life, Balance Conference” on February 19th. See conference flyer and brochure for more info.

Thursday, January 14th, 2016. Filed in Category: Professional Development