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Friday 26 Feb 2021

10:00 am - 3:00 pm full day

Stsepetkwll, "Legends That Teach;" A foray Into the Words of the Ancestors and How They Can Teach Us to Teach.

Kenthen Thomas

Storytelling and Teaching go together.

Kenthen is a descendent of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) and Silyx (Okanangan) Nations within the Southern Interior of BC. Twenty-five years ago he was involved in some theatre both in the community of Salmon Arm and in the high school. It was here Kenthen developed a passion for the arts. However, Kenthen was given an opportunity to perform in a play at the Quaaout Lodge and Resort. This play focused on the Stepetkwll (Legends That Teach) of the Secwepemc Peoples. At the time Kenthen could not realize the capacity of the gift that he was being given. A gift that has led him into teaching and that has stayed with him for twenty-five years.

This gift is not only a passion or a desire to perform. This gift is a strong teaching tool for Kenthen as a teacher and personally. The stories provide lessons that can be learned and encompass the "First peoples Principles of Learning," and the Core Curricular Competencies. They can lead as a hook to begin a lesson or unit and they can also be utilized at the end. The stories can also be the lesson themselves as they are extremely strong teaching tools that can be both educational and fun.

Personally, the Stories have taught Kenthen to be more respectful and mindful of how he behaves. They have given him the passion to eventually become a teacher. He has performed the stories all over British Columbia, United States, New Zealand, Australia and Vienna to name a few. He is also so grateful that the stories are in his life as a teaching tool for him professionally and personally.

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Delivery: Zoom

Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
100 max
Indigenous, intermediate, primary, secondary, Storytelling

The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia

Cathy McMillan & Cheryl Hoffman

How can we, as K-3 educators, weave social-emotional well-being, resilience, and self-awareness into the very fabric of our teaching and learning spaces? How can children’s literature thread together our exploration of self, other, and all of creation in non-threatening, low-risk, yet practical ways that meet the needs of all learners? Using an inclusive approach that blends sustainable pedagogy, the seven sacred teachings, Indigenous ways of knowing (maybe even the seven limbs of Patanjali’s yoga!), this full-day workshop promises conversation, experiential learning through doing, and reflection forging the link between our own personal well-being and that of our students. While various texts will be used throughout the workshop (with relevant links provided for ongoing use), our guiding text will be I am One by Susan Verde and Peter Reynolds, reminding us, as educators that we can indeed make a difference in the lives of our students. Participants will receive all necessary materials in advance and are asked to come prepared with colouring utensils, imagination, and willingness to have fun!

Cathy McMillan B.Sc. is the Founder of Dyslexia BC, a grassroots movement that helps build dyslexia awareness in the community and helps empower the families of dyslexic children to find the help they need. Cathy has presented at the ministry level to inform policymakers on best practices regarding students with learning disabilities. She has presented to teachers and parents all over the province of BC. Some of the presentations by Cathy have included an award winning documentary called "The Big Picture Rethinking Dyslexia (by James Redford)" and "Dyslexia For A Day Simulation Kit" by the Dyslexia Training Institute. Cathy has two dyslexic children who graduated from high school on the honour roll and continue to do well in post-secondary.

Cheryl Hoffman, Founder of KC Dyslexic Center in Manitoba - Cheryl is a graduate of the Computer Analyst Programmer curriculum at Red River College. She is a Certified Barton Tutor at the Masters Level and Certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist. She also advocates for change for dyslexic students in Manitoba and regularly presents to school districts, policymakers and parents about dyslexia!

Fri 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
100 max
intermediate, Literature, primary, secondary, Writing

10:00 am - 12:00 pm morning

Getting Started with Physical Literacy

Mackenzie Coyle

If you are wondering what physical literacy is and how you can incorporate it into your K-7 instruction, this workshop is for you! Gain an understanding of the theory behind this approach and learn some practical ways that you can start to develop your students’ physical literacy starting in your next class. A mix of theory and interactive instruction makes this a fun and informative workshop. Come ready to move.

Mackenzie Coyle is the Coordinator of Community Sport Services for PacificSport Fraser Valley. She holds a BHK, specializing in Movement Science from the University of Windsor and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Business Management from Durham College. Mackenzie delivers a variety of multisport programs in the Fraser Valley for youth aged 5 to 12 and facilitates physical literacy and physical education-focused workshops for recreation leaders and teachers. Mackenzie loves keeping active and since moving from Ontario you can often find her outside running, hiking, and backpacking in the mountains and playing or coaching volleyball on the beach or in the gym!

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
30 max
Hands on, intermediate, Physical activity, primary, Sport

I am One: Weaving together social-emotional learning, resilience, and literacy

Michelann Parr

How can we, as educators, promote social-emotional well-being, resilience, and self-awareness through our pedagogical choices and intentions? How can children’s literature support our exploration of self, others, and all of creation in non-threatening, low-risk, yet practical ways that meet the needs of all learners? Using a four-frame approach to social-emotional learning, resilience, and well-being that is overlaid with the seven sacred teachings, this workshop promises conversation, hands-on, and experiential learning through doing, making the link between our personal well-being and that of our students. Participants will be provided two picture books to support their work in the classroom with students: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox” by Danielle Daniel and “I am Peace” by Susan Verde.

Michelann Parr is Professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University interested in the ever-expanding fields of literacy, educational sustainability, and the ways in which we construct and enact identity... . She holds a BA, BEd, and MEd from Nipissing University; her PhD work was completed at McGill University. As the first-born Italian granddaughter of immigrants, she learned how the world worked in a large extended family and consistently had maternal models to guide her through childhood, support her through the successes and struggles of being mom to three, and celebrate the wondrous moments of being nana to two healthy grandkids. In the spaces between actively and intensively parenting and grandparenting, Parr is the outgoing Elizabeth Thorn Chair in Literacy, focusing on literacy-based community outreach and family engagement; she also teaches and supervises at the graduate level. A recent co-editor and contributor to Writing Mothers: Narrative Acts of Care, Redemption, and Transformation (2020).

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
30 max
Hands on, Literature, primary, Resilience, Storytelling, Writing

Indigenous art & design

John Le Flock

How to sketch & record items of interest when on outdoor field trips. Learn the basics of indigenous art & design. Includes some history, symbols & various types of indigenous art on the west coast.

Delivery: Zoom

John has been an art instructor in the Fraser Valley for 30 years

Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
30 max
Art, intermediate, primary, secondary

Physical Activity and Physical Literacy for All (Diverse Abilities)  Workshop/LF Guide

Karen Natho

Wondering how to adapt your K-7 physical literacy instruction to meet the needs of all your students? This is the workshop for you! Learn how to modify activities for students with diverse physical and intellectual abilities. Get great interactive tips and ideas to include all your students in activity and physical literacy.

Karen Natho (BPHE, BSc, MSc) is the Founder of the Brock Niagara Penguins, the leading ParaSport program in Niagara. Throughout Karen’s career, she has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities, ensuring all children are provided with equal and equitable opportunities. Karen spent six years directing Easter Seals Camp Merrywood into a leading residential camp for children and youth with physical disabilities

Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
30 max
Inclusive Education, intermediate, Physical activity, primary, Sport

Putting the Circle of Courage into Practice

Dr. Larry Brendtro

Practical tools for raising resilient kids drawn from the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk.

1. Attachment and Belonging. Objective: Identify attachment problems and strategies for building a trusting alliance. Content: Disrupted Social Bonds; Connecting with Adult-Wary Kids.

2. Achievement and Mastery. Objective: Define intelligence in terms of resilience science as growth potential in all persons. Content: How the Brain Grows Intelligence, Talent Hunts with Struggling Students.

3. Autonomy and Independence. Objective: Contrast traditional obedience-oriented approaches to child-rearing with youth empowerment strategies. Content: How to Help Children Learn Self-Regulation; How to Foster Self Discipline.

4. Altruism and Generosity. Objective: Identify strategies for engaging youth in helping and showing concern for others. Content: Empathy versus Egoism in the Brain; Youth Hooked on Helping; Caring Cultures.

Dr. Larry Brendtro is Professor Emeritus at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, and Director of Resilience Resources which provides strength-based research, evaluation, and publications. Dr. Brendtro is the former president of Starr Commonwealth and served during three presidential administrations on the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He is co-founder of the Circle of Courage model and Reclaiming Youth International. For more information see larrybrendtro.com

 

Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
35 max
Inclusive Education, intermediate, Resilience, secondary

Reading Power Revisited: Comprehension Across the Curriculum

Adrienne Gear

In the age of inquiry-based learning, how do we create a learning environment where students are re-thinking rather than re-telling? How do we provide enough structure AND flexibility for students to explore, stretch and reflect on their thinking and construct meaning? In this session, the BC teacher and author will share and explore the concept of inquiry through the lens of her Reading Power approach. She will share many examples of lessons and units centred around deep thinking and learning in all subject areas.

Adrienne Gear has been a teacher with the Vancouver school board for over 25 years. She has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher-librarian and district Literacy Mentor. She continues to teach part-time, as well as provide professional workshops, demonstration lessons and leadership sessions to schools and districts throughout the province and across the country, as well as internationally. Adrienne is the author of six professional books including Reading Power, Powerful Understanding and her latest writing book: Powerful Writing Structures. Adrienne currently lives in Kelowna with her family.

Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
300 max
Indigenous, intermediate, Literature, primary, Storytelling, Writing

Spaghetti Bridge

René Ragetli

This workshop will help prepare teachers to explore engineering and construction with their students by making bridges using spaghetti as the primary building material. The activity is best suited to those teaching grades 6 - 9. All tools and supplies needed for either workshop will be available for pickup at Hope Secondary prior to February 26th

René Ragetli is a teacher by profession. Following his years as a classroom teacher, René worked in construction, managing commercial and residential projects. He then brought this education and industry background to Skills Canada where he coordinated the regional and provincial competitions and developed and managed new career exploration programs for five years. René has been with the Construction Foundation since 2017.

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
15 max
Art, Hands on, intermediate, Trades

Yoga and Mindfulness for Self Regulation

Jennie Abbot

Jennie Abbot is the Founder and Director of Harmony Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Company, the creator of YogaBREAK for Classrooms, Harmony at Home Kits, various Parenting and Educator Workshops and The My Peaceful Play Game for Kids. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (CYA-CYT) with the Canadian Yoga Alliance teaching over 10,000 children to date. Jennie is the co-creator of the Harmony 95 Hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Program through the International Yoga Alliance. Jennie’s offers Workshops for Parents and Educators in partnership with the Institute of Child Psychology. Jennie is also a Color Me Yoga Children's Yoga Teacher Graduate, Rainbow Kids Yoga Certified Instructor, with Specialties in Yoga for the Special Needs, Safe Anatomy for Children and Trauma-Informed Yoga for Children and Youth through Yoga Ed. In addition, Jennie has taken Mindfulness Training through Dr. Dan Siegel, Author and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. Jennie has worked with children, families, government, non-profit organizations and educators for over 20 years sharing her passion for bringing happiness and peace into the lives of children through yoga and mindfulness.

Join Jennie Abbot, Founder of Harmony Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Company, for this interactive and dynamic workshop for Educators. In this workshop, you learn a variety of hands on activities to easily integrate yoga and mindfulness into the home, classroom or therapeutic environment. Practical tools such as kid-friendly breathing techniques, mindful movement activities, games for connection and community and guided relaxations will be demonstrated in ways that are easy to implement, bringing joyful connection to children's lives. Children's Yoga helps to develop essential tools such as self-regulation, a strong mind-body connection and introduces skills that help children to find a sense of inner calm. These tools are gifts that can transform the lives of the children that receive them. Come join us for this fun and interactive introduction to mindful yoga for children.

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
50 max
Hands on, intermediate, Mind/body, primary, Resilience, secondary, Yoga

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm afternoon

Connecting with Kids who Outwit Adults

Dr. Larry Brendtro

Many youths who most need positive adult relationships have experienced trauma and pain, causing them to be “adult-wary.” They react with conflict or avoidance to even the most well-meaning adults. Young people who distrust adults keep them at bay with strategies of Fight, Flight, or Fool, or they follow one another in group defiance of adults in authority. Successful youth workers need practical strategies to connect with kids in conflict, communicate in times of crisis, and restore harmony and bonds of respect. This presentation draws from the book Kids Who Outwit Adults which the presenter co-authored with a former youth at risk, Dr. John Seita, who is now a resilience scientist at Michigan State University.

Dr. Larry Brendtro is Professor Emeritus at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, and Director of Resilience Resources which provides strength-based research, evaluation, and publications. Dr. Brendtro is a former president of Starr Commonwealth and served during three presidential administrations on the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He is co-founder of the Circle of Courage model and Reclaiming Youth International. For more information see larrybrendtro.com

 

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
35 max
intermediate, primary, Resilience, secondary

Fostering Resiliency with Indigenous Children and Families.

Monique Gray Smith

In this dynamic and inspiring session, Monique will share her personal journey, offer readings from her various books and provide stories of hope and resilience. She will begin with an overview of how stress & trauma may be impacting us and those we work with; including an exploration of what happens in our bodies when we experience trauma. We will explore critical aspects of Canada’s history and the continued impacts on Indigenous families. Monique will share her Cultural Resilience model and strategies for weaving aspects of it into your work. Through our time together, we will explore the integral role love and joy have in our various ways of working and contributing.

Monique Gray Smith is a proud Mom of teenage twins and an award-winning, best-selling author. Her first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Canadian Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Since then, Monique has had 6 books come out, including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation which as a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. In the fall of 2019, every child in Canada entering grade one received a copy of the dual language, English/French and Cree edition of My Heart Fills with Happiness. Monique’s new children’s book, When We Are Kind has received positive reviews and landed on the BC Bestseller List before being officially released. In 2019, Monique received the City of Victoria Leadership Award for Reconciliation. She is appointed member of the Board of Directors of Royal Roads University and the Minister’s Advisory Council for Indigenous Women for the Government of BC. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish and has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 29 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
200 max
Indigenous, intermediate, primary, Resilience, secondary

I am One: Weaving together social-emotional learning, resilience, and literacy

Michelann Parr

This is a repeat of the same workshop in the morning.

How can we, as educators, promote social-emotional well-being, resilience, and self-awareness through our pedagogical choices and intentions? How can children’s literature support our exploration of self, others, and all of creation in non-threatening, low-risk, yet practical ways that meet the needs of all learners? Using a four-frame approach to social-emotional learning, resilience, and well-being that is overlaid with the seven sacred teachings, this workshop promises conversation, hands-on, and experiential learning through doing, making the link between our personal well-being and that of our students. Participants will be provided two picture books to support their work in the classroom with students: “Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox” by Danielle Daniel and “I am Peace” by Susan Verde.

Michelann Parr is Professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University interested in the ever-expanding fields of literacy, educational sustainability, and the ways in which we construct and enact identity... . She holds a BA, BEd, and MEd from Nipissing University; her PhD work was completed at McGill University. As the first-born Italian granddaughter of immigrants, she learned how the world worked in a large extended family and consistently had maternal models to guide her through childhood, support her through the successes and struggles of being mom to three, and celebrate the wondrous moments of being nana to two healthy grandkids. In the spaces between actively and intensively parenting and grandparenting, Parr is the outgoing Elizabeth Thorn Chair in Literacy, focusing on literacy-based community outreach and family engagement; she also teaches and supervises at the graduate level. A recent co-editor and contributor to Writing Mothers: Narrative Acts of Care, Redemption, and Transformation (2020).

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
30 max
Hands on, Literature, primary, Resilience, Storytelling, Writing

iPhone Holder

René Ragetli

Best suited for those teaching grades 4 - 7, this workshop will show how to bring a simple woodworking project into any classroom using easily obtained materials. The workshop introduces the safe use of simple hand tools (hammer, saw and miter box).

René Ragetli is a teacher by profession. Following his years as a classroom teacher, René worked in construction, managing commercial and residential projects. He then brought this education and industry background to Skills Canada where he coordinated the regional and provincial competitions and developed and managed new career exploration programs for five years. René has been with the Construction Foundation since 2017.

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
15 max
Art, Hands on, Trades

Making Physical Literacy Work for your Class

Mackenzie Coyle

Come ready to move, because this interactive workshop shows you how physical literacy instruction can work in your class. Learn fun activities based on the principles of physical literacy and see how easy it is to include these in the gym, classroom or playground. Learn the “how-to” and find out how to include this approach in your K-7 physical education planning. This could revolutionize the way you teach physical activity and physical literacy.

Mackenzie Coyle is the Coordinator of Community Sport Services for PacificSport Fraser Valley. She holds a BHK, specializing in Movement Science from the University of Windsor and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Business Management from Durham College. Mackenzie delivers a variety of multisport programs in the Fraser Valley for youth aged 5 to 12 and facilitates physical literacy and physical education-focused workshops for recreation leaders and teachers. Mackenzie loves keeping active and since moving from Ontario you can often find her outside running, hiking, and backpacking in the mountains and playing or coaching volleyball on the beach or in the gym!

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
30 max
Hands on, intermediate, Physical activity, primary, Sport

Outdoor sketching & drawing

John Le Flock

How to sketch & record items of interest when on outdoor field trips.

John has been an art instructor in the Fraser Valley for 30 years.

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
30 max
Art, intermediate, primary, secondary

We Are All Connected: Weaving Indigenous Beliefs and Ways of Knowing into Your Reading and Writing Programs

Adrienne Gear

In this session, BC teacher and author Adrienne Gear will share different ways she has been integrating Indigenous stories, culture and beliefs into her reading and writing program. Adrienne will share a variety of lessons, both fiction and nonfiction, which integrate Indigenous stories, knowledge and beliefs. She will share a story writing unit, based on traditional indigenous tales, as well as different forms of nonfiction writing including Comparison, Description and Instruction. As always, Adrienne will share mini-lessons, great anchor books, student samples. Come to this workshop and leave with ideas you can use in your classroom on Monday!

Adrienne Gear has been a teacher with the Vancouver school board for over 25 years. She has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher-librarian and district Literacy Mentor. She continues to teach part-time, as well as provide professional workshops, demonstration lessons and leadership sessions to schools and districts throughout the province and across the country, as well as internationally. Adrienne is the author of six professional books including Reading Power, Powerful Understanding and her latest writing book: Powerful Writing Structures. Adrienne currently lives in Kelowna with her family.

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
300 max
Indigenous, intermediate, Literature, primary, Storytelling, Writing

Working and Learning Using Microsoft Teams as a Platform

Paul Trattle and Sean Juteau

This workshop will cover what participants want to think about when setting up their classrooms and learning groups using Microsoft Teams.

Paul Trattle - Principal in the Langley School District with 10 years of administrative experience and 13 years as a teacher. Currently: Principal of Simonds Elementary (K-5) and U-Connect (K-12 Distributed Learning School),
Previously: Vice Principal of Technology for Learning for the Langley School District,
Vice-Principal at Walnut Grove Secondary, RE Mountain Secondary, DW Poppy Secondary. Previously taught: Computer Studies and Media, Social Studies and English, Technology Support Teacher.

Sean Juteau - Vice-Principal in the Langley School District with two years of administrative experience and 14 years as a teacher. Currently: Vice-Principal at Walnut Grove Secondary School. Previously: Curriculum Coordinator in Surrey School District, Surrey School District Athletic Coordinator, Consultant for International Baccalaureate Organization. Has taught in K-12 in both public and private schools across the Lower Mainland and Victoria.

Delivery: Microsoft Teams

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
150 max
intermediate, Office365, primary, secondary, Technology

Yoga and Mindfulness for Self Regulation

Jennie Abbot

Jennie Abbot is the Founder and Director of Harmony Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Company, the creator of YogaBREAK for Classrooms, Harmony at Home Kits, various Parenting and Educator Workshops and The My Peaceful Play Game for Kids. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Registered Children's Yoga Teacher (CYA-CYT) with the Canadian Yoga Alliance teaching over 10,000 children to date. Jennie is the co-creator of the Harmony 95 Hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Program through the International Yoga Alliance. Jennie’s offers Workshops for Parents and Educators in partnership with the Institute of Child Psychology. Jennie is also a Color Me Yoga Children's Yoga Teacher Graduate, Rainbow Kids Yoga Certified Instructor, with Specialties in Yoga for the Special Needs, Safe Anatomy for Children and Trauma-Informed Yoga for Children and Youth through Yoga Ed. In addition, Jennie has taken Mindfulness Training through Dr. Dan Siegel, Author and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. Jennie has worked with children, families, government, non-profit organizations and educators for over 20 years sharing her passion for bringing happiness and peace into the lives of children through yoga and mindfulness.

Join Jennie Abbot, Founder of Harmony Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Company, for this interactive and dynamic workshop for Educators. In this workshop, you learn a variety of hands-on activities to easily integrate yoga and mindfulness into the home, classroom or therapeutic environment. Practical tools such as kid-friendly breathing techniques, mindful movement activities, games for connection and community and guided relaxations will be demonstrated in ways that are easy to implement, bringing joyful connection to children's lives. Children's Yoga helps to develop essential tools such as self-regulation, a strong mind-body connection and introduces skills that help children to find a sense of inner calm. These tools are gifts that can transform the lives of the children that receive them. Come join us for this fun and interactive introduction to mindful yoga for children.

Delivery: Zoom

Fri 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
50 max
Hands on, intermediate, Mind/body, primary, Resilience, Yoga
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