WVTA Professional Development Committee
The WVTA ProD Committee meets regularly and includes representatives from each school site. A focus of these meetings is for ProD reps to share what is occurring at each site, and to support ProD reps in acquiring leadership skills to facilitate and support the school-based professional development at their school.
Need a WVTA ProD Funding Application Form? Professional Growth Plan Template?
Fall 2017 Professional Development Opportunities
Launched October - UBC Faculty of Education - Teacher Education Online
Bringing Mental Health to Schools - an online, modular curriculum resource for educators teacher grades 8-10. Seven out of 10 teachers report that they lack the knowledge and tools to sufficiently understand or appropriately address student's mental health concerns (Cdn Teachers Federation, 2012). Since most mental health disorders occurring over the lifespan can be identified by age 25, it is necessary to enhance mental health literacy in youth to help improve their potential for good mental health outcomes. Educators plan a key role. This massive open online course (MOOC) is now available to anyone interested in developing mental health literacy, defined as:
a) understanding about how to obtain and maintain good mental health
b) understanding mental disorders and their treatments
c) decreasing stigma
d) increasing help-seeking efficacy
Equipped with a complete set of resources, classroom activities, personal exercises and other evidence-based interventions, educators can develop a better understanding about all aspects of mental health literacy for application not only to the classroom but to aspects of their own circumstances. The resources are not prescriptive but, rather, designed to be integrated across other curricula, delivered by classroom teachers as they deem most appropriate.
MOOC may be started anytime. Registration $20, Completion certificate $10 online or $15 mailed. pdce.educ.ubc.ca/mentalhealth
November 6-7, Vancouver, BC
CTRI Brief Focused Counselling Skills Strategies from Leading Frameworks
This workshop provides participants with a deeper understanding of cognitive behavioural, strengths based, narrative and solution focused frameworks. For more information visit www.ctrinstitute.com or email email@example.com Phone 204 452 9199; Toll-Free 877 353 3205.
November 20-22, Langley, BC
The British Columbia School-Focuses Mental Health Conference
Steven G. Feifer, D.Ed., NCSP "The Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders"
Christine Dargon, Ph.D. "Anxiety Disorders in Children & Adolescents"
Jay Berk, Ph.D. "Practical Strategies for Oppositional and Defiant Children & Adolescents"
Jeanette Gallus, RYT, MSE, MA "Yoga & Mindfulness in the Classroom"
Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed. "Neurological Strategies for Building Students' Emotional Self-Management, Motivation, and Perseverance" and "Using Brain Research to Help Student Develop Their Executive Functions"
Eboni Webb, Psy.D. "Rescuing the Dysregulated Child"
Christine Dargon, Ph.D. "Eating Disorders"
Randy Paterson, Ph.D. "LGBT 101" and "How Not to Create a Miserable Kid"
Meghan Barlow, Ph.D. "High Functioning Autism"
Eboni Webb, Psy.D. "Dialectical Behaviour Skills Training for Children, Adolescents, and Parents"
November 28-29, Vancouver, BC
CTRI BC Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Strategies for Supporting
This workshop provides information on prevention, intervention strategies, diagnosis, functional assessment, developing a collaborative care network and case management.
Some of the Topics Covered:
- Brain Disability vs Behavioural disability
- Responding to Behaviour-Trying Differently not Harder,
- Collaborative Care network - Building Team!,
- Responding to Impulsivity Strategies for Success.
For more information visit website: www.ctrinstitute.com; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 204 452 9199
March 2-3, 2018, Richmond, BC
BCTF Conference for New Teachers, Student Teachers, and New TTOCs
Visit the Resource Fair; Attend Workshops; Network with other new teachers; Collect valuable classroom materials.
Keynote speaker - Ivan Coyote. Registration opens early January; check the BCTF website for registration information.
New Teachers - $70 for both days (Friday & Saturday); $40 for one day (Friday or Saturday). TTOCs - $40 for one or both days.
April 27, 2018, Whistler Hilton Resort, Whistler, BC
myPita Whistler Conference - Co-presented by BCATML & BCTELA
Creative and Critical Thinking in Language Arts
Literacy and Assessment in the New Curriculum
James Denby & Robin Ulster
Ditch the Devices: Unplugged Coding Games
Design Thinking Across the Curriculum
Weaving Indigenous Knowledge into Math
Traditional Oral Storytelling Across the Curriculum
Fact and Fiction: Making the Most of Research
Out Loud: Bringing Curriculum out of the Closet
Registration opens December 1st, and includes PSA membership. Early registration for BCTF members - $130; $150 in April. Student teachers and SEAs - $70/$90. Register at www.mypita.ca.
An on-line membership system for PSAs is now available, making it easy to join a specialist association or renew your involvement. bctf.ca/PSAs