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Friday, February 21
 

8:00am

Introduction to snowshoeing
Limited Capacity filling up

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity, often possible even in downtown Kelowna. It involves physical activity along with nature study.
This will be a two- to three-hour snowshoe trip offered at the Kelowna Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club trails at McCulloch Lake. There is the possibility of continuing this activity after lunch (bring your own).

Meet at the Apple Bowl parking lot for carpooling at 0800 (near the garbage cans nearest Burtch) or at the main parking lot of the Kelowna Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club on McCulloch Road (https://kelownanordic.com/trail-info/map-to-the-kelowna-nordic-ski-club/ shows the location) at 0845.

Requires attendees to have snowshoes. A few pairs may be available for free; contact Rick ahead of time. Others can be rented from MEC or Fresh Air Experience.

Target Audience: All

Speakers
RG

Rick Gee

Presenter is a retired Okanagan College Professor who has been snowshoeing for over 30 years. As a previous director of the Kelowna Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Club, Rick designed many of the Club\'s snowshoe trails.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:00am - 11:00am
Apple Bowl 1555 Burtch Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4A9

8:30am

Discover Scuba Diving
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An Instructor from Diving Dynamics will go over the basics of diving. In small groups people will get to go into the pool with a Diving Dynamics Instructor to try diving.  Several Schools already use this program with their classes.  This experience can be used for any science class, PE, or outdoor ed classes.    
Bring swim suit and towel.

Target Audience: Science, P.E. or Outdoor Education Teachers

Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 12:00pm
Diving Dynamics, 1884 Ambrosi Road

8:30am

Cooking Event for Home Economic Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

This session takes part at The Okanagan Table  at 1571 Pandosy Street

Take your cooking to a new level.Agenda:
Welcome coffee/tea service and pastries
Meet the Chefs and debriefing of syllabus for the day
instruction/demonstration of selected menu including recipes to take home
Family-Style Long Table lunch
Coffee, tea & water will be provided throughout

Cost: The majority of the cost is covered. However, a small fee of
$40/person is necessary - please bring cash to the venue on Feb. 21 - a receipt can be given to those who may wish to access PD funds.
Additional request:
Please e-mail jessica.martin@sd23.bc.ca to to let her know that you have registered.



Speakers
JM

Jessica Martin

(LSA) Local Specialist President, SD#23


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 2:30pm
The Okanagan Table 1571 Pandosy

9:00am

Keynote - Overcoming Personal Trauma to Influence Positive Change
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Ex-NHL star, Sheldon Kennedy, is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Junior Hockey Coach with sexual assault. After overcoming personal demons and drug and alcohol addictions, Sheldon has emerged as one of North America’s most recognized and passionate child advocates. He has devoted his life to “culture change” around the issue of child abuse having;
  • Certified over 800,000 Canadians on the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment through his company, Respect Group
  • Created broad awareness through his book “Why I Didn’t Say Anything”
  • Influenced the change of several Federal Laws
  • Championed the creation of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
Sheldon speaks from the heart on this sensitive social issue. Those who attend his sessions come away with a greater understanding of child abuse and are inspired by Sheldon’s commitment to converting personal tragedy into positive change.

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy

Former NHL Player | Author of  Why I Didn't Say Anything                            Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career, but he is likely best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey League coach with sexual... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Rutland Secondary School - Gym

9:00am

Eternal Timber Tour and
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There is a tour of his facility in the morning and  a demo. The afternoon is at RSS. Everyone will have an opportunity to do a pour. Ideally you'll need to have your own wood prepped previously and ready to go. I can provide some extra pieces as well. More information to follow. Tech LSA session.
-9:00am- Participants meet at Rutland Secondary (RSS) by COTA table (main entrance).
-9:30am- carpool to ETD for a quick tour/presentation/questions for Shawn (tentative - still to be confirmed). If not available, Mr. Corbett will putting on a session in this time slot at RSS.
-11:00ish- Back at RSS, working in woodshop and finishing room to either seal projects and/or pour resin.
-12:00pm- Lunch at RSS
-Afternoon- continue working in RSS shop


Speakers
SW

Shawn Wiebe

Owner, Eternal Timber
When Eternal Timber owner and master craftsman, Shawn Wiebe, was 15, his woodwork teacher told him, “Look Shawn, you either need to teach this class, or else get out there and be a carpenter.” Highly motivated and determined, Shawn became a self-employed carpenter when he was... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 2:30pm
RSS Main Entrance by COTA table

9:00am

Exploring Water Media
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This all-day workshop will introduce the participant to the processes of working with a variety of water media including watercolour, gouache, water soluble drawing materials and ink. Participants will be given tools for effectively teaching water media processes to students of all ages. Processes will allow for experimentation and effective delivery of key concepts in the Visual Elements and Principles of Art and Design as laid out by BC’s New Curriculum. These processes can also be used in the implementation of cross-curricular activities.

Target Audience: Teachers or Teacher Candidates

Speakers
RW

Rena Warren

Art Instructor, Kelowna Art Gallery
Rena Warren is an Okanagan based artist and award winning art educator. She holds a Visual Arts Degree from Okanagan University College and a Post-Degree in Education from University of Victoria. Rena has over 20 years experience teaching in the private school system, for the Kelowna... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 2:30pm
Kelowna Art Gallery 1315 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R3

10:00am

Hockey Skills Canada Coaching
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Central Okanagan Public School Hockey Academy Skills program and Travis Martell, from Martell Elite Fitness, proudly present two sessions directed at student hockey player development, hockey coaches and hockey enthusiasts.

During this full day presentation, participants will take part in a morning on-ice session focussing on student skill development and an afternoon dryland session focussing on off-ice development. 

The morning session will focus on power skating, passing, shooting and small area games as a way to improve students hockey skills.  The afternoon session will focus on strength and conditioning, stretching, injury prevention and student athlete nutrition.

Please note that full equipment is required for the on ice session and active wear is required for the dry land session.


Schedule: 
On-ice: Capital News Centre  Rink #1:  10:00am – 11:15am 
Lunch: Provided for all participants: 12:00pm  -1:00pm
Off-ice: Capital News Centre Turf Field #1: 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Capital News Centre
4105 Gordon Drive, 
Kelowna, B.C.

Target Audience: PE teachers/ Hockey coaches

Speakers
HC

Hockey Canada Staff

Martell Elite Fitness/ Travis Martell
After a successful Junior hockey career, Travis continued his playing career at the NCAA level. It was there where he found his passion for training and working with athletes. He earned a degree in Exercise Science and has since become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 2:15pm
Capital News Centre 4105 Gordon Drive,

10:45am

Less Stress at Work
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Learn the causes. signs, and symptoms of stress in the workplace (some of them may surprise you). Includes strategies for re-framing and coping with stress, self-care, and supporting your colleagues.

Target Audience: Everyone

Speakers
AS

Aaryn Secker

Manager of Learning and Development, Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna
Aaryn Secker, MEd has over seven years of experience in health promotion and training. She is CMHA Kelowna's Manager of Learning and Development and enjoys designing an extensive range of learning experiences for businesses and organizations.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 11:00am
RSS Rm. 1014

10:45am

"There's More To It Than Money"
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Non-financial aspects of retirement: *what to look forward to in retirement *Meeting that challenges and risks *Working After Full-Time Teaching *Planning with my partner *Building a pre-retirement action plan.

Target Audience:Teachers with less than 10 years to their anticipated retirement. Open to members of the Municipal Pension Plan (non-teaching staff)

Speakers
JJ

Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair, COTA
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AL

Arnie Lambert

2nd Vice President, BCRTA
Arnie Lambert BCRTA 2nd Vice President Chair Communications Committee Member BCRTA Pensions and Benefits Committee, former member of Teachers’ Pension Plan Advisory Committee Former Director of Income Security Division, BCTF Former President Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union
CH

Cheryl Halsted

BCRTA
Cheryl Halsted BCRTA Workshop Presenter 4 years, serves on Member Well Being Committee, a former member of the BCRTA Retirement Workshops Committee, former President - South Okanagan Teachers Association


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Library Rm. 1207

10:45am

Aboriginal DANCEPL3Y program!
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Dances and lesson ideas designed to develop physical literacy as students discover music and movements from Aboriginal communities across Canada .
Content:
Welcome to the Aboriginal DANCEPL3Y Resource
Meet the Choreographers
We Are Circling by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Important to Us by N'we Jinan Artists
Dancin' On The Run by Inez Jasper
Hina Na Ho (Celebration) by Susan Aglukark
Lil'wat7ul by Kalan Wi
Prettybrown by Fara Palmer
Sisters by A Tribe Called Red (feat Northern Voice)
Smoke Dance (Remix) by Chief Rock the Relentless Warrior
Travelling Song by Laura Grizzlypaws
Aboriginal DANCEPL3Y Resource Music

Speakers
RL

Roxane Letterlough

Choreographer, DancePL3Y
Roxane holds a Masters in Education with a focus on Indigenous Knowledges and Indigenous Pedagogies. She is from St'at'imc Nation and currently works as School District 73's Intermediate Aboriginal Resource teacher.When I choreographed the songs for the Aboriginal DANCEPL3Y resource... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Dance Lab Rm. 2023

10:45am

ADHD: It Makes Perfect Sense
The actions of ADHD students often confound and frustrate those around them; however, once the inner functions of ADHD are understood, the actions actually make perfect sense. The information shared in this seminar will reduce frustration, increase collaboration, and allow for more successful development of strategies that maximize ADHD strengths while reducing its impairments. This seminar will be presented from three common ADHD perspectives: Executive Function impairments, social/educational expectations, strategy development.

Target Audience: All Educators

Speakers
avatar for Dan Duncan

Dan Duncan

CEO, ADHD Inside Out
Dan Duncan is an adult diagnosed with ADHD, and he operates a private ADHD Coach/Consultant business in Kelowna, BC called ADHD Inside Out. Dan coaches individuals from Japan, Hong Kong, USA, and Canada online, on the phone, or face to face. He also works in close association with... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
Rutland Secondary School - Gym

10:45am

Alphabet Soup - The ABCs of the BC Digital Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered what the ERAC resources are? Have you longed for safe digital resources that you and your students can use? Have you realized that telling kids to "google it" doesn't always result in useful information? If you can answer yes to any of these, and you teach K to 12, come to this session to get a tour of the ABCs of the BCDC!

Target Audience: K to 12

Speakers
CW

Cari Wilson

Professional Learning Team, Focus Ed
Cari Wilson is a part of the Focused Ed’s Professional Learning Team. She currently works in the West Vancouver School District where she is the District Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher and an instructor in the Mechatronics Robotics Academy. With a Masters Degree in Educational... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 1277

10:45am

Beyond Guided Reading
This session will explore practical strategies and routines for designing and implementing small-group reading instruction - as part of K-3 classrooms’ comprehensive literacy programs. Explore how to use a strong framework for small-group reading instruction in the classroom, and provide scaffolded and differentiated reading supports using a variety of grouping options.

Target Audience: Primary Teachers

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Jennifer Kelly

Teacher Consultant, Provincial Outreach Program for the Early Years (POPEY)
Jennifer Kelly has recently joined the Provincial Outreach Program for the Early Years (POPEY) team as a teacher consultant. Jen has 19 years of experience in education as a primary teacher, a literacy intervention teacher, and currently, a district literacy helping teacher in the... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
Rutland Middle School Auditorium

10:45am

Body Mechanics for Kids (BMK)
Limited Capacity seats available

Body Mechanics for Kids (BMK) - Our focus is on educating teachers about the importance of knowing what optimal postural alignment feels like, at rest and in action, and the role it plays in the mental and physical well-being of each of us. This presentation will be an introduction to work that can be done in the classroom, the gym or open space. Teachers will be introduced to tools that help students relieve stress, support and strengthen their bodies, as well as regularly evaluate their physical routine with kinesthetic feedback exercises that challenge critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities. You will learn of movement preparation skills and self-assessment techniques that give students tools to select and modify activities that enhance their physical capacity and competence. Throughout their school years kids are creating the muscle patterns that will take them into adulthood. Muscle Memory is intrinsically connect to one's emotional state and it is important for kids to recognize this at an early age. Mindfulness and balanced conditioning of the body is the best preventative care for long-term health and mobility, avoiding unnecessary wear and tear of the body and preventing unnecessary injuries and chronic pain.

Target Audience:Grades:
4-12

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Sloan

Jacqueline Sloan

Director of Programming, Body Mechanics for Kids
Body Mechanics for Kids, Director of Programs TASK Fitness Solutions, Senior Instructor PTA, Certified Stott Pilates, Master Teacher National Ballet of Canada Ballet Victoria, Founder In 2015 Jacqueline Sloan launched Body Mechanics for Kids, a program designed to encourage child... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2041

10:45am

Differentiation with the Digital Classroom
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Take a deeper dive into the BC Digital Classroom-- tools you already have, but may not know all that's under the hood. SPECIAL BONUS! Find out about the shift from BC ERAC to Focused Ed, and hidden gems you can access.

Target Audience: K-7 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

Facilitator, Instructional Designer, Teacher, School District 79, FocusED
In my job as Information Technology Coordinator for SD79 (Cowichan Valley), I have been privileged to not only get to play, I get to coach, share, learn and facilitate play and learning for others. After 20+ years as a classroom teacher, providing support at the district level has... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2042

10:45am

Digital and Scientific Literacy
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How do we know something in science? Literacy is a necessary skill to parse the information around us. Participants will explore scientific literacy by analyzing how technology and media can colour our understanding of the world. We'll use different tools to create more accurate sources of information. Please bring your laptop to this session.

Target Audience: Grades 6-12 teachers

Speakers
avatar for Science World

Science World

Science World
Science World BC is committed to supporting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & design, and technology) education throughout the province.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 1212

10:45am

Exploring Digital Wellness for Students, Teachers, and Families
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What does it mean to live well in a digital world? Dive into the SD23 Guide to Digital Wellness for students, teachers, and families to explore and better understand the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to thrive in a rapidly changing digital world.

Target Audience: K-12

Speakers
avatar for Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson

Teacher, SD#23
Graham is a Central Okanagan Public School Learning Technology Consultant. He supports classroom teachers K-12 to co-learn, co-plan, and co-teach powerful learning opportunities for students that leverage technology.
avatar for Tobias Blaskovits

Tobias Blaskovits

District STEM Consultant, Central Okanagan Public Schools
Tobias is a STEM and Learning Technology Consultant for Central Okanagan Public Schools. He works to support classroom teachers K-12 to co-learn, co-plan, and co-teach powerful learning opportunities for students that leverage technology to enhance the learning when appropriate.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 1279

10:45am

Get OUTSIDE tomorrow
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A hands on, experiential workshop with curriculum linked activities to use outside with your class tomorrow.  This workshops will demonstrate outdoor activities that can be done for every subject. Each activity will follow with a short discussion on ways to differentiate the activity.  There will also be a discussion on the benefits of outdoor learning to foster a sense of community in your classroom. Participants will also receive a 20 page document that lists several different activities for every subject.


Target Audience: K to 12






Speakers
avatar for Laura Jackman

Laura Jackman

Executive Member, Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)
Laura lives, teaches and plays in Rossland, BC. She has been teaching primary and intermediate grades in SD20 for 9 years and has a passion for outdoor learning. She sits on the executive of the Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA) and helped to form a... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2004

10:45am

Help! I have to teach French!
Limited Capacity full
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This workshop will provide elementary and middle school generalists with tools to provide an engaging, communicative, and action-based French program regardless of the teacher's language ability.  We will discuss the necessary components of a language lesson and learn games and songs to accelerate language acquisition and increase student engagement. We will also look at how to bring the core competencies, First Peoples' Principles of Learning and UDL to the forefront of language teaching.

Target Audience:Teachers of gr. 5-8 Core French

Speakers
avatar for Lana Blais

Lana Blais

Teacher, SD#73
Lana Blais is currently a Vice Principal but was recently the Languages Coordinator for SD 73 Kamloops-Thompson.  She has been a language educator for 20 years in BC and Alberta, in both Core French and immersion, and has taught all grades K-12.  Creative and energetic, Lana\'s... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2044

10:45am

Jazz guitar for non-guitarists
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
JS

Jeffrey Saunders

Music Teacher, SD#23


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Music Lab Rm. 1344

10:45am

Movement in the Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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In this interactive workshop, teachers are introduced to various activities and strategies in the classroom that connect to the core competencies, focusing on movement boosts, cross-curricular activities and self-regulation. Teachers walk away with tangible resources and strategies that will work for their specific classrooms.

Target Audience: Elementary Teachers

Speakers
JJ

Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair, COTA
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JB

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is a physical literacy program developer. She is currently working with both viaSport BC and PacificSport Fraser Valley to develop provincial wide physical literacy programs in schools, recreation, and sport. With a masters in coach education and adult learning, Jennifer... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2031

10:45am

Nonfiction Reading in Middle and Secondary Classrooms
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In this workshop, participants will explore five comprehension strategies that adolescent readers need to develop in order to be effective readers of nonfiction.  The workshop will use examples from middle and secondary school content area classrooms as well as English Language Arts classrooms.  

Target Audience:Teachers in grades 6-12

Speakers
avatar for Kyla Hadden

Kyla Hadden

Teacher, SD#83
Kyla Hadden has taught in the North Okanagan-Shuswap for over fifteen years.  She started her career teaching upper intermediate and has taught a variety of English and History course at the Secondary level for thirteen years.  Kyla recently published her first book Powerful Readers... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2003

10:45am

Pun-ny for Your Thoughts: The Art of Word Play
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In this un-convention-al workshop, we'll have you write on track for pun production.  Using some class-y wit and old school strategies, your students will go from smart bored to cleverly engaged.  Whether you love puns or hate them, by the end of this session you'll find that they've groan on you. In this workshop, you will flex your creative muscles through a series of activities, hear some eye-roll-worthy examples, and get some tangible takeaways on how to teach these techniques to your students.  Breaking the process of punnery down into manageable strategies like word lists, isolating double entendres, and incorporating them into a concise and convincing narrative, you will have the audience loving - or gratifyingly hating - the wonderful wordplay you’ve crafted. This workshop is offered in English but is applicable to French and international languages.

Target Audience: Middle School, High School; ELA, Humanities, English

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Spoken word poet meets eternal optimist, Miranda's poetry ranges in topic from child's play to empowerment, giving life's obstacles a feel-good finish. A member of the 2016 national wild card team, member of the 2013 Spoken Word Program at the Banff Centre, Calgary Arts Development... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2005

10:45am

Residential Schools and Why Students Need to Learn About Them
Limited Capacity full
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Participants will learn about Residential Schools in Canada and how this important history impacts both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in our society. This presentation includes historical facts, and personal stories shared from the presenter's family journey through the Mohawk Institute Residential School. Participants will gain insight into using reconciliation, reciprocity and respect. The presentation will highlight resources from the K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection (ERAC/FOCUSED ED)

Target Audience: Elementary

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cammy Coughlin

Dr. Cammy Coughlin

Indigenous Education Lead, Focused Education
Dr. Cammy Coughlin is a principal in the Greater Victoria School District, and a past teacher in SD23. She strongly believes that story-telling is a powerful way to engage learners, and helps in understanding of Aboriginal Peoples and their history in Canada. She is Mohawk from the... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2032

10:45am

School Mental Health Literacy: Improving teacher's mental health knowledge and mental health fitness
Limited Capacity full
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Speakers
avatar for Andrew Baxter

Andrew Baxter

Project Lead, Alberta School Mental Health Literacy Project
ANDREW BAXTER MSW RSW Andrew Baxter has worked in school based and community mental health for over 18 years.  During his time with Alberta Health Services, he has provided direct treatment for students from K-12 as well as consultation for their families and their teachers. He... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 1059

10:45am

Show Up, Be seen, Live Brave - The Daring Way™
Limited Capacity full
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We cannot be courageous without being vulnerable! Many issues of collaboration, decision making, self-care and multiple chronic diseases are fundamentally related to our relationships with vulnerability and shame. Fifteen years of research and six books later, Brene Brown has taught the world about the importance of understanding vulnerability, strengthening shame resilience and learning how to be daring and brave as we fully show up in our work and personal lives.

Brene´ Brown's Daring Way™ videos and handouts will provide throught provoking information to help you understand yourself and your relationships better. In this one and a half hour format you will have the opportunity to understand how courage and vulnerability can build stronger connections to improve your life. 

Target Audience: All

Speakers
avatar for Christina Camilleri

Christina Camilleri

Founder and Director, Healthy Essentials Clinic
BASc RD RCC MAL CHE Founder & Director Healthy Essentials Clinic Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator- Candidate, Certified EFFT TherapistChristina is a Registered Dietitian, Registered Counsellor and Certified Health Executive with a Master of Arts Leadership (Health Specialization... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2038

10:45am

Teens 101
Limited Capacity full
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Teens 101 is a multi media initiative towards reaching, guiding, empowering, inspiring youth through the issues that can affect their mental health and well being. This is session is an overview of the ERAC BC Digital Classroom’s new resource TEENS 101. The resource is comprised of 13 short videos depicting a re-enactment of real-life experiences intended to help reduce stigma surrounding these topics and continue to promote an environment of greater understanding, support and acceptance in our society today. A teacher guide is included to help facilitate for students of teenage years a better understanding of issues such as, Addiction, LGBTQ Community, First Nation Issues, Mental Illness such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicide. This resource would be of particular interest to teachers who work with students in Grades 8-12. This resource is licensed for use by Grade 8-12 teachers in BC.

Target Audience: Teachers Grade 8-12

Speakers
avatar for Mike Silverton

Mike Silverton

Professional Learning Team Coordinator, FocusED
Mike has been providing professional development and in-service to teachers for over 25 years. He has taught from elementary to the graduate level and has a wide range of experience to draw upon to provide enriching workshops for all. With 12 years as a Technology Coordinator for... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 1104

10:45am

The Indigenous Art Lesson Project - K-9
Limited Capacity full
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Over the last year Jim Elwood, with the help of elders and cultural leaders from Westbank First Nation, has been creating Indigenous art lessons for K-9. These lessons are in an e-book form and include an introductory video, cultural teachings, teaching script, supply list, instructional art videos and countless other resources embedded in the book to make an extremely "teachable" resource. Join Jim for either the morning or afternoon and explore these lessons!
This session is open to everyone. However, due to copyright, the materials at this time are only available to SD#23 teachers. 

Target Audience: Art Teachers K to 9

Speakers
JE

James Elwood

Techer, SD#23
Jim has been presenting art education workshops for 3 decades at the local, provincial and national level. He prides himself on workshops that allow teachers to walk into their classrooms the next day and feel confident teaching the exciting material from the workshop. For many years... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 1053

10:45am

The Trauma-Informed Classroom
Developmental trauma has a huge impact on the ability to think and stay present for the learning process. Current research, translated into practical strategies, offers educators the skills to create an environment which minimizes trauma triggers and maximizes opportunities for learning.

Target Audience: K-12 Teachers

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg

Dr. Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg

Psychotherapist & Certified Complex Trauma Professional, William & Associates Counselling Services
Talk to me about how trauma impacts a student's ability to be present for learning. Talk to me about the neuroscience of trauma and the developing brain. I carry my soapbox in my back pocket. :)I'm a mental health professional with an education background. I've worked most of my professional... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
Rutland Middle School Gym

10:45am

Ultimate Frisbee for Middle and High School P.E.
Limited Capacity filling up

This session provides PE teachers with an Ultimate Frisbee Unit and individual lesson plan ideas. The lesson will focus on technical skill development, small-sided game ideas, and ways to connect the concept of self-officiation to the Core Competencies.  Active participation isn't a must, but it is encouraged.  

This will be an interactive presentation so athletic wear is encouraged.

Target Audience: Middle and High School P.E. teachers or Ultimate Frisbee coaches

Speakers
AD

Ashlee Davison

Teacher, SD#23
Ashlee is a teacher and Ultimate Frisbee coach at Kelowna Secondary. She has played Ultimate for the past 10 years at a competitive level and she is currently working to develop youth participation in the sport across SD23.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
Soccer Dome (Bubble) at RSS

10:45am

What Makes Teachers Vulnerable to Mental Health Issues?
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Teachers are often high achievers in many areas of life. However, when teachers experienced a prolonged period of unmanageable stress, their conscientiousness can backfire and increase their vulnerability to anxiety and depression. This presentation will propose a personality profile of a typical BC teacher and how both education and training can improve their resiliency to stress.

Target Audience: B.C.T.F. members

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Bowyer

Stuart Bowyer

Director of Customer Success & Community, Starling Minds
At Starling Minds, Stuart is responsible for helping organizations take a proactive approach to promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace. Stuart has worked directly with educators across Canada to help strengthen their understanding of mental health and the mental health continuum... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 1057

10:45am

Why Teach Multiplication ?
Limited Capacity full
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Why do we teach multiplication? There is really only one reason. Come and find out why and learn how to teach multiplication and division with hands on lessons. These techniques  help develop a  deeper more permanent understanding of the concepts.

Target Audience: Gr 3 - 8

Speakers
avatar for Katie McCormack

Katie McCormack

Teacher, SD#73
Katie McCormack has taught math for 35 years in 4 districts, 3 provinces and 9 schools. In 2016 she was presented with  the "Outstanding Math Teacher Award" from the BCAMT. Presently she is the numeracy resource teacher K-8 for SD73.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
RSS Rm. 2007

10:45am

Creating a Narrative Work of Art Using Mixed Media
Limited Capacity full
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Visual Arts LSA Pro D Workshop
Instructor: Natasha Harvey
This workshop will teach mixed media techniques. It will combine the application of collage, acrylic painting and drawing to create a dynamic artwork full of context and narrative. Technical aspects for creating a two-dimensional work of art will be discussed such as composition, colour theory and painting and drawing procedures. Application technique for collage will be demonstrated.
Materials explored will be: acrylic paint, pencil, charcoal, collage material, acrylic medium, paint brushes and canvases or watercolour paper.
Participants must bring their own watercolour paper or canvas, recommended minimum size - 11" x 14" and some personal collaging materials
Full Day workshop:
10:45-12:15 Collage techniques shown with emphasis on composition and context.
1:00-2:30 Painting and drawing to complete the collaged work.


Speakers
NH

Natasha Harvey

Teacher, SD#23


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1288,1298

10:45am

Kimono Sewing Workshop
Limited Capacity full
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During this full day workshop, participants will construct a stylish kimono style top. 3 different patterns/styles will be available to choose from depending on your skill level (easy, moderate, & challenging), style choice, and fabric selection. Participants must bring their own fabric and sewing supplies. Machines, sergers, and irons available.  
Once registered, please email me at  deb.trewhitt@sd23.bc.ca .  I will send you photos of the 3 optional kimono styles to choose from and a list of the necessary supplies for each so you come prepared.
Limited space available (max 10 participants).
Moderate sewing skills are required.

Target Audience: Fashion & Sewing teachers, Sewing enthusiasts

Speakers
avatar for Deb Trewhitt

Deb Trewhitt

Retired Teacher - TTOC, SD#23
Deb is a recently retired Home Economics Teacher with 35 years of Fashion and Sewing experience.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1255

10:45am

Modifying Physical and Health Education
Limited Capacity seats available

In this day long workshop we will exploring a variety of ways to educate students in physical and health education. The main goal of this P.H.E. learning is to create lifelong physically active students. Throughout the day we will go between classroom health activities and gymnasium physical activities. Please wear clothing that allows you to be physically active, and please know part of our physical activity may lead us outdoors. This workshop is open to participants of all physical ability levels, and modifications can easily be made. Please bring your laptop for our health activities, or student laptops may be available.

This session will meet in Rm. 1007 at 10:45 am

Target Audience: Intermediate Teachers (Grades 3-6)

Speakers
AM

Allison Meynell

Teacher, SD#23
I am a fifth grade teacher at Black Mountain Elementary and am working on completing a masters in diversity, specifically inclusive P.H.E.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1007 and Rm. 1044

1:00pm

Aboriginal DANCEPL3Y program!
Limited Capacity filling up


Dances and lesson ideas designed to develop physical literacy as students discover music and movements from Aboriginal communities across Canada .
Content:
Welcome to the Aboriginal DANCEPL3Y Resource
Meet the Choreographers
We Are Circling by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Important to Us by N'we Jinan Artists
Dancin' On The Run by Inez Jasper
Hina Na Ho (Celebration) by Susan Aglukark
Lil'wat7ul by Kalan Wi
Prettybrown by Fara Palmer
Sisters by A Tribe Called Red (feat Northern Voice)
Smoke Dance (Remix) by Chief Rock the Relentless Warrior
Travelling Song by Laura Grizzlypaws
Aboriginal DANCEPL3Y Resource Music

Speakers
RL

Roxane Letterlough

Choreographer, DancePL3Y
Roxane holds a Masters in Education with a focus on Indigenous Knowledges and Indigenous Pedagogies. She is from St'at'imc Nation and currently works as School District 73's Intermediate Aboriginal Resource teacher.When I choreographed the songs for the Aboriginal DANCEPL3Y resource... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Dance Lab Rm. 2023

1:00pm

ADHD Educational Strategies & Accommodations
Students with ADHD can differ significantly in executive functioning when compared to other students. Therefore, age appropriate expectations in an educational setting often tax students with ADHD unintentionally and unnecessarily. Delivered in the context of executive function differences (covered in morning session), Dan will cover many common educational strategies and accommodations that may be appropriate for students living with ADHD. These ideas incorporate the strengths and preferences of most 'ADHD brains', rather than correcting perceived deficits and differences. Adapting processes to improve outcomes is the emphasis of this workshop.

Target Audience: Everyone

Speakers
avatar for Dan Duncan

Dan Duncan

CEO, ADHD Inside Out
Dan Duncan is an adult diagnosed with ADHD, and he operates a private ADHD Coach/Consultant business in Kelowna, BC called ADHD Inside Out. Dan coaches individuals from Japan, Hong Kong, USA, and Canada online, on the phone, or face to face. He also works in close association with... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Rutland Secondary School - Gym

1:00pm

BC Tomorrow: The Future is in your hands - See what you can do!
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive workshop introduces teachers to BC Tomorrow's powerful new learning tools. The tools give users a chance to interactively explore sustainable solutions in their regions and watersheds. Teachers will be given a short presentation and then guided through BC Tomorrow's innovative, watershed-based three part educational program. The main driver of BC Tomorrow is it's cutting edge digital future scenario simulator.  The simulator helps students explore how land use choices today could positively or negatively impact the future. A set of instructional videos and the ability to link field observations to learning are the two other important elements of the project. Applicable at multiple grades and an ability to be applied from a range of perspectives, BC Tomorrow’s learning tools are powerful as students interact with real data to address real issues regarding the future of their regions. BC Tomorrow’s learning tools are also consistent with elements of Indigenous holistic learning principles. Watersheds are dynamic, interconnected, complex systems; their function can be positively or negatively impacted by land use. By studying them using BC Tomorrow’s learning tools, students can better understand the complex interactions at work within natural systems. Workshop attendees will have time to access the tutorials, practice with lesson templates, and/or design ways to incorporate BC Tomorrow’s learning tools into their own classrooms for use with their students.

Target Audience: Upper Elementary through to Senior High School

Speakers
DR

Dave Ramsay

Dave Ramsay has been a Junior and Senior High School science educator in BC for over 27 years. While completing his master’s, he examined how to incorporate sustainability into his classroom in a meaningful way by developing Watershed focused curriculum. Since then, Dave has been... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1095

1:00pm

Beginner Jazz Improvisation Techniques
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on how to get your beginner jazz combo improvising and playing with more confidence. Craig will be working with a real jazz combo and explain in real-time how he gets the best from his musicians.

Speakers

Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Music Lab Rm. 1344

1:00pm

Coding without Computers
Limited Capacity full
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If you're struggling with equipment and technology, this workshop will give you several ideas of how you can integrate coding into your classroom. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of off-screen activities that apply coding strategies, which will provide a foundational understanding for both you and your students.

Target Audience: teachers of grades K-12

Speakers
avatar for Science World

Science World

Science World
Science World BC is committed to supporting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & design, and technology) education throughout the province.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1212

1:00pm

ERAC's Digital Resources for the Secondary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

BC students and teachers have access to a wealth of digital resources to support modern learning through ERAC. This session will help you make connections between the resources and your secondary classroom teaching. These resources are *free* for students and teachers and are available at school and at home. Preview here: https://bcerac.ca/bcdc-access/

Target Audience: Secondary Teachers 8-12

Speakers
avatar for Mike Silverton

Mike Silverton

Professional Learning Team Coordinator, FocusED
Mike has been providing professional development and in-service to teachers for over 25 years. He has taught from elementary to the graduate level and has a wide range of experience to draw upon to provide enriching workshops for all. With 12 years as a Technology Coordinator for... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1104

1:00pm

Exploring Digital Wellness for Students, Teachers, and Families
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it mean to live well in a digital world? Dive into the SD23 Guide to Digital Wellness for students, teachers, and families to explore and better understand the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to thrive in a rapidly changing digital world.

Target Audience: K-12

Speakers
avatar for Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson

Teacher, SD#23
Graham is a Central Okanagan Public School Learning Technology Consultant. He supports classroom teachers K-12 to co-learn, co-plan, and co-teach powerful learning opportunities for students that leverage technology.
avatar for Tobias Blaskovits

Tobias Blaskovits

District STEM Consultant, Central Okanagan Public Schools
Tobias is a STEM and Learning Technology Consultant for Central Okanagan Public Schools. He works to support classroom teachers K-12 to co-learn, co-plan, and co-teach powerful learning opportunities for students that leverage technology to enhance the learning when appropriate.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1279

1:00pm

Get OUTSIDE tomorrow
Limited Capacity filling up

A hands on, experiential workshop with curriculum linked activities to use outside with your class tomorrow. This workshops will demonstrate outdoor activities that can be done for every subject. Each activity will follow with a short discussion on ways to differentiate the activity. There will also be a discussion on the benefits of outdoor learning to foster a sense of community in your classroom. Participants will also receive a 20 page document that lists several different activities for every subject. Dress appropriately as we will be going outside.

Target Audience: k-12

Speakers
avatar for Laura Jackman

Laura Jackman

Executive Member, Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)
Laura lives, teaches and plays in Rossland, BC. She has been teaching primary and intermediate grades in SD20 for 9 years and has a passion for outdoor learning. She sits on the executive of the Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA) and helped to form a... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2004

1:00pm

How Can We Boost Social Emotional Learning Through Literacy?
Explore how to meaningfully infuse social emotional learning into a comprehensive literacy program in this interactive, hands-on session. Step into the shoes of the kids as we read, write, talk, and play our way through stories and activities that intentionally connect to opportunities for social emotional learning. We’ll also have our teacher hats on, as we make connections between SEL and the Core Competencies.

Target Audience: Primary teachers

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Jennifer Kelly

Teacher Consultant, Provincial Outreach Program for the Early Years (POPEY)
Jennifer Kelly has recently joined the Provincial Outreach Program for the Early Years (POPEY) team as a teacher consultant. Jen has 19 years of experience in education as a primary teacher, a literacy intervention teacher, and currently, a district literacy helping teacher in the... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Rutland Middle School Auditorium

1:00pm

How to Start Bringing BC Agriculture into your Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

Come and learn about all the resources and programs the BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation offers. Leave with resources and ideas to implement in your classroom. Getting your student's hands dirty and helping them to learn where their food comes from is great for everyone's health!

Target Audience: K-12

Speakers
HJ

Holly Johnson

BCAITC Foundation Ambassador, BCAITC Foundation
Holly Johnson is a BCAITC Foundation Ambassador who is passionate about agriculture and food. Holly is a teacher in the district and a mom of 2.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2031

1:00pm

Integrating animals themes into inquiry learning
Limited Capacity full
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Animals spark a natural curiosity within children. Students will explore animal issues in the context of social justice, the ecosystem, media literacy, art and math by researching the cost of pets, examining the impact of cats on the ecosystem, and taking on advocacy projects for animals. Teachers will take part in lessons that have helped students apply critical thinking to issues and develop empathy, all while gaining a better understanding of animals’ needs. Topics are real and relevant, which makes it an appealing topic for inquiry projects.

Target Audience: Grade 4-7

Speakers
avatar for Paula Neuman

Paula Neuman

Humane Education Manager for the BC SPCA, SPCA
Paula taught in the Langley and Rocky Mountain school districts in B.C. and in the Regina School District in Saskatchewan. She always shared her life with animals and saw the positive changes bringing her dog into the classroom had on her students. As the Humane Education Manager... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2007

1:00pm

Integrating SOGI Perspectives
Limited Capacity full
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"This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in SOGI, from active allies to those who are still early in their SOGI knowledge journey. Our aim with this workshop is to first situate SOGI 123 in our schools and region. We will be focusing on the how and why SOGI 123 was enacted and its importance and relevance in our classrooms and learning environments. We also aim to address teacher concerns and questions regarding embedding SOGI into the curriculum. Additionally, we will be providing real-life samples, lesson plans, and strategies of SOGI content in the classroom. Lastly, there will be opportunities to practice using SOGI terminology and pronouns as well as addressing homophobic/transphobic sentiments in our schools."

Target Audience: Teachers, community stakeholders & parents

Speakers
MC

Maggie Conway

Teacher, SD#23
Maggie Conway is a English teacher at Rutland secondary with a passion for and background in social justice activism. She is a member of the COTA social justice committee.  
avatar for Kelli Kraft

Kelli Kraft

Teacher, SD#23
Kelli Kraft  is a queer French/English teacher at OKM secondary who is the SOGI lead and social justice rep at her school. Her partner is non-binary, so she is knowledgeable about trans and gender issues.
JM

Jay Marees

Teacher, SD#23
Jay Marees is a Elementary teacher and one of the SOGI leads at Raymer Elementary. She has a background in a passion for social justice activism.
LC

Leisha Cumming

Teacher, SD#23
Leisha Cumming is a teacher librarian at OKM with a passion for social justice and active ally for the LGBTQ+ community.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2043

1:00pm

L2 sharing session
Limited Capacity seats available

Join other second language teachers in learning new approaches and sharing ideas and practices. Come to share or to learn!

Target Audience: All levels

Speakers
avatar for Barb Huva

Barb Huva

Teacher, SD#23
Long time core French teacher and advocate of awesome professional development.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2003

1:00pm

Low floor, High Ceiling: Design inclusive, differentiated learning tasks from units you already have
Limited Capacity filling up

Low floor, high ceiling tasks allow all learners to access curriculum and move their learning forward but they can be hard to design. Spend some time learning about what makes a quality task and how to tweak your existing lessons to open them up to all learners then get to work designing great lessons!

Target Audience: K-9

Speakers
avatar for Bryn Coape-Arnold

Bryn Coape-Arnold

Teacher, SD#23
Bryn has been a learning Assistance teacher in SD23 for over 15 years. She is passionate about seeing all students succeed and move forward on their own learning journey and has a wealth of tips, tricks and resources to help make that happen.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1009

1:00pm

Managing & De-escalating Conflict
Limited Capacity seats available

Unresolved anger and tension can cause major disturbances for individuals and workplace culture. Learn how to recognize the early stages of conflict plus practical solutions to avoid escalation into a crisis. Includes post-conflict strategies for self-care.

Target Audience: Everyone

Speakers
AS

Aaryn Secker

Manager of Learning and Development, Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna
Aaryn Secker, MEd has over seven years of experience in health promotion and training. She is CMHA Kelowna's Manager of Learning and Development and enjoys designing an extensive range of learning experiences for businesses and organizations.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1014

1:00pm

Online citations, and note taking, and researching oh my!
Limited Capacity seats available

What are the best ways that students can create online citations, take notes, and assess sources? We'll explore free (Google, Citethisforme, etc.) and paid sites (NoodleTools, district databases), as well as explore options in Google Classroom. You'll leave with ideas on where to send students for research, note taking, and bibliographies as well as with tips on how to guide student use of these sites. We'll do a lot of hands- on learning and discuss pros and cons of various resources, including discuss ideas on how to differentiate learning with them. Please bring a computer.

Target Audience: Teachers and CEAs gr 8+

Speakers
TM

Trina Manca

Teacher, SD#23
I've been teaching in SD23 since 2001, and a full-time teacher-librarian since 2015. I'm passionate about research and teaching our students critical skills that they can continue to use as adults.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1277

1:00pm

Rap Battle Strategy
Limited Capacity filling up

If the thought of a rap battle has your knees weak and arms heavy, this workshop can turn things around.  Breaking down this seemingly off-the-cuff art form into teachable techniques, you will learn that it is more formula than freestyle.  From writing rhyme charts to fabricating fill-in-the-blank lines, the appearance of improv can be backed by hours of preparation.  This workshop is a glimpse into some activities and support materials that will give you and your students the ability to lose yourself in the music. Gradually scaling up from the foundation, this structure is meant to cater to even the most hesitant performers.  The activity-heavy nature of the session will give you practical exercises to bring back to the classroom, starting with stressless behind the scenes work and moving closer to center stage with each step.  Beginning with brainstorming and prep, allowing for group work and other social comforts, moving into shorter and more independent prep periods before the beat drops, and slowly scaling into full-fledged battle mode, the strategies are made to tiptoe seamlessly towards the mic.

Target Audience: Jr. High, High School; ELA, Humanities, English, Music

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Spoken word poet meets eternal optimist, Miranda's poetry ranges in topic from child's play to empowerment, giving life's obstacles a feel-good finish. A member of the 2016 national wild card team, member of the 2013 Spoken Word Program at the Banff Centre, Calgary Arts Development... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2005

1:00pm

Reading Intervention for Middle Schoolers
Limited Capacity filling up

Implementing reading intervention in-class and in pull-out models for upper elementary and middle schoolers. What structures, materials, and resources are required for student success, growth, and skill development. We will include a discussion on Intervention vs. Homework models specific to Learning Assistance/ School-Based Resource Teachers.

Target Audience: Upper Elementary and Middle School English teachers, LAT's, and ELL teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Redman

Michelle Redman

Teacher, SD#23
I have been teaching for over 20 years. Currently, I am a middle school LAT and ELL teacher. I hold a Diploma in Inclusive Education, a Masters in Inclusive Education, and I am beginning an Educational Doctorate with a focus on systemic improvement plans for Learning Assistance Teachers... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2008

1:00pm

School Mental Health Literacy: Improving teacher's mental health knowledge and mental health fitness
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Baxter

Andrew Baxter

Project Lead, Alberta School Mental Health Literacy Project
ANDREW BAXTER MSW RSW Andrew Baxter has worked in school based and community mental health for over 18 years.  During his time with Alberta Health Services, he has provided direct treatment for students from K-12 as well as consultation for their families and their teachers. He... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1059

1:00pm

Squeezing more out of your students
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you interested in some tips and tricks to get your students to go beyond the literal and delve into sub-textual meaning?  This workshop is designed to help you guide students in art of close text analysis.  We will be looking at some really simple techniques to get your students thinking and writing at a very competent level.  Be prepared for an student experience to familiarize yourself with how it feels to be in a classroom again.  If time permits, we will also look at techniques to decode visual media as well.

Target Audience: Grades 8-12

Speakers
CA

Cyril Augustin

Teacher, SD#23
Cyril is a teacher at OKM with almost 25 years of teaching experience.  He has taught a variety of courses including English, AP Lit and Comp, History, and Art.  Currently, he teaches senior English.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2006

1:00pm

Supporting Minimal English Speakers (ELL) in Content Classrooms
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The ELL population is growing in the Okanagan, and many students arrive to classrooms with minimal English. This session is for classroom teachers (and supporting teachers) looking for strategies to differentiate content for ELL students. The District ELL Team will offer practical tools for translation, boosting interaction, and simplifying student output. The main tech tools that we will address include Google Translate, ipads, Youtube, Google Docs/Slides, and websites with leveled texts.

Target Audience: intermediate, middle, secondary classroom teachers and ELL/LAT specialists

Speakers
avatar for District ELL Team

District ELL Team

Teachers, SD#23
Krista Pauls & Leigh-Ann Yanow are ELL Support Teachers who support many of the Central Okanagan Public Schools. They are SIOP-trained ELL specialists who assist with settling ELL students from many backgrounds into English classrooms.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2044

1:00pm

Supporting Refugee Students Through Trauma-Informed Practices
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will learn the history/situation of students from refugee and trauma backgrounds and gain practical tools for supporting them and helping them in the classroom, whether in a designated ELL classroom or integrated into the mainstream classes. From behaviour challenges, to cultural differences to learning challenges resulting from gaps in formal schooling, insights and learning from the past 13 years will be shared with guests. Our classroom has had students from a wide variety of cultures and refugee backgrounds and we've learned some things along the way to pass on to teachers, who are wondering the best way to support the student from trauma and/or refugee background, in their classroom. Participants will also leave with a list of resources, tools, teaching ideas and websites that they can use in the classroom tomorrow.

Target Audience: K-12

Speakers
KH

Kris Hull

Teacher, SD#36
Kris Hull has been teaching the ELL Bridge Program in the Surrey School District since 2006. The program currently runs out of Surrey’s ELL Welcome Centre. The program is designed to support students with minimal English ability, 13-19 years old, and mostly from refugee and trauma... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2009

1:00pm

Teacher Wellbeing: Noticing, Nurturing, Sustaining, and Flourishing in Schools.
Limited Capacity filling up

Will discuss the school setting and organization and help make sense of the often overwhelming demands inherent in teaching, the accompanying challenges of these realities, and their impacts on teachers’ wellbeing. Teacher's foster the well-being of their students, and they must ensure their own self-care is a professional priority.

Target Audience: Everyone

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sabre Cherkowski

Dr. Sabre Cherkowski

Associate Professor, UBC
Dr. Sabre Cherkowski, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Okanagan School of Education at the University of British Columbia. She teaches and researches in the areas of leadership, professional learning, and educator development. She is currently working... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Library Rm. 1207

1:00pm

The Indigenous Art Lesson Project - K-9
Limited Capacity filling up

Over the last year Jim Elwood, with the help of elders and cultural leaders from Westbank First Nation, has been creating Indigenous art lessons for K-9. These lessons are in an e-book form and include an introductory video, cultural teachings, teaching script, supply list, instructional art videos and countless other resources embedded in the book to make an extremely "teachable" resource. Join Jim for either the morning or afternoon and explore these lessons!
This session is open to everyone. However, due to copyright, the materials at this time are only available to SD#23 teachers. 

Target Audience: Art Teachers K to 9

Speakers
JE

James Elwood

Techer, SD#23
Jim has been presenting art education workshops for 3 decades at the local, provincial and national level. He prides himself on workshops that allow teachers to walk into their classrooms the next day and feel confident teaching the exciting material from the workshop. For many years... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1053

1:00pm

Ultimate Frisbee for Middle and High School P.E.
Limited Capacity filling up

This session provides PE teachers with an Ultimate Frisbee Unit and individual lesson plan ideas. The lesson will focus on technical skill development, small-sided game ideas, and ways to connect the concept of self-officiation to the Core Competencies.  Active participation isn't a must, but it is encouraged.  

This will be an interactive presentation so athletic wear is encouraged.

Target Audience: Middle and High School P.E. teachers or Ultimate Frisbee coaches

Speakers
AD

Ashlee Davison

Teacher, SD#23
Ashlee is a teacher and Ultimate Frisbee coach at Kelowna Secondary. She has played Ultimate for the past 10 years at a competitive level and she is currently working to develop youth participation in the sport across SD23.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Soccer Dome (Bubble) at RSS

1:00pm

Wild Bees and School Pollinator Gardens
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

School grounds are ideal for pollinator gardens—they help kids learn, they support community pollinators, they are prime outdoor education sites for science, art, and many other subjects .  Learn what it takes to create a pollinator garden and why schools are perfect for them.  

Target Audience:
Teachers and supporting staff

Speakers
DN

Dr. Nancy Holmes

Associate Professor, UBCO
Nancy Holmes is Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Studies at The University of British Columbia in Kelowna, British Columbia.  Place, community, and artistic collaboration are among her main research interests. Most recently, she has led an award-winning project called... Read More →
JG

Jen Garner

Education and Programming Coordinator, Kelowna Museums
Jen Garner has been with the Education Department in Kelowna Museums for 9 years. She is passionate about creating engaging, immersive and memorable experiences for museum visitors. Jen works closely with members of the syilx community to bring traditional knowledge and perspective... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1063

1:00pm

Workshop on Strategies to Increase Your Resilience to Stress
Limited Capacity filling up

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the online Starling Minds program that was specifically developed for teachers and is supported by the BCTF (free to all members). We will use case study videos of a teacher to demonstrate how the program can be used as an educational tool and training to reduce stress. Although we cannot always change the amount of stress in our lives, Starling Minds can help you learn to better manage it.

Target Audience: BCTF Members

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Bowyer

Stuart Bowyer

Director of Customer Success & Community, Starling Minds
At Starling Minds, Stuart is responsible for helping organizations take a proactive approach to promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace. Stuart has worked directly with educators across Canada to help strengthen their understanding of mental health and the mental health continuum... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 1057

1:00pm

Workshopping Liberating Structures
Limited Capacity seats available

Interested in switching up how you present information to your audience? In fact... ready to give up the audience altogether? Are you done with Stand and Deliver? Find out about how these multiple structures can enhance your group communications and dynamics in powerful and creative ways. Structures are open source and easily accessed-- this is an opportunity to participate and workshop a variety of structures. Come prepared to fully immerse yourself in a fun and informative, action-packed session.

Target Audience: Everyone

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Read

Lisa Read

Facilitator, Instructional Designer, Teacher, School District 79, FocusED
In my job as Information Technology Coordinator for SD79 (Cowichan Valley), I have been privileged to not only get to play, I get to coach, share, learn and facilitate play and learning for others. After 20+ years as a classroom teacher, providing support at the district level has... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RSS Rm. 2042

1:00pm

“Making Sense of Pensions and Group Benefits”
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This workshop covers the financial aspects of retirement planning, not provided elsewhere including: *Government Pension Benefits: Canada Pension, *Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement *Government Health Benefits: BC Medical, Fair *Pharmacare *Non-Government Group Benefits: Life insurance, dental plans, extended health benefits, travel insurance *Assessing Insurance Needs: Cost of benefits, options for health care benefits Key Online Planning Tools

Target Audience:
Teachers with less than 10 years to their anticipated retirement

Speakers
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Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair, COTA
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Arnie Lambert

2nd Vice President, BCRTA
Arnie Lambert BCRTA 2nd Vice President Chair Communications Committee Member BCRTA Pensions and Benefits Committee, former member of Teachers’ Pension Plan Advisory Committee Former Director of Income Security Division, BCTF Former President Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union
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Cheryl Halsted

BCRTA
Cheryl Halsted BCRTA Workshop Presenter 4 years, serves on Member Well Being Committee, a former member of the BCRTA Retirement Workshops Committee, former President - South Okanagan Teachers Association


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Rutland Middle School Gym