Inservice Opportunities 2019-20

(Please be aware this page will be updated as new opportunities are added)

Inquiry Project Series – Year 5

We are once again offering and expanding our inquiry projects.  Applications and information have been emailed out to all school principals and to teachers.  Inquiry teams will have their first meeting from 1-5 at the DESC on October 3.  Other meetings are Oct. 23, Jan. 23 and Inquiry Presentations on May 8 afternoon.  Teams will also have additional release time to meet on their own. We welcome new teams and continuing teams to apply for this upcoming year. 

Math Series for School Teams (Mini-Conferences)

The District Numeracy Team is offering Pro D mini-conferences to interested schools with a Numeracy goal on each School Based Pro-D days: Sept 20,  Feb 3, and May 8.  School based Pro-D reps and/or principals should contact Val Edgell for additional information or to book their school into a session.

Math Series (Numeracy Goals for Individuals)

After school series from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m. at DESC for schools with numeracy goals (and anyone else). We will start together and break into grade groups for specific conversations and work with content.
Sept. 24 Theme – Math talk and core competencies
Oct. 30 (Wednesday) Theme – Building fact fluency. 
Nov. 26 Theme – Clothesline math 
Additional dates are Jan. 28, Feb. 25, April 28 and May 26 (themes to be determined). Click here for additional information or to register.

Changing Results for Rural Readers Series
An opportunity to bring together our rural school teachers and engage them in learning with and from each other through facilitated inquiry with a focus on literacy instruction. The group will meet on Oct. 8th and then the three remaining dates will be determined. Click here for additional information or to register.

Physical Literacy Series (started)

Join other elementary school teachers for a three session PE/physical literacy series with Pediatric Physiotherapist and Healthy Schools Coordinator, Laura Paiement. You will leave with lesson plans, games, and activities (that you will have experienced yourself) to can use with students right away.  There will be two groups, a primary and an intermediate group, so instruction will be geared specially for you and the students you are teaching. Nov. 6 (after school for intermediate teachers), Nov. 7 (after school for primary teachers), and Feb. 3 (afternoon)  Come to one or come to all! 
Elementary teachers – Click here for additional information or to register.
Intermediate teachers – Click here for additional information or to register.

Building a Trauma Sensitive School

Explore the effects of trauma, neglect, and care-giver absence on children’s brains along with the effects on emotional, social cognitive and moral development. We will visit how these children present in classroom, and why some teaching strategies don’t work. Finally, we will explore what we can do to meet the needs of all learners in trauma sensitive ways.
Oct 1, 15, and 22 all sessions are 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Click here for additional information or to register

Guided Reading Series for Primary Teachers

“Guided reading is a form of group instruction in which we introduce children to the techniques of reading new or unseen materials for personal satisfaction.”
Don Holdaway 1979

This series will focus on the essentials of guided reading in the primary classroom – assessment and observation, using level text to meet the needs of all readers, and developing strategic activity in students – searching, self-monitoring, self-correcting and fluency. 
After school: October 9, October 23, January 15     
Afternoon: February 3 (School Based Pro-D) 
Click here for additional information or to register.

Grade 4-9 Writing Series

Meet and eat writing series, dates to be announced in the spring. 

Teacher Mentorship

For the 7th year in a row we will have our teacher mentorship training program.  Applications to be a mentor or mentee are available from your school principal.  Application deadline to was September 26. Mentor training was held October 2, with mentees joining at 3:30.  Mentees will be provided with 2 release days to be used between the mentorship teams (these days are flexible and can be used at the discretion of the team). Mentors will be provided with 1 in lieu day as appreciation for the time and effort of their leadership role in the district. 

Communicating Student Learning
Middle School Pilot Series

We will explore the new draft K-9 reporting policy and what it can look like in a variety of classroom contexts.  We will share and discuss different assessment tools and alternative reporting samples. First session – afternoon of September 20 at LWM. Future dates February 3 and May 8 (locations to be advised).   Click here for additional information or to register.

Drop in sessions to explore Microsoft Office Teams

Did you know that all SD83 staff have their own personal voicemail in Microsoft Teams? Are you feeling that you would like to have some assistance with learning more about how you can harness the full power of Microsoft Teams? The Tech Department is here to help. Wikipedia describes Microsoft Teams as a “unified communications platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration”. In SD83 terms, this is simply our tool of choice to increase our organizational efficiency. We have extensive plans to use this to support the implementation of MyEd, but this is a tool for all of our business operations. To help our staff gain comfort with this tool, we are planning to hold casual drop-in support sessions at the DESC starting this month. Please feel free to join us on Wednesday, Oct. 16 (for session 1) starting at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Session 2 will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 (same time). These sessions – and all other sessions offered throughout the school year – can be found on the SD83 inservice calendar. There is no need to pre-register.  

Events on Professional Development Days

Oct. 25 Salmon Forever Conference, facilitated by Kim Fulton (aka Dr Fish), with presenters from UBCO, Okanagan College and SD83 teachers. Salmon will be the unifying theme.  Teachers using any environmental themes in their teaching practices will have an interest.  Held at AL Fortune and Kingfisher Interpretive Centre.  Registration on SD83 In-service AND Eventbrite (search Salmon Forever Conference).  Click here for additional information or to register.

Kids in the Know: National Safety Education Program Gr K-5/6.  The program engages students with interactive activities to help build skills that increase their personal safety and reduce their risk of victimization online and in the real world.  Click here for additional information or to register.

Run Jump Throw Wheel (RJTW): A full day physical literacy workshop, using track and field games and activities, to teach fundamental movement skills to elementary aged children, including those with physical or intellectual impairments. Learn strategies and activities to help run your adapted PE unit with SD83’s new wheelchairs. Click here for additional information or to register.

Nov. 12 Ministry designated “Indigenous Education” focused day.   We will start our morning at Splatsin Community Centre.  We are pleased to have South Okanagan Secondary sharing their story and journey around their EPIC project and the difference it has made for students and staff.  We will then move to AL Fortune for break out sessions led by district teachers.

Feb. 3 POPEY workshop (Provincial Outreach Program for the Early Years).  To expand K-5 educators’ expertise by providing practical, and research-based strategies for checking student understanding in literacy. Click here for additional information or to register. 

Reading in the Science and Social Studies Classroom – Participants will explore five comprehension strategies that adolescents need to develop to be effective readers of non-fiction.  Click here for additional information or to register.

Touch Chat App – This workshop will cover basic Touch Chat programming. Click here for additional information or to register.

Tomorrow-Sustainability – Presented by Dave Ramsay, executive director of BC Tomorrow – BC Tomorrow helps students and teachers explore sustainability when considering land use decisions in British Columbia, with testimonies along the way.  Click here for additional information or to register.

Assistive Technology – This session is for LRT’s to investigate and explore Assistive tech options available for SD83 students. LRT’s are encouraged to bring their available tech options with them (iPad/Chromebook) to explore the available options hands-on. LRT’s are also encouraged to submit in advance, any of their favourite Assistive Tech Apps or Extensions to this list for discussion and sharing at the Pro-D.
Click here for additional information or to register.

Math Mini-Conference #2  – We will be facilitating sessions for schools in the morning with a central theme and then breakout groups in grades.  The afternoon will be open to everyone and will have four specific topics to be announced after consultation with schools about needs.

Feb. 21  February Regional Professional Development in Kelowna (click here to go to workshop list).

Sexual Health in the PHE curriculum – Primary session and Intermediate/Secondary session – A closer look at the PHE curriculum and lessons and strategies to support teaching Sexual Health in the curriculum.

Core French – This morning workshop will provide participants with ideas for games to play with their students to develop oral language or grammar skills.  We will identify the curricular competencies and content standards that we can address while playing games in Core French and then move on to spending some time playing these games and thereby practicing our own language skills.  Focus: teachers of Core French grades 5-8 regardless of your own French language skills.  Click here for additional information or to register.

May 8 Inquiry Team Presentations.  Always one of the highlights of the year as Inquiry teams present on their learning and findings.  Afternoon at the DESC.  All welcome. 

Math mini-conference #3 

Additional events 

April 15   Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks – Two sessions – K-3 and Gr 4-8.  Presented by Jane and John Felling, hands-on presentation with ideas on developing concepts at all levels.  And take-home goodies also.
Click here for additional information or to register for K-3.
Click here for additional information or to register for Gr. 4-8.

Important dates to remember
Oct. 3 Inquiry Teams first session 
Sept.26 Mentorship applications due 
Oct. 2 First Mentorship session 

In-service Calendar 
A reminder that all events are on the District In-Service calendar that you access with your sd83 email and password: