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Friday, February 12
 

8:00am PST

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Speakers
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Joe Jamison

Pro-D Chair, COTA
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Friday February 12, 2021 8:00am - 8:15am PST
Virtual

9:00am PST

Understanding Mental Health and Wellness in Times of Stress
Understanding Mental Health and Wellness in Times of Stress
The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly changed our lives in countless ways, leading to increased stress, worry, and challenge for all of us. In these difficult times, it’s also important to build a deeper understanding of the human mind, wellness, and mental health. A recent Angus Reid survey shows that 50% of people feel their mental health has become a little or a lot worse since the pandemic began.
Dr. Shimi Kang takes audiences on a fascinating journey through the latest neuroscience, medical research, and practical tools to help leaders, teams, and organizations achieve better wellness, motivation, adaptability, and innovation to best meet the demands of the weeks and months to come.
Audiences will learn:
  • The latest scientific frameworks to best understand wellness, motivation, mental health, and addictions.
  • Mental health risk factors, and signs and symptoms in the workplace (online and offline).
  • Practical tools drawn from evidence-based therapies such as mindfulness, cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectic behavior therapy, and more.
Live stream
https://youtu.be/SfCkLuPhlJk

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Shimi Kang

Dr. Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur   An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PST
Virtual

9:00am PST

Welcome to the Digital Revolution: Education in the Age of Disrupted Learning
In today’s new digital landscape, we’re witnessing the Age of Disrupted Learning. We live in incredibly turbulent times fuelled by a global pandemic that has further accelerated the already pervasive nature of continuous, disruptive change - a rate of disruption so profound that you can’t trust your eyes to show you reality because they’re really showing you history. To thrive in such chaotic times, our schools, like our businesses, communities, and families, must continuously adapt to changing conditions.
 
This provocative and energetic session examines the changing nature of our disrupted world; identifies the critical future-focused learning skills not being addressed by the current system; and identifies how to effectively engage learners so that they can perform exceptionally well on traditional exams, while simultaneously learning and applying the critical new basics needed to excel in school and life beyond school. Prepare to have your assumptions challenged. Participants will be provided with access to an extensive digital library of resources aligned to the Education in the Age of Disrupted Learning presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ian Jukes

Dr. Ian Jukes

Director, InfoSavvy Group
Dr. Ian Jukes is the founder of the InfoSavvy Group, an international educational leadership consulting firm based in Canada and New Zealand. Professionally, Ian has been a classroom teacher; teaching every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12; a school, district, and Ministry leader... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am PST

10:45am PST

BCTF Code of Ethics: Understanding the Professional Relationship

This workshop helps members understand professional and ethical behavior as it relates to the BCTF Code of Ethics. It explores clauses, the rationale, and the processes for enforcement of and for dealing with alleged violations of the code. It defines the role of the Judicial Council and the role of local officers in promoting ethical conduct. Scenarios are used to promote discussion and to apply the Code of Ethics to members’ behaviours and situations.

Speakers
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Karen Andrews

Facilitator, BCTF
Karen Andrews is an English Language Learner Resource Teacher and an elementary French Immersion learning assistance teacher in the Coast Mountains School District where she has taught for over 20 years. She is her local’s Professional Development Chair and Vice President. Karen... Read More →
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Gail Chaddock-Costello

Facilitator, BCTF
I have worked in public education for over forty years, retiring in 2016 due to my husband's health. I have taught every grade level K-12 as well as worked as a District Coordinator, Vice Principal / Principal and Assistant Superintendent for Special Services, Local President and... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Breath of Bliss

There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than our breath. The way we breathe determines the way we live. This experiential workshop is a compilation of self care strategies and breathwork practices to help you release stress and reconnect to you what matters most, so you can best serve yourself and those around you.

These quick and easy techniques can be used in and out of the classroom to promote self-regulation and connection.
Target Audience: Educators/Health and Wellness

Speakers
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Devie Amundsen

My name is Devie and I believe wellness is our birthright. As a Teacher in SD 67, Certified Breathwork Practitioner, and Ayurvedic Health Coach, I am committed to supporting people of all ages find freedom and nourishment within their own bodies. Using a combination of holistic healing... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Making Sense of Your Pension, CPP, OAS and Group Benefits in Retirement
What is covered? —Your Pension, CPP, OAS & Group Benefit Options In Retirement · Teachers' Pension Plan—very brief summary · 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 your insurance needs-- knowing the benefit rules-- finding alternatives Premium costs of benefits vs no financial surprises vs catastrophic financial risk Options for health care benefits Q&A if time allows    Email address for those who have questions not answered during the presentation workshop@bcrta.ca Presentation docs and updates:   bcrta.ca/workshop/upb
Target Audience:
Teachers with less than 10 years to their anticipated retirement (open to everyone else) CUPE staff and parents are welcome to attend but the information is specific to members of the BC Teachers’ Pension Plan & teacher voluntary group benefits.



Speakers
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Arnie Lambert

Vice-President, British Columbia Retired Teachers' Association
BCRTA Vice President Member of the BCRTA Pensions and Benefits Committee 9 years BCTF Pensions Committee 8 years Teachers’ Pension Plan Advisory Committee 10 years BCTF Income Security staff- 10 ½ years Former Local President of the Summerland Teachers’ Association Elementary... Read More →
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Carolyn Prellwitz

BCRTF
Former President Cowichan District Teachers’ Association Former Trustee, BC Teachers’ Pension Plan Former  BCTF Assistant Director, Income Security Division Currently, Director, Cowichan Historical Society


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Mental Health for the Middle School Years: an exploration of Open Parachute
Workshop Description: Open Parachute is an online curriculum, created by Dr. Hayley Watson, that explores and supports mental health and has been made available for every student in our district from grades 6 to 9. There are 7 lessons for each grade on the following topics: 
· Peer Dynamics (eg. Healthy friendships/boundaries/bullying) 
· Awareness of cultural issues (eg. Prejudice/inequalities/power imbalances) 
· Mental Health (eg. Anxiety/depression/trauma)  
  
The curriculum is intended to boost resilience, self-awareness, and social responsibility in youth, and increase their connection and systems of support. The lessons follow the learning outcomes for the mental health component of the PHE curriculum. 
 
Teachers who will be teaching Open Parachute are invited to attend this workshop. Other interested teachers are also welcome. It is intended to be an orientation session to explore the online resource as well as an opportunity to learn more about the content to increase comfort levels in teaching the materials. 


Speakers
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Janelle Zebedee

Teacher, SD#23
Janelle and Tricia share the role of Health Promoting School Coordinators in Central Okanagan Public Schools.
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Marilyn Green

Teacher, SD#23
Marilyn is a long time teacher and Counsellor in School District 23. She is currently a member of the District Social Emotional Learning Team. In addition to her counselling credentials, she is also a trained Life Coach. She believes that we can all lead an inspired and happy lif... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Supporting Positive Behaviour in Schools

During this interactive training workshop, learn practical strategies for supporting students on the autism spectrum. The presentation will start with an introduction to autism then attendees will learn strategies for enhancing communication, increasing predictability and reducing anxiety and improving motivation.
This interactive presentation will include the use of breakout rooms and interactive software.
Target Audience: Teachers grades K-9

https://canucksautism.zoom.us/j/95059964352?pwd=aGRyb1JFRU5JSWUxNDJ4TlRiUFlidz09
 
Meeting ID: 950 5996 4352
Passcode: 282582


Speakers
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Taylor Sands

Training Coordinator, Canucks Autism Network
Presenter will be someone employed by Canucks Autism Network. It will be decided who once we have confirmation we are doing the presentation.


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Understanding Youth Concussion and its Impact on Overall Health and Wellbeing
This presentation will provide a brief summary of current research and literature as it pertains to students with concussion.  We will cover various topics including returning to school and activity following concussion, classroom management strategies for students with concussion, services and resources for both students and teachers, new Canadian concussion laws and how one’s overall health and wellness can affect concussion recovery.
Target Audience: Everyone

Speakers
avatar for Christine Atkins

Christine Atkins

Clinic Manager, Braintrust Canada
Christine Atkins is a Certified AthleticTherapist and Brain Trust’s Youth Concussion Clinic Manager.  Christine is passionate about concussion recovery. In 2016 Christine attended the 5th International Consensuson Concussion in Sport in Berlin, Germany as a contributing author... Read More →
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Carly Suddard

BrainTrust Canada
Carly Suddard is the Marketing and Prevention Manager at BrainTrust Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Okanagan College and quickly found her passion;helping individuals with brain injury and concussion recover and educating community about brain... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

An Introduction to Project Learning Tree

All Outdoor Learning/Environmental Education is perfect for COVD challenges. PLT is a great way to engage youth about the outdoors. Spark their curiosity through scientific inquiries into nature and creative thinking outside.Offered by Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Target Audience: K to Gr 12

Speakers
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Jennifer French

Facilitator, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation/Education
Forest Service planner and technician 8 yearsSubstitute teacher 10 years 1986- 1996Program Coordinator Central Okanagan Science Opportunities for Kids Society (SOKS ) 1996-2019Program Facilitator Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation Education (HCTF.ca/Education) 1994 -present


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Career Studies 9 Revitalized
Careers is one of the most important courses we teach, yet it is consistently under valued. If you teach, or may ever teach, Career Studies 9, this will help you revitalize your teaching and your passion, while inspiring and challenging your students. This course explains the new district materials just recently created and made available. Students have found the course valuable and so will you: "I learned a lot about skills used in professional situations." "My understanding of career paths changed because I found out there are workplace cultures. I didn’t know that can also determine what your career path is going to be so it changed the way I looked at careers and their workplace."
Target Audience: Career Studies Teachers
https://zoom.us/j/99117795072?pwd=S2JRVmNITUY5NC9KaGJkVzJMNUYvdz09Meeting ID: 991 1779 5072
Passcode: Gm8bKV

Speakers
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Sarah Irving

Teacher, SD#23
Sarah Irving is a SD23 Teacher who is passionate about life long learning and inquiry. She has a strong background in economics and social justice. Sarah has been working with the district to develop new Career Studies 9 curriculum that incorporates meaningful learning and First Peoples... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Developing student competencies with online inquiry projects
Featuring lessons developed by The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) for the WCLN and the BC curriculum, this session will explore how online and independent learning opportunities can be designed to engage students in meaningful inquiry and development of competencies.

Target Audience: grades 5-12 teachers, instructional coaches

Speakers
avatar for Warren Woytuck

Warren Woytuck

TC2
A project leader and professional learning facilitator with TC2, Warren Woytuck has been a K-12 teacher and elementary and junior high school principal for more than 20 years. His diverse professional background includes leadership experience in government and not-for-profit organizations... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Dip Your Toes into Okanagan Water Education
The water of the Okanagan is what has drawn people to this valley from the beginning, but myths persist about its abundance. The Okanagan Basin Water Board is a science-driven local government agency responsible for providing valley-wide leadership on water management. We will do some myth-busting, sharing information about this unique and precious area, known as Canada’s most water-stressed region. Come explore the many existing resources, activities, and lesson plans for Okanagan educators. Discover new outdoor education resources, created in collaboration with syilx Knowledge Keepers and several partners in education (SD 22 and 23, UBC Okanagan's School of Education, and more), and which meet the B.C. curriculum’s emphasis on place-based learning. Learn about downloadable materials, items available for pick up, and leave with ready-made lessons! Suitable for all grades.
Target Audience: Suitable for teachers of all grades

Speakers
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Jennifer Laminger

UBC
Jenny Laminger is currently a Faculty Advisor with the Okanagan School of Education at UBC-Okanagan. She has been a dedicated classroom teacher for over 25 years, working with students from grades 2-7. Having lived in both the North and South Okanagan, Jenny recognizes the need for... Read More →
avatar for Corinne Jackson

Corinne Jackson

Communications Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board
Corinne Jackson joined the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) as its Communications Director in 2009. Corinne is uniquely suited for this role – with a degree in Political Science, and work experience as an award-winning journalist, specializing in social justice issues. Corinne... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Empowering Students to Create Global Sustainability through Authentic Learning
In this informative and interactive workshop, participants will explore pedagogical approaches and free online learning resources to help students develop critical thinking skills and engage creatively in complex global eco-social issues.

Find out how teacher-designed educational resources can help you fulfill the new Ministry guidelines and Core Competencies while offering your students a broad range of sustainability-oriented topics. Explore how Student Leadership in Change (SLC) learning materials and resources, which include worksheets, activities, lesson plans and videos, can help your students interact, connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet. SLC implements research supported pedagogical models to learning, including: “flipped classroom” learning model that provides students with the knowledge on a topic for them to share with their peers, teacher and family (see Wong & Chu, 2014); social-emotional learning model that helps students develop self-efficacy, empathy, resilience and social awareness (see Hulvershorn & Mulholland, 2018); and, value-based learning model that creates self-awareness and understanding of the ‘values and beliefs’ that students have and how it influences their interaction with people, our planet and society (see Iyer, 2013).

The SLC approach is also aligned with the First Peoples Principles of Learning and is highly solutions-oriented, focusing on how students can become agents of change and take positive action in their households, schools and communities. SLC combines online research with local activities and personal actions to help students connect global issues to local solutions. SLC topics applicable for middle and secondary school Social Studies, Science, Careers and more include: climate change, environmental justice, healthy cities, public health, connecting to nature, active transportation, renewable energy and plastic consumption.

This workshop will equip you to inspire, empower and engage your students on a range of environmental and social issues!
Target Audience: Grade 6 – 12 educators

Speakers
MJ

Maureen Jack-LaCroix

Maureen is the Creative Director and Founder of Be the Change Earth Alliance, and SFU PhD candidate in Eco-Social Education and Innovation. She is an inspiring speaker, curriculum designer and environmental educator with 15 years of experience delivering engaging workshops and assemblies... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Follow the Water K-5 Curriculum Project
Theytus Books, in partnership with the En’owkin Centre and the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, has published a series of four new children’s books entitled Follow the Water. The focus of the series is Syilx Okanagan water perspective and how it relates to healthy eco-systems. The book series was created with guidance from Syilx Traditional Ecological Knowledge Keepers and these educational materials have been designed for classrooms valley-wide. A comprehensive teacher’s resource guide has also been developed and classroom presentations and on-land learning tours for different age groups will be offered to interested teachers in 2021.

The book series and teacher’s resource guide align with the new BC Curriculum related to ecology, natural systems, water cycle and social sciences and to integrating Indigenous traditional science perspectives and knowledge.

Our COTA Pro-D workshop will feature two presenters representing both Syilx (Okanagan) traditional knowledge and the Western Science perspective and will give teachers an introduction to the Follow the Water Book Series and the accompanying Teacher’s Resource Guide. Harron Hall will read original Syilx stories and Eva Antonijevic will introduce the Teacher’s Guide and add information from the perspective of Western Science to topics addressed in the book series.

Preliminary research and discussions with teachers have demonstrated that supporting curriculum materials incorporating Syilx knowledge and N’syilxcən language is currently limited and much needed.

Our pilot Follow the Water classroom presentations, before COVID-19, were extremely well received.

Our session is designed to be interactive.

Link to the books: https://www.theytus.com/content/search?search_in%5B%5D=all&SearchText=harron

For further book series inquiries contact: Graham Angus, Operations Manager, Theytus Books
Email: graham@theytus.com
Target Audience: Teachers and students K to 5

Speakers
avatar for Eva Antonijevic

Eva Antonijevic

Coordinator, RDOS Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Eva Antonijevic (Contractor for RDOS) is a professional biologist with more than 20-years of experience conducting environmental education programing and organizing hands-on community projects. Currently, on behalf of the RDOS, Eva is working together with the En’owkin Centre on... Read More →
avatar for Harron Hall

Harron Hall

Coordinator, Enowkin Centre
Harron Hall (Education Curriculum Coordinator, En’owkin Centre) is an emerging writer from the Syilx and Nlaka'pamux Nations. Her work combines traditional storytelling methods with modern artistic expressions including performance art. Harron has a deep commitment to protect the... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

French and other languages sharing session
Come join other language teachers to share resources and ideas. *Sharing is not required to attend.

https://zoom.us/j/7101341975?pwd=L3k4VE9xckNja2lsaTFkR1hvbHkwQT09
 
Meeting ID: 710 134 1975
Passcode: French


Speakers
avatar for Barb Huva

Barb Huva

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


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Lyrical Lessons: Using Music In Language Arts
Taking a look at music you may have heard a hundred times but never really listened to, this workshop will dive deeper into the meaning behind the melodies. Using hits through the ages, Analyzing the different strategies we can learn from these timeless tunes, we will discuss techniques and examples to teach poetry, creative writing, and literary devices. Whether we’re looking at enduring classics or present-day pop hits, this workshop will give you an arsenal of toe-tapping material to pull the students into the literary arts!

Target Audience: Grades 7-12

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

“Jam” with your students with Jamboard
Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a collaborative experience for your students. Create a Jam, edit it from your device, and share it. Everybody can collaborate on the Jam anytime, anywhere. Use with a laptop, Chromebook or iPad!

Target Audience: K-12

Speakers
avatar for Corinne McWhinney

Corinne McWhinney

Technology Innovation Coordinator, SD#22
Corinne McWhinney is a Technology Innovation Coordinator with SD22 Vernon, where she has been teaching for 25 years. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and has experience teaching K-12 and as a Learning Commons teacher.


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Cultivating Critical Thinkers in the Age of Digital Distraction
As the smartphone has given way to an explosion in teens’ and pre-teens’ media consumption in recent years, the rise of media multitasking habits has followed. In addition to the vast majority of learners who admit to at least some degree of multitasking while doing their homework, a Common Sense 2019 Census also noted that “nearly two-thirds of those who multitask say they don’t think watching television, texting, and/or using social media while doing homework makes any difference to the quality of their work.
While kids are in a prime stage of life to learn, they simultaneously possess powerful habit-forming abilities that make them vulnerable to dependency and addiction. Thus, it follows that as adolescent attention spans continue to diminish in the interests of unrestrained media consumption, we may be raising a generation of students who are cognitively unprepared to think critically.
This session examines the implications of minds that are both addicted to media and incapable of focused study and asks how we can cultivate critical thinkers in the Age of Digital Distraction? Participants will be provided with access to an extensive digital library of resources specifically aligned to the Cultivating Critical Thinkers in the Age of Digital Distraction session.Target Audience: Everyone

Speakers
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Dr. Nicky Mohan

Nicky is the co-founder and Managing Partner of InfoSavvy 21, an international educational consulting firm.She has been a classroom teacher, a school and university administrator, instructional designer, business sector manager and trainer and an international speaker. At the University... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Fighting Systemic Racism in the Schooling and Education System
The events we are seeing in Canada, the USA and around the world only brought to the fore the reality that racism continues to impact the lives of Black, Indigenous and other racialized people in society. In this short workshop we will reflect, discuss, and examine the implications of racism on the everyday work we do - teaching and learning, administration, counselling. What is racism? Is there racism without racists (Bonilla-Silva, 2017)?. Does racism exist in our schools? What does racism denial do to education? What can I do differently as an educator, leader, counsellor to work toward lasting systemic changes?
Here is an article to read http://www.ideas-idees.ca/blog/we-must-tackle-and-dismantle-systemic-racism-and-white-supremacy

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Bathseba Opini

Dr. Bathseba Opini

Dr. Bathseba Opini is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, UBC Vancouver. She trained as a high school teacher and has worked in the K-12 system in Canada and internationally. Currently, she teaches graduate and undergraduate... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Reinventing Learning for the Always-on Generations: New Connections
Today, we’re dealing with a radically different type of learner - one who interacts with the world in a very different manner than previous generations. Their expectations and assumptions about the world they live in, which have been further complicated by a lingering global pandemic, are compelling education and educators to fundamentally rethink traditional assumptions about teaching, learning, and assessment. Based on the award-winning book Reinventing Learning For the Always-On Generations, this practical session examines our rapidly changing world and considers the new entry skills required by all learners to succeed in digitally infused learning and working environments. 

This session identifies a comprehensive profile of ten future-focused learning attributes and outlines effective research-based teaching, learning, and assessment strategies that can be used to shift instruction and ensure learners acquire these essential skills. Participants will be provided with access to an extensive digital library of resources aligned to the core learning attributes outlined in the Reinventing Learning presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ian Jukes

Dr. Ian Jukes

Director, InfoSavvy Group
Dr. Ian Jukes is the founder of the InfoSavvy Group, an international educational leadership consulting firm based in Canada and New Zealand. Professionally, Ian has been a classroom teacher; teaching every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12; a school, district, and Ministry leader... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Stress and the Teacher or Cultivating the Habit of Happiness in Everyday Life
Laugh and learn as we explore the neurophysiology of stress and happiness and leave with 5 powerful techniques that can transform your life:
  • How to lower your sympathetic tone and increase your energy
  • 5 ways to create happiness in and out of the classroom
  • How to build hardiness against stress
  • How to prime your body and mind for a happy day using the principles of neuroscience.
Target Audience: Everyone 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ken Ned

Dr. Ken Ned

Medical Practitioner in Stress, Anxiety and Behavioral Medicine Author of the bestsellers Power Over Stress and The Time To Be Happy. Is Now. International speaker named one of the Top 10 Speakers in America by the American Society of Association Executives. Leading expert on transforming... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Learn to Move, Move to Learn
Now with longer classes and CoVID precautions, how do we keep our students engaged and focused? Learn the latest tips on how to incorporate academic movement from
these experienced physiotherapists

Target Audience: All teachers

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82177961602?pwd=L2NVTno2djZDd295bGJ1dVZHeWorZz09


Meeting ID: 821 7796 1602
Passcode: 864067


Speakers
KC

Kerry Carlson

Physiotherapist, Active Initiatives
Kerry and Tera are physiotherapists with over 25 years of experience in all areas including sports injuries, workplace wellness, ergonomics, neurodevelopmental, and prehab.  From having school aged children (and one of us is married to a teacher),  we have recognized there is a... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

YOUR NEW LENSES ARE READY FOR PICK UP: Seeing Adversity And Uncertainty In A New “Light”

This program examines our freedom of choice. We are always free to choose how we want to perceive, interpret, and respond to the external world. As scientific research has proven, 90% of our experience (such as stress or happiness) is based on how we process our circumstances. The lenses through which we view things (and the narrative we tell ourselves) almost entirely shapes our reality and profoundly determines our potential to “synthesize” happiness in the face of adversity or uncertainty. In her signature comedic style, Susan will point out some “annoying features” of the brain that can create stress and offer some shifts in perspective that can boost our mood, increase our resiliency, and nurture our mental health.

https://zoom.us/j/7360480948?pwd=dVowclFzV1ZPQjhtV

Meeting ID: 736 048 0948
Password: 566029

Speakers
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Susan Stewart

Susan helps people see the lighter side of life to lower stress, nurture strong mental health, and be resilient in the face of adversity and uncertainty.Professionally, there have been a few “plot twists” along the way. After earning a Theatre Arts degree from the University of... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Part 2: Connection, Relationship, and Safety (Part 1 is not a prerequisite)
In Part 1 in October we explored resiliency, stress, experiences, and behavior as they relate to connection and relationship (the basic pre-requisite needs each of us has in order to achieve safety). We will continue the conversation together taking a more in depth look at strength, showing up, compassion, and well-being so that we can continue to care for ourselves, our students, our families, and our communities.



Target Audience:Everyone




Speakers
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Toni Owens

Teacher, SD#23
Toni Owens is passionate about resilience, connection, and community. Her adventure so far includes time as a classroom teacher, school counsellor, therapist, coach, district behaviour specialist, social and emotional learning itinerant teacher, daughter, wife, and bonus-mom.


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 12:45pm PST
Virtual

10:45am PST

Professional Boundary Issues: Teacher/Student Relationships

Professional Boundary Issues: Teacher/Student Relationships
Teachers place themselves in jeopardy when boundaries are crossed. This workshop helps school staffs and TTOCs identify the boundaries and provides them with support and resources. Reference will be made to the BCTF Code of Ethics.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Balfour

Shelley Balfour

Presenter, BCTF
BCTF Professional Issues Presenter
DB

Donna Bulmer

BCTF
BCTF Professional Issues Presenter


Friday February 12, 2021 10:45am - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Promoting Mental Health Everywhere
Steven Page speaks passionately on a twofold approach to promoting mental health as a society: increasing awareness and decreasing stigma.
“We sustain this stigma ourselves,” he says. By not talking about our mental health issues, and thinking them a source of shame, we dissuade people from reaching out and seeking help.
“Sadness, grief, those are all things we all deal with,” Page says. “The healthy brain processes it and learns to cope with it and overcome it. Sometimes the sick brain gets stuck in it.”
In his compelling talk, Page reminds us that anyone (even our favourite musicians) can suffer from mental illness, and that everyone has a role to play in ending the stigma.
An intelligent, honest and witty speaker, Page also performs during his presentation, treating the audience to songs he has written throughout his career that speak to the topic.

Livestream
https://youtu.be/0eNRFZju5mk


Speakers
avatar for Steven Page

Steven Page

Iconic MusicianSteven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and searingly honest speaker... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

From climate change to climate justice
Bonjour et bienvenue! I am ecstatic that you have chosen to participate in the upcoming Climate Justice seminar that has been curated to provide you with an overview on environmental racism, climate justice and the ways in which oppression takes form in green/blue spaces and in the overall Canadian environmental movement. Although we will touch upon a variety of subjects, including the concept of identity, and the ways in which the climate change movement could be more inclusive; the true purpose of this seminar is not necessarily to educate you, but to inspire you to action. My hope is that your learning will not stop after this hour, but that you will use our time together to feed your thirst for a better world and a better Canada as you delve deeper into the intersectionality of climate change. 

Speakers
avatar for Chúk Odenigbo

Chúk Odenigbo

Founding Director and Director of Ancestral Services, Future Ancestors Services Inc.
Chúk is a black Franco-Albertan from Calgary. He is passionate about the interactions between health, culture and the environment. This passion inspired him to pursue his PhD in Medical Geography after completing his master's degree in Environmental Health at the School of Public... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Making Sense of Your Pension, CPP, OAS and Group Benefits in Retirement (Repeat from AM Session)
What is covered? —Your Pension, CPP, OAS & Group Benefit Options In Retirement · Teachers' Pension Plan—very brief summary · 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 your insurance needs-- knowing the benefit rules-- finding alternatives Premium costs of benefits vs no financial surprises vs catastrophic financial risk Options for health care benefits Q&A if time allows    Email address for those who have questions not answered during the presentation workshop@bcrta.ca Presentation docs and updates:   bcrta.ca/workshop/upb
Target Audience:
Teachers with less than 10 years to their anticipated retirement (open to everyone else) CUPE staff and parents are welcome to attend but the information is specific to members of the BC Teachers’ Pension Plan & teacher voluntary group benefits.



Speakers
AL

Arnie Lambert

Vice-President, British Columbia Retired Teachers' Association
BCRTA Vice President Member of the BCRTA Pensions and Benefits Committee 9 years BCTF Pensions Committee 8 years Teachers’ Pension Plan Advisory Committee 10 years BCTF Income Security staff- 10 ½ years Former Local President of the Summerland Teachers’ Association Elementary... Read More →
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Carolyn Prellwitz

BCRTF
Former President Cowichan District Teachers’ Association Former Trustee, BC Teachers’ Pension Plan Former  BCTF Assistant Director, Income Security Division Currently, Director, Cowichan Historical Society


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Performance and Injury Prevention for Coaches and Athletes
Head Start Pro is the leading course for coaches who want to win, but who also care about their athletes' health and longevity. Learn a new set of coaching tools to improve team performance and injury prevention. The course is for coaches with athletes in the Learn-to-Train, Train-to-Train, and Train-to-Compete stages of the Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD). The most successful athletes at this level are set apart by their ability to control their minds and control the moment. However, the biggest problem facing these athletes is injuries. Head Start Pro is the key to helping athletes achieve their full potential with performance-driven injury prevention training.
Target Audience: Coaches and Athletes

Speakers
MS

Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw, a UBC Okanagan alumni and national-level coach, comes to HeadStartPro from a decorated career in freestyle skiing. Following a severe skiing accident in 2013, Mike had to leave the sport he loved. Giving up his passion was difficult, but Mike picked himself up, and now... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Getting Started with Physical Literacy Virtual Workshop
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 next class. A mix of theory and interactive instruction makes this a fun and informative workshop. Come ready to move.
Target Audience: Primary: Elementary School Teachers (K-7)

Meeting ID: 978 5322 2893
Passcode: 757396

Speakers
avatar for Joe Flavel

Joe Flavel

Physical Literacy Specialist, Sport for Life Society
Joe Flavel a Secondary School Physical Education Teacher for 16 years and 6 years as a Secondary School Athletic Director. His core values include providing life long learning opportunities, making physical literacy accessible to all, increasing sport accessibility through quality... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Laugh Out Loud Literary Devices
We all know the serious side of creative writing, but what about the lighter side of the literary arts? This workshop will hit the funny bone of disengaged students with laugh out loud examples of personification, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and more! Add in some activities that allow students to practice these devices, and get ready to see some beautiful and hilarious results. Regardless of the outcome, it will be seriously good writing!

Target Audience: Grades 7-12

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Physical and Health Education: Personal Safety in K-3
Join us as we explore several resources, literature, and lesson ideas to support the personal safety competencies addressed in Physical and Health Education K-3. Participants will be provided with access to a google folder containing digital copies of all the resources and lesson ideas.
Target Audience: Primary Educators

Speakers
JZ

Janelle Zebedee

Teacher, SD#23
Janelle and Tricia share the role of Health Promoting School Coordinators in Central Okanagan Public Schools.
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Tricia Penny

Teacher, SD#23
Janelle and Tricia share the role of Health Promoting School Coordinators in Central Okanagan Public Schools.


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Understanding of the Residential School Experience when Incorporating Indigenous Perspectives in the Classroom
The purpose of this performance is to increase awareness of residential schools and the inter-generational impact on Indigenous communities in Canada.

This performance is designed to provide educators with a deeper understanding of the residential school experience when incorporating Indigenous perspectives in the classroom. This multimedia storytelling performance includes a documentary, keynote and interactive discussion.
Target Audience: Everyone
*Content Warning - You will be hearing lived experiences that may invoke emotional reactions

Speakers
avatar for Cyril Pierre

Cyril Pierre

3 Crows Production
Cyril is a member of the Katzie First Nation and an active presenter in school districts, mental health organizations, community healing groups and Corrections Canada. A descendant of well known Katzie speakers on history, culture, and language, Cyril is featured in "Our Story", a... Read More →
avatar for Joe Ginger

Joe Ginger

3 Crows Production
Joe is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation and a member of the Uchucklesaht Tribal Council. As a former student of both the Christie and Saint Mary's Indian residential schools, Joe is actively part of many reconciliation projects today. His work as an Elder and speaker was... Read More →
avatar for Dallas Yellowfly

Dallas Yellowfly

3 Crows Production
Dallas is a member of the Siksika First Nation, who was born and raised on Sto:lo territory practising coastal cultures. After completing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology, he pursued both stand up comedy and music professionally. He recorded two rock/metal albums... Read More →
avatar for Alysha Collie

Alysha Collie

3 Crows Production
Alysha Collie is a mixed Afro-Indigenous artist and storyteller from the The'wá:lí (Soowahlie) First Nation. She recently graduated on the Dean’s List with a Bachelor of Science degree, accompanied by a Biology Major and Visual Arts Minor. While at university, Alysha spent her... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

An Introduction to Critical Thinking Through Real-World Problem Solving
The new digital age is upon us, heralding a future coming at us like a runaway locomotive. As a result, our world is ever-changing and always challenging. The children of today are the builders of tomorrow—they both need and deserve a skill set that stresses critical thinking and develops a mindset for developing innovative solutions to complex problems. 
This session carefully examines a creative thought process designed to foster problem-solving skills and the real-time application of the comprehensive 9D’s thinking model—Define, Discover, Dream, Determine, Design, Deliver, Diagnose, Debrief, and Decide  - a thinking model that can be adapted and applied for learners at any grade level. You’ll see how today’s “just-in-time” learners can employ CDM (Convergent, Divergent, Metacognitive) thinking skills to discover and create effective solutions that can be applied to the everyday challenges of modern life. Participants will be provided with access to an extensive digital library of resources specifically aligned to the Introduction to Critical Thinking Through Real-World Problem Solving.

Speakers
DN

Dr. Nicky Mohan

Nicky is the co-founder and Managing Partner of InfoSavvy 21, an international educational consulting firm.She has been a classroom teacher, a school and university administrator, instructional designer, business sector manager and trainer and an international speaker. At the University... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Thrive: 7 Keys to a Healthier, More Meaningful and Impactful Life

Learn to make better choices that result in a healthier, more meaningful, sustainable life.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan Biali Haas, M.D.

Dr. Susan Biali Haas, M.D.

ThriveWorkLive.com
DR. SUSAN BIALI HAAS, M.D.is an award-winning medical doctor, health and wellness expert, coach, speaker and author. She helps people worldwide to reduce stress, prevent burnout, improve mental health, and live with increased wellness and resilience.Dr. Biali Haas overcame burnout... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Art Therapy & Yoga
There is a need and a desire for educators to spend time focusing on self care. The purpose of this workshop would be to allocate time to self reflect and feel refreshed and empowered. The 2-part session will consist of printable art projects with a focus on creativity and self exploration though images and colours. The second part of the workshop will be a virtual yoga workshop. The contents of the workshop will also contain references on how to incorporate these processes in your classroom and your daily life.

Target Audience: Educators and staff of all areas and subjects.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Randell

Susan Randell

Teacher, SD#53
'Susy' is currently teaching at YouLearn. She is an art teacher, holds a bachelor of visual art and an intermediate/ secondary teaching degree. Susy is also a yoga instructor as well as a children's yoga instructor. She has completed workshops combining art and yoga in previous years... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual

1:00pm PST

Take a Breath for Schools, Movement and Breath
We will spend a moment arriving and context the day. Next we will start some simple, gentle movements incorporating a full breath and keeping the body relaxed, this is not power class! Finally we will explore a few final postures to address typical body tension. Ending with a deep relaxation and specific content for enhancing immunity and dealing with challenging environments.

Meeting ID: 824 2324 6779
Passcode: 762190

Target Audience: Everyone

Speakers
JT

Jeff Tomlinson

Co-founder, Take a Breath
Jeff is an accredited professional yoga teacher, yoga therapist, and Executive Director of Take a Breath for Schools and Communities. Formally, the co-owner and director of Trinity Yoga Center, then Tandava Yoga in Kelowna, since 2003. Jeff began teaching yoga in 1991.Jeff serves... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm PST
Virtual