Book Club Buffet

Join colleagues (K-12) in a Book Club with a twist –
5 Book Clubs, one Dinner!
● Choose a book from an assortment of titles
● Meet with your ‘Book Club’ while other meet with theirs
● Finish discussions over Dinner!
Where: Curriculum Annex, behind Board Office (3143 Jacklin Road)
When: Oct. 3rd, 4:30 – 5:30 to choose books (dinner meetings TBA)

See flyer for list of books: Book Club Buffet

Resource Review

This learning session is for all teachers of all grades and subject areas!

Join Melissa Horner and learn more about:

● The SD62 District Resource Centre (DRC)

● Resources available through the Public libraries (GVPL and VIRL)

● SD62’s Virtual Learning Commons (VLC)

● ERAC – evaluated resources, curriculum starting points and the digital classroom

Time: 3:45 – 4:45

Where: SBO Annex meeting room

When:

K-2, March 11

3-5, April 1

6-8, April 3

9-12, April 8

Please RSVP to mhorner@sd62.bc.ca before noon on the day of the session (or earlier). You will need to bring a device.

Resource Review (3)

Come and learn about Classroom Workshop!

The Workshop Model is a way to organize your lessons and class time that is student centered. It maximizes student work and practice time, focusing on practice, growth, and reflection while minimizing the amount of time the teacher spends in the front of the classroom. The Workshop Model’s focus on the student, allowing time for students to “get messy with learning,” reflect on their learning, and pursue self-driven inquiry. Not only that, the workshop might very well be the best classroom routine we have for building student independence an self-regulation.

The SD62 Curriculum and Learning Team is offering a series of 6 Classroom Workshop sessions:

Implementing Math Workshop in your K-3 Classroom: Feb. 20, 3:45-5:30

Implementing Math Workshop in your 4-7 Classroom: Feb. 27, 3:45-5:30

Building Thinking Classrooms in your 8-10 Math Class: April 17, 3:45-5:30

Implementing Reading Workshop in your 4-9 Classroom: March 7, 3:45-5:30

Implementing Writing Workshop in your K-3 Classroom: March 11, 3:45-5:30

Implementing Writing Workshop in your 4-8 Classroom: March 14, 3:45-5:30

More information here: Workshop series

Upcoming Sip and Sees at the DRC!

We are adding some exciting learning resources to our DRC and will be sharing a few at our Sip and Sees over the next few months. Sip and Sees are held from 3-4 with demos from 3:30-4:00.

Dates and topics:

Monday, Jan. 28 – Bee Bots and Cubettos

Monday, Feb. 11 – Math manipulatives

Wednesday, Mar. 6 – ADST: Using picture books to inspire design thinking (K-5)

New DRC kits that will be released this spring: math manipulatives (K-3, 4-6, 8-10), Makey Makeys, additional Edison robots with EdCreate packs, Ozobots, Hop Scotch coding, and more!

Stay tuned for April and May Sip and See events as well!

 

Assessment Webinar Series

The Ministry of Education is hosting a webinar series focused on Assessment within the context of the redesigned curriculum and facilitated by Tom Schimmer. The focus will be on secondary schools.

The SD62 Learning Team invites you to join them in live streaming and participating in the series. Please note that you do not have to attend all three sessions.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Thursday, April 11

3:45 – 5:30

Please register with Bree, bseal@sd62.bc.ca, to join us in the SBO Annex meeting room. 

New Physical and Health Education resource page!

The VLC has added a new page to help support K-12 teachers with Physical and Health Education: learningcommons62.sd62.bc.ca/information-centre/digital-text-books/physical-and-health-education/

Don’t forget to check our DRC catalogue: library.sd62.bc.ca/

And our ERAC digital collection! learningcommons62.sd62.bc.ca/2016/02/11/bc-digital-classroom/

Do you have a resource you’d like to share? Please email Melissa Horner, mhorner@sd62.bc.ca

 

2018 Tech for Learning Summit

SD 62 is co-hosting, along with SD 61, SD 63, and the EdTech team, a great professional learning opportunity this fall: the Tech for Learning Summit, Nov. 23-24, at Oak Bay High School. 
 
This 2-day summit focuses on the meaningful and effective use of technology for learning in the K-12 classroom. This summit is open for all, including educational assistantsteachers, and PVP.
 
The Tech for Learning Summit also includes two keynote presentations, a demo slam competition, and a closing capstone session – plus 2 full days of hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable teachers. There will be over 60 sessions offered; sessions will cater to a range of comfort levels in using technology across all grade levels and subject areas, using a variety of devices and platforms. 
 
Sessions include: using iPads in primary, Chromebooks and G-Suite at various levels Grade 3-12, coding and their relevant peripherals (cubetto, scratch, micro:bits, etc.), ADST, core competencies and curriculum, eportfolios (freshgrade, myBlueprint, google sites, etc.), accessible technology (Read and Write for Google, Picto4me, etc), supporting both English and French Immersion tracks, and English language learners, inclusive learning, and more!
 
 
Are you interested in presenting?
If you present, you attend for free! We are looking for educators who are willing to present a one-hour, hands-on workshop with a focus on using technology to enhance learning. Submit a presentation proposal here. Proposals are due Friday, Oct 5th

DRC Opening!

We are so excited to announce the opening of the new District Resource Centre (DRC). Located behind the School Board Office, the new modular building houses the DRC and the curriculum and learning team. There is room to spread out and look at resources in the bright and inviting space. The opening on the 3rd will have snacks, information, and demonstrations. Come by on the 3rd for a look and to see what the DRC has for you!

More information is available on the poster: DRC opening

 

Inquiry and Activ8: Sept. 28 deadline

The Curriculum and Learning team is proud to support two exciting programs this school year that both have a quickly approaching deadline of Sept. 28, 2018. See information below for an overview and links! Please email Jeannie DeBoice, jdeboice@sd62.bc.ca, for more information.

School-Based Spirals of Inquiry

The District Curriculum and Learning Team invites interested school teams committed to on-going collaboration that focuses on deep student learning tied to the BC Curriculum redesign, with a focus on Literacy, Numeracy or Inquiry. We will explore the big questions: What’s going on for our learners? How do we know? Why does this matter? The Inquiry Framework will integrate Spirals of Inquiry, Changing Results Model, and Assessment for, as and of learning.

 

Activ8 Learning K-7: Next Steps in Literacy and Numeracy Series

            Who?

  • Early career teachers, willing to commit to all 8 cumulative sessions

            Why?  

  • Literacy and Numeracy foundations are at the heart of BC’s curriculum redesign
  • Early Literacy and Numeracy are fundamental and are applied in all areas of learning
  • With many new teachers acquiring contracts right out of University, this series will provide practical application and continuation of learning around the continuums of numeracy and literacy
  • In some schools, there are more new career teachers than experienced, leaving the mentoring to a busy few!

           What?

  • Focus on Literacy and Numeracy foundations, as we work through research-based professional resources (All resources will be provided and used throughout the year)
  • Sessions will follow a responsive teaching model using Formative Assessment to assess then plan for next steps
  • Supportive classroom structures, class management and useful routines will be woven in throughout our 8 sessions
  • Between sessions teachers will implement strategies and assessments, debriefing observations at subsequent sessions
  • NOT a ‘one-off’ workshop, but rather 8 full-day sessions that link to daily classroom practice
  • In-class support from the Curriculum and Learning Team to co-plan, co-teach, and offer any other support requested

BCPVPA/Ministry of Education Webinar Series

BCPVPA/Ministry of Education Webinar Series
The BCPVPA has posted a number of Webinars on their YouTube channel on such topics as: sexual orientation and gender identity SOGI, curriculum, and assessment.
They have recently posted three new informative webinars in time for the start of the new school year on: Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA), Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA), and Career Education 10-12.
Access the webinars on the BCPVPA YouTube channel:
 
Foundation Skills Assessment webinar                                             
 
 Graduation Numeracy Assessment webinar
 
 Career Education 10-12 Webinar