Hundreds of GECDSB educators took part in a wide variety of learning opportunities provided by the Board during July and August. There were 40 scheduled workshops and seminars, which were open to any contract or occasional staff, with sessions on Math, Daily Physical Activity, Technology, Student Well-being and Differentiated Instruction.
The Summer Learning Professional Development Program also included the Learning Beyond the Horizon conference in August, a 2 day event held at Tecumseh Vista Academy. This also provided an array of daily workshops along with special keynote speakers. Beth Veale (pictured, right) gave participants a little extra motivation as the school year approached with her presentation, "Contagious Awesomeness" . Dr. Pamela Toulouse (pictured, left) discussed "Truth and Reconciliation in Our Schools", which, she said was simply about building relationships with indigenous people in our communities.
During the first week of the school year more than 400 Kindergarten educators took part in professional development workshops while they prepared to greet their students the following Monday. The sessions emphasized general approaches and ideas to engage our youngest students in a love of learning and specifically, strategies to develop math and literacy skills as well as student self-regulation.
"We are delighted to be able to offer these additional opportunities," says Superintendent of Program, Clara Howitt. "It's a real statement about our staff that they are constantly looking for and taking advantage of, ways to improve their own skills and support student learning."