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Philippine Independence Day Festival
Free family event being held on June 18, 2018. Schools may include this information in their school newsletters.
(Re)imagining Black boyhood: Who counts as a child?
Dr. Joseph Derrick Nelson’s talk, (Re)imagining Black boyhood: Who counts as a child? opens up a conversation regarding childhood, specifically for Black boys and boyhood and strategies of engagement. Black children are often viewed as older and less trustworthy than other children, constructed as “problems” that need fixing rather than a focusing on the structural and institutional forces imposing a racialized and criminalized identity onto Black boys. This talk will consist of the need to regard Black boyhood through a critical childhood studies lens and radically (re)imagine what Black boyhood is as well as share strategies to support Black boys within and across critical social contexts in their lives, such as home, neighbourhood, and school. When: Thursday, April 26. Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Location: Werklund School of Education, UofC. Cost: Free. Registration opens April 9th and can be accessed via the link below.
Essay and Story Writing Contest Gr. 4-9
Win Great Prizes! Through essay and story writing, the Alberta Champions Society is connecting Alberta students with important Alberta pioneers, founders, builders, First Nations, and innovators. CONTEST DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS APRIL 19, 2018
Online Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Inclusive Education Focus
Université de Saint-Boniface offering a postgraduate Diploma in Education with Inclusive Education specialization (via the internet). Application deadlines: Fall session - August 1st; Spring session - April 1.
Mental Health Online PL Resources - 2018
Mental Health Online Resources for Educators (MORE) is in its fifth year of providing FREE online professional development for teachers and school staff, made possible through the ongoing support of the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, The University of Calgary and Suncor Energy Foundation. The Winter/Spring 2018 topic list is available now.
Two-Day Visible Learning Institute with John Hattie
In partnership with Calgary Regional Consortium, join us for this two-day institute designed to provide you with the tools to identify key takeaways from the Visible Learning research. Learn about the five strands of Visible Learning, and identify the difference between influences that impact student achievement. When: August 23 & 24, 2018. Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Where: Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary. Cost: $399 with promo code (original price $540). Please see the attached flyer for details and to register.
K-9 Little Inventors of Canada
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC/CRSNG) wants to make Canada a country of innovators and foster a spirit of scientific exploration for all. They have brought Little Inventors to Canada, to help turn the next generation into the superstar inventors of the future! teachers and their students can participate in Inventions for Space, the 2017 Space Challenge as well as Magnificent Makers. Check it out!
Bringing Mental Health to Schools
Mental health literacy is the foundation for mental health promotion, prevention and care and can be successfully implemented through classroom based curriculum interventions that have been scientifically shown to improve mental health related outcomes for students and also for their teachers. This Canadian-developed, nationally and internationally researched resource is now available online through UBC Faculty of Education. This self-paced online, modular curriculum resource is for educators teaching grades 8 - 10. • LEARN how to implement mental health strategies into your curriculum • UPGRADE your own mental health literacy skills • OBTAIN a UBC Certificate of Completion (optional) • Register anytime by following the link below.
Inside Learning Disabilities for Educators
Learning Disabilities occur more often than all disabilities combined, and teacher education is one of the best ways to improve the outcomes of these learners. 'Inside Learning Disabilities for Educators' is a new online course offered through Foothills Academy Society. It was created by educational- and counselling-psychologists and teachers who work with students with Learning Disabilities (LDs) every day. It is an in-depth exploration of the world of LDs at school, using evidence-based research, videos, and additional resources from some of the best LD resources available. This course is a valuable, multi-modal Professional Development experience. The next session begins January 15, with other session start dates in April and June. Please see the attached flyer for more information and to register.
City of Airdrie - Youth Engagement Survey
The City of Airdrie is in the process of updating its current Youth Engagement Strategy to ensure the City is continuing to provide a safe and friendly community for youth. The survey is available in two versions and takes a few minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and confidential. Survey one is for youth currently living in Airdrie; the other is for youth who have recently left Airdrie for work or school. Schools may share this information in their school newsletters.
PAT Exam Schedule
Starting in the 2017/2018 school year, grades 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests will be administered to students in an administration window provided by Alberta Education rather than according to pre-set schedules.
Ingenium - Free Science Curriculum Resources
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation is pleased to announce this year’s Educational Programs. These Educational Programs allow students to explore a range of amazing programming and digital content on the theme of human ingenuity. Programs link directly to Ontario and Quebec curricula, but can be adapted to reach the science curriculum of most provinces and territories.
2017-2018 AHS PL Menu
As you are planning your Professional Learning activities for next year, you may want to keep the attached workshops in mind. Alberta Health Services is pleased to offer these engaging and interactive workshops for teachers, administrators and school staff for the upcoming school year. All workshops are facilitated by a Health Promotion Coordinator or Public Health Dietitian dedicated to promoting health and wellness in school communities.
PL eBooks for RVS Teachers
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