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Weekday workshop: 9:00 am -3:30 pm;
Evening workshops (pm):
5:30-9:30 pm;
Saturday workshops:
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $145 for each workshop (includes lunch)

Enhancing Pedagogy

Fab 5 Beginning Teachers’ Conference
Dates: Oct. 21 (pm), 22
Presenter: various
Location: Victoria Inn

Details: Supporting teachers in their first five years with a variety of practical workshops designed to develop day-to-day classroom practices. Topics: classroom management; assessment and reporting; parent partnerships; classroom culture; working with EA`s; student engagement; teacher wellness, using technology; inclusive practices; and social media.

Differentiating Mathematics
Dates: Nov. 9, 10
Facilitator: Sherry Perih and  field practitioners
Location: McMaster House

Details:Exploring the practices and strategies that support differentiation in the mathematics classroom.  Topics: analyzing content, process and products and examining approaches to help address the wide range of learners in the classroom.  Day 1: Early Years ( Grades 1-3) Day 2:  Middle Years (Grades 4-6)

Teaching to Diversity: UDL and Implementation for Aboriginal Education
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2, Special Education, Counselling)
Dates: Dec. 7, 8
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Katz
Location: McMaster House

Details:Overviewing the Three Block Model of UDL, with direct connections to strategies teachers can use to include Aboriginal content, culture, and instructional practices that will benefit Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal students alike. Topics: strength-based and multiple intelligences; building a sense of community; and Aboriginal pedagogy.

UDL: Literacy & Numeracy in the UDL Classroom
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2, Special Education, Counselling)
Dates: March 14, 15
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Katz
Location: McMaster House

Details: Focusing on writing and mathematical instruction for diverse learners. Topics: developing goals to help diverse learners to think deeply about literature, multi-media text, and mathematical concepts; frameworks for differentiating the instruction and assessment of mathematical and literacy concepts and skills; and using models to interpret how students communicate their feelings, thoughts, solutions, beliefs and values.

Building Leadership Capacity

Supervision of Staff: A Toolbox for Principals
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2)
Dates: Oct. 22 (pm), 23
Presenter: MTS staff
Location: COSL fall conference, Tyndall Park School

Details: Developing knowledge and skills for the supervision of staff. Topics: normative and formative supervision; legislative responsibilities; tools for talking; strategies for difficult dialogue; differentiated approaches to supervision, and progressive discipline.

Crucial Conversations®
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2, Special Education, Counselling)
Dates: Nov. 12, 13
Presenter: Dr. Danielle Fullan Kolton
Location: McMaster House

Details: Enhancing teacher and leader abilities to skillfully and respectfully get results and strengthen relationships when stakes are high, emotions are strong, and opinions are opposing.  Topics: identifying and preparing for crucial conversations; learning how to stay focused in the conversation; speaking frankly; managing emotions and stress to promote healthy dialogue; using a framework to communicate issues and minimize defensiveness; creating mutual purpose to resolve conflicts; using communication skills to keep people in dialogue; and moving from talking to action.

Catalysts for Change
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2, Special Education, Counselling)
Dates: Nov. 17, Feb. 16
Presenter Dr. Cathryn Smith
Location: McMaster House

Details: Developing the skills of teacher leaders and aspiring and early service school leaders to initiate, facilitate and navigate change in educational contexts. Topics: change theory, case studies, managing conflict, team building, visioning, action research, change frameworks, shared leadership, and change agency. Prerequisite for Day 2 is Day 1.

Leading Groups: Effective Strategies for Building Community
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2, Special Education, Counselling)
Dates: Dec. 3, 4
Presenter: Bruce Wellman
Location: McMaster House

Details: Learning to be a mindful leader and knowing how to structure authentic and productive collaboration. Topics: designing group work; energizing groups; supporting information processing; developing collaborative groups; honing verbal and non-verbal skills; and dealing with difficult topics and groups.

Teacher Evaluation: From Paperwork to Peoplework
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2)
Dates: Feb. 5 (pm), 6
Presenter: MTS staff
Location: McMaster House

Details: Enhancing knowledge and skills of active and aspiring principals for the evaluation of teachers. Topics: legislative responsibilities; divisional policy and protocols; documentation of professional behaviours in formative notes; guidelines for summative reports; and effective plans of assistance. Prerequisite: Supervision of Staff or Supervision & Evaluation Part I.

Dilemmas of Practice: Frameworks for Leaders to Interpret and Respond
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2, Special Education, Counselling)
Dates: March 4 (pm), 5
Presenter: Dr. Danielle Fullan Kolton
Location: McMaster House

Details: Helping school leaders to respond to complex dilemmas of practice. Topics: interpreting and reacting to dilemmas; political and ethical filters; types of dilemmas; the C.O.P.E. approach (Clarify, Options, Plan, Evaluate); dilemma scenarios; and strategies for reflective practice and self-care.

So You Think You Can Lead?
Lessons for Aspiring and Beginning School Leaders

Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2)
Dates: April 28, 29
Presenter: Dr. Danielle Fullan Kolton
Location: McMaster House

Details: Introducing aspiring or early-service principals/vice principals to the basics of school leadership. Topics: roles and responsibilities of the principal; strategies for effective communication; collaborative team building principles; relevant legislation, regulations, and policies; and strategies for time management.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms & Schools

The Role of the Resource Teacher: Supporting Teachers and Students in Diverse Classrooms
(Pending Certification: Special Education)
Dates: Oct. 5, 6
Presenter: Val Noseworthy, field practitioners
Location: McMaster House

Details: Providing an overview of the role the resource teacher in supporting effective programming for all students. Topics: effective case management, collaboration strategies, co-teaching models, and the development of classroom and school profiles.  School teams including resource teachers, principals, and teachers are strongly encouraged to register.

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact With Youth
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2, Special Education, Counselling)
Dates: Jan. 18, 19
March 28, 29 (Teacher candidates & cooperating teachers)
April 18, 19
Presenter: Deb Radi
Location: McMaster House (Hanover School Divison Office for April 18, 19)

Details: Helping education professionals provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health issue.  Topics: developing sensitivity to the unique aspects of mental health issues and concerns in young people; identification of mental health problems; and appropriate mental health first aid intervention strategies. 

Who are those students anyways?
Teaching with an Equity and Human Rights
Lens
(Pending Certification: Administrator Level 1 & 2, Special Education, Counselling)
Dates: April 7, 8
Presenter: Brahim Ould Baba & Sarah Gazan
Location: McMaster House

Details: Helping educators develop skills for teaching in an increasingly diverse classrooms.
Topics: Developing awareness about human rights and equity issues in the schools; understanding the challenges faced by students from different backgrounds (religious, cultural, sexual orientation, life experience); learning classroom and school wide strategies for working with students and their parents.

Early Look: MTS seminars, 2015-2016

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