Complete details in the
2013-2014 MTS PD Opportunities booklet

 


Teaching to Diversity:
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
October 7th & 8th, 2013

This two day workshop will focus on the practical “how to” of setting up your classroom in a way that supports individualized and small-group instruction, multi-modal assessment, and a community-based atmosphere that develops students’ self-esteem and social responsibility.

Presenters: Tricia Glass and Arlene Beresford
Tricia Glass M.Ed. (Director of Lord Selkirk Student Services Centre) and Arlene Beresford M.Ed.
(Assistant Director of the Lord Selkirk Student Services Centre) bring a wealth of expertise and insight into the theory and implementation of the Three – block Model of Universal Design developed by Dr. Jennifer Katz of the University of Manitoba.
Certification: Administration (Instruction), Special Education, and Counselling

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The Changing Role of the Resource Teacher
November 4-5, 2013

Resource teachers play a vital role in providing appropriate education for students with special needs, and school principals are responsible for ensuring many of the regulatory mandates are met. Over the past decade, there have been many changes in the role of the resource teacher, with current emphasis on the co-teaching model. Managing the multiple demands associated with collaborative planning with classroom teachers and educational assistants, consulting with clinical and other services, and completing required paperwork and documentation can be very challenging. These issues and others will be discussed in an interactive approach, respectful of the diversity of responsibilities assigned to resource teachers across the province.

Presenters: Dr. Joan Zaretsky and Glenda McKim
Together, Joan and Glenda bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to share during this two-day workshop. Both have served as classroom teachers and specialists in the area of Appropriate Educational Programming. Joan has worked as a vice-principal, Language Arts Consultant, Curriculum Coordinator and Professional Issues Staff Officer of MTS. Glenda has worked as a specialist in the area of Resource and as a Students Services Administrator in Manitoba.

Certification: Administration (Personnel), Special Education, and Counselling


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Teaching About Human Rights
November 7th & 8th, 2013
(Limit 30 registrants)

There is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and then there is the Manitoba Human Rights Code. What are the rights enshrined in these documents and why are they there? Better yet, why is it important for us to be teaching about human rights in all of our classrooms? In this interactive two-day workshop, participants will explore answers to all of these questions and many others. Their exploration will include stepping into the heart of the City of Winnipeg, interacting with service providers and activists, and participating in hands-on learning simulations. Participants will meet teachers and presenters who are doing fabulous work in schools around Manitoba.

Presenter: Roland Dion, Retired Teacher

Location: Indian and Metis Friendship Center, 45 Robinson St., Winnipeg, MB R2W 5H5
(corner of Robinson and Dufferin)

Certification: Administration (Personnel), Special Education, and Counselling

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Gifts of Our Own: Aboriginal Literature
in our Classrooms and Schools
November 28th & 29th , 2013

In this two day workshop, participants will develop critical lenses through which to understand the history of Aboriginal expression, how these literatures help understand the narratives that make up Canada, and collectively plan how to utilize these skills when teaching and administering. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own, their school’s, and their community's role in Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships in Canada – a story still being written – and continue a process of gift giving that has constituted life in this place.

Presenter: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a former high school teacher at École Kelvin High School and curriculum developer with Winnipeg School Division. Niigaan is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. He is the co-editor of the awardwinning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013).

Certification: Administration (Instruction), Special Education, and Counselling

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The Language Rich Classroom – EAL Learners
December 2nd & 3rd, 2013
(Limit 70 registrants)

This interactive two-day workshop will address the needs of diverse learners in the classroom. Participants will be introduced to a five-part, research based framework--CHATS--that teachers can use to help students with English as an additional language, and all students, attain greater language skills and deeper content comprehension. This field-tested framework provides teachers with content reading strategies, higher-order thinking skills, assessment tools, total participation techniques, and scaffolding strategies. Participants will experiment with easy-to-use Total Participation Techniques for cognitively engaging all students in their classrooms.

Presenter: Dr. Pérsida Himmele is an Associate Professor in the education department at Millersville University in southeastern Pennsylvania. She has been a teacher in bilingual and multilingual classrooms in New York and southern California. She has also been a district administrator in Pennsylvania. Pérsida has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Education from Biola University, and a Masters in Bilingual & Elementary Education from SUNY Buffalo. She and her husband are the authors of the ASCD books The Language-Rich Classroom: A research-based framework for teaching English language learners, and ASCD bestseller, Total Participation Techniques: Making every student an active learner.

Certification: Administration (Instruction), Special Education, and Counselling

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Teaching to Diversity: Universal Design
for Learning and Implementation for Aboriginal Education
December 12th & 13th, 2013

The Three Block Model of UDL can help to reconnect our current education system to that of Aboriginal pedagogies of the past and the present. Long before ever discussing “integration,” “mainstreaming” or “inclusion”, Aboriginal elders recognized that all children could learn and that using a model based on strengths and multiple intelligences allowed diverse learners to have valued roles in the community. Children were naturally drawn to the hunter (bodily-kinesthetic), the shaman (existential), the artist (visual spatial), and so on, and were mentored to develop these talents. The focus was on what they could do, and expectations were high. Assessment happened through interpersonal exchange, observation, and perhaps to a lesser extent, products. Today, this pedagogy fits within a UDL framework for assessment. In profound and compassionate ways, Aboriginal education recognized the need for a sense of community, for balancing the development of individual self-concept and pride with a sense of responsibility and respect for the community. In returning to this foundation through UDL, educators can create an environment that acknowledges and honours the benefits of Aboriginal educational epistemologies for all children.
In this two-day session, the Three Block Model of UDL will be overviewed, 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.

Presenter:  Dr. Jennifer Katz
Dr. Katz is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba in Inclusive Special Education. She has taught in inclusive classrooms from K-9, and served as a resource, special education, and ESL teacher for the last 16 years. She has travelled across three provinces conducting professional development workshops in the areas of Universal Design for Learning, Inclusive Education, Gifted Learners, and Developing Classroom Learning Communities.

Certification: Administration (Instruction), Special Education, & Counselling

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Gender Identity and Expression   
January 13th & 14th, 2014

Through a gendered lens, participants will critically examine gender identity and gender expression in a school setting. The session will provide a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approach to understanding youth who are exploring their gender, who are transgender identified, and/or who are gender non-conforming. Developmental, social and educational implications will be discussed. Some of the topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding and identifying homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism and heteronormativity
  • Recognizing personal and professional bias
  • Responding to disclosure
  • Perspectives from those trans-identified and/or gender non-conforming and their families
  • Inclusion, accessibility and setting policy standards.

Presenter:  Dr. Reece Malone
 “As a human sexuality specialist Reece acts as a consultant on gender identity to the World Health Organization, The Public Health Agency of Canada, and numerous transgender health clinics including the Alberta Children’s Hospital, The Gender Dysphoria Assessment and Action for Youth through Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, and Klinic’s Trans Health Clinic.”

Certification: Administration (Personnel), Special Education, and Counselling

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Successfully Bridging the Generation Gap                   
January 20th & 21st, 2014  

This two-day workshop will facilitate discussions in order to increase participants’ awareness of the unique and different values, attitudes and behaviours of the generations (Veterans, Boomers, GenXers and GenYers) represented by the adults in our school communities. These differences influence people’s view of work, their preferred work environment, and what they expect from work. This workshop will develop participants’ levels of comfort and skills for engaging in meaningful cross-generational dialogue in order to bring out the best in a staff.

Presenter:  Eddie Calisto-Tavares
Eddie is an HR Consultant and President of Options for Success. She has expertise in coaching and performance management. Her expertise has been shared with universities, colleges, the Conference Board of Canada, Manitoba Hydro, Emergis/Telus and many more.

Certification:  Administration (Personnel), Special Education, & Counselling

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Making Equity Work in Schools                                              
January 23rd & 24th, 2014

Making Equity Work in Schools is a comprehensive professional development model designed to equip educators who wish to provide high quality educational opportunities for all students and to close the opportunity-to-learn gap. This model focuses on the improvement of academic and social outcomes for students who may be marginalized on the basis of language, race, culture, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation or other aspects of identity.

In a two-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to examine the framework and numerous examples from the field related to this model.

  1. Identify the systems and structures in our spheres of influence that ensure equity or maintain inequity.
  2. Practice using the tool, “Checking and Changing My Systems for Equity” to enhance learning and leadership at our sites.
  3. Examine approaches for engaging others in assessing, advocating for and advancing equity.

Presenter:  Dr. Enid Lee
Dr. Enid Lee is an independent professional development consultant working with schools and school districts internationally on equity-centered, inclusionary, anti-racist practices.  Dr. Lee has taught in the Caribbean, Canada and the USA and has been involved in the professional development of teachers and administrators for over two decades. She consults internationally on anti-racist, and equitable education. Dr. Lee is the author of numerous publications. They include Letters to Marcia: A Teacher’s Guide to Anti-racist Education, Making Equity Explicit: A Professional Development Model For New Teacher Mentors, and Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guides to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development

Certification:  Administration (Leadership), Special Education, and Counselling


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Learning is Sharing: Social Media             
February 10th & 11th, 2014

in the Classroom

This two day, highly interactive workshop will open your eyes to the emerging trends in using social media in the classroom. Numerous tools can be effectively used to enhance our teaching and learning environments. Participants will be involved in creating, learning and sharing in on-line environments, and have an opportunity to network with colleagues. “Where there is no sharing, there is no teaching.” (David Wiley) This workshop will change perceptions about sharing in today’s classrooms.

Presenters:  Andy McKiel and Darren Kuropatwa, et al.
Andy and Darren are Digital Media Consultants with the St. James-Assiniboia School Division.

Certification: Administration (Instruction), Special Education, and Counselling


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Supervision and Evaluation, Part 2
February 27th & 28th, 2014

This two-day workshop will extend participants’ knowledge and application of concepts and practices regarding effective supervision and evaluation of teachers. It will build on the foundations laid in Part 1(held in 2012-13) but Part 1 is not a pre-requisite. Participants will:

  • Review the legal requirements of principals;
  • Learn about and practice structures and communication tools that increase the quality of teacher-supervisor interactions;
  • Discuss the components of a good evaluation process;
  • Develop critical analysis skills in reading and writing effective evaluation reports;
  • Review and discuss case studies.

There will be lots of opportunity for networking among participants. This workshop is suitable for active and aspiring principals.

Certification:  Administration (Personnel)

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The 3Rs of Successful School Counselling
March 6th & 7th, 2014

Relationships, records and referrals are the foundation of a successful and sustainable School Counsellor program. This two day workshop will engage participants in the exploration of the ethical issues and the development of the processes that are critical to providing School Counsellor services within the school setting.

  • Explore the dynamics of relationships with colleagues, students, parents and community supports that are integral to their roles.
  • Learn ways to keep confidential records and document the needs of students and teachers in a meaningful way.
  • Learn how to manage multiple referrals and determine when and how the needs of students may be better managed through referrals to other agencies or services.

Presenter:  Carolynne Piturra
Carolynne is an instructor in the PBCE program at the University of Winnipeg. She has over 25 years of experience as a school counsellor, with training in Crisis Response, Threat Assessment, and Suicide Prevention.

Certification: Administration (Personnel), Special Education, and School Counsellor

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Universal Design for Learning – Literacy  and
Numeracy in the UDL Classroom: Developing Students’ Love for Language and Mathematical Thinking
March 20th & 21st, 2014

This two-day session will focus on writing and mathematical instruction for diverse learners. Participants will learn how develop goals that will help diverse learners to think deeply and profoundly about literature, multi-media text, and mathematical concepts. Frameworks for differentiating the instruction and assessment of mathematical concepts and skills, and of literary concepts and skills will be shared for K-12. Cases, sample lessons, and student work samples will be shared to provide participants with models that can be implemented in classrooms from K-12 and demonstrate how students communicate their feelings, thoughts, solutions, beliefs and values in powerful and impactful ways.

Presenter:   Dr. Jennifer Katz
Dr. Katz is an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba in Inclusive Special Education. She has taught in inclusive classrooms from K-9, and served as a resource, special education, and ESL teacher for the last 16 years. She has travelled across three provinces conducting professional development workshops in the areas of Universal Design for Learning, Inclusive Education, Gifted Learners, and Developing Classroom Learning Communities.

Certification:  Administration (Instruction), Special Education, and Counselling

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MTS seminars / workshops, 2013-2014

Each workshop listed costs $135
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