Professional Development

PSD Workshops 2020_REV_OCT 2020.pdf

UDL and Differentiated Instruction

UDL & Differentiated Instruction

We have many special needs and diverse learners integrated into our regular education streams. We also have students with varying needs in our special education classrooms. Though we have excellent, skilled and caring administrators, teachers, resource teachers, special education techs, attendants, professionals, and consultants, due to provincial budgetary issues, we know that there are limited resources and increasing demands.

Approaches such as UDL, Differentiation, and Response to Intervention modify the environment, which can allow special needs and diverse learners to make positive progress and access learning at learning at their level even in situations with limited staffing.

In this workshop, we will learn about the principles behind UDL, RTI and Differentiation, as well as some strategies for implementing these strategies into our classrooms.

FACILITATOR: Staci Kufsky, Pedagogical Consultant, Special Education

Next session: October 30, 2020 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on Zoom

When Behaviour Stumps Trauma Informed

Wild tantrums, clinginess, and an inability to easily form attachments with adults are amoung the range of reactions children show when they have experienced Complex Trauma. We will help you understand how what has happened to children influences their ability to cope with stress. How we respond to this behaviour can influence whether these children become resilient enough to move beyond what has happened to them. We will present a set of activities that help build relationships and resilience.

Audience: Teachers, Attendants, Special Education Technicians, Daycare

Facilitator: Anne Nicholson, School Climate Team

The October 30, 2020 session has been canceled and will be rescheduled later in the year.

Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation is a cognitive behavioral approach that is aimed to be used to teach emotional awareness and self-regulation in a way that is cognitively accessible for the younger population. The goal of the Zones of Regulation’s curriculum is to help students become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, recognize and assess the social situation and context through the expression’s on others, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve through situations of conflict independently.

FACILITATORS: Justine Dansereau, Pedagogical Consultant (School Climate), Andy Chau-Tan, Occupational Therapist

AUDIENCE: Attendants, Special Education Technicians, Daycare

Developmental Literacy Continuum

Developmental Literacy Continuum

This session is specially designed for Secondary Cycle 1 & 2 SpEd Teachers and addresses the critical topic of literacy development in all core subject areas. The DLC tool and guide allows us to pinpoint what students can do and what they need to be able to do to move forward. The guide provides handy strategies which can allow students to progress. Bonus! The Continuum is also helpful to communicate with parents and to set IEP goals and means!

9:00 to 10:00 Intro Session:

For teachers who will be learning about the continuum for the first time

10:00 to 12:00 Refresher and Work session:

For teachers who have had a previous intro session and want to start plotting student work on the continuum

FACILITATOR: Genevieve Ducharme, Pedagogical Consultant, Special Education

Supporting Emotional Well-being & Coping Strategies in the Time of Covid 19

Supporting Emotional Well-being & Coping Strategies in the Time of Covid 19

As our country and the world absorbs the impact of COVID-19, we sometimes find ourselves feeling over whelmed and unsure of how best to support our students. Social and emotional learning (SEL) offers powerful tools to support students now and in the future.

Come and join me as we explore tools to create safe, supportive learning environments that foster all students’ social and emotional development.

FACILITATOR: Deb Kellman - Special Education Consultant