Outstanding day of Professional Development

It was great to see staff taking part in the wide array of professional development offerings available last Friday. Despite the challenges of school opening this year it has not undermined the commitment of staff to add to thier tool kits to find strategies and resources to support students. I had the pleasure of stopping in at Langley Secondary school where teachers worked with Sandra Averill and Stacey Bernier on a workshop demonstrating the use of technology to facilitate design-thinking in classrooms. All teachers that signed up will be provided with a green screen kit they can use in their classroom that when combined with an iPad will engage students while providing a different way to communicate learning. My next stop was the annual Kindergarten conference hosted at Broodswood secondary. Over 500 teachers from around the province attended and were provided an incredible number of workshops – this conference is always filled with very postive energy and practical resources and strategies for Kindergarten teachers and Early childhood education staff. My final stop for the day was the School Board Office where Brad Marsden, residential school counselor and facilitator, presented to non-teaching staff on the impacts of residential schools – it was a powerful presentation. One should always seek to understand before passing judgement.

I appreciated the opportunity to connect with colleagues and to share ideas on how we can continue to support student learning.  An outstanding day!

Gord Stewart