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February 17th, 2023 Zonal Pro-D Day

February 17th, 2023  Okanagan Zonal Conference at RSS and RMS

                      Information will be posted here December 2022.

Complete the COTA pro-d presenter application to facilitate a session. 

Deadline to apply is January 6th, 2023.

                      February 17th schedule: 

                          Keynote:       8:30 am to 10:00 am
                          Morning Session:     10:30 am to 12:00 pm                                       
                          Afternoon Session:    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm / 3:00 pm



Here's what happened last February:

February 18th, 2022

Okanagan Zonal Virtual Conference 

Theme: Supporting Diversity


Featured Speakers:

KEYNOTE: Mary Gordon is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, best-selling author, parenting expert, and child advocate who has created an international children’s charity, Roots of Empathy (ROE). She will be speaking on empathy and its role in recovering from the pandemic. The session will include a live Q&A. *This is a repeat of Mary's October 22nd, 2021 keynote.

What is Roots of Empathy? Watch: Who we are and BBC On Roots of Empathy
Education Innovator - selected four years in a row: HundrED
Covid-19 Resources for Parents and Teachers (available in 19 languages, including seven Indigenous languages):
Understanding Children’s BehaviourThrough the Lens of Temperament Video Series:


KEYNOTE: Dan Duncan     As an adult diagnosed with ADHD, a father of someone with ADHD, and an ADHD Coach, Consultant, and Academic Strategist; Dan has developed the ADHD Inside Out Framework to inform, support, and equip other individuals diagnosed with ADHD, their friends/family, and fellow professionals working with those affected by ADHD. 

Educating the general public is always a primary focus undergirding the treatment of any disorder; with ADHD this is of paramount importance because of the many myths surrounding this topic. 

Myths, such as:

  • "ADHD doesn’t exist  is over diagnosed.. is caused by bad parenting"
  • “Adults don’t have ADHD, so your child will outgrow it"
  • "Everyone has ADHD symptoms to some degree; it’s no big deal!"
  • "ADHD is an excuse to be __________" (fill in the blank with some derogatory label)
  • “Medication is the only way to deal with ADHD”


Coaching reaches beyond treating the symptoms and explaining the facts about ADHD. It reaches into the very motivations and aspirations of the individual, empowering them to turn their dreams and plans into actions.                                                                                                                    

                      Dan will also host a follow up session 10:30-12


KEYNOTE: Hannah Beach 

Hannah Beach is an award-winning educator, author, emotional health consultant, and keynote speaker. Her bestselling I Can Dance book series, supporting the emotional health of children through movement, play, and expression, won a 2017 Gold International Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. Hannah is co-author of Reclaiming Our Students: Why Children Are More Anxious, Aggressive, and Shut Down Than Ever—And What We Can Do About It, with Tamara Neufeld Strijack, a trauma-informed resource for teachers and parents rooted in the relationship-based approach, now being translated into multiple languages internationally (including French, Polish, Russian, Chinese, Ukrainian and Korean) and adopted by multiple school boards.

Hannah is one of two Canadian members on the American Strategic Coalition for the Future of Education, advising American educational institutions on how to bring trauma-informed practices into their learning communities. She was recognized by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2017 as one of five featured change-makers in Canada.

On a more personal note, Hannah lives on the west coast of BC and has 3 kids, 2 grown up and one halfway there.

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                         Hannah will also host a follow up session 10:30-12.  



Keynotes:       8:30 am to 10:00 am
Morning Session:     10:30 am to 12:00 pm                                     
Afternoon Session:    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm / 3:00 pm



Teachers SD# 19, #22, #23, #53, #67, #83: No charge (Paid by local)                                                                                                                                               

CUPE SD# 23 (support staff): no charge (SD# 23 will look after)           CUPE SD# 53: no charge (SD# 53 will look after)                                                     

CUPE SD# 19, 22, 67, and 83 and ECE: $35/full or part day                    UBCO Interns/Teacher Candidates: UBCO covers                                                       

ALL Other Districts and ALL Administrators: $70/full or part day                                                                                                                                                      



You may access the Self-Directed form here:   *Be sure to submit before February 8th, 2022.

Please consult this tutorial if you have any questions:

If you are interested in presenting at the February 18th Zonal Day or the Summer Conference August 29th-31st (tentative dates), please go to Call for Presenters and fill out the application form.  The deadline to apply is January 5th, 2022 (February Conference) and May 27th, 2022 (Summer)

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barb Huva at or 250-860-3866.

Programs in Professional Development for February 18th, 2022 are brought to you by SD# 19, 22, 23, 53, 67 and 83 Teachers' Associations.