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October Pro-D

COTA October 23rd, 2020 Professional Development Day

Theme: Creating a Culture of Inclusion in the School System

Link to zoom sessions

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bathseba Opini

Dr. Bathseba Opini is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, UBC Vancouver. She trained as a high school teacher and has worked in the K-12 system in Canada and internationally. Currently, she teaches graduate and undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education. She also mentors teacher candidates during practicum. Her interests are in critical race and antiracist education, disability studies, teaching and practice, and teacher education. She is currently leading a project on antiracism in teacher education funded by the teaching and learning enhancement fund, UBC.

Keynote Speaker: Myrna McCallum

Myrna McCallum is a Métis-Cree mother and grandmother from Treaty Six territory (Green
Lake and Waterhen Lake FN). She is the host of The Trauma-Informed Lawyer podcast. Myrna
acknowledges that through her professional experience as a prosecutor and Indian Residential
School adjudicator, Indigenous people and survivors of sexual violence helped her become the
trauma-informed lawyer she is today. Myrna created The Trauma-Informed Lawyer podcast so law
students, lawyers, judges, educators, and advocates around the globe can also benefit from the
same teachings she received in humility, patience, empathy, and self-awareness. Myrna owns and
operates Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services in North Vancouver.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Ken Nedd

Medical Practitioner in Stress, Anxiety and Behavioral Medicine Author of the bestsellers Power Over Stress and The Time To Be Happy Is Now International speaker named one of the Top 10 Speakers in America by the American Society of Association Executives Leading expert on transforming stress into happiness.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jody Carrington

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favourites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time, and worked along side families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her PhD there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia.  Her first book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love, came out in 2019 and sold 20,000 copies in just three months. It is now on Amazon’s Best Sellers List.

Times & Location

Keynote I          8:30am to    9:45am
Keynote II       10:00am to 12:00pm
Workshops:   10:00am to 11:45am
Lunch:             11:45am to 12:15pm
Workshops:   12:15pm to   2:00pm
Keynote III          1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Virtual


COTA Members: no charge
SD#23 CUPE members: no charge (SD#23 will look after)
UBCO Interns: UBCO covers
All Other Districts and Administrators: $70/full or part day

Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure your spot.

SD#23 Employees, please sign in with your SD#23 email and indicate COTA or CUPE. You are signing in to Sched for the conference. Here is a direct link to Sched


Step 1: Click on sign up if you don't have a sched account.  If you have a sched account, login as usual.

Step 2: Mouse over the session you would like to attend (please select  Dr. Bathseba Opini if attending the keynote), click on Add to MySched.

Step 3: Repeat for other sessions. You can only select one session per time slot.

Step 4: Click on Saved to my Sched.

Step 5: You can print, download and email yourself your schedule. If you email it, you may have to unjunk it.

*no refunds

View the COTA October 23rd Professional Development Day schedule & directory.

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If you are interested in presenting at a COTA Professional Development Day, please go to Call for Presenters and fill out the application form. We are taking applications for our October 23rd, 2020 Conference. Due date is October 1st, 2020.