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Provincial PD

Sep 16, 2011 thomasberger
[BCTF PD Calendar]


This list of professional development conferences is provided as a service to members. The Federation does not necessarily endorse all the conferences, nor does it accept liability for errors or omissions in any of the information provided. Individuals planning to attend a conference should contact the sponsoring organization to confirm the dates and other details of registration. Conferences sponsored by the Federation's provincial specialist associations appear in boldface type throughout the calendar.

Please note procedure statement 36.28.10: "That the BCTF's PD Calendar not publish PD events by outside agencies scheduled for the provincial PSA Day."


September 5-November 28, (Wed evenings) Victoria. "Guns and Barbies: The complexity of play in early childhood." The experiences of early childhood last a lifetime. In this unique course we explore the phenomenon of play, its complexity, its significance, and the issues it raises. The course instructor is Ulrich Mueller, PhD, the editor of the "Handbook of Child Psychology." He is joined each week with guest speakers to explore play from different disciplinary perspectives. Participants can take the course for credit or non-credit. For more information, please contact the Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy, or 250-853-3147.

September 15 Vancouver, BC. Kodaly Society of Canada is happy to present Super Start Up! at Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster. Members of the executive will present singing games, instrument ideas, and puppets to help you have a super start to a new year. The day includes a session to "make and take" manipulatives for your music classes! Come for some great ideas! Lunch is included. Register at, or call 250-337-8186 for more information.

September 18 Vancouver. The Children's Foundation is proud to present Dr. Gabor Mate MD at the Croatian Cultural Center in Vancouver. "When the Body Say's No: Mind/Body unity and the stress-disease connection." This workshop will greatly benefit special education teachers, assistants, counsellors, early educators, social workers and mental health workers. For more information on registration please, go to, or call 604-434-9101.

September 22 Victoria, BC. Kodaly Society of Canada is happy to present Super Start Up! MacLaurin Building A166, University of Victoria. Members of the executive will be sharing singing games and instrument ideas to help you have a super start to a new year. The day includes a session to "make and take" manipulatives for your music classes! Come for some great ideas! Lunch is included. Register at, or call 250-337-8186 for more information.

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October 18-19 Kamloops. BCBEA (BC Business Education Association) Annual fall conference: "Digital Learning Tools--Everyone's Business." Keynote: Darren Weeks from Rich Dad Poor Dad. Junior Achievement--Titan Simulation at Thursday evening wine and cheese at Kamloops Coast Hotel. Conference location: Thompson Rivers University. Contact Ishtar Litt,, or Terry Downton, or 250-309-1867. Go to to register online.

October 18-19 Port Coquitlam. BCTLA (British Columbia Teacher-Librarians' Association) Annual fall conference "We're In!: Inquire, Inspire, Innovate" featuring keynote speakers, including Dr. David Loertscher (San José State University School of Library & Information Science), a Thursday night social event, vendor display, and over 50 sessions on learning commons, inquiry, technology, media, authors, and more. Riverside Secondary School. For more information, visit, or e-mail

October 18-19 Vancouver. BCSCA (BC School Counsellors' Association) Annual fall conference "Connect '12." Keynote: Dr. Stuart Shanker, distinguished psychologist from York University. Workshops, intensive sessions, and social/professional gatherings for elementary and high school counsellors at Coast Plaza Hotel, Comox at Denman near Stanley Park, Vancouver. Contact:, or visit

October 18-20 Burnaby. BCTELA (BC Teachers of English Language Arts) "Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-Thinking Language Arts." Featuring Darren Lund, Faye Brownlie, Sharon Jeroski, Susan Crichton, and Carl Leggo. Events include wine and cheese evening, main conference, and Saturday Institutes. Cariboo Hill Secondary School, 8580 16th Avenue, Burnaby. More information and registration available in June at, or contact Leyton Schnellert at or Shelley Moore at

October 18-20 Richmond. BCMEA (BC Music Educators' Association) "Unison 2012: Coming together for Music Education." Keynote speaker: Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. As educators we strive to promote higher learning and development! Join us at Unison 2012 where we hope you will be inspired and challenged while we come together as one. River Rock Conference Centre. To register go to, or for more information, contact Angela Toth or Ethan Shoemaker at

October 18-20 Richmond. APPIPC (Association Provinciale des Professeurs de l'Immersion et du Programme-Francophone BC) Conférence annuelle "Sur la route de l'APPIPC". Conférencière: Michèle Marineau, auteure. La conférence aura lieu à l'hôtel Exécutive Airport Plaza, 7311 Westminster Hwy, Ricmond. Pour plus d'information, contactez Sophie Bergeron ou inscrivez-vous en ligne au

October 18-20 Victoria. BCAMT (BC Association of Mathematics Teachers). "51st Northwest Mathematics Conference: Math in Bloom." Keynotes: Dan Meyer, Catherine Fosnot, Patrick Vennebush. The three-day long Northwest Math Conference is held in BC every three years. With three well-known keynotes and many thought-provoking workshops, it will be a great chance to learn some new ideas, share thoughts with colleagues and have some great discussions about teaching and learning mathematics. Victoria Conference Centre and Fairmont Hotel, downtown Victoria. Register at Contact information: Jack Showers, conference chair,

October 19 Burnaby. BCCLPSA (BC Co-operative Learning Provincial Specialist Association) "Social and Emotional Learning in Our Schools: What do we know? What do we do?" co-sponsored by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and SRCLE (Social Responsibility in Collaborative Learning Environments). This conference is being offered as a collaborative PD opportunity by a network of Lower Mainland educators and educational researchers focusing on social emotional learning. The keynote by David Osher (American Institute of Research/CASEL) is followed by a panel discussion with Drs. Shelly Hymel, Kimberley Schonert-Riechl, Amori Mikami (UBC) and Brenda Morrison (SFU). Afternoon breakout sessions are co-facilitated by local teachers working to bring theory into practice. Location: Michael J. Fox Theatre/Burnaby South Secondary, 7373 MacPherson Avenue. Register online at $95 for teachers/$80 for TTOCs and student teachers. Contact: Mike Galliford at

October 19 Burnaby. BCATML (BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages) "Celebrating Languages." A broad range of workshops. Topics of interest to teachers of all languages: Curriculum and the CEFR, culture, technology, communication strategies, assessment and more. New this year: "World Café" discussion forums structured on Edcamp model. Location: Delta Burnaby Hotel, 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby. For more information: Presenter information--Stacey Sveistrup,; Exhibitor information: Tina Tsai,, or Pepi Kotsalis,; Registration: Rome Lavrencic, or go to

October 19 Burnaby. LATA (Learning Assistance Teachers' Association) Annual Fall Conference: "Healthy Minds Matter: Education and youth mental health." Main presenter: Don Buchanan along with others from BC Children's Hospital. Location: Bryne Creek Secondary, 7777 - 18th Street, Burnaby. For more information, contact Alan Peterson at Register over the summer at

October 19 Fort Langley. AEA (Aboriginal Education Association) Annual fall conference: "Truth, Healing and Reconciliation: The Legacy of Residential Schools." Amazing workshops and keynote. Location: Fort Langley Elementary. Visit our blog to see updates on the conference or e-mail

October 19 Kelowna. THESA (Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association) Annual fall conference "Fresh: 21st century approaches to teaching home economics." Keynote and workshops featuring a variety of topics related to foods, nutrition, textiles, and family studies and a conversation about the past, present, and future of home economics education in BC. Location: Okanagan Mission Secondary, 4544 Gordon Drive, Kelowna. For more information, contact Mary Anna Cimbaro at, or register at

October 19 Lower Mainland/TBA. BCDEA (BC Dance Educators' Association) Keynote speaker: Yoshi Hisanaga. Workshops will be offered in a variety of levels and styles, for both elementary and secondary teachers of dance. More conference information and online registration will be available soon at, contact Kaili Vesik,

October 19 Mission. BCCASA (BC Culinary Arts Specialist Association) Annual fall conference, "The Mighty Fraser." It is a guided river safari up the Fraser River in a heated boat. Explore the shores of the river for wildlife, listen to stories passed down over the years and learn about the history that carved a rich legacy for the province. Part of the adventure will take you to Kilby Historic Site to tour the museum and farm. We will end by meeting at Mission Springs for a talk from Ocean Wise on sustainable fish and seafood. Our AGM will also be there. Rooms are available at the hotel across the street. Contact Brian Smith:

October 19 New Westminster campus. PE-BC (Physical Education-British Columbia) Annual Quality Daily Physical Education Conference, hosted by Douglas College, New Westminster campus. Check out www.douglas. for more information. Contact Sue MacDonald, PE-BC president, or David Munro, conference chair,

October 19 Richmond. BCTEA (BC Technology Education Association) "Gearing Up for the future." This exciting PD opportunity will include workshops on surfboard building, VEX robotics, the Richmond Cravers Society and Makers from the Hacker space in Vancouver. Location: Cambie Secondary, 4151 Jacombs Road, Richmond. Register at For more information, contact conference chair: Allan Byres at S: 604-668 6430, or registrar: Randy Grey at

October 19 Vancouver. BCPTA (BC Primary Teachers' Association) "Mindful Play." The conference will include self regulation, restitution, mindup, classroom strategies, practical ideas and hands-on learning. Keynote speaker: Dr. Stuart Shanker. Location: Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver, 1128 West Hastings, Vancouver. Soon you will be able to register online at For more information, contact Grace Sinnema, conference co-ordinator, at, or Joy Silver, registrar, at H: 604-941-2606 or

October 19 Vancouver. CUEBC (Computer-Using Educators of BC) Annual fall conference "Digital Technology that Works" Keynote: Ian Jukes. 30+ sessions, vendor area, lunch and door prizes at John Oliver Secondary, 530 East 41st Avenue, Vancouver. Registration and/or contact information at

October 19 Vancouver. AEGTCCBC (Association for Educators of Gifted, Talented and Creative Children in BC) "Guiding the Gifted Child." Keynote speaker, Stephanie Tolan, is a well known author of more than two dozen novels for children and young adults (Surviving the Applewhites), co-author of "Guiding the Gifted Child," and the author of "Is It a Cheetah?," an essay about gifted children that has been translated into more than 40 languages. She has written many articles about the challenges that gifted children face as they find a way to fit into their world. She will discuss the profile of profoundly gifted, and identify the social and emotional aspects of gifted children, and will provide ideas and strategies that can be used to support them. She will supply attendees with a bibliography of books that contain gifted characters. Location: Holiday Inn, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver. Register online at For more information, contact Elizabeth Ensing at W: 604-533-2222, H: 604-574-0465, or at

October 19 Vancouver. BCSSTA (BC Social Studies Teachers' Association) "Thinking and Acting Locally and Globally." Keynote speakers: Romeo Dallaire & Peter Seixas; special guest presenter: Amy Burvall. Our conference is focused on educating our students about their rights and responsibilities as citizens in the 21st century. We will strive to provide workshops for both English and French Immersion teachers of all age and grade levels. Location: Vancouver Technical Secondary, 2600 East Broadway, Vancouver. For more information, go to, or contact Dale Martelli at 604-809-6929 or

October 19 Vancouver. PAGE (BC Teachers for Peace and Global Education) Annual fall conference "How to Make a Better World." From 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.--two sets of morning workshops, followed by the AGM. Location: Eric Hamber Secondary, 5025 Willow Street, Vancouver. For more information, contact Susan Ruzic at or

October 19 West Vancouver. ESLPSA (English as a Second Language Provincial Specialist Association) Annual fall conference "I'm More Than a Colouring Person: Empowering English Language Learners." Keynote: Dr. Margaret Early. All-day workshops at West Vancouver Secondary School, 1750 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver. To register, go to, or for more information, contact Marc Tremblay at

October 19-20 Delta. PITA (Provincial Intermediate Teachers' Association) "Bright Ideas: Inspiration for every classroom." Over 30 different presenters to choose from. Practical, engaging, and informative workshops cover all subject areas for intermediate and middle school teachers. Location: North Delta Secondary, 11447 82nd Avenue, Delta. To register, or for more information, go to Any questions? E-mail

October 19-20 Surrey. BCATA (BC Art Teachers' Association) joint conference with 62 Drama. "Dualing Arts" 2012 Art & Drama Conference. See "ABCDE" for conference information. Clayton Heights Secondary, 7003 188th Street, Surrey, BC. Check website for registration link:, or contact Jane Skipsey,

October 19-20 Surrey, BC. ABCDE (Association of BC Drama Educators) and BCATA (BC Art Teachers' Association) "Dualing Arts" 2012 Art & Drama Conference 2012. Artist and arts education keynote, as well as theatre performances. Two fine arts disciplines come together to offer workshops for teachers of elementary and secondary art and drama. All teachers welcome! Check websites for registration link:; For more information, contact: Drama--Cheryl Causley,; or Gordon Hamilton, Art--Jane Skipsey,

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November 15-17 Vancouver, BC. Health & Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Challenging Behaviour--The tip of the iceberg. Conference objectives: To promote best practices in physical and mental health for individuals with developmental disabilities; recognize the multifactorial determinants of challenging behavior; recognize the role of traumatic experiences in understanding challenging behavior; maximize health and wellbeing in order to minimize disability and improve quality of life; and share knowledge and common experiences with others working in the field. Our Call for Abstracts is currently open at: For further information please visit our website, or contact us at, 604-827-3112.

November 15-17 Vancouver, BC. Interprofessional Continuing Education, "The 3rd Health & Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities." Location: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC. Register before October 11, 2012 and save! For more information, go to:; to register, go to:

November 16-18 Seattle, WA. Seattle National Council for the Social Studies 92nd Annual Conference. Theme: Windows Opening to the World. Location: Washington State Convention Center. Accommodation: Headquarters hotel--Sheraton Seattle Hotel (and others). Information coming soon:

November 22-24 Vancouver. 18th annual provincial conference on Aboriginal education. Theme: "Reconciliation through Education." Location: The Westin Bayshore. Workshop proposals accepted until September 7, 2012. Event information:

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February 14-15 Vancouver. BCAEA (BC Alternate Education Association) "Challenge and Change." Keynote speaker: Gabor Mate. Thirty different sessions focused on helping at-risk youth presented in varying styles and topics including technology, film-making, art, outdoor education, and mental health. Location: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver. Register online starting in October 2012 at For more information, contact DJ Pauls at

February 21-22 Richmond. SEA (Special Education Association) Annual spring conference "Scattered Minds, Beyond the Medical Model: A biopsychosocial view of attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental disorders." Keynote: Gabor Mate. Two-day conference at Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond. Contact information: Alison Ogden, conference chair, Please see our website for conference program information starting November 1, 2012.

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