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Local Specialist Associations (LSA)

Nov 02, 2018 jjamison

Click here for a list of LSA Contacts.

Below is a short description of some of the activities of the various LSAs:

Alternate Education LSA

Alternate Education focuses on the educational and social/emotional needs of students whose needs are not being met in a traditional school setting.  An alternate education program provides its support through differentiated instruction, specialized program delivery and enhanced counselling services based on students’ multifaceted needs.

The goals of the Alternate Education LSA are to: advocate for professional development opportunities for members both locally and provincially, to provide resources and information to members and to raise the profile of alternate education in SD #23.

For the 2107-2018 school year, the LSA has established a library (housed at Central Programs and Services) and a book study.  The LSA meets four times throughout the year. The book study group meets twice annually.  

Elementary Counsellors LSA

Purpose:  Professional networking, professional growth, sharing of resources and self-care.

Bi-monthly meetings to be held at various locations. 

Social Justice LSA

The Social Justice LSA allows teachers to gain the skills and knowledge through professional development opportunities. It allows access to bursaries for individual professional development outside of the Okanagan. Such professional development opportunities allow teachers to add social justice topics into their Social Studies courses. Social Justice works with the Social Studies LSA to bring in guest speakers for our professional days. For example, we have arranges for Hamid Butt to lead the "Combating Islamophobia" workshop during the August professional day. For the 2017-18, we have already granted two bursary requests for teachers to attend professional development conferences in the United States. We may try arranging an author presentation about the Holocaust in 2018 as well.

French as a Second Language LSA

The FSL LSA hosts two vin et fromage sharing sessions per year. These are well attended and definitely enjoyed. The ideas and practices shared at these events are invaluable. Also, this year saw six of our members attend the SuperConference in Vancouver. Those members informed others at our fall meeting about information gathered and learned. 

We are once again teaming up with Sandrine’s in February where nine teachers will learn how to prepare authentic French desserts. On February 23rd we will also have two FSL offerings at our professional development day at RSS. Two teachers will demonstrate TPRS, a method for teaching languages. Two others will host a sharing session. 

We invite all additional language teachers to attend our sessions and meetings. Please contact Barb Huva for more information (

Science LSA

The purpose of the School District #23 (the district) Science Learning Specialists Association (LSA) will be to promote collaboration between the various levels of the science community including primary, intermediate, middle secondary and post-secondary educators and to provide relevant professional development opportunities for science in the district and to provide continuance in science education and dialogue at all levels K to post-secondary.

future plans: Feb PD opportunites to explore new science curriculum

                    Summer 2018: in works to develop experimental day, tour day

                    Oct 2018: Assist BC Science Teacher's Assoc with Catalyst 2018

Technology Teachers LSA

Goals of this L.S.A.:

As an LSA our goals are:

- To encourage more tech ed. teachers to get involved with the LSA.

-To encourage and support our members to seek out new and exciting projects that will keep our students engaged in the learning process.

-To encourage teachers teaching in the technology area without the appropriate training to participate in the LSA activities.

-To provide opportunities for collaboration and articulation with our fellow teachers.

-To collaboratively and actively engage in sharing insight on the redesigned curriculum

Elementary School Counsellors LSA

Our LSA supports elementary counsellors by promoting opportunities for extended learning, peer supervision, and self-care.

Upcoming activities may include:

Hearing from community partners in mental health

Informal groupings to collaboratively problem solve while offering peer support 

Opportunities for stress reduction and self-care

 Social Studies LSA

 Our goals are to support the teaching and learning of Social Studies through collaboration, encourage professional development relevant to the teaching and learning of Social Studies, and provide online access to resources and information for our members.  This year we will be supporting individual teachers to attend professional development events, we will be hosting a speaker at the COTA February Pro-D event, and we will continue to operate our email listserv and website.  If you would like to be added to the email listserv please email Ryan Holly (, or register on our website (

 Elementary Music LSA

 The COMEA (Elementary) is a group of dedicated music teachers. We continue to meet as an association on Pro-D days to explore ways of teaching music and integrating it across the curriculum in accordance with the New BC Curriculum. This year, we will continue to explore instruments as well as have sharing sessions regarding ways of assessing student learning.

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