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October 23rd Professional Development Day

Sep 17, 2020 jjamison

COTA is offering a virtual conference on October 23rd. If you are interested in presenting please complete the online application by October 1st. The theme is Creating a Culture of Inclusion in the School System.

Click here for our conference webpage.

Teachers are required to either sign up for the COTA conference or fill out the online self-directed professional development form on You will have to login to access the form. The form must be completed 10 days prior to the pro-d day (October 13th).

All pro-d activities on October 23rd  (self-directed or virtual conferences)  must be completed at school.

This year many of our Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs) are hosting virtual conferences. Fees are less and no travel expenses. This would be an excellent time to attend. Here is a list of conference links:

October 23 Virtual. Montessori 150 and Beyond BC Montessori Teachers PSA (BCMTPSA) Montessori 150 and Beyond- retaining Montessori in the digital age by connecting through our hearts, hands and minds. BC Montessori Teachers PSA (BCMTPSA)
Join us virtually for the annual BCMTPSA conference: Montessori 150 and Beyond-retaining Montessori in the digital age by connecting through our hearts, hands, and minds. Keynote speaker, Micahel Duffy, will discuss Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students. He will also host a workshop about Montessori math and brain development. Randall Klein will share his presentation about Early Reading Mastery. BC public school Montessori teachers will host workshops about Classroom Organization, Parent Education, Sharing Montessori Online Resources, and a Discussion Group for New Montessori teachers. Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. Catalyst 2020 Conference British Columbia ScienceTeachers’ Association (BCScTA)
Join the BCScTA on October 23 for Catalyst 2020. We are going online, and joining forces with the BCTF and other specialist associations to bring you a selection of general sessions as well as workshops targeted at science specialist. We have reached out to our partners to bring you high-quality, engaging workshops. These include offerings from Science World, Genome BC, Nelson Publishers, Flinn Scientific, BC Association of Physics Teachers, Perimeter Institute, Let’s Talk Science, Argument Driven Inquiry, an Independent Archaeologist, and BC Agriculture in the Classroom. If you have never attended Catalyst before, this is your chance to attend without even leaving home. Conference website Contacts ,,
October 23 Virtual. Crosscurrents Teachers of Inclusive Education British Columbia (TIEBC)
Although our conference is usually held in February, we have decided to present an online version of Crosscurrents on the Provincial Pro-D day in October. While we will miss the face-to-face interactions with people who are passionate about inclusive education, we are excited to offer the chance to learn from a fantastic line-up of high-quality speakers, including our Keynote speaker, Kim Barthel. With a focus on trauma-informed practice and self-care, other speakers include Terry Small, Christa Campsall, Linda O’Neill, Suzanne Harwood, and more! Website Contacts,,,,
October 23 Virtual. Middle Years and Provincial Intermediate Teachers Association (myPITA) 2020 Fall Conference
Over 60 workshops in all subject areas for educators teaching Grades 4-9. Featuring Carole Fullerton and myPITA favourites such as Diana Cruchley, Scott Hodges, Liliana Pesce, and Bryan Gidinski, as well as brand new presenters and sessions. Attend virtually anywhere! More infromation Contact
October 23 Virtual. A Meaningful Mess: Designing Meaningful Experiences for Today's Learners Specialist Association of Gifted Educators in BC (SAGEBC)
This is a mess, but it's our job to make it meaningful. In this learning experience, Andi McNair will share why it's important right now that we look beyond our current circumstances and find innovative solutions. We will explore practical ways to inspire a willingness to invest, provide opportunities to learn, and encourage meaningful connections beyond the walls of the classroom as we design experiences for our learners. Educators will walk away from this learning experience with the tools and mindset needed to make this a reality in both a manageable and meaningful way. Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. World as Home Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association Conference (THESA)
Join us as we connect virtually in our 2020 THESA conference World As Home this October. Our Keynote speaker Tisha Richmond, a long-time home economics/family studies teacher and author of the book Make Learning MAGICAL, will bring us together in the morning and a.m. and p.m. sessions will engage us in hands-on and pedagogical experiences sure to enhance your practice. The sessions being offered will focus on food studies, textiles, and family studies–all levels are welcome! Find full details and register at
October 23 Virtual. Classrooms to Communities: Lhtakoh–Where People, Place and Practice Flow Together Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)
Join educators from Prince George and across BC to share and celebrate inspiring approaches to place-based experiential education, and inquire about issues and priorities that matter most to our schools and communities. Explore community-connected, transformative and action-orientated approaches to teaching for and about people, place and practicegrounded in the BC curriculum. This year’s theme flows from the ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh (people from the confluence of the rivers), honoring their culture, language, and history. The featured morning panel profiles the Koh-Learning in our Watersheds Program, a School District 91 and UNBC collaboration. Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. Culinary Arts Education Online British Columbia Culinary Arts Specialist Association (BCCASA)
The BCCASA annual conference and Annual General Meeting is open to all educators who are interested in the teaching of culinary arts, specifically during these challenging times. Join us for collaboration, demonstrations, and more. For detailed information and registration, visit
October 23 Virtual. Virtual LATA Conference 2020 Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association (LATA)
LATA will be offering a virtual conference with a keynote by Dr. Paula Kluth. Dr. Kluth, “will explore how to move inclusive practices and ideology forward in our current climate, and present themes and strategies that might be helpful in doing so. Topics that will be addressed include understanding inclusion as a process (vs. as a place), planning creatively, and focusing on self-determination as a goal." The conference will offer morning, afternoon, and all-day workshops available on a diverse array of topics including: co-teaching, inclusion strategies, literacy, assessment, ELL, communication, educating the underdiagnosed, UDL, and much more. Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. BC Blended Digital Ed Conference 2020 BC Educators for Distributed Learning (BCEDLPSA)
A truly inclusive event–this one-day professional development opportunity will have something for everyone in K–12 BC education: from the new and experimenting, to the full-time and confident users. Technology in the education realm has completely changed the experiences of both educators and students–it is now both our everyday normal, as well as the most powerful new tool on the planet. Educators will come together on the October 23, 2020 PSA day, online, to share their experiences, tools, tricks, tips, and strategies on utilizing and implementing technology into our practice, classrooms, and schools. Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. Move Your Body: A Virtual Conference BC Dance Educators’ Association (BCDEA)
Annual BCDEA conference for all Dance Educators in BC. Come learn about the best movement practices for your dance classes and classrooms. This year, the BCDEA conference is virtual and is held on Zoom. Our workshops include: Teaching hip hop fundamentals, freestyling techniques and strategies, contemporary with a theme of optimism, components of building mental resilience in youth, video editing, the A.R.T of learning, using breakdancing to teach cross-curricular work, creating vived story lines in dance, and racism in the dance world: historical contect for the current climate. Website or email Contacts or
October 23 Virtual. Tools for Antiracist Educators: Confronting Antiblackness in School Communities Anti-Oppression Educators Collective (AOEC)
AOEC presents the second annual BC BIPOC Educators Conference titled Tools for Antiracist Educators: Confronting Antiblackness in Schools Communities. This virtual conference is for social justice educators who care about making Black lives matter in our schools, unions, and communities. This year’s keynote speaker is the multi-talented Ruby Smith-Diaz. She is the founder of Tierra Negra Arts an arts-based facilitation business with a mission to deliver workshops that foster inclusion and social justice in communities. Ruby is the curriculum developer and facilitator for an arts-based workshop titled Stille Here: Black Histories and Futures in Canada. Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. Transformations British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT)
The BCAMT conference begins with a keynote presented by the amazing Mike Pruner with a focus on ways teachers can transform experiences for themselves and their students. The K–12 conference lineup includes prominent experts from across Canada and presentations that are as diverse as our communities and classrooms. Interact with speakers on topics aimed to create equitable and inclusive classrooms: anti-racist mathematics, the interaction of Indigenous and “Western” knowledge systems, Culturally Responsive Mathematics, and Indigenous perspectives. Expand your classroom experiences by joining speakers presenting topics on Desmos, assessment beyond the test, the foundations of fractions, Reggio-inspired Math, using visuals, remote learning, and much more. Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. Engage to Empower: Honouring Students as Creators, Thinkers, and Communicators BC Teachers of English Language Arts (BCTELA)
Join us for a wonderful K–12 conference! Keynote Kelly Gallagher is a renowned teacher and writer with deep insight on the reading and writing habits of students. Plus educators from across BC—including Faye Brownlie, Jo Chrona, Shelley Moore, and Leyton Schnellert—will share their teaching practice and energize your thinking about assessment, literacy, Reconciliation, identity, the classics, and more! Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. BC Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (BCTESOL) Conference 2020
Keynote Dr. Kinsella is an emeritus teacher educator from San Francisco State University where she addresses English as a Second Language research and instruction. Dr. Kinsella offers evidence-based yet tangible guidance for educators across grade levels and subject areas in using consistent, proven practices to help students make academic English strides. Using expert modeling, classroom-tested resources and compelling lesson footage, she shares scholarly interaction protocols that enable all students to actualize personal and academic goals. Keynote: Say it Like a Scholar! Techniques and Tools to Flex Academic Language Muscles, plus a follow-up session titled Providing Actionable Feedback to Advance Oral Language Proficiency are offered. Website Contact
October 23 Virtual. Celebrating Languages Without Borders 2020 BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML)
BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML) and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) proudly host a two-day online conference bringing educators and speakers from coast to coast to coast; and beyond! Join us as we Celebrate Languages Without Borders presented live from different parts of Canada, the US, and across the pond. Katy Arnet and Kaleb Child (Musgamdzi) will open each day as conference keynotes. We also have six amazing speakers: Martina Bex, Luisa Canuto, Denis Cousineau, Angelica Galante, Catherine Ousselin, and Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez de France, as well as over 130 sessions for French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, ELL, Indigenous Languages, and incredible cultural performances! There is something for everyone. Registration Website Contacts



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