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Professional Development Articles

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. https://www.mycota.ca/conferences/apply.html 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…

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Five ways to support online student learning

Sep 15, 2020 jjamison
Five ways to support online student learning

This fall, some elementary and high school students will continue with online learning due to COVID-19. When classrooms went online due to COVID-19, this marked not only a major transformation in kindergarten to Grade 12 education, but a shift in parents’ involvement in their children’s education. Schools communicated primarily online via email and social media (or sometimes the phone) to keep in…

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Connect 2 Learning

Sep 14, 2020 jjamison

We know that when new teachers are supported and mentored into the profession, they are more successful and stay in the profession so much longer! What kind of support are your new teachers receiving in these times? Even though you’re focused on health and safety protocols and procedures, it is also critical we support new teachers to provide the kind of instruction that will engage our learners and…

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What is the best strategy to reduce COVID-19 outbreaks in school?

Sep 14, 2020 jjamison
What is the best strategy to reduce COVID-19 outbreaks in school?

As Canadian public schools open up again this fall in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, things will be very different. Each province is bringing in its own rules and guidelines, and many jurisdictions are mandating that older students wear masks all day. Others are using additional measures to minimize the chance of students contracting COVID-19. The country’s largest school board, the…

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Pandemic pods may undermine promises of public education

Sep 11, 2020 jjamison
Pandemic pods may undermine promises of public education

With schools reopening after COVID-19 closures, concerns about the safety and certainty of public schooling have driven some parents to consider alternatives to sending kids back to brick-and-mortar classrooms. One option making headlines is the formation of “learning pods” also known as “pandemic pods.” Pandemic pods are small groups of children from different families who learn together outside…

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