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The OG Academic Math Training Course for Preschool and Kindergarten Instructors

Dec 21, 2018 jjamison

 Saturday, February 9, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Location: Westside Alliance Church 2011 Daimler Drive West Kelowna  (Near Constable Bruce Middle School) Free Parking. Coffee shops and fast food restaurants are a 5-minute drive from the course venue.  This one-day OG Academic multisensory math course was developed to provide a foundation for students beginning to comprehend the concept…

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COTA Presenting the Westbank First Nations a Paddle

Dec 17, 2018 jjamison
COTA Presenting the Westbank First Nations a Paddle

We commissioned Darren McKenzie (Master Carver) to carve a paddle for our COTA 2018 Indigenous Summit. The design on the paddle was directed by Elder Rose Cladwell of the Westbank First Nations. Beow is a photo of us presenting it to the Westbank First Nation's Council.   Darren McKenzie (master carver), Joe Jamison (Pro-D Chairperson for Central Okanagan Teachers' Association - COTA), and Kevin…

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The 10 Best Practices of Teching Advice for Every Educator

Dec 17, 2018 jjamison

by Lee Watanabe-Crockett | Dec 7, 2018 | Teaching The word “advice” can get peoples’ hackles up in a hurry. It’s human nature to enjoy giving it and to loathe receiving it. However, Terry Heick at TeachThought has a few pieces of teaching advice here that you’re going to want to listen to.  Terry is the founder of TeachThought and an educator himself. As such, he’s heard and collected a lot…

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The Teachers' Union Have a Charter School Dilemma

Dec 17, 2018 jjamison
The Teachers' Union Have a Charter School Dilemma

Educators with Acero charter schools strike outside the Veterans Memorial Charter School Campus on Dec. 4, 2018, in Chicago. Hundreds of teachers went on strike at the Chicago charter school network, leading to canceled classes for thousands of students. —Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP Can unions continue to criticize charter schools while wooing charter teachers? By Arianna Prothero December…

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8 Tips for Mental Wellness During the Holidays

Dec 11, 2018 jjamison
8 Tips for Mental Wellness During the Holidays

Written by CMHA Alberta The holiday season is a busy time for most.  There is so much to do, attend and plan, which can bring up feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, and depressed. Conversely, this is also a time where people may feel acutely aware of the void left by the loss of a loved one, and their own personal loneliness.   Who is affected? Holiday depression, anxiety and stress…

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