February 15 2019 – Pro-D Sessions

Tapestry 2019 presented by the Sooke, Saanich and Greater Victoria Teachers’ Associations

Location: Esquimalt High School

Tapestry Conference Website for sessions and information at Esquimalt

If you are unable to attend in-person, check back here at 8:45am on February 15th to see the keynote livestream.

Keynote infomation:  Dr. Julie Causton will introduce us to the heartset principles of inclusion, shifting us from a mainstreaming mindset to a heartset of inclusion. This work takes creativity and compassion and just right supports. The aim is to give educators the philosophy and the tools to encourage deeper relationships with students, promote desired student behavior, and improve inclusive classroom community all while demonstrating strategies at the same time. Register for one of Dr. Causton’s morning or afternoon workshops where participants will be helped to focus on student strengths, gifts and talents, illuminate how to create connections between students, and ignite student creativity, and problem-solve how to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of students.

Additional Offerings presented by the Greater Victoria School District

Title: Grading Even Smarter, Not Harder – Follow Up
Times: 9:00am – 2:00pm Location: Vic High
Suggested audience: Grade 6-12 teachers
Info: Join keynote Ben Arcuri (Penticton Secondary School) as he goes deeper into how he transformed his assessment practice. On our November 23rd Pro-D, Ben shared his journey and opened up his gradebook to share his experiences. This time, he will go deeper into what this transformation looks like in his classroom. His breakout session will provide time for teachers to get personalized support to connect lessons and ideas Ben shared to their practice. Additional breakout sessions will focus on differentiation and assessment across multiple secondary subject areas. Teacher support will be provided by the team of teachers from Mount Doug who presented in November and the District Learning Support Team.


Title: CaroleFullerton – Numeracy (English)
Times: 9:00 – 11:30   Location: Richmond Gym
Suggested audience: Grade K-3 Teachers
Info: Carole will be here to share ideas and methods for creating a supportive and positive math classroom using talk, thinking and plenty of hands-on work with numbers.


Title: Carole Fullerton – Numeracy (French)
Times: 12:30 – 2:45pm Location: Richmond Gym
Suggested audience: Grade K-3 French Immersion Teachers
Info: Carole sera ici pour partager des idées et des méthodes permettant de créer une classe de mathématiques positive et encourageante en utilisant la conversation, la réflexion et de nombreux travaux pratiques avec les chiffres.


Title: Introduction to Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)
Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm Location: Vic High
Suggested Audience: ELL, Spanish, French as a Second language teachers, or other language teachers
Info:  A full day session for teachers who have no experience with TPRS and want to learn more about comprehensible input in their language classes.   


Title: Intermediate Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)
Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm Location: Vic High
Suggested Audience: ELL, Spanish, French as a second language teachers, or other language teachers
Info: A full day session for teachers who have been using TPRS and want to go deeper.  


Title: Trauma Informed Practice and Healing Centered Approaches
Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm Location: Vic High
Suggested audience: K-12 Teachers who work with immigrants and refugees, Counsellors
Info: An interactive and reflective framework with practical tools so educators and education assistants can help students to foster improvement in their own mental well-being, healing and resiliency.


Title: G-Suite: Read & Write
Times: 10:00am – 11:45am Location: Vic High
Suggested audience: Teachers (Intermediate, Middle, High), EAs, LSTs
Facilitated by: Christian MacInnis, Technology for Learning Team, SD61
Info: In this session, we’ll used a learn-by-doing approach to the toolbar in Read&Write and explore some of the most useful features through activities that you can take back to your colleagues and your students. Let the task adventure begin!Learning intentions for this session are:

  • understand how to access and begin to explore Read&Write for Google Chrome
  • become familiar with and explore the variety of tools through activities
  • consider options for use with students and in a classroom setting
  • achieve competency by completing a set of tasks that use R&W to its full potential


Title: Digital Wellness: Balancing Technology in Education
Times: 10:00am – 11:45am Location: Vic High
Suggested Audience: Grade 4 – 8 teachers
Facilitated by: Meaghan Abra – Grade 6 teacher, Lansdowne Middle School

Info: This session will focus on utilizing current research in educational technology to support conversations and strategies in schools and classrooms. Specifics covered will include leading conversations around technology use and building effective digital citizenship programs in schools and classrooms. Resources and lesson ideas will be provided for the following areas: Digital Health and Wellness, Regulation of Devices, Social-Emotional Learning, Digital Security, Digital Citizenship, and Digital Leadership.


Title: Electrical & Plumbing/Piping Pro D Workshop
Times: 9:00-3:00pm Location: Camosun College Interurban Campus (John Drysdale Building – Room 142)
Suggested audience: Middle and High School Trades Teachers
Info: Gain experience and teaching ideas through hands-on projects with Camosun College instructors.  A Plumbing/Piping and Electrical project will be completed. Information about the Plumbing/Piping and Electrical Programs at Camosun, as well as the Online Common Core – TACC 109 and other Dual Credit courses will be outlined.  Lunch is provided.

Please email sip@camosun.ca to sign-up or to get more information.