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Professional Development Days

Professional Development Days – 2023-24

The Ministry of Education sets aside professional activity days throughout the school year for staff professional development related to Ministry priorities, assessment and evaluation tasks related to student achievement reporting, and other local priorities.

The following is a listing of professional development days for elementary and secondary schools and a link to the 2023-24 School Year Calendar.

 

Listing of PD Days:

 

Date: September 18, 2023

Attending: Elementary/Secondary

Length: Full Day

 

Date: October 27, 2023

Attending: Elementary

Length: Full Day

 

Date: November 24, 2023

Attending: Elementary/Secondary

Length: Full Day

 

Date: January 26, 2024

Attending: Elementary

Length: Full Day

 

Date: February 1-2, 2024

Attending: Secondary

Length: Full Day

 

Date: April 19, 2024

Attending: Elementary/Secondary

Length: Full Day

 

Date: June 7, 2024

Attending: Elementary

Length: Full Day

 

Date: June 27, 2024

Attending: Secondary

Length: Full Day

 

Date: June 28, 2024

Attending: Elementary/Secondary

Length: Full Day

 

School Year Calendar

2023-2024 School Year Calendar

 

Description of Professional Development Day Activities

Date: September 18, 2023

Length: Full Day

 

Topic 1: AM/PM - The Reading Brain (Science of Reading, Awareness of the Research on Reading), Reading Assessments and Resources, and the new Ontario Language Curriculum.

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Program Coordinators, Literacy Resource Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists

Attending: Kindergarten - Grade 3 educators, elementary SERTs, Elementary PVPs & MLL Resource team

Description: The focus of this in-person professional development session is to provide learning opportunities on evidence-informed reading instruction based on Ministry of Education resources and the OHRC Right to Read report. Professional learning will also include a major focus on the new Ontario Language Curriculum to support implementation.

 

Topic 2: PM – Health and Safety Training

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Self-guided modules hosted on online learning platforms

Attending: Kindergarten - Grade 3 educators, elementary SERTs, Elementary PVPs & MLL Resource team, FSL Teachers

Description: All staff will review policies and procedures related to workplace violence prevention, bullying prevention and intervention, child abuse and protection policies, suicide prevention and interventions protocols as well as safety policies and procedures specific to certain employee groups.     

 

Topic 3: AM - New Language 2023 Curriculum Overview, High Impact Math Strategies

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s):

Program Coordinators with responsibility for Numeracy and Special Education and Numeracy Resource Teachers

Attending: Grade 4 - 8 educators

Description: Staff will be meeting in-person with Program department staff to review elements of the new Ontario Language Curriculum (including The Reading Brain for background knowledge), learn about high impact Math strategies, and strategies to support universal design for learning. 

 

Topic 4: PM - Instructional Strategies & Thinking Classrooms

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Program Coordinators and Numeracy Resource Teachers  

Attending: Grade 4 - 8 educators

Description: Educators will be learning, in-person, with members of the Program Department to learn about instructional classrooms which support academic success, promote inclusion, engagement and thinking. Teachers will be using resources created by Dr. Peter Liljedahl. 

 

Topic 5: PM - Holocaust and Antisemitism Education (Gr. 6)

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Attending: Grade 6 educators

Description: Teachers will attend a presentation hosted by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Education. During this session, they will gain insight into valuable resources designed to support the implementation of the revised Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum.

 

Topic 6: AM – Inclusive FSL Classrooms

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): FSL Resource Teacher, Presenter B. Tinsley

Attending: FSL Teachers

Description: Educators will have the opportunity to gather, in person, for a presentation by Ben Tinsley focusing on strategies to promote inclusion of all students in the FSL classroom. Educators will also develop a deeper understanding about tiered instruction, and how tiered instructional approaches support all learners in the FSL classrooms.

 

Topic 7: AM – Building Thinking Classrooms Across Content Areas with Peter Liljedahl

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Program Coordinators and Resource Teachers

Attending: Secondary Admin and Educators

Description: Secondary educators and administrators will learn about the first five practices of Peter Liljedahl’s Building Thinking Classrooms framework and how these practices support their work with inclusion and increasing student engagement, and align with the Ministry and Wellington Catholic’s commitment to de-streaming initiatives.

 

Topic 8: AM – Inclusive Practices & Tiered Instruction

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Program Coordinators, Resource Teachers, and Department Heads

Attending: Secondary Admin and Educators

Description: Secondary educators and administrators will explore and learn about tiered instruction, and how tiered instructional approaches support the inclusion and needs of all learners in their classrooms.

 

Topic 9: PM – School-based Department Instructional Improvement Planning

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Program Coordinators, Indigenous Resource Teacher, Instruction Resource Teachers

Attending: Secondary Admin and Educators

Description: Educators will work collaboratively with their school-based departments to co-create department goals to align with the school improvement and action plan with a focus on supporting academic success, student engagement and inclusion.

 

Topic 10: PM – Health and Safety

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Self-guided modules hosted on online learning platforms

Attending: ALL -Secondary Admin and Educators

Description: All staff will review policies and procedures related to workplace violence prevention, bullying prevention and intervention, child abuse and protection policies, suicide prevention and interventions protocols as well as safety policies and procedures specific to certain employee groups.     

 

 

Date: November 24, 2023

Attending: Elementary/Secondary

Length: Full Day

 

Board Directed Professional Activity Day

Topic: System Faith Day

Entity Hosting: School Sites across Wellington Catholic District School Board

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): School Chaplains, School Faith Animators, Principals, Michael and Marcel Jacques   

Description:

All

  • Liturgy – School Chaplains
  • Faith Formation and Understanding Inclusion: Keynote Speakers - Michael and Marcel Jacques – Michael is the President of Community Living Ontario
  • Reflection Activity on the role of staff in supporting inclusion in schools
  • Learning Activities on Faith, Inclusion and Catholic Graduate Expectations
  • Closing Liturgy