Saturday Certificate Workshop Program at STAO 2016

What is it? 

Five different certificate workshop clusters targeting specific audiences.


How does it work?

Participants will learn together in two facilitated workshops that provide concrete strategies, activities and ideas that can be readily implemented in their classrooms, then explore their own interests in two of the regularly scheduled workshops. Each participant will receive a certificate recognizing participation in the specific cluster. Due to space restrictions, participation will be limited to 50 people per program.

What are the five certificate workshop clusters?

Indigenous Education

Facilitator: Meg O’Mahoney, Instructor, UOIT  

After Jean-Paul Restoule’s keynote on Indigenous Perspectives, participants will be introduced to the value of and need for incorporating Indigenous learnings into our classroom practice. These sessions will help in our journey to realizing that “We are all Treaty People”, and help us understand our very important role in the Reconciliation process through the education of our students. Participants will learn about resources and strategies that support Indigenous education and engage in discussion around the need and importance of Indigenous Education for everyone.



Science and Technology in the Early Years Education (Audience ECE, K-3)

Presenter: Mars Bloch and Jill Snider, Let’s Talk Science

In Part 1: Using Provocations to Provide Student Voice in Planning you will learn how provocations are a powerful strategy to incorporate student voice into inquiry and technological problem solving learning opportunities. This session will focus on constructing meaningful provocations and how to use them in your programs. Examples will be aligned to The Kindergarten Program 2016 and The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8: Science and Technology (2007).

In Part 2: Documenting Learning for Assessment participants will have an opportunity to share insights from other sessions and where there were opportunities for provocations to provide student voice. Discussions will focus on documenting learning: what does assessment look like and sound like when planning a program incorporating student voice?



Beginning Your Journey as Science Educator – Grades 4-8

Presenter: Kimberly Arfo, Grade 4 / 5 Teacher, Peel District School Board, STAO Elementary Committee

Are you new to teaching science in the elementary grades? Come join us to enhance your repertoire of integrated science and technology ideas, build a set of contacts to network with, and compile a set of usable tools and motivating activities. After these two sessions, you will walk away with a personal contact list for networking, collaboration, and a compilation of fun and motivating ideas to begin your journey!



Beginning Your Journey as Science Educator – Secondary

Presenter: Erin Keyzers, Curriculum Consultant, Science K-12, York Region District School Board

Are you new to teaching secondary science? Are you looking to create a “kit” of teaching ideas and tools? Are you looking to meet other teachers with whom you can network? If yes, then these are the sessions for you! In these two sessions, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of strategies and resources for lab safety, planning, curriculum development, and assessment and evaluation. In addition, you will have the opportunity to create your own professional learning network with other STAO members!



STEAM Education

Presenter: Nandanee Sawh, Program Learning Coordinator, Teaching and Learning, STEM, Science and Technology, Toronto District School Board

In Part 1: STEM Skills & Cooperative Learning, you will explore the questions “What are the essential STEM skills? How to track evidence of impact in the classroom using cooperative learning?” and make connections to your classroom practice.

In Part 2: Using Current Issues as a Springboard for STEM Learning, you will explore student- and teacher-friendly ways to explore real-world connections around STEM pedagogy.

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