myPITA members, please join our working group!Want to help shape the future of emergency preparedness education in BC schools? Please join us! This spring, PreparedBC is undertaking a full revision of our youth preparedness program--Master of Disaster—and we're looking for your help!
Master of Disaster helps prepare youth for disasters like floods, wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis. Although it's received a very positive response, we’ve also gathered a lot of feedback from public school teachers, Indigenous educators and youth from across BC. We’re now ready to translate this feedback into action and positive change.
To do this, we’re assembling a group of volunteers to help shape the future of the Master of Disaster program. We’re hoping 2 or 3 myPITA members can lend their experience and expertise to this work. The revised program will be featured at the myPITA Fall Conference on Friday, October 25th. Although all expressions of interest will be warmly received, we encourage participation from teachers with a passion for inclusive education, Indigenous education, or curriculum design. Interested? Read on!
More InformationWait, what are you doing?
We want to ensure that Master of Disaster meets the needs of all students across BC. We’ve gathered some great ideas and suggestions, and we have a lot to share, but we also need some help. So, we're pulling together a group of education and emergency management experts to help us make some important decisions about the future of the program.
Where will the group meet?
The Master of Disaster Program Enhancement Group will meet five times between April and June, with meetings held both in-person and online. In-person folks will meet at:
Emergency Management BC
Block B - Suite 200
2261 Keating Cross Road, Saanichton, BC
Can't make it in-person? No problem! Group members will also receive an online meeting invitation. You'll just need access to a computer, an internet connection, and a webcam.
When will the group meet?
Meeting dates and times will be confirmed once we know who can participate.However, the tentative meeting schedule is:
Thurs. April 25
3:30 - 5pm
Group Introduction, Program Review & Objective
Thurs. May 2
4 - 5pm
Teaching Hazards Across BC
Thurs. May 9
4 - 5pm
Teaching Emergency Kits & Emergency Plans
*Program Re-Design Period*
Thurs. June 13
4 - 5pm
Enhancing Activities & Teaching Resources
Thurs. June 20
4 - 5pm
Draft Review & Group Feedback
What will we discuss?
At each meeting we'll start with a quick presentation and an introduction to a core area of feedback we've received from our partners. We'll then dive into a guided group discussion. The goal of each meeting is to identify the best ways we can make Master of Disaster more engaging, more flexible and more inclusive.
Are you interested in supporting this important work? Please let us know!
If you are interested, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MyPITA can provide a paid release day during the Program Redesign period for MyPITA members working on this project to give them time to create appropriate lesson plans and supports.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the CBC Vancouver newsroom, television and radio studios! Go to the CBC website for more information on how to book a tour for your class.
Have you taken one of the fantastic workshops given by Elaine Jaltema on how to run Literature Circles in your classroom?
If you have then you will be interested in joining with Elaine and other teachers for a get-together to review and discuss ways to manage Literature Circles. Everyone who has taken Elaine's literature circle workshop over the years is welcome to attend.
The get-together will be held in the community room at VanCity Credit Union, 4302 Hastings Street, Burnaby (at the intersection of Madison Avenue). The meeting will start at 10 am.
For more information contact Elaine at email@example.com.
A free Massive Open Online Course
October 23 – December 4
Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.
The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia will once again offer the Massive Open Online Course: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education starting October 23rd.
This free six week course supports professional and personal learning for advancing Indigenous priorities and reconciliation in community, education, and work contexts. It runs asynchronously, which means you view materials and engage in the course at your own pace. There are many exemplars from Canada, Australia, the US, and New Zealand.
The course includes reports, innovations, and exemplars, as well as a range of multimodal materials. In addition, it brings attention to how all of us can strengthen our commitments to reconciliation through education and action in places where we live, learn, and work. If you had previously registered, the course is rich with resources that you may wish to revisit.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. In this course, reconciliation emphasizes changing institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.
For educators, this means responding to educational reforms that prioritize improved educational outcomes for Indigenous learners. In addition, educators must support all learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people’s worldviews and cultures as a basis for creating equitable and inclusive learning spaces. To support these goals, teachers, administrators, young people, school staff, and researchers will learn from Indigenous Elders, educational leaders, and culturally relevant learning resources as part of their experiences in this Massive Open Online Course.
For others who want to build their own competence and the capacity of those around them to engage in relationships with Indigenous peoples based on intercultural understanding, empathy, and respect, this course will help get you started in this process.
COURSE DETAILSThis online course is delivered using the edX platform.
DATES: October 23 – December 4, 2018
LOCATION: Online (asynchronous)
REGISTRATION: Now open!
Visit the website for more detailed information: http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/Reconciliation/
Sponsored by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the annual British Columbia Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy is an intensive four-day professional development opportunity for teachers of social studies and related subjects in elementary, middle and secondary school. Participating teachers return to their schools with an enhanced understanding of parliamentary democracy and political process in B.C.
The next session of the B.C. Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy will be held from October 16-20, 2018 in Victoria.
Applications are being accepted until June 29, 2018.
Thank you to the 30 teachers from across the province who participated in the October 2017 session of the B.C. Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy. During an intensive four days in Victoria, the teachers collaborated to produce six engaging new lesson plans on topics related to governance, parliamentary procedure and democracy. Visit the Learning Resources page to access all lesson plans.
What would you take if you had to suddenly leave your home?
The Suitcase Project asked yonsei and gosei (fourth and fifth generation Japanese Canadian and Americans) what they would pack if uprooted from their homes at a moment's notice, like their ancestors had to during the internment in BC in the 1940s. The BCTF strongly supports examining historical wrongs during the intermediate grades through Social Studies. This exhibit displays the impact of this unfortunate part of Canada's history on Japanese Canadians both then and now.
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby BC V5E 4M7
When: Grand opening June 16th, 2 - 5 pm
Join the aquarium staff on this fun evening honoring educators who make a difference in the region.
Ocean Wise appreciates everything the teachers and educators in our region do to inspire the next generation of students. They want to show their love of teachers with a special night just for you! This event is FREE to all educators, principals, teacher candidates and non-formal educators! Enjoy a cash bar, giveaways and discounts of field trips!
Who? For all educators, administrators and support staff (19+ only)
Price: Free, but register to guarantee your spot
Location: The Vancouver Aquarium
June 28 2018, 5:30 - 9:30 pm New Westminster
Classrooms To Communities Education Network Solstice Celebration
Join other K-12 educators, post-secondary educators, community partners, collaborators and champions for change at this FREE networking event!
June 28 2018, 5:30–9:30PM
Judge Begbie's, New Westminster
To celebrate both the reopening of the Gallery after an extensive renovation and the 10th anniversary of revealing the vital and diverse Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast through the extraordinary work of Bill Reid and inspirational contemporary art the Gallery is pleased to offer FREE admission to the Gallery along with a whole weekend of free events at their downtown Vancouver location.
When: June 16th and 17th, 2018
Where: 639 Hornby St. Vancouver V6C 2G3
Times: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
More Information: https://www.billreidgallery.ca/pages/10-year-anniversary-activities
The Learning First Peoples Summer Institute is designed to support educators to bring quality, authentic First Peoples teaching and learning into BC classrooms. Comprised of two different sessions, which can be selected individually, the sessions will introduce resources that focus on themes, issues and topics of importance to First Peoples learning and informed by the First Peoples Principles of Learning. Each session will include print resources, activities and opportunities for professional dialogue and networking.
August 20-22, 2018
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
Aug. 20-21, 2018 English First Peoples 10, 11 and 12 Teacher Resource Guide
Aug. 22, 2018 First Nations Governance Models Teacher Resource (Elem/Sec) and Modern Day Treaty in BC Teacher Resource (Elem/Sec)
REGISTRATION & EVENT RESOURCES: www.fnesc.ca/summerinstitute
Event contact: Riannon Nahanee toll-free 1-877-422-3672 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for community outings for your class or yourself? We will post information of interest to intermediate and middle years teachers.