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Professional Development Workshops for Ontario Teachers


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The following workshops are open to teachers, school/board consultants, board coordinators and school/board administrators. These dates are tentative and subject to change.

*New for the 2015-2016 School Year: Trillium School's Visiting Teacher Program

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Description of Workshops

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The Trillium School Experience

Location: Milton
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: No cost
Facilitators: Candide Dovey & Susan Hallett (Resource Services Teachers)

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • Learn about Trillium Demonstration School for students with severe Learning Disabilities
  • Visit classrooms and observe Empower Reading Program in action
  • Learn about Trillium School residence programming
  • Eat lunch at the cafeteria
  • Hear about the impact of the Trillium program from staff and students

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Knowing Your Learner: Personalized Teaching and Learning to Support all Students

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Candide Dovey (Resource Services Teachers) & Jennifer Hearn (Special Education Teacher)

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • Review of psycho-educational terms and cognitive domains
  • Explore Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning and their impacts on and implications for all learners
  • Learn about how to implement accommodations based on formal assessment results
  • Use a growth-mindset and an asset model for student achievement

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Special Education: Pathways to Success in your School

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $20.00
Facilitators: Susan Hallett (Resource Services Teachers) & Gilda Johnstone (Vice-Principal, Dufferin-Peel CDSB)

Comprehensive Workshop for School Vice-Principals and Principals

  • What we have learned about the success of students at the Provincial Demonstration schools since 1979
  • Inclusive environments for the student with a Learning Disability
  • Stretching your school budget…it can work
  • Ideas for Professional Development

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Supporting the Student with a Learning Disability - Strategies for Success

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Candide Dovey & Susan Hallett (Resource Services Teachers)

Comprehensive Workshop for Educational Assistants

  • Overview of the processing areas that affect learning
  • Visit classrooms and observe the Trillium program
  • Explore strategies to support students with Learning Disabilities
  • Hear about the impact of the Trillium program from former and current students

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Understanding the Student with a Language-based Learning Disability (repeat from Fall session)

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Candide Dovey & Susan Hallett (Resource Services Teachers)

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • Review of psycho-educational assessment terms and diagnostic statements, as they apply to the learning environment
  • Overview of the processing areas that affect learning
  • Hands-on activities and strategies to support students in the classroom setting
  • Exploration of current research to support the use of evidence-based strategies

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A Renewed Math Vision for Students with Learning Disabilities

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Susan Hallett (Resource Services Teachers) & Jean Durr (Special Education Teacher)

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • Explore mindset interventions and brain neuroplasticity research
  • Extend your understanding of differentiating teaching by designing tasks to scaffold learning (grades 7 - 11)
  • Gain practical strategies (manipulatives, visual representation, number talks, embedded technology and apps) to support students in a multi-level class
  • Review resources available to schools and school boards

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Learning Disabilities and Reading: Strategies for Success (Elementary Focus) (repeat from Fall session)

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Candide Dovey & Susan Hallett (Resource Services Teachers)

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • Review the characteristics of a Learning Disability
  • Explore current research into reading and support for students with learning disabilities
  • Examine intervention practices and strategies for success with struggling readers
  • Guest Speaker: Karen Steinbach, Learning Disabilities Research Program Coordinator, Hospital for Sick Children

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21st Century Teaching and Learning: Emerging Pedagogies, Equity and Inclusion

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Candide Dovey (Resource Services Teachers) & Jennifer Hearn (Special Education Teacher)

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • Introduction to 21st Century teaching and learning
  • Overview of Challenge- or Project-based Learning, Inquiry Learning, MakerSpaces, Knowledge Building and other emerging pedagogies
  • Explore how technology can support all learners
  • Gain insight into how student-driven content can level the playing field and create an inclusive classroom environment for all learners

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Building Social-Emotional Well-being in Students with Learning Disabilities

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Susan Hallett (Resource Services Teachers), Brianna Harvey (Residence Coordinator) & Pauline Janke (Special Education Teacher)

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • Identify underlying intersectionality of social-emotional skills and the Learning Disabilities processing areas
  • Explore Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy
  • Inform instructional practices to support students with a Learning Disability
  • The Trillium Residence Program – extending learning in social skills groups

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Learning Disabilities and Reading: Strategies for Success (Secondary Focus) (repeat from Fall session)

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Candide Dovey & Susan Hallett (Resource Services Teachers)

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • Review the characteristics of Learning Disabilities
  • Explore current research into reading and support for students with learning disabilities
  • Examine intervention practices and strategies for success with struggling readers
  • Guest Speaker: Karen Steinbach, Learning Disabilities Research Program Coordinator, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children

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Effective Content-area Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities: Real-life learning through the United Nations' Global Sustainable Development Goals

Location: Milton
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Trillium Teaching Staff

Comprehensive Workshop for Teachers

  • A review of Big Picture Learning, and its effectiveness for all students
  • An overview of the instructional needs of the learner with a learning disability
  • Examine how backwards planning, the flipped classroom and hands-on, real-world approaches support student-led learning
  • Explore Trillium’s multi-grade, cross-curricular interdisciplinary programming – this year’s Big Picture focus is the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Development Goals (www.globalgoals.org)

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