Catchment/School Groupings Professional Learning Opportunities

Upon request and based on demand and facilitator availability, the following professional learning opportunities can be offered through catchment groups, to groupings of schools or for catchment group professional learning days.  Further information: Melissa Purcell, 780-429-8599

The Blanket Exercise: Exploring Canada’s History
This session is designed to engage teachers in a highly interactive process that builds understanding of how the history of treaty making and colonization of Canada impacted indigenous peoples throughout the years and continues to impact them today. Participants reflect on how this exercise will increase their understanding of historical and contemporary realities of indigenous students, families and community members. In addition, participants explore how this exercise can be used within a social studies classroom from Grade 4 onward. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literacy: Making Connections
This session is designed to explore the most effective and culturally relevant teaching practices for engaging and enhancing literacy teaching and learning for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. Historical and current contextual realities, literacy resources, and engagement and assessment strategies will also be explored. This session consists of one full day of professional learning with one coaching session, and is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators.

Engaging and Empowering First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students
This session is designed to provide an opportunity for teachers to discuss wise instructional practices, resources and assessment strategies to engage First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. It will also explore bridging culture and curriculum though literacy. The session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators.

Critical Literacy: Evaluating First Nations, Métis and Inuit Resources
Participants evaluate resources with First Nations, Métis and Inuit content that address, for example, historical accuracy, cultural authenticity, language and images, so students see themselves and their community in literature. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers and library technicians.

Sharing Our Stories: Addressing Social Justice, Orality and Identity From a First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspective in the English Language Arts Classroom
This session is designed to focus on using contemporary Canadian literature to address social justice, orality and identity. Participants will leave with strategies, resources and assessment tools. The session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers.

Creating Authentic Learning Experiences: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Edukits
This two-part session explores the development of First Nations, Métis and Inuit edukits containing cultural items, literature, traditional tools, activities, assessment strategies and an educators’ guide. Edukits developed by the First Nations, Métis and Inuit unit in Edmonton Public Schools align with, and are intended to enhance, the Alberta Programs of Study. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers.

Residential Schools in Canada: Understanding History, Legacy and Intergenerational Impacts
This session is designed to inform participants about the historical development and current legacy of the Residential School System in Canada. Participants will learn about what life was like for survivors and the intergenerational impacts on communities today. The session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers.

Storytelling: Blackfoot Winter Count
Winter counts were dynamic documents of recorded history through the use of pictographs. Traditionally, the Blackfoot people used a story robe to record important historical events. Participants explore Blackfoot culture, symbolism and storytelling through the application of winter counts. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers.

Universal Design for Learning: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Connections
This session is designed to engage teachers in universal design for learning from a First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspective through Jennifer Katz’s three-block model. Teachers explore the 12 classroom environment, culturally relevant teaching practices and assessment strategies. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning with one coaching session and is designed for K-12 teachers.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Games: Engaging and Motivating Physical Activities
This session provides participants with the opportunity to learn and experience traditional First Nations games and to learn about the protocol for gathering the required materials, as well as respectful teaching practices for sharing the games with their students. Traditional games were often played to increase endurance and hand-eye co-ordination as well as to promote cooperation. Participants learn and experience simple games designed to increase physical activity through fundamental movement skills designed for students of all ages and skill levels. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers.

Building a Foundation for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Success: Practical Applications for Teachers
In this three-part comprehensive series, participants build capacity in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education through cultural knowledge and understanding, supports, literacy resources and strategies to engage and empower students. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and one coaching session and is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators.

Leading the Learning Spirit: Engaging and Empowering First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students
In this session, participants explore pathways to learning and leading First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and student success by fostering global and cultural understanding through cross-curricular competencies.
Participants:
• Learn strategies for balancing the multitude of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives within Alberta and beyond
• Explore the most effective and culturally responsive teaching practices and resources for weaving together First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture and education

This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers.

Creating Culturally Responsive Schools: A Guide for Educators
In this session, participants explore culturally responsive First Nations, Métis and Inuit school resources. These supporting resources assist educators with First Nations, Métis and Inuit community protocols when requesting cultural assistance or participating in cultural activities. Participants will feel better prepared to engage with First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, families and community members. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators.

Connecting Through Identity
Participants learn how to create an authentic and inclusive learning environment that honours and respects the diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, one of Canada's fastest growing populations. It helps educators connect Canada's history with today's First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in their school community. Participants will learn to weave First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of knowing throughout a strength-based learning environment using resources that embrace physical, mental, emotional and spiritual connections. This session consists of one half-day of professional learning and is designed for K-12 teachers.