Individual Professional Learning Opportunities

All sessions listed below require registration through the Professional Development Registration website.  Staff must register themselves for their own sessions.

    *If you need support while registering, please contact Nashiban Jina, 780-429-8230.

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Professional Learning Sessions 2016/17

The Brain Architecture Game: A game about the powerful role of relationships on early brain development

Building educator capacity by: Connecting intergenerational trauma and the legacy of residential schools to neuroscience principles. Playing the Brain Architecture Game allows educators to learn how stress can impact a child’s development and ways to create supportive educational environments. This session is designed for senior administrators, school administrators, teachers, educational assistants, school psychologists, and support staff. Facilitation includes Indigenous perspectives and content on the legacy of residential schools and intergenerational trauma.


Facilitator: Glenda Thiel
Dates: May 11, 2017
Location: Woodcroft, Room 2
Time: 8:30 - 12:00 pm
Register: Course Code: FNM2610

Educator Cultural Engagement Sessions

Holly Yuzicapi, Cultural Arts Consultant with the First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education unit will be offering a series of educator cultural engagement sessions for the 2016-2017 school year.

Educators will learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultural engagement and how it can be used in the classroom and participate in meaningful discussions and interactive activities exploring the fundamental elements of culture.  They will have a unique opportunity to experience cultural engagement and experiential learning activities such as Introduction to Culture, Cultural Arts, Traditional Foods, Design and Identity, etc.  Educators will collaborate with Holly to create opportunities to weave First Nations, Métis and Inuit activities in the classroom/school and explore ideas to enhance a welcoming and inclusive school community

Paralleling Traditional Ways of Learning and Education
Date:  May 16, 2017
Time;  1:00 - 3:30 pm
Location:  Centre for Education
Register: Course Code: FNM2616

amiskwaciy wâskahikan:  Exploring Edmonton’s Indigenous History Through Place Based Education

In this session, participants will be introduced to a recently created Edu-Site resource that explores the history of the Edmonton area from an Indigenous perspective.  The session will also include a river valley walk as a way to connect with and explore some of these areas.  In the morning participants will explore this history from a variety of sources which include visual maps, place names and the Edu-Site resource.  The afternoon will involve a walk throughout the river valley where participants will be able to learn about specific areas which are related to the Edu-Site resource.

Response Ability Pathways

Response Ability Pathways® – or simply RAP – provides essential strength-based strategies for all who deal with young persons in family, school, or community. Children and youth need supportive persons who respond to their needs rather than react to their problems. RAP provides these response abilities which enable one to guide young persons on pathways to responsibility. RAP concepts are grounded in research evidence on resilience, brain science, and positive psychology. This training offers practical methods providing positive behavior support and creating climates of respect in schools and youth programs. According to Dr. Brendtro, RAP taps and develops the innate strength and resilience of young persons. The course focuses on three interventions: Connect, Clarify, and Restore. These are the normal “abilities” of the resilient human brain: we are endowed with the ability to connect to others for support, clarify challenging problems, and restore harmony. RAP content is intuitive, jargon free, and understandable. Strategies are safe, practical, and easily implemented. Goals target universal growth needs of children and youth. Values are universal across diverse cultures and societies. Training leads to RAP certification.

Re-envisioning Literacy Curriculum through Indigenous Perspectives

Profiling a teaching resource for English Language Arts 10. 20, 30 that utilizes the title Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices as the foundation to identify themes prevalent in Indigenous literature, images, and art. Indigenous literature is weaved in throughout, thus capturing the curricular learning outcomes for English Language Arts.  

Myths vs. Realities:  Untangling Historical (Mis)conceptions of First Nations,  Métis, and Inuit Peoples in Education

This session will examine historical misconceptions and contemporary effects on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students while providing participants with cross-divisional resources that will inform practice; increase confidence; and engage learners.

Reconciliation through Numeracy

This session journeys through the application process of bridging theoretical understandings to practical application in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education. We will explore established K-12 lesson plans and ideas that you are free to take away and use in your class tomorrow; we will go through the planning process when considering worldviews other than one’s own, and walk away with an increased confidence and competence to plan/deliver First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education programming.

Empowering Student Voice: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Mental Health Initiatives and Projects

Mental health, what is it? Student voice and initiatives are critical in promoting positive mental health and in stopping the stigma associated with mental illnesses. Participants will learn about a variety of student mental health initiatives and the importance of embedding First Nation, Métis and Inuit cultural practices into the circle of well-being. 

Learn How to Facilitate the Blanket Exercise:  Exploring Canada’s History

This session is designed to engage educators 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. Participants will learn how to facilitate the Blanket Exercise. 

Supporting Early Learning through Culturally Responsive Resources

Participants will explore a First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Early Learning Literacy and Numeracy Edukit to support kindergarten readiness. This Edukit explores different topics pertaining to traditional beliefs of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures throughout Alberta and Canada. Participants will leave with materials, supports and information to support literacy and numeracy development for Early Learning. Additional resources will be shared, such as the Early Years Guide for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families.

Reaching Into The Circle: Connecting with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Families

Create an authentic and inclusive school community that honours and respects the diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, one of Canada's fastest growing population. Weave First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ways of knowing throughout your strength-based learning environment using resources that embrace the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual connections. Learn cultural strategies to connect with families of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in your school community.

Cultural Engagement - Weaving Culture & Curriculum Together

Participants will experience cultural engagement through a hands-on experience that can be used in your classroom. Traditional food, celebration, and identity will be explored meaningful discussions and interactive activities. Participants will leave with lesson plans and many innovative ideas.