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Professional Development

Title: Teacher-Librarian Association LSA

Facilitators: Local Teacher-Librarians

Date(s): First Wednesday of every month starting October 4th

Time: 3:30-4:30 Elementary, 4:00-5:00 Secondary

Location: HGEC

Audience: Teacher-Librarians

Description: The Teacher-Librarian Local Specialist Association meets on the first Wednesday of every month to share teaching strategies, reading motivation techniques, resources and inquiry based learning techniques. Guest speakers and special events are coordinated throughout the year to enhance practice. Please contact Nicole Gorman for more information.

Title: A New Teacher's Welcome: Grow Your Learners, Grow Yourself!

Facilitators: Lorraine Brookes, Dianne Dean, Carly Herman, Tricia Persad, Marianne Vande Pol, Andrea Wallin

Date: Oct. 20

Time: 8:30-2:30

Location: HGEC 1A/B

Audience: Grades K-7 teachers

Description: YOU SURVIVED THE FIRST SEVEN WEEKS! NOW WHAT? If you’re a newer elementary teacher, join us for a day of learning about your students - their strengths, their challenges, their needs. Teachers will set class goals, learn about classroom routines, and experience ways to foster students’ core competencies. Teachers will have the opportunity to learn how to access resources through the Henry Grube District Library and explore picture books and novels supporting the curriculum and core competencies. Bring a class list and a unit idea you would like to develop through collaboration and a guided planning process that considers all learners. Leave feeling connected, supported and inspired, so you are ready to take on the rest of the year. Where: Henry Grube Education Centre (1A&B) 245 Kitchener Crescent, Kamloops, BC V2B 1B9 When: Friday, October 20th, 2017 8:30am – 2:30pm (Snack and lunch included) Space is limited. Register by Oct. 13th

Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/fAJtDEDFbyyKrI9k1

Title: BC Teachers PSA Super Conference

Facilitators: PSAs

Date: October 20th

Time: 8AM-4PM

Location: Vancouver

Audience: All BC Educators

Description: This annual conference features sessions that interest teacher-librarians and educators from all levels and anyone interested in improving their teaching skills in literacy, research, and technology. Registration: http://bctf.ca/bctla/conference/

Title: New Teacher-Librarian Workshop Series

Facilitator: Andrea Wallin

Dates: Session 1: October 19th, Session 2 and 3 Date TBA

Location: Henry Grube Education Centre

Audience: New teacher-librarians

Description: Library Learning Commons Workshop 1:

Introduction to Literacy, Inquiry and Collaboration in a School Library Learning Commons. Library Management (evaluation, selection and acquisitions) will be reviewed. Guest speakers: Literacy Resource Teachers. Job shadowing in a school setting, elementary or secondary school. Time to debrief, share and reflect on learning.

Title: Special Event, Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.)

Facilitators: School District No. 73 Teacher Librarians and Province-wide TLs

Date: October 23rd

Time: 11:00-11:20

Location: All participating schools

Audience: Teacher-Librarians, staff, students

Description: Where ever you are stop what you are doing and just read for pleasure...because the love of reading is a beautiful, valuable, lifelong habit everyone should enjoy! For more information visit: http://bctf.ca/bctla/info/advocacy.html

Title: Storytelling--Teacher-Librarian and Classroom Teacher Inquiry

Facilitators: Andrea Wallin, Roxane Letterlough and Marianne Vander Pol

Dates: Three half day sessions, dates TBA.

Time: 8:30-noon

Location: HGEC

Audience: Teacher-Librarians and Classroom Teacher Teams

An opportunity to learn about Aboriginal storytelling protocols and ways of learning. Design storytelling kits, learn the magical transformative approach to storytelling and the joy it brings.

Title: TD Canada Trust Book Week

Interior Tour coordinated by Andrea Wallin

Date: May 2017

Time: All day

Location: Participating schools and public venues

Audience: Staff and students

Registration link: Available December 2017

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. Meeting authors, illustrators and storytellers can be a turning point in a child’s life, inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

  • Thirty authors, illustrators and storytellers tour in every province and territory.
  • 28,000 Canadians participate in over 400 readings and workshops throughout the week.
  • Many remote communities that would not otherwise have access to these creative workshops and presentations have the opportunity to have a visit by a leading Canadian author or illustrator.
  • Creators tour outside of their home province or territory, allowing them to connect with new audiences and expand their fan base.
  • Book Week is financially beneficial to Canadian creators who are paid for each reading or presentation that they give, as well as having their meals, accommodations and travel expenses fully covered, and their latest books promoted.
  • The tour provides an opportunity for creators and their publishers to sell their books at participating schools and libraries.
  • The CCBC creates posters, bookmarks and theme guides to helps schools and libraries prepare for and celebrate TD Canadian Children’s Book Week.
  • The theme guide is available to download for free and provides an annotated bibliography, activities and interviews – an excellent resource for celebrating Canadian books before and after Book Week.

Title: ERAC Digital Database--Lunch and Learn series

Factiliator: Andrea Wallin

Date: Sept-June 2016-2017

Time: Lunch time

Location: Available to all schools

Audience: Staff

Contact Andrea Wallin to set up sessions

Description: Learn how to weave these District subscribed ERAC approved resources into your inquiry projects. Access digital content 24/7-- Learn 360, EBSCO, Worldbook Online, Gale, National Geographic and more...

Title: Battle of the Books

Facilitator: Faith Bailey and Teacher-Librarians

Date: TBA

Time: 12:30-2:30

Location: Available at participating schools

Audience: Grades 3-7 students, staff and parents


Contact Faith Bailey or Andrea Wallin for event organization, book selection committee and question format; Website: Craig Macalister

Title: Young Authors Conference

Date: May 2017

Time: Full Day

Location: TRU Clock Tower

Audience: Grades 4-12 students

Description: This annual event brings together the best authors in our district to work with professional authors and writers. To enter a student would submit a manuscript of prose or poetry to their school’s selection committee. This committee would select outstanding pieces for entry into the conference. Each year 150-200 students participate in the conference. The Conference Committee reads each manuscript and includes it in an anthology that is distributed to schools. Recent Anthologies are posted on the Young Authors website: sd73.bc.ca/general/content/young-authors

Community Literacy Partnerships

Heap the Honda Book Drive

The Family Literacy Committee is pleased to work with Kamloops Honda to challenge the community and local schools to collect gently used and new children’s books. The books will be sorted and distributed to local agencies to share with families. Our hope is for every child to have good quality books at home to read and enjoy. Books will also be used to stock Bright Red Bookshelves at key locations in the city. Books will be given to children at ABC Family Literacy Day.

Bright Red Book Bus

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/brightredbookbus

Bright Red Book Shelf

A legacy of the Summer Games 2010, these bookshelves are stocked with free books from the Heap the Honda Children's Book Drive. Children can take books home, keep them, return them, or trade them for new books.

You can find a Bright Red Bookshelf at

  • Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society & Resource Centre, Downtown YMCA-YWCA, Interior Community Services, Secwepemc Child and Family Services Agency, Kamloops Child Development Centre, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kamloops, Big Little Science Centre, Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Immigrant Services, Westsyde Pool, Children's Therapy and Family Centre, ICS Safe House & Youth Coaching Centre, Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral, Salvation Army Family Centre and Tournament Capital Centre
  • AE Perry, Arthur Hatton, Bert Edwards, Kay Bingham, Marion Schilling, Parkcrest, and Stuart Wood,

Unplug and Play Challenge

Come out and enjoy the many fun, free events and activities hosted by Kamloops community organizations. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of family literacy and finding a healthy balance between sedentary screen time and active family time. Date: January 2017

Location: At participating schools

Audience: Elementary and Junior High School students



Title: Why Infographics Rule! Reporting and Learning Using Infographics

Date: April PD

Location: TBA

Audience: Teacher-librarians

Title: Residential Schools and Pithouse, Transformative stories

Date: May 18th

Location: Kamloops Residential School

Audience: Teacher Librarians

More Information to come...

BCTLA Summer Institute Kamloops, August 27th...save the date!