Gulf Islands Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities for 2020/2021

Calendar: Provincial Oct 23; School based Nov 27, Jan 15 & April 23; District ProD Day Feb 26


Fall 2020

The link above takes you to PSA Day 2020, a website with links to all of the BCTF Provincial Specialist Associations and their planned events for our Provincial Professional Development Day:

October 23, 2020

All conferences and workshops will be held virtually. I've also created a document (to the right) with all of the conferences listed, described, and including links to the conference websites.

October 2020 conferences.pdf
Wild Mind Poster Oct 2020[5218].pdf

Wild Mind

ProD Opportunity at Camp Thunderbird

Oct 23, 2020

8:30am -3:00pm


POPEY After-School Workshops Flyer.pdf

Provincial Outreach Program for Early Years

Fall 2020 After-School FREE Online Literacy Workshops

Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 27


Safety, Wellbeing, and Learning: Uplifting Parents, Colleagues, and Children

A day with Barbara Coloroso and more!

October 23, 2020


Friday, October 23, 2020

8:30am - 3:00pm

Changing the Culture 2020

September 2, 2020

Mandt Sept 2020 training flyer[3399].pdf

The Mandt System Training

September 1, 2020 8am - 3pm

Facilitated by Joni Van Ommen, Tom Langdon, Sue Anne Donaldson and Cathy Walker

Please email Cathy Walker ( to register

Summer 2020

St Michaels University School (SMUS) and Future Design School (FDS) have collaborated to offer our first Future Skills Institute to respond to the needs of students and teachers in a remote learning setting.

August 26, 2020, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Cost: $295


  • 3 hours of synchronous and 3 hours of asynchronous professional development

  • Downloadable material

  • Debrief and summary notes

Joyful Literacy Summit (K-5)

The Global Centre for Pluralism, in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, is offering two-hour virtual professional development sessions for Canadian teachers on how to have conversations about race in the classroom.

These sessions will be available at the beginning of July and end of August. To register for a 2-hour session, please contact:

The NCTM is offering 100 days of professional learning via webinars.

You can view previously recorded sessions or sign up for upcoming sessions through May - July.

Ongoing/Available anytime

This is a free course on racialized trauma that can be taken at anytime.

Article written by Michelle Kenney

Published in: rethinking schools

Science World On-Going Workshops for Educators

We are hosting weekly sessions for educators on Fridays at 2pm PDT featuring different topics and we have professional development workshops scheduled on Mondays and Friday mornings through to the end of the school year. The sessions are free; interested teachers can register for sessions through this link. We also have a dedicated portal for educators on our website available here.

Spring 2020

If we want to be ready for evaluation and reporting, we need to make sure we are Getting to Reliable and Valid Evidence of Learning.

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10am

Including a number of keynote speakers, workshop presenters and panelists. You can sign up for as many or as few events as you would like. Registration is free. One of the keynote speakers is Trevor McKenzie (local teacher and writer on inquiry approaches) and another is Jo Boaler (U of Stanford professor and founder of YouCubed).

A-New-Digital-Literacy Online Conference.pdf

Organized by Lets Talk Science

This summit is designed for Canadian educators; registration is free.

Open the above document, then click on any sessions you are interested to register. You can sign up for as many or as few as you would like.

April 24th Pro-D - Karmen Krahn[1611].pdf

Karmen Krahn

Friday, April 24th 9am - 11:30am

via Teams

To register please email

Janice Novakowski

Connecting with SD64 Teachers

Friday April 24th 10:30am - 12:30pm

via Zoom

To register please email

Janice April 24.pdf

Paul Johnson and Marc Wright

This is a sign up for a workshop on April 24 or April 28 from 1:30-3:30pm

District ProD Day

February 28, 2020

Salt Spring Island Middle School

Keynote and workshop with Terry Small

Morning and afternoon workshops with: Gulf Islands Teachers, Science World, the Galiano Conservancy, and more!

Register by Feb 19*: email Cheryl Boland ( with your workshop selections and any dietary restrictions.

(*Note: registration fee is $50 for colleagues not in GITA)

Setting Foundations for Literacy

April 17, 2020

Bear Mountain Resort, Victoria, BC

8:30am - 4:30pm

February 2020

Date: February 14, 2020

Location: Surrey School District Office

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Presenters: Eli Luberoff (CEO and founder of Desmos - via live video), Patty Stevens, Marc Garneau, Sue Robinson, Josh Giesbrecht

Desmos Workshop Flyer[3940].pdf

February 14, 2020

Esquimalt Secondary School, Victoria, BC

Feb 20-21, 2020

Sheraton Hotel, Vancouver

Crosscurrents 2020 Poster.pdf

January 2020

A New Digital Literacy for Teachers

University of Victoria, BC

Jan 25th 9am - 3pm

Janice Jan 17.pdf

Janice Novakowski

Connecting the Dots in Mathematics Teaching and Learning: Elements of BC's Redesigned Curriculum


Brooke Moore

Goal Setting and Learning Targets Workshop

January 17, 2020

Galiano Island Community School

9am - 3:45pm

Register by Jan 7 by emailing Megan Cameron

Jan 17th Pro-D - goal setting & learning targets.pdf

January 25th in Richmond

May 23 in Nelson

No cost to new members!

November & December 2019

Enhancing Personal and Professional Well-Being

GISS, Salt Spring

December 6th

One Day workshop VIHA.pdf
SET-BC Nov. 22 Pro-D poster.pdf

Set BC Workshop on Book Creator and Comic Life

Salt Spring

November 22

Vancouver Island Technology for Learning Summit

Victoria, BC

November 22

Child Honouring Workshop

University of Victoria

November, 22

October 2019

Full list of all BCTF Provincial Specialist Association Conferences for 2018-2019

Most conferences take place on the October 25th Provincial Professional Development Day

psa conferences.pdf

Northwest Math Conference

Tacoma, Washington

October 10-12

Vancouver Island Learning Network

ADST, Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, Coding and More Conference

Nanaimo, BC

October 18 and 19

VILN Tech Workshop.pdf

Primary Teachers Association

October 24 & 25

Nanaimo, BC


BC Teachers of English Language Arts Conference

Surrey, BC

October 25

Robert Bateman Center

Teacher ProD: October 25, Victoria

Other educational programs:

Summer 2019

Saint Michaels University Junior School

Victoria, BC

August 22 & 23

Science Camp for Teachers on Galiano Island!

August 16-18, 2019

It’s three days of workshops, collaboration, and outdoor fun for teachers who specialize in the science curriculum. Through guest speakers, hands-on workshops, group discussion (and, of course, hiking, exploring, and eating together) we will share ways to bring the science curriculum to life.