Gulf Islands Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities for 2022/2023

Calendar: Provincial Oct 21; School based Nov 25, Jan 20 & April 28; District ProD Day Feb 10


BCTF Teacher Magazine Call for Contributions 

Opportunity to be apart of a collective highlight of actions teachers are taking to address Truth and Reconciliation Day (Sept 20, 2023). 

Simple email your name, what you teach, and one idea for what you are doing for Sept. 30, 2023 send to Sunjum Jhaj ( before the end of July.

Green And Orange Geometric Online Business Conference Flyer 2.pdf

Chris Arnett at WEN,NA,NEC

April 28, 2023

9-11:30am walk and talk; 11:30-12:15 lunch and chat

WEN, NA, NEC (Beaver Point Indian Reserve) Salt Spring Island

Sponsored by GITA; CUPE and Admin $30


New Resource:

Anti-Racism: A Guide for Teachers

Ministry of Education and Child Care

BCAMT: Inclusion in Math Education  - A Space to Belong

Participants in the series will listen to NCSM podcast #68 "#DeleteDeficitThinking: How changing beliefs can transform our mathematics classrooms" 

before the discussion on March 8th.  

Then, join us 4:30-5:30pm via Zoom to discuss how the ideas in the podcast can contribute to inclusion in our own math classrooms.  

The session will be hosted by Jess Kyle and Darcy House of the BCAMT executive.  

To register and receive the Zoom link, please fill out this form

Provincial Intermediate and Middle Years Teachers' Association 

myPITA Spring Conference 2023 

Friday, May 5, 2023 in Whistler Featuring Adrienne Gear

Winter 2023

District ProD Day

February 10th, 2023

At GISS On Salt Spring

For more information and to register click here

January 2023 Mandt Training Flyer 2022-12-16 03_53_15.pdf

Mandt Training

January 20 & 21, 2023

Salt Spring Island: Learning HUB


To register: email Cathy Walker before January 6th, 2023, at

Fall 2022

“Understanding your Benefits and Pension Income in Retirement” An Essential Workshop 

from the BC Retired Teachers Association 

The important decisions that will determine your retirement lifestyle should not be made at the last minute as you fill out your forms. This seminar will prepare you to confidently make choices that are right for you. 

The workshops are free and online. You get great planning materials along with answers to questions you have about your retirement. 

Please pre-register at

The agenda includes: Teachers’ Pension Plan, Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, and voluntary group benefits. Information about choosing your group benefits (dental, extended health and travel). We show some of the differences between the plans and help equip you to select the plan that best suits your needs. 

Educators-and-School-Leaders-for-Antiracism-and-Equity-20221105-1 (1).pdf

Antiracism and Equity 2-day Workshop

November 5 & 12 




University of British Columbia (UBC)

Provincial Specialist Association Day

For the upcoming Provincial Professional Development Day October 21st, check out all of the many offerings taking place throughout the province:

You’ve likely heard of culturally responsive math education (CRME). But what about culturally responsive math assessment! How can we assess students’ mathematical knowledge and competencies through the practices of CRME? 

Date: Wednesday, November 2

Time: 3:30pm - 4:45pm (PDT)

Format: Virtual

Audience: Teachers

Cost: Free

Register by: Friday, October 31 

On line Pro D resources for SD64 staff[18062].docx

Inclusive and Early Years ProD Options

Upcoming PRO D options with an Inclusive and Early learning lens

Curated by Cathy Walker and Megan Cameron


The Well Teacher Group provides educators the time and space to work with their colleagues and a trained wellness facilitator to work on their wellness. This new program was developed by Wade Repta, author of the book The Well Teacher, on which the program is based.

Every Thursday beginning November 3 to December 8, 2022

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  

Online Conversations

The Assessment Consortium of British Columbia is hosting a series of free, virtual, drop-in conversations on assessment: 

No link to a website, etc.; all information is on image

Online event

Spring 2022

Online Pension Seminars

For the next five Tuesdays, starting May 31 and ending June 28, Sarbrinder (Sarb) Singh Lalli will be presenting an online pension seminar to help members learn about their pension plan, their pension options, and factors to consider when planning for retirement.

All seminars are at 4 pm Pacific time and via Zoom. 

Zoom link:

Adventure Education Post-degree.pdf

Adventure Education

Post-Degree Diploma

Camosun College

Beginning July 2022

Advance your French language skills quickly in UBC's immersive Summer Institutes

Science World Professional Development

Science World is running a free professional development session on Wednesday, May 25 to explore how mathematics can be taught through the block-coding platform Scratch from 5–6:30 pm. In this session you will: 

·      Learn the basics of Scratch

·      Look at a variety of issues related to mathematics education

·      Create fun and engaging classroom math projects  


See for more information and to register for this session.

Saturday, May 14th


Feb. 11/22 Online: Information

Keynote Speaker: Chris Arnett

The Past is a Guide to the Future: Teaching Indigenous History in School District 64 

Morning and Afternoon Workshops: 

SD64 Teachers, Galiano Conservancy, Dr. Juliana Negreiros, Marcia Burton, Robin Jenkinson, and more!

The link to register is on the District PD Day website, but also here: District PD Day 2022 Registration

Please register by Friday, January 28th as that is when we will report numbers to our presenters and any low attendance workshops might be cancelled at that point.  Registration will continue until Feb 11th, but with possibly less workshops to choose from.

All of the Zoom links will be posted on the home page of our District PD Day website Feb 11 to access the keynote and workshops. 

Huge thank you to our District PD Planning Committee for their thoughtful planning, coordination, and enthusiasm: Cheryl Boland, Jess Willows, Megan Cameron, Elaine Jacobson, and Jessica Reveley!! 

Local Opportunity

8-week Online Mindful Self-Compassion Training

January 24 - March 14

Teachers: Barb Regasz & Marcia Burton

Please contact Marcia for registration:

Poster-BC Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy.pdf

BC Legislative Assembly Institute

BC Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy

February 15-19, 2022

(Application deadline Dec. 15, 2021)

2-day Advanced Training Workshop:  Collaborative and Proactive Solutions

Feb 24-25, 2022



Lauren Maclean Jan 14.pdf

School-Based PD Day Event

Fernwood is organizing a session with Lauren Maclean and we are all invited!! (See your PD rep for more information)

January, 11, 2022

9-12 on Zoom

To register email:

Fall 2021

November 25-26, 2021


October 22, 2021 is PSA (Provincial Specialist Association) Day! There are many different events happening all over the province - click on the picture above for more information!

On-Going Speaker Series

This is a FREE learning series proudly presented by the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, in collaboration with UBC Press and their authors as part of TRC Call to Action #57. The series will be recorded and available for ongoing educational purposes and deeper learning. 

October 2021 - June 2022


Education for Reconciliation

Outside, in person event facilitated by Dorianna Chessa & Steven Ward

Friday, Oct 22, 2021


all are welcome, LGBTQI2S, BIPOC and persons with disabilities email to register: 

Location: Peter Arnell Park (and beyond) on the unceded territory of the Hul'q'umi'num' and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples (Salt Spring Island). 

Cost: $75 

Working with Indigenous Artists in the Classroom

Friday, October 22, 2021 

10am -12pm

Join master carver Doug LaFortune and elder Kathy LaFortune alongside weaver Deb George and elder Ron George in conversation with UVic Department of Indigenous Education professor Carmen Rodriguez de France as they discuss how to bring Coast Salish teaching and practices to K-12 students through partnerships with artists and Indigenous cultural workers. This Zoom session will be interactive so bring your questions! 

Free and limited to 20 people | Register here


Wild Mind 

A Nature and Mindfulness Workshop

Friday, Oct 22, 2021


To register click here

Location: Camp Thunderbird (Sooke)

Cost $85

Spring 2021

Educators Day_EN-FR.pdf

Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society 

UVIC: BC Mindfulness Summit

June 4-6, 2021 Online

Full conference $150; weekend $100

Raun Kaufman Poster 2.pdf

Raun Kaufman: Autism Breakthrough - Realizing the Potential of Your Autistic Child

Organized by

June 3, 2021

$39.99 early bird; $59.99 regular

Multi-PSA Spring Conference

Friday, May 21, 2021 (online)


May 11 and 18, 3:30-4:30pm 

$10/both sessions

Registration: Opens April 7

Jo Chrona Announcement.pdf

Jo Chrona

Beyond the Poster on the Wall - Indigenous Education in BC

April 23rd, 9-12 on Zoom

To register contact your School ProD Rep or email Jess Willows 

Mandt April 23 2021 training flyer.pdf

Mandt Training

April 23, 8am-3pm on Zoom

To register contact Cathy Walker (

BlendEd BC Symposium

2021 Digital Learning Symposium

April 22 and 23, 2021

$85 for both days or $50 per day

Workshop Webinar Reminder to locals.pdf

BCTF Retirement Webinars

Please pre-register at 

April 21 4-5:30pm

May 12 4-5:30pm

May 26 7-8:30pm

June 2 4-5:30pm 

Organized by the Gulf Islands Teachers Association Professional Development Committee

Contributing sponsor: CUPE

March 5th, 2021*: On Zoom

Program Website

Registration form

Please register before February 19th. 

Questions? Please email 

Winter 2021

BCTF New Teachers Conference (Virtual)

For teachers with 5 years or less teaching experience:

Feb 26, 2021

Registration fee $25

Two renowned Keynote Speakers will present on Indigenous issues – John Lagimodiere and Dr Shauneen Pete

Two sessions of 25 workshops (a total of 50 workshops) on a great variety of topics including Health and Safety, Know Your Rights, Aboriginal Education, French Education, Social Justice, and many more.

An exhibitors’ hall presenting high quality and updated teaching resources.

Wellness activities during lunch break with Yoga and Zumba  led by professional instructors.

Prizes! There will be fabulous prizes to win!

How to be an Antiracist in our Schools[8547].docx

BC Teachers Federation

How to be an Antiracist in our Schools, Unions, and Communities

Jan 15, 2021


On Zoom 

Contact Janice Parker: to register

SD64 POPEY Flyer - Jan. 15-2021.pdf

Provincial Outreach Program for Early Years

Weaving Social Emotional Learning and the Core Competencies into Literature Learning

Jan 15, 2021


On Zoom

Fall 2020

Math Daily 3 

with Jeannie DeBoice

This is a school-based ProD on the Math Daily 3 framework (target focus K-5)

November 27th, 9-11am, via Zoom, price per participant TBD 

For more information and to register, contact Myriah Michaux: 

Sierra Club

This is a school-based ProD entitled: "Seeing Through the Watcher's Eyes"

November 27th, 8:30am-12:30pm, via zoom, $50/participant

For more information and to register, contact Kim Kucille:  

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


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.