PD Station

Professional Development in one of the pillars of the Nanaimo District Teachers' Association.

We strive to support all members in their ongoing learning and professional growth. Being a teacher is being a learner. It is inquiring, trying, failing, reflecting, and most of all sharing our experiences, our successes and our challenges. Together we can make our community a rich and exciting place for all.

Upcoming PD Opportunities

Pro D opportunities are organized by date of occurrence - scroll down to view all posted opportunities

Mentor Application

NDTA (NLPS) Experienced Teachers: Are you available to be a Teacher Mentor for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years? Early career teachers would really appreciate your support!

Do you have at least 5 years of classroom teaching experience?

Are you occasionally available to be away from your classroom and after school?

Click here to apply

BCFED Summer Institute for Union Women 2019

Date: July 2-6, 2019

Location: Vancouver (UBC-Orchard Commons)

Registration Cost: $750 for registration, accommodation, and meals. $500 for registration and meals only

For more information and to register, click here

Teaching With Heart 2019

Date: July 7-9, 2019

Location: Duncan

Registration Cost: $425 if registration completed prior to May 15th, 2019, $500 for registrations after that date.

For more information and to register, click here

Teaching with Heart flyer 2019.pdf

Festival of Forestry - North Island Pro D Tour for Teachers

We will travel by bus to Port Hardy, where teachers will stay in a unique log cabin resort. From here, the tour will explore the North Island's vibrant forest sector, including the North Island Community Forest, a Western Forest Products active logging area (conditions permitting), the Burgess Family Woodlot, and the Beaver Cove dryland sort. Along the way, you'll learn about karst topography and the distinctive landscape shaped by the dissolving action of water on carbonate bedrock that leaves surface features such as sinkholes and vertical shafts. A visit to Telegraph Cove will include a stop to view and contrast monumental vs. old growth trees.

Evening events will include a hands-on workshop on how to integrate forestry into your classroom. Facilitators will include your two hosts and a forestry teacher from the Port Hardy school program. We will also experience the hospitality of the Quatse River Hatchery, who will host our concluding dinner.

Along the way will be nature stops, presentations and opportunities to ask questions. There will be discussions about how to use the materials you will receive and the information you gain in your classroom programs and much more.

As with all of our tours, there will be moderate hikes in the forest, nature stops, many different stakeholders to speak with, and lots of great goodies to take back to the classroom.

Best of all—the entire experience is absolutely FREE!.

Dates: July -11, 2019

Location: Vancouver Island - Vancouver Island teachers will meet the bus at Woodgrove Mall in Nanaimo. Teachers will provide their own transportation to and from the meeting places. Teachers will be returned to Woodgrove Mall late afternoon July 11th, 2019

Registration Cost: Free

For more information and to register click here

SFU Summer Bootcamp

Discover the Francophonie in all its forms, beyond the classroom on sunny Burnaby Mountain!

Experience a full week combining pedagogy, French language, art, and outdoor activities to help you explore and reflect on your own French teaching practices. This is a great opportunity for you to reflect on:

  • the implementation of authentic learning experiences in French language acquisition for your students
  • concepts of differentiation, identity, environmental education
  • integration of Aboriginal perspectives in teaching French as a second language.

Your professional development doesn’t stop at the end of the five-day workshop! It will be followed up with four online meetings in the Fall which will consolidate your learning experience and enable you all to share your innovative practices. Become a part of a professional community of collaborative learning.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

For French Immersion teachers:

SFU Burnaby Campus

July 8–12, 2019

9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

For Core French teachers:

SFU Burnaby Campus

July 15–19, 2019

9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


While the regular cost is $850, the bursary for professional development in French in BC by the Minister of Education allows BC certified teachers to attend the bootcamp and pay only $100. Participants do not need to apply for this bursary. Lunch and campus parking is included. Registration will open here soon.

Quebec Institute - July 1-19, 2019

  • Develop your oral communication skills as well as an appreciation of Quebec’s unique culture during morning classes, afternoon workshops and field trips.
  • Course content is focused on improving teacher-participants’ ability to converse in French by building on their classroom experiences and teaching interests.
  • Our instructors are experienced language educators who interact with participants both inside and outside the classroom, making this a truly immersive language experience.

Register by May 3, 2019. To Register, click here

Cost: $3,400 for non-credit course, BC teachers are eligible for a bursary to cover up to half of the costs

Brain Camp - NLPS

Date: August 28, 2019

Location: Wellington Secondary School

Registration Cost: Free!!!

For more information and to register, click here

Central Okanagan Teachers' Association Summer Institute - August 27-29, 2019

Rethinking, Retooling, and Beyond

Dates: August 27-29, 2019

Location: Kelowna Secondary School

Registration Cost: $90/day

Click here for more information and to register


Date: October 25, 2019

BCTF has 32 Provincial Specialist Associations (PSAs), many of which hold their annual conferences on our October 25th Pro D day. Early-bird pricing for many PSAs is available now. Costs vary depending on the PSA and conferences are held in multiple locations. Check out BCTF's Events Calendar here to view the list of events for this date and find out more information about each.

Decoding Autism - November 25-26, 2019

Location: Sidney, BC

For more information and to register, click here

Decoding Autism Workshop November 2019 Kim Barthel.pdf


Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

Registration: ongoing

Mental health literacy is the foundation for mental health promotion, prevention and care and can be successfully implemented through classroom based curriculum interventions that have been scientifically shown to improve mental health related outcomes for students and also for their teachers. A Canadian-developed, nationally and internationally-researched resource, the Guide – previously delivered only through face-to-face training – is now available online through this UBC-supported program. In this course, educators will learn how to apply this classroom-ready, web-based, modular mental health curriculum resource (the Guide) as well as upgrade their own mental health literacy. Educators can then use this curriculum resource in their schools to successfully address mental health related curriculum outcomes designed to be delivered by usual classroom teachers to students in grades 7 – 12

Self-paced, begin at any time.

Fully online, self-guided resources to help teacher candidates and current teachers develop and expand their mental health literacy.

National surveys report that about 70% of Canadian teachers identify a need for more knowledge about mental health and mental illness, yet most Faculties of Education do not have a comprehensive mental health literacy curriculum resource. This online, self-paced resource addresses that gap. Pre-service and current teachers can take this 7-module course in its entirety, or simply the modules they are most interested in. Faculties of Education are welcome to use these resources to support their course and/or discussions on mental health in the same way.

  • Registration is open!
  • Cost: FREE