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BCTF PD Calendar & Virtual PSA Days around the province:


Montessori 150 and Beyond, Montessori 150 and Beyond- retaining Montessori in the digital age by connecting through our hearts, hands and minds. BC Montessori Teachers PSA (BCMTPSA)
For more information and to register visit www.psaday.ca. Join us virtually for the annual BCMTPSA conference: Montessori 150 and Beyond-retaining Montessori in the digital age by connecting through our hearts, hands, and minds. Keynote speaker, Micahel Duffy, will discuss Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students. He will also host a workshop about Montessori math and brain development. Randall Klein will share his presentation about Early Reading Mastery. BC public school Montessori teachers will host workshops about Classroom Organization, Parent Education, Sharing Montessori Online Resources, and a Discussion Group for New Montessori teachers. Website www.bcmontessoripsa.org Contact psac78@bctf.ca.

Catalyst 2020 Conference, British Columbia Science Teachers’ Association (BCScTA)
Join the BCScTA on October 23 for Catalyst 2020. We are going online, and joining forces with the BCTF and other specialist associations to bring you a selection of general sessions as well as workshops targeted at science specialist. We have reached out to our partners to bring you high-quality, engaging workshops. These include offerings from Science World, Genome BC, Nelson Publishers, Flinn Scientific, BC Association of Physics Teachers, Perimeter Institute, Let’s Talk Science, Argument Driven Inquiry, an Independent Archaeologist, and BC Agriculture in the Classroom. If you have never attended Catalyst before, this is your chance to attend without even leaving home. Conference website https://bcscta.com/catalyst-conference/ 

Crosscurrents Teachers of Inclusive Education British Columbia (TIEBC)
Although our conference is usually held in February, we have decided to present an online version of Crosscurrents on the Provincial Pro-D day in October. While we will miss the face-to-face interactions with people who are passionate about inclusive education, we are excited to offer the chance to learn from a fantastic line-up of high-quality speakers, including our Keynote speaker, Kim Barthel with a focus on trauma-informed practice and self-care. Website tiebc.com. 

Middle Years and Provincial Intermediate Teachers Association (myPITA) 2020 Fall Conference
Over 60 workshops in all subject areas for educators teaching Grades 4-9. Featuring Carole Fullerton and myPITA favourites such as Diana Cruchley, Scott Hodges, Liliana Pesce, and Bryan Gidinski. More information www.pita.ca 

A Meaningful Mess: Designing Meaningful Experiences for Today's Learners, Specialist Association of Gifted Educators in BC (SAGEBC)
This is a mess, but it's our job to make it meaningful. In this learning experience, Andi McNair will share why it's important right now that we look beyond our current circumstances and find innovative solutions. We will explore practical ways to inspire a willingness to invest, provide opportunities to learn, and encourage meaningful connections beyond the walls of the classroom as we design experiences for our learners. Educators will walk away from this learning experience with the tools and mindset needed to make this a reality in both a manageable and meaningful way. Website https://www.sage-bc.com/ 

World as Home, Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association Conference (THESA)
Join us as we connect virtually in our 2020 THESA conference World As Home this October. Our Keynote speaker Tisha Richmond, a long-time home economics/family studies teacher and author of the book Make Learning MAGICAL, will bring us together in the morning and a.m. and p.m. sessions will engage us in hands-on and pedagogical experiences sure to enhance your practice. The sessions being offered will focus on food studies, textiles, and family studies–all levels are welcome! Find full details and register at https://thesaconference.ca/

Classrooms to Communities: Lhtakoh–Where People, Place and Practice Flow Together Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA)
Join educators from Prince George and across BC to share and celebrate inspiring approaches to place-based experiential education, and inquire about issues and priorities that matter most to our schools and communities. Explore community-connected, transformative and action-orientated approaches to teaching for and about people, place and practice grounded in the BC curriculum. This year’s theme flows from the ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh honoring their culture, language, and history. The featured morning panel profiles the Koh-Learning in our Watersheds Program, a School District 91 and UNBC collaboration. Website https://c2c-bc.org/conference/ 

Culinary Arts Education Online, British Columbia Culinary Arts Specialist Association (BCCASA)
The BCCASA annual conference and Annual General Meeting is open to all educators who are interested in the teaching of culinary arts, specifically during these challenging times. Join us for collaboration, demonstrations, and more. For detailed information and registration, visit www.bccasa.ca

Virtual LATA Conference 2020, Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association (LATA)
LATA will be offering a virtual conference with a keynote by Dr. Paula Kluth. Dr. Kluth, “will explore how to move inclusive practices and ideology forward in our current climate, and present themes and strategies that might be helpful in doing so. Topics that will be addressed include understanding inclusion as a process (vs. as a place), planning creatively, and focusing on self-determination as a goal." The conference will offer morning, afternoon, and all-day workshops available on a diverse array of topics including: co-teaching, inclusion strategies, literacy, assessment, ELL, communication, educating the underdiagnosed, UDL, and much more. Website https://lata.ourconference.ca/index.php 

BC Blended Digital Ed Conference 2020, BC Educators for Distributed Learning (BCEDLPSA)
A truly inclusive event–this one-day professional development opportunity will have something for everyone in K–12 BC education: from the new and experimenting, to the full-time and confident users. Technology in the education realm has completely changed the experiences of both educators and students–it is now both our everyday normal, as well as the most powerful new tool on the planet. Educators will come together on the October 23, 2020 PSA day, online, to share their experiences, tools, tricks, tips, and strategies on utilizing and implementing technology into our practice, classrooms, and schools. Website https://bcedl.ca/blended-digital-ed-conference-2020/ 

Move Your Body: A Virtual Conference, BC Dance Educators’ Association (BCDEA)
Annual BCDEA conference for all Dance Educators in BC. Come learn about the best movement practices for your dance classes and classrooms. This year, the BCDEA conference is virtual and is held on Zoom. Our workshops include: Teaching hip hop fundamentals, freestyling techniques and strategies, contemporary with a theme of optimism, components of building mental resilience in youth, video editing, the A.R.T of learning, using breakdancing to teach cross-curricular work, creating vivid story lines in dance, and racism in the dance world: historical content for the current climate. Website https://www.bcdea.ca 

Tools for Antiracist Educators: Confronting Antiblackness in School Communities Anti-Oppression Educators Collective. AOEC presents the second annual BC BIPOC Educators Conference titled Tools for Antiracist Educators: Confronting Antiblackness in Schools Communities. This virtual conference is for social justice educators who care about making Black lives matter in our schools, unions, and communities. This year’s keynote speaker is the multi-talented Ruby Smith-Diaz. She is the founder of Tierra Negra Arts an arts-based facilitation business with a mission to deliver workshops that foster inclusion and social justice in communities. Website www.aoec.ca 

Transformations, British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT)
The BCAMT conference begins with a keynote presented by the amazing Mike Pruner with a focus on ways teachers can transform experiences for themselves and their students. The K–12 conference lineup includes prominent experts from across Canada and presentations that are as diverse as our communities and classrooms. Interact with speakers on topics aimed to create equitable and inclusive classrooms: anti-racist mathematics, the interaction of Indigenous and “Western” knowledge systems, Culturally Responsive Mathematics, and Indigenous perspectives. Expand your classroom experiences by joining speakers presenting topics on Desmos, assessment beyond the test, the foundations of fractions, Reggio-inspired Math, using visuals, remote learning, and much more. Website https://www.bcamt.ca 

Engage to Empower: Honouring Students as Creators, Thinkers, and Communicators, BC Teachers of English Language Arts (BCTELA)
Join us for a wonderful K–12 conference! Keynote Kelly Gallagher is a renowned teacher and writer with deep insight on the reading and writing habits of students. Plus educators from across BC—including Faye Brownlie, Jo Chrona, Shelley Moore, and Leyton Schnellert—will share their teaching practice and energize your thinking about assessment, literacy, Reconciliation, identity, the classics, and more! Website https://bctela.ca/conferences/ 

Celebrating Languages Without Borders 2020 BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML)
BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages (BCATML) and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) proudly host a two-day online conference bringing educators and speakers from coast to coast to coast; and beyond! Join us as we Celebrate Languages Without Borders presented live from different parts of Canada, the US, and across the pond. Katy Arnet and Kaleb Child (Musgamdzi) will open each day as conference keynotes. We also have six amazing speakers: Martina Bex, Luisa Canuto, Denis Cousineau, Angelica Galante, Catherine Ousselin, and Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez de France, as well as over 130 sessions for French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, ELL, Indigenous Languages, and incredible cultural performances! There is something for everyone. Registration https://bcatml-caslt.ourconference.ca/ Website www.bcatml.org 

Confronting Racism, Aboriginal Education Association ( AEA)
Keynote speakers Dr. Sheelah McLean Indigenous Perspectives in Higher Education and Dr. Shauneen Pete Indigenous Resurgence in Education. Also featuring: Two Worlds Colliding, www.nfb.ca/film/two_worlds_colliding/ a Tasha Hubbard film, storytelling by an Indigenous Elder, and examining authentic Indigenous resources, including Charlene and Wilson Bearhead’s new series of children’s’ books, Siha Tooskin Knows. Conference registration aea.ourconference.ca/ 

CUEBC 2020 Computer-Using Educators of BC (CUEBC)
CUEBC is proud to present CUEBC 2020. Chris Kennedy will be our opening keynote, followed by a wide variety of sessions that will help you in your daily practice. From the Microsoft Office Suite to Google Classroom as well as Coding and Robotics, CUEBC is something for all Computer Using Educators. Randomly drawn prizes will be mailed to winners. Follow us on Twitter @CUEBC Register https://cuebc.ourconference.ca/ Additional information https://cuebc.ca/2020/08/19/cuebc-2020-online-reg/ Website cuebc.ca

Exploration: Redefining Humanity’s Relationship with Planet Earth, BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association (BCSSTA)
From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life. In her remarkable presentations, Jill encourages audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears, while applying her practical experience when it comes to lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies. Our conference theme and keynote are informed by geography. There are also a variety of geography related workshops as well as other diverse disciplinary workshops. Website https://bcsstaconference.ca/index.php 

Visions 2020: An Art-based Virtual Think Tank, BC Art Teachers’ Association (BCATA)

Join us for a dynamic collaborative event to refill your tank. Connect with fellow art teachers and receive valuable takeaways from presenters. Price includes annual BCATA membership, subscription to Visually Speaking, and Opus discount card. Register: https://bcata.ourconference.ca

2020 ONLINE Physical Education Conference “Adapting to our New Reality” Douglas College Sports Institute & Physical Education British Columbia (PHEBC).  We are once again excited to be playing host to the 34th Annual PE-BC Physical Education Conference at Douglas College. This year’s conference will look different than past years with live workshops being available online. Our goal is still the same: To grow physical education in this province, while providing a quality PE conference each year for primary and secondary PE teachers across the province. We once again have a great lineup of presenters, and hope you will be able to join us (virtually) on October 23.

For more information, email:  sportsinstitute@douglascollege.ca, To register, please call the Registration Office:  604-527-5472. https://www.douglascollege.ca/sites/default/files/docs/department-ce-sports-institute/2020%20QDPE%20Conference%20Brochure%20(FILLABLE).pdf

Thinking Beyond the Book, BC Teacher Librarian Association (BCTLA)

When schools closed up against the COVID-19 virus, Teacher Librarians across the province pivoted to meet the needs of their learning communities. We spent countless hours helping teachers navigate new technologies; we supported educators in understanding copyright guidelines; we curated digital resources to support families; we engaged and connected students through live read-alouds and book clubs. At our core, we knew that this new reality highlighted inequalities, and as champions of equity, we advocated for access and inclusion. As we move forward in this year of uncertainty, our equity work continues, because our influence is far reaching and our work is not neutral. Our LLCs have always been safe spaces, yet we have the potential to become brave spaces. Brave spaces ensure that every patron sees themselves represented; brave spaces actively work to dismantle injustices; brave spaces encourage dialogue and play an important role in raising critically conscious and active citizens. Equity is not something we “do” every once in a while, but rather the lens through which we intentionally plan and carry out our vision in an inclusive, equitable and brave Library Learning Commons. Register: https://bctla.ourconference.ca/


2020 BCSCA Conference, BC School Counsellors’ Association

Register: https://bcscaconference.ca/index.php


The Pillars of Drama: ABCDE PSA Day 2020. Association of British Columbia Drama Educators.

Register: https://abcde.ourconference.ca/


Virtual Workshops


IXL Live is going virtual!  IXL Live is back with three virtual events this fall! Join us for a fun, interactive training focused on powerful strategies you can use right away.

Register: https://ca.ixl.com/resources/ixl-live?spMailingID=17862628&spUserID=MjkwMjU4NzAwNzI4S0&spJobID=1961993322&spReportId=MTk2MTk5MzMyMgS2


An FASD-Informed Approach

This 2 and 1/2 hour presentation is designed for all BC educators, but open to anyone. Based on current research and recommendations, we will provide an introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and it's educational implications. Using an FASD-Informed Approach, this presentation will focus on the importance of relationships while implementing strategies and accommodations to support students with complex needs, including those with FASD. Register: https://live.fasdoutreach.ca/register


Joyful Literacy: Safety, Wellbeing, and Learning

We invite you to join us for a dynamic and uplifting day – what we think you will be ready for after six weeks back in school, struggling with unknown trials yet returning to the joy of happy children who have missed you and their peers. This summit will re-energize and prepare you for November and December – the next step. Register: https://www.joyfulliteracyonline.com/


Connecting the Pieces: Pre-K and Kindergarten Conference.  This is our annual conference dedicated to professional development for kindergarten teachers and early childhood educators. 

Our workshop line-up includes local and internationally recognized experts selected to share their innovative and practical ideas for working with young learners. Register: https://connect20.thinklangley.com/



Beyond Scratch, Coding in Python and Virtual Robotics. This Workshop is Sponsored by FIRST Robotics Canada and the Federal Government CanCode program and presented by Under the GUI Academy.
The workshops will introduce participants to coding in Python and how it can be introduced in their classroom as an ADST activity for students in K-7. Using the coding platform PixelPAD, participating teachers will go through a full coding-class together, and finish with their own computer program. We’ll also go over how to teach robotics virtually using the same platform.

  1. Brambleberry Tales (Gr. K-4)
  2. Python Space Games (Gr. 5-7)
  3. Robotics (Gr. 7-12)

Register: https://prod.vsb.bc.ca/workshopdetailm?workshopid=817

Grade 4/5 Integrated Resource Unit on Mining Virtual Workshop, Minerals Ed

Intermediate students enjoy the opportunity to learn about mineral resources and the mining. It is all new to them! This resource is written with a thematic approach to geoscience and mining, integrating learning across the curriculum. Students examine mining in the past, present and future. They are introduced to rocks and minerals and the rock cycle, as well as BC’s mining communities, how ore deposits are discovered and mined, how we use minerals and metals, mining careers, and mining and the environment. Participants will receive a comprehensive resource kit which includes a 350-page teacher’s binder with BLMs, worksheets, answer keys, curriculum correlations, plus and a wealth of support materials.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gr-45-integrated-resource-unit-on-mining-pro-d-virtual-workshop-tickets-118060220297


Creating a Culture of Inclusion in the School System, Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association (myCOTA)

Join popular Keynote and Featured Speakers (including Dr. Jody Carrington) in this virtual conference hosted by the Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association. Register: https://cotaoctober23rdprofessional.sched.com/?iframe=no


Beaty Museum: Online Open House for Educators 2020

Join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for an online professional development day. Learn how we can support your lessons with curriculum links in our exhibits, activities, and programs.

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is a great place for in person and virtual field trips.  Whether you teach pre-school, high-school, or post-secondary, your lessons can be supported by our exhibits, activities, and programs. Learn about the opportunities available to your school at the museum, and the offerings we have for this year. We are running online tours of the museum designed just for teachers, designed to complement our online resources.

K-12 teachers and all other educators, including home-learning facilitators, librarians, early learning specialists, and post-secondary faculty, are welcome to attend this online professional development day.

Register: https://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/events/event/online-open-house-2020/






More Information




Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Early Trauma Online Learning (ACEs)


Certificate course to learn about adverse childhood experiences, brain development and the impact of early childhood trauma, protective factors and building resilience. Recommended by Lynn Dixon.


1-2 hours



Online Nɬeʔkepmxcin language course

Email lnicholson@cna-trust.ca for a username and password.


5 hours



Promoting and Practicing Self-Compassion

Join our facilitators to explore how you can use self-compassion in these uncertain times. We will have a chance to practice some self-compassion exercises, imagine how you can weave them into your life, and share ideas and feedback with the group.


1 hour



Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

Free Webinars on:

  • Mental Health & Resilience during Covid-19
  • Supporting Children during Covid-19
  • Wellness Strategies for the Helping Professional
  • Working From Home during Covid-19
  • Managing your Stress during Covid-19




Self-directed (10 week course)

The Science of Well-being

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.


~18 hours



Stronger Minds

Get guidance that’s created to help with the specific emotional well-being concerns stirred by the pandemic, through easy-to-digest resources from Beacon's team of caring clinical psychologists.





Dr. Gordon Neufeld

A variety of topics related to parents, teaching, attachment





Keeping students engaged (Microsoft)

Building strong student/teacher connections in a remote learning environment


1 hour



Creating a digitally inclusive learning community (Microsoft)

In a world where everything (from banking to benefits, shopping to government services) is online, it is essential that schools create a digitally rich learning environment that supports the needs of every learner. Achievement for All is a leading educational charity that enables all children and young people to succeed regardless of background, challenge or need. In a partnership with Microsoft, we offer a learning path that will create a more digitally inclusive school community, unlocking progress and achievement for all children.


6 hours



Transform Learning with Microsoft Teams

Collaborating and Communicating to Transform Learning Environments with Microsoft Teams


1 hour



Interior Health: Health Promoting Schools Resources

Various Resources Available