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Professional Activity Days

According to the Better School and Students Outcome Act, school boards are required to post details about the specific activities staff will be participating in on Professional Activity Days.

This is the page where you can find that information.




Date: February 16, 2024


Elementary


Length: Full Day


Topics: Mathematics and Literacy - Ontario Human Rights


Location: All schools - In-person


Presenters: School Principals and Vice-Principals will be facilitating the sessions.


Description:

Topic 1:  Mathematics and Literacy

Teachers will explore the school's Math Action Plan and next steps  (FDK, Grades 1-8) as well as key strategies and approaches to plan an effective and inclusive language program (FDK, Grades 1-8).

 

Topic 2: Cross-Curricular and Integrated Learning

Teachers will identify key aspects of cross-curricular and integrated learning, explore considerations for planning an integrated program, and think about new approaches to enhance literacy skills in all subject areas.


Topic 2: Human Rights 101

Created for employees of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, the Human Rights 101 Module is an interactive introduction to the Ontario Human Rights Code.



Date: February 16, 2024


Secondary


Length: Full Day


Topics: Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship - Mathematics, Science and Technology - Ontario Human Rights


Location: All schools - In-person


Presenters: School Principals and Vice-Principals will be facilitating the sessions.


Description:

Topic 1:  Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship - Mathematics, Science and Technology

Teachers will be introduced to the vast array of skilled trades and apprenticeship opportunities available to students and the ways in which the WECDSB is supporting students’ pathways to these potential careers.  Connections to the areas of mathematics, science and technology will be highlighted.  Teachers will hear from Dr. John Callegher, Skilled Trades Researcher, on the value of the skilled trades and their significance to the Windsor-Essex County area. 


Topic 2: Human Rights 101

Created for employees of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, the Human Rights 101 Module is an interactive introduction to the Ontario Human Rights Code.





Date: February 2, 2024


Secondary:


Length: Full Day


Location: All schools - In-person (Secondary only)


Topics: Curriculum Development, Implementation and Review


Presenters: Not applicable


Description: 

In preparation for the second semester, secondary teachers will work within subject disciplines to review curriculum, as well as assessment and evaluation strategies.


Date: January 19, 2024


Elementary:


Length: Full Day


Location: All schools - In-person (Elementary only)


Topics: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting


Presenters: Not applicable


Description: 

Elementary teachers will be engaged in Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting activities to complete Term 1 Report Cards.




Date: November 17, 2023


Elementary:


Length: Full Day


Location: All schools - In-person


Topics: Cybersecurity and Online Privacy Awareness, Assessment and Evaluation, Literacy and Mathematics, and Equity Action Plan - Data Collection


Presenters: School Principals and Vice-Principals will be facilitating the sessions.


Description: 

Topic 1: Cybersecurity and Online Privacy Awareness

Teachers will be provided with information on how to keep our students safe as it relates to Cybersecurity and Online Privacy Awareness.  The topics include: managing media balance and well-being, protecting privacy (passwords, personal information, etc.), digital footprints and combating inappropriate online behaviour.


Topic 2: Assessment and Evaluation - Literacy and Mathematics

Teachers will be engaged in a thorough review of the additions and revisions made to the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting of Student Achievement Guidelines K-12, in alignment with Growing Success.  Teachers will review high impact instructional strategies in literacy and mathematics, as they explore the various ways in which to capture evidence of learning through the triangulation of data.


Topic 3: Equity Action Plan - Data Collection

Teachers will be provided an overview and opportunity to complete the WECDSB Voluntary Workplace Census. 



Secondary:


Length: Full Day


Location: All schools - In-person


Topics: Cybersecurity and Online Privacy Awareness, Assessment and Evaluation, Literacy and Mathematics, and Equity Action Plan - Data Collection 


Presenters: School Principals and Vice-Principals will be facilitating the sessions.


Description: 

Topic 1: Cybersecurity and Online Privacy Awareness

Teachers will be provided with information on how to keep our students safe as it relates to Cybersecurity and Online Privacy Awareness.  The topics include: managing media balance and well-being, protecting privacy (passwords, personal information, etc.), digital footprints and combating inappropriate online behaviour.


Topic 2: Assessment and Evaluation - Literacy and Mathematics

Teachers will be engaged in a thorough review of the additions and revisions made to the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting of Student Achievement Guidelines K-12, in alignment with Growing Success.  Teachers will review high impact instructional strategies in literacy and mathematics, as they work in subject disciplines to explore triangulation of data and the creation of culminating assessments.

Special Education teachers will participate in a virtual session on Resources to Support Students with Learning Disabilities, led by Martin Smit, Educational Consultant at the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario and WECDSB Special Education Coordinators.


Topic 3: Equity Action Plan - Data Collection

Teachers will be provided an overview and the opportunity to complete the WECDSB Voluntary Workplace Census.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

English teachers will be engaged in professional learning to strengthen their understanding and practices around diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to the implementation of the English language curriculum.  The session will be facilitated by Janelle Abela (PhD), of Diverse Solutions Strategy Firm.


Law teachers will participate in a morning session at the University of Windsor, organized by the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN).  Current legal issues will be examined in collaboration with faculty members and lawyers.


Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Workers will participate in the Cybersecurity and Online Privacy Awareness session at the respective schools. Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Workers will also participate in a virtual Health & Safety session- Student Behaviour and Mental Health.

Date: October 27, 2023


Elementary


Length: Full Day


Topics: Student Mental Health and Well-Being, Curriculum Implementation and Assessment and Evaluation


Location: All schools - In-person


Presenters: School Principals and Vice-Principals will be facilitating the sessions.


Description:

Topic 1:  Student Mental Health and Well-Being

Staff will participate in Mental Health literacy promotion through the review of the Ministry’s Policy Program Memorandum 169 - Student Mental Health and how this applies in the classroom setting. Board priorities from our Mental Health Action Plan will be shared with opportunities for discussion. Teachers will be able to review curriculum connections as well as mental health resources that are available to assist them in curriculum delivery.  There will also be a review of how to recognize and support students who require further mental health intervention.


Topic 2: Assessment and Evaluation

Teachers will be engaged in a thorough review of the additions and revisions made to the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting of Student Achievement Guidelines K-12, in alignment with Growing Success and the Kindergarten Addendum.


Topic 3: Curriculum Implementation

Teachers will:

  • explore the new Religious Education digital resource: Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ;
  • explore the newly revised Social Studies curriculum, as it relates to Indigenous and Holocaust education (Grades 1-3, Grade 6);
  • explore the new Language Curriculum (Grades 1-8);
  • explore Knowledgehook, a new mathematics digital tool (Grades 3-8);
  • explore various early literacy strategies to support the implementation of the new Language Curriculum (FDK, Grades 1-2) - these early literacy strategy sessions will be presented virtually.

Core French as a Second Language (FSL) teachers will participate in a session related to language skills at an alternate school location in the afternoon.


Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Workers will participate in virtual Behaviour Management Systems (BMS) training in the afternoon.



Secondary


Length: Full Day


Topics: Student Mental Health and Well-Being, Curriculum Implementation and Assessment and Evaluation


Location: All schools - In-person


Presenters: School Principals and Vice-Principals will be facilitating the sessions.


Description:

Topic 1:  Student Mental Health and Well-Being

Staff will participate in Mental Health literacy promotion through the review of the Ministry’s Policy Program Memorandum 169 - Student Mental Health and how this applies in the classroom setting. Board priorities from our Mental Health Action Plan will be shared with opportunities for discussion. Teachers will be able to review curriculum connections as well as Mental Health resources that are available to assist them in curriculum delivery.  There will also be a review of how to recognize and support students who require further mental health intervention.


Topic 2: Assessment and Evaluation

Teachers will be engaged in a thorough review of the additions and revisions made to the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting of Student Achievement Guidelines K-12, in alignment with Growing Success.


Topic 3: Curriculum Implementation

Within their respective subject disciplines, teachers will explore and/or deepen their understanding of fair, transparent and equitable assessment and evaluation practices. Teachers will explore in more depth the achievement chart categories to develop rich assessment tasks.


The following curriculum/resources will be explored by the respective teachers responsible for their implementation:

  • New de-streamed Grade 9 English curriculum;
  • Grade 10 Computer Studies - Digital Technology and Innovations in the Changing World;
  • Knowledgehook, a new mathematics digital tool for use in Grade 9.

Guidance and Student Success teachers will engage in pathways training at an alternative school location in the afternoon.


Special Education teachers will learn about and tour the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) Program at St. Clair College.


Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Workers will participate in virtual Behaviour Management Systems (BMS) training in the afternoon.


Date: September 22, 2023

Length: Full Day

Topic: Together in Faith Day, Equity Action Plan and Online Mandatory Training Modules

Location: Various Catholic parishes across Windsor and Essex County 

Presenter(s): Danielle Campo McLeod - WECDSB’s Mental Health Lead; David Ducharme - Director of Holy Family Retreat House; Christine Coyle - London Diocese Family & Youth Specialist; Deacon Keith Strohm - Deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago; Rebecca Daoud - Campus Minister for FJ Brennan Catholic High School; Claire Bondy - Director of Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Ongoing Formation for the Diocese of London; Brenda Reinkeluers - Peace and Restorative Practices Facilitator; Frank Lepain - Deacon for the Windsor-Lake St. Clair Catholic Family of Parishes

Description: In the morning, staff will gather as a “Family of Schools” to celebrate Mass. This year’s theme will be “Called to Know” based on Psalm 139.  After Mass, a guest speaker will present and speak to the importance of knowing our students, staff and God.  The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s Equity Action Plan will be presented. In the afternoon, staff will complete online mandatory training modules (Asbestos Awareness, Bill 13 & Emergency Response, Violence Prevention in the Workplace, WHMIS, Auto-Injector eLearning Course (WECHU), Concussion Identification, Management and Prevention for School eLearning Course (OPHEA), Ryan’s Law: Asthma in the School eLearning Course (WECHU)).


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