Teachers go to school on PA day

Secondary school teachers from throughout the district will go to school in a different manner on Friday, November 28, 2008. While it will be a day off school for students, some teachers will spend the PA (professional activity) day learning themselves.

During this subject-specific event, teachers will be supporting teachers by sharing best practices, strategies and technology skills. Workshops will take place at three locations: Bayside Secondary School, Centennial Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School. Sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Examples of technology workshop topics include the following:

  • Use of SMART Boards, Moodle, assistive technology and podcasting
  • Best practice sessions for First Nations literature, Aspergers and Autism, concussion management, research skills, metacognition, engaging second language learners, music theatre and improv

These are just a small sample of all that will be offered. There will also be sessions hosted by outside presenters such as: OSBIE, University of Ottawa, Ontario Disabilities Support Program and Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.

Elementary teachers will spend the day doing professional development in their schools .

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves more than 16,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of close to 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, provide the best opportunity for students to learn. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.

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For more information, please contact:

• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Last updated: November 27, 2008 at 10:13 am
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