Professional Development Days 2023 - 2024

The Niagara Catholic District School Board believes that we are all life-long learners. Our teachers and board staff regularly participate in ongoing professional development, which support our multi-year strategic plan and our core purpose – encountering souls and opening minds so that all students succeed..

Staff participate in this learning after school, throughout the summer, and on Professional Development Days to ensure they are best prepared to support 21st century learners.

There are nine Professional Development Days in the 2023-2024 school year:

  • October 6 (Elementary and Secondary)
  • November 24 (Elementary and Secondary)
  • January 19 (Elementary - report card writing - no agenda)
  • February 16 (Elementary and Secondary)
  • April 8 (Elementary and Secondary)
  • June 7 (Elementary)
  • June 21 (Secondary)
  • June 27 (Secondary)
  • June 28 (Elementary and Secondary)

We are pleased to share with parents the diverse range of learning opportunities for our staff on the October 6 Professional Development Day. Please click the links below for more information:

Elementary professional development sessions on October 6:

Elementary teachers – Literacy, Mathematics, and School Improvement Planning

French Immersion teachers – Reading in the French Immersion Classroom

Itinerant Arts teachers – Soundtrap for Education, Instrumental Techniques, Supporting Creativity in the Arts Classroom, Ontario Music Educators’ Association

Primary team members – Science, Health and Physical Education, Core French

Secondary professional development sessions on October 6:

Arts and Social Sciences – Decolonizing: Indigenous Culture and Historic Truths

Business, Communication Technology and Computer Studies – Using Technology to Enhance Student Learning

Construction, Manufacturing, Automotive, Culinary Arts and Hairstyling – Safety and Safe Work Procedures

Co-op – Co-op Software Upgrades

English/Literacy – Assessment and Evaluation in Secondary English Classes, Evidence-Based and Culturally Responsive Instruction in the ENL1W and NBE Classrooms

French – CEFR, DELF, and the Secondary Classroom

Health and Physical Education – Lacrosse: The Creators’ Game

Math – Problem Strings, Coding, and Simulation

Mental Health and Well-Being – Creating a Trauma-Informed Classroom and School

Religion and Family Life – Faith in Action, the Catholic Social Teachings

Science – Destreamed Grade 9 science

Success/Guidance – LINK Program and PRISM

Elementary and secondary professional development sessions on October 6:

Child and Youth Workers – Social-Emotional Learning

Chaplaincy – Liturgy

Educational Assistants – Movement with Meaning

Secretary PD – Edsembli, Ministry Enrollment Instructions, School Finances, Easy Connect, and Privacy

Elementary professional development sessions on November 24:

Read the full elementary PD Day learning schedule here.

Secondary professional development sessions on November 24:

Read the full secondary PD learning schedule here.

Child and Youth Workers professional development sessions on November 24:

Read the Child and Youth Workers and Chaplaincy PD learning schedule here.

Elementary and Secondary Professional Development Sessions on February 16:

Read the full elementary and secondary PD learning schedule here.

Elementary and Secondary Professional Development Sessions on April 8:

Read the full elementary and secondary PD learning schedule here.

Elementary Professional Activity Day on June 7

Assessment, evaluation, and report card writing day.

Secondary Professional Activity Day on June 21

Full day - The focus will be prepeparing provincial report cards.

Elementary Professional Activity Day on June 28

Schools will review and reflect on improvement plans.  Schools will review classroom profiles to begin planning for the next school year.
In addition staff will participate in a one hour development virtual session from their school site.

All Kindergarten Classroom Teachers
Designated Early Childhood Educators
Kindergarten PTMs
FOCUS - Revisiting the Kindergarten Flow of the Day
Staff will engage in a conversation about the intention of the Kindergarten flow of the day and how all components of the program (literacy, math, social-emotional learning, physical activity, outdoor learning) are infused throughout the planning and delivery of the program.

Grades 1-8 Classroom Teachers
New Family Life Curriculum - September 2024
FOCUS - During this session, Grade 1-8 teachers will be introduced to the new Family Life Curriculum that all teachers across Ontario will be expected to use in September 2024.

 

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