Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

Professional Development Workshops

In the Resource Services – Outreach Programs it is our goal to provide timely and poignant learning experiences for educators. We offer a variety of professional development opportunities for schools, school districts and organizations through practical workshops, education programming support and consulting. Programs can vary in length and can be offered at various times during the day.

Our interactive and practical workshops focus on essential topics that support educators in their efforts to help all students learn. Our programs are designed to:

  • foster the planning and implementation of effective, learner-centered educational programs by responding to the contextual needs of the learning environment
  • encourage the professional growth of staff members
  • facilitate the implementation of new curriculam developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education


Resource Services offers a number of professional educator workshops throughout the school year.  Workshops are currently being offered remotely through Zoom.

Making Sense of Assessments Triangulation of Data

Speaker: Diana Alvaro-Cannon, PDSB Curriculum coordinator
When: January 20, 2021, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Zoom Link: – Meeting ID: 956 7945 1344

Effective Consultation for Teachers of the Deaf within the Confines of COVID-19

Speaker: Brittany Dorn, PhD
When: February 5, 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Presenter Bio:

Brittany manages K-12 Educational Services at the Vermont Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, which serves over 300 students with hearing loss across the state of Vermont. Brittany earned her doctorate in special education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019, and her master’s degree in Deaf Education from Smith College in 2011. She has worked in deaf education, special education, and general education, in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Colorado, and currently in Vermont. She has presented and published nationally on topics related to deaf education; most notably about consultation, which is her primary research interest. Her work can be found in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, and the American Annals of the Deaf. She serves as DHH chair for The Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD) within the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). On weekends, she can be found practicing yoga or hiking. For more information on the presenter, please see

Workshop topics:

  1. Improving your ability to advocate as a TOD
  2. Establishing a partnership of mutual respect with school professionals
  3. Working within the constraints of the pandemic


Fighting for services, disagreeing with classroom teachers over accommodations, getting worked up during IEP meetings… Have you ever felt that working with students is the easiest part of the job?

Throw in a pandemic, and consultation conflicts only become more complex, and emotionally charged.

Teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing have found consultation increasingly part of the job due to the trend toward inclusion, which has been accelerated in the field of deaf education by implementation of universal newborn hearing screening and advances in technology. This presentation takes a big picture approach and uses best practices from related fields to teach skills on negotiation, conflict resolution, and effective consultation. These skills are presented relevant to the work of the teacher of the deaf in a mainstream setting. Expect to leave this presentation with a better understanding of how to effectively work with other school professionals, including during the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. Case studies will focus on recent challenges related to the current, unique education environment.

Designing Language Assessments: SUGAR & Other Sweet Discussion

Speaker: Lisa Archibald, PhD Western University
When: March 3, 2021, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Presenter Bio:

Lisa Archibald is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario. Using a practice-based research approach, Lisa has partnered with school-based speech-language pathologists to investigate questions related to ongoing service provision in schools. Lisa has also been part of an international team of researchers and stakeholders considering terminology and profile for children with an unexplained, persistent language disorder known as developmental language disorder (DLD).


This initial session is solely for teachers of the D/HH to explore these 3 questions: (1) What is the SUGAR protocol for language sample analysis, and could it be useful to you? We will work through a language sample using the SUGAR protocol in order to understand the information it could provide and determine whether pursuing additional training is warranted. (2) What questions are being addressed in your language assessments, and what tools might be most useful in addressing these questions? I look forward to a rich discussion about your assessment goals and approaches. (3) Would you consider a design research project? I would be very interested in discussing the possibility of a joint project involving build – test – modify cycles aimed at designing effective and efficient language assessments that meet your needs.