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.

Professional Development Pop-Up Series

Save the Dates

  • Kimberly Sanzo – October 1, 2021
  • Christina Rivera – November 5, 2021 Part1, January 7, 2022 Part 2
  • Educational Consultants – December 3, 2021
  • Gael Hannan – February 4, 2022
  • TBA – April 1, 2022
  • TBA – May 6, 2022

Kimberly Sanzo

Title: Language Support Strategies for DHH Children in the Classroom

Description: This presentation will cover the characteristics of the language of a DHH child with language deprivation. It will also review interactive strategies to make instruction with DHH children effective and meaningful. ASL-English bilingual strategies will be included throughout the presentation.

Bio: Kimberly Sanzo is a speech-language pathologist and the founder of Language First. She is committed to educating parents and professionals on the neurological effects of a late or incomplete first language acquisition. She received her B.A. in Psychology and in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University. She is dedicated to changing the way that professionals understand and work with D/HH children.

Date: Friday, October 1st, 2021 at 10am to 12pm

Christina Rivera

Title: Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Through High Leverage Practices: The Role of the Itinerant Teacher

Bio: M. Christina Rivera, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona, and the director of the Special Education-Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Accelerated Master’s programs. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of Deaf Education as a teacher, supervisor, and researcher. Her research interests include itinerant services, literacy interventions, and instructional quality.

Date: Friday, November 5th, 2021 at 10am to 12pm Part 1, Friday, January 7th, 2022 at 10am to 12pm Part 2

Provincial Educational Consultants – Darren Holst, Amy King, Wendy Lave, Cathy Ruggirello & Kristi Stano

Title: Who Are Provincial Educational Consultants

Description: The Provincial educational consultants through Resource Services Outreach Programs at the Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch – Ministry of Education will speak on the various supports and services they offer to the numerous and diverse stakeholders across Ontario to collaborate in student achievement and well-being for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11am to 12:30pm

Gael Hannan

Title: Owning It: Taking Charge of My Own Hearing Loss

Description: Being our own best advocate sounds fabulous, but becoming that person isn’t always easy. It may go against our natural personality or communication style and we may have become used to having other people advocate for us. But to live more successfully with our hearing loss, we must take charge and learn how to speak up for ourselves. In this humorous and insightful presentation, Gael Hannan shares her strategies for better communication, learned through a lifetime of hearing loss, and which all start with the fundamental belief in our right to communicate and participate.

Bio: Gael Hannan is a renowned speaker, writer, and hearing health advocate. She writes a weekly article for, a regular column for Canadian Audiologist, and is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, “The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss”. Over the past 25 years, Gael has created award-winning programs and presentations and she has served on the board of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, both nationally and provincially. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband Doug, aka the Hearing Husband.

Date: Friday, February 4th, 2022 at 11am to 12pm

This is “SAVE THE DATES” Only – Join us for the 2021-2022 speaker series

  • Registration links with further information will be provided closer to each date.
  • All speakers will be virtual via zoom.
  • ASL/English Interpreters will be available.
  • All speakers will take place on a Friday, the first Friday of each month.
  • Speaker will present for 1-hr to 2-hrs (time reflected above and will be upon registration)
  • Please direct questions/concerns to