Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

Professional Development Workshops

The Provincial & Demonstration Schools offer a variety of workshops and courses that address the needs of students with learning disabilities. Teacher training is offered on the respective school campuses and within school boards on a request basis.

For details regarding the current year’s program, interested persons should contact the individual schools directly.

Teacher education brochures are sent out to all school boards in June, outlining workshops and courses for the following school year.

Mailing List

Are you interested in receiving e-mail notifications about Trillium Demonstration School’s professional development opportunities for educators?  If so, add your name to the mailing list.

Waiting List

If a workshop that you are interested in is full, add your name to the waiting list.

Contact

Email: wendy.farkas@ontario.ca if you have questions or need to cancel.

Workshops

The following workshops are open to teachers, school/board consultants, board coordinators and school/board administrators. These dates are tentative and subject to change.

To register for any of these workshops, please click the “Register” link below each listing.


Webinars

To register for a webinar, select the “Register” button and choose the webinar you would like to register for from the drop down menu. Below are the current offerings:

Trillium Demonstration School Information

Date: Sept. 29, 2020, Oct. 8, 2020, Oct. 13, 2020, Oct. 22, 2020, Oct. 29, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators:  Wendy Farkas (Resource Services), Fleur Lay (Resource Services), Shannon Scullion (Resource Services)

Description

  • An introduction the Demonstration School Program and application process
  • Review the profile of a student with a severe learning disability
  • Outline additional supports and resources available to Ontario schools

Register


Differentiated Instruction: Focus on Learners with LD/ADHD

Date: Oct. 1, 2020, Dec. 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Wendy Farkas (Resource Services)

Description

  • Identify and define how differentiated instruction can impact the academic performance and overall well-being of learners with LD/ ADHD.
  • Consider how teachers can differentiate content, process and product, according to student readiness, interest and learning profile.
  • Explore differentiated instruction techniques for in-person, remote and hybrid learning models.

Register


Connecting PsychEd Assessments and the IEP for Students with a Learning Disability

Date: Oct. 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Shannon Scullion (Resource Services)

Description

  • Demystify the PsychEd Assessment by exploring the various components of the assessment and what reports entail.
  • Learn how to capture key and important components of the PsychEd assessment in the student’s IEP.
  • Understand processing weaknesses and connect them to program delivery and assessment.

Register


Feedback, Assessment and Evaluation: LD/ADHD Learner Focus

Date: Oct. 15, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Wendy Farkas (Resource Services)

Description

  • Develop a shared understanding of assessment as outlined in Growing Success and other Ministry documents.
  • Create a diverse assessment plan utilizing the triangulation of assessment model.
  • Develop an understanding of authentic, varied and meaningful assessments, and share methods for effective in-person, remote and hybrid learning models.

Register


Assistive Technology Essentials

Date: Oct. 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Emily Tac (Assistive Technology Advisor), Wendy Farkas (Resource Services)

Description

  • An introduction to essential assistive technology tools in the classroom.
  • Develop a shared understanding of how assistive technology can improve academic performance and confidence in the educational setting.
  • Focus on text accessibility, understanding OCR files, speech to text and text to speech tools.

Register


Understanding the Profile of Students with a Learning Disability in Mathematics

Date: Oct. 27, 2020, Nov. 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Fleur Lay (Resource Services)

Description

  • Develop an understanding of the learner profile for a student with a severe learning disability in mathematics.
  • Unpack the Psychoeducational Assessment as it relates to challenges in mathematics and use data to guide instruction and evaluation.
  • Explore mathematics learning disabilities and the implications for program planning, supports and intervention.

Register


Understanding Learning Disabilities

Date: Nov. 3, 2020, Nov. 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Shannon Scullion (Resource Services)

Description

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of learning disabilities.
  • How does a student with a LD present in the classroom with respect to their academics, behaviour and social emotional skills.
  • Explore effective strategies and tools to support a student with a LD in both virtual and classroom learning environments.

Register


Exploring Structured Language Programs for Students with Severe Learning Disabilities

Date: Nov. 4, 2020, Dec. 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Shannon Scullion, Wendy Farkas (Resource Services)

Description

  • Are you a teacher in a  self-contained classroom or SERT using a structured language program (Empower, Wilson)?
  • Dive deeper into best practices, programs and resources for remediating severe reading disabilities.
  • Further explore the science behind why students with a LD benefit from structured language programs and direct instruction.

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Mathematics Curriculum and the LD Learner

Date: Nov. 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Fleur Lay (Resource Services), Emily Tac (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Overview of the Severe LD Profile:  Mathematics Program considerations.
  • Explore effective mathematics strategies and digital tools to support the students with severe Learning Disabilities in mathematics.

Register


Reading: A focus on Supporting Students with Severe Learning Disabilities for Classroom Teachers

Date: Nov. 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Wendy Farkas (Resource Services)

Description

  • Develop a shared understanding of the early stages of communication, language acquisition and development.
  • Explore and understand the various skills sets associated with reading and how these apply to students with learning disabilities.
  • Explore best practices in remediating and supporting reading instruction through a research based approach.

Register


Supporting Students with AD/HD and Executive Functioning (EF) Weaknesses

Date: Nov. 12, 2020, Dec. 3, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Shannon Scullion (Resource Services)

Description

  • Overview and definition of AD/HD and EF.
  • Exploration of characteristics of students with AD/HD and EF weakness.
  • Impact on learning and strategies to support these students in the virtual and classroom learning environment.

Register


Building a Mathematical Mindset in Students with Severe Learning Disabilities

Date: Nov. 17, 2020, Dec. 8, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Fleur Lay (Resource Services)

Description

  • Review the profile of a student with a severe learning disability.
  • Overview of the role of a growth mindset in general and in mathematics.
  • Role of teacher assessment practices in growing math mindsets for the student with a severe learning disability.
  • Role of student self-assessment practices in growing math mindsets for the student with a severe learning disability.

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Assistive Technology Continued

Date: Nov. 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Emily Tac (Assistive Technology Advisor), Wendy Farkas (Resource Services)

Description

  • A continuation of the Assistive Technology Essentials webinar.
  • A deeper look into educational technology and how you can use it to support students with learning disabilities.

Register