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Professional Development Workshops for Educators

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: kelly.dymond@ontario.ca or jennifer.hearn@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

Graphic Organizers

Date: March 5, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Discuss some different types of organizers/mind maps
  • See demonstrations of a few programs that are available

Register


Voice Recognition Refresher

Date: March 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • An overview of voice recognition software
  • Explore some of the tips and tricks when students are using Voice Recognition software

Register


Engaging Whiteboards

Date: March 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Various types of whiteboards are reviewed: dry erase boards, Smartboards, and digital interactive whiteboards
  • Discuss these low tech to high tech versions of whiteboards
  • Demonstration of interactive whiteboards

Register


Assistive Technology and Strategies

Date: April 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Discuss some assistive technology strategies that may help students who have learning disabilities with their reading, writing and comprehension tasks.

Register


OneNote

Date: April 9, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Introduction to Microsoft’s versatile notebook program
  • Explore some of the features within it both on the desktop and on iPad

Register


Optical Character Reader (OCR)

Date: April 16, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Trying to read a magazine with pictures and texts? Filling out an application? Wanting to read the displays at a museum? OCR apps can be helpful in navigating some of these types of texts.
  • Explore what OCRs are, how they work, and a few different apps (such as Office Lens, Prizmo)

Register


Google Keep

Date: April 23, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Described as a to-do list app, there’s more to this app than meets the eye!
  • Explore the various features of Google Keep

Register


Tracking Social and Emotional Skills

Date: April 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Brianna Harvey (Residence Coordinator)

Description

  • Identify Global social skills and steps to achieve them
  • Create concrete progress forms to use when tracking skills development
  • Develop workshops in order to integrate new learnings and skills

Register


Books by Audio or Digital

Date: April 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • In today’s world, we can access text in a variety of formats: paper, electronic, audio, and on different devices (such as e-readers, iPads and tablets)
  • Discuss audio and digital books, and how they engage our students

Register


Google Forms

Date: May 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Google Forms,  a part of G Suite for Education, is designed for creating questionnaires, surveys and quizzes
  • Explore the app and discuss some ways it could be used

Register


Executive Functioning

Date: May 10, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Brianna Harvey (Residence Coordinator)

Description

  • Develop a greater understanding of the executive functioning of those diagnosed with LD and ADHD
  • Review proactive strategies designed to close gaps and strength the 8 executive functions

Register


Screencastify – A Chrome Extension

Date: May 14, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor)

Description

  • Google Chrome extension, Screencastify, allows you to create a video recording of your answer, explanation, or instruction
  • Explore the app and how to use it in a school environment

Register


Using Art to build confidence and manage emotions

Date: May 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost: Free
Facilitators: Brianna Harvey (Residence Coordinator)

Description

  • Discover a new program that focuses on a variety of art mediums and activities to discuss emotions
  • Unlock creativity, develop self-esteem, relieve stress, de-escalate high emotions, manage ADHD —  all are positives when integrating more art into the classroom

Register