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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.


Making Traditional Learning Materials (CANCELLED)

Date: May 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Kelly Dymond (Assistive Technology Advisor) and Heather Perry (Special Education Teacher)

Description

In this workshop, we will explore materials, worksheets, and instructions that we create for our students and how we can make them available or accessible for students.  Some topics include:

  • Discuss considerations for different learners (e.g. contrast, font style, plain English) and how to modify materials,  instructions for them
  • Examine different examples
  • Discuss resources (e.g. Alternative Education Resources for Ontario in Brantford / AERO)
  • Potential helpful tech features and programs, such as Snapverter, OCR, infographics

Come with some examples of adapted materials you have used with your students, or some of your favourite programs.

Register


Writing difficulties and learning disabilities: challenges and effective instructional approaches

Date: May 9, 2019
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators:

Description

  • Explore a specific learning disorder with impairment in written expression
  • Examine areas of difficulty including spelling, grammar, punctuation, clarity and organization of written expression
  • Understand co-morbidity of written expression and ADHD
  • Explore writing interventions to support students in the mainstream classroom

Register


Keeping Doors Open – Transitions, Pathways and Student Success

Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Jennifer Hearn (Resource Services) and Diana Alvaro Cannon (System Curriculum Coordinator)

Description

  • Deepen understanding of the connections between modified programming and student learning pathways
  • Explore foundational Ministry of Education documents
  • Learn how to support student success by using the Ministry of Education Career and Life Planning Framework

Register


Math and LD: Strategies to improve student achievement in the ELEMENTARY math classroom

Date: May 23, 2019
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Jennifer Hearn (Resource Services)

Description

  • Review the common types of learning differences and how they relate to mathematics
  • Deepen our understanding of how to build knowledge and skills in mathematics
  • Explore classroom strategies that are necessary for some but good for all
  • Experience a digital classroom environment

Register


Gamification: Motivating Students Who Are At-risk

Date: May 30, 2019
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Kevin Pickett (Special Education Teacher)

Description

  • Explore what gamification is and its implications for students at risk
  • Review teaching and learning strategies that include gamification
  • Experience gamification in action in Trillium Demonstration School classes

Register


Mastering reading: is it additional practice, the learning disability or teaching method?

Date: June 6, 2019
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $40.00 (includes lunch)
Facilitators: Susan Hallett, Resource Services

Description

  • Understand students with language-based learning disabilities with difficulties in reading; understand good versus poor readers
  • Identify reading disorders through student profiles
  • Examine the effects of working memory and processing speed on reading
  • Explore evidence-based reading strategies
  • Guest Speaker:  Karen Steinbach, Learning Disabilities Research Program Coordinator, Hospital for Sick Children –reading researchDiscuss some different types of organizers/mind maps
  • See demonstrations of a few programs that are available

Register


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 | May 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. (April 2, 2019) | 3:30 p.m to 4:15 p.m. (May 15, 2019)
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 29, 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