New Brunswick Teachers' Association
New Brunswick Teachers' Association

Professional Learning Opportunities/Conferences

Visit this page regularly for upcoming events. Opportunities for professional learning will be added to the list below as they are reviewed. Submit an event for review.

Curriculum
Ocean Wise Education Kits
Date: January 31, 2024 - December 31, 2026
Location: Vancouver
Web site: Click Here

At Ocean Wise, we empower educators to bring ocean literacy into their classrooms,
deepening students' connection to the ocean and inspiring action. Our education kits are
informed by the latest science and research from our conservation initiatives—
Seaforestation, Ocean Pollution, Whales and Seafood and Fisheries, Indigenous Knowledge—
and incorporate active and constructivist pedagogies. Each kit addresses the
interdisciplinary issues of climate change.

Our kits are available for elementary (grades 3-6), middle (grades 7-8), and high school
(grades 9-12) levels, in both French and English. The educator’s guidebook offers detailed
guidance on conducting classroom activities, aligning with curriculum requirements and
learning objectives.

Species at Risk (SAR) Education Kit: Each lesson focuses on a species at risk, linked to an
Ocean Wise conservation initiative. Students will learn about the humpback whale and
climate change, the killer whale and ocean pollution, the great white shark and bycatch, the
hawksbill sea turtle and plastic pollution, and the sea otter and loss of kelp habitat. The kit
includes actionable steps to protect these species.

Ocean Plastics Education Kit: This kit explores humanity's deep reliance on plastic and the
environmental impacts of disposable culture. By connecting socio-economic and scientific
concepts such as watersheds, ocean currents, food chains, and the greenhouse gas effect,
students will learn about the history of plastic, its transformation of consumer habits, its harm
to ocean health, and its role in the climate crisis. They will discover ways to protect the ocean
from further plastic pollution and restore affected ecosystems.

Átl’ḵa7tsem/Howe Sound Case Study: Átl’ḵa7tsem/Howe Sound is a vital coastal fjord
ecosystem in the Salish Sea, crucial to First Nation communities. Despite years of destructive
human activity, efforts are underway to transition the Sound’s marine ecosystem from crisis
to recovery. Using this case study, students will learn about the interconnectedness of
ecosystems, species, human impact, and climate change in marine environments globally.
This knowledge is essential for students to become informed stewards of our planet.



Respecting the Game: The Story of Jackie Barrett
Date: February 01, 2024 - June 06, 2025
Location: Virtual ongoing available resources
Web site: Click Here

Online resource available anytime.

In honour of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
(CSHoF) has proudly partnered with Special Olympics Canada and Special Olympics Canada
Winter Games Calgary 2024 Legacy Fund to create a curriculum-aligned national education
program that connects youth to the legacy, impact, and lessons of Jackie Barrett, the first
Special Olympics athlete inducted into CSHoF – at no cost to schools.

Respecting the Game: The Story of Jackie Barrett is a groundbreaking, asynchronous
educational program geared towards youth from kindergarten through grade 12. This
comprehensive program celebrates the richness of diversity, fosters equity, and champions
inclusion through the remarkable journey of an exceptional role model – inspiring youth to
dream big by seeing themselves in a true sport icon


TEACH Brilliantly – Author Guided Book Study with James Nottingham
Date: June 01, 2024 - December 31, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

Engage your team in a book study with James Nottingham, the creator of the Learning Pit
and author of 12 books, including his most recent title: TEACH Brilliantly. This book is filled
with research-based strategies and descriptions of tried-and-true practices that will increase
student engagement and lead to improved learning.

You may purchase the book from Solution Tree and take advantage of the associated videos.
If you’d like to go one step further, then you can also schedule live sessions for your team to
interact with James.

Who is this for?

PLCs, content/grade level teams, or full staffs interested in making small shifts in teaching for
big gains in learning.


Orton Gillingham Classroom Educator
Date: July 02, 2024 - July 09, 2024
Location: Online
Web site: Click Here

Free Orton-Gillingham Training for Dyslexia

We are a collective of New Brunswick parents, grandparents, and professionals who have
partnered with Teachers for Reading Canada (TFRC) to enhance literacy in the region. Our
current initiative focuses on fundraising to provide 24 public school teachers with free
specialized training in effective teaching methods for children with Dyslexia.

Training Sessions Available:
Dates:
● Option 1: July 2, 3, 8, 9
● Option 2: July 23, 24, August 27, 28
● Time: 10 AM to 6 PM ADT for each session.
● Duration: 30 hours of comprehensive training.
● Format: Conducted entirely online.

Apply Now!
Visit: https://www.tfrcanada.ca/apply-now
Submit your teaching certificate and proof of employment to: teachersforreading@gmail.com.

Want to Support Our Cause?
● Donate here: https://www.tfrcanada.ca/for-funders
● All donations over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt (CRA Charitable Number:
778245506RR0001).
● Please specify if your donation is intended to support all New Brunswick public school
teachers or a specific teacher by emailing Annette at teachersforreading@gmail.com
School Sponsorships:
● Parents, businesses, school districts, and individual schools are encouraged to sponsor
teachers. For more information on how to support, please contact us at
teachersforreading@gmail.com.

Learn More:
For additional information, please refer to our attached letter or contact us at
ournbkidsmatter@gmail.com or teachersforreading@gmail.com


Teachers' Training Seminar - Antisemitism and Racism in the Age of Social Media
Date: July 03, 2024 - July 05, 2024
Location: Montreal Holocauste Museum - 5151, Cote-Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal
Web site: Click Here

Registrations for the seminar with the possibility of a grant to cover part of the traveling and
accommodation fees have been extended to May 25th.
Over the course of three days, participants can expect a lineup of exciting lectures and
practical workshops led by experts from universities and partner organizations. There will
also be behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum, work with historical primary sources,
testimonies from Holocaust survivors, roundtable discussions among participants on
pedagogical practices, outdoor activities to discover Montreal, and much more! Please note
that the program is simultaneously bilingual.



Classroom Management & Discipline
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions 2-day Training (Virtual and Live) with Dr. Ross Greene
Date: May 30, 2024 - May 31, 2024
Location: Online Virtual Event
Web site: Click Here

Key Themes/Paradigm Shifts, The Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems
(ALSUP), Overview of The Plans and Plan B, Video Example/Discussion of Plan B, Practice
Using the ALSUP/Practice Using Drilling Strategies, Video Examples of the Empathy Step,
Video Demonstration/Discussion of All Three Steps, Issues in Implementation, Special
Populations, Special Topics


Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth
Date: June 06, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

The ability to thrive and manage life’s difficulties is greatly influenced by our mental wellbeing
from an early age. Children and youth need supports in their lives to help navigate the
challenges that come along with mental health, and to connect them with the necessary
support and services. This workshop provides a general overview of the common mental
illnesses for children and youth, including the signs and symptoms, themes for treatment, and
the controversies that surround some of the diagnoses. Participants will learn tips for
informal support of children, youth, and their families struggling with mental health concerns.

9am-4pm CDT. Register by visiting our website.


Challenging Behaviours in Youth - Strategies for Intervention
Date: July 23, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

For those who work with youth, managing challenging behaviours that interfere with
development, learning, or success can be both frustrating and exhausting. This workshop will
review challenging behaviours related to aggression, non-compliance, and attention-seeking,
and will provide a framework for intervening with these behaviours. Participants will analyze
the effectiveness of their current approach and develop insights into what is happening when
attempts at intervention do not work. Guidelines for structuring interactions for positive
outcomes will be given, and a coaching model to bring out the best in youth who exhibit
challenging behaviour will be provided.

9am-4pm CDT. Please register by visiting our website.


Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth - Issues and Strategies
Date: August 06, 2024 - August 07, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

Self-injury refers to deliberate, self-inflicted tissue damage such as cutting or burning. Self-
injury has reached alarming proportions among our youth; studies show that 14-24% of
adolescents and young adults have engaged in this behaviour at least once, with a quarter of
these reporting current, chronic self-injury. Helpers are increasingly encountering young
people who are involved with self-injury. This workshop will assist participants in
understanding the experience and motivations of adolescents who intentionally injure
themselves. In addition, practical strategies for working with youth struggling with this
complex issue will be presented. Participants of this training will increase their insight
regarding self-injury behaviour in youth and be provided with a framework for effective
intervention.

9am-4pm CDT. Register by visiting our website.



General
Teaching to Include Each Learner
Date: April 08, 2024 - June 16, 2024
Location: Virtual

EECD will be piloting a brand new course titled Teaching to Include Each Learner this spring. The purpose of this 10-week asynchronous course is to help educators apply Policy 322: Inclusive Education confidently and appropriately in their teaching context. The course is scheduled to begin on April 8th and will run until June 16th.

The target audience is classroom teachers. At this time, the pilot will not be open to Education Support Teachers.

Registration is limited and will be on a first-come first-accepted basis.

To register, please email: Sherry Jonah at Sherry.Jonah@gnb.ca


Free Outdoor Learning Workshops for Educators
Date: April 16, 2024 - June 04, 2024
Location: Online
Web site: Click Here

Offered in partnership with Take Me Outside, our non-profit charity, the Outdoor Learning
Store, presents our Free Virtual Workshop Series!
FREE registration for a series of online workshops dedicated to various themes of outdoor
learning. All registrants will receive a discount code to access outdoor learning resources
when they register. Workshops are 60 minutes and will take place at 4pm Pacific / 7pm
Eastern. For those who can’t attend live these will each be recorded and posted on our
Recordings Page. Following the workshop, participants will receive a link to access a
Certificate of Attendance.


2024 CTF Women's Symposium
Date: June 02, 2024 - June 04, 2024
Location: Fredericton's Delta Hotel
Web site: Click Here

We are excited to announce that the CTF/FCE 2024 Women’s Symposium, co-hosted by the
New Brunswick Teachers’ Association, will take place at the Delta Fredericton from June 2 to
4, 2024. Mark your calendars for this incredible event, which will feature insightful
discussions, networking opportunities, and empowering sessions designed to uplift and
celebrate the achievements of women.

Who Should Attend? The Symposium is designed for leaders, staff, and members from
CTF/FCE Member and Associate Organizations, and representatives from Partner
Organizations who identify as women.


CONTACT 2024
Date: July 23, 2024 - July 26, 2024
Location: Corner Brook NL
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CONTACT, Conference On New Teaching And Classroom Techniques, is an annual conference organized by CAPTTO: the Council of Atlantic Provinces & Territory Teachers' Organizations. This year's theme is From Awareness to Action: Empowering Inclusive Educators.

-Hands-on themed sessions organized by teachers for teachers
-Fantastic opportunity to network with our Atlantic Canada colleagues
-25 seats for NBTA members
-Funding available through NBTA, EIG and branches
-Bring your family and make a summer learning vacation out of it
-Submit your name today to Evan.Vanbuskirk@nbta.ca


Anxiety in Children and Youth - Practical Intervention Strategies
Date: August 28, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

*Also available May 1 and July 3 of 2024.

Childhood and adolescence are critical times for emotional and psychological development.
During these stages, anxiety patterns can begin that continue into adulthood. Anxiety
represents our body’s natural alarm system, signalling the possibility of danger. When this
response arises too frequently or intensely and doesn’t match actual situations of danger, it
can interfere with life and cause great distress. Having caregivers who are equipped to
support and teach children and youth skills for managing and interrupting their anxiety
patterns is crucial for early intervention. This workshop will provide a structure for
understanding how anxiety works in the nervous system. Participants will also learn a diverse
range of skills that can be taught and practiced with children and youth. These skills are
designed to decrease anxiety and expand the capacity for managing emotions and anxious
thought patterns.

9am-4pm CDT. Register by visiting our website.


4 Seasons of Indigenous Learning
Date: October 01, 2024 - December 31, 2024
Location: Online
Web site: Click Here

Early bird registration is now OPEN for the 2024-2025 4 Seasons of Indigenous Learning
Course!

This year of self-paced (virtual) learning, starting this Fall, brings together 12 incredible
Indigenous presenters from across Turtle Island (North America).

Offered in partnership with over 50 non-profit organizations, this initiative serves to support
participants in deepening their understanding of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives
while strengthening connections with the local Land and supporting more respectful,
reciprocal relationships.

Early Bird Registration is open until June 30, and includes:

Self-paced Learning Modules (~30 mins/month)
Monthly Virtual Gatherings with Indigenous Presenters (~60 mins/month)
Access to the Recordings (if you can't make the live presentations)
$25 towards excellent Indigenous Learning Resources
A Certificate of Completion

Registration options:
Season 1: Foundations of Knowledge (Canada)
Season 1: Foundations of Knowledge (USA)
Season 2: Learning from the Land (for those who have completed Season 1)
Season 3: Reciprocal Relationships (for those who have completed Season 2)
Season 4: Taking Reflective Action (Coming in 2025!)

If you don't have time right now for the learning modules, you can register for just the
Indigenous Learning Presentations.



Other
Safer Project
Date: April 01, 2024 - December 31, 2024
Location: Online learning resources https://saferproject.ca/tipsheets/
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Resource sheets on safer environments for 2SLGBTQIA+ students in
schools


Learning by Adventure Conference
Date: June 07, 2024 - June 09, 2024
Location: Ottawa, ON
Web site: Click Here

Spaces are Still Available! Register Today: “Learning By Adventure” Conference

Where: Ottawa, Ontario 
When: June 7 – 9, 2024 
Who should go? Youth Exchange Group Organizers and Leaders, and anyone considering running
an exchange.

Please join us for our annual ​​​Learning by Adventure​ ​Conference that engages leaders from
across Canada. You will dive into a range of youth related topics delivered by experts, receive
networking opportunities and learn all you need to know to lead a successful Youth Exchange.
You could potentially find your ’Twin Group’, and work with other group leaders to plan your
robust Exchange Program! 

Our keynote address ​will be delivered by​​ Waneek Horn-Miller; ​Olympian, activist, and respected
speaker on Indigenous Health and Reconciliation​ who will inspire us with her incredible ​life story.

Due to the high number of requests, we are now providing new affordable pricing options for our
upcoming conference ranging from $75-$499 CAD. 
Full Conference Registration – including 2-nights accommodation and meals: $499.00
Full Conference Registration – including meals: $199.00
Day Rate – Conference Registration: $125.00
1/2 Day Rate - Conference Registration: $75.00

✈️ Are you Flying? ✈️
Subsidized air travel is now available for conference attendance for flights within Canada via Air
Canada and West Jet. Please send inquiries to our Manager of Events, Jules Alie:
jalie@experiencescanada.ca. (some conditions may apply)


Trauma-Informed Schools - Building Safety for Learning
Date: June 20, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

If you want to create a culture of safety and support in your school, you need to understand
how trauma impacts people. It can cause dysregulation in students, staff, and faculty, which
prevents effective learning and teaching. This workshop provides practical strategies for
implementing five key principles of trauma-informed schools: promoting awareness, shifting
attitudes, providing choice, fostering safety, and highlighting strengths.

9am-4pm CDT. Register by visiting our website.




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