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
Respecting the Game: The Story of Jackie Barrett
Date: December 06, 2023
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

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. Scheduled
to be unveiled via a premiere launch event on December 6 at 11:00 a.m. MT, 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


Managing Eco-Anxiety through Outdoor Learning
Date: January 16, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

Free Webinar 4:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Atlantic

When kids are worried about the environment, they can feel scared, overwhelmed and even
hopeless. This is called eco-anxiety. But what can we do about it?

How about turning Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action? Eco-anxiety is a valid response to the real
challenges our kids see around them. As adults, our job isn’t to make their concerns go away;
it’s to help channel them into positive action. Join Stephanie and Nicole who will share
research and practical ways on how Outdoor Learning and Environmental Action can help to
manage Eco-Anxiety.

Stephanie Doyle, PhD, is the Education Programs Manager at Earth Rangers. Earth Rangers
Homeroom supports K-6 educators in transforming children’s concerns about the
environment into positive action through classroom resources, an eco clubs program and the
“Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Action” micro-credential.

Nicole Forsyth is the Managing Director for Earth Rangers, USA, a nonprofit committed to
instilling environmental knowledge, positivity, and the confidence to take action in every child
in Canada and now the United States.


Nature Activities for Learners Winter Course
Date: January 17, 2024 - February 21, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

Early Bird Registration closes Nov 30

Join us for this winter series of 4 x 60 minute virtual sessions to improve the nature activities
you provide for learners. Come away with practical, cross-curricular, hands-on activities and
skills!Session Dates & Themes:

Wed, Jan 17: Connecting to Nearby Nature @ 7pm Eastern Time / 4pm Pacific Time
Wed, Jan 24: Seasonal Nature Activities (for the year!) @ 7pm Eastern Time / 4pm Pacific
Time
Wed, Feb 7: A Pathway to Nature Connection @ 7pm Eastern Time / 4pm Pacific Time
Wed, Feb 21: Creating Places and Spaces where Nature and People can Thrive @ 7pm
Eastern Time / 4pm Pacific Time


Outdoor Learning Astronomy
Date: January 23, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

Free webinar 4:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Atlantic

When we think of astronomy, we usually think of the night sky and that doesn’t work too well
with regular classroom schedules. But there are many ways to teach astronomy and bringing
the students outdoors is a great way to start!

Whether you’re starting to observe the daytime sky (yes, there’s plenty to see and do during
the day!) or using the great outdoors to create scale models, we’ll show you many activities
for different grade levels.

We’ll cover topics such as the phases of the Moon, eclipses, figuring out our place in the
Solar System and the Milky Way Galaxy, and even exoplanets – those distant planets around
other stars. We’ll also explain how your students can explore these themes at home with their
families. We love helping young people (and not so young!) reconnect with the sky and their
environment and we have many ideas to share with you!


Indigenous Resources for Outdoor Learning
Date: February 06, 2024
Location: Virtual
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Free webinar 4:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Atlantic

Join Qultultun and Seabacola to learn about authentic Indigenous Learning Resources that
connect educators with the Land from across Turtle Island. From traditional to modern
stories, educational books and resources, this workshop will connect you with the wealth of
authentic Indigenous resources available on The Outdoor Learning Store in partnership with
Strong Nations – an Indigenous owned and operated publishing house.

Qwultultun/Robert Goldsmith is from Quw’utsun First Nation (Cowichan Tribes). He was born
in Vancouver but has lived on Vancouver Island, in Nanaimo, for most of his life. Robert is the
father of two children, Melainee and Rylan. Robert joined Strong Nations as a
shipper/receiver in 2018. Since then, his role has expanded to include warehouse
management and customer service, and Director of Publishing. Robert is now the Manager of
Sales.

Topher Beaton, or his traditional name Seabacola, has been involved with Strong Nations for
years as a member of the operations team, as an author, and now as the Manager of
Publishing. He was previously Managing Editor of Portal magazine and studied Creative
Writing and English at Vancouver Island University. His first graphic novel Andy’s Tribal Canoe
Journey was published in 2022.


Apprentissage de L’astronomie en Plein Air
Date: February 13, 2024
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

Free webinar 4:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Atlantic

Quand nous pensons à l’astronomie, nous pensons généralement au ciel de nuit et cela ne
fonctionne pas très bien avec les horaires habituels de classe. Mais il existe de nombreuses
façons d’enseigner l’astronomie et amener les élèves à l’extérieur est une excellente façon de
commencer!

Que vous commenciez à observer le ciel de jour (oui, il y a beaucoup à voir et à faire pendant
le jour!) ou que vous utilisiez les grands espaces pour créer des modèles à l’échelle, nous
vous montrerons de nombreuses activités pour différents niveaux scolaires. Nous aborderons
des sujets tels que les phases de la Lune, les éclipses, notre place dans le Système solaire et
notre galaxie et même les exoplanètes – ces planètes lointaines autour des autres étoiles.
Nous expliquerons également comment vos élèves peuvent explorer ces thèmes à la maison
avec leur famille. Nous adorons aider les jeunes (et moins jeunes!) à se reconnecter au ciel et
à leur environnement et nous avons de nombreuses idées à partager avec vous!


Stories in the Wild: Animal Tracks & Traces
Date: February 20, 2024
Location: Virtual
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Free webinar 4:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Atlantic

Join Wildsight educators Patty Kolesnichenko and Jill Jennings as they dive into a world of
mystery and intrigue, of tracks and traces, of clues left behind by creatures you often do not
see – a world of animal signs. Animal tracks and signs create the perfect scaffolding to
storytelling, investigation, imagination, and FUN – all found in nearby nature.

Patty and Jill will share Wildsight’s “Stories in the Wild: Animal Tracks and Traces”, a resource
that will bring the stories of the snow (or mud) to life! A track sheet with lifesize tracks and
accompanying lesson plan, activities, and natural history cards will help educators to teach
their learners how to become nature detectives and solve the mysteries left behind by our
wild neighbours.

Patty Kolesnichenko has worked as an environmental educator for over 20 years. Patty is in
her element when teaching outdoor education and enjoys helping young people find
meaningful connections to their natural environment.

Jill has been working in environmental education in many capacities throughout her career–
from singing and dancing about all things “neat-ure” as an interpreter with Alberta Parks, to
creating many successful environmental education programs in BC and beyond.


Enhancing Climate Change Education through Active Learning
Date: February 27, 2024
Location: Virtual
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Free webinar 4:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Atlantic

A national climate change education survey, conducted by Learning for a Sustainable Future
(LSF) involving over 4,000 Canadians, found an overwhelming consensus that schools have an
important role to play in educating our youth about climate change, yet educators shared
concerns about a lack of resources and professional learning opportunities.

This interactive workshop will provide highlights of LSF’s climate change education survey
results, and support workshop participants in increasing their repertoire of active learning
strategies to effectively teach the complex topic of climate change.


2024 Outdoor Learning Conference
Date: May 09, 2024 - May 11, 2024
Location: Banff National Park
Web site: Click Here

You are invited to attend the 2024 Outdoor Learning Conference at the world renowned Banff
Centre from May 9-11, 2024!

The overarching theme for the 2024 Outdoor Learning Conference is “Place and Pedagogy:
Where Learning Happens”. This year’s Conference will continue to focus on Indigenous Ways
of Knowing, Health and Wellbeing and Environmental and Climate Change Education.

Registration is now open, and filling up quickly!



General
4 Seasons of Indigenous Learning
Date: October 01, 2023
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

Season 1: Foundations of Knowledge

10 Reconciliation Education Learning Modules: about 30 mins of learning per month. A Certificate
of Completion issued by the First Nations University of Canada upon completion

10 Opportunities to Gather Virtually with Indigenous Leaders, Elders and Educators. A Certificate
of Attendance upon watching live or recorded versions of all 10 virtual gatherings (10 learning
hours)

Access to a Learning Community to learn, share and connect with.


4 Seasons of Indigenous Learning
Date: October 01, 2023
Location: Virtual
Web site: Click Here

Season 2: Learning from the Land

10 new Modules: 30-45 mins of learning per month. A Certificate of completion issued by
Reconciliation Education upon completion.

10 Opportunities to Gather Virtually with Indigenous Leaders, Elders and Educators. A Certificate
of Attendance upon watching live or recorded versions of all 10 virtual gatherings (10 learning
hours)

Access to a Learning Community to learn, share and connect with.

Please note: This pilot Season 2 Indigenous Learning Initiative is only open to those who have
completed Season 1: Foundations of Knowledge.



Other
Learning Disabilities Association of America 61st Annual International Conference
Date: February 20, 2024 - February 22, 2024
Location: Orlando, Florida
Web site: Click Here

Raise awareness about LD and provide individuals, educators, families and professionals with
the latest information on learning disabilities topics.


Council for Exceptional Children 2024 Convention and Expo
Date: March 13, 2024 - March 16, 2024
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Web site: Click Here

PD event to support special education teachers to look at research, and learn tips and
strategies to support students with disabilities and/or gifts talents.




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