The Year Ahead English Language Learners

We will be exploring the diversity of the ELL students that are a part of our SD60 classrooms.  We will be discussing how to plan for and create a classroom environment to help not only ELLs but all students thrive with strategies that create an “I can”  feeling for your community. Ways to incorporate language into subject areas  through:  GAMES/ACTIVITIES, TECHNOLOGY, AND VISUALS  to  support and engage students in a collaborative environment.  

Date: Friday October 20, 2017

Target Audience: Classroom Teachers

Facilitator:  Heather MacGillivray

Time: 9:00 – 3:00      

Location: Dr. Kearney, Room 109

Please, register by email with:

Juanita Esau:

Patrick Hunter Staff Workshop – Diversity – Oct 20, 2017 – SESSION IS FULL

This session is full!

Session Description:

This workshop is a creative blend of discussion surrounding diversity and inclusion, challenges we all face daily on an individual and collective basis and to have some fun learning how to paint with Patrick! Patrick will create a safe space for discussion and creativity. Discussions will tackle the tough topics of his challenges growing up in the Canadian school system and how we,  as school representatives, can adapt better to help newcomer, aboriginal and LGBTQ students in a culturally sensitive way.

Hunter was born a two-spirit Ojibway, in the Red Lake District and grew up in the small community of Madsen, in Northwestern Ontario.  He attended the graphic design program at Sault College, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and recalls the difficulty and costs of living between these two communities. However, Hunter has always strove to put forth the extra effort to make his art career a success.

Hunter now resides in Toronto, a far cry from his humble beginnings in Madsen. Patrick Hunter is inspired by Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland artists, who came out of Red Lake, as well as Daphne Odjig and members the Native Group of Seven.  His formal education introduced him to the Group of Seven, who share connections to the land of Red Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, and Toronto.

Hunter has continued to maintain his connections to Red Lake, returning to educate a new generation of Woodland Artists, with help from partnerships he formed with the Red Lake District High School, and the Wilderness Arts Council to support youth and adult art classes.

In 2013 Patrick was asked by the Economic Club of Canada to address inner city, and Aboriginal youth, about turning your passion into employment.  “Be fearless, and be bold enough to take risks,” has been Hunter’s motto. In August 2014, Hunter took a risk and quit his part-time job to pursue his art career and has never looked back.

His purpose for creating artwork is to honour the spirit of what it is that’s in the art piece and painting how nature looks like with a spiritual lens.

  1. Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017
  2. Target Audience: SD60 Clerical
  3. Time: 9am – 12pm (lunch provided)
  4. Location: Energetic Learning Campus
  5. Hosted by: Jane Drew
  6. Registration Deadline: As soon as possible – seats limited
  7. Registration Contact: 250-264-8536


Interested in action research to support student development within your school, classrooms or program? Come join the 2017-18 NOII/AESN group. Three sessions over the year are offered to review the Spirals of Inquiry, support project development and final presentations. Sessions will be facilitated by Kim Boettcher.

First Meeting will be held on December 6th from 4:00-6:30 pm in the DDC.
● Sessions 2 & 3 will be set up for spring of 2018.

Interested school teams/ teachers are asked to register as soon as possible by emailing Charmaine Chretien, District Principal of Curriculum & Assessment @ (Please include teacher names, school, area of interest & grade levels)

Please register by November 30th, 2017

Questions can be directed to 250-262-6091


03. SSEAC – HDEC 103 Portfolio Module

Session Description: HDEC 103 Portfolio Module consisting of 14 hours, following Modules 8 and CPI

Dates:  October 21, 24, 28, 2017

Target Audience:   EA’s      

Location:    DDC – Board Office  

Time:  4:00-7:00/9:00-3:30   

Facilitator:  Katy Clarke

Registration Deadline:  October 19, 2017

Registration Contact:  Keith MacGillivray or Juanita Esau (250)262-6087

02. SSEAC – Understanding Behaviour

Session Description:  This learning option will describe the process and the major features of positive behaviour support plans.  Participants will explore key intervention strategies.  In addition, participants will discuss the role of the EA as a member on the interdisciplinary team.

Dates: September 19, 23, 26, October 3, 5, 10, 17, 2017   

Target Audience:   EA’s   

Time:    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Saturday sessions – 9 am – 3:30 pm)

Location:    DDC – Board Office      

Facilitator: Katy Clarke

Registration Deadline: September 18, 2017

Registration Contact:  Keith MacGillivray or Juanita Esau at (250)262-6087

CWT 2017-2018 – SERIES

Series Description

Sessions provide curricular exemplars and technology support to teachers in the grade 6 Curriculum With Technology program (formerly Wireless Writing Program). More info on the program at and

Dates: Google Calendar Invites will be sent to participants

New Teachers – Sept 15, 2017
Session #1 All – One of September 26 / 27 / 28
Session #2 All – One of October 24 / 25 / 26
Session #3 All  – One of Dec 5 / 6 / 7

Target Audience: Grade 6 CWT Teachers

Time: 9am – 3pm (December may be different times)

Location: Aboriginal Education Centre – Grandhaven

Hosted by: Laurie Petrucci & Charmaine Chretien

Registration Deadline – not open to registration

Contact – Laurie Petrucci,, 250-261-0425




Literacy – SERIES

Participants will leave each session with ready to use ideas, strategies and resources in the following three focus areas:

  • Balanced Literacy
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Growth Mindset

Sessions will be tailored to suit participant’s needs and will be adjusted according to feedback.

First Session: September 14th, 2017

Series Dates

  1. Sept. 14
  2. Oct.. 12
  3. Nov. 9
  4. April 12

Dates: Monthly on the second Thursday   Target Audience: CT’s, LAT’s  & EA’s

Time:   4-5 pm        

Location:  DDC   


  • Cindy McGarroch, District Positive School Culture Coach, Literacy Resource Teacher, SOGI District Lead & POPEI District Partner
  • Guest Teachers Sharing

Registration Deadline: 2 days before each session or sign up for all (reminder emails)

Registration Contact:  Cindy McGarroch  

Planning for Diversity: Beginning with the End in Mind: Oct 20, 2017

Teachers will leave this session with a variety of graphic organizers as well as self-created and shared rubrics. The framework for the session is built around Jennifer Katz’s Block Two: Instructional Practice. The day will be filled with practical information and activities that can be used immediately with your students.

Dates: Friday October 20, 2017   

Target Audience: CT’s, LAT’s  & Librarians

Time:   9:00-3:00 pm        

Location:  Grandhaven Meeting Room  (snacks, coffee, tea -lunch on  your own)   


  • Cindy McGarroch, District PBS Coach & Literacy Resource Teacher
  • Laurie Petrucci, Instructional Technology Teacher
  • Diane Barclay, District Cultural Support Worker

Registration Deadline: October 18, 2017

Registration Contact:  Cindy McGarroch  or Laurie Petrucci  

TRIBES LEARNING COMMUNITY TRAINING 101 Introduction – Oct 20, 2017

“Every school should be a model home, a complete community actively developing future compassionate citizens capable of creating, leading and contributing to the kind of democratic communities – in which we all long to live.”

This session will provide participants with a basic background in the Tribes program.  The philosophy and strategies of Tribes can be implemented in a variety of ways at all levels – elementary, middle and high school.  

We are hoping this introductory session will excite and encourage participants to enrol in the in-depth basic training course.

Teachers using this approach in their classrooms spend far less time managing inappropriate behaviour and more time facilitating learning.

Date: Oct 20th         

Target Audience: classroom teachers, administrators, LATs, school teams, district staff, educational assistants, all are welcome

Time: 9:00-3:00         

Location: Bert Bowes Lounge Area   

Facilitators:  Dale Boissonneault

Registration Deadline: October 10

Registration Contact:  Marie Westergaard at

ELL EA Sessions – SERIES

2 Sessions: Opportunity to collaborate to create a richer understanding the diversity of our English Language Learners within our schools, and explore strategies to connect with students.

  1. Build understanding of  AIPs,, Connecting,
    1. Strategies for building Vocabulary (Oral Language)
    2. Connecting with classroom & school community
    3. Understanding different cultures
    4. PWIM (EET), Talking Tables
  2. Connecting to students & working with Classroom Teachers
    1. Strategies for Reading & Writing
    2. PWIM (EET), Talking Tables

***Topics to be discussed may change***

Date: First Date: Friday, October 13, 2017

(Other date needs to be discussed)   

Target Audience: ELL Education Assistants working with ELL students

Facilitators:  Heather MacGillivray & Mary Tremain

Time: 9:00 – 11:45  pm      

Location: District Development Center

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2017

Register by  Email Juanita Esau: