Conference Week

Conference Week 2021
Tuesday, February 16 to Friday, February 19, 2021

In February, all Year 1 teacher candidates have one week of class replaced with one week of Professional Development. This “Conference Week” is organized by the Education Students’ Council and is considered a part of Transition to Professional Practice (T2P) programming.

Regular classes will not be scheduled that week. Instead, teacher candidates will choose from a variety of sessions to create their own custom Conference Week schedule, meeting minimum attendance requirements.

Year 1 Bachelor of Education students have Reading Week during March Break (March 15 to 19, 2021).

Feedback

We want to get your feedback and hear about your experience at Conference Week this year. It will help us plan the event better next year. Please share your feedback at bit.ly/ESCCW2021feedbackConference Week – Feedback Form

Thank you to the volunteers for moderating the sessions this year! Thank you again to all the Year 1’s for actively participating in the event this year!

Resources & Recordings

Presenters resources will be added to their Event Description in the Conference Week Schedule (see accordions below) as received.

About two thirds of the presenters consented to sharing recordings of their Conference Week sessions; you can find the full playlist online here:

Schedule

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

9 am - Democratic Citizenship in the Classroom

Presented by Zoe Flatman, Social Sciences Teacher TDSB, on Secondment with Elections Canada

Will you be teaching elections and democracy in a blended, online or traditional classroom? Elections Canada will show you how to use our new blended learning guides to support your students, no matter what your learning environment. In this interactive workshop, participants will try out our blended learning tools to help students explore questions like: How inclusive is our democracy? or How can you take action to make a difference? Discover our ready-made, non-partisan lessons to integrate inquiry-based learning in your social studies, history, politics or geography curriculum.

This session will be presented by Zoe Flatman (she/her). She is an award-winning teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching Civics, History, Economics and Social Sciences in the Toronto District School Board. She has been a curriculum writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education, and is currently on a secondment with Elections Canada as the civic education coordinator in the Greater Toronto Area. Zoe has a passion for global citizenship, sustainability, and civic engagement. You can reach out to her organization on twitter @democracyCA and find more resources on the website at https://electionsanddemocracy.ca/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/91436809461
Meeting ID: 914 3680 9461
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/TpFYSiFyqnkdWhLu9

10 am - Provincial Report Cards

Presented by Laura Christmann, Ontario Ministry of Education Representative

Orientation to the provincial report card templates; considerations for determining a mark or grade and how to write effective comments.

This session will be presented by a representative of the Ontario Ministry of Education under their professional development program for teacher candidates. Laura Christmann has worked as a classroom educator and a school leader for the past 3 decades in Ontario and abroad. She brings both a Kindergarten and an assessment lens to her role as an Education officer in the Student Achievement Division. You can access more resources for teacher development on the Ministry website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/99553539450
Meeting ID: 995 5353 9450
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/qodcJzv4MyeqedfX6

11 am - Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ2+ Students

Presented by Dr. Alicia Lapointe, Centre for School Mental Health, Western University

Learn about and practice affirmative teaching and learning strategies for LGBT2Q+ students of all ages.  This interactive and discussion-based workshop will direct you to information and resources to better support and empower LGBT2Q+ students.

This session will be presented by Dr. Alicia Lapointe (any pronouns) who is a course creator and instructor, workshop facilitator, consultant, researcher, and author in the areas of anti-oppressive policies and pedagogies.  As a Research Scientist for the Centre for School Mental Health, Western University, Alicia facilitates and evaluates mental health promotion and healthy relationships programs and trainings to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer/Questioning (LGBT2Q+) youth; and designs and delivers equity-focused professional development to front line educators, administrators, and curriculum developers in multiple school boards and community agencies across Canada, including educators and Ministry staff in Ontario, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. You can reach out to the speaker on twitter @alapoint13 and find more resources about the Healthy Relationships Program (HRP) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer/Questioning (LGBT2Q+) Youth at

https://www.csmh.uwo.ca/research/hrp_for_lgbt2q.html.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97555962108
Meeting ID: 975 5596 2108
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/V6NvRg9qRx7uUD7F7

12 pm - Why Muslims seem so strange?

Presented by Dr. Asma Ahmadi, Freelance Consultant and Althouse Alumni

The largest growing religion in the world is Islam. Almost 25% of the world are Muslims, that is 1 in every 4 people. The fastest growing population in  Canada are Muslims. Yet, emerging polls show that Islam is also the most misunderstood religion in the world. The growth of a Muslim population means that the likelihood of non-Muslims and Muslims meeting at work, school, or in general social situations, is on the rise. How is it, then, that a generally peaceful population that is growing so fast is also sustaining a negative reputation among their fellow citizens? There are many reasons why Islam is perceived as strange or as “the other.” This session will delve into these reasons and support teacher candidates in supporting their Muslim students.

This session will be presented by Dr. Asma Ahmadi who is a certified teacher and a certified principal in Ontario with over 15 years of experience working in classrooms. Asma has a PhD in Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies. Her research, in the past eight years, has been looking into Muslim students.  Currently Asma is writing a book called: Lifting the Fog: A Guide for Parents and Educators Navigating Two Systems, helping Muslim parents decided on public or private schools. She also has worked as an instructor at Western University at the pre-service Teacher Education Program.  Asma’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets such as the National Post, Ontario Principal Council Magazine and Canadian Association of Principals’ Journal. Asma was invited to present her work in the Forum of Ministry of Education in Toronto during her PhD candidacy. In the past five years she has been working as an Education Consultant and Senior Instructional Designer, in schools across the country, coaching and training teachers . She also worked at GoodLife as a personal trainer. Asma is a mother of four and she lives in Mississauga. Her newfound interest is dabbling into a minimalist health conscious lifestyle.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/92205373832
Meeting ID: 922 0537 3832
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/tCVabNHkUwPePmXLA

2 pm - Accessibility and Disability in the Classroom

Presented by Anne-Marie Dolinar, Senior Regional Coordinator, ON, QC & MB for the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program

This session will help teacher candidates understand how they can help students (grades K-12) learn more about improving accessibility and inclusion in their schools and communities. Join the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program (RHFSP) team for a resource filled session on improving student well being by celebrating the importance of diversity and inclusion. 1 in 5 Canadians have a disability, but luckily 5 in 5 Canadians can help improve accessibility for all. Learning about accessibility and inclusion is important for all students. By gaining greater disability awareness, you will be equipped to foster an inclusive learning environment in your future classrooms. In this session you will also learn how the RHFSP offerings can support you in empowering students to make a difference in their classrooms, schools and communities.

This session will be presented by Anne-Marie Dolinar who is the Senior Regional Coordinator, ON, QC & MB for the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program. Anne-Marie began her career as a Registered Dietitian where she educated clients about nutrition, delivered food literacy programming in schools, and instructed dietetics courses at the post-secondary level. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, the need for improved accessibility and inclusion became abundantly clear to Anne-Marie. This ultimately led her to her role with the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program. She wholeheartedly believes in the potential of young people to be Difference Makers, and the vision of creating a world where Everyone can go Everywhere. In her spare time, Anne-Marie can usually be found on a tennis court – she competes internationally as a wheelchair tennis athlete and is our current Canadian Women’s National Champion. You can reach out to the speaker’s organization on twitter @RickHansenFdn and find more resources about the foundation’s school program on the website at https://www.rickhansen.com/schools-communities/school-program.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/92693495462
Meeting ID: 926 9349 5462
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/6nChb8SYWSjfaTh3A

3 pm - Indigenous Education

Presented by Shelley Duquette-Lafortune, Ontario Ministry of Education Representative

This session will help teacher candidates understand indigenous education programs and how to support their indigenous students better.

This session will be presented by a representative of the Ontario Ministry of Education under their professional development program for teacher candidates. Shelley Duquette-Lafortune, is a bilingual Education Officer for the Indigenous Education Branch of the Ministry of Education. Before coming to the Ministry in 2017, Shelley was a teacher, a High School Principal and an Indigenous Education Lead within a Northern French Public School Board. She is a member of Dokis First Nation and works primarily with the French Language Boards but also holds various Ministry Portfolios pertaining to Indigenous Education. You can access more resources for teacher development and learning on the Ontario Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/99481720339
Meeting ID: 994 8172 0339
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/J5xiQFStWbjikApn9

4 pm - Photogrammetry in the Classroom

Presented by Jim Pedrech, English and Canadian & World Studies Department Head in Southwestern Ontario.

This session will highlight Photogrammetry, or the process of creating 3D models from a series of images. This technique is used by historians, museum curators, engineers, video game designers, scientists, artists, geographers, and architects, photogrammetry is a powerful way to capture the world; for educators, however, it is a way to not only teach students an important 21st c   entury skill but also create engaging 3D content for their classes. For example, instead showing of a static image of a geographical feature, teachers can provide their students with interactive models of those features that can be embedded in everything from D2L to Word. In this session, you will learn how to access such models and how to make models on your own (or better yet, with your students!)

This session will be presented by Jim Pedrech, who is an English and Canadian & World Studies Department Head in Southwestern Ontario. His goal is to provide rich and meaningful learning experiences for his students. He is particularly interested in the role technology, especially video games, can play in education. In collaboration with his students, he has created video games designed to teach students about ancient Egypt, Victorian England, Ancient Egypt, and even grammar. For the last four years, Jim has been working on the Scanning History Project, which has students in his classes (and ideally, around the world) scan historical artifacts and add them to a virtual museum that uses the Unity game engine. Jim has written online courses for the Ministry of Education, led projects involving schools across Canada, taught classes from around the world via Skype, and presented at conferences in Toronto, Ottawa, Seattle, Budapest, Monterey, and Salzburg. You can reach out to the speaker on twitter @jpedrech and find more resources on their personal website at Pedrech.ca.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97228111061
Meeting ID: 972 2811 1061
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form -  https://forms.gle/9hFTECbEakL2PVEp7

5 pm - Financial Literacy Curriculum for Educators

Presented by Willem Hart, Althouse Year 2 Teacher Candidate

What’s a budget? How do banks work? How do I talk to students about money? How do we grow financial literacy in our province’s youth? With Financial Literacy being mandated into several curriculum areas in Ontario, a good grasp on pedagogy is more critical than ever. Explore tips and tricks from a fellow student-teacher, and discover the who, what, how and why of financial literacy education!

This session will be presented by our very own Willem Hart, who is a 2nd year teacher candidate in the UWO Faculty of Education, certifying at the I/S level. His subjects are history and social sciences, and the speaker also pursued a teachable in business studies during the summer. Areas of interest: career studies, citizenship education and social history.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97645314564
Meeting ID: 976 4531 4564
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

UPDATE: FEB17 11am

Session Presentation Link - https://youtu.be/sqOaYQy4T_Y

Due to unexpected presenter conflicts during this session's planned time, this session will be delivered asynchronously. If you review the above video and complete the Check for Understanding form for the same, then we will give you credits in the form of an AFE hour for the same. (Be sure to complete both steps before Feb 20/21)

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/gV8ZVyZYuVCbvfym6

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

9 am - Living with Disabilities

Presented by Melissa Brideau, PhD Student at Western University

The aim of this session is to discuss the challenges faced by disabled students within the Ontario education system. The presenter will use a combination of scholarly research and her own lived experience as a physically disabled person to explore the various attitudinal, systemic, and physical barriers that students are required to navigate while balancing academic responsibilities. Finally, the session will also provide attendees with practical knowledge/suggestions about what they can do as educators to not only assist students with unique needs as they work at achieving successful learning outcomes, but also how to create an inclusive environment which allows disabled students to fully participate in all aspects of school life.

This session will be presented by Melissa Brideau who is currently in the process of completing her PhD in the Faculty of Education within the Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies academic and research cluster.   Melissa previously graduated from Kings University College with both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has worked for several years as a disability advocate helping individuals with diverse needs access crucial supports and services to increase their independence/ improve health and well-being. Presently, her research interests are in the areas of higher education and the barriers experienced by physically disabled students within the academy.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/91986782658
Meeting ID: 919 8678 2658
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/UnjKPsRUaZQpCYi27

10 am - One Point of “The Triangle”: Opportunities in Community-Based Teaching

Presented by Jessie Collins, Education Specialist at the London Children's Museum, Ontario and Althouse Alumni

This session will highlight experiential learning and the benefit of working with & for community organizations. There are benefits for both students and educators when we all work together and recognize that valuable learning and teaching occurs both in schools and in the community. Learn about community-based teaching, an essential part of the home-school-community learning triangle. Community-based learning, as a pedagogical strategy, is intentionally designed to provide holistic support to students on their learning journey.

This session will be presented by Jessie Collins who is an Ontario Certified Teacher and an Education Specialist at the London Children's Museum in London, Ontario. She is also a graduate of the teacher education program at Althouse. At the London Children’s Museum they aim to provide children and their grown-ups with extraordinary hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. You can find out more about the program’s offered by the London Children’s Museum at https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/education.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/99340708097
Meeting ID: 993 4070 8097
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/pEKWp7tnZkMR1MEF8

11 am - CANCELLED Performance based Pedagogies

CANCELLED Feb 16 11:30am due to presenter family emergency

Presented by Danielle Carr, PhD Student at Western University

This session will help you interrogate performance-based pedagogies (PBP) in that demand that students embody their learning so as to enact a meaning-making process that is both holistic and powerful (Warren & Fassett, 2004).

This session will be presented by Danielle Carr, who is currently in the process of completing a PhD in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Danielle is also a professor of sociology and psychology at Fanshawe College. Danielle's current research expands across many fields and disciplines including educational studies, feminist and trans research and performance and theatre. Her doctoral work, "Acting out gender: Interrogating gender through performance-based-pedagogies in high school classrooms", uses performance-based pedagogies to examine the experience and understanding of gender for high school students, and to creatively explore the construction, embodiment, reproduction, performance and subversion of gender identities. Her study, through Augusto Boal’s performance-based pedagogy, Theatre of the Oppressed (TO), explores the ways in which participants understand and respond to their gendered bodies and interrogate both external and internal experiences of gender. You can find more information about the speaker’s work and research at https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielle-carr-mssc-73738a87/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/96652975795
Meeting ID: 966 5297 5795
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

CANCELLED Feb 16 11:30am due to presenter family emergency

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/iw41bJPRrUng8mbEA

2 pm - Fostering Environmental Leadership

Presented by Diane Szoller, Carter Eady, Ava Thompson from Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA)

This session will help you learn how to foster environmental leadership among your students with the team from the Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA). The focus of TREA is simple – To increase the level of awareness and participation in sustainable efforts happening today in the Thames Region. This session will also introduce the candidates to experiential learning and leadership opportunities offered by community organizations in the environmental space.

This session will be presented by Diane Szoller, who is the President of Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA). She will be aided in this session by two TREA Board members - Carter Eady, in his final year of the University of Waterloo Environment & Business Honours program and who is now planning to complete a Western Master’s program in Sustainability, and Ava Thompson in her third year at Western University pursuing a dual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Media, Information & Technoculture. You can find out more about the speaker’s organization at https://www.trea.ca/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/94559003690
Meeting ID: 945 5900 3690
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/gbQbX22qEYVC1z3a7

3 pm - 2020 Elementary Mathematics Curriculum

Presented by Alison Macaulay and Maude Bigelow who are both Ontario Ministry of Education Representatives

This session will provide an overview of the Grade 1 to 8 elementary math curriculum as well as resources that have been developed to support educators.

This session will be presented by a representative of the Ontario Ministry of Education under their professional development program for teacher candidates. The two speakers for this session are Alison Macaulay and Maude Bigelow. Alison Macaulay is an Education Officer in the Curriculum, Assessment, and Student Success Policy Branch of the Ministry of Education. She came to the ministry after 27 years working as a teacher and mathematics consultant in an Ontario school board. Alison was a Lead Author on the recently released elementary mathematics curriculum and she is currently developing pedagogical supports to assist educators who are implementing it in their classrooms. Maude Bigelow is an Education Officer in the French-Language Teaching and Learning Branch of the Ministry of Education. She came to the ministry after 15 years working as an elementary teacher, mathematics consultant in an Ontario school board and a provincial math lead. Maude is a Lead Author on the recently released French version of the elementary mathematics curriculum and she is currently developing pedagogical supports to assist educators who are implementing it in their classrooms.  You can access more resources for teacher development and learning on the Ontario Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/98099726043
Meeting ID: 980 9972 6043
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/gbLK9YojjJKebnUa9

4 pm - Copyright for Educators

Presented by Stephen Spong, Director of the John and Dotsa Bitove Law Library at Faculty of Law of Western University's

This session will help candidates learn some basics about how copyright works in different educational settings, including ways in which it can be leveraged to support teaching (rather than merely being a list of things you can't do).

This session will be presented by Stephen Spong, who is the Director of the John and Dotsa Bitove Law Library at Western University's Faculty of Law in addition to being Western University's Copyright Officer. He holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters in Information from the University of Toronto. You can connect with the speaker on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-spong-6a322b190/?originalSubdomain=ca and explore the resources provided at the library at https://www.lib.uwo.ca/law/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/98950665234
Meeting ID: 989 5066 5234
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/Z7veNsLfUGkZbTRu6

5 pm - Job Hunting after the B.Ed

Presented by Colin Pierce, LTO in the Upper Grand District and Althouse Alumni (2020)

This session will help candidates understand how to navigate the early years in your teaching career after you graduate. This includes the transition into substitute teaching, long term occasional jobs, additional qualifications, and more. Many of the questions the speaker will be answering in this session will include: How do I market myself to school boards? What does the job market look like right now? How do I apply to occasional teaching and long-term occasional teaching positions? What are school boards looking for in applications and interviews? What do I do after I get a job? What are the steps needed to receive supply calls? I'm excited to speak with everyone and be a part of conference week!

This session will be presented by Colin Pierce, who is a Western Faculty of Education Graduate (2020) and is on his first LTO at John F. Ross CVI in Guelph, Ontario. Colin is an intermediate/senior teacher with teachables in biology and general science. He has also just completed two additional basic qualifications (ABQs) in senior chemistry and senior business. He is teaching grade 12 chemistry and grade 12 health sciences now on his first LTO. Colin is also an instructor for the Canadian Synthetic Biology Education Research Group (CSBERG) and is the co-founder of M&P insights, a data science education technology start-up company. You can reach out to Colin on twitter at @MrCPierce.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/92444211934
Meeting ID: 924 4421 1934
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/CdqKszDbX8xjRtSW8

Thursday, February 18, 2021

9 am - Active Citizenship for Youngsters

Presented by Samantha Reush-Desautels, Executive Director of Apathy is Boring

This session will help candidates understand how to encourage youth to be meaningfully engaged in all aspects of the democratic process.

This session will be presented by Samantha Reush-Desautels, who is the executive director of Apathy is Boring. Apathy is Boring was founded in 2004 and works year round to support and educate youth to become active and contributing citizens in Canada's democracy. Since 2017, she has served on the leadership team at Apathy is Boring, contributing to the strategic development of programs, content, and activities through her work as the head of Impact and Development before transitioning to Executive Director in August 2020. She is an alum of alum of Concordia University, where she studied Anthropology, specializing in the intersection of identity, politics, and community. You can reach out to the speaker on twitter @samreusch and find more resources on the organization website at https://www.apathyisboring.com/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/94272232607
Meeting ID: 942 7223 2607
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/xppzP84RVD97fgjj7

10 am - Remote Sensing in the Classroom

Presented by Jahnavi Shah, Graduate student in Geophysics and Planetary Science at Western University

The main objective of this session is to learn how remote sensing techniques are used to study surfaces of planetary bodies. The significance of remote sensing extends beyond applications to space science; remote sensing methods are extensively used to study our very own planet Earth. For example, satellite data helps us monitor sea levels, agriculture, and other surface processes on Earth. The session will include different types of remote sensing methods and how they are used to better understand planetary surfaces within our solar system and beyond.

This session will be presented by Jahnavi Shah, who is a third-year graduate student in Geophysics and Planetary Science at the University of Western Ontario. She received her undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Toronto in 2018. Her current research focuses on studying the impact cratering process on Titan through radar remote sensing techniques and numerical modelling. More generally, she is interested in studying planetary surface processes and planetary analogues. In addition to research, she is passionate about public outreach and science communication. You can reach out to the speaker on twitter @SpaceCadetShah and find more resources on the speaker’s personal website at jahnavishah.com.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/95725011830
Meeting ID: 957 2501 1830
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/QKvwTwqA8yH7FrY76

11 am - Space Education in the Classroom

Presented by Dr. Parshati Patel is an astrophysicist, science communicator and STEM education researcher.

The speaker in this session will discuss a variety of tools and resources available for you to teach space in your classroom. Space is a topic that fascinates many! Space is also an interdisciplinary field. As an educator, space can be a unique tool that allows you to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) subjects through space science and technology activities.

This session will be presented by Dr. Parshati Patel. Dr. Patel is an Astrophysicist, Science Communicator, and STEM Education Researcher based in London, Ontario, Canada. She is currently the Program Designer and Education Advisor for the Youth STEM Initiatives at the Canadian Space Agency on secondment. She is an Adjunct Research Professor at Western University's Faculty Education. Previously, Parshati was the Educational Outreach and Communications Specialist at the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University until November 2020. She has been communicating her passion for space science and technology with students, educators, and the public for 8+ years through various local and national outreach initiatives.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/92102979681
Meeting ID: 921 0297 9681
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Space Agency Educator Resources

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/RAPprvt6GB6P7u929

12 pm - Bias Free Progressive Discipline

Presented by Kevin King, Ontario Ministry of Education Representative

This session will look at how you can build and sustain a positive school climate by using a whole school approach.

This session will be presented by a representative of the Ontario Ministry of Education under their professional development program for teacher candidates. Kevin King completed Business Administration at George Brown College and Public Administration at University of Western Ontario and Education at Brock University. He completed law school at Osgoode Hall and articled with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, where he focused on commercial litigation matters. During his undergraduate career, Kevin was president of his student association, chair of Toronto Youth Cabinet and selected as one of the 8 future world leaders representing Canada at the world leaders’ summit. Currently, Kevin works for the Ministry of Education as a Program Coordinator responsible for Provincial Police Protocol, Future Ace and De-Streaming. Kevin enjoys working with young people, playing and coaching basketball, and cooking favorite dish Jamaican Oxtail. You can access more resources for teacher development and learning on the Ontario Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/91066188480
Meeting ID: 910 6618 8480
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/sfPoPYGASnY5gvuM9

2 pm - Teaching through Debate and Discussion

Presented by Jun Kim, President of the UWO Debate Society.

This session will help candidates learn how to teach through debate and discussion. Communication skills are a cornerstone of effective education. Students learn through discussing topics and debating issues, and public speaking helps cultivate student confidence. Learn the tricks of the trade with the UWO debate society on facilitating productive and meaningful discussions in your class.

This session will be presented by Jun Kim, who is the current President of the UWO Debate Society. The UWO Debate Society (UWODS) was established in 1878 at Western University in London, Ontario. In its 141 years as a club, it has taught thousands of students to think critically, engage constructively and speak persuasively. You can find more information about the debate society and their initiatives at https://westerndebate.com/about.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97572569442
Meeting ID: 975 7256 9442
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/S9vYVvX64gKpNAy56

3 pm - Preventing Gender Based Violence and Discrimination

Presented by David Garzon, Team Lead for Community Engagement at White Ribbon

During this session, participants will be unpacking sexual violence and common myths about it. In addition, participants will be discussing the role of male allyship in preventing sexual violence and examing preventative practices such as consent and bystander intervention.

This session will be presented by David Garzon, who is the Team Lead, Community Engagement at White Ribbon. He is responsible for the management and delivery of several key initiatives across White Ribbon, together with the program staff team. David has worked in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Colombia delivering workshops and implementing projects on gender equity, masculinities, LGBTQ+ rights, gender-based violence, feminism, youth empowerment, health, and fair trade. David holds a bachelor degree in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean studies from York University, a certificate in Critical Reflections on Masculinities from the Center for Social Research, Technology and Capacity Building. You can reach out to the speaker’s organization on twitter @whiteribbon and find more resources on the organization’s website at whiteribbon.ca.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/91844731424
Meeting ID: 918 4473 1424
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/eoYkseiufivBFeEe6

4 pm - Embedding Environmental Education to Empower Students

Presented by Erin Mutch is the Learning Coordinator for Environmental Education for Thames Valley District School Board

This session will assist teachers to discover ways to embed environmental education and outdoor learning into multiple disciplines in order to empower students to effect change in their communities. Candidates will also understand how the TVDSB Environmental Portfolio, and similar portfolios at other school boards, offers opportunities to enhance student achievement and their well-being through a variety of curriculum-linked initiatives in K-12.

This session will be presented by Erin Mutch, who is the Learning Coordinator for Environmental Education for Thames Valley District School Board. The TVDSB Environmental Education Centres are part of the out of school learning landscape where staff and students can enjoy experiential learning opportunities with a focus on environmental stewardship. You can find more resources about the Environmental Education Centres on the organization’s website at https://sites.google.com/gotvdsb.ca/environment/environmental-education-centres.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/92132669184
Meeting ID: 921 3266 9184
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/KU3n9jye12UZWBf27

Friday, February 19, 2021

9 am - Alternative B.Ed Careers

Presented by Blair Tewartha, Instructional Designer at Western University

In this presentation, we’ll explore alternative careers and industries for recent B.Ed. Graduates and teachers that may go outside the traditional role of teaching in an elementary or secondary school. There will be a particular emphasis on Instructional Design and education technologies as an alternative to traditional teaching roles.

This session will be presented by Blair Trewartha, who is also an Educator, Instructional Designer, and Writer. He is interested in all things ed-tech & eLearning related. You can reach out to the speaker on twitter @TrewarthaBlair.

Note: This session will be pre-recorded and uploaded on the Online Teacher You Tube Channel at this link - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXzAlO2ynqZbqUn5PEBpBNw. You can access it there on the day and date of the session.

UPDATE FEB5/21 - this session will be held live via Zoom.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97479662952
Meeting ID: 974 7966 2952
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/2eJsnY8PNchjZfjP9

10 am - Assessment – including adaptations for remote learning contexts

Presented by Laura Christmann, Ontario Ministry of Education Representative

Key messages about the process of assessment based on Growing Success.

This session will be run by a representative of the Ontario Ministry of Education under their professional development program for teacher candidates. Laura Christmann has worked as a classroom educator and a school leader for the past 3 decades in Ontario and abroad. She brings both a Kindergarten and an assessment lens to her role as an Education officer in the Student Achievement Division. You can access more resources for teacher development and learning on the Ontario Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97690470547
Meeting ID: 976 9047 0547
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/XHLqJ2ZTDPBjTHpw6

11 am - Catalyzing Curriculum: How to Make Diversity the Norm (Arts)

Presented by Eliot Newton, Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD)

How to Make Diversity the Norm (Arts): This session will allow teacher candidates to understand how to include queer and trans experiences across arts/social science disciplines. For too long, 2SLGBTQIA+ identities have been confined to 20 minutes in a sexual education class--but queer identity is more than how (or who) you love, and we’re here to show you just a few ways that can be included in your pedagogical subjects or other teaching opportunities. Together, we will review learning objectives at the intermediate/secondary school levels and discuss how these curriculum requirements can be met, using diverse and intersectional case studies and resources. Although the examples are pulled from secondary school arts/social science course objectives, we believe the principles illustrated here would also be of interest to teacher candidates for younger age groups. Participants will leave with sample lesson features and a new perspective on how to improve on the work they are already doing.

This session will be presented by Eliot Newton (Hon. BA), who is the Education Coordinator for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD). They have worked in and on behalf of the queer community since 2013, and like to joke that they are a “professional trans person”. Their areas of expertise are 2SLBTQ+ and trans identities and inclusion, queer and trans health, and queer-affirming spirituality, especially Christianity. They have trained more than a thousand health care professionals as well as hundreds of teachers and thousands of students and youth. When not at work, Eliot can be found at home with their husband, two cats, and their latest true-crime documentary binge. You can also find them on twitter @genderbandit and instagram at @gender_bandit. You can access additional resources on their organization website at https://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97519682243
Meeting ID: 975 1968 2243
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/krVwpuXoeWApQ4YQ9

12 pm - How the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP) supports Beginning Teachers

Presented by Jim Strachan, Ontario Ministry of Education Representative

NTIP is a school-based program. The learning focused relationships new teachers form with students, mentors, colleagues, principals, parents, and community partners are integral to their professional growth and ultimately the learning of their students. In this interactive session we will explore: NTIP Goals , Induction Elements at a Glance, NTIP Roles & Relationships, NTIP Strategy, Teacher Performance Appraisal, Resources that are available to new teachers.

This session will be presented by a representative of the Ontario Ministry of Education under their professional development program for teacher candidates. Jim Strachan has been working with (and learning from) children for 37 years as a social worker, classroom teacher of grades 2 to 8, instructional leader for ICT, program coordinator for beginning teachers and currently as an education officer supporting mentorship and authentic learning for both new and experienced educators. He starts each day in his kayak watching the sun rise over Lake Ontario. You can access more resources for teacher development and learning on the Ontario Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/93953652795
Meeting ID: 939 5365 2795
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/JRoBZrs1udzuu7Ea7

2 pm - Personal Leadership Resources to build your Resume

Presented by Julie Reid, Ruth Swan, Malissa Farnham, who are all Ontario Ministry of Education Representatives

In this session, you will learn about self-efficacy, resilience, optimism and proactivity and how they can contribute to building a resume and having a successful interview. These personal leadership resources are essential in helping deal with the current realities of teaching, learning, and supporting equity and well-being. You will also learn some strategies for developing these personal qualities whether you are a long-term occasional teacher, daily supply teacher or a newly hired permanent teacher.  The session will include opportunities to role-play a sampling of interview questions related to these personal qualities.

This session will be run by three representatives of the Ontario Ministry of Education under their professional development program for teacher candidates. Julie Reid has a background as an Ontario educator including teaching, leading, and resource development at school and system levels and at faculties of education, the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Principals’ Council. Ruth Swan has career experience in the fields of both education and law.  It includes school and system level experiences as well as experiences at a Faculty of Education, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and TVOntario. Malissa Farnham has been working in the Ministry of Education as a policy analyst since 2014, leading and supporting various files related to school board governance and leadership. You can access more resources for teacher development and learning on the Ontario Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/.

Note: This session does not follow the requested format of the Conference Week as the last 15 minutes are interview questions and not a q&a.

Zoom Details:
URL: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97800225811
Meeting ID: 978 0022 5811
Passcode: watch for separate email Feb12

PRESENTER SLIDES

 

Check for Understanding form - https://forms.gle/8XJQAXvNkUg5H4EE8

Registering for Additional Sessions

February 11, 2021: Registration is now closed. Confirmation emails were sent on February 12, 2021.

As a Year 1 Teacher Candidate, we want you to attend as many sessions as possible. In case you want to attend a session you have not officially registered for, then we request you to complete the following two steps

  1. send an email update to vpacademics.esc@gmail.com with a list of the additional sessions you want to attend. Use the subject line: “Updating Registration”
  2. complete the Check for Understanding form for the same after you attend the whole session.

We will give you credits for this unregistered session if you complete the above two steps for the same. 

How to Join a Conference Week 2021 Session

Each Conference Week session’s Zoom Meeting ID and passcode will be added to the Conference Week schedule in the first second week of February 2021. (updated Jan31/21)

To attend, either:

  • Click on the session’s Zoom Meeting ID in the Conference Week Schedule, or
  • Open your Zoom account (through the Zoom app or westernuniversity.zoom.us), select “Join” meeting, and enter the ID/passcode.

You will need to login using your Western University Zoom Account to access Conference Week sessions. (To ensure your Western University Zoom Account is activated, visit Western Technology Services – Zoom Getting Started.)

Attendance Policy

Teacher Candidates are required to attend at least 3 sessions. There is no maximum number of sessions you can attend. After each session you attend, complete the corresponding Check for Understanding (found within the session description).

The Teacher Education Office will confirm your attendance by reviewing the Registration & Check for Understanding submissions.

Your Conference Week attendance will automatically be added to your Alternative Field Experience hours (1 hour per session) and Western Co-Curricular Record before the end of the term. Volunteer Moderators will also receive a letter from the Faculty confirming their involvement – if you’re interested in volunteering as a moderator, please contact whart2@uwo.ca.

Recordings: Conference Week events will be recorded when possible, but we cannot guarantee that sessions will be available after the fact as recordings. We recommend that all Teacher Candidates ensure they are registering for at least three sessions that they can attend synchronously.

Questions & Queries

In case you have any questions regarding Conference Week 2021, please feel free to reach out to members of the organizing team from the Education Students’ Council at,


To see previous Conference Week posts, visit TheTeacherCandidate.com/Category/ESC-updates


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