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Making a Difference:

This Workshop was cancelled in February due to weather issues. It is a local workshop provided by the ETFO Provincial Office, Professional Learning.

Making a Difference:
Fostering Positive Behaviour in Elementary Schools

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
4:15 – 6:30 p.m.
LETO Office, A-1186 Russell St. (new location)
Presenter: Lotje Hives
Register by contacting Kristen Anderson by Thursday, May, 16. Please advise of any dietary restrictions.

Participating educators will engage in an interactive professional conversation exploring practical strategies to apply to their own learning environments. We’ll think, “How are we creating a positive learning environment for all to feel safe, to belong, and to feel heard?”
In this workshop together we will explore:

Understanding the Why: How does a focus on the why influence positive behaviour?
Starting with Equity: How does understanding social identity influence the way we teach and learn?
The Art of Building Relationships: How do we build relationships that impact positive behaviour
Communication to Support Positive Behaviour: How does communication support positive behaviour
Establishing a Positive Learning Environment: What conditions contribute to a positive learning environment
Filling Your Toolkit: Strategies with Intentionality: What will you choose to focus on going forward
Planning Forward: What will your next best step be?

By engaging in this Professional Learning Session, participants will:

Develop an understanding of the impact of teaching and learning from an equity stance on:
Teacher-student relationships
Establishing a positive learning environment
Increase the effectiveness of responses to student behaviour by implementing proactive and reactive strategies into classroom practice from their assembled toolkit of strategies

Classroom Management that Works

The Lakehead OT Local is hosting the ETFO workshop; Classroom Management that Works for the OT – Part 2. Part 1 was held in January and was very well received. Sue Continelli, the presenter, has agreed to return to Thunder Bay for Part 2. The workshop will continue with effective classroom management strategies based on the ETFO resource, I am the Teacher: Effective Classroom Management for the Occasional Teacher. The goals of the series are to:

Assist in the development of predictable classroom routines;
Determine how to empower students through self-discipline and responsibility;
Explore effective classroom management strategies; and
Review the correlation between instructional practice and classroom management.

Participants will engage in dynamic workshop training that will highlight the strategies introduced in the book in relation to their practice. Each new participant will receive a copy of the resource: I am the Teacher: Effective Classroom Management for the Occasional Teacher ($10 value).

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 4:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Victoria Park Training Centre
125. S. Lillie St. (next to the Board Office, entrance off the parking lot)
Presenter: Sue Continelli
Food will be provided. Please advise of any dietary restrictions.

The workshop is open to all members. Preference will be given to those who participated in Part 1. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. Register by emailing by Thursday, April 18.

Interview Prep Session

Anne Marie McMahon-Dupuis, Principal Vance Chapman School, and
Desiree Zambon, HR Officer,
will review LTO/Permanent application and interview preparation.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
4:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Vance Chapman School, room 116
Register by email: by Sunday, March 3

Local General Meeting

Wed. Feb. 27, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 pm
965 Cobalt Crescent
Guest Speaker: Peter Panetta
Underground Gym
Please contact Nancy Calonego if you plan to attend by Sunday, February 23.

Peter will share the impact the Underground Gym has had on so many youth in our city.
The Underground Gym offers free access to equipment and mentoring in a safe environment that is open to children & youth who lack the cultural, social or economic resources required to access existing facilities. The Underground Gym is a unique gathering place for community youth in transition.