Building Community in Times of Change

PDK has another stellar event scheduled on November 26th, 2014.  We have an impressive panel assembled to present at a dinner meeting at the Arbutus Club, including Chris Kennedy (West Vancouver- Superintendent), Blye Frank (UBC- Dean of Education) and Kit Krieger (BCPVPA – Executive Director).  Mark your calendar and stay posted for details.

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Welcome from the President- September 2014

September 2014

It is an honour and a privilege to be the in-coming president of The Phi Delta Kappa– University of British Columbia Chapter. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome back members and supporters to another year of vibrant professional learning and networking.

PDK started as a professional organization for educators in the early 1900’s and the UBC Chapter emerged in 1966. A significant draw for PDK members is the high quality of The Kappan magazine, which features articles and opportunities focusing on the mission of the organization:

  • Leadership
  • Research
  • Service in Education

Another significant benefit to membership in PDK-UBC is the professional engagement of the people who gravitate towards the organization. Our PDK –UBC Chapter is particularly well known for the cross pollination that occurs through thought provoking discussion during pro-d dinner events that include presenters, educators and participants:

  • Providing educational leadership in a variety of capacities
  • Who represent a wide range of “voices” from a variety of school districts
  • From the kindergarten to university level
  • From public and private schools
  • From the Ministry of Education, Universities, interested parents and professionals from outside the teaching profession

The PDK International membership can be completed online and facilitates chapter membership in the PDK-UBC Chapter (0124). There are a variety of memberships, which make accommodations for students’ budgets and people wanting online membership only. Go to http://www.pdkintl.org to check it out. A PDK subscription and chapter membership guarantees a subscription to The Kappan, a reduced rate in chapter programs and allows you to support our chapter initiatives, such as the two annual scholarships for students in The Faculty of Education at UBC.

I hope that you will join us at the Arbutus Club for what is always a scrumptious dinner and lively discourse around the topic being explored.  Our first dinner meeting will be a panel discussion in November. The topic will be:

COMMUNITY BUILDING IN AN AGE OF CHANGE

Stay posted for information on the panel slated for November. Hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Carrie Froese

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Summary: Pro-D Gathering – April 29, 2014

Innovations in Assessment & Reporting

by Dan Brown

The dynamic team of Jordan Tinney and Jan Unwin led the discussion on how teachers assess and report on student progress.  He is the Superintendent/CEO of the Surrey School District; she is Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions for the Ministry.  They articulated the need for educators to identify their values and for their assessment to reflect what they value, such as the important human connection between teacher and student.  The new curriculum with its focus on competencies and mastery learning no longer emphasizes the minutae of content.  Instead, educators have the space to pursue new ideas such as continuous reporting instead of letter grades.  These shifts require considerable “up front” deliberations in order for teachers to have the social licence to pursue changes to reporting systems that have worked well for some people in the past.

View “Shared Slides” from the session:

 

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Innovations in Assessment & Reporting

The UBC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa will convene on

Tuesday, April 29, 2104

to connect with colleagues and discuss

Innovations in Assessment & Reporting”

led by our noted panelists:

Dr. Jordan Tinney, Superintendent/CEO of Surrey School District

Jan Unwin, Superintendent of Graduation and Transitions, BC Ministry of Education

Please note: Unfortunately, Rod Allen, Superintendent of Learning Divisions, BC Ministry of Education, has been called away on short notice and he is unable to join us for this session and he sends his regrets. 

Educators need to be alert to the innovations in how teachers assess student learning and report on their progress.  They may be coming to your district!  The panelists will review changes being undertaken in Surrey and Maple Ridge and the process they undertook to innovate.  They will also offer the reasons for the movement away from letter grades and the perspective of the Ministry of Education.

Our three outstanding panelists are well suited to address this topic. Jordan Tinney served as a senior district administrator in Vancouver and Comox.  He has a prevailing interest in the meaning of letter grades and the use of report cards.  Jan Unwin was previously the Superintendent of Schools for Maple Ridge and earlier as an elementary and a secondary principal.  Rod Allen was formerly the Superintendent of the Bulkley Valley District and has taught most grade levels in BC.  You will be invited to ask questions of our panelists.

Mark your calendars for: Tuesday, April 29 at 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Place: The Arbutus Club – 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, corner of Nanton and Arbutus Street, just south of King Edward Avenue.  Parking is available in the parkade on the right-hand side after you enter the Arbutus Club lot.

Program Cost: $55 for PDK members, $75 for nonmembers – this includes your dinner. Pay at the door. Cash and cheques are accepted.  We issue professional development receipts.

Contact Registrar: Eileen Phillips at ephillips555@gmail.com no later than noon on Friday, April 25, for a reservation.  An early response is recommended. You will be sent an e-confirmation.

Arrivals: 5:00-5:30 pm

Bring your team! “We are Pro D.”

We hope to have you join us!

 *All participants register beforehand for our dinner programs.  The Arbutus Club requires PDK to commit to payment ahead of the event.  If you register and learn that you are not able to attend, please inform our registrar before the deadline above and your name will be removed from the list.  If you do not attend the dinner and are unable to cancel beforehand, please send a cheque payable to UBC-PDK for the full amount to Brian Leonard, PDK-UBC President C/O 3610 Hastings Street, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 4N6

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Mark Your Calendar!

Next Dinner Meeting Date – more program details to come….

April 29 (Tuesday) @ 5:00 pm at the Arbutus Club

Topic: Innovations in Assessment and Reporting

A blue-ribbon speaker panel of:

Dr. Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of Schools/CEO, Surrey School District

Jan Unwin, retired Superintendent of Schools, Maple Ridge School District & Superintendent of Graduation and Student Transitions, BC Ministry of Education

Rod Allen, Superintendent, Learning Division, BC Ministry of Education

 * Registrations will be accepted after Spring Break, but save the date in your calendars now!

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Improving Understanding and Support for Children and Youth with Anxiety by Dan Brown Dr. Connie Coniglio led a discussion on anxiety, its effects on children and youth, and the resources available to educators.  She is the Provincial Executive Director for Children and Women’s Mental Health and Substance Use Programs.  About 15% of children and youth in B.C. are affected by significant mental health issues with anxiety at 6.5% being the leading difficulty.  Since most disorders emerge in childhood and anxiety is highly treatable, early identification is desirable before dysfunctional behaviours become engrained.  Unfortunately, anxiety sufferers often avoid seeking help and risk the development of depression.  Dr. Coniglio identified the risk factors and the means to recognize abnormal anxiety in children.  She also outlined cognitive-behavioural therapy and the mental health resources in B.C.

For further information, visit the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at keltymentalhealth.ca.

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Improving Understanding and Support for Children and Youth with Anxiety

The UBC Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa will convene on

Tuesday, February 18, 2104

to visit with colleagues and discuss

“Improving Understanding and Support for Children and Youth with Anxiety”

led by Dr. Connie Coniglio,

Provincial Executive Director of the Children and Women’s Mental Health & Substance Use Programs.

Educators require an awareness of the prevalence of mental health conditions among the people they serve, particularly anxiety in school-aged children and youth.  Dr. Coniglio will address the causes and symptoms of anxiety and will specify the resources available to educators for providing effective interventions and supports.

Dr. Coniglio is very well positioned to address these issues.  Her role focuses on child and adolescent eating disorders, women’s substance use, other youth disorders and general health literacy.  She manages several health initiatives.  Connie has served with Vancouver Coastal Health, North Shore and is a registered psychologist.

Mark your calendar for: Tuesday, February 18 at 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Place: The Arbutus Club – 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, corner of Nanton and Arbutus Street, just south of King Edward Avenue.  Parking is available in the parkade on the right-hand side after you enter the Arbutus Club lot.

Program Cost: $55 for PDK members, $75 for nonmembers – this includes your dinner. Pay at the door. Cash and cheques are accepted.  We issue professional development receipts.

 Contact Registrar: Eileen Phillips at ephillips555@gmail.com no later than noon on Friday, February 14, for a reservation.  An early response is recommended. You will be sent an e-confirmation.

* Arrivals 5:00-5:30.

Bring your team! “We are Pro D.”

We hope to see you there!

 *All participants register beforehand for our dinner programs.  The Arbutus Club requires PDK to commit to payment ahead of the event.  If you register and learn that you are not able to attend, please inform our registrar before the deadline above and your name will be removed from the list.  If you do not attend the dinner and are unable to cancel beforehand, please send a cheque payable to UBC-PDK for the full amount to Brian Leonard, PDK-UBC President C/O 3610 Hastings Street, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 4N6

PDK UBC Communication Coordinator: Karen Addie

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