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Professional Learning

Educators

Register for one of our Professional Learning Workshops!

Our professional learning sessions focus on how to implement skills-based, inquiry and problem solving strategies in your classroom.

Join us for a professional learning session - Register for a workshop, summer institute or look for Let's Talk Science at a local educator conference.

Features & benefits

  • engage in meaningful discussions about program planning in early science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • participate in hands-on/minds-on age-appropriate strategies that can be used with students
  • reflect, rethink, relearn by challenging current thinking and practices with your peers
  • build your confidence and proficiency in planning and assessing an inquiry-based curriculum-aligned program
  • collaborate on how best to support your students as they develop inquiry, problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills

Our Professional Learning sessions make an impact!

"I think this institute was fantastic! The sessions showed how to help students develop and practice higher-order thinking as well as the vocabulary that goes with it."

Connie Morvillo, TCDSB St. Nicholas Catholic School (Ontario)

"Science has always been a subject that I struggled with providing hands-on/minds-on activities for my students. This institute has given me so many ideas and the confidence to move ahead."

Debra Sparkes-Mercer, Newton Elementary (Newfoundland & Labrador)


Join us for an upcoming workshop:

Winter/Spring Workshops

Manitoba

Location: Winnipeg
Date: May 8, 2017
Workshop Details coming soon.

Alberta

Central Alberta Teachers' Convention 
Location: Room 913C, Red Deer College, 100 College Blvd., Red Deer, AB
Date/Time of Presentation: Thursday, February 23rd, 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m
Topic: Developing Inquiry and Problem Solving Skill using Children’s Literature

Summer Institutes

Alberta

Summer Institutes in Alberta will be updated in April 2017.

Ontario

Summer Institutes in Ontario will be updated in April 2017.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Dates
  • August 22, 2017 – St. John’s (English)
  • August 23, 2017 – St. John’s (French)
  • August 24, 2017 – Gander
  • August 30, 2017 – Cornerbrook
  • TBD – Labrador

Summer Institutes in Newfoundland and Labrador will be updated in April 2017.

Summer Institutes

From Story to Design: Using Children’s Literature to Develop Children’s Questioning and Problem-solving Skills

A full day professional learning opportunity for Early Years and Kindergarten to Grade 3 educators

This professional learning session will provide Early Years and Kindergarten to Grade 3 educators the opportunity to discover and use effective learning strategies that develop students’ questioning and problem-solving skills.

Participants will:

  • Learn and engage in a Technological Design and Problem Solving framework to formulate questions and solve problem scenarios presented through children’s literature.
  • Learn how use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to also support students’ literacy, communication, creativity, critical thinking and teamwork skills.
  • Meet and collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions that support program planning in early STEM.

Newfoundland and Labrador

For all Kindergarten to Grade 3 and Early Childhood Educators
Includes a full day of professional learning, nutritional break and lunch, and a FREE children’s book used in the session to add to your classroom collection. All sessions hosted in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD).
Register today!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
NLESD Conference Centre
40 Strawberry Marsh Road
St. John’s, NL

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Central Regional Office
203 Elizabeth Drive
Gander, NL

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For French Teachers
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

9:00 am to 3:00 pm
NLESD Conference Centre
40 Strawberry Marsh Road
St. John’s, NL

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With funding support from:

Hibernia

Facilitator:

Lynn FitzPatrick, Education Program Consultant at Let’s Talk Science, works with the educational services team to design, develop, implement and evaluate educator resources. Her professional background includes roles as an elementary, intermediate and secondary science, technology and math educator, a District K-12 Program Specialist for science and technology, and as a Senior Education Officer. Lynn has also held curriculum and instructor leads at both the district and department levels.


Ontario

For all Kindergarten to Grade 3 and Early Childhood Educators
NEW: Interested in registering? Please add your name to the waitlist for the Summer Institute of your choice. All Ontario Summer Institutes are now SOLD OUT. We’ll contact waitlisted educators on a first-come, first-served basis if/when any registrant cancellations occur.

Note: Registration fee is $50. Includes a full day of professional learning, publishers’ displays, morning refreshments, lunch, parking and a FREE children’s book used in the session to add to your classroom collection.

Ottawa Carlton District School Board (OCDSB)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
8:30 am to 9:00 am – onsite registration
9:00 am to 3:00 pm – workshop
Confederation Education Centre – Room 121
1645 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario

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With funding support from:
Government of Ontario The Cloverleaf Foundation
Facilitator:

Dr. Marietta (Mars) Bloch, Associate Vice President, Professional Learning at Let’s Talk Science, has oversight for Let’s Talk Science programs and also currently manages IdeaPark. Her extensive expertise in the formal education sector includes roles as teacher, consultant, coordinator, and resource and curriculum developer. Mars was also a program coordinator for science and technology for the Toronto District School Board and Course Director at York University’s Faculty of Education (Mathematics, Science and Technology program).