Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 16 York Region

OSSTF PA DAY May 1 2020


Due to the circumstances related to COVID 19 the MAY 1, 2020 PA DAY has been cancelled. Please see the D16 April 28th weekly email.

This year the OSSTF PA Day will be on Friday, May 1, 2020.  The OSSTF DISTRICT 16 PA Day is about the professional growth and continued professional development as an educator. Every year the day has been an incredible success every year and we would like to thank all members who have assisted in making this happen. 

This year, we have chosen to stay with a site-based model to provide members with an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues at their home schools/sites. Also, due to the current labour challenges and limited withdrawal of services and strikes, D16 members are being asked to take this day as an opportunity to do development for their own growth. 


Structure of the day

Morning

  • Annual Learning Plan - working on your ALP in the morning.
  • Choosing to work actively on understanding and development of an item or two items on your ALP. You may choose to do this independently or with others.
  • Examples of how you may use the time is by finding resources, viewing webinars, collaborating with others who have knowledge/skills to aid in your learning (at your site), inviting an expert in to collaborate with. 
  • Reminder that this time is not to be used as individual planning or marking time and but tobe used for collaboratively working within a department or with department groupings.

Afternoon

  • Department/Subject are Focused Professional Development - working with your department/subject area on your area of development/growth
  • Departments that are smaller or have one person in it may choose to collaborate with other department/subject areas during this portion of the PA DAY
  • Examples of what you might want to work on: curriculum (embedding equity), pedagogy, digital/technology, collaborative inquiry, eco-schools/healthy schools, assessment and evaluation, new teacher mentorship, bring in an expert, bring in a community agency/leader
  • Department/Subject are Focused PD Forms MUST be filled out and handed in to your site contact by Tuesday, April 14, 2020
  • Individual teachers are to complete brief form sent via a site email - it will be in the form of a google link

May 1 2020

OSSTF DISTRICT 16 PA DAY

9:00-10:00 am

Annual Learning Plan (ALP) – working on professional growth and development (individually or in a group)

10:00-10:15 am

Break

10:15-11:15 am

ALP – working on professional growth and development (individually or in a group)

11:15- 12:30 pm

Lunch

12:30- 1:15 pm

Department/Subject Area Focused Professional Development

1:15- 1:30 pm

Break

1:30- 2:45 pm

Department/Subject Area PD continued

** School start and end times will remain the 

 

Each site will have one site contacts (their Branch President) who will be the main contacts with the D16 Office.

 

Additional information:

Department Specific Professional Development Time
:  Reminder that this time is not to be used as individual planning or marking time and but tobe used for collaboratively working within a department or with department groupings.  Members may use some of your sites $1000 budget in this portion of the PA DAY.


Regional Workshops
: Given the current labour situation and OSSTF/FEESO sanctions this is not an option at this time. If members have any questions, please ask them to contact Vanessa Stoby.


MIST (CLL and Dr. Bette Stephenson members): 
Members at these sites are going to follow the same format for the day; working on ‘actionable items’ of the Annual Learning Plan in the morning, and the afternoon will be for Subject/Department Professional Development. Please contact me if you have any questions or Nadia Bearcroft.


Adult Day School Teachers: 
Members at these sites are going to follow the same format for the day; working on ‘actionable items’ of the Annual Learning Plan in the morning, and the afternoon will be for Subject/Department Professional Development.


ACCESS/Alert Teachers: 
Members at these sites are going to follow the same format for the day; working on ‘actionable items’ of the Annual Learning Plan in the morning, and the afternoon will be for Subject/Department Professional Development.


Associate (Student) Teachers
:  If members have associate teachers from Faculties of Education they may also register them for a workshop at your site.


Support Staff (EA, CYW, Lib Techs):
  A memo was sent out on April to all Secondary Administrators informing them of regional workshop offerings for secondary support staff members.  The Board is responsible for providing Support Staff with professional objectives/things to do for this day. If support staff come to you with questions or concerns, please politely direct them to speak with your Administration. 

 

Attendance:  As last year, attendance will be taken in the morning ONLY in the main office at your site,  to ensure members have made it safely to work that day.  Administration will be providing a copy of the attendance sheet to support the sign in process.   Attendance will be kept in the office by the administration. Please ensure you verify this with your administrator – if you have not already done so.

 

Reimbursement for Expenses:  Please send in receipts and invoices into Vanessa Stoby.  Suggestions for the $1000 – resources/guest speakers for afternoon sessions ONLY; breakfast, snacks or lunch for all members. Please be reminded that each site has up to a maximum of $1000 for the day total so please try to ask everyone to be equitable as possible. Once receipts and invoices are sent to Vanessa Stoby at the D16 office, by Friday May 8 cheques will be sent to parties for reimbursement.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Vanessa Stoby with the contact information provided below. 

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Contact Information

Vanessa Stoby

Communication/Political Action & Excellence in Education Chair

Business: 905-836-5954 Extension 24