Fall Webinar Series: Registration is Open
It’s that time of year. The mornings are crisp, the leaves are turning, and the students are back to class, in some capacity. Teachers are getting accustomed to the new routines, and are channeling their creativity to adapt to new safety protocols and integrate new teaching practices while they best support their students.
Our fall webinar series is designed to support this creative thinking and equip teachers with new ideas on how to address difficult topics, how to apply assessment to new models of instruction, and how to rethink your classroom space by taking your students outdoors, even when it’s cold outside.
Our team sat down and thought of some of the most common questions we’ve been hearing from teachers. We discussed many of the challenges teachers in our partner communities are facing and focused on the ones we could address. We selected three topics to start with and began working on our plan to offer one free webinar each month between now and the end of the calendar year.
Preparing for Secret Path Week
Our first webinar, on Thursday, October 8th at 4 pm Eastern, helps teachers prepare their students for Secret Path Week, a national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack. This week, which takes place between October 17th and 22nd each year provides teachers with an opportunity to further the conversation about the history and impact of Residential Schools while encouraging their students to take action.
This hands-on webinar will help teachers move beyond just reading and talking about the story with their students. Instead, it will address meaningful learning activities that will lead students to perform acts of reconciliACTION.
Teachers will take on the role of a student as they learn how our featured resources can be used in a classroom. We’ll also host an open discussion on how to adapt these resources to a virtual, physical, or blended classroom.
Offered in collaboration with The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, the webinar will be co-presented by Lisa Prinn, Manager of Education & Activation at The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, and Rebecca Smith, Education Specialist with Learning Bird.
This session is open to all educators and parents, however, the featured resources are best aligned to high school level students.
Culturally Responsive Assessment in Online Learning
As we head into November, many teachers will be thinking of how their first term went and how they managed assessment in this new online or partially online world. As teachers emerge from their first round of report cards, we will explore new assessment strategies for their second term, or second half of the term.
In this session, our team will focus on the principles of culturally responsive pedagogy for Indigenous students and share ways these principles can be aligned with best practices in assessment for distance learning. We’ll discuss how to choose and adapt assessment tools to ensure they reflect a holistic worldview that resonates with your students and values learning styles.
This webinar takes place on Tuesday, November 17th at 4 pm Eastern and is open to all educators.
Continuing Outdoor Learning Through the Winter
When the temperature starts to drop, it’s tempting to retreat to the warmth of the classroom. However, outdoor learning can be fun all year long. In our December webinar, we’ll present some dynamic new ideas for land-based and experiential learning that can strengthen your students’ connections to the land. We’ll look at some creative, cross-curricular ideas for learning outside during the winter months, including ones that hone traditional knowledge and skills and ones that rethink how you use technology outdoors.
Join us on Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at 4 pm Eastern and share some of your favourite outdoor Winter learning activities. This session is open to all educators.
We hope you can join us for all three of these sessions. If you have suggestions for additional webinars, please let us know.