HALIFAX, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Friday is a day off for students, but the
province's teachers will be attending class for Provincial Professional
Development Day. On October 25, classroom teachers, specialists,
administrators, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists,
school guidance counsellors, APSEA teachers and Community College
faculty——all members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union— will
participate in one of 22 teacher-organized conferences. To date, some
6,600 NSTU members will attend conferences in Antigonish, Clare,
Milford, Sydney, Westville, Yarmouth and the HRM featuring 500
keynotes, plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops. This year
marks the 30th year of the province-wide PD day.
"This premier professional development opportunity enables teachers to
receive resources, learn new strategies and come to new understandings
of practice to support students," says NSTU president Shelley Morse.
"It's just one way our members engage in life-long learning to improve
their professional practice for student success."
Each conference, organized for elementary and young adolescent teachers,
math, science, social studies, English and French teachers, or for
adult educators, guidance counsellors and other specialists, is
planned, developed and implemented by volunteer educators. "The
organization of these conferences represents the incredible dedication
of teachers to the improvement of education in the province," continues
Morse. "Committed NSTU volunteers plan and deliver an astounding array
of workshops and sessions for each professional association."
Some of the many conference highlights include:
Saint Mary's University's Dr. Anthony O'Malley's keynote, Ironies & Paradoxes in Teaching About the Social World: Delivering the
Old and Creating the New in a Globalized World at the Social Studies Teachers Association Conference, which is
celebrating its 50th anniversary;
South African Sharon Katz's keynote about her ground breaking project, The Peace Train that united hundreds of South African children through the power of
music at the Nova Scotia Music Educators Association Conference;
The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Ruth Stoeckel, a clinical speech-language
pathologist who will provide a workshop on Childhood Apraxia of Speech
at the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists Association
Kelly Murumets, ParticipACTION president will speak at the Teachers
Association for Physical and Health Education Conference;
George Washington University's Steven G. Feifer, school psychologist and
renowned author in the field of learning disabilities will conduct a
day-long workshop on the neuropsychology of learning disabilities at
the Psychologists in the Schools Association Conference.
"Provincial PD day provides an opportunity for thousands of members to
enhance their practice and knowledge, and teachers leave these
conferences with new understandings and relevant resources to bring
directly back into classrooms, schools, campuses and worksites,"
Detailed information on the October Professional Development Day is
available on the NSTU website at http://nstu.ca/default.asp?mn=126.96.36.1994 and clicking on the particular professional association.
SOURCE: Nova Scotia Teachers Union
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
Telephone: 902-479-4708, Cell: 902-497-0194, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org