Professional Activity Days

Professional Activity Days 2023-2024

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC) is pleased to provide parents and guardians with details on the seven (7) planned Professional Activity (PA) Days for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year in accordance with a new regulation on School Year Calendars and Professional Activity Days made by the Ministry of Education. We invite our parents to review the details in the chart below for our upcoming NPSC Professional Activity Day staff learning activities which will include three (3) PA Days focused on the Provincial education priorities of: Literacy & Mathematics; Curriculum Implementation; Student Well-being, School Safety and Violence Prevention. The PA Day descriptions provide parents details on the topics and learning/training activities that staff will be engaged in to support your child’s learning and achievement. We look forward to providing our parents with regular updates on our planned PA Day activities. Details for each PA Day will be shared at least fourteen (14) days in advance of each scheduled date throughout the 2023-2024 school year.

For general information about Professional Activity Days in Ontario, please visit the Ministry of Education’s website: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r23226


Date  Timing School(s) Participating  Topic of Focus Presenters/Facilitators
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 Full Day All Schools
(Hosted by Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board)
Morning: Faith, Well-being & Equity

Father Joseph de Viveiros, C.R (NPSC Board Chaplain)

System Staff and School Administrators
Afternoon: Student Mental Health and Well Being
Trish Tessier, M.A, RP (School Board Mental Health Lead)

System Staff and School Administrators
Thursday, August 31, 2023

Full Day
All Schools
(Hosted by Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board)

Morning: Curriculum Implementation; Literacy and Numeracy Overview

System Curriculum Coordinators Samantha Andrusiek and Tricia Renaud, and NPSC Curriculum Team

System Staff and School Administrators
Afternoon: School Safety and Violent Incident Prevention
School Board Administrators & Vector Solutions, Vector Training, K-12 Modules as prepared by Michelle Ricco, NPSC Health and Safety Manager

Please note:
 Behaviour Management Systems (BMS) re-certification training for Educational Assistants (EAs), Social Workers (SW’s), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), Communication Disorders Assistants (CDAs), Indigenous Graduation Coach, & Behaviour Management Consultant (BMC) will be held on September 1st, 2023. Full day BMS certification training will take place for all new EA’s. Further details will be provided for these individuals through board email. Staff will also engage in School Safety and Violent Incident Prevention (Vector Solutions) training in the areas of Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training in Four Steps, Student Safety and Violent Incident Reporting, Anti Sex Trafficking, and Cyber Security.

Friday, September 29, 2023
Full Day All Schools
(Hosted by Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board)
Elementary: Professional learning in Literacy & Numeracy, and Skilled Trades
Renée Bourgoin, Associate Professor, St. Thomas University

Callie Mady, Professor, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University

System Staff
Secondary: De-streaming: Effective Classroom Practices to Support Students in De-Streamed Classrooms
St. Joseph-Scollard Hall CSS Staff
Friday, November 24, 2023
Full Day All Elementary Schools
Reporting to Parents (Elementary Schools)
 
Each school year, the Board shall allocate one professional activity day for elementary parent-teacher interviews to address student progress. Elementary parent-teacher interviews have been scheduled to occur on November 24th, 2023

N/A
St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School
De-streaming

Secondary teachers will continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding around the core principles of de-streaming with a focus on assessment and evaluation. Teachers will work collaboratively on the development of effective, transparent, and equitable assessment and evaluation practices that are connected to Growing Success and support all students to reach their full potential.  Through this professional learning day, teachers will also have the opportunity to deepening their understanding around curriculum expectations and how this supports the assessment and evaluation process.

St. Joseph-Scollard Hall CSS Staff
Friday, February 2, 2024
Full Day All Elementary Schools, Secondary School

Reporting to Parents (Elementary Schools)

Each school year, the board shall allocate one professional activity day for the purpose of assessment, evaluation of student achievement in relation to the expectations in the Ontario Curriculum. This day will provide educators the opportunity to reflect on successes, challenges, next steps and reporting this to families

N/A
Educational Assistants
Educational Assistants

Our Educational Assistants will participate in a day of professional learning with a focus on Autism. Learning sessions topics include, Overcoming Communication Barriers in ASD, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Challenging Behaviours, Supporting Students with Autism, Introduction to ABA, and Using ABA to Support Students.

System Staff, One Kid's Place (OKP)
Monday, April 8, 2024
Full Day TBA  TBA  TBA
Monday, June 10, 2024
Full Day TBA  TBA  TBA

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NPSC School Year Calendar 2023-2024