My Professional Development Present & Future
Edtech Kootenay Summit
I was so fortunate to bring 3 years of working with colleagues to promote, learn and lead Google apps for education to a large globally availble summit with the Edtech team. On April 14-16 we hosted a summit which show cased Google Apps for Education, design thinking, inquiry, coding, managing technology in the classroom, and gamification. I was so happy to include my work in gamification as a presenter. It was a weekend of learning and sharing on a massive scale. The summit was well received by all who attended and has sparked the push forward in our district.
Bringing Mental Health to Schools Training
I completed the Bringing Mental Health to Schools training through UBC online continuing education Jan 2018
With the rise of Mental Health issues in teens especially surrounding Anxiety and Depression, I felt it really important to have a mechanism to talk about mental health and how to distinguish mental health syndromes versus the stressors and ebb and flow of every day life. Also, to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and educate on the facts rather than myths associated with mental health issues. This course has some great resources for teachers surrounding how to open an honest and informed discussion about Mental Health with Students.
My work with the LGBTQ+ youth has led me to be the SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) representative for our school. I have presented to staff and initiated the integration of curriculum designed to create inclusive education for all. If you are interested in SOGI click Here for resources. I have been working with our GSA ( Gender and Sexuality Alliance) to promote the inclusion and education of LGBTQ+ students in our community. It has offered me the opportunity to connect with and create lasting connections with outside agencies that support youth.
My Professional Development Plan for 2018
Thank you to Shellie Malloff for the template