Professional development is often a mystery for those outside of education. Today is a province-wide professional development day, often referred to as the PSA Day – as many teachers attend their Provincial Specialist Associations conferences. Here is a list of some of the many opportunities.
The day is for more than just the teachers in our system. My day today is working with all of our Administrative Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Special Education Assistants and others who collectively are part of the West Vancouver Municipal Employees Association in West Vancouver.
And just what is topical with these employees? The common thread of almost all the sessions is technology. Sessions will focus on Kurzweil, our inside45 portal, Report Central, BCeSIS, and tips and tricks with Office, including Word, Excel and Publisher.
I have the opportunity to present an opening keynote, Going Where the Kids Are – At Work and Home (click on the title to open the wiki presentation). It is a combination of several talks I have given over the last couple of years on the amazing changes in our personal lives, and how our school system is beginning to embrace these technologies that are so pervasive outside of school.
It should be an excellent day.