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Summer Institutes
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As you browse the workshop list below, look for the following symbols to identify the focus (or foci) of each institute:
Technology – these workshops enhance teaching and learning through the use of information and communication technology (ICT)
Curriculum – these workshops support implementing curriculum
Kindergarten - these workshops support Kindergarten instruction
Please note, registration will close approximately 10 days prior to each institute's start date. 
Additional information will be added as it becomes available.


First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO)
July 10-12 New Credit & Six Nations
Revitalizing our Classrooms with Indigenous Knowledge - First Nation Community (K-12)
Supported by community Elders, participants will have the opportunity to experience customary practices and teachings in a traditional round house. Participants will be provided with classroom ready resources to support their understanding of the historical and contemporary policies that continue to impact Indigenous Peoples.   
TC2, Laura Gini-Newman 
July 10-12, Toronto  
Sustaining Inquiry in the Intermediate Math Classroom (Grades 7-10)
Participants will explore ways to sustain and deepen learning in an intermediate math classroom. Participants will learn how to frame and sequence mathematics questions and tasks in a way that invites students to:
  • be fully engaged in the learning of mathematics over extended periods of time;
  • to be self-motivated and self-regulated in the learning process;
  • think independently, creatively and collaboratively through the mathematical processes;
  • think critically about and connect math concepts across curricular stands; and
  • see the value of ongoing assessment for and as learning as tools for success.
By the end of this Institute, participants will have planned a sustained inquiry designed to meet all of the above objectives in an meaningful way for a unit of study they will be teaching or have taught in mathematics.
The Association for Media Literacy (AML)
July 10-12, Toronto  
Media Literacy for the Fun of IT (K-12)
Teaching media literacy is fun! Learn to integrate critical thinking about technology and digital media into Grades K-12 cross-curricula. Explore how media and a variety of tools (including wikis, social media and GAFE) can enhance student learning and how media production can support comprehension and retention. A team of veteran media teachers will provide hands-on experiences, including inquiry, creativity, media production, self-directed learning, assessment tools and strategies, collaboration, team teaching and global citizenship.
Ontario School Library Association (OSLA), and
The Association of Library Consultants and Coordinators of Ontario (TALCO)
July 12-14 Niagara-on-the-Lake  
Authentic Inquiry & Fake News: Students Thinking Critically in a Digital World (Grades 9-12)
Students are surrounded by technology and digital media, yet often lack the skills required to effectively decode what they see and hear.  Twenty-first Century global competencies require students to collaborate, innovate and think critically about their world. Participants will engage in a cross-curricular inquiry model focusing on global citizenship and communication using integrative thinking structures (Rotman i-Think model).  They will access and create purposeful materials for teaching digital literacy and fake news across subjects and grade levels.
Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF)
July 12-14 Niagara-on-the-Lake  
Climate Change Challenges all Educators (Grades 7-12)
Explore the complexity of climate change. Bring your experiences, be provoked by relevant insights, pose questions, and engage in discussions with colleagues.  We will identify the challenges and collaboratively navigate applications using transformative learning strategies such as authentic inquiry. This professional learning is at the top of society’s needs.
TC2, Laura Gini-Newman 
July 17-19, Ottawa  
Building Student Thinking Competencies in Mathematics (K-12)
In this Summer Institute, participants will explore ways to help students build the competencies to reason effectively in mathematics. Explicit connections to the mathematical processes will be made and expanded upon based on internationally accepted objectives. Participants will learn how to empower students with the thinking tools to confidently solve any problem in math. By the end of this Institute, participants will have designed practical day-to-day lessons they can use with their students to ensure students are well-equipped with the thinking competencies needed for success in mathematics in the 21st century.
Susan Watt & Trish Morgan
July 17-19 Ottawa  
Technology at its BEST - Creating a Dynamic21st Century Learning Community (Grades 1-8)
How can you evolve your classroom into a vibrant, collaborative learning community? By utilizing the very best technology apps and online tools, offering your students rich opportunities to express their creativity, use critical thinking and collaborate with others near and far. Join us in this session to explore a wide range of amazing resources and ideas, and engage in meaningful dialogue about 21st century technology-enabled teaching and learning. BYOD (laptop, chromebook, iPad, or all!)
First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO)
(Location is fairly remote and not close to amenities. Car/Vehicle access will be important.)
Revitalizing our Classrooms with Indigenous Knowledge - On the Land Learning (K-12)
This unique land-based institute will immerse participants in the customary practices and lifeways of Indigenous Peoples.  Supported by community Elders, participants will have the opportunity to learn from the land to understand the connection between Indigenous Knowledge and the natural environment, as well as how to incorporate Indigenous Worldviews and Ways of Knowing, using practical, classroom ready resources.
Jaclyn Calder 
July 19-21 Oshawa      
Course Design for Blended Learning (Secondary)
In this workshop participants will explore how to build course activities using the provincially accessible tools VLE (D2L). The different tools/components within the VLE (D2L) will be addressed in addition to external tools such as (but not limited to) Mindomo, Pixton, Learn360 and XpressLab. Participants are encouraged to bring any materials they have and together we will begin to plan and get course activities ready for the fall. Assessment opportunities and collaboration opportunities to support critical thinking and deep learning will also be discussed. Ideas for designing blended learning courses holistically and with a focus on inquiry learning will be shared.

NOTE: It is HIGHLY recommended that participants come with access to a "blank shell"or empty course in their boards own VLE (D2L) to create and play in. If you need help accessing or requesting this in your board, please contact the facilitator (jcalder@scdsb.on.ca). There will be a solution in place for those who cannot gain access into their own school boards VLE.
Ontario Association of Junior Educators (OAJE)
July 19-21 Oshawa  
Engaging Students: Building Resilience through ICT, Collaboration and Authentic Assessment (K-8)
Come on an interactive three day learning journey and discover how you can foster an environment of making student learning visible, create engaging lessons, and ease the flow of assessment.  Within this hands-on course you will have the chance to collaborate and build your base of knowledge through online web tools, the Google Suite of Apps, Google Classroom, computational thinking, coding and computer science, robotics, using iPads, student portfolios, assistive technology.
Crystal Lake
July 19-21 Toronto
That was EASY! Making Assessment & Evaluation Easy in Mathematics (Grades 1-8)
In this session, we will explore a variety of assessment tools that can provide educators feedback on how students are doing in mathematics. There will be digital and non-digital tools that educators will be ready to implement in September. We will visit ways to capture and record student thinking when assessing observations and conversations. We will also explore the use of learning goals and success criteria. Let’s get set for purposeful assessment in mathematics!

Multiple Subject/Division Associations:

Arts Education Consultants of Ontario (ARTSECO),
Ontario Association for Developmental Education (OADE),
Ontario Business Educators' Association (OBEA)
Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE), and
Science Teachers' Association of Ontario (STAO)
July 25-27, Niagara-on-the-Lake      
Aug 2-4, London
FULL S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! (K-8)
It's time to pick up some S.T.E.A.M. in your classroom! This workshop will bring together subject association specialists and K to Gr. 8 classroom teachers to explore innovative strategies to integrate Science & Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics in the classroom.  We will explore models of integrated lesson planning with inquiry-based and hands-on learning activities, and strategies to infuse financial literacy into your lessons.  There is even a session that will consider strategies to meet the needs of specialized learners!
Christina Rzazewski
July 25-27, Niagara-on-the-Lake      
Creating and Delivering Online Content: A beginners Guide
Feeling lost in a sea of technology? Are you looking for ways to get your own work and your student work online in one central location? Are you looking to seamlessly collaborate with peers and kids? In this workshop beginners will get a change to PLAY using Google's suite of free tools, Edmodo classroom as well as a number of other free web apps for various subject areas. Participants will walk away with real classroom lessons, rubrics, student samples and most importantly, digital confidence.
Ontario History and Social Sciences Teachers' Association (OHASSTA)
July 25-27, Niagara-on-the-Lake  
Just Blend It! Inquiry and Blended Learning in the History and Social Science Classroom (Grades 7-12)
In this Summer Institute, participants will have time to deepen their understanding of disciplinary thinking concepts through the inquiry lens. Subjects include those in History, Economics, Law, Politics/Civics, and the Social Sciences. Through a series of practical, hands-on, collaborative activities, we will explore blended learning pedagogy and technology options to use in your classes. These strategies will be geared to support inquiry and critical thinking, and to increase your strategies to assess for/as learning. By the end of this Summer Institute, participants will have constructed a task, lesson or assessment for a context of their choosing, that will be immediately applicable in their work. Teachers of grades 7-12 are invited to register. Bring your own laptop or other connected devices.
Brian Aspinall 
July 26-28 London  
Beyond the Hour of Code - Computational Thinking for the 21st Century (Grades 4-8)
Twenty first century learning requires students to create, collaborate and think critically. Progress "STEM's" directly from immediate feedback and a personalized learning platform. Coding forces students to problem solve, make mistakes and overcome barriers because programs can only run if written correctly. In this session, teachers will learn the basics of block based coding and how to make use of mathematical principles to create content of and for learning.
Participants will learn about the history and pedagogy of computer science, its importance for the future as well as how to integrate it into existing curricula. With a focus on math process expectations, participants will explore assessment and evaluation while focusing the process of learning.
Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers' Association (OESSTA)
July 26-28 London  
Rooted in the Past, Preparing for the Future: Enhancing your SSHG Program (Grades 1-8)
This Summer Institute demonstrates how educators can enhance their Social Studies, History, and Geography program using a blend of 21st century tools and local, primary sources. An inquiry-based learning approach will guide exploration of the role of Thinking Concepts, digital tools, and primary sources in planning, delivering, and assessing. Participants can also explore relevant Indigenous resources, pedagogies and worldviews and determine how to incorporate them into their classroom 
Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF)
July 31 - Aug 2, Toronto
Using Film-making to Enhance Authentic Inquiry and Project-based Learning (Grades 6-10)
Film-making is an excellent vehicle to bring authentic inquiry and project-based learning together, empowering students to positively impact their communities and share their learning. In this workshop, we delve into all aspects of managing a learning process that engages students in research, community action, and film-making, using the WaterDocs@ school program as an example.  No experience with film-making is required.  A professional inquiry methodology will shape the learning and draw on the experiences of those present.
Mike Clare
July 31 - Aug 2, Toronto
iBookJam: Designing Interactive Books and Modules for Tablets and SmartPhones (Grades 1-12)
iBookJam walks teachers through a practical demonstration of Apple’s free iBooksAuthor (IBA) software.  iBookJam introduces IBA to the learner, creative use of the iPad, shows the potential to design interactive modules and books; walks the learner through the journey from dreaming and concept, to advanced design to distribution.  There are advantages of digitally sharing resources from ensuring students who are way do not miss resources to the individualization of program all the way through to the pragmatic considerations such as where to file and distribute materials for students.
Tracy Sims and Cheryl Emrich
July 31 - Aug 2, Toronto    - NEW
Engaging in Early Mathematics (Kindergarten)
This workshop will provide educators with an opportunity to deepen their understand of early mathematics with a focus on deconstructing mathematical concepts such as counting, subitizing, spatial awareness, and geometry. We will look closely at how math flows through every part of the school day and share practical ideas of what it looks like in the classroom! Educators will have lots of opportunities to explore mathematics hands-on and have reflective conversations with colleagues.
Ontario Art Education Association (OAEA)
Aug 1-3, Ottawa
Getting Creative with Apps - Lessons for Visual Arts and Media Education (K-12)
Take a problem-based approach to an arts lesson. Learn to use a suite of free mobile apps including Adobe creative mobile apps and Google Drive to create a lesson plan and all the resources, such as video demos, resources pages, handouts and student & teacher created exemplars for a lesson/unit you can use next year. Bring your own laptop or smart-phone or tablet. Video cameras, mics, and some art making materials will be provided.
First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO)
Aug 1-3, Ottawa 
Revitalizing Our Classrooms with Indigenous Knowledge (K-12)
This workshop will bring a strong Inuit focus, while participants deepen their understanding on how to examine historical and contemporary challenges and achievements of Indigenous Peoples.  Supported by community Elders, participants will be provided with classroom ready resources as well as culturally appropriate instructional strategies that can be used in both elementary and secondary classrooms.
Jennifer Evans
Aug 1-3, Ottawa
Using Loose Parts to Engage Young Learners in STEAM (Kindergarten/Primary)
This hands-on workshop is suited for early years educators that are interested in using STEAM and loose parts in their classroom. We will focus on how educators can use loose parts to incorporate science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics to support inquiry learning in a play-based environment. As we explore each content area of STEAM we will see how they are integrated and how loose parts can be used effectively.

In our own makerspace, participants will have time daily to become makers and tinkerers as we question & wonder, explore & investigate, then reflect & share through hands-on activities and experiments.

We will explore ideas that will help you broaden your students’ interests and deepen their understanding about things they wonder about and wish to investigate.



First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO)

Aug 2-4, Sudbury

Developing Nishnaabemwin Teacher Proficiency (Elem/Sec)

Target Audience: Elementary and secondary school teachers of Nishnaabemwin who are themselves learning Nishnaabemwin as a second language.

In this Summer Institute, participants will be learning to use three major types of Nishnaabemwin sentence patterns to communicate orally and in writing. They will practice forming sentences appropriate to the grade levels they are teaching. The facilitator will also show how they can use resources such as the Nishnaabemwin Online Dictionary and course manuals on Nishnaabemwin in creating content for their classes. Upon completing the institute, the participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained with greater independence to achieve their teaching objectives.



Mali Bickley and Jim Carleton
Aug 8-10, Toronto  
Using Personal Devices to Create Media and Document Learning in Kindergarten (K)
Do you have mobile devices or computers in your classroom? Using some amazing apps, we will  discover the basics of creating digital stories and documenting student learning.  We will play with green screens, time lapse programs and stop motion animation tools while setting up places and spaces for teachers to archive and share student work. This three-day workshop will provide participants with hands on experience in using apps to work in small groups create and share digital stories.


Facing History and Ourselves
Aug 8-10, Toronto  
Democracy at Risk: The Holocaust and Human Behaviour (Grades 7-12)
In this institute —featuring the revised edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:  Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior and group dynamics; engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources; discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully; and learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their lives and the choices they make.
Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT)
Aug 9-11, Sudbury 
Teaching Inquiry through Science and Physics! (Grades 9-12)
The driving force behind science is inquiry – a mode of thinking and learning that is second nature to scientists, but can be challenging to students and teachers. Join Roberta, Greg, and Chris from the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers who will lead you through an invigorating series of workshops that will help you expand the use of inquiry in your science and physics classrooms. We will explore how students learn science and the role that inquiry plays in motivating students and helping them develop deep understanding. A commitment to inquiry alters the nature of assessment in science, focusing it on the construction of knowledge and the process of learning. Inquiry thrives in a community of learners who collaborate to tackle challenging, real-world problems.  Want to learn all about this with a bit of physics on the side? Join us this summer!
Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association (OMLTA)
Aug 9-11, Sudbury 
Principles of the CEFR: A Pathway toward proficiency (All Levels, FSL)
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is a professional resource that can assist educators in describing linguistic features, assessing and providing feedback on Second language proficiency with greater clarity and precision.
In this Summer institute, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to use the CEFR as an assessment tool to develop student confidence, proficiency and achievement in FSL.   Participants will analyse the listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies of an A1 to B2 leaner.  They will explore the links between the curriculum and the philosophy of the CEFR and develop authentic and action-oriented tasks that require students to use language for a purpose.  The process of moderation and an exploration of assessment tools will be used as a means to inform instruction and to support the development of student learning and achievement across all four strands of the curriculum.
Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE), and
First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO)
Aug 9-11, London 
Artful Approaches: Embedding Indigenous Knowledge in the Drama and Dance Classroom (Jr/Int/Sr)
We come as individuals but we leave as one. In this joint institute from the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE) and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO), we will focus on the personal and professional dimensions of decolonizing our teaching practice in drama and dance. Learn to claim your voice and find strength in your life and work through teachings, Elder discussions, and traditional dances in our morning sessions. Each afternoon, experience and plan artful approaches to embedding Indigenous knowledge into your teaching practice.

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