WFMP 2019: October 24, 25 & 26, 2019
Note: A brief overview of each workshop is provided below the workshop title. Click on the title to see the workshop’s full descriptor.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00 p.m. OECTA Pre-Conference Workshop:
Coming to Acceptance: a Teacher’s Journey to Well-being
Presenter: Karl Fernandes
Description: “Obstacles do not block the path; they are the path.”
Friday, October 25, 2019
Session A – 9:45-11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dan Moynihan
Description: Giving the Best of Yourself – Dan will explore the relationship between faith and sport by deepening our understanding of Saint John Paul II’s assertion: “Athletic activity, in fact, highlights not only humanity’s valuable physical abilities, but also one’s intellectual and spiritual capacities. It is not just physical strength and muscular efficiency, but it also has a soul and must show its complete face.” Prepare to be mobile during this session.
A2 – CCC: Catholic Media Authorship: Media Literacy as an Enabler of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning
Presenter: CCC: Catholic Media Authorship: Media Literacy as an Enabler of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning – Anthony Perotta
Description: The CCC resource “Catholic Media Authorship: An Enabler of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning,” provides teachers with a classroom ready approach to nurture student media output that promotes equity, student voice and culturally responsive learning.
Presenter: CPCO: Who Me… A Leader? CPCO’s PQP
Description: Learn about the only Principals’ Qualification Program founded in Catholicity. Gain insight into why CPCO’s PQP is relevant ad candidate-focused, thoroughly preparing new Principals and Vice-Principals for the realities, challenges of the job.
Presenter: Carole Allen
Description: Shine the light on the unique quality of our faith-filled Catholic Education system. Learn the key messages to share with those who influence decisions around funding our Catholic schools, and with supporters in your local community.
Presenter: Les Miller
Audience: Faith Ambassadors
Description: Visio Divina is an approach to prayer that helps us to see the sacred in art and everyday life.
Presenter: Ted Laxton
Audience: Gr. 7-12
Description: This workshop sets the preliminary groundwork for teachers who wish to engage students in a meaningful dialogue between science and religion (such as interactions between science and religion, models of Divine action and general empirical method).
A7 – Nelson: Using Developmental Trajectories and Provocations to Build a Strong Math Foundation in Kindergarten and Grade 1
Presenters: Jennette MacKenzie, Director of Research and Teacher Training at Nelson Education
Audience: Early Childhood Educators, Kindergarten and Grade 1 Teachers, Math Consultants and Math Leads, Principals and Vice-Principals
Description: The workshop will provide an overview of the new Nelson My Math Path K and Grade 1 resources, designed specifically to align with the play-based learning for Kindergarten and Grade 1 classrooms.
Presenter: Dr. Anne Jamieson
Description: As Catholics we believe that the message of salvation brings hope and love. Sacred Scripture is a powerful communication of that message that touches every part of our lives … even our math learning!
Presenters: J. Johnson, S. Lacroix, D. Mongeon
Audience: Gr. 7-12 French
Description: Soyons lumières de joie. Le pape François nous fait souvent le rappel que nous sommes appelés à être la lumière du monde.
Presenters: Paula Nevins, Jodie Williams
Audience: Gr.11-12 /Indigenous
Description: The Finding Cleo podcast investigates one Cree family`s search for their missing sister, Cleo, with the help of CBC Radio`s Connie Walker.
Presenters: Jaclyn Priest-Brown, Jill Staples
Description: During this session, we will explore why play is critical to learning and how we can bring our natural environment into the equation.
Presenter: Andy Burns
Audience: Gr. 1-6
Description: Feedback received from teachers working with the GIF GIC program resource indicates that teachers love the program and that the size of the teacher resource can feel overwhelming.
Presenters: Lolita Leva Shereese Halley-Caspersz
Description: This workshop would inspire and introduce educators on using the Catholic virtues of Courage, Compassion, Justice, Hope, Unity, Wisdom, Perseverance, Reverence, Responsibility and Honesty, through the Ministry of Education`s dance curriculum.
Presenters: Bill Bazinet, Brian Beal, Stephanie Maher
Description: Come share our faith pilgrimage to the Holy Land; an experiential course – HRE 4M that culminated in a March Break journey in Israel.
Presenter: Stephanie Christie
Audience: Primary (JK-3)
Description: This 1-hour presentation will highlight children’s picture books that can be used to teach Gospel values across the curriculum.
Presenters: Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R. Spiritual Animator for the WCDSB
Description: God always does God’s part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation of this we can be assured!
Presenters: Hasmig Zarokian, Jessica Zaccak
Description: This workshop, specifically for intermediate teachers will focus on the topic of Social Justice inquiry based learning.
Session B – 1:30 -2:45 p.m.
Feature Speaker – Mary Jo Leddy
Description: Examining the moral challenges facing Canada, Ms. Leddy will focus on three of Canada’s national blind spots (relationship with Indigenous peoples, immigration, and caring for the environment) and address the fundamental question, ‘Why are we here?’
Presenter: Robert Gallo
Description: A deeper look at an online platform which allows teachers, parents, and pastors to work through activities, and video in both English and French which will help prepare our students for the sacrament of Reconciliation.
B3 – EOCCC: Mental Health and Wellness for Catholic Schools: emotions, resiliency, belonging and dignity of the whole person
Presenters: Ruth McNulty, Rebecca Paulsen
Description: This resource is comprised of five lessons for each grade (Kindergarten, 1, 3, 4, 6, & 8), including one for each area of focus (Emotions, Resiliency, Belonging, Dignity of the Whole Person), as well as a cumulative activity/celebration for each.
Presenters: Adriana Rerecich, Gillian Federico
Audience: Faith Ambassadors
Description: This workshop will address the various ways we understand our Catholicity and examine approaches that are most helpful and life-giving for us and our school communities.
B5 – Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique de l`Est Ontarien: Vérité et réconciliation à l’école: Comment en parler?
Presenters: Geneviève Ethier, Tina Charbonneau
Audience: Secondary French
Description: Suite à l`exercice des couvertures développé par l`organisme KAIROS, les élèves de notre conseil nous questionnent beaucoup sur le rôle joué par l`église dans le dossier des pensionnats autochtones
Presenter: Chris St. Amand
Audience: Gr. 7-12, Faith ambassadors, Chaplains, Retreat Leaders
Description: Learn about our school board`s journey to approach experiential learning through the lens of the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations.
Presenters: Maria Campisi, Jennifer Brown, Julia Brien
Description: This presentation intends to provide intermediate teachers with tools that expose intermediate students to the limitless, high-paying and high in-demand career opportunities in the Skilled Trades.
Presenters: Michelle Goh, Isabella Sorrenti-Thomas
Audience: K-Gr 1
Description: This session will introduce Kindergarten educators to precoding activities that can be implemented to support Early Years Numeracy.
Presenters:Pauline Condon, Christine Oates
Description: This presentation will give background information on Human Trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation especially as it happens in Canada.
Presenters: Rose Gentilcore and Alfonso Monachino
Description: The Niagara Catholic District School Board offers the “I Am a Child of God” experience for students K-8 that looks into the mindful brain, why our brain reacts with fight, flight or freeze responses that isolate us from our true greatness and from our relationship with Christ.
Presenters: John Schneider, Carlos Roque,Whitney McKinley, Michael Leonard
Description: This workshop is a follow up to an initial workshop which took place last year and will present the completed “A Child’s Virtual Tour of Christ the King Cathedral in Hamilton,” (created by students for students) and describe some of the broader possibilities of VR Tours including – but not limited to – how this tool works, what hardware/software is required and how such an activity can be linked to World Religions Courses.
B12 – St. Michael’s College School: Challenging Conversations- Navigating Church Teaching and Affirming Human Dignity to Address Contemporary Issues in Catholic Sex Education
Presenters: Calvin Cahatol & Stephen Antolin
Description: This workshop deals with teaching contemporary issues of sexual education, relationships, and identity with a grounded Catholic perspective.
Presenters: Laurie Clement, Kelly Rilley
Description: Coming soon.
Presenters: Natasha Finoro, Katherine Kenney
Description: In this session, we will lead participants through an inquiry cycle that demonstrates how we used community social issues to engage learners and promote action.
Presenter: Robert Cannone
Description: In this presentation, participants will see examples of students and teachers working together as digital missionaries – to spread the good news of what is happening in our schools through tools such as Google Slides and I-Movie (to create weekly news broadcasts).
Presenters: Jesus Panem, Bianca DeSouza
Description: This workshop offers an alternative approach to “gamify” Religious Education lessons using Breakout Edu (a platform for immersive learning games – www.breakoutedu.com).
Presenter: Sean Mulrooney, Regis College/St. Augustine’s Seminary
Audience: Primary/Secondary Teachers, Chaplains
Descriptor: The Wisdom Project focuses on personal transformation of students. Topics covered include: Who Am I?; The Primal Emotions of Anger and Fear; Getting Along with Others and What to Do When You Can’t; and What is Philosophy?
Session C – 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Presenter: Fr. Rob Galea
Description: In this presentation, Fr Rob reminds us that, like Christ’s first disciples, we do not need to have it all figured out in order to love and serve Him.
C3 – EOCCC: It’s a Way of Life, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Stories: Un mode de vie, histoires des premières nations, métis et inuit.
Presenters: Marian Lawson-MacDonald, Christina Lapierre
Description: As we learn together about Canada’s First Peoples we see how spirituality is interwoven through their everyday experience. Similarly, as Catholic educators we are called to make our faith an integral part of our teaching and learning and to walk hand-in-hand with our children, parent community and parish.
C4 – Pearson Education: Teacher Faith Formation: Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ is a Religious Education Resource for Teachers Too!
Presenters: Terri Durham
Description: Discover the ways this program can help build your knowledge – and engage you in knowing and living your faith.
Presenter: Christine Corso
Description: With over 60 games in both English and French that target various numeracy concepts including counting and quantity, these games go well beyond primary and encourage families to spend time together playing games and reinforcing key math concepts.
Presenter: Pieter Niemeyer
Description: To pursue justice is the prophetic call of faith, and nurturing youth to be ‘youth for others’ is to nurture a faith that does justice.
Presenters: Kevin Cyr, Carrie Percival, Heather Skeats, Sue Minchella
Description: Discover how we can teach our students to use their body language and tone of voice to be assertive and set boundaries in their relationships.
Presenters: Monique Travale, Dominika Marcotte
Audience: Jnr/int, Gr3-8
Description: This hands-on presentation will include: all paper work necessary to begin (forms, permission, etc.), fundraising ideas to raise money, sample menu lists, ideas that work, food samples, sharing of photos and experiences, a take-home packet for all participants
Presenters: Sara Alves and Erica Handley
Description: We will practice using a variety of online and collaborative programs to re-engage students to their Catholic Faith while encouraging inquiry-based learning, researching,communication and critical thinking skills; can be adapted in primary, junior and intermediate divisions.
Presenters: Kerri Lyn Courtney & MaryJo Drager
Description: Routine documentation and communication between home and school allow parents to engage in meaningful conversation about their child’s faith development as well as academic successes and next steps. This workshop will highlight the use of Freshgrade tool and system, but learning can be applied to other digital documentation tools.
Presenter: Andrea Bozza
Description: How do we support our students and colleagues who struggle with anxiety within the walls of our Catholic Schools? Explore cognitive distortion and how turning to faith can help to escape thinking traps.
Presenter: Christina Maschas Hammond, Christine Ignas, Carrie Mage
Audience: Gr 7-12
Description: Educators will be provided the opportunity to explore and create identity texts using technological tools (Microsoft and Google platforms) to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse identities within our classrooms. Please bring your own device: you will leave with a finished identity text of your own as a model to share with students.
Presenter: Maxine Highet, Shannon Ulgiati
Description: This learning session will focus on how to integrate indigenous teachings into a primary literacy program in an authentic and purposeful way with a particular attention to oral language development and reading.
Presenter: Alexandra Parlagreco
Description: We will discuss and explore the Disciplinary Literacy approach in four subject areas: English, Science, Canadian World Studies, and Religion and how we can encourage students to read and think like literary critics, scientists, historians, and theologians.
C15 – Dufferin-Peel: Notre appel : Guider et inspirer nos élèves à devenir des témoins de la Bonne Nouvelle/Our Call: Guiding and inspiring our students to share and live the “Good News”
Presenters: Laura Quadrini, Claudia D’Amico-Cipriano
Audience: Secondary FSL
Description: Comment encourager les adolescents à reconnaitre l’appel à une vie de disciple, tout en mettant l’accent sur l’Education Religieuse en Immersion Française.
Presenter: Susan McElcheran
Description: Is there a connection between Scripture and the strategies we use to deal with conflict? This workshop presents a model of human violence and God’s call to peace, taking a perspective based in Scripture and the thoughts of Catholic writers Jean Vanier and René Girard.
Presenter: Sabrina Baiana, Tammie Cameron, Isabella Fuschino, Eliane Moniz-Baptista
Audience: Elementary/Spec Ed.
Description: Explore DPCDSB’s “top tech tools” used to support students who struggle with literacy in the classroom and discover the necessity of implementing technology to support literacy for students with diverse learning needs. Please bring a device connected to Google Chrome to the session.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Session D – 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Title: The Power of Music In Liturgy
Presenters: CCC Liturgy Committee: Vicki McRae, Susan Hookong-Taylor, Lisa Malcolm
Description: Using music to engage and inspire participants into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ we will collectively share our gifts and talents.
Presenters: Jennifer Ritsma, Megan Lunn, Jenna Meyers, Christine Dale
Description: According to Dr. Cathy Bruce, the “W” model of professional learning creates an opportunity to “slow down” the planning, implementing, and debriefing included in delivering engaging and thoughtful math lessons. Teachers and principals work together to plan, facilitate, and consolidate student learning while building collective efficacy.
Presenters: Murray Watson
Description: The Church’s rich body of teaching about our relationship to other religions is often unknown or misunderstood. Providing an overview of the Church’s evolution in this area, we will examine key teachings/guidelines and explore areas where these topics arise in curriculum and school life.
Presenters: Vanessa Di Marcelli & Mary Jane Snoeks
Audience: Gr. 7-12
Descriptor: This workshop will look at connections between the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and the Global Competencies.