WFMP 2017
Presentations and Workshops


Thursday, October 26, 2017

OECTA Pre-Conference Workshop

21st Century Spirituality:  Mindfulness, Meditation & more…

Presenter:  Urszula Cybulko

Journeying through the 21st century, we adjust to the ever changing world and meet the challenges of sharing our Catholic roots while responding to our own spiritual needs.  As Catholic educators we are called to find the “Sacred” in the secular.  Creating a “Catholic mindfulness” can help us meet the spiritual needs of our students, ourselves and honour our faith tradition that has evolved over 2000 years while meeting the needs of our 21st century curriculum and culture. This workshop will look at ideas and techniques to bring our Catholic traditions into an experience of mindfulness and meditation while infusing these techniques into our own pedagogical and spiritual practices.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Session A 9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

A1  WITNESSING THE FAITH – Feature Speaker: Chris Bray

Audience:  All

Understanding our call as Catholics to be living witnesses, to share the faith in all we do. Chris overviews several encounters from the perspective of both an educator & a student, demonstrating authenticity in witnessing is just as important as the information being taught, to lead others to a transformative encounter with Christ.

A2 Who Me… A Leader? CPCO’s PQPCPCO

Audience: All     Presenter:  Luciana Cardarelli
Are you thinking about leadership beyond the classroom? Learn about the only Principals’ Qualification Program founded in Catholicity and offered by the Catholic Principals’ Council |Ontario. Featuring CPCO PQP instructors, this workshop will provide insight into why CPCO’s PQP is relevant, candidate-focused, thoroughly preparing new Principals and Vice-Principals for the realities, challenges and joys of the job, like no other program.

A3 The Catholic Film Maker – CCC

Audience: Gr. 7-12     Presenter:  Anthony Perrotta
A follow up to The Catholic Film Reader, The Catholic Filmmaker provides intermediate and senior teachers with a classroom ready guide to short narrative, documentary and music video production. From the Religion classroom and beyond, this resource provides both novice teachers and students with the tools needed to be Effective Communicators through multi-media production. This resource also features exclusive insights by celebrated academics and filmmakers including director Paul Feig (director of Ghostbusters and Bridesmaids) and Dr. Susan Jeffords (an expert in popular culture and communications).

A4 Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ – Pearson

Audience: Grade 4    Presenter: Terri Durham
Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ is the Religious Education program approved by the Catholic Bishops of Ontario for use in Catholic elementary schools. The program promotes strong links between home, school, and parish and delivers engaging resources for students and teachers. Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ Grade 4 is new this year! In this session, Terri Durham will explore the grade 4 print and digital resources. Come and discover what’s new for the junior grades and preview the rich content that is designed to help students and their families learn about and live their Catholic faith.

A5 Just Right – Windsor-Essex

Audience: Kindergarten     Presenters:  Mary Lou Cortese, Diane Tope-Ryan
“Just Right” is a collection of practices and strategies designed to plant the seeds of resilience in our youngest learners. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress and adversity and take on new challenges. Many years of research tell us that resilience has a significant impact on our overall well-being which includes our physical and mental health, our relationships with others, and our academic engagement. Several critical abilities have been identified as associated with resilience and well-being. These include: emotional regulation, impulse control, attentional training, causal analysis, empathy, maintaining realistic optimism, self-efficacy, and seeking help . The “Just Right” collection is framed by 6 easily implemented concepts that involve explicit instruction and self-directed exploration and inquiry approaches. These strength-based concepts focus on student`s’ assets rather than their deficits and include: Getting Into Gear, Celebrating Feelings, Focused Attention Practice, Flexing our Thinking Muscles, Relaxation and, Problem Solving. The themes are designed to support the Self-regulation Expectations of The Kindergarten Program (2016) The “Just Right” is NOT about therapy. It is a celebration of teaching practices and supportive learning environments that benefit the social and emotional learning and resilience of all students, and has been produced following consultation and input from many collaborators including educator teams, child and youth workers and behavior specialists. It is positioned at Tier 1 (Universal Supports) of the Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.

A6 The Innovation Coding in the Primary Math Classroom – Bruce Grey

Audience: Primary     Presenter: 
Using coding to teach the math curriculum is not only fun but it teaches students problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in mathematics. We will share how we’ve explored using Breakout Boxes, Dash & Dot and Ozobots to explore the various strands in mathematics while building student’s growth mindset in math.

 A7 Reading Intervention Strategies That Work – York

Audience:  Primary     Presenter:  Melissa Doucette

Strategies for primary teachers in the regular classroom setting to provide remediation to struggling readers.  Strategies will address: decoding; reading comprehension; sight word comprehension; and writing skills.  Teachers will be provided with lists of available resources to support their reading program.

A8 A Sacred Promise – Dufferin-Peel

Audience: JK-12     Presenter:  Joanna Newton
The free iBook, Inuksuk: Sharing Experiences of Nunavut will be presented. Interactive elements include video clips, panoramic and 3D images, sound bites of the Inuktitut language and syllabic script, and quizzes to engage student inquiry. The respectful dialogue and partnership between northern and southern communities documented here signals an act of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners. It is a powerful tool for raising awareness about Inuit culture and Canada`s most northerly communities to spark the interest and respect of all readers, from K-12 students to their teachers.

A Conversation about Digital Citizenship and the OCGE’s – St. Clair

Audience: Jnr/Int     Presenter:  Tamara Johnson
Digital citizenship is so much more than staying safe online! It`s about being a life long learner in this digital and global age, developing as a discerning believer, collaborative communicator, a responsible citizen and so much more. Let`s have a conversation about digital citizenship and developing our students (and maybe ourselves too!) with the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations in mind.

A10 Creating Catholic Citizens – PVNC

Audience: Int.     Presenter:  Aaron McFadden
To help prepare our children to be more successful in the real world, we need to take our classrooms beyond the confines of the school walls and building to help them discover our curriculum in the real world. With planned, and purposeful, excursions into our local community; students can see the curriculum connections through interactive hands on activities, discussions and interactions. Using creative teaching practices, capturing our learning with technology and connecting with partners from our local community, our students are more engaged and successful with their learning.

A11 Teaching Social Justice Issues Through Cross-Curricular Inquiry – Halton

Audience: Int.     Presenters: Christina Schroeder, Stephanie Cabral
This workshop will follow our journey on how we used Social Justice provocations and Focus on Faith themes to develop cross-curricular inquiry units in intermediate to address curriculum from Science, Geography, Language Arts, and Religion. Our purpose was to develop students’ ability to think critically about global issues, and make meaningful, real-world connections to enhance their understanding of the big ideas across subject areas. We will share the challenges and successes that both we and our students experienced, as we balanced explicit instruction of content, with the fostering of independent inquiry skills.

A12 Indigenous Education thorough a Catholic Lens – Toronto

Audience: All     Presenters:  Ana Rita Santos-Furtado, Vanessa Pinto, Elizabeth Russell
In order to increase the knowledge and understanding as to the necessity for Indigenous Education, and the reasons why Indigenous content and issues must be incorporated into the mainstream classroom authentically, the relationship between Indigenous Education and Catholic perspectives will be emphasized, while fears and misconceptions will be addressed.

A13 Promoting Equity & Inclusion for EL Learners – Durham

Audience: FSL/ESL     Presenters:  Kerry Ruthard, Marci MacDonald
As we continue to welcome newcomers from a variety of backgrounds in our Catholic schools, we must consider how to best support English Language Learners within an inclusive model while helping them adjust to a new country. This workshop aims to assist educators in developing their cultural sensitivity as well as offer a wide variety of strategies for developing a welcoming community within our schools. Practical tools and strategies for supporting ELLs within our classes will also be shared.

A14 Contemplative Prayer/Retreats for Staff – Brant

Audience: Personal Faith     Presenters:  Paul Tratnyek, Keri Calvesbert
This workshop will provide resources and prayer experiences currently used on contemplative retreats with staff in the BHNCDSB. The workshop will introduce participants to a variety of contemporary contemplative teachers (Richard Rohr, James Finley, Cynthia Bourgeault, John Main and Laurence Freeman) and provide practices to help sustain a balance between being and doing in our busy lives. The workshop will support teachers and administrators bringing Christian meditation and other contemplative prayer into their classroom/school.

A15 It’s Math Time… Where Are Your Students? – Nelson Education

Audience: All     Presenter:  Jennette MacKenzie, Director of Research, Nelson Education

As Catholic educators we are called on to understand, value and have empathy for each individual child in our classroom, to believe in their potential, to identify their unique needs and to build instruction that respects and challenges them.  The research clearly shows that the greatest impact a teacher can have on students is to believe they can learn and to teach them starting with what they already know. This session will provide participants with the most current research about using learning trajectories to identify where students are on their math journey. It will demonstrate how identifying  learning prerequisites and identifying gaps in student learning can lead to student success and student confidence in their math learning. This workshop will also provide a brief overview of the new Nelson Pre-assessments Grades 1-6: Finding Each Student’s Pathway.

A16 Fears, Facts, and Faith in the Midst of Grief – Niagara

Audience: All     Presenters: Krista Wood, Andrea Bozza
In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ reminds us, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). As Catholic Educators we are called to be witnesses of our faith and in times of death, sorrow, and crisis, our witness includes compassionate care and support. Through this workshop, participants will explore some of the fears that prevent us from being effective and compassionate supporters. We will also look at some of the research and facts surrounding death and loss and what resources are available in our schools to assist with responses to various types of loss. This workshop will focus primarily on grief and bereavement processing and support for students in K-8.

A17 Spirituality and the Catholic Educator: It’s not just for Religion Teachers – Anne Jamieson

Audience: All     Presenter:  Dr. Anne Jamieson, Diocese of Hamilton
What is spirituality and why is it particularly important for Catholic Educators no matter what their role in the system? Join Dr. Anne Jamieson for an examination of what it is to be aware of our own spirituality and that of others and how increased awareness can lead us to greater authenticity. Participants will leave with practical suggestions for strengthening spiritual practice.


Session B 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

B1  A Journey With Sisterhood:  A Look Into the Transformative and Transportive Power of A Catholic Documentary – Feature Presentation: Salt+Light

Audience:  All   Presenter:  Marc Boudignon, Director and Editor, Emilie Callan

Salt + Light Television, in conjunction with Loyola Institute for Ministry, collaborated on a 7-part mini-series showcasing international women’s congregations that are making a difference.

Marc Boudignon, Director and Editor on Sisterhood, talks about his experiences developing the multi-layered stories for each episode, and how the unique sights and sounds captured on-location in ten countries fuelled the show’s contemplative and joyful aesthetic. Using clips from the series, this workshop reveals the Sisters’ stories of compassion, adversity, conversion and faith, which will inspire educators and anyone else committed to changing the world for the better.

Following Marc’s segment, Emilie Callan, Producer at Salt + Light also introduces the Sisterhood Study Guide, developed in conjunction with the film production, and how it brings a personal, contemplative and immersive aspect to the whole series of films.

B2 Illuminate your Leadership Capacity – CPCO

Audience: All     Presenter:  Luciana Cardarelli
It starts with the Self… Experience a mini-session and learn how strengths can be put to work with Lumina Spark – a unique and personalized psychometric assessment tool, which helps individuals explore their own personality, increase self-awareness and adapt behaviours to improve relationships and teamwork and leadership capacity. The only tool of its kind that is aligned with the Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework, it can effectively guide leadership development for aspiring, newly appointed and experienced Catholic school leaders for on‐going personal and professional development.

B3 Confirmation Through Conversation – CCC

Audience: Gr. 7    Presenters:  Robert Gallo, Daniel Pupulin, Lisa Malcolm
Confirmation Through Conversation is an online platform where Gr. 7 teachers and students can engage virtually with other groups province-wide to participate in five distinct Catholic modules focused around the sacrament of Confirmation.
The document would be available via the Catholic Curriculum Corporation website, via link. By using software and Google Hangouts, teachers will be able to explore the five modules that their class will be using to network with other students in their sacramental year. Through technology, schools will be paired with one another automatically, providing the contact info of another teacher in a different Catholic school board. Classes can meet on-line bi-monthly throughout the school year, as a tentative virtual schedule is provided. An online handbook will be available for all teachers should technical support be needed at any time.
The online sessions where students will meet their virtual friends will be designed to help guide the teachers with regard to the themes/topics surrounding the sacrament of Confirmation and can be viewed prior. Modules will offer activities, interactive videos and discussion questions throughout this online journey with their partner school.

B4 Indigenous Customs & Traditions – a bilingual digital resource – EOCCC

Audience: Primary/FSL     Presenter:  Dale Henderson
A bilingual digital learning resource featuring youth from the various First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities sharing stories, legends, and traditions with the audience will be presented. There are six video segments included and a teacher resource manual focusing on rich activity tasks for students at the primary level. Videos may also be used in the junior and intermediate divisions. This EOCCC resource will be provided to all participants.

B5  Protecting Catholic Education in a Hostile Political Environment – FACE

Audience: All        Presenter:  Carole Allen
The Catholic Education system in Ontario continues to be under increasing threat. Due to pressures of declining enrollment and a move towards secular thought in institutions such as education, there are groups who are committed to campaigning for an end to funding for the Catholic Education system in Ontario. This workshop will examine the historical background to full funding of Catholic School Boards and will present the predominant themes and topics affecting the current model of educational systems in Ontario. The presentation will bring awareness of the Friends and Advocates of Catholic Education (FACE) efforts at the provincial level, and will promote strategies that can be carried out at the local level in schools and boards to promote and protect the Catholic Education system. This workshop is intended for everyone who is employed in a Catholic school board, and for everyone who cares about the tremendous contribution that the Catholic Education system makes to the province of Ontario.

B6 A Virtual Backpack for Religious and Family Life Educators – CARFLEO

Audience:  All     Presenter: Les Miller

As we move into the next part of our Catholic Education journey, CARFLEO (The Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario) is dedicated to providing Catholic educators with practical resources that will bring classroom success. This workshop explores tools that teachers can use to create engaging and spiritually nourishing lessons. We look at curated resource centres, virtual field trips, student presentation tools, lesson ideas and other provisions that a 21st Century digital backpacker needs.

B7 ELK Self-Regulation Through Meditation – Waterloo

Audience: Special Education, ELK and Primary     Presenters: Cathy Simoes, Melody Parent
Curious about using meditation in your class? Unsure how to begin? Concerned about how to help your students become more regulated? If you want to further develop a sense of community in your class, then come and join us for a wonderful hour of inspiration. Rejuvenate your spirit while becoming confident in your ability to infuse meditation into your classroom`s daily practice.

B8 Creating an Emotional Connection to Read Alouds – Dufferin-Peel

Audience: Primary     Presenter: Anna Tardella, Julijana Pocrnic
During this session, we will explore reading aloud to children with the purpose of creating an emotional spark between the child and the reader. We will explore the importance of using engaging read alouds that model instructional strategies and that extend the read aloud as part of comprehensive literacy instruction, with a particular focus on well-being and faith development. We hope to see you here and create a “spark” between you and our books.

B9 It’s More Than Sacred Space – Dufferin-Peel

Audience: Elementary     Presenter: Paul DeVuono
Centred on welcoming, celebrating, praying, serving, rituals, and the environment this workshop will invite teachers to use the resources they have to deepen the Catholic classroom environment. Building on virtues, parish and home connection, personal witness, and the curriculum, as well as the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, teachers will be given ideas and strategies to help them move beyond the prayer table.

B10 Making the Catholic Graduate Expectations Come Alive – Durham

Audience: Jnr.     Presenter: Lianne MacKinnon
They are posted in K-12 schools across Ontario and are the foundation of our Catholic School system. But…how many parents, students, and educators can truly say that they have a good understanding of the Catholic Graduate Expectations? This workshop provides a pedagogical approach to make the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations come alive in the classroom and in the school community. Cross-curricular student work will be shown, as well as the sharing of a school’s success story, including staff and student data. You will also be made aware of the strategies that helped bring staff and students to a higher overall awareness level of the Catholic Graduate expectations.

B11 Evidence-Based Mathematics Strategies Effective For All Students – Toronto

Audience: Int.     Presenters:  Varvara Nika, Nancy Medeiros
As Educators, we strive to engage students in their learning. What are some effective evidence-based strategies that could support students in becoming thoughtful, motivated, collaborative and innovative learners, capable of engaging in their own inquiries and thriving in our world of constant change? Teachers will learn to differentiate their teaching to meet the needs of a wide range of learners, including English Language Learners and students with Individual Educational Plans (IEP). Teachers will have an opportunity to work through well selected hands-on activities, and learn specific techniques to develop their students’ mathematical capacity.

B12 Encountering Catholic Education at the Foot of the Cross – Niagara

Audience: Int.     Presenters: Ariana Agnini, Nicholas Ali
Join the Niagara Catholic Elementary Chaplaincy Team for a hands on, unconventional exploration of the passion and death of our Lord. Participants will walk away with several new ways of presenting the stations. Take up your cross and tableau no more!

B13 Equity: Responding to the Changing Face of Ontario? – Durham

Audience: All     Presenters: Tish Sheppard, Lisa True
This workshop will serve to provide professional development that will allow participants to engage in personal reflection and to deepen their understanding of equity and inclusive education as it pertains to their role in our Catholic schools. Participants will be actively involved in both small and large group conversations that centre around a variety of equity related ideas, issues and challenges faced in our schools. They will walk away with a tool to use back in their schools (equity walk matrix) that will help them begin to recognize, describe, plan for and respond to issues that arise in our diverse Catholic school environments.

B14 Journeys in Justice: A Secondary Perspective – Windsor-Essex

Audience: Sec/Admin     Presenter: Danielle Desjardins-Koloff
Over the past few years, our WECDSB justice leadership teams have reached out to the community to engage our youth in collaborative partnerships aimed at increasing our shared mission to live Gospel values while bringing to life our Catholic social teachings. Together, we have learned that journeys in justice are effective when momentum is built by the lived experiences and wisdom of all members of a community. In this workshop, participants will learn about the planning, implementation, and successes of several key initiatives and partnerships and be given an opportunity to examine how to begin to carry out this synergistic work in your own schools and boards.

B15 Faith In Action: A Model of Catholic Leadership Development – London

Audience: Faith Ambassadors/Parish Liaisons/All School Staff     Presenters:  Roberta Gibson, Fr. John Jasica
Inspired by Mary`s FIAT (Luke 1:38) the Faith in Action Team is a student lead faith leadership movement comprised of youth from grades 3 to 8. Participants experience the gift of our Catholic faith and promotes faith building opportunities within the school, parish and home. The team works on school and church initiatives to help everyone grow in prayer, build community, foster family and community outreach. This includes: social justice awareness and outreach, leading faith events in the school and parish, liturgical roles at weekend Masses, attending an annual faith rally and much more!

B16 Achieving the Catholic Graduate Expectations Through Deep Learning – PVNC

Audience:  Administration (but all welcome)     Presenters:  Dawne Michie, Frank Bradica, Amelia Valenti

In this workshop, educators will have the opportunity to explore innovative ways to achieve the OCSGE’s through a deep learning approach. We will explore the reasons why there is a need to shift learning to an experiential approach and how this way of learning creates empathy. We will investigate how to develop skills like creativity, discernment, entrepreneurship, communication, reflection, discernment, collaboration and citizenship skills. Allowing students to experience learning and construct their own understandings (instead of being given information) is a valuable and essential part of the learning experience. Now more than ever, in the digital age we need to support students’ development of their “human skills”.

B17  Global Citizenship Education and Ignatian Spirituality  – Jesuits (Canada)

Audience: High School Educators, Administrators, Parish Liaisons, Chaplaincy    Presenter:  Uju Umenyi

Our workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to engage in an exercise of Ignatian reflection, followed by a reading of the signs of the times by means of providing an overview of the work of our Jesuit partners around the world and the Canadian contributions to a global Jesuit network committed to social justice.

Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of the work of the Jesuits around the world and in Canada, and concrete tools and ways to engage their students in faith-based social justice, continuing the Canadian tradition of commitment to justice and solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.

Session C 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

C1  Identity Literacy (TM) – Unpacking Bias in Catholic Schools – Brock University

Audience:  Administrators, Educators, School Board Personnel   Presenter:  Chris D’souza, Equity and Human Rights Strategist

This workshop will explore the concepts of “Identity Literacy” TM,  Identity Bias Construction and Deconstruction and its application for Catholic Educators within school systems. There will be a focus on building inclusion for Sexual Minority and Racialized students as well.


C2 Catholic Social Teaching: Inspiring Youth in Social Teaching – Development & Peace

Audience: Junior/ Intermediate/ Chaplaincy Leaders    Presenters:  Tara Hurford, Luke Stocking
This interactive workshop will showcase different strategies to inspire young Catholics in critical thinking, work and leadership for social justice. Strategies will include experiential learning activities; advocacy; curricular resources; narrative; the See, Judge, Act model of social analysis; and video resources all linked to Catholic Social Teaching. By exploring a variety of tools for global citizenship, participants will encounter options that prepare youth with different learning styles for engagement in reflective and creative work for the Common Good and social action through the Church.

C3 Catholicity, Communications, Computers, Math – CCC

Audience: Gr. 9     Presenter:  Michael Belcastro, Pedro Correia
The Ministry of Education is looking at combining the Mathematics and Technology courses. CCC & Math will focus on infusing Catholicism in the Communications, Computer Technology and Math courses. This will be curriculum for 2 full credits (1full math credit and two ½ credits in technology, specifically in the Communications Technology and Computer Technology courses).
The instructional lesions will all be linked to pre-recorded playlist that will continue to be updated. This relieves the teacher of having to use classroom time to give large group instruction. Notes and walkthroughs to each of the lessons will also already be pre-made for the teacher/student so that class time does not have to be used creating these documents. Pre-made practice (quizzes) will be created for each lesson and will be of a dynamic nature. Every time a student attempts to quiz a small portion of each question will be different for every student. For example, the math quizzes will have numbers in the question that change every time a quiz attempted so that no two students ever write the same quiz but the concepts that the students are attempting will always stay the same. Students have the opportunity to go back and attempt these quizzes an endless number of times. The computer will mark all of the questions immediately, giving extremely timely feedback along with providing direction to where a student may need more practice and where to find additional help. Culminating projects that spiral and integrate the curriculum of the Communication technology, Computer Technology and Math course will be created for every chapter. These projects and inquiries will be the focus of the classroom time to that troubleshooting, creation, application, problem solving, trial and error, peer discussion, peer instruction, and more one-on-one teacher-to-student instruction can take place more often.

C4 Called to Learn, Act and Reflect through Indigenous Teachings – EOCCC

Audience: Intermediate     Presenters:  Marion Lawson-MacDonald, Carrie Seguin, Patricia McRae
Across Canada, Calls to Action are getting louder. From the TRC, to the National Inquiry, to the heartfelt appeal from Gord Downie, Canadians are called to act and to make a difference for Indigenous peoples. Integrating Indigenous music to teach numeracy will be the focus. Copies of the EOCCC resource will be available for all participants.

C5  21st. Century Learning Through Religious Education – Pearson

Audience:  Primary/Junior/Administration   Presenter:  Tony Cosentino, Scott Lafreniere

This session will look at how teachers can harness the deep digital learning and cross-curricular strategies found in the new religious education program, Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ, to provide innovative ways to support 21st Century learning. We will explore strategies to engage students, parents, and parishes to help support all three journey together as a believing community whose life is rooted in Christ. Real examples of classroom activities and parish collaboration, in areas such as sacramental content and liturgical seasons, will be shared. Discover new ways to make religious education resonate with today’s students.

C6 Bumping into Math in Kindergarten – Huron-Perth

Audience: Kindergarten     Presenters:  Jennifer Keene, Karen Kramers
In this session Bumping into Math, we will share a resource to assist kindergarten teams in developing purposeful and meaningful math learning experiences in the inquiry play-based environment. As collaborative contributors within our board we have developed a resource to assist educators in `thinking critically about the meaning and purpose` through planning, documenting, communicating and providing math instruction in an inquiry/play-based program. We will also share resources we found valuable to assist us to become confident lifelong learners in math in the early years.

C7 Making Thinking Visible – Halton

Audience: Elementary     Presenters:  Sandra Daugherty, Joanne Zanin-Minkiewicz, Amanda Paulin
Using Thinking Routines allows students to develop thinking skills as habits of mind. Thinking routines provide for deeper connections among curriculum and our Focus on Faith. They are scaffolded to introduce, explore, synthesize and organize ideas, and for students to dig deeper into ideas. We will share how they are easily woven into our daily practice, make a positive impact into inquiry learning and, build better questioning skills for our students. These routines allow students to: gain confidence; see challenges as learning opportunities; nurture a growth mindset; be accountable for their own understanding and learning; and, challenge different viewpoints and ignite curiosity.

C8 One Size Doesn’t Fit All: A Recipe for Change – Bruce-Grey

Audience: Primary/Jnr.     Presenters: Cheryl Miller, Kelly McGregor
Putting children in the driver`s seat of their own learning though goal setting, metacognition and choice seating, this workshop will share the journey of how one TLLP project evolved using student voice in a Grade 3 classroom. Facilitators will share their experience with moving away from set seating plans to children advocating for what they need and how they learn best, with students using a variety of learning tools to their advantage, based on the task and their needs (stand up desks, balls, study carrels, use of white boards and fidget toys, sand timers, weight lap pillow, etc.) Facilitators will share their template for a self-advocacy card and goal setting techniques. Come see first hand how learning skills, engagement and self-advocacy improve through reflection and student choice.

C9 Student Voice, Choice, and Faith Exploration Through Smash Books –Brant Haldimand Norfolk

Audience: Jnr/Int     Presenters: Mellissa Connolly, Sandra Caniglia, Christine O`Sullivan
Students from grades 4-12 often struggle with making authentic connections to their Religious education. Using Smash Books provides teachers with a unique way to reach learners – particularly those at-risk – while incorporating literacy, art, social studies, and faith reflections in a creative, hands-on approach. This mixed-medium, faith journal will have students moving around their classrooms, schools, even their communities in unique, authentic, faith-based adventures! Students respond favorably to the voice and choice that colourful, interactive Smash Books provide. In this hands-on workshop, teachers will leave with engaging activities to take back to their classrooms to commence a Smash Book faith journey.

C10 Why Can`t They Read? – Wellington

Audience: Int.     Presenter: Deb Watters
How do we support our at risk readers in Intermediate Grades? This workshop will explore recent research and examine strategies for teaching at risk readers in Grades 7 to 10. Expand your knowledge about the reading cueing systems so that they can be modeled and taught explicitly. We will look at effective reading strategies and how to determine if your readers are using them. You will “meet” some intermediate readers, explore their reading profiles, identify the gaps in their reading and examine next steps for each of the readers.

C11 Teachers’ Perceptions Using Video Instruction – St. Michael’s College School

Audience: Int.     Presenters:  Daniel Lumsden; Rob Fantilli
The flipped classroom is a pedagogical approach in which the teacher flips the sequence of instruction and homework. In traditional classroom, the teacher typically introduces a topic or concept using lecture-based instruction. The purpose of this study was to explore a teacher’s lived experiences of flipped learning related to video instruction, critical thinking, and student engagement.

C12 Bring Out the Inner Tree-Hugger – Toronto

Audience: Secondary     Presenters:  Audrey Ferrer, Margarida Caetano-Macdonell
Inspire students to become better stewards through diverse, engaging activities! From the grandeur of our universe in our cosmic creation story, to the beauty of life at the molecular level, students will be amazed at God`s creation. Invite students to interact with nature by knowing birdcalls from sound and story-telling, learning how to identify common trees/plants, and leading nature walks or meditations that engage the senses (e.g. drinking water mindfully, fruit meditation, etc). Discuss the impact of human activity on nature through video clips, art, and songs. Explore ways to encourage students to make more sustainable choices on a personal level, and through action in the broader community. Expect an intense, but fun, interactive experience!

C13 Executive Function: From Building Brains to Building Humanity – Niagara

Audience: All     Presenter:  Alfonso Monachino, Cathy McMullin
Executive Function are brain-based skills (self-regulation, mental flexibility, planning, organization, time management) rooted in the prefrontal cortex required for humans to effectively execute and perform tasks, solve problems and build relationships. Executive dysregulation serves as a barrier for young people in making meaningful human connections, moving themselves forward and achieving their God-given potential. Developing and building these skills in our young learners not only strengthens and builds neurological connections, it strengthens and builds humanity. This workshop will explore concrete strategies to strengthen executive function within the context of our Catholic faith to move our students towards a true encounter with Christ.

C14 Creating a Faith Schema: Building Resiliency and Faith – Waterloo

Audience: Personal Faith     Presenter: Shelley Maw
Attendees are invited to spend an hour looking at how these students who challenge us the most can help build faith, resiliency and joy in ourselves and in turn, in our classrooms. We will look at the challenges of disability and the importance of joy: how these inform and nourish our own and our students’ faith in God, and the connection between resiliency and faith. Using the principles in Jean Vanier`s book Becoming Human, we will take time to consider and reflect on applying these ideas to our own lives and the lives of the students we support.

C15 Finding Faith through Visual Arts – Dufferin-Peel

Audience: Primary     Presenter: Anna Tardella, Ashley Fung-Fook 
During this session, we will explore how the use of visual arts will connect children with their inner spirituality. We will explore art and how it links children and their faith through the use of a variety of materials and mediums. Join us in this experiential session that promotes faith in our youngest students.

C16 Adding Strategies to Your Toolbox – York

Audience:  Special Education/Elementary    Presenter:  Dr. Pat Bucci

When teachers understand the inner diversity of our brain and use this knowledge for planning and implementing instruction, they can enhance academic achievement of all students.  Join us for a very informative session on teaching diverse learners and take back with you additional practical strategies to support your adaptive pedagogy.

C17 The Gospels in Action: Cambodia 2017 – Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association

Audience:  All     Presenter:  Dean Sarnecki

Catholic Social Teachings is often described as the Church`s greatest secret. Dean had the opportunity to travel with CCCB`s Development and Peace as part of an education partners group and meet with nine organizations, and some of the people they support, in Thailand and Cambodia. Dean will briefly review the principles of Catholic social justice teachings, talk about the situation currently in Cambodia, share some pictures and tell some stories to illustrate how Development and Peace work with local partners to accomplish its mission in the Church. Lesson plan samples for all grade levels will also be available.


Saturday, October 28, 2017
Session D 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

D1 Musicians Workshop: Bring a Song, Bring a Friend

Audience: All   Presenters:  CCC Liturgy Committee

Creative ideas to enhance your liturgical and musical experience at school. Participants are welcome to bring a religious song used in school, liturgy or perhaps from childhood to share with the group. Join us for a sharing of best practices and interactive singing.

Musical instruments welcome.

House band provided.


D2 Fostering Resiliency in High School Students – York

Audience: Int.     Presenters:  Jennifer Gerwlivch and Kyla King
This interactive workshop, centered around the Supporting Minds document and the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations, will link research to practice to help teachers develop strategies to foster grit and resilience in their 21st century learners.

D3 Faith and Religion in Alternative Education – Halton

Audience: Alt/Spec Ed.     Presenters:  Bryan De Sousa, Yolanda Janiga
Alternative education reaches students having difficulty in school and some who have drifted from their faith because of circumstances. It is at this time when faith is an important corner stone in renewing and revitalizing ones mental, physical and academic well being.

D4 Resiliency: You ARE Stronger Than You Think – Durham

Audience: Int.     Presenter:  Gail Beier
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become” (Carl Jung). Whether adult or child we all need to be reminded that not only are we stronger than we think, we have recourse to methods and strategies that can further enhance our adaptability. My discussion on psychological resiliency will not only articulate implications with pathologizing risk factors, but will also explore its theories and definition that highlight internal and external tools facilitating one’s ability to persevere. You will be shown how to tap into mindset, yours and the students’, reflecting resiliency and faith, in oneself.

D5 Grace Through the Passion:  liturgical drama demystified

Audience:  Intermediate    Presenters:  Mary McCallum Baldasaro, Anna Jakeman

How to present a liturgical drama for Holy Week (or any other liturgical season) The workshop consists of 2 main parts: walking teacher participants through the process (literally–participants assume the role of the student learners) and the learning connections: how the presentation impacts students as learners, both those who act in the play, and the larger school community who are the audience participants. This workshop is based on more than 15 years of directing students in this type of liturgical celebration during Holy Week. Participants will be provided with a workable script for the coming liturgical year.

D6 Continuing the Journey Towards Truth and Reconciliation

Audience:  All     Presenters:  Sherry Saevil, Shari Typer, Terri Durham

As part of our Canadian Covenant in Catholic schools, we are called to present the truth of Canadian history and the Indigenous experience,  and to be part of the reconciliation process.  This workshop will take the participants through interactive activities which could be used for a Professional Development Day educating teachers on both parts of this call.   Participants will develop an awareness of power and privilege dynamics, participate in the Kairos blanket exercise and  explore Church sanctioned inculturation of some Indigenous practices into our Catholic traditions.  All participants will leave with a package of materials useful in the classroom and/or to develop their own Professional Development day.