Category: Professional Learning

September – A New Year

Welcome back from holidays. A number of items are new this Autumn. Foundations 1, along with error reports are complete (Last year, it was in progress.) Student Errors are in a single report making it easier to review Reading Readiness and the RPI have been upgraded to html (No more...

New on the Horizon

So many exciting things have been happening with our students’ learning that it’s hard to keep up. Updates on Intervention Practices:  If you haven’t recently looked at our Interventions page, you’ll be happily surprised there are new connected activities for you. If you need assistance, please email me. Consistent...

It’s October – What’s Happening?

October has entered with stormy weather (I think there’s a song about this..). And as we watch the leaves change colour and blow in the wind, we’ve been able to connect with returning students as well as get to know new students and staff.  This is a significantly busy...

Welcome back

Hope everyone had a great summer. It looks like the warm days aren’t quite ending just yet. I always look forward to beginnings and school startup is no exception – lots of interesting things to learn and new people to meet. With all the changes happening, the dates for...

Learning on the Edge – Reflections on Pro-D

We just finished a districtwide Pro-D, where for the first time we squeezed 2000 people into one building. So parking was quite hairy and the deluge of rain didn’t help matters. Once inside, the atmosphere was positively electrifying (thanks to the facilitators and participants). Our opening started with North’s own...

Connectedness & Relationships

  Welcome back. Exciting things are afoot… This month is all about connecting and relationship building. Behind every one of those faces are stories waiting to be heard. Changes to both our infrastructure and Fast ForWord content is going to make this an exciting year. If you are interested...

When Opportunity and Resources Meet = Success Happens

Connecting a ‘just right’ opportunity to engage in independent deeper thinking and a resource that allows that to happen is a challenge. When the two meet, it’s almost magical, especially when it can include students who struggle with reading and writing. For these, time is spent mostly on the mechanics of...

Welcome Back!

Starting a new year is always exciting and this year cannot be any different. We’ve done some updates to the blog – please take time to familiarize yourself with the organization (you’ll find new consent templates, Admin section now under Program…). New training sessions (for new sites and any teachers...

Secret to the Universe When Motivation Wanes

Many times I’ve been asked “how do you motivate students”? This is usually during the time when the newness of the exercises wear off and it’s clearly drudgery that takes over.  This might happen during week one (sigh) or perhaps pop up in week three.  If you’re lucky, you...

Nov-Dec Newsletter is Out

  Our November-December newsletter is now published.  Read what’s new and exciting in our district.  As well, you might not have been aware that you can take advantage of purchasing MS Office at home (for only $11). Click here for this edition. Or select the tab > News to find all issues....

September Newsletter Off the Presses

September is filled with a mix of “welcome back activities” as well as planning for possibilities.  Our September Newsletter is hot off the presses.  Click here for your copy.   You can also click on the News tab in the navigation bar for an archive of all the newsletters....

A New Year – New Opportunities

Welcome back!  It’s been a fabulous summer, especially with the spectacular weather offering lots of opportunities to rest, rejuvenate and re-energize. We anticipate a very exciting year filled with new connections and new ways to look at past practices.  This summer, some schools were upgraded to the new Active...

Virtual Webinar – Brain Connections

Just in case you missed the last offering, here’s another chance to dive into free webinars with Sherelle Walker and Martha Burns. Sherrelle Walker Dates:  June 10, 2011 and June 17, 2011 Time:  8am PT (30 minute session) During this information-packed half-hour, Ms. Walker will discuss concrete, useful strategies...

Latest Webinars to Tickle your Brain

MARCH 9; April 27 – Virtual Brain Seminar (Register here) Sherelle Walker (CEO, Scientific) and Martha Burns (Speech & Language Pathologist) – This duo session includes concrete, useful strategies for integrating Brain Fitness districtwide, as well as the latest in neuroscience and research. MARCH 18, 2011  – Our Changing...

Adding to knowledge…

Hi Everyone, Here’s an article to dwell upon from the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University – published Nov. 2009. This slideshow is a presentation on background noise and language impairment (dyslexia).  ( Auditory Neuroscience Lab )   What do you think?...
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