System-Institute Day will take place on Monday, October 21 at J.A. Williams High School in Lac La Biche. The event is a partnership between Northern Lights Public Schools and our ATA Local #15.
Regular updates are being shared with staff via email, or you can check out the information below. If you have any questions, please send them to the NLPS Communications Department.
Keynote Speaker: Shelley Moore
Originally from Edmonton, and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore is a highly sought-after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller and has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States.Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia.
Michelle Armstrong, Regional Director for EdTech, is offering three sessions at System Day:
Scratch Coding on Chromebooks Made Easy with CS First (10:30 a.m.) Looking to get started with coding in your classroom? Join over 1 million teachers, parents, and students who are creating fun projects with the free CS First curriculum. CS First provides the scaffold and support through instructional videos that guide students through each activity. This session will show you how easy it is to get started with coding in your classroom right away!
Google Slides: More Than Just a Presentation Tool (12:15 p.m.) Google Slides are a fantastic tool when a presentation is required, but did you know Slides is also the answer to all of your publishing needs. In this session, we'll dig deep into the lesser-known drawing and publishing features of my favourite tool in the Google Apps suite.
Fasten Your Seatbelts - Google A to Z (1:30 p.m.) Join me in this energetic, fast-paced session as I take you through my A-Z list of favourite Google tools and other web-based technologies. From Ad-Block to Zoom, and everything in between, you're bound to take away a few handy tips.
A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014. These certifications have resulted in an explosion of her Professional Learning Network and given Michelle the opportunity to travel throughout North America providing coaching, training, and curriculum integration strategies for other educators embarking on their own journey into the Google Apps environment.
As a Regional Director, Michelle works with EdTechTeam helping to coordinate professional development training in Canada, working with districts and organizations to customize their workshops and events.
New! Information Booths
Sometimes you don't need a full hour to learn what you need or have your question answered.
This year, we are introducing Information Booths, so you can ask your burning questions, collect information and connect with division office staff and our community partners.
Booths confirmed so far include Successful Families, Successful Kids, Mental Health Photo Display, ATA, Learning Consultants, Navigating Dossier, Transportation (rideSAFE), NLPS Benefits and Skills Canada. Check out the Information Booths section in Sched for more booths as they are confirmed!
The NLPS Board of Trustees will also be in the Information Booth area manning the NLPS Swag Booth. Come check out the sample sizes and colours of our new NLPS Clothing options, place your order through School Cash Online and dig through our bargain bins for amazing deals! Watch for a separate email with a catalogue of what will be available to order.
Education Station will also be returning with tables full of fun educational resources for your classrooms.
Please enter through the main doors at J.A. Williams High School and walk through the school to the Bold Centre. We will have coffee and snacks available in the JAWS flex area.
Presenters should check in at the Welcome Table to pick up their swag bags and connect with the event organizers.
Having trouble finding your way around? JAWS Student Volunteers will be available to show you where you need to go. Just look for the students wearing blue shirts like the one on the right.
We will host the morning presentations and keynote in the fieldhouse and the breakout sessions will take place throughout the school. A map of the school has been uploaded to the online program (more on that later).
Program At A Glance
*** Please note the schedule has changed to accommodate an earlier dismissal due to the federal election. ***
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Welcome and Keynote O Canada Greetings from ATA President Marjorie Charles Greetings from Board Chair Arlene Hrynyk Superintendent's Address - Jimmi Lou Irvine, Associate Superintendent, Teaching and Learning Keynote: Shelley Moore
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Wellness Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - PD Session #1
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Lunch can be picked up in the Devon Room in the Bold Center.
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - PD Session #2
1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wellness Break
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PD Session #3
Transportation and Parking
Due to the large number of people expected at System-Institute Day (around 750!), we are asking all staff for their co-operation to ensure our event does not negatively impact local residents.
To reduce traffic congestion and parking issues, we recommend that as many staff as possible carpool.
We are also offering staff the opportunity to take a coach bus from Bonnyville, Iron River, Cold Lake or Glendon to Lac La Biche. Staff who RSVP'd by October 1st should have received an email with details on pickup times and locations. If you did not, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the Bold Centre has plenty of parking, we are requesting that staff try to park in the areas normally designated for the school before parking in the public areas. Areas designated for school parking are lots H, G, J, A (15 spots), and 0 (normally student parking). There is also parking in the back of the Bold Centre. Please avoid parking in the 6 spots adjacent to the handicap parking near the public library.
Once again, we are using Sched to share our schedule of events with everyone. Our event is called 2019 NLPS System Day.
You will be able to see the schedule and speakers as information is added. Please remember we are still in the planning stages and we will be adding speakers and sessions as they are confirmed.
To create your own schedule for the day you will need to Sign Up or Log In (if you already have an account).
Please note: Selecting a session DOES NOT guarantee you a spot in that session. Sessions are offered a first-come, first-served basis the day of the event and some sessions may not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to participate. We recommend having a second option for each session in case your first choice is full when you get there,
Add the Schedule to Your Phone
To add Sched to your phone, please do the following:
3. At the bottom of your screen, click on the "Share" button - it looks like a box with an arrow coming out of the top.
4. Choose "Add to Home Screen" (looks like a box with a plus sign in the middle).
5. Click Add and when you go back to your home screen on your phone you will see an icon with the NLPS logo on it.
Open it and you will have access to your schedule for the event.
Once again, C'Est La Vie! Catering will be providing us with a selection of delicious boxed lunches.
Those who don't wish to eat the lunch that is being provided are encouraged to bring something from home.
There are many places to eat within the school and the Bold Centre, inside and outside. Please ensure you dispose of all garbage in the receptacles provided and are on time for your second PD session at 12:15 p.m.
And don't forget to check your boxed lunch for a Golden Ticket you can trade in at the NLPS Swag Booth for a door prize!