2019 System-Institute Day

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. 

Her first book entitled, “One Without the Other” was released in July 2016 to follow up her TEDx talk hosted in Langley in January 2016. 

You can learn more about Shelley Moore on her website, 5 Moore Minutes!

Featured Speaker: Michelle Armstrong

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.

Where Am I Going?

Not familiar with the schools in Lac La Biche? J.A. Williams High School is located at the Bold Centre at 8702-91 Avenue.

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 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Coffee and Networking
Don't forget to check out our Information Booths!

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