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President Suzanne Moore Vice-President Pat Liss Treasurer Janelle Picton Secretary Frances Gauthier Collective Bargaining Chair Steve Muzyka Employee Benefits Chair Wendy Chase Health & Wellness Chair Colleen Kachur-Reico Professional Development Chair Allison Graham Workplace Safety & Health Kathy Dubesky Equity & Social Justice Chair Rebecca Sheffield Education Finance Chair Jason Sparling Resolutions Chair Lindsay Bouchard Public Relations Chair Suzanne Moore

Beforeanythingelse, Iwantto acknowledgeand thankthewonderful groupofpeoplewho havevolunteeredto hosttheMTS

Hockey Tournament inthenameofthe


SRTA:JonWaite,PatLiss,JoelSweetland, KeithCarpenter,MelissaNeufeldandChris Huppe.Withouttheirinvolvement,there wouldnotbeatournamentthisyear.See page3fortheposter.

themembersoftheSeineRiverTeachers Associationverywell,actingastheheadof theCollectiveBargainingTeamforthelast roundofnegotiations.Toyou,Steve,we expressoursincereadmirationandthanksfor ajobwelldone.AllisonGrahamwillbeon maternityleavenextyear,soJonathanWaite hasvolunteeredtocompletethesecondyear ofherterm.Whatatrooper!Goodluck, Allisonandthankyou,tooforallyourhard workwiththePDfund.Yourreportswere thoroughandmuchappreciated.Fordetails aboutelections,seepage5.

AMaternity/Parental Leave

Secondly,toallwhocameoutonFridaynight fortheVolleyball tournament @CSNC, thanksforthelaughsandthegoodtimes. Also,thankstoMikeSlobodianandChris Huppeforcontinuingthiseventthatallows teacherstounwindandhavefuntogether.

Workshop isbeingheldbytheSRTAon
April18@CSNC,4:30pm.Keepinmind, everyone,thatthisisapplicabletoboth expectingMomsandDads.Comeouttofind outallaboutnavigatingtheintricaciesof theserightsandbenefits.Seepage3for poster.

Atourlastcouncilmeeting,anSRTA

Resolution,Subsidization of Public
Education in Manitoba, waspassedand submittedtoMTSforinclusionattheAnnual GeneralMeeting.Seepage4forthewhole resolution.

AreyouinterestedinparticipatinginanSRTA

Texas Scramblethisyear?Prizesincluded. Previousgolfexperiencenotnecessary!The HealthandWellnesscommitteewantsto knowsoofyourinteresttostartplanning. ContactColleenKachurReicoatgtr@shaw.ca.

Council Meeting Dates:


(Tuesdays) April 24, 2012 June 12, 2012

Alsoatthecouncilmeeting,therepswere askedtoreadthedraftcopyoftheSRTA

Statement of Policies and Procedures andtocometoourApril


meetingwithsuggestionsandrevisionideas.

Information & Forms on Sharepoint Contact Allison Graham @ srtapdfund@srsd.ca

SRTA PD Fund

LastcallforHealth & Wellness school funds!Theapplicationformcanbefoundin Sharepoint,underSRTA. Electionsarecomingupagain.Two membersofourexecutiveswillnotbe returningnextyear.Steve Muzyka hasserved

Iamreallyenjoyingthistimeofyear,notonly becauseitissounseasonablymild,but becauseIamabletogoarounddoingmy school visits. Ilookforwardtobeingin yourstaffroomsandvisitingwithyou.Please donthesitatetotalktome,askmequestions, whatever.Hopingtoseeyouallsoon.

Ifyouwouldlikehelporclarificationon anythingthatisaffectingyouinthe workplace,pleasecontactme@2700215or srta.mts@gmail.com

Premium Rates Lowered


Annual Salary Cost/ month Without EI Rebate 7.42 8.16 8.90 9.64 10.38 11.13 11.87 12.61 13.35 Cost/ month With EI Rebate 4.30 4.73 5.16 5.59 6.02 6.46 6.89 7.31 7.74

Why are we having another vote?


It was felt that the education campaign two years ago was not as extensive as it could have been and that many people were unsure about the benefit plan. Because it is a lowcost plan for the benefits received, we felt it was worth having another go at it. Another reason for the revote is the change in demographics in the division. According to our superintendent, Mike Borgfjord, we are one of the youngest divisional staffs in the province, and this age group would greatly benefit from this coverage.

50,000 55,000 60,000 65,000 70,000 75,000 80,000 85,000 90,000

How many other divisions have STD coverage?


At present, 12 bargaining units have STD coverage and another 3 are in the process of joining. The divisions around us who have this coverage are Lord Selkirk, Louis Riel, River East Transcona, Seven Oaks, St. James Assiniboia, Sunrise and Winnipeg Tech. This accounts for approximately 44% of the total membership of the Manitoba Teachers Society.

When is the vote for ShortTerm Disability? April 30, 2012


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SRTA Resolution 2012.1: Subsidization of Public Education in Manitoba


Resolution: BeitresolvedthattheSocietyinvestigatetheamountandimplicationsofsubsidizationtopubliceducationinManitobathrough studentfees,sportsfees,bandfees,vocationalartsmaterialsfees,payasyougobustransportationforschoolevents,school fundraisers,classfundraisers,PACfundraisersetal.TheSocietyshallreportpreliminaryfindingstotheJanuaryPresidents' Councilandpresentafinalreporttothe2013ProvincialCouncil. Rationale: Theeffectofsubsidizationcausesextrafinancialburdensonfamiliestopayextrafeesandtoparticipateinfundraisersto maintainorenrichschoolprogramsandactivities.Subsidizationalsocreatesextrastressonteacherstofundraiseorcharge studentstobeabletodeliverevenbasicactivitiesinandoutoftheclassroom.Subsidizationdonebyparents,teachersand schoolsgivesthedivisions,andultimatelythegovernmentofManitoba,thefalseassumptionthatschoolsaremeetingtheir needswiththefundsthatarebudgetedthem.

The Uninterrupted Lunch Hour


meetingoractivityduringthelunch hour,endofsentence.Ifsucha requirementisimposed,itisa violationofourcollectiveagreement, thesamecollectiveagreementthat governsourwagesandbenefits.Any violationofthecollectiveagreement canbegrieved.Infact,asstatedin ourProfessionalCodeofConduct,we arerequiredtoupholdeachandevery clauseofourcollectiveagreement. Thereareafewamonguswhowould rathermeetduringlunchhourandit isunderstandableincertain circumstances.However,wemust lookatthebiggerpicture.Quite simply,useitorloseit.Ittookmany, manyyearstoachievethisworking condition,anditmustbeprotected. Wesoughtthisbecauseteachers askedforit;becauseteachersneeded it. Asonewhohasbeenaroundthe blockafewtimes,Iremembernot toofondlythedayswhenwewere requiredtoattendavarietyof meetingsandbeonsupervisionat lunch,insideandout,severaltimesa week.This,ontopofhavingonly1.5 hoursofprepperweek! Weoldtimerswillberetiringsoon andwontbeabletocontinuefighting forworkingconditions.Itisuptothe nextgenerationtoensurewedont losetheuninterruptedlunchhour, becausewecantellyouhonestly:You reallydontwanttogothere. SuzanneMoore,DTS

AsItravelaroundthedivisiontalking toteachers,thesametopicrearsits headineveryschool:theissueofthe uninterruptedlunchhour.Ihavehad manyteachersaskingwhattypeof meetingscanbecalledduringthe lunchhourandwhetheritis insubordinationtonotattendsucha meeting. Itshouldbemadeclearthatno teacherisrequiredtoattendany

Once,inatypicalinnercityschool,thereworkedascienceteacherwhowasjusttoobusy!Shedecidedtomakeacloneofherselfsoshecouldgettwiceas muchworkdone.Well,theclonehelpedheralot,butitalsogaveherabadreputationbecauseitkeptswearingatthechildren.Oneday,thewoman couldn'ttakeherclone'srudenessanymore,soshetookittothetopoftheschoolbuildingandpusheditoff.Soonafter, thewomanwasarrestedformakinganobsceneclonefall. Doris,thewiseschoolteacher,sendsthisnotetoallparentsonthefirstdayofschool:"Ifyoupromisenottobelieve everythingyourchildsayshappensatschool,I'llpromisenottobelieveeverythinghesayshappensathome.

Aschoolteacherwasgivenaticketfordrivingthrougharedlight.Whensheappearedintrafficcourt,sheaskedthejudge forimmediateattentiontohercaseasshewasduetobebackinclass.Thejudgelookedathersternlyandsaid,"So you'reaschoolteacher.Iamabouttorealizealifelongambition.Yousitdownatthattableoverthereandwrite'Iwent throughastopsign.'FIVEHUNDREDTIMES!"

Its Election Time Again!


In accordance with the SRTA Constitution, only the positions listed below are open for election this year. The other chairpersons will remain on the Executive for another year. The rotation of positions allows for better continuity of the SRTA.

Early & Mid Career Pension & Benefit Seminar


Eastern Region March 17, 2012 9:0011:00 am Edward Schreyer School 855th Street South Beausejour, MB Register by March 9 online @ www.mbteach.org; under heading, Health & Benefits

POSITIONS AVAILABLE VicePresident Treasurer Health&WellnessChair CollectiveBargainingChair ResolutionsChair EquityandSocialJusticeChair

TonominateamemberoftheSRTAtoaposition ontheexecutivefortheschoolyear20122013, pleasefillouttheformbelow,andsenditby April 23, 2012to: Gwen Polak @ Ecole Lorette Immersion PLEASE PRINT I_________________________________(fullname) doherebynominate __________________________________(fullname)

Richerscapedavengers! HiSuzanne, Wouldyoubeabletosendmethepictureyoutookofus (Richer)atthevolleyballtournament?Ihaveaneatstory aboutthemaskswewore. Iwanttosendthepictureofustothisladywholentme$20at DollaramawhenIrealizedIdidn'thavemydebitcard.A completestrangersaidshewouldpayformyorderandIcould justmailherthe$20.SheaskedwhatthemaskswereforandI toldheraboutvolleyball.IexplainedthatIwasintownvisiting mygrandparentsforlunchtheyliveoverthereinthose apartmentsandtheyarewatchingmybabygirl.Turnsouther bestfriendwhoshewashavingdinnerwiththenextdaylived justdownthehallonthe12thfloorofthesameapartment blockasmygrandparents.Iwenttomygrandmarightaway andsheactuallyhadbreakfastthatmorningwiththatsame bestfriendandtheytalkedabouthowsmalltheworldis.My grandmaandIwereabletowalkdownthehalltogivethe$20 back!! SoIwouldlovetosendherathankyounotewithsome flowersandshowherthepictureofusinthemasksandlet herknowwegot3rdplacethebestourschoolasdoneso far! ThanksSuzanne, NicoleStaniforth,RicherSchool(secondfromleft)
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Arborgatemeansbusiness!!

ThingsarealittledeadinDTSParadise

Thatscheating!ESNIhasanextrahand!

Withaprofessionalcheerleader,itsnowonderELI doessowell!

ESAStheMightyMites!

SACtheteamthatalmostregistered!

CLCDontshowupforafewyears,thencleanup!

SomeoneforgottotellLSSthatitsnotuntilMarch17! 6 ThisteamwontheSpiritaward!

DosvoyageursatEIDC,deyknowowtoaveagoodtime! BSideWinners!

TournamentChampionsCLC

Whywonttheytakeusseriously?

BestCheerleader!

Forthoseofyouwhodontknowhim, letmeintroducetoyouBruceNorth, teacheratCollgeSt.Norbert Collegiate,professionalgolfer,and divisionalcoordinatoroftheManitoba HighSchoolApprenticeshipProgram. TheApprenticeshipProgramin

ManitobaallbeganintheSeineRiver SchoolDivisionin19981999when BruceNorthandthreeotherpeoplesat downtodiscusswaystoreachthose studentswhodidntfitintheregular academicprogramandwhowereat riskofdroppingoutofschool.With supportfromtheiradministrator,the ApprenticeshipProgramofCollegeSt. NorbertCollegiatebegan,withBruceas itscoordinator. Becauseofitssuccessinkeepingkidsin schoolandgraduatingwithastepinthe vocationalworld,otherdivisionssought outCSNCforinformationforstarting theirownprograms.TheManitoba HighSchoolsApprenticeshipProgram wasborn,andtodayitboastsa membershipofapproximately150

members.TechVocHighSchooltooka furtherinitiativeandprovidedfundsfor themembersofMHSAPtomeetat leastfivetimesayear. TheApprenticeshipProgramisgrowing byleapsandboundsinourdivision undertheveryaptsupervisionsof BruceNorthatCSNC,GrahamCollierat CLCandEricLeefeatSAC. Fromanideathatbeganasa discussion,BruceNorthandthestaffat CSNChavechangedthelivesofmany studentsinManitoba.Ourhatsgooff toBruceNorth,SRSDsnewDivisional ApprenticeshipCoordinator! SuzanneMoore,DTS
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In your last newsletter, you talked about our being able to leave a staff meeting during the PD part. Is this true?
After discussing this with some MTS officers and divisional personnel, I concurred that this particular directive had some negative connotations and seemed rather adversarial. It is not in your or your schools best interest to walk out of a staff meeting even though the PD portion has nothing to do with you. Doing so could be construed as insubordination and disciplinary action could be forthcoming. There is nothing wrong with having pedagogical discussions during a staff meeting. Having training on a new initiative during a staff meeting occurring after a tiring day in the classroom, however, seems counterproductive and should be avoided as much as possible.

It is my understanding that if you miss three (3) or more days of teaching because of illness, you must present a doctors note. Is that true?

According to the Public Schools Act: 94, Subject to any collective agreement governing the working conditions of the teacher, where a teacher is absent from school because of sickness, the school board may require the teacher to submit to the school board a medical certificate from a duly qualified medical practitioner certifying that the teacher was sick during the period of absence. In other words, there are no set days before a doctors note may be required. The board could ask for a doctors note for any days missed for illness.

SRTA website:
http://seineriverta.weebly.com

There has been significant damage to my house due to weather issues. Someone needs to be at the house when the contractors arrive. Can I get time off for this?
Your employer does not owe you any time off for such things. In our Collective Agreement it states that you may use up to two days of personal leave at no cost. This would be the best avenue to follow as you would not lose any pay. Other than that, you will need to arrange to have others meet with the contractors, or take time off work at a cost of a days pay (1/200 of your salary).

When do I have to notify my principal and the division that I am thinking of taking a years leave of absence after my maternity leave?
According to the Public Schools Act: 48(5) A school board may grant leave of absence to any teacher, officer or other employee under its jurisdiction for such period as the school board may approve and may grant the teacher, officer or other employee such allowance per month, during leave of absence, as the school board deems advisable You must ask for a leave of absence, the sooner the better so that the board has time to review the request and decide. Regardless of any situation, if you are not returning to teaching for the next school year, the deadline to inform is April 30.

Do I have to accept a student teacher in my classroom?


Yes you do. According to the Public Schools Act a teacher shall: 96 1(h) admit to his classroom student teachers enrolled in a teacher education institution approved by the minister, for the purpose of practice teaching and of observing instruction.

If I run for election as a provincial candidate and I lose, can I get my teaching job back?
The Public Schools Act says:
48.1(3) An employee who runs for office in an election pursuant to this section and is not elected, and applies to the employer within 90 days from the date on which the results of the election are officially declared, shall be reinstated to the position held immediately prior to the date the leave of absence was granted under subsection (2) or to a comparable position, and the employee's service shall be deemed to be unbroken for all purposes.

What are we as teachers to do if EAs go on strike?

Members of the Seine River Teachers Association must remain neutral in the event of a strike by any divisional nonteaching group. We will continue to carry out our duties that we normally perform (Section 283 of the Public Schools Act) As teachers, we are aware of the importance of maintaining normal school health and safety conditions. However, we should not be required to perform any duties that we do not normally do; that would be contrary to the neutrality of our position. If you are ordered to perform those duties, it is best to comply and then contact the President of the Association. If conditions in the school become unhealthy or unsafe, then teachers must notify the principals office and the President of the Association. The principal would then notify the appropriate authorities.
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What if I win?
Public Schools Act: 48.1(4) An employee who runs for office in an election pursuant to this section and is elected shall, upon application to the employer, be granted leave of absence without pay for the period during which the employee holds office but not exceeding five years.

I live in the Hanover School Division and there is no French Immersion program available. How can we go about getting this program for our children?

This year, our principal is being evaluated. How is this going to happen? Do I have to complete an evaluation?
Either the superintendent or one of the two superintendents will send out an email approximately 1-2 weeks prior to your next staff meeting, indicating that an evaluation will occur and that he/she will be attending your meeting. Attached to that email should be the evaluation document that will be used. At the staff meeting, he/she will discuss various parts of the document and will field any questions. You are under no obligation to complete the evaluation. However, it has become a valuable as a tool for having a say in the running of the school. You must remember that no negative issues should be included unless the principal has already been approached about it. In order for any evaluation to be valid, the author needs to own it. Therefore, you will be required to provide your name on the form.
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Public Schools Act:


Use of English or French as language of instruction 79(3) Where in any school division or school district, there are 23 or more pupils who may be grouped in a class for instruction and whose parents desire them to be instructed in a class in which English or French is used as the language of instruction, the school board shall group those pupils, and upon petition of the parents of those pupils requesting the use of English or French, as the case may be, as the language of instruction in respect of those pupils, the school board shall group those pupils in a class for instruction and provide for the use of English or French, as the case may be, as the language of instruction in the class.

I heard that there have been changes to our dental plan. What are they?
The changes will be coming into effect very soon. Presently, you have a limit of $1200 in claims per family member/year, and a lifetime claim of $1200 in orthodontic work.
Coverage Level Basic Services 80% Major Services 50% Orthodontic Services 50% Yearly Maximum Basic & Major Services combined : $1,200/person/ year Lifetime Plan Maximum Orthodontic Services

Have you ever hurt yourself at work as a result of unsafe conditions such as ice, protrusions, etc?
You need to fill in a Non-Student Accident Report, and send one copy to the Division Office and one to the SRTA President. What seems insignificant now can result in years of treatment and physiotherapy. Fill out the form! The Non-Student Accident Report Form can be found on Sharepoint, under SRTA.

$1,200 /person/lifetime

A parent wants to communicate with me via email. Is this acceptable?


I am always leery about sending emails because the tone of the message cannot be communicated properly. If you are in a hurry and answer quickly, it can come off as hostile or condescending. If you arent cognizant of putting a certain ratio of positive to negative comments, you could send a very negative message. Every email you send can be used against you. My advice has always been to call. Your voice can alleviate much mistrust and uncertainty. 12

Orthodontic Age Limits 19 Depending on your group coverage, braces must be placed by this age or payment for Orthodontic services will cease at this age.

The new changes will see that all services will be combined to $1200/person/year of any of the categories covered under the plan. You decide what to include in the $1200 maximum. That means orthodontics could be written off over several years. Plus, there are no changes to the premiums! That has to bring a smile to the face!

PD Funding for the year 2011 - 2012


Term 1 Category1InProvince Category2OutofProvince Category3Coursework Category4SmallGroup $10,879.49 $4,500.00 $2,706.96 $3,947.00 $22,033.45 Term 2 $3,656.10 $12,338.00 $750.00 $7,455.00 $24,199.10 $62,715.67 Term 3 $1,847.26 $10,165.16 $2,970.70 $1,500.00 $16,483.12

PD Funding by the Workplace


School
ARB CLC CSNC DivisionOffice DTS ELI ESAI ESNI IDC LBC PLS Richer SAC SAE SAI/ELI StudentServices TOTAL

Applications by Term Term1 Term2 Term3


7 2 3 2 10 2 3 0 2 0 1 3 2 5 3 5 50 5 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 5 3 0 5 2 1 0 29 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 16

Total Year
16 3 8 2 12 2 5 2 4 7 5 3 8 9 4 5 95

$$$ Term 1
$2,245.00 $2,152.32 $475.00 $258.75 $4,583.50 $1,002.78 $2,152.32 $0.00 $720.00 $0.00 $245.00 $2,046.60 $1,668.00 $2,413.20 $1,031.60 $1,039.38 $22,033.45

$$$ Term 2
$2,429.00 $750.00 $3,000.00 $0.00 $2,975.00 $0.00 $1,789.00 $0.00 $1,500.00 $1,628.10 $3,040.00 $0.00 $5,263.50 $1,724.50 $100.00 $0.00 $24,199.10

$$$ Term 3
$5,250.00 $0.00 $3,395.12 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,490.74 $725.00 $3,000.00 $299.58 $0.00 $365.00 $1,957.68 $0.00 $0.00 $16,483.12

Total $$$
$9,924.00 $2,902.32 $6,870.12 $258.75 $7,558.50 $1,002.78 $3,941.32 $1,490.74 $2,945.00 $4,628.10 $3,584.58 $2,046.60 $7,296.50 $6,095.38 $1,131.60 $1,039.38 $62,715.67

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$14,000.00

$12,000.00

PD Funding by Categories 20112012

$10,000.00

$8,000.00 PD Funds $6,000.00 Term1 Term2 Term3 $4,000.00

$2,000.00

$0.00 Category1 InProvince Category2 Outof Province Category3 University Courses Category4 Small Group

Category

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Wait a minute! ... I have to do what?


PassivetoActiveProfessionalDevelopment Teachersneedeffectiveprofessionaldevelopment.Itisapparentanywhereyoulookintheschoolsof today.Buteffectiveprofessionaldevelopmentisnottakingplaceinmostschools.Weoveruseoneday workshops;weintroducenewconceptsandpracticesbutdontfollowuponthem;teachersdontpickthe topicsmanagementdoes;thereisnoevaluationprocess;andPDisoftenarushedafterthought.The goal of any PD is to move the participant from passive to active M.T.S.hasaskedthequestion,Whatwouldbedifferentinteachersworklivesifateachers professionalidentitywasatthecenterofallrelatedactivities,andifteachingwasrecognizedas powerful,effectiveandvaluable? FivequalitiesthatencourageactivePD:inservicesforandbyeducators;forschool/teacher improvement;schoolfocused;intentionalandconsistent;andteacherdrivenresultingin empowerment.
The Education Administration Act section 39 F simply states, a teacher is responsible for ongoing professional development.

LetsreviewthewordingintheManitobaEducationAct

Takealookatthe50ActiveProfessionalDevelopmentIdeasonthenextpage. AlwaystrytomakePDActivityfun! Models:


SomemodelsofPDare:

PeerTraining Observation/assessment Involvementin


development/ improvementprocess

Mentoring Coaching Studygroups Inquiry/actionresearch Individuallyguided


activities Essentially,thebasicgoalofallprofessionaldevelopmentfortheteacheristomovefrompassive participationtoactiveparticipationwiththeirownProfessionalDevelopment.Whatwewouldliketoseeis aprofessionallydevelopingteacher:reflecting,collaborating,hosting,interacting,conducting,writing, participating,organizing,observing,usingDOING;youllnotethateveryoneofthesewordsisactive. TeachersmustmovefromtheconsumertothecreatoroftheirownProfessionalDevelopment. "Education... is a painful, continual and difficult work to be done in kindness, by watching, by warning, ... by praise, but above all by example." JohnRuskin
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50 Active Professional Development Ideas


Reviewthembteach.orgwebsiteforPD
opportunities.

Writeagrantapplicationforanewinitiative. ServeonaplanningcommitteeforadivisionalPD
day.

PrepareandapplyforaReflectivePracticeGrant. Readapamphlet. Attendaworkshop. Talkwithcolleagues. Readanarticle. JoinaSAGEgroupandorattendaSAGE


presentation.

Writeanarticleforajournal. Partnerwithothercommunityorganizationsto
developnewprograms.

Developaprofessionalgrowthplan/portfolio. VolunteertositonacommitteewithTheManitoba
TeachersSociety.

Watchavideo/DVD. Conductanactionresearch
project.

Becomeapeercoach. Enrollinauniversitycourse. Implementanewinstructional/assessmentstrategy. Pilotanewprogram/series. Participateasacommunityorganizationboard


member.

Readabook/ebook. Watchatelevisionprogram. Attendagradelevelmeeting. Acquireandorlearnanewsoftwareprogram. Participateinapodcast/webinar. Readajournal. Serveasacooperatingteacherforauniversity


studentteacher/candidate.

Developnewtechnologyskills. Joinaformalnetworkwithinoroutsideyourschool
division.

GetinvolvedinaSAGEgroup. VolunteerforaDepartmentofEducationcommittee. JoinTheManitobaTeachersSocietyTeacherAction


CohortsorPrimaryPreventionTeam.

Joinaprofessionalorganization. AttendaManitobaTeachersSocietyworkshop/
conference.

ResearchinformationonEducationalissues. Participateinaschoolbasedcommittee. Discusseducationalresourceswithafriend. Enrollinadistanceeducationprogram. Volunteerforalocalcommunityorganization. Writeabook. JoinaProfessionalLearningNetwork.


This list is not exhaustive but merely the beginning of what Professional Development can be. Submitted by Mary Chalmers (Provincial Executive Liaison and Bob Davies (PDSC).

Developaprofessionalnewsletterorblog. Observeateacherinaction. Joinastudygroup. Planastaff/associationworkshop. Volunteertoserveonyourlocalassociation. Developacurriculumresource. Visitateacherresourcecenter. Serveasamentor. Attendasummerinstituteofyourchoice.

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What is professional development? Professional development encompasses all activities which teachers undertake to direct their own learning and to enhance their professional practice. (MTS Policy Handbook, 2008, p.55).

What is effective PD? Does your PD include or offer: Intentional:


a clear statement of purpose and goals? all participants are aware of the purpose and goals? goals that focus on what teachers should be expected to do as a result of their learning?

What is ineffective PD? Is your PD:


one day big name speakers with no preplanning or follow-up? a series of mini topics with no connection to each other or to your teaching needs? determined by one or a select few people? requiring a radical shift in thinking; too much too fast and unrealistic expectations? a mandatory attendance at events that are unrelated to your professional needs or responsibilities? a failure to address individual needs or concerns? a collection of superficial activities with no potential for bringing about meaningful change?

Ongoing:

the pre-steps that are needed to have teachers aware of the intended direction of the professional development? the steps that are necessary to continue with the direction of the purpose and goals?

Systemic:

the supports and further training necessary to implement the learning in order to sustain the desired change from the professional development opportunity?

does the PD allow change that is sustainable without requiring teachers to adopt serious coping strategies that will jeopardize the implementation of the new learning? the steps along the way that are focused on student learning? allowance for collaboration with colleagues?

Models of Effective Professional Development


Training Observation/assessment Mentoring Study groups Inquiry/action research Involvement in a development/improvement process Individual guided activities

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Masters of Education in Guidance and School Counselling Program: Meeting the needs of a Rural Area
The M Ed. Program at the University of Manitoba in Guidance and School Counselling has been a four year journey for me. I have found the program to be very accessible to teachers. All of the required courses are offered during the evenings. Electives can be taken any time in the year. The main challenge has been to find the time in life to take to do the practicum experiences. I have been very glad that our school division has been so supportive in allowing me to take the time to do a partial leave during two separate school years. The school division has also been willing to allow me to complete my practicum supervision under the direction of some of our qualified personnel. Doing an M Ed. Program in counseling in a rural setting has had its challenges. I have had to do a lot of lobbying and negotiating to have the university professors be comfortable enough with allowing me to do my practicum out in the rural area. One of the reasons that I entered this field is because there seem to be so few people in the rural areas that are able to offer counseling for children, especially outside of the school system. Mental health has excellent programs in our area, but this is a voluntary program and the waiting periods are long. This degree is recognized as a counseling degree in many settings. There were not a lot of options available to me to start with as no one had done any practicums outside of the city before in recent years, in the M Ed. Program. However, since I have pursued this and it has been successful, the university has had more students in rural placements. They are also involved with school divisions now to allow more students to do practicums in our schools. The course I am working on this year is an independent study course looking at counseling in rural settings and exploring the challenges unique to that setting. Schools are central in rural communities, and therefore a natural place for children and families dealing with emotional and behavioural challenges to receive supports, and school counseling services. As I have now had practical experience in both the community mental health program and the school division, I can see how these services work together. Some of the unique challenges facing rural clients and counselors include the long distances, severe weather in winter, availability of people with specialty training, and long waiting periods for service delivery. One major obstacle to delivery of service is the confusion that exists between mental health, social services, and schools, all who have limited budgets and resources as to who should be providing service for the children. Valuable time is wasted in service delivery at times. Also, waiting lists in Winnipeg, travel costs, and accessibility to specialty programming prevents many needy families from receiving services which could be helpful to their children simply because they are not in the right regional health authority. Rural people are often not even aware of services which would be helpful to them. School counsellors, resource teachers, clinicians and administrators are often liaison people to help families navigate the complexity of the systems we have in place. In the end, we are all in the system for the same reason, the health and wellbeing of children. Carolyn Plett

supports. I have been working under one of the divisional school psychologists to implement recommendations that have been made for student growth as a result of their assessments. It has been very interesting to work with a supervisor from the clinician level to see how programming can be implemented. I have also been examining research articles that show different models of service delivery in mental health in other rural areas. The focus in most research articles has been on integrating mental health programs from the community, social services

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PD Evaluation EDUA 5540 Groups in Guidance


Groups in Guidance is one of the required courses to obtain a counselling certificate. This course is meant to provide strategies that can be used in group counselling. Groups in Guidance provided us with opportunities to work in groups and the opportunity to use and describe strategies used in group counselling. The classes always started with a lecture from the professor about a certain topic that would apply to groups in counselling. The lectures gave us knowledge of how to apply a certain strategy in groups. Afterwards, we got into our groups and did activities related to the lecture. We also had the opportunity to discuss the activities and how they applied to certain situations in groups in counselling. We had time to reflect on how we felt about groups and how each aspect of groups affects our views in life. During the course of the class we also had the opportunity to do some readings. These readings were related to the lectures and group activities and they furthered our knowledge on the topics. Finally, we had lots of group discussions about how groups are used in our society and how the world would function without groups. Janelle Picton, ESAI

PD Evaluation EDUA 5500 Theories and Issues in School Counselling


Theories and Issues in School Counselling is one of the required courses to obtain a counselling certificate. This course is meant to provide an overview of different theories in counselling. Theories and Issues in School Counselling provided me with a variety of definitions and strategies from various theories. The main goal was to present us with the different as many theories as possible found in counselling and to try to understand them, learn their advantages and disadvantages. The class started with an overview of counselling and what it might look like in a school environment or outside of school. As the course went on, we went more in depth with each theory. We had the opportunity to apply the theory to our own surroundings and give examples of how it may or may not look or sound like. We also had the opportunity in a group to present a theory as we saw it. I found that the presentation made me look into a certain theory and really expand on how its used today, how it was used in the past, what are the advantages and the disadvantages, and how it can be applied in a certain situation. With each group presenting a different theory, I got all the components needed to have a good knowledge of the theories in counselling. During the course, we also had the opportunity to look through articles to further our knowledge on theories and issues in counselling. Janelle Picton, ESAI

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Manitobas High School Graduation Rate Keeps Getting Better!


Every year, the number of students who graduate from high school are reported to Manitoba Education. To gain an understanding of how many students complete high school in four years, the total number of public and funded independent high school graduates each year is divided by the total Grade 9 enrolment in these schools four years prior to the year of graduation. This is commonly referred to as the graduation rate. It should be noted that individual students are not tracked. The high school graduation calculation is therefore a proxy method intended to take an approximate measure of the number of students who move from Grade 9 to Grade 12 graduation without interruption. While the difference between the annual rate and 100% will include students who have withdrawn from school, it will also include students who may be continuing in high school, who have left schools to attend a First Nation school or are continuing high school outside the province, among other possibilities. The provincial high school graduation rate for June 2010 is 82.7%. The rate has increased 1.8 percentage points from June 2009. In general, the graduation rate for Manitoba has been trending upward in recent years. The following tables present the provincial high school graduation rate for public and funded independent schools from June 2001 to June 2010.

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