Professional Development

Need professional and faith development training for your school, company or community?

Explore our workshops, designed exclusively for St. Mark’s College Continuing Education.

  • Mandarin for Business: language course intensive


    A unique opportunity for students and professionals with little or no experience in Mandarin to learn Business Mandarin at the Beginner level, taught by a veteran Mandarin instructor.

    Business-focused Mandarin language course intensive. Two scheduling options are available: 10 week program or 5 week program.
    Certificates of Completion are awarded to all students who finish the course.

  • Mandarin for Business: Chinese Business Etiquette seminar


    Build your professional portfolio and expand your Asia-Pacific networks with Chinese language basics and knowledge of business culture etiquette.

    Understanding Chinese Business Etiquette seminar

    (1-2 hours)

    This seminar can be completed during an extended lunch period, or after work one day.  Colleagues and extended family members can participate in this workshop and leave with a basic knowledge of business etiquette, which can greatly enhance a business persons’ ability to navigate the often ‘tricky’ waters o
    cross-cultural business negotiations.  This seminar will provide the following:
    • Greetings, both formal and informal
    • The importance of an appropriate gift
    • Body language
    • The dos and don’ts of negotiations
    • Farewells
     

  • New BC Curriculum - Anticipating Assessment in Grades 10-12

     

    What will BC’s Redesigned Curriculum look like in grades 10-12 and how will this influence how teachers assess students?

    Envisioning assessment for Grades 10-12 is a challenge many teachers are facing as targets for graduation are being prepared for the 2017-18 school year. How we assess and evaluate students will determine how we teach students and facilitate their learning. Inquiry and authentic student engagement does not happen with a multiple choice test at the end of the unit or course.

    In order to best serve our students, we need to become the learners to deeply understand the possible shift in pedagogy, curriculum intentions, and assessment of student learning.

    With the understanding that assessment drives instruction, St. Mark's Continuing Education offers a collaborative learning space that is facilitated by an St. Mark's workshop facilitator. This workshop is an opportunity to share, play, and imagine as professional learning in the context of implementing BC’s Redesigned Curriculum.

    Topics to be discussed:

    •    evaluating the learning standards (e.g. curricular competencies & content)
    •    implementing ongoing formative assessment strategies to promote student learning
    •    communicating student learning (e.g. e-portfolios, parent-teacher meetings, report cards, etc.)
    •    supporting students with their self-assessment of the core competencies
    •    establishing a shared understanding of BC’s Curriculum and Provincial Assessments

    This is an excellent opportunity for all teaching staff and school leadership to participate as learners and move the discussion outside current understandings.

    "If BC’s Curriculum intends to include learning opportunities like MakerSpaces, project-based learning, and inquiry... how we assess and evaluate students will determine how we teach students and facilitate their learning.”
    – Christine Younghusband, previous session facilitator

  • Aboriginal Education 101: Understanding the Past to Move Forward


    First Peoples Principles of Learning and the Revised BC Curriculum

    Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where do we want to go? This workshop will help answer the these three questions.

    Participants will examine the history of British Columbia plays a major role in how we introduce the new curriculum into our classrooms. By understanding the true history that has occurred in the province, participants will be able to use strategies to move forward. The First Peoples Principles of Learning will be examined in terms of how we can introduce them into the classroom for all learners.

    Delivery options:

    • 2-hour workshop
    • Combine with other workshops
    • Split over 2 days (for instance, two 1-hour sessions)
    • Evening option available

    Workshop designer: Brad Baker, District Principal, North Vancouver School District

  • Embedding Authentic Aboriginal Authors in the Mainstream Classroom for Secondary Classrooms


    First Peoples Principles of Learning and the Revised BC Curriculum

    The workshop will demonstrate how the First Peoples Principles of Learning along with authentic Indigenous authors were embedded in mainstream English literature units.

    Teachers will have the opportunity to explore and discuss how First Peoples Principles of Learning can be embedded in meaningful and sincere ways both implicitly and explicitly.

    Delivery options:

    • 2-hour workshop
    • Combine with other workshops
    • Split over 2 days (for instance, two 1-hour sessions)
    • Evening option available
    Workshop designer: Brad Baker, District Principal, North Vancouver School District

  • Traditional Oral Story Telling in the Classroom


    First Peoples Principles of Learning and the Revised BC Curriculum

    Teachers will receive authentic resources and strategies to teach traditional oral story telling in the K-7 classroom.

    All activities and strategies meet the new BC Curriculum core competencies. Teachers will be provided with graphic organizers, lesson plans, and activities they can bring back to their students.

    Delivery options:

    • 2-hour workshop
    • Combine with other workshops
    • Split over 2 days (for instance, two 1-hour sessions)
    • Evening option available

    Workshop designer: Brad Baker, District Principal, North Vancouver School District


Contact

Contact us at [email protected] to find out more about our current offerings, or to discuss developing a custom course to meet your needs.


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