Current Offerings

Note: These workshops are also offered on an ongoing basis. Book one or more workshops for your school at a flexible location: on-site, off-site, or via Skype.

Catholic Worldview

How does the Catholic Church see the world? This question is historical, theological, philosophical, scientific, and more. It is also deeply practical for educators since education has always been concerned with acquiring a worldview, a sense the universe, a point of view.

Join Sam Rocha in probing the many sides to this question and its insights, themes, and new questions to generate a more thoughtful and engaged appreciation for the Catholic worldview in all of its beauty and wonder.

Instructor: Dr. Sam Rocha, Pastoral Philosopher-in-Residence, Saint Mark’s College and Assistant Professor, Education Philosophy, UBC

  • Meets new CISVA target: Incorporating Catholic Worldview into teaching
  • This workshop was designed exclusively for St. Mark’s College Continuing Education and will not be taught anywhere else by this instructor

For more details or to book this workshop, email continuinged@stmarkscollege.ca.

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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, SMC Continuing Education offers a collaborative learning space that is facilitated by an SMC workshop facilitator. This workshop is an opportunity to share, play, and imagine as professional learning in the context of implementing BC’s Redesigned Curriculum.

Instructor: Christine Younghusband, EdD Candidate and Educational Consultant

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, facilitator

For more details or to book this workshop, please email continuinged@stmarkscollege.ca.

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New BC Curriculum: Aligning Assessment and Instruction

How do we align our assessment practices with our instruction in the context of BC’s Redesigned Curriculum?

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. We need to become the learners to deeply understand the possible shift in pedagogy, curriculum intentions, and assessment of student learning.

SMC Continuing Education offers a collaborative learning space that is facilitated by an SMC workshop facilitator. This workshop is an opportunity to share, play, and imagine as professional learning in the context of implementing BC’s Redesigned Curriculum, with the focus being “assessment drives instruction.”

Instructor: Christine Younghusband, EdD Candidate and Educational Consultant

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

Schools: What is your inquiry?

All workshops are made to meet your teachers’ needs, teaching levels, subjects and challenges in meeting targets with/in the NEW BC Redesigned Curriculum.

  • Meets latest New BC Curriculum stage – Assessment and Evaluation target: Aligning assessment practices with instruction in BC’s redesigned curriculum.
  • This is an excellent opportunity for all teaching staff and school leadership to participate as learners and move the discussion outside current understandings. Workshops can be booked for half-day (2.5 hours) or full-day (5 hours).

This workshop was designed exclusively for St. Mark’s College Continuing Education and will not be taught anywhere else by this teacher.

For more details or to book this workshop, please email continuinged@stmarkscollege.ca.

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Aboriginal Education 101: Understanding the Past to Move Forward

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

Embedding Authentic Aboriginal Authors in the Mainstream Classroom for Secondary Classrooms

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.

Traditional Oral Story Telling in the Classroom

Teachers will be provided with 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 workshops
  • Can be split over 2 days (for instance, two 1-hour sessions)
  • Skype option available
  • Can be combined for longer sessions if needed
  • Evening option available

Instructor: Brad Baker, District Principal, North Vancouver School District

These workshops were designed exclusively for St. Mark’s College Continuing Education and will not be taught anywhere else by this instructor.

For more details or to book one or more of these workshops, please email continuinged@stmarkscollege.ca.