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Updates Curriculum PD and The Director's Series

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Updates Curriculum PD and The Director's Series

This afternoon the assistive technology team participated in the first of a number of The Director's Series - Special Education at Spirales Banquet Hall. Close to 200 educators gathered in Don Mills to discuss Special Education.  All secondary school teams were requested to send a school team consisting of:
one Administrator, a Curriculum Leader /Associate Curriculum Leader (CL/ACL) of Special Education; and one academic or applied subject teacher.

The theme Know Your Learner - Let's Make A Difference had participants visit the Assistive Technology and MI Lead booths prior to a panel discussion. The AT team shared information related to the department's Read and Write Gold support and implementation in schools.
Along with answering questions about Read and Write Gold, the team showed videos from the blog "Read and Write Gold - top 10 things you should know", provided Top 10 Things and In-School Training Handouts. The itinerant teacher team also set up three mini-demo areas to highlight the writing, research and study skill features of Read and Write Gold software - with a secondary focus.
Sharing the Fact Folder function of Read and Write Gold.

End of September Curriculum P.D.
Last week, educators from across the Board participated in the first of a number of half-day curriculum P.D. sessions:
Supporting Literacy Development Using Read and Write Gold with the SMART Board and Using the SMART Board to meet the needs of Special Education students.
 Terraview Learning Centre and Burnhamthorpe Learning Centre are not only the sites of Curriculum Professional Development, but also training sessions - on software and hardware use, as well as Learning Community meeting places for teachers who receive the SEA group claim Interactive Whiteboards.

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