2019 OADE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 

2019 Conference Workshop Descriptions

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CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS -- DESCRIPTIONS 

 

 

   

Session 1 Options (choose 1)   

ID#   

Title   

Description   

Presenter(s)   

 PBL      

 

 

Play Based Learning in a Specialized Site 

 

Recommended for: 

Primary 

Junior 

Intermediate 

Senior  

 

As a segregated special education site, we have endeavored on a journey to incorporate play based learning with our students to support their goals across all domains. With limited research and resources to guide our practice, the educator teams have come together to explore the research that is available, to take risks and to see what happens when they engage their students in play. We have had some great successes that we continue to celebrate and explore together as a school team. Sharing our successes with other educators is a way to encourage our peers to take risks and to reap the rewards with their students as well.   

 

  

Deborah Lyons 

Principal 

Katie Mackie

Teacher 

Julie Butterworth 

Instructional Coach, Early Learning Years 

 

Ottawa Carleton District School Board   

   

JRI    

   

Job Readiness Inventories and Continuum Pathways from School to the Community 

 

Recommended for: 

Intermediate 

Senior    

   

Our Job Readiness Inventory allows school staff a tool to identify each individual student's level of readiness for Community and World of Work placements. The Continuum of Pathways from School to the Community sets out a continuum of placement options for students, depending on what their level of readiness is. The continuum starts with in-class programming and includes a range of options including in-school work placements, in-class businesses, job twinning, job shadowing, community placements with and without support and regular cooperative education opportunities.    

   

Sharon Mortimer 

Special Education Consultant   

 

Trillium Lakelands

District School Board

   

N4L    

   

Networks for Learning: A New Age of Professional Learning 

 

Recommended for: 

Primary 

Junior 

Intermediate 

Senior  

   

‘Networks 4 Learning’ (N4L) is a game-changing new model for Professional Learning developed in the TDSB that overcomes the barriers of geography and release time through the use of Google Meet and Google Classroom. It is a grassroots initiative (by teachers, for teachers) that provides educators with the opportunity to participate in ongoing job-embedded, inquiry-based, collaborative, professional learning. Learn how participants in this initiative have built capacity, challenged their biases and assumptions, and shifted mindsets, which have ultimately lead to remarkable changes in teacher practices, student voice, achievement, and well-being. 

Nicole McCreesh 

Low Incidence Consultant 

 

Katie Barron 

Student Success Transition Counsellor 

 

Misha Beline  

Low Incidence Consultant 

 

Stacie Carroll 

Elementary Teacher Section 23; Sick Kids Hospital 

 

Stephanie Collins 

Special Education Teacher- Developmental Disabilities 

 

Sandra Witty 

Special Education Consultant  

 

Toronto District School Board 


 

 

   

Session 2 Options (choose 1)   

ID#   

Title   

Description   

Presenter(s)   

SEA    

 

Seeing SEA Differently! What else can we do with our Assistive Technology? 

 

Recommended for: 

Primary 

Junior 

Intermediate 

Senior

 

In this workshop we will look at a few 'outside the box' app and/or websites that perhaps educators have not tried, or not tried in some time. In my current role as a Special Education Consultant, with assistive technology responsibilities, I get to work with educators to try and think of different ways that students can use their assistive technology to help them in their learning. I will discuss such things as Animoto, Touchcast Studio, Canva and Adobe Spark. I will showcase approximately 5-8 resources, some in detail and some just to quickly introduce. 

 

 

Sean McCutcheon 

Special Education Consultant 

 

Trillium Lakelands District School Board 

   

IFL    

Incorporating Financial Literacy into your Classroom 

 

Recommended for: 

Primary 

Junior 

Intermediate 

Senior 

Financial literacy is a valuable life skill for everybody. Students should be exposed to real-life learning in the classroom. This session focuses on where and how to begin your financial literacy unit using the resources available to all Ontario teachers such as complete lesson plans, videos, and interactive activities. Participants will explore age-appropriate and relevant resources that will develop students’ numeracy, literacy, and financial literacy skills in a meaningful, fun and engaging way. 

Grace Pilapil 

Special Education Teacher 

 

Toronto District School Board 

   

FASD   

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD 101) 

 

Recommended for: 

Primary 

Junior 

Intermediate 

Senior  

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an invisible brain-based disability that arises due to prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD one of the leading causes of developmental disabilities in North America, with a current conservative estimated prevalence rate of 2-3% in school-aged children. Understanding the structural changes that have occurred in the brain will allow for a better understanding of the cognitive and behavioural difficulties witnessed in the child’s environment, including school. Educators who have a good understanding of FASD and relevant strategies are better able to provide a supportive environment that will enable students to achieve success. The learning objectives of this session include gaining an understanding of: the impact of FASD on brain domains, the primary and secondary characteristics of someone with FASD and a framework on how to work with individuals with FASD. 

Meera Sidhu 

Peel FASD Worker 

 

ErinoakKIds  


 

 

   

Session 3 Options (choose 1)   

ID#   

Title   

Description   

Presenter(s)   

   

LNL   

Linking Nutrition to Life Skills

 

Recommended for: 

Primary 

Junior 

Intermediate 

Senior 

Research shows when children have enough to eat they feel energized, concentrate better, retain and apply information more effectively and demonstrate positive behavior. How does nutrition play a role in functional life skills? How do we link this to support students with developmental and physical challenges who require intensive support? Let us demonstrate how we apply it through: communication, choice making, social skills, daily tasks, critical and independent thinking and how this translates into daily living and community. 

Shannon Gibney 

Educational Assistant 

 

Donna Clayton 

Special Education Teacher 

 

Seneca School

 

Toronto District School Board 

 

SAT    

 

Increasing Student Social Interactions using Assistive Technology 

 

Recommended for: 

Primary 

Junior 

Intermediate 

Senior 

Discover how to use a variety of assistive technology to support student communication and provide opportunities for students to socialize with others (including peers, staff and community members). This session will focus how using assistive technology can help classroom staff increase communication in social situations for students with diverse physical, cognitive and learning needs. Examples of communicating in variety of social situations and how to support single switch and AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) users will be shared. Participants will leave with an overview of a variety of hardware (e.g., switches, voice output devices, Tobii eye gaze, touchscreen communication devices) and software (e.g., Boardmaker Studio, Boardmaker Online, Tobii Communicator 5, Proloquo2go). Come prepared to participate in fun social activities and leave with valuable resources to help you differentiate communication with your students. 

 

Lisa Mast 

Assistive Technology Itinerant Resource Teacher 

 

Sarah Glyn-Williams 

Special Education Teacher 

 

Toronto District School Board 

   

CIE  

Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship for ALL 

 

Recommended for

Primary 

Junior 

Intermediate 

Senior 

 

Through the example of the Self Employment Program Design Abilities, we will discuss and explore; 

ü  A strength-based approach to the teaching and application of skills for learners of all abilities 

ü  Focus on assessment for learning to develop individual skill profiles that includes student voice and choice  

ü  Showcase examples of student products and self-employment opportunities 

ü  Provide examples for how to start a self-employment program that focuses on individualized skills and interests  

ü  Focus on strength-based programming and how it inspires students to take an active role in their own learning 

Leigh MacArthur 

Special Education Teacher 

 

Andrea Dowell 

Transition Facilitator 

 

Peel District School Board