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Once again this year, the 33 Provincial Specialist Associations within the BCTF are offering a rich array of learning opportunities for teachers across BC. Through PSAs, teachers exchange ideas on research, teaching strategies, curriculum development, and other shared concerns. The province-wide professional development day is this Friday, October 19, 2012 and most events continue through the weekend.

“Teachers are often frustrated by the misconception that PD days are somehow a day off for teachers when, in fact, many members devote countless hours to organizing top-notch events with highly sought-after speakers and every member is engaged on these days,” said BCTF President Susan Lambert.

Here is a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of conferences taking place this week:

In Vancouver, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, author of Shake Hands with the Devil, will be among the keynote speakers at “Thinking and Acting Locally and Globally,” the BC Social Studies Teachers’ Association conference at Vancouver Technical Secondary. See www.bcsstaconference.ca  

for more info.

In Victoria, three internationally known mathematicians will be addressing delegates to the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers’ 51st Northwest Conference at the Victoria Conference Centre. See www.nwmc2012.com for more info.

Education and the mental health of children and youth will be the theme of the Learning Assistance Teachers’ Association conference at Byrne Creek Secondary in Burnaby. See www.bctf.ca/lata/conference/events.htm for more info.

“Inquire, inspire, innovate” is the theme of the BC Teacher-Librarians’ Conference at Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam. See bctlacoquitlam2012@weebly.com for more info.

For the full listing of the many conferences to be held this coming weekend, see: https://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/ProD/PD-Calendar.cfm more info. The Twitter hashtag for these events is: #PSAday2012.

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For more information, contact Nancy Knickerbocker, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

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For more information, contact Nancy Knickerbocker, BCTF media relations officer, at 604-871-1881 (office) or 604-340-1959 (cell).

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