Collaborative Learning Groups

Collaborative Learning Groups

Collaborative Learning Groups (CLG's) are a group of two or more teachers who wish to explore topics of their choice for two divisional professional development days. On these days, teachers in the CLG will meet outside of the divisional sessions and will set their own agenda for these days. They will need to apply to the professional development committee for the opportunity to organize their own PD in this way. Applications are available on the website (see side menu link) or from your school PD representative. Applications must be submitted by the second Tuesday in November of any school year. Any CLG that is formed will be made available to any teacher in the division to join if they are interested. In offering this option, the professional development committee hopes to allow for maximum autonomy for teachers over their professional development. A list of established CLG's for 2011-2012 will be posted as soon at the information becomes available.


2012-2013 Collaborative Learning Groups

 

Project Name

Contact person

Participants

Meeting Dates

Location

Description

Life Skills Programming Review

Scott McPhail

Scott McPhail
Sarah Quickfall

April 1

GVC/DO

GVC Life Skills Programming Review

Film Studies

Steve Dueck

Steve Dueck
Angie Titchkosky
Don Giesbrecht
Dan Forte
John Mayhew
Amanda Loewen
Loretta Thorleifson
Kathy Warkentine
Al Yeo

April 1

GVC

Watch films to use in class and develop ways to use the film to enhance learning in the ELA classroom

Math Assessment

Michael Dyck

Michael Dyck
Chris Yaschyshyn
Mike Friesen
Robert Loeppky
Mandy Friesen
Bruce Kroeker
Mandy Friesen

April 1

GVC

Assessment practices of math department and how they match the divisional and provincial policies. Also transition of students from one to two high schools in terms of math sources

Orienteering introduction

Pat Alexander

Jo Voth
Pat Alexander
Lorne Warkentine
Gerry Falk
Brendan Neufeld

April 1

GVC

Guest speaker Rudy Friesen will instruct staff on how to build, use and implement Geocaching programs at the high school level

Kindergarten Grade Group

Roxanne Dyck

Roxanne Dyck
Joanne Unrau
Denay Neufeld

Dec. 4
Jan. 15
Feb. 5
March 5
April 1
April 2

Southwood

Kindergarten book study (Literacy Lessons by Marie Clay) and Fountas and Pinnell assessment

Study of TPRS method for second language teachers

Joel Swaan

Joel Swaan
Jennifer Perez
Marta Allison

Dec. 4
Feb. 7
Apr. 1

Parkland

Development of TPRS strategies, increasing student engagement, use of repetition, teaching grammar in context

Kodu Game Platform

Michelle Osinski

Michelle Osinski
Johann Friesen

April 1

GVC

Creating 3D games with Kodu software, how to make characters more complex and how to make the games more challenging

Rubrics for Provincial Report Card

Erin Pethybridge

Erin Pethybridge
Lois Dyck
Eryn Wiebe
Barbara Froese
TBA Grade 2

Feb. 8
April 1

JR

Creating rubrics and checklists for science, ss, math, ela, health and art

Robotics

Brent Prokopowich

Brent Prokopowich
Terry Friesen
Jon Funk

April 1

GVC

Exploring options for new robotics course at GVC. Presenter to introduce new software

Music

Marlene Perrin

Marlene Perrin
Brandie Martens
Shanna Potter
Stephen Knott
Dorothy Plett
Dawn Dreger
Rhonda Rempel

April 1

Parkland

Choral specialist from Steinbach to present on a variety of topics related to elementary choral music

Online resources for EAL learners

Scott Hiebert

Scott Hiebert
Debra McKinnon
Jessica Martens
Hilde Strempler
Rebekah Baerg

April 1

JR

Source, share and evaluate online or other technological resources for use with EAL learners in early and middle years

Operation Birds of a Feather II

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson
Garret Speers
Ross Derksen
Cherise Bergen
Donovan Giesbrecht
Rick Schroeder

Nov. 19
Feb. 15
April 1
GVC

Exploring the fur trade and Aboriginal history in our area. Examining our local infrastructure and primary sources available to us

Smart Boards

Lisa Merritt-Bell

Lisa Merritt-Bell
Becky Stewart
Rhonda Rempel
Anna Reimer
Vicky Marohn
Jacqui Scholz
Bryan Matthews

Jan. 14
Feb. 27
April 1

ECS

To learn and explore the use of Smart boards in the classroom

Brain Based Learning

Audrey Friesen

Audrey Friesen
Michelle Shepherd

Oct. 29
Dec. 7
April 1

TBA

Learning about the brain, discussing and implementing the importance of brain basics to students and prepare information to be sent home to parents

Band

Derek Frykas

Derek Frykas
Eric Skoglund
Harold Epp
Lincoln Wiebe
Karen Lesser

Jan. 11
April 1

Winkler

Provincial reports, common goals for our programs

Industrial Arts

Doug Still

Doug Still
Mike Lewis
Wes Neufeld

April 1

ECS/PDS

Develop design problem activities

CLG Application Process

1. Applications must be a collaboration among a group of two or more teachers. One person in the group will be the lead teacher or contact person. The PD committee will communicate with the contact person, who will be expected to communicate to the rest of the group.

2. The contact person will distribute a copy of the application form to participants at each school. (if necessary)

3. Share the application with your administrator. An administrator’s signature of consent is required before forwarding the application to the PD committee. Each teacher in a different location will need their administrator’s signature for the application to be complete.

4. Once the application is complete, along with signatures, forward your application to the PD committee through the PD representative for your school. The deadline to apply is the second Tuesday in November.

5. If your application has been approved, the lead teacher will be notified by the PD rep at their school. It is their responsibility to notify the rest of the applicants in their CLG.

6. After the application deadline, descriptions of all CLG’s will be sent to all PD school reps and administrators. They will be posted at your school as well as on the GVSD website. People will have a chance, if they wish, to join the CLG of their choice by the second Tuesday in December. The process to join the CLG will be posted along with all of the descriptions. After the deadline to join, a list will be created of all CLG’s and participants. The list will be sent to administrators and PD reps.

7. An evaluation of the CLG will be due on the second Tuesday in May, reporting on the work of the CLG.

Download the CLG Application Form:  CLG_application.docx