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Divisional Teacher PD Days
Submitted by: Graham Ruttan

Teachers in Westwind have been hard at work on professional development for the past two days. Monday was a school-based professional development directed by each school principal. Their focuses were diverse but centred on the needs of the students in their classrooms. You can look for details on what they learned together on each school website.
Tuesday was a divisional professional development day for teachers. They focused on learning a new piece of software called PowerTeacher Pro, and on curriculum redesign and a new digital curriculum platform under development by Alberta Education.
PowerTeacher Pro is a robust classroom management tool that includes advanced features for both standards-based and traditional grading. Teachers use the gradebook app on their phones to get their work done and to analyze student performance. This new gradebook application will be rolled out gradually throughout the Westwind School Division with full use in all classrooms beginning in September 2017. Parents can expect to see more and more information being available to them about their student’s assignments, study material, and progress through the Powerschool app as we approach the end of this school year. Talk to your teacher to find out when they will be adopting this system for their class...

Assistant's Conference
Submitted by: Graham Ruttan

Educational Assistants in Westwind were hard at work on professional development on Tuesday, January 31. Assistant Superintendent, Rick Gilson, organized an incredible conference for the 170 Educational Assistants in Westwind. The conference featured many terrific presenters. This was an incredibly valuable development for our Educational Assistants in a wide range of areas. The presenters we had at the conference are all experts in their field and deeply understand the southern Alberta context.

• Conrad Boehme presented on a look at what students who struggle may experience.
• Tiffany Weeden presented on how to connect classrooms with nature and the aboriginal culture of southern Alberta, and on using Zen Me and Yoga techniques for the classroom to inspire focus, balance, and relaxation.
• Regan Bikman shared strategies from his experience as a Speech Language Pathologist to help students improve their communications.
• Jocelyn Roberts, from Alberta Health Services, presented Programmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) books for EAs to use with students with complex communication needs...

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