Professional Development provides teachers with ongoing opportunities for professional growth through formal workshops, working with colleagues, professional reading and many other activities.

Roles and Responsibilities of BTA Professional Development Contacts: (2 per school)

  • Liaise with the BTA Pro-D Committee to ensure that school based professional development remains relevant to the needs of the staff
  • Attend Fall Pro-D contact training session
  • Attend Spring follow up meeting
  • Provide information to staff about the February District Pro-D Day
  • Disseminate information to members from the BTA and the BCTF
  • Provide staff with guidelines around professional development activities
  • Communicate Professional Development opportunities to staff
  • Conduct a needs assessment survey provided by the BTA Pro-D Committee

Social Emotional Learning:

Peter Dubinsky
SD41 Director of Instruction

Sheila Threndle
Executive Functioning- Social Learning
Speech-language pathologist in SD41
Can conduct workshops

Aleisha Stewart
Wellness Counsellor

Faye Brownlie
Speaking Engagements
Books/Resources/Online Videos


  • Mind Up
  • 3-D Brain App for iPads, to go with Mind Up
  • TRIBES training
  • Zone ‘N Program (Cris Rowan website)
  • “How Full is Your Bucket?”
  • Restitution
  • Laughing Yoga
  • Super Flex series around Self-Regulation
  • Zones of Regulation
  • School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (PBS);
    search YouTube for video that shows the right and wrong way to behave at school
  • Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (POPFASD) website;
    full of ideas not just for FASD; good teaching strategies for ALL students
  • CSRI (Self-Regulation)


Carole Fullerton
New Ways to Approach Math

Trevor Kaulkins’
Power of Ten

Peter Liljedahl
at SFU

Selina Millar
Daily Math Investigations

Janice Novakowski
Richmond SD

Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks

Oralie Loong & Erin McGinley
(Moscrop teachers)
Applied Differentiation workshop

Camp Jubilee
Voyager Canoes
Burrard Beach
Special Topics:

  • Ross Laird (Vancouver School Board): Addiction and Technology
  • Wellness: Acro Yoga
  • L.G.B.T.Q.: Teachers in Burnaby who provide workshops
    Sara Larsen (Primary)
    Dan Adrian/Kristen Green (Secondary)
  • Inclusion B.C.
  • How Canada became a Democracy; Elections BC; “Student Vote” program
  • Dragon Boating at Granville Island
  • Christine Yu; Leapclinic on childhood anxiety
  • SFU Science Department offers free workshops for students and has run Pro-D sessions for teachers
  • First Nations Band offices:
    lots of great resource people; helped with science/environment field trips
  • Burnaby North website:
    click the ‘Staff’ tab – there’s a link to their Pro-D website