While students were enjoying an extra long weekend with Monday and Tuesday off last week, SD 59 teachers were busy learning at the ‘Aiming for Excellence’ conference at DCSS South Peace.
Held every three years, the conference put on by the Peace River South Teachers’ Association (PRSTA) saw over 400 people — teachers, educational assistants, principals, district administration, as well as local student teachers to name a few — gather to learn about a wide assortment of topics. Local private school were also invited.
“It’s our chance to bring in speakers from all of over BC and Canada to present to our school district,” says conference chairperson Angela Connelly.
Topics ranged from aboriginal education to ways to teach math to SOGI resources, and included guests from Apple and Science World, as well as musician Charlotte Diamond speaking on music education.
“Oftentimes if you travel to a conference, you might go to a conference on just literacy [for example], but because it’s all of our K-12 educators, we can’t, because some people may be teaching PE or they may be a foods teacher or a kindergarten teacher, so they all have different needs,” says Connelly.
“The theme of our conference is ‘embracing the challenges, charting new paths,’ because we recognize our jobs are really complex and get more complex every year, so embracing that and figuring a way to move past those challenges and embrace those.”