The Stories of Us: Teacher Training

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The Stories of Us: Teacher Training
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Thu 26 March 2020
Thursday 26 March 2020
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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* UPDATE: As of March 12, 2020, this event has been cancelled as a precautionary measure to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread. If you would like to stay informed about updates around this training, please email Mathura Mahendren at mathura@dia.space and we will make sure you are on the mailing list for the notifications about the postponed event.*

The Stories of Us project is focused on building an ESL library of newcomer stories, online and offline, written by newcomers themselves. Our goal is to create ESL resources that are reflective of the newcomer experience, and make it easy as possible to integrate them into LINC classrooms.

In January 2020, we convened a group of 10 LINC teachers across Ontario in a one-day Teacher Design Lab to brainstorm how The Stories of Us resources - both the storybooks as well as the curriculum that guides newcomers through the storywriting process - might be integrated into the PBLA classrooms.

This Teacher Training is informed by the insights that came out of the Teacher Design Lab as well as the lessons learned as the participating LINC teachers implemented The Stories of Us resources in their classrooms.

It will feature:

  • Break-out groups that unpack each of the six workshops that make up The Stories of Us curriculum and the end task associated with each workshop.
  • Small group discussions with LINC teachers who teach at the same or similar CLB levels about the different ways in which The Stories of Us curriculum can be a platform upon which to build various speaking, reading, writing, and listening tasks and assessments.
  • Opportunities to hear from LINC teachers who have already used The Stories of Us resources in their classrooms about how they were able to customize it for their classes and make them PBLA-relevant.

We will be hosting 25-30 ESL teachers across Ontario, particularly those teaching within a LINC context, for this Teacher Training on March 26, 2020 in Toronto. A total of 7 Professional Development hours and certificate will be provided to trainees as by TESL Ontario standards.

Spots are limited, so please only register if you know you can make it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Mathura Mahendren at mathura@dia.space

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Time: 9:30AM-4:00PM, please arrive promptly at 9:30AM.

Location: RBC Building, 1005 King Street West, Toronto, ON

Food: Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be provided.

Parking: If you are coming by car, the closest parking is located at 901 King St W

Travel Subsidies: Our goal is to make this training accessible to a diverse group of ESL teachers across Ontario. We would like to support people to travel from outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to come to the event. If you are coming from outside the GTA and require financial assistance getting to the event, please indicate this in the registration form. Receipts will be required to claim a reimbursement.

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