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Online meetings and professional development webinars will address needs to support remote learning for First Nations.


*Registration closed*

Virtual Clinical Services / Special Education Summer Institute from August 4 – 7, 2020.

ATTENTION: MFNERC Schools, Educational Assistants, Jordan Principle Staff, Resource Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Phys Ed Teachers, Principals and Education Directors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Special Education Department of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre will be hosting a Virtual Clinical Services Summer Institute from August 4 – 7, 2020. In order to participate in the Virtual Clinical Services Summer Institute, you will require an email address, Laptop/iPad/tablet, and internet connection. The Virtual Clinical Services Summer Institute, August 4 – 7, 2020, will have four different streams including: 

Speech Language Pathology & Literacy Coaches * Registration closed*

Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy & URIS (Unified Referral Intake System Nurse)* Registration closed*

America Sign Language and Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Student Support Facilitators* Registration closed*

Special Education Summer Institute* Registration closed*


Instead of coming to Winnipeg and listening to Presenters: The Presenters will be delivering their sessions live on Zoom Webinar, which you can access from your community. The sessions will involve an introduction by the Presenter and then deliver the presentation and afterwards a question/discussion session. 

Individuals can participate from their home or community school. A community can decide that they can make the option to go to school.

It is the responsibility of participants to arrange where they will be to participate in this Institute.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Isla Little, Admin Assistant at 204-594-1290, extension 2201; email [email protected] or Don Shackel, Assistant Director of Special Education at 204-594-1290 extension 2074; email [email protected]


Sessions and Online Registration

The registration deadline is extended until Thursday, July 23rd at 4:00 p.m. 
Once the individual is accepted by MFNERC Clinical Services Dept., they will be notified via email. 

Register for the individual sessions by clicking on the registration link. You will be asked to fill in you contact information, then watch your email for a confirmation with the link to the Zoom webinar.

Information on attending a Zoom Webinar General Information:


Speech-Language Pathology / Literacy Coach Virtual Summer Institute August 4 – 7, 2020

Individuals selected for the SLP/LC VSI will be notified of their acceptance for participation after July 15, 2020 via email and mail. Please ensure you submit an email address that you regularly access, and a mailing address where you can receive a participant package.

Registration and participation in the SLP/LC VSI is limited to:

·         School educational assistants or Jordan’s Principle Case Workers who acted as Speech-Language Educational Assistants (SLEA) during the 2019/20 school year

·         School educational assistants or Jordan’s Principle Case Workers who acted as Language-Literacy Educational Assistants (LLEA) during the 2019/20 school year

·         School educational assistants or Jordan’s Principle Case Workers who will be acting as SLEAs or LLEAs in the upcoming 2020/21 school year 

Individuals submitting registration applications, if selected to participate, must agree to:

·         Virtually attend all live sessions (August 4-7, 2020, AM and PM)

·         Watch all recorded sessions (approximately 6 hours) provided on USB

·         Complete and submit all assignments for live and recorded sessions

Due to licencing requirements for one of the 2020 SLP/LC VSI presentations, we are only permitted to have a maximum of 20 participants.

If you were not selected as one of the 20 participants, you will be given the option to register for presentations facilitated by one of the other clinical groups (i.e., facilitated by Deaf and Hard of Hearing, URIS/Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy or Student Support)

Selected participants will receive a confirmation email and mailed package to confirm their acceptance.

The mailed package will include:

·         1 USB

o   Recorded sessions (approximately 6 hours)

o   Recorded session handouts

o   Recorded session assignments

o   Live session handouts

o   Live session assignments

o   Instructions for how to participate in a Zoom webinar

o   Instructions for accessing, saving, and sending PDF assignments.

·         Assignment workbook for Teacher Talk (Live PM sessions Aug 4-6).

To receive a Certificate of Completion for the SLP/LC VSI, participants must complete the following:

1)      Attend all live sessions (AM and PM) for the SLEA Summer Institute (Aug 4-7).

2)      Submit assignments for all live sessions at the end of each session.

3)      Watch all recorded sessions before September 26, 2020.

4)      Submit assignments for all recorded sessions via email by September 26, 2020.

Certificates of Completion will be mailed to all participants who complete items 1) through 4) above.

Sessions

Speech Language Educational Assistant Virtual Summer Institute Training Introduction

When: Aug 4th, 2020 09:00 AM

Description: Introduction and instructions of the SLEA training.
Roles and responsibilities of the SLEA and SLP.
Training requirements including attendance at the Virtual Summer Institute week and beyond

Audience: Speech-Language Educational Assistants (SLEAs)


Introduction to Articulation Development & Therapy

When: Aug 5, 2020 09:00 AM

Description: Introduction of childhood development of speech sounds, causes of speech sound disorders, review of how we produce various speech sounds, and an introduction to articulation (speech) therapy procedures. 

Audience: Speech-Language Educational Assistants (SLEAs)
This seminar will be aimed specifically at SLEAs or staff who intend to do speech therapy with students. 


Speech-Language Pathology/Literacy: Phonology

When: Aug 6, 2020 09:00 AM 

Description: Participants will learn the definition of phonology, types of phonological processes, and the therapy process for phonology. The webinar will include a therapy role play video. 

Audience: Speech-Language Educational Assistants (SLEAs)


Language and Literacy Educational Assistant Project & Using Literacy Centers in the Classroom

When: Aug 7, 2020 09:00 AM 

Description: Part 1. Language and Literacy Educational Project

Hosts: Susan Janzen – SLP
Marlene Lenton – Spec Ed Lit Coach

Small group intervention to target Language and Literacy skills as identified by a school team, SLP and Special Ed. Literacy Coach. The presentation gives an overview of the role of the Language and Literacy Educational Assistant (LLEA) and the proposed activities that are unique to the students’ strengths and needs. Identification of the importance of small group programming as well as activities to promote students’ confidence and skills in the areas of Language and Literacy.

Part 2. Using Literacy Centers in the Classroom 

Hosts: Audrey Fourre and Virginia Moose, Special Education Literacy Coach

Importance of centers, promoting literacy centers in choice time and during a Balanced Literacy – sample schedule being shared. Also, practical tips and examples of centers will be covered. 

Journal entry questions will be provided within the presentation if the feedback is required. 

Audience: Speech-Language Educational Assistants (SLEAs), Educational Assistants

Teacher Talk Training: The Hanen Program for Early Childhood Educators

When: Aug 4th, 5th & 6th 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

This training addresses how educators can use everyday conversations, play and daily routines to promote the communication and social development of all children, including those with language delays and those who are second language learners.


Participants learn how to:

  • Identify children’s conversational styles and the role teachers play in interactions-
  • Implement six steps to following the child’s lead: Observe, Wait and Listen, Be Face to Face, Imitate, Interpret, Comment, and
  • Join in and Play- Help children become better conversation partners by using appropriate questions, comments and turn-taking cues
  • Use five important steps to ensure that no child is left out of the interaction during group activities


Participants will be mailed a workbook with activities to complete during each session. Participants may need to submit (via email) photographs of their completed workbook as the week goes on.


Audience: Speech-Language Educational Assistants only at this time.


SLEA Virtual Summer Institute Recap and Discussion Session

When: Aug 7, 2020 01:00 PM

Description:

  • Evaluation of Virtual Training Week.
  • Discussion on the rest of the training requirements.
  • Question and answer session.

Audience: Speech Language Educational Assistants (SLEAs).
This seminar will be aimed specifically at SLEAs or staff who intend to do speech therapy with students


Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy & URIS (Unified Referral Intake System Nurse) Summer Institute August 4 – 7, 2020


Sessions

Review of Health Conditions in relation to Covid-19

When: Aug 4, 2020 09:00 AM

Description:

  • The URIS Program, introduction, what services are offered, rationale and benefits to First Nation Schools. 
  • Asthma and Asthma and COVID 19 
  • Diabetes Presentation: Basic information on diabetes and children, strategies and management.
  • The URIS Program, introduction, what services are offered, rationale and benefits to First Nation Schools. 
  • Asthma and Asthma and COVID 19
  • “Type 2 Diabetes in Schools: What you need to know”.

Audience: Summer Institute Attendees


Gross Motor Skills – Practical Application

When: Aug 5, 2020 09:00 AM 

Description: The purpose of this presentation is to follow up to the previous days content (intro to physiotherapy and gross motor development). The majority of this presentation discusses and provides practical applications using common materials to help promote and give general ideas of how to practice gross motor skills with kids. 

Audience: Caregivers, educational assistants (EA’s) and teachers.


Early Years and Play-Based Learning

When: Aug 6, 2020 09:00 AM

Description: The webinar’s focus is on the necessity of play in early childhood. Topics include: play development, play foundations, and the importance of facilitating or encouraging play in children. A model designed to understand how your observations of children at play can help guide classroom routines and interventions will be shared. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on current practices and have the opportunity to share with others.

Audience: Open to all school staff in early years – educational assistants, classroom teachers, resource teachers, principals, 
Parents, guardians, early childhood educators, child development workers also welcomed.
Material is targeted for those working in early years.


Relationship Based Approach to Self-Regulation

When: Aug 7, 2020 09:00 AM 

Description: This webinar will discuss the importance of relationships in the development self-regulation. We will cover what self-regulation is, how self-regulation develops, the impact trauma has, and differences between stress behaviour and misbehaviour. The Stuart Shanker Method framework will be reviewed to learn how to re-frame behaviour, identify stressors, and effectively respond to stress behaviour. Strategies from a relationship based approach will be reviewed including how to co-regulate with students and help both students and staff to utilize effective self-regulation skills

Audience: Teachers, Educational Assistants, Resource Teachers, Jordan’s Principle workers- anyone. The presentation is geared towards all age groups and abilities

Introduction to Physiotherapy & Gross Motor Skill Development

When: Aug 4, 2020 01:00 PM 

Description:

Part 1 : Introduction to Physiotherapy Services

Host: Priscilla Flett – Physiotherapist, Clinical Services

Introduce participants to what is physiotherapy and what physiotherapists do in schools. Priscilla will present a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate MFNERC physiotherapist’s role. To discuss where physiotherapy has been previously encountered in and out of schools to make the connection about the role of physiotherapy.

Part 2: Gross Motor Skill Development – How we learn to move our bodies


Host: Katherine West, Physiotherapist, Special Education

1. Introduce typical gross motor development
2. Introduce implications of atypical gross motor development
3. Connect gross motor development with potential Physiotherapy interventions to improve/recover gross motor skills
4. Become acquainted with the Physiotherapy referral checklist
5. Become acquainted with the plan of action after filling out Physiotherapy referral checklis

Audience: Teacher, Educational Assistants, Child Development Workers, Resource Teachers, Physical Education teachers


Inclusive Physical Education – Creating a Gym Class for students with Special Needs & The Role of Educational Assistants in Gym 

When: Aug 5, 2020 01:00 PM 

Description:

Outlining ways in which physical education teachers can create inclusive physical education programming for students in their schools who have special needs.  

Host: Joe Robertson, Physiotherapist

To give physical education teachers ideas on what types of activities could be beneficial for specific special needs conditions. 

Child development workers who want to gain knowledge on ways to get individuals with special needs more active. 

The presentation can also be viewed by any other individual who wishes to gain knowledge on ways (games/activities) to get children with special needs more physically active.  

Part 2: Jessica Slimmon, Physiotherapist, 
Physiotherapists will review the role of educational assistants in gym class including topics such as: 

  • Physical literacy 
  • Typical motor development for children 
  • Inclusive physical education
  • Progressing/regressing activities for individuals with special needs

Audience:
Physical Education teachers and educational assistants who attend physical education classes with students with physical disabilities or any other special needs.
Teachers 
Resource teachers 
Principals 
other interested staff


Life Skills Programming for Middle Years and High School Students

When: Aug 6, 2020 01:00 PM 

Description: The occupational therapists will review and promote life skills programming for middle school and high school students. Multiple strategies and how to implement programming in schools will be taught to participants. Topics will include areas of self-care, leisure and productivity.

Audience: School staff – teachers, resource teachers, educational assistants, other interested staff members etc. Elders, administrators, volunteers  
Jordan’s Principle staff – case managers, child development workers, coordinators, early childhood educators


Classroom Strategies that Promote Skill Development for All

When: Aug 7, 2020 01:00 PM 

Description: This presentation with provide general classroom strategies for teachers and school staff for ALL students. Includes discussion and examples of sensory, movement, social skills, self-regulation and fine motor strategies. 

Audience: Mainly classroom teachers, though can be helpful for resource teachers and educational assistants. 
Open to anyone, but mainly directed at classroom teachers.


America Sign Language and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Summer Institute August 4 – 7, 2020


Sessions

Spring & Summer Theme

When: Aug 4 2020 10:00am


Description:
ASL “Spring & Summer Theme” with activities and a virtual Bingo Game  Story Books: “Fisher Finds the Bag of Summer”- ASL translated by Emil Easter


Foods and Signs Around the Home

When: Aug 6 2020 10:00am

Description: ASL “Foods” and “Signs Around the Home” with activities Storybook: “Big and Little are Best Friends” & “Just a Walk”- ASL translated by  Destiny Cordell

Seven Teachings and Animals

When: Aug 5 2020 10:00am

Description: ASL “Seven Teachings” and “Animals Theme”  with activitiesStory Book: “The Girl and the Wolf”- ASL translated by Destiny Cordell


First Nations Community Signs and Transportation Unit

When: Aug 7 2020 10:00am

Description: ASL “First Nations Community Signs” and “Transportation Unit” with Activities Storybook: “Hidden Friends” ASL translated by Vernon Jebb

Audience: These live ASL Webinars will be directed toward beginning and Level 2 ASL users.

Registration for this Summer Institute includes access to all four days.


Student Support Facilitators Summer Institute August 4 – 7, 2020

Sessions

Supporting Student Returning to School through Social-Emotional Learning

When: August 4, 2020 9:00 AM

Description:
-Understanding impacts of COVID-19 on students and staff
-Trauma background and effects on children
-How schools can support students 
-How to engage staff, parents and community
-Social emotional learning strategies
-Self-care for school staff
-Web-based resources

Audience: Teachers, Education Assistants, Guidance counsellors, Resource Teachers


Responsive Classrooms

When: August 5, 2020 9:00 AM

Description: Purpose of the Responsive Classroom morning meetings webinar is to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrating morning meetings into the daily schedule of elementary school classrooms. 

The webinar will cover the 4 parts of a morning meeting in detail; Greeting, Sharing, Group Activity, Morning Message.

This presentation has previously included demonstrations of the morning meeting by participant participation however that will be modified according to platform and amount of participants.  The SSF may include information on end of day meetings and interactive  modeling contingent on time.

Audience: Teachers and Educational Assistants.


Healing Connections Through Land

When: August 6, 2020 9:00 AM

Description: The Webinar will explore process of calming effects of planning, planting and caring for one’s own garden, nature’s garden and how it relates to helping with anxiety.
Looking through the anxious lens sometimes it is impossible to regulate youth and/or oneself. It is important to understand how planning and nurturing can help to focus the mind on something outside of one’s feelings and help to regulate the body to begin to calm oneself.

Audience: All persons young and old


Drumming as Healing

When: August 7, 2020 9:00 AM

Description: In this webinar, participants will be introduced to a drum teaching. Strategies on how drumming can be used in the classroom as part of inclusive education and self-regulation will be included as well as examining healing components of drumming for students.

Audience: Teachers, Resource Teachers, and Educational Assistants


Trauma-Informed Schools

When: August 7, 2020 1:00 PM

Description:

An introduction to trauma informed practices in schools, covering topics of; Investigating trauma-informed practices, current research, understanding childhood trauma and the impacts of trauma on children and youth,implementing trauma-informed practices in schools.Approaches from becoming trauma-aware to resiliency and capacity building practices.

Journey to Healing and Reconciliation: Understanding Intergenerational Trauma in Education

When: August 4, 2020 1:00 PM

Description: Presenters will share information with educators about the importance of understanding “Mino-Bimaadiziwin”(The Good Life). Intergenerational trauma and the effect it has on present day education for First Nation students will be discussed through the exploration of the Blanket Exercise, Medicine Wheel, 5R’s, and other resources. Educators will have an understanding of the impact our Indigenous history has made on our education systems and be inspired to move forward with truth and reconciliation.

Audience: Administration, Resource Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Classroom Teachers, Education Assistants


Life Skills for Youth

When: August 5, 2020 1:00 PM

Description: The purpose of this webinar is to provide information to assist staff with beginning a dialogue with students surrounding basic Life Skills.
The following topics will be covered:
Grocery Shopping, Food Preparation, Cooking, Shopping for clothes, Laundry, Identification cards, Banking, Money Management, Basic Housekeeping,  Personal grooming & hygiene,  Social skills and manners, Organizational skills, Navigational skills, Behavioral skills, Skills to stay safe, Problem solving skills, Coping with emotions, Goal setting skills, Decision making skills, and Employability skills

Weblinks are attached to this presentation so that students/counsellors can navigate the different websites for  cards.
Points to discuss are:
1. What will you do to guide or help your student to get prepared for adult life?
2. How will you begin the discussion with your student?  Will you wait for them to ask or will you offer the idea to them?
3. Life skill topics will be provided as well as suggested interactive activities. 

We have noticed that far too many times First Nation’s students leaving high school enter into adult life with little or minimum skills and often struggle to transition or fit into mainstream society.   We hope this webinar helps to provide resources to the staff participants that assists with leading that discussion and facilitates student learning.

Audience: School Guidance Counsellors and Resource Teachers


Unpacking your Toolbox

When: August 6, 2020 1:00 PM

Description: Unpacking your toolbox presentation is to help individuals understand what can be put in it, how to use it, useful strategies, and provide a crisis support list. A place to keep things that calm you down in periods of distress. If you have everything in one place, it’s easier to remember to use your coping skills, rather than using negative behaviours. A toolbox can also be created with students.

Audience: EA’s, RT’s, Teachers, Jordan’s Principle workers



Special Education Summer Institute Sessions Aug 4 – 7, 2020

Pimitisaha Mithawayawin Mithotihiwinhk Mina Manatisiwinihk

“Follow Good Health Kind Heartedly and Respectfully”

Sessions

Social and Emotional Learning
Ototimihitowin mina Mosihowin Kiskinwamakowin

When: August 4, 2020 9:00 AM

Description: The participants will have the opportunity to gain information on what social and emotional learning is and why is it important.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults can acquire and use effectively to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and to make responsible decisions with dignity and pride.

Audience: Resource Teachers


Returning to School Following COVID-19: Supporting Students Well-Being

When: August 5, 2020 9:00 AM

Description: The purpose of our presentation is to review some of the behaviours and emotions school staff may encounter from students following the return to school after COVID-19. It is possible that students will have experienced prolonged stress and a break from routine and structure, which can bring up challenges when transitioning back to school. We will discuss some ideas for supporting students through this transition, specifically in academic, behaviour and emotional domains.

Audience: Any school staff who works directly with students. This is intended to be part of the special education institute and therefore, likely targeted towards resource teachers.  


Language and Literacy Educational Assistant Project

When: August 6, 2020 9:00 AM

Description: A small group intervention to target Language and Literacy skills as identified by a school team, SLP and Special Ed. Literacy Coach. The presentation gives an over view of the role of the Language and Literacy Educational Assistant (LLEA) and the proposed activities that are unique to the students’ strengths and needs. Identification of the importance of small group programming as well as activities to promote students confidence and skills in the areas of Language and Literacy.

Audience: Special Education Summer Institute – Resource teachers
Clinical Services – Educational Assistants


RTI Model: The 4 Tiers

When: August 7, 2020 9:00 AM

Description: Response to Intervention/Instruction to promote Mino pimatiswin

This session will provide participants the opportunity to fully investigate and consider the frameworks of RTI to promote overall academic and behavior development of all students.  Participants will interact with each other, and the facilitator, and will look at models of RTI developed by educators and clinicians.  They will take away practical planning tools to initiate and sustain this practice within their schools.  

Audience: All, Educators, Clinicians, Educational Assistants, Educational Leaders

Introduction to Unified English Braille

When: August 4, 2020 1:00 PM

Description: History of the Braille code. 
Introduction to the Braille code
Samples of Braille 
Demonstration of how to use a  Perkins Brailler and Mountbatten Brailler

Audience: Resource Teachers


First Nations Special Education Policy Handbook (FNSEPH) – Focus on Section O (Forms)

When: August 5, 2020 1:00 PM

Description: In this presentation, Section O of the FNSEPH will be updated as the forms have changed as time goes by.

Audience: Teachers, Resource Teachers, Principals


The Implication of Modification: Student Specific Planning For First Nations Students

When: August 6, 2020 1:00 PM

Description:

Manitoba Education and recently updated the requirements for Modification and Individualized Programming. This session will present the changes and discuss the impact for First Nations schools and students. Questions will be encouraged.


Audience: Resource Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Principals, Directors of Education


Importance of a Sound Field System in the Classroom

When: August 6, 2020 1:00 PM

Description: Manitoba Education and recently updated the requirements for Modification and Individualized Programming. This session will present the changes and discuss the impact for First Nations schools and students. Questions will be encouraged.

Audience: Resource Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Principals, Directors of Education

How to Use Graphic Organizers

When: August 4, 2020 2:30 PM

Description: In this webinar, we will be examining a variety of graphic organizers that teachers, resource teachers, parents, and educational assistants can use with their students. Especially how important they are to the students learning. So many of our students have difficulty organizing their thoughts and being able to put their thoughts on paper. Graphic organizers are a helpful learning tool for students of all ages to organize, clarify, or simplify complex information. They help students construct understanding through an exploration of the relationships between concepts. 
Graphic organizers are visual charts and tools used to visually represent and organize a student’s knowledge or ideas. 

Audience: Teachers, resource teachers, parents, and educational assistants.


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