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As a teacher candidate, your coursework and practice teaching are complemented by a series of professional development events and information sessions. Some events are required, others are optional. A schedule of events is found on the downloads page - scroll down to your program to find the appropriate schedule. This schedule is subject to change throughout the year.
Sample of Professional Development Offered Annually
Professional Development Conferences (P/J/I/S)
Teacher candidates participate in day-long conferences exploring social justice issues and practical issues in teaching. Conferences are targeted to the panel in which teacher candidates will be certified (P/J, J/I, or I/S). These are highly interactive days combining large and small group information sessions with hands-on workshops.
Teachers Helping Teachers (I/S)
Teachers Helping Teachers embodies the spirit of collegial learning central to the Brock Teacher Education program, and features teacher candidates leading workshops. Teacher candidates submit workshop proposals which may be accepted for delivery each March. Past workshops have ranged from student engagement, to brain development, to 21st century learning and teaching tools.
Ministry of Education Building Futures Workshops (P/J/I/S)
The Ontario Ministry of Education administers the system of publicly funded elementary and secondary school education in Ontario. During the Building Futures workshops, teacher candidates learn about significant Ministry of Education initiatives and participate in plenary and small group sessions of special interest to beginning teachers.
Ontario College of Teachers and Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario Information Sessions (P/J/I/S)
The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) establishes the standards of practice for Ontario teachers, issues teaching certificates, accredits teacher education programs, and provides ongoing professional learning opportunities for members. The Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) objectively administers the evaluation of teacher qualifications for salary purposes. At this information session, teacher candidates learn about the OCT and how to apply for OCT certification. Candidates also learn about QECO and how to apply for an evaluation of credentials while still a student at Brock University.
Federation Information Sessions (P/J/I/S)
Federation information sessions provide teacher candidates with important information related to the role of the Ontario Teachers' Federation and its affiliate organizations, as well as the rights and responsibilities of Ontario teachers who comprise its membership.
Career Services Job Search Presentation for Teacher Candidates (P/J/I/S)
The field of education is unique and so are the résumé and covering letters needed to land a job in this field. Brock supports teacher candidates' job efforts with a participatory, practical, 3-hour workshop specifically focussed on traditional and emerging employment opportunities in the education field/industry. In addition, students may access all the job search resources of Brock Career Services.
Career Information Day (P/J/I/S)
This event, exclusive to Brock teacher candidates, brings representatives from many Ontario school boards, Canadian independent schools, international schools and other education-related organizations that hire certified teachers to Brock. Teacher candidates can speak directly with personnel from these organizations in advance of submitting applications for upcoming positions. In addition, résumé writing support and panel discussions focused on career search may be offered on this day.
Teaching with Technology Showcase (P/J/I/S)
A conference for teacher candidates, practicing teachers, and educational partners that focuses on the integration of the latest instructional technologies across the elementary and secondary curriculum. Past partners have included Microsoft, SMART, Turning Technologies, Front Row, among others. Teachers Credit Union has sponsored this event for three years. Click to view past conference details.
SMART Notebook Training (P/J/I/S)
Brock, in conjunction with SMARTTM, offers SMART Notebook 1& 2 training for teacher candidates. Workshops run from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. A fee is charged and a certificate of completion is issued. A registration link will be sent to your Brock email.
Arts Matter: Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum (P/J/I)
This two day conference for P/J/I teacher candidates provides additional instruction in the arts. The focus of this conference is on valuing the arts and their integration across the curriculum. A fee is charged and a certificate of completion is issued.
Project Wild (P/J/I/S)
Project Wild is an environmental education workshop open to all teacher candidates. This full-day, hands-on program provides valuable environmental education experiences and resources to use in the classroom. Project Wild is sponsored by The Canadian Wildlife Federation - a non- profit charitable organization. A fee is charged and a certificate of completion is issued – suitable for your résumé and portfolio. The registration fee also includes a resource manual with over 100 pages of lesson plans and activities for grades K-12.
Plus - other events, workshops and presentations as they become available.