Exciting New Sessions for 2020/2021

In partnership with the Central Alberta Regional Consortium, Jigsaw Learning team members are facilitating various learning opportunities:


Online Schools - Community of Practice for Online Educators - Jennifer Ferguson

Nov 16, Dec 14, Jan 18, Feb 18, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Across Alberta, many school divisions have worked quickly to establish online learning options to meet the emerging needs from families for their students to be engaging in virtual classrooms. In this community of practice, online educators will have a chance to connect and network with other online teachers to delve into practices that are leading to success for students.

As part of the community of practice, online teachers will identify intentional actions they will take to support students. Each month, participants will return to the community to share the results of their actions as Online Learning evolves in their school.

The goals of this community of practice are to:
- Deepen an understanding of Online Learning as it relates to meeting the needs of students.
- Network with a variety of schools and develop a community of practice that can extend beyond the scope of this learning opportunity.
- Connect to literature related to Online Learning to initiate further discussion and exploration.
- Collectively develop and share resources to support Online Learning that honour staff and student diversity in a variety of school contexts.

This community of practice a year long series focused on growing and refining Online Learning practices in schools and classrooms.


10 Components of Responsive Behaviour Support - Barb Pears

Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, Apr 12, Apr 19, May 3, 2021

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Do your classrooms or schools need help ensuring a safe and caring environment so all learners can thrive? Teachers feeling discouraged and searching for solutions for acute and chronic behaviour concerns? This series will start by providing participants with an overview of a model that focuses specifically on building a structure that identifies and organizes existing school-wide processes to ensure a safe and caring environment. Then we will focus on each of the 10 components with activities, discussions and resources.

Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Responsive Relationships
Session 3: Social/Emotional Instruction
Session 4: Routines and Classroom Environment
Session 5: Explicit Behaviour
Session 6: Responding to Behaviour Concerns
Session 7: Responding to Re-Occurring Behaviour Concerns
Session 8: Intervention Team
Session 9: Collecting and Analyzing Data
Session 10: Behaviour Support Plans
Session 11: Crisis Management


Three Part Literacy Assessment Series: Engaging in Literacy Assessment - Cheryl Gascoyne

Feb 2, Mar 25, May 6, 2021
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Three Part Literacy Assessment Series: Engaging in Literacy Assessment:

1. Strategies for Assessing Readers & Writers Remotely & In Person

2. I've Assessed; Now What?

3. It's Assessment Time Again!

You're wanting to keep up on your students' progress, as well as establish baseline data, but how do you do this when you're in a remote learning environment or do not see your students in person as regularly as you typically would? Learn how to obtain beginning of the year literacy data, and how to analyze and utilize the data during collaborative team meetings to get universal and targeted supports in place quickly. This 3 part series will take you through the assessment cycle with suggestions for this year's unique circumstances.


Educational Assistant Series - Barb Pears

Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 2, Mar 9, Mar 30, Apr 6, Apr 13, Apr 20, Apr 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, 2021

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm

We know that as educational assistants, you go above and beyond, every day, in pursuit of supporting complex needs and impacting the lives of children, families and the learning community to which you belong. You are the vital connection many students need to be successful. This requires skill, dedication and patience beyond measure! The challenges of supporting students and staff in an environment where teaching and learning needs are continually evolving is complex work. This series is designed to provide staff who are currently in this complex role as well as EA's new to the role with an overview of educational best practices in support of students and teachers. Participants will also develop an understanding of the importance of a common language and consistency in educational practices across a school or district.

  • Session 1 - Introduction
  • Session 2 - Roles and Responsibilities
  • Session 3 - Supporting Students with Medical and Disability Needs
  • Session 4 - Connecting with Community and Parents
  • Session 5 - Responsive Relationships
  • Session 6 - Professional Communication and Interactions
  • Session 7 - Overview-Continuum of Supports
  • Session 8 - Tier 1 Toolbox - (Part 1)
  • Session 9 - Tier 1 Toolbox - (Part 2)
  • Session 10 - Tier 2 Toolbox - (Part 1)
  • Session 11 - Tier 2 Toolbox - (Part 2)
  • Session 12 - Supporting Learning in the Classroom (Part 1)
  • Session 13 - Supporting Learning in the Classroom (Part 2)
  • Session 14 - Supporting Learning in the Classroom (Part 3)
  • Session 15 - Responsive Behaviour Supports
  • Session 16 - Understanding Support Plans
  • Session 17 - Connecting the Pieces

Supporting our Students (SOS): Understanding Autism - Lana Nogue

Feb 11, Mar 25, May 6
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

How do we best support our students with autism? Teachers and educational assistants play an integral role in designing programming that will attend to the needs of students with autism. Through intentional opportunities for communication, providing choice while engaging in meaningful tasks, and creating consistent routines are all essential components of learning for a child with autism. Come learn together, engage in case studies, explore effective practices, discover resources and design supports that will meet your student's needs.


Supporting Online Learners - Jennifer Ferguson

Mar 9, May 4, June 7, 2021

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Panelists will share lessons learned and invite questions from those who are looking to learn along with them.

Three Part Series:

  • Session 1 - What Did We Learn About Starting the School Year in an Online School? What Did We Learn That Is Shifting Practice for Second Semester?
  • Session 2 - What Did We Learn About Student Learning in an Online School?
  • Session 3 - What Did We Learn That Is Informing Planning for Next Year?

Ramping up Structures and Processes - Kathleen Robertson

May 10, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

What does it look like to ramp up collaborative structures and processes during a pandemic? Join Kathleen as she shares her experience in supporting a number of teams in establishing increased levels of collaboration, collective response and the importance of doing so.


Interactive Writing - Cheryl Gascoyne

April 29, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Ever wondered what interactive writing is all about? Join this session to learn more about the writing process most often used with our youngest learners. Writing is a complex process and interactive writing is just the vehicle to begin the journey. This session will explore the purpose of interactive writing, how the process works, and organization of space & materials. Everything you need to know so that you can begin to engage your children in this important component of a balanced and comprehensive literacy program.


Author: Nadine Wood