Teachers Organize 700 Curriculum Workshops Across the Province

School is out for students on Friday but their teachers will be attending classes throughout Nova Scotia.
October 28 is provincial professional development day in Nova Scotia. Some 10,000 Nova Scotia teachers will be attending 22 different conferences in locations as diverse as Baie-Sainte Marie, Windsor, Bridgewater, Halifax and Sydney.
“The majority of sessions will be offered by the 23 professional associations of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, which concentrate on particular subject areas and school levels,” says NSTU president Mary-Lou Donnelly.
“The NSTU professional association conference day is not only the premier opportunity for thousands of teachers to refresh their practice and knowledge,” says Donnelly, “it also represents the incredible dedication of teachers to the improvement of education in the province.”
The NSTU president notes that some 700 workshops, keynote sessions and hands-on learning opportunities will be offered to teachers on Friday. “Each professional association conference relies on committed volunteers to plan and deliver an astounding array of workshops and sessions,” says Donnelly. “Collectively, these conferences provide some 6,000 hours of
professional development per year.”
Many of the conferences begin on Thursday evening and continue until late Friday. “The October conferences represent just a small part of professional development activities undertaken by teachers,” says Donnelly. Teachers in Nova Scotia average 65 hours of professional development each year, she notes, “almost two-thirds of which is accomplished on their own time.”
“This commitment is on top of hours spent on university courses and other programs of study that count toward certification upgrading,” she says.
“The teachers who organize and conduct workshops during this conference day are making an invaluable investment in the province’s students,” Donnelly adds. “They are to be commended for working so hard to share their expertise and resources.”