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School PA Day Activities and Agendas

Updated: March 25, 2024

Professional Activity (PA) Days are days set aside each school year when students do not attend school. PA Days are designated for activities that include professional development for educators and staff, evaluation of student progress, consultation with parents/guardians, curriculum and program evaluation and development.

Regulation 304 under the Education Act states that school boards must designate three (3) PA days each school year that focus on provincial education priorities. School boards may also designate up to four additional PA days per school year.

Throughout the upcoming school year, we will be providing families with more information about the Professional Activity (PA) Days on our 2023-2024 School Year Calendar.

Here is a list of all PA Days for the 2023-2024 school year.

  • Aug. 31, 2023
  • Sept. 29, 2023 
  • Nov. 3, 2023
  • Nov. 24, 2023 (secondary only)
  • Feb. 2, 2024
  • April 8, 2024
  • June 7, 204 (elementary only)
  • June 28, 2024

Details about upcoming PA Days will be posted to this site 14 days prior to each day. Below you will find a detailed summary for the April 8, 2024 PA Day. 

Date: April 8, 2024

Participating: All elementary and secondary schools 

Topic 1: 

Length: Full Day

Participating: Teachers who correct the DELF ( Diplôme d’études en langue française) assessment

Entity Hosting: PVNCCDSB – Virtually

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s):Nancy McCarthy FSL Consultant PVNCCDSB

Description/Goal: Teachers will become more confident in assessing the DELF.

Topic 2:  

Length: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Participating: All grade K-6 Teachers, administrators and SERTs (Special Education Resource Teachers).  Secondary English departments will also attend.

Entity Hosting: ONLIT / PVNCCDSB

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Dr Margie Gillis and ONLIT staff

Description/Goal: In this workshop, Margie will highlight the role of syntax in reading and writing outcomes. She’ll unpack key syntax knowledge necessary for educators, and walk through evidence-based instructional approaches to teaching syntax to students.

Topic 3:  

Length: Full Day (8:00-2:00 p.m.)

Participating: All Grade 7 & 8 Teachers

Entity Hosting: PVNCCDSB

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s):  Dr. Marian Small & Central Math Team

Description/Goal:  During this interactive session, Marian will guide participants through a three-part lesson using MathUP, allow time to explore MathUP features and help deepen educator knowledge of differentiated learning opportunities including using open and parallel tasks.

Topic 4:  

Length: 1:00-1:45 p.m. (**three differentiated sessions running concurrently).

Participating: All Grades K-12 Math Teachers, Administrators & Special Education Resource Teachers

Entity Hosting: Knowledgehook Virtual Sessions

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s):  Knowledgehook & PVNCCDSB Math Coaches

Description/Goal:  (3 Concurrent Virtual Sessions). 

Session #1: Getting Started with Knowledgehook-Led by Doug Lobel and supported by Math Coach, Adelle Cronin. 

During this workshop, participants deepen their understanding of the role of Knowledgehook in improving formative assessment data. Participants are introduced to key components for the successful implementation of the Knowledgehook platform by creating their own class, learning to select and launch Game Shows and Missions, understanding reports and identifying and choosing gaps for remediation. Participants will examine the components of teacher support resources and gain an understanding of how Knowledgehook enhances students’ math achievement and growth.

Session #2: Becoming an Advanced User of Knowledgehook-Led by Gina Micomonaco and supported by Math Coach, Amanda Walchuk. 

In this session participants will learn how to use formative assessment as a tool to analyze student learning. Participants will practice moving from using quantitative assessments to building qualitative data stories. They will learn advanced reporting features and build a deeper understanding of how questions and their deliberate answer choices help teachers to analyze student understanding. Finally, participants will dig deeper into the professional development support documents provided through Knowledgehook and how to complete a data cycle using the interventions suggested.

Session #3: Addressing Student Needs with Knowledgehook-Led by Joe Sisco and supported by Math Coach, Jennifer Minnie.

Foster ongoing professional learning where teachers analyze gaps, plan interventions, and monitor growth through in depth analysis of student work.

Topic 5:  Behaviour Management Systems Training

Length: Half Day  (10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Participating: Special Education Support Staff

Entity Hosting: PVNCCDSB

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Central Staff

Description/Goal:  Training focuses on the identification and prevention of behaviour that can escalate into crisis and intervention techniques that will enable staff to effectively defuse escalating behaviour.

Topic 6:   Prepare, Prevent, Respond

Length: Half Day  (10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Participating: Special Education Support Staff

Entity Hosting: PVNCCDSB

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s): Central Staff

Description/Goal:  The purpose is to provide information that is designed to equip staff for their important role in supporting a student experiencing thoughts of suicide.

Topic 7:  School Safety and Violence Prevention

Length: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Participating: All Staff

Entity Hosting:PVNCCDSB

Presenter(s)/Facilitator(s):  Principal 

Description/Goal: A review of the key legislative, policy and procedural requirements related to student safety and violence prevention.