I've attended Brock's Professional Development Day on January 12, 2012.
I've had the opportunity to attend 3 workshops that day: School Health and Safety, Communicating with Parents, and one related to Report Cards and Assessment.
I've particularly enjoyed the School Health and Safety session because it was a topic that I haven't been exposed to at Brock. We discussed the different issues related to student health, staff health, the safety level of the school environment, the safety of students in relation to their health, the safety of teachers against health related issues as well as against law suits, and how school boards attempt to maintain a balanced level for all of these areas.
Our speaker, Rebecca Menzies, had shared with us (in a creative and interactive way!) what school boards may require of teachers, what teachers today are doing to meet the school boards' standards, what are safe and ethical practices when it comes to the students' health and safety, and the common mistake that many teachers make.
It was a lot of information to digest in a short amount of time, but we've definitely left the session with new knowledge and a more directive approach towards the students' health, safety, and well being. The only thing that we all would have liked to see more was for Rebecca to get to our questions... As a class (?) we've generated many (great) questions about conducts, health related issues, and safety issues in public and catholic schools, but Rebecca simply did not have the time to answer most of them. It would have been great to leave with answers to the questions we had, but we still learned new things nonetheless.
Here is a picture of Rebecca Menzies and I, after the session!