Professional Learning Workshops & Presentations

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has the in-house expertise to provide professional learning opportunities covering a wide range of topics supportive of members learning and practice.  The workshops available are listed below.

In addition to sessions facilitated by NSTU staff, the NSTU can also arrange for Resilience® Wellness Sessions that are available through the NSTU Employee and Family Assistance program provider Homewood Human Solutions™.  To request a Resilience® Wellness Session please complete the online form found on the webpage.  Click here to view additional information on the Resilience® Wellness Sessions. 

NSTU Facilitated Workshops & Presentations

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Contracts & Benefits

Article 60 Professional Development Fund
A presentation detailing the Article 60 Professional Development Fund regime across Nova Scotia.

Benefits of Membership
A presentation outlining the financial and other benefits of NSTU membership.

Collective Bargaining (Regional/Public School)
A presentation setting out the Provincial and Regional collective bargaining regimes.

A session to discuss policy and legal context within which members address parental and other harassment concerns.

Maternity/Adoption/Parental Leave
A presentation describing the maternity, parental and adoption leave provisions found in NSTU collective agreements and relevant legislation.

Nova Scotia Teachers Union - Legislative & Contractual Regime
An overview of the various statutory and contractual provisions that apply to NSTU members.

A presentation describing the Teachers’ Pension Plan regime including discussion of CPP integration and relevant financial and other benefits at retirement.

Preparing for a Job Interview
This session is for beginning and substitute teachers or teachers who hold a term contract. Topics such as what makes a good resume, pre-interview preparation, post-interview, and the various types of interviews will be shared.

Substitute Teaching
A session describing the rights and responsibilities of substitute teachers with reference to the provincial and regional collective agreements.

Teachers and the Law
A presentation designed to provide a framework of the legal context NSTU members work within.

Teacher Certification in Nova Scotia
This presentation provides an overview of the certification framework in Nova Scotia, including the classes of certification, undergraduate studies requirements, endorsation, increasing certificate classification (i.e. upgrading), and teacher mobility within Canada.

Term Teachers
A session customized for each region outlining contractual rights and responsibilities of term teachers.

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Curriculum & Pedagogical Practices

ABC’s of Selling
Our members are sales people. We are selling education, curriculum and more each day in our classrooms. This sessions supports us in learning the ABC’s of successful selling. 

Classroom Management
This session engages teachers in understanding the factors and practices of effective classroom management. 

Creating Safe Spaces through Social-emotional Learning
The session will provide information on various programs that pertain to social-emotional learning. The activities are interactive and tailored to students of all grades.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
The presentation focuses on what CRP is, and how to embed it in literacy and numeracy.

Differentiated Instruction/Assessment
An interactive session where educators will experience differentiated instruction. The what, why, and how of differentiation.

Mindful Practice for Educators
A thought-provoking session where participants will obtain information about us, as individuals and the impact of social and emotional intelligence on self and collaborative team.

Mindful Practice for the Classroom
This session will introduce mindfulness in the classroom in support of members and students. 

Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence
This session explores how mindfulness supports us in the practice of being present.

Multiple Intelligences
This session will engage participants in understanding Howard Gardener’s MI theories and how they supporting learning and success.

Professional Learning Community
What are PLC’s and how we can make them effective?

Qualities of Effective Leadership
This session will engage leaders in the CORE elements of effective leadership. 

Qualities of Effective Teachers
In this presentation, participants will learn the qualities of effective teachers and how it enhances teaching and learning.

Seven Absolutes of Engagement
An interactive session where participants will engage and learn about the 7 absolutes that all learners need to engage.

Supporting our Boys in Education
This session assists teachers in understanding the variables/strategies to engage and support our boys in education.

Supporting LGBT+ students
This presentation will provide participants with activities and resources to assist teachers in their support of LGBT+ students in the classroom.

Supporting the Struggling Reader
An interactive session where participants engage in learning literacy strategies for emergent, early, transitional and fluent readers in grades 4 through 12.

Universal Design of Learning
This session supports participants in understanding the UDL Classroom and use of technology to support ALL learners. 

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Parliamentary Procedures
A session detailing commonly referred to parliamentary rules as set out in Robert’s Rules of Order.

A session describing the NSTU Resolutions process from initial stages to Annual Council and beyond.

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School Climate

Amazing Race
Participants engage in building team spirit to race to the finish line in learning about effective team.

Appropriate Online Conduct
This session will focus on policies and practices to support our online digital citizens and how we can address cyber bullying.

Conflict Resolution
This session supports members in establishing respect and honour in their classrooms and schools.

Five Functions of Team
This workshop offers the understanding of the five characteristics that support effective teams.

Generations X, Y and Z
In this session, participants will learn about the characteristics of each generation and what supports they need to succeed in our schools and on our campuses.

Group Process and Effective Meetings
This workshop engages members in effective processes to move meetings and groups forward for success.

Motivating Ourselves and Our Students
This session is based on the work of Daniel Pink, Drive and other researchers on the topic of what motivates us?

This session supports schools with the understanding of PEBS and how to implement this overreaching program in support of All.

Personality Compass
This team building workshop supports the understanding of member’s personalities and those of their colleagues.

Teacher Voice
This collaborative session will overview the eight conditions that support teacher voice in our classrooms and schools.

True Colors
The True Colors personality test and workshop is an excellent way of understanding yourself and understanding others. Are you Orange, Gold, Green, or Blue?

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The Early Intervention Program
Provides information on the EIP program.

Provides information to ensure members are set up properly in the environment where they work so that they are using correct body mechanics and posture to assist with injury prevention, symptom management and work day tolerance.

Transitioning to the New You
This workshop supports members balancing their professional and personal lives.  Members will learn strategies on how to say no and how to incorporate proactive practices in support of life balance. 

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For further information

Phone:  902-477-5621 or toll free 1-800-565-6788