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.

Harassment
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.

Pensions
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.

Your Money, Your Benefits, Your Union.
This workshop highlights the benefits and services provided by the NSTU to its membership. Given the recent raise in Union Dues it is more important than ever that members realize that they have many important benefits and services that are provided by their Union. This session is interactive and can be tailored for 30, 45, or 60 minutes.

Introducing New Members to the NSTU
Over recent years, many new members have joined the ranks of the NSTU. As new members they are unaware of the benefits, both negotiated and non-negotiated, that are available to them. This session highlights the benefits that new members should be immediately aware of when they begin their teaching career. After the session teachers receive new member kits which contain the Early Career Teacher Handbook, the Benefits of Union Membership Handbook, the New Member’s Guide to the NSTU Handbook and much more. This session usually lasts about 45 minutes.

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Professional Learning

Your Money, Your Benefits, Your Union
This workshop highlights the benefits and services provided by the NSTU to its membership. Given the recent raise in Union Dues it is more important than ever that members realize that they have many important benefits and services that are provided by their Union. This session is interactive and can be tailored for 30, 45, or 60 minutes.
Available in French and English

Introducing New Members to the NSTU
Over recent years, many new members have joined the ranks of the NSTU. As new members they are unaware of the benefits, both negotiated and non-negotiated, that are available to them. This session highlights the benefits that new members should be immediately aware of when they begin their teaching career. After the session teachers receive new member kits which contain the Early Career Teacher Handbook, the Benefits of Union Membership Handbook, the New Member’s Guide to the NSTU Handbook and much more. This session usually lasts about 45 minutes.
Available in French and English

Understanding Myths and Misconceptions about LGBTQ2 Youth at School
This presentation is meant to get educators thinking about Myths and Misconceptions of LGBTQ2 students in their schools, families and communities. This presentation includes a short article by Dr. Kristopher Wells whose research focuses on sexual and gender minority issues. There will be time built into the presentation to read the short article. There will be small group as well as whole group discussion for participants to share their thoughts, experiences and questions. This presentation is approximately one hour in length.

Welcoming Gender Diversity in Schools and Classrooms
This presentation is meant to get educators thinking about Welcoming Gender Diversity in Schools and Classrooms in a respectful and safe way. In this presentation, there is a short article by Dr. Lee Airton, assistant professor at Queen’s University. There will be time built into the presentation to read the article. There will be small group as well as whole group discussion for participants to share their thoughts, experiences and questions. This presentation is approximately one hour in length.

Self-directed Learning with the Support of NSTU Grants
Teachers engage in professional learning throughout their career to stay current in new pedagogical practices. Are you wondering how you could help finance your professional learning? This presentation highlights the grants and opportunities available through the NSTU, how to access application forms, and selection criteria for various grants. This presentation is 30 minutes in length.

Qualities of Effective Teachers
Why did you become a teacher? What motivates you to keep teaching? This presentation highlights the difference between a job and a profession and highlights some of the key traits found in great teachers. This presentation is approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

To book these workshops for your Local, school, Rep Retreat etc. please email Miguelle Légère at mlegere@staff.nstu.ca

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Governance

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

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

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Wellness

The Early Intervention Program
Provides information on the EIP program.

Ergonomics
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