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Why Teachers

We know that teachers are incredibly important influencers of youth. At Actua, we want to ensure teachers feel equipped and empowered to give Canadian youth the skills and confidence they need to pursue higher education, and enter the rapidly evolving workforce. We know that STEM skills are increasingly in-demand, but that many teachers across Canada still aren’t adequately trained to teach coding, data science, or emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. That is why we launched our Teacher Training program.

About the Program

Actua’s Teacher Training program provides K-12 pre-service and classroom teachers with professional development opportunities designed to enhance learning outcomes in their current curriculum. From introductory sessions and demonstration workshops, to high impact training programs, Actua and its network members provide teachers with more advanced and relevant resources to help better equip youth with today and tomorrow’s in-demand STEM skills. These include, but are not limited to: edtech, coding and digital skills, robotics, artificial intelligence, cyber security and digital citizenship, engineering design/design thinking, makerspace education, competencies including computational thinking, creativity, and critical thinking.

Just like Actua’s national programs for youth, our teacher training emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning, as well as addressing how teachers can approach inclusive instruction for diverse and underrepresented student populations.

Throughout each year we offer teacher conferences, professional development days, after-school and weekend training sessions, in-classroom mentorship, and supporting resources. We provide multiple touch-points throughout the year to engage teachers in continuous learning. The variety of training opportunities we offer helps create a more connected community for teachers across Canada to learn not only from us, but also each other!

 

Upcoming Opportunities

 

Below are some of the upcoming events at which our national team will be offering professional development for teachers. Please contact your local Actua network member for other opportunities in your community.

Starting August 11, 2020 – Summer Institute for Elementary Teachers (SIET)

Online workshops series, in partnership with Ingenium: Details and registration are available here.

 

Starting August 12, 2020 – Kikandaaswiwin Mookiisin (KM) STEAM Virtual Teacher Training:

free 5-week course

Actua and Canadore College are collaborating to create a free, virtual training program that runs August 12 to September 15 for K-12 educators across Canada. Live sharing circles will be hosted online each Wednesday, 1-3pm ET, with other asynchronous resources, activities, and reflections offered for a total of 30 hours of learning. This program supports educators who are working with Indigenous students and communities in the area of land-based education within the STEM and STEAM fields. Through this course, participants will gain a better understanding of how Indigenous Land Based Knowledge of the land and STEM activities align in a way that contributes to greater success for students in STEM areas of study. For more information or to register, please email tammy.cayerdokis@canadorecollege.ca.

 

Key Research

 

Actua just released the results from its national survey Canadian Teachers’ Readiness for STEM Education. The report includes the perspectives of 507 elementary (Grades 1-6) and middle school (Grades 7-9) teachers from all provinces in Canada about:

• how important they believe STEM skills and knowledge are to their students’ future education, careers and being an informed citizen;
• how well-equipped and confident they feel about their ability to teach STEM and digital skills in their classrooms;
• their interest in improving their own STEM skills and knowledge, and digital literacy, to better teach those subjects;
• their sense of the availability and quality of STEM and digital skills professional development opportunities and barriers they face to pursuing them; and
• their views about what additional STEM and digital skills learning opportunities and formats would best suit their needs and interests.

To find out the answers to these questions, download our full report on the image below:

 

 

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about how Actua can support professional development in your community, or have ideas for our Teacher Training program, please email teachers@actua.ca.

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