Teacher Professional Development

Book a half day (3 hours) for $250 +HST or a full day (6 hours) for $400 +HST.

Sessions are delivered using a mixture of small-group activities and large-group discussion, using a mixture of direct instruction (because sometimes information is new), visual literacy (because we all have different ways of learning), object-based learning (because touching an object can open the heart/spirit to learning and change), and conversation (because everyone brings knowledge and expertise into the room). All sessions include a Q&A and take-home materials.

These learning circles introduce you to a range of Indigenous resources, help you build capacity in culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy, encourage you to explore alternative forms of assessment and evaluation, and create space for you to make connections between your own life and the histories, perspectives, and experiences of Indigenous peoples.

Below are some of Dragonfly’s most popular sessions. However, each session is custom designed at no extra cost to meet your organization’s needs and current work. Click on the + sign for full workshop description.

Best Practices in Indigenous Education

Educators will examine key concepts relating to the infusion of Indigenous perspectives into the curriculum, including accuracy, authenticity, cultural diversity, Eurocentrism, terminology, and the use of visual images and written resources, as well as Indigenous knowledge-based approaches to teaching and learning.

Evaluating Classroom and Library Resources

Educators will consider the difficulties involved in evaluating resources from the perspective of cultural outsider, how to determine whether a book/lesson plan/activity reflects best practices in Indigenous education, and how to spot cultural appropriation and stereotypes in written resources.

How Indigenous Peoples Transformed the World

Educators will consider how the cultural, social, and political practices of Indigenous peoples in the Americas made crucial contributions to contemporary democracy, government, medicine, agriculture, architecture, art, and ecology.

Building Leadership Capacity

This session for Indigenous educators will explore how colonization/colonialism affects Indigenous peoples and communities, what it means to work within our own traumatized communities, how to negotiate conflicting identities (community member and teacher), and how to create an holistic practice that encourages transformation of self and community.

For more information, and to book, contact info@dragonflycanada.ca.

 

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