OTF Connects Webinars

OTF is pleased to announce our newest series of excellent OTF Connects webinars. This fall’s lineup, entitled “Confronting and Combating Racism” will focus on uncovering the roots of racism, as well as strengthening our understanding of Indigenous education and use of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP).

Offered each week from November 2 to December 9, 2021. OTF’s newest series of webinars will feature tips and tools to support you and your students on your journey to better understand racism and how we all can work to confront and combat it, across divisions and subject areas.

Our easy-to-use webinar platform provides you with free, effective professional learning accessible–from a distance–across multiple types of devices. You will leave each session with strategies and tools you can transfer to your own learning context. Registration for each webinar is limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Les webinaires de FEO en lien sont de retour!

Surveillez les annonces des autres séances qui seront offertes cet automne.

La FEO a le plaisir d’annoncer sa toute nouvelle série d’excellents webinaires de FEO en lien. Le thème des webinaires prévus à l’automne, « Confronter et combattre le racisme », mettra au jour les sources du racisme, tout en renforçant notre compréhension de l’éducation autochtone et du recours à la pédagogie adaptée à la culture (PAC).

La toute nouvelle série de webinaires de la FEO, offerts chaque semaine dès le 2 novembre jusqu’au 9 décembre 2021, proposera des conseils et des outils pour vous appuyer et soutenir vos élèves dans votre démarche en vue de mieux comprendre le racisme et la façon dont nous pouvons toutes et tous œuvrer pour le confronter et le combattre, dans tous les cycles et toutes les matières.

Notre plateforme conviviale de webinaires vous offre gratuitement du perfectionnement professionnel efficace et accessible à distance avec de multiples types d’appareils. Chaque séance vous propose des stratégies et des outils que vous pourrez transposer dans votre contexte d’apprentissage. Comme les places sont limitées, il est conseillé de vous inscrire rapidement pour éviter les déceptions.

Upcoming Sessions/Prochaines séances

Equity Essentials

Tuesday, November 2, 2021:  4:30 – 6:00 pm

Melissa Mikel

Engaging students in issues of equity and inclusivity can be a life-changing experience – particularly when it engages the mind and the heart and inspires action to create positive change. This workshop will provide a framework approach to equity education that can be applied to any grade and/or subject. Using resources that are readily available to everyone and through creative, interactive activities, you will leave this workshop with tangible ideas that will transform human rights education learning in your classroom.

This webinar is presented in partnership with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies <https://otffeo.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=990c4057179a7ed504464e546&id=6fb2e6868d&e=6a46bc0c42> .

Auschwitz Virtual Tour

Wednesday, November 10, 2021:  4:30 – 6:00  pm Jerzy Wójcik

While COVID-19 may have prevented travel to historical sites around the world, the virtual space has opened up to give viewers an alternative and unique perspective. November 9 – 10, 2021 marks the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht or Night of Broken Glass and we invite you to join Jerzy Wójcik, a guide at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum for over 14 years, who has created an innovative and immersive virtual program that is not just a guided tour, but a narrated history. The online experience includes visiting the place as it is today and as it was 80 years ago. The combination of drone recordings, 3D applications, historical pictures and footage creates an extraordinary learning experience.

This webinar is presented in partnership with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies <https://otffeo.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=990c4057179a7ed504464e546&id=75025a982a&e=6a46bc0c42> .

Au cœur des droits : Excursions virtuelles au Musée canadien pour les droits de la personne Thursday, November 18, 2021: 4:30 – 5:30 pm Lise Pinkos

Cette session, d’une durée d’une heure, comprendra une visite virtuelle en direct des galeries du Musée et un survol de nos programmes. Vous aurez l’occasion de poser des questions et de découvrir brièvement les autres ressources numériques disponibles pour votre classe. Nos excursions virtuelles en direct permettent aux élèves de tout le Canada de participer aux programmes d’éducation aux droits de la personne du Musée, en français ou en anglais. Nos interprètes de programmes sont à votre disposition pour parler à vos élèves des concepts fondamentaux des droits de la personne, de ce que signifie être un.e défenseur.e des droits, de la Cour suprême du Canada et de la façon dont les violations historiques ont façonné notre vision des droits aujourd’hui. Visitez www.droitsdelapersonne.ca/education <https://otffeo.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=990c4057179a7ed504464e546&id=4e453f55cb&e=6a46bc0c42>  pour en savoir plus.

Being, Becoming, Belonging: Equity and Inclusive Education in Kindergarten – Part 1

Thursday, November 25, 2021: 4:30 – 6:00 pm Michelle McKay & Klara Redford

In this two-part OTF Connects webinar, we will use the documentary film “Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years” as we explore the four goals of anti-bias education (Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action) and co-create an understanding of what this means for practice by sharing practical ideas for the classroom. We will discuss how this film connects to our early years pedagogy and philosophy outlined in the Ontario Kindergarten Program document. By critically examining our learning environment, and reflecting on the materials and resources within it and the learning experiences that occur, we will deepen our understanding of how to support students’ and families’ “social identities and cultural ways of being”.

Link to the Documentary Trailer: https://player.vimeo.com/video/521574776 <https://otffeo.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=990c4057179a7ed504464e546&id=0421d05e04&e=6a46bc0c42>

Combating Online Hate in Schools: What to Know. What to Do.

Thursday, December 2, 2021: 4:30 – 6:00 pm Emily Thompson

This program examines the issues of digital citizenship in an age of online hate. Participants will be oriented to the state of online hate through the Center’s searchable database and discuss some of the challenges young people face on popular digital platforms. Participants will learn about some of the common symbols and codes used by extremists online, and look at the ways in which anti-Asian, anti-Black and antisemitic content has been spread online recently. Participants will receive resources including the Museum of Tolerance’s Combat Hate “Action Card” as a tool for schools and families to empower all media users to speak up and be part of the solution.

This webinar is presented in partnership with the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies <https://otffeo.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=990c4057179a7ed504464e546&id=b41fd749e0&e=6a46bc0c42> .

Being, Becoming, Belonging: Equity and Inclusive Education in Kindergarten – Part 2

Thursday, December 9, 2021: 4:30 – 6:00 pm Michelle McKay & Klara Redford

Join us for Part 2 of this two-part OTF Connects webinar in which we use the documentary film “Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years” as we explore the four goals of anti-bias education (Identity, Diversity, Justice and Action) and co-create an understanding of what this means for practice by sharing practical ideas for the classroom. We will discuss how this film connects to our early years pedagogy and philosophy outlined in the Ontario Kindergarten Program document. By critically examining our learning environment, and reflecting on the materials and resources within it and the learning experiences that occur, we will deepen our understanding of how to support students’ and families’ “social identities and cultural ways of being”.

Link to the Documentary Trailer: https://player.vimeo.com/video/521574776 <https://otffeo.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=990c4057179a7ed504464e546&id=b241641263&e=6a46bc0c42>

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Melissa Mikel

Melissa Mikel is the director of education at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies <https://otffeo.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=990c4057179a7ed504464e546&id=116cf9db39&e=6a46bc0c42>  (FSWC). Her professional training is in education. Melissa has been involved with FSWC in a variety of capacities for the past 13 years, creating and implementing programming with the education team for students from elementary school through to university, including Freedom Day, Speaker’s Idol and Equity & Diversity workshops. She has also created programming to teach law enforcement personnel and educators about the Holocaust, genocide, antisemitism and racism.

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Jerzy Wójcik  

Jerzy Wójcik was born in the town of Oświęcim (Auschwitz), Poland. A graduate of the International Relations as well as Middle and Far East programs at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, he was, in 2010, awarded a PhD in political science. For a number of years, he has been working with several organizations and institutions in Poland: among others, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, the Jagiellonian University Center for Holocaust Studies in Krakow, the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, and the European Association of Israel Studies. Since 2015 he runs the Holocaust Memorial Partnership.

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Lise Pinkos  

Lise Pinkos est une franco-manitobaine fière et détient une Maîtrise en Éducation de l’Université de Saint-Boniface.  Lors de ses études, elle s’est concentrée sur l’éducation pour droits de la personne et l’application de projets d’action comme outil d’apprentissage. Lise travaille au Musée canadien pour les droits de la personne depuis 2009.  Comme Directrice des programmes elle est responsable de la création et la mise en œuvre des programmes au Musée, offerts en personne et en ligne, pour des apprenants de tous âges.  Lise est la vice-présidente du Bureau des gouverneurs de l’Université de Saint-Boniface et est maman de Marianne (8 ans) et Théodore (3 ans).  

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Michelle McKay  

Michelle McKay is a Ph.D. student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) in Curriculum and Pedagogy and teaches in a large urban centre in Ontario. Michelle’s research is situated around engaging in acts of reconciliation in Kindergarten and engaging students as co-researchers. She provides professional development for educators from across the province on a range of topics related to early learning and play and inclusive instructional strategies.

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Klara Redford  

Klara Redford, a teacher for over 15 years with the Peel District School Board, has spent the majority of her career in the Kindergarten classroom. As part of her Board’s Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) implementation team, Klara helped roll-out the FDK Program. Klara has presented about the play-based program at many conferences including OAME, Digital Toolbox Summit, and ETFO’s Early Years Conferences. Klara’s passion includes integrating 21st century learning and technology as a natural part of play.

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Emily Thompson  

Emily Thompson is the Associate Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Research Department. Her research focuses on the Digital Terrorism and Hate project, exploring how extremists utilize the internet and social media to spread hateful and harmful content and ideologies. She is the program director for Combat Hate, an interactive student workshop designed to introduce media literacy skills and provide tools for young people to deal with hate online.

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