Last week of OTF Connects webinars

Please note that the math webinar,  Making Math Moments from a Distance with Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr, has been increased from 100 to 1000 participants due to extreme demand.

Last week of OTF Connects webinarsOTF Connects’ 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 distance learning context. Registration for each webinar is limited to 100.

When registered for an OTF Connects webinar, you will receive a confirmation email and follow-up email with the link to the webinar. Be sure to check your email junk folder, if you do not receive these in regular email.

Tuesday, June 16: 4-5 pm 

Truth and Reconciliation in the Classroom with Jodie Williams and Tesa Fiddler

During this webinar, we will focus on how to use our newest comprehensive resource: Truth and Reconciliation in the Classroom. This resource includes numerous high-quality videos on a multitude of topics such as geography, treaties, history, leadership, community life and more. Connections to the new curriculum as well as ready-made classroom activities in both English and French are available through the accompanying Teacher’s Guide. Links to student-friendly worksheets are also available. The focus is on the Grades 4 and 5 new curriculum. However, this can be used for any grade and subject. We will also show how this resource can be used to support learning from home with examples using Google Classroom and Brightspace (D2L). Audience: K – 12

Note that this webinar is currently sold out but keep checking as spots may become available.

Jodie Williams

Jodie Williams currently works as the Indigenous Education Consultant for the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board in Ontario. As the Co-Chair for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Association of Ontario, Jodie travels globally giving workshops and developing resources to support Indigenous education in schools. She is also the lead on a provincial Community of Practice for Indigenous Knowledge and Mathematics which involves a collaboration with NASA, Maori educators from New Zealand, and the Navajo Nation in the United States. Jodie instructs at York University delivering Additional Qualification courses for teachers in the area of Indigenous Studies as well with Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB. She has also worked as a Program Officer at the Ontario College of Teachers in the Standards of Practice and Education Unit, where she was responsible for education policy and accreditation related to teacher education and First Nations, Métis and Inuit education. Jodie’s ancestry draws from both Anishinaabe and Irish roots. Together she and her husband have five daughters and one granddaughter. 





Tessa Fiddler

Tesa Fiddler is Anishinaabekwe, mother of two daughters and an educator. Born and raised in northwestern Ontario, she considers Onigaming and Muskrat Dam First Nations home. Her family also has historical connections to Kitchinuhmaykoosib Inninuwug territory. She currently lives in Thunder Bay with her family and is Coordinator for Indigenous Education with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. Tesa has worked in the field of Indigenous education at the K-12 grades for nearly 20 years. At Lakehead University, she co-instructed the specialized honours education course, “Indigenous Perspectives and Practice in Education.”  She has also instructed Teacher AQ courses at Lakehead University including Native Studies Part 1.



Thursday, June 18: 4-5 p.m. 
Making Math Moments from a Distance with Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr

As the entire world is engaging in emergency remote learning, it’s likely that you’ve managed to piece together the technology to provide students with new learning through videos either found or created and you’ve given your students options to access practice problems through online tools and/or digital handouts. Now, you’re trying to continue finding ways to restore the community and engagement you had pre-COVID-19.

Dive into this webinar where we’ll explore ways we can craft lessons from a distance that Spark Curiosity, Fuel Sense Making, and Ignite Your Teacher Moves through an easy to follow 3-part framework. Audience: K – 12

Kyle Pearce 

Kyle Pearce is the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, where his passion for mathematics fuels him to uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense-making through the inquiry process by using tasks that are contextual, visual and concrete. An Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator, Kyle shares his most recent noticings, wonderings, and reflections in mathematics pedagogy and effective uses of technology by delivering workshops across North America, blogging on TapIntoTeenMinds.com. Kyle lives in Belle River, Ontario with his wife, daughter and son.


Jon Orr

Jon is a high school math teacher at John McGregor Secondary School in the Lambton-Kent District School Board. When not teaching his students and spending time with his family, he leads workshops and presentations on teaching pedagogy in the math classroom. As an Apple Distinguished Educator and Desmos Fellow, Jon routinely talks about implementing technology and great teaching strategies in his classroom. Lately he’s been excited about promoting struggle in his students and teaching them about resilience while problem solving. Jon lives in Tilbury, Ontario with his wife and three daughters.

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