Professional Development

MART PD Evening 2019

February 20, 2019

Dinner 5:00

Sessions 5:30-7:00


Dinner will be catered by Freshii.


Click here to register. 


Session 1: “Looking After Each Other Project.”

Melanie Muehling, Looking After Each Other Project


The Looking After Each Other project’s purpose is to promote dignity by shifting social attitudes about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The Looking After Each Other project has developed a series of documentaries that showcase how communities, services, systems, and other initiatives can creatively support the success of those impacted by FASD.


Released in 2018, the third documentary, “Learning the Dance: Community Making a Difference” is the story of how two schools have focused on relationships, built upon strengths, and reframed behaviours in order to support two students with FASD to find success and a sense of belonging within the school community. In this session, we will view the documentary, followed by a time of guided discussion about strategies and resources to support students with FASD.


Session 2: “Mindful Teacher, Mindful Students.”

Kailey Lefko, Educalme


You can’t fill your students’ cups from an empty tank. With the growing number of stresses and tasks on teachers’ plates, it is more important than ever to prioritize wellness, caring for yourself first so that you can then care for others.


During this 90 minute Educalme workshop, you will experience a guided mindfulness practice and learn how to integrate mindfulness into your life in a practical and simple way that will allow you to thrive throughout the school year.


You will also learn how to use Educalme resources to share mindfulness with your students, giving them concrete tools and strategies for understanding and responding mindfully to big emotions, developing a growth mindset and becoming more resilient. A mindful classroom creates a positive learning environment. You will leave the workshop with free Educalme resources that you will be able to use with your students immediately following the workshop.


Session 3: “High School Introduction to Disability Services.”

Michael Baker, Resource Teacher in Sunrise SD


Disability studies is an academic discipline that examines the meaning, nature, and consequences of disability. Disability Studies provides alternative perspective and lens in which to view our community, society and the world. Nevertheless, the subject is largely unexplored, under discussed and or nonexistent in education at the high school level in Manitoba. With this expansive gap, I have created a Disability Studies Course at the high school level to discuss and bring to the fore important dialogue on a variety of issues, topics and concepts in this area.


The course seeks to ultimately foster an increased level of inclusion by attacking the systemic marginalization, Infantilization, segregation, dehumanization and devaluation (and more) of those with a disability. My presentation will discuss, on an introductory basis, inclusion, Canada’s historical relationship with people with disabilities, person-first perspectives and provide current topics in disability studies that are currently offered/discussed/analyzed in this course. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and participate throughout the presentation. The goal is to spread awareness, information and encourage educators to consider offering disability studies in their schools and divisions.  


Session 4: “Hidden Visual Dysfunctions that Affect Students’ Behaviours and Learning Abilities.”

Dr. Matthew Anderson, Developmental Optometrist, GRAND Developmental Vision Institute


You've met them - The bright children who struggle with reading and learning. While they are affectionately called underachievers, there is a reason they behave the way they do.  Some children just struggle with learning to read, while others struggle to learn while reading.


These children are likely the 1 in 4 children who suffer from correctable yet hidden visual dysfunctions. Sadly, many children may seem unmotivated, lazy or just not very bright. Yet more may appear unable to pay attention or highly disorganized or can't seem to behave appropriately.


Fortunately, there is something you can do to help these struggling students. Discover the signs and symptoms of learning-related vision disorders and the exciting ways in which you can help.

Dr. Matthew Anderson, OD, FCOVD, is dedicated to helping children of all ages with vision problems that masquerade as learning and reading disabilities.  He has been practicing Optometry since 2005 and is the Clinic Director at GRAND Developmental Vision Institute in Winnipeg.


Dr. Anderson is also the Manitoba Chair for the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation. He has been a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development since 2014.






MTS PD Day 2018

Creating a Culture of Safety: Self-Reg Strategies that Help to Build Safe Schools and Spaces

Friday, October 19, 2018 

Westdale School 

6720 Betsworth Avenue




Doors Open: 8:00

Registration: 8:15 – 9:00

Educalme Session : 8:30 – 8:50

Keynote : 9:00 – 10:30

Break: 10:30 – 10:45

Keynote : 10:30 – 11:45

Lunch (on site): 11:45 – 1:00

Keynote: 1:00 – 2:30

Break: 2:30 – 2:45

Keynote : 2:45 – 3:30

AGM: 3:30 – 4:00




Research shows that a safe environment improves student learning and well-being. Safe environments promote the engagement of the child’s “learning brain”, suppressing their “survival brain” which causes the areas of the brain which support learning such as the prefrontal cortex to go offline. This workshop will focus on how we can create educational environments which promote self-regulation for students and educators, calming their “survival brains”. Topics covered will include:


  • The proliferation of stress in modern life and its impact on students’ behaviour, mood, learning and physical well-being.

  • Rethinking the meaning of “safe”.

  • The impact of stress and the stress response system on students’ feelings of safety.

  • The signs that a child or youth is not feeling safe.

  • The connection between safety and pro-social behaviour.

  • The importance of relationships and community. 

This presentation is suitable for educators, parents and support staff of all ages.


Keynote Biography: 


Paula Jurczak is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Social Worker and Certified DIR® Clinician and Training Leader in BC specializing in assessment and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with complex mental health issues, specialized medical conditions and special needs. Paula holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. Paula Jurczak advocates in support of parent choice. She uses a strength-based, family-centred multidisciplinary approach and her work is informed by current research and evidence-based intervention. Paula maintains a private practice using the DIR® model to support individuals experiencing attachment and regulatory challenges, behavioural and emotional difficulties, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health issues. She works collaboratively with The MEHRIT Centre Ltd. to support self-regulation in schools and social service agencies across Canada. Paula also presents internationally and provides psychoeducational workshops, reflective parent coaching, online support services and support groups and consultation to hospitals, mental health clinics, preschools and schools.


Special Presentation: Morning Mindfulness with Educalme


Practising mindfulness in the morning helps to calm our bodies and our minds and guides our brain into an optimal state for learning. A daily mindfulness practice in the classroom lowers stress and anxiety in both students and teachers, teaches self –regulation and gives learners and educators tools for dealing with difficult emotions which leads to a positive learning environment. In this session, Kailey Lefko, educator and co-founder of Educalme, will lead you through a calming guided mindfulness practice. You will experience the benefits of Educalme Classroom, an online, bilingual guided mindfulness program developed by Manitoban educators and created to teach educators and their students about the brain, emotions and concrete breathing strategies for returning to calm together.



Please bring a reusable beverage container "to go cup" for hot or cold beverages.  

Lunch will be included on-site, catered by Freshii.  You will get a choice of a wrap or salad bowl, with a dessert and drink.  Please communicate any dietary needs with Jennifer Young at

In your follow up email, you will receive a link to your lunch order form.  The lunch form will include the meal preferences:

  • Select Wrap or Salad Bowl

  • Select main:

    • Market (field greens & spinach, quinoa, avocado, feta cheese, dried cranberries, beet slaw, green apple, carrots, honey dijon dressing)

    • Fiesta (field greens, avocado, aged cheddar, corn, black beans, salsa fresca, cilantro lime vinaigrette)

  • Select Protein: Chicken, Tofu, Falafel 


Registration fees are $100.00 CAD, includes a one-year membership to the Manitoba Association of Resource Teachers, conference materials (excluding reusable beverage container), and lunch. Maximum participation is 250 people.  Cancellations or refunds will not be considered.