Professional Activity Day – April 8

On April 8, Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) teachers, educational assistants, and designated early childhood educators from all schools elementary and secondary will be participating in professional development in-person, focusing on mental health and wellness, as well as cyber security and online privacy awareness.

Below is the format that will be taking place throughout the day for each group:

Elementary and secondary

Length: Full day
Topic: Mental health and wellness
Entity hosting: TLDSB Mental Health Leadership Team and hosted by individual schools
Presenter(s)/facilitator(s): School administrators
Description: School teams will engage in learning to understand mental health and mental illness and the relationship between them. Learning will also address mental health prevention and promotion in the classroom, mental health stigma, and strategies to support mental health and manage stress. School teams will explore every day mental health strategies as recommended through School Mental Health Ontario to develop mentally healthy classrooms.

Length: Full day
Topic: Cyber security
Entity hosting: TLDSB Cybersecurity Team and hosted by individual schools
Presenter(s)/facilitator(s): School administrators in their individual schools
Description: School staff will be provided with cyber security awareness and training modules using the KnowBe4 Training Portal. KnowBe4 is the world’s largest integrated security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, which provides basic training modules specializing in making sure employees understand the mechanisms of spam, phishing, spear-phishing, malware, and social engineering, and are able to apply this knowledge in their day-to-day job. Staff will receive high quality web-based interactive training combined with common traps, live demonstration videos, short comprehension tests, and scenario-based danger zone exercises.

Casual staff

Length: Full day
Topic: Health and safety, violence prevention, policy and procedure, and strategic plan review
Entity hosting: TLDSB
Presenter(s)/facilitators(s): Human Resources Services
Description: Casual staff will be provided with occupational health and safety training, as well as violence prevention training. Further, casual staff will have the chance to be provided an overview and an opportunity to discuss their roles in relation to the Board’s Strategic Plan. Part of the day will include a review of Board policies and procedures that are relevant to the work of casual/occasional staff across all employee groups. There will also be an opportunity for staff to participate in a question and answer period with their staffing officer on topics including Atrieve, the Board’s intranet, and understanding their collective agreements.

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