Heart Niagara Physical Literacy Summit – April 27, 2016


Heart Niagara is working to bridge the gap between knowledge acquisition and practical application through physical activity and education.  We are offering a Physical Literacy Summit on April 27, 2016 using an experiential learning model to strengthen understanding and showcase practical tools to increase physical literacy in Niagara.

Heart Niagara is using kids as a vehicle to provide educators, recreation leaders and coaches with an experiential, practical and energizing physical literacy professional development experience.  This will be a full day event during the school week, where students and teachers from local schools will be invited to participate.

Participants will walk the talk by arriving in a walking school bus from two local Niagara Falls elementary schools to participate in this event.  As of now, more than 80 kids, their teachers and principal(s) have agreed to participate in the day with educators, recreation leaders and coaches.

The Summit will begin with an energizing guest speaker to get the day started. It will be followed by various demonstrations by leaders in the physical literacy community. The day will end off with a motivating presentation to ensure all of the key lessons learned from the day are reiterated in a memorable message.

The event will have vendors with products and resources that can aid in inspiring innovative ways to engage students and community members in physical activity. This professional development experience will support Run, Jump, Play every day for healthier kids.

Heart Niagara Physical Literacy Summit

  • Date: Wednesday April 27th, 2016
  • Time: 10am-2pm
  • Event Details: Guest Speakers, Demonstrations, and Vendors. Lunch and snacks are provided.
  • Cost: $60/person for professionals, $30/person for students (prices plus HST).Group Rate available for 8 or more


If you are interested in registering please visit: https://heartniagara.com/pls2016/


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Teaching in the Outdoors Workshop – Saturday, May 9, 2015

outdoor-workshopWaterloo_TDFEF workshop flyer_.pdf

What better place to support hands-on learning, foster curiosity and cultivate an understanding of and appreciation for the natural world than the outdoor spaces around your school?

Learn how to make the most of the learning opportunities on your school grounds at this hands-on workshop.

Participants will:

  • Explore best practices in teaching in the outdoors
  • Participate in hands-on, curriculum-linked outdoor activities
  • Learn how to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences on school grounds


  • Schools are invited to send teams of 2-3 teachers to this workshop
  • All participants will receive educational resources for teaching outdoors
  • This workshop is free of charge and a light lunch will be provided
  • Come prepared to be outside and dress appropriately for the weather

LOCATION: Edna Staebler Public School, 450 Bernay Dr. Waterloo, Ontario

DATE:  Saturday, May 9 | 9am-12pm

TO REGISTER: Email Krista Long at waterloo.region@evergreen.ca Please include your name, grade and school.

Creating a WRDSB teacher website/blog

The staff lists on school websites are configured to link to teacher sites only –  e.g.(teachers.wrdsb.ca/mssmithsawesomewebsite)

WRDSB Library Commons (formerly WebMax / CIR)

From the WRDSB library website https://library.wrdsb.ca.
To book items from the Staff Resource Centre:
  1. log in using PAL ID,
  2. select the “Staff Resource Centre” from the drop down list of libraries,
  3. enter your search terms,
  4. click on the “book items” button.


On the calendar screen that will appear:
  1. type in a title for this resource list (required)
  2. select the date you want the item(s) to arrive by clicking on the calendar. The little red numbers show availability.
  3. make sure your correct delivery site is selected, or choose the “pick up” option if you’d rather fetch the item from the Education Centre yourself.
  4. click the “Book Item(s)” button.


Geoffrey Allen
Supervisor, Library & Resources Services
Waterloo Region District School Board
51 Ardelt Ave., Kitchener, ON, N2C 2R5
519-570-0003 ext. 4425