- Professional Learning
The virtual 2021 CITE Conference, hosted by The Bishop Strachan School, was a great success, with 21 CIS Ontario schools represented. The conference theme “20/20 Vision: Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” allowed for the sharing of many rich discussions and resources. The morning’s keynote speaker, spoken word poet, Britta B., put on a stellar performance. We were impressed with her candour, creativity and power. In between her recitations, Britta shared personal stories and reminded teachers of the importance of words, and the need for poetry that represents different voices.
Conference attendees participated in two workshops, before enjoying readings from the three 1st-place winners of the INCITE 2021 ‘Dear 2020’ student writing competition. Fifteen students, who placed in INCITE and the fall 'Dear 2020' writing competition, participated in an online writing workshop with author Claire Tacon.
The conference wrapped up with teachers enjoying a virtual wine and cheese and english lit trivia games. Congratulations to the following trivia winners, who each received a gift certificate for the bookstore A Different Drummer.
- Alan M. from Trafalgar Castle School
- Sally M. from Villanova College
- Monica H. from The Bishop Strachan School
- Rima M. from Holy Name of Mary College School
- Sarah L. from St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School
- Briana D. from Crestwood College
Thank you to Annette Chiu and the English Department at The Bishop Strachan School who were slated to host in 2020 before we had to cancel. Despite the ongoing pandemic challenges continuing in 2021, BSS again stepped up to ensure that the conference would run virtually.
Stay tuned for more news about the 2022 April CITE Conference, to be hosted by St. Clement’s School.
English Curriculum and Department Leader, St. Clement's School