Professional Learning Workshops & Presentations

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has the in-house expertise to provide professional learning opportunities covering a wide range of topics supportive of members learning and practice.  The workshops available are listed below.

In addition to sessions facilitated by NSTU staff, the NSTU can also arrange for Resilience® Wellness Sessions that are available through the NSTU Employee and Family Assistance program provider Homewood Human Solutions™.  To request a Resilience® Wellness Session please complete the online form found below.  Click here to view additional information on the Resilience® Wellness Sessions. 

All requests for sessions facilitated by NSTU staff must be made by completing an online form.  Click here to access the form.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All workshop requests for the 2018-2019 school year will be booked as tentative

Please note the following blackout dates for staff facilitated workshops, due to Council to Improve Classroom Conditions and Provincial Executive meetings:

  • Apr. 5/18
  • Apr 9-11/18
  • May 4-6/18 (Annual Council)
  • May 7-9/18
  • June 1-2/18
  • Jun 4-5/18

NSTU Facilitated Workshops & Presentations

Click on the desired category to view sessions facilitated by NSTU staff

Contracts & Benefits Curriculum & Pedagogical Practices Governance School/Campus Climate Wellness

Contracts & Benefits

Article 60 Professional Development Fund
A presentation detailing the Article 60 Professional Development Fund regime across Nova Scotia.

Benefits of Membership
A presentation outlining the financial and other benefits of NSTU membership.

Collective Bargaining (Regional/Public School)
A presentation setting out the Provincial and Regional collective bargaining regimes.

A session to discuss policy and legal context within which members address parental and other harassment concerns.

Maternity/Adoption/Parental Leave
A presentation describing the maternity, parental and adoption leave provisions found in NSTU collective agreements and relevant legislation.

Nova Scotia Teachers Union - Legislative & Contractual Regime
An overview of the various statutory and contractual provisions that apply to NSTU members.

A presentation describing the Teachers’ Pension Plan regime including discussion of CPP integration and relevant financial and other benefits at retirement.

Preparing for a Job Interview
This session is for beginning and substitute teachers or teachers who hold a term contract. Topics such as what makes a good resume, pre-interview preparation, post-interview, and the various types of interviews will be shared.

Substitute Teaching
A session describing the rights and responsibilities of substitute teachers with reference to the provincial and regional collective agreements.

Teachers and the Law
A presentation designed to provide a framework of the legal context NSTU members work within.

Teacher Certification in Nova Scotia
This presentation provides an overview of the certification framework in Nova Scotia, including the classes of certification, undergraduate studies requirements, endorsation, increasing certificate classification (i.e. upgrading), and teacher mobility within Canada.

Term Teachers
A session customized for each region outlining contractual rights and responsibilities of term teachers.

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Curriculum & Pedagogical Practices

ABC’s of Selling
Our members are sales people. We are selling education, curriculum and more each day in our classrooms. This sessions supports us in learning the ABC’s of successful selling. 

Classroom Management
This session engages teachers in understanding the factors and practices of effective classroom management. 

Creating Safe Spaces through Social-emotional Learning
The session will provide information on various programs that pertain to social-emotional learning. The activities are interactive and tailored to students of all grades.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
The presentation focuses on what CRP is, and how to embed it in literacy and numeracy.

Differentiated Instruction/Assessment
An interactive session where educators will experience differentiated instruction. The what, why, and how of differentiation.

Mindful Practice for Educators
A thought-provoking session where participants will obtain information about us, as individuals and the impact of social and emotional intelligence on self and collaborative team.

Mindful Practice for the Classroom
This session will introduce mindfulness in the classroom in support of members and students. 

Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence
This session explores how mindfulness supports us in the practice of being present.

Multiple Intelligences
This session will engage participants in understanding Howard Gardener’s MI theories and how they supporting learning and success.

Professional Learning Community
What are PLC’s and how we can make them effective?

Qualities of Effective Leadership
This session will engage leaders in the CORE elements of effective leadership. 

Qualities of Effective Teachers
In this presentation, participants will learn the qualities of effective teachers and how it enhances teaching and learning.

Seven Absolutes of Engagement
An interactive session where participants will engage and learn about the 7 absolutes that all learners need to engage.

Supporting our Boys in Education
This session assists teachers in understanding the variables/strategies to engage and support our boys in education.

Supporting LGBT+ students
This presentation will provide participants with activities and resources to assist teachers in their support of LGBT+ students in the classroom.

Supporting the Struggling Reader
An interactive session where participants engage in learning literacy strategies for emergent, early, transitional and fluent readers in grades 4 through 12.

Universal Design of Learning
This session supports participants in understanding the UDL Classroom and use of technology to support ALL learners. 

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Parliamentary Procedures
A session detailing commonly referred to parliamentary rules as set out in Robert’s Rules of Order.

A session describing the NSTU Resolutions process from initial stages to Annual Council and beyond.

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School/Campus Climate

Amazing Race
Participants engage in building team spirit to race to the finish line in learning about effective team.

Appropriate Online Conduct
This session will focus on policies and practices to support our online digital citizens and how we can address cyber bullying.

Conflict Resolution
This session supports members in establishing respect and honour in their classrooms and schools.

Five Functions of Team
This workshop offers the understanding of the five characteristics that support effective teams.

Generations X, Y and Z
In this session, participants will learn about the characteristics of each generation and what supports they need to succeed in our schools and on our campuses.

Group Process and Effective Meetings
This workshop engages members in effective processes to move meetings and groups forward for success.

Motivating Ourselves and Our Students
This session is based on the work of Daniel Pink, Drive and other researchers on the topic of what motivates us?

This session supports schools with the understanding of PEBS and how to implement this overreaching program in support of All.

Personality Compass
This team building workshop supports the understanding of member’s personalities and those of their colleagues.

Teacher Voice
This collaborative session will overview the eight conditions that support teacher voice in our classrooms and schools.

True Colors
The True Colors personality test and workshop is an excellent way of understanding yourself and understanding others. Are you Orange, Gold, Green, or Blue?

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The Early Intervention Program
Provides information on the EIP program.

Provides information to ensure members are set up properly in the environment where they work so that they are using correct body mechanics and posture to assist with injury prevention, symptom management and work day tolerance.

Transitioning to the New You
This workshop supports members balancing their professional and personal lives.  Members will learn strategies on how to say no and how to incorporate proactive practices in support of life balance. 

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For further information

Phone:  902-477-5621 or toll free 1-800-565-6788

RESILIENCE® Wellness Sessions

Outlined below is a listing and brief description of the Wellness Sessions that are available through the NSTU Employee and Family Assistance program provider, Homewood Human Solutions™.

Please note:  Wellness Sessions must be requested at least six to eight weeks in advance.  These sessions should be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Any sessions scheduled outside these times will have a cost associated with them.  Sessions require a minimum of 10 participants and should not exceed 35 participants.  Additional costs will apply should you have a larger group.

Click here to request a RESILIENCE® Wellness Session

Please contact the nurse if you have not received a response within three business days.


Helping Your Child Succeed at School                                                                                                                                            

Every parent wants their child to be happy and successful at school. Many parents struggle with knowing how to support their children with school-related activities. This session will invite participants to seek a partnership between each child, the school, and themselves. This partnership will create a positive structure at home to support their children’s experience at school and focus on ways to reward effort rather than outcomes.

Foundations of Positive Parenting
This practical and interactive session will provide participants with the principles and tools of positive parenting focused on children’s skills in social development and well-being. Participants will also be given an opportunity to review and discuss strategies for bringing positive parenting into the home.


The Art of Relaxation
Today’s life is fast-paced and leaves little time to relax and decompress. Greater pressure is being put on all of us to do more. The result is that many of us have lost the ability to sit still and simply be with ourselves. This session will explore personal stress triggers and review some practical, easy techniques to make brief relaxation moments a natural part of everyday life.

Establishing Work-life Harmony 
Many of us feel overwhelmed by competing work and family demands. This session will help participants identify their key work/life stressors, clarify their values, and develop skills and strategies to effectively prioritize their time and energy.

Making Shiftwork Work for You
Shift workers know first-hand the challenges of fighting the body’s natural sleep-wake pattern and the strain that shift work can sometimes put on their health and wellbeing. This session will help participants identify the challenges and stressors that are unique to shiftwork, as well as strategies that may be helpful in improving sleep, eating healthy, and establishing routines that are helpful.

Managing Your Time and Energy
Time is a precious resource. The phrase “time = money” is certainly true in a business setting. Individuals require balance in their work lives so that they can meet both their job requirements and personal needs. Is it possible to manage time at work to be both satisfied and successful?  This session will explore answers to this question.

Assertiveness: Negotiating Respectful Inter-personal Boundaries
At work, and at home, individuals are regularly negotiating their own needs with those of others. Choices need to be made between competing priorities. When boundaries are set, while consulting with key stakeholders before making decisions, cooperative relationships are created. This session will outline how to consciously set time, task, and role boundaries in order to create successful relationships.

Building Resilience: Understanding Challenges, Learning Strategies, and Accepting Change
Research shows that individuals can improve how well they adapt to challenges and adversity. This session will help break negative thought patterns and offer healthier ways of thinking and behaving. Participants will be introduced to a variety of effective, practical tools to improve physical health, respect mental/emotional health, and cultivate a strong social support network. 

Healthy Sleep Habits
Everyone feels much better after a good night’s sleep; our thoughts are clearer, our reactions faster, and our emotions are less fragile. This session will introduce participants to the effects of sleep deprivation and review some key strategies to promote healthy sleeping habits.

Forgiveness: Letting Go and Moving Forward
It can be difficult, or near impossible, to forgive someone who has hurt or wronged us. Holding on to these resentments can have negative effects on our health, our well-being, and our ability to experience joy and happiness. This session will explore what it means to forgive, how to move from a place of anger to a place of peace, and how this process can free us from our past hurts

The Journey to Wellness: One Step At a Time
Many of us use the beginning of a new year to renew our commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, but how often are these resolutions kept? This session will examine what wellness means and provides simple steps to help participants set their own health goals and keep them ontrack for achieving their personal definitions of wellness.


The Fundamentals of Change and Transition
Change is a fact of life, but letting go of the familiar can be challenging. When individuals understand the need for change, and are resourced to manage it, they can transition with greater ease. Participants in this session will explore strategies, frameworks, self-care tools, and resources to navigate the change process successfully.

Stress Busters
When stressors overwhelm us, effective techniques can help to bring us back to equilibrium. This session will explore all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, thereby helping us to maximize our energy and performance. During the half-day workshop, participants will gain additional stress management strategies and have opportunities to discuss how these skills can be applied in their daily lives.


Improving Workplace Communication
Successful work groups are comprised of individuals who know how to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders in a variety of settings and circumstances. This session will review the key skills that enhance our ability to work well with others by providing information about speaking confidently and assertively, creating a supportive communication climate, listening effectively, and asking clear questions.

Professionalism in the Workplace
People form judgments about others in the workplace based on behaviour, attitude, speech, and appearance. The impressions that individuals communicate to others (positive or negative) can help move them ahead professionally, or can slow down their career progress and even create conflict in the workplace. This session will give participants an understanding of the importance of professional behaviour in the workplace and what it involves.

The Emotional Effects of Retirement
Planning to retire can be a source of both excitement and anxiety. Whatever the emotional response, retirement marks a transition to a new life stage and lifestyle in which daily routines, identity, and roles all change. This session will introduce participants to the emotional effects of retirement. Participants will get an opportunity to reflect on what their ideal retirement looks like and what they can do to make it happen.

Building Working Relationships
Every time people interact, there is an opportunity to build or damage a relationship. Improving the quality of relationships in the workplace can enhance productivity and reduce conflict. This session will review three key tools that can build relationships, will provide coaching on how to use these tools effectively, and will assist participants in developing strategies to address relationship challenges.

Respectful Relationships in the Workplace
Creating a respectful workplace is everyone’s responsibility. This workshop will raise awareness around what respectful behaviour looks like, promote the adoption of a professional attitude, assist with the development of effective communication skills, and suggest common standards for respectful behaviour.


Beyond Stigma: Increasing Our Understanding of Mental Health in the Workplace
In today’s society, there remains a lack of awareness, and sometimes bias, regarding mental health problems. This wellness session will assist participants in enhancing theirunderstanding of the personal and environmental factors that can have an impact on mental health, the common signs and symptoms of mental health troubles, and the most appropriate prevention and intervention strategies.

The Science of Happiness
Scientific studies have shown that 50% of our individual differences in happiness are determined by our genes, 10% by our life circumstances, and 40% by our intentional activities. This one-hour session will introduce participants to some of the research-based “happy habits” that can be adopted to increase levels of happiness and well-being.

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For further information

Phone:  902-477-5621 or toll free 1-800-565-6788

Please contact the nurse if you have not received a response within three business days.