Professional Activity Days

Professional Activity Days 2023-2024

The Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board (NPSC) is pleased to provide parents and guardians with details on the seven (7) planned Professional Activity (PA) Days for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year in accordance with a new regulation on School Year Calendars and Professional Activity Days made by the Ministry of Education. We invite our parents to review the details in the chart below for our upcoming NPSC Professional Activity Day staff learning activities which will include three (3) PA Days focused on the Provincial education priorities of: Literacy & Mathematics; Curriculum Implementation; Student Well-being, School Safety and Violence Prevention. The PA Day descriptions provide parents details on the topics and learning/training activities that staff will be engaged in to support your child’s learning and achievement. We look forward to providing our parents with regular updates on our planned PA Day activities. Details for each PA Day will be shared at least fourteen (14) days in advance of each scheduled date throughout the 2023-2024 school year.

For general information about Professional Activity Days in Ontario, please visit the Ministry of Education’s website:

Date  Timing School(s) Participating  Topic of Focus Learning Delivery Methods Content Description Presenters/Facilitators
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 Full Day All Schools
(Hosted by Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board)
Morning: Faith, Well-being & Equity

Keynote Speakers, Workshops, Breakout sessions Morning: As a Catholic Faith community, we will begin the new 2023-2024 school year with a system Eucharistic liturgy to launch our system’s new Pastoral and Spiritual Plan. As those involved in Catholic Education, we gather, and our first official act is to celebrate the Eucharist as Jesus commanded us: “Do this in memory of me.” We are excited to begin the first year of our three-year Pastoral Plan based on the Theological Virtues of Love, Hope & Faith. This year we are beginning with Love to align with OCSTA’s Catholic Education Week 2024 theme: We Are Called to Love, May 5-10, 2024. Following the Eucharistic celebration, we will gather as school communities for a guided and facilitated process on engaging in our NPSC 2023-2024 Year of Love Theme. The session's outcome will include a comprehensive understanding of our Pastoral Theme of Love and the planning of specific instructional strategies to implement with our students to support our Board’s Student Achievement Plan.

Father Joseph de Viveiros, C.R (NPSC Board Chaplain)

System Staff and School Administrators
Afternoon: Student Mental Health and Well Being
Keynote Speaker, Breakout Sessions Afternoon: To meet the goal of reaching every classroom/learning environment, and every student, the keynote will engage in unpacking the resources provided by School Mental Health Ontario to assist staff in considering key strategies and practices to promote well-being for all. Following a brief overview of the importance of promoting positive mental health and well-being as a corner stone of learning, staff will have an opportunity to view key resources and consider how they can be used to align with our three-year mental health and well-being strategy and their school improvement plans.

The breakout sessions will be school team time to further reflect on how they as a school community can contextualize information and resources from the keynote presentation to set their school well-being goal for the year and strategies to implement their goal. Additionally, they will be guided in their discussions to consider their current practices and knowledge and identify any gaps they may have in their learning for further professional development.

This professional activity day will be facilitated and hosted by school board staff and administrators.
Trish Tessier, M.A, RP (School Board Mental Health Lead)

System Staff and School Administrators
Thursday, August 31, 2023

Full Day
All Schools
(Hosted by Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board)

Morning: Curriculum Implementation; Literacy and Numeracy Overview

Keynote Speakers, Workshops Morning: School-based administrators will work with school staff to reflect and discuss goals, curriculum updates, expectations, and school-related processes as a school community. With the support of board staff, school teams will gather to review practical and effective strategies, resources and supports to strengthen student learning with a focus on early reading and evidence-based systematic and explicit reading instruction by reviewing the revised Language/Français, Grades 1-8 curriculum (The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8, Language, 2023 and Le curriculum de l'Ontario, de la 1re à la 8e année, Français, 2023 curriculum), new de-streamed English/French Grade 9 course and a focus on high-impact instructional practices to support all de-streamed courses. In addition, school teams will review available resources, support, and high-impact instructional approaches to support student improvement in K-12 Mathematics. School staff will have an opportunity to begin to review school-based student data and identify literacy and numeracy student achievement goals and priorities as part of their school improvement plan. 

System Curriculum Coordinators Samantha Andrusiek and Tricia Renaud, and NPSC Curriculum Team

System Staff and School Administrators
Afternoon: School Safety and Violent Incident Prevention
Keynote Speakers, Workshops Afternoon: School teams will participate in the training program, Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training in Four Steps developed by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. It is focused on the health and safety rights and responsibilities of workers, supervisors and employers and is a general introduction to workplace health and safety. Staff will complete the mandatory Four Step Training. Further staff will review the Workplace Violence and Safe Schools Reporting and Physical Injury and Incident Reporting policies and procedures, Anti-Sex Trafficking, Cybersecurity, and online privacy awareness. School teams will complete training modules on the Vector Solutions, Vector Training, K-12 System.

This professional activity day will be facilitated and hosted by school board staff and administrators.

School Board Administrators & Vector Solutions, Vector Training, K-12 Modules as prepared by Michelle Ricco, NPSC Health and Safety Manager

Please note:
 Behaviour Management Systems (BMS) re-certification training for Educational Assistants (EAs), Social Workers (SW’s), Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), Communication Disorders Assistants (CDAs), Indigenous Graduation Coach, & Behaviour Management Consultant (BMC) will be held on September 1st, 2023. Full day BMS certification training will take place for all new EA’s. Further details will be provided for these individuals through board email. Staff will also engage in School Safety and Violent Incident Prevention (Vector Solutions) training in the areas of Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training in Four Steps, Student Safety and Violent Incident Reporting, Anti Sex Trafficking, and Cyber Security.

Friday, September 29, 2023
Full Day All Schools
(Hosted by Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board)
Elementary: Professional learning in Literacy & Numeracy, and Skilled Trades
Keynote Speakers, Workshops, Breakout sessions, Virtual and in-person

Skilled Trades

Intermediate educators will learn about the many pathways and opportunities students can access in the skilled trades through hands-on experiences, interactive discussions about the skilled trades pathways with secondary educators, industry community partners and former students of various skilled trades programs.


Educators will engage in the continuation of deepening their learning in the area of mathematics curriculum implementation and the use of instructional and assessment practices to enhance student achievement from the Taking Action in Mathematics Look-fors by Provincial Action. Educators will have the opportunity to gain experience about digital math tools for classroom and home use.


Educators will be provided with an overview of the key changes to grade equivalent curriculum in Social Studies and engage in a continuation of implementation of the new Language Curriculum 2023. Educators will learn about the use of phonemic and phonics screeners and diagnostics and will also have an opportunity to review systematic scope & sequences, sound walls, system resources, and an introduction to the website to inform their classroom and school improvement planning strategies. 

Renée Bourgoin, Associate Professor, St. Thomas University

Callie Mady, Professor, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University

System Staff
Secondary: De-streaming: Effective Classroom Practices to Support Students in De-Streamed Classrooms
Keynote Speakers, Workshops, Breakout sessions, in-person

Secondary educators will continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding around the core principles of de-streaming, including professional learning around effective assessment and instruction practices, and the classroom learning environment through creating thinking classrooms. Educators will work collaboratively to co-plan a task and apply the principles of de-streaming to create a learning cycle. Areas of focus will include universal design for instruction, culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy, and spiraling curriculum expectations. 

St. Joseph-Scollard Hall CSS Staff
Friday, November 24, 2023
Full Day All Elementary Schools
Reporting to Parents (Elementary Schools)
Each school year, the Board shall allocate one professional activity day for elementary parent-teacher interviews to address student progress. Elementary parent-teacher interviews have been scheduled to occur on November 24th, 2023

St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School

Secondary teachers will continue to deepen their knowledge and understanding around the core principles of de-streaming with a focus on assessment and evaluation. Teachers will work collaboratively on the development of effective, transparent, and equitable assessment and evaluation practices that are connected to Growing Success and support all students to reach their full potential.  Through this professional learning day, teachers will also have the opportunity to deepening their understanding around curriculum expectations and how this supports the assessment and evaluation process.

St. Joseph-Scollard Hall CSS Staff
Friday, February 2, 2024
Full Day All Elementary Schools

St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School

Friday, April 2, 2024
Monday, June 10, 2024

Helpful Resources & Websites




NPSC School Year Calendar 2023-2024