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May 30, 2014

PBLA Training and Support 

The first cohort of approximately 100 Lead Teachers from across Canada completed their 10-week online PBLA Foundations in the middle of March. In April they began the Application Phase of the training which will conclude in June. Five Lead Teacher groups met with their Regional Coaches for face-to-face mid-course review sessions: two groups from Alberta, two groups from Ontario and one group from Saskatchewan. Three groups met synchronously online on in the PBLA Lead Teachers Group with their Regional Coach.

CCLB staff presented PBLA: Beyond Basics, a workshop on the five principles of assessment at the LINC PD day in Ottawa on March 7. CCLB staff also presented the workshop at the TESL Hamilton spring conference in early May. One of the Project Leads, Joanne Pettis, presented a PBLA workshop in Saskatchewan at The Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies (SAISIA) for a Language Training and Learning event on March 13.

The PBLA team is currently preparing the groundwork for the second cohort of Lead Teachers, scheduled to start in 2014. Cohort two will include teachers from British Columbia and Ontario.

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