Nov 152014

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers. For that reason, attendance is expected to be high; more than 50 teachers from the Eastern Shores School Board have already applied for PIC funding!

One change this year is that there will not be any convention programs sent to schools. Instead, you can view the program online here. Hardcopies of the program will be given to participants at the Palais des Congrès during registration.

Also, please note that a number of pre-convention activities have been cancelled due to a lack of registrations. Please refer to QPAT’s website for an updated list of pre-convention activities and be sure to register early for remaining spaces.

Be sure not to miss this year’s keynote speaker, Rick Hanson. He’s an amazing athlete and an inspirational man who is the only person to circumnavigate the globe in a wheelchair!

Finally, your President, Ray Venables, looks forward to seeing many Eastern Shores teachers at the QPAT social on the evening of Thursday, November 27.

Jan 312014

The LCEEQ is asking for Quebec teachers to participate in a survey on pedagogical development and models. The survey will be used to identify areas of importance to teachers and thereafter to provide focus for both The LCEEQ Resource Directory and further professional development training sessions. Your participation, which may remain anonymous, will help make the project more relevant to the Quebec anglophone educational community.

Here’s how to take part in the survey:

  1. Go to the following link:
  2. Use the following password: lceeqpd (this is necessary to prevent spammers from flooding the site with irrelevant data)

The deadline to complete the survey is February 28, 2014. Thank you for your participation.


Oct 312013
Following the Professional Improvement Committee’s (PIC) meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, the 2013-2014 PIC Kit was finalized and will become effective November 1, 2013 and can be found online here:
Here are a few notable changes to this year’s PIC policy:
1. The per day of conference expense allowance has been increased from $150 per day to $200 per day in order to help offset the increased cost of travel. This change has been made possible due to an accumulated surplus.
2. Considering the increased cost of air travel, the maximum for travel has been increased in the isolated regions of Fermont and the Magdalen Islands from $900 to $1100. Nevertheless, teachers should be encouraged to shop early when booking flights in order to reduce travel costs so that this practice may continue.
And here are a few reminders:
1. Although plan C remains unchanged (maximum of $700 for credit-course fees or the language proficiency exam), teachers should be reminded that this is a viable professional development option. The PIC endorses the McGill Distinguished Educator’s series and teachers should be made aware that some of these courses are available by video conference.
2. Schools must do their best to reduce the amount of substitution when attending professional development activities. If a large number of staff will be absent (e.g. travel to the annual QPAT Convention on Wednesday, November 20, 2013), then serious consideration should be made to use a floating pedagogical day to reduce the costs associated with substitution and to ensure the legitimacy of instruction in the classroom. Consider this: if 45 teachers throughout ESSB travel on November 20, then 1/3 of the school board’s teaching staff will be absent from their classrooms and the resulting cost could amount to $193.50 x 45 = $8707.50 (and this figure is low since it doesn’t include the cost of fringe benefits). Thank you in advance for doing your best to help ESSB and PIC reduce the cost of substitution.
Jan 262013

McGill University LogoAre you considering your next professional development activity? Haven’t yet used your PIC funds this year? Why not consider the Distinguished Educator Seminar Series where exemplary educators and well-known presenters deliver engaging and relevant information for educators. For more information, look for the promotional poster in your school and centres or visit their website here.

Oct 302011

The PIC committee met for the first time this school year last Thursday. At this meeting the following items were dealt with:

  1. The 2011-2012 PIC Policy Kit is available; the good news is that PIC funds are healthy and teachers will receive the same amounts as last year for their professional development. Teachers are reminded to send their authorization to travel as soon as possible (especially if they intend to attend the annual QPAT convention in November). Please don’t forget to indicate from which plan you wish to benefit (i.e. A, B or C). For those who will attend the QPAT convention, you will need to submit your name tag as proof of attendance.
  2. One important change to this year’s PIC Policy Kit is the condition that PIC monies cannot be combined with any other type of funding (e.g. NANS, PDIG, etc).
  3. If a teacher intends to take credit courses, remember that this request must be made in advance (see annex III of the current kit).
Sep 292011

The 2011 Annual QPAT-APEQ pre-convention activities are now available for registration. There are twelve (12) workshops to choose from so there is something for almost everyone. Make the most of your travel to Montreal and take in this popular add-on to the November 24 and 25 convention!