Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Manitoba School for the Deaf (MSD) News- Networking Day!

Dear Participants:

The Manitoba Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit invites you to our Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Networking Day. We are encouraging people to arrive for the day at 9:30 and get settled before the morning announcements at 9:45. We would like to point out that our day will conclude at 2:15 (not 2:00).  

To get all the information on this upcoming Networking day and to register please click on the link below:

If you are unable to open this link from your work computer, I would suggest forwarding this email to your personal computer and try opening it from there. If you are still having any difficulties, feel free to contact me.

Please note that each participant in your group (including children) must submit an individual registration form as we don’t have the capacity for group registrations. This is also  to ensure that we can collect accurate statistics so we can make sure we match the needs of all participants for this Networking Day and those to come. Space maybe limited for some of the sessions, so we ask that you register by April 11th.  Meeting this deadline will help us schedule more efficiently and ensure that we can arrange for interpreters or soundfield systems. Late registration will still be accepted but we cannot guarantee admittance into your chosen sessions.
I would like to point out that our lunch program this year will be run by the Japan Committee. Please register for lunch and support students and staff in their efforts in fundraising for their trip to Japan in the fall of 2014. 

Finally, please note that the parking restrictions on Stradford Street are lifted for the day.

Thank you,

Mar Koskie
ASL/Deaf Culture Support Worker
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit
Manitoba School for the Deaf
242 Stradford Street
Winnipeg, MB
R2Y 2C9
Phone: 945-8934 V/TTY, leave message.
Fax: 945 1767
Skype: mkoskiemsdca

Safe Schools Manitoba is a partnership initiative of organizations committed to working together to enhance the safety of Manitoba’s schools and communities.  The organization represents a collaboration of the provincial government, schools, law enforcement, professional associations and community agencies.  Safe Schools Manitoba offers workshops and resources for educators, students, parents and community members to build awareness and understanding of the problems and solutions that impact the safety of children and youth.


Bullying in Schools: Issues and Interventions

Bullying is a widespread problem that can lead to devastating consequences.  In order to address school-based bullying, we need an accurate understanding of the extent, nature and context of the problem.  In this workshop, educators will gain an understanding of bullying – its definition, forms, dynamics, signs, causes and consequences.  Effective, sustained approaches to prevention and interventions are a must.  Participants will take away a wealth of ideas to address bullying at an individual, classroom and school level.

Bullying in the Workplace

Workplace bullying has detrimental effects on a personal and professional level.  It is an insidious problem that can poison a learning and working environment.  The distinction between bullying and harassment will be made; however, the session will focus primarily on workplace bullying.  We will examine many dimensions of the problem – forms, dynamics, prevalence, causes, consequences, as well as steps to address it.  Finally, our discussion will explore the building blocks to promoting respect and dignity in the workplace.


Cyberbullying is a rapidly emerging problem that can jeopardize the safety of students and staff.  In this session, we will look at the forms, dynamics and impact of cyberbullying.  There will be a specific focus on the unique challenges posed by cyberbullying – it is perceived to be anonymous, occurs 24/7, and extends to an infinite audience.  We will also explore issues such as school’s role in responding to off-campus incidents, legal responsibilities, effective responses, and policy development.  Finally, there will be a call for a collective effort between educators, students, and parents to address this allusive, ever-changing problem.

The Role of Discretion in Promoting Safe Schools

Discretion plays a prominent role in the promotion of a caring, respectful, safe school climate; and yet this pervasive element is rarely acknowledged.  Interestingly, heightened concerns about school safety are leading to increased recognition of the role of discretion, because it allows for flexibility when responding to the nuances of each situation.  In this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of factors that impact their use of discretion – education, training, values, biases and case facts.  Finally, we will examine the interrelationship between discretion and policy when creating a safe school climate.

Contact Information

Mary Hall, PhD
Safe Schools Manitoba
191 Provencher Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB  R2H 0G4