January 2023
Dear Readers,
Happy New Year!

Traditionally, around the third week of January, most people have made New Year’s resolutions… and already dropped one or two! Everyone knows how difficult resolutions are to make and even more difficult to uphold. Could this be because we don’t know exactly what we should prioritise? That we struggle with what should be important to change as the promise of a new blank slate rolls in with the new year?

So many demands are placed on educators that we often can’t decide what to do first. From planning our daily lessons, attending team meetings, giving feedback to students, everything feels urgent; everything feels important; everything must get done! The thing is that we all have a limited amount of time and energy, which means we must decide what to prioritise or we risk consistently feeling behind and overwhelmed.

US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was known for his organisational skills and for decades, researchers have studied his ability to get things done. One of his most popular concepts is a decision-making matrix that helps discern what’s important from what’s urgent. This is a crucial distinction because important tasks contribute to our long-term goals – urgent ones don’t.

Most of us are running on the hamster wheel of performance throughout the day – operating as if everything in front of us is important and urgent – because it feels that way! But, we can teach ourselves to pause and appraise whether a task must be done now, left to simmer on the back burner, or left out.

Until next time, stay well dear colleagues!

Julie & Micheline
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SARCA-SÉC Conference

February 2-3, 2023

Under the theme of collaboration of all for the success of learners, the SARCA-SÉC Conference will allow the sharing and promotion of inspiring projects carried out throughout Quebec. The program and registration form are online. Participate in this gathering that highlights all the work done on a daily basis.

Western Quebec School Board

Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

Western Quebec School Board

It is our pleasure to invite your centre to participate in the 2023 Adult/Vocational Education Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament.
  • Event        2023 Adult/ Vocational CO-ED VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
  • Host          The Western Quebec School Board
  • Date           Monday, February 6, 2023
  • Location    D’Arcy McGee High School (925 Boul. du Plateau, Gatineau QC
                       J9J 3G2)
  • Time          10:00 am to 3:00 pm.(teams travelling from further away will start later
                       and have a compressed game schedule)
  • Teams       10 players/team (enters may have more than 1 team participate in the
As a registration fee, teams must put together a food basket, which will be donated to a local breakfast club

Tournament Coordinator:
Scott Cavers ( 819-595-1226 ext. 620001)
RSVP before February 1, 2023

L’Équipe-choc Pedagogical

Social Sciences Après-cours

February 14th, 2023 from 16:00 to 17:00

This month's Social Sciences Après-cours will address the resources in ECM, SST, HSG and HST. We will look at the updates on the AGEResource website, the material available among us and what we wish to prioritise.
Sign in here and come discuss with colleagues and share your wealth of knowledge and expertise!

See you all there!

Math Après-cours

February 15th, 2023 from 16:00 to 17:00

You are all invited to this first meeting, where we will discuss the organisation of working groups for the following projects:
  • Adaptation of Cycle 1, junior high school, curriculum for the Adult General Education;
  • Adaptation of the Secondary 3 and 4 preparatory programs for Vocational Training;
  • Updating the CCBE DEDs;
  • Updating the DBE DEDs.
All our work will be added to the French sector's work and will be presented to the MEQ in June 2023.
So please let our voice be heard for the benefit of our students!

Formation Nationale en Mathématiques

Social Sciences Après-cours

Thurday, February 23rd, 2023 from 8:30 to 12:00

Experiential Math involves learners being placed at the centre of their own understanding of mathematical concepts and practices. Through this type of learning, students can identify problems, use constructive reasoning to make viable arguments and apply mathematics to real-life problems. You are welcome to join in the conversation; see you all there!


Ministère de l’Éducation

New Science Examination

The examination for TSC-4063 is now available. You can update your examination bank.


List of Material

There were important updates made to the following examinations:
  • CHE-5061 Gases and Energy - Version B (major change of task in practical part)
  • MTH-1102 Statistics and Probability - Version A  (minor revisions)
  • MTH-3052 Data Collection - Version A (minor revisions)
  • PHS-5061 Kinematics and Geometric Optics - Version B (minor revisions)


SOFAD has updated their list of resources. Go to the following link for details.


Cross-Curricular Après-cours

Individualised Teaching in Multi-Level Classrooms

Shanna Loach January 26, 2023

You are invited to participate in the next Cross-curricular Après-cours of the Anglophone community. This session will be hosted by Shanna Loach from Eastern Townships School Board; it is scheduled for January 26th (16:00 to 17:00).


ACE 2023

Thursday, March 16th, 2023 - Online Event
Save the date for the upcoming RÉCIT AGE and VT Anglophone Community Online Expo. Follow this link for more information.


AQIFGA Conference

April 27 & 28, 2023

The 2023 edition of the AQIFGA conference is taking place on April 27th and 28th, 2023 in Chicoutimi.



Time Management Training Institute

Difference between Urgent and Important

by Manisha Kumar

A lot of people confuse urgent and important. Understanding the difference between urgent and important can make a huge impact on the quality and productivity of both your personal and professional life.


L’Équipe-choc First Nations & Inuit

Optimizing the Reach of CST Courses

Building Digital Ped Sequences

Have you heard of the Digital Ped Sequences? This project offers  a way to enhance students' digital competencies and develop their executive functions. This can be achieved via the CST  (Committing to Success) programs which are  designed to give students the opportunity to learn and grow through hands-on, real-world projects.

FNI Book Club

Celebrating First Nations and Inuit Literature!

Would you like to have the opportunity to discover Indigenous literature and work on your students' literacy skills, but without necessarily doing all the work yourself? Then you should know that an Indigenous reading club open to all stakeholders in the FGA network will be launched after the holiday season! Proposed by Sonia Lachance, pedagogical consultant at the Mitshapeu Regional Adult Education and Vocational Training Centre, this initiative will allow us to build, over the next few years, reading cards presenting a brief summary of the book, the targeted reading level as well as ideas on how to use Indigenous literary content to develop students' literacy skills. Interested in participating? Fill out this short form and we will send you more details by the end of January. We look forward to exploring Indigenous literature with you!


Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board

Amazing Resources to Put into Your Daily Teaching Routine

Skills for Success Quebec (SFSQ)

Skills for Success provides everyday skills needed for work, learning and life. Improving them will help you succeed in today's and tomorrow's workplace. This site provides links to outside sites and resources. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure information and links are current and relevant. We wish to thank Ms. Darlene Brown (SWLSB) for providing us with such wonderful material!

Riverside School Board

CTRL-F: Find the Facts


Named for the keyboard shortcut for ‘find,’ CTRL-F is an evidence-based program that equips students with the habits and skills needed to evaluate online information to determine what to trust. A rigorous research study carried out with academic partners demonstrated that CTRL-F dramatically improved students’ ability to reject false claims, and identify credible sources.
Workshops are available and focus on guided practice using engaging examples from the CTRL-F curriculum. Scroll down the home page to find out what they have to offer.

We wish to thank Ms. Emilie Bowles (RSB) who suggested this amazing resource!


Ministère de l’Éducation

Services and Programs of Study (2021-2022)
Administrative Guide (2015 Edition)

Teachers’ Competencies

Reference Framework for Professional Competencies for Teachers.

Thank you, Karine Jacques and Tanya Marcil for this great poster, which was adapted from the Référentiel des compétences professionnelles - Profession enseignante.


A list of all the Info/Sanction published since 2019 regarding the Adult General Education and Semi-Skilled Careers has been compiled for you as a reference. Consult your center Sanction Representative for more details.


A list of all the active BIM exam versions is available for your consultation.

DBE Mathematics - BIM List

For more details on Math exams, contact Clementina Santoianni
514 252-3700 (5078) or

DBE Science and Technology - BIM List

For more details on Science exams, contact Barbara Choquette
514-251-3700 (3888) or

DBE English Language Arts & CCBE English Language of Instruction - BIM - ELI/ELA

For more details on ELI/ELA exams, contact Steven Jansma or

FBD - Français Langue Seconde & FBC - Francisation - BIM - FLS/LAN

For more details on French exams, contact Maria Carrera or

DBE - Social Sciences - SOCIAL SCIENCES

For more details on Social Science exams, visit or

SOFAD - Resources

SOFAD develops learning resources designed in accordance with the Quebec curriculum and adapted to the needs of learners. There are also teaching practices for both in-class and distance learning in Adult General Education.

A final thought to leave you with...
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