2015 COCA Retreat – June 9th & 10th hosted by KPRDSB

Details are being finalized for the upcoming 2015 Annual COCA Retreat.

This event is open to both COCA members and those who are not (yet) COCA members.

Attendees are invited to come for Tues or Wed or for both days.


Cost:  Free for COCA Members

Attendees who are not COCA members will be charged $30 per day.


Please complete the following survey to help us know who will be coming:   http://goo.gl/forms/MoAHx2MXIF


The Retreat is being hosted by KPRDSB at their Education Centre.   Here is the address:
1994 Fisher Drive Peterborough, Ontario K9J 6X6
via Google Maps:   http://goo.gl/NP5TuH


On Tues June 9th, the hi-lights of the day include:

  • Keynotes from John Malloy (Assistant Deputy Minister – Ministry of Education) & Pauline Beggs (Curriculum Services Canada)
  • Sessions on OSSEMOOC, Digital Citizenship resources, SAMR Resources led by members of the OSAPAC Committee

On Wed. Jun 10th, the hi-lights of the day include:

  • 2015 COCA Annual Meeting
  • hands-on workshop using Mindomo (one of the newest applications licensed by the Ministry through OSAPAC).

A full tentative agenda for the two day event can be found on the following page:




Here is the booking information for the hotel:

Please note the tight timeframe for booking at this rate

Holiday Inn, Peterborough Waterfront
150 George Street North
Peterborough, Ontario

Rate and Information:

The discounted rate of $119.00 will apply for our standard city view guestrooms with 2 beds.  Additional room types will be available for an upgrade fee.  Room rates are subject to 13% HST and 3% Destination Marketing Fee.  Guests will have until May 13th to book their guestrooms at the discounted rate and after this time period, our regular rates will apply.  Guests can contact our hotels reservation office from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday to book—1-866-258-5181 is the direct line.  A credit card is required to book.


If you have any questions, you can direct them to one of the members of the Committee:  Harry Niezen, Bill Mackenzie or Wanda Knowlton.






Next COCA Meeting – Wed. Nov 26th, 2014

The next COCA meeting is scheduled for:
Date: Nov. 26th, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 2:45 pm

Hosted by Grand Erie DSB

Herman E. Fawcett Teacher Resource Center:
108 Tollgate Rd. Brantford, N3R 4Z6.
… via Google Maps: http://goo.gl/MHSfhC

Please indicate your attendance by going to:


The agenda has been shared as a Google Doc. Here is the link:


First COCA Meeting of the 2014-15 School Year.

Hopefully you already had this date in your calendars … our next COCA meeting is Oct 7th hosted by Upper Grand DSB.

We will be meeting in the Board Room at

Upper Grand District School Board
500 Victoria Rd N
Guelph, ON N1E 6K2
Using Google Maps:  http://goo.gl/qVWgKb
An agenda will be posted soon.  Coffee & Networking begin at 9:30am.  The Meeting will be called to order at 10am.
Hope many of you can attend
Harry Niezen
Chair, COCA

COCA Retreat 2014 Planning – Urgent!

COCA Retreat 2014 – Urgent!

a) We are getting our catering arrangements in place, so please go onto the Google Form as soon as possible to indicate the dates you’ll be with us for the COCA retreat and any food restrictions/preferences we should be aware of:  http://bit.ly/1nskMD1

b) Make your hotel arrangements based on the information below:

Hampton Inn Barrie – http://www.hamptoninnbarrie.com
Reservations – 1-800- HILTONS or call the hotel directly
Group Code – SCC, Group Rate until May 10, 2014
Queen Traditional – $109/night, King Studio – $119/night


Thanks for your prompt attention to this,
Lynda, Julie, Steve and Brenda

Preparing for the next COCA Meeting … April 17th, 2014 hosted by KPRDSB

KPRDSB is excited to be hosting the upcoming COCA Meeting in April.

We would like to know if you are planning on attending this meeting.

Date: Thurs April 17th, 2014

Time: Coffee & networking begin at 9:30am

Location: KPRDSB Education Centre 1994 Fisher Drive Peterborough, Ontario K9J 6X6

via Google Maps: http://goo.gl/NP5TuH

Meeting room: Fish Bowl


Please follow the link and complete the Google Form to confirm your attendance: http://goo.gl/bfxoiW

The Agenda for this meeting is now available in the group COCA Meetings

Next COCA Meeting is Thurs. Feb 6th hosted by York Region DSB

The agenda for the meeting has been posted in the files section of this group.

Hope to see many of you there … Here are the details again:
Thurs. Feb 6th, 2014
Coffee will be ready at 9:30am
Call to Order is 10am

We are pleased to be hosted by York Region DSB

We are meeting at:

Center for Leadership and Learning
300 Harry Parkway South, Newmarket ON

Link to Google Maps http://goo.gl/8F0zq

I hope to see all of our DSB’s represented.

Invitation to attend the RCAC Symposium – Dec 5th, 2013

The Western RCAC invites all COCA members to consider attending the next RCAC Symposium scheduled for Dec 5th, 2013 at the Lamplighter Inn, London ON.

RCAC 2013

The Keynotes are Travis Allen (present and founder of iSchool Initiative) and Gary Stager (internationally recognized educator and consultant).  Follow this link ( http://westernrcac.wordpress.com/ ) to see the wide selection of workshops for teachers, adminstrators and central Board staff.

It will be worth your day to come to London.