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Thursday, February 8
 

07:30

Déjeuner des champions de la santé - CANCELLED!
Une rencontre d’échange et de réseautage avec tous les champions de la santé, les directions des écoles francophones et les intervenants communautaires en santé de la province. Nous présenterons des histoires de succès et des nouveaux projets en santé dans les écoles. Cette rencontre est sur invitation seulement.

Speakers
AA

Amber Arnold

Amber est coordonnatrice de la promotion de la santé d'Alberta Health Services à Okotoks, Alberta. Elle travaille avec les écoles et les conseils scolaires pour aider à promouvoir la saine alimentation, la vie active et le bienêtre positif. Elle donne de l’appui à des conseils... Read More →
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Renée Levesque-Gauvreau

Agente de projet - promotion de la santé, FSFA
Renée Levesque-Gauvreau occupe présentement le poste d’agente de projets en promotion de la santé à la Fédération du sport francophone de l'Alberta pour l’avancement de l’initiative des communautés scolaires en santé. Graduée du baccalauréat en Récréologie de l’Universit... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 07:30 - 09:00
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Chairperson Katharina Staub - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

08:30

Augmented Reality Can Do That?!
With schools budgets tightening teachers need to come up with creative ways to deliver content in a new and captivating way. Augmented Reality is the ability to bring inanimate objects to life using a device such as a smart phone or a tablet. Access 3D models for science class, demonstrate a heart beating in a chest or bring a colouring book to life. The possibilities are endless when enter the world of Augmented Reality!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

Teacher, EICS Division - OLA School
Scott Hebert is an educator of 10 years who has made it his goal to eliminate the stereotype that school is boring. In an effort to do this he has been recognized both provincially (Alberta Excellent in Teaching Award in 2013), nationally (2017 Laurentian University Human Kinetics... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 08:30 - 10:30
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

08:30

Impressionism For Everyone!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

For those who love Impressionism, it is a MUST. Using oil and chalk pastels, you will learn how to re-create 2 paintings of the great Claude Monet. By learning the painterly tricks of this great master, you will be able to share your knowledge with your students. They will love it! The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Excellent for teachers of grades 4-9. You will leave the workshop with completed projects, handouts and PowerPoint presentation to guide your students. All supplies provided by instructor.

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Artistic Director, ARTIZA LTD.
Izabella holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta. Her awards and grants include Winspear Fund Grant and Dahesh Museum Award in New York. Among her commissions are portraits of Lois Hole, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 08:30 - 11:30
MacEwan - Alberta College: PCL Hall (Rm 541) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

09:00

Blogging/Podcasting and School Leadership
Session Description: This session will offer practical ways to blog as an element of being a highly effective school leader. In the presentation, participants who are new to blogging will have the opportunity to learn more about blogging and will be provided an opportunity to begin their first blog. More experienced participants will be able to plan the goal(s) for their blog and determine strategies to achieve these goals. Participants will learn from the presenters first hand experiences using a blog to support his work as a school leader and share some of the opportunities and challenges that blogging will present. My current blog page is at josephdumont.blogspot.com In addition, we will discuss podcasting and how this unique audio format may be used to promote school leadership. Concepts for Blogging or Podcast as part of a school leader's or teacher leader's professional practice: Create a Blog/Podcast goal - start with why you are blogging Blog/Podcast on what you know and what you want to share Use your blog/podcast to help build communication between the school and the community Use your blog/podcast to promote professional development Use your blog/podcast to strengthen your relationships to be an effective leader

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Dumont

Joseph Dumont

Principal, Elk Island Catholic Schools
My name is Joseph (Joe) Dumont and I am currently the principal at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School in Elk Island Catholic Schools.  I have been a principal, assistant principal, teacher and school counsellor in two different school districts in the Edmonton area.  I have... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

L'aménagement alternatif de la salle de classe.
L’aménagement alternatif est une approche pour faciliter et améliorer l’apprentissage et l’attention des élèves en classe. Les recherches concluent que le cerveau apprend et retient davantage lorsqu’il est stimulé par des mouvements ou activités physiques. Dans une classe où il y a plusieurs endroits de travail, les élèves choisissent ce qu’ils considèrent comme étant la meilleure position pour apprendre et être le plus réceptif en classe. Lors de cet atelier, nous explorerons les bienfaits de cette approche, les étapes à suivre pour l'implantation , des petits trucs peu coûteux .

Speakers
avatar for Isabelle Côté

Isabelle Côté

Je suis employée du conseil scolaire FrancoSud depuis 2006. J'ai enseigné la maternelle pendant 8 années. À la maternelle, j'ai collaboré à l'élaboration d'une approche; Bouger pour apprendre. J'ai donné plusieurs ateliers à ce sujet. J'ai aussi travaillé avec la FSFA pour... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

09:00

Inclusive Education: Who, What, Where, When, Why?!
Keynote: This session will deconstruct what inclusive education means in today’s classrooms and communities. We will also discuss common misunderstandings and myths and leave with ideas and possibilities of inclusive leaning communities and all who benefit.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore

University of British Columbia
Originally from Edmonton, and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller and has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Shelley's presentations... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Corey Conroy
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

L'ADN d'une vie équilibrée! Concilier travail-famille.
Anne Bisson nous explique que pour mener une vie saine et équilibrée sans compromettre nos avancements de carrière, il est impératif de compartimenter! COMPARTIMENTER ? Ça veut dire que quand on rentre à la maison, ce n’est pas juste le corps qui entre mais la tête aussi !!! Donc avoir 2 compartiments: le travail et la maison. Anne nous explique que si on veut être “toute là” avec nos enfants, notre conjoint, notre employeur, il est non seulement souhaitable mais nécessaire d’ouvrir un compartiment pour soi ! Anne nous donne aussi des outils concrets à appliquer dans notre quotidien. Tout y passe: la gestion des écrans... les souper en famille, la réalisation d’un projet qui nous est cher, et on termine avec un exercice de pleine conscience ou une méditation des 5 sens qu’on peut pratiquer seul, en couple ou en famille! On respire, on chante, on bouge , on “sort” de notre tête! Cette conférence s’adresse à tous ceux et celles qui n’ont pas peur de changer leurs habitudes de vie et qui veulent donner du temps de qualité à ceux qui les entourent. Vos enfants vous remercieront et votre patron sera aux anges ! Embarquement immédiat vers la liberté “d’être” et non de “faire” avec ceux qu’on aime !

Speakers
avatar for Anne Bisson

Anne Bisson

SHE'S BEEN CALLED DYNAMIC AND INSPIRING! When she's asked 'Where does all that positive energy come from?' She answers candidly and with a smile, 'It must be in my genes, my DNA!'In 1990, while she was a musician on a Radio-Canada television series called 'Vazimolo', she was invited... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Chairperson Annie Drapeau - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

09:00

How Did You Do It? Team Subban’s Vision for Success
Wisdom. Humour. Leadership experience. Memorable stories. These are the hallmarks of a Karl Subban keynote. Drawing on his experience as a coach, a principal, and the father of “Team Subban,” Subban talks about vision, perseverance, teamwork, and what it means to lead. He uses pointed anecdotes and powerful metaphors to tell a larger narrative about defining, and achieving, success. As a principal, Subban would often give a room full of students a simple command: “Anyone who wants to be better, raise your hand.” Every hand shot up. That came as no surprise. Who doesn’t want to be better? Everybody wants to be better. The problem, Subban saw, was that too many people didn't think they could be. Since those days, he has held the firmly-rooted belief that anyone can—and everyone should—reach their true potential. To that end, Subban shares a proven framework for success that resonates with everyone from educators to business and community leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Subban

Karl Subban

The Lavin Agency
KARL SUBBAN is a former school principal in one of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods, and the father of five children, including three NHL players. He’s dedicated his life to helping others reach their potential—to be better at their careers, and as people.


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Pam Arnason - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Mise à jour du développement curriculaire - CANCELLED!
Nous sommes une année dans la refonte ambitieuse du programme et un an plus près de nouveaux programmes d'étude pour les arts K-12, les arts du langage, les mathématiques, les sciences, les études sociales et le bien-être. Les programmes d'études de la maternelle à la 4e année devraient être complétés d'ici 2018; 5e année en 2019; De la 9e à la 9e année en 2020-21; et de la 11e à la 11e année en 2021-22. Cette session fournira aux participants une mise à jour générale sur le processus d'élaboration des programmes d'études en général, en plus d'une occasion d'examiner / discuter des progrès du projet de cours, des introductions de sujets et des résultats.

Speakers
VE

Various, Executive Staff Officer, Member Services

PD Workshops Administrator, Alberta Teachers' Association
TBD

Contributor

Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

09:00

Your Pension Matters
The session is of interest to teachers of all ages and is a general overview of the teachers’ pension plan. The presentation will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement. 
Click here to book your pension interview!

Speakers
AP

ATRF Pension Counsellor

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund

Contributor

Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Integrating Mental Health into the ELA Classroom
Mental health is an increasing concern for many teachers in the high school classroom. This session will look at film studies, a research project (with presentation) and non-fiction resources that can be used in the high school English classroom to address various strands of mental health (including addiction, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, bi-polar, attachment disorder, suicide, and others) and open the conversation through text and curriculum.

Speakers
TH

Trish Hrytsak

Trish is a 14th year teacher and the English department head at École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School who has been actively integrating mental health awareness and education into her school's philosophy and practice for the past four years. Her focus is on improving student... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Devonian Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Emily Stanton - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 294
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Mirrors in Math! Come to a Geometry Gala!
Come and experience how "hands on" tools like polygons and mirrors can change how you teach geometry skills! Kim Sutton will share practical ideas for making geometry come alive in your grade 4-6 classroom. We will speak the language of shapes as we play games and engage in rich geometry investigations! You will leave with an amazing handout and tool kit of materials that can be used right away!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Sutton

Kim Sutton

Educational Consultant, Creative Mathematics
Kim Sutton has been an elementary educator for more than 40 years, having taught primary, intermediate, and upper grades. Kim has won many honors and had many exciting experiences: • Mentor Teacher in Mathematics and Science • Finalist for the Presidential Award as “Math Teacher... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

09:00

Help! I have to teach my own Music! K-3
In this session, Denise will provide a brief overview of skills and concepts in the Alberta music curriculum, along with fun and easy activities that you can use to teach them. In this session, you’ll get a handout with lots of new songs and games, and access to a website that you can use to teach them to your students.

Speakers
DG

Denise Gagne

Owner, Themes & Variations
Denise Gagne has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from babies and preschool to College levels . She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff. Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay... Read More →
JH

Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band for 26 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. Joyce holds an MEd in Educational Studies, and has completed Level I and II Orff... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Lise Tardif - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

09:00

Sure Fire Games - Division 1 and 2
Come to this session to learn games and activities that are good for all PE classes. You will learn how they get students active, easy to organize, help teach physical literacy. This session will be divided up to different division and is part of the HPE Wellness sessions at the Saville Centre, that are happening all day. Please come ready to participate. There are change rooms and showers available.

Speakers
EL

Erik Larson

Erik is the HPEC regional rep for Greater Edmonton. He has been presenting and organizing sessions for the last few years.


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Location A 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Physical Literacy and PE - Division 3 - 4
This session is being offered twice and will be organized by division. In this session you will learn games and activities that promote physical literacy, activity and will be geared toward your grade level. You will also learn about the great resources available to you.

Speakers
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Location B
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

09:00

International Games from a Teaching Games for Understanding Perspective
This session uses modern concepts for teaching physical education and introduces new activities teachers can bring into the classroom the next day. Educators will have a greater understanding of the Teaching Games for Understanding model, and will gain knowledge of unfamiliar activities that can be developed into engaging units where learners are all on the same level. As well as units, these activities can be broken down into daily physical activity sessions that create meaningful physical education in a fun environment.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hargas

Michael Hargas

Teacher, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division
I've been a Teacher for over 5 years. This is my third year as the Central West Regional Representative for the Health and Physical Education Council.


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Location D 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Around the Old Testament in sixty minutes - a crash orientation session
This session provides a bird's eye view of the Old Testament. As part of the session we will consider the overall story line and the geography of the Old Testament.

Speakers
avatar for Stéphane Saulnier

Stéphane Saulnier

Professor of Sacred Scripture, Newman Theological College
I teach biblical studies and biblical theology at Newman Theological College, Edmonton, where I am a full time instructor on the MRE. MDiv and MTS programs online and on campus. I regularly contribute to Teacher conferences in the province.


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

God & Star Wars
The Star Wars movies are absolutely filled with numerous religious references and images, as George Lucas borrowed heavily from a variety of religious traditions to tell us what happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. As a result, Star Wars has often been used to bring religious themes to life - and one of the best at this was the late Fr. Mike "Catfish" Mireau. Drawing inspiration from his writings and videos at www.fathercatfish.com where he explained how Episodes 1-6 brought our Christian faith to life, ECSRD Chaplain Mike Landry will continue the story - looking at how the new Star Wars movies continue to be an excellent tool when teaching religion and sharing faith.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landry

Michael Landry

Chaplain, Evergreen Catholic Schools
In the history of the Bible and of the Church, God has often chosen unlikely people to play a part in the story of our faith. Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program during his high school years. Now, he’s a geeky... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Leadi(Ng) Science with School Spear-It!
A common goal among science teachers today is to inspire student curiosity and science interest. Undoubtedly, more and more teachers are turning to science demonstrations and hands-on activities as a way to reach this goal. Why are demonstrations and hands-on activities the answer? Join Michael Ng once again in his 8th of his 10th part Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares amazing science demonstrations and incorporating school spirit of leadership, cooperation, belonging, laughter and friendship.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Teacher, Paul Kane High School
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael appears monthly on GlobalTV Edmonton Morning demonstrating his passion for making science learning fun.


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Charlene Wheeler - St. Thomas Aquinas #45
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Curriculum Development Update

We’re now 18 months in to an ambitious overhaul of the Alberta curriculum that will result in the development of new arts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and wellness programs of study. Learning outcomes for Kindergarten to Grade 4 should be developed by 2018; Grades 5-8 outcomes in 2019; Grades 9-10 outcomes in 2020-21; and Grades 11-12 outcomes in 2021-22.

The goal of this session is to provide teachers and school leaders with an opportunity to discuss curriculum development and implementation with representatives from Alberta Education and the Alberta Teachers’ Association.


Speakers
avatar for Janis Irwin

Janis Irwin

Executive Director, High School Curriculum, Alberta Education
Janis Irwin is the Executive Director of High School Curriculum for Alberta Education.
avatar for Keith Millions

Keith Millions

Executive Director, Alberta Education
Keith Millions is the Acting Executive Director of Early & Middle Years Curriculum and French Education with Alberta Education.
avatar for Joni Turville

Joni Turville

Associate Executive Secretary, Alberta Teachers' Association
An award-winning teacher, Joni brings energy and expertise to her practice. Her past roles include technology consultant, administrator, and teacher of many different grade levels and subjects. A lifelong learner, Joni recently defended her Ph.D. Research at the University of Alberta... Read More →

Contributor

Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Promoting Durable and Efficient Learning: Useful Insights from Cognitive Science CANCELLED!!
The scientific study of human attention and memory consists of thousands of experiments dedicated to identifying cognitive processes fundamental to learning. Researchers have translated this knowledge base into several techniques that help students of all ages and abilities to understand and remember materials across various domains. You will learn what these techniques are, evidence for why they work, how to implement them in your class and how your students can use them to guide their learning outside of the class.

Speakers
FS

Faria Sana

I am a Cognitive Psychologist (PhD, McMaster University) at Athabasca U. I focus on how memory and attention research can be used to promote scholarship of teaching and learning. My research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Les sept enseignements de grand-père
Cet atelier examinera les sept enseignements de grand-père (Anishnabe/Ojibwé) transmis à travers les générations. Durant la journée, nous aborderons entre autres sujets les animaux qui ont été associés à chacun de ces enseignements et la façon dont ils utilisent les dons offerts par le Créateur. En s’inspirant de la littérature, nous allons explorer les moyens de faire découvrir ces enseignements à nos élèves, dans toutes les matières. Nous allons discuter de l'importance de ces enseignements dans notre vie quotidienne en ce qui concerne la formation du caractère, mais aussi afin de comprendre comment ces enseignements ont contribué à la survie de nos peuples autochtones à travers l’histoire. Vous participerez à des activités et à des discussions que vous pourrez utiliser dans vos salles de classe afin de faciliter la compréhension de ces enseignements

Speakers
avatar for Eric Caron

Eric Caron

Éric Caron is professional learning consultant with the Consortium provincial francophone. With a background in history, Éric has taught a variety of subjects. His passion for teaching and learning is demonstrated by the variety of classroom projects and extra-curricular activities... Read More →

Contributor

Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

09:00

Breakout EDU: The Educational Escape Room!!
Have you ever participated in an Escape Room? Remember that excitement as you and your friends were overcoming challenges and getting close to attaining your freedom? Well Breakout EDU is the escape room made for the classroom. Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas. Participants will have the chance to experience what a Breakout EDU game feels like. See if you have what it takes to join a group of individuals and overcome the challenge placed before you to save the world. Participants will work through an actual Breakout EDU game. Participants will have the opportunity to discover what the Breakout EDU kit is, how to create a kit on a limited budget and how the games are created. Participants will have the opportunity to begin looking at resources for their classroom needs and even begin to create their own game to use in their classroom. Personal technology is a must for participants in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Vernon Brady

Vernon Brady

Teacher, EICS #41
Vernon is a teacher at Out Lady of the Angels with Elk Island Catholic Schools. He has been a teacher for 22 years teaching and has taught the spectrum of junior high as well as Religion, Social and Math at the high school level. Vernon's passion for all things student focused is... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Glenda Galloway - Wetaskiwin #18
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Understanding Adolescent Mental Health
In this 2 hour session, we will overview the current research around adolescent mental health and its origins. The how and why of Mental Illness will be explained with current Canadian data. Anxiety, depression and ADHD will be highlighted in this presentation with an in depth look at the brain's functions in relation to these Mental Illnesses. Strategies to support positive mental health will be shared. A thorough handout will be given and there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience. Mental Health is Brain Health. Let's get on board with understanding it so we can teach it!

Speakers
KP

Kathy Penner

Mental Health Teacher, Calgary Board of Education
Kathy Penner has been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 14 years. She spent 6 years in a highly specialized Mental Health High School classroom and has recently returned to the classroom. She is teaching both CALM and Psychology. Her emphasis has always been about doing... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Expanding Executive Functioning Skills
Are there students in your classroom that struggle with time management, task initiation, or self-regulation? These are just three of the executive functioning skills that the frontal lobe of our brains are responsible for. This session will look at some things you can try as an educator with these types of students. Classroom accommodations ideas as well as assistive technology ideas will be shared.

Speakers
SW

Suzanne Williamson

An Alberta native, Suzanne has been teaching for the past 17 years in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Her interests include technology, inclusion, and FNMI education. She is currently the Central Alberta Regional President of the ATA Social Studies Council. In 2016, Suzanne... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Bringing Literacy Alive!
From Bringing Learning Alive, we are excited to provide this workshop to help your differentiate your Language Arts program. Whether you choose to deliver an independent spelling lesson or integrate into your Language Arts units, come and learn some fun and interactive ways engage students in Language Arts. Through flatbooks, games, and differentiated word lists, students can build an understanding of how to engage in literacy. Participants will leave with ready to use activities to implement immediately. We will focus on: • Curricular outcomes and look at how you teach them and assess them • Look at the Literacy Competencies • Strategies to make Literacy fun, engaging and easy to differentiate Be prepared to participate and have some fun!

Speakers
LF

Lenee Fyfe

Lenee Fyfe has been an educator for over 15 years. She has taught at all grade levels in both Montessori and Mainstream classrooms. Currently, she is serving as an administrator in Lethbridge, AB. Lenee's passion for making Math fun for all kids is evident in this workshop. She has... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

09:00

Literary Salon: The Art of Intentional Conversation
In our technology-driven culture, we are at risk of losing our ability to connect authentically with other people through well-thought-out conversation. The literary salon is designed to get people talking to one another. At the heart of the salon is a search for meaningful connection. It is about creating a safe space for vulnerable sharing, with no digital distractions. The goal of the literary salon is to remind us just how satisfying it can be to engage in guided conversations about important topics. I will also help teachers bring the salon model to their students.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, speaker and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She has four self-published books and is at work on her first YA novel. Julianne holds a certificate in Counselling Skills and is an award-winning student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, pursuing her BA... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Indigenous Films from across Alberta - CANCELLED!!!
Join Chris Hsiung, Producer and Director of the award-winning film "Elder in the Making”, to learn about his latest collaboration: a series of short films about the Indigenous Peoples of Alberta to be exhibited at the newly opened Royal Alberta Museum. Ambitious in scope, this series brings Cree, Dene, Metis, Blackfoot and Nakoda voices into the Human History wing of the museum. The museum spent years consulting with Indigenous Elders across Alberta to determine what stories they wished to share. This is an exciting opportunity for educators to hear about story behind the films which cover a range of Indigenous topics relevant to Alberta from traditional to contemporary.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hsiung

Chris Hsiung

Executive Producer, Hidden Story Productions
Chris Hsiung is the Producer and Director of award winning feature documentary Elder in the Making. As the founder of Hidden Story Productions Ltd., he seeks stories that express both the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit. His journey has taken him from Kathmandu where Nepalese... Read More →



Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Buddy Teachers + Buddy Classrooms = Math Success
In this math games workshop participants will learn the best math games for using in cross graded settings. Come as a teaching team - 1 from primary, 1 from upper elementary and learn games your students can do together once a week. The benefits for older students are many; it enhances and deepens their mathematical understanding as they teach younger students. It also helps rebuild foundational math skills if they are weak, and it also promotes literacy and leadership skills. For younger students meaningful, monitored practice happens, a sense of school community evolves, a win/win for all. Jane will also teach sketchnoting techniques for recording rules and strategies that you can use with your students. Come prepared to play and learn our favorite math buddy games that focus on fact fluency and operations, place value and more! Gameboard and instructions provided.

Speakers
JF

Jane Felling

Educator, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane is co-author of the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series and has been doing workshops in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has conducted workshops across North America for K - 8 contracts and has been a featured speaker at the National... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

09:00

Functional Movement: How To Improve Injury Prevention and Athletic Development
This session will examine what are the most common injuries that athletes are experiencing and the often preventable problems that lead to these injuries. This presentation will also discuss the Functional Movement Screen and other mobility tests; tools that teachers can use to assess the fundamental movements patterns of the student athletes they are instructing. The session will conclude by looking at a range of corrective exercises and practices that teachers or coaches can bring back to their schools to help their students prevent injuries and improve their overall athleticism.

Speakers
VR

Vincent Reynolds

Vincent Reynolds is a junior high and senior high Physical Education, Sports Performance, and Athletic Leadership teacher at Strathcona Christian Academy in Sherwood Park. Vincent has coached volleyball, basketball, track and field, and team handball at multiple age levels. During... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 313
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 24
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Knitting for Wellness
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Knitting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and helps to boost memory and cognitive function. It can be done anywhere including inside the classroom. Come out and learn how to knit (or bring along your own project) and discuss ways knitting can be beneficial for your students and yourself. You will learn to cast-on, knit stitch, yarn over and knit 2 together to create a simple dishcloth pattern.

Speakers
TA

Tiffany Archie

Tiffany has been teaching grade 1 and 2 for the past 10 years. She is a self-taught knitter and has been knitting for over 10 years. Tiffany enjoys sharing her skills with friends and family and finds knitting to be a wonderful way to unwind at the end of a stressful day.
MO

Michelle Opdendries

Michelle has been teaching for 10 years and has enjoyed the art of knitting for 8. Michelle is always eager to learn new exciting things that are happening in the world of knitting. Michelle has implemented a school knitting club and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and exp... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
MacEwan - Alberta College: Bryan Hall (Rm 410) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Maker, Shaker, Thinker, Tinker K to 3
Ways of knowing, knowing ways to engage all learners through hands on investigations that integrate Science, Math, Engineering, the ARTS.... Every session is different, every task engaging: body, mind, spirit. Come laugh, play and learn how to build problem solving and problem posing skills into everything your students do, no matter how young. You will see and hear specific links to science curriculum Grade 1 to 3, to math curriculum K to 3, to Language Arts. Literacy comes alive as students build their comprehension and communication skills while practicing foundational numeracy, literacy and science skills. It’s playful, mindful, differentiated, students learn how to direct and assess their own learning. But come early: this session fills FAST.... Change attitudes, change minds, change achievement Fun is not a four letter word if it is focused on purposeful learning..... . I guarantee you will go ahhhhhh

Speakers
GL

Geri Lorway

Consultant, Thinking101
Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to connect, communicate and critically think. Build, Explain, Represent and Compare: Intentional teaching motivates and directs students to take responsibility for and pride in... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

09:00

Reinvigorating Word Work - Gr 7-12
Tired of using a KWL (who ever gets to the L?), needing to give up valuable class time and pulling teeth to get through another list of vocabulary definitions or more disappointingly, finding many texts too challenging for your students to read? Surprised by vocabulary words that students don't seem to know these days or how little they remember the next day/week/month? Ready for some new approaches to help students build vocabulary and activate background knowledge that can be used across subject areas? Come prepared to engage with us as we try out some fresh, updated vocabulary and discussion strategies that honour the best of what we know from the fields of brain research, student engagement, the meta-analysis work of John Hattie and Visual Learning, and etymology/morphology. You will leave armed with strategies that secondary students will actually enjoy using, that lead to increased reading comprehension and deeper reflection, and that help us support diverse learners. This session may be focused on word work, but you'll want to rename it word play that packs a punch.

Speakers
avatar for Sherri Johnston

Sherri Johnston

Educational Consultant, Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium
Sherri Johnston has been a teacher for over 25 years. She has her M.Ed. in Elementary Literacy and is passionate about reading. She served as a district literacy consultant in Elk Island Public Schools for ten years where she supported both English and French Language Arts teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Visual Journaling through Curriculum
Using Visual Journals for curriculum is a passion of mine. It gives the chance for children to explore their learning through the arts. It allows for different entry and exits points and an amazing way to assess student understanding using nonverbal representation. This session will be hands on and highlight many different techniques and share ideas based on grade one and two curriculum that can be adapted for different grades.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Hellyer

Emily Hellyer

Grade 2 Teacher, Calgary Board of Education


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 12:00
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 119
  • Chairperson Abi Henneberry - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 18
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

09:00

Foods Muffin Unit for Middle School
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

CTF Foods for the Middle School Years will include a full day presentation on how my classroom is setup for grades 5 through 8, as well as an entire unit on muffin mixing including a hands on demonstration of muffins which will lead into my cupcake challenge. We will be making muffins and decorating cupcakes with a professional baker from Sherwood Park. There will be opportunities to collaborate with the other teachers coming and eat some of our baking! Bring an apron and a memory stick!

Speakers
MM

Mhairi Miskew

Foods Fashion teacher, St Theresa
I have been teaching for over 19 years. I have had numerous teaching positions from grade 2 to grade 12. I have taught in and around Edmonton for all of my teaching career. Recently I have been teaching CTF, in particular Foods and Fashion.


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 15:00
Offsite: Sherwood Park Location 2
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 25
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Holy Shirt! It's Adobe Illustrator to the Rescue.
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Participants will spend a full day in the media lab at Morinville Community High School learning about Adobe Illustrator and it's application in a variety of CTF, CTS and Art courses at the secondary level. A various of introductory techniques will be discussed, with particular focus on the pen tool. As well, we will discuss the types of projects you can do with your students - whether they're at the notice to expert level. During the afternoon, participants will put what they've learned to the test and design and press their very own custom single color t-shirt design. Lunch will be provided on site.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Boutestein

Greg Boutestein

CTS/Fine Arts Department Head, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools
As the Department Head for CTS and Fine Arts at Morinville Community High School, Greg has over 20 years of experience teaching Communication Technologies courses. From digital photography to vector-based design to 2D animation, the school's media program gives students an extensive... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 15:00
Offsite - Morinville
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 36
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Metal! Learn to Weld
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

A hands-on, crash course in welding safety and techniques. At the end of the session you will have learned how to cut, shape, and join metal using Oxyacetylene and GMAW (MIG) processes. Learn the practical and artistic applications and walk away with your very own completed project. Catch a glimpse of a gold medal welding program!

Speakers
LC

Lucas Case

Journeyman B Pressure welder and Teacher, I have a passion for welding and working with youth.
MJ

Mike Johnson

I began working for Alberta Advanced and moved to teaching. I have taught in many different settings; from the inner city, the suburbs, and rural. I am currently teaching Welding, Design, Communication Technology, and Social Studies at Sturgeon Composite High School.


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 15:00
Offsite - Sturgeon
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 18
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Shop made jigs for woodworking
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Most of us have the basic tools in our shops to build simple things well. There are many useful, easy to make jigs, for the table saw, router and bandsaw that will allow students to build things faster, safer and better. In this session we will be making accurate crosscut and tapering sleds for the table saw as well as circle cutting and tenoning jigs for the router.

Speakers
SW

Steve Woodard

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
Steve has been sharing his passion for the cabinetmaking trade with students for the past 13 years. He's a journeyman cabinetmaker and teacher in the largest high school wood shop in Alberta, where kids make everything from tiny doll furniture to full-size garages on site. On rare... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 15:00
Offsite: Sherwood Park Location 1
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

09:00

The Art of Rag Quilting
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Participants will learn the "art" of making a Rag Quilt. These beautiful quilts look professionally made, however they are rather easy to make and perfect for the student sewer in Fashions learning the basics of quilting. These quilts are a lot of fun to assemble, from picking out and coordinating your 100% cotton material to organizing the "look" you want. This latest quilting style combines the traditional concepts of patchwork (with a twist) and unusual materials often looked over for normal quilting, such as denim. Rag quilts are perfect for a bed quilt, baby quilt, a throw for the beach or to snuggle and cozy up with while watching TV. This one-day workshop will be offered in how to measure, cut, design and layout a rag quilt. A detailed material list will be provided in helping you pick out your fabric for this workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Dyer

Cynthia Dyer

I am a Foods & Fashions teacher at Lorne Akins Junior Secondary school, working in St. Albert for the past six years. I am passionate about both Foods & Fashions and bringing innovative and creative ideas to my students. I am also the Central PD Representative on the CTEC Council... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 15:00
Offsite - St.Albert
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Fun with watercolor
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We do art because it brings us joy. Willie will provide a handout for all levels. This course is specially designed to be accomplished in one day. And it is workable for all.

Speakers
WW

WILLIE wong

Owner, Kamena gallery and frames ltd
WILLIE WONG Born in Malaysian Borneo, land of the head hunters, in 1959, this vanishing tropical island of exotic flowers and birds influenced Willie Wong to study art in various locations throughout South East Asia under various renowned Chinese artists. After completing the Senior... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 16:00
Offsite: Sherwood Park Location 4
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

ATRF Pension Interviews - FULL!
Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board will be holding pension interviews for those teachers who are considering retiring or terminating from the plan in 2019 - 2022. 
PLEASE NOTE: INTERVIEWS NEED TO BE BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH ATRF HERE
****All interview times at North Central Teachers' Convention are full**** 
Click here for members who want to meet with ATRF in the Edmonton office at a later time.

Speakers

Thursday February 8, 2018 09:00 - 16:00
Westin: Chancellor Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:30

Prendre soin de soi: L'autogestion du bien-être
La vie d’une employée ou d’un employé d’école ressemble à courir le marathon – mais en sprint! Nous savons que cela peut être frénétique par moments, et c’est pourquoi dans cet atelier nous examinerons l’autogestion du bien-être (ou comment prendre soin de vous-même) peut faire une différence dans votre vie, et aussi dans votre communauté scolaire. Joignez-vous à nous pour découvrir comment développer un plan pour vous occuper de vous et pour apprécier comment cela vous aidera à accroître vos occasions de refaire le plein et de dynamiser votre vie!

Speakers
SC

Stephanie Caron-Roy

Workplace Wellness Liaison, Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan
Stéphanie Caron-Roy is an ASEBP workplace wellness liaison with experience in health promotion and disease prevention and management. A registered dietitian by trade, Stéphanie promotes workplace and employee wellness by fostering relationships within school communities.


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

09:30

Drills & Skills for Elementary & Jr High Basketball Coaches
Designed for teachers who are involved in coaching/reffing in his/her elementary or junior high school. This session will share coaching strategies and drills to prepare your team for the final part of your season. Whether you’re looking for new drills to add variety to your practices or a new way to teach an old skill; this session will provide you with plenty of ideas to use immediately at your next practice. Using a Canada Basketball model, you will learn the benefit of advantage drills such as 2v1, 3v2 and the random vs block practice model to create better decision making in your athletes. All participants are welcome to bring laptops, iPads, notebooks to record or take notes during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Don Finlayson

Don Finlayson

Teacher/Coach, Black Gold School Division
I've been teaching and coaching in Devon for the past 10 years, currently at John Maland High School. I am currently the head coach for the Senior Women's basketball team at the school. Previously, I have been the head coach at the Alberta Summer Games on 3 separate occassions. Most... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 09:30 - 11:30
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Location C
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:30

Drama Productions: From Zero to Hero- No Experience Required
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you ever wonder what it would take to build a successful drama/musical theatre program from the ground up? Have you ever thought you’d love to do something like this but are worried you lack the knowledge, skills or experience? If so, this session is for you! Come learn from two people who have lived it. Our program was built from the ground up starting 5 years ago, and we’re here to show you how to do the same thing! This session includes a how-to seminar, backstage look as we prep for our matinee, the show itself, and debrief. Bring a notepad/device to take notes and pictures as the day progresses and an email that we can share our Google Drive Folder with. You will come to Festival Place in Sherwood Park for a full day session which will include: 1. How our program was built over 5 years and how you can do the same 2. A step by step breakdown of how we prepared for this year’s Shrek production: a. Budgeting & Timelines b. Auditions & Casting c. Costume/Set/Prop Design & Creation d. Choreography, Character Development & Vocal Training (Don’t freak out, you don’t need experience) e. Ticket Sales f. Creating a culture of success 3. A tour of the theatre 4. A backstage look at our pre-show preparation (makeup, costumes, microphones, warm-up etc.) 5. An opportunity to watch the show from various vantage points (sound booth/lighting booth, wings (side of stage) etc. 6. After the show, you’ll have an opportunity to talk with the directors, members of the cast and crew, and parents to ask any follow up questions you may have. Our program at Lakeland Ridge School (k-9) performs one, full scale theatrical production run at Festival Place every year with over 100 students involved annually (almost one out of every 3 students in grade 6-9 involved). Our show is fully inclusive, meaning any students in grades 6-9 wishing to be involved in the program are welcome to do so. We have a wide variety of talents, abilities, and needs will always find the right fit for our students. Our goal is to provide you with a guiding framework to help you build a program such as this, or to take yours to the next level. LUNCH will be provided onsite.

Speakers

Thursday February 8, 2018 09:30 - 15:00
Offsite: Sherwood Park Location 3
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

10:00

Ways to cope with the stress of teaching - Mindfulness in the Classroom
Marek will prepare a short presentation on mindfulness and will provide tools for teachers to deal with stress. He will also touch base on how physical injuries common to teachers (such as neck, back, and leg injuries) can add to this stress. He will suggest ways to deal with that type of stress as well. As a small interactive activity, he will bring an emWave2. Its a portable biofeedback device that observes your heart rhythm which reflects your level of inner balance and your emotional state. It can help you calm down, combat stress, or fight panic attacks. It can help you achieve certain goals such as relaxation, or awareness of your heart rate and breathing. The device attaches to the user's earlobe or finger while the data is sent to Marek's computer for him to analyze in real time.

Speakers
avatar for Marek Komar

Marek Komar

Sport Psychology Consultant, Pivotal Physiotherapy
Marek seeks to understand one fundamental question: What is holding you back from performing at your best? From his own experiences as a high level competitive athlete he understood that for him, it was mental toughness. This has led him to study the complex inner workings of the... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:00 - 10:30
Shaw CC: Hall D Level Room D1. 20 min Wellness Quick Picks
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:15

I can teach PE. Great ways to get kids moving in any space.
In this session, Physical Literacy in Residence Teachers will present on games and activities that they have learned that can be played in small spaces, the classrooms, and with large groups. Please come ready to be active. This session will be geared towards elementary and junior high teachers.

Speakers
MM

Matt Maron

Matt has been teaching PE for many years with the Black Gold District.


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:15 - 11:15
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Location D 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:15

Physical Literacy and PE - Division 1 - 2
This session is being offered twice and will be organized by division. In this session you will learn games and activities that promote physical literacy, activity and will be geared toward your grade level. You will also learn about the great resources available to you.

Speakers
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:15 - 11:15
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Location B
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:15

Sure Fire Games - Division 3 and 4
Come to this session to learn games and activities that are good for all PE classes. You will learn how they get students active, easy to organize, help teach physical literacy. This session will be divided up to different division and is part of the HPE Wellness sessions at the Saville Centre, that are happening all day. Please come ready to participate. There are change rooms and showers available.

Speakers
EL

Erik Larson

Erik is the HPEC regional rep for Greater Edmonton. He has been presenting and organizing sessions for the last few years.


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:15 - 11:30
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Location A 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:30

Ways to cope with the stress of teaching - Mindfulness in the Classroom REPEAT SESSION
Marek will prepare a short presentation on mindfulness and will provide tools for teachers to deal with stress. He will also touch base on how physical injuries common to teachers (such as neck, back, and leg injuries) can add to this stress. He will suggest ways to deal with that type of stress as well. As a small interactive activity, he will bring an emWave2. Its a portable biofeedback device that observes your heart rhythm which reflects your level of inner balance and your emotional state. It can help you calm down, combat stress, or fight panic attacks. It can help you achieve certain goals such as relaxation, or awareness of your heart rate and breathing. The device attaches to the user's earlobe or finger while the data is sent to Marek's computer for him to analyze in real time.

Speakers
avatar for Marek Komar

Marek Komar

Sport Psychology Consultant, Pivotal Physiotherapy
Marek seeks to understand one fundamental question: What is holding you back from performing at your best? From his own experiences as a high level competitive athlete he understood that for him, it was mental toughness. This has led him to study the complex inner workings of the... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Hall D Level Room D1. 20 min Wellness Quick Picks
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques
Are you looking for strategies to use in your classroom that will enhance student learning and provide you valuable feedback about your teaching practice? Classroom assessment techniques are a form of formative assessment that are teacher-directed and learner-centered. They provide information on what, how much and how well students are learning. This information can guide instructional practice and will benefit all students; however, it will particularly have a positive impact on low-achievers. In addition, classroom assessment techniques encourage metacognitive activities in students. Come to this session to be exposed to some easy to use techniques that can be smoothly incorporated into your current teaching style!

Speakers
TB

Tyler Buchan

Teacher, Salisbury Composite High School
TBD


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Around the New Testament in sixty minutes - a crash orientation session
This session is aimed at teachers who teach (or will teach) religion classes and have little prior familiarity with the New Testament or with the bible as a whole. The session aims to achieve two goals: a) equip participants with an initial working understanding of how the Old Testament came to be put together, and b) equip participants with basic tools to grasp its internal coherence, its story line.

Speakers
avatar for Stéphane Saulnier

Stéphane Saulnier

Professor of Sacred Scripture, Newman Theological College
I teach biblical studies and biblical theology at Newman Theological College, Edmonton, where I am a full time instructor on the MRE. MDiv and MTS programs online and on campus. I regularly contribute to Teacher conferences in the province.


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Skills Canada Alberta - Skills for the Future
Skills Canada Alberta aims to inspire students to pursue trade and technical careers as first choice career options. Find out how our Provincial & National Competitions, Junior High Skills Exploration Days, Cardboard Boat Races, Try-A-Trade Field Trip, and Skills in the Classroom Presentation provide pathways for students to turn their passions into careers and develop skills for success in a dramatically evolving workplace.

Speakers
RT

Randi Tajcnar

Skills Canada Alberta
Randi Tajcnar, Education Facilitator for Skills Canada Alberta, received her Education Degree from the University of Alberta. Randi tours across Alberta connecting students’ talents and aspirations to meaningful post-secondary and career opportunities in skilled trades and technologies... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:30

Invitations, Provocations & Loose Parts!
As educators, we recognize play as the foundation of learning invitations. Provocations and Loose Parts are popular strategies that are being used in Reggio Emilia Inspired Classrooms to help promote exploration and discovery. In this session, we will look at how we use these terms and offer ideas to support these strategies as we explore elements and principals of their design. Participants will have time to set up and explore provocations.

Speakers
CM

Caroline McDonald

Assistant Principal, St. Gregory
Caroline McDonald achieved her Early Childhood Education Diploma in 1981, Bachelor of Arts in Child Studies and Bachelor of Education in 1985. She has worked in daycare/ preschool settings and has taught in many junior and senior kindergarten classrooms since her graduation. Caroline... Read More →
TW

Tracey Wujcik

Tracey Wujcik has worked with Evergreen School Division for the past 27 years. She is a passionate educator who is dedicated to the success of all students. Tracey has worked in the field of Early Childhood for 12 years with much of this time being dedicated to Kindergarten programming... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Janet Close - Evergreen Catholic #44
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

10:30

#MeToo, What Now: Cultivating Possibility
From our workplaces to our schools to our homes, there is an unprecedented of conversation in North America on sexual violence. Drawing from two decades of experience as an educator, social worker and artist, Farrah Khan will share ways educators can foster consent culture in the classroom. With empathy and humour she will provide tangible tools to actively prevent and address multiple forms of gender-based violence. Beyond prevention, Farrah will share strategies to respond effectively to disclosures, check our biases and attend to trauma exposure. Using examples from her own work, she establishes a shared language about the continuum of sexual violence violence, trauma and support. Participants will leave inspired with meaningful strategies to translate conversations into action to support people affected by sexual violence and prevent further harm.

Speakers
avatar for Farrah Khan

Farrah Khan

Farrah Khan picked up a microphone to speak out about sexual assault as a teenager and has not put it down since. As a nationally recognized counsellor, educator, and policy advisor, she has spent two decades working to raise awareness about sexual violence. Farrah’s innovative... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Robert Kelly - Greater St. Albert Catholic #23
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

10:30

Big Data - Little Kids: Standardization, Datafication and (De)Personalization of Learning
Growing expectations for school leaders to gather more data (often digitally) on student achievement (and wellbeing) has resulted in increased pressures on schools. In many parts of the world this has led to increased standardization, datafication, narrowing curricula, depersonalizing student learning and ultimately undermining and deprofessionalizing teaching. A major challenge for school leaders is to navigate away from these growing pressures within hierarchical education systems in order to steer towards learning environments that are defined by greater attention on creativity, student voice, diversity and talent, free play and the development of social and emotional empathy within school communities. This session will share the latest research and global activity related to standardization, datafication and the ambiguous notion of personalization of learning, and engage participants in practical solutions to collectively respond to these pressures in Alberta and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Phil McRae

Dr. Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator, Research, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr Phil McRae is the Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where he earned his PhD. He was the Director of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) at... Read More →

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Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Heather Wright - High Prairie #62
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:30

Boomwhackers, Bucket Drums, and Beat Boards
Are there days when you just want to hit something??? In this session, you’ll have fun drumming and making music with Boomwhackers, Bucket Drums and Beat Boards. In this session, Denise takes you through a sequential process that will help your Gr. 1-5 students learn to read rhythms and melodies using Boomwhackers, Bucket Drums and Beat Boards, stick notes, tennis balls, and more! It’s fun and will give teachers some great ideas of ways to get students reading music in Grades 1-6.

Speakers
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Denise Gagne

Owner, Themes & Variations
Denise Gagne has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from babies and preschool to College levels . She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff. Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay... Read More →
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Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band for 26 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. Joyce holds an MEd in Educational Studies, and has completed Level I and II Orff... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Westin: Devonian Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Linda Miller - Elk Island Catholic #21
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 294
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:30

Sacred Scripture & Secular Students
With more than six billion copies printed, the Bible is arguably the best-selling book of all time. The stories we hear in scripture from Genesis to Revelation are our stories: stories of triumph and failure, of faith and doubt, and above all, of a God who sticks with us day in and day out... but bringing these stories to life for our students can be a real challenge. Simply put: this convention session is one designed to help you to engage your students in the Bible. Join Evergreen Catholic Schools chaplain Mike Landry as he shares a framework by which students can make sense of the "big picture" of salvation history. He'll present 10 of his best classroom presentations from the Bible. Finally, he'll share some of his favourite resources for making sense of Bible as well as some of the strategies (movie clips, props, drama) he uses to challenge students to engage with scripture.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landry

Michael Landry

Chaplain, Evergreen Catholic Schools
In the history of the Bible and of the Church, God has often chosen unlikely people to play a part in the story of our faith. Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program during his high school years. Now, he’s a geeky... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:30

Explodi(Ng) Science Rules!
Science teacher Michael Ng returns in his 7th of his 10th part Classic Demo Lecture Series - showing the Top 10 unique science demos – inspiring the imagination and making science fun … and explosive!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Teacher, Paul Kane High School
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael appears monthly on GlobalTV Edmonton Morning demonstrating his passion for making science learning fun.


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Brenton Baum - Timberline #9
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Navigating Multiple Perspectives: Strategies for Social Studies Teachers
Whose voices are heard in your classrooms, and why? The Alberta Program of Studies in its current (and likely future) form calls for the inclusion of Aboriginal and Francophone perspectives, and there are many others that we might want to engage with as well. This task, however, is tricky. How might we engage with perspectives in meaningful ways? Many teachers fear the inclusion of perspectives and points-of-view that are not their own. This session will provide tools, tips, and tricks, as well as a theoretical foundation to help teachers feel confident that they can engage respectfully with perspectives within and beyond their classroom. Although this session is connected to the social studies curriculum, much of the content may also be of interest to those in ELA, Second Languages, and other teaching areas.

Speakers
avatar for Cathryn van Kessel

Cathryn van Kessel

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Cathryn van Kessel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in Secondary Social Studies Education. As a secondary school teacher, Cathryn taught junior and senior high social studies and Latin for a decade, and now teaches social studies curriculum and instruction classes... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Janet Vader - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Why is my Colleague So Happy? Meeting the SEL Needs of Educators
When your alarm goes off do you ever wish you could pull the covers over your head and avoid school for the day? Do you ever glance at a colleague and wonder how they could possibly be so happy? Teaching is an challenging position where teachers try to manage the social and emotional needs of many youngsters. Sometimes this can be an overwhelming task. What's the best way to help our kids learn to manage emotion? The science of Social Emotional Learning now confirms that the best way to help students is to take care of our own wellbeing. Come to this uplifting and fun workshop where participants will learn new strategies to take care of the adults first. We will blend evidence based practices in SEL (Social Emotional Learning) with first hand examples. We guarantee you will leave feeling inspired and excited about returning to work. Who knows - maybe you'll become that happy colleague that others are wondering about.

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Blakeway

Kristi Blakeway

Principal, SD42
Kristi Blakeway is a principal in Maple Ridge, BC. In 2014 she was named Vancouver's Woman of Distinction for her work connecting schools with the community. She has presented at conferences in US, Canada and Mexico and recently presented at TEDx, sharing stories that inspire students... Read More →
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Cheryl Schwarz

Vice-Principal, School District 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
Cheryl Schwarz is a high school administrator in British Columbia. She has taught K-12 and mentored teachers in graduate diploma programs in the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about social emotional learning, strength based leadership and professional... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson mary briand - Greater Peace #13
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Designing Curriculum for a Range of Abilities - Success for ALL students. BREAKOUT SESSION!
This session will look at how plans can be responsive to the needs of a group of learners that include a variety of abilities. We will discuss examples and strategies of how all kids can achieve success through strategic planning of goals and designing of supports.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore

University of British Columbia
Originally from Edmonton, and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller and has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Shelley's presentations... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Dianne Molzan - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Outils pour amener tous vos élèves à écrire des récits intéressants
Selon le rapport du Comité d'experts sur l'apprentissage de l'écriture (2008), écrire est un acte complexe qui vise principalement à « assurer l'organisation et la cohérence de la production écrite en fonction du genre utilisé » (p. 5). Lors de cet atelier, nous présenterons une démarche pour amener les élèves de 10 à 14 ans à rédiger un récit réaliste cohérent et intéressant. D'abord, nous présenterons plusieurs activités de lecture pour aider les élèves à s'approprier les caractéristiques d'un récit bien construit. Ensuite, nous présenterons trois stratégies d’écriture en nous basant sur des vidéoclips d'une enseignante en train de modeler l'emploi de ces stratégies devant ses élèves. Plusieurs pistes pédagogiques seront offertes pour adapter les outils proposés afin de répondre aux besoins d'élèves de niveaux d'habiletés variés en lecture et en écriture.

Speakers
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Sylvie Bergevin

Sylvie Bergevin a plus de 30 ans d'expérience en salle de classe. Elle a enseigné de la maternelle à la 8e année pour le Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord de l’Alberta. Elle enseigne présentement dans une classe de 5e année à l’école Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc où l’inclusion... Read More →
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Martine Cavanagh

Martine Cavanagh détient un doctorat en éducation de l’Université de Sherbrooke. Elle est professeure titulaire à la Faculté Saint-Jean de l’Université de l’Alberta où elle enseigne des cours de didactique du français dans le programme de formation des enseignants. Ses... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 12:30
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags French

10:30

The Blanket Exercise
The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop in which educators will experience over 500 years of history by taking on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they will walk through time and explore the impacts of colonization, treaty-making, and modern legislation. By engaging participants on an emotional and intellectual level, this workshop is a powerful tool for increasing empathy and understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lynn Cook

Terry Lynn Cook

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Terry Lynn Cook is currently a Walking Together Consultant with the Alberta Teacher’s Association. She is on secondment from Living Waters Catholic Regional Division No 42. She has worked recently as a Pedagogical Supervisor for Northland School Division and as an Alberta Regional... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Devin

Cheryl Devin

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Cheryl is one of six Alberta Teachers’ Association Walking Together Consultants. She has over 26 years of teaching experience at the junior high level in a variety of subject areas, including language arts, social studies and science. Cheryl is Métis, with family migrating from... Read More →

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Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 12:30
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Santé et Préparation pour la vie en "prêt-à-livrer"
L'importance de l'apprentissage socio-émotionnel et son impact sur les apprentissages est reconnu. Les différents domaines et composantes de l'autorégulation seront discutés. De plus, des activités concrètes reliées aux compétences attendues de nos élèves seront partagées et expérimentées.

Speakers
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Patricia Giguere

Ergothérapeute oeuvrant dans les écoles du Conseil scolaire Francosud.
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Saulnia Lacombe

Superviseure de l'équipe d'inclusion au Conseil scolaire Francosud.


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:30 - 12:30
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags French

10:45

Bouger pour mieux apprendre
“L'apprentissage qui tient compte du fonctionnement du cerveau demande aux éducateurs de tisser les mathématiques, la géographie, les compétences sociales, le jeu de rôle, la science et l'éducation physique ensemble avec le mouvement, le théâtre et les arts en salle de classe.” (Jensen, 2005) À l'aide de recherches dans le domaine de la neurophysiologie de l'apprentissage et de vidéos d'activités en salle de classe, la présentatrice visera à 'inspirer les enseignants de la maternelle à la 12 années à planifier des activités d'apprentissages qui tiennent compte du fonctionnement du cerveau des enfants et des adolescents. L’information sera organiser en trois sections: L’impact du mouvement sur l’apprentissage Des espaces de classe qui facilitent le mouvement Des exemples d’apprentissage en mouvement

Speakers
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Andrea Petryk

ergothérapeute, Le Réseau
(à venir)


Thursday February 8, 2018 10:45 - 11:45
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

11:00

Enlighten up!
In this 20 min workshop we will explore our “blind-spots”, those areas in the body that get stuck, trapped and hidden as a result of stress, chronic tension, overuse, underuse, injury and our posture and lifestyle habits. As we "bring light to” or become enlightened to our otherwise unconscious ways of acting and reacting in our bodies we can begin to unravel from the inside out, transforming the way we show up in our bodies and life. There is a saying in yoga that “how we do anything is how we do everything”. Get out of your slump literally in this yoga quickie through breathing exercises, body scanning, posture awareness, mindful movement, stretching and meditation, which has been shown by research to reduce stress, elevate mood, increase heart health and improve immune function. How do you show up?

Speakers
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Michele Theoret BSc, M.S, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, CPT and Psychotherapist in training

Empowered Yoga
Michele is a mother of 3 and the creator and primary facilitator of Empowered Yoga and Lifestyle. Michele has been teaching and studying: yoga, mindfulness, health and wellness for over 20 years. As a wellness expert, she has studied extensively in various fields including; Exercise... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:00 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Hall D Level Room D1. 20 min Wellness Quick Picks
  • Room Details Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00

Getting Students Coding
Programming is not just for nerds and computer scientists, it is being used across all disciplines. You'll be able to see examples of some easy ways to start programming, including Scratch, Touch Develop, Google Apps Script, Swift, Python, OpenSCAD, and Arduino. Regardless of what, or who, you teach you can find something here that will interest you. In an increasingly automated world, we can prepare students to direct and control the machines.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and most recently taught Grade 6. He is currently on a one-year leave working for Cybera on the Callysto project.


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:15

Subtraction Strategies that make the Difference for K to 3 students!
Need ideas for Monday? Join me.....Teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 3 consistently ask for more support ideas in how to teach subtraction so that students master and fluently recall and apply subtraction facts. In this highly engaging, hands on session we will explore a series of tasks, problems and practice cards that focus on incorporating an understanding of subtraction into all the work we do with number in the early grades. The activities are differentiated to demonstrate how one idea can be "grown" across the grades as students build their Literacy and Numeracy skills. The focus is actively and deliberately integrating comprehension, critical thinking and imagery for number into everything we do in primary math.

Speakers
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Geri Lorway

Consultant, Thinking101
Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to connect, communicate and critically think. Build, Explain, Represent and Compare: Intentional teaching motivates and directs students to take responsibility for and pride in... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:15 - 12:15
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:30

Self-defense Krav Maga basics -Quick Pick (20 minutes)
At Krav Maga Solution we enable everyday people to defend themselves. No man or woman should be threatened or attacked; no child should be abducted or bullied. This 20 minute intro to self defense will teach you some late releases and soft defenses along with other skills you can put to use immediately. No special attire required! Come as is and check out these quick and easy techniques.

Speakers
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David Crane

David Crane been teaching Krav Maga in Edmonton since 2011, he is internationally certified in Krav Maga and has over 40 years Martial Art experience. He holds three black belts and is a second generation Martial Artist. He has studios in Edmonton, a after school program at Sturgeon... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Hall D Level Room D1. 20 min Wellness Quick Picks
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

Video Game Design - Basic Animation
Kids love video games... and can learn a lot about computer science and art by learning to make them! In this session we'll try out a free online cloud-based program called Piskel that you can use to create basic character and background animations. You will be introduced to this tool through an example of frame-by-frame digital animation and then you will create your own. This presentation is entry-level and bring-your-own-laptop, but no previous experience with computer science or programming is needed.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Gillingham

Joshua Gillingham

Math/CS Teacher, Parkland School Division
Joshua is a high school Math and Computer Science teacher. He enjoys finding new ways to integrate technology into student learning experiences and hosts an after-school video game design club. He has also been a guest instructor for Creative Music programs and a public science educator... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Shaw CC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Rick Kremp - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

11:30

Revisiter l'étude du roman - 7e à 9e années
Avez-vous des élèves peu intéressés à lire? Qui se plaignent des difficultés de lire en français? Qui perdent le fil de l'intrigue? Avez-vous des anciens titres dans vos placards ou des choix très limités? Y a-t-il une solution? Nous allons explorer des stratégies (plutôt en formes des cercles de lecture avec un ou plusieurs titres) qui aideront les élèves à agrandir leur lexique et à faire sens du texte ensemble et qui amèneront à une expérience plus positive. En plus, voir comment maintenir du contenu exigeant afin de vous vous assurer que l'expérience amènera à des gains langagiers et soutiendra les RAS. Ouf - quel défi! Venez voir ce qui est possible. Soyez prêts à sauter dans les conversations, à partager vos expériences et à faire la promotion des romans ados engageants (et récemment publiés) que vous avez découverts.

Speakers
avatar for Sherri Johnston

Sherri Johnston

Educational Consultant, Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium
Sherri Johnston has been a teacher for over 25 years. She has her M.Ed. in Elementary Literacy and is passionate about reading. She served as a district literacy consultant in Elk Island Public Schools for ten years where she supported both English and French Language Arts teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags French

11:30

Sensory Processing Through Yoga and Mindfulness
Yoga and mindfulness are effective adjunct therapies for children with sensory processing conditions helping to stimulate the senses while calming the central nervous system. Discover numerous yoga and mindfulness techniques ideal for sensory input including vestibular and proprioceptive systems to help calm, focus and regulate. Come prepared to actively participate.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Freeman

Donna Freeman

Founder, Yoga In My School
Donna Freeman believes that yoga and mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, by anyone, at any time. It was love at first pose when she began practicing yoga in 1997 while living in Cape Town, South Africa. Delving deep into alignment, anatomy and mindfulness,  Donna soon became a... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:30

School Math Nights - Amazing Race Style!
School Math Nights, sometimes known as Family Math Nights are great way to make school and home connections. Participants will learn and play a series of simple math games using regular cards and dice that they can use as they organize their own Family Math Night. The session handout will include rules and game boards for each game and a sample "tally sheet" parents can use at the Math Night to keep track of which games they want to go to and which games they've already been to. School Math Nights - Amazing Race Style are a great lead into parent-student-teacher meeting nights or to start off a semester or school year. School Math Nights - Amazing Race Style, get parents into the school, touring the school and learning ways they can help their children master math concepts being covered at school. Participants will also learn strategies to easily plan, organize and carryout a successful School Math Night at their own school.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

Co-owner/Author, Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge, insights, tips and humor to his presentations, gained through his work with students and teachers throughout North America. He is a featured speaker at many regional, national and international educational conferences and has authored articles for... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Shaw CC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

Enhance Your Math Assessment: Using Geometry Games as a Performance Task
At the end of a geometry unit, it’s easy to make a test where kids state all the names and attributes of shapes. But, how can we match our assessment practice to the hands-on approach to learning about shapes during a unit? We wrestled with this question and our grade 4 & 5 students helped us answer it! In this session, we’ll share how we used games to meet all the curriculum outcomes and how we designed a performance task as a summative assessment. While trying out the performance task, teachers will learn how to design their own task and a matching rubric. Teachers will leave with specific games and performance task ideas that they can adapt to their classroom. Get ready to go back to your classrooms and hear your students tell you, like ours, that they were confident working with geometric objects and were proud of their mathematical thinking!

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Candler

Alexandra Candler

Numeracy Consultant, Elk Island Public Schools
Alexandra Candler is a Numeracy Consultant for Elk Island Public Schools. She is interested in creating learning environments that support students in developing deep understanding of mathematical concepts. Alexandra is passionate about finding hands on activities that engage students... Read More →
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Janelle McFeetors

Dr. Janelle McFeetors is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education at the University of Alberta. During her 8 years of teaching in schools, she focused on listening to the mathematical thinking of students as a way to inform her teaching. She is interested in supporting... Read More →
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Stephanie Shannon

Stephanie Shannon is an elementary school teacher in Edmonton, AB. Previously as an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta, Stephanie worked alongside Dr. McFeetors on her research project: Games as Learning Experiences in Elementary School Mathematics. She is interested... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 313
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 24
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

11:30

"Such a Nasty Woman": Citizenship Education in a Post-Feminist Era
This session will familiarize teachers with the concept of post-feminism in a neoliberal context. Post-feminism has the ability to deflect conversations about gender inequality, and can influence both teachers' and students' critical examination of broader social inequalities in society. Media messaging, language, and gender roles create a landscape of ideas, beliefs, and values that suggest that conversations about gender inequalities are passe, even though inequalities continue to exist. This session will open a dialogue about how citizenship education, both within and beyond the social studies curriculum, can disrupt this the post-feminist landscape, so students can approach social justice issues with compassion and empathy.

Speakers
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Kim Edmondson

Kim Edmondson has been a busy high school teacher for the past ten years. She is a 200-HR certified yoga teacher and is passionate about fostering wellness and wholeness among her colleagues in the teaching community.


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

11:30

Awwwww, Breakout! (Digitally)
Breakout Edu is a fantastic way to get students to start thinking methodically and increase their problem-solving skills. Creating a Breakout game and setting up the physical boxes can be time consuming, but there is another way! Come play a Digital Breakout EDU, then learn how to construct a game. You’ll pick up great skills along the way in tools like Google Sites, Google Forms, and Google Drawings, and you’ll start creating a game for your own content area!

Speakers
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Jacqueline Larson

Instructional Coach / Technology Integration Facilitator, Black Gold Regional Schools
Jacqueline is a Google Certified Educator currently working as a Beginning Teacher Coach and Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold Regional School Division. She has worked as a junior high classroom teacher and literacy coach. She has an MEd in Instructional Design and... Read More →
avatar for Darren Maltais

Darren Maltais

Darren is a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. After eight years of experience as a classroom teacher in a one-to-one environment, he now works collaboratively with teachers and students in 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projects... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

The creation of Anxiety
In this 2 hour session we will explore the origins of anxiety as a Mental Illness and how our society has promoted it. Brain development and current Canadian data on this illness will be shared and strategies in learning to cope with it and move forward will be discussed.

Speakers
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Kathy Penner

Mental Health Teacher, Calgary Board of Education
Kathy Penner has been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 14 years. She spent 6 years in a highly specialized Mental Health High School classroom and has recently returned to the classroom. She is teaching both CALM and Psychology. Her emphasis has always been about doing... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 13:30
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

Pysanky, The Art of Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Discover the art of writing authentic Ukrainian Easter Eggs using traditional supplies such as a stylus (kystka), melted bees wax, and permanent dye. Learn the symbolism behind the designs and the colours. Each participant will create up to two pysanky they will take home, along with a handout of instructions they can use with their students. Come and explore the concepts of line, design, colour, unity, and the use of different median to create art.

Speakers
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Crystal Wujcik

I am an elementary school teacher with EIPS. I am a mother of three small children and I work part-time as a grade six teacher at Wye Elementary. I am passionate about art and am of Ukrainian descent. I have Ukrainian danced and traveled to Ukraine. My family and students have been... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:30 - 14:30
Offsite - Edmonton 10005 84 St NW
  • Chairperson Terra Beth Dowhaluk - Sturgeon #27
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 25
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:45

Dungeons & Dragons & Social Skills
The value of role play has been recognized for decades as a low risk way to help people rehearse interpersonal interactions and coping strategies. Dungeons and Dragons, and other roleplaying games, can serve a similar same function for students. In fact, they have an advantage over free-form role play due the carefully constructed worlds and rules integral to play. The codified structures help students by providing clearly defined and understandable frameworks in which to act. In this session we will look at what roleplaying games are and how they can be used as a way to improve social skills, resiliency, and self-confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Hodges

Daniel Hodges

Hazard Gaming
Daniel began his teaching career in New Zealand, moved to Fort McMurray, and then to Edmonton. He has been a math and shop teacher with Black Gold regional schools for the last ten years.


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:45 - 12:45
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:45

Managing challenging behaviours with a Trauma informed lens
Many teachers today are discouraged by the inability of children to cope within the classroom. Often, children who struggle to cope display disrespectful and explosive behaviours, which are a challenge for teachers to manage. Too often these challenging behaviours are a result of exposure to violence, neglect, or loss. Teachers need to know how to manage these disruptive and challenging behaviours because these behaviours lead to attention and learning difficulties for the child and adversely impact the child’s peers, teachers, and school administrators.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Rufiange

Wayne Rufiange

Principal, Pembina Hills Public Schools
Wayne Rufiange is in his 1st  year as principal of R.F. Staples after spending 9 years in administration with Sturgeon Public Schools. He enjoys talking about the growth of Morinville Public School starting in 2011 with 90 students, Pre-K through Grade 4, to the current enrollment... Read More →
avatar for Shawna Walter

Shawna Walter

Principal, Morinville Public School
Shawna Walter has taught all grades, Kindergarten to Grade 12, over the past 26 years and worked for four different school boards as both a French as a second language teacher and homeroom teacher. She moved into administration four years ago and is currently a Principal in Sturgeon... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 11:45 - 12:45
Westin: Devonian Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 294
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

Thinking about a master’s or doctorate? Graduate Student Workshop
The Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta has the degree for you! We have a completely online Curriculum and Pedagogy, face-to-face or combined master’s program as well as a doctoral program. Come and learn how to enroll and what the programs look like! Our Elementary Education scholars and students will be there to respond to all your comments and questions. Pursue the topics that you are passionate about and get credits for salary purposes at the same time.

Speakers
MD

Maryanne Doherty

Chair, Faculty of Education
Maryanne Doherty is the Interim Chair of the Department of Elementary Education. She oversees the graduate program which consists of: online Curriculum and Pedagogy, master's face-to-face, and doctorate. Currently, there are many courses that students can take to pursue their pas... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

911! Hot Topics in Assessment
Group grades, second chances, effort… assessment can be an emotional subject! What assessment issues are taking up time and energy in your school or classroom? Explore hot topics in assessment and consider how the fundamentals of sound assessment practice can lead the conversation – and maybe even put out some fires in your staffroom!

Speakers
avatar for Alberta Assessment Consortium

Alberta Assessment Consortium

Field Service Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

The Power of the Relationship in the Classroom: It’s All You Need. Believe It.
Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. For ten years, she worked on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital, where she became a believer in the power of the relationship in assisting children and their families who are struggling with emotional regulation. She has developed a particular passion working with teachers and school staff, who often spend more time during the day that their primary caregivers do.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jody Carrington

Dr. Jody Carrington

CEO and Chief Happiness Officer, Dr. Jody Carrington
For the last 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Corey Conroy
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

Leading a High Performance Life
Yvonne Camus delivers a talk that will make you rethink workplace pressures, stress, and what it means to lead a high performance life. Despite daunting challenges, it is possible—in fact, it is absolutely necessary—to achieve high performance living. Stress, relentless and unremitting, is taking an enormous toll on our health. When our bodies and minds are exhausted, we find it hard to produce creative ideas. But it doesn't have to be this way. Drawing on the latest from nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and mindset—the four pillars of health—Camus presents a deeply relatable talk, full of effective real life strategies: the One Minute Meditation, the Mindful Eating Plan, and others. More than just a handful of tips on how to “reduce stress,” this absorbing talk will help audiences fully incorporate healthy, high performance into every aspect of their lives.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Tough

Paul Tough

Author, Speaker, Journalist
Paul is the author of several books including, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (2016), Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (2008), and How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012), which was translated... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Debra Kaplar - Greater St. Albert Catholic #23
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

12:00

Brigades culinaires
La Brigade culinaire, de type “Iron Chef”, est une activité basée sur des principes de saine alimentation dans un esprit de compétition et de créativité. Cette session engagera les enseignants à produire une collation saine en 10 minutes! L’atelier fournira un guide d'animateur si vous souhaitez offrir ce genre de concours dans votre école pour engager les élèves dans un projet de saine alimentation. Nombre limité de places disponibles - inscrivez-vous le plus tôt possible!

Speakers
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Amber Arnold

Alberta Health Services
Amber Arnold, MSC, RD. Amber est une coordonnatrice de “Health Promotion” avec Alberta Health Services à Okotoks, Alberta. Elle travaille avec des écoles et des conseils scolaires pour aider à promouvoir bien manger, vivre activement et un bien-être positif. Elle donne de... Read More →
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Renée Levesque-Gauvreau

Agente de projet - promotion de la santé, FSFA
Renée Levesque-Gauvreau occupe présentement le poste d’agente de projets en promotion de la santé à la Fédération du sport francophone de l'Alberta pour l’avancement de l’initiative des communautés scolaires en santé. Graduée du baccalauréat en Récréologie de l’Universit... Read More →

Contributor

Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

12:00

A Sneak Peak Into My Counselling Toolbox-Shhh It's Confidential
In this session I will share some of the different strategies I used as a school counsellor in individual, small group and large group settings with a focus on grades 1-6. You will have a chance to experience some of the activities first hand and hopefully leave with an idea to try for your next counselling session. Some of the topics covered will address how our actions make others feel, the importance of having a network of support, and other common counselling topics. I will also share with you my tracking and documentation practices and how to build small group support groups.

Speakers
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Shannon Chabot

My love for teaching started at an early age. I had an interest in working with others and that grew into a passion when I began volunteering in a GOALS (Gaining Occupational and Life Skills) classroom at the age of 15. After high school, I gained more experience in the field prior... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Donna Chanasyk - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00

Place Value with Pizzazz! What a Party!
Come and experience effective strategies to guarantee student success with place value understanding! Kim Sutton will share how to teach place value and develop deep understandings of related computation skills! Participants will receive a meaningful handout and tool kit for motivating students to learn place value! Be prepared for a party atmosphere with lots of singing and dancing!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Sutton

Kim Sutton

Educational Consultant, Creative Mathematics
Kim Sutton has been an elementary educator for more than 40 years, having taught primary, intermediate, and upper grades. Kim has won many honors and had many exciting experiences: • Mentor Teacher in Mathematics and Science • Finalist for the Presidential Award as “Math Teacher... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00

G. K Chesterton: The most significant author you've never read.
One hundred years ago, G.K Chesterton was a common literary name. Now his name is forgotten in all but a few small circles. His messages, however, are more relevant today than ever. Come and discover this literary and literal giant; exploring his work as a journalist, essayist, playwright, novelist and theologian.

Speakers
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Paul Corrigan

Division Principal, Faith formation and Wellness, EICS
Paul and Scott grew up in the same theological mecca townsite of Westlock Alberta, but have moved south and somewhat east to live in Fort Saskatchewan and Bruderhiem respectively. Both are proud to call themselves the father of four. Paul serves as a the Director of Faith formation... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

The 5E Learning Cycle in the Science Classroom
Are you looking for a tried and true method of teaching Science that is both practical to use in the classroom and that is grounded by research? The 5E Instructional Model has been around for almost 30 years, and so is a well-established approach to science instruction that you may not have heard of before. It's a constructivist teaching strategy grounded in research that is consistent with cognitive theories of learning. Plus, it offers a practical lesson planning structure and is a way to approach instruction in a meaningful way. This session will introduce you to the 5E model and encourage you to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate!

Speakers
TB

Tyler Buchan

Teacher, Salisbury Composite High School
TBD


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:00

Whiteboarding in the Science Classroom
Whiteboarding can be defined by some as an effective classroom strategy that uses dry-erase boards to actively engage students in the learning process. This strategy provides students with ongoing evaluation and quick feedback that guides understanding and comprehension of subject matter. It also allows students to engage in a collaborative learning process with their peers enabling them to learn from each other. This session will introduce you to multiple methods on how you can use whiteboarding in your science classroom.

Speakers
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Kristian Basaraba

Next Step High School
Kristian Basaraba is presently a high school science teacher at Next Step High school in Sherwood Park. He has a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Montana State University and has taught all levels of high school science, including International Baccalaureate and non-academic... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:00

Existential Threat and Education
As William James (1917) notes: “Back of everything is the great spectre of universal death, the all-encompassing blackness… the worm at the core of all our usual springs of delight” (p. 140). Existential fear, and how humans manage that terror, lurks behind many of our thoughts and deeds. Terror management theory (TMT) notes that all living creatures, humans and otherwise, share an innate drive for continued life. What makes humans unique (as far as we know) is that we are aware that we will eventually lose “the battle against death”. Humans have reacted to this existential problematic by developing ways to reduce our fear through immortality projects (e.g., legacies through procreating, erecting monuments, etc.), self-esteem, and worldviews. Anyone or anything that challenges our self-esteem or worldview (intentionally or not) subverts our coping mechanisms, throwing us into existential terror and thus eliciting negative reactions. TMT provides possible responses to the questions: How do my motivations for teaching affect the educational endeavour, and why is it often so difficult to engage with non-dominant perspectives in the classroom? An awareness of existential processes that impact education provides an opportunity to engage with privilege and oppression in a way that might mitigate hostile responses.

Speakers
avatar for Cathryn van Kessel

Cathryn van Kessel

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Cathryn van Kessel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in Secondary Social Studies Education. As a secondary school teacher, Cathryn taught junior and senior high social studies and Latin for a decade, and now teaches social studies curriculum and instruction classes... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Linda VandenBerg - Greater Peace #13
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse
***This is no longer a pre-registered session***

The Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse workshop was developed by researchers in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, using leading scientific evidence, and in close collaboration Little Warriors. The aim of the workshop is to teach adults about child sexual abuse, with a focus on helping adults develop tools to reduce children's vulnerability to sexual abuse.

Speakers
JJ

Jessi Jamieson

Little Warriors


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 14:00
MacEwan - Alberta College: Bryan Hall (Rm 410) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

COLOUR THEORY FOR EVERYONE!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Are your students bored with recreating a “perfect” colour wheel? Spice it up and excite students. This workshop will provide alternate ways to teach colour theory through a set of funky exercises leading to creation of a major art piece. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. All participants will be provided with handouts that can be used directly in their art classrooms. Open to art and general teachers of grades 7- 12. All materials provided by instructor.

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Artistic Director, ARTIZA LTD.
Izabella holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta. Her awards and grants include Winspear Fund Grant and Dahesh Museum Award in New York. Among her commissions are portraits of Lois Hole, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 15:00
MacEwan - Alberta College: PCL Hall (Rm 541) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:00

Through Autism Glasses
Are you somewhat new to the autism world, or are you a relatively new teacher? Perhaps you are having trouble getting through to you students with autism, and wonder why they do the odd things they do. Or maybe it’s just hard to include them in your regular program. You just need to see things through ‘autism glasses’. This session will help you to see things the way they do, and covers all primary and secondary symptoms. It is a presentation full of great strategies, that will involve demonstrations, observations, video footage of an autistic child and a display of physical materials that help make the world friendlier to autistic children. And just as importantly, you will get a feel for what life can really be like for a child on the spectrum and their family.

Speakers
avatar for Kitty Parlby

Kitty Parlby

Owner, Autism Inspirations
In January of 2000, Kitty’s son was diagnosed with severe autism, which drove her into intense study. She has provided autism workshops and presentations since 2005. She also worked for years as a special needs Educational Assistant in Alberta. Kitty is now an autism consultant... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:00 - 15:00
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Erin Kaley Danderfer - Greater Black Gold #8
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

12:15

How to go from Bored to Board (Math Focus)
This session will introduce you to several board and card games that I use in my Math 20-2 and 30-2 classrooms to engage students and build curricular connections. We will have a chance to play these games and talk about the direct application they have to specific outcomes. In addition, I will provide examples of ways in which you can use the games as questions on formative and summative assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Johnson

Sandy Johnson

For the past 10 years, Sandy has been teaching High School Mathematics at Strathcona Christian Secondary in Sherwood Park. In the field of education, his passion is using board games to create community and curricular connections in the classroom.


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:15 - 15:15
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 119
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 18
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:30

Self-defense Krav Maga basics -Quick Pick (20 minutes)- repeat
We enable everyday people to defend themselves. No man or woman should be threatened or attacked; no child should be abducted or bullied. This 20 minute intro to self defense will teach you some late releases and soft defenses and you will leave with skills you can put to use immediately. No special attire required! Come as is and check out these quick and easy techniques.

Speakers
DC

David Crane

David Crane been teaching Krav Maga in Edmonton since 2011, he is internationally certified in Krav Maga and has over 40 years Martial Art experience. He holds three black belts and is a second generation Martial Artist. He has studios in Edmonton, a after school program at Sturgeon... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:30 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Hall D Level Room D1. 20 min Wellness Quick Picks
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30

Growing Up Digital
Children are inundated with digital media; they use it in their homes, in their schools, and often, in their free time as well. The 2014 Active Health Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth awarded Canadian children and youth a grade of “F” for excessive sedentary behaviours, in part due to extensive screen time. With so much daily use of digital media, many are becoming increasingly concerned about its long term effects. For example, currently, we know that electronic media can negatively affect children’s sleep, memory, and learning. Additionally, intensive technology use has also been associated with physical health complaints such as musculoskeletal pain (i.e., neck-shoulder and low back pain often contributed to by computer use) and poor health status. With so many potential consequences to using technology, it might be tempting to suggest that children should not be using technology at all; however, this is not a practical solution; technology is not going away. In fact, when used appropriately, digital media can be an effective learning tool. In this session, I will provide an overview of the current research related to the impact of digital media on development and propose a practical approach that teachers can use when dealing with issues related to digital media and children.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Daniels

Jason Daniels

University of Alberta
With a background in cognitive development research, Jason Daniels, PhD, has extensive experience managing research and evaluations. In his role as Associate Director of Research Support Services at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Extension, he lends his research expertise... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Shaw CC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Andrea Willson - Sturgeon #27
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30

Every Child Can Learn- Literacy Instruction for Students with Complex Needs
Inspired by the work of Dr. Karen Erickson and Caroline Musselwhite, this session explains how to implement literacy instruction for students with complex needs using The Four Blocks of Literacy. The presentation will explain each block, activities that can be used to help students learn, and provide resources and strategies to help teachers get started or to enhance their current instruction. Participants will learn about each Block and practice and discuss activities that they can start teaching when they get back to school. Embedded in each block will be ways to teach complex communicators and to embed communication skills and AAC use into instruction. Strategies and activities are appropriate for learners with significant disabilities in both a regular classroom and a specialized program.

Speakers
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Lindsay Jones

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
Lindsay Jones teaches Junior High PLACE Program in Elk Island Public Schools. As a classroom teacher, her focus has been bringing literacy and communication instruction to complex learners. Lindsay views literacy as an essential life skill for all learners, including those with complex... Read More →
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Andrea Perrotta

Special Education Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
Andrea Perrotta teaches the Elementary PLACE Program in Elk Island Public Schools. As a classroom teacher, her focus has been bringing literacy and communication instruction to complex learners. Andrea views literacy as an essential life skill for all learners, including those with... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30

Focus on FUNdamentals (K-6)
Fun is an important ingredient needed to maximize participation and encourage physical activity. In fact, engaging in fun activities sparks interest and promotes lifelong participation, which contributes to the development of physical literacy. This presentation will provide a ton of activity ideas that teach fundamental movement and sport skills within a fun, challenging and active learning environment. The activities shared will be acquired from the new resource; Focus on FUNdamentals and participants will leave with sample cards to use right away.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Training and Development Officer & Teacher Relief, The International School Macao
Tracy Lockwood is a certified K-12 PE Teacher and has over 25 years of experience as an educator. Her experience includes working with K-12 students in Alberta, Abu Dhabi and currently lives and works in Macao. She was employed as a Health and Physical Education consultant for nearly... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Location A 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:30

Awesome Assessment in PE
In this session, you will learn how to incorporate awesome assessment practices in your PE class. You will participate in assessment through activity.

Speakers
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Erik Larson

Erik is the HPEC regional rep for Greater Edmonton. He has been presenting and organizing sessions for the last few years.


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Location B
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:30

Student-Produced Live Video
Morning announcements via live video, with elementary students in front of the camera and running the show? It's easier than you think. Student attention during morning announcements improves when they can see other students on the screen reading the news, and the production process is a great experience for interested students. We'll talk about how we got all of this going at our elementary school, some free tools and inexpensive hardware, and a few suggestions to get you started.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and most recently taught Grade 6. He is currently on a one-year leave working for Cybera on the Callysto project.


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45

L'identité catholique et la commission Vérité et Réconciliation
Avec la commission Vérité et Réconciliation, la réalité passée des école résidentielles a été dévoilée. Il est probablement vrai de dire que plusieurs catholiques se sentent mal à l'aise avec les accusations portées vers l'Eglise. Dans cette session, nous allons discuter de cette réalité. Nous allons parler de la relation entre les peuples autochtones et les Canadiens Français catholiques qui ont sillonés les prairies et toute l'Amérique du Nord. Nous parlerons aussi du rôle du gouvernement et de celui de l'Eglise dans la question des écoles résidentielles. Cette session n'est pas une session de condamnation! Le but est d'entrer tous ensemble sur le chemin de la réconciliation.

Speakers
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Pierre Rousseau

Principal, Eco le Sir George Simpson
J'enseigne à St-Albert, en Alberta, depuis 1989. J'ai partagé mes années d'enseignement entre l'école Secondaire Sir George Simpson et l'école Elémentaire Leo Nickerson. Chargé de cours au Campus St-Jean de l'Université de l'Alberta depuis 1994, j'ai le plaisir d'enseigner... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

12:45

If You Can’t Fail, You Can’t Succeed: How to Practice Risk
The prevailing trend for students today involves emotional safety above all. Over time, this has created a risk-averse culture, where many would rather play it safe than step out of their comfort zone to challenge themselves. This session offers practical ideas to help you model risk in a responsible manner to inspire your students to aim high and learn to practice resilience when they experience failure. Designed to be interactive with small group discussion time built in so strategies can be developed and shared. Prepare to see failure in a whole new way!

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, speaker and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She has four self-published books and is at work on her first YA novel. Julianne holds a certificate in Counselling Skills and is an award-winning student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, pursuing her BA... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45

Continuing ASEBP Benefits into Retirement
Retirement is exciting, but also a little daunting with all the paperwork and planning to be done. With so many things to remember, let the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) make one of your checklist items a little easier—your retirement health benefits. During our session, participants will learn about eligibility requirements for maintaining their ASEBP benefits into retirement, the different coverage options available to them, the cost of coverage, as well as benefit options available after ASEBP coverage has ended.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Forsyth

Nathan Forsyth

Program Specialist, ASEBP
Nathan Forsyth is a Program Specialist with ASEBP where he has worked for 10 years. Nathan works with ASEBP project teams to help enhance the organization’s interaction with covered members through improvements to various programs and services, like ASEBP’s websites and mobile... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45

Spicing Up Social Studies 9
Let's face it, Social Studies 9 does not have the most exciting topics for grade nine students, but there are things you can do to spice it up. If you are new to teaching Social 9 and/or struggling with coming up with ideas for various topics, then this session is for you! Participants will walk away with LOTS of ideas and resources (from websites to online interactives to presentations to games to actual projects).

Speakers
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Suzanne Williamson

An Alberta native, Suzanne has been teaching for the past 17 years in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Her interests include technology, inclusion, and FNMI education. She is currently the Central Alberta Regional President of the ATA Social Studies Council. In 2016, Suzanne... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 12:45 - 14:45
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

13:00

Enlighten up! REPEAT SESSION
In this 20 min workshop we will explore our “blind-spots”, those areas in the body that get stuck, trapped and hidden as a result of stress, chronic tension, overuse, underuse, injury and our posture and lifestyle habits. As we "bring light to” or become enlightened to our otherwise unconscious ways of acting and reacting in our bodies we can begin to unravel from the inside out, transforming the way we show up in our bodies and life. There is a saying in yoga that “how we do anything is how we do everything”. Get out of your slump literally in this yoga quickie through breathing exercises, body scanning, posture awareness, mindful movement, stretching and meditation, which has been shown by research to reduce stress, elevate mood, increase heart health and improve immune function. How do you show up?

Speakers
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Michele Theoret BSc, M.S, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist, CPT and Psychotherapist in training

Empowered Yoga
Michele is a mother of 3 and the creator and primary facilitator of Empowered Yoga and Lifestyle. Michele has been teaching and studying: yoga, mindfulness, health and wellness for over 20 years. As a wellness expert, she has studied extensively in various fields including; Exercise... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 13:30
Shaw CC: Hall D Level Room D1. 20 min Wellness Quick Picks
  • Room Details Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:00

African Music for Children
This interactive session introduces African music by means of singing, dancing, drumming, recorder and on Orff xylophones. Instruments are provided by the speaker. Participants learn two songs: One for Division 1 and the other for Division 2. A music background is not necessary for attendance and all skill levels are welcome. Demonstrations of music theory and social curricular ties are introduced for both songs, and some unique characteristics of African folk music will be discussed. Educators leave with the necessary resources (including sheet music) ready and able to teach the two songs to their own students.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Prince

Garth Prince

Africansong.org
As a native of Namibia with years of experience in promoting African culture and community-building through song, dance and instruments, Garth Prince offers unique programs for schools and venues across North America.


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 14:00
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Kyle Swenson - Sturgeon #27
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

13:00

Video Game Design - Make a Game with Stencyl
Kids love video games... and can learn a lot about computer science and art by learning to make them! In this session we'll create a game using the free program Stencyl (downloadable online). We will look at the basics of video game design: setting up levels, creating characters and backgrounds, and programming commands. This presentation is entry-level and bring-your-own-laptop, but no previous experience with computer science or programming is needed.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Gillingham

Joshua Gillingham

Math/CS Teacher, Parkland School Division
Joshua is a high school Math and Computer Science teacher. He enjoys finding new ways to integrate technology into student learning experiences and hosts an after-school video game design club. He has also been a guest instructor for Creative Music programs and a public science educator... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

13:00

Les arts visuels...la suite !
Suite au succès de l'atelier "les arts visuels versus le bricolage" et à la demande de plusieurs, la session sur les arts visuel offre la suite de ce qui a été présenté. Cette vois, nous réviserons les étapes de la création artistique, je vous ferai vivre une situation d'apprentissage telle que je la fais vivre à mes élèves et nous parlerons de l'évaluation. Finalement, de nouvelles idées seront présentées et vous aurez l'occasion d'essayer quelques techniques que j'enseigne à mes élèves.

Speakers
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Armelle Amidath

D’abord diplômée en Maintenance Industrielle puis en Arts visuels, je me suis inspirée du travail de deux enseignantes incroyables pour devenir enseignante au primaire. Après mon diplôme en enseignement à l’Université Laurentienne en Ontario, j’ai enseigné 3 ans en Mauritanie... Read More →
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Annie Jacques

Enseignante, École du Nouveau Monde
J'ai fait mes études en enseignement préscolaire et primaire à l'Université du Québec à Montréal en favorisant les options artistiques (arts visuels et art dramatique). En 2003, je suis déménagé à Calgary où j'enseigne depuis. Après avoir travaillé en première année... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

13:00

The Amazing Races
Do you like to solve puzzles and learn about different cultures? Do you believe in equity in gender diversity and respect for all? Do you like to play on your smart phone or tablet? If you answer yes to these questions this session might be for you. Similar to "The Amazing Race" and "City Chase," this session will have participants solve clues and go to specific locations around the convention venues. Please dress appropriately. Once at the specified location, you are required to take a photo of yourself next to the required image/object. Solve as many clues as possible in the time allotted before returning to the starting point for a debrief and possible prizes!

Speakers
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Karen B. Campbell

Teacher - 12 Month, Adlc Edmonton
I have been a teacher for many years, the last 16 of which with Pembina Hills Public Schools. My main area of teaching is in the social sciences (psychology, geography, and sociology) and I am active with my ATA Local, specifically with our Local's DEHR Committee. We (my fellow DEHR... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

13:00

8 Tools to Reduce Anxiety & Stress for Kids of All Ages
Discover 8 highly effective tools that reduce anxiety and stress. We all experience moments of anxiety and stress, which is part of life and can be beneficial. However it can also erode self confidence, turn your stomach into knots and severely impact your well-being. For some anxiety may become excessive and begin to control or negatively impact day-to-day living. In this workshop you’ll learn 8 tools that effectively reduce anxiety and stress. These tools will help kids big and small regain control of their life and actively take charge of their lifestyle, thoughts and emotions.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Freeman

Donna Freeman

Founder, Yoga In My School
Donna Freeman believes that yoga and mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, by anyone, at any time. It was love at first pose when she began practicing yoga in 1997 while living in Cape Town, South Africa. Delving deep into alignment, anatomy and mindfulness,  Donna soon became a... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Westin: Devonian Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 294
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:00

Roll D6 for Initiative; How to use Roleplaying games to Generate Compelling Fiction
For many students a story is either “awesome” or “it sucked”. It’s a challenge to get them to understand the components of a story in such a way that they can describe what about it they did or didn't like. It’s even more of a challenge to get them to reliably create a compelling piece of fiction of their own. In this session we will look at how roleplaying games can be ideal for teaching the structure of a well formed piece of fiction while at the same time emphasizing the importance of character interaction. It won’t be all talky-talk though. We’ll do it and it will be awesome!

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Hodges

Daniel Hodges

Hazard Gaming
Daniel began his teaching career in New Zealand, moved to Fort McMurray, and then to Edmonton. He has been a math and shop teacher with Black Gold regional schools for the last ten years.


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 313
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 24
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

13:00

Primary Math Games Using Number Lines and More
Come prepared to learn games that incorporate standard and open number lines that teach the following concepts: learning numbers to 100, to 1000, and larger (yes you will get to really see 1,000, 10,000!), patterns, use regular and open number lines for patterns, operations, introductory rounding activities, comparing numbers and more. Many new activities for new foldable numbers lines will be incorporated into the session. Ideas for counting on and back, part/part whole, odd even and more will be shared. The strategies will include ideas for differentiating instruction, journal writing and math talk extensions. Student samples will be shared as well as gameboards to use Monday morning. Come learn our newest activities to help your primary students with these challenging areas of the curriculum.

Speakers
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Jane Felling

Educator, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane is co-author of the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series and has been doing workshops in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has conducted workshops across North America for K - 8 contracts and has been a featured speaker at the National... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

13:00

Simplifiez-vous la vie avec Google Classroom!
Après l'arrivée du wifi dans mon école, Google Classroom est l'outil qui a le plus révolutionné mon fonctionnement de base dans mes salles de classes. Que ce soit au primaire ou au secondaire, venez découvrir de façon interactive, comment il peut vous faciliter la vie! Venez apprendre comment Classroom peut: - gérer la remise et la correction des travaux des élèves - gérer l'agenda automatiquement - engager la discussion virtuelle - informer les parents régulièrement du progrès de son enfant La session est ouverte à tous mais le contexte de la session sera concentrée sur l'utilisation de Classroom au secondaire. Du temps sera donné tout au long de la session pour vous permettre de vous pratiquer avec l'utilisation de cet outil fabuleux. *** Veuillez vous assurez d'avoir accès aux outils de la suite Google pour éducation afin de profiter pleinement de cette session.

Speakers
AD

Anick Dion

Anick Dion enseigne les sciences à l'école de la Rose sauvage depuis 2003. Elle a toujours été une adepte de l'utilisation de la technologie en salle de classe. En passant par le programme de prêt de Palm Pilot à l'instauration du programme AVAN au conseil scolaire Francosud... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags French

13:15

60 in 60: Formative Assessment Techniques for Every Classroom
Some new ideas. Some familiar favourites. Come to this fast-paced session to be introduced (or reintroduced) to 60 formative assessment techniques. We guarantee you’ll find something to use with your students next week!

Speakers
avatar for Alberta Assessment Consortium

Alberta Assessment Consortium

Field Service Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:15

How to survive and thrive as a beginning teacher: 157 laughs guaranteed or your money back!
A former rubik's cube champion, a dungeon master, a failed athlete, and an interpretive dance captain share their collective wisdom on how to make it through your first few years of teaching with or without questionable skills to add to your resume.Use it to learn a few tricks, pick up some hints, and generally find out how to survive this first few years of craziness of teaching in the age of acronyms. IPP's CTP's, CIF's, ATA's, CIA's, PTI's, and other acronyms that you may or may not be aware... or wary of as you work towards a future in teaching.

Speakers

Thursday February 8, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:15

Critical Literacy, Grades 4-8
As teachers, we can nurture engagement by encouraging students to read for authentic purposes, to make personal connections, to focus on comprehension, and to respond in meaningful ways. But how can we get them thinking critically about what they read? This session will show participants ways to help students think about texts from a critical perspective. The strategies, which are dynamic and adapt to the contexts in which they are used, promote critical discussions based on reflection and resulting action. The purpose of the strategies is to provide direction for students as they engage in critical analysis. Their role in critical literacy is similar to that of reading comprehension strategies that support students’ understanding of text(s).

Speakers
avatar for Irene Heffel

Irene Heffel

Irene Heffel is a literacy consultant and educator with over 35 years of teaching experience She has worked with both elementary and secondary teachers to implement best practices in literacy, assessment, and backward design.

Contributor

Thursday February 8, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Wallace Porter - Wetaskiwin #18
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

13:15

Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching and Assessment (Session 1)
How do you support, monitor, and assess student comprehension? How often? Is the information you collect useful for future instruction? What if you could regularly assess student comprehension during instruction, saving precious hours of instructional time? “…Coaching during reading may be one of the most significant distinctions between highly effective schools and moderately or less effective schools.” (Taylor, Pearson, Clark, & Walpole, 1999) “Simply assigning hard books will not ensure that students learn at high levels.” (Douglas Fischer, International Literacy Conference, 2016) Guided Reading is an essential component of a comprehensive, supportive literacy program. An effective 20-minute Guided Reading lesson allows teachers to work on comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and word-solving strategies, in a small group setting. Session Two: The second session will focus on 1) listening and interacting with student readers and intervening with skillful prompts, 2) strategies for collecting valuable data which moves students through a range of high quality fiction and informational texts monitoring progress made by students, and 3) offer practical suggestions for how literature response activities can help students clarify their thinking and explore new ideas based on a text.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Legaarden

Wendy Legaarden

Wendy Legaarden has worked as a classroom teacher, administrator, and literacy consultant for over 35 years. Wendy believes that a balanced approach to literacy instruction is the best way to offer a full range of authentic experiences that address students’ literacy learning needs... Read More →

Contributor

Thursday February 8, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Tracey Thompson - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

13:15

Aquatic Apes, Spermists, and Interspecies Love: Stories from the Annals of Science
What happens when a dolphin falls in love with his researcher? What was the spermists vs. ovists feud all about? Is there evidence to support the aquatic ape theory? If you teach 7-12 science, you will find find something new and interesting in Reuben's collection of humorous, strange, and thought provoking stories. He will share some of his favourite stories and images, and explain how he integrates them into his teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Reuben Mahaffy

Reuben Mahaffy

Reuben teaches Chemistry, Biology, and General Science at Spruce Grove Composite High. He is a dynamic and iterative teacher who is always looking for ways to improve his practice. His preschool-age children indulge his various nerdy pastimes and make excellent test subjects.


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Pam Arnason - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

13:15

HOT WHEELS!!! How to get away with playing with toys in High School Physics
In this session, Rick and Brad take you through several labs for Physics 20, Science 10 and Science 20 using an inexpensive Hot Wheels track and other standard lab equipment you probably already have kicking around your lab. These activities are not only fun, they also encourage the testing of fundamental physics models, such as the Conservation of Energy, Work-Energy Theorem, Uniform, Accelerated and Circular Motion and Hooke's Law. Bring along your favorite toy cars for some hands on building of tracks and collection of data. You're sure to take away ideas you can put into use right away back in your High School Science class.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Langdale

Brad Langdale

Teacher Conventionaire Brad Langdale teaches Physics at Spruce Grove Composite High School in Spruce Grove, Alberta. You might remember him from such sessions as: Hot Wheel's Physics, Teaching Through Infographics and A Selection of Humorous YouTube Videos. He is a 20-handicap and... Read More →
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Rick

President, Alberta Teacher's Association
Rick teaches Physics, Chemistry and General Science at Spruce Grove Composite High School in Spruce Grove, AB. He has been teaching there for 7 years under the tutelage of fellow physics teacher Brad Langdale. Rick continues to play competitive hockey (Div 8 rec is still competitive... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Kristian Basaraba - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

13:15

I Want to Work at THAT School: Creating Happy Work Environments
The moment you walk through the door of a school you can feel the energy and often determine if it's a place you would want to send your children. The number one wish of parents worldwide is for their children to be happy. What is it that makes some schools happier than others? What does the science of happiness teach us about leading schools? Come listen to stories and share best practices of ideas that unite and inspire at the classroom, school and district level. Participants will leave with new ideas they can use tomorrow to improve their own levels of happiness in their personal and professional lives. Come as strangers, leave as friends.

Speakers
avatar for Kristi Blakeway

Kristi Blakeway

Principal, SD42
Kristi Blakeway is a principal in Maple Ridge, BC. In 2014 she was named Vancouver's Woman of Distinction for her work connecting schools with the community. She has presented at conferences in US, Canada and Mexico and recently presented at TEDx, sharing stories that inspire students... Read More →
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Cheryl Schwarz

Vice-Principal, School District 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
Cheryl Schwarz is a high school administrator in British Columbia. She has taught K-12 and mentored teachers in graduate diploma programs in the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about social emotional learning, strength based leadership and professional... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:15 - 15:15
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:30

Protein Powered Breakfasts: Eating right to start your day
We all have busy mornings! How can the food you eat help fuel you for a successful day? Join Alberta Health Services Registered Dietitians as they discuss protein at breakfast, recipe ideas and break down common caffeine containing drinks. You will leave with a variety of healthy eating resources and tools to use both at home and school.

Speakers
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Vanessa Baker

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Vanessa Baker is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services working in the area of Public Health Nutrition. Vanessa focuses in the area of school health and is involved in resource development and initiatives that promote healthy eating in schools. Public Health dietitians... Read More →
avatar for Angela Stoye

Angela Stoye

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Angela Stoye is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services working in the area of Public Health. Angela focuses on school health and is involved in resource development and initiatives that promote healthy eating in schools. Public Health dietitians are nutrition consultants... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:30 - 14:00
Shaw CC: Hall D Level Room D1. 20 min Wellness Quick Picks
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:30

Train Your Brain
This provocative and enlightening presentation will give that three-pound organ inside your head an adjustment you’ll never forget. It’s a memorable and entertaining performance that demonstrates how learning to use your brain better will significantly enhance the way you think, learn and communicate. And it will have an immediate and powerful impact on just about everything you do – both personally and professionally!.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Thwaits

Brian Thwaits

Professional Speaker. Brain Trainer.
Brian Thwaits is a learning whiz who first demonstrated his flair for performance as an award-winning educator. He’s now an engaging and entertaining ‘brain trainer’ who shows people how to enhance their thinking, communication, innovation, and change management skills. Brian... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Carryl Bennett-Brown - Greater St. Albert Catholic #23
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

13:30

DNA of Living a Well-Balanced Life & How I Learned to Skillfully Juggle the Things that Matter to me
Anne Bisson demonstrates that what you need to do to live a happy and well-balanced life without compromising the success of your career is to: COMPARTMENTALIZE! This means, basically, that when you come home from work, yes, your body arrives, but so does your mind. The fundamental problem with this is that over the years we have learned to set up two compartments: one for work and one for family. Anne shows us that in order to attain a richer quality of life, to be able to be more present with our spouse, our children, our boss, it is absolutely necessary to create a third compartment, this one for ourselves! So we now have three boxes. As we said, one for work and one for family, and the third one she calls the ‘Me’ box. What goes into the ‘Me’ box? What is important to you about your own ‘Me’? What are your values when it comes to your ‘Me’? Anne will help you find out during her talk. Anne will also give you the tools to better manage your time on a daily basis amongst those three compartments, i.e. Work, Family and ‘Me’. For example, how to better enjoy dinner with the whole family, how to efficiently set aside time for more personal projects, and so on. Anne then wraps things up with an exercise called the Full Consciousness Meditation Technique, that can be done alone, with a partner, or even with the whole family. An exercise where you close your eyes and imagine what your life can be like, now that you have established that ‘Me’ space and can better take care of yourself. This conference is aimed at everyone who is not afraid to change their way of life in order to be able to devote more quality time to the people around them. Your spouse will be happier, your children will thank you and your boss will be in seventh heaven! “All aboard the S.S. New Way of Life, where ‘Being’ and not ‘Doing’ is the order of the day!”

Speakers
avatar for Anne Bisson

Anne Bisson

SHE'S BEEN CALLED DYNAMIC AND INSPIRING! When she's asked 'Where does all that positive energy come from?' She answers candidly and with a smile, 'It must be in my genes, my DNA!'In 1990, while she was a musician on a Radio-Canada television series called 'Vazimolo', she was invited... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - Northern Gateway #43
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:30

Fostering a Culture of Sport in your school
This session will focus on how athletics can be used as an avenue to foster a positive culture within your school. This session will give participants an opportunity to learn specific ways to use your athletics program to build a positive school culture within your building. A positive school culture is your school's brand and having students, teachers, administrators and community recognize that your school is a positive, safe environment for learning is essential to your schools success.

Speakers
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Kelle Hansen

Kelle has been an Athletic Director in the North Central zone for the past 23 years. Over the course of her teaching career, Kelle has been involved in many higher level aspects of sport leadership. She has had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Canada and the US presenting... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

13:30

Enseigner la littératie aux élèves avec des besoins sévères
Les présentatrices offriront une formation visant à aider les enseignants à mieux soutenir le développement de la littératie chez les élèves ayant des troubles de communications sévères incluant ceux qui ont des retard cognitifs. Les dix principes directeurs de la littératie équilibré pour cette population d'élèves seront élaborés. À l'aide du cadre des 4 Blocs de la littératie, les présentatrices et les enseignants participants partageront des stratégies efficaces pour la communication, l'évaluation des habiletés de la lecture et l'écriture, la technologie d'aide, et l'implantation de la programmation pour les élèves ayant besoin d'appuis au niveau spécifique/individualisé de la approche de l'intervention par niveau (Réponse à l'intervention).

Speakers
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Marie Lafleur

Marie Lafleur travaille dans les écoles du Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord (CSCN) depuis plus de 10 ans et depuis septembre 2016 elle est conseillère pédagogique en inclusion. "Au cours de ses années de service au CSCN, Marie Lafleur a occupé les postes de conseillère en orientation... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:30 - 15:30
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Chairperson Katharina Staub - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

13:45

Regulate~Relate~Reason: Brain Based Strategies
In this session we will briefly explore the four parts of the brain- the brainstem, the limbic system, the midbrain and the cortex. Using Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model in Education as the driving force behind this session, you will leave with a variety of activities and ideas to help regulate your students. Knowing how the brain works and what you can do when students get stuck will give you a whole new way of viewing your students. Throughout this session you will learn the importance of Regulate-Relate-Reason so come prepared to get regulated yourself!

Speakers
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Shannon Chabot

My love for teaching started at an early age. I had an interest in working with others and that grew into a passion when I began volunteering in a GOALS (Gaining Occupational and Life Skills) classroom at the age of 15. After high school, I gained more experience in the field prior... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Virgini Lacroix - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:45

10 Simple Songs To Get Students Moving!
Get ready to move, wiggle, boogie and get playful as you learn 10 simple songs guaranteed to get students K - Grade 6 moving! Inspired from a variety of dance styles from around the world (African, Indian, Chinese, First Nations and more) you’ll discover easy and fun moves and combos that develop Fundamental Movement Skills while fostering positive mental health and social skills.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Training and Development Officer & Teacher Relief, The International School Macao
Tracy Lockwood is a certified K-12 PE Teacher and has over 25 years of experience as an educator. Her experience includes working with K-12 students in Alberta, Abu Dhabi and currently lives and works in Macao. She was employed as a Health and Physical Education consultant for nearly... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Location A 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

13:45

Yoga and Mindfulness
In this session, you will participate in yoga and learn how it can improve your wellness. The instructor will also talk about how you can use yoga in your classroom and with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Vantanajal

Stephanie Vantanajal

I love talking about yoga, mindfulness, food and travelling.


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Dance Studio
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:45

Linking Literature to Science Lessons: Learners Love it! K to 3
In this interactive, hands on session I will share a range of quality children's literature and non fiction texts each of which is linked to a lesson, task or activity that matches a range of outcomes from Div one Science (and Math). I will provide clear connections to the foundational skills of literacy/numeracy and to the Competencies so Kindergarten teachers you will find valuable ideas to use. I will connect current brain based research throughout the presentations to build and refine your understandings of "Ways of knowing, Knowing Ways " that engage and connect every learner to the basic skills and knowledge that are woven across the Science curriculum grade to grade. As you engage in tasks around selections of literature, you will see, hear and make connections that deepen your understanding of how literacy and numeracy can be integrated everywhere. Plan to laugh, to talk, to examine and explore ideas, to connect and reflect. Leave with ideas to implement next week.

Speakers
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Geri Lorway

Consultant, Thinking101
Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to connect, communicate and critically think. Build, Explain, Represent and Compare: Intentional teaching motivates and directs students to take responsibility for and pride in... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

13:45

3D Printing Hands for Children: Welcome to the e-NABLE Movement
Yes, it's true! If you have a 3D printer, you and your students now have the ability to build and produce a variety of hands for disabled children around the world. In this informative and engaging session, the e-NABLE movement--a worldwide network of volunteers who are making for those in need--will be introduced, along with the steps of how you can join and then take your 3D printing aspirations to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Ray Suchow

Mr. Ray Suchow

Computers & Humanities Teacher, Christ The King High School
I'm an educator, speaker, writer (and new author!) with thirty years of classroom experience. I enjoy sharing about the great 'teaching moments' we experience, and believe that more need to know about them--especially young teachers. It's a fact that when teachers are excited and... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:00

Power up With Pulses: How to use beans and lentils at lunch and snacks
What are pulses and why is everyone talking about them? Join Alberta Health Services Registered Dietitians to learn the benefits of beans and lentils, how to cook them and easy recipes to incorporate more pulses into your workday. You will leave with a variety of recipes and healthy eating tools to use both at home and school.

Speakers
VB

Vanessa Baker

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Vanessa Baker is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services working in the area of Public Health Nutrition. Vanessa focuses in the area of school health and is involved in resource development and initiatives that promote healthy eating in schools. Public Health dietitians... Read More →
avatar for Angela Stoye

Angela Stoye

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Angela Stoye is a Registered Dietitian with Alberta Health Services working in the area of Public Health. Angela focuses on school health and is involved in resource development and initiatives that promote healthy eating in schools. Public Health dietitians are nutrition consultants... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 14:00 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Hall D Level Room D1. 20 min Wellness Quick Picks
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:00

Trama, Kids, and the Classroom: What’s Important to Know. BREAKOUT SESSION!
“Our kids have never struggled this much”. I hear this in many Divisions. Our province is facing a number of stressors that have resulted in many of our babes experiencing some form of “trauma”; significant economical stressors, forest fires, children who enter our classrooms as refugees, and a mental health crisis as a result. We will spend some time talking about what trauma is exactly and the effects of trauma on emotional development. We will explore how keeping their “lid flipped on” can sometimes take more time and how this can become the most important lesson a child will ever learn in a classroom. We will also spend some time talking about compassion fatigue, as those babes who need the most from us also take the most from us.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jody Carrington

Dr. Jody Carrington

CEO and Chief Happiness Officer, Dr. Jody Carrington
For the last 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Heather Wright
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:00

La communication au coeur de l'évaluation formative en mathématiques
Les élèves ont besoin d’avoir des occasions de lire et d’écrire au sujet des idées mathématiques, de les représenter, de les voir, d’en entendre parler et d’en discuter. Il est donc important de structurer l’enseignement hebdomadaire des mathématiques de façon à faire une plus grande place à la communication dans des contextes signifiants pour les élèves tout en permettant à l’enseignant de recueillir des renseignements importants sur ce que les élèves savent et les prochaines étapes.

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Mireille Cloutier

Mireille Cloutier a cumulé plusieurs fonctions durant ses nombreuses années de profession. Elle a enseigné du primaire au secondaire 2e cycle, tout en assurant les fonctions de directrice à l’école La Vérendrye pendant 12 ans. Ses multiples expertises acquises au fil des ans... Read More →

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Thursday February 8, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

14:00

The 411 on the TQS: What Teachers Need to Know About the New Teaching Quality Standard
In a manner of months, all teachers in the province will be held to the new Teaching Quality Standard and must be able to demonstrate that they meet the included competencies. This session will provide teachers with the opportunity to discuss the new standards with Association leaders who were involved in developing the new TQS and who directly involved with planning and implementing new professional development opportunities to assist members with meeting the new standards. The road ahead may seem daunting, but this session will help you map out the journey, identify resources that you can access, and connect with those who can provide guidance along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan Grassick is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area. Among his chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's teachers' convention associations and working with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Before joining... Read More →

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Thursday February 8, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:00

Making Student Thinking Visible with Google Drawings
Google Drawings is one of the most versatile visual creation tools available to students and it can be used to demonstrate learning in so many ways. In this hands-on session, we’ll take a look at many examples and templates that you can use right away with your students. We’ll learn about the features of this great tool and you will become familiar with the power of Drawings by creating a fantastic visual of your own.

Speakers
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Jacqueline Larson

Instructional Coach / Technology Integration Facilitator, Black Gold Regional Schools
Jacqueline is a Google Certified Educator currently working as a Beginning Teacher Coach and Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold Regional School Division. She has worked as a junior high classroom teacher and literacy coach. She has an MEd in Instructional Design and... Read More →
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Darren Maltais

Darren is a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division in Alberta, Canada. After eight years of experience as a classroom teacher in a one-to-one environment, he now works collaboratively with teachers and students in 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projects... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:15

Hé les bébites! Venez chanter, danser et jouer! Des leçons d’écoute pour le primaire
Toutes vos bébites seront ravies d’apprendre La polka pizzicato grâce à Petite Puce, grande admiratrice de Strauss. Inspirés par la littérature d’enfance ainsi que par l’art du conte, vos élèves se transformeront en insecte d’un élégant jardin viennois. Petite Puce entrainera ces bébites à chanter, jouer des instruments, et surtout danser, accompagnés de marionnettes, de toutous ou d’accessoires. Voici une série de leçons interactives, ludiques et adaptées aux enfants dans le but de développer une appréciation profonde pour le répertoire classique. Le polycopié comprend une démarche pédagogique Orff, le conte, la chanson, et la chorégraphie, ainsi qu’un musicogramme reproductible. L’atelier et les ressources seront présentés en français. Enfilez vos souliers de danse – on bouge ! (Pré-mat. à la 3e année) Cet atelier s’adresse aux titulaires

Speakers
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Nicole Lafrenière

Nicole Lafrenière (B.Mus., B.Ed., Orff-Schulwerk III) has been an elementary music specialist in French Immersion and Francophone schools since 1994, embracing the Orff-Schulwerk approach. Striving to develop innovative and eclectic French-language music resources, she is one of... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 14:15 - 15:15
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags French

14:30

Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog
Do you ever feel like the tail (your reporting system) is wagging the dog (student learning) in your classroom? Research confirms that formative assessment improves student learning, but too often conventional grading practices get in the way of realizing its benefits. Regardless of your reporting system, teachers are always able to employ effective assessment practices to support student learning.

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Alberta Assessment Consortium

Field Service Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 8, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:30

Backward Design, Grades 4-8
Understanding by Design (UbD)™ is a framework used by educators to improve student achievement. Designed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, the emphasis of UbD is in backward design – the practice of looking at outcomes first in order to design curriculum units, performance assessments, and classroom instruction. Research on learning has conclusively shown that students need to see the BIG PICTURE to make sense of their lessons, and, especially, to transfer their learning to new lessons, new issues, and real-world situations. In this session, participants will learn how to prioritize curriculum and use this framework to refine their educational planning.

Speakers
avatar for Irene Heffel

Irene Heffel

Irene Heffel is a literacy consultant and educator with over 35 years of teaching experience She has worked with both elementary and secondary teachers to implement best practices in literacy, assessment, and backward design.

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Thursday February 8, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Sylvia Brendel - St. Thomas Aquinas #45
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

14:30

Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching and Assessment (Session 2)
How do you support, monitor, and assess student comprehension? How often? Is the information you collect useful for future instruction? What if you could regularly assess student comprehension during instruction, saving precious hours of instructional time? “…Coaching during reading may be one of the most significant distinctions between highly effective schools and moderately or less effective schools.” (Taylor, Pearson, Clark, & Walpole, 1999) “Simply assigning hard books will not ensure that students learn at high levels.” (Douglas Fischer, International Literacy Conference, 2016) Guided Reading is an essential component of a comprehensive, supportive literacy program. An effective 20-minute Guided Reading lesson allows teachers to work on comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and word-solving strategies, in a small group setting. Session One: The first session will look at how Guided Reading offers teachers the opportunity to engage students in strategic conversations about texts which are more challenging than reading at the independent level, leading to deeper comprehension with other texts. Participants will explore practicalities of setting up Guided Reading: scheduling, classroom management, student groupings, group rotation, resources, lesson building, and assessment opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Legaarden

Wendy Legaarden

Wendy Legaarden has worked as a classroom teacher, administrator, and literacy consultant for over 35 years. Wendy believes that a balanced approach to literacy instruction is the best way to offer a full range of authentic experiences that address students’ literacy learning needs... Read More →

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Thursday February 8, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Cheryl Dawes - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

14:30

Symbolism & Meaning in Literature
In this session geared toward high school ELA educators, I will be discussing approaches to teaching many types of symbolism in both print and visual texts. For example, symbolism of colours, animals, and objects will be presented. Relevant in-class student activities will be provided at the session that can connect to a variety of pieces of literature at many curricular levels.

Speakers
avatar for Christina LeGrow

Christina LeGrow

Christina has taught all levels of English and French as a Second Language at Wetaskiwin Composite High School for more than 20 years.


Thursday February 8, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Emily Stanton - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

14:30

Living the DE Life
Distance Education (DE) is not just about sending content to students, its about a unique form of interaction between student, teacher and content. This session at Convention will look at how teacher might embed DE strategies and online elements into their daily teaching. After the session, participants can register into a Moodle course and given access to research on DE and a forum to discuss with colleagues the implications on their daily teaching.

Speakers
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Frank McCallum

Principal, ADLC Calgary
Frank McCallum is the Principal of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) and has been involved in Distance Education for the past 15 years of his professional life. Frank was part of the province's first Video Conference (VC) Community of Practice, in which VC was used in a... Read More →
avatar for Lise Pethybridge

Lise Pethybridge

Associate Principal, ADLC
Lise Pethybridge is the Associate Principal of Instructional Design at the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC). Her experiences range from teaching kindergarten, and upper elementary in Barrhead schools to teaching Junior High and High School French, as well as writing, leading... Read More →


Thursday February 8, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English
 
Friday, February 9
 

08:30

It's All Greek to Me
Theatre History is part of the Drama 10/20/30 curriculum that is sometimes skimmed over. This workshop will focus on a way to teach Greek Theatre through performance. History is always more interesting when it is active learning. Besides teaching history, this unit will also focus on choral speech, costuming and set design.

Speakers
avatar for P Gail Whiteford

P Gail Whiteford

A drama teacher for 35 years, in Australia and Calgary Gail taught Drama Education at U of C for six years, while still teaching workshops at schools in Alberta and British Columbia. Gail has presented sessions at conventions all around Alberta. She has written 2 books on the subject... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

08:30

Teacher and Administrator 2 week and 1 year Exchanges
When exchange teachers and principals are immersed in other cultures and education systems, they are not simply ambassadors showcasing the quality of Alberta teachers or our province’s education system on the world stage. They return to the province positioned to think critically and integrate their body of international educational experiences into making our province and its education system better for all. This session will walk you through the process and introduce newly returned teachers to share their stories, to see if an exchange is your next professional development endeavour. The Teacher Exchange program is celebrating over forty years and has facilitated hundreds of exchanges. The coordinator of the program will describe this fantastic opportunity, the destinations, process, highlights and challenges. Recent participants (singles, couples and families) will share their stories and answer your questions. Follow the Twitter exchange conversations at #teacherexchange and watch the Teacher Exchange Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpJubjeg5Xs&feature=share&list=UU7UCFdfHw6vwyKIn8rEyH-g.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Freed

Carolyn Freed

Exchange Liaison, Alberta Teachers' Association
Carolyn Freed is the Educator Exchange Liaison for the International Education Exchange Program. With a background in Communications and Technology, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities to learn from and with each other.

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Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

08:30

Élaboration du curriculum — Mise à jour (Curriculum Development Update)

Voilà déjà 18 mois que nous travaillons à cet ambitieux projet de refonte du curriculum de l’Alberta, projet qui se traduira par la création de nouveaux programmes d’études en arts, en langues, en mathématiques, en sciences, en études sociales et en bienêtre. Les résultats d’apprentissage de la maternelle à la 4e année devraient être prêts en 2018; les résultats d’apprentissage de la 5e à la 8e année en 2019, ceux des 9e et 10e années en 2020-21, et ceux des 11e et 12e années en 2021-2022.

Cette présentation a pour but de permettre aux enseignants et aux directions d’école d’échanger au sujet de l’élaboration et de la mise en œuvre du curriculum avec des représentants du ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Alberta Teachers’ Association.


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avatar for Monique Gravel

Monique Gravel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Monique Gravel is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area and is the ATA's lead on teacher education and certification. Prior to joining the ATA in 2013, Monique worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor with Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord... Read More →
avatar for Keith Millions

Keith Millions

Executive Director, Alberta Education
Keith Millions is the Acting Executive Director of Early & Middle Years Curriculum and French Education with Alberta Education.

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Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

08:30

Genius Hour: learn how to empower your students to explore their own passions
Genius Hour is an opportunity for students to choose something they want to learn about. Regardless of what they study or build, they meet both ELA and Social outcomes in the process. In this session you will receive a more expansive overview of what Genius Hour is and how it is implemented. We will explain the structure of the unit we created, the results based on our own experiences, and show you how it directly aligns with LA and Social curricular outcomes. You will also leave with a link to a google folder with a ready-made Genius Hour unit (based on LA8 and SS8 outcomes, which could easily be adjusted to fit other grades levels) that you can incorporate into your own classroom.

Speakers
KD

Katie DeBoer

Katie teaches grade 8 humanities at Ecole JE Lapointe School in Beaumont, AB.
JD

Julie Duru

Julie teaches humanities at Ecole JE Lapointe School in Beaumont, AB.
JL

Jacqueline Larson

Jacqueline is currently working as an Instructional Coach and Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold Regional Schools.


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Shaw CC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

08:30

How Do I Get Them to Write? Narrative Writing: plot patterns and more
Are you unsure of how to teach narrative writing to your students? Do students have difficulty developing their stories? Do your students’ stories all sound the same? During this session, you will learn how to use plot patterns and appropriate mentor texts to dramatically improve student writing. By providing the structure of a plot pattern, students will become more willing and more confident story writers!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych

Words Change Worlds
Karen Filewych has more than twenty years of educational experience as an elementary teacher and school administrator. She is currently the English Language Arts Consultant for Edmonton Catholic Schools. Her passion for literacy began as a young child with nightly bedtime stories... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Virginie Lacroix - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

08:30

Intersections of Reasoning in Science and Math
Have you been looking for ways to integrate your elementary math and science classes in authentic problem solving contexts? By doing so, you may need to spend less time prepping, and have more student engagement and learning! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has become a popular conversation among teachers and is often suggested as an approach to integrating these topics. We were curious to know more about how math and science thinking could happen together - we invite you to hear about some of the things we learned! We’d like you to come and try a STEM activity with us so you can learn more about how to teach science and math together - and also benefit from this in your classroom!

Speakers
MK

Mijung Kim

Mijung Kim is an associate professor in Elementary Science Education at the University of Alberta. During her teaching and research on school science, she has been interested in children’s scientific literacy, reasoning and problem solving inquiry. Her current research focuses on... Read More →
JM

Janelle McFeetors

Dr. Janelle McFeetors is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education at the University of Alberta. During her 8 years of teaching in schools, she focused on listening to the mathematical thinking of students as a way to inform her teaching. She is interested in supporting... Read More →
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Ashley Pisesky

Ashley Pisesky is a student at the University of Alberta. Before completing her after degree in Elementary Education, she earned a Bachelors of Science. She is interested in combining her two passions - science and education - and merging them within the focus of environmental science... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

08:30

Anxiety & traumatic brain injuries: A Teacher's Guide To Coping
A deeper understanding of anxiety and how it affects Teachers, Students and our classrooms; What should we consider when dealing with staff or students who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in the days, weeks and months after the initial incident has occurred.

Speakers
avatar for Don Segberg

Don Segberg

Social Studies/Communication Technology, St. John Paul II Catholic School
Don teaches at St. André Bessette Catholic School in Fort Saskatchewan, AB. He's been teaching for 15 years and has taught a varied amount of students from different socio-economic backgrounds. Don played competitive Softball (Fastpitch) and hockey for many years and suffered numerous... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

08:30

How to Set (and Hold!) Digital Boundaries
We live in a stressful, busy, on-demand world where we are connected 24/7 but often disconnected from our true selves. In this session, we look at becoming revolutionaries by prioritizing actual human experiences over status updates. We cover social media, email and smart phone addiction, focusing on practical strategies such as scheduling, antidotes to the digital world, making room for real-life emotions, embracing simplicity, healthy boundary setting and self-care so you can model a more balanced life to your students.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, speaker and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She has four self-published books and is at work on her first YA novel. Julianne holds a certificate in Counselling Skills and is an award-winning student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, pursuing her BA... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 09:30
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

08:30

Coding in the Math Classroom
Come and spend some time learning how coding can impact your math classroom using TI graphing handhelds and the TI-Innovator. Coding is being recognized as life skill and an important strand in math education worldwide. This session will benefit any STEM teachers and any Science teachers who might be interested in coding. TI has a robust amount of created projects and activities that will include robotics and much more.

Speakers
avatar for Darryl Marchand

Darryl Marchand

Onsite contact: Darryl Marchand, Texas Instruments
Darryl is the rep for Texas Instruments Canada. Darryl previously taught in AB for 27 years. Darryl has spoken at many conferences throughout North America. He was one of the original authors for the Applied Workbook Series from Absolute Value Publications.


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 10:30
Shaw CC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

08:30

The Earth, how to bring Earth Science to life in your classroom.
This workshop will have participants experiencing a suite of inspiring activity ideas to do with their students and become familiar with foundational Earth science knowledge. Teachers will observe and classify the properties of minerals related to their use, familiarize themselves with the rock cycle, water cycle, internal structure of the Earth, and discover fossils; all through hands-on learning! A wealth of information will be shared to inspire teachers in exploring new ways to engage and intrigue their students about Earth sciences and to raise awareness of the vital roles that rocks and minerals play in our daily lives. Teachers will leave with a concrete plan about implementing the resource in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Rilea Kynock

Rilea Kynock

Instructor, Education and Outreach Programs, Mining Matters
During my undergrad I researched active volcanoes in southern Italy. I found my passion for education and outreach while completing my B.Sc. in Earth Sciences at the University of New Brunswick. I have experience in my positions of Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science Outreach at... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 10:30
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

08:30

Build a robot already.
A hands on session where you get a chance to build and program a robot with technology and software that can support students of all abilities, followed by a round table on how we can use these in our classrooms. This session is designed for absolute beginners. Technologies demonstrated include Arduino and Hummingbird robotics, and the options for programming software range from a Scratch-style program suitable to Division 2 to C++ programming that would fit in high school Advanced Computer Science. Programming software will be available on USB sticks, so please bring a device with a USB slot (no installation required).

Speakers
MH

Matteo Hee

Matteo is a classroom teacher at Bellerose Composite High School in St. Albert. He teaches CTS courses including Computer Science, Design Studies, and an inclusive, project based Makerspace course. Matteo's practice has evolved around a passion for putting new technologies into the... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 10:30
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

08:30

FABULOUS ART PROJECTS FOR THE YOUNG ARTISTS
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Are you looking for new, exciting art ideas for your students in grades 1-6? In this workshop, you will learn how to create animal and car drawings on tint foil, draw exciting landscape in 1- Point perspective in pastels and use mixed media watercolour paintings. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in your art classrooms. All supplies provided by instructor.

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Artistic Director, ARTIZA LTD.
Izabella holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta. Her awards and grants include Winspear Fund Grant and Dahesh Museum Award in New York. Among her commissions are portraits of Lois Hole, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 08:30 - 11:30
MacEwan - Alberta College: PCL Hall (Rm 541) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

09:00

The Principal’s Role in Supporting TQS Implementation
With new Teaching Quality Standards comes questions of teacher growth, supervision and evaluation for principals. This session will help principals understand their role in implementing the new TQS and will provide valuable information, resources, and contacts that will be instrumental in the coming months.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jeff Johnson is an ATA Executive Staff Officer working in Professional Development. Prior to joining the ATA, Jeff worked as a school and district level leader for many years. Jeff is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a recipient of Alberta’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Among... Read More →

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Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Using Theatre to bring BOOKS to LIFE for Kindergarten to grade 3
This unique way of bringing books to life was created and developed by Maureen Rooney and Paul Punyi and has been delighting teachers and students throughout Alberta schools for over 20 years! You will be led through a lesson plan that is active, imaginative and very fun. Please bring a bed sheet or table cloth.

Speakers
MR

Maureen Rooney

Entrepreneurs in educational theatre and recipients of the 2013 Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, Maureen Rooney and Paul Punyi are a husband-&-wife team who have acted professionally since 1979 with some of Canada's finest theatres and in film and television. The... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

09:00

Sur le chemin des rêves
Le Dr Vollant témoigne de son parcours qui est marqué à la fois par la fierté culturelle, par la persévérance, la résilience, mais aussi par le défi de l’éducation pour un autochtone. C’est un récit plein d’espoir qui démontre que malgré les obstacles, il est possible de réussir. Le Dr Vollant y résume aussi ses réflexions sur les défis à relever pour permettre aux jeunes des Première Nations de développer leur plein potentiel. En effet, le Dr Vollant démontre, grâce à son expérience sur le terrain, comment les jeunes peuvent rêver et utiliser leur éducation et la richesse de leurs origines pour que leurs rêves contribuent au mieux-être de l’ensemble de la population canadienne.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Stanley Vollant

Dr. Stanley Vollant

BIOGRAPHY Stanley Vollant, MD, FRCSC Dr. Stanley Vollant is an Innu from Pessamit who grew up on the shores of the St. Lawrence River on the North Shore. From an early age, he enjoyed the traditional teachings of his grandfather who taught him the importance of community values. Dr... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Chairperson Annie Drapeau - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags French

09:00

Raising Resilient Children
Raising Resilient Children Is it really a good thing to give children everything they need, all the time? In this keynote, Dr. Alex Russell addresses common challenges children and youth face, including dealing with troublesome behaviours, supporting children at school, and controlling or monitoring children’s access to computers, cell phones and other forms of digital technology. A perspective is offered that helps parents take a positive and emotionally rewarding role in their children’s lives, while allowing them to have the opportunity to make their own decisions—and mistakes—during the complicated business of growing up. In enlightening and refreshing talks, Dr. Russell helps parents achieve this balance by providing essential perspective on today’s child-rearing context and the powerful forces that pull us to become over-involved in our children’s lives. Stop doing all the worrying—and let your kids do some for a change!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Russell

Alex Russell

DR. ALEX RUSSELL is a clinical psychologist who helps children develop resilience and their own personal relationship with school and achievement. At the heart of his message—and his book, Drop the Worry Ball—is that children learn by experiencing non-catastrophic, painful failure... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Pam Arnason - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Historic trauma, cultural resilience and collaborations in reconciliation: Working as Allies
In this session, Dr. Makokis will connect residential school, inter-generational historic trauma, cultural resilience and ally work. Twenty years ago a Professor asked, "why is it that I have a PhD in history and I do not know a thing about what you taught me? I have lost out, my children have lost out, my family has lost out." Could it be that we all lost out? As teachers, in 2018, we are tasked with incorporating Indigenous knowledge and worldview in an era of Truth and Reconciliation. Now more than ever, we must collectively understand Canada's colonial history in order to do this work together, Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators working as allies forging a new educational path together. Dr. Makokis, in partnership with Dr. Fletcher of the Faculty of Extension (University of Alberta) developed and deliver the Indigenous Community Industry Relations (ICIR) program that does exactly what teachers are asked to do, that is to incorporate Indigenous knowledge. The program is a success, transforming all who take the courses, moving participants from head to heart. We absolutely must do ally work. Come learn how ally work is possible in a way that practices kindness, honesty, strength and sharing (Creators Laws). We are all related!

Speakers
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Dr. Patricia Makokis

Dr. Patricia Makokis is a nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman), married to Eugene Makokis and ismother to daughter Janice and son James Makokis all from Onihcikiskwapiwin (Saddle LakeCree Nation) of Treaty No. 6 Territory. She is kokum (grandmother) to three and half year oldgrandson, Atayoh.Patricia... Read More →



Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - Northern Gateway #43
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

The Magic of Literacy Tour
For over a dozen years, kids author Marty Chan has toured schools across Canada and inspired hundreds of students to read and write. He relates to kids from ages 5 to 15 in ways that spark their curiosity, stoke the flames of their imagination, and fire up their enthusiasm. A reluctant reader when he was young, Marty knows all too well the obstacles that face today’s students, and he knows how to overcome those barriers. Through humorous anecdotes, personal stories, and magic tricks, he shares how he’s been able to win over reluctant readers and writers and get them excited about learning.

Speakers
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Marty Chan / Ink Jockey Inc.

Ink Jockey Inc.
10539 - 75 Street


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Phoebe Arcilla - Pembina Hills #22
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Strategies to Enhance Writing Using Oral Language
Do you want your students to become better writers? Do you want your students to become better French speakers? Discover how to engage students in French speaking and how to apply their knowledge of the French language into their daily writing. In this session, participants will learn: Strategies for improving oral language in the classroom Ways to motivate students to speak in French How to move from speaking to writing Strategies for improving writing in the classroom This session will be presented in French. Voulez-vous que vos élèves deviennent de meilleurs écrivains? Voulez-vous que vos élèves deviennent de meilleurs communicateurs/communicatrices? Découvrez comment faire participer les élèves en français et comment appliquer leur connaissance de la langue française dans leur écriture quotidienne. Dans cette session, les participants apprendront: des stratégies pour améliorer la langue orale dans la classe Façons de motiver les élèves de parler en français comment passer de la parole à l’écriture des stratégies pour améliorer l’écriture dans la classe Cette session sera présentée en français.

Speakers
CG

Cindy Grabia

Cindy Grabia has been a French Immersion teacher for 13 years. She has taught for Calgary Public School Board, Foothills School Division, and is currently a French Immersion teacher in Black Gold Regional Schools. Cindy has spent much of her teaching career in kindergarten and grades... Read More →
HS

Heather Skerry

Heather Skerry has been teaching French Immersion for 18 years, having taught for Wild Rose School Division, Durham District School Board, Foothills School Division, and currently Black Gold Regional. In addition to teaching Grades 1 through 8, she has also served as a French Immersion... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

09:00

The Staff that Plays Together Stays Together!
All work and no play makes teachers boring and burnt out. Join Wellness Educator Joyce Sunada for an interactive session full of fun team building activities for you and your staff. Sunada recognizes, "Having fun as a staff helps foster "Social Wellness," and increases your staff's connectedness. The result,\: healthy, happy teachers better able to positively impact their family, students and whole school community. Participants will come away from this session with numerous activities to utilize at staff meetings, PD days and/or special event days.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Sunada

Joyce Sunada

Wellness Educator, Joyful Endeavours
Wellness Educator Joyce Sunada has over 30 years’ experience as an educator. During that time, she was a teacher, an administrator and provincial leader who helped create and support healthy school communicates.Joyce currently owns her own business, Joyful Endeavors and provides... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Kim Nahirniak - Woodland Rivers #40
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Bear Necessities of Writing Division II
Success in writing depends on student attitude, motivation and engagement in the process. The Bear Necessities of Writing has been very successful in motivating and engaging younger students in the writing process. The strategies have now been adapted to target writers in grades 4-6. This session will provide you with a toolbox of strategies that will help you break writing into meaningful chunks for students to help them produce quality rather than quantity - more words does not always make better writing. This hour of fun activities provides teachers with strategies and examples to enhance their own writing program the very next day. All activities were designed by a classroom teacher for classroom teachers. The Bear Necessities has helped teachers across Alberta develop strategies that help students better understand what good writing is and how even reluctant writers can become more confident writers.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Quick

Debbie Quick

Literacy Consultant, Quick Educational Consulting
74 Erin Ridge Drive


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

09:00

« Speed dating » in math???? Grades 9 to 12
In this session, we will explore different curricular outcomes that can be taught/reviewed through speed-dating. Speed dating engages all students, differentiating is integrated, and students can auto-correct themselves as they participate in the task. As a teacher, speed dating gives me immediate feedback on the students learning, their strengths and weaknesses, a great tool for formative assessment.

Speakers
DD

Doris Duret

I have been teaching math for over 20 years, and a few years ago, I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a masters in Mathematics Education. I have presented to a few different venues and those who attended my session enjoyed the fact that they tried out the different tasks... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

09:00

Rock Your Math Class! Sing, Dance and Motivate Your Students!
Come and experience new strategies that will really get your students rocking the math! Kim Sutton will focus on primary concepts such as addition combinations that make a sum of ten, doubles and other number sense concepts! Participants will love the motivation that is generated from these easy to use ideas that will improve the skills of your young mathematicians!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Sutton

Kim Sutton

Educational Consultant, Creative Mathematics
Kim Sutton has been an elementary educator for more than 40 years, having taught primary, intermediate, and upper grades. Kim has won many honors and had many exciting experiences: • Mentor Teacher in Mathematics and Science • Finalist for the Presidential Award as “Math Teacher... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

09:00

Teaching Ideas for the Social Studies Classroom
This session will focus on teaching ideas for the Division III (grades 7-9) Social Studies classroom. Participants will come away with activities as well as technology that they could try in their own classrooms. Topics will include teaching methods, writing, teaching about maps, oral histories, and interdisciplinary approaches.

Speakers
SW

Suzanne Williamson

An Alberta native, Suzanne has been teaching for the past 17 years in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Her interests include technology, inclusion, and FNMI education. She is currently the Central Alberta Regional President of the ATA Social Studies Council. In 2016, Suzanne... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

09:00

Gift yourself the time for Personal Wellness: Lessons Learned from the November Project
Edmonton is a frozen tundra for 6 months of the year, but that doesn’t stop us! We put the term #weatherproof to the test with temperatures going as low as -30C. If you can handle the weather, you earn one of our badges of honour. We don’t just enjoy cold mornings, we also start at 6am, because we’re just that badass. Back in early 2013 the tribe was built in Edmonton by the Oilers’ Andrew Ference. Within a few weeks he put the responsibility on his sister Jen Ference (the Assistant Principal at Fort Saskatchewan High School) and a random dude who liked to play outside who goes by Nadim Chin. Rain or shine or freeze or -1000 below zero, these folks are waiting for you. You don’t have to punish yourself in crazy cold or the dark early mornings, but the November Project is all about giving yourself the gift of time to take care of your wellness. Learn from an educator who not only makes it happen for herself, but for the hundreds now in the November Project crew.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ference

Jennifer Ference

November Project Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan High School
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

La lecture guidée avec les enfants en difficulté d'apprentissage: des minileçons multisensories K-5
Comment travaillez-vous avec des élèves à risque ou qui sont diagnostiqués ayant des troubles d’apprentissage en lecture et en écriture? Avez-vous des élèves qui ont de la difficulté à lire et à écrire et qui ont reçu une intervention de conscience phonologique considérable, mais dont les habiletés en lecture et écriture ne progressent pas? Des recherches approfondies démontrent qu’un programme de lecture multisensoriel pourrait desservir ces élèves effectivement. Apprenez les bases essentielles de cette approche et à quoi elles pourraient ressembler dans vos sessions de lecture guidée ou même dans une minileçon pour votre groupe d’élèves en général. Après avoir pris connaissance de l’approche Orton-Gillingham réputée de longue date et fortement documentée, on vous montrera comment créer une session de lecture guidée qui servira vos élèves en difficulté et qui agrémentera vos propres stratégies d’enseignement dans la salle de classe. Ce programme concentre sur les habiletés phonétiques tout en tenant compte des bases de la conscience phonologique. Les règles d’épellation ainsi que la compréhension peuvent également être travaillés pendant les leçons. Il existe de nombreux autres programmes de formation linguistique et de lecture comme Jolly Phonics, Barton, All About Reading, Lindamood, pour en nommer quelques-uns. Ils ont tous soit suivi, mis à point, ou incorporé certains concepts du système Orton-Gillingham pour développer leur programme de lecture et d’écriture. Il est peut-être temps d’essayer cette approche dans votre salle de classe.

Speakers
LA

Loraine Auger

I first began my education career as an EA in a French Immersion setting working with students with special needs, helping with their reading, writing, and math. My passion is helping young struggling readers and writers. I then went on for a Bachelor of Education degree through Campus... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags French

09:00

Expressive Handmade Books - Session 1
Making a book is easier than you think! Join published artist and calligrapher Sally Towers-Sybblis as she shares with you the methods for creating several different types of creative book design that you can use in the classroom or for your own personal creative expression. All that's required to get started is a piece of paper, paint and some scissors. Add in a needle, thread and glue and you have the necessary equipment to create a variety of beautiful and creative book structures. This class requires no experience and is great for anyone trying book making for the first time. To view photos of this class, visit Sally's website: www.sallytowerssybblis.com

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

Artist
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time artist and calligrapher from Red Deer, Alberta. She believes the ritualistic practice of art not only nurtures the human spirit, it breaks down barriers and strengthens relationships. In her classes students are challenged to find their own inner... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 11:30
MacEwan - Alberta College: Bryan Hall (Rm 410) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Chairperson Annette Matheson - St. Thomas Aquinas #45
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

09:00

Peer Feedback in The Physics Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Research suggests students learn best when working collaboratively. In this session, you will explore how you can use open-ended, written-response style questions along with the cognitive expectations framework as a tool to collaboratively promote student learning, problem-solving, and higher order thinking skills. Templates and examples in Physics 20 and 30 will be provided.

Speakers
KB

Kristian Basaraba

Next Step High School
Kristian Basaraba is presently a high school science teacher at Next Step High school in Sherwood Park. He has a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Montana State University and has taught all levels of high school science, including International Baccalaureate and non-academic... Read More →
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Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz is the Physics 30 Team Leader, Assessment Sector with Alberta Education. She has been working with Alberta Education in various capacities for many years, 13 as Physics 30 Examination Manager. She believes that all students should have the opportunity to succeed in... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 12:00
MacEwan - Alberta College: Stollery Hall(Rm 409) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

09:00

ATRF Pension Interviews - FULL!
Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board will be holding pension interviews for those teachers who are considering retiring or terminating from the plan in 2019 - 2022. 
PLEASE NOTE: INTERVIEWS NEED TO BE BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH ATRF HERE
****All interview times at North Central Teachers' Convention are full****
Click here for members who want to meet with ATRF in the Edmonton office at a later time.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 09:00 - 14:30
Westin: Chancellor Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:00

Kick-Starting Workplace Wellness
Here’s your chance to explore how school jurisdiction employees are bringing their wellness programs to life! The Sandbox is an online platform where you can share inspirations, ideas and successes for promoting workplace wellness. One of ASEBP’s fantastic workplace wellness liaisons will walk you through The Sandbox and explain how to communicate and learn from the experiences of others to improve your own wellness initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for Kristyn B

Kristyn B

Alberta School Employees Benefit Plan
Kristyn Berry is an ASEBP workplace wellness liaison with a diverse background in health promotion and policy. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a minor in Political Science and a Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies, Kristyn is a passionate advocate for public... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 10:30
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:00

Theatre Makeup: Gore
Learn the basics of gore makeup: bruises, black eyes, cuts, scars and dueling wounds…..all on a budget. The skills can be used in a number or courses including Drama, Film Studies, Cosmetology and Sports Medicine as a practical and fun hands-on activity. With all the TV shows and movies focusing on violence and gore, this unit will begin to diffuse the fascination. Come in healthy; exit looking like you need medical leave.

Speakers
avatar for P Gail Whiteford

P Gail Whiteford

A drama teacher for 35 years, in Australia and Calgary Gail taught Drama Education at U of C for six years, while still teaching workshops at schools in Alberta and British Columbia. Gail has presented sessions at conventions all around Alberta. She has written 2 books on the subject... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:00

Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to some basic First Nations, Métis and Inuit worldviews, cultural beliefs and values. It is neither a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing, but rather a series of focused conversation starters for groups of educators engaged in reconciliation. The foundational knowledge activities are to support educators through the concepts of reconciliation as part of ongoing professional learning. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own. Worldviews and Ways of Knowing are like stones thrown into the water from which other circles grow. Learning about the traditional and contemporary experiences unique to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples helps to gain understanding and appreciation.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lynn Cook

Terry Lynn Cook

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Terry Lynn Cook is currently a Walking Together Consultant with the Alberta Teacher’s Association. She is on secondment from Living Waters Catholic Regional Division No 42. She has worked recently as a Pedagogical Supervisor for Northland School Division and as an Alberta Regional... Read More →

Contributor


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:00

Mental Health Capacity Building
Keys to Empowering Youth to Succeed (KEYS) is a Strathcona County based Mental Health Capacity Building Project funded by Alberta Health Services. KEYS works with junior high schools and in collaboration with community partners to support the wellness of students, parents, and school staff members. Through this work, KEYS aim is to build resiliency in students and families by promoting positive mental health, coping strategies, and healthy relationships through awareness, knowledge, and skill building. KEYS will share stories and lessons learned from their work in local schools so that you can bring strategies back to your own staff rooms and classrooms on Monday morning!


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:00

How Do I Get Them to Write? Reader Response and Author Studies
Reader response writing can greatly improve our students’ understanding of what they read. Through reading, writing and the inevitable discussions that follow, students learn from the experiences of others, open their minds to many possibilities, gain a glimpse into new worlds, make connections to their lives, and reflect on their own learning. Reader response writing can occur as a response to individual books or it can also be an important part of an author study. Come away from this session with countless reader response prompts and many author study suggestions!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych

Words Change Worlds
Karen Filewych has more than twenty years of educational experience as an elementary teacher and school administrator. She is currently the English Language Arts Consultant for Edmonton Catholic Schools. Her passion for literacy began as a young child with nightly bedtime stories... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Janet Vader - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:00

Developing Emotional Resilience
Emotional resilience is the ability to bounce back from hardship. The best way for students to develop this key skill is to watch it in action. We’ll cover the illusions that keep us stuck in unhealthy patterns, the resiliency myth and focusing on the long game. This interactive session will also cover 10 essential items in the teacher’s toolkit to become an emotionally resilient mentor: responsibility, vulnerability, patience, creativity, empathy, choices, natural consequences, affirmations, conscience building and the relationship bridge.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, speaker and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She has four self-published books and is at work on her first YA novel. Julianne holds a certificate in Counselling Skills and is an award-winning student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, pursuing her BA... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:00

Kindness in the Classroom
Research shows that even very young children have innate tendencies to be kind and that the joy from being kind boosts levels of happiness. Even though kindness is an innate quality, it needs to be fostered, modeled and practiced. How can you foster kindness in your classroom? Join us to learn why kindness is important and how it can be supported through things such as teacher modelling and universal design for learning (safe spaces and classroom routines). We will provide resources and ideas that can help you support your students. As well, we want to provide an opportunity for you to share your own experiences, activities, lessons, websites, etc… that you have used to foster kindness.

Speakers
JC

Jacqui Currie

Health Promotion Coordinator, Alberta Health Services
To be determined
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EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:00

Play on Words - Primary Literacy Games
Are you a teachers who is looking for hands-on integrated literacy games and activities to use in your classroom? Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of easily found, or made, manipulatives including literacy dice, letter tiles, word decks, paint chips and more! The activities are easy to differentiate for your students; ELL, regular and special-ed, and can be used as whole group activities, small group instruction or in centers. Concepts covered will include: learning the alphabet and its' sounds, spelling cvc words, developing rhyme, building two-syllable words, word patterns, vocabulary, cloze activities and more. Participants will receive a handout with reproducible gameboards and instructions, ideas for using in your daily 5 or other programs. Many practical take home ideas if you need a refresher or are a new teacher.

Speakers
JF

Jane Felling

Educator, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane is co-author of the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series and has been doing workshops in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has conducted workshops across North America for K - 8 contracts and has been a featured speaker at the National... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

10:00

Fake News and Fantasy: Teaching Judgement in Science Education
Fake news stories, such as a Florida man dying after lighting his flatulence on fire in a meth lab, are rampant on social media today; yet, students are not necessarily prepared to deal with these. In this workshop, we will discuss the idea of "epistemic cognition" and how we might teach our students to apply their epistemic cognition in making sound, effective, and critical judgements about the "scientific" and scientific information they encounter.

Speakers
EW

Ellen Watson

With 8 years as a secondary physics and mathematics teacher, Ellen Watson is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta studying science education, specifically physics teaching, and curriculum change. Ellen's research interests lie in teacher beliefs, beliefs about knowing... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:00 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Kick-starting Workplace Wellness - Repeat Session!
Here’s your chance to explore how school jurisdiction employees are bringing their wellness programs to life! The Sandbox is an online platform where you can share inspirations, ideas and successes for promoting workplace wellness. One of ASEBP’s fantastic workplace wellness liaisons will walk you through The Sandbox and explain how to communicate and learn from the experiences of others to improve your own wellness initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for Kristyn B

Kristyn B

Alberta School Employees Benefit Plan
Kristyn Berry is an ASEBP workplace wellness liaison with a diverse background in health promotion and policy. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a minor in Political Science and a Certificate in Peace and Post-Conflict Studies, Kristyn is a passionate advocate for public... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:00
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Self Regulation in the Classroom: Beyond the Zones
Our classrooms are filled with fun educational ways to learn and amazing teachers. They are also filled with children. Each child is unique and brings their own set of thoughts feelings and behaviours. More children than ever are being diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD. Schools are working to support teachers in classroom management and supporting students with academic success by implementing school wide programs such as "Alert" or "Zones of Regulation". While these wonderful programs have some great supportive information and will work for the average child, there is a sect of children that require more intervention. These are the truly dys-regulated children. This presentation goes deeper and looks at providing in classroom suggestions for teachers to employ that will help the child that zones is not working for easily. Why? A dys-regulated child cannot use their prefrontal cortex to use the skills that the zones of regulation provides, they are not able to access that part of the brain. Come and learn why, and how to help.

Speakers
TA

Tammy Auten-Dye

Tammy Auten-Dye is a Psychologist in Central Alberta, who, in addition to other populations, works with children age 4-18 years. Tammy has a private practice in Ponoka Alberta and works with a variety of contracts as well as the Wolf Creek PCN. Tammy is a mother of two beautiful daughter's... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Nichol Goodrich - Wetaskiwin #18
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

10:30

Ahead By A Century: Learning from the Past, Inspiring the Future (A Conversation with the ATA President and the Minister of Education)
Teachers in Alberta have a storied past. Over the last century, the province's teachers have demonstrated their constant creativity, ingenuity and compassion and have helped to elevate the reputation of Alberta’s public education system and its teaching profession to a level of excellence that is the envy of international jurisdictions. Ironically, the work of dedicated teachers seems to be increasingly the subject of criticism at a more local level. Join ATA President Greg Jeffery and the Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Education, as they reflect on the ATA's hundred-year journey and discuss the opportunities and challenges that are just over the horizon.

Speakers
avatar for The Honourable David Eggen

The Honourable David Eggen

Minister of Education, Alberta Education
David Eggen was sworn in as the Minister of Education and as the Minister of Culture and Tourism on May 24, 2015. Mr. Eggen was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Calder on April 23, 2012 and again on May 5, 2015. He previously represented the constituency... Read More →
avatar for Greg Jeffery

Greg Jeffery

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
Greg Jeffery is the president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. He began his involvement with the Association in 1984, his first year of teaching. He joined his local council executive in 1989. Subsequently, he served as an Economic Policy Committee (EPC) member, EPC chair... Read More →

Contributor

Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Wallace Porter - Wetaskiwin #18
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

How to write a sitcom about Muslims - very carefully!
As debates rage about changing culture and religious accommodations in various communities, Zarqa Nawaz talks about what it was like creating the first comedy about a western based Muslim society in Canada and the challenges that ensued.

Speakers
avatar for Zarqa Nawaz

Zarqa Nawaz

Little Mosque on the Prairie
Zarqa Nawaz has a B.Sc from the University of Toronto and after being rejected from medical school she went on to create several short comedy films that focused on Muslim issues in Canada. When the National Film Board of Canada approached her to do something more serious, she was... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Myra Rybotycki - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Culture, Resilience and The Importance of Student Support: Journey of Becoming a Two-Spirit Medical
In this session, Dr. Makokis will draw on his own experiences of becoming a Family Physician. Interwoven with stories of growing up as a young two-spirit boy on a northeastern reserve, to practicing medicine and servicing a large transgender population including youth, he will share nehiyaw ("Plains Cree") teachings related to gender and sexual diversity. Nehiyawak have always had a strong kiskinohamâkewin ("Education" or "Teaching") grounded in culture, songs, spirituality (including ceremonies) and teachings related to the Land, Water, Sky that informed healthy child development. When given the opportunity to learn about such teachings, youth develop the strength and resilience to persevere and thrive in their educational studies. An overview of the nehiyaw 7 Stages of Life Teachings will be reviewed where much of this knowledge is embedded.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis is a proud Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta. He is one of Canada’s most accomplished experts in a variety of fields, including those in and outside of the Indigenous culture. Few individuals can offer such a diverse and unique perspective... Read More →



Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Gloria Wolff - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Comment améliorer l’effort et la persévérance en mathématiques. Niveau 6e-9e
Soyez prêts à vous déplacer et travailler avec les autres dans cette session. Nous allons modelés comment améliorer l’effort et la persévérance des élevés en mathématiques. Cette session mettra l'accent sur des idées simples et pratiques pour la salle de classe que vous pouvez utiliser dès lundi. Cette session est structuré pour division 2 et 3.

Speakers
DD

Doris Duret

I have been teaching math for over 20 years, and a few years ago, I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a masters in Mathematics Education. I have presented to a few different venues and those who attended my session enjoyed the fact that they tried out the different tasks... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags French

10:30

Using Literature to Engage Your Students and Enhance FNMI Perspectives K – 9 CANCELLED!
This session features literature and resources to engage your FNMI students while supporting FNMI education and perspectives in your classroom. Literature can be a great way to spark inquiry and engagement in students and make connections that are more meaningful to their learning. Participants will explore many books and receive annotated lists linking the resources to your Science, Social, Language Arts and Health curriculum. Teachers will also get exposure literature and activities to help teachers introduce the history of Residential Schools to young students. Additionally there are suggested activities and project packages for participants for use in their class tomorrow.

Speakers
KA

Kerry Aiken

Kerry Aiken holds undergraduate degrees in Education and Native American Studies, from the University of Lethbridge, as well as her Master of Educational Leadership degree from the U of L. Kerry has been teaching for 15 years and is in her second year as the Principal at Milo Community... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Wayne McNamara - Greater Black Gold #8
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Teaching Innovation: Tales from the Front Line
Innovative thinking can be taught. This is the foundational statement from which this lecture begins. And I know it can be taught because I have, for the past two decades, spent the majority of my professional life either teaching young people how to approach applied innovation more critically and intelligently, or working as a business strategist and commercialization guide for some of Alberta's most creative scientists and technologists. I have, in other words, seen innovation at is best and worst. And I have survived to tell the tales. But as any educator will tell you, just because something is teachable does not mean it can be taught, or is being taught in a way that translates elegantly from the classroom to applications and successes beyond those walls. So as governments and school boards across the country ring the bell in support of innovation and innovative thinking, some deep and often unsettling questions linger: How do young people really understand innovation and innovative thinking (as distinct from invention and curiosity)? How does the very honorable goal of teaching innovation align with the realities of our current educational economy of grades and assessment? And so on. This lecture will pose many of these questions, of course. But it will also offer some strategies and tactics for making innovative thinking part of every classroom in every school, regardless of subject or age level. This lecture will invite and challenge educators to embrace iteration, to celebrate failure, and to activate intellectual and emotional resilience in the next generation of innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Klay Dyer

Dr. Klay Dyer

Business & Operations Manager, Alberta Glycomics Centre
Having established himself as on of the country's foremost experts in Canadian literature and culture, Dr. Dyer has spent the past two decades of his professional life at the front line of innovation within Alberta. Whether teaching a generation of students the realities of innovation... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

Olé! Let’s get “Bizet”! Come sing, dance and play to one of the best loved operas of all time!
Light a passion for opera! Bizet’s sweethearts Carmen and José are the perfect duo to get everyone hooked on the music, drama, set, costumes and history of this magnificent art form. With a lighter version of the world-famous Habanera, students will enjoy expressing their “opera voice” while dancing a tango through interactive and imaginative role-playing. An exciting addition to your choral and musical theatre repertoire. Dramatic flair an asset! Recorder score for advanced students. Workshop, handouts & reproducible music map available in both English & French. Designed for Gr.4-7 Music, Drama and Language Arts Teachers (English, French Immersion, Francophone).

Speakers
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Nicole Lafrenière

Nicole Lafrenière (B.Mus., B.Ed., Orff-Schulwerk III) has been an elementary music specialist in French Immersion and Francophone schools since 1994, embracing the Orff-Schulwerk approach. Striving to develop innovative and eclectic French-language music resources, she is one of... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags French

10:30

Literacy in the Content Areas
Do you have students who struggle when they read the subject area content expected in grades 7-12? This session will provide a framework that content/subject teachers can use to structure their lessons to support all students in developing strategies to better understand difficult text. Teachers will be provided with a toolbox of strategies they can use as a part of their regular instruction that will assist their students to better understand the subject content and thus the big ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Debbie Quick

Debbie Quick

Literacy Consultant, Quick Educational Consulting
74 Erin Ridge Drive


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:30

Respectful Schools Online Toolkit for Human Rights Education - CANCELLED!
The Respectful Schools Online toolkit is designed to support teachers and communities working for a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe for all Albertans through principles of human rights education. Learn about how to nurture climates that honour diversity while building equity. Come to this session to learn about the toolkit, how to use it, and how to develop Promising Practices for human rights education in your classroom and community. Participants will be invited to discuss human rights education strategies while interacting the the toolkit, and also participate in activities designed to stimulate deeper thinking about human rights.

Speakers
JS

Jessica Scalzo

By day, Jessica Scalzo is an educator and consultant specializing in professional development about diversity and social justice. By night, she is a nerd and mom to an entertaining 2 year old. When not stuffing her brain full of facts, she can be found gardening, cooking, singing... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 12:30
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 313
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 24
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30

The Ripple Effect of Your Wellness
It is imperative that educators are healthy and well.  Your ability to make a difference in the lives of your family and your students depends on it! "If you don’t take time for your wellness, you will be forced to take time for your illness." During this session, Wellness Educator Joyce Sunada will share the consequences of ignoring her own health and the ripple effect of her actions. Participants will have an opportunity to assess their current wellness, share successful practices and strategize how to create a positive ripple effect on their family, classroom and whole school community.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Sunada

Joyce Sunada

Wellness Educator, Joyful Endeavours
Wellness Educator Joyce Sunada has over 30 years’ experience as an educator. During that time, she was a teacher, an administrator and provincial leader who helped create and support healthy school communicates.Joyce currently owns her own business, Joyful Endeavors and provides... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 10:30 - 12:30
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Jacqueline Mines - Northern Gateway #43
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00

Move and Play through Traditional Games: Mindfulness and Physical Activity from Indigenous Culture
The Be Fit for Life Network supports the development of Physical Literacy and health and wellness in communities across Alberta, including in schools. Move and Play through Traditional Games is one of many free resources offered by Be Fit for Life. In addition to great physical activity ideas that benefit students and staff, learn about cultural resources and practices that will help the whole school community grow a deeper connection to the land.

Speakers
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →
LW

Lindsay Wright

Educator, Be Fit For Life
To be determined



Friday February 9, 2018 11:00 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00

School Health Champions Unite! How to promoting wellness for all (including staff) in your school.
What is a Health Champion? Research has indicated that healthy students are better learners but how do we get there? review the Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach and participants will explore their role in a healthy school community and discuss ways to make sustainable change. We will provide you with some fun, easy (and cheap!) ideas for you to take back to your classrooms and to your staff rooms on Monday. Come away from this presentation motivated to promote health and wellness in your school or jurisdiction.

Speakers
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00

The November Project in School: A Success Story from Students and Staff
How do relationships and culture in the school change when students and teachers join side-by-side to benefit their personal wellness? Learn from Jennifer Ference and her students from Fort Saskatchewan High School about the successes and challenges of bringing a November Project approach into school.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ference

Jennifer Ference

November Project Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan High School
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00 - 11:30
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00

Science for the Inquiring Mind K-3
Science pervades every part of our world, and this gives students an opportunity to explore their universe from a scientific perspective. As a member of the Inquiring Minds network, TELUS World of Science has recently begun offering Science School, an immersive, inquiry based program that focuses on deep reflection and understanding of scientific concepts. We’d like to share the lessons we’ve learned in creating experiences for students who visit us. Come and see how to use journalling and reflection to help your students ask deep questions about scientific concepts. Find connections in other parts of the K-3 curriculum and your surroundings to help spur inquiry and creative thinking.

Speakers
MA

Maura Armstrong

5, TELUS World of Science Edmonton
Maura Armstrong has taught outside the traditional classroom since 2009. As the manager of school programs at TELUS World of Science Edmonton, she runs the in-house and outreach team. She is passionate about teaching high quality science lessons, and empowering teachers to do the... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Settingiano

Ashley Settingiano

School Programs Specialist; Science School Coordinator, TELUS World of Science Edmonton
With an Elementary and ESL B.Ed, Ashley has been part of the TELUS World of Science Edmonton education team since 2015. In 2016, she spearheaded the pilot year of Science School as part of the Inquiring Minds site school network. Now in its second year, the program continues grow... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:00

Engaging Students in an Outreach Setting
Outreach schools play a vital role in Alberta communities by serving a diverse student population. We serve adults, upgraders, students from traditional high schools, athletes, individuals looking for flexibility and students that have lost their way. One of the many obstacles we face is finding innovative ways to engage our students. A panel of outreach staff will share a few of our successes and challenges over the last several years. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences throughout the presentation. Time will be allotted at the end of the session for an open forum discussion of best practices so please come willing to share!

Speakers
DL

Dan Lake

I have been employed in Black Gold Regional School Division since 1993. In that time I have taught students in divisions 2 ,3 and 4. I was an assistant principal at Riverview Middle School for four years before accepting a secondment to Alberta Education in Learner Assessment. In... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

11:00

The Hows, Whys, and Wows of Technology Integration in an Elementary Classroom.
Integration of Technology into the classroom can seem daunting to some. In this session you will be provided with real world examples of how to use technology in the classroom to inspire, engage and encourage students. Ideas and examples will be shared of curriculum objectives being delved into at the highest level of thinking: CREATING. Come prepared to let go of the ideas that the students are too young, or you are too old!

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Chapman

Nicole Chapman

Gr.2 Teacher, Willow Park School
Daily striving to inspire, engage, and encourage while integrating technology into every aspect of my programming.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:30

Move & Play through Traditional Games:Mindfulness & Physical Activity from Indigenous Culture:Repeat
The Be Fit for Life Network supports the development of Physical Literacy and health and wellness in communities across Alberta, including in schools. Move and Play through Traditional Games is one of many free resources offered by Be Fit for Life. In addition to great physical activity ideas that benefit students and staff, learn about cultural resources and practices that will help the whole school community grow a deeper connection to the land.

Speakers
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →
LW

Lindsay Wright

Educator, Be Fit For Life
To be determined



Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

School Health Champions Unite! How to promoting wellness for all (including staff) in your school.
What is a Health Champion? Research has indicated that healthy students are better learners but how do we get there? review the Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach and participants will explore their role in a healthy school community and discuss ways to make sustainable change. We will provide you with some fun, easy (and cheap!) ideas for you to take back to your classrooms and to your staff rooms on Monday. Come away from this presentation motivated to promote health and wellness in your school or jurisdiction.

Speakers
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

The November Project in School: A Success Story from Students and Staff - Repeat Session!
How do relationships and culture in the school change when students and teachers join side-by-side to benefit their personal wellness? Learn from Jennifer Ference and her students from Fort Saskatchewan High School about the successes and challenges of bringing a November Project approach into school.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ference

Jennifer Ference

November Project Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan High School
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 12:00
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

Junior Achievement: Empowering Youth to Change Their World
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating youth about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through relevant, hands-on programs. Company Program and Investment Strategies are two JA programs that maximize student potential through experiential activities that are both free and have flexible delivery: Company Program (CP) gives students the opportunity to gain experience in running their own product-based business over the course of 15-18 weeks. Investment Strategies (ISP) provides students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of investments and how they can be used to achieve financial goals by participating in an online stock-market competition. This session will discuss the benefits of offering CP and/or ISP to your students and tackle the challenges. We will answer questions about making the programs fit your school’s timetable and explain just how easy it is to run one of these two programs.

Speakers
JA

Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT

Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT
Junior Achievement programs allow students to experience and understand business, preparing them for leadership. We enable young people to gain financial responsibility, make confident decisions and become innovators. Students will learn from actual business leaders who will provide... Read More →
MZ

Morgan Zinck

Morgan Zinck is the High School Programs Manager for Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s University with a BA and from Nova Scotia Community College with an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations (Honours). During her post-secondary... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

11:30

Des activités différentes, pour changer le mal de place! 7e à 9e
Chercher des activités pédagogiques différentes requiert du temps, beaucoup de temps! Cet atelier vous propose d'essayer des activités dites "différentes" de celles que l'on retrouve dans nos ressources habituelles dans le sens du nombre. Si vous cherchez de nouvelles façons d'approcher la pratique des maths, c'est atelier est pour vous. Ne perdez plus de temps à chercher!

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques depuis plusieurs années. Elle a travaillé comme conseillère pédagogique au sein du Conseil scolaire FrancoSud et au Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP) pendant plus d'une décennie. Auparavant, Renée a travaillé comme enseignante... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags French

11:30

Indigenous Alberta: The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
This workshop will introduce participants to the rich Indigenous cultural and linguistic diversity of Alberta. Topics will include: terminology related to identity, recognition of treaty territory, significant ancestral landscapes related to locations of celebrations and annual ceremonies that come to life through song and dance.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lynn Cook

Terry Lynn Cook

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Terry Lynn Cook is currently a Walking Together Consultant with the Alberta Teacher’s Association. She is on secondment from Living Waters Catholic Regional Division No 42. She has worked recently as a Pedagogical Supervisor for Northland School Division and as an Alberta Regional... Read More →

Contributor


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

Smartphones; The Heroin of Technology
Media personality, motivational speaker and author Wade Sorochan reveals how smartphones, with all they have to offer, have become the new drug of choice causing mental, physical and relationship issues. Research now confirms that addiction to smartphones, social media and technology in general, is equivalent to addiction to an illicit drug like heroin. Wade Sorochan is recognized an expert in social media addiction and provides vital information on how to break the addiction before it causes serious mental health issues. Comments from previous teachers conventions include: "Great presentation!" "Knowledgeable speaker!" "Very informative!, shared cutting edge research that teachers should be aware of!" "I really liked this speaker, his message was timely and accurate."

Speakers
avatar for Wade Sorochan

Wade Sorochan

Owner, Wade Sorochan Communications
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. He is the recipient of the National "Difference Makers Award" Recognizing 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Heath" and the "Canada 150 in 150 Award" Recognizing Inspiring Albertans... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Joanne Wallace - Pembina Hills #22
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

11:30

Aquaponics in the Classroom
Create a green classroom where students learn how to grow many different types of plants including vegetables and herbs. Learn about all of the positive experiences associated with having a fully functioning aquaponic system in your school where plants are growing with the help of fish on a continuous cycle. The Tilapia fish we are growing will ultimately be consumed as well, showing students that the possibilities for farming are much more than just fields in Alberta. The students learn about the self sufficient system and are excited about the opportunities ahead.

Speakers
EW

Ethan West

Teacher, Parkland School Division
I have been teaching at Graminia School for 6 years, mostly taking care of music and band. This is my second year teaching grade four math and science. I have four beautiful children, three boys and a girl. I really try to bring curriculum together and provide my students with project... Read More →
AW

Andrew Woloshyn

I have been teaching for six years, splitting my time between grade three and four. I am passionate about providing my students hands on learning opportunities that relate to the real world. I have a love of science and social and try to mix the two subjects as much as possible. I... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 12:30
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Caroline Caron Perreault - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 136
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30

When two identities collide: Empowering FrancoQUEERS
This session will be presented in FRENCH.

This workshop aims to educate teachers on the struggles that the LGBTQ+ community faces in the francophone community. Being a double minority in our communities often means one of your identities must lessened in order to give more space for the other to define you. FJA aims to end this decision making and help young francoQUEERS create ties between both their communities. The session will be composed of an educational aspect (all things LGBTQ+), followed by a panel of queer adults that graduated from Francophone schools. There will also be a Q & A period with our panelists!!

Cet atelier vise à sensibiliser les enseignants aux luttes auxquelles la communauté LGBTQ + est confrontée dans la francophonie. Être une double minorité dans notre communauté signifie souvent que l'une de nos identités doit être diminuée afin de donner plus d'espace à l'autre de nous définir. FJA vise à mettre fin à cette prise de décision et à aider les jeunes francoQUEER à créer des liens entre leurs deux communautés. La session sera composée d'un aspect éducatif (toutes choses LGBTQ +), suivi d'un panel d'adultes Queer diplômés des écoles francophones. Il y aura également une période de Q & A avec nos panellistes !!

Speakers
avatar for Natacha Coones

Natacha Coones

Natacha Coones is the coordinator of the francoQUEER committee. She is in charge of making sure this project thrives and gets the promotion and exposure it deserves. She organizes a group of 7 adults that work as panelists and educators and deals with booking them into schools to... Read More →
avatar for Sympa César

Sympa César

Board member, Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta
Sympa César is a member of the FrancoQueer committee of FJA (Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta). He is an active board member who has overseen the francoQueer project since its beginnings in 2015. Since then, he has presented to schools, administrators and community members and... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 13:30
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags French

11:30

Teaching Students to Plan with Purpose
One of the biggest struggles with young writers is their refusal to plan. This unit is a sure-fire way to get kids to get kids to fully plan characters, settings, and plots before writing. The plans are reusable so the students can write adventures and mysteries, as well as graphic novels. We will do a scaled-down version of the unit in this workshop, showing examples from the classroom. Come prepared to work on something you can use Monday morning.

Speakers
CB

Cindy Beaumont

I'm a grade six teacher and school counselor, and have been working with Black Gold schools for 16 years. My professional focus is on comprehensive school health, while I continue to teach most of the core subjects in my class.


Friday February 9, 2018 11:30 - 13:30
MacEwan University - Alberta College: Rm 119
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 35
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

11:45

OCD: We live among you!
There are plenty of jokes out there, "I love to line up my pens by colour! I have the worst OCD." These statements are commonly made by teachers and can be hurtful, but mainly worrisome. Our professional staff need to know what OCD is really all about. This is a mental illness that could perhaps be a building block to truly stating the conversation we all talk about! Tanya Frigault had lived with OCD since early childhood. This session will describe her journey from self doubting child to successful teacher.

Speakers
TF

Tanya Frigault

Music Teacher


Friday February 9, 2018 11:45 - 12:45
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Fran Caudron - Greater Peace #13
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:45

FNMI in the Social Studies Classroom
New TQS in Alberta will require all Alberta teachers to be able to incorporate FNMI education and culture within their classrooms. How can you go about this? This session will provide participants to some background knowledge as well as ideas has to how to begin bringing FNMI education and culture into their own classrooms.

Speakers
SW

Suzanne Williamson

An Alberta native, Suzanne has been teaching for the past 17 years in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Her interests include technology, inclusion, and FNMI education. She is currently the Central Alberta Regional President of the ATA Social Studies Council. In 2016, Suzanne... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 11:45 - 12:45
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

12:00

Teacher Time – What is it and how do I count it?
With all teachers in Alberta now covered by both instructional and assignable time clauses in their collective agreements, you and your colleagues may be asking what counts, what does not, and if you are within those time limitations. This session will give teachers the resources to determine what is instructional time and what is assignable time and how to calculate  it.  The session will also review a teachers professional obligations that may extend beyond assigned time.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Schoffer

Cory Schoffer

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, Alberta Teachers' Association
Cory joined the Association’s executive staff in 2004 in the Member Services program area. He had a split Member Services/ Teacher Welfare assignment from 2007–2010. Cory returned to Member Services full-time in 2010, and joined Teacher Welfare full-time in 2015.

Contributor

Friday February 9, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

On the path of dreams
Dr. Vollant testifies to his career which is marked by both cultural pride, perseverance, resilience, but also by the challenge of education for a native. It is a story full of hope that shows that despite the obstacles, it is possible to succeed. Dr. Vollant also summarizes his reflections on the challenges that must be met to enable First Nations youth to develop their full potential. In fact, Dr. Vollant's experience in the field shows how young people can dream and use their education and the richness of their origins to make their dreams contribute to the well-being of all Canadians.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Stanley Vollant

Dr. Stanley Vollant

BIOGRAPHY Stanley Vollant, MD, FRCSC Dr. Stanley Vollant is an Innu from Pessamit who grew up on the shores of the St. Lawrence River on the North Shore. From an early age, he enjoyed the traditional teachings of his grandfather who taught him the importance of community values. Dr... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson archie lillico - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

12:00

The Importance of Treaty Education in an era of the TRC and Reconciliation
In this session, Janice Makokis will provide a overview of the oral understanding of Treaty as passed down from Elders and knowledge keepers she's had the privilege of learning from and working with. The importance of understanding Treaty from an indigenous perspective is imperative for teachers, students and all Canadians as this is the foundation of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the country we know as Canada. Drawing upon stories, nehiyaw (Cree) teachings, ceremonies and nêhiyaw mâmitonêyihcikan (Cree thought/ worldview) Janice will share how learning and understanding Treaty is imperative in teaching both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to understand Indigenous history and laws, which facilitates better relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Janice will connect the stories and teachings of Treaty with the current Truth and Reconciliation Commission's message of moving forward together in reconciliation. Educational awareness, curriculum development and the role of teachers in the public education system play a significant role in making change to move Canada towards meaningful conversations around Canada's true history and how Canada can realize reconciliation.

Speakers
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Janice Makokis

Janice is an articulate presenter for/on Indigenous Peoples of Canada. She knows the law and she is an expert about • What needs to done to improve the relations between the white population • The current conditions on Reserves and Metis Settlements • The Truth and Reconciliation... Read More →



Friday February 9, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Bonnie Oar - High Prairie #62
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

Becoming the Math Teacher Gr 7 - 12 Students Need
What are the keys to making math as rich and deep for each one of our students as it ought to be? How do we build understanding as well as curiosity? How do we lose fewer students' interest and build more success at the higher grade levels? How do we turn math into something creative, a topic where we explore ideas and not just rules? We will explore how to take this journey with our students

Speakers
avatar for Marian Small

Marian Small

Author and Consultant, One Two... Infinity Ltd.
Marian Small, the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick, writes and speaks about K-12 math throughout Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Her focus is on teacher questioning to get at the important math, to include all students, and to focus on critical thinking and... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Donna Chanasyk - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:00

Crossing the Big Pond - one teacher's 5-year journey teaching and living in the Middle East
Jennifer will share the process of applying for international school jobs, living in a foreign country, and adjusting to different cultures and customs while pursuing their career in Education. Find out how living abroad can change your life, your perspective, and your approach to teaching.

Speakers
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Jennifer Landers

Wild Rose Schools, Wild Rose Schools
For the past 7 1/2 years, Jennifer has taught at Eldorado Elementary School in Drayton Valley. She taught full-time Kindergarten for 5 years and continues to stretch her professional growth with a new challenge this year in Grade 4. A change is as good as a rest!


Friday February 9, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

Using Literature to Engage Your Students in Social Studies K – 5 CANCELLED!
This session features literature that will engage your students and support the K- 5 Social Studies curriculum. Literature can be a great way to spark inquiry and engagement in students and make connections that are more meaningful to their learning. Participants will explore relevant and high interest books and receive annotated lists linking the resources to the curriculum. Additionally there are suggested activities and projects participants could use in their class tomorrow.

Speakers
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Kerry Aiken

Kerry Aiken holds undergraduate degrees in Education and Native American Studies, from the University of Lethbridge, as well as her Master of Educational Leadership degree from the U of L. Kerry has been teaching for 15 years and is in her second year as the Principal at Milo Community... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Kim Miller - Pembina Hills #22
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

12:00

Expressive Handmade Books - Session 2
Making a book is easier than you think! Join published artist and calligrapher Sally Towers-Sybblis as she shares with you the methods for creating several different types of creative book design that you can use in the classroom or for your own personal creative expression. All that's required to get started is a piece of paper, paint and some scissors. Add in a needle, thread and glue and you have the necessary equipment to create a variety of beautiful and creative book structures. This class requires no experience and is great for anyone trying book making for the first time. To view photos of this class, visit Sally's website: www.sallytowerssybblis.com

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

Artist
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time artist and calligrapher from Red Deer, Alberta. She believes the ritualistic practice of art not only nurtures the human spirit, it breaks down barriers and strengthens relationships. In her classes students are challenged to find their own inner... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:00 - 14:30
MacEwan - Alberta College: Bryan Hall (Rm 410) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00

Canadian Landscape à la Ted Harrison
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

For those who love Canada’s North, Ted Harrison is a MUST. His use of vibrant colours and bold lines made him a favourite artist among Canadian students. With the help of chalk-, oil pastels, and mixed media, 3 beautiful sceneries will come to life. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation (bring your own USB stick) that can be used directly in their art classrooms. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4- 9. All supplies provided by instructor.

Speakers
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Izabella Orzelski

Artistic Director, ARTIZA LTD.
Izabella holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta. Her awards and grants include Winspear Fund Grant and Dahesh Museum Award in New York. Among her commissions are portraits of Lois Hole, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:00 - 15:00
MacEwan - Alberta College: PCL Hall (Rm 541) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:15

Problem Solving Inquiry in Science Classrooms
Inquiry based teaching has been emphasized to develop students’ scientific thinking and problem solving skills, yet, it has been a challenging and confusing concept and practice for teachers. This session will share several case studies and strategies of problem-solving inquiry, which have been proven as successful approaches and tools for elementary science teaching. Strategies such as evidence-based reasoning (EBR), argumentation, concept cartoon, etc. will be shared via classroom teaching cases and hands-on activities to discuss and develop effective ways of implementation in participants’ owns classrooms.

Speakers

Friday February 9, 2018 12:15 - 13:15
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

12:15

Sports for Nerds: School Video Game Clubs and Tournaments
We organize intramurals and inter-school competitions for students interested in sports, but there are segments of our populations that are underserved by traditional athletics. Games are a part of student culture, and can help foster teamwork, confidence, socialization, and empathy in an environment that is both safe and fun. Games and complex and challenging, and the growing popularity of eSports is something we can learn from in schools. These competitions are filling stadiums and giving away millions in prize money, and "cyber athletes" are even getting post-secondary scholarships. And it's not all shooting, shouting, and sitting in a dark basement. Come hear about how we have organized clubs and tournaments, some of the logistics, how to convince others of the value of these activities.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and most recently taught Grade 6. He is currently on a one-year leave working for Cybera on the Callysto project.


Friday February 9, 2018 12:15 - 13:15
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:15

La Terre, comment la manipuler pour la rendre engageante !
Les objectifs de cet atelier: que chaque participant reparte la tête pleine d'idées d'activités inspirantes à faire avec leurs élèves et un bagage de connaissances bonifié en sciences de la Terre. Les enseignants procéderont entres autres à l'observation et la classification des propriétés des roches et minéraux, se familiariseront avec la structure de la Terre ainsi que la tectonique des plaques et le cycle minier et tout cela, à travers la manipulation. Une mine de renseignements s'engage à inspirer les enseignants en leur proposant de nouvelles façons d’engager et d’intriguer leurs élèves à propos des sciences de la Terre et à les sensibiliser au rôle vital que jouent les roches et minéraux dans notre quotidien. Cette session s'adresse aux enseignants de la 3e (Les roches et minéraux) à la 7e (La Terre) année.

Speakers
avatar for Emilie Hebert-Houle

Emilie Hebert-Houle

Contractuelle, programme éducatif et représentation, Mining Matters
Géographe, titulaire d’une maîtrise en science de l’environnement, Émilie a parcouru les régions subarctiques et arctiques sur terre et mer. Forte de ses expériences professionnelles passées en enseignement en milieu autochtone et nordique et en animation en milieu naturel... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags French

12:30

97 Staff Recognition Tips in Just 60 Minutes
No time here for theory! Just 97—or more—simple, cost-effective tools and techniques to recognize staff. Guaranteed! There may even be a few minutes left over to answer your questions (and maybe, just a little bit of theory).

Speakers
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Nelson Scott

SEA Consulting
Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with managers, supervisors and administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of Thanks! GREAT Job... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Jackie Mines - Northern Gateway #43
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30

Questions School Principals Ask Member Services
This popular, interactive session addresses a variety of issues on which school administrators have sought advice from ATA Member Services staff. Based on the time available, up to 25 issues will be examined in addition to supplemental questions and issues raised by those in attendance.

Speakers
avatar for Marv Hackman

Marv Hackman

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Marv Hackman is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Member Services program area and is based out of Barnett House in Edmonton. Marv began his teaching career in 1977 and worked as a teacher and administrator for 19 years prior to joining the Association in 1996.

Contributor

Friday February 9, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Shaw CC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30

Stress Management for Overachievers
Do you teach any high school age "overachievers"? How about students who feel entitled to achievement but take few steps to create success? Is the issue because of anxiety, or entitlement, or neither? This session is designed to show teachers what might be going on for some of these stressed out students, and the presentation will provide teachers will take away strategies.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Vincent Mireau is a Psychologist in Whitecourt, AB. He is the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.


Friday February 9, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:30

A Day in the Life of a Happy Creek Kindergartener!
The Happy Creek Early Learning Staff is back and this year we'd like to walk you through a day in the life of our junior and senior kindergarten students! Let's talk about where we are with our scheduling and reveal our best practices with programming. We'd love to share our learning centers with you that have functioned successfully as a third teacher and have that heart to heart conversation about what are developmentally appropriate practices with kindergartners.

Speakers
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Caroline McDonald

Assistant Principal, St. Gregory
Caroline McDonald achieved her Early Childhood Education Diploma in 1981, Bachelor of Arts in Child Studies and Bachelor of Education in 1985. She has worked in daycare/ preschool settings and has taught in many junior and senior kindergarten classrooms since her graduation. Caroline... Read More →
NW

Nicole Woloszyn

Nicole has her BA with a generalist major and a psychology minor. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was in grade 1. She has worked in a daycare setting where she got her level three child care. Nicole has also substituted in many different classrooms from Kindergarten to grade... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

12:30

Bringing Math Alive - Division 2 CANCELLED!
Didn’t they learn that last year? This is a common statement shared by math teachers. This workshop will provide participants exposure to help identify those gaps in curricular outcomes. Once gaps are identified, learn great activities which are easy to differentiate, into your Math program. Through games and tactile practices, participants will learn how to make Math more engaging and fun for students. Let’s work through engaging activities to motivate and hook our students into loving math. We will focus on building a strong number sense in students that can transfer into more challenging outcomes. Participants will leave with ready to use activities to implement immediately. Be prepared to participate, have fun and win fabulous prizes! This workshop will use examples from Division Two, but can be implemented at any level.

Speakers
LF

Lenee Fyfe

Lenee Fyfe has been an educator for over 15 years. She has taught at all grade levels in both Montessori and Mainstream classrooms. Currently, she is serving as an administrator in Lethbridge, AB. Lenee's passion for making Math fun for all kids is evident in this workshop. She has... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

12:30

Small Cards, Big Picture: Using Visual Timeline Cards to Teach Historical Thinking
This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to a new resource from The Critical Thinking Consortium (TC2) entitled “Snapshots in Time” that features visual timeline cards focused on significant events in Canadian history. Participants will be introduced to research findings, and teaching and assessment strategies that highlight how to use visual timeline cards to teach students to think historically using the following historical thinking concepts: historical significance, continuity and change, cause and consequence, and historical evidence. This session introduces teaching and assessment strategies for improving students’ ability to think historically about Canadian history.

Speakers
DL

Dr. Lindsay Smith Gibson

Lindsay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. He completed his Ph.D. in the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia in 2014, where... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:30 - 14:30
MacEwan - Alberta College: Stollery Hall(Rm 409) 10050 MacDonald Drive
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:45

Fear NOT the clown: classic clowning
So many have begun to fear clowns, through the advent of Scary Clowns. Dispel this fear. This session covers movement, makeup, costume and scene creation though the use of classic clowning. It is a physical unit that has students up and moving, yet is appropriate for those with disabilities as well. Good for class or public presentation if creating a show. Travels easily and well. Have fun, and laugh.

Speakers
avatar for P Gail Whiteford

P Gail Whiteford

A drama teacher for 35 years, in Australia and Calgary Gail taught Drama Education at U of C for six years, while still teaching workshops at schools in Alberta and British Columbia. Gail has presented sessions at conventions all around Alberta. She has written 2 books on the subject... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:45

Collective Memories: Braiding Our Stories Through History
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to historical implications of concepts of assimilation through understanding of the policies and legislations between the Crown and Indigenous peoples. By understanding history through an Indigenous lens, short and long term impacts of forced assimilation policies will be revealed. Understanding these historical policies and legislations will contribute to the advancement of reconciliation. This workshop is not intended to be a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous history in Canada. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Clark

Crystal Clark

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Crystal Clark is an Indigenous Education Walking Together Consultant working with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. She is a Fort McMurray born Cree/Dene and Métis who currently resides in Rocky Mountain House, AB. She holds a Masters of Educational Technology, Bachelor of Education... Read More →
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Hali Heavy Shield

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Hali Heavy Shield is from the Blood Tribe of Southern Alberta and has been an educator with Red Crow College and Kainai Board of Education for 12 years. Her teaching and research areas include cultural literacy, Blackfoot Ways of Knowing, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission... Read More →

Contributor


Friday February 9, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45

Using 'flex time' effectively: Developing metacognitive self-regulating student learners
There is no doubt that education faces many challenges, and that there are many ideas proposed to meet these challenges. One recent initiative in some schools is the provision of 'flex time.' While this is a positive move there is some uncertainty about how students might best use this time to advance their learning across subject areas. A key aspect of students using this time effectively relates to the extent to which they are metacognitive. Metacognition is defined as an individual’s knowledge, control and awareness of his/her thinking and learning processes and the thinking and learning processes of others. Developing and enhancing students’ metacognition is known to enhance their learning and self-regulation, and also their dispositions to learning. All students are metacognitive to some extent, but often their learning processes and strategies, especially those of evaluation and planning, are under-developed for the effective use of 'flex time.' There is a need for students to be explicitly taught about how to think so that they can take advantage of such time designated time. This session focuses on how to develop the metacognitive self-talk regarding self-evaluation and planning that students can use in 'flex time' and also in their other learning activities, both within and outside school hours.

Speakers
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Greg Thomas

Professor, The University of Alberta
Dr. Gregory P. Thomas is a faculty member at the University of Alberta with a focus on learning theory and science education. In particular, he focuses on metacognition theory and the development and enhancement of students' metacognition in everyday classrooms and learning settings... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 136
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45

Me, My Selfie and I; How Social Media is Creating a Self-Obsessed Generation
Media personality, motivational speaker and author Wade Sorochan reveals how social media can create an unhealthy obsession with self, which could lead to impatience, a lack of empathy , a need for instant gratification, and serious mental health issues. Wade Sorochan is recognized as an expert on social media addiction and provides vital information on how to break the addiction before it becomes a serious mental health issue. Comments from previous teachers conventions include: "Great presentation!" "Knowledgeable speaker!" "Very informative!, shared cutting edge research that teachers should be aware of!" "I really liked this speaker, his message was timely and accurate."

Speakers
avatar for Wade Sorochan

Wade Sorochan

Owner, Wade Sorochan Communications
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. He is the recipient of the National "Difference Makers Award" Recognizing 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Heath" and the "Canada 150 in 150 Award" Recognizing Inspiring Albertans... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Karla Holt - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:45

Form and Emotion in Music and Literature
This session will highlight an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to establishing and explaining the close relationship between music and literature. Using the novel The Cellist of Sarajevo as our initial text, we will take you through a lesson which uses musical form and structure to encourage stylistic writing within the ELA classroom. Drawing on well-known musical compositions or selections, we will demonstrate the parallels between the two disciplines and how they can inform one another, providing students with a classroom experience that encompasses multiple learning styles.

Speakers
LL

Laurelle Loe

Laurelle Loe (B.A, B.ED) has been teaching Social Studies and English for 10 years at John Maland High School in Devon, AB. During the past 10 years she has taught grades 10 - 12 in both disciplines. She is always looking for new ways to engage students in the writing process, looking... Read More →
CS

Clarence Samuelson

Clarence Samuelson (B.Mus., B.Ed., U of A) has been a music educator for 30 years. He is responsible for the band programs at John Maland High School and Riverview Middle School in Devon, AB. During his years of teaching, his concert bands and jazz ensembles have regularly won awards... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Deirdre Brown - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:45

In the Shadows of Our Ancestors.
For a long time, we've been taught that this European discovered that and this European did that and the people who had been living here in the Americas for thousands of years were just background characters, like extras in a Hollywood western. The hunter and collector model of the indigenous people. And this view was and still is constantly backed up in books, in pop culture, and for many generations, in schools. The indigenous people of North America weren’t all hunters and collectors; they were and are as diverse, as advanced, as cultured and as plentiful as any other group living in other parts of the world. In this session, Wayne Arthurson, indigenous writer and author of the book; In the Shadows of Our Ancestors, will explore the diverse and astounding contributions the indigenous people of the Americas that have formed today’s world.

Speakers
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Wayne Arthurson

Wayne Arthurson is an award-winning indigenous writer, the author of six novels and five books of non-fiction. Wayne is the author of the bestselling Leo Desroches crime series: Fall From Grace, which won the $10,000 Alberta Readers Choice Award, A Killing Winter and Blood Red Summer... Read More →



Friday February 9, 2018 12:45 - 13:45
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:00

«Speed dating» dans un cours des maths????? Niveau 9e-12e
Dans cette session interactive, nous allons explorer différentes tâches mathématiques qui se prêtent au speed dating. Speed dating s’assure que tous les élèves sont engagés, impliqués et motivés à participer. Grâce à speed dating, la différenciation est intégrée dans l'activité. Aussi l’élève peut s’auto évaluer sur le coup en prenant conscience de ses faiblesses et ses forces par l’objectif enseigné. En tant qu'enseignant, nous obtenons une rétroaction immédiate d’où l’élève se situe dans son apprentissage et quels sont les objectifs qui requièrent une attention particulière.

Speakers
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Doris Duret

I have been teaching math for over 20 years, and a few years ago, I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a masters in Mathematics Education. I have presented to a few different venues and those who attended my session enjoyed the fact that they tried out the different tasks... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:00 - 14:00
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags French

13:00

Le sens du nombre par le jeu, un atout pour tous - 4e à 6e
Le jeu offre un contexte amusant pour apprendre et/ou pratiquer des notions de toutes sortes. Cet atelier permettra aux enseignants d’essayer des jeux mathématiques tout en discutant de l’approche et de la pédagogie gagnante qui fait que les jeux ont la portée éducationnelle voulue. Soyez de la partie!

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques depuis plusieurs années. Elle a travaillé comme conseillère pédagogique au sein du Conseil scolaire FrancoSud et au Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP) pendant plus d'une décennie. Auparavant, Renée a travaillé comme enseignante... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Chairperson Guy Perreault - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags French

13:00

Sound Systems 101- Essentials for the Music Teacher
So how did your Christmas/Winter Concert turn out? How did it sound? Was it clear, or did your principal and parents of students come and complain that they did not hear things? Did you rent equipment only to find out it was “Some assembly required?” This session will give you some “hands on” experience to help figure out how to gain control of the critical audio component of putting on a quality presentation. Special guests from Long & McQuade, will also be here to answer your questions. This session was to be held during the convention in February 2017, but was cancelled due to presenter illness. School administrators are also welcome to this session to get more information about understanding the importance of, and need for upgrading their school's sound systems.

Speakers
AC

Allen Choromiec

Allen has been teaching Music with Black Gold Regional Schools for nearly 20 years, having previously taught with Edmonton Public Schools. A University of Alberta alumnus, he began as a band teacher who reinvented himself as an Elementary Music specialist. He is passionate about Music... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 120
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:15

Elementary, My Dear Watson
Author Marty Chan reveals a simple-to-follow primer for teachers wanting to teach mystery writing. Based on his successful writing residency, Marty boils down the basics of planning and writing mysteries. He’ll reveal his tips on how to structure mysteries and how to help students flesh out their stories with description and conflict.

Speakers
avatar for Marty Chan / Ink Jockey Inc.

Marty Chan / Ink Jockey Inc.

Ink Jockey Inc.
10539 - 75 Street


Friday February 9, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Citadel Theatre: Zeidler Hall 9828 101A Avenue Northwest
  • Chairperson Carryl Bennett-Brown - Greater St. Albert Catholic #23
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 215
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

13:15

Becoming the Math Teacher K–6 Students Need
What are the keys to making math as rich and deep for each one of our students as it ought to be? How do we build understanding as well as curiosity? How do we build success for a broader range of students? There are a lot of ways to build "fun" and those are great, but it is a sharper focus on deeper mathematical ideas and a focus on richer questions that is likely to develop more successful math students. We will explore how to take this journey with our students

Speakers
avatar for Marian Small

Marian Small

Author and Consultant, One Two... Infinity Ltd.
Marian Small, the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick, writes and speaks about K-12 math throughout Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Her focus is on teacher questioning to get at the important math, to include all students, and to focus on critical thinking and... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Donna Chanasyk - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

13:15

The Bargaining Process – A New Playing Field
This session will review relevant parts/sections of the Labour Relations Code and the changes to collective bargaining as governed by The Public Education Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA).  Participants will be introduced to new processes, such as list bargaining and central table bargaining, as well as reviewing how they impact the traditional work of local bargaining. This session will help teacher know how to stay informed about bargaining and express their opinions on bargaining goals and actions!

Speakers
avatar for Cory Schoffer

Cory Schoffer

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, Alberta Teachers' Association
Cory joined the Association’s executive staff in 2004 in the Member Services program area. He had a split Member Services/ Teacher Welfare assignment from 2007–2010. Cory returned to Member Services full-time in 2010, and joined Teacher Welfare full-time in 2015.

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Friday February 9, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:15

Danser pour votre majesté !
On est bouche bée par le puissant chevalier Vladimir qui DANSE pour chasser tous les ennemis du royaume ! Les habiletés musicales et le vocabulaire français de vos élèves s’épanouiront grâce à cette musique classique palpitante, tremplin pour la narration, l’improvisation théâtrale, les instruments et la danse énergique. Le polycopié comprend une démarche pédagogique Orff, le conte, la chanson, et la chorégraphie, ainsi qu’un musicogramme reproductible. L’atelier et les ressources seront présentés en français. Enfilez vos souliers de danse – on bouge ! (2e à la 7e année) Cet atelier s’adresse aux titulaires et spécialistes de musique (Français langue première et langue seconde)

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Nicole Lafrenière

Nicole Lafrenière (B.Mus., B.Ed., Orff-Schulwerk III) has been an elementary music specialist in French Immersion and Francophone schools since 1994, embracing the Orff-Schulwerk approach. Striving to develop innovative and eclectic French-language music resources, she is one of... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Language of Presentation Francais
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags French

13:15

Using Literature to Engage Your Students in Social Studies Grades 6-9 CANCELLED!
This session features literature that will engage your students and support the Social Studies curriculum in Grades 6 - 9. Literature can be a great way to spark inquiry and engagement in students and make connections that are more meaningful to their learning. Participants will explore relevant and high interest books and receive annotated lists linking the resources to the curriculum. Additionally there are suggested activities and projects participants could use in their class tomorrow.

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Kerry Aiken

Kerry Aiken holds undergraduate degrees in Education and Native American Studies, from the University of Lethbridge, as well as her Master of Educational Leadership degree from the U of L. Kerry has been teaching for 15 years and is in her second year as the Principal at Milo Community... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:15 - 14:15
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Jocelyn Wolff - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

13:30

“Natural Relationships”
To highlight what has been termed the “Nature Deficit Disorder”, Brian intends to take you on a journey exploring the importance of the "natural experience", the effects on health and psychological well being, and the basic need to stay connected with the very substance that makes us human. It's all about the importance of ‘unplugging’ and getting out side. Using his informative and often humours method of live-narrated video, he promises to share some very special natural moments, guaranteed to drive home the message that a greener planet is not only nice, but necessary for our very survival.

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Brian Keating

Brian’s previous job at the Calgary Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world. Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honourary Conservation Advisor, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C, and the owner of www.goingwild.org... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Hall C 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Myra Rybotycki - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:30

Science for the Inquiring Mind 4-6
Science pervades every part of our world, and this gives students an opportunity to explore their universe from a scientific perspective. As a member of the Inquiring Minds network, TELUS World of Science has recently begun offering Science School, an immersive, inquiry based program that focuses on deep reflection and understanding of scientific concepts. We’d like to share the lessons we’ve learned in creating experiences for students who visit us. Come and see how to use journalling and reflection to help your students ask deep questions about scientific concepts. Find connections in other parts of the 4-6 curriculum and your surroundings to help spur inquiry and creative thinking.

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Maura Armstrong

5, TELUS World of Science Edmonton
Maura Armstrong has taught outside the traditional classroom since 2009. As the manager of school programs at TELUS World of Science Edmonton, she runs the in-house and outreach team. She is passionate about teaching high quality science lessons, and empowering teachers to do the... Read More →
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Ashley Settingiano

School Programs Specialist; Science School Coordinator, TELUS World of Science Edmonton
With an Elementary and ESL B.Ed, Ashley has been part of the TELUS World of Science Edmonton education team since 2015. In 2016, she spearheaded the pilot year of Science School as part of the Inquiring Minds site school network. Now in its second year, the program continues grow... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

13:30

Tackling Community Issues in the Classroom: Designing Projects for Change!
The new Alberta Curriculum calls for students to be active global citizens and engage in identifying and solving problems in their own communities. In this facilitated workshop, participants will walk through a method used by non-profit organizations when designing projects to tackle community issues. Using this authentic problem analysis tool, students will learn how to analyse a problem, and address the root causes of an issue, rather than the symptoms. The tool has been modified to be kid-friendly, and ready to use in your elementary classroom!

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Leah Ettarh

Program Manager, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
Leah Ettarh is the Program Manager at the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), responsible for public engagement, with a specific interest in engaging youth and educators as global citizens. As a teacher, she is passionate about helping students become aware of the impact... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Amy Bautista - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

13:30

Empowering Students to Make Things
Makerspaces, 3D printers and other computer-controlled tools, digital design software, electronics and programming. We can help students develop their ideas and turn their ideas into things. Not only can this relate to specific curricular areas, it can help foster competencies and “engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit."

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David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and most recently taught Grade 6. He is currently on a one-year leave working for Cybera on the Callysto project.


Friday February 9, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Shaw CC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:45

Professional Conduct is in Order
The Code of Professional Conduct is a guide for teaching approved by teachers for teachers. Because it is referenced in The Teaching Profession Act, the code applies to the behaviour of teachers in a broad range of situations. Drawing on scenarios from actual cases, this presentation describes the standards of professional conduct expected of teachers and explains how the ATA deals with teachers who fail to live up to these standards.

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Marv Hackman

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Marv Hackman is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Member Services program area and is based out of Barnett House in Edmonton. Marv began his teaching career in 1977 and worked as a teacher and administrator for 19 years prior to joining the Association in 1996.

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Friday February 9, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Shaw CC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

13:45

Loose, but Intense - Stress Management for Athletic Achievement
This session will teach team coaches and Physical Education leaders practical skills for harnessing student stress to maximize athletic achievement. This session is delivered by the ATA Council of School Counsellors.

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Vincent Mireau

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Vincent Mireau is a Psychologist in Whitecourt, AB. He is the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.


Friday February 9, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Shaw CC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 175
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

14:00

Google Forms for Noobs
Would you like to transform your assessment practices by taking your paper tests and put them into an easy to use online form? In need of building student or staff surveys? Google Forms can help! It’s easy for students to use, as well. This beginner session will take you, step-by-step, through how to take your paper tests and transform them into a new and engaging format. Want a quick exit slip? Student poll? Easy done!

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Kristen Frost

Teacher, École Leduc Junior High
Kristen is a junior high French Immersion science teacher. She has a passion for the environment and the most innovative ed tech tools. Kristen strives to find ways to make her teaching as effective as possible and is a Google Certified Teacher.
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Catherine Slade

Teacher, Black Gold Regional Schools
This proud momma of twins is always on the go and needs to find ways to simplify assessment in her classroom. Catherine Slade has been a teacher in the Black Gold Regional School Division for over 13 years and in that time she has become a leader in technology in her school and within... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:00

Empowering youth to take environmental action. CTF in Environmental Stewardship.
This session will provide a step-by-step guide to assist youth in planning an environmental action project. CAWST has been supporting educators and youth to take meaningful action on local and global water issues for 12 years; by providing a planning framework and support during this process, linking teams to local industry experts, and providing $500 grants to teams to implement their project. Students become engaged in global water issues through youth stories of community development from Zambia and Nepal. In addition, local water organizations provide youth with regionally-relevant expertise and access to tools that are meaningful to their own community. Hear from teachers and former Youth Wavemakers on the impact that action-based learning can have on a student’s sense of self-efficacy, environmental awareness and civic responsibility and explore ways to can integrate this program into your classroom or extracurricular program. This session will primarily focus on building a project through the CAWST CTF free online course (Career and Technology Foundations), however can easily be adapted by other subject teachers. CAWST is a Calgary-based non-profit that works in over 70 developing countries delivering capacity-building services to organizations implementing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects. CAWST is unique in that it is focused on providing training and support to local people so they have the knowledge and skills to implement their own WASH projects. Last school year, Wavemakers teams saved over 120,000 litres of water and reached over 14,000 community members with their action projects.

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avatar for Johanna Dalton

Johanna Dalton

High School Social Studies and Learning Support Teacher, Grande Cache Community High School
Johanna has a BA in Development Studies and a B Ed. She teaches at Grande Cache Community High School with a focus on Social Studies and Environmental Stewardship. She has implemented the CTF program in her classroom for the past three years.
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Stephanie Southgate

Youth Wavemakers Program Manager, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST)
Stephanie has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the UK and a BA in International Development with experience in India (investigating the role of female education as a tool of empowerment). Her career started as a classroom teacher and moved into the realm of environmental... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Barbara Shepherd - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:00

Teachers' Convention Review Focus Group
This year, the Alberta Teachers' Association's Provincial Executive Council struck a Committee on Convention Review and tasked its members with reviewing the current vision, mandate, structure, governance, operation, financing, and programming of teachers’ conventions to determine what changes are needed, if any, to better meet members' professional development needs. If you want to be involved in shaping the future of teachers’ conventions in the province or are simply interested in finding out more about the convention review, bring your ideas and questions to this focus group session!

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Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan Grassick is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area. Among his chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's teachers' convention associations and working with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Before joining... Read More →

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Friday February 9, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 136
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:00

Inspirations of a Writer
In this session, bestselling and award-winning indigenous author Wayne Arthurson talks inspiration; the who – teachers, friends and family - and the what that inspired him to become a writer and the stories that he is known for. Using oral storytelling techniques and self-deprecating humour interspersed with readings, Wayne Arthurson has been know to entertain and inspire audiences throughout Alberta and Canada.

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Wayne Arthurson

Wayne Arthurson is an award-winning indigenous writer, the author of six novels and five books of non-fiction. Wayne is the author of the bestselling Leo Desroches crime series: Fall From Grace, which won the $10,000 Alberta Readers Choice Award, A Killing Winter and Blood Red Summer... Read More →



Friday February 9, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

14:00

Exploring Big Ideas in Math Through Stories (K-3) CANCELLED!!
Stories present a rich medium through which children can explore the Big Ideas of Math. They are particularly powerful when linked to a continuum of learning that reflects the way in which children develop mathematical concepts. This session will explore how primary educators can select stories and associated activities that engage children at just the right level, allowing them to consolidate mathematical concepts already learned and move forward with new understanding. It will present ideas on how stories can engage children in a wide range of mathematical ideas, thinking and activity, in a variety of real-world and imaginary contexts. Note: The presentation will reference the math learning progression behind the development of Pearson Canada’s Mathology Little Books.

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Ulana Soletsky

Math/Numeracy Consultant, Greater St. Albert Catholic
Ulana Soletsky was a classroom teacher for 26 years and for the past 10years has worked at the district level as an A.I.S.I, Math and Numeracy Consumer for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. During the past 10 years she has also worked directly with the Edmonton Regional Learning... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

14:00

Free Graphing With Advanced Grapher
Come and learn about a FREE, graphing program. Advanced Grapher is a powerful but easy-to-use graphing, curve fitting and calculating software. The program can graph Cartesian (Y(x) and X(y)) equations, tables of values, inequalities and slope fields. Up to 100 graphs in one window. Calculus features: regression analysis, obtaining zeroes and extrema of functions, intersections, derivatives, equations of tangents and normals. Lots of graph and coordinate plane parameters. You will be able to create high-quality graphs and copy them to your documents.

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Don Chandler

Teacher, Salisbury High School
After a brief career in banking, Don returned to university to obtain his Education Degree in 2001. Since that time, Don has been teaching with Elk Island Public Schools at Salisbury High School. Having graduated from Salisbury in 1992, Don felt right at home teaching at his alma... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Shaw CC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

14:15

Increasing Student Engagement in Math grades 6-9
Be prepared to move around and work with others in this session that models how to improve student engagement using a problem solving approach to teaching mathematics. This session will focus on simple and practical ideas that you can begin with on Monday.

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Doris Duret

I have been teaching math for over 20 years, and a few years ago, I graduated from Simon Fraser University with a masters in Mathematics Education. I have presented to a few different venues and those who attended my session enjoyed the fact that they tried out the different tasks... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 14:15 - 15:15
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Classroom Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

14:30

Exponentials and Logarithms: Bringing Exploration and Science to Maths 30-1 and 30-2
The Alberta Program of Studies encourages students to explore mathematics, but who has the time in these jam-packed courses? This educator has developed a few activities that effectively teach aspects of the exponential and logarithmic mathematics in 30-1 (but can easily be adapted to 30-2). Along with two inquiry-based activities, a group assessment using science to apply logarithm and exponential mathematical principles will be discussed.

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Ellen Watson

With 8 years as a secondary physics and mathematics teacher, Ellen Watson is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta studying science education, specifically physics teaching, and curriculum change. Ellen's research interests lie in teacher beliefs, beliefs about knowing... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Shaw CC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

14:30

Growing Up in the Projects: Lessons Learned
This session focuses on project based learning and we will give practical examples of cross-curricular projects that have been done with our students in our school. We will share the good, the bad, and the ugly and most importantly what was learned in this process.

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Evan Mellsen

Evan Mellsen is a member of the Humanities Team at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy. As a basketball coach, student mentor, and outdoor activist, Evan believes in the value of forming strong intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships to enhance student success. Project based... Read More →
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Alexis Mitchell

I was part of Team Humanities at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy before it was a “real” thing!  I have been involved in high school redesign since its inception.  Pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying different things is what I aspire to do.  Being a part... Read More →
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Angie White

Living Waters CRD No. 42
Angie White is the Principal at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy. Recently, she completed a Masters of Education degree with a focus on instructional leadership and supporting and enhancing children’s mental health. I have been proactive in creating a climate that is conducive... Read More →
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Neena Zacharia

Neena Zacharia is a member of the Math and Science team at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy.  She has taken on different roles during her many years of teaching, and believes that teachers can powerfully activate students' need to know through creative and diverse projects... Read More →


Friday February 9, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English