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Thursday, March 10
 

7:45am MST

All In: Mastering Life with Work Integration for Optimal Performance and Wellness

This keynote speaker was generously sponsored by Morgex Insurance.

Exploring the concept of self-identity and the many roles we hold both personally and professionally, this session examines how we can all successfully build life with work integration.

Using a value-based living approach to performance with purpose, this session will provide participants the tools and systems for striking the ever-elusive work-life balance. Participants will explore personal value identifiers and learn practices that promote healthy habits, so that they are well equipped to meaningfully show up in every facet of their lives. The information presented in this event is researched-informed, readily available, and grounded in wise practices.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 7:45am - 8:45am MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

8:45am MST

Message from the President of the ATA, Jason Schilling
Alberta Teachers' Association President Jason Schilling sends a message of welcome to teachers attending Teachers' Conventions in 2022.

Thursday March 10, 2022 8:45am - 8:50am MST
PreRecorded Session

9:00am MST

Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment for Numeracy, Literacy and Other Subjects - K to 4

You’ll explore ways to make student learning meaningful and memorable by using your schoolyard as a learning environment. No matter what subject, the outdoors provides the context to help students make sense of what they are learning and the world around them. We’ll explore outdoor activities that support numeracy and literacy as well as other subjects (science, art, wellness, active living). Many teachers use their schoolyard as a learning environment and there will be time to share and learn together. You’ll leave with many activities, ideas and resources you can use right away. This session is best for those teaching K to 4.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment / Basic Energy Literacy Tests
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a lead... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
003-Zoom Room

9:00am MST

FASD - Teaching and Classroom Strategies

Are you looking for teaching strategies to assist with students who have FASD? This session will be administered by one of the province's new WRaP 2.0 Project's FASD Instructional Coaches. The session will discuss teaching and classroom strategies for students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Strategies will be provided for teaching math basics, science, literacy, etc. Accommodations and ideas will also be discussed in regards to improved relationships, inclusion, and overall classroom success.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Duperron-Trydal

Jen Duperron-Trydal

FASD Instructional Coach, NW Peace FASD Network
Jen Duperron-Trydal is the newly appointed WRaP 2.0 FASD Instructional Coach for the region and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. She has been employed with the Northwest Peace FASD Network since 2014 and has held the roles of Community Resource Advocate as... Read More →
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Leanne Aspen

FASD Prevention Conversation Faciltator, NW Peace FASD Network
I have been an FASD facilitator for 9 years. Been a Social Worker for over 30 years. Passionate about educating and advocating for anyone affected by FASD. Any questions about FASD training sessions or services can be discussed.


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
011-Zoom Room

9:00am MST

ATRF 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. You are encouraged to sign-in to MyPension for your most recent Annual Statement.

Speakers
avatar for ATRF

ATRF

Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
A Pension Counsellor with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund. Unable to attend this session? Sign in to your MyPension account at www.atrf.com to register to attend this webinar on Saturday, April 9 at 9 a.m.


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
013-Zoom Room

9:00am MST

Truth and Reconciliation

What does reconciliation mean? Who is it for? How do we get there? The answers reveal the truth of Canada’s identity. Aaron will speak to teachers about how they can affect the change needed in their classrooms
from K through 12.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette was first elected to Edmonton City Council on October 16, 2017 as the Councillor for Ward 4. In 2021, Aaron was successfully re-elected to serve the Northeast for the newly established Ward Dene.Aaron’s work is shaped by his passion for community building and common-sense... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

9:00am MST

Mastery of Basic Facts without a Calculator

Are your junior high students still struggling with basic facts? This session will show you a simple yet effective approach to help your students develop fluency including “chunking” facts into groups for ease of learning, developing efficient thinking strategies for each chunk, and the importance of practice. You will leave this session with a tried-and-true approach for achieving basic fact mastery.

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher/educator, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has presented at Alberta and Manitoba teacher... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
007-Zoom Room

9:00am MST

President Schilling: Unplugged
This session will offer the opportunity to meet with President Schilling in a group setting to discuss matters and issues that are of importance to you and your colleagues. The session will open with a few focus questions from President Schilling followed by an opportunity to have open dialogue on topics generated by the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jason Schilling was elected president in 2019 following two years of service as vice-president and more than eight years of service as district representative for South West. As vice-president, Schilling chaired the Central Table Bargaining Committee and the Finance Committee, served... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
ATA Zoom 1

9:00am MST

The Cost of Caring: How to Plan to Protect your Mental Wellbeing using HEARTcare Planning
HEARTcare Planning is based on the findings a two-year research study sponsored by the Association and the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan and conducted by Dr Astrid Kendrick, from the University of Calgary. This study examined how educators, by providing emotional labour, are at greater risk to experience compassion fatigue, compassion stress, and / or burnout. The study also suggests HEARTcare planning, a mechanism by which teachers and school leaders can plan to protect and enhance their mental well being in times of trauma, crisis, and stress.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Everitt

Lisa Everitt

Executive Staff Officer, Government, The Alberta Teachers Association
Lisa joined the Association’s executive staff in 2006. Lisa holds a BSc degree from St Francis Xavier University, a BEd degree from St Mary’s University, an MEd and EdD degrees from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Lisa taught high school mathematics... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
ATA Zoom 2

9:00am MST

97 Staff Recognition Tips in Just 75 Minutes

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

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
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 →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
009-Zoom Room

9:00am MST

Get your Google on! BEGINNERS ONLY! (DOUBLE SESSION)

New to the world of GOOGLE? This session is for you. Get to know the basics of this wonderful suite of tools that make teaching easier. This is a hands-on session (come with a charged Chromebook or laptop - not a phone or a tablet) so be ready to play and learn. Leave feeling more capable and competent in the Google world!

Speakers
avatar for Memorese Walter

Memorese Walter

Education Technologist, Peace Wapiti Public School Division
I love seeing teachers and students excited about using technology in an authentic way! Technology is always around me and I love exploring new tools.


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:00am - 11:45am MST
005-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

Fun With Palette Knife

For those who love bold texture, it is a MUST. Using acrylics and palette knife, learn how to apply painterly tricks of Vincent Van Gogh to create landscape with expressive brushstrokes and heavy paint application. Students will love it! The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will leave workshop with a completed artwork, and links to PowerPoint and video link to be used in your classroom, Gr. 4-12.
SUPPLY LIST

  • One canvas, 10” x14” or smaller
  • 2-3 palette knives, various sizes/shapes (one of them needs to be in diamond shape 1,5” - 2”)
  • A set of acrylic paints: as many colours as you have
  • Palette: you can use a ceramic or Styrofoam plate
  • Water container to clean your brushes
  • A roll of paper towel
  • HB Pencil
  • Eraser

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

Turning Dots Into a Painting/ Fabulous Abstract Paintings
Bogdan Koral - Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MST
010-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

** Will not be recorded - The What, How, and Why Behind Creating Authentic Assessments

In this session, we will explore the following questions:
What exactly is an authentic assessment?
How do authentic assessments help to engage vulnerable students?
How do authentic assessments foster academic integrity and cognitive rigour?
What can I do right now to incorporate the characteristics of an authentic assessment into my current assessments?

Speakers
avatar for Donna Yanew

Donna Yanew

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 March 10, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MST
014-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

**Will not be recorded -Canada’s Food Guide in Action! An Overview of Brand New Programs for Junior High Foods & Health

Making Canada’s Food Guide (CFG) relevant and engaging for junior high students is possible!

Our new, free junior high programs can help you do exactly that. We are excited to share two programs with you in this session:
• CTF Foods: DIY Meals and Snacks
• Health: Food for Me
Both programs are designed for junior high students to explore CFG by creating meals and snacks using a variety of foods. Using fun and colorful videos and activities, students will practice creating meals and snacks that feature foods from the CFG Plate, explore the benefits of variety, examine what factors influence food choices, and culminate their learning with an engaging final challenge.

You will leave this session with:
• Ready-to-use classroom materials including:
o A teacher guide with background information, assessment tools and answer keys
o Colourful nutrient graph teaching tools
o Student workbooks with activity worksheets and assessment tools
o Slide decks with speaker notes
o Videos highlighting CFG
o Customizable recipes (foods program only)
o Videos highlighting recipe demonstrations (foods program only)
• A refreshed understanding of how to approach nutrition education with junior high students.
• An improved understanding of Canada’s Food Guide.
• Curriculum-linked, evidence-informed, and teacher-reviewed lessons and teaching tools.
• Opportunities for ongoing support from Registered Dietitians.

Teach Nutrition resources are developed by the Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada. See them all at teachnutrition.ca

Speakers
avatar for Mary Block

Mary Block

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Mary is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is a firm believer that nutrition education can and should be fun. She loves that her work helps set the stage for a positive relationship with food from a young age through curiosity and exploration.


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MST
004-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education: What is it? And how do I teach it?

Young people want more than just the “birds and the bees”. They want to learn more about healthy relationships, LGBTQ2S+ specific content, and all the other good stuff! They want educators who are thoughtful about accessibility and language, and who are comfortable and confident when teaching sexual health. Come to this session to learn more about comprehensive sexual health education, why it’s important and resources to increase your confidence in providing this material. You’ll learn about how to use tools such as the question box and other resources available at TeachingSexualHealth.ca, an Alberta Education authorized resource.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Nicole Inglis has taught grade 1 PE, Bio 30, and what feels like everything in between. She taught at both public and Catholic schools, and has an MEd in Adult Education. Nicole works as a Health Promotion Facilitator on the AHS Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion team. She facilitates... Read More →
avatar for Jocelyn Graham

Jocelyn Graham

Teaching Sexual Health, Alberta Health Services
I have a Master’s Degree along with training in knowledge translation, qualitative research methods, and behaviour change. I have worked in various health promotion positions during her career and am currently a member of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion team with Alberta... Read More →
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Amber Heyd

Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Amber Heyd is a Registered Nurse and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion. Amber has worked in a variety of settings and roles, including a clinical background in sexual health, STBBI, harm reduction and communicable disease. She has diverse research experience and is passionate... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MST
008-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

What Could Go Wrong? The Simple Question Your Students Can Build a Story Around

“I don’t know what to write.”
Has that sentence ever been uttered in your classroom? When it comes to story writing, so many students get stuck right at the beginning. This session will show you how to walk your students through a process that will take them from STUCK to STORY. Not only will it get your writers unstuck, but it will teach them plot structure and character development at the same time. You’ll go through the process yourself, and leave with a complete teaching unit that you can use in your classroom on Monday. (Or Tuesday, if you prefer.)

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. His 2016 retirement allowed him to focus on writing, and he has since publsihed two novels for children: Space Cadets (2018) and Space Cadets: Battle for Tam (2022). He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MST
002-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

Holocaust Studies; A New LDC- one year in (DOUBLE SESSION)

This session will explore the LDC- Holocaust Studies developed in 2020 in collaboration between Foothills School Division and the Calgary Jewish Federation. As primary writer, Lindsay will walk teachers through the three levels of the course and share the experiences and resources used during the first year of implementation. Time will be spent on the curriculum of the LDC, hands-on resources and feedback, and group discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Kate Anderson

Lindsay Kate Anderson

Holocaust studies, classroom design
Lindsay is a passionate educator who is entering her 17th year as a teacher. Throughout the years, Lindsay has worked in a variety of school settings including private and public schools. In 2017 Lindsay completed her M.ED through the University of Alberta where she did her research... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:15am - 12:00pm MST
006-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

The Hunger Games: That Kid’s Just Looking for Attention… (DOUBLE SESSION)

Everywhere around us kids are just “looking for attention” starved for connection & positive adult relationships. This session speaks to the biological, psychological and developmental reasons kids seek our attention & uses theory & humor to look at the behaviors & brains of these kids & the survival games they play. Participants will learn the "Vitamin C" approach to attention seeking behavior & explore practical ways to nourish children & youth with the time & attention they seek…and deserve.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 9:15am - 12:00pm MST
012-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment for Numeracy, Literacy and Other Subjects - Grades 5 to 8

You’ll explore ways to make student learning meaningful and memorable by using your schoolyard as a learning environment. No matter what subject, the outdoors provides the context to help students make sense of what they are learning. How can you use the outdoors to spark their interest and provide motivation to deepen their learning? We’ll explore outdoor activities that support a variety of subjects that are the building blocks for continued classroom learning. Many teachers use their schoolyard as a learning environment and there will be time to share and learn together. You’ll leave with many activities, ideas and resources you can use right away. This session is best for those teaching grades 5 to 8.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment / Basic Energy Literacy Tests
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a lead... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
003-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

** Will not be recorded - Financial Wellness 101 with Capital Estate Planning

What would you do if things suddenly went very, very badly in your financial life? If your contract didn’t renew? Or you got sick and couldn’t work? Or your partner lost their job? Or your debts just got out of control? If your work was interrupted for even a couple of months, could you handle it?



Financial Wellness 101 is built to give you tools to take control of your financial life. How to start saving. Easy steps on where and when to put your money. Easy budgeting tips. And how to protect yourself from the financial risk of getting sick.



Rick Harcourt leads the team that provides the ATA Voluntary Benefits Program to teachers across Alberta – a suite of financial solutions built specifically for teachers across the Province. This includes the ATA Group RRSP / TFSA, ATA Group Critical Illness and ATA Group Life / Mortgage Insurance. Rick and his team work with thousands of teachers across Alberta to help them prepare for the future, and is a featured speaker at ATA events including the ATA Retirement Seminars put on by pension consultants.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Harcourt

Rick Harcourt

Rick Harcourt, PFA is the Professional Financial Advisor ™ who manages the ATA Voluntary Benefit Program for Capital Planning. He’s the featured speaker at ATA Financial Wellness sessions and Pre-Retirement workshops across Alberta.


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
013-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

Looking Ahead to New ADVENTURES

Presented by Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Hope

Jennifer Hope

Affiliate Marketing Advisor, ARTA
Jennifer graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree witha major in marketing.Prior to joining the ARTA marketing team, she has had a variety of marketing positions as well as media communications.Since joining ARTA Jennifer has become well-versed... Read More →
avatar for Lorna Mcilroy

Lorna Mcilroy

president, Alberta Retired Teachers Association
Lorna is the current ARTA President and has a keen interest in the issues that impact her present and future retired colleagues and with ARTA, Lorna seeks to provide a smooth transition into a fulfilling retirement with the best options for members. These include member-centred services... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
011-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

Oh the Math that They'll Know - Kindergarten Math Games and Activities

An exclusive workshop for Kindergarten teachers and any early primary teachers looking for games and activities that help teach the following concepts: subitizing, counting, odd even, greater than/less than, make 5, make 10, numbers to 20, doubles, early operations, graphing and more. Games incorporate the use of cards, dice, and multi-sided dice. Handout will contain gameboards, concept skill checklists, and ideas for journal responses. After a year of covid students need engaging practice activities with manipulatives that intrigue them. Games are great for centers, small groups or whole class instruction. COME PREPARED TO PLAY!

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Boxcars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane Felling is an internationally recognized speaker in the area of using hands-on games to engage students in both math and literacy. She is author of the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series and currently is zooming to all parts of the world from Edmonton Alberta... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
007-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

Helping those Who Help Nurture and Maintain their Resilience - Avoiding Burn Out

Sustaining our resilience as professional helpers can be a challenge during times of change. Based on Dr. Ungar’s research around the world and his clinical practice, this presentation uses examples from his new book Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success to explore how those who help others can avoid burnout and maintain their own career and life resilience when stressors pile up at home and on the job. Twelve factors that make us more resilient as adults will be discussed, along with practical tools participants can use to find the resources they need to cope successfully in culturally and contextually relevant ways. Using the concepts of navigation and negotiation that are key to understanding resilience in complex, changing environments, audience members will have an opportunity to reflect on their own resilience in life, as well as times at work and at home where they had the resources they needed to succeed. Finally, Dr. Ungar will talk about vicarious resilience, the positive impact we experience as helpers when we nurture resilience in others.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University. His ground-breaking work as a family therapist and resilience researcher is recognized around the world, with much of that work focused on the resilience of marginalized children and families, and adult populations experiencing mental health challenges at h... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

10:30am MST

ATA Services for School Leaders 

Discover all of they ways your association can support you on your school leadership journey. Through PD opportunities, workshops, conferences, educational resources and so much more. We will also be highlighting the new and innovative cross-program initiative designed to offer even more opportunities to our teacher-leaders across the province.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Officer, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Teacher Employment Services area. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal, Alberta Education program manager and education outreach manager with APEGA. 
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Teacher. Administrator. PD Leader. Chris is an executive staff officer with the Alberta Teachers' Association and passionate about working with teachers and being involved in professional development. Spending most of his teaching career in Southern Alberta, he loved being a middle... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
ATA Zoom 1

10:30am MST

Crowdsourcing Staff Recognition

Sure, principals and other administrators should be recognizing staff for their contributions and achievements, but that shouldn’t be the end of it. Peer recognition can become a powerful way to create a workplace where people feel valued as individuals and appreciated for what they do. This session will include suggestions of what administrators can encourage and support peer recognition and of how all staff members can recognize their colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
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 →


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
009-Zoom Room

10:45am MST

**Will not be recorded - The Assessment of Student Understanding of Alberta Learner Outcomes

While waiting for the release of new Alberta curriculum, teachers can do many things to ensure they are ready to plan, instruct, and assess the new learner outcomes. Teaching and assessing through the lens of concepts is a universal and transferable teacher skill. This pedagogical approach is used to teach and assess any program of studies or common core standards across the globe. Research from internationally recognized thought leaders in assessment will be referenced throughout the session.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Yanew

Donna Yanew

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 March 10, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
014-Zoom Room

10:45am MST

Planning Targeted Reading Interventions for K-3 Students

Join literacy consultant, Cheryl Gascoyne, to learn about potential structures for intervention and resources available to help with lesson content. In this session, Cheryl will review considerations when planning interventions and provide ideas for how to develop and deliver this support often using resources that you already have in your school/classroom (such as Leveled Literacy Intervention).

Speakers
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Mark Cressman

Marketing Manager, Pearson
avatar for Cheryl Gascoyne

Cheryl Gascoyne

Education Consultant, Pearson Canada
As an Educational Consultant, Cheryl works at the classroom, school, and district level to move schools forward in the area of literacy. She has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, literacy coach & coordinator which she enthusiastically brings... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Dahl

Crystal Dahl

Account Executive, Pearson Canada


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
002-Zoom Room

10:45am MST

** Will not be recorded - Food Explorers: Sparking curiosity with nutrition education

Food Explorers is a kindergarten and grade 1 nutrition education program that focuses on sparking curiosity around food and eating. Students will have fun exploring a variety of foods through the mysteries of tastes, textures, and colours. The best part? The program is completely free for teachers to order!

Join this interactive teacher workshop to receive the complete, cross curricular, free nutrition education program sent directly to your school. Please note, this program is only available to order for kindergarten and grade 1 teachers.

You will leave the session with:
• Ready-to-use classroom materials including:
o A teacher guide with 16, curricular-linked lesson plans;
o Student materials including stickers and journal pages;
o Take-home recipe cards;
o Adapted lesson plans for online learning; and
o Tasty recipes and tips for positive classroom cooking experiences.
• A refreshed understanding of how to approach nutrition education with K-1 students.
• Curriculum-linked, evidence-informed, and teacher-reviewed lessons, and teaching tools.
• Opportunities for ongoing support from Registered Dietitians.
• Opportunity to apply for a mini food grant to use for food exploration in the classroom.

Teach Nutrition resources are developed by the Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada. See them all at teachnutrition.ca

Speakers
avatar for Mary Block

Mary Block

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Mary is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is a firm believer that nutrition education can and should be fun. She loves that her work helps set the stage for a positive relationship with food from a young age through curiosity and exploration.


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
004-Zoom Room

10:45am MST

Birth Control and STI Update

Teaching human sexuality to grade 8-CALM classes? Do you need a refresher on your birth control and/or STI knowledge? As an Educator, it’s important that you are up to date on these topics so you have the information and support to provide this key material to students in an effective and engaging way. Get all the resources, background knowledge and classroom activities you need to feel comfortable, competent and confident teaching about these topics, including free and accessible, Alberta Education-authorized lesson plans available at TeachingSexualHealth.ca

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Nicole Inglis has taught grade 1 PE, Bio 30, and what feels like everything in between. She taught at both public and Catholic schools, and has an MEd in Adult Education. Nicole works as a Health Promotion Facilitator on the AHS Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion team. She facilitates... Read More →
avatar for Jocelyn Graham

Jocelyn Graham

Teaching Sexual Health, Alberta Health Services
I have a Master’s Degree along with training in knowledge translation, qualitative research methods, and behaviour change. I have worked in various health promotion positions during her career and am currently a member of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion team with Alberta... Read More →
AH

Amber Heyd

Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Amber Heyd is a Registered Nurse and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion. Amber has worked in a variety of settings and roles, including a clinical background in sexual health, STBBI, harm reduction and communicable disease. She has diverse research experience and is passionate... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
008-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Get your GOOGLE on! Intermediate and Advanced user session...

Update and expand your Google skills! This hands-on session will walk you through a variety of Google activities, tools, tips, and tricks including the NEW features added recently! Come with a charged Chromebook or laptop (not a phone or a tablet) and be ready to get your Google on! You will be able to

Speakers
avatar for Memorese Walter

Memorese Walter

Education Technologist, Peace Wapiti Public School Division
I love seeing teachers and students excited about using technology in an authentic way! Technology is always around me and I love exploring new tools.


Thursday March 10, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
005-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Reinvent Yourself For Retirement

Are you toying with the idea of retirement? Make the most of your last 5 years, increase meaning and purpose, hone your skillset, and prepare now for a fresh, meaningful, and vibrant post teaching lifestyle.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Margot McKinnon

Dr. Margot McKinnon

Education Researcher
Dr. Margot McKinnon (PhD) is a former Alberta teacher. In her early career, she taught in Beijing, Toronto, and Calgary, honed teaching skillsets, became a mother, and later earned a doctorate from Oxford University. She is an author, award winning teacher, and public speaker.


Thursday March 10, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
013-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Understanding Aggression in Alberta Schools and School Communities
Aggression in Alberta schools and school communities is a complex matter. In 2019, the Association produced a report on the findings of a research project conducted by Dr Kevin Douglas at Simon Fraser University. This session describes the findings of the study, integrates it with the literature, and provides information about the importance of the Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, school jurisdiction policy, and collective agreements as these apply to incidents of aggression.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Everitt

Lisa Everitt

Executive Staff Officer, Government, The Alberta Teachers Association
Lisa joined the Association’s executive staff in 2006. Lisa holds a BSc degree from St Francis Xavier University, a BEd degree from St Mary’s University, an MEd and EdD degrees from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Lisa taught high school mathematics... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
ATA Zoom 2

12:45pm MST

Maintaining Collective Efficacy

To improve student learning, collective teacher efficacy is the most powerful influence educators can avail. At a time when efficacy beliefs might be waning based on the challenges posed from COVID-19, it’s important to consider the role of collective efficacy in relation to educator’s capacity to confront and adapt to the consequences of the pandemic. It’s ever so important to capitalize on the sources of efficacy so that we can harness its power and remind educators that together we have what it takes to overcome challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Jenni Donohoo

Jenni Donohoo

Author/Consultant, FIRST Educational Resources
Jenni Donohoo is a five-time best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 20 years’ experience in leading school change. Jenni works in school divisions across North America supporting high-quality professional learning designed to improve outcomes for... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

12:45pm MST

ZOOM into Virtual Family Math Nights

Whether you plan to do an in-person or virtual math games night for your parents and students, this session will provide you with the ideas on how to: plan, advertise, and get maximum community participation. More importantly, you will learn and play math games that you can use to conduct your own 75 minute family math night event. Games will focus on using regular cards and dice, items most parents can find around the house. You will come away from the session with the tools, ideas and games we learned from presenting well over 100 virtual family math nights during this past year of Covid. A handout with game instructions, gameboards and hosting tips will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

/math, 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 March 10, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
007-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

How would Sherlock hire?

"Sherlock Holmes. Inspector Morse. Miss Marple. As an interviewer, you have more in common with characters from classic detective fiction, film and television than you may realize. Both detectives and interviewers are seeking evidence. Who committed murder most foul? Which candidate is the most suitable for the job? Discover how investigative techniques are similar to best hiring practices.
"

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
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 →


Thursday March 10, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
009-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Indigenous Mentoring in Schools and Youth Programs (DOUBLE SESSION)

Looking to improve or develop a mentoring program for Indigenous Youth?
Research shows that mentored youth are more likely to develop resiliency and achieve success in education, work, and make positive life choices. Through sharing of cultural tradition and values, Indigenous mentoring programs help Indigenous Youth establish relationships and build social capital, which can be critical to success especially with the ongoing effects of dealing with the pandemic.

According to research by MENTOR Canada, 90 % of Indigenous Youth who had a mentor completed high school, compared to 79 % of Indigenous youth who did not. Indigenous youth need mentors.

Topics:
• Components of successful Indigenous Mentoring Programs;
• Engaging Indigenous community and organizations for support and collaboration; and
• Resources for Indigenous Youth and Mentors.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Tourangeau

Tanya Tourangeau

Indigenous Engagement Lead, Alberta Mentoring Partnership
Tanya is Dene from the Northwest Territories and is currently residing in Edmonton, Alberta. As an adult educator for Keyano College and the University College of the North for a combined 10 years, Tanya developed, delivered (online and in-person), and evaluated business administration... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 12:45pm - 3:30pm MST
011-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Applying the Science of Reading through the Brain's Backdoor to “Fast-Track" Phonics (DOUBLE SESSION)

Did you know that the brain has a backdoor for accelerated learning that's easily hacked into? Using brain science as a road map, discover how to take advantage of “backdoor” systems for learning to fast-track phonics for reading and writing. By aligning abstract phonics skills with "universally" familiar experiences and understanding (i.e. having a crush, not getting along, being hurt, feeling left out, having to do what your mom or babysitter says, knowing where AND when to be sneaky, etc...) we can leverage earlier-developing, social-emotional intelligence to fast-track reading mastery. In this way, beginning and struggling readers are empowered with ALL of the phonics code needed to become fearless codebreakers….and not just at the reading table, but across the entire instructional day!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Garner

Katie Garner

Author, Educator, Speaker & Literacy Consultant, Secret Stories / Marenem, Inc.
Katie Garner, M.Ed. (author of best-selling book, Secret Stories® Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind) is an internationally known keynote speaker, author and literacy consultant with twenty-five years of experience working in elementary classrooms across the US, and... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 12:45pm - 3:30pm MST
003-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

** Will not be recorded - The 25% Rule of Assessment

During an AAC workshop with Dylan Wiliam last year, we learned about an idea called "the 25% rule" for classroom assessment. In this session, we’ll explain exactly what this rule means and offer tips on how to implement the rule into your assessment practice.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Yanew

Donna Yanew

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 March 10, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
014-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Can We Pass a Basic Energy Literacy Test? What About Our Students?

We are known as an energy province but what do any of us really know about energy and what do our students need to know to be part of the energy transition? We all need to know the basics of energy sources and uses to be part of the discussion and solutions. Energy literacy is low so how do we increase energy literacy beyond what is taught in science? This session will focus on the basics of energy, energy transition and how energy topics can be infused in subjects other than science. No matter what subject you teach, this session will provide information and ideas for you to use in your classroom. This session is best for those teaching grades 4 to 12.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment / Basic Energy Literacy Tests
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a lead... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
004-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

The Importance of Phonics Instruction for Literacy Learning

Everyone seems to have strong opinions about how children learn to read and there is currently a lively debate about who is “right”. In this session, literacy consultant, Cheryl Gascoyne, reviews the current debate and highlights certain practices we might need to reconsider or revise. Join us as we look closely at the research and embrace new opportunities for an even stronger literacy program.

Speakers
MC

Mark Cressman

Marketing Manager, Pearson
avatar for Cheryl Gascoyne

Cheryl Gascoyne

Education Consultant, Pearson Canada
As an Educational Consultant, Cheryl works at the classroom, school, and district level to move schools forward in the area of literacy. She has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, literacy coach & coordinator which she enthusiastically brings... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Dahl

Crystal Dahl

Account Executive, Pearson Canada


Thursday March 10, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
002-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Beyond the Sash: Advancing Métis Education for All Learners

This session is designed for participants to explore several authentic recommended Métis educational materials that help to create teachable moments and provide foundational learning opportunities. Building your foundational knowledge about Métis will empower you to select authentic, accurate resources that honour distinct Métis perspectives. Together we will explore resources designed by Métis educators that integrate Métis voices into purposeful lessons and engaging activities.

Speakers
avatar for Billie-Jo Grant

Billie-Jo Grant

Associate Director Métis Education & K-12 Initiatives, Rupertsland Institute
 Billie-Jo Grant is a proud Métis mother, educator, citizen and leader who inspires others to have tough conversations and learn more to do better for ALL students.  As the Associate Director of Métis Education and K-12 Initiatives with Rupertsland Institute, Billie-Jo’s goal... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
008-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Handle with Care: A go-to guide for self care

Self-care is essential for managing stress, preventing burnout, and being our best selves (or even just our okay selves:)! This session will look at why self-care isn’t selfish (let that guilt go!) and provide participants with a variety of strategies to get back to the basics of feeling good and able to take on life’s challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
012-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Stop Vaping Before it Starts: What Teachers Need to Know

Alberta Health Services health professionals will discuss vaping and tobacco use amongst youth. Additionally, this session will introduce two school based vaping and tobacco prevention programs which meet the Alberta Program of Studies.
Participants will learn:
 Trends in and prevalence of tobacco and vaping use for school aged youth;
 Components of an effective prevention program;
 How to implement two prevention programs created by Alberta Health Services and partners;
- The Academy of Tobacco Prevention (grades 4 – 6 program)
- GeminAI Rising (grades 7 – 9 program)
 Evaluation results for The Academy for Tobacco Prevention;
 Best Practices for tobacco and like-substance related school based initiatives, including e-cigarettes and vaping.
 A summary of available on-line resources for students, teachers, parents, and administrators to prevent and reduce nicotine use by young people.

Speakers
avatar for Kennedy Dirk

Kennedy Dirk

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services - Tobacco, Vaping and Cannabis Program
Alberta Health Services, Tobacco, Vaping and Cannabis Program (TVCP) works to improve the health and well-being of Albertans by preventing the use of commercial tobacco and vaping products, reducing the harms of cannabis, and helping those who use these products stop when they are... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
010-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Anti-Racism: Understanding Racism and Racial Discrimination (DOUBLE SESSION)

In order to demonstrate your commitment to ensuring your professional responsibility to develop an anti-racist practice, attend this workshop and learn about racism, the difference between racism and racial discrimination, the importance of discrimination and human rights law, terminology associated with racism and anti-racism, how unconscious biases and assumptions could affect your interactions with others, and some actions you can take.

Speakers
PD

Pamela Dos Ramos

Human RIghts Educator, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
Human Rights and Anti-Racism Education


Thursday March 10, 2022 1:00pm - 3:45pm MST
006-Zoom Room

2:15pm MST

School Leaders - Investigate or Not? When, Why and How?           
This session looks at how school leaders should address complaints received about student(s) and teacher(s). Differentiation as to circumstances that need to be investigated by school leaders as well as those where the investigation(s) should be left with the school division and/or police will be elaborated. The session discusses appropriate protocols and elements that must be considered in order to conduct an appropriate investigation. One's obligation under the "rules of natural justice" and the Code of Professional Conduct will be discussed. The session will also discuss the school leader's role when police seek the opportunity to interview students at the school.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Officer, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Teacher Employment Services area. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal, Alberta Education program manager and education outreach manager with APEGA. 


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:15pm - 2:30pm MST
ATA Zoom 1

2:15pm MST

** Will not be recorded - Schoology Users Sharing Session

If you are a Schoology user, come spend time with other Schoology users to share best practice, ideas, questions, concerns, requests, files, and much more!

Speakers
avatar for Memorese Walter

Memorese Walter

Education Technologist, Peace Wapiti Public School Division
I love seeing teachers and students excited about using technology in an authentic way! Technology is always around me and I love exploring new tools.


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
005-Zoom Room

2:15pm MST

A Pro-Active First Five Years

Build skills now for how to navigate the inevitable highs, lows, and plateaus of a long and rewarding teaching career. Learn how to become subject matter experts, manage stress productively, balance life and career, and develop a confident vision for a full, exciting, and meaningful professional and personal life.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Margot McKinnon

Dr. Margot McKinnon

Education Researcher
Dr. Margot McKinnon (PhD) is a former Alberta teacher. In her early career, she taught in Beijing, Toronto, and Calgary, honed teaching skillsets, became a mother, and later earned a doctorate from Oxford University. She is an author, award winning teacher, and public speaker.


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
013-Zoom Room

2:15pm MST

Community School Food Animator

Teachers! Assistance is coming for your School Food Program to be enhanced! More hands-on, more community integration, more nutritious, without laying the burden on you as the teacher! The “Community School Food Animator” is a salaried position to assist schools and communities to get integrated to increase student food literacy. Depending on what the teachers/students/parent councils/local producers envision, this could result in a great variety of projects – all under the Farm to School umbrella. Projects could range from bring local food into schools, could bring local mentors of gardening or farming or bee-keeping or animal husbandry or nutrition into schools. The projects could be to set up salad bar, or a greenhouse, or aquaponics or raised-bed gardens. Come out and learn what the Community School Food Animator program is, and what next steps are.

Speakers

Thursday March 10, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
009-Zoom Room

2:15pm MST

Gender, COVID19, Caregiving, and Careers of Alberta Teachers and School Leaders: A Qualitative Study
The global COVID19 pandemic meant that 2020/21 school year was like none other for students, teachers, and school leaders in Alberta. This session explores the lived experiences of women in the teaching profession during this exceptional year with careful attention paid to the increased caregiving responsiblities many women faced during the school year. It also highlights how the layering of career and caregiving responsibilities impacted women educators’ professional development and wellbeing.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Everitt

Lisa Everitt

Executive Staff Officer, Government, The Alberta Teachers Association
Lisa joined the Association’s executive staff in 2006. Lisa holds a BSc degree from St Francis Xavier University, a BEd degree from St Mary’s University, an MEd and EdD degrees from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Lisa taught high school mathematics... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
ATA Zoom 2

2:15pm MST

Out of my Mind

Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business”, Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for almost twenty five years. Known as the Bi-Polar Buddha, Tazz is equal part comedian and motivator, who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire audiences. With his newest endeavour “Stand Up Against Stigma”, Tazz shares why he believes that it is time to educate, embrace and empower mental illness so that we can all stand tall and give stigma a bad name!

Speakers
avatar for Big Daddy Tazz

Big Daddy Tazz

Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business”, Big Daddy Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for more than a decade and a half. Known as the Bi-Polar Buddha, Tazz is equal parts comedian and mental... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

2:15pm MST

Math Games for Grades 7-9: What Worked During Covid

We know what didn’t work during a year of Covid, but we also learned what did work – Math Games for Grades 7-9. Participants in this session will learn and play math games suitable for Grades 7-9 that help students fill in some of the gaps they may have developed during the past year but that also provide the challenge necessary to keep all students engaged and on-task. The games use simple cards and dice as manipulatives, easily found in most schools and homes. The games presented are engaging and easily adapted for a wide range of ability levels. They can be used individually but are most effective in partner work (virtual or physically distanced). Participants will be able to apply what they learn in the session immediately back in their classes. A handout with game instructions, variations and gameboards will be provided. Samples of student work will be shared throughout the session along with teaching and management tips.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

/math, 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 March 10, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
007-Zoom Room

2:30pm MST

Trauma-Informed Teaching: Addressing the Impacts of Trauma in our Classrooms.

This session will engage teachers and principals in an understanding of how students' brains are impacted by trauma and how we can create safer spaces for students to learn. By addressing our modern pedagogical approach to teaching we can work more emphatically with students and create better learning environments for students. We will discuss the impacts of trauma on development, assessment, and teaching skills to better engage students living with trauma. 

Speakers

Thursday March 10, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
010-Zoom Room

2:30pm MST

Identifying & Targeting Instruction for K-3 Students

Join literacy consultant, Cheryl Gascoyne, to discuss assessment and potential interventions for students who need extra support in literacy. This session will focus on assessment you likely have at your fingertips with the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (did you know that the Optional Assessments can identify students who need support with letter identification & phonological awareness?) I hope you will be able to join us as we explore how to create an assessment and intervention support system to identify students needing intervention and the targeted instruction they need.

Speakers
MC

Mark Cressman

Marketing Manager, Pearson
avatar for Cheryl Gascoyne

Cheryl Gascoyne

Education Consultant, Pearson Canada
As an Educational Consultant, Cheryl works at the classroom, school, and district level to move schools forward in the area of literacy. She has many years of experience as a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, literacy coach & coordinator which she enthusiastically brings... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Dahl

Crystal Dahl

Account Executive, Pearson Canada


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
002-Zoom Room

2:30pm MST

Les Perspectives Francophones en Alberta

Lac la Biche, Brosseau, Beaumont, Trochu et j’en passe. Le français est visible et bien vivant en Alberta. Le recensement de 2016 indique que près de 86,000 Albertains déclarent avoir le français comme langue maternelle et plus de 264,000 résidents disent connaître les deux langues officielles. Qui sont ces gens? Comment contribuent-ils à l’enrichissement culturel de l’Alberta? Cet atelier vous invite à en apprendre davantage à leur sujet, à leur histoire, à leurs luttes et leurs succès. Quels enjeux les touchent? L’atelier permettra aux enseignants de mieux comprendre les différents points de vue francophones et leur fournira des outils pour y exposer leurs élèves. Une liste de ressources contenant du matériel didactique utilisable en salle de classe sera accessible aux participants.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Pagé

Simon Pagé

Enseignant à la retraite
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Simon Pagé et j’ai récemment pris ma retraite de l’enseignement, après 32 ans dans le domaine de l’éducation. Je suis né à Montréal et je demeure en Alberta depuis 1985. J’ai étudié à l’Université de l’Alberta à Edmonton (B.Ed 1988... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
008-Zoom Room

2:30pm MST

Explore Energy Resources with Future Energy Systems

Energy. Climate change. The environment. The economy. The future. All topics of importance and of concern for many students. We are here to help bring them into the classroom! Join members of the Future Energy Systems team to learn about the University of Alberta’s world-leading research that will help Canada transition to a low net carbon economy, and explore educational energy resources produced by the program, including videos, activities, games, and classroom visits –– all with suggested curriculum connections.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Miller

Valerie Miller

Explore Energy Resources with Future Energy Systems
Valerie Miller completed her PhD in land reclamation at the University of Alberta in 2019, working at a diamond mine in northern Canada to build soils using mine waste. During her PhD program she was a teaching assistant, primary instructor and community volunteer coordinator, and... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
004-Zoom Room

2:30pm MST

From CHAOS to Courageous Conversations

What if . . . we could work together to help regulate a teen's emotions? What if . . . we could reduce or eliminate bullying? What if . . . we could breakthrough social isolation and prevent a teen from taking their life? What if . . . you had the skills to juggle your own adult feelings while trying to address your students' or your own teen's feelings? What if . . . CHAOS and CRISIS could be a stepping stone? What if . . . this could be an opportunity to have a courageous conversation and create resilience? These topics and so much more. Who could benefit? Come join me for this session!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett

CEO, ElizabethBennettGroup
With over 35 years of teaching, administration and coaching experience, Elizabeth offers a unique blend of leadership, vision and a vast background of knowledge. This award winning, recently retired school principal, has a relentless passion for transforming this broken, violent and... Read More →


Thursday March 10, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
012-Zoom Room

2:30pm MST

ASEBP Benefit Overview Presentation

Whether you’re a new covered member or not, this session can help you learn about the wide range of benefits, programs and services we offer.
In this presentation you’ll discover how to get the most from your coverage, our different tools and platforms, the benefits of spending accounts and more!

Speakers

Thursday March 10, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
014-Zoom Room
 
Friday, March 11
 

TBA

**PreRecorded Overcoming Anxiety Through Art

In this workshop, participants will review and complete 3 projects. These projects can help your students to explore their emotions and reduce their anxiety through creative expression. These meditative and calming activities can contribute to enhancing self-esteem. Excellent for teachers of grades 3-12. You will leave the workshop with completed pieces of art, handouts, and links to a PowerPoint presentation and a video for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Art
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 March 11, 2022 TBA
PreRecorded Session

TBA

**PreRecorded Play, Theatre-Making, and Drama Integration: Embracing Chaos

For over 35 years, Quest Theatre has been working to create a galaxy where theatre is valued as is an essential part of a child development. Having served the schools system with award winning touring productions and our very popular Artists in School program, Quest knows how to deliver quality arts education. Now more than ever students need joyful activities to get them out of their desks and into the engaged, collaborative, imaginative and often physical benefits that only drama can inspire.



Approach your teaching practice like an artist. In this presentation Artistic Director Nikki Loach will walk teachers through some of her favorite activities that inspire imaginative play, illustrate how these lead to theatre-making and share upcoming plans for a drama integration pilot project in the elementary classroom. Wherever you are on the spectrum of embracing the chaos, this presentation is sure to encourage you to jump in where you feel comfortable and experience how drama improves your teaching environment.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
PreRecorded Session

TBA

**PreRecorded Creative Mandalas For Relaxation and Stress Relief

Join me for a session of therapeutic art and relaxation! Using circular concentric patterns and designs, we will create amazing decorative mandalas on paper. Learn how to add watercolor, ink and markers to decorate your patterns. The process of creating mandalas can be very meditative giving one an escape from the stress of daily life. This could be a great activity for a pd day or possibly a creative math class to show students how to divide a circle into sections.
In today's hectic world, we crave activities that provide peace and solace. This is one of those activities. The habitual practice of the mandala can train a busy mind to be calm which is what participants will learn in this class. You will leave with 2 beautifully completed mandalas that you can frame or give as a gift.


There is a supply fee for this class for the art materials. There are only 20 art kits available for this session for mailing. If you wish to purchase an art kit, you can etransfer to sallytowerssybblis@icloud.com at least 2 full weeks (14 days), or more is even better, prior to the start of the conference . It is $30 which includes the cost of mailing should the conference be online. Alternatively, if you wish to bring your own supplies, you will need the following:

A 1/2-1” flat brush
Watercolor paints: blue, red and yellow (any brand is fine)
A set of broad or super tip felt pens (nothing too fine tipped)
Palette or paper plate
Water container
Rag
1 - 8.5x11” sheet black cardstock
1 - 6x6” piece of Canson or Strathmore 140lb.. watercolor paper
1 - 4x4” piece of Canson or Strathmore 140lb.. watercolor paper
A very fine black pen such as an ultra fine sharpie or size 01 black micron pigma pen or PN pigma pen.
Glue stick or double sided tape
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Eraser
Compass

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

artist/instructor
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time mixed media artist from Red Deer, Alberta. Her whimsical style of art often incorporates a combination of lettering, watercolor, acrylics or book making. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”._x000D_... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
PreRecorded Session

TBA

**PreRecorded Trauma Informed and Indigenous Ways of Knowing Art Lessons

Angela Hall will share some of her Trauma Informed & Indigenous Ways of Knowing Art lessons that she has developed and used to support students and Educational Staff in self expression, feeling safe, emotional regulation and more: Tree Meditation & Art, Sacred Nature Meditation & Art, Rites of Passage Art Mandala and Medicine Wheel Art Mandal. Teachers will be able to participate in the Star Blanket Art Renewal workshop to understand the significance and effectiveness of these art lessons.

Angela Hall is a Métis Albertan, Elementary School Teacher, Mother, Poet and Artist. She has completed graduate level courses and certificates with St. Stephens College, University of Alberta, and the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. These include Grief and Loss, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Psychotherapy, Trauma Recovery Certification, and Graduate Certificate in Spiritual-Informed Creative. Angela specializes in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education for over 27 years as a K-12 Teacher, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Facilitator, Consultant, Liaison, and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Manager with Alberta Education. Angela has been nominated for Excellence in Teaching and awarded the ATA, 2009, Outstanding Aboriginal Educator Award. In 2019, she received an honorable mention for the Kemosa Scholarship (First Nations, Metis and Inuit Mothers Who Write). Most recently, Angela has developed and facilitated Trauma Informed and Indigenous Ways of Knowing Art lessons for all ages and is an artist with the Bear Claw Art Gallery in Edmonton. Presently, Angela’s art is touring Alberta with the Alberta Foundation of the Arts TREX exhibition, titled Turtle Island.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Hall

Angela Hall

Teacher, Artist, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Bearclaw Gallery
Angela Hall is a Métis Albertan, Elementary School Teacher, Mother, Poet and Artist. She has completed graduate level courses and certificates with St. Stephens College, University of Alberta, and the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute. These include Grief and Loss, Art Therapy, Drama... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
PreRecorded Session

TBA

**PreRecorded Sharpie Alphabet Lettering

"Inspire your students to create handmade letters! Learn the techniques to create a whimsical sharpie alphabet using three different sizes of black sharpie markers. In this class you will learn how to master variations on an alphabet using sharpie markers as well as some simple watercolor painting techniques great for use on cards. The sharpie marker is a very versatile tool that can be used to create a variety of lettering for classroom projects. In this class you will complete 3 unique greeting cards.

There is a supply fee for this class for the art materials. There are only 20 art kits available for this session for mailing. If you wish to purchase an art kit, you can etransfer to sallytowerssybblis@icloud.com at least 2 full weeks (14 days), or more is even better, prior to the start of the conference . It is $35 which includes the cost of mailing should the conference be online. Alternatively, if you wish to bring your own supplies, you will need the following:

1 - black chisel tip sharpie
1 - black fine point sharpie
1 - black ultra fine point sharpie
1- 12” strip of green painters tape
Paint palette or paper plate
Rag
Water container
½” flat brush
3 - 8.5x11” sheets of black cardstock
2 - 5x7” pieces of Canson or Strathmore 140lb. Watercolor paper
1 - 4x5” piece of Canson or Strathmore 140lb. Watercolor paper
5 sheets of regular printer paper
Watercolor paints - yellow or gold , pthathlo blue, rose or pink
Scissors
Ruler
Eraser
Pencil
Glue stick OR double sided tape



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Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

artist/instructor
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time mixed media artist from Red Deer, Alberta. Her whimsical style of art often incorporates a combination of lettering, watercolor, acrylics or book making. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”._x000D_... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Teaching Students to Write Cool Characters, Superheroes, and Themselves

Learn how to ignite your mind and fuel your imagination—and lead your students to do the same. Deepen your understanding of:
- Free writing
- The hero’s journey
- Creating cool characters
- Writing about meaningful events in your life
- Writing from new perspectives
- Crafting new worlds in fictional stories
The inspirational teaching time will open you up to new ways of looking at the world and at your own experiences. You’ll learn new methods to express yourself, get inspired, and have a blast. You’ll also come away with tools to help release stress that are healthy and empowering. Positive expressions of the mental health journey will be explored. Put these writing styles and exercises to the test—then bring them back to your classrooms.
The pandemic has changed everyone’s lives around the world. Educators and students alike are facing new challenges and feelings as a result. This session will give you a creative outlet and help you take your creative writing—and the writing of your students—to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Awesome Cross - Curricular Art Projects

If you want to make your students love LA, Social Studies, and Science, this is an ideal workshop for you! These fun-generating, hands-on projects will let enhance students’ learning. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will leave the workshop with 3 completed artworks, and links to PowerPoint presentations and video links to be used in your classroom, Gr. 4 - 12.

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Art
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 March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Photography as a Tool for Developing Observational Skills and Self-Awareness

In an age of phone cameras and photo quantity over quality, an examination of Photography itself can be used to flip the script. Historical photographic practices will be examined for how they can slow us down from quick, thoughtless documentation to intentional, considered observation. “Photo challenges” are opportunities for mindful presence. The work of creating impactful and meaningful photos often begins well before picking up the camera. Explore ways to develop the skills of observation and awareness using the camera and photograph as the creative prompt.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Creating Next Level Art Exhibitions

Exhibitions are the standard way to present art, but more goes into the show than you might imagine. From concept to planning and execution, art curator Alexis Marie Chute will share with you her two-decade-long experience and knowledge about mounting meaningful exhibits. The tips you’ll glean will be applicable for mounting art shows in schools, libraries, community centers, galleries, and beyond. Alexis will inspire you with ground-breaking examples and show how you can create a showstopping exhibit on any budget.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Documentary Filmmaking: Step by Step through the 48 Hour Film Challenge

Learn the steps of documentary filmmaking through the case study of the 48 Hour Film Challenge. Alexis Marie Chute, award-winning filmmaker, will share her process of creating her documentary short, “Of Love & Light,” during the 48 Hour Challenge in 2021. Alexis will cover developing a shot list, storyboarding, writing interview questions, preparing equipment, working with a team, scheduling the shoot, sourcing music, and editing. The 48 Hour Film Challenge inserts a “Key” when the clock begins of things that must be included in the film. Alexis will share how she incorporated those elements on the fly.
“Of Love & Light” interviews nineteen-year-old Edmontonian Jordan Stonehouse whose mother, Lisa, died at the age of 52 at the University of Alberta Hospital following complications due to Astrazeneca vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT). Lisa was the first case of VITT in Alberta.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Making Lemon Curd and Marshmallow Fluff

In this session you will learn about a couple of the amazing things we can do with eggs by making lemon curd and marshmallow fluff from scratch. These are both recipes that I typically use as part of my Foods 20 class (FOD2060 Milk Products and Eggs).

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Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Soft Pretzel Making

Learn how to make delicious soft pretzels from scratch from the comfort of your own kitchen. This is a recipe that I typically use as part of my Foods 20 and/or 30 class (FOD2050 Bread Products or FOD3040 Yeast Products).

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Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded CTF Basics of Implementation and Assessment

So you are teaching CTF. Need resources, assessment tools, ideas for projects and a network of people that have created successful CTF projects/courses? This session will provide what you need to start, assess and complete your next project with success.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his project-based, concept-based and inquiry-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Money Matters for Youth (MMY) - Financial Literacy

MMY is a new and innovative approach to teaching financial literacy in health, CALM, CTF and CTS courses. Learn how to engage students with real-life financial situations that will educate them about what is important to them right now and into the future. Get access to multiple grade 7 - 11 lesson plans that are classroom proven and Monday-morning ready. Your students will be engaged and excited about coming to health and CALM class.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his project-based, concept-based and inquiry-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Let’s Cook! A Heritage Celebration Food Demo with Alberta Canola and Pulses

Want to spice up your next celebration, embrace globalization & bring your community together? Join Tara Baycroft - Alberta Canola & Debra McLennan - Alberta Pulse Growers, as we embark on an adventure preparing a variety of recipes while exploring the science, nutrition, health and sustainability behind these crops. Curricular outcomes in this presentation include: CTS FOD 1060, FOD1070, AGR1010, Social Studies & Science. Come and receive a Heritage-Celebration-Kit for your own classroom use!

  • Supporting food demos (options for teachers to jump and view):
 

Speakers
avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Pulse Growers
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of experience in health care, education and industry. Debra now brings her passion for food and nutrition to her role as Food & Nutrition Coordinator with Alberta Pulse Growers where she enthusiastically encourages everyone... Read More →
avatar for Tara Baycroft

Tara Baycroft

Agriculture and School Coordinator, Alberta Canola
Tara Baycroft is the Agriculture and Education Coordinator for Alberta Canola. She has taught various CTS Foods classes and has a Science background and grew up in a rural setting. She has a major in Biological Studies and a minor in Human Ecology CTS from the University of Alberta... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**Pre-recorded Maker Technology in Your ATA Library
Have you heard about makerspaces or maker technology and wonder what on earth people are talking about? Would you like to get your hands on it to try it out yourself?  In this session, Sandra will explain makerspaces, discuss different types of technology, and how you can borrow kits from the library for free – no matter where you live in the province!

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avatar for Sandra Anderson

Sandra Anderson

Librarian, ATA
Sandra is a professional librarian who heads the ATA Library. Sandra’s passion is technological innovation and she applies this interest into all aspects of her work. She is an active voice on social media for the ATA Library and has developed web guides for teachers on dozens of... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Elementary Coding in Minecraft Education Edition

Many elementary students love building and exploring in Minecraft, in this session we'll talk about how to take it to the next level with computer science and coding. You and your students will be able to gain new powers and abilities, while developing skills in problem solving, innovation, collaboration, and perseverance. We'll also talk about alignment with the current curriculum and the new curriculum. Minecraft Education Edition requires a Microsoft 365 account and a Windows or Mac computer, a newish Chromebook, an iPad, or an Android device.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Math
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 is currently teaching Grade 5.


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Teaching Computer Science in Elementary

Soon we will be teaching computer science in elementary school. In this session we'll look at free resources and ways to implement computer science from K to 6, and how this can be fun for the students and for us. We will also talk about communities of practice and how we can share.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Math
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 is currently teaching Grade 5.


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Grow into STEM activities with Micro:bits
MPTCA Teachers - Click here to enter a draw for a free Micro:bit V2! Draw Friday 1pm
STEM Education can save the world and bring hope and excitement to teachers and students alike. STEM involves students participating in cross-disciplinary activities involving (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, and (M)ath along with potential connections to any other subjects. In this pre-recorded session, participants will explore STEM education with an environmental focus and how to get started with the easy to use, inexpensive BBC micro:bit device. Fear not - this session is for absolute beginners and there are multiple optional activities that progress in challenge level. Join me for a hope-filled, hands-on session where you bring this exciting type of learning to your school. What's even better, micro:bits can be signed out from the ATA Library free to all members!

Speakers
avatar for Danny Maas

Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Building Resilience with Self-Compassion

Discover how shifting focus from Self-esteem to Self-compassion can vastly increase confidence and prevent 'bad' behaviour. Perceived ‘bad performance/behaviour’ can quickly take people down and make it hard to get back up again. Beating ourselves up won’t motivate us or make us more successful. In this session learn 5 ways you and your students can develop self-compassion to feel good about themselves; bounce back from difficult situations easily and quickly; value themselves. Be happier. Build resilience and increase success.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Mindfulness for Health, Peace and Ease (even in your classroom!)

An empowering, yet fun and interactive session! Learn to reap the benefits of mindfulness - Stress Reduction, Reduced Depression, Improved Attitudes & Behaviours, Strengthened Relationships, improved health (physical, emotional and mental) – through simple, effective mindfulness tools. Learn meditative and breathing techniques - for yourself & your students to increase: Presence; Calm; Peace; Focus; Performance; and Co-operation.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Cultivating Deep Focus in a World of Distraction

The benefits of multitasking are a myth. Meaningful and productive work happen in a state of deep focus. Transformational relationships and life fulfillment are also a result of this intentional attention. What is deep focus? How can you harness its power in your life? Learn strategies to break through distraction, cultivate deep focus, and experience its powerful shift in the ways you work, love, and make a difference in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Healthy Grief Conversations that Heal

Many feel uncomfortable talking about death and grief—but it is a pivotal conversation we all must face with compassion and empathy. Learn to change your perspective on loss and speak about grief in a healthy and authentic manner. Learn about the pillars of the “Healthy Grief Movement” created by bereavement author and advocate, Alexis Marie Chute. Learn to foster safe places for grief expression with tips for what to say, not say, and what are the most meaningful ways to support the mourners in your life.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Students with Scars: Understanding Self Injury

The reality of the pain and struggles that many of our students experience is becoming more apparent, and unfortunately the coping strategy of "self-harm" is becoming more common. There is a lot of fear, misunderstanding, myth, judgement and confusion surrounding why and how students self-injure and we are left wondering how best to react (or not?) and support them as they cope. This session will provide some insight into the reasons students self-harm, the various forms this behavior can take, and the best strategies for prevention and support through both their physical and emotional healing.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**Pre-Recorded There’s a Protocol for That! - Addressing Suicidal Ideation Amongst Students

"In recent years the importance of child and adolescent mental health has been discussed in many forums, including within the education sector. Interest in mental health supports has also increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. As well, suicide has been identified as a leading cause of death for Canadian youth and building mental health capacity is a responsibility of all human services sectors to comprehensively address suicide prevention and intervention.

The School-based Suicidal Ideation Response Protocol (SI Protocol), launched in 2019, is highlighted in the Alberta Government’s Pathways to hope: best practices in suicide prevention for Alberta schools (April 2020). It offers a standardized approach for all roles within a school (school teachers/support staff, school mental health providers, school administrators). We will describe the protocol, its implementation in school settings, and summarize the research findings to date.

This presentation will benefit you if you: i) are interested in supporting child/adolescent mental health in education settings, ii) are interested in improving your comfort or confidence in addressing suicidal ideation, iii) want a better understanding of the roles/responsibilities within a school setting related to suicide intervention, and iv) want to provide the most appropriate response.
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avatar for Aleta Ambrose

Aleta Ambrose

Senior Project Manager, Alberta Health Services - Addiction and Mental Health
Aleta Ambrose is a Senior Project Manager for Addiction and Mental Health Services - Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone. Having worked in AMH for 15 years she has led program evaluations, needs assessments, quality improvement projects, and participated in strategic planning at... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Develop – and Trust! – Your intuition

Have you ever ignored that little voice, or gut feeling, that tells you to grab an item on your way out the door, then wished you’d listened, because, “Darn! That would’ve been handy to have right now!” That inner guidance was your intuition. Intuition is like a muscle – exercising it makes it stronger. In this interactive session, learn simple exercises that build – and teach you to trust – your intuition and bring greater ease into your life and your classroom..

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Using Cultural Stories and Gamification to Improve Emotional Engagement

Games and culturally relevant stories that deliver a lesson can capture our students' imagination and inspire emotional engagement while also providing context for the lesson. We will cover how to use cultural stories and gamification in your classes or staff training program to improve engagement, comprehension, and retention – as well as active utilization of the new information. Step by step how-to can make your teaching more emotionally engaging starting tomorrow. Key Takeaways: * How and why culturally relevant stories improve interest, comprehension, and retention of the lesson * How to improve emotional engagement in your classes using cultural stories and gamification * Key components of a good cultural story to inspire your students * Tips on integrating cultural stories and gamification into your classes starting tomorrow

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avatar for Meghan Gardner

Meghan Gardner

Immersive Education & Experience Consultant, Guardian Adventures
Meghan Gardner is the founder of Guardian Adventures, which provides consultation and development of innovative and educational online and live events specializing in culturally relevant story-based and emotionally immersive experiences where participants are highly engaged and transferring... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Energize your Classroom (indoors and outside) with Ever Active Schools

Physical activity for students of all ages offers many benefits above and beyond physical health. This workshop will offer practical tips on how to incorporate physical activity into any subject area, featuring Ever Active Schools’ latest resources and videos. We will share ideas for embedding physical activity both inside and outside. Join us in learning how to re-energize your students, break up sedentary time, and create embodied learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Mâchitowin ᒫᒋᐦᑕᐃᐧᐣ : Finding Our Connection to Land and Environmental Stewardship Through Acknowledgement

Join Elders and Ever Active Schools for knowledge sharing about developing a meaningful Land Acknowledgement as a beautiful starting point for reconciliation, environmental stewardship and wellbeing. As our organization continues to journey on our own pathway in this work, we look forward to sharing our machitowin: our starting points, and offer you ideas on how you might find your own personal starting point and ways you might invite your students to find their own mâchitowin.

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avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Let’s Double Down on Quality Health and Physical Education

HPE is mandated, scheduled and available to every school and division, and it greatly supports student learning and well-being, whether in person or online. Throughout this session, the Health and Physical Education specialist council and Ever Active Schools will share current success stories from leading educators around the province, and feature free and low cost resources to support these core subject areas. We guarantee you’ll have one or two activities to try with your students right away!

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded La plateforme Mathigon: faire des maths gratuitement et en français - 1ère à 9e année

Mathigon est une nouvelle plateforme gratuite qui permet de visiter, de découvrir et/ou de pratiquer de divers concepts mathématiques du sens du nombre, de forme et espace, de l’algèbre et de statistiques et probabilités. On peut l’utiliser comme démonstrateur et comme source d’activités et de pratiques. Venez voir de quoi il s’agit et comment l’utiliser.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Le nouveau programme de maths - 1ère à 6e année

Cet atelier a pour but de discuter du nouveau programme d’études de maths en utilisant une lentille comparative avec le programme d’études actuel. Nous verrons ce qui est demeuré sensiblement identique et ce qui a changé. Le format de l’atelier sera plutôt informatif et permettra de répondre aux questions qui vous sont brûlantes. Le but est d’être à l’affût de ce qui s’en vient et de discuter des façons de se préparer au changement.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Pourquoi faire des puzzles en maths? 1ère à 6e année

Le raisonnement et la logique sont des processus mathématiques qui se développent. On passe à côté lorsque la stratégie prédominante est de démontrer un ensemble d’algorithmes que les élèves doivent mémoriser. Il existe de multiples formes de puzzles accessibles en ligne qui permettent le développement du raisonnement et de la logique. Dans cette session, nous verrons une panoplie d'exemples qui ont différents niveaux de difficultés et quelques façons de les utiliser.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded HANDBALL IN A DAY

WHY HANDBALL you may ask... Well, it is a great invasion game that has the potential to build team work quickly among all skill levels, introduce new motor patterns to challenge your top athletes, and the opportunity to build complex strategy while playing. This is an active session and you will be playing the game (or online I will be demonstrating all of the phases of the progression). In the time we have we will cover a full progression through the skills, accompanying games (like handball dodgeball... so much fun), and the game play progression to supercharge the speed and team work of your class. One of my favourite accelerated scope and sequences I have been using for years. Get to the games and teach from there is the name of this progression. Once you know the 1/10th scan, the fun begins!

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded ULTIMATE FRISBEE IN A DAY

WHY ULTIMATE you may ask... Well, it is another great invasion game that has the potential to build team work quickly among all skill levels, introduce new motor patterns to challenge your top athletes, and the opportunity to build complex strategy while playing. This is an active session and you will be playing the game (or online I will be demonstrating all of the phases of the progression, find a space and play with me as much as you can… a bag full or disc would be helpful… round up some colleagues and pause and play). In the time we have we will cover a full progression through the skills, accompanying games (like box-timate and choo choo... so much fun), and the game play progression to supercharge the speed and team work of your class. Modifying field size, equipment and rules, you can get 2 weeks out of this session. Get to the games and teach from there is the name of this progression. Once you know the 1/10th scan, what a scoob and hammer is, who the handler is and the history of the game, it’s hard to end the unit.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded "The Importance of Storytelling for Science Education: Weird, Funny, Useful."

How James Joule's Honeymoon, Gilbert Lewis' mysterious death, killer Giant Beavers, and the cross-curricular story of Nylon can help to engage students, illuminate the process of science, and incorporate indigenous perspectives into your science teaching.

This talk will address the importance of storytelling for humanizing scientists and revealing the process of science in science education. Examples of stories (with curricular ties) are included for divisions 2-4, with an emphasis on high school (since that's my world). Attendees will leave with some stories they likely haven't heard before, and concrete ideas for using stories to help incorporate indigenous perspectives into their classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Reuben Mahaffy

Reuben Mahaffy

Science Teacher, Spruce Grove Composite High School
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. He considers storytelling to be a core feature of his practice, and is always looking to collect new... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Using the Instructional Sequence of “Explore before Explain” in Science to help students make meaning

How can we update and refresh our science instruction to bring this 1996 program of studies into the 21st Century? When teaching elementary science we often focus on the discrete “hands on investigations” which is essential, but how do we know students are understanding the scientific concepts connected to the topic we are working on? This practical session will focus on how to plan and teach science using the 5E instructional framework (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) to promote conceptual understanding with our program of studies. Particular focus will be placed on helping students make connections between the “Explore and Explain” phase of this inquiry framework.

Research indicates that students' reading comprehension improves when they develop content knowledge (Willingham, 2014). Science builds students’ background knowledge about how the world works. In this session you will learn:
When and how to introduce science vocabulary
Use informational text to support knowledge gained in investigations
Help students learn the important skill of scientific explanations to communicate their understanding
Resources and materials provided with a link to the session.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Big Ideas, Student Projects and Current Issues with project AGRICULTURE

Explore big ideas like democracy, consumerism, diversity, sustainability, histories, innovation, technology and globalization through agriculture! Find out how to use the project AGRICULTURE curriculum-based program in junior and senior high Social Studies and Science classrooms. Access examples of sources and stories, engage with interesting and quirky trivia questions, find Alberta farm and farmer photos and videos and explore student-created projects that help students make connections between big ideas and agricultural issues and challenges.

This session will provide practical suggestions for using project AGRICULTURE with students as project-based, or simply, activity-centred learning – and within in-class or remote learning contexts. Download any of the project/activity teaching guides, students learning sources, assessment tools and vocabulary supports or receive free print versions of any of the resources.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Ramsay

Patricia Ramsay

project AGRICULTURE Lead Consultant
Patricia Ramsay is a former classroom teacher and consultant, who currently works on the development of curriculum-based resources and professional learning for organizations interested in supporting effective learning and teaching in Alberta classrooms. She led the creation and development... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded "Magnetic Manipulatives: 3D Printed Whiteboard Tools for Teaching High School Science"

There has been a shift in educational technology back toward the humble front of class whiteboard. Inexpensive, ubiquitous, and rarely in need of a system update, your whiteboard is an essential teaching tool...if only you could move and manipulate the diagrams you draw, like on an interactive whiteboard.

Enter Reuben and Brad, two seasoned High School Science teachers who are here to show you:

a) how to use manipulatives that attach to your whiteboard via magnets in your Biology, Chemistry, Physics or General Science classroom, and

b) how to create your own set of vector arrows, chromosomes, molecules and more to help your students understand science in a low-fi, inexpensive and very effective way.

Speakers
avatar for Reuben Mahaffy

Reuben Mahaffy

Science Teacher, Spruce Grove Composite High School
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. He considers storytelling to be a core feature of his practice, and is always looking to collect new... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Equity and Inclusion in the Digital Classroom

The second and third decades of the 21st-century could be remembered for many things – elections, disease, changes to the climate – but surely one of the most important changes underway in our moment is the movement towards equity, inclusivity, and diversity. Digital media has meant that the voices influencing popular consciousness, civic advocacy, public policy, and education have become more diverse and accessible. Securing rights for LGBTQ+ students, fighting anti-Black, anti-Asian, and anti-Indigenous racism – these are just some of the initiatives that students can see taking place.

In this context, educators have a responsibility to deliver curriculum within the broader context of inclusivity and diversity. Once again, digital platforms have been an essential tool to bring diverse and previously underrepresented voices into the classroom.

This seminar will consider three ways to infuse familiar approaches to curricular units with greater cultural responsivity and awareness using digital teaching tools.

Speakers
avatar for Sherri Ross

Sherri Ross

Digital Assessment / Equity and Inclusion in the Digital Classroom / Using Ed Tech to Increase Capacity / Using Ed Tech
Co-Founder & CEO @Peekapak, award-winning, social-emotional learning.@Imaginek12 / YC alum, @INSEAD & Previously @ProcterGamble#SEL #empathy #literacy


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Encouraging Students to be Upstanders for Residential School Survivors

I used to teach the legacy of Residential Schools in my high school classroom by focusing on the horrors of our treatment of Indigenous children. After taking the Facing History and Ourselves Stolen Lives course, I have dramatically changed the way I present ideas to the class, with a focus on helping students to understand the impact of Residential Schools on their own individual and collective identity. With this new focus, I see students making personal connections and seeing opportunities to stand up for those who were directly impacted by this historical legacy. I will share with you some of my lesson ideas that can also relate to the teaching of other events such as the Nazi Genocide or slavery. It is hoped you can incorporate some of these lesson ideas into your own classroom by providing you with digital resources.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Jen Williams graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2000 and has had the good fortune to teach in a Social Studies classroom ever since, initially in Grande Prairie, and currently in Airdrie.  She is a passionate learner who is more than happy to sit on a beach reading a... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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** Pre-recorded Cercle de percussion et activités musicales, Aucune expérience musicale nécessaire

Accessible à tous, cet atelier interactif et multiculturel fournit aux enseignants les outils nécessaires pour animer un cercle de percussions en utilisant une méthode innovante. Avec plus de 40 tambours et autres instruments de percussion du monde entier, Louise guide les participants au moyen de rythmes traditionnels, de la danse, des jeux rythmiques, des techniques de percussions et de la chanson : dialecte africain, espagnol et français.

C'est dans un environnement d'apprentissage riche que les enfants développeront l'écoute, l'estime de soi, la concentration et la communication. Grâce à cet atelier, les enseignants (es) feront l’acquisition d’une technique éducative complémentaire. Ils repartiront avec des outils et de nouvelles idées pour encourager les enfants à explorer leur sens du rythme tout en transformant le comportement des enfants !

Speakers
avatar for Louise Raymond

Louise Raymond

English and French Music Session/ Music, Malicounda Dance Company
Malicounda’s founder, Louise Raymond, was fortunate to be able to study with master West African dancers and drummers not only in Senegal but also with ex-patriot teachers in Canada and the United States. Louise is extremely grateful and appreciative that she has been able to experience... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Drum circle and Music Activity, No musical experience is required!

Accessible to all, this interactive and multicultural workshop provides teachers with the necessary tools to facilitate a drum circle using an innovative method created 25 years ago. With more than 30 drums and other percussion instruments from around the world, Louise Raymond guides participants through traditional rhythms, percussive techniques, songs: African dialect, English, Spanish and French, traditional dance and rhythm activities. The workshop culminates with sample improvisational activities that create a rich learning environment for children.

Through this workshop, teachers will acquire an additional educational technique that stimulates the artistic and intellectual creativity in children and reinforces cognitive development. Workshop participants will leave with tools and ideas to encourage children to explore their sense of rhythm and celebrate community!

Speakers
avatar for Louise Raymond

Louise Raymond

English and French Music Session/ Music, Malicounda Dance Company
Malicounda’s founder, Louise Raymond, was fortunate to be able to study with master West African dancers and drummers not only in Senegal but also with ex-patriot teachers in Canada and the United States. Louise is extremely grateful and appreciative that she has been able to experience... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded All the School’s a Stage

This workshop will explore the multitudinous ways theatre can be utilized in the classroom, the playground and even the broader school community.

Experimenting with different models of performance during a pandemic has expanded our understanding of where and how theatre can happen. This hands-on, interactive session will explore ways to cultivate playful storytelling in and out of the classroom. Together we will investigate methods of creating flexible and imaginative performance spaces throughout the entire school, from math class to the supply closet.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Russell

Jacqueline Russell

Director, Performer, Arts Educator
Jacqueline (BFA, MFA) specializes in clown, mask, immersive theatre creation and theatre for young audiences. She was the Artistic Producer of Handsome Alice Theatre from 2011-2015, the 2013-14 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre and the Artistic Producer for Evergreen Theatre... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Feelin’ HOT HOT HOT! Intro to Latin Dance.

Spice up your PE Dance unit with the Merengue. If you can walk, you've already mastered the basic step, so join us as we show you how to accelerate student success in dance . We will have great music, hot moves, and will share many laughs.
We have created a way to teach dance like a sport to make the instructional side more accessible to Physical Educators. We have competed in Salsa and know how intimidating it can be. From PE teachers to PE Teachers, or anyone who is up for a great session leaning to dance. In the virtual session you will learn basic steps, warm up, partnering tricks and tools, basic steps, turns and how to look fabulous. Partner is optional. As a bonus, you will also get 10 minutes of Salsa footwork.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**Pre-Recorded 6 Winning Reading Strategies
In this fast-paced session, Heather will guide participants through 6 powerful strategies that will support reading instruction for emergent readers and those struggling in their reading journey.

Strategies are drawn from the Big 5 of reading instruction (Comprehension, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary and Fluency)and align with research-based reading instruction.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with several of the strategies in the session and leave with a list of resources to explore.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Willms

Heather Willms

District Reading Support Teacher, Comox Valley Schools


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**Pre-Recorded The Science of Reading (Double Session)
We live in a time where technology provides us with significant insights into how the brain learns to read. This, paired with years of reading research, allows us to address the alarming drop in reading scores we are seeing across North America.

This workshop introduces educators to the Science of Reading, and a sampling of strategies that can be used to support reading instruction and intervention in the classroom and small group setting.

The presentation takes participants through the Big 5 of reading instruction (Comprehension, Phonemic Awareness, Fluency, Phonics and Vocabulary) and how the implementation of instruction in these 5 areas contributes to a comprehensive, research-based reading program.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Willms

Heather Willms

District Reading Support Teacher, Comox Valley Schools


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship

The importance of environmental sustainability and stewardship has evolved over the past twenty years. Social awareness has ignited an interest and sense of action in the students. Where does a teacher look for accurate and up to date information for students? This session will focus on implementing environmental sustainability and stewardship into the Alberta science and social studies curriculum. Successful lessons, projects and actions will be shared within the session. Become your students mentor and facilitate stewardship and environmental sustainability in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his project-based, concept-based and inquiry-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Explore Alberta from the Seat of Your Pants!

Virtually experience Alberta today, Alberta’s past and possible future with www.albertatomorrow.ca. You’ll get FREE access to a:
• Time travelling tool to see what the landscape was like in 1910, 2020 and may be in 2050
• GIS modelling technology that allows you to change landscapes into the future and see the effects on environmental and socio-economic indicators.
• Climate Change module that lets you explore 3 different climate scenarios for the future.
• 360 Virtual Tours of Alberta’s 6 ecoregions with detailed “hotspots”.
• Curriculum linked lesson plans for grades 4-12 for Social Studies, Science, Biology, CTS
• Challenges, Quests and more!

Incorporate this amazing FREE, online tool into your teaching today.
"Virtually experience Alberta today, Alberta’s past and possible future with www.albertatomorrow.ca. You’ll get FREE access to a:
• Time travelling tool to see what the landscape was like in 1910, 2020 and may be in 2050
• GIS modelling technology that allows you to change landscapes into the future and see the effects on environmental and socio-economic indicators.
• Climate Change module that lets you explore 3 different climate scenarios for the future.
• 360 Virtual Tours of Alberta’s 6 ecoregions with detailed “hotspots”.
• Curriculum linked lesson plans for grades 4-12 for Social Studies, Science, Biology, CTS
• Challenges, Quests and more!

Incorporate this amazing FREE, online tool into your teaching today.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Janzen

Jennifer Janzen

Explore Alberta From the Seat of Your Pants
With over 30 years of experience in various roles including a high school science teacher, plant ecologist, and environmental educator, Jennifer is now Executive Director of Alberta Tomorrow, an Alberta non-profit dedicated to providing a platform that empowers youth to design and... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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** Pre-Recorded Comedy In the Classroom
Bringing laughter to the class, and creating laughter in the lesson.

Speakers
avatar for Devin Seibold

Devin Seibold

Devin is a veteran of the classroom, with over a decade of experience teaching high school and middle school in Florida. A side hobby as a comedian has turned into a full-fledged career as Devin has toured internationally and appeared on several nationally televised comedy shows... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Self-Care for Sanity (mini)

Avoid burn-out! This session provides interactive experiences that illuminate the principles of self-compassion and mindfulness, to help teachers truly embrace self-care so they are at their best for their students & families, role-modelling HOW to be in the world, as much as what to do. Teachers learn how to create windows of peace and calm in their day, to be a peaceful influence in their classroom, to keep themselves healthy – mentally, physically and emotionally.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Leading for Equity in an Inclusive School

What key elements provide the greatest leverage when leading for equity?

Four key elements that are pivotal to leveraging equity for all will be discussed in this thought-provoking session. School leaders will be invited to reflect on their existing school structures and investigate innovative ways to further promote an inclusive culture. We will begin by discussing the importance of establishing an inclusive culture and specific strategies that include students, staff, families and the community. The intentional layering of teams to support all students will be explored, along with the creation of a schedule that supports success for all. The session will conclude with instructional leadership strategies to support staff in an inclusive school.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Nogue

Lana Nogue

Learning Associate, Jigsaw Learning
As a Learning Associate with Jigsaw Learning, Lana Nogue has extensive experience in system planning and supporting schools and districts in strategically designing areas of focus and planning forward. Lana is integral to supporting schools and districts in implementing their Collaborative... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Communiquer à l'oral au quotidien à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur des murs de la salle de classe en FLS

C’est en parlant la langue que nos apprenants développent leur compétence en français. Comment peut-on s’assurer que nos apprenants interagissent en français le plus souvent possible en salle de classe? Sur quelles ressources peut-on s’appuyer pour y arriver? C’est à ces deux questions que tenterons de répondre dans cette présentation asynchrone.


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Dans la zone! Le Flow en enseignement du FLS

Qu'est-ce qui fait qu'on est tellement engagé par quelque chose que l'on perd la notion du temps? Et si on pouvait vivre ce genre d'expérience en FLS? En s'appuyant sur des recherches récentes en motivation intrinsèque en didactique des langues secondes, nous allons vous proposer des activités concrètes à réaliser avec vos élèves pour augmenter leur engagement dans la classe de FLS.


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded L'évaluation en aide à l'apprentissage à la sauce bimodale

La pandémie nous a appris à revoir nos pratiques rapidement avec l'enseignement en ligne, puis en classe, puis en ligne. Voici quelque pistes pour vous aider à mieux accompagner vos élèves dans leur apprentissage, en préservant votre équilibre travail-famille!

1- Synchrone ou asynchrone: Repenser l’aide à l’apprentissage dans une approche bimodale
2- Formative ou réfléchie: Cibler le bon type d’évaluation selon les besoins d’apprentissage
3- Une rétro-éclair de qualité: S’appuyer sur l’évaluation pour offrir une rétroaction de qualité.


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Build Your Healthy School Puzzle with the NEW Canadian Healthy School Standards

Creating a Healthy School Community is not unlike building a puzzle. It takes time, and patience, and if any pieces are missing it's such a bummer! Discover how you can best build your healthy school puzzle through the Canadian Healthy School Standards. In this session, participants will meet the Canadian Healthy Schools Alliance and explore the Healthy School Standards. What are they & how do they look, live and breathe within the school system?



Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Using EdTech to Increase Capacity to Support Social and Emotional Learning

The mental health and wellbeing of both students and teachers is at the forefront of conversation around education. EdTech can help to increase a teacher’s capacity to support their student’s SEL journey by increasing the amount of time they have to work with students, while addressing this very important aspect.

The use of technology to get a quick snapshot of how each student is feeling on a given day, or over the course of a week, can give teachers the insight they need to focus their attention and tailor their lessons to meet the needs of their students in real time.

By leveraging cross curricular lessons, teachers are able to integrate essential SEL goals into their literacy teaching; effectively meeting two outcomes with one lesson. The integration of reading and writing skills into lessons centered around a particular SEL theme, gives teachers the chance to focus on foundational skills while at the same time looking after their students’ mental health needs.
Prepared lesson plans and purposefully crafted activities also free up educator prep time to focus on individual student needs and improve their own mental wellbeing.

Speakers
avatar for Sherri Ross

Sherri Ross

Digital Assessment / Equity and Inclusion in the Digital Classroom / Using Ed Tech to Increase Capacity / Using Ed Tech
Co-Founder & CEO @Peekapak, award-winning, social-emotional learning.@Imaginek12 / YC alum, @INSEAD & Previously @ProcterGamble#SEL #empathy #literacy


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Seventy-Five Purposeful and Engaging Physical Education Activities in a Covid-Safe Environment

Seventy-five engaging activities will be explained and shown that help develop Physical Literacy (Manipulative-Receive, Retain, and Send), game knowledge (Target, Net, Invasion, and Striking), as well as dance and fitness activities. All are easy and a joy to implement.

Speakers
avatar for John Byl

John Byl

Canadian Gopher Sport Educational Consultant, Engaging Phys Ed. in a Covid Safe Environment
John Byl, PhD, is the Canadian Gopher Educational Consultant, was president of CIRA Ontario (2003-2018), and a retired professor of Physical Education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario (1986-2014). Dr. Byl has authored or coauthored over 30 books. He is the winner... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Improve Performance & Attitudes with Movement

Moving the body is good not only for physical health, but mental, spiritual and emotional health as well. Come experience creative, expressive movement that’s safe, easy to do and offers many benefits. Learn The BrainDance (a technique to help students improve performance, focus and co-ordination), the principles of Nia and more in this fun session with Tina Thrussell, the Feel Good Lady. Great tools for your personal well-being, as well as for improving student performance. Note: This session includes dance-based movement, so dress comfortably (in layers) and bring a water bottle.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for more than 16 years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Nurturing our Wellness Through Connected Communities

We can’t deny our interconnectedness. How can we leverage our connections with one another to promote a true culture of wellness? Leadership is everyone’s vocation and we all play a role in moving from fractured to flourishing. Join Kathleen and Lorna exploring a framework to examine how connected communities can bring us together to impact our wellness.

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Kathleen Robertson

Kathleen Robertson, a Learning Associate with Jigsaw Learning, has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Kathleen supports teachers and leaders through development of strategic plans, Collaborative Response practices, and coaching. Kathleen has a passion for authentic wellness... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Teacher Burnout & Resiliency

Exhaustion and cynicism are traits of burnout, and this makes it difficult to connect with students and colleagues and enjoy our jobs. Burnout has been a longstanding issue in the teaching profession, but it has become even more prevalent given the pandemic. This presentation will help professionals understand what leads to burnout, how to identify burnout, and how to increase wellbeing.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Colombina

Vanessa Colombina

Registered Provisional Psychologist, Pine Integrated Health
Vanessa is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and high school teacher/guidance counsellor. She is a member of the Pine Integrated Health group practice, offering individual counselling to teens and adults, with a sub specialty of working with perinatal clients, teachers, and Exposure... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded COVID 19’S PARALLEL PANDEMIC: THE MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT”

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a parallel mental health pandemic causing a sharp increase in anxiety and depression symptoms among people of all ages. National award-winning speaker, author, and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, addresses the new "mental health pandemic" and shares openly about his mental health struggles, which includes being emotionally and mentally abused and abandoned as a child, experiencing five mental breakdowns, eventually hitting rock bottom, and how he is living with mental illness today. Wade's powerful and inspiring message will connect with those who are struggling, and their supporters, providing encouragement and hope. He shares practical tips on how to maintain good mental health, especially during a challenging life event, along with facts about mental illness to help break the silence and end the stigma. Wade Sorochan is recognized as Canada's leading mental health advocate.
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Speakers
avatar for Wade Sorochan

Wade Sorochan

Owner, Wade Sorochan Communications
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and national award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. Nicknamed the "Tone Arm," Wade became the first broadcaster in history to spontaneously use song clips to enhance a radio talk show. He is recognized as a talk show... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Alberta Crops-In-A-Box!

Calling Elementary Health, Science, Social, Language Arts, & Math teachers! Tara Baycroft - Alberta Canola & Debra McLennan - Alberta Pulse Growers, will take you on an action-packed ride like no other! Journey to the heart; digestive system; canola & pulse production, health, nutrition & crop sustainability. Hungry? We'll make some pizza-licious poppers, whacky bean & canola growth science, do some graphing & receive a crops-in-the-box package for your own classroom use!
· Supporting food demos (options for teachers to jump and view):
To receive your Crops-In-A-Box kit, please fill out and complete the following form: https://forms.office.com/r/cNwAZQ12HD.  

Speakers
avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Pulse Growers
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of experience in health care, education and industry. Debra now brings her passion for food and nutrition to her role as Food & Nutrition Coordinator with Alberta Pulse Growers where she enthusiastically encourages everyone... Read More →
avatar for Tara Baycroft

Tara Baycroft

Agriculture and School Coordinator, Alberta Canola
Tara Baycroft is the Agriculture and Education Coordinator for Alberta Canola. She has taught various CTS Foods classes and has a Science background and grew up in a rural setting. She has a major in Biological Studies and a minor in Human Ecology CTS from the University of Alberta... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Take the project AGRICULTURE Challenge

Explore big ideas like the land and its resources, food systems, Alberta and Canadian histories, technology, careers and trends through agriculture! Find out how to use project AGRICULTURE in elementary classrooms. Access examples of sources and stories, engage with interesting and quirky trivia questions and find Alberta farm photos that your students can use to take the project AGRICULTURE challenge and make a timeline, design an amazing race, create a trending infographic, envision a job of the future or demonstrate a reaction in everyday foods.

This session will provide practical suggestions for project-based, or simply, activity-centred learning – and within in-class or remote learning contexts. Five topics provide integrated mini-units or simple, activity-centred approaches that support Alberta Social Studies, Science, Health/Wellness, Language Arts and Math. Download any of the project/activity teaching guides, students learning sources, assessment tools and vocabulary supports or receive free print versions of any of the resources.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Ramsay

Patricia Ramsay

project AGRICULTURE Lead Consultant
Patricia Ramsay is a former classroom teacher and consultant, who currently works on the development of curriculum-based resources and professional learning for organizations interested in supporting effective learning and teaching in Alberta classrooms. She led the creation and development... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded We all have a unique story: Explore Genealogy and Family History with your Students!

This 60 minute workshop explores the impact of Family History and Genealogy studies on students. Spend the day learning how to research your ancestors and /or your students' ancestors. In addition, activities and resources will be shared to use for icebreakers, for Art, Science, Language Arts or Social Studies or Second Language units. DNA, genetics, immigration, Indigenous and Residential School Records, student surnames, are just a few of the topics to be explored. If you are new to Genealogy, or wish to further develop your interest, join me to expand on varied ways to engage, connect and impact your students. Information on classroom and school grants will also be provided.

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Angela Boyes

Educator, Genealogist, Author, Speaker, DigUpYourRoots
A former rural school administrator, Angela is completing a M. Sc in Genealogy, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies with the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow Scotland. Angela’s teaching career began in the 1980s in Calgary teaching in the French Immersion Programs. The last 15... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Finding Indigenous Ancestors through public records

Participants will be given an overview of our Canadian Indigenous groups, a brief history of Indigenous negotiations, treaties, settlements and what genealogical records are available to public . A step by step walk through of accessing Indigenous records via Library and Archives Canada will be presented as well as information about the records of the residential school system.

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Angela Boyes

Educator, Genealogist, Author, Speaker, DigUpYourRoots
A former rural school administrator, Angela is completing a M. Sc in Genealogy, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies with the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow Scotland. Angela’s teaching career began in the 1980s in Calgary teaching in the French Immersion Programs. The last 15... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Remembrance, War and Conflict

Every year, we participate in Remembrance Day in our classrooms and in our schools. We do art projects, we write, we attend a ceremony, we reflect, and we remember.

The wars that many of us learned about as children continue to get farther and further away from our current day, and new wars and conflicts continue to happen. Does our teaching and school cover or do the same things on this topic or at this time every year? Do our classroom experiences extend beyond Remembrance Day to cover refugees and current conflicts?

This presentation examines picture books, novels, online sites, and virtual and physical learning experiences to bring to your classroom or school for both Remembrance Day and beyond. Diversity of perspectives is given special consideration.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Holdway

Michelle Holdway

Using Stories For History
I have spent the last twelve years teaching in three different provinces, including seven years in Alberta. My favourite subject to teach is Social Studies; I love to see the light bulbs come on and see students having excited conversations about history and geography. Prior to teaching... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded How To Use Story Prompts to Inspire Your Students

If you've ever taught a kid who whined, "I don't know what to write," don't worry. Kids author Marty Chan shares his strategies to use story prompts to spark the creative energy in even the most reluctant writer. He breaks down how to approach a picture prompt in a way that inspires rather than intimidates them. He'll reveal easy-to-apply techniques that you can apply immediately in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Author, Ink Jockey Inc.
Marty Chan writes books for kids and plays for adults. Named one of Alberta's 25 most influential artists by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Marty is a champion for literacy. With his dynamic school presentations, he inspires reluctant readers to pick up a book and budding authors... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded If Feeling is First: Sr High Poetry

I wanted to look at how we, as teachers, can engage students. Specifically, how can we engage students with poetry? Having asked this question, I came up with a few thoughts:
We need to expose students to a variety of poems (many have a very limited background when it comes to poetry).
The poems should be relevant to them.
The poem selections should be engaging. If you don't like the poem, why teach it?
Songs are a powerful way to tie-in poetry
We need to model poetry. (I write along with the students. I also show them examples of my songwriting process).
We need to normalize poetry. In other words, we need to “humanize” poems: they are not abstract things to be classified. Rather, poems are an expression of being human. They are about human experiences. They are about FEELING.
This session will explore these ideas and best practices that I have discovered through my own teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Randall

Scott Randall

Off-Campus Coordinator/Sr. high English, Glenmary School
Scott Randall is an award winning Off-Campus Coordinator and Sr High English teacher at Glenmary School. In his spare time, Scott is an independent recording artist. He also volunteers his time as a music minister at church and school sports coach. He enjoys playing music festivals... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Once Upon a Story

Author Marty Chan reveals how to take folktales and use them to teach students narrative writing. Take classic tales and identify the core elements of storytelling so that kids can use these elements to shape their own stories.

Speakers
avatar for Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Author, Ink Jockey Inc.
Marty Chan writes books for kids and plays for adults. Named one of Alberta's 25 most influential artists by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Marty is a champion for literacy. With his dynamic school presentations, he inspires reluctant readers to pick up a book and budding authors... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Using Stories to Bring History to Life

In Social Studies, sharing stories provides meaningful opportunities to bring history to life. This session will introduce stories, books, and resources to use in Grade 5 Social Studies (General Outcome 5.2: Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada, and the associated specific outcomes), with ties to the other grades that cover similar periods and topics in history and geography. Through sharing stories, we can help our students to better appreciate the diversity of Canada’s heritage, and provide students with opportunities to understand the dynamics of peoples, cultures, places, issues and events that are integral to Canada’s history and contemporary society.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Holdway

Michelle Holdway

Using Stories For History
I have spent the last twelve years teaching in three different provinces, including seven years in Alberta. My favourite subject to teach is Social Studies; I love to see the light bulbs come on and see students having excited conversations about history and geography. Prior to teaching... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Games Galore

In this session, we will share our top 5 low prep / no prep games for helping students strengthen their number sense/operation skills. We will show you how you can differentiate these games to meet a variety of learning needs in your classroom. We invite all participants to come prepared with a deck of cards and a pair of dice to “play” along with us and take some of these games for a “test drive”! All participants will receive a free pdf handout featuring these top 5 games, which will include video demonstrations of all the games they can save for future use and downloadable copies of the game boards (if applicable) to print off and use in class. Our goal is to help alleviate math anxiety in children and help build confidence and engagement through fun, hands-on games.

Speakers
avatar for MMMathMania

MMMathMania

MMMathMania
We are a group of four elementary school educators from Edmonton, Alberta. We are dedicated to making math engaging, meaningful and FUN for children. We focus on helping students deepen their conceptual understanding of math through a hands on games approach. We are confident our... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Overcoming Innumeracy: How Do We Talk About Mathematics?

What is it about the way we talk about mathematics that promotes the acceptance of ""I can't do that""? What might we do to shift the conversation? How might we focus on the way we talk to students, parents, our colleagues, our leaders to build success in mathematics and confidence in numeracy?

Join Jennifer for a session where ideas and questions will be presented that will encourage reflection. Resources will be shared to continue to grow as a mathematics educator long after this session.

Currently the acceptance of innumeracy is far greater than the acceptance of illiteracy.

Learning will include:
Personal reflections on how math is learned
Connections between mathematics learnings and numeracy
Considerations regarding language that is used in teaching mathematics
Considerations for growing from a subject to be learned to a skill set to be engaged
Considerations for engaging in conversations with students, parents, colleagues, and leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ferguson

Jennifer Ferguson

Digital Learning Liaison, Jigsaw Learning Inc
Jennifer Ferguson Jennifer Ferguson readily engages in opportunities to build her capacity as a leader and as a result her journey has led her into a unique role with Jigsaw Learning. Jennifer leads districts and schools in the implementation of the WeCollab and Dossier software platforms... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded The Power of Using Structure and Mastery to Create Excitement in Your Math Class

Do you have a math class with a wide performance gap among your students? Teachers of all grades struggle with students arriving in their classroom with a huge discrepancy in the range of ability between the fastest learners and those who struggle most.
This session is designed to demonstrate how to reduce this performance gap, while keeping all students engaged in the math. By following current research, Donna and Charlene will help you learn how to carefully structure your tasks to move all learners forward. By paying attention to the power of mastery, moment by moment and for all, your classes will experience ‘collective effervescence’ - the excitement that occurs with deep learning.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Prato

Donna Prato

Manager, Outreach & Teacher Support, JUMP Math
Donna taught with Edmonton Public Schools for more than 30 years before retiring from teaching to join JUMP Math team aa the regional Outreach Manager for Edmonton and Northern Alberta. She taught Junior High for all of her career, beginning in Home Economics and Language Arts, before... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Elementary Math and Science with Robotics and Electronics

At our elementary school we have been teaching some science and math with coding and robotics and electronics kits. Students have been building and programming virtual and physical devices to explore concepts in geometry, statistics, wheels and levers, plants, recycling, weather, electricity, and flight. Come hear about free resources and inexpensive hardware, including micro:bit, that you can implement related to current and future curricular outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Math
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 is currently teaching Grade 5.


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Mastering Online Tools for Any Science and Math Learner

There are a lot of tools that are available for Science and Math learners, but when you have to teach online you might not know what tools are beneficial for your learners. In this session, you will be geared toward all the tools I use regularly to successfully get students to learn in my online science and math classes. Teachers will get an opportunity to spend some time to look over these tools in the session so they can bring use these tools in any classroom setting as early as Monday morning.

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
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 March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Creating in the Music Room

Creating is an important and challenging aspect of the elementary music curriculum. In this session Joyce will demonstrate ways to engage students in creative activities to demonstrate understanding of musical concepts using movement, instruments, and online tools.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Help! I Need Ideas for K-3 Music

Are you terrified at the prospect of teaching music? Have no fear - Joyce is here with more songs, games, activities and strategies to teach curricular outcomes in engaging ways. If you’ve never taught music or are a reluctant singer, you will learn strategies and resources to have you and your students loving music time!!

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Musical Fun with Plates, Scarves and More!

Be ready for a smorgasbord of ideas to bring your music classes to life using paper plates, scarves, parachutes and stretchy bands, bucket and desk drumming, and more!!
Joyce will show you games, songs, and listening activities that use these “tools” to teach and reinforce musical concepts and skills.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded No Touch Games and Dances

Do COVID protocols have you scratching your head as to how to play music games? Even without COVID, some students may be hesitant to touch or join hands, and yet singing games and movement activities are a rich source of music for teaching many concepts and for reinforcing skills such as pitch and steady beat. In this session, Joyce will introduce fun and engaging games that students can do without any touching, plus you’ll learn strategies to help you adapt some of your old favourites.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Where Ukulele Dreams Will Fly!

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Does teaching ukulele in your classroom sound like fun but you aren’t sure where to begin? Then this session is for you! We are Division 2 teachers who enjoy playing and we have implemented ukulele programs into our music classrooms. If you come to this session you will leave having learned five new songs, five new chords and you will have the tools you need to move forward in your goal of helping students learn a new instrument.

Speakers
avatar for Laurel Pritchard

Laurel Pritchard

Teacher, PWSD 76
For almost 30 years, in classrooms all over the world, it has been a privilege to support students in their creative discoveries.  I believe in Arts Education and in the beauty and courage of the human heart.  You could talk to me about art, music, drama, teaching, learning, caring... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Prayer as a Personal Relationship with Jesus

Prayer is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him, who we know, loves us.” St. Theresa of Avila.
God loves us unconditionally, he knows us intimately, and wants to be in a relationship with us. Like any other deep friendship, we cultivate it by communicating. We are all unique, and the way that we best communicate with others varies. Our Catholic Church recognizes this and gives us a rich and vast ways to pray.
During this session we will experience the three forms of prayer: vocal, Christian Meditation, and contemplative prayer. We will be looking at practical ways to cultivate our own personal prayer as well as our students. Areas of prayer include traditional prayers, Lectio and Visio Divina, Praying in Color and Bible Journaling.
This session is not only experiential, where you will have the opportunity to practice various forms of prayer, but you will also walk away with resources that you can use in your school and classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Nguyen

Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Sacred Scripture and Storytelling

Bible stories? I’ve heard that one before! One of the aspects of teaching in a Catholic school is our effectiveness at opening our student’s hearts to scripture stories and our willingness to share our own stories of faith. How do we develop this skill? We look to Jesus who was the best storyteller that ever lived! His stories and delivery caught the attention of his listeners. This session will explore the opportunities of storytelling in scripture, how to relate these stories to our students’ everyday lives and what skills are needed to be an effective storyteller.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Nguyen

Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Catching Our Kids

Meeting the needs of all our learners in an inclusive classroom can be challenging! More and more students are dealing with traumatic experiences that can make it more difficult to learn. We as educators can be the most significant connection for many of our students. Ensuring our students are “Ready to Learn” requires a Christ Centered Trauma Informed approach. It is not a program, but a transformation of the heart. When we recognize and meet a student’s unmet need(s), we are setting them up for success and the academics will follow. Weaving the works and key messages of Dr. Jody Carrington, Jimmy Casas, David Wells, Pope Francis and more, Patti and Rebecca will share the journey of one school becoming a Christ Centred Trauma Informed community.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Liogier

Patricia Liogier

Catching Our Kids
Patti and Rebecca are Catholic educators who are committed to making a difference one life at a time. With an aligned critical purpose, they are building capacity and empowering staff to use their God given talents to serve others. Patti is a Principal with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Arthurs

Rebecca Arthurs

Catching Our Kids
Rebecca has been with the Edmonton Catholic School Division for 18 years. She has served as a substitute teacher, elementary teacher and is currently the learning coach at St. Leo Catholic Elementary School. Rebecca holds a Master of Education and a Master of Counselling Psychology... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Be The Stone

I alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” St. Teresa of Calcutta.

What is your critical purpose? How have you been called? When you can articulate your critical purpose, you have a compass which gives you clarity and a foundation that allows you to show up with passion and feel energized. With this clear sense of direction, your vision is affirmed, your inner fire is fueled and you show up each day as you have been called. Patti and Rebecca hope to inspire and encourage you to welcome the profound wisdom from your inner compass. Sharing their story is about inspiring others to transform and change the world through the service of others, and in particular the most vulnerable, the children in our schools. Be prepared to “Be the Stone” that creates ripples of change.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Liogier

Patricia Liogier

Catching Our Kids
Patti and Rebecca are Catholic educators who are committed to making a difference one life at a time. With an aligned critical purpose, they are building capacity and empowering staff to use their God given talents to serve others. Patti is a Principal with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Arthurs

Rebecca Arthurs

Catching Our Kids
Rebecca has been with the Edmonton Catholic School Division for 18 years. She has served as a substitute teacher, elementary teacher and is currently the learning coach at St. Leo Catholic Elementary School. Rebecca holds a Master of Education and a Master of Counselling Psychology... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Permeating Laudato Si: Cultivating a Green Catholic School from the Inside Out

How do we help our students’ respond to God’s call to be stewards of creation while learning about complex Catholic social teachings? In this session, you will learn more about the importance of Laudato Si and how teaching students the Catholic Moral Decision Making Framework can guide them to action. See an example of how this was developed in a grade 4 classroom. Walk away with a planning template, ideas and resources to help you share this way of living with your students and staff.

Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Laudato Si, addresses all of humanity and calls us to address the deep rooted causes of the ecological crisis facing the Earth. Rooted in Scripture, he provides guidance on how to resolve these issues. As leaders in Catholic education, it is our responsibility to help our students learn about Church teachings and use these teachings to grow in their faith and be stewards of the Earth.

This session will be applicable to both classroom and school-wide social justice projects.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Nguyen

Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Danci(NG) with Elements! Wolves

Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares the historical story-telling origins and fun demonstrations of popular elements of the periodic table.

Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry. Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. 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.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Science
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Maki(Ng) Green Science Fun, Safe and Not Safe!

Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares science demonstrations focused on the designing of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances in our classrooms and environment.

Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry. Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. 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.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Science
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Historical Thinking: It’s not just about teaching history

Recently I was able to attend the Historical Thinking Institute where I was reminded of concepts I already knew but had forgotten. So, I wanted to share those insights with you to possibly remind you of something you had considered previously, and help enhance your ability to get students to engage with the past. And more importantly for most teachers when attending a PD session, I will share some of the activities I have been able to use in my classroom so you can have a lesson ready for Monday morning.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Jen Williams graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2000 and has had the good fortune to teach in a Social Studies classroom ever since, initially in Grande Prairie, and currently in Airdrie.  She is a passionate learner who is more than happy to sit on a beach reading a... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Overarching Activities for Social 9, 10 and 20

Teaching Social Studies is all about creating engaged citizens – but how can we get them engaged in our classroom? With other teachers, I have developed some overarching activities that strive to help students see the links between the different curriculum objectives in addition to seeing how it relates to the “real world”. I will share with you some of these activities, including digital access that will allow you to adapt it for your own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Jen Williams graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2000 and has had the good fortune to teach in a Social Studies classroom ever since, initially in Grande Prairie, and currently in Airdrie.  She is a passionate learner who is more than happy to sit on a beach reading a... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded EdTech as an Instructional Strategy: Designing Learning Activities to Meet Student Needs

Edwin, an online learning ecosystem built for today’s learners in today’s world, is a powerful tool for creating enriched learning experiences. Edwin can be used to support effective planning, instruction, and assessment practices to meet the learning needs of our students.
Led by [an Alberta teacher], this hands-on session is designed to build within teachers the capacity to plan and deliver learning that incorporates digital technologies. Educators will explore how to use Edwin to curate learning opportunities that build student capacity for acquiring, applying, and creating new knowledge, communicating and collaborating with others, and thinking critically about their learning and the world around them.

In this session, participants will
• Explore how Edwin can be used to support context, content, outcomes, and learning needs.
• Create activities, lessons, and teaching strategies that inspire and engage learners, using Edwin.
• Collaborate with other teachers in how to incorporate educational technologies into their current pedagogical practice in a way that enhances learning opportunities for students.

Speakers
avatar for Sherri Ross

Sherri Ross

Digital Assessment / Equity and Inclusion in the Digital Classroom / Using Ed Tech to Increase Capacity / Using Ed Tech
Co-Founder & CEO @Peekapak, award-winning, social-emotional learning.@Imaginek12 / YC alum, @INSEAD & Previously @ProcterGamble#SEL #empathy #literacy


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
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**PreRecorded Using EdTech to enhance your teaching of Contemporary Issues

This workshop will focus on teaching and learning of Contemporary Issues reflecting global perspectives and supporting objective teaching of these topics, using Ed Tech. It will introduce rich digital resources and illustrate how to provide students with cross-curricular learning opportunities to explore the diversity of Indigenous history, culture, and current events.

Edwin is an online ecosystem providing a safe sandbox for students and teachers to discover curated resources tied to the Alberta program of studies for use in teaching and learning. Participants will learn how Edwin develops assessment-capable learners, meets diverse learning needs, and provides the flexibility to combine with existing plans and resources. Edwin integrates with your school’s current LMS to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment.

Speakers
avatar for Sherri Ross

Sherri Ross

Digital Assessment / Equity and Inclusion in the Digital Classroom / Using Ed Tech to Increase Capacity / Using Ed Tech
Co-Founder & CEO @Peekapak, award-winning, social-emotional learning.@Imaginek12 / YC alum, @INSEAD & Previously @ProcterGamble#SEL #empathy #literacy


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
PreRecorded Session

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**PreRecorded The Science of Creating Effective Learning Materials with Dual Coding
As teachers, we often create learning materials in the form of slide presentations, handouts, and materials written on whiteboards. In this session, we’ll examine what cognitive science and dual coding theory has shown to be the most effective ways to present and organize these materials. Participants will explore these slide design fundamentals, learn specific practices on how to fix materials that are less effectively designed, and receive numerous free resources for designing the most effective slides.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Maas

Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 TBA
PreRecorded Session

9:00am MST

Enjeux et défis liés à l’implantation de l’apprentissage socioémotionnel rencontrés par les enseignant.e.s de l’alberta
Depuis quelques années, le ministère de l’Éducation de l’Alberta (MEA) fait la promotion de l’apprentissage socio-émotionnel (ASÉ) auprès des écoles albertaines. Par contre, un sondage mené chez les enseignant.e.s francophones de la province montre que la grande majorité (93 %) d’entre eux n’ont toujours pas reçu de formation sur le sujet. Cet atelier a pour but de présenter brièvement en quoi consiste l’ASÉ. L’atelier vise également à informer les enseignant.e.s sur le processus à suivre afin d’optimiser l’implantation de l’ASÉ dans leurs pratiques éducatives.

Speakers
avatar for René Langevin

René Langevin

René Langevin enseigne depuis plusieurs années des cours de psychologie de l’éducation à des futur.e.s enseignant.e.s qui fréquentent le Campus Saint-Jean de l’Université de l’Alberta. Ses dernières recherches traitent de l’efficacité de programmes se rapportant aux... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
ATA Zoom 1

9:00am MST

Women and Leadership

A Leader does not only describe the position at the top, but also the person who is fully engaged at every level.
Bev shares why it’s important to use perspective as a leader. And the most valuable attributes of a truly effective leader are to know that kindness and authority, empathy and strength are not opposing terms. Bev will explore this assertion using her personal experiences and observations to demonstrate why she feels women in particular are natural born leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Bev Busson

Bev Busson

Bev Busson never imagined her decision to join the RCMP back in 1974 as one of the first female members would lead to her becoming one of Canada's most powerful women. And allow her to experience a career marked with trail blazing success stories and such incredible challenges along... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

9:00am MST

Writing 101

Do students write in your classes?

Maybe you’re teaching language arts for the first time. Maybe you’ve taught it for a while, but feel a need to strengthen the writing component. Or maybe you don’t even teach L.A., but want to support students with their writing in your subject area. Whatever the case, this session will help by focusing on the basics of writing instruction. We’ll look at some of the significant challenges and lay out fundamental principles that will help you and your students succeed. You’ll leave with a solid foundation for an effective writing program along with some specific ideas you can implement immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. His 2016 retirement allowed him to focus on writing, and he has since publsihed two novels for children: Space Cadets (2018) and Space Cadets: Battle for Tam (2022). He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
003-Zoom Room

9:00am MST

Subtraction Facts Demystified

Subtraction facts are one of the more challenging topics to teach. Join us for an interactive session on the Thinking Strategies approach to teaching basic subtraction facts up to sums of 20. We will cover “chunking” subtraction facts into 6 groups, efficient thinking strategies for each chunk, and activities to reach mastery. You will leave this session with an effective, easy-to-use approach for teaching subtraction facts in your class.

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher/educator, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has presented at Alberta and Manitoba teacher... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MST
007-Zoom Room

9:00am MST

Crochet the Stress Away Beginner (Double Session)

Participants will look at the links between crochet and the CTS/CTF modules for Junior and Senior high students. Along with the curricular connections we will look at the wellness aspect of fiber arts. At the end of the session, participants will come away with possible projects, resources and a project of their own. During the session participants will learn how to complete a basic project that includes chains and single crochet. This session is aimed at those who have not crocheted before or those who are just starting to crochet. Participants will need yarn (any regular size yarn can be used but I recommend a #4 worsted weight, like Bernat or Red Heart Super Saver), a 5mm crochet hook and a tapestry needle. Participants may wish to use multiple colors.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2022 9:00am - 11:45am MST
005-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

Lab Skills Performance Assessment in Chemistry

This session will present how to administer performance assessments of five basic lab skills and the benefits to the classroom that result.  The lab skills that will be discussed are measuring mass using an electronic balance, measuring volume using a graduated cylinder, lighting a Bunsen burner, measuring volume using a pipet, and completing one trial of a titration.  Although this session focuses on high school chemistry, the ideas discussed could easily be adapted to the physics, biology or general science classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Science Assessment and Formative Assessment for Beginning Teachers
Tyler Buchan is a teacher at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park. He has taught science for over 15 years at schools in Alberta, Burkina Faso and Jamaica. He has degrees in Education and Arts from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Science in Science Education... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MST
004-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

THINKING THROUGH MATH! How to activate Tacit knowledge through developing a questioning construct in your students.

Each year or two I survey students and start diving in some of the current research to design my next experiment on how to improve my teaching for the current students I have. This year, I have launched into a hunch I had after a long conversation with a brilliant Social Studies teacher I work with. “How do you teach source based analysis so quickly?” I asked. “Three Steps: 1) What do you see? 2) What do you think? 3) What do you wonder?”. I have spent years simplifying rules to a point where students have everything they need on an index card for each unit… but still they hesitate to use the tool. Why? They don’t know the question to ask to initiate the task. Come and experience the how and why I foster students to see math and think through the steps to enhance retention and independence. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s pretty exciting what I am seeing.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:15am - 10:30am MST
008-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

Teaching Primary Art with Punch ! Art for Non-Majors (Double Session)

You will be completing three art lessons that you can take back to the classroom;
  • watercolour nature
  • line drawings
  • abstract your face
You will learn to look for the outcomes that are waiting to be discovered in most of the projects that you already love.

You will need the following to participate in the demonstrations of lessons. 
I encourage you to borrow what you can!
  1. Chisel tip water based markers such as Mr. Sketch. 
  2. Watercolor paper 9x12ish, only need 1 
  3. Water, rags and container about a ltr. 
  4. Soft brushes for watercolor 
  5. Sharpie black or fine tipped water based marker black 
  6. Heavy paper for drawing or card stock 5 sheets 
  7. Coloured pencils or wax crayons whichever is more appropriate for your grade level 
  8. Modeling clay, anything will do, recommend play dough homemade or bought something that will dry eventually


Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Walker

Carolyn Walker

Art You Creative!
-Retired Jr/Sr High (Non-Major) Art Teacher -Currently owner of 'Art You: Workshops' and 'Not Fae'd Away'-The next chapter in my life is going to continue in art education with a different audience and focus. Assisting teachers continue to gain skills, techniques and budget saversis... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:15am - 12:00pm MST
010-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

Unpacking trauma in order to support students and teachers (Double Session)

Students are carrying the burden of trauma and ongoing stress from home, demands, peer, loss, restrictions, and marginalization sources. Let’s help them unpack this unyielding weight by learning more about trauma informed strategies. The aim of this presentation is to provide informative, best practices guidelines by focusing on the current research in traumatology, neuroscience, and positive education to help students who are affected by trauma. Realistic and concrete classroom approaches to make our classrooms more friendly and supportive to students managing stress and trauma will be introduced. Strategies related to resilience, underdeveloped neural pathways, emotional regulation, and interpersonal connections will be provided. Trauma informed resources to help teachers better understand the students’ developmental, emotional, and social challenges at school will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Noëlla Piquette

Dr. Noëlla Piquette

/Unpacking Trauma, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Noëlla Piquette is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. She teaches predominately in Educational Psychology and Counselling Psychology with her teaching and research interest areas concentrating on supporting marginalized populations... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:15am - 12:00pm MST
011-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

Exploring Sustainability Through An Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Your Students (Double Session)

In this interactive workshop designed for teachers of all grades, explore the concept of sustainability and our relationship to the natural world through both Eurocentric and Indigenous lenses. Gain confidence that you don’t need to be an expert to start your journey into Indigenous knowledge systems and pedagogies but rather, an open mind and heart and a willingness to explore new ideas with your students. Drawing on authentic resources, learn how you can weave Indigenous perspectives into your everyday teaching in a way that engages the cognitive, physical, emotional and spiritual self and fosters deep learning around the notion of sustainability. If these ideas sound intriguing but also fill you with trepidation, this workshop is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marie Tremblay

Dr. Marie Tremblay

Alberta Council for Environmental Education / French
Dr. Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:15am - 12:00pm MST
012-Zoom Room

9:15am MST

Realism and The New Cold War (DOUBLE SESSION)

Idealistic rhetoric aside, International Relations is guided, for the most part, by Realism, the pursuit of power and wealth; influenced in practice however by the self-interests of the ruling elite.  Examples from Canadian History include forming alliances with Native tribes to Balance against the French and Americans but abandoning them after the War of 1812 and when “clearing the plains”. Nearly all conflicts in the world today are entwined with the self-interested and tragic logic of Realism, particularly the Great Power Rivalry known as The New Cold War. A framework will be presented to understand International Conflict in terms of National and Elite self-interests. Participants will be challenged to provide examples that confirm or contradict this thesis.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter

Social Studies
"Greg's talks challenge teachers and all of us to never assume that received narratives are necessarily true." - Adam Hochschild, Authour of King Leopold's Ghost.  Reviews form 2021: "Helpful content for social studies curriculum".  "This was terrific! This guy has done such a good... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 9:15am - 12:00pm MST
006-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

Rap Battle Strategy

If the thought of a rap battle has your knees weak and arms heavy, this workshop can turn things around. Breaking down this seemingly off-the-cuff art form into teachable techniques, you will learn that it is more formula than freestyle. From writing rhyme charts to fabricating fill-in-the-blank lines, the appearance of improv can be backed by hours of preparation. This workshop is a glimpse into some activities and support materials that will give you and your students the ability to lose yourself in the music.

Gradually scaling up from the foundation, this structure is meant to cater to even the most hesitant performers. The activity-heavy nature of the session will give you practical exercises to bring back to the classroom, starting with stressless behind the scenes work and moving closer to center stage with each step. Beginning with brainstorming and prep, allowing for group work and other social comforts, moving into shorter and more independent prep periods before the beat drops, and slowly scaling into full-fledged battle mode, the strategies are made to tiptoe seamlessly towards the mic.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Presenter, mirandakrogstad.com
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
003-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

Transforming Classrooms - Gaining skills to be effective in the K-12 class and beyond.

Do you find that you end the day and wonder what just happened? Why did that class go sideways? Why did that student react the way they did? How could I have been more effective? We've all been there! We know we need to make connections to bridge the communication gap. The problem is, how do we do it? This session introduces you to the SILA Skills Transforming Classrooms Workshop where you learn the How along with the What and the Why of connecting and communicating effectively.
This session is applicable to K-12 teachers and administration.
In this seminar, you will begin to learn the skills which will help you to
Introduce you to the purpose and passion of SILA Skills.
Show the background of DBT Skills, of which SILA Skills workshops are based.
Share the superhero powers gained through a SILA Skills Workshop.
Give you a taste of the skills you will learn in a SILA Skills Transforming Classrooms workshop.
Demonstrate the transformative effect that a SILA Skills Workshop can bring to your everyday life.
At the conclusion of this session, you will have some practical skills you can start using as soon as you leave the workshop. You will leave feeling hopeful and inspired to do things differently in your classrooms on Monday.
You will also have the opportunity to register for the Transforming Classrooms Workshop where you will delve deeper into the skills which will transform your teaching practice, and really your life!

How is this session related to teaching practices?
When you take a SILA Skills Transforming Classrooms Workshop, you will effectively address the Alberta Teacher Quality Standards #1 Fostering Effective Relationships and #4 Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments.
Today’s seminar introduces you to the Transforming Classrooms workshop and offers opportunities to register for an upcoming workshop. You won’t be disappointed!

Speakers
SM

Susan Mukanik

SILA Skills
avatar for Kelly Maxwell

Kelly Maxwell

Co-founder and facilitator, the SILA Skills Group
Kelly Maxwell (B.Ed ‘89, M.Ed ‘16) is an elementary school teacher in rural Alberta. After 30-plus years of teaching, her passion for educating continues. She has been and continues to be involved with professional development within her school district and at local Teachers... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
013-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

The History of Residential Schools, and Classroom Resource Ideas

The history of Residential Schools in Canada was ignored for a long time. Now, there is a lot of information available, but it can be difficult to pick and choose where to start, and tricky to find appropriate material. This session will explore books about Residential Schools to share with students, and appropriate books to introduce the topic of Residential Schools in Canada with young readers. Additionally, teachers will gain more information to support their understanding and competency in updates to our Teaching Quality Standard, as teachers must demonstrate that they can apply “Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit"".

Learning objectives:
Gain exposure to literature on Residential Schools
Understand more about history of Residential Schools in Canada
Feature of authors Christy Jordan Fenton and Margaret Pokiak Fenton.

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 almost 20 years, and is in her fifth year as the Principal at Milo... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
009-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

Courage to Overcome Fear

Courage to Overcome Fear - An uplifting and inspirational keynote that will give you the tools to overcome your fear to succeed. Inspiring for all audiences Michel Chikwanine’s childhood was characterized by incredible perseverance and courage. Despite his traumatic childhood, he’s succeeded against all odds. This keynote
focuses on the story of a young Congolese man guided by family, courage and fierce determination. In his deeply moving and inspirational talk, he will speak about overcoming fear, personal perseverance as important personal pillars, that are key to being successful in any industry. Ideal for groups looking for a mix of inspiration and information.

Speakers
avatar for Michel Chikwanine

Michel Chikwanine

Michel Chikwanine has overcome unimaginable pain and struggle. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. Much of his childhood was ravaged by the death and decay of a war that claimed the lives of 5.8 million people, his father... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

10:30am MST

Success with Basic Addition Facts

It might seem that basic addition facts are easy to teach, but is this actually the case? This interactive session will first explore the number relationships that are the basis of building an understanding of basic addition facts and then cover our approach: “chunking” addition facts into 6 groups, developing efficient thinking strategies for each chunk, and he importance of drill/practice. You will leave this session with important insights on how best to teach basic addition facts.

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher/educator, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has presented at Alberta and Manitoba teacher... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
007-Zoom Room

10:30am MST

Sick Leave
This session covers the definition of sick leave, what is acceptable medical documentation for your school division, what is the effect of an evergreen clause, monitoring board practices, and the  principles of privacy legislation.

Speakers
avatar for Kristine Wilkinson

Kristine Wilkinson

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
Kristine Wilkinson joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2021. She holds an Education after-degree from Concordia University and a Masters in Educational Psychology (School Counselling) from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MST
ATA Zoom 1

10:45am MST

Essential skills for teaching PE - Simple things that make a HUGE difference in your teaching -

Back to the basics - When I started teaching Physical Education, I had a partner teacher who loved to set me up to fail. He would set up kids to pretend to fight, fake an injury, leave the gym, sit down… all on his que. Why? He was testing my basic skills to observe and adapt. This session is a practical session for teachers trained in PE or who have ended up teaching PE and need some tools to manage the gym, which if you're reading this, know that it is a very different skill set than a classroom. I will be sharing some of the Key Skills for the gym to engage all students, everyday in some key categories: feedback (zone approach so they think your always watching), movement around the gym (why the middle is trouble), teams (student psychology), game modification (level the playing field), how to challenge all students and level the playing field between skill levels. I was mentored by some of the best, time to share the skills that make it easier.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
008-Zoom Room

10:45am MST

My Data Is Out Of Date Before I Can Write It Up!

The Energy And The Environment unit in Science 30 is based upon these Focusing Questions:

“How can Canadians and other members of the international community conserve energy and maintain quality of life? What are the benefits and costs of available non-renewable energy sources and of developing renewable energy sources? What is our energy future?”

This session will focus on the issues that surround many of the energy sources that humans are using. With the science behind global warming solid and climate change very much in the news, it is important that students learn about the global production and use of energy. One problem is finding data that is up to date. Things are changing faster than a textbook can be written and published.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
004-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Inspiring Your Inclusive Classroom

The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program (RHFSP) believes in the importance of teaching youth about equity, inclusion and empowering students to be difference makers – we hope you do too! Learn how the RHFSP can support you in confidently covering the topics of inclusion, accessibility and disability awareness with your class. Our program offers educational resources for youth in kindergarten to grade twelve on these important topics while meeting provincial curriculum outcomes. Our lessons are designed to be easily-implemented into current lesson planning, and are available in different formats to meet your class' needs. Join us for a resource-filled session and take advantage of our unique offerings available to you, such as our engaging and impactful Ambassador Presentations!

Speakers
AD

Anne-Marie Dolinar

Rick Hansen Foundation School Program
Anne-Marie Dolinar Anne-Marie began her career as a Registered Dietitian where she educated clients about nutrition, delivered food literacy programming in schools, and instructed dietetics courses at the post-secondary level. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, the need for improved... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
009-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Everything but Writing

Before we put pen to paper, there is so much planning and preparation. After the words are on the page, too, the creative process doesn’t have to stop. Brainstorming, outlining, character development, editing, and many other elements involved in the planning and tweaking of the work can be as important and - dare I say - enjoyable as the writing process itself. With tangible tools, tips, and activities to strengthen your students’ writing, this workshop will help them appreciate and master everything but writing.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Presenter, mirandakrogstad.com
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
003-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Becoming a life-changing teacher: The 5 most valuable things you can teach your students!

After failing Grade 11 math twice, it was a math teacher who totally changed my life.

I now own Toronto's leading math tutoring studio, have published two math books, have a Master's in Math Education, host a podcast, and sing in a rock band...and I'm here to tell you something: our kids need life-changing teachers now, more than ever. And YOU ARE THAT TEACHER (you just might not know it yet)!

As educators, we have a unique opportunity to completely change the lives of our students inside and outside of the classroom by instilling courage, confidence and curiosity.

Yes, the pandemic has left us burnt out, tired and overworked. But I have good news: despite it all, there are 5 easy techniques you can use to step into your power as a teacher who not only teaches, but who literally changes lives (and don't worry, these won't suck up any more of your almost non-existent prep time)!

Ready to totally transform the way you approach teaching?

LET'S DO THIS!

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Vakharia

Vanessa Vakharia

Founder & CEO, The Math Guru
Hi there! My name is vaneSSa and I am the founder and director of The Math Guru, a super cool boutique math & science tutoring studio in Toronto. I am also the author of Math Hacks, a new book that totally makes math fun, stress-free and relatable for young kids and parents - actually... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

12:45pm MST

Modelmania: ten-frames, number lines, arrays, and more

Are you using models in your class for teaching numeracy, and if so, are you using them to their full potential? We will start by examining the theory behind models, including the work of Jerome Bruner, and then focus on models you can use in your classroom, starting at the kindergarten level. This will include a plethora of models including cube-trains, dominos, ten-frames, number lines, arrays, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher/educator, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has presented at Alberta and Manitoba teacher... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
007-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

E-Exchanges: Choose Your Own Teaching or Leadership Adventure!
Interested in an international collaboration with a colleague in Iceland, Spain, Germany, or Australia? Come to this session and learn how to build your own teaching or leadership adventure in an exciting 6 week virtual exchange. Carolyn Freed will be your guide in this fantastic new world!

E-Exchange Application: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/ATA/Teaching-in-Alberta/Teacher%20and%20Principal%20Exchanges/EEP-T-24a%20Short%20Term%20E-Exchange%20Application.pdf

E-Exchange Handout: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/ATA/Teaching-in-Alberta/Teacher%20and%20Principal%20Exchanges/E-Exchange%20Opportunity%20(EEP-2b).pdf

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn  Freed

Carolyn Freed

Exchange Liaison, Alberta Teachers' Association
Carolyn Freed is the Educator Exchange Programs Liaison at the Alberta Teachers' Association, with over 10 years of experience coordinating international exchange programs. With a background in Communications and Technology, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
ATA Zoom 1

12:45pm MST

Developing Our Shared Mission and Vision

Strategic planning is a key element in building a shared commitment to school improvement and developing the staff team. This workshop is designed to facilitate the development of a school’s shared mission, vision and values and will be customized to align with the school context. Participants will work through a series of collaborative activities and processes to modify an existing statement or develop new mission and vision statements. Using consensus-building activities, this workshop will encourage dialogue and collaboration among members of staff, resulting in a shared commitment to school improvement.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Tisdale

Ian Tisdale

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Ian has worked with youth from at-risk environments while serving as the principal of the BRICK Learning Centre in Ponoka, AB. Through a trauma-informed lens, the BRICK creates an environment that holds students accountable while it truly puts students’ need first. He is also passionate... Read More →
avatar for Derek Hatch

Derek Hatch

Edmonton Public Schools
Henry Madsen has been a teacher for almost 30 years.   He has been a principal for the last 20 years, with experience at all divisions and grades.  Most recently, he opened a new K - 9 school with the Edmonton Public School Board.  This school of over 900 students has a simple... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 12:45pm - 2:00pm MST
ATA Zoom 2

12:45pm MST

Crochet the Stress Away Intermediate (Double Session)

Participants will look at the links between crochet and the CTS/CTF modules for Junior and Senior high students. Along with the curricular connections we will look at the wellness aspect of fiber arts. At the end of the session, participants will come away with possible projects, resources and start a project of their own. During the session participants will start at an intermediate level project that includes several different stitches. Participants will need 2 different colors of yarn in a size #4 medium weight, a size 5.5 mm crochet hook (a 5 mm will work as well), and a tapestry needle. I would recommend Bernat Premium or Red Heart as they are cost-effective but you can choose any #4 yarn you wish.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2022 12:45pm - 3:30pm MST
005-Zoom Room

12:45pm MST

Using SEL to strengthen youth social and emotional competence (Double Session)

We know that social emotional learning [SEL] development is the foundation for school based success and is critical for school readiness, literacy and language development, and numeracy . It provides the language and skills needed for managing, coping, and communicating one’s emotions; so that children can be understood and understand. Evidence shows that we should teach and model SEL skills as it increases positive attitudes, behaviours, and performance. This presentation will explore the why and how questions related to teaching SEL competencies; When do we teach these SEL competencies? How do we teach these skills? What do we teach? What are the fundamental skills? This engaging, strategy based presentation will provide an overview of the benefits of SEL and classroom based strategies to introduce to your young learners.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Noëlla Piquette

Dr. Noëlla Piquette

/Unpacking Trauma, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Noëlla Piquette is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. She teaches predominately in Educational Psychology and Counselling Psychology with her teaching and research interest areas concentrating on supporting marginalized populations... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 12:45pm - 3:30pm MST
011-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Congo for the Taking… (Part 1) Leopold’s Congo Free State to ‘Independence’

This session examines the history of Congo as a case study of Imperialism… from Leopold’s Congo to ‘Independence’. It focuses on the roles of foreign actors, including Canada, and their motives. Were they truly motivated by the enlightened Idealism they professed or the dark Realism described by Joseph Conrad, “The conquest of the earth is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much”? This session quotes from "Heart of Darkness" to illustrate the continuity of Realism in Imperial policy.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter

Social Studies
"Greg's talks challenge teachers and all of us to never assume that received narratives are necessarily true." - Adam Hochschild, Authour of King Leopold's Ghost.  Reviews form 2021: "Helpful content for social studies curriculum".  "This was terrific! This guy has done such a good... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
006-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Staying Sane! Principles for Survival in the Classroom

How does a teacher keep up with lesson preparation, engaging and managing students, grading, progress reports, parent conferencing, meeting diverse learning needs, not to mention evaluations and dealing with school administration? How can one remain enthusiastic, happy, and well-balanced when overwhelmed by these responsibilities? This session introduces 5 principles of survival in the classroom and a medley of practical strategies for dealing with these challenges and creating a productive learning environment. Come laugh, decompress, and learn some self-care. These tried-and-true, evidence-based tips will provide hope and make your job easier.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman is a dynamic, entertaining, and experienced speaker. With an engaging personality, interesting anecdotes, and an innovative approach, each session inspires and enlightens. He is currently an Instructor at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
008-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Teaching Upper Elementary Art with Punch! (Double Session)

You will be completing three art lessons that you can build on and take back to the classroom.
  • soft pastel landscape
  • line drawings
  • watercolour abstract
You will learn to look for the outcomes that are waiting to be discovered in most of the projects that you already love and to see the value in new projects that come your way.

You will need the following to participate in the demonstrations of lessons.
I encourage you to borrow what you can!
  1. Sharpie 
  2. Coloured water based markers 
  3. Soft pastels
  4. Watercolours, brushes, water, container, rags 
  5. Pencils
  6. New erasers to be carved 3 if possible 
  7. Exacto knives
  8. Paint: tempera, acrylic or ink
  9. Paper for drawing
  10. Pastel paper, heavy paper with a tooth, or construction paper 
  11. Watercolour paper, 9x12

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Walker

Carolyn Walker

Art You Creative!
-Retired Jr/Sr High (Non-Major) Art Teacher -Currently owner of 'Art You: Workshops' and 'Not Fae'd Away'-The next chapter in my life is going to continue in art education with a different audience and focus. Assisting teachers continue to gain skills, techniques and budget saversis... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 1:00pm - 3:45pm MST
010-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

Making The Invisible Visible (Double Session)

In this session I will show several demonstrations that will help students learn about the electromagnetic spectrum. These demonstrations can be easily done in a classroom, are inexpensive, and should be of high interest to the students. I will discuss the kinds of questions that make the activities applicable to grade nine Science (Space Explorations), Physics 30, or Science 30 students.

Speakers

Friday March 11, 2022 1:00pm - 3:45pm MST
004-Zoom Room

1:00pm MST

An Apple a Day: How technology and the internet affect our health and wellness (Double Session)

Technology and the world-wide-web have opened up the world to connection, information and entertainment, but oh what a tangled web! Did you know that all this texting, tweeting and selfie-taking are having a major impact on your health? Be it email, Facebook, gaming or Googling, our brains, bodies and bank accounts are paying the price for the digital demand. This session will talk about how technology changes our relationships, our thoughts and our behaviors and how we can make sure it is for the good. We will review the basics of staying safe online, and recognize the importance of staying well online…because there’s no app for that.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 1:00pm - 3:45pm MST
012-Zoom Room

2:15pm MST

Pun-ny for Your Thoughts: The Art of Word Play

In this un-convention-al workshop, we'll have you write on track for pun production. Using some class-y wit and old school strategies, your students will go from smart bored to cleverly engaged. Whether you love puns or hate them, by the end of this session you'll find that they've groan on you.

In this workshop, you will flex your creative muscles through a series of activities, hear some eye-roll-worthy examples, and get some tangible takeaways on how to teach these techniques to your students. Breaking the process of punnery down into manageable strategies like word lists, isolating double entendres, and incorporating them into a concise and convincing narrative, you will have the audience loving - or gratifyingly hating - the wonderful wordplay you’ve crafted.

This workshop is offered in English but is applicable to French and international languages.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Presenter, mirandakrogstad.com
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
003-Zoom Room

2:15pm MST

BE THE EDUCATOR THAT YOU ARE!

Be the educator... THAT YOU ARE! Too many times we compare ourselves to individuals we deem as better than us. WHY?! Joe uses his humor and engaging speaking skills to help educators find the spark within them that makes them... well... THEM! Kids learn best from an authentic individual, not from a cookie cutter mold of the teacher they had the year before.

Speakers
JM

Joe 'Mr.D' Dombrowski

Joe Dombrowski (aka Mr.D) took the world by storm in 2017 with a viral April Fools’ Day spelling test prank that landed him multiple appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Since then Joe has been traveling the world with his stand-up comedy tour titled “Indoor Recess” which... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
001-Zoom Live Keynote

2:15pm MST

Numeracy and Young Learners: A Developmental Affair

Have you wondered how to best teach your preschool or kindergarten students early number concepts? Come and learn the developmental approach to numeracy, using the Instructional Framework in Early Numbers as a guide. This session will provide you an appreciation of early number development, how to determine where your students are at, and Cross-Number puzzles you can use with your class.

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher/educator, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has presented at Alberta and Manitoba teacher... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
007-Zoom Room

2:15pm MST

Counting Time
The session will provide teachers with a process for collecting data on hours of work (both instructional and assignable), defining assignable time, and monitoring time assignments.

Speakers
avatar for Kristine Wilkinson

Kristine Wilkinson

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
Kristine Wilkinson joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2021. She holds an Education after-degree from Concordia University and a Masters in Educational Psychology (School Counselling) from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
ATA Zoom 1

2:15pm MST

Instructional Leadership to Optimize Student Learning and Staff Development

Research tells us that the role of the principal as instructional leader is an extremely important one in today’s schools. In this workshop, participants will look at ways to build staff capacity, cultivate a positive school culture and environment, foster strong relationships, and support evidence-informed teaching practices.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Ference

Maureen Ference

Association Instructor, Glendon School
Maureen is currently the principal of Glendon School, a Pre-K to Grade 12 rural school, and Pine Meadows Hutterite Colony School. She has served as a principal of a middle school for 14 years and as an assistant principal and program consultant of a junior/senior high school. Maureen... Read More →
avatar for Chris Good

Chris Good

Associate Instructor ATA, Lindsay Thurber High School
Chris Good is the Principal at Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer. Previous to his time at Lindsay Thurber, Chris was Principal at two different elementary schools. He is also a member for the ATA admin instructor corp.


Friday March 11, 2022 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
ATA Zoom 2

2:30pm MST

2SLGBTQ+ Inclusive Education

In this workshop, participants will explore concepts and terminology regarding gender and sexual diversity. We will look at best practices for teachers to create a safer and more welcoming school for all students as well as strategies for addressing homophobia and transphobia in their classroom. Teachers will also discuss methods for developing allyship skills within their school as well as the community at large.
Presentation Resources:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ratt44YcZnIR4k9d42NHbUR6X8XxDkSW?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Marshall

Alexandra Marshall

Education Coordinator, 2SLGBTQ+ Education and Inclusion
Alexandra Marshall (she/her) is the Rural Education Coordinator for the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (ISMSS) at the University of Alberta. She lectures pre-service teachers on creating inclusive classrooms, delivers professional development for in-service teachers... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
002-Zoom Room

2:30pm MST

Super Heroes, Zombie Apocalypse, and Crime Scene Investigations: Making French Language Instruction Fun and Communicative for Students

In this workshop designed for Division Two and Three French teachers, language educators will be exposed to the principles of task-based language teaching (TBLT) and online resources developed to deliver the Alberta French as a Second Language Program of Study. Attendees will be introduced to a variety of tasks based on Willis’ (1996) categorization and clusters of lessons (including lesson plans and supporting materials) to promote communication and engagement in the language classroom. In the clusters, students will use French to investigate crime scenes, survive a zombie apocalypse, plan a gala event, and many more topics drawing on the Alberta FSL Program of Study. Participants will also be introduced to a variety of games that can be used to promote language acquisition and different techniques to explore French through music. The presentation will be of interest to any language educators who are interested in learning about new strategies for promoting communicative competence and exploring free online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Ogilvie

Greg Ogilvie

Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Greg Ogilvie is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge focusing on second language education.


Friday March 11, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
008-Zoom Room

2:30pm MST

Congo for the Taking… (Part 2) ‘Independence’ to The Congo Wars

Topics include - Lumumba’s assassination, Hammarskjold’s death, Katangan succession, Mobutu’s rise, The Rwandan Genocide, Kagame’s rise and Rwanda/Uganda’s invasion of Congo (5 million deaths). It focuses on the roles of foreign actors, including Canada, and their motives. Were they truly motivated by the enlightened Idealism they professed or by the dark Realism described by Joseph Conrad, “It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale”?

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter

Social Studies
"Greg's talks challenge teachers and all of us to never assume that received narratives are necessarily true." - Adam Hochschild, Authour of King Leopold's Ghost.  Reviews form 2021: "Helpful content for social studies curriculum".  "This was terrific! This guy has done such a good... Read More →


Friday March 11, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm MST
006-Zoom Room
 

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