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Thursday, February 6
 

8:30am

Double Exposure in Photoshop
Limited Capacity seats available

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Maximum Participants: 20

You’ve probably seen this interesting effect of two or more overlapping photos on the covers of music albums, in modern magazines and in advertisements. In this workshop, we’ll create a trendy double exposure effect in Adobe Photoshop with the help of Blending Modes and layer masks in a few steps. In photography, multiple exposure is a combination of two or more exposures to create a single image. Initially, this is a technique in which the camera shutter is opened more than once to expose the film multiple times, usually to different images. However, with our modern software, we can easily recreate a similar effect in Adobe Photoshop. Participants will create a double exposure project and print it out using a large-format printer to take home. Be sure to bring in your own photos that you want to use, or you can use some photos online. It's more personal if you have your own photos to use. (bring your own photos on your thumb drive or SD card or email them to yourself) Once we have your product on the computer, we will be printing the images off so you can take them home and frame if desired. Some Photoshop experience would be an asset, but we will help whoever shows up, to get a professional looking product.

Speakers

Thursday February 6, 2020 8:30am - 3:00pm
Offsite - Stony Plain
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

Health and Physical Education Institute: Feature Speaker - Doug Gleddie
Ever Active Schools is proud to sponsor a feature speaker for Health and Physical Education teachers at the Saville Centre on Thursday morning, February 6th. Stay for a full day of active and practical content hosted by the Health and Physical Education Council and Ever Active Schools as well as other organizations promoting quality wellness education across the province.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Doug Gleddie

Dr. Doug Gleddie

Associate Professor - Elementary Education, University of Alberta
Dr. Doug Gleddie is an Associate Professor and Acting Vice-Dean, Associate Dean – Academic in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. In a career filled with change, the only true constants have been physical activity/education, working with kids and, how joy fills... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Gym 10 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

From Grades to Growth: Assessment to Support our Most Vulnerable Students
As time goes on, we find the needs in our schools becoming more complex. All students need school to be a safe place to grow and learn. What are we doing to ensure that our classroom is that safe place? Come to this session to gather ideas on how you can use assessment to help support your most vulnerable students.

Speakers
avatar for Alberta Assessment Consortium

Alberta Assessment Consortium

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

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
avatar for Joe

Joe "Mr.D" Dombrowski

An educator giving a spelling test with imaginary words may not seem like the most traditional method of promoting learning, but then again, there isn't much that can be considered conventional in Joe Dombrowski's - or as many know him, Mr. D - classroom. While Dombrowski had been... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Carryl Bennett - Greater St. Albert Catholic #23
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Critical Literacy for Young Children
When we think of critical literacy, we often think of older children, reading and discussing provocative novels. However, research suggests that pre-readers (or struggling readers) have a natural ability to think critically, challenge ideas and pose thoughtful questions. Quality children's picture books, with age appropriate, yet sophisticated text and images, provided the perfect medium for exploring relevant, thought-provoking topics with primary students. This session explores useful book titles, discussion techniques, and questioning skills (for both students and teachers). As Pablo Freire asserts, it is never too early to plant the seeds of inquiry and develop thoughtful, active citizens!

Speakers
avatar for Lois Maplethorpe

Lois Maplethorpe

Lois is an instructor in the Early Learning and Child Care program at Red Deer College. She comes from an Elementary Education background, where she taught in a variety of classrooms from PreK-Grade 4. Before her teaching years, she spent 12 years in the Family Literacy field, facilitating... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am

Guided Math in Division II
Small group instruction through a guided math framework has positively impacted our teaching practice and student learning. Whether it is set up as learning centers, workstations, or just a list of weekly activities, having students engaged in meaningful, engaging mathematical activities while you work with small groups is amazing. It allows you to connect with students, identify issues, and give them a safe space and time to ask questions and make mistakes. And some brief anecdotal notes from these times make assessment and reporting easier. We'll also talk about how to incorporate activities to foster a positive mathematical mindset.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Oui, il y a plus qu’une réponse! 7e à 9e
Les mathématiques sont perçues comme étant un sujet noir ou blanc, vrai ou faux, oui ou non. Or, les maths peuvent vraiment être un chantier de travail où il y a une "zone grise" qui permet une participation et un engagement augmentés. Venez voir comment modifier légèrement des activités et des approches peut vraiment donner une nouvelle réputation aux mathématiques et maximiser les échanges en français entre nos élèves.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle crée et offre des formations en français partout en Alberta et au-delà et ce, depuis plus d’une décennie. Son approche pratico-pratique en situation d’atelier et ses grandes connaissances en mathématiques font d’elle... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags French

9:00am

Search Engine to School Environment
Through this interactive and collaborative session, participants will enhance their ability to improve basic STEM activities and incorporate STEM topics into any subject. Participants will work together as we lead them through a variety of brainstorming and creative thinking techniques. By the end of the session, participants will have gone through the “Search Engine to School Environment” process on several example activities and topics, giving them specific examples to take back to their classroom as well as the confidence and skillset to improve other project ideas in the future.

Speakers
NH

Natalie Hervieux

Outreach Coordinator, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
While pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Physics, Natalie developed her passion for and knowledge of STEM fields such as physics, astronomy, math, and computer science. Since graduating, Natalie has worked in K-12 STEM Outreach, creating hands-on activities and delivering over 1000... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

What's Up in 2020 and Beyond?
Interested in learning about the latest discoveries in Astronomy? Are you looking for amazing ways to bring Astronomy into your science classes? Interested in gravitational waves, dark energy, or exoplanets? Do you have a telescope and are need to find out what you'll be able to see in 2020 (and beyond)? Come check out this eye opening tour of the night (and day!) sky in the coming year.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Teacher
I started my teaching career in Red Deer in 2002 and during the past 16 years I have taught Science and Math in Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Edmonton, where I currently teaches Astronomy and IB Physics. In 2010 I completed a Master of Education at UBC and has served as... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

The “Mess” is the test! How hands-on science lets students show their learning
Wonder, testing, questioning, and experimenting are key components of scientific inquiry. Sometimes it’s the investigations that get a bit ‘messy’ that really stimulate students to embrace their learning. Join us for a hand-on session and dig, figuratively and literally, into a mulch of curriculum-based activities and experiences to inspire your students. (Handy wipes included.)

Speakers
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TBD

TBD


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

An Inukshuk's Journey Through Div 1 SS
Participants are “building” an Inukshuk as a metaphor to discover the possibilities in ‘building’ connections to the Division 1 outcomes in Social Studies. The Inukshuk is made of stones and one of the most common uses by the Inuit was for navigational markers. Each one unique (like students) and if lost these directional markers helped people find their way back to their community to offer their gifts and talents and receive from others. Valuing cooperation, respecting of others and the part they play in enhancing the world they live in. The making of an Inukshuk provides something concrete to attach these more ‘abstract’ concepts in the curriculum. It is perfect for the K.1 I Am Unique and K.2 I Belong outcomes. For grade 1, Citizenship: Belonging and Connecting, the Inukshuk students build can be a starting point for discussing the symbols and landmarks of other communities (eg. Vegreville’s Easter Egg) and distinguishing the landmarks in their own community and how they are connected to their world. The Inukshuk can also be woven into grades 2 (A Community in the Past) and grade 3 (Connecting with the World as the Inukshuk was the symbol of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the ATA teacher retirement gift in 2018). Come ready to explore as we journey through Div. 1 curriculum and share your ideas and leave with more than your unique Inukshuk.

Speakers
JL

Jeannie Lundgard

Jeannie has provided sessions at District Professional Development Days and continues to offer courses through Continuing Education and privately. In her teaching career of thirty-five plus years, she has served as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a School Counsellor... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Stephanie Scott - Elk Island Catholic #21
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am

Navigating Controversial Issues in the #metoo Era
In an age of access to endless media content, instances of sexism and sexual violence have surfaced more rapidly than ever before, placing them at the forefront of public discourse. While these topics are imbued with issues that are worthy of discussion, their messiness creates discomfort for teachers, parents, and students alike. Nonetheless, teachers are tasked with creating opportunities for students to engage with relevant and timely controversial topics and issues. To uphold this this call, this presentation looks closely at some of the reasons teachers may choose to engage with or limit their engagement with controversial issues related to sexism and sexual violence, and proposes a framework for approaching this difficult, messy, and polarizing subject. The intimate and divisive nature of this topic requires teachers to consider the implications of discussing sexism and sexual violence topics in the classroom, therefore, they must exercise preparedness and professional judgment. This presentation offers strategies for teachers to engage in messy topics, with the hope that this kind of classroom engagement will not only produce meaningful and generative classroom discussions, but may also help students grapple with larger themes of power and injustice.

Speakers
KE

Kim Edmondson

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

La techno, j’en mange... et j’emprunte!
Au cours de cette séance, les participants pourront MANIPULER du matériel faisant partie d’une variété de trousses conçues pour promouvoir l’apprentissage interactif. Tout au long de la séance, vous aurez l’occasion d’EXPLORER, de CRÉER et de JOUER! Tout membre de l’ATA peut emprunter les trousses et livres présentés lors de la séance GRATUITEMENT auprès de la bibliothèque de l’ATA. Il est suggéré aux participants de se munir d’un appareil mobile afin de pouvoir naviguer dans le site de la bibliothèque de l’ATA et commencer à réserver des ressources avant même de quitter l’atelier!

Speakers
avatar for Monique Gravel

Monique Gravel

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 280
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

9:00am

Bored of Kahoot? Try Quizizz and Quizlet Live!
In this session you will learn about two online formative assessment tools: Quizizz and Quizlet Live. We will learn about these tools by playing through them to see how they work from a student perspective. We will also explore how these tools can be used in the classroom from a teachers perspective, including viewing pre-made quizzes and flashcard sets that you can use in your classroom Monday morning! Please bring a device to this session.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Polanica

Monica Polanica

Black Gold Regional Division
Monica Polanica is a High School Teacher at Leduc Composite High School in the Black Gold Regional Schools district. She currently teaches Spanish, Social Studies and French Immersion. She also has experience teaching grade 5 French Immersion. She is passionate about incorporating... Read More →
avatar for Isaac Schnell

Isaac Schnell

Black Gold Regional Division
Isaac Schnell teaches Junior High Math and Science at West Haven Public School in the Black Gold Regional Schools district. With a young family , and many hobbies, his aspiration of maintaining a strong work-life balance has influenced his use in technology as a meaningful and engaging... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Choose Your Own Adventure in Python!
Get hands-on building a choose your own adventure game in Python! Does not matter your computer programming skill, you will build a choose your own adventure text based game. Go back to the days of Zork and Hitchhikers guide the galaxy with your own idea. This is a fantastic way to combine computer science and languages. Teachers will leave with skills in the Python programming language, as well as a progression of activities including design, planning, and building a program. Likely most focused in CTF or CSE Structured Programming 1, Structured Programming 2, and Procedural Programming (again, depends on where the teacher starts) Bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Killoran Langlois

Michelle Killoran Langlois

Mickey has been the computing science, computer networking, and business teacher at Bev Facey Community High School since 2016. Prior to that, she worked in London, England developing content and curriculum for computing science programs in the Barking & Dagenham Borough. In all of... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon C
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

15 Games to Address Students' Developmental Needs
This session is practical and active: We will work through 15 games and identify the skills each one teaches. Social and active play is critical for a child's development, and play has the potential to address many of the difficulties in a child's life. You can facilitate simple games to address students' social and emotional developmental needs (that range from the need for social participation skills to self-regulation assets). Many students still need to be taught how to play. Let's do that together! These games require no purchases and are easy to replicate using stuff you probably have lying around your classroom. Each game can be modified for children aged K-12 (yes, even grade 12s) depending on their unique needs. (Plus, these are all useful for indoor recess.)

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Accès à la lecture: l’enseignement efficace de la lecture au primaire
Un enseignement de la lecture efficace et de haute qualité permet à tous les élèves de développer des bases solides en lecture. Cette séance présente le développement typique des habiletés en lecture ainsi que des signes qu’un trouble d’apprentissage pourrait être présent chez les élèves en maternelle à la troisième année. Notre approche d’enseignement explicite et multisensorielle ciblera le développement de la conscience phonémique et la phonétique. L’enseignement de la fluidité, le vocabulaire et la compréhension seront aussi abordés. Nous discuterons des appuis en salle de classe pour les élèves en difficulté d’apprentissage. Les enseignants pourront pratiquer les stratégies présentées et accéderont à des matériaux supplémentaires après la séance.

Speakers
AM

Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. She offers intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught grades one and two. Ashley was nominated for the Edwin Parr... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags French

9:00am

Building Strong Relationships and Community through Restorative Practice
Restorative practice is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within schools and communities. Restorative practice is grounded in a way of thinking and being. This session will explore how implementing a restorative practice framework in your classroom and school can strengthen relationships with and among students, build social capital and repair harm as a way of building community. Restorative practices have been shown to support welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments as required in Alberta's School Act and also support several of the competencies and indicators described in the new Teacher Quality Standard and Leadership Quality Standard. Creating an environment where all students belong and are engaged is the foundation for learning.

Speakers
CG

Caroline Gosling

Caroline recently retired after 35 with Edmonton Public Schools as a teacher, education/behaviour consultant, and principal. Caroline’s career in education also included two secondments with Alberta Education and a secondment with Children’s Services. Her background is in special... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

How to teach the Big Ideas for conceptual understanding
This workshop will demonstrate instructional strategies from authors like Ron Ritchhart and Rachel French. Join us for an engaging 'hands on' demonstration of these Big Ideas strategies!

Speakers
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Michele Jones

Lead Consultant for Mental Health, ERLC
Michele Jones  is the lead consultant for Mental Health for the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. Prior to joining the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, she worked in the areas of teacher and student wellness, both at the district and school levels.  As a Health champion... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

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, Knowledge is Power: Consulting & Wellness Services
Ariel Haubrich works in school 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 Professional... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

An Evidence Based Approach to the Prevention of Tobacco and Vaping Use
This session includes the review of 2 new school-based tobacco and vaping prevention programs from Alberta Health Services. Participants will learn: - New trends in and prevalence of tobacco and vaping use for school aged youth - Components of an effective prevention program - How to implement The Academy for Tobacco Prevention, including the card game Shadows of the Academy - Recent evaluation results for The Academy for Tobacco Prevention - How to implement a newly developed Virtual Learning Experience for grades 7-9 Health and Life Skills - Preliminary evaluation results for the new Virtual Learning Experience

Speakers
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Mandy White

Prevention Consultant, Alberta Health Services
Presenter will be confirmed if session is approved. Presenter will be a Program Consultant with the Alberta Health Services Tobacco Reduction Program


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Spelling ‘HUMAN’ with Alphabet Soup in the Humanities
As part of the Teaching Quality Standard in Alberta, teachers need to be aware and inclusive of students of diverse sexual orientations, gender identity and gender presentations. This can be taxing for any teacher given the continual deluge of information surrounding diverse gender and sexuality students: who they are, how they see themselves, how they present themselves and what they call themselves. The big question for teachers though as it impacts the TQS is WHERE these students see themselves. Discussed and explored in this presentation will be a modern and up-to-date understanding of sexual orientations and gender identities, how these impact the classroom, ways to support diverse gender and sexuality students day-to-day, and resources and texts where these students can see themselves and find the representation they desperately crave from their Social Studies and ELA classes. Also explored will be several resources found at the intersection of First Nations, Inuit and Métis identities and diverse gender identities and sexual orientations.

Speakers
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Joelle Tymchuk

Elk Island Public Schools


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

Les 15 enseignements du tipi et les enseignements sacrés
Saviez-vous que dans la culture Crie, la structure et la construction d’un tipi (migawap) sont hautement symboliques et spirituels? À chacun des 15 poteaux qui le constituent se rattache un enseignement. Dans le livre «Les sept enseignements sacrés», les auteurs David Bouchard, Kristy Cameron et Martin Joseph ont tenté de construire une version générique des principaux enseignements , surtout axée sur la culture Anishnabe/Ojibwé. En fait, chacune des Premières Nations possède ses propres pratiques culturelles et spirituelles. Venez en découvrir davantage sur la culture et la spiritualité Crie avec mes partenaires Ekti Cardinal et son conjoint David McConnell. Vous découvrirez comment ces enseignements ont contribué à assurer la survie des peuples autochtones à travers l’histoire tout en découvrant des ressources que vous pourrez intégrer à vos pratiques pédagogiques. Enfin, des ressources «clé en main» seront proposées aux enseignants qui souhaitent intégrer les enseignements sacrés à leur planification pédagogique.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Caron

Eric Caron

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details U Shape or Circle - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

9:00am

How to Create a (Simple) Cultural Exchange Partnership
A cultural exchange is a unique opportunity for authentic learning to take place in the hearts and minds of children and adults. Teachers across our nation today face big challenges in implementing Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. We look within to find ways to build trust and work toward connecting and healing to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people closer together. A cultural exchange can be safe ground for building life changing understandings. Maxine Hildebrandt and Lisl Gunderman are recipients of the 2018 Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Teaching. Their award winning cultural exchange brought together students from Mother Earth's Children's Charter School, an Indigenous charter school, and Wildwood School, a tiny rural public school. Students in neighboring schools shared one another's histories and differing perspectives which resulted in meaningful and transformational bonds between students, teachers and communities. In this workshop you will come away with the first steps of an Action Plan to create a cultural exchange of your own. This session is well suited for teachers, administrators and leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Maxine Hildebrandt

Maxine Hildebrandt

Maxine Hildebrandt is a woman of Cree/Metis descent and is an enrolled member of the Pelican Lake First Nation. Originally from Saskatchewan, she moved to Alberta and studied at the University of Alberta where she obtained her BA degree in Native Studies and her B.Ed. degree. She... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Write On!
Kathy's popular workshop motivates young writers! Using creative analogies, she encourages students to write better stories, while emphasizing the basics of a good story plan. During this session, Kathy takes teachers through her process, sharing many practical tips and strategies for improving students’ creative writing skills. In past years, this session has been highly rated by delegates at numerous Alberta Teachers' Conventions. For Grades 4-6 but grade 3 teachers also welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Jessup

Kathy Jessup

Writer/Storyteller, Independent writer/storyteller
Kathy has lead creative writing workshops and residencies in Alberta schools for over twenty-five years. Her Convention/P.D. sessions are also very popular, consistently receiving top reviews from teachers. Kathy is also an accomplished storyteller, performing in schools, libraries... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room A
  • Chairperson Christine Heinrich - Timberline #9
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Inspiration Stations - The Power of Pattern Play
Come play with pattern activities that use regular dice. Ideas for building number patters, operational patterns, symmetrical dice design/pictures and three dimensional shapes will be explored using this easily found, brightly colored manipulative. With a variety of color and dot patterns, the potential for exploring math and art concepts is unlimited. Video and pictures will be shared. Activities are ideal for center or whole class. come prepared to play, design and be inspired by our student's work and their discovery of the joy and beauty in mathematics.

Speakers
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Jane Felling

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Scotland Yard-Deduction in Math 20-2
In this session we will play the famous board game "Scotland Yard" by Ravensburger. We will look at how to integrate this into the inductive and deductive portions of Math 20-2 and what it could look like as an assessment tool.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Johnson

Sandy Johnson

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Chateau Lacombe: McDougall Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

Developing Elite Team Culture and Leadership in Athletics
This session will focus on how to develop elite leadership skills and mindset strategies for both student athletes and coaches. The session will delve into some of the resources and strategies available to coaches and leaders that can help them foster a strong team culture. This workshop will also examine leadership approaches from a range of leaders in coaching, military, business, and education. The goal of this session is to inspire teachers, athletic directors, and coaches with new strategies for developing leadership and culture in athletics, leadership classes, or sports performance programs.

Speakers
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Vincent Reynolds

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 180
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

NCTCA 1st Annual Teacher GSA Meeting
A GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) is an LGBTQ2+ positive space for community members and their allies to gather and share fellowship. A place to share triumphs, and a place to find support to help and overcome hardships. Just like the GSA at your school, but this one's for the gown-ups! The Guide Lines: Everyone who is supportive of the LGBTQ2+ community is welcome. No attendance will be taken. No one will ask why you've come. This will be a Safe Space; Take the learning with you, leave the names behind.

Speakers
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Andrew Wiens

Andrew is currently the lead teacher for the GSA at W. D. Cuts Jr High in St. Albert, and has been running GSA's in one form or another since 2009. Andrew currently volunteers with the LGBTQ2+ youth group OutLoud, PFLAG St. Albert, and the St. Albert Pride Festival. Andrew can also... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Having Fun: Mixed Media Projects for the Young Artists
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 50

Step- by- step instruction on how to create beautiful sceneries, animals, and flowers using easily available and inexpensive art materials. Having fun is most important: these will become your students’ favourite art projects! Excellent for teachers of grades 3 - 12. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in your art classrooms. All supplies provided by the instructor. These art projects aligned with Alberta art curriculum. The projects are successfully tried in the instructor's own classroom.

Speakers
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Izabella Orzelski

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Lacombe Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Magnificent Mandalas from Scratch
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 50

Need some relaxation and stress free fun? Come to our session and de-stress while creating your own mandala from scratch! Mandalas have been known to take an ordinary mind into an enlightened state and also help in healing. Plus, it's just plain fun! As you create your own mandala, you will be guided by your own creativity - even if you do not think you have a creative bone in your body. Come try it out! We will go through each step of the process as a group and show you some basic shapes and designs. The rest is up to you! Your creativity comes from within and you will be self guided throughout the making of your beautiful mandala. Soon, you will be ready to teach mandala making to your colleagues and your class to relieve their stress. My students are loving them!

Speakers
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Erin Forwick -Whalley

Erin Forwick-Whalley is a Grade Two and Music teacher at Calmar Elementary School in Black Gold School Division.


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room B
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Invisible Waste - Lesson Plans for Teaching Air Quality
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 30

This 3 hour session will introduce you to the science of air quality and offer ways of bringing this important topic into your classroom through hands-on activities and inquiry-based experimentation. We will learn about common air pollutants, their impact on our health and the environment, how we can measure and monitor air pollution, and where we can find reliable air quality data for Alberta. Workshop participants will receive several free resources including a series of air quality lesson plans, a PocketLab Air sensor (up to $300 value), materials lists for all activities, teacher's resources, and much more! Come learn how these resources can be applied in your classroom in support of the Alberta science curriculum for grades 4, 7, 9, and Science 30.

Please bring your own device. The easiest devices to use are Windows 10, Chromebooks, and MacOS, as the mobile layout and controls have not yet been fully optimized. Windows 10: Google Chrome browser (version 73 or newer) and Bluetooth Chromebook: Bluetooth MacOS: OSx 10.11 or newer, Google Chrome, and Bluetooth Android; 5.0 Lollipop or newer, Bluetooth, and Google Chrome

Speakers
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Maura Armstrong

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Strathcona Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

9:00am

One Day DIY Fashion Poncho
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 20

This hands-on one day DIY Fashion Poncho workshop will appeal to Fashion teachers and experienced sewers alike. You will learn how to lay out and construct a unique Fashion Poncho from start to finish under CTS Teacher Cynthia Dyer's guidance. The workshop will begin with how to lay out your fabric, correctly measure, choose a poncho style/embellishments to finishing techniques. We will also discuss the use of various fashions materials and some common myths with thread types and sewing scissors.

Speakers
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Cynthia Dyer

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 3:00pm
Offsite - St.Albert
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

"Noooo!!! I cut it twice and it's still too short" Solid Wood Joinery for High Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Proper layout techniques and tools are key to great solid wood joinery. We will build a small piece of furniture that incorporates several different layout and machining techniques that every high school student (and teacher) should know.

Speakers
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Steve Woodard

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 3:00pm
Offsite: Sherwood Park Location 3
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 16
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

ATRF Pension Interviews
Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board will be holding pension interviews for those teachers who are considering retiring or terminating from the plan in 2020 - 2023. PLEASE NOTE: INTERVIEWS NEED TO BE BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH ATRF. https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C Registration will commence on December 3 at 9:00 AM.

Speakers
AP

ATRF Pension Counsellor

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 3:30pm
Westin: Chancellor Rm
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Watercolour for all
Limited Capacity filling up

No experience needed with willie’s workshop. The project is designed to be finished in one day. Short cut techniques are used to speed things up. The results are amazingly satisfying.

Speakers
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WILLIE wong

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm
Offsite: Sherwood Park Location 1
  • Chairperson Glenda Galloway - Wetaskiwin #18
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:30am

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

Speakers
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Don Finlayson

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Gym 5 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:45am

Big Games for Big Classes!
The goal of this session is to give you games you can bring into your classroom the next day! The games are meant to be inclusive for all students, no matter the class size.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hargas

Michael Hargas

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:45am - 10:45am
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Gym 11
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:45am

Go To Games for PE - Div 1 & 2
Learn games and activities to develop physical literacy, increase cooperation, and are meaningful to the students. Attendee's will learn and participate in games and activities that will incorporate many outcomes in the PE curriculum and are more than just fun.

Speakers
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Erik Larson

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:45am - 10:45am
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Gym 10 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:45am

The New Standard for Warming Up: Quality PE through skill development, fitness, injury prevention
Presented in collaboration with the University of Calgary's Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Ever Active Schools, and the Be Fit for Life Network, join us as we explore how an evidence-based warm-up can develop safe and effective movement skills to create a foundation for continued physical activity participation. Based on research in Calgary schools, neuromuscular training warm-ups in PE classes can reduce lower limb injuries by 62%. This warm-up is featured on a new poster that you'll receive at the session. This session is part of the Health and Physical Education Institute co-hosted by Ever Active Schools and the Health and Physical Education Council at the Saville Centre.

Speakers
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Carla Vandenberg, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre

Carla is a Knowledge Broker with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is a CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist, and works to deliver neuromuscular training warm-up programs to prevent lower extremity injuries... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 9:45am - 10:45am
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Gym 12
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:15am

Is This for Marks? Changing the Assessment Culture in a High School Classroom
Back by popular demand! How often do you hear students ask, “Is this formative or summative?” Do you feel like the only way to have your students care about an assignment is to attach a mark to it? Consider how to shift the assessment culture in your classroom, to help students understand the “why” behind formative assessment.

Speakers
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Alberta Assessment Consortium

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:15am

Les Zones de régulation
Avez-vous des élèves qui ne font pas de bon choix? En aviez-vous qui font toujours de mauvais choix?! Et si l'élève n'était pas capable de faire le bon choix? Les comportements des élèves qui vivent du stress physique, émotionnel, cognitif, social ou moral, ne sont pas toujours sous leur contrôle. De plus, l'application de conséquences comportementales pourrait déclencher davantage les comportements inappropriés. Les difficultés de régulation sont une réalité pour plusieurs élèves inclus dans les écoles francophones. Que ce soit les enfants avec l'autisme, les difficultés d'attention et d'apprentissage, des problèmes de santé mentale, ou du stress de tous les jours, des recherches démontrent que la régulation neurologique est essentielle pour le bienêtre de ces enfants. Afin d'aider ces enfants à «se comporter» en salle de classe, des stratégies de régulation sur plusieurs plans sont recommandées. Le programme The Zones of Regulation © de Leah Kuypers regroupe des stratégies de régulation sensorielle et émotionnelle ainsi que des stratégies pour enseigner le contrôle cognitif et social du comportement. Cette présentation servira d'introduction au programme, comprenant 16 leçons progressives soit pour une classe entière ou de petits groupes d’élèves. La présentatrice parlera également de son expérience de collaboration avec les enseignantes qui auront utilisé le programme des Zones avec leurs élèves.

Speakers
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Andrea Petryk

Ergothérapeute de 20 ans d’expérience avec les enfants d’âge scolaire, Andrea est énergisée par l'approche de collaboration qui est maintenant au centre de l’inclusion scolaire. Il y a peu de sujets qui ne captent pas l’intérêt de cette thérapeute polyvalente! Dernièrement... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
ECC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Virginie Lacroix - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

10:30am

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward
Stemming from her award-winning book Seven Fallen Feathers, the story of seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thunder Bay, Tanya Talaga creates an intimate experience for her audiences. She imparts audiences with in-depth knowledge on Indigenous culture and history, while leaving them empowered through a hopeful message that we can learn from our past and set forward on a new path for our nation based on inclusivity and equity.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga

An award-winning journalist and author, and the First Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national bestseller that introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Janet Vader - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Making Sense of Anxiety in Kids
Anxiety is one of the leading issues among children and teens today. From school to home, anxiety can happen anywhere and can take on many forms from worrying, obsessions, compulsions, phobias and other perplexing behaviours. What is clear is we cannot treat something we do not understand. In this unique presentation, Deborah will provide a fresh perspective on anxiety by weaving together medicine, developmental psychology, neuroscience, attachment research, and cultural tradition. Application to the classroom environment and school setting will be addressed.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah MacNamara

Deborah MacNamara

Dr Deborah MacNamara is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, is the Director of Kid's Best Bet Counselling Centre, and the author of Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone else who acts like one).


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
ECC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - Northern Gateway #43
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Explore The Winspear!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join the Musical Creativity Staff for an in depth look at the fabulous building that serves as the home of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra! Spend an hour with our educators to gain insight and ideas of how the Winspear can engage your students with a valuable out-of-classroom experience. Learn about the educational programs that turn the Winspear into a classroom for all grade levels, get a backstage tour, see the magnificent Davis Concert Organ up close, and maybe discover a secret or two about the renowned concert hall!

Speakers
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Winspear Musical Creativity Staff

Join the Musical Creativity Staff for an in depth look at the fabulous building that serves as the home of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra! Spend an hour with our educators to gain insight and ideas of how the Winspear can engage your students with a valuable out-of-classroom experience... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Offsite - Winspear
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Finding Our Way in Indigenous Education: Connecting Hearts & Minds
Fostering and developing a braided approach in the Indigenous focused competencies and indicators continues to be a challenge for many. The following are common statements from teachers and school leaders across the province; “I don’t know what I don’t know”, “I’m afraid to say and do something offensive” and “I just don’t know where to begin”. Come and learn resources and strategies to deepen understanding of Indigenous-focused competencies in the new Teaching & Leadership Quality Standard.

Speakers
MP

Melissa Purcell

Professional Development, Indigenous Education, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa Purcell is Dene and a member of Smith's Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and is the team lead for the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 280
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Integrating Play and Science in Your Primary Classroom
What does play have in common with scientific inquiry? Experimentation, not to mention fun. Using play is an essential ingredient to engage children in scientific inquiry. Join us for a hands-on session and leave armed with science activities for your classroom tomorrow. Participants will experience interactive play-based activities to support and extend student thinking and doing in the primary grades. We’ll use different picture books, tools, and materials to spark innovation and allow your students to Discover, Inquire, and Create!

Speakers
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Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
ECC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

10:30am

Phantastic Physics Phun with PhET
Computer simulations provide an interactive and visual environment that promotes and supports conceptual change in physics education. They are tools that enable students to become actively engaged in their learning, encourage concept exploration and assist in developing their inquiry skills. Participants will be provided resources for an assortment of labs and activities outlined in the Physics 20-30 Program of Studies, 2007 that can be completed using the University of Colorado PhET (Physics Education Technology) site. Participants are encouraged to bring an electronic device to explore the simulations introduced in the session.

Speakers
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Kristian Basaraba

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

10:30am

Créer facilement des sites web et des animations vidéos avec Adobe Spark!
Exploitez la créativité de vos élèves avec Adobe Spark! Cet outil gratuit disponible en ligne mais également sur iOS (et bientôt Android) permet aisément aux enseignants comme aux élèves de transposer leurs idées en graphiques, en textes de même qu’en animations vidéos. Adobe Spark Video, d’une facilité d’emploi déconcertante, est un module particulièrement populaire en éducation. Que ce soit en langues, en mathématiques, en sciences ou encore en études sociales, venez découvrir comment Adobe Spark peut vous appuyer en salle de classe!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Caron

Eric Caron

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

10:30am

'Missed' Communication
You know how frustrating it can be when no matter how many times you go over the ‘how to’ with a student, and they just don’t seem to understand? Or have you ever gone away from a conversation feeling like they have not heard anything you have said! Then this session is for you. In this session, the participants will learn about representational systems people use when they are communicating with one another. There is usually a preferred representational system, one that the person uses most frequently. It is often identified through the language one uses, especially the predicates used. Participants in this session will learn to identify the representational systems utilized by others and themselves. The key is to literally talk the same language. This increase in understanding each other that is attained can greatly impact your desired outcome for students. Take the lead for increased communication with your students, colleagues, family and friends. Meet them at their model of the world and notice the difference!

Speakers
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Jeannie Lundgard

Jeannie has provided sessions at District Professional Development Days and continues to offer courses through Continuing Education and privately. In her teaching career of thirty-five plus years, she has served as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a School Counsellor... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm
ECC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Fox Chaser: a winter on the trapline
Join the Chris Hsiung Producer and Director of "Elder in the Making" for his follow-up feature film Fox Chaser (produced by Chris Hsiung, directed by Rio Mitchell). This documentary follows a young Cree trapper, Robert Grandjambe Jr. as he chases his dream to live and work on the trapline. But with encroaching industrial development and increasing family obligations, this may be his last chance to live his passion in the freedom of the wild. In the remote village of Fort Chipewyan, food security is scarce, and living off the land has always been important. As more and more people leave the bush for the city, a trapper’s life becomes increasingly isolated. Robert’s family questions the choices he is making. Nevertheless, as he witnesses the mounting stresses put on the land to feed and power our growing cities, he is determined to continue living amongst the natural world he loves. Audiences will be treated to a viewing of the film followed by a Q&A with Chris Hsiung.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hsiung

Chris Hsiung

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:30am

Science in 3D
3D printers are becoming increasingly common in Libraries, Learning Commons and CTS departments. However, except in rare instances they haven't found a major niche in science departments. In this session Ian will provide several examples of how 3D printers can and should be used to teach science. These examples range from the very simple models and demos to amazing science tools and techniques applicable to any level from Kindergarten to High School and beyond. Learn how to search databases for 3D projects or design your own project from scratch. Come explore the possibilities of Science in 3D. No prior experience with 3D printers is required.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Teacher
I started my teaching career in Red Deer in 2002 and during the past 16 years I have taught Science and Math in Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Edmonton, where I currently teaches Astronomy and IB Physics. In 2010 I completed a Master of Education at UBC and has served as... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm
ECC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Robert Kelly - Greater St. Albert Catholic #23
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

STEM in Stories
The word “STEM” (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has become commonplace in the science classroom, but we don't often stop to think about what it means. In this interactive and collaborative session, we will define STEM and demonstrate how it can be leveraged to guide authentic learning. With the help of the presenters’ varied scientific backgrounds, participants will realize that STEM is all around them – including in children’s stories! By using storybooks in our teaching, we can make topics more relevant and exciting to students. This reinforces their learning by connecting it to topics they are already interested in and inspires them to continue looking for the STEM in everyday life. We will lead participants through our unique strategy of teaching STEM topics through stories. Participants will collaborate to develop hands-on classroom activities that connect science and math learning outcomes to storybooks.

Speakers
avatar for Alissa Boyle

Alissa Boyle

Outreach Manager, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
As the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s (APEGA) Outreach Manager, Alissa Boyle oversees the association’s K-12 and University Outreach programs. Her primary focus is on empowering students through impactful STEM experiences. Prior to joining... Read More →
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Natalie Hervieux

Outreach Coordinator, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
While pursuing her B.Sc. in Physics, Natalie developed her passion for andknowledge of STEM fields such as physics, astronomy, math, and computer science. Since graduating, Natalie has worked in K-12 STEM Outreach, creating hands-on activities and delivering curriculum-based classroom... Read More →
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Keely McPhee

Keely holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Earth and Atmospheric Science, and a minor in Psychology. She is passionate about education and inspiring the next generation to develop skills, seek-out learning opportunities, and pursue task mastery. Experienced in creative... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:45am

Working Smarter Not Harder: Using Moodle in CTS
This session will be about how you can use Moodle (an online learning management system) to offer a multi-purpose CTS program at your school. It will specifically explore how the Communication Technology program at Spruce Grove Composite High School is set up and offered as well as some other examples of Moodle being used in other CTS programs. Moodle has enabled us to easily offer 41 different modules to students across the 10, 20, 30 Comm Tech program and is delivered in a very student directed learning model where students choose the different modules that they want to complete and work through them at their own pace. The use of Moodle has greatly facilitated this process and has made things like tracking, organizing and grading student progress much easier and has also helped gather and organize resources and lessons for students in a logical and easy to acquire manner. Hopefully this session will inspire you or give you the confidence to use Moodle yourself or what you can offer in your own program.

Speakers

Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
ECC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

10:45am

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

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Grabia

Cindy Grabia

Cindy Grabia enseigne l’immersion française depuis 15 ans. Elle a enseigné pour le Calgary Public School Board, division scolaire Foothills, et est présentement enseignante en immersion française dans les écoles régionales Black Gold. Cindy a passé une grande partie de sa... Read More →
avatar for Heather Skerry

Heather Skerry

Ecole Coloniale Estates School, Ecole Coloniale Estates School
Heather Skerry enseigne l’immersion française depuis 20 ans et a enseigné pour la conseil scolaire Wild Rose, Durham, Foothills et, présentement, Black Gold Regional. En plus d'enseigner de la 1re à la 8e année, elle a également été chef de file d’immersion, conseillère... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
ECC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

10:45am

Supporting Students with Disabilities at Post-Secondary
There are many supports available to students with disabilities at the post-secondary level, however, the way in which students access and are provided such support differs from supports commonly available in high schools. This session aims to increase understanding and awareness of the supports and services available to students with disabilities in the post-secondary environment and to provide professionals with an increased understanding of the appropriate steps student’s need to take in order to receive such support.

Speakers
DF

Deanna Fidelak

Deanna Fidelak is a Learning Specialist for Services to Students with Disabilities at MacEwan University. Previous to her work supporting students and faculty at MacEwan, Deanna served staff and students in the K-12 system through the roles of School Administrator, Special Education/Inclusive... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon C
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:45am

The Parent Connection: Bridging the Gap Between Home and School
With the current landscape of technology and connectivity, parents and caregivers are becoming more interested in their role in their student's education. Unfortunately, families are busier than ever, and parents often seem unavailable or disconnected from their child's academic journey. Information is wide and varying, and parents often come to teachers frustrated and overwhelmed in trying to determine their role. As teachers, it can be difficult to know how to best support and manage parent involvement. Using current research in child developmental psychology, parenting and education, we can develop an understanding of the unique and valuable role of parents in a student's educational success. We can also determine the best ways to communicate and advise parents about their role, minimizing conflict and fostering relationship. In this session, we will examine the current landscape of parenting, the common struggles teachers face in dealing with parents and caregivers and some creative new ways to support and involve parents in a constructive way.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquie Ganton

Jacquie Ganton

My name is Jacquie Ganton and I have been an educator in Alberta since 2007. I am also a wife and mom of 4 kids, ages 5-12. I spent my first two years of post-secondary obtaining a degree in Natural Resource Technology from Lakeland College. From there, I transferred to the University... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:45am

Skills and Hope for the Frustrated Teacher! AKA - How to work with emotionally dysfunctional kids
This session will provide practical skills which will help those trying to support students of all ages who struggle with depression, anger, anxiety, suicidal ideations and more. These ‘barometer children’ affect the ‘weather’ in our classroom in many ways and many times we feel ill-equipped to know how to support them in their journey of life. The skills you will learn in this session are part of an international comprehensive course called Family Connections which is offered through Sashbear.org in Canada. Kelly Maxwell (Black Gold teacher) and Cindy Gerdes (AHS employee) are trained facilitators and have lived experience with supporting a loved-one with severe emotional dysregulation. You will leave with skills and a renewed hope to be able to support those most vulnerable in our classrooms, community and home.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Gerdes

Cindy Gerdes

Cindy Gerdes, an AHS nurse and advocate for Family Connections in Alberta, has extensive lived experience with the effectiveness of the skills taught in this class. Her son was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, a severe mental illness, which brought her family to seek... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Maxwell

Kelly Maxwell

Teacher and School Lead Tech, Black Gold Regional Schools
Kelly, and her husband Stu, have lived with the frustration and fear that comes with caring for an emotionally dysfunctional loved one. Their son, Thomas, was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar (aka schizoaffective disorder) shortly after graduating from high school. They struggled... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Cindy Christou - Greater Black Gold #8
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:45am

GSA 200: You started a GSA, so now what?
You started a GSA, so what do you do now? This session will bring together a panel of GSA lead teachers with multiple years of experience running GSA's to share what's worked for them (and what hasn't). Only have two kids in your group? No problem! Ready to try some whole school activities? We can help! Our session will include a panel discussion where we will share tested resources, as well as smaller breakout groups to help with the more specific issues that your individual GSA's are dealing with. Breakout groups include additional facilitators with a variety of experience, including people who are part of the LGBTQ2+ community, members of the 2 Spirit Community, teachers working in Public and Catholic school divisions, and a variety of other intersectional experience.

Speakers
avatar for Renee LeClerc

Renee LeClerc

Renee has been the lead teacher for the GSA at Paul Kane High School in St. Albert since 2013. Renee also volunteers with the St. Albert Pride Festival, as well as fundraising activities for the LGBTQ2+ youth group OutLoud. Renee can also regularly be found at Edmonton Catholic Teacher... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Wiens

Andrew Wiens

Andrew is currently the lead teacher for the GSA at W. D. Cuts Jr High in St. Albert, and has been running GSA's in one form or another since 2009. Andrew currently volunteers with the LGBTQ2+ youth group OutLoud, PFLAG St. Albert, and the St. Albert Pride Festival. Andrew can also... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:45am

Read Any Good Math Books Lately? I Have and You Will Love Them!
Connecting literature and mathematics can make a powerful and meaningful lesson! Come and experience 10 amazing titles that are non negotiable for elementary math content. The handout will include an extensive bibliography and tools to provide ideas for the books! New titles and classics will be used to connect math to the real world!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Sutton

Kim Sutton

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
ECC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:45am

Creating Community with Podcasts
What’s a profession without a professional community? Too often, we carry out our day-to-day tasks in isolation as we look forward to those three or four days a year when we can come together with others and share ideas and stories, successes and failures. Those days are often some of the best in our teaching year, so why not make that accessible year-round? This session will have two parts: the first will explore how both podcasting and social media can help us come together in an effective community to increase not just the quality of our lessons, but also the quality of our professional lives. The second will be a live recording of The Ed Podcast - complete with audience participation - as we continue to ponder the value of creating a year-round teaching community.

Speakers
JC

Jeremy Cooper

Jeremy is a guidance counsellor with Elk Island Public Schools
SL

Shane Lawrence

Shane teaches Computers, Drama and Film Studies. He's also been a podcaster for the past six years.
SS

Shaun Smith

Campus Pastor/Religious Education Coordinator, Elk Island Public Schools
Shaun Smith is a teacher of Bible and religious studies in Elk Island Public Schools.
JT

Jon Thomas

Jon is a technology consultant with Elk Island Public Schools.


Thursday February 6, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Fran Caudron - Greater Peace #13
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00am

Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Enhancing Early Learning with Indigenous Pedagogy
This session supports teachers as they strive to apply Indigenous foundational knowledge in their classrooms and communities. Ideas and resources on Indigenous language, relationships, histories, world views and pedagogies for early learning classrooms will be explored. In addition, ideas will be shared for cross-curricular projects and experiential learning that support Indigenous ways of knowing, while simultaneously enriching classroom experiences for all learners.

Speakers
avatar for Lois Maplethorpe

Lois Maplethorpe

Lois is an instructor in the Early Learning and Child Care program at Red Deer College. She comes from an Elementary Education background, where she taught in a variety of classrooms from PreK-Grade 4. Before her teaching years, she spent 12 years in the Family Literacy field, facilitating... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Bonnie Oar - High Prairie #62
  • Room Details U Shape or Circle - 40
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:00am

Games and Activities to Optimize Self Regulation with Ever Active Schools
When children and youth have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for self-regulation they are better suited to make healthy choices that affect them and their classmates. Join Ever Active Schools as we explore how critical executive functioning skills can be challenged and developed through fun, creative and original activities. Participate in a series of fun relay races can be used in Physical Education to support general outcomes C and D, and in Health and Life Skills/CALM to focus on Relationship/Personal and Life Learning Choices. This session is part of the Health and Physical Education Institute co-hosted by Ever Active Schools and the Health and Physical Education Council at the Saville Centre.

Speakers
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Gym 12
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00am

Go To Games for PE - Div 3 & 4
Learn games and activities to develop physical literacy, increase cooperation, and are meaningful to the students. Attendee's will learn and participate in games and activities that will incorporate many outcomes in the PE curriculum and are more than just fun.

Speakers
EL

Erik Larson

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Gym 10 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00am

HPEC Smorgasbord with your Regional Reps
This is a fun, interactive, session filled with go-to games curated by the provincial team of HPEC regional representatives. Your RR's will share their favourite games to play in the gymnasium with their students. This session is always a hit at the HPEC annual conference, and we are bringing it to Teachers' Convention to give you with activities you'll feel confident teaching first thing on Monday morning. This session is part of the Health and Physical Education Institute co-hosted by Ever Active Schools and the Health and Physical Education Council at NCTCA.

Speakers
avatar for Health and Physical Education Council

Health and Physical Education Council

The Health and Physical Education Council, as a professional organization of teachers, advocates for quality health and physical education programs and provides opportunities for professional growth and development of its members. HPEC is committed to providing leadership in creating... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Gym 11
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:00am

Orange Marks the Spot: Lesson Plans to support Outdoor Adventure with Be Fit for Life
Active play in nature and outdoors is essential for healthy child development. This interactive session will feature activities and strategies to develop competence, confidence and motivation to be active outside for life. The Alberta Orienteering Association and the Be Fit For Life Network have partnered to create Orange Marks the Spot: a series of lesson plans that are a fun way to introduce outdoor adventure skills to participants ages 5-12. Participants will leave with free downloadable lesson plans and strategies for use as a cross curricluar activity, in Physical Education, for large group activities, special event days, or a way to orient students to new spaces. This session is part of the Health and Physical Education Institute co-hosted by Ever Active Schools and the Health and Physical Education Council at the Saville Centre.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

BE FIT FOR LIFE NETWORK
Lindsay has a passion for physical activity promotion in Alberta and assumes a dual role in Edmonton. Coordinating the Be Fit For Life Network and the Edmonton Centre provides a unique perspective on the provincial and local communities. Working out of the University of Alberta’s... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Classroom 3
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00am

Teaching Controversial Issues
Are you nervous about teaching contentious or controversial issues and divergent perspectives in your classroom? We can help! This session reports on a federally-funded project to equip teachers with tools to engage with "hot topics" in a way that allows students and teachers to dialogue across difference. You will learn how to apply research from experimental social psychology in your classroom to de-escalate (and perhaps even prevent) defensive reactions arising from "worldview threat." This approach has been shown to not only decrease conflict, but also to increase student: engagement, inquiry, and critical thinking. We will also reveal how this framework can serve as a lens to understand conflict studied as part of the social studies curriculum (e.g., colonization, genocide, internment).

Speakers
avatar for Francesca Catena

Francesca Catena

Francesca Catena is a masters student in the Faculty of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. She has also received her bachelor's of Secondary Education from the University of Alberta, with a major in Social Studies and a minor in French. She is currently exploring feminist... Read More →
avatar for Kim Edmondson

Kim Edmondson

Kim Edmondson has been teaching high school social studies for almost fifteen years. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Her graduate research includes the study of feminist pedagogy, democratic education, psychoanalysis... Read More →
avatar for Nick Jacobs

Nick Jacobs

Nick Jacobs is a PhD student in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Nick works as a psychotherapist focusing on themes of healthy masculinity and individual growth from an analytical psychology perspective. As a researcher, Nick is interested in the nature of death... Read More →
avatar for Cathryn van Kessel

Cathryn van Kessel

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Christy Haggarty - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

11:00am

Awaken Wonder through Educational Escape Room Creation
This session explores a new way to engage students through maker education, hands-on learning and curriculum-based escape room clue/puzzle design. Session attendees will learn the Mobile Escape process that helps students take learning into their owns hands, and provides them the environment to acknowledge one other's unique gifts and abilities. The process that we will review allows students to engage in teamwork and problem solving to create their very own educational escape room. Participants will explore a unique educational puzzle created by Mobile Escape as well as the benefits of the inquiry-based prototyping process. Attendees will leave the session with a new appreciation for joy, wonder and curiosity, as well as a process framework they can implement in their classroom.

Speakers
AL

Adam Luciuk

Regional Manager, Edmonton and Northern Alberta, Mobile Escape
Mobile Escape exists to wake dulled senses: to see, hear, and feel again. We bring people together to think differently about the world around them and to simply have fun learning. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Adam grew up reading his favourite "How Things Work";. His passions... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
ECC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00am

Indoor Recess Emergency Kit
Scenario: You live in a world where it is -35, the gym is booked, and it is day 13 of indoor recess. The kids are losing their wits. You lost yours three days ago. This session is here to save you. We will build an emergency kit for indoor recess. It will cost you no money. We will play games in this session.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Teacher
Vincent Mireau is a Registered Provisional Psychologist in Whitecourt, AB. He is the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:00am

Tell Me a Story
Kathy’s popular workshop uses a storyboard "book" format encouraging children to tell/draw/write their stories in a fun, creative way. During this interactive session, she'll share valuable tips and strategies for improving students' creative writing skills. Kathy leads teachers through her Storyboard project for young writers, in a clear, step by step process. She gives numerous examples along the way, and guidance on how the project can be adapted to accommodate the needs of students at all levels of writing ability. In past years, this session has been highly rated by delegates at numerous Alberta Teachers' conventions. For: Grades K-3, ESL, and older students with low writing ability.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Jessup

Kathy Jessup

Writer/Storyteller, Independent writer/storyteller
Kathy has lead creative writing workshops and residencies in Alberta schools for over twenty-five years. Her Convention/P.D. sessions are also very popular, consistently receiving top reviews from teachers. Kathy is also an accomplished storyteller, performing in schools, libraries... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room A
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:00am

Beyond Board- Using Board Games in Sr High Math
This session will explore how to effectively use board games to enhance curricular understanding in both Math 20-2 and Math 30-2. Games include "Stock Ticker", "The Number Game", "SET", "Wits & Wagers" and more...

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Johnson

Sandy Johnson

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: McDougall Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

11:00am

Ultimate Frisbee - Teaching the Basics
Ultimate (Frisbee) is one of the fastest growing co-ed sports in North America but a lot of times we do not really know how to properly throw that 'forehand', let alone demonstrate it to our class. The Edmonton Ultimate Players Association is offering a session, led by an NCCP certified Learning Facilitator, to help equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to teach Ultimate. Over the session, participants will get the opportunity to learn how to throw and review how to teach forehands, backhands and hammers. In addition to this skill building, we will also go over basic strategy, drills and games that can make teaching Ultimate in Phys Ed class seamless and fun. After the session, all teachers who attended will receive an email with lesson plans, online resources, and cool videos to show your students.

Speakers
CR

Christopher Reid

Chris has been the Juniors Coordinator for the Edmonton Ultimate Players Association for the past six years. He has taught gym classes throughout the city in this time and has extensive experience coaching Alberta juniors teams and clubs. This past summer, the NCCP certified Learning... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Gym 5 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

11:30am

Learning Disabilities: Critical Concepts
This session provides insight into the neurodevelopmental basis of learning disabilities. The different sub-types of reading, writing and mathematics disabilities will be reviewed along with implications for remediation strategies. Literacy skills in typically developing students will be contrasted with skills development in students showing signs of learning disabilities/disorders. The impact of co-existing conditions like executive skills deficits, ADHD and anxiety will also be discussed. Teachers will gain a more complete understanding of LDs and their remediation, informed by current and emerging research.

Speakers
KB

Kathryn Burke

Since 2013, Kathryn Burke has been the Executive Director of the Centre for Literacy, an organization which supports students with learning disabilities. She served for 5 years as the Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, where she initiated the Right... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00pm

'Creating a WEBS OF SUPPORT SCHOOL/Community Framework
Onoway Jr Sr High School administration will discuss how we created a Webs of Support for school and community. We will explain how we incorporated 7 PHactors of the WEBS of support model to create school based COGNITIVE / CURRICULAR supports and school/family/community based SOCIAL EMOTIONAL supports. The framework helps students, families, and communities develop anchors and supportive webs to ensure students do not fall through the cracks.

Speakers

Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ECC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00pm

The Principal’s Role in Teacher Induction
This workshop supports the implementation of A Principal’s Guide to Teacher Induction, which is intended to assist principals to develop a comprehensive plan of action and a network of school-based supports for the successful induction of beginning teachers. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss practical strategies for school orientation, ongoing coaching and communication, teaching and extracurricular responsibilities, mentoring, teacher supervision and evaluation and certification."

Speakers
VE

Various, Executive Staff Officer, Member Services

PD Workshops Administrator, Alberta Teachers' Association
TBD


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 280
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Projets scientifiques finaux pour les sciences de niveau 20
Dans cette présentation, Francis présente quatre projets réalisés dans les différents cours de science de niveau 20. Ces projets sont présentés comme des projets finaux du cours. Chacun de ces projets incluent une rédaction ou une présentation et deux projets ont également la fabrication d'un produit. Ces projets permettent une évaluation de la compréhension des concepts différentes et augmentent l'engagement des élèves. Tous les projets sont fait à coût nul ou très faible coût.

Speakers
FL

Francis Lamoureux

Francis a obtenu son brevet d'enseignement à l'Université de Sherbrooke. Il enseigne en Alberta depuis maintenant 4 ans. Il a enseigné touts les cours de science de la 9e à la 12e année, incluant les cours de chimie, biologie, physique et science générale. Il a également contribu... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ECC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags French

12:00pm

Saving Manno What a Baby Chimpanzee Taught Me About Making the World a Better Place
An inspiring and uplifting presentation about one teacher’s eye-opening travels around the world and his relentless efforts to rescue a chimp in danger. As a child, Spencer Sekyer grew up in a small town, where many of his days were spent hunting in the woods and pursuing his dream of becoming a professional athlete. But when his athletic career ended, he found himself seeking new goals. Spencer returned to school and became a teacher. Realizing he still had much to learn about the world, Spencer set out to explore its most dangerous areas. He traveled to Sierra Leone to volunteer in a local school, followed by trips to the West Bank, Afghanistan, and Haiti. Each time, Spencer returned home a little wiser, a little more emotionally mature, and a little more ready to give back to a world that had given him so much. In Duhok, Kurdistan, Spencer’s journey took a new turn. After stumbling into a local zoo, Spencer formed an unlikely bond with Manno, a young chimpanzee who had been kidnapped from his family in central Africa and sold into captivity. Determined to get Manno back to his home, Spencer began to investigate the shadowy, dangerous world of global animal trafficking. Facing resistance at every turn, and with ISIS closing in on Duhok, Spencer finally set in motion an international effort to get his friend to safety, before it was too late. Bursting with compassion, inspiration, and courage, this presentation is a testament to the fact that every one of us has the power to change lives and make the world a better place.

Speakers
SS

Spencer Sekyer

Spencer Sekyer is an adventurer, philanthropist, and educator who has taught in Sierra Leone, the Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Haiti. His passion is assisting children and animals in Canada and in distressed areas around the world, and his travel... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ECC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Tech Ninjas - Student Helpers and Problem-Solvers
Are you the person that your colleagues always call when their projector isn't working? Does the teacher next door complain that technology works better when you are in the room? Or do you with there were more hands to take care of issues that you don't have time or perhaps expertise to troubleshoot? If you answered yes to any of those questions, perhaps empowering a group of students to be "Tech Ninjas" is the answer. We'll talk about possible ways to identify, organize, train, and identify students, and perhaps some pitfalls to avoid.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Imaginez... un modèle d’approche collaborative pour la réussite de tous les élèves!
Il n’est pas facile pour un enseignant seul de répondre à la diversité des besoins des élèves qui lui sont confiés. Lors de cette session, vous apprendrez à mettre en place au sein de votre école un modèle d’approche collaborative mettant en valeur la richesse de la collaboration entre les intervenants scolaires. L’approche collaborative met l’accent sur le modèle de réponse à l’intervention (RAI) et sur l’importance de la collecte de données afin d’orienter les discussions. Le but étant toujours de poser des actions concrètes au sein de l’école pour assurer la réussite de tous nos élèves. En participant à cette session, vous apprendrez comment des écoles et des conseils scolaires ont réussi à implanter cette approche et ainsi à mieux répondre aux besoins de tous les élèves.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Roy

Nancy Roy

Learning Associate, Jigsaw Learning Inc
Nancy Roy a débuté sa carrière il y a plus de vingt ans en éducation en tant qu’orthopédagogue dans la région de l’Outaouais au Québec. Elle travaille au Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord à Edmonton depuis plus de douze ans. Au cours des vingt-deux années de sa carrière en... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

12:00pm

The Next Epidemic
Thirty two percent of all individuals will experience problems with anxiety over the course of their lifetime, including preschoolers. Why? This session explores how the brain reacts to stress and our responses to anxiety. We will explore the connection between cognition, behaviours and physiology, while discussing the different types of anxiety diagnosis. As educators it is important to understand what the symptoms of anxiety look like, and how to help children manage these symptoms. We will discuss tools you can use to support your students including relaxation techniques, restructuring cognition, facing their fears through exposure, and preventing relapse.

Speakers
avatar for Christy Filgate

Christy Filgate

Coordinator for Special Education
I recently completed my Master’s degree in the area of Educational Research to improve my understanding of how trauma impacts the brain and subsequently, one's ability to learn in the classroom. I am excited to provide a session at the 2018/2019 Teacher's Convention to discuss the... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Hurried & Worried: Understanding elementary anxiety
Do you have students or children in your life who seem easily agitated, overwhelmed or irritated? Do you often see them engage in avoidant, aggressive or scattered behaviors that negatively affects their learning and social development? If so, it’s possible you have a child with anxiety. This session looks into what anxiety looks like, sounds like and feels like for children in the classroom, on the playground and as they develop. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of this very common mental health challenge, and some fun & educational strategies for helping students (and us as their teachers) be successful when they are hurried and/ or worried.

Speakers
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Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Knowledge is Power: Consulting & Wellness Services
Ariel Haubrich works in school 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 Professional... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Balancing Choice: Reading in the Secondary English Classroom
Many language arts and English teachers see the need to move beyond the traditional whole-class text to offering students some choice. With this comes the dilemma of assessment. Join us as we explore a variety of classroom-tested ways to choose and use texts and to build learning activities and assessments that are suitable for a variety of texts. incorporate choice reading alongside whole-class reading. Join us as we explore practical ways to structure the use of texts, learning activities, and assessments for a variety of reading experiences. This session will focus on how to structure reading in your class and how to use learning activities core and choice texts short and longer texts whole class, group, individual practice and repeated assignments how can we use assessment to help students become better readers and thinkers how do we get them to read

Speakers
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Noreen Holt

Noreen is a former teacher, retired after 33 years as a teacher and lead teacher. In the classroom, she taught a variety of courses and levels, but the bulk of her experience is in jr. high language arts. Noreen is interested in adolescent literacy, assessment, and teacher collab... Read More →
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Danica Raymond

Teacher, Barrhead Composite High School
Danica teaches 9-12 English at Barrhead Composite High School. She has made reading her mission, and students and staff have benefitted from her influence. Danica is interested in adolescent literacy, assessment, and teacher collaboration.


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Mixed Media Dodem Animal Wall Hanging
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 30


This three hour, hands-on workshop will guide you through a mixed-media and cross -curricular creative writing and art making experience. This workshop is deeply rooted and inspired by FNMI ways of knowing and being and is inspired by the book "Sometimes I feel like a Fox" that shares the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, written and illustrated by Canadian artist and author Danielle Daniel. Participants will be led through various art making and creative writing techniques and will leave energized and confident in sharing this artistic experience with classes of all ages. Come prepared to paint, bead, embroider and write - oh yeah, and have a fabulous time doing so! This workshop can be tailored to fit all ages.

Speakers
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Ashley + Amy

The Workshop
We're Ashley and Amy - a team of two art educators who are passionate about creativity and the art making process. We offer the Edmonton and area unique and varied artistic experiences for all ages and abilities. Our Pop-Up Art Studio is inspired by process art - which keeps our workshops... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Salon C
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:15pm

Pay It Forward: Introducing CK12 Flex Program
This past summer, I decided to look into electronic textbook, preferably those that are free and easily accessible with any device. At our EICS division, we are implementing a “One Student-One Device” policy and though this approach works well with computer-related subjects (Programming, Design Studies, Photography), teachers of other disciplines (Social Studies, ELA) find that the use of personal computing devices (PCD) to be more of a distraction rather than an asset. By PCD, I mean laptops, iPads, tablets, cell phones. Enter CK12.org: a fantastic resource covering mainly science and mathematics subjects presented in the form of “FlexBooks”. There is subject material, multimedia assets, quizzes, simulations, and real-world practices. And best of all, you can create your very own electronic text, with your own content ( this is the “Pay It Forward” part). I liked this concept so much, this session is part of my paying back to the community.

Speakers
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John Chan

Teacher, Archbishop Jordan CHS
Though I have been teaching since 2000, I actually was a research associate at the Cross Cancer Clinic from 1986. After graduating in 1978 from the University of Alberta, I worked in the medical field until my return to the UofA for my Master's in Pathology. My beginnings in education... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm
ECC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:15pm

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.

Speakers
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ATRF Pension Counsellors

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
600 Barnett House, 11010 142 St NW, Edmonton


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:15pm

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

Speakers
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Chris Hsiung

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:15pm

Reading Comprehension Success on Assessments Grades 7 to 9
As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes. Focus will be for grades 7 to 9

Speakers
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Brigitta Goerres

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
I have had the fortune of starting my career as a classroom teacher immediately after graduating, I continued my career working with the Ministry of Education as an Exam Manager and from there worked for a decade as the Executive Director of Curriculum with an educational company... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

12:15pm

Get Your Google On!
Come with a robust, charged device and explore the Google Suite for Education Apps, Add-ons and Extensions that I have found to be most valuable as a classroom teacher from creating video lessons for sub plans, engaging in collaborative exit tickets, and extensions to support learners with a variety of needs. This session is best suited for teachers working with students in grades 4 - 9.

Speakers
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Laura Banu

Teacher


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:15pm - 1:45pm
ECC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Raising Kids in a Digital World
The digital world is here to stay, changing our society in a way that has far-reaching consequences for our children. What are the implications for raising children? How do we harness the spectacular connecting potential and yet avoid the pitfalls of attachment technology gone awry? How do we prepare them to live in this new world and yet preserve what is required for healthy development to take place? We have followed our children into the digital world and yet for their sakes as well as ours, need to restore our lead in order to avoid the insidious dangers that live in the shadows of this potent technology. We will consider the digital revolution through the lens of developmental science, committed to helping adults help children reach their full human potential.

Speakers
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Deborah MacNamara

Dr Deborah MacNamara is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, is the Director of Kid's Best Bet Counselling Centre, and the author of Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone else who acts like one).


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Tia Martini - Greater Black Gold #8
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

The Outlook on Outreach - Why Relationships Matter
When people learn that I am a teacher, the most repeated comment I get is something to the effect of “Oh, it’s so wonderful that you’d willingly work with other people’s little ones.” The reaction shifts significantly when they learn that I work with teenagers. All of a sudden I’m insane! Throw into that mix that I work with teenagers at an Outreach school and I must’ve completely lost it. The truth is completely the opposite. I love my job. I love getting up and going to work not having a clue who is going to walk through the door or what baggage they’re going to bring with them. And I love them. Every single one of them. Over the last 10+ years I have been blessed to have worked with some incredible, and some incredibly challenging, students. My tenure in education hasn’t been easy. These kids come with all sorts of stories and backgrounds. Many of them are incredibly messed up. Society has written some of them off. Parents have let their disappointment show. Traditional schools are at their wits’ ends and so are parole officers. But one thing I have learned in all my years has been true of every single student encounter I’ve had. Ready? It’s a master secret! This secret will change the way you teach. You sure you’re ready? The answer to all of your troubles is… boundaries! Set them, stick to them, and you’ll have every single one of your students eating out of the palm of your hand!

Speakers
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Courtney Rebke

Math Teacher, St. Teresa Catholic Outreach School


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Shuttle Time! with Badminton Alberta
Shuttle Time is a grass roots badminton coaching delivery targeting school teachers, beginner coaches, and their respective students. This blended learning program’s goal is to instruct teachers and novice coaches in the technical and tactical skills of badminton in a progressive, systemic manner. This program has been integrated into the CAC / Badminton Canada Instructional coaching stream, and aligns with CS4L and LTD models and protocol. Application of this program is intended to promote physical literacy within the school system using badminton as the conduit. This session is part of the Health and Physical Education Institute co-hosted by Ever Active Schools and the Health and Physical Education Council at the Saville Centre.

Speakers
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Dave McMaster

Dave McMaster is a high performance coach with Badminton Alberta, and he coordinates the Shuttle Time! program. Shuttle Time is the new NCCP teacher and community recreation centre instructor/coach certification course developed by the Badminton World Federation and adapted by Badminton... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Gym 12
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club Coaches Clinic
Whether you’re an experienced coach, or brand new, this session will support your school run club program. The Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club is a FREE, Flexible and FUN run club program available to all Alberta Schools, supported by Ever Active Schools. The club is up and running in nearly 500 Alberta schools, and this clinic will provide coaches an opportunity to connect, try the latest games and resources and ask questions to build their best program for this year. This session is part of the Health and Physical Education Institute co-hosted by Ever Active Schools and the Health and Physical Education Council at the Saville Centre.

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EverActive Schools

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Offsite - Saville Community Sports Centre: Classroom 3
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

How to Be a Christian Teacher-Writer!
Do you dream of writing about the inspiring moments of your career and faith life, of bringing those soulful moments to a wider audience, yet find it difficult to fit into a busy teaching schedule? If so, then this session is for you! In this informative, faith-filled presentation, 30-year teaching veteran, writer, and author Ray Suchow shares eight steps that can help you take the next steps in your Christian teaching and writing ambitions. With tips ranging from getting organized, setting realistic goals, and building a body of work to improving your craft, developing a writing support network, and finding the best places to get Christian work published, this session will help you to discover that yes, you can teach, write, and live the faith at the same time!

Speakers
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Mr. Ray Suchow

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 180
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

MyMaps, YourMaps, OurMaps- Using Google MyMaps in the Social Studies Classroom
Join Google Certified Educator Sean Sommerfeld for a hands on session where you will learn how to incorporate Google MyMaps in your classroom! Google MyMaps is the same as Google Maps, but allows students and teachers to SAVE and SHARE maps. MyMaps has extensive markup and labeling tools for students to use. Google MyMaps is a great tool for collaboration, and helps teachers meet geography and social studies outcomes in a fun, hands- on way!

Speakers
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Sean Sommerfeld

Sean Sommerfeld is a social studies teacher. He works at Parkland Composite High School, in Edson, AB. Sean runs a paperless classroom, and is a certified Level 1 and Level 2 Google Educator.


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Play on Words
Come prepared to play hands-on literacy games that are perfect for your differentiated literacy centers. Games integrate the use of easily found manipulatives including literacy dice, letter tiles, word decks and more. games and strategies will help you students practice the following concepts: learning the alphabet and its' sounds, rhyme and word families, vocabulary development, learning simple CVC words, blends and multi-syllable words. Participants will receive gameboards, see student samples, ideas for journals and assessment. The activities and strategies are great for regular, resource room, ESL and family literacy programs.

Speakers
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Jane Felling

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 2:00pm
ECC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

12:30pm

KAOS X SPORT (chaos cross sport) DPA for non-physical education specialists
KAOS X SPORT offers the fitness of a boot camp while developing sport specific skills for a multitude of sports (hockey, basketball, football, baseball, soccer, cricket, badminton, tennis, volleyball and even dance) in a fun atmosphere, encouraging social growth and new friendships. KAOS X SPORT is challenging from both personal and team aspects while encouraging FairPlay, Sportsmanship and Friendships. It is both fun and affordable, great for a warm up, intramurals, fitness, or after school programming ideal for students from grades 4 - 12! Kids love to chase and be chased, run, jump, dodge, throw & catch, let them...play KAOS X SPORT! You will be able to take what you gain in this session to your class Monday morning. Come prepared to play and learn the kinesthetic way.

Speakers
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Tim Stewart

My name is Tim Stewart, I teach Physical Education at Buck Mountain Central School. I have been a Physical Education specialist teaching K-12 in Alberta the past 20 years. I was a lead teacher in the development of the Physical Education curriculum program of studies in 1999 and have... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Offsite: Saville Community Sports Centre - Gym 5 11610 65 Ave NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Heavy Texture Impressionistic Painting For Everyone
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 50

For those who love Impressionism, it is a MUST. Using acrylics, you will learn how to paint landscape with expressive brushstrokes and heavy paint application. By learning the painterly tricks of Vincent Van Gogh, you will be able to share your knowledge with your students. They will love it! The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Excellent for teachers of grades 5-12. You will leave the workshop with completed painting, handouts and PowerPoint presentation to guide your students. All supplies provided by the instructor. Impressionism is the most popular art movement that both adults and children/youth enjoy. Since learning about art history is a part of the art curriculum, this workshop will provide teachers with theory and practical approach to this subject.

Speakers
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Izabella Orzelski

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: Lacombe Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45pm

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff! Assessing for Big Ideas in a Concept-Based Classroom
Schools across Alberta are making a shift to a more concept-based approach to teaching and learning. But what does that mean for classroom assessment? Come ready to work with sample concept-based tasks and rubrics, so that you can go back to school on Monday prepared to give your assessment a “big idea” makeover!

Speakers
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Alberta Assessment Consortium

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45pm

Canadians and Space - It's not just for grade 6 and 9 anymore!
Did you know that Canada recently had an astronaut orbiting 408 m above our heads at 7.66 km/s aboard the International Space Station? What about that we have committed to building the Canadarm III for the future Lunar Gateway AND investing in a Junior Astronauts Program?! Come and learn about some incredible current educational opportunities and Canadian innovations that you can apply to your lessons next week. This session is for all levels and uses space to teach a variety of concepts including; geography and land use, First Nations worldview, environmental monitoring and stewardship, the scientific method and engineering design process, scientific literacy, robotics, coding, photography, spaceflight, medical innovations and more! Learn about David Saint-Jacques and the other astronauts and Canadian Space Agency members as well as affiliated associations, who are all passionate about helping teachers bring a piece of the universe into their classrooms. Discover how you can BE THE SPARK for space and science in the hearts of your students! Amanda Green is a junior high STEM teacher with a not-so-secret super power, she can make ANYTHING about space. Come and pick her brain and help her reach her goal of one day seeing a maple leaf on the Moon or Mars!

Speakers
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Amanda Green

Teacher, Black Gold Regional Schools
Amanda’s spark for science ignited at an early age exploring nature with her family and then grew into a flame for space as she followed Canada’s journey skyward. She teaches Junior High Science, Math, Coding, and STEAM classes in both English and French in Beaumont, Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45pm

Focused, Calm and Clear: How to manage physical wellness for optimal mental well-being.
Anxiety and depression are increasingly prevalent in youth and adult populations throughout Canada. There is data showing that mental health conditions are multi-faceted in nature. Going beyond the brain, we look at the digestive system, stress hormone, sleep, blood sugar management and more to explore the connection between mental wellness and physical health. Understanding the natural rhythm of the body’s hormones can improve concentration, energy and focus throughout the day. Optimizing nutrition and digestion can help reduce anxiety, improve mood and keep the brain functioning well. In this session we will also address behavioural and mindfulness tools that can impact the brain. Participants will leave this session with functional strategies to reduce stress, anxiety and depression so they can lead a vibrant and energized life everyday.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Briana Botsford

Dr. Briana Botsford

Naturopathic Doctor, Botsford Natural Health Care Inc.
Dr Briana Botsford is an experienced naturopathic doctor who knows that one of the most important parts of medical care is not only listening to the patient, but also hearing them. She knows the impact that health conditions can have on a patient’s life, and knows she can help to... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Mary Briand - Greater Peace #13
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:45pm

Running a Dungeons and Dragons club at a Middle School
Ever wanted to run a Dungeons and Dragons club at school? I didn't... until a particular student came to me with an idea. Join me on a story about 1 teacher with little to no experience in Dungeons and Dragons starting up a club. Hear about my successes and failures along the way, from starting with a very small group of 6, to quadrupling in size the next year. It is a great, creative, imaginative, SCREEN FREE game, which builds social skills. Getting students to play is the easy part, managing them... not so much.

Speakers
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Brant Driedger

Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division
Grade 5 Teacher at Elk Island Catholic Schools.


Thursday February 6, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm
ECC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

1:00pm

How to build your own knowledge of the TQS through mentoring student teachers
Field experience associates from the University of Alberta will provide the audience with information and self-reflection opportunities regarding: Reasons to be a mentor teacher and how this can create a better understanding of the new TQS and teacher practice Suggestions, anecdotes, and evidence of how to capture evidence of meeting the indicators of the TQS What student teachers can offer mentor teachers in meeting the indicators of the new TQS, particularly competency 5. At the end of the session, mentor teachers, school coordinators, and principals be able to articulate how mentoring a student teacher will support their journey in integrating the new TQS into their own practice and into the larger learning community.

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Thursday February 6, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room A
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:00pm

Intro To Cybersecurity via Capture the Flag and other fun games!
Learn to use relevant (already created) resources to challenge your students to develop problem-solving skills and learn about cybersecurity. Attendees will be introduced to free to use online challenges that train students in cybersecurity. We will work through the strategies to solve these problems and how to teach students to develop resource awareness and resiliency against difficult problems. A laptop device will give you a hands-on experience, but sharing one with a teacher friend would be equally useful.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Killoran Langlois

Michelle Killoran Langlois

Mickey has been the computing science, computer networking, and business teacher at Bev Facey Community High School since 2016. Prior to that, she worked in London, England developing content and curriculum for computing science programs in the Barking & Dagenham Borough. In all of... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room B
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

1:15pm

Les maths au coeur de la littérature enfantine M à 3e
La littérature enfantine offre un contexte hors pair pour les mathématiques. En effet, de nombreux livres, déjà présents dans votre école, peuvent servir de catalyseur pour parler, découvrir et s’amuser mathématiquement. Cet atelier permettra d’explorer plusieurs façons d’utiliser la lecture comme point de départ pour faire vivre les mathématiques dans votre salle de classe. Nous verrons plusieurs approches et activités accompagnatrices telles que la musique, l’art et l’éducation physique afin de maximiser l’expérience.

Speakers
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Renée Michaud

Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle crée et offre des formations en français partout en Alberta et au-delà et ce, depuis plus d’une décennie. Son approche pratico-pratique en situation d’atelier et ses grandes connaissances en mathématiques font d’elle... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
ECC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags French

1:15pm

OneNote Class Notebook (and Google Classroom)
If you are fortunate enough to have Microsoft Office 365 accounts for your students, or can convince your Technology Department to set that up, consider OneNote Class Notebook. It is a great platform for organizing and communicating learning, collaborating, and providing feedback. We'll also talk about how we have been using it together with, not instead of, Google Classroom.

Speakers
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David Hay

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:30pm

The “Sixties Scoop”: Understanding Implications and Contributing Towards Reconciliation
From the 1950s to the 1990s, thousands of Indigenous children across Canada were apprehended by provincial governments and places with non-Indigenous families, isolating many from Indigenous culture, language and identity. This session will provide educators with an overview of historical and current insights into the “Sixties Scoop”, as well as increased understanding of its legacy, and arguable continues into present day. You will leave this session with an increased understanding of the complexities of the “Sixties Scoop”, including resources and strategies to contribute towards reconciliation.

Speakers
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Melissa Purcell

Professional Development, Indigenous Education, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa Purcell is Dene and a member of Smith's Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and is the team lead for the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 280
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:30pm

The Politics of Evil in Social Studies
What conceptions of evil do secondary school students hold, and why should we care? Students examine historical events rife with large-scale violence often labelled as evil (e.g., genocide) as well as political rhetoric that evokes evil, such as Reagan’s “evil empire” or G. W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil." This presentation reports on research with students after they took Social Studies 20-1, particularly how engaging with the idea of evil can both help and hinder their critical thinking. According to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, language transforms how we interact with others, and "evil" is a powerful example of this phenomenon. I invite teachers to consider the "politics of evil"; i.e., the invocation of evil in political rhetoric against a person or group that (intentionally or not) stifles democratic debate, and can promote hate speech.

Speakers
avatar for Cathryn van Kessel

Cathryn van Kessel

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

1:30pm

The 15 Tipi Teachings and the Sacred Teachings
Did you know that, in the Cree culture, the structure and the construction of a tipi (migwap) are very spiritual and symbolic? It is constructed with 15 poles and each one corresponds to a “teaching”. The “Seven Sacred Teachings” by David Bouchard, presents a generic version of the main teachings, focused mostly on the Anishnabe / Ojibwé culture. In fact, each of the First Nations has its own spiritual and cultural practices. Join us in discovering the Plains Cree teachings with Ekti Cardinal and her husband David McConnell. You will learn how those teachings helped to ensure the survival of indigenous peoples and discover resources you can use in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ekti Margaret Cardinal

Ekti Margaret Cardinal

Ekti Margaret Cardinal is an Elder from the Plains Cree nation of Saddle Lake, near St. Paul. She went to a residential school in St. Paul, which is now the Blue Quills University. An authentic experience is assured for all as she presents in the Cree language and her husband and... Read More →
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Eric Caron

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details U Shape or Circle - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:30pm

Hey, That's Not Fair! - Kids Inspire Action for Justice
Kids have a strong sense of knowing when things aren’t fair. They will not hesitate to voice their displeasure but may not know what to do beyond that. Strong democracies require citizens who are active, engaged and work in solidarity to address injustices and to stand up for the principles of democracy. This workshop, developed by the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education, highlights stories of young people who stepped up to take meaningful action to address injustices. Their stories will inspire your students, knowing that there are kids like them who have taken a variety of actions that they might taking in their own communities. Participants will receive a complementary resource package that can be used to meet learning outcomes for various grades in social studies.

Speakers
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Barbara L Maheu

writer, The Aspen foundation for Labour Education
Barb Maheu is a teacher who now develops units and lessons for the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. Prior to this she worked as an executive staff officer at the Alberta Teachers' Association in professional development. She has developed and delivered workshops and helped to... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

1:30pm

There is NO Such Thing as Perfect
How do we play a part in building mental wellness in our youth? In this session, Danielle will break down the six keys to mental wellness, and provide you with specific tips and tools to help young people figure out who they are, manage struggles, embrace imperfections & live with greater hope and purpose. Based partly on the new BOLD curriculum for adolescents created by Brené Brown, this session will leave participants with tools to help youth, but also with a deeper sense of their own wellness.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Reed

Danielle Reed

Owner, Coach on the Go
Danielle is an authenticity coach, professional speaker, author and a workshop facilitator! Danielle was a teacher and Learning Support Facilitator for 17 years. The most important parts of her teaching career were building relationships and providing everyone around her with optimism... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:30pm - 3:30pm
ECC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Darlene Konnik - St. Thomas Aquinas #45
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:45pm

Les jeux de rôles et de stratégie pour l'apprentissage du français
Jouer à des jeux de tables et de rôle pour développer le langage? C'est la ligne de pensée derrière le Club de jeux de rôle et de stratégie de l'école Beauséjour. Venez découvrir le processus qui a mené à la création de ce club, les bénéfices d'avoir un club comme celui-ci dans votre école et les différentes activités offertes par le club, dont Donjons et Dragons et Warhammer 40K - Killteam.

Speakers
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Francis Lamoureux

Francis a obtenu son brevet d'enseignement à l'Université de Sherbrooke. Il enseigne en Alberta depuis maintenant 4 ans. Il a enseigné touts les cours de science de la 9e à la 12e année, incluant les cours de chimie, biologie, physique et science générale. Il a également contribu... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
ECC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

1:45pm

Number Talks - A Teaching Game Changer
Number Talks have been a game changer for teachers across North America. Teachers are finding that students are able to solve operation questions at higher level and their mental math skills are improving. Number Talks require students to engage in mathematical discourse to justify and prove their thinking. Students receive instant feedback and are able to learn from their peers as well as their teacher. Teachers will leave this session knowing how to utilize Number Talks in their classrooms. Prompts, questions and tasks will be provided to assist teachers in using the Number Talk Framework to teach other strands such as geometry and patterns.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Candler

Alexandra Candler

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

1:45pm

Teaching Science Isn't Controversial
Some teachers are apprehensive in a world where we increasingly see science illiteracy and science denial far too often in mainstream media. The reality is science has never been better and it's our job to teach what the scientific consensus is related to the curriculum. This session will explore and hopefully re-enforce a that teaching topics like anthropogenic climate change, evolution, the effectiveness of vaccines or the Earth being round are not debatable. These are sound scientific facts with overwhelming supporting evidence. I hope to share ideas and resources that will help teachers explore these topics in a engaging and non-confrontational way.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Nielsen

Daniel Nielsen

Science Teacher, Blackgold School Division
Daniel Nielsen is a BSc/BEd who teaches biology, chemistry, medical sciences and math at Beaumont Composite High. He has been teaching since 2006. He has coached track and field, cross country running, volleyball, organized football workouts, and recently completed the electric car... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

1:45pm

Helping Stressed-Out Overachievers
The pressure and expectation of near-perfect achievement can be a tremendous challenge for super-students (and teachers). Stress is good and normal, and often our highest achievers need coaching from the adults they trust to manage the weight they so often put on their own shoulders. You will learn 7 strategies to use with your super students.

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Vincent Mireau

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 180
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:45pm

40+ Great Books to Use with Adolescents
Are you struggling to spark interest in reading? With the wide array of choices available to us, which books engage and inspire student readers? Join us as we share more than 40 titles that we have successfully used with jr. high students in both individual, book club, and whole-class settings.

Speakers
NH

Noreen Holt

Noreen is a former teacher, retired after 33 years as a teacher and lead teacher. In the classroom, she taught a variety of courses and levels, but the bulk of her experience is in jr. high language arts. Noreen is interested in adolescent literacy, assessment, and teacher collab... Read More →
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Danica Raymond

Teacher, Barrhead Composite High School
Danica teaches 9-12 English at Barrhead Composite High School. She has made reading her mission, and students and staff have benefitted from her influence. Danica is interested in adolescent literacy, assessment, and teacher collaboration.


Thursday February 6, 2020 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Bottle The Sauce: High School Re-Design Flavours in a Middle School
In this session, administrators will examine key learnings from high school re-design that can be applied to middle school and/or junior high environments based on one administrator's experience in two schools. Administrator's can examine how they might make their own learning environment more student centred to engage more students concretely.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Robinson

Jordan Robinson

Principal, Ecole Mother D'Youville School
Practicing in the field of education for fifteen years, Jordan is a passionate educator, leader, and principal in STAR Catholic School Division. Jordan has his Masters from both Newman Theological College and the University of Calgary specializing in religious education and technology... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Teaching for Tomorrow's STEM Workplace
What exactly is engineering? What are we talking about when we use the word 'geoscience'? How can teachers prepare their students to succeed in these careers? This session will introduce you to the worlds of engineering and geoscience through hands-on activities and demonstrations, and show you what a career in these fields could look like. We will share tips & tricks for teaching these topics in your classroom, making curriculum connections to what your students are already learning, and helping to prepare your students with the skills necessary to excel in the fields.

Speakers
NH

Natalie Hervieux

Outreach Coordinator, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
While pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Physics, Natalie developed her passion for and knowledge of STEM fields such as physics, astronomy, math, and computer science. Since graduating, Natalie has worked in K-12 STEM Outreach, creating hands-on activities and delivering over 1000... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Surface Dyslexia: The Uncommon Reading Disability
Most reading disabilities derive from deficits in making a sound to symbol connection. Surface dyslexia is different. Students with surface dyslexia may be good at decoding but struggle to achieve a fluency rate suitable to facilitate comprehension. Signs of surface dyslexia in beginning readers are easy to miss; they may not be identified in reading screens. This presentation will focus on the identification of surface dyslexia and its characteristics at different developmental stages.

Speakers
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Kathryn Burke

Since 2013, Kathryn Burke has been the Executive Director of the Centre for Literacy, an organization which supports students with learning disabilities. She served for 5 years as the Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, where she initiated the Right... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Diversity and Inclusion - Race, Gender & Sexuality
As a Cree two-spirit doctor, Dr. James Makokis has an incredible firsthand understanding of the resilience of not one but two underrepresented communities. He has one of one of the most unique perspectives on the importance of acceptance and equal treatment regarding cultural, gender, sexuality and racial differences. Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Many individuals face personal challenges in achieving success. He combines his story, everyday life experiences and areas of expertise to deliver practical insights on how to create accepting spaces and to implement strategies where EVERYONE can prosper by incorporating an accepting attitude to anyone that is outside of social norms. He will share insights from trans patients, LGBTQ2 and First Nation peoples experience in facing different types of challenges and discrimination. He will shed light on the type of support individuals and organizations can provide in order to create an equal and accepting workplace.

Anthony Johnson grew up on a First Nation community in the USA, he faced similar challenges, social circumstances, and lack of access that many First Nation communities face in Canada. As a youth, Johnson struggled to find personal value and social acceptance within the societal structures such as family, peer groups, and members of his community. He knew that things had to change for him and that he was going to have to work harder to accomplish more than an average citizen because of his social circumstances. It was in these years' which propelled Anthony to focus and find value through education and giving back to his community. He found that through human connection, Anthony was able to remove stereotypes and prejudices people might of had of race, gender and sexuality. Johnson went down a new path of restoration with a passion to make real change in each other which will then change systems and social structures that promote inequality.

Dr. James Makokos and Anthony Johnson were married during the 2017 BMO Harris Vancouver Marathon. The married couple then represented the LGBTQ2 community as the first Two-Spirit Team (Team Ahkameyimok) on AMAZING RACE CANADA. They faced many obstacles during the season, escaping elimination on three separate occasions. Their resilience, teamwork and communication improved episode after episode and their “never give up” attitude showed the world the inner strength of Two Spirit resilience.

Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson teach audiences how to identify and remove unconscious bias, stereotypes and stigmas so that individuals can improve on their perspectives and focus on solutions for a brighter future. They focus on how to lift each other up and incorporate acceptance for anyone so that we can do more together without focus on matters that separate us from ourselves and other people. This presentation will provide key introspective learning for individuals and organizations that work and create new inclusive programs for diverse populations. By creating inclusive and accepting environments, we will be able to create new leaders, stronger teams and a united strength for success and equality.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson’s life has never been easy. Growing up in a First Nation community in the USA, he faced similar challenges, social circumstances, and lack of access that many First Nation communities face in Canada. As a youth, Johnson struggled to find personal value and social... Read More →
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Dr. James Makokis

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Ten Reasons to Use Own Voices CanLit in your ELA Class
Adding diverse books to your teaching resources provides “mirrors, windows and doors” for readers and learners of all backgrounds (Rudine Sims Bishop). This presentation will present ten compelling arguments for including more diverse and inclusive literature in all aspects of your English Language Arts program. After completing an assessment project looking at diverse YA literature in public libraries, I will share share my findings from this project about why Own Voices books are an excellent and engaging choice for the English Language Arts classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Laina Kelly

Laina Kelly

Librarian, Library Development Services, Yellowhead Regional Library
Laina Kelly is a Client Services Librarian who serves school and public libraries in Pembina Hills, Northern Gateway and Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools. She is a former English teacher and loves helping teachers build strong and engaged readers and a culture of reading in the... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Building Better Math Assessments
One of the most pressing issues in high school mathematics is designing assessments that accurately reflect the knowledge and skills required by the outcomes of the respective course, and how these assessments can be used to help students reach their full potential. Join me as I discuss how I have worked over the past 5 years to improve assessment in my classroom through personal experiences, work with colleagues and university professors, and others. I will be discussing topics such as: Producing assessment questions that test higher cognitive levels, Assessment design and exam blueprinting, Tools to produce and format assessments consistently, Improving teaching through exam analysis…And more!

Speakers
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Matt Blahun

Matt is currently a teacher at Mayerthorpe High School in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, where he teaches Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He spent time as Head of Physics at a comprehensive school in England before returning to Alberta.


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Dealing with Difficult Parent in School Sports
One of the greatest challenges in athletic opportunities for students is parents who challenge the coach's effort to build a positive educational environment using sport as the vehicle. This workshop looks at the common things items that make parents unhappy, and explores various ways to open and strengthen lines of communication to develop a partnership with parents and mitigate their concerns. Attendees will take away ideas for parent engagement, as well as tools and resources to assist in the communication process with parents. Attendees will also discuss a series of challenging scenarios to develop their own sense of best practices for situations that may arise.

Speakers
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Heather Bartling

Heather is currently in her 3rd year as Vice Principal, teacher, and Athletic Director at Frank Maddock High School in Drayton Valley. She has been a coach, mentor, and athletic director for the past 15 years at both FMHS and her former school in Bonnyville. As part of the instructor... Read More →
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Kelle Hansen

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Critical Thinking and Scientific Literacy
Science is more than a collection of facts or information. Too many students (and people in general!) live with the misconception that if you could memorize Wikipedia or had constant access to Google you would know Science. But the Scientific Methods require more than information. They are actions that require students to be DOING instead of just knowing. In this talk Ian will share some simple examples of how we can all put science into action. How small changes in the language we use with our students can have big effects on their perception of science and what it means for scientific literacy. He will also demonstrate specific activities you can use tomorrow to get kids thinking scientifically and experimentally about everything in their lives.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Teacher
I started my teaching career in Red Deer in 2002 and during the past 16 years I have taught Science and Math in Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, Vancouver and Edmonton, where I currently teaches Astronomy and IB Physics. In 2010 I completed a Master of Education at UBC and has served as... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Cross-curricular Connections Across Math and Social Studies
Social studies and mathematics study the world around us and are inextricably linked. This session will explore methods and tools to integrate junior high math and social studies concepts.

Speakers
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Stephanie Strong

Stephanie Strong is a secondary teacher and an avid rock climber. She has taught all core subjects to grades 7 - 9 for more than a decade in an alternative setting where the predominant demographic is high anxiety youth. Stephanie also instructs a variety of movement, technique and... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

2:15pm

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

Speakers
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Tenjie Railey

Administrative Coordinator, ASEBP
Tenjie Railey is a benefit specialist who has been with ASEBP. Tenjie assists covered members with their benefit inquiries, educates members on how to effectively use their benefit plan and spending accounts and advises members on the benefit options for early retirement and leaves... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
ECC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

2:30pm

Activism Through Art: Three Projects to Engage Students in Social Change
This session will give participants a synopsis of three engaging school based projects that students completed through various grant initiatives with a social justice focus. Project one details include having students create an art piece using skateboard decks as a canvas to engage and invoke a conversation around poverty and homelessness in youth. Project two included the writing, recording and performance of a protest song; “Scream For Change” and the third project included students using various “street art” techniques to raise awareness of a chosen social justice issue. Participants will walk away with resources and ideas to implement their own social justice themed projects in their school, social studies or art classroom.

Speakers
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Kristian Basaraba

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


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

2:30pm

La corde à linge à la rescousse, 4e à 8e
L’usage d’objets de manipulation en mathématiques est recommandé afin de promouvoir la compréhension chez les élèves. Certains objets de manipulation ont des rôles bien définis. D’autres servent à plusieurs sauces. La corde à linge, pour sa part, est un visuel puissant pour le sens du nombre ainsi que pour les régularités et relations. Dans cet atelier, vous verrez comment l’utiliser pour promouvoir la compréhension des nombres naturels, des entiers relatifs, des nombres rationnels ainsi que pour résoudre des équations algébriques.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle crée et offre des formations en français partout en Alberta et au-delà et ce, depuis plus d’une décennie. Son approche pratico-pratique en situation d’atelier et ses grandes connaissances en mathématiques font d’elle... Read More →


Thursday February 6, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm
ECC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags French
 
Friday, February 7
 

9:00am

Using SmarterMarks to improve your assessments
The Alberta Diploma Exams use a team of teachers and experts to critically analyze each possible question BEFORE it gets published as an exam. Since we can't hope to do that as teachers, we have no way of improving our assessments without some help. SmarterMarks can help teachers make discerning choices about when it's a good idea to omit a question that's too hard vs. keeping a hard question because it's fair. SmarterMarks puts quantitative data at your disposal and can help you improve your test questions. There is also a feature that allows you to store individual questions in a data bank and accumulate more specific data; I will NOT be covering that. *I should note that I do NOT work for SmarterMarks, nor do I receive any compensation for this workshop from its owner. However, I did email them to tell them I would like to do this and they gave their consent freely. I'm just a fan :)

Speakers
avatar for Clayton Beebe

Clayton Beebe

IB Coordinator, St. Albert Public Schools


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

Best in Class
Candy will, through personal stories, explore the impact educators have had on her life. Participants will leave feeling uplifted and empowered.

Speakers
avatar for Candy Palmater

Candy Palmater

Partner, The Candy Show Entertainment Co.
Candy is a recovered lawyer turned feminist comic. She is an, actor, writer, columnist, international speaker, activist, comedian and multiple award-winning TV and radio personality, and has executive produced three films on Mi'kmaw culture. Candy is the creator and star of her own... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Mindfulness Made Simple for Kids
Musicians tune their instruments and tune to each other. Why not tune our instrument of learning and optimize the capacities of kindness, empathy and compassion in our students. Join Jeannie on this journey of mindfulness activities for kids. You are invited to introduce yourself to some simple practices in this growing area of wellness and experience the benefits. In this session you will get a taste of a variety of practices that are presented in an easy to understand way in areas teachers already deal with in a classroom setting (helping children calm down, become more focused, managing upsets, etc). The exercises are from 'Sitting Still Like a Frog' by Eline Snel. As stated in the forward of her book, "What could be more important than learning and practicing how to be kind to oneself and others? Aren't those exactly what we most hope our chidren will learn?" Start with the introduction to some simple practices.

Speakers
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Jeannie Lundgard

Jeannie has provided sessions at District Professional Development Days and continues to offer courses through Continuing Education and privately. In her teaching career of thirty-five plus years, she has served as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a School Counsellor... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Meghan Adams - High Prairie #62
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Financial Wellness
This presentation assists teachers in learning how to read their pay statements. It helps teachers determine where they are on the pay grid and how to calculate a pay cheque. It further reviews deductions such as pension, CPP, EI, income tax, benefits and dues.

Speakers
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Various, Executive Staff Officer, Member Services

PD Workshops Administrator, Alberta Teachers' Association
TBD


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 280
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Active Bodies, Thriving Brains: how movement fuels mental health with Alberta Health Services
Movement is essential for healthy physical and mental development in children and youth. A growing body of research highlights the vital role that physical activity has on cognition, brain function and mental health. Learn how movement impacts the mental health of children and youth in the areas of depression, anxiety, stress and self-esteem, and try out some fun, practical movement activities to use in your classroom or school! This session is part of the Ever Active Schools Health and Wellness Symposium, presented with our provincial partners Alberta Health Services, the Be Fit for Life Network and the Health and Physical Education Council.

Speakers
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Jacqui Currie

Health Promotion Coordinator, Alberta Health Services
To be determined


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Are Teen Brains Shrinking?
Recent research shows that adolescent brain grey matter is shrinking as a result of poor sleep habits. In this session, we will look at a compelling argument around the importance of teaching our students about sleep. Cross-curriculuar approaches in humanities, and in science will be shared with attendees.

Speakers
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Kathy Penner

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

7th - 9th Grade Math Games Reveal Students' Gifts and Gaps
Research is clear that all learners, regardless of age, learn most efficiently through a play or games situation. Games are no longer for just primary students. Come play and learn a variety of Jr High math games closely aligned to the Alberta curriculum that provide students with opportunities to have sustained, engaged practice of math concepts (the way the brain most efficiently commits concepts to permanent memory). Questioning techniques, management strategies as well as ways to easily differentiate the games will be modeled and highlighted throughout the workshop. A handout with game rules and game boards will be provided. Samples of student work will also be shared.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

9:00am

Musicals in the music classroom
Are you curious about how to incorporate musicals into your music program? With the release of many new live action Disney films, movie musicals, and travelling Broadways shows in our city, our students are curious about these too. Find out some ways to incorporate learning about different musicals in your music program, both for division one and division two. Teachers will be able to take away many different activities that can be implemented directly into their music programs to support musical learning across the grades in a variety of different ways.

Speakers
CR

Courtney Richard

Courtney Richard is an elementary music specialist for Elk Island Public Schools. She has completed her Orff Level I and II training, Intellidance certification, and received her Master of Education degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Music Education from the University... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon C
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Fear not the Zombie Apocalypse
In fiction, a zombie is an undead being created by the re-animation of a human corpse. These soulless creatures prowl here and there (usually at night) seeking to infect others with zombie virus, and ultimately take over our world, as described in various stories as "I am Legend" and "Night of the Living Dead." Often these stories threaten or culminate in some sort of zombie apocalypse- where these undead beings risk ending or irreparably changing life as we know it. While zombies themselves are creatures of fantasy, the reality is that fear of an apocalypse goes far beyond fictional stories. Christian faith in the resurrection of Jesus (which is different than re-animation!) brings a unique perspective to discussions about "the end." Join Evergreen CSRD Chaplain Mike Landry for a lively discussion of zombies, Jesus, C.S. Lewis, and the reason why one of the most often repeated phrases in Scripture is "be not afraid" - a phrase that never loses its value.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Landry

Mike Landry

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

Maki(Ng) Science Fun!
Join Michael Ng as he shares amazing hands-on science demonstrations on activities like inertia, magnetic slime, density, home-made silver mirror Christmas ornaments, DIY electroplating, and the classic elephant toothpaste! Relevant for Chemistry 20 / 30 and Junior High Science Curriculum

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Charlene Wheeler - St. Thomas Aquinas #45
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

PVC Science: Stomp Rockets, Marshmallow Blasters and the Science of Flight
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 20

Come and construct a stomp rocket launcher (with paper rocket) and marshmallow blaster with PVC pipes to explore projectile motion, rocketry and the science of flight. Once constructed participants can then test and evaluate their designs which is all part of STEM education. These activities can be modified for use in the Grade 1, 3, 4 “Building” units in science, the Grade 6 Flight and Sky Science unit, Grade 7 Structures and Forces, Grade 8 Mechanical Systems, Grade 9 Space Exploration and the Physics 20 kinematics unit. 3, 2, 1 blast off! Each participant will walk away with a stomp rocket activity, launcher and marshmallow blaster made of PVC.

Speakers
KB

Kristian Basaraba

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
Westin: Strathcona Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Data Science in Elementary Science
The ability to process information in an analytical way is becoming increasingly important, and educators are encouraged or expected to incorporate more coding and data analytics into their teaching. Callysto is a free online platform designed for students in Grade 5 and up. It is capable of engaging data visualizations, big data processing, coding, and text formatting. Teachers will be introduced to the federally-funded Callysto platform, and will be able to explore Python-based modules developed for teaching outcomes in elementary science. We will talk about how to incorporate these into your classroom, and help you create or edit modules for other outcomes if you are interested.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Callysto Ambassador, Cybera
David Hay has taught Grade 6 as well as high school science and technology courses, and was a consultant for Elk Island Public Schools in the areas of technology and innovation.


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Robots and Hotdogs are Scarier than Spiders - Teaching Critical Thinking, and Why It's Important
If you're trying to prepare your students for the jobs of tomorrow - your aim is likely off by about a decade. The best jobs of 2030 are unknowable, and maybe don't even exist yet. While we don't know what our students will do for a living, we can be reasonably certain that critical thinking skills will serve them well. In this session, participants will explore the whys and hows around teaching critical thinking and share successful strategies for growing successful brains.

Speakers
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Terry Hogan

Vice Principal
Terry Hogan is a vice principal in Peace River AB, an extremely lucky husband, and a father of 4 children. All of his best teaching ideas were stolen from the great teachers he has had the good fortune to work with and observe over the years, from multiple Edwin Parr nominees to returning... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
ECC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Rising to the Challenge: How to effectively manage pressure and stress
Everyone has moments where the “have to get it right”. Challenging personal and professional situations bring very real consequences to the forefront where some people thrive, some falter and some flat out crack. The only difference between success and failure is how we respond to the stress of the moment. In this research based session, Marco helps participants understand how pressure and perfectionism negatively impact our wellbeing and performance. With these new insights participants are empowered to: shift their approach to stress, avoid turning high importance situations into high pressure situations, target the zone of high standards, and harness character strengths to overcome pressure and to be at their best.

Speakers
MI

Marco Iafrate

Marco Iafrate Professional Speaker
With over 19 years in the wellness and human development fields, Marco Iafrate helps individuals and organizations create high performance and healthy environments. His experience as a professional speaker, facilitator, wellness instructor and certified coach help improve culture... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Press Start to Begin - The Gamification of Education!
Children, and adults for that matter, have never been more engaged by video games than they are now. Why is that though? What draws people so deeply into video games? What brings them back and what drives them to keep trying to improve in the face of great adversity? Can you harness the psychology behind game creation and turn your class into something all students will beg to be in? In an education system designed where students start with 100% and lose as they go Gamification flips this concept onto its head focusing on the individual’s progression while increasing both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation exponentially. Can anyone do this? I am here to tell you that you can and it is easier than you think! I have successfully turned my Grade 8 science course into a live action role playing game. Students compete against the teacher, each other, other guilds and other classes in an effort to level up and progress! Sounds intimidating but it is not! You will walk out of this session inspired and driven to make changes to your teaching - it's time to Level Up!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

The Power of Play: A Key Tool in Fostering Learning and Resiliency
Play is to the child what talk is to the adult: it is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, describing experiences, disclosing wishes, and self-fulfillment. Children express themselves and their needs, relive their past, and connect with others through play. It allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It is through play that children, at a very early age, engage and interact in the world around them and develop resiliency. In this session, Tammy Schamuhn, Registered Play Therapist, will help attendees better understand play and the benefits to utilizing it as a tool to help child develop resilience and overcome a variety of mental health issues. They will also explore how play is related to development of the brain, and how play deprivation can adversely affect children.

Speakers
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Tammy Schamuhn

Institute of Child Psychology
I am a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist, and obtained a Bachelors of Education from the University of Alberta and practiced as an elementary teacher for Edmonton Public Schools before going on to do my Masters degree in Psychology. In addition to my role as an educator... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am

Utiliser le jeu pour combler les besoins spéciaux
Il est facile d'utiliser le jeu pour combler les besoins spéciaux si on connait une gamme des jeux sociaux! Venez, apprenez, et jouons une quinzaine de jeux ensemble, en français. (Translation from French: Using Games to Address Challenging Learner Needs. It is easy to use games to meet special needs if we know a range of social games, to begin with. Come, learn, and play 15 games together. This session will be conducted in French.)

Speakers
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Vincent Mireau

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Laudato Si: Sur la sauvegarde de la maison commune
En publiant l'encyclique Laudato Si: Sur la sauvegarde de la maison commune, le Pape François a su rallier tous les défenseurs de l'environnement, qu'ils soient catholiques ou non . Cette encyclique n'est pas seulement une dénonciation des conditions économiques qui causent la dégradation de l'environnement. C'est aussi un cri de ralliement qui suggère des solutions. Dans cette session, nous allons aborder ces solutions et discuter de leur pertinence en salle de classe.

Speakers
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Pierre Rousseau

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

9:00am

Suicide Intervention
Taught by mental health expert Lee Thomas, this presentation will give a brief overview about suicide in Canada and how it impacts our students, followed by practical tips and step-by-step instructions on how to help a student or coworker who is having thoughts of suicide. Please note that this session is NOT designed to be an intervention, therapy, or counselling for participants. If you are having thoughts of suicide, please reach out to www.crisisservicescanada.ca or your local emergency department.

Speakers
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Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas is an international speaker, writer, and advocate currently based in Calgary. Lee speaks to groups of all ages and sizes about mental health and LGBTQ+ issues, with a particular focus on stigma reduction and youth mental health. They are a Mental Health First Aid instructor... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

Wahkohtowin - We Are All Related
Exploring the idea of Wahkohtowin. Wahkohtowin is a Cree word which denotes the interconnected nature of relationships, communities, and natural systems. Its literal meaning is "kinship", but it is often used to refer to Cree law, or Cree codes of conduct. Participants will explore this idea of wahkohtowin in a sharing circle format and have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. Learn how this Indigenous world view can be reflected in your classroom and supports your foundational knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details U Shape or Circle - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Writing Across the Curriculum
Karen always felt something was missing in her writing program. When she brought freewriting into the classroom, it was a game changer. Students became more engaged, the quality of writing improved, and the reluctance to write was greatly reduced. Karen uses freewriting as a foundation for teaching skills and also as a way for students make connections, think critically, and construct meaning in all areas of the curriculum. This method of writing becomes especially relevant as we move towards a concept-based curriculum. Leave this session inspired to teach writing in your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Strong Foundations: Reading Remediation in the Early Elementary Classroom
High quality literacy instruction provides all students with a solid foundation for building strong reading skills. This session will outline the typical development of literacy skills and signs of a possible reading disability in Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. An explicit and multi-sensory approach to instruction focused on the development of solid phonemic awareness and phonics skills will be introduced. Fluency, vocabulary and comprehension instruction will also be discussed. Classroom based support for at-risk students will also be presented. Teachers will have opportunities for hands-on practice as well as receive access to additional materials.

Speakers
AM

Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. She offers intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught grades one and two. Ashley was nominated for the Edwin Parr... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Chateau Lacombe: McDougall Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am

Poetry Expedition - A Portfolio Approach to Teaching Poetry
This session will walk teachers through how to teach Poetry using a student poetry portfolio project. Students will be taken on a poetry expedition. They will be given “Navigational Tools” to appreciate and understand many forms of poetry. They are given “Specimens” of poems to use as references when they begin searching for their own specimens of poems. Here they will learn about common poetry types. Next, they will receive “Navigational Techniques” to help them select and organize appropriate specimens of poetry. Here they will learn about analyzing poetry and decoding words, ideas, imagery, and styles and patterns as well creating a bibliography of their found specimens. At last, students will be off on their Navigator’s Trek Poetry Portfolio Trip where they will use 21st century learning to discover their own specimens; prepare their specimens for a portfolio by responding to reflective questions for each specimen; create relevant graphics/art for each poem specimen; assemble their portfolio’s and finally present their portfolios. In addition to this, each student will author a poem of a format of their choice. These authored poems will be presented during a Poetry Reading class for the final class(es) of the program. Each student will receive a “Poetry Expedition” Portfolio Book as well as a published book of each students’ self-authored poems.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres

Brigitta Goerres

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
I have had the fortune of starting my career as a classroom teacher immediately after graduating, I continued my career working with the Ministry of Education as an Exam Manager and from there worked for a decade as the Executive Director of Curriculum with an educational company... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 180
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

Discover the Trigonometric Identities using the Unit Circle!
This session will show how to easily derive the foundational Trigonometric Identities using basic geometry of the Unit Circle. Creating a theme of visual understanding and the joy of playing with equations opens the door to more fun with Trig Identities. Many students struggle with the courage to explore and manipulate these equations - which is a skill needed to engage in the trig proofs. The geometry used on the unit circle will be the same visual used in Math 10C, allowing for the common visual to transcend the grades.

Speakers
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Rosalind Carson

Mathematics Education Consultant
Rosalind is a passionate mathematics educator and aspiring mathematician. She has been teaching students and teachers for 18 years. Rosalind continues to explore and share hands-on strategies for students to explore and develop their spatial sense of mathematical concepts. She loves... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

Numeracy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Exploring Math Concepts Through Fun Outdoor Activities
What do numeracy and well-being have to do with each other? Everything! Studies show that children, especially those with the most challenging behaviours, feel more relaxed outside and are therefore more open to deep learning. This workshop will demonstrate how to use the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities to develop a range of numeracy skills. Whether you’re teaching basic operations, estimation, magnitude, measurement, patterns, shapes, or space, it’s more fun and meaningful to do this outside where students will naturally be happier and more engaged. Join us for this hands-on session where we’ll have fun demonstrating activities and expanding your learning environments.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor for the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. She provides strategic guidance for programs and operations. Kathy is our lead... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Chateau Lacombe: Strathcona Room
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

Round and Round We Go: Using a Centres-Based Approach in the L2 Classroom
Have you ever thought about using a centres-based approach in your second language classroom but don’t know where to start? Gone are the days of standing at the front and teaching a whole class language lesson. Join Heather and Jessie as they share how they plan for, set up, run and assess centres in the grades 4-8 FSL classes. Using a centres-based approach has changed how we teach; join us to learn how you can incorporate a variety of centre activities, including technology, into your second language classroom.

Speakers
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Jessie Krefting

Teacher, Grades 5 & 6 FSL, Parkland School Division #70
Jessie graduated with a BA in French and a minor in education in 2002 followed by a BEd (After Degree) in Elementary Education in 2004 from Concordia University of Alberta. Recently, Jessie completed her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and wrote her final paper on second... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

What Matters? Students Take Action for Democracy
Often students are exposed to issues that seem impossible to resolve. Hope is fostered when students understand that they have the power to influence issues important to them. Strong democracies require citizens who are active, engaged and work in solidarity to address injustices and to stand up for the principles of democracy. This workshop features the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education’s new teaching unit titled Citizens in Action: More Than Just Voters. It challenges students to consider active engagement that goes beyond just voting periodically. Various lessons encourage students to examine current issues and then find ways to address ones that matter to them. The unit, while aimed primarily at grade six, has applications for social studies outcomes from grades 4 to 12. Attendees will receive the resource.

Speakers
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Barbara L Maheu

writer, The Aspen foundation for Labour Education
Barb Maheu is a teacher who now develops units and lessons for the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. Prior to this she worked as an executive staff officer at the Alberta Teachers' Association in professional development. She has developed and delivered workshops and helped to... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
ECC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

"I'm done! What do I do now?
We all love it when we hear from our students, "I'm done! What do I do now? Can I just play games?" - Don't we? When students are finished with their assignment, how can they spend their digital time wisely? A look at some alternatives to "free time" and just playing games on the computer.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Starko

Chad Starko

EdTech & Innovation Learning Coach, STAR Catholic Schools
Chad Starko has been driven by a passion to transform the way we teach and engage our students in a love of learning, after over 20 years of innovation and technology integration within the math and science classroom. Chad currently works as an EdTech & Innovation Learning Coach with... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

A Bloody Good Time: Introduction to Special Effects Make-Up
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 30

Do you want to take your drama class or theatre production to the next gory level? Scare your colleagues? Or do you really, really, really like Halloween? This class will introduce you to one teacher's approach to her option classes and engaging student's creative sides with special effects makeup! This session offers: - learning how to make realistic cuts, bruises, and burns (on yourself or bring a friend!) - creating small special effects props (including severed fingers and intestines!) - the supplies to use (and where to start) for the budget-conscious teacher - curricular links and approaches to options/CTF classes and competencies - possible ways to structure your options class and build on skills

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Stankov

Jillian Stankov

Middle Years Humanities, Parkland School Division
Jillian Stankov is a Middle Years Humanities Teacher in Wabamun, Alberta. Outside of being a teacher, she is a graduate student at Athabasca University, doing her Masters in Counselling. She enjoys reading, learning about the human brain, and creeping her husband and parents out with... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room B
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

9:00am

Teaching Art with no art room, no budget and lots of kids
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 40

University did not prepare Susan for the realities of teaching art in Junior High for twenty-seven years. Susan learned on the job and in this session she shares practical organization, storage and clean up ideas so you can approach your art lessons with confidence. Clay, Paper Mache and Soapstone projects will be demonstrated.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Carter

Susan Carter

Susan Carter Comic
Susan Carter holds a B.Ed. from the University of Regina and has taught in four provinces including Alberta. In 1993 she decided to act upon a long-time dream of doing standup comedy. Her creative coping ideas come from years of teaching Junior High! After thirty years of teaching... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room A
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

9:00am

Oil Pastels- endless possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 30

This session combines techniques and strategies to effectively use the vibrant colours of the oil pastels. Creating new colours, blending colours and achieving texture will be explored by step-by-step demonstration of each project. These projects can be modified for any grade level and abilities.

Speakers
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Christina Dixon

As a teacher and artist my goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to. Technique is important... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Lacombe Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am

ATRF Pension Interviews
Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund Board will be holding pension interviews for those teachers who are considering retiring or terminating from the plan in 2020 - 2023. PLEASE NOTE: INTERVIEWS NEED TO BE BOOKED DIRECTLY WITH ATRF. https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C Registration will commence on December 3 at 9:00 AM.

Speakers
AP

ATRF Pension Counsellor

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 2:30pm
Westin: Chancellor Rm
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:00am

Foods Muffin/Cupcake Unit for Middle school
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 20

Foods Muffin/Cupcake for middle school will include a presentation on how my classroom is set up for grades 5 through 8, as well as a hands on demonstration of muffin mixing which will lead into my cupcake challenge. We will be making muffins and decorating cupcakes with a professional baker from Sherwood Park. There will be opportunities to collaborate with the other teachers coming and eat some of our baking.

Speakers
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Mhairi Miskew

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 3:00pm
Offsite: Sherwood Park Location 2
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 20
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

9:00am

Carved Clay Spheres
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 18

Working with clay is both challenging and fun. Students will use additive and subtractive sculpture in clay as well as learn the basic properties of clay construction to create an original clay sphere.

Speakers

Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 3:00pm
Offsite - Warburg
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 18
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am

The joy of watercolour
Limited Capacity filling up

Fun and effective ways to paint, tricks and techniques make it enjoyable to work with supposedly a difficult medium. No drawing skill needed. Good for all levels. Project is designed to be completed in one day.

Speakers
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WILLIE wong

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


Friday February 7, 2020 9:00am - 4:00pm
Offsite: Sherwood Park Location 1
  • Chairperson Glenda Galloway - Wetaskiwin #18
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

9:30am

Bouldering 101 and Beyond
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 30

This session will combine the development of practical climbing skills (movement and technique) and the exploration of health connections. Curious about bouldering? Come and experience first hand one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. Don’t let your lack of experience or perceived fitness level deter you as this session is as much about developing brains and boldness as it is about brawn. Bouldering is an individual sport so it is accessible to athletes of all ability levels. Learn the fundamental movements and techniques that are unique to getting around in the vertical world. Come prepared to be active and unless you have your own climbing shoes please wear socks!

Speakers
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Stephanie Strong

Stephanie Strong is a secondary teacher and an avid rock climber. She has taught all core subjects to grades 7 - 9 for more than a decade in an alternative setting where the predominant demographic is high anxiety youth. Stephanie also instructs a variety of movement, technique and... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 9:30am - 3:00pm
Offsite - Edmonton Southeast
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:30am

Collaboration Station: Mechanics, Woods and Fabrication
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session we are going to show you some of our favorite projects in a hands on setting, that we offer in our mechanics, fabrication and woods classes. We would love for you to bring along your expertise and share some of the things that you are doing in your programs as well. This is a time of hands-on collaboration and discussion that hopefully will help all of us to add meaningful projects and processes to our hands-on environment.

Speakers
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James Eastman

CTS Teacher
Hello, I have been teaching at OJSH for 2 years. Prior to getting my B.Ed I worked in commercial construction for 10 years as a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter.
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Ryan Siemens

My name is Ryan Siemens and I am a red seal Journeyman Automotive Service technician. Before getting my ed degree in 2017, I worked in the automotive trade for 14 years. I have taught for 2 years now and I love the transition to teaching.


Friday February 7, 2020 9:30am - 3:30pm
Offsite - Onoway
  • Chairperson John Lobo - Northern Gateway #43
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 21
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:15am

Running a Broadcast Club or Course
Clubs can be in addition to or instead of broadcast courses, we'll talk about both possibilities. Student-run broadcasts are a great way for students to develop live video production skills and contribute to school culture. There are many opportunities for live video production, including morning announcements, sporting events, assemblies, and ceremonies. Students of any age can be involved in the productions, and budgets can range from zero to thousands of dollars. This will also be a good opportunity to network with other teachers to hear about their experiences and potentially share yours.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

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


Friday February 7, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
ECC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

10:15am

It's About the Kids - Working Effectively with Educational Assistants
As classrooms have become more inclusive, greater numbers of teachers have frequent interactions with educational assistants. While teachers have been trained to work effectively with students, working with other adults is different and in some ways more difficult. This session will explore the relationship between teachers and educational assistants, and discuss strategies to make the relationship cordial, productive, and beneficial to students.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Hogan

Terry Hogan

Vice Principal
Terry Hogan is a vice principal in Peace River AB, an extremely lucky husband, and a father of 4 children. All of his best teaching ideas were stolen from the great teachers he has had the good fortune to work with and observe over the years, from multiple Edwin Parr nominees to returning... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:15am

Bringing Social 8 to Life
Want to bring history to life in your classroom? Want your students to experience history? Want your students to think critically and build skills? This session will walk you through simulations and other interactive and engaging activities for your students! Activities include a Black Death Simulation, engaging resources (videos, graphic novels, etc), and primary source documents to encourage critical thinking and analysis skills. Your students will be actively engaged in their learning and WANT to know more! They will have opportunities to put themselves into history and become the characters that before they merely read about! Lots of humanities cross curricular opportunities! You will walk away with the complete simulation packages, activities, projects and resources.

Speakers
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Joanna Zakus

Joanna has a BA History and a BEd Secondary Social Studies. She has been teaching primarily social studies and humanities for the last 15 years at the junior high level. Joanna currently is a teacher at a middle school with the Calgary Board of Education. She focuses on interactive... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

10:15am

CAPturing Learning: Spelling, Word Wall, and Math Facts
This Cognitive Ability Patterning (CAP) strategy is useful for all students, and particularly those experiencing difficulties learning word wall words, spelling, and math facts. CAP is a simple and very effective learning technique that places information like spelling words, word wall, and math facts in the student's long term memory without the struggle. When students learn the CAP strategy, success happens quickly. Learning becomes easy. Students become more independent as they apply the CAP process to the these areas of learning on their own or in partners. Now is the time to share the technique with those students that are working hard to learn; show them CAP to make learning easy and efficient; to work smarter not harder. CAPitalize on this opportunity to add CAP to your repertoire of techniques and strategies to benefit students learning!

Speakers
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Jeannie Lundgard

Jeannie has provided sessions at District Professional Development Days and continues to offer courses through Continuing Education and privately. In her teaching career of thirty-five plus years, she has served as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a School Counsellor... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am
ECC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Karalie Kinnersley - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:30am

How One Teacher Changed My Life in 10 Minutes
Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this pain. As a result, some individuals turn to substance use, self-harm, or even suicide. Sadly, many students are suffering in silence. A smile can appear on the outside while they are in pain on the inside. For years, this was Allan. A university professor saw beneath Allan’s mask and changed his entire life through a simple process. Allan shares this approach in his message, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, but that the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable. Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan explains what drives students to engage in destructive behaviors. Through a fun and interactive quiz, teachers will gain an increased understanding of mental illness, trauma, resilience, and wellness. Allan ensures that teachers will walk away feeling better equipped to deal with the countless challenges that our students face.

Speakers
avatar for Allan Kehler

Allan Kehler

Teacher, Professional Speaker, Out from the Shadows
Allan Kehler is one of Canada’s most impactful presenters to professionals in education and to their beneficiaries – youth and young adults. Educators and students across Canada have benefited from his engaging presentations on prevention and wellness. His comprehensive approach... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
ECC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - Northern Gateway #43
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Relax Dammit: Healthy and Happy in the Age of Anxiety
In this presentation, Timothy Caulfield will explore all the things we all stress about in a typical day, from when we get out of bed to how much coffee to drink to how our kids get to school to how we handle our email to how we can be more productive to whether we should sit on that dirty toilet seat. We make, and worry about, a thousand big and little decisions during our waking hours. Too often these decisions are dictated by concerns or beliefs about our world that simply aren’t true. These misperceptions impact our day-to-day decisions and, I will argue, unnecessarily stress us out and cause us to waste time and money.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Timothy Caulfield

Professor Timothy Caulfield

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector — from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine — for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is a Canada Research Chair in... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Mike Wheeler - Timberline #9
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

The Power of Voice – Unleashing the Potential of the Collective
Throughout history, the world has changed through the collective power of people. This presentation delves into the many ways that teachers and others have banded together to make changes. Political action doesn’t always have to be political. Learn how you can be an advocate for teachers and students without being a radical.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Government program area. Among her chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's communications and public relations programs. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 280
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Promoting Durable & Efficient Student Learning: Insights from Cognitive Science
The scientific study of human learning and memory consists of thousands of experiments dedicated to identifying cognitive processes fundamental to learning. In the past several decades, researchers and educators have come together to translate this tremendous knowledge base in cognitive psychology into several evidence-based techniques that can help students of all ages and abilities learn, understand, and retain materials across a wide variety of domains. We provide an overview of some of these techniques, how they enhance durable learning, and the evidence of their effectiveness in actual classrooms.

Speakers
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Faria Sana

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


Friday February 7, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Canada's New Food Guide: Taking it to the Classroom with Alberta Health Services
Have you seen the new Food Guide? Are you wondering how to use the new Food Guide to talk about healthy foods with students? Join Alberta Health Services Dietitians for an interactive session about the new Canada’s Food Guide. We’ll explore ready-to-use school nutrition resources and discuss up-to-date messages you can use to teach about healthy eating using the Food Guide. Participants will hear stories and ideas from schools across the province and have the opportunity to share their own ideas. This session is part of the Ever Active Schools Health and Wellness Symposium, presented with our provincial partners Alberta Health Services, the Be Fit for Life Network and the Health and Physical Education Council.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Letourneau, Alberta Health Services - Nutrition Services

Michelle Letourneau, Alberta Health Services - Nutrition Services

Population and Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Michelle's team supports healthy food environments and provides resources for school teachers, child educators, parents and health professionals working in schools and recreation facilities.


Friday February 7, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Using Foley to Explore and Create
What is foley? What can students learn about foley that will enhance their learning in the music classroom? This session will share a project that can be used with division 2 students in Music to help explore sound and timbre. Let's explore and create together! You will be given links to share with students that teach about how sound and music is used to enhance film. Students can then take what they have learned and add all the sound effects to a short animated film. How can traditional instruments be explored? How can we create with other non-traditional sounds?

Speakers
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Courtney Richard

Courtney Richard is an elementary music specialist for Elk Island Public Schools. She has completed her Orff Level I and II training, Intellidance certification, and received her Master of Education degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Music Education from the University... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Chateau Lacombe: Salon C
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

10:30am

Maki(Ng) Science Sound and Glow like Fun!
Join Michael Ng as he shares demonstrations on wild sounds and glowing atmospheres for Gr 4-12. Why is the sky blue? What chemicals will glow? A glowing wall! A DIY water xylophone! Relevant for Chemistry 20 / 30 and Junior High Science Curriculum

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

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


Friday February 7, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
ECC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:30am

Verbathon®: Comment s'amuser avec les verbes et la grammaire!
Voulez-vous enseigner les verbes et la grammaire d’une manière unique, amusante et efficace? Aider vos élèves en jouant des jeux? Utiliser la musique rap pour renforcer l’apprentissage des verbes? Intégrer l’étude des verbes avec d'autres matières? Apprendre comment organiser et participer à un tournoi excitant, même au niveau national? Alors venez participer à cet atelier dynamique! Verbathon® est fondé sur l’idée que les élèves apprennent et retiennent plus en participant aux jeux actifs. Les jeux et les activités du Verbathon® sont basés sur le principe que les possibilités sont INFINIES: INclusif/ Favorise la responsabilité/ INteractif/ Intégration/ Esprit d’ équipe/ Social et amusant. Verbathon® s’adapte facilement à tous les niveaux par les profs d’ Immersion, de cadre et de langue seconde. M. Emmanuel Escueta, B.Ed., M.Ed a développé le Verbathon®. Emmanuel est enseignant d’immersion dans la commission scolaire de Coquitlam, C.-B. et il est fondateur de Les Productions Éducatives ESCUTECH Ltée. Il est récipiendaire du Prix du Premier ministre pour l'excellence dans l'enseignement.

Speakers
avatar for Emmanuel Escueta

Emmanuel Escueta

Emmanuel Escueta is an Elementary French Immersion Teacher in the Coquitlam School District (SD 43) in British Columbia. He started as an FSL (French as a Second Language) Educator in Manitoba in 1989. He's been a French Immersion teacher since 1992. In 1996, Emmanuel moved to BC... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

10:45am

Fat and Food: How Schools can Prevent Disordered Eating
Our lives are punctuated by food. It is a part of many of our big moments. We celebrate First Birthdays with a cake smash. We eat ice cream to get over heartbreak. Not only do we need food to survive, but it is also culturally significant. We need it but many people are at war with food and their bodies. Many people spend their lives dieting. They diet before graduation, a wedding, or after having a baby. According to the National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC, 2017), dieting is the most common example of disordered eating. When do we learn that food has the power to make us happy or cause serious distress? How do we develop the habit of skipping meals, not eating in public, or using food as an emotional band-aid? No one tells a child that these are good habits but many adults still find themselves doing a juice cleanse to get control of their sugar cravings. There are many factors that influence our beliefs about food and bodies (Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), 2011). As educators, we do not have control over social media or a parent’s new diet but there is still work that we can do in the class. Teacher’s beliefs and behaviours influence how students develop their own relationship with food and body image (O'Dea & Maloney, 2000). This presentation will answer the following research questions: How does disordered eating impact students? How can schools reduce the chances that students will develop disordered eating?

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Sims

Pamela Sims

I am an Elementary teacher with a passion for social justice. I have been teaching since 2012 and received my Master of Education in 2019. My Master of Education focused on student mental health and creating healthy schools.


Friday February 7, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:45am

Smudging Circle
Participants will be introduced to a smudging circle. They will learn about the different smudges that are utilized in the different nations of Turtle Island. Each smudge utilized is also a medicine. Participants will learn more about these plants as medicines. To smudge is to bring balance of mind, body and spirit and to make a connection to the Creator. Smudging circles are a way to start a talking/sharing circle.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details U Shape or Circle - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

10:45am

Stories of People Working Together to Build Alberta
“How have people working together strengthened quality of life in Alberta?” This session is based on the complementary resource titled, Stories of People Working Together to Build Alberta. It highlights contributions of various groups both in the past and present who have contributed to Alberta’s history and culture. The session provides lessons and units cross-referenced to Social Studies 4 outcomes. Each lesson asks a unique inquiry question, provides interactive learning activities and suggests possible assessment strategies. While the primary focus is on grade 4 Social Studies, there are applications to Grade 5 and 6 curriculum outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara L Maheu

Barbara L Maheu

writer, The Aspen foundation for Labour Education
Barb Maheu is a teacher who now develops units and lessons for the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. Prior to this she worked as an executive staff officer at the Alberta Teachers' Association in professional development. She has developed and delivered workshops and helped to... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
ECC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

10:45am

Ka-Who? The Ultimate Review Game - GimKit!
We use Kahoot all the time but the Kahoot system is flawed. It is just a click and race based game but little competition existed for it. This is until a small group of highschool students from Seattle took it upon themselves to transform and challenge Kahoot. Come and learn about the greatest review tool you've never heard of. Applicable for middle school and above, it provides the student with a rich, learning experience infused with gaming principles while providing teachers with data about material covered. In the end you'll be asking yourself...Ka-Who?

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

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


Friday February 7, 2020 10:45am - 12:15pm
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

11:00am

Introduction to Teaching Sprints
Learn a simple but powerful approach for teacher learning and continuous practice improvement. This workshop provides school and teacher leaders with an introduction to the Teaching Sprints approach to collaborative teacher professional learning. Numerous research studies confirm that teaching quality has the largest in-school influence on student learning, and that high-quality professional learning can lead to improvements in student achievement. In this practical workshop, participants will be introduced to the Teaching Sprints process, and leave equipped with the knowledge of what makes for successful team and school implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Terri Lynn Guiomnd

Terri Lynn Guiomnd

Principal, Evergreen Catholic Schools
Terri Lynn is a lead learner who serves as a Principal with Evergreen Catholic Schools in Spruce Grove, Alberta. In her more than 20 years in education, Terri Lynn has explored learning in all grades, and has firsthand experience with the power of Learning Sprints, agility and instructional... Read More →
avatar for Corey Haley

Corey Haley

Principal, Parkland School Division - Graminia School
Corey Haley is the Principal at Graminia School in Parkland School Division. He has served students and staff in multiple environments from ECS to grade 12. He is also the host of the Intersection Education Podcast.


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00am

Thumbs Up – I’m Ready To Learn!!
Self-regulation refers to the ability of the individual to assume responsibility for their own learning – socially, emotionally and educationally. Through learning how to self-regulate an individual has taken an important step towards becoming a responsible learner. By teaching learners how to self-regulate it has the potential to help with classroom management. The self regulation tools being demonstrated are based on those developed by Ron Davis and include: : 1) the ‘dial’ which is intended to enable the student to self-regulate their energy/movement; 2) a release (breath) to release stress and calm the self; and 3) a ‘focus/orientate’ tool intended to prepare students to take in, and process all multisensory information accurately. Participants will have the opportunity to experience these self-regulation tools in the session.

Speakers
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Paddy Carson

Paddy Carson has a background in Early Childhood Education and is working on her PhD at the University of Tasmania, Australia, where her research interests focus on developing and using self-regulation tools to help with classroom management. A special focus is on helping the learner... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 180
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:00am

It's Not About Food
Eating disorders are one of the most common and one of the most deadly mental illnesses, but many people have no idea how to help someone who is struggling. In this session, Lee will explain general information about eating disorders, some common signs and symptoms you might notice in a student, and what you can do to help.

Speakers
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Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas is an international speaker, writer, and advocate currently based in Calgary. Lee speaks to groups of all ages and sizes about mental health and LGBTQ+ issues, with a particular focus on stigma reduction and youth mental health. They are a Mental Health First Aid instructor... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

11:00am

Math Intervention Made Easy with Cross-Number Puzzles
Have you been struggling to determine why your students are unable to grasp basic numeracy concepts? This session will present Cross-Number puzzles, a user-friendly math resource, based on Math Recovery research and theory. As students work through the Cross-Number puzzles, the concepts they are missing are easily identified. Not only does it then become clear why they are “not getting it”, but more importantly, what needs to be done so they can move forward.

Speakers
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Roni Kraut

Dr. Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught accounting at the college and university level, and has a certificate in adult education. She currently has a family medicine... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Amanda Yaworski - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:00am

Warmed Up and Ready to Go
Safely developing physical literacy, positive attitudes, and behaviours, making healthy food (and other) choices, and total well-being. Warming up for activity prepares body and mind for engagement. Over twenty active, fun, and engaging games (tag, races, rock-paper-scissors, numeracy...) can both warm players up and mentally prepare them for play. Come prepared to participate.

Speakers
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John Byl

Canadian Gopher Sport Educational Consultant, Gopher Sport
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 February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
ECC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:00am

Le sécurité linguistique - l'affectif avant le cognitif
La communication orale est un axe important pour le développement de la langue. Les élèves des écoles françaises et d'immersion profitent d'un enseignement de qualité en français mais vivent toutefois une certaine insécurité linguistique lorsque vient le temps de s'exprimer à l'oral. Savons-nous développer la communication orale de manière à ce que l'élève puisse s'exprimer en toute sécurité? Accordons-nous assez de temps en salle de classe à la communication orale? Donnons-nous les outils nécessaires aux élèves pour qu'ils s'expriment librement et en confiance? Et comment l'apprentissage par le jeu peut-il être au service de la sécurité linguistique? Venez en parler et participer aux solutions.

Speakers
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Carole Freynet-Gagne

Multidisciplinaire et passionnée des langues, Carole Freynet-Gagné possède un solide bagage de connaissances dans de nombreux domaines et est souvent appelée à agir à titre d’experte-conseil en éducation et en linguistique, notamment auprès d’organismes fédéraux et provinciaux... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
ECC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

11:00am

Short and Catchy
A small group of division 4 ELA teachers, from 3 different schools within our division, have collaborated on several different texts and topics and created a few units to share with their colleagues. We are looking forward to sharing our ideas and collected examples from our own classrooms. Come and join in the discussion; leave with some new material under arm. We are exploring some new texts as a means to engage reluctant readers and to promote interest in a diverse student body. We are also looking at including important topics and materials (i.e.: FNMI, mental health, self-care, cultural diversity and Canadian identity) in a safe and inclusive environment.

Speakers
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Katherine Abbass

See first bio.
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Trish Hrytsak

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


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
ECC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

11:00am

Literacy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Fun with Words in the Outdoors
Whether your schoolyard resembles a nature paradise or a concrete jungle, it can be an endless source of inspiration and wonder for your students. In this engaging session, we’ll show you how outdoor learning can boost your students’ literacy skills by helping them make meaning of words and unleashing their creative minds as they explore and express what they see, hear, touch, smell, and feel. We’ll also demonstrate how learning outside can promote your students’ well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and to nature.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor for the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. She provides strategic guidance for programs and operations. Kathy is our lead... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: Strathcona Room
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:00am

Mulitplication and Division of Fractions - Mental Math strategies
This session will show how to develop the multiplication and division operations of fractions with the same visual of a number line - as one would think of performing these operations with Natural Numbers. The idea is to see fractions as numbers, just a Natural Numbers are easy to work with; no new rules for fractions. We will use whiteboard number lines and the fantastic plastic fraction strips by Spectrum-Nasco Canada (Fraction Kits). Come and learn how to help students conceptualize fraction operations in the same way they conceptualize these for Natural Numbers. The goal is to increase the comfort, ease and flexibility of the student's fraction math skills.

Speakers
RC

Rosalind Carson

Mathematics Education Consultant
Rosalind is a passionate mathematics educator and aspiring mathematician. She has been teaching students and teachers for 18 years. Rosalind continues to explore and share hands-on strategies for students to explore and develop their spatial sense of mathematical concepts. She loves... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
ECC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

11:00am

Dazzling Dominoes! Where Have You Been All My Life?
Dominoes are powerful tools for every elementary classroom. Let's narrow the focus and explore how they can be used for every primary math concept! You will love the exploration of subitizing, addition, subtraction and more! The handout alone is worth your time!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Sutton

Kim Sutton

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


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
ECC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:00am

Brain Based Math: Supporting Students with Math Disabilities
This session will focus on critical strategies to support elementary aged students who are presenting with mathematics disabilities or are struggling to gain foundational math skills. The signs of different dyscalculia subtypes will be outlined as well as appropriate remediation strategies. The impact of anxiety on learning mathematics and working memory will be discussed, along with strategies to combat math anxiety. Brain based learning principles emerging from evidence studies will be reviewed, along with the practical implications for classroom, small group or individualized instruction. While the focus of this presentation will be on elementary students, the principles are applicable to students of all ages.

Speakers
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Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. She offers intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught grades one and two. Ashley was nominated for the Edwin Parr... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: McDougall Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:30am

How to make learning Economics both interesting and engaging!
Do your students find learning about economics boring? Do they complain about having to learn it? Come to this session to learn some engaging and interactive activities to help them understand economic concepts. You will learn different games or interactive activities to help them understand the concepts from both a theoretical as well as practical standpoint. Other activities to engage your students are primary source analysis, critical thinking activities as well as engaging videos to support learning. You will walk away with full lesson plans, activity instructions and resources that you can take directly to your classroom.

Speakers
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Joanna Zakus

Joanna has a BA History and a BEd Secondary Social Studies. She has been teaching primarily social studies and humanities for the last 15 years at the junior high level. Joanna currently is a teacher at a middle school with the Calgary Board of Education. She focuses on interactive... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

11:30am

Why kids need to fail to grow!
As far as brain development goes, we need to appreciate the benefits of failure and how it helps to structure our neural connections. Adolescent brains are being impaired through an ongoing social assault on “failure”. In this 90 minute session, we will discuss the scientific research that shows the benefit of failure and how we as educators can help get education back on track.

Speakers
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Kathy Penner

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


Friday February 7, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
ECC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:30am

Teach Your Students Algorithms - Learn to Solve a Rubik's Cube
Mastering rotations, and understanding the value of algorithms in problem solving can be a challenge for many students. Getting students working with the Rubik's cube can lead to a discussion and understanding of a wide variety of math concepts, as well as a demonstration of the value of practice. By the end of this session, participants will be able to solve a Rubik's cube in 5 minutes or less, and then get their students of all ages solving on Monday.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Hogan

Terry Hogan

Vice Principal
Terry Hogan is a vice principal in Peace River AB, an extremely lucky husband, and a father of 4 children. All of his best teaching ideas were stolen from the great teachers he has had the good fortune to work with and observe over the years, from multiple Edwin Parr nominees to returning... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 11:30am - 1:00pm
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Donna Chanasyk - St. Albert Public #73
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

11:45am

Optimizing Learning Objectives to Promote Student Retention
Learning objectives (LOs) are statements that typically presented immediately before a lecture is taught. LOs describe the skills and knowledge students should obtain by the end of lecture. While LOs can be useful for instructors to organize and the goals that students should achieve, very little research has investigated the effects of LOs on student learning. Are LOs even effective or is there a better way to format LOs such that they actually enhance student learning? These are some of the questions I address in this presentation.

Speakers
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Faria Sana

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


Friday February 7, 2020 11:45am - 12:45pm
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Catapults - Conquering the World one Hallway at a Time
To see how to build and use a catapult not only as a review project for Physics 20, but also to meet or review many important outcomes, including: • describe motion in terms of displacement, velocity, acceleration and time. • explain the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on velocity • explain that work is a transfer of energy and that conservation of energy in an isolated system is a fundamental physical concept. You will make your own catapult and do target practice with it.

Speakers

Friday February 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Supervision and Evaluation - What Teachers Need to Know about the New Standards and Evaluation Polic
Supervision and evaluation. Now what? I am unsure if my principal is supervising or evaluating my teaching. What can I expect and what are my rights and responsibilities? What is supervision? What is evaluation? Supervision and evaluation of teachers must be consistent with Alberta Education Policy on Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation, and it must be based on the Teaching Quality Standard. This presentation provides an overview of the new Teacher Quality Standard and the critical components of supervision and evaluation, which must be followed in the Alberta context.

Speakers
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Various, Executive Staff Officer, Member Services

PD Workshops Administrator, Alberta Teachers' Association
TBD


Friday February 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 280
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Sex Ed: How to Answer Student Questions
Why is one breast bigger than the other? How do I know if I am gay? Teacher, when did you start having sex? Students have lots of questions about sex and sexual health. Come to this interactive session and learn how to use the question box effectively, the different types of questions students ask, how to address slang, and how to deal with those embarrassing personal questions. Learn about the resources at TeachingSexualHealth.ca, including the FAQs and Submit a Question feature for expert advice.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services: Teaching Sexual Health
Nicole Inglis has taught everything from grade one PE to Bio 30, and many things in between. She has been a teacher at both public and Catholic schools, and earned her MEd in Adult, Community and Higher Education. Nicole spent more than 10 years facilitating prenatal and parenting... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ECC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:00pm

"A Place Like This" - coming together through song
Come together in song as we celebrate the land on which we live. This session will explore the creation of an original song, written by a number of EIPS music teachers with Elder Wilson Bearhead. We will learn the song as well as explore ways that it can be used and celebrated in music classrooms throughout the province. Though the song focuses on Treaty 6 territory, it can also be used in other territory areas or as inspiration for other original compositions.

Speakers
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Lynnette Newton

Lynnette Newton is Alberta born, Alberta bound. True to character, she loves nature, children, the study of both and has had over 25 years in the classroom. Navigating elementary school was a steep challenge with success in literacy coming later in life. Lynnette completed her Rehabilitation... Read More →
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Courtney Richard

Courtney Richard is an elementary music specialist for Elk Island Public Schools. She has completed her Orff Level I and II training, Intellidance certification, and received her Master of Education degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Music Education from the University... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Salon C
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm

Participation for All in the Classroom and on the Playground (Part 1)
Join Ever Active Schools and the Be Fit for Life Network for one or both of our 2-part session where you use resources that promote participation for all students through Social and Emotional Learning, Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Positive Relationships and Interactions - in the classroom and at recess, break and leisure times. Consider how physical activity opportunities can be established and supported to promote school-wide wellness. In Part 1, we will look at understanding and developing social and emotional learning competencies using Ever Active Schools' newest resource, the Social and Emotional Shuffle. We will also have the opportunity to learn and experience games and activities that promote empathy and understanding, and engage ALL students in creating a community of inclusion.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

BE FIT FOR LIFE NETWORK
Lindsay has a passion for physical activity promotion in Alberta and assumes a dual role in Edmonton. Coordinating the Be Fit For Life Network and the Edmonton Centre provides a unique perspective on the provincial and local communities. Working out of the University of Alberta’s... Read More →
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

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


Friday February 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm

What's Cooking at the Culinary Olympics!
Limited Capacity seats available

The Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) Culinary Olympics is the largest international culinary exhibition in the world. Dating back to the year 1900, the Culinary Olympics has been and continues to be the epicentre of culinary arts. Originating in Frankfurt, the international event has found a home in Berlin, Erfurt and now, for the 25th Culinary Olympics, Stuttgart. With 54 nations and 1600 chefs converging this year in Stuttgart, our NAIT Culinary Team has the immense honour of competing in the largest culinary arts competition in the world. Our NAIT Culinary Team will be competing in February 2020 in the Community Catering Event. Our student-centred team began the arduous albeit exciting task of conceptualizing, planning, organizing and producing lunch for 120 people in early May. The parameters include the realization of the following menu components. • 1 salad • 2 finger food type offerings (one vegetarian) • 2 meat dishes (or 1 meat and 1 fish) • 1 vegetarian dish • 2 starch side dishes • 2 vegetable dishes • 1 salad buffet (4 variations and 3 dressings) • 1 dessert These menu components are not to exceed 5 Euros, must costed, nutritional value calculates and entirely constructed within the theme “roots”. Team Composition The NAIT Culinary Team is based on collaboration, we are comprised of cooks and bakers, full-time students and apprentices. This diversity is foundational. Our team, much like our menu, has come from our “roots” here at NAIT; as we see the value in creating connections between students, between programs and between communities. Join our NAIT Culinary team in the recreation of these menus components!

Speakers
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Riley Elliott – Cook – 3rd Year

Being in the culinary world allows me to be ambitious and follow my passion. Food has taught me about cooperation and collaboration and simply put, being a part of a team is what makes my dreams work. Food is the connections between cultures and bridges gaps where language cannot... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 2 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 112
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:15pm

Calm, cool and collected: Resources to decrease toxic stress in the classroom
Do you want to create a calmer classroom to support your students’ learning needs, but need some tools to get started? This session will showcase easy-to-use resources to teach stress awareness, self-calming techniques and calming brain break ideas for all division levels. Discover evidence-based tools that you can use right away to create calm in yourself and in your classroom.  Importance: To be ready to learn, students need be in a regulated state. This session provides participants with resources and tools to help students develop this ability. Learnings: Participants will learn about stress awareness and how to help student develop self-calming strategies to deal with toxic stress. Focus: Participants will discuss what contributes to a calm classroom. Takeaways: Participants will explore evidence based tools that can support teachers to create a calm classroom environment to enhance student learning.be provided a list of resources and will be able identify at least one new tool to apply in their classroom

Speakers
KB

Kristy Baron

Alberta Health Services Health Promotion Coordinators are connected with all school districts that attend NCTCA. Their job is to work with the district in supporting schools in becoming healthier places for students and staff. Kristy Baron is a Health Promotion Coordinator with the... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:15pm

Exploring Literary Techniques in Reading and Writing
Elementary-age students are often surprised to learn how authors make deliberate choices to create an effect in their writing. This session will explore literary techniques such as word choice, alliteration, rhythm, rhyme, onomatopoeia, and sensory details: techniques outlined specifically in the proposed update to the Alberta ELA curriculum. Many mentor text examples will be shared so that teachers and students can explore these techniques in their reading before beginning to attempt them within their own writing.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych

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


Friday February 7, 2020 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:15pm

VERBATHON®: How to Have Fun With Verbs and Grammar!
Do you want to teach VERBS and GRAMMAR in a unique, fun and effective way? Do you like to play games? Then come and participate in this dynamic workshop and make learning VERBS and GRAMMAR one of the most exciting events of your class by using the VERBATHON® kit! Motivate, inspire and challenge your students with sports-style events! Integrate math, social studies, even rap and rock music. Learn how to organize a tournament for your class, school, district and even participate in a national tournament! Experience shows that students learn and retain more through active play. Verbathon games and activities are effective because they are based on the INFINITE principle: Inclusive, Fun, Interactive, Integrative, Team-based and Empowering. Verbathon can be used by teachers from elementary through university for both Immersion and FSL. Originally developed in French, Verbathon is also available in Spanish and German. Emmanuel Escueta, creator of Verbathon, teaches French Immersion in the school district of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Emmanuel is also president of ESCUTECH Educational Products Ltd. and he is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Emmanuel Escueta

Emmanuel Escueta

Emmanuel Escueta is an Elementary French Immersion Teacher in the Coquitlam School District (SD 43) in British Columbia. He started as an FSL (French as a Second Language) Educator in Manitoba in 1989. He's been a French Immersion teacher since 1992. In 1996, Emmanuel moved to BC... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Take a Walk in the Cloud
No, this session is not about the movie but about Cloud Computing and what is it exactly. Think online banking, logging into your work computer, Windows Office 365, Google Drive, iCloud, Adobe Creative Cloud, NAS, and Dropbox; you get the idea. Cloud Computing is here to stay, and you can do so much if you really get to the heart of, understand, and use this concept. Cloud Computing is about storage, web hosting, file access, and online applications, all of which will be covered in this session. You will also learn how to create your very own VM (virtual machine), which is your passport to the Cloud World. Imagine having a powerful computer on standby no matter where you are so long as you have WiFi and a device (smartphone, iPad, tablet). You will learn how being part of this revolutionary method of computing is very simple. Best of all it’s free .... until .... !

Speakers
avatar for John Chan

John Chan

Teacher, Archbishop Jordan CHS
Though I have been teaching since 2000, I actually was a research associate at the Cross Cancer Clinic from 1986. After graduating in 1978 from the University of Alberta, I worked in the medical field until my return to the UofA for my Master's in Pathology. My beginnings in education... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Expect More- An Autism Adventure
In his thirteen years as a Member of Parliament, Hon. Mike Lake has had many unique opportunities to raise awareness of autism. He’s spoken to spouses of world leaders at the UN in New York City; traveled to London, Paris, Geneva and Washington to speak with fellow elected officials from across the political spectrum; and addressed global leaders at the WHO and in the international research community. His presentation uses video clips from interviews and news stories centered around his son, Jaden, who has autism. Mr. Lake's message can be easily adapted for a very wide variety of audiences, from education or healthcare students to political science or business groups. In the end, his goal is to use Jaden's personal story to change the way we think about the people around us - their abilities, their challenges and the unique contributions that they can make to the great benefit of all of us.

Speakers
avatar for Honourable Mike Lake

Honourable Mike Lake

Mike is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, and was first elected in 2006. After his re-election in October, 2008, Mike was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, a position to which he was re-appointed after the May 2011 election. On September... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Dream Catcher and the Wolf
Legend of creation put in context with First Nation's belief and use of the Seven Teachings plus Appropriation versus Appreciation and how to incorporate more Aboriginal teachings into the curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Richer dit LaFlèche

Daniel Richer dit LaFlèche

Le Crieur
Daniel Richer dit LaFlèche I am Wabenakis of the Algonquin Nation and my Grand=Parents came from Odanak a reserve outside of Trois-Rivière in the province of Québec. They left the area to go work in lumberjack camps near Kitigan Zibi. I was raised in Hull Québec and studied in... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Salon 8 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Marie Hebert - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 320
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Winter is a Time for Stories
Storytelling Learning Through Story: Bridging Literacy for All Students When the snow covers the ground it is a time for stories. Why is it important to tell stories while the snow is on the ground? Learn about all the ways we can tell stories. Think about how you can bring the power of storytelling into your classroom. Join in this session as we learn about traditional oral storytelling, exploring the use of Indigenous literature in elementary and secondary, stories of resilience, and information that supports foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details U Shape or Circle - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Physically Active Numeracy: Add Sum Fun
Learning Math through Physical Activity and Learning Physical Activity through Math. Participate in active games that involve both mathematics and physical activity. Working your mind as we work the body. Learning to be more mathematically and physically literate.

Speakers
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John Byl

Canadian Gopher Sport Educational Consultant, Gopher Sport
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 February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Salon 17/18 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Open Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Just Blend It! Blended learning for flexible, engaging, personalized learning experiences.
Blended learning uses technology to enhance learning and provide flexible learning strategies in various learning spaces. This session will share examples of blended learning in action across a wide variety of settings including schools, outreach, home, airport and everywhere in between! Flexible learning strategies will be shared through an exploration of some blended learning course opportunities available in Black Gold Regional Schools including: MakerSpace, Aviation Design Thinking, Electrician Pre-Employment, Dual Credit, CTS, Languages, Core Subjects and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Southcombe

Jennifer Southcombe

Black Gold School Division
Jennifer Southcombe works for Black Gold Schools as an Instructional Designer & Dual Credit Lead Teacher. This role involves maintaining, developing & sharing a collection of over 200 blended and online courses for Black Gold teacher and student use. As dual credit lead teacher, she... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Monochromatic Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

THIS IS A PRE-REGISTERED SESSION WHICH REQUIRES AN EVENTBRITE TICKET TO PARTICIPATE!  Eventbrite Password: North
Maximum Participants: 30

Discover and experiment monochromatic color schemes that are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints to create a few projects. Color strategies and specific techniques will be incorporated to bring energy and life to traditional subjects such as landscape and seascape. These projects can be modified for any grade level and abilities.

Speakers
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Christina Dixon

As a teacher and artist my goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to. Technique is important... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Lacombe Room
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 30
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Trauma, Children and Responsive De-escalation
Children who have experienced trauma may be missing the building blocks of normal brain development and may struggle to complete tasks or act in a certain way due to interruptions in the formation of the brain during trauma exposure. This session will look at what classifies trauma, effects of exposure to trauma on children's brain development, attachment and behaviours as well as what juvenile post-traumatic stress can looks like in a classroom and how we can best respond to these children to help strengthen their attachment, coping and learning.

Speakers

Friday February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Westin: Centennial Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 180
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

12:30pm

Electric Play-Doh Fields, Flying Pigs and Jello Refraction - Physics Labs that Work
There are many lab experiences mandated in the Alberta Physics 20-30 Program of Studies, 2007. These experiences do not need to use expensive equipment and do not need to involve intricate procedures. The goal of this session is to provide teachers with some new ideas for exploring electric fields, optics and circular motion in their physics classroom. Participants will also be engaged in a discussion regarding the implementation of an open-ended approach and how it enhances student learning.

Speakers
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Kristian Basaraba

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

Perimeter Institute


Friday February 7, 2020 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

12:45pm

Social Studies and Data Analysis
In this session we will look at how you can incorporate government open data and data from other sources into your social studies class. You will be introduced to Callysto, a free online platform that is capable of engaging data visualizations, big data processing, coding, and text formatting. We'll use curriculum-aligned resources, and help you create or edit modules of your own if you are interested.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Callysto Ambassador, Cybera
David Hay has taught Grade 6 as well as high school science and technology courses, and was a consultant for Elk Island Public Schools in the areas of technology and innovation.


Friday February 7, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

12:45pm

HELP! I’m teaching Psychology with an outdated curriculum and resources!!
The most recent curriculum updates made to the Psychology 20 and Psychology 30 curriculums were in 1984 with textbooks of a similar era. There has been a significant explosion in recent years around brain research and it is important we provide students with accurate and science based information. This session will share resources, course outlines and answer some questions you may have as you work to offer an outstanding course!

Speakers
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Kathy Penner

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


Friday February 7, 2020 12:45pm - 2:00pm
ECC: Salon 4 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

1:00pm

Drama-Free Drama Classes
Do you have an inner thespian stuffed away, but aren’t sure how to let them out? Did an admin not so subtlety ask you to find your inner thespian? If you are looking to teach drama in a way that is fun for both you and the kids, or are looking for some ways to spice up your middle years ELA class, this session has you covered! From planning out a drama class and lessons to considering the factors that go into bringing a production to fruition, this session offers lessons and tips from someone who has been there and done that - and had no previous acting experience all the way through.

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Stankov

Jillian Stankov

Middle Years Humanities, Parkland School Division
Jillian Stankov is a Middle Years Humanities Teacher in Wabamun, Alberta. Outside of being a teacher, she is a graduate student at Athabasca University, doing her Masters in Counselling. She enjoys reading, learning about the human brain, and creeping her husband and parents out with... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room B
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 40
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

1:00pm

Leading Transformation: Inspiration and impact through values in action
Character Strengths have the power to transform. A strengths based approach can help influencers draw out what they, and others do well for better decisions, cohesion, goal setting and productivity. In this session participants will develop a better understanding of their own personal strengths, how to spot strengths in others, and identify new ways to use signature strengths. Participants will come away with evidenced based tools that draw out individual and group potential, improve productivity, strengthen relationships and shape change for the better.

Speakers
MI

Marco Iafrate

Marco Iafrate Professional Speaker
With over 19 years in the wellness and human development fields, Marco Iafrate helps individuals and organizations create high performance and healthy environments. His experience as a professional speaker, facilitator, wellness instructor and certified coach help improve culture... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
ECC: Salon 12 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 160
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:00pm

Reading Comprehension Success on Assessments Grades 10 to 12
As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes. Focus will be for grades 10 to 12

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres

Brigitta Goerres

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
I have had the fortune of starting my career as a classroom teacher immediately after graduating, I continued my career working with the Ministry of Education as an Exam Manager and from there worked for a decade as the Executive Director of Curriculum with an educational company... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Westin: BC Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Tags English

1:00pm

RPGs in the classroom
Interested in Roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons? Want to bring these types of games into the classroom? For the past year I have been running a Dungeon and Dragons inspired adventure in my Grade 5 classroom. This won't just talk about the "WHY" you should bring this into the classroom, but also, the "HOW". I'll take you through my failures and successes, changes I would make, scheduling, etc. Whether you have been playing these games for years, or have never played a session before in your life, hopefully you can use this information to take back to your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Brant Driedger

Brant Driedger

Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division
Grade 5 Teacher at Elk Island Catholic Schools.


Friday February 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
ECC: Salon 9 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

1:15pm

Differentiation made easy: how to succeed in a multilevel classroom
Are you working harder than your students? Pulling your hair out with inclusive education? In this session you will learn about how to structure a unit so students can work at their own pace. This model of teaching has allowed us individualize instruction to reach each student, even with large class sizes and a spectrum of learning needs. You will leave the session with 3 full examples of units that have successfully worked in the classroom. This can be applied to any subject, but our exemplars are from Math 8, Social 8, and LA 8. The benefits to this method of instruction are numerous: strong students can work ahead without being bored, weak students can work through fewer tasks thoroughly, it teaches students to follow directions and critically think on their own, it frees up the teacher to work primarily on formative support during class with the students who require it, it enhances engagement and independence among students. This session is directed to teachers who teach core subjects. We have tried this out in Jr. High, successfully. Elementary teachers, come and see how well this would work for you!

Speakers
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Katie DeBoer

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

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


Friday February 7, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
ECC: Salon 1 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 50
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

1:15pm

Gender identity, sexual orientation and teaching sexual health
Keeping up with the rapidly changing language about sexual orientation, gender identity & expression can be challenging. When you add human sexuality to the mix, you may be intimidated, nervous or just don’t know where to start. Come to this session for a primer on LGBTQ+ terminology. Learn about the resources available at TeachingSexualHealth.ca for making your sexual health classes inclusive for ALL students, including queer, trans, agender, and gender-questioning kids.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services: Teaching Sexual Health
Nicole Inglis has taught everything from grade one PE to Bio 30, and many things in between. She has been a teacher at both public and Catholic schools, and earned her MEd in Adult, Community and Higher Education. Nicole spent more than 10 years facilitating prenatal and parenting... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
ECC: Salon 15/16 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:15pm

It's All Fun And Games Until Someone Loses A Die
Come learn and play a variety of NEW grade 4 to 6 math games that use dice as manipulatives. The games are closely aligned with the Alberta mathematics curriculum and provide excellent opportunities for students to have sustained, engaged practice of mathematics concepts (the way the brain most efficiently commits concepts to permanent memory). Games management strategies to maximize learning and differentiate the games to meet students' individual needs will be modeled and highlighted throughout the workshop. A handout with game rules and game boards will be provided. Samples of student work will also be shared.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

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


Friday February 7, 2020 1:15pm - 2:45pm
ECC: Salon 5/6 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 70
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

1:30pm

Creativity in the Classroom
Have you ever wondered what, exactly, creativity is? Have you been thinking about how best to encourage students to develop their creativity? And what about assessment of creativity? This session will examine the nature of creativity and the creative process and discuss how to foster it in your students. Any professionals seeking to encourage creative development are encouraged to attend. The Ministerial Order for Education from 2013 calls for students to be engaged, ethical, and entrepreneurial learners. Creativity is a prerequisite for these competencies to be developed. Proponents of 21 century learning list creativity as one of the essential skills that young people will require to be successful in a post-industrial world. This session is most relevant to the fine arts however any discipline is encouraged to attend; we need our scientists and engineers to be flexible and creative thinkers as well!

Speakers
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Melissa Baron

Alberta Education
painting alongside her mother from an early age, but her interest in art was piqued at a creative writing camp for teenagers where she was enrolled in a cartooning class. Her reluctance quickly gave way to delight, leading her to study art first at the University of Alberta, then... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Westin: Manitoba Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 240
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

1:30pm

Participation for All in the Classroom and on the Playground (Part 2)
Join Ever Active Schools and the Be Fit for Life Network for one or both of our 2-part session where you use resources that promote participation for all students through Social and Emotional Learning, Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Positive Relationships and Interactions - in the classroom and at recess, break and leisure times. Consider how physical activity opportunities can be established and supported to promote school-wide wellness. In Part 2, we will apply the concepts explored in the first session to your setting. We will consider how games and activities can be planned, supported and led before, after and during the school day to encourage positive relationships and interactions. Examples will be shared from recess, break times, and other opportunities to interact while being physically active.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

BE FIT FOR LIFE NETWORK
Lindsay has a passion for physical activity promotion in Alberta and assumes a dual role in Edmonton. Coordinating the Be Fit For Life Network and the Edmonton Centre provides a unique perspective on the provincial and local communities. Working out of the University of Alberta’s... Read More →
avatar for EverActive Schools

EverActive Schools

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


Friday February 7, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:30pm

An Introduction to Learning Sprints
"This collaborative professional learning approach offers an opportunity to build teacher and team efficacy for teacher learning and continuous practice improvement. The work being done in this area over the last three years with Dr. Simon Breakspear has been very popular. This session will provide you with an understanding of the Learning Sprints approach. This program is designed to: • Provide teams with an overview of the Learning Sprints approach to enhancing teacher team learning and embedding practice improvement • Provide leaders with practical strategies and a clear checklist of steps to successful implementation of Learning Sprints within their unique educational context • Help teams to better target learners and outcomes based on data • Analyse the reasons why students aren’t making progress • Design evidence-informed approaches to support student engagement and progress • Assess the impact of their practice improvements"

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

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


Friday February 7, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Chateau Lacombe: Salon B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 280
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

1:30pm

Mental Math for Multiplication, Division = Fractions and Decimals!
This is a great session to learn some mental math strategies for students to be able to calculate operations of multiplication, division, division with fractions and decimals - all without a calculator. Mental Math is so much more than "doing it in your head". It requires the knowledge of how numbers work together (number theory), number patterns, and visualizing operations in order to fully comprehend how to calculate 777/4 without long division or a calculator. These strategies have been developed since humans have been doing mental math - which was very common before the 1980's. Come and learn the old math strategies for mental mathematics!

Speakers
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Rosalind Carson

Mathematics Education Consultant
Rosalind is a passionate mathematics educator and aspiring mathematician. She has been teaching students and teachers for 18 years. Rosalind continues to explore and share hands-on strategies for students to explore and develop their spatial sense of mathematical concepts. She loves... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 10 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Amanda Yaworski - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

1:45pm

Les mots pour le dire
Dans cet atelier, vous participerez à toute une gamme de jeux linguistiques amusants qui favorisent le développement de structures de phrases et de vocabulaire et qui permettent de transformer le vocabulaire passif en vocabulaire actif. Ces jeux créent une source de motivation et de plaisir chez les élèves, favorisent le contact de l’élève avec la langue française et aident à bâtir son estime de soi. L’élève crée ainsi des liens émotifs avec la langue française et la culture francophone. Vous quitterez l’atelier avec des activités et des jeux que vous pourrez intégrer tout de suite dans vos classes.

Speakers
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Carole Freynet-Gagne

Multidisciplinaire et passionnée des langues, Carole Freynet-Gagné possède un solide bagage de connaissances dans de nombreux domaines et est souvent appelée à agir à titre d’experte-conseil en éducation et en linguistique, notamment auprès d’organismes fédéraux et provinciaux... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
ECC: Salon 19/20 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags French

1:45pm

Developing Tough-Minded, Confident, Fearless Competitors
Working with young student-athletes? This workshop highlights six concepts for building confident athletes and covers the ways to develop this key skill that helps young people turn potential into successful performance. Methods for identifying and understanding the fears and barriers that challenge confidence are also explored. Attendees will take away specific action items for their teaching and coaching practices that will help them model and guide student-athletes towards confidence, creating a positive space that encourages this development.

Speakers
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Heather Bartling

Heather is currently in her 3rd year as Vice Principal, teacher, and Athletic Director at Frank Maddock High School in Drayton Valley. She has been a coach, mentor, and athletic director for the past 15 years at both FMHS and her former school in Bonnyville. As part of the instructor... Read More →
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Kelle Hansen

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


Friday February 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
ECC: Salon 11 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 128
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

1:45pm

Bringing Indigenous Perspectives to K- 8 Readers through Balanced Literacy
This session will focus on how Indigenous education can be delivered through balanced literacy programs. Participants will explore authentic Indigenous resources and learn strategies which will assist in sharing Indigenous perspectives, reconciliation and treaty education. Critical inquiry, 21st century fluencies and progressive ways of teaching and assessment through balanced literacy will be presented and discussed. The infusion of Indigenous education into the professional practice of Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators will be strengthened with an honest overview of available high-quality Canadian resources.

Speakers
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TBD

TBD


Friday February 7, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
ECC: Salon 13/14 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 48
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

1:45pm

Two Spirit Identities
This workshop covers the history of the term two-spirit, examples of historical and modern day two spirit identities and how allyship is applicable to two spirit people. Many teachers will come across two spirit students and in order to better educate, it would be very important for teachers to carry knowledge about the term two spirit and how this important role for indigenous youth is beneficial for their classrooms. All ages friendly. Accessible language used.

Speakers
GC

Gabriel Castilloux

Gabriel Castilloux Calderón (they/them) is niiz-manidoowag (two spirit) Mi'kmaq, Algonquin, Scottish and French Canadian. They currently thrive in Cree/Blackfoot/Salteaux/Nakota Sioux Treaty 6 territory (so called Edmonton). Gabriel is actively involved in several different forms... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Westin: Alberta Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details U Shape or Circle - 40
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

2:00pm

If Our Teachers Aren't Okay, Our Kids Don't Stand a Chance
If kids are going to learn literacy and numeracy well, they need to be connected first. Sadly, in the history of the free world, we have never been more disconnected than we are right now. Some of the most significant corrective relationships for children who struggle the most happen within the walls of our schools, and it is time that we focus on our educators first. If they're not okay (and, by the way, they're not okay), our kids don't stand a chance. We will talk leadership, culture, and staff connection as we talk about a plan to change the face of education in North America.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jody Carrington

Dr. Jody Carrington

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


Friday February 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Hall D 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Chairperson Mike Wheeler - Timberline #9
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 2000
  • Grade Focus General
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Math Games Galore: Having Fun with Math!
Need some fresh, new ideas for games and activities that kids LOVE to play? A multitude of engaging games supporting numeracy and basic facts will be introduced and played during the session. These games, designed by a Winnipeg math teacher, are ideal for individual learning, group learning, learning centres and whole class instruction in division 1. Be prepared to participate, have fun and win fantastic prizes!

Speakers
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Roni Kraut

Dr. Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught accounting at the college and university level, and has a certificate in adult education. She currently has a family medicine... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Yukon Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 100
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Religion needs a Lab
The late, great Fr. Mike "Catfish" Mireau said "Religion needs a lab... When teaching religion, what we need to do is create a controlled environment where young people get to PRACTICE what they’re learning in the books: practice being nice to each other, practice not putting each other down all the time, practice charity, generosity, LOVE." One of the places he identified as an ideal religion "lab" experience: taking students on retreat. This is nothing new, as Christianity has a rich history of retreats, from the time Jesus spent in the desert at the beginning of the Gospel through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Retreats can vary in length, location, and content, but every retreat provides students the opportunity to step out of everyday life and see themselves, God, and the world around them from a different perspective. This session will draw from the experience of Mike Landry, a veteran youth minister who has been facilitating half day, full day, weekend, and week-long retreats for youth since 1997. We'll have a practical discussion of ways to put a retreat together including the place of games, talks, music, and prayer. There'll be an examination of what to look for in a potential retreat site, as well as a discussion of resources one can use to prepare for a retreat. Finally, we'll look at the value of incorporating student leadership in every aspect of retreat ministry - helping you create a retreat "lab" experience of our religion.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Landry

Mike Landry

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


Friday February 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Leduc Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

2:00pm

Bringing Canadian History to Life!
Want to bring history to life in your classroom? Want your students to experience history? This session will walk you through a series of simulations that you can run to explore the fur trade and the colony of New France. Your students will be actively engaged in their learning and WANT to know more! They will have opportunities to put themselves into history and become the characters that before they merely read about! Lots of humanities cross curricular opportunities! You will walk away with the complete simulation packages, tasks and assessment for multiple simulations that connect together to teach various stages of the fur trade as well groups that played a significant role in its development.

Speakers
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Joanna Zakus

Joanna has a BA History and a BEd Secondary Social Studies. She has been teaching primarily social studies and humanities for the last 15 years at the junior high level. Joanna currently is a teacher at a middle school with the Calgary Board of Education. She focuses on interactive... Read More →


Friday February 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ECC: Salon 3 9797 Jasper Ave
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 96
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags English

2:15pm

La gestion de classe et la motivation scolaire avec l'outil Classcraft
C’est bien connu, un bon climat de classe favorise l’enseignement, l’apprentissage et la collaboration. Classcraft est un outil numérique puissant qui ajoutera une touche ludique à votre enseignement et qui transformera le climat de votre classe. Venez découvrir comment le pouvoir des jeux peut transformer votre salle de classe et motiver vos élèves. Ce n'est pas de la magie...mais presque !

Speakers
avatar for Josee Desmeules

Josee Desmeules

Consultant, FrancoSud


Friday February 7, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Westin: Turner Valley Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 80
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Tags French