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Thursday, February 20
 

8:00am

(PRE-REG) Staff Wellness Through Sport(8:00 - 9:15 am)
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at Thorncliffe Greenview Arena - 5600 Centre Street N Calgary, AB T2K 0T3. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
• There is a participant fee of $10. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.

This session is an application of the importance of building staff morale and overall wellness through sport. Bring your hockey gear, $10, and come out for a skate before heading downtown to additional sessions.

This is an offsite session happening from 8:00 - 9:15am on Thursday February 20th at Thorncliffe Greenview Arena - 5600 Centre Street N Calgary, AB T2K 0T3. Interested participants MUST email mcarter@rockyview.ab.ca BEFORE February 18th, to register for this session. Successful participants will receive an email confirming they are registered for this session. Participation is capped at 20 skaters. All participants must wear full hockey equipment.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:30am

(PRE-REG) 3-String Guitar Build
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at Ecole Secondaire Highwood High School - HighRiver, Alberta. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
• There is a participant fee of $20. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.

Build a 3 String Guitar, intented for Junior/Senior High School Carpentry teachers as a project to implement into course of studies. Teachers need to be experienced and confident with stationary machinery operation found in a Carpentry class. 2 day session. Session will be held at Ecole Secondaire Highwood High School - HighRiver, Alberta.


Thursday February 20, 2020 8:30am - Friday February 21, 2020 4:30pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:45am

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

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 8:45am - 10:00am
Exhibition Hall E Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:45am

L'effet enseignant et l'enseignement efficace
Dans cet atelier nous allons montré l'effet de l'enseignant sur le rendement des élèves qui lui sont confiés et voir ensuite comment il est possible de maximiser cet effet en ayant recours à des stratégies d'enseignement efficaces fondées sur des données probantes.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Bissonnette

Steve Bissonnette

Professeur, Université TELUQ
Monsieur Steve Bissonnette est professeur au Département d'éducation à la TÉLUQ depuis juin 2012. Au cours des années précédentes, il a également été professeur et directeur adjoint au Département de psychoéducation de l'Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) au campus... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 8:45am - 10:00am
Glen 201/202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:45am

What Great Teachers Do Differently
What are the specific qualities and practices of great teachers that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective teachers do differently than their colleagues. Participants will focus on what the most successful teachers do . . . that others do not. Everyone will leave knowing what great teachers do differently, why these things make them more effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own classrooms and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker

Professor, University of Missouri
Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 8:45am - 10:00am
Imperial 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 Hyatt

8:45am

Darkness and Hope Depression, Sports, and Me
Michael Landsberg was the charismatic and outspoken host of TSN's Off the Record—and from watching his show, you'd never guess that he has been battling mental illness and depression for most of his life. Lifting the stigma from this topic, Landsberg delivers a powerful and personal keynote on the dangerously misunderstood issues of depression and mental health. Depression can affect even the most successful of athletes—from Clara Hughes, one of the great amateur athletes in Canada, to four-time World Series winner Darryl Strawberry. Landsberg shares the story of his own battle with mental illness, as well as the unexplored stories of some of the world's most recognizable sports figures, to show us that recovery, strength and hope are possible in some of our darkest times.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landsberg

Michael Landsberg

Brash and witty, MICHAEL LANDSBERG has all the charisma of the veteran TV and radio host he is. A seasoned on-stage pro, he’s diverting, smart, and funny. But that’s not half of it. Not one to shy away from anything, Landsberg is also one of Canada’s most vocal advocates for... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 8:45am - 10:00am
Macleod Hall ABCD Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:45am

(PRE-REG) Nature Based Learning - Teaching ALL subject outside the wall of the school
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at Percy Pegler School 69 Okotoks Drive, Okotoks Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.

Three teachers took on the challenge of teaching the Program of Studies outside. They did this in grade 2,4 and 5. The results they saw were amazing academic improvement, engagement and social-emotional health. We will share our story, some data and then experience what nature based learning is about. We will model the day just like we do with kids to inspire teachers to embark on this amazing journey of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Lemphers

Ryan Lemphers

Teacher, Percy Pegler School in Foothills School Division
Ryan Lemphers has been involved in teaching students of all ages in the outdoors for 17 years. He has created an Outdoor Leadership Program for grade 5/6 students at Percy Pegler School in Foothills School division that has received acclaim by colleagues and media. Ryan is a leader... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 8:45am - 4:00pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:45am

(PRE-REG) Fly Tying To Release Tension
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at St. Luke's Outreach located at Bay 1, 22 Elizabeth Street, Okotoks. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
• There is a participant fee of $20. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.

We will tie about 8 flies during this session and we will learn a trick or two about the fine art of tying flies.
The session is all day long and will be located in Okotoks.
We are requesting a participants fee of $20 to help cover the costs of the tying materials.
We hope you can join us for a day of tying.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 8:45am - 4:00pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:45am

(PRE-REG) Health and Physical Education Institute in Canmore
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at Our Lady of the Snows Academy in Canmore. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.

Leading teachers in Health and Physical Education in the Palliser District are joining forces with Ever Active Schools and the Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC) to host a Health and Phys Ed Institute at PDTCA in beautiful Canmore. Make sure to pre-register to hold your spot in this full day of active and practical sessions for all grade levels.

Thursday, February 20th will be highlighted by a feature presentation from two-time Paralympic snowboarding athlete John Leslie. John is a cancer survivor who credits his high school Phys Ed teacher with introducing him to snowboarding, living to be active and becoming an ambassador for kids of all ages to find their active passions. The day will also offer your choice of four concurrent sessions.


Schedule of Sessions | Thursday, February 20th


9:00am - 9:45am Active Living Sessions
  • Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club - Morning Run and Coaches Clinic
  • Turn it Up Tabata with Sabrina Grecu
  • Yoga Level 1 with Kendra Silk
  • Qigong with Katie Mackenzie

10:00am - 10:45am Morning Keynote with John Leslie
  • From Physical Education to Paralympic Snowboarding, and back again

11:00am - 12:00 noon Break-out Sessions
  • Games & Activities to Optimize Self Regulation with Ever Active Schools
  • Field Hockey Fun in Physical Education (Grades 5 - 12) with Jenny Johnson (space for 40 participants, first-come, first-served)
  • Dance: Building Steps to Confidence with Sabrina Grecu
  • How Students Self-Assess their Physical Literacy with Ryan Washburn (space for 20 participants, first-come, first-served)
  • When the Gym is Jammed: Outdoor Games with Rebecca Roantree

12:00 noon - 12:45pm Lunch Break (not provided)


12:45pm - 1:45pm Break-out Sessions
  • Smorgasbord of Low Organized Games with your HPEC Regional Representative, Anne Murphy
  • Tchoukball (en francais) with Francois Rolland
  • Tae Kwon Do in Education: Mental and Physical Balance with Jodie Clease
  • Managing an injured athlete and the importance of rehabilitation following (ACL) reconstruction with Dr. Laurie Hiemstra
  • Ski, Skate and Slide: Teaching Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing through Games and Environments with Ever Active Schools (10 sets of snowshoes available to borrow for non-skiers, please bring your own cross country skis if you wish to ski - please dress appropriately to participate)

2:00pm - 3:00pm Break-out Sessions
  • Mountain Ninjas (Gymnastics and Combatives) with Rebecca Roantree and Kendra Silk (space for 40 participants, first-come, first-served)
  • Rugby Basics for the High School PE Teacher with Ian Higginbottom
  • Energize your Classroom through Daily Physical Activity with Ever Active Schools
  • Feeling caught in the middle? The Sandwich Generation in School Environments: Conversations for School Wellness Leaders with Megan Hunter
  • “TRI” Harder in PE! - How to Implement a Triathlon into your PE Program with Darren Anderson

The HPE Institute will be hosted at Our Lady of the Snows Academy in Canmore - Contact Scott Bailey at Ever Active Schools (scott@everactive.org) for more information or with any questions about pre-registration.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active 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 20, 2020 8:45am - 4:00pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

10:15am

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

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Macleod Hall ABCD Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:15am

L'effet enseignant et l'enseignement efficace
Dans cet atelier nous allons montré l'effet de l'enseignant sur le rendement des élèves qui lui sont confiés et voir ensuite comment il est possible de maximiser cet effet en ayant recours à des stratégies d'enseignement efficaces fondées sur des données probantes.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Bissonnette

Steve Bissonnette

Professeur, Université TELUQ
Monsieur Steve Bissonnette est professeur au Département d'éducation à la TÉLUQ depuis juin 2012. Au cours des années précédentes, il a également été professeur et directeur adjoint au Département de psychoéducation de l'Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) au campus... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Glen 201/202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:15am

What Great Teachers Do Differently
What are the specific qualities and practices of great teachers that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective teachers do differently than their colleagues. Participants will focus on what the most successful teachers do . . . that others do not. Everyone will leave knowing what great teachers do differently, why these things make them more effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own classrooms and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker

Professor, University of Missouri
Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Exhibition Hall E Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:15am

Darkness and Hope Depression, Sports, and Me
Michael Landsberg was the charismatic and outspoken host of TSN's Off the Record—and from watching his show, you'd never guess that he has been battling mental illness and depression for most of his life. Lifting the stigma from this topic, Landsberg delivers a powerful and personal keynote on the dangerously misunderstood issues of depression and mental health. Depression can affect even the most successful of athletes—from Clara Hughes, one of the great amateur athletes in Canada, to four-time World Series winner Darryl Strawberry. Landsberg shares the story of his own battle with mental illness, as well as the unexplored stories of some of the world's most recognizable sports figures, to show us that recovery, strength and hope are possible in some of our darkest times.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landsberg

Michael Landsberg

Brash and witty, MICHAEL LANDSBERG has all the charisma of the veteran TV and radio host he is. A seasoned on-stage pro, he’s diverting, smart, and funny. But that’s not half of it. Not one to shy away from anything, Landsberg is also one of Canada’s most vocal advocates for... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am
Imperial 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 Hyatt

11:45am

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 AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

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 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Macleod Hall E3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Planning Shouldn't Be This Difficult - Project Credits for CTS Teachers
Want to learn or improve your project planning skills? In addition to using a template, we will explore some projects created within a course, across one cluster area as well as integrating multiple clusters for some awesome project ideas. Samples of projects will be provided along with an opportunity to explore and plan a multi-cluster project. There will also be time to collaborate and plan new project ideas.

Speakers
CW

Carmen Wasylynuik

Director of Grants and Awards, MCATA


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen 209 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Surface Dyslexia: The Uncommon Reading Disability
Surface dyslexia has commonly been referred to as a stealth or hidden reading disability. Unlike students who present with the more common type of reading disability known as dysphonetic dyslexia subtype, students with surface dyslexia may actually appear to have excellent emergent reading skills only to have their reading abilities stall in Grade 3. They may often compensate with excellent working memory, verbal skills and auditory comprehension. The extent of their reading struggles are missed as they struggle to achieve sufficient orthographic processing skills - the visual component of reading -- to become fluent enough readers to comprehend the text they are tackling. Simply put, these students often fall through the cracks, even though many are gifted intellectually. Moreover, the standard supports provided to students with sound-symbol difficulties do not optimally address the needs of a person with surface dyslexia. This session will provide teachers with information on how to identify students who may have surface dyslexia, along with options for remediation and support.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 105 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Teaching About Sexuality and Relationships to Students with Diverse Abilities
All students have the right to sexuality education, however, children and youth with disabilities do not always receive it. Develop your capacity and comfort in teaching about sexuality to students living with disabilities. In this session, participants will prepare to teach about sexuality and relationships to their diverse abilities students in their schools and will identify ways Alberta Health Services can provide support. We will include discussion of the importance of ensuring that all youth, regardless of ability, receive sexuality and relationship education as well as an exploration of sexuality, bias, working with parents and community, and managing challenging issues. Practical strategies, tools and resources will be shared.

Speakers
HC

Heather Cobb

Multiple, Alberta Health Services
·        Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team (CSART) and Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) –shared booth·        Sexual & Reproductive Health·        STI clinic·        Health Link·        Patient & Family Centered Care (PFCC... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 104 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

How Developing Artistic Habits of Mind Enhanced Student Writing: A Case Study in Grade 3
Writing insightful comprehension responses and thoughtful personal reflections across curricular subjects with elementary students can be a painful process. From idea generation, to making connections and elaborating ideas with support, the question for teachers becomes how to design engaging learning opportunities that will develop all student’s writing confidence, independence, proficiency and enjoyment. In this session, discover how one grade 3 class transformed their writing experience by learning how to think like artists. Documentation will showcase how developing student capacity to communicate ideas through visual representation scaffolded with drawing-based thinking routines from Harvard’s Project Zero transferred into enhanced writing content for all learners.


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen 203 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Tips & Tricks to Tackle Writer's Workshop
Guidance will be offered on how to successfully implement the Lucy Caulkins Writer's Workshop in K-6 classrooms. The focus will be on how to engage students to love writing and simplify the lesson planning process for teachers. There will be Q & A time embedded in the session.

Speakers
SM

Sarah MacGregor

Teacher, Rocky View Schools
I currently teach grade 6 Language Arts and Science at a K-8 school. I have taught Kindergarten, and Grades 1 & 2 also. I am passionate about the Lucy Calkins Units of Study as an engaging and effective way to teach reading and writing in a K-6 context.


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen 208 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Exploring Creativity
In this session Mike will explore the premise that creativity is really a set of skills that can be taught and honed. We will look at these skills and then play our way through a number of creativity exercises. These activities are suitable for use in Art (as sketchbook assignments or anchoring activities), useful for cultivating creative thinkers in the sciences, helpful for Humanities students as they analyse and write about issues and themes, super for teaching and expanding on sketchnoting skills and great for Brainbreaks in longer High School classes. You will take a way a set of creativity exercises and we’ll have some fun exploring ways to infuse our classrooms with creative thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Shain

Michael Shain

Artist
Mike is an artist, avid sketchbook enthusiast, provocateur, keen reader of Roman history, and long-time art teacher. For the past few years he has been exploring visual journals as an integral component of the art-making and art-teaching process. Mike’s own work often explores the... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 107 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

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

Speakers
KA

Kerry Aiken

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


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 101/102 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Conscience phonolo…quoi? Conscience phoné..quoi?
Venez démystifier ce qu’est la conscience phonologique et la conscience phonémique.
Joignez-vous à cet atelier interactif où ensemble nous explorerons différentes façons de supporter les besoins spécifiques de vos élèves afin de les aider à percevoir, découper et manipuler les unités sonores telles que la syllabe, le rime et le phonème. Nous échangerons sur les façons rendre l’enseignement intentionnel et explicite afin de mieux cibler certaines habiletés. Venez et soyez prêts à utiliser votre imagination pour explorer différentes façons amusantes d’utiliser des ressources pour supporter vos élèves.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Vaillancourt

Julie Vaillancourt

Literacy Specialist, Rocky View Schools


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen 205 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Les Fondements en carrières et technologies (FCT) - une expérience pédagogique revitalisante!
Les fondements en carrières et technologies (FCT) sont un programme facultatif et interactif, axé sur des défis pratiques, à l’intention des élèves de la 5e à la 9e année. Il met l’accent sur l’apprentissage interdisciplinaire et sur le développement des compétences requises dans toutes les carrières. Deux enseignantes de l'école Ste-Marguerite-Bourgeois partageront leurs défis, réalisés avec des élèves de 7e à 9e année. Cette présentation aura pour but de permettre une meilleure compréhension des FCT suite à un défi pertinent qui utilise des stratégies qui aident à mieux guider l’apprentissage des élèves.


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
CoLab(Former Telus 111) Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Activating Prior Knowledge: The True Art of Integrating Think Alouds
“You mean to tell me all students don’t experience ongoing dialogue, in their minds, like I do when I read?” True. The good news is teachers can assist students in developing this skill by modeling Molly Ness’ three-step think aloud process. The ‘read once, read twice, read three times’ approach activates prior knowledge and heightens student ability to make connections. Think alouds also support Dr Hattie’s positive effect size (0.67) for repeated reading as a practice that accelerates student learning. Students deserve to experience the teacher’s, as well as their peers’, thinking and to hear examples that unlock hidden text ideas.

Learning outcomes include:
-Understand and practice the three-step Think Aloud planning process to model thinking habits for all of your students.
-Transfer this practice into your classroom, as a way of intentionally engaging students in meaningful predicting, questioning and metacognitive experiences to build comprehension.

Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Macleod Hall E1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

PLAY ON WORDS - Primary Literacy Games
Come prepared to play hands-on literacy games and activities that incorporate the use of easily found manipulatives including dice, letter tiles, word decks and more. the activities are easy to integrate into your literacy program, can be used in whole class or small centers and are great for regular, resource or second language programs. Concepts covered include: learning the alphabet and its' sounds, rhyme, word patterns and families, vocabulary building, spelling simple to multi-syllable words. Come away with gameboards and easy ideas to implement on Monday!

Speakers
JF

Jane Felling

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


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen 206 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Take Action for Reconciliation: Responding to the Calls to Action in Alberta’s Elementary Classrooms
In this session, educators will consider how to apply foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions, histories and contemporary realities to the elementary classroom to support reconciliation through education. Engaging students through authentic and meaningful experiences that include Indigenous ways of knowing is key._x000D_
The presenter will highlight Take Action for Reconciliation which is a resource from Scholastic Education Canada for Grades 3-8.

Speakers
avatar for Lowa Beebe

Lowa Beebe

Lowa Beebe is Blackfoot and a proud member of the Piikani Nation of Treaty 7 Nations. She is a speaker, facilitator, consultant, and writer. She has worked with several large corporations in consultation and engagement with First Nations and Métis organizations in British Columbia... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 109 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Using Best Practices to Teach Writing in the Elementary Classroom: Launch Pads and Safety Nets
Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students and especially those who struggle with learning disorders, executive skill deficits and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. A six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum will be outlined in this session. A structured writing procedure helps students develop foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. Participants will also be walked through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan. The process highlighted addresses best practices for teaching elementary students writing as identified by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012). It simultaneously enhances metacognition, a critical skill to support both reading comprehension and writing.

Speakers
AM

Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Macleod Hall E4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

(PRE-REG) A1: Not Monopoly... Engaging Students Using Unorthodox Board Games
• Pre-Registration is required.
In the last two decades, a tabletop gaming revolution has occurred. From Dungeons and Dragons, to hundreds of Euro-Style games, like Settlers of Catan. People are more commonly coming together to socialize through tabletop games. These games engage students in higher level thinking, collaboration/competition and literacy/numeracy skills. But with the number of games out there, teachers who casually game (or don’t) may find looking for the right game for their classes overwhelming. In this session, we will be introducing various board games that can engage students in the classroom. Be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone, and try a game that’s not Monopoly.

Speakers
avatar for Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn is a culinary arts teacher at W. H. Croxford in Airdrie and has been a teacher in Rocky View Schools for over 10 years. He has been gaming with his students since day one, providing students opportunities to play RPGs in his classroom. He has also instituted a gaming club... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Ideation 4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Shifting the Focus For Professional Development in Health and Physical Education
This collaborative session will first look to inquire and discuss the current downfalls of professional development that health and physical educators experience within their profession. Secondly, this session will focus on the methods needed to restructure professional development in order to make professional development more effective and meaningful for health and physical education specialists with the hope of fostering more effective teaching practices to ultimately create more healthy and active students.

Speakers
avatar for David Chorney

David Chorney

Associate Professor, University of Alberta
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. My teaching focuses on all aspects of physical education teacher education. I teach undergraduate courses for secondary teachers who have an interest in physical... Read More →
avatar for Darren Dornstauder

Darren Dornstauder

Teacher/Division PE Co-Lead, CTR Catholic Schools
I currently teach middle school health and physical education in Okotoks. In addition, I am a graduate student at the University of Alberta in the Department of Secondary Education studying health and physical education. The research areas of focus throughout my studies have been... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen 204 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Teaching Human Sexuality in Your School
Develop your capacity and comfort in teaching about sexuality and relationships in your class. In this session, participants will prepare to teach about sexuality and relationships in their schools and will identify ways Alberta Health Services can support the sexuality component of the Alberta Education Programs of Studies. We will include discussion of why, when and how to teach human sexuality as well as an exploration of sexuality, bias, working with parents and community, and managing challenging questions. Strategies, tools and resources will be shared to highlight the importance of current, accurate and comprehensive information in sexuality education.



Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 108 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: Adaptations and Biodiversity through the Canadian Wilds
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
How does an animal’s adaptations affect their survival? What effect will this have on their ability to pass on their genetics and so affect their species biodiversity? How does the environment impact these adaptations? Come explore the Canadian Wilds and learn all about the footprints animals leave on the environment and the footprints the environment leaves on the animals. This program takes place completely outside so please dress for the February weather.


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

11:45am

If it bleeds it’s biology; If it stinks it’s chemistry; and if it doesn’t work it’s physics!
Experiments that work don’t always agree with our predictions. The models we use to figure out physics live in the perfect world of mathematics but the real world is messy. In this session we will explore the messiness. What measurements, assumptions, equipment errors are there? When is it appropriate to find a percent error? (When isn’t it appropriate to do that?)
Remember – no one learned anything about cars from a good car!

Speakers
avatar for Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar

Edmonton Public Schools
Barry taught for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year (14 years in junior high math and science, and 26 years in high school general science and physics). He believes that students get most out of a classroom that is activity based... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 106 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

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._x000D_
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._x000D_
This session is beneficial for employees currently participating in ASEBP benefits and thinking about retirement.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Telus 103 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Human Library
The Human Library is learning platform, where personal dialogs have been challenging stigma and stereotypes.The Human Library creates a safe space for dialog where topics are discussed openly between our human books and the people who come to connect and participate in open, honest dialogue. These people have "experienced prejudice, social exclusion or stigma," and participants can ask them questions so as to "learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudices.
There will be 10 speakers 'Human Books' sharing their stories with a group and then engaging in dialogue, connecting and coming together. Each session with see up to 10 people spend time with 1 Human Book, and delving into their experiences, challenging preconceived notions, and stigmas. It brings about deep thought, engagement and empathy


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen 201/202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

(PRE-REG) First Steps to Psychologically Safer Schools: Elevate your Conversational Intelligence
• Pre-Registration is required.
"To get to the next level of greatness, depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of the relationships, which depends on the quality of the conversations. Everything happens through conversations!"
-Judith E. Glaser, Founder of the Creating WE Institute

Many educators report low feelings of psychological safety in their schools, leading to overwhelm and burn-out, and causing top talent to pursue opportunities outside the profession. Elevating your Conversational Intelligence (CIQ), is a powerful step in restoring and enhancing the trust needed to navigate the increasing complexity we face daily in our schools, so we can cut through the noise, tap back into our purpose, and do the work we were called to do.


In this session, participants will learn:
The neuroscience of conversation, including how neural networks either set us up to partner with others, or shut us down to protect ourselves from social threat
How to recognize when we are in "amygdala hijack," or when they may have inadvertently triggered others
How to PRIME conversations for Trust
How to Listen to Connect, not Judge, Confirm or Reject
How to Ask Questions for Which We have no Answers
How to maintain Conversational Agility
How to Double-Click to ensure understanding

This session will be in-depth and interactive, providing you with the tools you need to begin transforming your relationships at school, and home, and in all areas of your life, using CIQ.

Speakers
avatar for Robynn Stirrett

Robynn Stirrett

VP Learning and Education Services, Pivotal Coaching
I am deeply interested in the ways we communicate with one another in schools, and how conversations open us up to connection, or cause us to move into protection-mode. I leverage my learnings as a Certified Executive and Conversational Intelligence Coach to support educators in transforming... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 2:30pm
Macleod Hall E2 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

(PRE-REG) Teaching the Holocaust in the Middle Years and Beyond
• Pre-Registration is required.
This session will provide teachers a chance to explore one of history's darkest chapters through a Middle Years and Language Arts lens. By exploring online resources, along with information provided by the presenter, teachers will walk away with ideas and resources to begin their own class exploration

Speakers
LA

Lindsay Anderson

Foothills School Division 38
Lindsay is a passionate middle years educator who is excited to have moved into the role of Instructional Coach at two middle schools in Foothills School Division. Miss Anderson brings with her a confident wealth of knowledge in engaging middle years students, primarily in ELA and... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 2:30pm
Telus 110 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:45am

Poster Session - Pre-service teachers from the Werklund School of Education
Please join us for light refreshments hosted by the Werklund School of Education and an opportunity for both conference delegates and pre-service teachers to engage in a professional dialogue around current trends and issues in education. This session will be of interest to current professionals, to view examinations on relevant issues that offer an opportunity to re-conceptualize teaching and learning as a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice. As well there will be a focus on real world problems and/or issues that are salient and relevant to current and future learners.


Thursday February 20, 2020 11:45am - 4:00pm
Ideation 2/3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

(PRE-REG) iFLY STEM Elementary Program - Taking learning to a new height! (1:00 -4:30)
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at iFLY Calgary 811 64 Avenue Northeast, Calgary, AB T2E 3Z8. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
• There is a participant fee of $49.95 per person plus GST. Please pay before February 9th at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pdtca-convention-elementary-stem-experience-tickets-87834692931

Experience STEM learning through the thrill of body flight!

Learn and understand the technology, physics and math that creates the airflow and allows for body flight to be accomplished. Education session, lab activity, physics demo and 2 flights per person in Western Canada's very first vertical wind tunnel.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

1:15pm

What Great Leaders Do Differently
What are the specific qualities and practices of great educational leaders that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective superintendents, principals and teacher leaders do differently than their colleagues. Participants will focus on what the most successful leaders do . . . that others do not. Everyone will leave knowing what great leaders do differently, why these things make them more effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own districts and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker

Professor, University of Missouri
Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Macleod Hall A Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

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
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

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 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Macleod Hall E3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Unsticking the Stuck: Career Counselling With Meaning
This session is for teachers and School Counsellors in charge of career counselling. We sit down with lots of young folks who have no clue what to do beyond our doors. We can help. This session offers 5 activities and 10 questions should provide a high-yield in terms of conversation, reflection, and action.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Teacher/Psychologist
I am a Psychologist who has changed directions after a decade of teaching. I am the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors, a football coach, Franco-Albertan and a woodworker. I am totally fluent in French and English. I love presenting workshops at teachers conventions... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Imperial 3 Hyatt

1:15pm

How to work with students with Oppositional Defiance Disorder
That one student just won’t work with you. They disrupt the class, they act out. It’s hard to reason with them. What’s going on? HOW can you work with a student who has Oppositional Defiance Disorder or is oppositional in nature?_x000D_
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In this workshop, you will learn the secret to what’s underneath a student with Opposition so you can see them succeed. You will learn HOW to see them go from opposing to thriving.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Imperial 2 Hyatt

1:15pm

Learning Disabilities: Critical Concepts
Approximately 3 students in every classroom will have learning difficulties severe enough to be classified as a learning disability. Many more students will struggle but may not present with deficits severe enough to qualify as an LD. Even with the high incidence of LDs, common myths persist about what learning disabilities are and are not. These erroneous myths include things like “dyslexia is simply flipping letters around” or “students with learning disabilities have low full scale IQs.” Failure to understand the scope of learning disabilities impedes students from getting the support they need and impacts teachers who genuinely wish to do the best for all students. This session will present practical information about the explosion of evidence-based findings on learning disabilities.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Telus 105 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Les troubles d’apprentissage : les concepts clés
Cette séance présente des informations essentielles au sujet des origines neurologiques des troubles d’apprentissage. Nous présenterons les différents types de troubles d’apprentissage en lecture, orthographe, écriture et mathématiques ainsi que des stratégies d’enseignement appropriées pour appuyer des élèves atteints de chaque trouble d’apprentissage. Le développement typique des habiletés en littératie sera comparé avec celui des élèves atteints des troubles d’apprentissage. Nous aborderons également l’influence des conditions connexes comme le TDAH et l’anxiété. Le but de cette séance est de fournir aux professionnels une meilleure compréhension des troubles d’apprentissage et de fournir des stratégies pour appuyer les élèves atteints de ces troubles.

Speakers
AM

Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Macleod Hall E4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Explore, Create and Play! (Free, engaging, hands-on tools for your classroom)
Imagine your classroom with challenges to solve, opportunities to create and students who are engaged. In this session, participants will have HANDS ON experience with a number of engaging kits to promote interactive learning. Throughout the session, you will have an opportunity to EXPLORE, CREATE and PLAY! Any member can sign out all demonstrated kits and books FREE from the ATA library. Participants should come armed with a mobile device to navigate the Association library and begin requesting materials before they leave the workshop. Every teacher is guaranteed a take-away!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris is an Executive Staff Officer in Professional development with the Alberta Teachers' Association. He is passionate about teaching, hands on classroom experiences, and co-learning with other educators. Prior to joining the Association in 2018, he was a principal in Lethbridge... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ideation 1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Teaching Beyond the Facts: Empowering Students through PBL & Conceptual-Based Learning
Are you looking for a way to actively engage your students and to effectively collaborate? Do you want your class to move past topic-based learning? In this session, Michelle will share how she has used PBL & Concept-based learning in an elementary setting. Using a conceptual lense, and drawing from STEAM, Makerspace, Design Thinking, Big Questions and Growth Mindset concepts, she will share a sample of one of her units, along with the critical thinking skills that her students are demonstrating through her approach. She will discuss both the celebrations and challenges of encouraging students to think more conceptually as they have become better innovators, collaborators, risk takers, and critical thinkers. As the new concept-based curriculum debuts, she will also touch on what she plans to do differently in the future. Leave feeling more prepared to move from teaching topics to teaching in a way that supports conceptual understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Bechthold

Michelle Bechthold

Grade 3 Teacher, Ralph McCall School
I have been using a SMART board in a k/1 classroom for the last 6 years. I have been successfully integrating technology with Daily 5 over the last 3 years and dabbling with a classroom blog. I hope to extend what my students can do with iPads, chrome books and blogging as I enter... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
CoLab(Former Telus 111) Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Thinking Strategies - English/Social Studies 5-12
The Thinking Strategies Placemat is a powerful digital learning tool. Made from a collaboration of 11 Alberta school districts including Rocky View, provides teachers with research based, highly effective thinking strategies for teachers to embed in instruction during different phases of the learning process. This series will dive deep into specific phases of learning, looking closely at the recommended strategies, and how they support student learning within the ELA/SS context. Components of the series will be differentiated for middle school and high school context.

Speakers
LC

Lauren Condrashoff

Literacy Specialist, Rocky View Schools


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Glen 209 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Contemporary Issues in Music Education (Open Forum)
An open topic panel discussion for music educators and administrators.
With a focus on current issues in Music Education we will open the floor to create a vibrant forum for raising concerns, sharing experiences and developing a broader awareness of the current state of Music Education in our region.

Speakers
LJ

Lael Johnston

Teacher, RVS


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibition Hall E Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Les stratégies de littératie multidisciplinaires; un outil efficace d’enseignement
Venez découvrir la ressource « Thinking Strategies Placemat » co-développée par Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium et Calgary Regional Consortium en collaboration avec des enseignants venant de différents conseils scolaires de l’Alberta.

Cette ressource contient une liste de 40 stratégies multidisciplinaires qui sont présentées en 5 différentes étapes utilisées lors de la planification de notre enseignement pour aider nos élèves à :

1. Activer leurs connaissances
2. Anticiper les difficultés du texte présenté
3. Acquérir et dégager les idées principales d’un texte
4. Débattre et discuter des idées principales facilitant le développement de la pensée critique
5. Consolider et transférer leur apprentissage à d’autres contextes

Pour avoir un aperçu de la ressource, voir le lien ci-dessous :
https://sites.google.com/erlc.ca/thinkingstrategies/home

Veuillez prendre note que cet atelier sera présenté en français et que la ressource est disponible en anglais seulement.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Vaillancourt

Julie Vaillancourt

Literacy Specialist, Rocky View Schools


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Glen 205 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Mettez votre école en valeur grâce aux médias numériques
De nos jours, les médias numériques sont des plus accessibles pour l’ensemble de la communauté scolaire. Pourquoi ne pas les utiliser pour mettre votre école en valeur? Quelles sont les possibilités de moyens de diffusion des reportages de vos élèves? Peut-être leur faites-vous rédiger un journal de classe mais n’y-a-t-il pas d’autres possibilités d’engager vos élèves dans un projet commun s’élargissant à la communauté toute entière?

Venez faire le plein d’idées et de ressources à l’occasion de cet atelier. Vous découvrirez des options de création multimédia de même que des ressources qui vous permettront, si vous le désirez, d’intégrer ces outils de façon à engager vos élèves dans un projet commun intégrant à la fois la photo, la vidéo et le journalisme. Enfin, des stratégies et des outils favorisant l’auto-apprentissage des élèves ainsi que l’apprentissage par les pairs vous seront partagées pour alléger la supervision requise sur le temps parascolaire.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Caron

Eric Caron

Consultant, Consortium provincial francophone
Éric est consultant en technologie éducationnelle au Consortium provincial francophone depuis plus de six ans. Auparavant, il a occupé pendant 4 ans le poste de conseiller régional au RÉCIT FGA dans la région de la Mauricie, au Québec.Spécialisé en histoire, Éric a enseign... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Imperial 5 Hyatt

1:15pm

Connecting Against All Odds
In this session, Rita will provide you with classroom-tested strategies to walk you through the process of connecting and redirecting to address the most challenging classroom behaviors. Based on Seigel’s theories on The Whole Brain Child, these strategies will give teachers the tools to manage their classrooms and get back to teaching. Expect to connect with Rita’s heartfelt and humorous stories and leave feeling empowered to create a classroom community which includes all of your students. If you are a new teacher, an administrator or an experienced teacher that just doesn't know what else to try, Rita's presentation will inspire and encourage you to look at things in a new way!

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
"As a student with ADHD and behavior issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program. Rita’s passion is connecting with tough kids and... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Glen 208 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Trauma Informed Practice- Safe, Supportive and Self Regulated Classrooms
Participants in this interactive workshop will be given information and tools to help provide safe, supportive, and self-regulated environments for students who have experienced trauma to be successful. Teachers will be provided with background information on trauma and its effects on the child and adolescent brain, how to create trauma-informed environments, and how to help build resiliency and self-regulation skills in students. This workshop also focuses on self-care for teachers, while providing useable techniques and strategies to support trauma-informed practice in Alberta classrooms.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Macleod Hall D Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Your Pension Matters
A general overview of the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund (ATRF) pension will be presented._x000D_
The session includes the following topics: _x000D_
• the ATRF website and MyPension_x000D_
• pensionable service and increasing your pension _x000D_
• pension eligibility, the options and the ATRF advance_x000D_
• steps to retirement _x000D_
• termination benefits.

Speakers
DA

Dana Adams

Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
This is a brief bio.


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Telus 108 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Buddy Teachers + Buddy Classrooms = Math Success
In this math games workshop participants will learn the best operation and place value games to use in a cross graded setting. Come with a teaching partner - one primary, one upper elementary, and learn games your students can do together 1 x week. For older students it enhances and deepens their mathematical understanding, develops leadership skills, and rebuilds missing concepts. For younger students they receive 1 on 1 teaching and focused practice with their older grade buddy. Participants will learn the primary game, play a differentiated upper elementary game that can be done back in home classrooms. Gameboards, student samples will be shared. Come prepared to play.

Speakers
JF

Jane Felling

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


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Glen 206 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Using the Math Minds RaPID Model to Meet Diverse Needs in the Math Classroom
The Math Minds Initiative has been working with Calgary and area teachers since 2012 to develop an effective model for teaching math that addresses the varied needs of learners. The "RaPID model" that emerged from this work draws from the insights of both traditional and reform approaches to math education, but it also diverges significantly from both. In particular, the RaPID model insists on clearly raveled mathematical content and the use of effective patterns of variation to draw attention to important mathematical ideas and relationships. In this session, you will have the opportunity to experience the power of effective variation to prompt attention to familiar ideas in new ways.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Telus 103 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

How to learn to like "that" kid (Part 1)
Through activites and discussions teaches will explore their core beilefs towards teaching, children and themselves. Teachers will leave the workshop with the tools to decode bahaviour and the possibility of who "that" kid could become.


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Imperial 8 Hyatt

1:15pm

(PRE-REG) A2: Roll for Initiative... Cooperative Games for Students
• Pre-Registration is required.
“You pause at the bottom of the stairs. You evaluate the unfinished horseshoe-shaped, earthen room. Light from your torch shifts on the far wall. Clay walls are supported by moss-covered beams and supports. Deep crevasses are hollowed out of the sides and center walls. Dressed skeletons and mummified bodies lay on the shelves. This is an Ossuary. The skeletons begin to stir. Your party reaches for their weapons. Roll for initiative.”

We inadvertently teach students how to work together. We create group projects, put students in pre-assigned teams, and force them to collaborate and function as a cohesive unit. However, too much emphasis is placed on the activity and assessment and not much in terms of how to collaborate. Luckily, board games, especially in this day in age, have a stronger focus on collaboration including; turn-taking, leadership and problem-solving, all the while working towards a common goal. In this session, we will be taking a look at collaborative gaming, from the simple games to the complex RPGs. Be prepared to work together, and remind ourselves of the skills needed to work together. So, grab your dice, the adventure is about to begin!

Speakers
avatar for Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn is a culinary arts teacher at W. H. Croxford in Airdrie and has been a teacher in Rocky View Schools for over 10 years. He has been gaming with his students since day one, providing students opportunities to play RPGs in his classroom. He has also instituted a gaming club... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Ideation 4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Looking Ahead – By Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers
This one-hour presentation is designed for those who are considering retirement within 5 years, or who are almost 65 years old. The realities of retirement are shared by a retiree, along with considerations for a life that is not governed by the bell. The Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) is introduced – what ARTA provides and the benefits of becoming a member. _x000D_
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While the presentation also briefly touches on retirement income considerations and your pension, this presentation is not focused on your pension. Pension questions should be directed to the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF)._x000D_
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The balance of this presentation is focused on the Retiree Benefits Plan offered by ARTA – the health, dental, and travel options; and how the plan is managed.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Shaw

Amanda Shaw

ARTA
Amanda Shaw is the Director of Marketing for the Alberta Retired Teachers Association (ARTA). She is organizing the ARTA Cafe, and will be available to introduce you to the local ARTA member branch volunteers.


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Imperial 7 Hyatt

1:15pm

Building Relationships with Parents for Positive Sport Environments
One of the greatest threats to student growth and development in athletics is the undermining of a coach's effort to build a positive educational environment using sport as the vehicle. This workshop looks at the common reasons parents become unhappy with their children's sport opportunities, 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

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Imperial 9 Hyatt

1:15pm

Scare Tactics Don’t Work! Teaching about Safer Sex
STI, birth control, safer sex – you might remember learning about these topics through *yawn* slide shows, lectures or, depending on your age, film strips with messaging that made sex seem scary. The intention was based on the false premise that youth would be scared out of having sex if they just “knew the consequences”. Hopefully you didn’t learn the hard way that scare tactics just don’t work when teaching youth about safer sex. Develop your capacity and comfort to teach about safer sex in effective ways. In this session, participants will prepare to teach about safer sex by increasing their knowledge about STI, contraception and safer sex and by exploring values, teaching strategies, tools and resources. Also highlighted is the importance of mythbusting and using current, accurate and comprehensive information.



Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Telus 104 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

(PRE-REG) Prayer Blankets- Surrounding those in Need in Prayer
• Pre-Registration is required.
Prayer is such an important part of child development to give them a spiritual framework in which they can rely on for physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. In this session, I will show you how to present the idea of making a prayer blanket in your classroom. Students have loved making these blankets for those in need, those in need of love and support, and those who are the most vulnerable in our society. In this session, I will model the process with you and how to create a no-sew blanket filled with prayers. The session shows you how to bring prayer to live and make it something tangible for your students to hold.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Imperial 4 Hyatt

1:15pm

Let The Sparks Fly!
In this session I will show demos of static electricity. They are designed to be inexpensive, easy to perform and, hopefully, entertaining. Most importantly, the demos are designed to illustrate static electric phenomena and help students develop a working model that successfully explains the observations of the demos. The session will include a number of suggestions for static electricity labs as well and participants will have a chance to try the experiments.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar

Edmonton Public Schools
Barry taught for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year (14 years in junior high math and science, and 26 years in high school general science and physics). He believes that students get most out of a classroom that is activity based... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Telus 106 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Speaking Proposal 1 - Nationalism in the Contemporary World - The Balancing Act in Iraq
For many years, Iraq has been a vital piece of the puzzle that is the Middle East due, in part, to nationalistic fervour. Come explore the tense situation that exists in Iraq between the various factions, as well as the role the international community has historically played (and should play) in order to achieve stability. Connections will be made with with grade eleven and twelve Social Studies curricula, and participants will be able to ask questions, and have access to ready-to-use materials in the classroom on Monday morning.



Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Imperial 1 Hyatt

1:15pm

Human Library
The Human Library is learning platform, where personal dialogs have been challenging stigma and stereotypes.The Human Library creates a safe space for dialog where topics are discussed openly between our human books and the people who come to connect and participate in open, honest dialogue. These people have "experienced prejudice, social exclusion or stigma," and participants can ask them questions so as to "learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudices._x000D_
There will be 10 speakers 'Human Books' sharing their stories with a group and then engaging in dialogue, connecting and coming together. Each session with see up to 10 people spend time with 1 Human Book, and delving into their experiences, challenging preconceived notions, and stigmas. It brings about deep thought, engagement and empathy

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Glen 201/202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

(PRE-REG) ROBOT FIGHTING! - Competitive Engineering for Middle/High School
• Pre-Registration is required.
Students are competitive. Putting them in control of robots, especially one they design/build themselves, provides ownership of learning that is unparalleled. With competition, students match their skills against each other to be the best they can be! The future is robotic and autonomous, and it is our job to prepare them for these careers.

In this workshop, you will learn to build and program robots from metal and bolts, attach wheels, motors, and sensors. In small teams, you will work to design and build a robot to complete a challenge against others in the workshop. Prizes are given to the winning team! This is not LEGO Mindstorms. This is the real deal, programmed in glorious C++. All skill levels are welcome, from beginning to advanced.

Additionally, you will learn how to start your own robotics program in your school, and take the fight to others by joining regional robotics tournaments throughout Alberta.

Get ready for the most exciting, hands on workshop you have ever had at Teacher's Convention!

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Imperial 6 Hyatt

1:15pm

Through Autism Glasses
Are you somewhat new to the Autism world, need a refresher, or are you a relatively new teacher? Perhaps you are having trouble getting through to them, and wonder why they do the odd things they do. You just need to see things ‘THROUGH AUTISM GLASSES’. This session will help you to see things the way they do, and covers all primary and secondary symptoms. It is a presentation full of practical strategies, which will involve demonstrations, observations, video footage of an autistic child and a display of sensory materials that help make the world friendlier to autistic children. And just as importantly, you will get a feel for what life can REALLY be like for a child on the spectrum and their family.

Speakers
avatar for Kitty Parlby

Kitty Parlby

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


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Macleod Hall C Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

(PRE-REG) Staff Sense: Make and Take
• Pre-Registration is required.
• There is a participant fee of $30. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.

Take home easy to make games that build a greater understanding of the treble staff. There is no replacement for repetition and experience so why not make it engaging and fun! Participants will take home activity sets that can be used for multiple games and are easily differentiated for different grade levels and abilities. This session is intended for Elementary Music but is easily adaptable to Secondary or Studio/Private Lesson Music.


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Glen 203 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Writers Workshop using Indigenous Perspectives
In this Writing workshop; we will demonstrate how Indigenous knowledge and perspectives can be brought into K-6 classrooms through balanced literacy. Participants will have an opportunity to explore authentic resources and learn strategies that will assist in sharing Indigenous perspectives, treaty education and reconciliation in a writers workshop.

Speakers
DR

Donna Ross

Calgary Regional Consortium
Donna Ross is currently seconded with the Calgary Regional Consortium to provide Education for Reconciliation and Foundational Knowledge of Alberta’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. With 27 years’ experience as an Indigenous educator, Donna brings a strong understanding... Read More →
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Lorrie Morales

Lorrie Morales has over 30 years of experience in adult education, high school and middle school, with a focus on English Language Arts, Lorrie Morales has worked as a classroom teacher, learning coach, mentor, reviewer and instructor. She now works as a consultant for the Calgary... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Macleod Hall B Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

(PRE-REG) Literacy & Numeracy through Land-Based Learning
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at 13931 Woodpath Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2W 5R6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.

The session will take place at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (13931 Woodpath Rd SW).
 
Due to road construction along 37th Street SW and 130 Avenue SW access to Shannon Terrace/Environmental Learning Centre in Fish Creek Provincial Park has been altered. Please watch and follow signage for access to 130 Avenue SW off north bound 37 Street SW as well as west bound Anderson Road SW. The entrance to Shannon Terrace remains open off of 130 Ave SW.
 
Please come prepared to be outside all day. Snow pants, hats, gloves, snow boots, and a warm jacket are essential.
 
Teacher’s can park in any of the Visitor Parking lots and walk down to the Learning Centre (as indicated on the map in the speaker handouts section at the end of this description)

Join us for this half day workshop learning from and on the land. We’ll discuss what makes the
outdoors a unique learning space and how to best connect students to the land. We’ll focus
on how to incorporate nature play, guided exploration and stories from the land into numeracy
and literacy learning. Together, we’ll profile inspiring literacy and numeracy examples to provide
you with tangible ideas and tools to take back to your classroom. There will also be multiple ways
to collaborate and learn from each other along the way. Expand your learning environment and
create inclusive, meaningful connections to nearby nature or protected landscapes.
This workshop will be hosted by Alberta Parks education specialists and will be completely outdoors.
Please come prepared to be immersed in nature.

Speakers
AB

Andrea Barnes

Environment Education Coordinator, Alberta Parks
avatar for Claire Petursson

Claire Petursson

Formal and Environmental Educator, Alberta Parks



Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

1:15pm

Games to Connect Literacy and Math
Games can be engaging and motivating, while simultaneously providing opportunities for students to deepen the connection between literacy and mathematics. We will discuss the math and literacy components within the game - what to look for, what to listen for, questions to ask students, ideas for differentiation and error handling. Leave this session with ready-made ideas to take back to your classroom as well as online resources you can access and print. Come and join us in our playful, yet intentional time, as we highlight the symbiotic relationship between literacy and mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tackaberry

Kim Tackaberry

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Kim Tackaberry B.A, B. Ed. (Specialist in Special Education) graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa in 1991. Her career in education spans over twenty five years. Kim taught Grades three through nine at Foothills Academy, a centre for children with Learning... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Macleod Hall E1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

Strength Based Approaches for Mental Health in the Elementary Classroom
Strength-based approaches to supporting students are rooted in the belief that we’re capable of learning and growing, and that we can all be involved in the process of our own growth. Move towards co-constructing positive senses of self alongside the students you work with in this session where you will learn more about how you can build on strengths to promote strong senses of agency in students to empower their independence, strengthen their mental health, and ignite their personal growth. Walk away with strategies you can use in your classroom the next day!

We will explore self-regulation, growth mindset, social emotional learning and design classroom routines that support the mental health needs of every student, every day.

Speakers
KA

Krystal Abrahamowicz

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Position at Company ABC.


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Glen 204 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:15pm

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: Nature Play Risks and Rewards CANCELLED
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
This playful in-class session is for teachers with any level of nature play programming experience. We will begin with an introduction to nature play and then explore the risks and rewards of including nature play in programs. The Calgary Zoo encourages nature play so that children gain the positive experiences in nature that will help them develop into conservation stewards for the future.
We will share tips, tricks, definitions and perspectives on risky play and free play. Part of the session will be a brainstorm about barriers and challenges. Come ready to share your successes and strategies, ask questions and gain lots of resources.


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

1:15pm

(PRE-REG) Bring Food Sustainability to Life
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at 2050 Agriculture Trail (The Nutrien Western Events Centre on Stampede Park.
A Shuttle bus will be arranged by the Calgary Stampede Foundation. The Stampede Trolley will pick up session registrants at the Marriott Hotel on 9th Ave at 12:45 PM on Thursday, Feb 20 and shuttle them over to the Journey 2050 Classroom located in the Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park..  The trolley will return to the Marriott at the end of the session.


Move sustainability from concept to action for you and your students! Hop on the Stampede Trolley and relocate to Stampede Park’s Journey 2050 classroom for this exploration of food sustainability. Come learn about all the incredible programs, tools and resources available to bring the topic of food sustainability to life. Be inspired by the multitude of sustainable action projects that youth, schools and communities have undertaken in recent months. Enjoy a sustainable snack prepared by the Calgary Stampede culinary team. Explore the resources within the Journey 2050 program and the extensive list of community resources available to spark new projects to bring back to your class.

Speakers
AL

Austin Lang

Calgary Stampede


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

1:15pm

(PRE-REG) Young Computational Thinkers: Unplugged Coding in K-6
• Pre-Registration is required.
Educators are increasingly being tasked with teaching coding and computational thinking to young students. This hands-on, interactive workshop aims to develop an understanding of computational thinking and the related skills and competencies through the exploration of relevant, ready-to-use activities that connect to a variety of curriculum areas.

Through participation in this workshop, educators will:
• Engage in unplugged activities that focus on developing students’ skills of decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition, algorithmic thinking and logic;
• Gain access to the activities that are explored, along with materials lists and supporting resources, so they can complete the activities with their students;
• Discover how to build upon what they already do in their classrooms to develop the foundational knowledge students need to become computational thinkers; and,
• Collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions related to digital literacy and computational thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Candace Beaton

Candace Beaton

Education Specialist, Professional Learning, Let's Talk Science
Candace Beaton has her Bachelor of Education and is currently an Education Specialist, Professional Learning for Let's Talk Science. Prior to her role with this national, charitable organization, Candace was an elementary classroom teacher as well as an Education Consultant with SMART... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Telus 109 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Have You Shifted Your Monkey Today?
Do the best staff members do too much and your worst employees too little? Are there people in your schools who work at avoiding doing work? Do you know anyone who whines, pouts, or complains endlessly? This session is just what you need. This session will help everyone lead their schools more effectively. Come and join the fun as you learn how to shift the monkey!

Speakers
avatar for Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker

Professor, University of Missouri
Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Macleod Hall A Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Revive a School, Save a Community
Five years ago, the future of the small hamlet of Altario was in doubt. The local school had declining enrolment, and a constant turnover of staff and leadership. The community was in need of a unifying vision.

Today, the school and community are thriving hubs of agriculture, fellowship, and innovation. What happened?

Join Kevin and a team from the school as they share their journey from the fear of school closure, to becoming a model of innovation for schools around their division as well as the province. Expect to leave with practical procedures to engage your own community and school in a culture of revitalization. While this session will be a valuable discussion for all, ultimately the focus is on leadership in rural communities.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Van Lagen

Kevin Van Lagen

Kevin Van Lagen (M.Ed.) is the Principal of two small, rural schools. He believes in community commitment, high standards for teaching and learning, and a culture of growth. Together with his wife Ellen, and five sons, Kevin lives on a small acreage in East Central Alberta.


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Macleod Hall E2 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

The Things We Say --Leading Teacher Learning
The things we say and the questions we ask have a tremendous impact on the climate within our buildings.  The atmosphere within our building can have a direct impact on teacher efficacy and leaning.  This short workshop aims to explore 10 things that leaders at any level should aim to say regularly.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris is an Executive Staff Officer in Professional development with the Alberta Teachers' Association. He is passionate about teaching, hands on classroom experiences, and co-learning with other educators. Prior to joining the Association in 2018, he was a principal in Lethbridge... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Ideation 1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Authentic Performance Tasks in Kindergarten
A sharing and conversation about my journey to create authentic task based assessments in Kindergarten that allow students to show a mastery level of learning. Further, can we create assessment capable learners at this level?_x000D_
I will share my highs and lows of creating a design plan on animals and allowing the students to take it and evolve it. Was it amazing? Was it an epic fail? Either way it was a learning experience._x000D_
I will touch on the framework needed in rubrics and assessment based language before even beginning the unit. As well as how the unit evolved as I was teaching and how the ability to be flexible allowed for the unit to naturally evolve.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Telus 105 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

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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AAC Facilitator

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 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Macleod Hall E3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

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.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Teacher/Psychologist
I am a Psychologist who has changed directions after a decade of teaching. I am the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors, a football coach, Franco-Albertan and a woodworker. I am totally fluent in French and English. I love presenting workshops at teachers conventions... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Imperial 3 Hyatt

2:45pm

How to work with students with ADHD
They zone out, they’re hyper active, HOW do you work with these students?? In this workshop you will learn the top 3 ways to work with students with ADHD that WORK.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Imperial 2 Hyatt

2:45pm

Classroom Design; Not Just a Seating Arrangement
This session is targeted at Middle Years teachers who are looking for way to put new life into their classrooms. Session will present research based suggestions for aesthetics, lighting, furniture and more. Teachers will walk away with ideas to implement Monday morning.

Speakers
LA

Lindsay Anderson

Foothills School Division 38
Lindsay is a passionate middle years educator who is excited to have moved into the role of Instructional Coach at two middle schools in Foothills School Division. Miss Anderson brings with her a confident wealth of knowledge in engaging middle years students, primarily in ELA and... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Telus 110 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Growing Up Professional
A much anticipated and requested resource, the Association is pleased to share this toolkit with members across Alberta. Participants will engage in interactive activities to discover the interconnected roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the field experience component of the preservice teacher preparation program, from cooperating teachers, student teachers, school leaders, students and parents to university personnel, Alberta Education and the Association.

Informed by current research and educational trends, this online and print resource is chock full of practical ideas, strategies, templates and useful links to services and information, legal considerations, and more to promote successful professional field experiences for our future teachers and meaningful professional development (leadership) opportunities for cooperating teachers.

Speakers
MG

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 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Ideation 4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

S.O.S. (Survival, Organization, and Success) – Strategies for Beginning Teachers
This session for junior and senior high teachers will provide a “cheat sheet” of practical strategies to help teachers survive and thrive in the early stages of their career. Topics such as classroom management, assessment, and planning will all be covered from the perspective of an experienced mentor teacher. Beginning teachers will leave the session equipped with additional tools for their professional toolbox, helping them to excel during those challenging first years in the classroom!

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Glen 208 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

The World Needs More Thinkers: Using Thinking Routines to Develop Understanding and Deepen Student Learning in Grade 3
Learning that leaves an impact, has longevity while serving as a catalyst to go beyond is learning where thinking is the central focus. As educators the question becomes, what type of opportunities can we design and plan for that offer access to all students to grow thinking and deepen understanding? In this session, our grade 3 team will share examples and showcase documentation of how we use, scaffold and have adapted Harvard’s Project Zero Thinking Routines to develop our students into creative, critical and innovative thinkers that engage more deeply with curriculum, each other and the world.


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Telus 107 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

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

Consultant, Consortium provincial francophone
Éric est consultant en technologie éducationnelle au Consortium provincial francophone depuis plus de six ans. Auparavant, il a occupé pendant 4 ans le poste de conseiller régional au RÉCIT FGA dans la région de la Mauricie, au Québec.Spécialisé en histoire, Éric a enseign... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Imperial 5 Hyatt

2:45pm

Des pistes de décollage et des filets de sauvetage: mettre en oeuvre les meilleures pratiques pour enseigner l’écriture
Écrire est une tâche complexe qui implique plusieurs habiletés. La complexité de la tâche peut être décourageante pour plusieurs élèves qui ont des troubles d’apprentissage, des défis au niveau de la fonction exécutive et l’anxiété. Les recherches récentes appuient l’utilisation d’une approche structurée et explicite lors de l’enseignement de l’écriture afin d’aider tous les élèves à développer des habiletés d’écriture efficaces. Cette session présentera une procédure d’écriture structurée à six étapes qui facilitera l’écriture dans tous les sujets scolaires. La présentatrice guidera les participants dans la création d’un plan de leçon détaillé et différencié. Cette approche structurée permet aux élèves de développer les habiletés en écriture et de réflexion fondamentales pour vivre du succès comme écrivains. L’approche est basée sur des stratégies métacognitives et les quatre recommandations ressorties par la révision exhaustive du Institute of Educational Sciences en 2012.
Notez: Des éléments du programme Raconte-moi! développé par le Centre for Literacy seront utiliser lors de la session.

Speakers
AM

Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Macleod Hall E4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

La lecture guidée à chaque journée!
Est-ce que vous désirez lire avec chacun de vos élèves à chaque jour? On connait l'importance de la lecture quotidienne ciblée mais dans nos classes occupées ça peut être difficile d'atteindre ce but. Comme équipe d'enseignantes de la première et de la deuxième année, avec le support de notre équipe de littératie à l'école, nous avons développé une structure qui permet la lecture guidée en petits groupes pour chaque élève dans les trois classes à ce niveau. Pendant nos blocs de littératie, nos élèves ont l'opportunité de participer à des activités à leur niveau de lecture à chaque jour. Dans cette session, nous allons parler de la structure utilisée et les avantages ainsi que les défis de cette structure. Nous allons partager des ressources et vous donner l'opportunité de vous familiarisez avec certains jeux et centres que nous utilisons dans nos classes.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell

Learning Support Teacher, Rocky View Schools
Sarah Caldwell, MEd, BEd, BAJe suis une enseignante d\'immersion française depuis 17 ans. En 2017, j\'ai pris une position d\'enseignante de soutien à Glenbow School. Présentement, je travaille avec chaque niveau de la maternelle à la cinquième année.
avatar for Emily Mattison

Emily Mattison

Teacher, Rocky View Schools
Emily Mattison, BEd, BAJe suis une enseignante d\'immersion française depuis 14 ans. Cette année, j\'enseigne une classe combinée de la première et de la deuxième année à Glenbow School à Cochrane, AB. Depuis le début de ma carrière j\'ai enseignée chaque niveau de la première... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Glen 205 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Our Journey navigating school-wide initiative of Positive Behaviour Intervention Supports (PBIS)
This session will be about East Lake School's journey navigating a school-wide initiative of PBIS. From determining who we are and what we stand for, to carrying out five critical practices: effective responses to inappropriate behaviour, positive reinforcement for appropriate behaviour, teaching expectations on a daily basis, active and explicit student engagement, and adjusting the physical environment as needed. Educators are realizing that students need their social and emotional needs met before they can engage in academic learning. They also know that consistent practices have a dramatic effect on student behaviour and their own teaching practices. We address how to get started on this journey, assessing your own school's current culture and climate, forming your own school action team, collecting relevant data, and sharing the successes and challenges up to this point. At the root of PBIS is unconditional, positive regard for students, caregivers and one another.


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Imperial 7 Hyatt

2:45pm

Increasing Student Resilience
Resiliency building is not about fixing kids;_x000D_
rather it is about building relationships grounded in the belief that caring, empathetic adults can provide supports_x000D_
and opportunities to meet the developmental needs of youth. This workshop is premised on the idea that fostering_x000D_
resiliency is not about providing a package or a program, rather it is about thinking of ways to improve the quality_x000D_
of the relationship between us and our students._x000D_
In thinking about ways to be more effective with students from at-risk environments, we need to think about_x000D_
approaches that go far beyond what we are presently doing. We start by ensuring that we as teachers are resilient_x000D_
so we can in turn begin to foster resiliency in our students; after all, only a diamond can cut a diamond.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Macleod Hall D Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

You've Got to Connect! Building Relationships to Motivate, Engage and Encourage Students
Positive and effective relationships between teachers and students are the foundation upon which good teaching and learning occur—you can’t teach them if you can’t reach them. What are some strategies that you can implement to develop strong and powerful relationships with your students? This session covers techniques that are easy to integrate into your everyday interactions with students: communicating positive expectations, giving feedback in a constructive way, developing pride, demonstrating caring, and creating safe and happy environments for all to grow and thrive in!

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Telus 101/102 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Reading Fair: Sparking Passion for Books
See excitement about books spread like wildfire among your students with an annual Reading Fair! Through the creation of a tri-fold display and oral presentation, students have the opportunity to showcase their love and passion for books. Inspired by a traditional Science Fair, our school has run a Reading Fair for grades 4-6 students for the past 2 years. This annual event gives students a chance to express themselves using their own unique talents. This presentation will include logistical and planning tips as well as in-class activities to help students prepare for their display and presentation. We are excited to share how students have been able to show their passion and enthusiasm for books they love!


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Telus 103 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Oh the Math that They`ll Know - Kindergarten Math Games
Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of cards, shakers, number lines and dice that teach the following Pre K - Kindergarten concepts: counting, comparing, odd and even, make ten, doubles, early operational concepts, learning numbers to 10, 20 and 100 . Participants will learn how to create math stations, start math journals, use student work for assessment purposes and how to extend games and activities to the home. This is a great workshop for Grade 1 and 2 teachers if you need differentiated activities for your ESL or special ed students.

Speakers
JF

Jane Felling

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


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Glen 206 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Teacher Exchange - Australia
The experience of a lifetime -- spend a year teaching in Australia! Find out what to expect including the highs and lows of a year down under. Teachers can exchange with the ATA at www.ieep.ca. Spend this session talking with a teacher that just got back from a 2018 exchange.

Discussion topics will include:
-The exchange process
-Travel options
-What to expect: Acquaintance night... what is that?
-Funny stories: Mr. Cove doesn't know what recess is; the great mandarin orange debate.
-New friends for life
-Many, many pictures and videos -- koala holding, scary spiders and endless beaches will be included!

Speakers
avatar for Jim Cove

Jim Cove

Teacher, Rocky View Schools
Exchange teacher Alberta to Australia 2018


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
CoLab(Former Telus 111) Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Fresh Ideas for Awards and Recognition in Your School and Athletics Program
School spirit and culture is borne out of the growth and recognition of excellence of all different kinds. This workshops takes a look at many ways that excellence can be both encouraged and celebrated both regularly and through special events such as awards. We also dive into the idea of building excitement around school events that can help maintain student motivation and interest throughout the year, as well as energizing emerging leaders within the student-body. Finally, we look at ways to ensure our school recognizes any extraordinary efforts from students so that accomplishment within the school is rewarded across academics, athletics, leadership, and other extra-curricular activities.

Speakers
DW

Dave Wooldridge

Harry Ainlay High School
Scott Bezubiak is the Department Head of Career Pathways at Harry Ainlay High School, where he has also been an Assistant Principal and the Department Head of Student Services. Prior to that, he was a high school Athletic Director for 10 years as well as being heavily involved in... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Imperial 9 Hyatt

2:45pm

Nature and your brain: Why children need risky outdoor play
Access to active play in nature is essential to the healthy growth and development of today's children. Risk is often viewed as a negative word by many including parents and teachers. But in play, risk doesn't mean courting danger. It means the types of play children see as thrilling and exciting, and where children can recognize and evaluate challenges according to their own ability. This session will discuss the benefits of active 'risky' play and share literature on how the body benefits from being in the outdoors. This session will appeal to teachers of all grades and all subjects and provide research based data as well as practical ideas to promote more purposeful movement with physical education programming as well as after school and during school programming.

Speakers
avatar for David Chorney

David Chorney

Associate Professor, University of Alberta
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. My teaching focuses on all aspects of physical education teacher education. I teach undergraduate courses for secondary teachers who have an interest in physical... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Glen 209 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

People, Parts and Processes: LGBTQ2S+ Inclusive Sexuality Education
Everyone has the right to sexuality education, but sometimes the language used in sexuality education classes excludes people who identify as sexual or gender minorities. Build your confidence and comfort teach about sexuality in an inclusive, clear and accurate way. In this session, participants will develop skills to use SOGIE inclusive language when talking about anatomy, physiology, puberty, relationships, reproduction and sex and will increase their knowledge about creating safer spaces in their sexuality classrooms.



Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Telus 104 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: My Future is Wild
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
Want to guide your students to take action for a more sustainable planet? Explore ways for your students to join the zoo in its mission to sustain wildlife and wild places. Through case studies and student-led conservation action project examples, learn how you can use the zoo to inspire your students' compassion for nature and confidence in their ability to play a role in making sure their future is wild.

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Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

2:45pm

Discovering the Invisible – Infrared and Ultraviolet
William Herschel, in 1800, performed an experiment that revealed something beyond the red end of the solar spectrum (infrared) that was producing heat. Johann Ritter, in 1801, performed an experiment that revealed something beyond the violet end of the spectrum (ultraviolet) that caused chemicals to darken. Come and perform a STEM and STEAM version of these experiments that by junior high and high school students can do.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar

Edmonton Public Schools
Barry taught for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year (14 years in junior high math and science, and 26 years in high school general science and physics). He believes that students get most out of a classroom that is activity based... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Telus 106 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

2:45pm

Topics in Modern Physics
Session will ultilize teacher resources from the Perimeter Institute to study a selection of topics in modern physics. Topics may include but are not limited to bubble chambers, and the detection of neutrinos and dark matter.

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Michelle Connor

Senior High Math Teacher, Christ the Redeemer Catholic School Division


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Imperial 8 Hyatt

2:45pm

Rejections of Liberalism - Helping to Understand Extremist Sentiments
Calgary, Alberta is the hotbed of recruitment for extremist groups such as ISIS. Delve into the appeal of such groups, what ideology these groups follow, and how such groups completely reject liberal principles. Through his photojournalist adventures, Gavin has had numerous encounters with ISIS, as well as the groups that are currently fighting against them. The session also looks at the international community’s response to ISIS thus far, and what nations of the world need to do to stem the violence surrounding such groups. Connections will be made with grade eleven and twelve Social Studies curricula, and participants will be able to ask questions, and have access to ready-to-use materials in the classroom on Monday morning.



Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Imperial 1 Hyatt

2:45pm

Human Library
The Human Library is learning platform, where personal dialogs have been challenging stigma and stereotypes.The Human Library creates a safe space for dialog where topics are discussed openly between our human books and the people who come to connect and participate in open, honest dialogue. These people have "experienced prejudice, social exclusion or stigma," and participants can ask them questions so as to "learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudices.
There will be 10 speakers 'Human Books' sharing their stories with a group and then engaging in dialogue, connecting and coming together. Each session with see up to 10 people spend time with 1 Human Book, and delving into their experiences, challenging preconceived notions, and stigmas. It brings about deep thought, engagement and empathy

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Thursday February 20, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Glen 201/202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre
 
Friday, February 21
 

8:00am

(PRE-REG) Staff Wellness Through Sport(8:00 - 9:15 am)
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• This OFF Site program is offered at Thorncliffe Greenview Arena - 5600 Centre Street N Calgary, AB T2K 0T3. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation._x000D_
• There is a participant fee of $10. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker._x000D_
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This session is an application of the importance of building staff morale and overall wellness through sport. Bring your hockey gear, $10, and come out for a skate before heading downtown to additional sessions._x000D_
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This is an offsite session happening from 8:00 - 9:15 am on Friday February 21st at Thorncliffe Greenview Arena - 5600 Centre Street N Calgary, AB T2K 0T3. Interested participants MUST email mcarter@rockyview.ab.ca BEFORE February 18th, to register for this session. Successful participants will receive an email confirming they are registered for this session. Participation is capped at 20 skaters. All participants must wear full hockey equipment.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:00am - 9:15am
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:30am

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

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Gibson

Glenn Gibson

Admin Instructor, ATA Administrator Instructor Corps
Principal of Millarville Community School for 6 years, in admin or teaching for 23 years. Our school teaches our students through concept-based inquiry and the Primary Years Programme through International Baccalaureate. I am a father of 4, technology and STEAM leader and interested... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Telus 110 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Supervision and Evaluation - What Teachers Need to Know about the New Standards and Evaluation Policy
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
avatar for Genevieve Blais

Genevieve Blais

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Geneviève joined the Association executive staff in 2015. Geneviève holds a BA degree from the University of Ottawa, a BEd degree from the University of Western Ontario and a MEd degree from the University of Lethbridge. Prior to joining Association staff, Geneviève was an assistant... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Imperial 4 Hyatt

8:30am

Taking Assessment From Average to Awesome
Quality, balanced formative assessments ensure that students, teachers and parents understand how students are performing and getting students involved in assessments help them to be more engaged and committed to their own learning. Teachers will walk away from this session with new assessment practices that can be easily implemented in to your programming, as well as a system to make report card writing more streamlined. The session will focus on the creation and use of a rubric word wall.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Macleod Hall E1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Equity and Inclusion in Schools: Reflections for Educators
Most teachers encounter students who come from households that experience stress, income instability, household food insecurity, poor social support networks, differing physical abilities, and other related challenges. These students are in every school and every classroom. We will outline how schools can apply an equity approach to better support students and families who face social barriers that can negatively impact health and education outcomes. We will work through various school and classroom examples, such as sports days, potlucks, special events, and curriculum-related projects. We will use a growth mindset to identify strategies and solutions that can minimize adverse impacts on students and their families.

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NG

Nannette Gropp

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Nannette Gropp, BSc RD, is a Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services. She supports school jurisdictions by using a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach for building healthy school communities by focusing on the core areas of positive mental health, healthy... Read More →
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Charity Alcocer

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Charity is a Public Health Dietitian for Alberta Health Services with a focus on health promotion for school-aged children and youth, based in Calgary. She has over 15 years of experience in other areas of dietetics and health promotion including rural and Indigenous health, prenatal... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Telus 105 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Harbouring Hope | honing the gift of hanging on
How does hope play a role in our teaching and learning? Potential does not get reached. A student falls through the cracks. A teacher battles family and personal issues. Each one of us face hardship through our journey of life. When life hits us hard, it brings out one of two responses: we either give up, or fight through. It is when we fight through that growth and potential are reached. Hope enables us to fight. Building resiliency is paramount to push through hardship, and harbouring hope in our lives is vital to resiliency.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Imperial 7 Hyatt

8:30am

Spice Up Your Second-Language - Tried & True Tricks From Sign Language, Spanish & French Classrooms
Come hear about the fun and engaging activities we have been doing in our language classes that have helped to build our programs and create positive learning environments for language acquisition. You will walk away with some specific strategies and a list of resources you can use to spice up your second language teaching practice. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their best practices with one another during group discussions.

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Betts

Sheldon Betts

Sign Language Teacher, Rocky View Schools


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Telus 103 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

What Families are Saying About your Home Reading Supports
This workshop will provide you with tools and study findings to examine your current home literacy supports. My research into the home and school literacy partnership found that parent voice was missing from the data. This doesn't mean that parents aren't being included, however, it could mean that parent perspectives are not being captured to be considered as evidence. Together, we will address the gap of considering parental perspectives as data when designing literacy supports. We will discuss the commonalities that my study respondents identified through their shared experience. Whether you are just beginning to create your supports or already have a school-wide program in place, you will be participants in a critical approach to improving your design.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
CoLab(Former Telus 111) Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Full Circle—Understanding Social Implications of Indigenous Realities
This workshop will examine core causes of intergenerational trauma, challenge common myths and misconceptions, as well as explore activities to foster effective relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, families and community. Participants will explore assimilation strategies that have contributed to many current realities of Indigenous students, families and community. You will gain an increased understanding of physical, mental, social and spiritual impacts, and strength-based initiatives to contribute to the advancement of the reconciliation process.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Macleod Hall A Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

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.

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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. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Ideation 2/3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Let's Talk About Identity, Power & Privilege
Understanding race, racism, privilege and oppression requires concerted effort toward uncovering the daily hierarchies and power structures that surround our complex identities. For educators, promoting social justice is central to our daily work with students. Addressing specific issues, such as privilege, is difficult and uncomfortable for most people, for a variety of reasons. This workshop will help teachers explore these issues and provide them with ideas for student exercises and activities.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Imperial 5 Hyatt

8:30am

Make Me a Maker- Fostering a Maker Mentality in Your School
The makerspace movement lends itself to many hands-on approaches. This workshop provides background information about makerspaces and the maker movement. It encourages teachers to get involved and bring makerspace into their classrooms.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Imperial 1 Hyatt

8:30am

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

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avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

President, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Exhibition Hall E Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Building Math Fluency: An Introduction to Singapore Math
Year after year, Singapore students demonstrate outstanding math achievement in all international studies. The key to this success lies in the research-proven pedagogy that follows human’s natural learning progression. This workshop will cover:

- Why Singapore Math has been so successful in building mathematical fluency and number sense
- What Singapore Math looks like in the Canadian classroom
- How Singapore Math develops critical thinking and mathematical mastery in students
- Practical teaching strategies you can use in the classroom that are based on the pedagogy behind Singapore Math

You’ll leave inspired and equipped to introduce proven strategies in your school — right away. Ready to use samples and activities will be provided to try in your classroom.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen 204 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Counting Collections: Developing Understanding of Numbers
What does it look like when students struggle with number sense? What experiences do they need to successfully continue their mathematical journey? How do you challenge the students who need a challenge? Counting collections routine provides meaningful and challenging experience for all students in K-6 classrooms. It allows students to start with their current level of understanding and use concrete materials to progress to increasingly sophisticated mathematical ideas. In this interactive session, teachers will experience how counting collections can support students in developing counting skills, understanding of grouping, place value and four operations as well as enhance their mathematical communication.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Plosz

Jennifer Plosz

MSc Candidate UofC
My areas of interest are visualization and mathematics, along with a deep interest in neurodiversity and learning differences.
avatar for Lana Pavlova

Lana Pavlova

Math Strategist, Calgary Board of Education


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen 203 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Démystifions l’estimation, 2e à 6e
L’estimation occupe une grande place dans la vie de tous les jours. Le canadien moyen n’a besoin d’une valeur exacte que dans 14% des fois qu’il travaille avec des nombres. Donc, dans 86% des cas, une estimation suffit. L’estimation occupe aussi une grande place dans notre programme d’études. Dans cet atelier, je vous offre une façon étayée d’appuyer vos élèves à mieux estimer. Les approches proposées seront à la fois concrète et imagée dans le but d’augmenter la confiance des élèves en leur habileté.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math 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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Macleod Hall E4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Dice + Patterns +Art = Student Engagement and Creativity
Comeprepared to bring your imagination and work with math patterns and concepts, art and problem solving. Participants will get to create works of art with regular spotted dice. Concepts for math include number, sequencing, identifying and naming patterns, shapers, symmetry, mosaics and more. Ideas for integrating other subject areas will also be included. Participants will have the opportunity to design and create patterns and pictures using dice as the medium, share with other participants and see awesome student samples. Come prepared to work on these engaging integrated activities that students love. A new session by author Jane Felling

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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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen 206 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Strength-Based Approaches for Elementary Math Students
Strength-based approaches to supporting students are rooted in the belief that we’re all capable of learning and growing, and that we can all be involved in the process of our own growth.  Math is an area where many students, and teachers, could use a confidence boost. Learn more about how you can build on students’ strengths to promote positive attitudes towards math. Empower student independence, strengthen their mental health, and ignite their personal growth.  Walk away with strategies you can use in your classroom the next day!

 We will explore:
- self-regulation & growth mindset
- designing classroom routines that support the mental health needs of every student, every day
- what strength-based teaching & learning looks like in math

Speakers
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Krystal Abrahamowicz

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Position at Company ABC.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Telus 109 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Build a Moral Conscience in Your Students
We live in a polarized world, with politicians shouting on Twitter, a 24-hour news cycle, selfies flooding our social media feeds and little white lies becoming the cultural norm. How do we encourage students to value truth and make healthy moral and ethical decisions with so much noise in the background? Can we be effective at this ourselves? Come learn strategies around empathy awareness, mindfulness, open-ended questions, guilt vs. shame, conditioned societal gender roles, natural consequences, creative discipline tactics that reach the heart and more.

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avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

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


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Ideation 4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Heart-based Meditation in a Classroom Setting
Learn the heart-based meditation technique, the science behind it and ways to implement it in your classroom as well as your daily life.

Meditation is possibly the most difficult skill to learn and even harder to teach. Thanks to intensive, ongoing studies of the heart and the way it communicates with the brain, heart-based meditation is one of the easiest to learn and most rewarding forms of meditation. Used by police officers, soldiers returning home, trauma victims, executives and more, heart-based meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety by over 50% with in three minutes. In this session you will learn the technique, the science behind it, ways you can easily implement it in your classroom and even see some technology you can use to fine tune those skills. With the growing numbers of child anxiety, stress and depression, the skill of meditation is more important than ever.

The number of children with anxiety issues, depression and stress are higher than ever and with classroom sizes increasing it can be very difficult to help children (and yourself) cope with these issues. Heart-based meditation is easy to learn, easy to teach and proven effective in classroom settings. You can use this meditation to not only help reduce stress with your children, but with yourself as well. With an entire institute devoted to developing the meditation, technology to aid in the learning process and an online support community, this meditation is a perfect addition to the classroom.

Speakers
MB

Matt Boisvert

Matt has been working with children of all ages for the last 15 years from daycare, to Boy's & Girl's Club, Aunt's & Uncle's at Large to the City of Edmonton. He has trained in many forms of meditation but finds Heart-based meditation the most applicable for our modern classroom settings... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Telus 108 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

How to teach "that" kid (Part 2)
Trauma informed approach to teaching and regulating children with behaviours. Learn practical classroom strategies and hands on tools to create a relational environment for you and your students to thrive in.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Imperial 8 Hyatt

8:30am

Permaculture- designs & solutions from classroom to kitchen table
We will explore a holistic approach to using the design science of permaculture to make decisions and solve problems not just for a homestead dream, but how we can put these ideas to use within our schools and curriculum. It is not just the garden, rainwater, school, families, and students, but the connections between the whole we live in to create thriving ecosystems where minds are engaged and empowered. A creative and inclusive approach to community building that is rooted in the most basic principles of life and social sciences.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen 201 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

The Parent Connection: Bridging the Gap Between Home and School
In 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.

Dealing with parents can be a time-consuming and frustrating part of the teaching process. Despite this, most teachers know that parent involvement and support is one of the most influential and advantageous parts of fostering student success. By better understanding the parental role in a child's education and development, and working proactively to create strong relationships and communication with families and caregivers, we can greatly reduce teacher stress and workload in addressing parent concerns.

In strengthening the relationships between families and their education providers, and helping parents to better understand their unique role, we can reduce redundancy, frustration and conflict, allowing both teachers and caregivers to play their own role in raising kids who successfully navigate their education.


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

Evolve Education Consulting
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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen 208 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

The Amazing Race – Nutrition Edition!
Are you ready for a race around the world of nutrition? This workshop promises fun and engaging activities that emphasize practical nutrition knowledge and skills to use with your students. Learn how to make healthier recipes, shop on a budget, pack healthy snacks, plan for healthy meals and more!

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen 209 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Elves, Orcs, Hobbits and the Meaning of Life According to J.R.R. Tolkien: A Theological Investigation of Middle Earth
The enigmatic and obscure Oxford philologist, J.R.R. Tolkien produced a corpus of writings on the world of Middle Earth that has captivated countless readers. The cinematic renderings of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit has further popularized his works, yet readers and viewers alike are often surprised at the profound impression Tolkien’s faith has made upon his writings. C.S. Lewis, a close friend and associate whose encouragement was necessary for Tolkien to publish, wove religious themes within his works via allegory. Tolkien, on the other hand, chose a much different and more sophisticated approach in creating the drama of the Rings of Power. This talk offers educators of Literature and Religion insight into the life and works of Tolkien and the undercurrents within thought—and how these can be made accessible to students in the classroom.

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Gerard McLarney

Dr. McLarney teaches at J H Picard School in Edmonton and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores St. Augustine's... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Telus 106 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Astronomy through an Indigenous Lens
Astronomy is the world’s oldest science and it is fundamental to the traditional conscious of the Indigenous
peoples of Canada. The material evidence of medicine wheels and other manipulated landforms provide
an insight into traditional ways of understanding indigenous views of the universe. The patterns of motion
of celestial objects were used as a calendar, clock and for wayfinding. Engaging students in these complex
concepts of sky science is challenging. Employing Indigenous traditional cosmology along with
contemporary discovery helps students to comprehend practical applications of sky science. Jennifer
Howse is an education specialist who has offered astronomy programming at the Rothney Astrophysical
Observatory for the past thirteen years. She will share her insights and resources related to Astronomy
education through an Indigenous lens.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Macleod Hall E2 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Make a splash in your class! Meaningful Water Education and Action Projects
Dive into this exciting workshop that will demonstrate how to engage students in meaningful environmental education. From Kindergarten to Grade 12, the Alberta Program of Studies is full of ways to connect to water topics in your classroom. Learn how to use water and your local watershed as a launch point for student inquiry, citizen science, wetlands education, critical thinking, environmental action projects and more! _x000D_
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Inside Education will guide you through how to build your own aquatic sampling kit, demonstrate and share a successful framework implementing water-based environmental action projects, and give you tons of ideas and resources you can use to make waves on Monday morning!

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Kate Tucker

Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We offer a full suite of no-cost teaching resources, youth summits, student programs, and full-scholarship professional development programs that are designed to support you and inspire... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Telus 101/102 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Effectively ‘teaching’ writing for Social Studies
Discussing writing with students can be a dull and often frustrating topic. Many students struggle with it, yet writing skills are essential to student achievement. This session will help you to remove the stigma to 'teaching writing'. The session will provide you with easy to use rubrics, classroom activities and student self- assessment strategies that will make your students more confident and successful in their writing. It will also assist you in using assessments summatively and formatively and help you streamline your marking process.

Speakers
MD

Mark Driedger

Secondary Social Studies Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District
Mark is currently and assistant principal with CCSD. He spent 4 years as the Secondary Social Studies Consultant. He has extensive experience in all secondary Social Studies programs. Mark has also served as a 30-1 table leader, item writer and exam validator for Alberta Learning... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Telus 104 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

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 Tatiana Meleshko

Tatiana Meleshko

Data Scientist, Cybera
Tatiana holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Before moving to Canada in 2008, she worked as a software engineer on IBM mainframes for International Business Alliance in Belarus. She is interested in data science and machine learning, and likes to spend... Read More →
avatar for Casey Knoll

Casey Knoll

Communications Specialist, Cybera
At Cybera (Alberta's not-for-profit technology accelerator), I'm the communications specialist for the Callysto project. Callyso is a free, federally-funded, online learning platform for Grades 5-12 students and teachers. It helps students and teachers learn coding and computational... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Imperial 2 Hyatt

8:30am

Active Bodies, Thriving Brains: how movement fuels mental health
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!

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Theresa McIsaac

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
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Christine Vokins

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen 202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

The Highs and Lows of Taking a Leave of Absence
This session will focus on the physical and psychological challenges of taking a leave of absence from work. Whether you are an educator who is returning from a leave or considering one in the future, we want to talk to you and hear what you have to say during this interactive presentation.

We will cover a range of topics including:
-The challenges, both mental and physical, of returning to the demands of full-time teaching/administrating
-Returning to a familiar role in the face of a new identity (parent, survivor, mental-health patient, etc...) and how our self-perception changes after a leave as well as the way we are viewed by our colleagues (or the way we think we are viewed)
-How we find a 'new normal' in balancing family and work or new health requirements and work
-Self-care in the face of new challenges (time, health, etc...)

The major point that we want to bring forward is the benefit to our profession when we offer time off to educators who need space to balance other areas of their lives. People take time off to focus on something other than work for a period of time. Ideally, when they return, they bring new ideas, perspectives and energy to their work. It is easy to feel scared and negative about taking a leave and returning to work and it is easy to assume that you will have less time and energy and thus be less of a teacher. We would like to offer a positive perspective, which focuses on the creation of diversity in our profession, the retention of excellent employees and the rejuvenation required for those who care for others. These positive benefits, which ultimately contribute to the increased well being of our students and the betterment of our schools.

Speakers
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Erin Siddall

Teacher
Hi, I’m Erin. Once teacher on the admin track. Now getting my life back together after the rollercoaster of two mat-leaves and the beautiful family they’ve created. I’ve stopped chasing the myth of ‘balance’ and am now focusing on the satisfaction created by doing the hard... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 9:45am
Imperial 3 Hyatt

8:30am

Design Thinking for Innovation - A Locally Developed Course
Design Thinking for Innovation (DTfI) is a locally developed high school course, approved by Alberta Education for the 2017-2021 school years. The first of its kind in the province, this process-driven course encourages students to engage in the development of real-world, increasingly complex, interdisciplinary, innovation projects. Keith Christensen, the author of the course, will provide an overview, explain the outcomes, discuss possible delivery models, share assessment ideas, and show inspiring project examples. Since its inception, the course has grown in popularity and has been accessed by many school boards from across Alberta. The process for accessing and offering the course by new school divisions will also be shared. Time will be available for discussion and questions.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Christensen

Keith Christensen

Teacher, Educational Consultant,
Keith Christensen is an educator and innovation specialist, and has been an innovator his entire life. He has created a number of acclaimed innovation projects and authored the Locally Developed Course - Design Thinking for Innovation. He completed his graduate studies with a focus... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 11:15am
Imperial 6 Hyatt

8:30am

Inspired Learning! Teaching for Conceptual Understanding through Sustained Inquiry
Teaching for conceptual understanding provides teachers with the freedom to design learning opportunities that engage and excite children while helping them to develop deep transferable learning around core concepts and competences. To achieve the potential for deep understanding requires a re-thinking of how curriculum is planned for and implemented. During this highly practical session, Garfield will bring clarity to what it means to teach for conceptual understanding and will provide a powerful approach for planning around a central concept, related concepts and rich provocative challenges. The session will model the use of concept-driven lessons that are designed to promote rich critical and creative inquiry and will provide a selection of strategies for daily instruction that support nurturing conceptual understanding.



Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 11:15am
Macleod Hall D Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: Nature Journaling through Destination Africa
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
Immerse yourself in Destination Africa while its resident animals inspire you in this workshop that will demonstrate strategies and techniques that combine art with scientific inquiry and open the door to creative expression and descriptive writing. No previous artistic experience necessary, just a willingness to give it a whirl! Please bring a journal to add your creations to.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 11:15am
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:30am

(PRE-REG) Canadian Landscape à la Ted Harrison
• Pre-Registration is required.
• There is a participant fee of $10. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.

For those who love Canada’s North, Ted Harrison is a MUST. His use of vibrant colours and bold lines made him a favourite artist among Canadian students. With the help of chalk-, oil pastels, and mixed media, 3 beautiful sceneries will come to life. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation (bring your own USB stick) that can be used directly in their art classrooms. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4- 10. All supplies provided by instructor. $10 registration fee.

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan- Koral Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole, former... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 11:15am
Telus 107 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

(PRE-REG) Science Communication: Stories in the Classroom
• Pre-Registration is required.
Science communication is an emerging culture with a history of challenges around accuracy, engagement and impact. This is true in academia, but also in the classroom. This session will start to tackle these communication challenges with creativity, courage, personalization and passion.

Along with getting the science right, science communicators probe the profound and personal questions about what it means to be human. Ask yourself: Why does science matter to me? Why should it matter to anyone else? The more connected you are to the science; the more powerful the audience response. This session will encourage you to turn science into stories as you use personal narrative, effective visuals and science demonstrations to engage your audience.

Understand the impact that relevant visuals can have on the communication of your message and the connection with your audience. Discover how to maximize objects and props to illustrate narrative elements. Devise an “Uber pitch” (the length of waiting time for an Uber) for science concepts. Learn how to turn science demonstrations into engaging stories for your classroom.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 11:15am
Macleod Hall B Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

(PRE-REG) Bullet Journaling- The Basics and Beyond
• Pre-Registration is required.
• There is a participant fee of $20. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.

Have you always struggled to find an agenda, plan-book, calendar or journal that really met your needs? Ever wish that you could smash up different pieces of each into one tool to rule them all? Bullet Journaling might be the answer to your organizational and self-care needs! Quickly growing in popularity and closely related to visual note-taking and even scrap-booking this process is worth taking a look at!
Kari and Rita will introduce you to the exciting world of bullet journals and provide an opportunity to experiment with stencils/tape and various medium that you can use when creating your own journal in your own style.
Participants will be provided with a bullet journal and a set of supplies to get them started, which is covered by the participant fee!

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
"As a student with ADHD and behavior issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program. Rita’s passion is connecting with tough kids and... Read More →
avatar for Kari Carriere

Kari Carriere

Golden Hills Learning Academy


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 11:15am
Glen 205 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

Supporting Grieving Children & Teens in our Classrooms: Creating Compassionate Communities
Research often references how crucial the quality of the home environment is to a child’s development. We also know that schools act as a second home to children and teens. The classroom environment is a micro society where children learn about themselves and others: a place where they learn to read and write, but also discover their strengths and challenges academically as well as socially and emotionally. This classroom includes children and teens who are unique and face unique challenges, however many of the issues they face are similar. What if they knew that they are not struggling alone? Grieving children and teens often feel alone, different, disconnected, and unable to focus. They struggle to relate to others and “join in” and they often worry about their family members. Providing support that acknowledges that everyone has ups and downs is normalizing, comforting, and it strengthens bonds between members of a community. _x000D_
In this presentation, we will identify the challenges and needs of grieving children and teens and explore tools to support them in the classroom. Participants will be invited to create their compassionate classroom during the session with the materials provided.

Speakers
avatar for Nadine Gariepy-Fisk

Nadine Gariepy-Fisk

Director, Children's Grief Centre


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 11:15am
Macleod Hall E3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

8:30am

(PRE-REG) iFLY STEM High School Program - Taking learning to a new height!
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at iFLY Calgary 811 64 Avenue Northeast, Calgary, AB T2E 3Z8. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
• There is a participant fee of $49.95 per person plus GST. Please pay before February 9th at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pdtca-convention-high-school-stem-experience-tickets-87837770135

Experience STEM learning through the thrill of body flight!

Learn and understand the technology, physics and math that creates the airflow and allows for body flight to be accomplished. Education session, lab activity, physics demo and 2 flights per person in Western Canada's very first vertical wind tunnel.

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Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 12:30pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:30am

What you always wanted to know about bringing your band to a Band Festival
• This OFF Site program is offered at the University of Calgary.   We will meet by the receiving table at the Rozsa Centre on the University of Calgary Campus at 9:00am.   Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
The Alberta international Band Festival runs its Grade 2 to Grade 6 portion of its band festival during PDTC. The AIBF committee has agreed to present a Q and A with an adjudicator and the Director, Kathy MacRae for all band teachers about the does and don'ts of bringing your bands to a festival. You will also be able to watch bands from around Western Canada go through the festival, from warm-up to stage performance to adjudication. This is a fantastic opportunity to watch and learn from your band colleagues.  We will meet by the receiving table at the Rozsa Centre on the University of Calgary Campus at 9:00am.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Vander woude

Rick Vander woude

Music Director, Calgary Christian High School
I have been a music teacher in Lethbridge and Calgary since 1995 and enjoy teaching music. I also am the choir director ond organist at Highwood Lutheran Church in Calgary. I am currently on the board for AIBF.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 2:15pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:30am

(PRE-REG) Equine Facilitated Learning & Wellness - An introduction to the possibilities this type of programming has to offer!
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at Rafter U7 Ranch near Carstairs AB. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
• There is a participant fee of $25. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.

What is equine facilitated learning and wellness and how can we explore the implementation of this form of experiential skill building and development within our school programming?

Proposed areas of exploration for students through equine facilitated learning programs can include: assertiveness and compassion, dealing with feelings of anxiousness, teamwork and communication, leadership, accountability, asking for help and accepting feedback, celebrating success. Many of which are encompassed within 21st century competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and self-direct learning.

During this full day opportunity, we will be working with certified equine gestalt facilitators at Rafter U7 Ranch near Carstairs AB experiencing some of the activities that students would participate in to gain a better understanding of what equine facilitated learning is and can be. Time for group discussions surrounding the possible benefits and logistical implementation of this type of programming for RVS students will also be planned for each day.

No previous horse experience is necessary and participants will only experience horses in a way that is comfortable for them during these days.


Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 2:15pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:30am

(PRE-REG) Health and Physical Education Institute in Canmore
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at Our Lady of the Snows Academy in Canmore. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.

Leading teachers in Health and Physical Education in the Palliser District are joining forces with Ever Active Schools and the Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC) to host a Health and Phys Ed Institute at PDTCA in beautiful Canmore. Make sure to pre-register to hold your spot in this full day of active and practical sessions for all grade levels.

Friday, February 21st will be highlighted by a feature presentation from Crystal Phillips, an alumni of the Canadian National Speed Skating team, and Executive Director of the Branch Out Neurological Foundation. The Branch Out Foundation’s mission to fill the gaps in the medical and research systems across Canada to ensure nutrition and other alternative therapies are supported and respected at the same level as more conventional therapies. Crystal has worked with executives and professional athletes from the LA Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins, and was named one of 18 Canadian change makers by CBC Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

Schedule of Sessions | Friday, February 21st


9:00am - 9:45am Active Living Sessions
  • Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club fun run and coaches clinic with Ever Active Schools
  • Wake up Body! Partner Fitness with Sabrina Grecu
  • Yoga Level 2 with Kendra Silk
  • Quigong with Kati Mackenzie

10:00am - 10:45am Keynote Session with Crystal Phillips


11:00am - 12:00 noon Break-out Sessions
  • Jeux coopératifs with Francois Rolland
  • Volleyball Foundations - Teaching the Fundamentals to Create Outstanding Volleyball Players with Darren Anderson
  • Dance: Best practices for Warm ups and Cool downs with Dr. Sarah J. Kenny (space for 40 participants, first-come, first served)
  • Feeling caught in the middle? The Sandwich Generation in School Environments: Conversations for School Wellness Leaders with Megan Hunter

12:00 noon - 12:45pm Lunch Break (not provided)

1:00pm - 2:00pm Break-out Sessions
  • Are you looking for some games to spice up your basketball unit? with Anne Murphy
  • Introduction to Futsal with Jen Orchard
  • The New Standard for Warming Up: Supporting quality PE through movement skill development, fitness, and injury prevention with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre
  • Outdoor Multicultural Games for Div 1-3 with Kendra Silk


The HPE Institute will be hosted at Our Lady of the Snows Academy in Canmore. Contact Scott Bailey at Ever Active Schools (scott@everactive.org) for more information or with any questions about pre-registration.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active 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 21, 2020 8:30am - 2:15pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

8:30am

(PRE-REG) Adobe After Effects in the Classroom
• Pre-Registration is required. _x000D_
• This OFF Site program is offered at Quickdraw Animation Studio, 2011 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0K4. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation._x000D_
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Adobe After Effects, the visual effects and motion graphics program included in Adobe’s Creative Suite, is a powerful and versatile tool for visual communication. It can be used to edit and alter existing films, to add special effects into student film projects, or even to create whole animated worlds from scratch. It can also be incredibly intimidating._x000D_
Led by Brian Batista, a Calgary-based artist, animator and instructor for the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Quickdraw Animation Society, this session will explore some of the powerful features that After Effects provides to create slick, entertaining and professional-looking animation. This will be a fast-paced, hands-on session designed to introduce you to new creative options with the potential to enhance your own presentations along with your students’ work._x000D_
Programs like After Effects put the power to animate in your students’ hands. From animated life-cycles to infographics, mathematical patterns and creative expression, access to After Effects can help bring your units to life, while giving students direct experience with the same software used by industry professionals._x000D_
This is a hands-on session intended for teachers who have little to no experience with Adobe After Effects.

Speakers

Friday February 21, 2020 8:30am - 2:15pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

10:00am

The Principal's Role in Teacher Induction
This workshop supports the implementation of A Principal’s Guide to Teacher Induction, which is intended to help principals 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
avatar for Glenn Gibson

Glenn Gibson

Admin Instructor, ATA Administrator Instructor Corps
Principal of Millarville Community School for 6 years, in admin or teaching for 23 years. Our school teaches our students through concept-based inquiry and the Primary Years Programme through International Baccalaureate. I am a father of 4, technology and STEAM leader and interested... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Telus 110 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Outcomes Based Gradebooks
Accurately reporting student achievement is an important part of a teacher’s practice. However, building a gradebook that is accurate, informative and moves student learning forward can be difficult. This session will help you arrange your gradebook in a way that works effectively for teachers, students and parents. The overarching yet simple principles that will be shared will make reporting your grades easier and more effective for all involved. Note: This session is intended for 7-12 and for districts using online (such as D2L Brightspace) reporting systems.

Speakers
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Mark Driedger

Secondary Social Studies Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District
Mark is currently and assistant principal with CCSD. He spent 4 years as the Secondary Social Studies Consultant. He has extensive experience in all secondary Social Studies programs. Mark has also served as a 30-1 table leader, item writer and exam validator for Alberta Learning... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Telus 104 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

(PRE-REG) Chop Chop, Knife Skills Anyone?
• Pre-Registration is required.
• There is a participant fee of $7. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.

This is a hands on session where you will learn to handle, sharpen and use a knife. These skills are transferrable in a home economics classroom. Learn some tricks of the trade.

Speakers
avatar for Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn is a culinary arts teacher at W. H. Croxford in Airdrie and has been a teacher in Rocky View Schools for over 10 years. He has been gaming with his students since day one, providing students opportunities to play RPGs in his classroom. He has also instituted a gaming club... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Upper Select Board Room Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

3D Design and 3D Printing in the Elementary and Jr High Option Classroom
At it's best, 3D Design and Printing can enhance your classroom experience, prepare your students for their future and deepen their learning, and even become a fundraising/self-funding endeavour. Unfortunately, many teachers are jumping in blind, only to find out that it can be a frustratingly steep learning curve without support and giving up - if you have been thinking about bringing 3D work into your school, or have a printer collecting dust, I would like to show you how I have begun to make it work at my school (after several years of nearly giving up!). I will share some great resources, talk about affordable printer options, and discuss some of the nitty gritty details of 3D printing. Together, we can discuss some of the great possibilities that 3D printing has for YOUR classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Keller

Jesse Keller

Teacher, Westmount, FSD
3D Printing and Tech Geek, Grade 5 Teacher, and new dad!


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 9 Hyatt

10:00am

We are all teachers of ELL: Supporting English Language Learners in Content Areas
Are your ELLs struggling to find success in their core subject areas?
This interactive session will focus on practical strategies designed to increase the English language learner’s ability to access the core curriculum. Through teacher created resources and current research based practices you will leave well equipped to support ELLs in your content areas.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen 209 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Discipline Based Task Design 101
Discipline based tasks combine subjects and encourage students to learn curriculum through an authentic lens, resulting in deep understandings of important concepts. Well planned tasks can encourage deep engagement from students and offer low floor, high ceiling entry points for students of all levels. In this session, teachers will be introduced to the concept of discipline based design, walk teachers through the planning process and allow collaboration with other teachers in order to begin creating an authentic task to use in the classroom.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Macleod Hall E1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Attracting New and Diverse Students with Popular Music Education
With the decline of student numbers in traditional based music programs, popular music programming
is a great way to engage students. This type of programming attracts new and diverse students who
would not normally sign up for band or choir. This session will include a discussion about setting up a
popular music program based around guitar education, rock band classes and music technology.
For this, we will examine the www.gslakieguitar.com program. Topics include informal/formal
learning, authentic music education practices and a historical perspective of popular music in
music education. The session hopes to give music educators ideas on how to offer diverse
programming with the goal of attracting 21st century learners to a new form music education.

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Arvay

Sheldon Arvay

Mr. Arvay is the teacher and head of the guitar program at G.S. Lakie Middle School in Lethbridge, AB. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Minot State in 1999 and then taught concert band for nine years before moving to G.S. Lakie to start a guitar program. He completed... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 3 Hyatt

10:00am

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.

Three expected outcomes of presentation:

1. To enhance educator knowledge in incorporating Indigenous Education into balanced literacy programs
2. To strengthen educator professional practice within 21st century fluencies and assessment with Indigenous education resources
3. To provide an overview of quality Canadian balanced literacy resources

Speakers
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Erin Reid

Instructor, Alberta Teachers Association


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen 206 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Indigenous Alberta—The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
This workshop will introduce participants to the rich indigenous cultural and linguistic diversity of Alberta. Topics will include terminology related to identity, recognition of territory, significant ancestral landscapes related to locations of celebrations and traditions that come to life through song and dance, addressing myths and misconceptions, and a brief historical timeline.

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Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Macleod Hall A Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Making Learning Visible: Photographing and Co-Creating Learning Stories
Join me in discovering how to incorporate photography in your classroom and at your school to tell the story of student learning. I use photographs to: 1) document student learning, as well as my own learning, 2) build visual literacy skills, and 3) develop verbal and written storytelling proficiency by highlighting big ideas such as characters, setting, and sequence. When students are active participants in documentation, they come to learn more about their own thinking and the added bonus is a visual story to share with families. Please bring your camera, a tablet or a smartphone (you shoot with what you have!) Together we will be building on basic documentary photography skills to help you create authentic learning stories.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe

photographer, Kristy Wolfe Photography
Kristy is an educator, a hospital mom and a photographer who specializes in storytelling photography. She loves sharing her passion for photography with her own children, her students and her colleagues. Since getting into photography six years ago, Kristy has been finding ways to... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Macleod Hall E2 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Teacher and Administrator Exchanges- 2 Week and 1 Year Exchanges
The experience and realities of teaching and administration are constantly in transition- an exchange can bring a wealth of insights to the work you do here in Alberta._x000D_
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Exchanges are a unique and truly interactive professional peer-to-peer development opportunity for teachers and school administrators to collaborate within their profession. Open the door and get out of your comfort zone, engage in meaningful and critical conversations, and experience first-hand how your peers around the globe engage with best practices. See how other systems approach matters such as inclusion, indigenous ways of knowing, second language learning, remote and rural education. For the short-term exchange, you are hosted by your exchange partner for 2 weeks, and you then reciprocate by hosting the overseas teacher. For full-year exchanges you switch homes and positions for the entire year. Destinations include Australia, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Iceland. There are even possibilities within Canada and our province. Please join us for a session on exchange opportunities to shake things up, inject new perspectives into your practice, and build community.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Freed

Carolyn Freed

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


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Ideation 1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

The Power of Play - Engaging Learners of All Ages
Play fosters creativity, independence, problem solving and ownership in learning. This workshop will provide participants with ways to successfully incorporate play into any class at any grade level and give them ideas to use in their next lesson.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Ponce

Anna Ponce

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Anna is an Association Instructor and is a teacher with the Calgary Separate School District. Anna teaches high school social studies and just finished a Masters of Professional Education in the Field of Equity, Diversity and Social Justice. Anna enjoys practicing yoga, playing hockey... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 1 Hyatt

10:00am

E-Liability 2.0: Mitigating Risk in the Digital Age
Increasingly teachers are facing employment discipline resulting from their use of school computers, laptops, Internet connections and cellphones. The use of social networking sites are also resulting in disciplinary action of teachers by employers. How do teachers use technology without jeopardizing their career? Teachers can also be victims of surreptitious monitoring and recording. What rights and responsibilities do teachers have with respect to issues of recording, cyber-harassment and cyber-libel directed at them by students, parents or colleagues?

Speakers
avatar for Genevieve Blais

Genevieve Blais

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Geneviève joined the Association executive staff in 2015. Geneviève holds a BA degree from the University of Ottawa, a BEd degree from the University of Western Ontario and a MEd degree from the University of Lethbridge. Prior to joining Association staff, Geneviève was an assistant... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 4 Hyatt

10:00am

The Future is Female: Preparing Girls AND Boys for the Next Decade
The millions of women marching in protest around the globe the last few years, along with the Me Too movement and the whistle blowing on workplace harassment behaviours have blown the doors open on the gender equality discussion. But how do we prepare students for the upcoming shift away from a patriarchal system and into something equal and fair that hasn’t even been created yet? This presentation is an open-minded brainstorming session on gender parity and the new minefields everyone faces as we examine the complex issue of feminism in our modern world.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

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


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Ideation 4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

It’s Lit - Hip-Hop Literary Device Workshops
In this session, you will write a song with a professional rapper using as many literary devices as possible. This is a fun, exciting way to integrate curriculum or introduce a new subject to your class. Don't worry, no prior rapping ability is required to participate. Come experience this engaging English lesson that Teacher's all over Calgary have been raving about!

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Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Macleod Hall C Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: Numeracy in Pandas
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
Come see and learn about our beautiful black and white bears! Use schematic diagrams to calculate various math problems, such as how large their enclosure is. We will also discuss their numbers in the wild and reproductive rate as well as their temperature needs, all tying into the importance of numeracy in caring for animals. We will also look at how they are an umbrella species and how many distinct species this means they help protect in the wild.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

10:00am

Appuyer les élèves en difficultés en mathématiques
Cette séance visera les stratégies essentielles pour appuyer les élèves de l’élémentaire qui ont de la difficulté à acquérir les habiletés de base en mathématiques ou qui sont atteints de troubles d’apprentissage en mathématiques . Nous aborderons les différentes manifestations de la dyscalculie ainsi que des stratégies d’enseignement efficaces pour chaque type. L’influence de l’anxiété mathématique sur la mémoire de travail et l’apprentissage des mathématiques et des stratégies pour combattre cette anxiété seront discutés. La présentatrice soulignera des principes appuyés par des recherches pour un enseignement efficace des mathématiques auprès des élèves ayant des troubles d’apprentissage et des moyens d’appliquer ces principes dans des scénarios d’enseignement en salle de classe, en petits groupes et individuellement.

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. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Ideation 2/3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Data Science in Elementary School
Not just for big kids, we'll look at how we can use data science modules in elementary math, science, and social studies through the Callysto project.

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 able to explore Python-based modules developed for teaching outcomes in elementary science, math, and social studies. 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 Tatiana Meleshko

Tatiana Meleshko

Data Scientist, Cybera
Tatiana holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Before moving to Canada in 2008, she worked as a software engineer on IBM mainframes for International Business Alliance in Belarus. She is interested in data science and machine learning, and likes to spend... Read More →
avatar for Casey Knoll

Casey Knoll

Communications Specialist, Cybera
At Cybera (Alberta's not-for-profit technology accelerator), I'm the communications specialist for the Callysto project. Callyso is a free, federally-funded, online learning platform for Grades 5-12 students and teachers. It helps students and teachers learn coding and computational... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 2 Hyatt

10:00am

Focus on Subtraction: from Intuition to Mastery
Come join us for a session which explores subtraction, the most challenging mathematical concept in the K-3 curriculum. You will experience different models of subtraction through various games and activities. This session is designed to deepen teachers’ understanding of the learning progressions for this topic. You will have multiple lesson ideas to support your students’ in developing conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Plosz

Jennifer Plosz

MSc Candidate UofC
My areas of interest are visualization and mathematics, along with a deep interest in neurodiversity and learning differences.
avatar for Lana Pavlova

Lana Pavlova

Math Strategist, Calgary Board of Education


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen 203 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

La corde à linge à la rescousse des maths, 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

Consultante en mathématiques/Math 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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Macleod Hall E4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Math 15: A Course that Helps Students Transition from Math 9 to Math 10C
For two years, W.H. Croxford High School has offered Math 15 to grade 10 students as way of preparing them to succeed in Math 10C. Offered in other school boards in the province, such as Calgary Catholic School District and Calgary Board of Education, Math 15 yielded positive results during its first year at WHC and it has become an attractive and valuable option for students. Designed for students who have struggled in Math 9, Math 15 helps students improve their foundational math skills, problem-solving ability, mathematical confidence, and growth mindset. In this session, the presenters will explain the following: research completed while preparing to offer the course, successes and challenges while teaching the course, and the results for students who completed the course. Session participants will also be invited to participate in a discussion about grade 9-to-10 transition in mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for Dale Block

Dale Block

Math Teacher, Learning Lead, Rocky View Schools


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 5 Hyatt

10:00am

Setting Your Kindergarten Students Up for Math Success
It is said that “all you really need to know you learn in Kindergarten”. With this in mind, explore how to set your kindergarten students and classroom up for math success! This workshop will cover:

- Best practices for setting up your play-based classroom
- Provocations in learning spaces
- Math talks
- Differentiated instruction
- Developmental learning
- Assessment and teaching strategies

Ready to use provocation samples and activities will be provided to try in your classroom.

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Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen 204 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Live your reality and help others live theirs
So many times, we look at people and wonder how they live a particular situation that seems extremely hard, and possibly impossible, you may feel like you have no reference of where to even start to support them. This will give you a glimpse of a mother's journey of almost loosing her 6 week old son and raising his twin and two older brothers in the Ronald MacDonald House and their journey home with a medically fragile child. As we explore this, we will collaborate on ways we can support our students, co-workers, families, friends, or a random stranger. We will approach what it means to have a village and what the "village" looks like in today's world.

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Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen 201 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Using Easy-Reader Novels to Teach Second Languages
Using novels in the second language classroom is the best way to show students how much language they have acquired over the course of a semester/year. This session will discuss where to find the best easy-reader novels in various languages, how to plan to teach them, and fun activities you can use while teaching any novel in a second language classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Duncan

Kristin Duncan

Spanish Teacher, grades 5-8, Foundations for the Future Charter Academy
Kristin has taught second languages, including French and Spanish, for over 7 years. She has used TPRS and comprehensible input methods since she started teaching and will never go back to the traditional grammar-based method! She has taught in England, Spain and briefly in Italy... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Telus 108 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Nutrition Myth-Busting
“Do I need supplements to be healthy?” “Should I do a detox?” “Is keto the best diet for weight loss?”
What is the truth about how to eat well and live well? In this age of (mis)information, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate nutrition fact from fiction. This engaging talk will show you how to debunk common nutrition myths, and provide you with practical, evidenced-based recommendations on how to live a healthy lifestyle—relevant for both you and your students!

Speakers
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Ceileann Regan

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Telus 105 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Prevention of Tobacco and Vaping Use: An Evidence-Based Approach
This session includes the review of school-based tobacco and vaping prevention programs from Alberta Health Services._x000D_
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- New trends in and prevalence of tobacco and vaping use for school aged youth;_x000D_
- Components of an effective prevention program;_x000D_
- How to implement The Academy for Tobacco Prevention, including the card game Shadows of the Academy;_x000D_
- Recent evaluation results for The Academy for Tobacco Prevention;_x000D_
- Best Practices and action template for tobacco and like-substance related school based initiatives, including e-cigarettes and vaping_x000D_
- A summary of available resources for students, teachers, parents, and administrators to prevent and reduce nicotine use by young people._x000D_

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hatton

Sarah Hatton

HEALTH PROMOTION FACILITATOR, ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES



Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen 208 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Imagining the Dragon: Unlocking Archetypal Themes in Popular Music and the Bible
The songs and videos of the acclaimed musical group, Imagine Dragons, creatively explore motifs of tragedy, treachery, redemption, and renewal; similar existential themes are found within the Bible. This session not only juxtaposes the respective articulation of these themes in songs like Radioactive and I Bet My Life, but also considers how contemporary music can provide a bridge for student understanding and engagement with ancient and perennial archetypal motifs.

Speakers
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Gerard McLarney

Dr. McLarney teaches at J H Picard School in Edmonton and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores St. Augustine's... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Telus 106 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Bringing Social 8 to Life PART 2
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 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Telus 103 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Hey, That's Not Fair! 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
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 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Telus 101/102 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Individualized report cards and parent emails in minutes!
After this session, you will be able to write report card comments for a full class in minutes, not hours. You will also be able to send individualized parent-communication emails home in less than 10 minutes.

Both of the above can be done with Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel with no previous experience with spreadsheets is required!

We will cover:
• Spreadsheet calculations (calculating grades, averages, etc.)
• Creating customized text based on student results (i.e. if mark below 50% “fail”, otherwise “pass”)
• Putting text together from multiple sources. (i.e. “ did on our most recent quiz, achieving /11 ()”)
• Using mail merge features to email a whole class with individualized emails
• Some tips and tricks for how to record grades more quickly during class time
• List of functions we will cover: +, -, *, /, &, AVERAGE, IF, AND, OR, MAX, MIN, and more!

You are strongly encouraged to BRING YOUR LAPTOP to get the most out of this session, as we will build a sheet for one of your classes before you leave.

Speakers

Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 8 Hyatt

10:00am

Canada’s New Food Guide: Taking it to the Classroom
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.

Speakers
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Da Bin Choi

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen 202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

Creating Calm in the Centre of Chaos | learning to breathe deeply while gasping for air
Being a teacher & living a peaceful life really is possible! We try to walk on this tightrope called “work-life balance” but often feel like we are about to fall off, and can’t find a safety net below us! In the middle of deadlines, paperwork, phone calls, lessons plans, and... right... the actual students we teach & the outside life we supposedly live, we can still have a calmness and peace within our own lives. Peter touches on ten key concepts to help us stay focused on the big picture & not get lost in the shuffle. A few laughs along the journey never hurt either!

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Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:15am
Imperial 7 Hyatt

10:00am

The Foundations of Literacy: What do I need to consider when building my literacy program with a focus on reading?
Are you new to kindergarten or division I? Have you asked yourself: How do I know that my students are building a strong literacy foundation? This workshop session will look at the BIG 6 foundational pieces in early reading instruction: concepts of print, phonological awareness and phonics, word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. These 6 pieces make up the critical elements of a literacy program leading to the development of strong readers. During the workshop, we will work together to develop a shared understanding of each of these foundational pieces, will discuss best practices that support the development of these skills, and will also examine the continuum of learning for each. Time to explore a variety of activities for each of the 6 components will be built in to the workshop format. You will leave with an enhanced understanding of the type of activities that need to be incorporated into every literacy program, with some great activities that can be used Monday morning.


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 12:45pm
CoLab(Former Telus 111) Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

(PRE-REG) Digitally Literate Changemakers: Supporting Student-Driven Solutions to Real-World Problems
• Pre-Registration is required.
Grade 7 – Grade 12 educators
In this hands-on, interactive workshop, participants will explore how to facilitate a student-led, design thinking challenge rooted in empathy.

Through participation in this workshop, educators will:
• Engage in the design thinking process – beginning with empathy where participants will explore how the UN Sustainable Development goals can be used to help students develop a deep understanding of problems that need to be solved
• Discover strategies that strengthen the development of students’ computational thinking and digital citizenship skills; and,
• Recognize how to incorporate open source data to expand the possibilities for inquiry across disciplines.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile devices with the micro:bit app pre-downloaded.
  • Alternatively - participants can use personal laptops (please ensure you can use your usb port and are not fire-walled or blocked from doing this if you have a district-issued computer).



Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 12:45pm
Telus 109 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

10:00am

(PRE-REG) Curling 101
• Pre-registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at Okotoks Curling Club - 99 Okotoks Drive Okotoks, AB Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
• There is a participant fee of $20.00. Please bring exact change to be collected at the session, by the speaker.
Are you interested in curling but have never tried? Are you a novice curler looking for some pointers? This session will combine off-ice instruction regarding rules, strategy, and sport-specific stretches as well as on-ice instruction and a game. For those interested, information will also be available on how to incorporate curling into your phys-ed class even if you cannot access curling ice.

Speakers


Friday February 21, 2020 10:00am - 12:45pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

11:30am

Your Time is Precious - The Importance of Formative Assessment
If you are not using formative assessment regularly and properly, you could be wasting precious instructional time! Formative Assessment allows educators to better understand and customize the math education of each student and informs teacher instruction. This workshop will cover the “How, What, When, and Why” of formative assessment so you can assess with confidence! Includes best practices for using developmental trajectories and delivering pre-assessments and exit tickets across print and digital classrooms.

Speakers

Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Glen 208 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Magical Manor - Breakout
The @breakoutEDU games allow students the experience of an escape room, without actually locking them in! Communication is key as you solve the clues to save Magical Manor!_x000D_
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In this Breakout Activity, small groups will work together to crack the code, and save the amusement park! Based on the basics of grammar, this particular game is designed for upper Div 2 and Div 3 kids. It is one of many breakout games available (for all curriculum areas) available on the Breakout EDU website. If you are not familiar with a breakout...it is like an escape room but without actually locking any students in rooms! Students have to find/use the clues to “break into” a locked box. Students use their curiosity and collaboration skills in ways they never imagined they would in a classroom! _x000D_
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After we play the game, you will get an introduction to the Breakout EDU site and have a chance to explore! There are games for free as well as on the paid site. Some games you need the kit for, others are purely digital… there is something for every grade and curriculum area! Bring your chromebook/taptop and prepare to stretch your brain!

Speakers
avatar for Merry Franz

Merry Franz

Jr high teacher - WCCHS, Livingstone Range School Division


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Telus 105 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Beginner Guitar Pedagogy...How to Start Young Players Correctly
This session is a clinic based on beginner guitar pedagogy designed to show music educators (guitar players and non-players alike) how to start their novice students correctly.
For this, we will examine the www.gslakieguitar.com program. Resources will be given and
demonstrated enabling music teachers to run 10-13 weeks of daily classes. Topics will include
acquiring the correct equipment for your class, setting up performance outcomes, and teaching
using correct pedagogical principles. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own guitar and join in
on learning how to teach guitar. Ten guitars will be available at the session for use. This session is ideal for band/choral teachers interested in starting a guitar program or club at their school.

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Arvay

Sheldon Arvay

Mr. Arvay is the teacher and head of the guitar program at G.S. Lakie Middle School in Lethbridge, AB. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Minot State in 1999 and then taught concert band for nine years before moving to G.S. Lakie to start a guitar program. He completed... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Imperial 3 Hyatt

11:30am

Finding Our Way in Indigenous Education: Connecting Hearts and 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
LM

Leslee Mills

Vice Principal, Tsuu T'Ina Education


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Macleod Hall B Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Incorporating Indigenous Content into your Everyday Classroom
Wondering how to make space for true Indigenous history? Want some English and French books to use? Want some lesson ideas? Want to grow your personal knowledge? Come have a chat and listen to my journey over the last 3 years.

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Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Imperial 4 Hyatt

11:30am

Indigenous Content in the New Teaching Quality Standards—Moving from Inspiring to Requiring
The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to demonstrate foundational knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit for the benefit of all students. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of reconciliation, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional Indigenous Education learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Spriggs

Shane Spriggs

Learning Leader, Grade 6, ATA
Shane is a Learning Leader and Grade 6 teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. He has been teaching for the last 14 years within an elementary setting. He is a proud Metis who\'s roots are in the Duck Lake area of Saskatchewan. He has been an Associate Instructor for the Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Macleod Hall A Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Making an Innovator - How to Encourage Innovative Risk-taking
The need for innovation is everywhere. The world is facing increasingly complex challenges that will require innovative thinkers and solutions. Discover the ABC’s of a Disposition of Innovation that can help anyone improve their creative capacity and see the world as a place rich with opportunities for improved design, innovation, and invention. Discover how to best encourage young innovators to inspire them further to tackle real-world problems, and feel more comfortable with disruption. Within your class, your life, your student’s lives - innovation is the key to improving the world around you.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Christensen

Keith Christensen

Teacher, Educational Consultant,
Keith Christensen is an educator and innovation specialist, and has been an innovator his entire life. He has created a number of acclaimed innovation projects and authored the Locally Developed Course - Design Thinking for Innovation. He completed his graduate studies with a focus... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Imperial 6 Hyatt

11:30am

Thinking About Learning - Metacognition and Mindfulness
This workshop looks at the role the brain plays in successful learning. The facilitator will guide participants by helping them establish an understanding of metacognition and mindfulness, explore conditions that encourage metacognition in the classroom, engage with instructional practices that model metacognition for students and identify mindfulness skills that increase student awareness. The content of this workshop is valuable for teachers and students at all levels.

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Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Imperial 1 Hyatt

11:30am

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: The One and Only Ivan; how stories stimulate inquiry
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
Meet our new silverback gorilla and compare how his and his troop's needs are met in comparison to Ivan’s (in Katherine Applegate's moving book inspired by a true story). Explore how such stories can stimulate inquiry, increase compassion, and inspire action. Discuss how these amazing creatures are doing in the wild and what we can do to help them and their continued survival.

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Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

11:30am

How to Avoid Death by Shakespeare
By ELA 30, students have worked through multiple Shakespeare plays and sonnets at the behest of their teachers. More often than not, this means reading the play aloud, looking at important passages, and watching the movie. Try as we might, even by grade 12, you will hear students lament having to read "old" English. They don't understand the language and look to us for explication. Which let's face it, we often love to give when it comes to Shakespeare. But what if you could give students a way to buy in, a way to read the play and understand it, and a way to create something novel and exciting based on their understanding? Over the past 7 years teaching in Alberta, I have been exploring a Shakespeare project that allows students choice in the play they wish to study and choice in the way they choose to present their knowledge. The whole unit takes 3 weeks and 2 days. And at the end of that time, students come away with a greater knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Shakespeare then they had going in. This session will walk you through that process and provide you with a new tool for teaching Shakespeare.

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Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Glen 209 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Solid Roots, Strong Readers: 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
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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. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Ideation 2/3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

PRISM - Professionals respecting Individual Sexual and Gender Minorities
This workshop will help school staff understand legislation and educational policy and will discuss how to support sexual and gender minority students and staff.


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Imperial 5 Hyatt

11:30am

Parler comme un mathématicien, 5e à 9e
Cet atelier a pour but d'outiller les participants avec des stratégies et approches qui encouragent les élèves à communiquer en français en mathématiques. Les suggestions présentées permettront une communication autant à l’écrit qu’à l’oral, que ce soit individuellement, en petits groupes ou en grands groupes. Des variantes ou adaptations seront soulevées afin de promouvoir l’utilisation des mêmes approches dans d’autres sujets.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math 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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Macleod Hall E4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Teaching Math and Science with Data Science and Computational Thinking
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 Grades 5 to 12. 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 math, science, and other subjects. We will talk about how to incorporate these into your teaching, and help you create or edit modules for other outcomes if you are interested.

Speakers
avatar for Tatiana Meleshko

Tatiana Meleshko

Data Scientist, Cybera
Tatiana holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Before moving to Canada in 2008, she worked as a software engineer on IBM mainframes for International Business Alliance in Belarus. She is interested in data science and machine learning, and likes to spend... Read More →
avatar for Casey Knoll

Casey Knoll

Communications Specialist, Cybera
At Cybera (Alberta's not-for-profit technology accelerator), I'm the communications specialist for the Callysto project. Callyso is a free, federally-funded, online learning platform for Grades 5-12 students and teachers. It helps students and teachers learn coding and computational... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Imperial 2 Hyatt

11:30am

Technology in the Math Classroom | a look at Casio graphing calculators
Students across the province are beginning to try out Casio graphing calculators because of their user friendly operating system & affordable price. As teachers, it can be nerve wracking to see new models in our classroom. This talk takes a look at the models from the perspective of a teacher using them. Peter works with the models in his own classroom and provides support to other teachers using them. Applications of the calculators to current curricular outcomes & student experiences will be shared. There will also be a draw for some free stuff!

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Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Imperial 7 Hyatt

11:30am

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

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

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


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Ideation 4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Technology in the Second Language Classroom
Everyone wants teachers to use technology in the classroom. Never fear – there are easy ways to bring your classroom up-to-date, technologically. This session will provide an overview and demos of several websites that are easy to use and work well both in second-language classes as well as in other subject areas. Some of these websites include: Kahoot, Quizlet Live, and Textivate.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Duncan

Kristin Duncan

Spanish Teacher, grades 5-8, Foundations for the Future Charter Academy
Kristin has taught second languages, including French and Spanish, for over 7 years. She has used TPRS and comprehensible input methods since she started teaching and will never go back to the traditional grammar-based method! She has taught in England, Spain and briefly in Italy... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Telus 108 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

From Susa to the Seam: An Exploration of the Experience of Exile in the lives of Esther and Katniss
Esther is a most intriguing biblical figure –growing up as an outsider, an orphan of the Exile living in the land of Persia, she ascends to royal status. Her quick wittedness and bold courage enables her to save her people from certain destruction. Katniss Everdeen, likewise, a tenacious and resilient youth from the Seam, becomes engrossed in the struggle for preserving not only her family but also her society. This talk offers an intertextual analysis of the Biblical book of Esther and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, arguing that the works, though set in radically disparate contexts, provide readers with novel insight when juxtaposed. Particular attention is paid to: ritual beauty treatments as a rites de passage that both Esther and Katniss undergo; the opulence of ancient Persia and Panem and the absurd decadence evident in their capital cities; the morally ambiguous mentorships of Mordecai and Haymitch Abernathy and the role that they, as societal insiders, play in leading their protégées; and the experience of exile that the protagonists, Esther and Katniss both endure, in addition to their use of violence. We conclude by contrasting the theological frameworks surrounding of the two books as well as their application for today.

Speakers
GM

Gerard McLarney

Dr. McLarney teaches at J H Picard School in Edmonton and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores St. Augustine's... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Telus 106 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: Animal Health and Happiness
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
In this unique access experience, visit the Calgary Zoo’s Animal Health Centre and explore ways that our veterinary team supports and maintains the health and welfare of our 1000 animal colleagues, including a variety of diets, practices and treatments.


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

11:30am

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

Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Glen 204 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

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
JZ

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 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Telus 103 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Forever in Blue Jeans: Teaching Ideas for Industrialization, Globalization and Collectivism
This social studies-based session provides lessons and projects to teach industrialization, collectivism and globalization. It focuses on historical narratives, songs and experiences of various groups of immigrant women who worked at the Great Western Garment (GWG) factory. The teaching resource GWG: Piece by Piece: A Resource for Alberta Teachers Grades 9, 10 and 12 will be provided free to participants.

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 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Telus 101/102 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Competitive Gaming and School Culture
The session will examine the role that esports play as a part of a 21st Century learning environment by exploring:
1) The basics of esports and their growing role in society.
2) The opportunities that exist for esports as a career path.
3) The way that esports can serve as an asset to school/division learning communities.
4) The way that esports can be used to build positive relationships with students.


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Macleod Hall E2 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

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 Ever Active Schools

Ever Active 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 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Glen 202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Understanding and supporting students with Test Anxiety
Many students suffer from some degree of assessment anxiety. This anxiety effects both their wellbeing and their academic achievement. This session will give you practical knowledge in understating the causes and effects of assessment anxiety. You will also be provided with key resources and strategies which will help mitigate the effects of test anxiety that you can both employ in your classroom and share with your students.

Speakers
MD

Mark Driedger

Secondary Social Studies Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District
Mark is currently and assistant principal with CCSD. He spent 4 years as the Secondary Social Studies Consultant. He has extensive experience in all secondary Social Studies programs. Mark has also served as a 30-1 table leader, item writer and exam validator for Alberta Learning... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:45pm
Telus 104 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Guide to success: Sustaining inquiry through focused feedback
In the quest to nurture self-directed and self-regulated learners, students and teachers need to embark on collaborative learning journeys where teachers help to grow student learning through guided critical inquiry. Traditional rubrics have been helpful scoring tools ensuring greater consistency in grading – they have not been powerful learning tools for students. This session will explore the power of a renewed relationship between teachers and students as co-learners in critical inquiry. Central to the workshop will be an exploration of the uses and development of “Guides to Success” which are learning tools designed to facilitate rich, ongoing conversations regarding student learning.

The workshop will build upon a broad framework for powerful sustained inquiry that will be reviewed. The key elements of this approach include:
The development of rich engaging challenges that inspire learning
The use of learning launches to initiate inquiry
Shifting learning from the pursuit of correct answers to constructing sound answers
A focus on conceptual understanding, competence and transferable understanding
Focused and constructive peer and teacher guidance that supports iterative inquiry through offering choice rather than directed changes.
The workshop will be an excellent opportunity for teachers to develop practical and powerful materials for use with students engaged in sustained critical inquiry.



Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Macleod Hall D Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Imaginez... un modèle d’approche collaborative pour la réussite de tous les élèves! CANCELLED
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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Ideation 1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

(PRE-REG) POP ART: PRINTMAKING FOR THE YOUNG ARTISTS
• Pre-Registration is required.
If you like Pop Art, you need to register in this workshop right away! You will learn how to create colourful, funky prints in the easy way while working work on multiple layers. This will become your students’ favourite art project! Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in the art classroom. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4 - 12. All supplies provided by instructor. $10 registration fee.

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan- Koral Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole, former... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Telus 107 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Bouge et lis
Présentation de ressources pédagogiques et de pistes d'applications concrètes des stratégies de compréhension de lecture en classe. (Faire des liens, se questionner, visualiser, inférer et faire une synthèse._x000D_
Le public cible : tous les niveaux d'apprenants du français langue seconde ou langue d’immersion._x000D_
Comment créer une communauté de lecteurs avec la génération d'aujourd'hui.

Speakers
avatar for Emilie Lussier

Emilie Lussier

Éditrice, Flic Flac
Passionnée des livres depuis sa tendre enfance, Émilie Lussier est aujourd’hui enseignante au primaire depuis plus de 15 ans. Élevée dans la langue française, Émilie, voulant briser la barrière de la langue, a poursuivi ses études au Collège Champlain et a obtenu son baccalauréat... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Imperial 9 Hyatt

11:30am

Mental Math for Multiplication and 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
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 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Imperial 8 Hyatt

11:30am

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: Discover BirdSleuth and Other Citizen Science Opportunities from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
Join BirdSleuth Ambassador, Sarah M. Smith, to discover an exciting set of resources for outdoor exploration and curriculum science! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers some of the most engaging and exciting citizen science opportunities out there today, including wonderfully accessible and free resources such as eBird. By participating in citizen science and investigations, students become scientists. They gain real science practice, developing process skills – all by practicing observations of the birds around them and following their own inquiries deeper.
No birding expertise is required of the participant. BirdSleuth, the K-12 education program out of Cornell, is designed to help both students and educators develop a basic birding knowledge and offers fantastic support and resources for further inquiry and for expanding that knowledge. During this workshop, participants will be provided with an introduction to the BirdSleuth program, including Alberta curriculum links and applications, as well as an introduction to the excellent free resources that will help them scaffold student inquiry and participate in citizen science. Part of the workshop will include birding sessions outside at the Calgary Zoo, so please dress for the weather. In addition, a smartphone, while not mandatory, will allow individual exploration of eBird and several other useful apps in the field.


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

11:30am

Design Challenges for High School Physics
From resisting earthquakes with engineering to designing a faster propulsion system for submarines, this session will provide design challenge opportunities aligned with Science 10, Physics 20, and Physics 30 using inexpensive materials. Participants will be actively engaging with a number of design challenges from the Perimeter Institute's educational resources that highlight effective teaching practices. These design challenges provide opportunities for students to apply their understanding to authentic problems while promoting problem solving within challenging constraints.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Wasyleczko

Kristina Wasyleczko

Science Teacher
Kristina is a general science and physics teacher at Chestermere High School near Calgary, Alberta. She is passionate about applying physics education research in the classroom to improve student learning and inspiring teacher engagement with evidence-based strategies. Kristina is... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Telus 110 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

(PRE-REG) What's in a Name? Fostering a Sense of Belonging Through The Wonder of Names
• Pre-Registration is required.
Research shows that “...names provide a powerful image of a person and influence people’s reactions to them.” (The Guardian, 2007) For teachers, the importance of learning students names on the first day of school is emphasized when promoting teacher-student relationships. What happens when the first time a teacher and her students meet there is no exchange of names, no about me speeches, and no question and answer dialogue? Instead, students are met by a pleasant smile, a story, and are asked not to share their names for the next few days. This presentation will focus on the presenters’ experiences and pedagogical approach to tackling social studies curricula while inquiring into the tradition of name giving. Questions that emerged during the inquiry process and the culminating project of creating a paper star quilt will be deconstructed to show how embracing the topic of names fostered a sense of community that allowed students and teachers to understand identity as fluid and complex; a collection of living experiences that requires autobiographical investigation.

Using a variety of activities, attendees will explore their own emerging wonderments, build community, create a star quilt, and inquire into their own names. Workshop participants will be invited to engage in active, hands-on learning and will be given resources to integrate the star quilt and name traditions into their teaching practice.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Jardine

Katie Jardine

Teacher, Foothills School Division
Katie Jardine is a graduate from Brandon University receiving an After Degree in Education specializing in social studies and instrumental music education. Katie Jardine has written an article for Education Canada Magazine's March 2019 issue, focusing on the importance wonder plays... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Glen 201 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

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 Josée Desmeules

Josée Desmeules

Enseignante, FrancoSud
Josée Desmeules a débuté sa carrière au Québec comme enseignante en adaptation scolaire, puis comme conseillère pédagogique, à la Commission scolaire de Montréal pour ensuite s'établir en Alberta en 2005. Récipiendaire du Prix d'Excellence du Conseil Français de l'Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Glen 203 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

(PRE-REG) Bullet Journaling- Kicking Things Up a Notch
• Pre-Registration is required.

Have you started Bullet Journaling, but are looking for new inspiration?
Wondering what cool products and "hacks" are out there but don't want to spend money experimenting on new supplies without knowing what works?
Are you looking for a community of people that will help you stay accountable and inspired to keep up with your journal?
If you participated in Bullet Journaling- The Basics and Beyond and are interested in looking at new trackers and implementing journaling into your teaching practice, then this is the perfect follow up!
Kari and Rita will highlight some innovative layouts and provide different markers/stencils/tapes/stickers/stamps and more to help you take the next step!

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
"As a student with ADHD and behavior issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program. Rita’s passion is connecting with tough kids and... Read More →
avatar for Kari Carriere

Kari Carriere

Golden Hills Learning Academy


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Glen 205 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Aider nos élèves en deuil : Créer des communautés bienveillantes dans nos classes
Il n’y a aucun doute que la qualité de l’environnement familial joue un rôle crucial dans le développement de l’enfant. L’école est reconnue comme un deuxième « chez soi » pour les enfants et adolescents. Cet environnement de classe représente une microsociété dans laquelle les enfants se découvrent et apprennent à connaître les autres. Au-delà des apprentissages reliés à la lecture et l’écriture, les élèves découvrent leurs forces et défis aux niveaux académique, social et émotionnel. Nos classes incluent des enfants et adolescents qui sont uniques et qui font face à des défis uniques, mais ces défis incluent des problèmes communs à d’autres. Et s’ils savaient qu’ils ne sont pas seuls dans leurs luttes?_x000D_
Les enfants et adolescents en deuil rapportent se sentir seuls, différents, déconnectés des autres, et déconcentrés en classe. Ils éprouvent des difficultés à s’identifier à leurs pairs, à se joindre à eux, et ils s’inquiètent souvent des membres de leur famille. Reconnaître que tous les êtres humains ont des hauts et des bas apporte normalisation, confort, et une opportunité de renforcer les liens entre les membres d’une communauté. _x000D_
Au cours de cette présentation, nous identifierons les défis et besoins des enfants et adolescents en deuil et nous discuterons des outils qui les aideront en classe. Les participants seront invités à créer leur classe bienfaisante durant la session avec les matériaux offerts. _x000D_

Speakers
avatar for Nadine Gariepy-Fisk

Nadine Gariepy-Fisk

Director, Children's Grief Centre


Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Macleod Hall E3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Connect to your Calm
Overwhelmed by your giant stack of marking and curriculum demands? Having trouble falling asleep? Stressed out by your ever growing to do list? Learn popular and emerging tools that can help create moments of calm so that life doesn't feel so overwhelming. No incense or chanting required. You will walk away from this upbeat, interactive workshop with 15 specific techniques to help you manage everyday stress. Topics explored include: Your Monkey Mind, Thinking and Feeling, Breathing Techniques, Acupressure and EFT. The best part is techniques can be used with your students too. A calm learning environment equals an effective learning environment. Let's make it happen!

Speakers
avatar for Cher Brasok

Cher Brasok

Founder & Facilitator, Connect to your Calm
Cher Brasok, Founder of Connect to your Calm, has been working with schools and students in the Calgary area since May 2016. She is excited to share what she knows ... all in the spirit of helping people develop healthy habits for their physical and emotional well-being. Please print... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Glen 206 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

11:30am

Drug Education: An Ongoing Elephant in the Room
Objectives: This paper draws upon a multi-method qualitive study that seeks to uncover the positive effects of transforming the critical pedagogy of youth leadership by placing our youth within a collaborative structure with other powerful institutions to appropriately address drug education. Consequently, facilitating their development into productive democratic citizens. With the rise in fentanyl use and overdose, along with the legalization of marijuana in Canada, it is astonishing that our students are not regularly being educated on the negative implications of drug use. It is not that our schools don’t want to teach drug education but merely because there is a lack of disciplines and factors that are required to teach such a sensitive topic. In pursuant of affirming this claim, the qualitive study of three disciplines and factors that deter schools from teaching drug education, such as time placement, training, and cost effects, reveal drug education to be a fickle topic to address. Following these disciplines and factors are youth initiative focused strategies that mirror a successful practise taken place in Australian schools. The goal of this paper is to ensure schools that the implementation of drug education can be quite simple, inexpensive, and require very little training.

Theoretical Framework
    This study explores the transformation of critical pedagogy towards youth leadership in conjunction with Jean Piaget’s theory of constructivism. Critical pedagogy revolves around a relationship between teaching and learning; where the teacher is a facilitator of the students learning to help them “understand [their] place within the power structures and society in general” (Kincheloe & Steinberg, 2018). By allowing the transformation of critical pedagogy towards youth leadership, we are acknowledging and supporting their freedom of responsibility, knowledge, and activism. The Australian Government (2006) acknowledges student “involvement as a meaningful way develops one’s identity and increases [their] capacity to deal with life (p. 8). Piaget’s constructivist theory works with critical pedagogy to help transform our student’s development of knowledge into power.
    Two youth initiative strategies that rectify the determinant factors of time placement, training, and cost effects, all while acknowledging this theoretical framework is the use of creating a youth ran drug prevention club and using drug education as an element of social pedagogy by implementing it right into the Program of Studies. Both strategies are effective ways of presenting school drug education programmes, so long as they are youth ran and “relevant to the young people who are likely to participate in the programme” (McBride, 2003, p.734). Drug education should be introduced within the formal operational stage of our student’s cognitive development. Their development of abstract thinking allows them the competence of fully understanding the severity of the topic they are teaching to their peers. Students are more likely to accept the severity of a topic when it is their own peers who are introducing it, as there is more relevancy and trust within the information obtained. In The Star, a grade 12 Calgarian “remembered taking DARE as a kid. He said it had no effect on him, especially once he began to suspect that much of what he was learning was fabricated or exaggerated" (Maimann, para. 25). There is a distrust in knowledge distribution when the facilitator acts as a superior, whose regurgitated knowledge is unquestionable. However, when a facilitator places themselves equal to their students by simply “assimilating new information into existing schema or thought structures” (Harlow, Cummings & Aberasturi, 2008, p. 45), students are more inclined to explore what they already know even when they reach “cognitive disequilibrium [as they are] motivated to mentally accommodate the new experience” (Harlow, Cummings & Aberasturi, 2008, p. 45). The motivation to explore the new experience comes from the facilitator’s method of instruction. There will be occurrences where a disequilibrium cannot be overcome by the students, resulting in the facilitator to step in and “accommodate the new information and construct schema” (Harlow, Cummings & Aberasturi, 2008, p. 45-46). When students are responsible for their own learning within “a peer programme of trained peer leaders, facilitating a classroom of same-age, or younger peers” (McBride, 2003, p. 738), in collaboration with a teacher facilitator, a beautiful marriage arises that develops into an authentic learning experience.

Methods
The study of the determinant factors and strategies in implementing drug education employs a multi-method qualitative research framework involving: 1) data collected from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction that highlights recent drug trends and usages; 2) a collection of various media accounts illustrating the lack of drug education in Canada; 3) a youth ran drug program presented by the Department of Education within the Australian Government; and 4) various academic journals on drug use, drug education, and training. This presentation will showcase the determinant factors as to why Canadian schools lack the implementation of drug education, identify youths who are most at risk, and present collected data demonstrating the cause and effect of abusing popular substances. The presentation will then be concluded with a series of strategies backed by the theoretical framework to assist in the distribution of drug education.
This multi-method approach unifies and compliments the qualitative methods of document and data analysis. These qualitive research approaches work collaboratively to help reveal “substance abuse [having it’s] roots in childhood” (CCSA, 2007, p. 47). Thus, affirming the severity of early and consistent prevention, to avoid the element of intervention, as “Postsecondary education dropouts in Canada, had a history of dropping out and drug abuse in high school” (Ma & Frempong, 2013, p. 152). The research approaches further review evidence-based approaches practised by adults that have not worked, in comparison with other evidence-based approaches with youth leaders as the distributers of knowledge, exposing youth leadership as the transformative element within critical pedagogy.

Evidence
    Boyle Street Education Centre is a high school in Edmonton, Alberta that supports youth between the age of 14-19 who have experienced interruptions within their education. An issue from The Star has provided an account of students from Boyle Street who have formally been impacted by drug use, now addressing their concerns about the current state of drug education. Lee Sankey, a formal user of crystal meth (In 2017, 1.2 % of Canadians within grade 7-12 have been reported using methamphetamine ), and Nick Kaziechko, a formal user of fentanyl (From 2011-2014, 61 deaths have been reported in Alberta and from 2009-2014, 655 deaths have been reported in Canada in total ) have both stated their successful process towards rehabilitation at the school. It was not the education that rehabilitated them, but the mindfulness exercises, yoga, animal assisted therapy, and weekly talking circles. Sankey and Kaziechko used The Star as a platform for expressing a need for a revamp in drug education. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) (2007) explains that “substance use by young people is a constantly evolving phenomenon as various drugs go in and out of favour over time” (p. 5). Due to the constant change and sensitivity of the topic, there is also a struggle for keeping up with the change, which is also in “opposition by parents and politicians making it challenging to move past that” (Maimann, para. 15) need. The use of RCMP as the instructors to push “a zero-tolerance method” (Maimann, para. 21) leaves students with “an imagery if intimidation, or a sort of shame around [their use of drugs, and possible] arrest, right then and there” (Maimann, para. 35). Stude


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Friday February 21, 2020 11:30am - 2:15pm
Macleod Hall E1 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

Leading Through Story
The stories of our lived experienced through teaching and leading can provide us opportunities for reflection, change and growth. Participants will reflect on the power of stories, ways stories can be used and how to craft effective ones that will both engage and move listeners. The focus will be on the use of stories in educational settings such as meetings, presentations and blogs. Participants will leave with tools to begin creating and sharing their stories immediately!

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Nancy Luyckfassel is an Executive Staff Officer in the Professional Development program area of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. With 25 years of experience as a teacher and an administrator in grades K-12, Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of stories to her... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Imperial 2 Hyatt

1:00pm

Popular Music and Guitar Education
Popular music programming is a great way to engage and attract students to music education.
Even though these programs are in their infancy, they can stand alone or supplement traditional
band or choral programs. This session will have a two-fold purpose. The first part will include a
discussion about setting up a popular music program based around guitar education. For this, we
will examine the www.gslakieguitar.com program. Secondly, a clinic on beginner guitar pedagogy
will be given to show music educators (guitar players and non-players alike) how to start their novice students correctly. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own guitar and join in on ways to start beginner players. Ten guitars will be available at the session for use. This session is ideal for band/choral teachers interested in starting guitar/popular music programs at their school.

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Arvay

Sheldon Arvay

Mr. Arvay is the teacher and head of the guitar program at G.S. Lakie Middle School in Lethbridge, AB. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Minot State in 1999 and then taught concert band for nine years before moving to G.S. Lakie to start a guitar program. He completed... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Imperial 3 Hyatt

1:00pm

Indigenous Education Resources—Where Do I Start?
This session will support educators in using resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. You will learn about culturally responsive resources to increase your capacity in foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. In addition, you will leave with tools to consider for critically reviewing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit resources for classroom and professional use.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Spriggs

Shane Spriggs

Learning Leader, Grade 6, ATA
Shane is a Learning Leader and Grade 6 teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. He has been teaching for the last 14 years within an elementary setting. He is a proud Metis who\'s roots are in the Duck Lake area of Saskatchewan. He has been an Associate Instructor for the Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Macleod Hall A Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

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.

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Erin Reid

Instructor, Alberta Teachers Association


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Macleod Hall B Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

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

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Julianne Harvey

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


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ideation 4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

Building relationships through writing
Relationships are the foundation and product of the writer's workshop model of teaching. This session will cover strategies and mini-lesson ideas to build relationships quickly in Jr. and Sr. High English classes, and the power of story as a tool to connect with students, using real examples of student and teacher narratives as mentor tests. Bring a notebook to participate in activities and begin writing your own narrative.

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Karen Fox

Christ the Redeemer School Division


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Telus 108 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

How to Write Like an Artist: Using Mentor Texts to Improve Student Writing
Artists learn by studying the techniques used by the greats. They improve through practicing those techniques and then experimenting with them. In ELA, we so often focus prescribed formats such as the PR and the CARL that we seem to lose the artistry, especially in favor of that much sought after critical voice. I would like to suggest that by looking for and discussing technique and structure through the study of mentor texts, not only will students improve their writing, but also their ability to find patterns in the texts they read, an essential skill required for analysis. By emulating great pieces of writing to practice these techniques, students can develop their own voice and skill set that will benefit them in all their writing endeavours.

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Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Glen 209 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

Taking the ‘f-word’ out of explicit phonics instruction
There is a robust consensus among literacy researchers that explicit instruction in phonics, that is, teaching the relationship between letters/patterns and letter sounds, is necessary for students to develop a strong foundation in literacy. Effective phonics instruction will help improve not only reading skills, but also spelling skills, as these develop concurrently: when reading abilities increase, so do spelling abilities. The goal of this session is to synthesize the current research on the importance of phonics instruction, break down phonics instruction into 3 parts, focusing on the 3 layers of orthography in the English language, and spend some time discussing best practices and some promising results after using Words Their Way, a systematic and explicit approach to a pattern seeking phonics program. Join us as we attempt to morph the negative associations that arise when the word ‘phonics’ is uttered, into a deep appreciation for one of the most important aspects of any literacy program


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
CoLab(Former Telus 111) Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

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 discussed as well as appropriate remediation strategies. The impact of anxiety on learning mathematics and working memory will be outlined, along with strategies to combat math anxiety. Principles emerging from evidence-based 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.

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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. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ideation 2/3 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

Counting on SUM Fun: Physical Activity and Numeracy
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. Some equipment used in session to be given to attendees.

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Jolene Kuipers

Teacher, Gopher
Jolene loves to be active! She hikes, bikes, and enjoys spending time in Fish Creek Park with her family. She is a mother of 4 athletic teenagers and has spent many years playing and coaching soccer. She is a physical education teacher by training and currently teaching grade seven... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Imperial 4 Hyatt

1:00pm

Sites internet gratuits en math, Partie 2, M à 6e
L’an dernier, vous êtes venus en grand nombre. Cette année, je vous présenterai un autre série de sites qui offrent des applications et des activités gratuites sans connexion dédiés aux mathématiques. Une grande part de la session sera réservée à la visite des sites et à leur utilisation maximale, question de se garder à jour.

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Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math 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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Macleod Hall E4 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

Recognizing and Addressing Anxiety in Schools
School staff are increasingly challenged to support students with all levels of anxiety and related behaviours. This workshop will provide information about the most common anxiety disorders, examine how these disorders affect people, and provide participants with strategies to help those affected to cope and manage.

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Anna Ponce

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Anna is an Association Instructor and is a teacher with the Calgary Separate School District. Anna teaches high school social studies and just finished a Masters of Professional Education in the Field of Equity, Diversity and Social Justice. Anna enjoys practicing yoga, playing hockey... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Imperial 5 Hyatt

1:00pm

Authentic Worship | understanding & teaching the connection between worship & purity
We live in a society where the word purity has become entangled in a gray area of post modernism & self-indulgence. Teaching authentic worship goes beyond just a faith or catechism class in school. It needs to be integrated into our systems as a whole. Accomplishing this requires a paradigm shift in both our mentality and our approach. Drawing from concepts laid out in his book, Peter guides us through the beginnings of what this shift might look like. Participants are invited to reflect, to journey, and to share.

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Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Imperial 7 Hyatt

1:00pm

(PRE-REG) Calgary Zoo: Water, Waste & the Penguin World
• Pre-Registration is required.
• This OFF Site program is offered at The Calgary Zoo, address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7V6. Delegates are responsible for their own, round-trip transportation.
In this unique access experience, tour the state of the art filtration facilities of our Penguin Plunge Building. Meet some of our amazing penguin colleagues and explore the various strategies and technologies we use to keep their habitat clean, healthy, and cold. Please ensure you wear close-toed shoes for this experience.


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Off-Site - Location in Description Off-Site - Location in Description

1:00pm

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!

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Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Glen 204 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

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.

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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 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Telus 103 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

“Help My Drive is Out of Control!”
Are you a teacher who has a TON of documents and files in your Google Drive, but need help organizing these and being able to access them in a timely manner? Do you wish you had a way to clear out and your Gmail inbox? If so, this working session is for you! This is a hands-on practical work session where you will learn how to use your Google Drive and your Gmail inbox to its full potential. Bring your Chromebook or Laptop to this session (tablets work, but functionality may look different.) This is an introductory type session so beginners are welcome!

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Merry Franz

Jr high teacher - WCCHS, Livingstone Range School Division


Friday February 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Telus 105 Calgary Telus Convention Centre

1:00pm

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.

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Ever Active 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 21, 2020 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Glen 202 Calgary Telus Convention Centre