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Thursday, February 11
 

8:55am MST

Opening Keynote & ATA President's Address - "Consistent Leadership"
Cassie Campbell-Pascall draws on her accomplishments as the former captain of the gold-medal winning Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team to explore the themes of consistent leadership, teamwork, motivation, and determination. A lively, passionate, and engaging speaker, she knows firsthand about the key roles that teamwork, determination, and great leadership play at the most challenging times. She also focuses on breaking down barriers in a male dominated world of NHL Broadcasting.
She is the only Canadian captain, male or female, to captain two Olympic Gold Medal winning teams and also the first woman to be a colour analyst on Hockey Night in Canada. With all of her experiences, she tells fun and entertaining stories from her life in the hockey world and how they translate to the real world.

Speakers
avatar for Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Cassie Campbell-Pascall

2x Olympic Gold Medallist & Broadcast AnalystCassie Campbell-Pascall is one of Canada’s most popular female athletes.  She is the former Captain of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey team. In 2002, Cassie led her team to Canada’s first gold medal in hockey in 50 years. She... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 8:55am - 10:00am MST
007 Feature

10:20am MST

Consistent Leadership - Interactive Session
Cassie will follow up from her keynote address with more stories and plenty of time for Question & Answer with the attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Cassie Campbell-Pascall

Cassie Campbell-Pascall

2x Olympic Gold Medallist & Broadcast AnalystCassie Campbell-Pascall is one of Canada’s most popular female athletes.  She is the former Captain of the Canadian National Women’s Hockey team. In 2002, Cassie led her team to Canada’s first gold medal in hockey in 50 years. She... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
007 Feature

10:20am MST

Developing Fluency with Additive Thinking
Number sense can be thought of as flexible thinking about numbers. Students need to be able to use that number sense to understand how addition and subtraction work in order to develop fluency with basic facts. Fluency is shown through the ability to think efficiently, accurately and flexibly, and to have a variety of strategies to choose from. This is done through active thinking and not through memorization. This session will provide you with a variety of ideas to implement in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Coers

Cathy Coers

Math Support Consultant, CARC
Cathy Coers is a Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant for the Central Alberta Regional Consortium. She has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years and has earned her Master's Degree in the Science of Education focusing on the Art and Science of Teaching. Her focus over... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
012 Numeracy (elem. focus)

10:20am MST

Food Explorers: Sparking curiosity with nutrition education
Let's get Kindergarten and Grade 1 students excited about food! 
Where does our food come from? How do we support students in their journey of food literacy? Can nutrition education be taught with a cross-curricular approach?

Explore these questions through our newest program "Food Explorers". Food Explorers encourages kindergarten and grade one students to have fun exploring a variety of foods through the mysteries of tastes, textures, and colours. Join this interactive teacher workshop and receive a full, cross curricular, nutrition education program to deliver in your classroom. Food Explorers includes teacher, student, and parent materials.

You will leave this session with:
  • A clear understanding of the role of curriculum, schools and parents in nutrition education; 
  • Everything you need to use Food Explorers in your classroom; 
  • Teacher guide with curricular links;
  • Remote learning environment adaptations;
  • Class set of recipe collector cards and stickers, and
  • Ongoing support from Registered Dietitians

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Inglis

Barbara Inglis

Registered Dietitian, Dairy Farmers of Canada
Barbara is a Registered Dietitian and Project Manager at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She loves to bring connection and conversation to her work with students and educators. She is passionate about providing engaging learning opportunities to facilitate a deeper understanding of body... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
008 Health

10:20am MST

How to differentiate effectively while teaching online.
Speakers
BK

Bre Knull

Lakeland Catholic Online Learning
This will be a sharing session for teachers who are challenged with the task of teaching online. How are you differentiating with your students through online learning? How does differentiating look different in-person to online? What are some things that are working well for you... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
004 Collaboration (elem. focus)

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
ATA

10:20am MST

The latest on how to learn, read, study and memorize better, faster, more efficiently and use "photographic memory", music and other tips to enhance learning.
Speakers
avatar for Carole Poche

Carole Poche

teacher, BRSD
Problem-solving with art.  How can and is art utilized to improve problem-solving skills?I will present information on the use of art to build problem-solving, art in international curricula and a few short videos.I have set up a Google Classroom with information and videos with... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
005 Collaboration (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

Using metacognitive strategies and technology together to improve learning in your classroom.
Come learn about creating blogs, portfolios, websites and a host of other ideas to help your students learn more about researching, producing content, and connecting to real world audiences. The focus here will be on using G-Suite (Google) apps for these tasks.

See how these activities not only help improve learning and understanding, but engagement and excitement as well. Make sure your computer or chromebook is charged and ready to go so you can play in the apps with me!


Speakers
avatar for Colleen Yoshida

Colleen Yoshida

Educational Technology Coach, Lakeland Catholic School District
Colleen Yoshida - Wife and Mom to 2 amazing boys, Ed Tech Integrator and Technology Instructional Coach.This year, I'm trying out a new challenge in online learning. Boy am I learning!Always a student and a lover of learning, life, challenge and change.


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
023 Technology for Teaching

10:20am MST

Humane Education: Creating a Caring Classroom
The concept of humane education has been around for over 100 years, but what is it exactly & how does it fit in the current classroom? This session will discuss what humane education is, & how it aligns with the Alberta Programs of Study. We will look at the benefits of including humane education into teaching & offer ideas & examples of how it can be done, while meeting curricular objectives. Finally, we will explore the free resources the Alberta SPCA has to offer. In this session we will discuss: •What humane education is (& what it isn't) •How including humane education in teaching can foster positive character traits, such as kindness and respect in students •Ideas & examples of incorporating humane education into your classroom while meeting curriculum objectives •Resources available to teachers including a free book lending program that helps promote empathy, character education themes, & information on animals in the classroom including classroom pets & animals in science, & more

Speakers
avatar for Don Seller

Don Seller

Education Program Manager, Alberta SPCA
Everylivingthing.ca is the Alberta SPCA’s humane education website for teachers who aim to inspire compassion for animals, people and the environment – every living thing! The Alberta SPCA believes people have a duty to accept responsibility for the welfare of animals. We hope... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
016 Safe&Caring

10:20am MST

Keeping the Doors Open
This session is designed for anyone who is concerned about school closure due to decreased enrollment. During this interactive presentation we will discuss key questions, including: "Who should you engage?", "What makes your school unique?", "How do you brag about your brand?", and others. Declining enrollment is a challenge that both urban and rural schools face. Participants is this session will come away with strategies that can be implemented immediately to help encourage growth in student enrollment.

Speakers
avatar for Les Worthington

Les Worthington

Principal, Wabamun School
I'm in my eighteenth year of teaching, and tenth as a principal. I've worked in Fort Vermilion School Division, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division and am currently with Parkland School Division. I spent my first 8 years teaching grades 1-6 before becoming principal of Entwistle... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
009 Leadership

10:20am MST

Looking Ahead - by Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers
This presentation is designed for those who are considering retirement within five 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. While the presentation also briefly touches on retirement income considerations and your pension, 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 Marilyn Bossert

Marilyn Bossert

MARILYN BOSSERT Past President, ARTA Retirement marks the end of working for someone else and the beginning of living for yourself reads the quote on Marilyn’s favorite coffee mug. Following a rewarding career teaching junior high English, she joined her local branch, the Central... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Hope

Jennifer Hope

Affiliate Marketing Advisor, Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
Jennifer graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree with a major in marketing. Prior to joining the ARTA marketing team, she hashad a variety of marketing positions as well as media communications.Since joining ARTA Jennifer has become well-versed... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
003 Career/ Retirement Planning

10:20am MST

Lyrical Lessons: Using Music In Language Arts
Taking a look at music you may have heard a hundred times but never really listened to, this workshop will dive deeper into the meaning behind the melodies.  Analyzing the different strategies we can learn from these timeless tunes, we will discuss techniques and examples to teach poetry, creative writing, and literary devices. Whether we're looking at enduring classics or present-day pop hits, this workshop will give you an arsenal of toe-tapping material to pull the students into the literary arts!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
011 Literacy (Sec. focus)

10:20am MST

Preparing Students for Their Energy Future
We teach students about energy but creating a deep understanding is not easy. We use it everyday but we don't really understand it very well. We'll show you how you can deliver on your curriculum while helping your students deepen their understanding of our evolving energy systems, compare the impacts of existing and emerging energy sources, and assess the benefits and costs of our energy choices on ourselves, our communities and our environment. This session will use simple technology to create real data for electricity use that will peak your students curiosity for them to use their investigative and critical thinking skills. You'll 'learn by doing' some of our favourite curriculum-linked energy activities geared specifically for elementary students and review some key resources you can use in your classroom. This workshop targets Division I and II teachers. Please bring a laptop or mobile device to be able to access the internet.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
017 Science (elem. focus)

10:20am MST

Winter is a Time for Stories
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being shared with us.

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

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
010 Literacy (Elem. focus)

10:20am MST

Amplifying Black Voices- A conversation with the Black Teachers’ Association
What began 10 months ago when a handful of Black teachers asked themselves, “Who represents the voice of Black teachers in the province?” has grown into the Black Teachers Association (BTA) of Alberta; a network of 50+ Black educators and 100+ allies from all corners of the province! BTA members are united by a shared commitment to amplify the voices of Black students and teachers and a passion to make Alberta’s classrooms, schools, and communities more inclusive and socially just. February is Black History Month. What better way to spend part of your convention meeting members of the BTA and learning about Black history, culture, arts, and community? All are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Sauer

Matthew Sauer

A Conversations With the Black Teachers' Association
Born and raised in Calgary, Matt Sauer has been teaching High School ELA in the Calgary Catholic School District for 13 years. His father of German descent was also born in Calgary while his mother moved to Calgary with her family from Trinidad. He has always gravitated to his West... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker

Co-Founder, A Conversation with the Black Teachers' Association
Andrew G. Parker (BA, BEd) is a 20 year community basketball coach in Edmonton and he is also the Director of the 11th annual Pride of the North Basketball Tournament in North Edmonton. Andrew is also a member of the University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball alumni and a former... Read More →
avatar for Gail-Ann Wilson

Gail-Ann Wilson

A Conversation with the Black Teachers' Association
Gail-Ann Wilson is a Social Studies Curriculum Resource Writer and teacher with eighteen years of senior high experience for Edmonton Public Schools. She is a diversity, equity and social justice educator, professional development presenter, and a member of the Black Teachers Association... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Adomako Ansah

Sarah Adomako Ansah

Co-Founder, Black Teachers' Association
avatar for E. Patrick Powell

E. Patrick Powell

A Conversation with the Black Teachers' Association
E. Patrick Powell, is a Jamaican Canadian and veteran teacher. After completing his BEd from the University of Alberta in 1982, Powell taught at Victoria School in Edmonton. In 1987, he completed an MEd at Oregon State University and started teaching at Harry Ainlay High School where... Read More →
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Dan Grassick (they/them) is an Executive Staff Officer in the Alberta Teachers' Association's Professional Development program area. Among Dan's main responsibilities are leading the ATA's Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights (DEHR) work, supporting the teachers' conventions in Southern... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
ATA 2

10:20am MST

CAD Design & 3D Printing
3D Printers have found a place in many of our schools. The struggle is what to print that will connect to the teaching and learning in our classroom? This session will focus on some of the CAD software that is available to make the printable models and some 3D printers that are affordable and usable in a classroom setting.   Further discussion will be on where to start with a project and sample projects that have STEM connections. Making CAD/3D printing understandable, meaningful and relevant to your students will be the focus of this session.  Resources will be shared at the end of the session.

Speakers
avatar for Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac

Electronics and Circuit Fabrication, Father Patrick Mercredi High School
Tom MacIsaac is a Robotics and Pre-Engineering teacher at Father Mercredi Science and Technology Center in Fort Mcmurray Alberta. He has a Bachelor Degree in Military Science from Royal Military College, BEd and MEd from Acadia University. He has been teaching for 17 years after a... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
006 CTF/ CTS

10:20am MST

Creative Writing to Cope with Stress and Build Resiliency
Learn creative ways to engage students struggling with anxiety and other mental health challenges, particularly during the pandemic, utilizing the empowering and healing capacities of writing. Creative writing exercises will be presented in both fiction and non-fiction as tools for personal reflection and betterment. Participants will leave having tried these writing exercises themselves and be equipped to apply them in the compassionate support of students in their schools and communities. Stress and mental health are critical topics in our busy world wracked with pandemic fear and other challenges. Educators who know how to find peace and resiliency in themselves will be better equipped to support students to achieving the same. Creativity and writing are amazing tools to unlock negative emotions, confront unhealthy patterns of behavior and thinking, and become wholehearted and joyful people. Participants should come prepared to write with paper, a pen or pencil, or a computer.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author of four books. She is an outside-the-box innovator, passionate storyteller, cultural connector, and engaging, international public speaker. She has her Bachelor of Fine... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
027 Writing (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

Les routines en maths - Quoi et pourquoi? 1ère à 6e année
Des routines de math bien rodées ont un pouvoir bénéfique sur l’apprentissage, la compréhension conceptuelle et la rétention chez nos élèves.  Cet atelier sera composé de 2 parties.  D’abord, nous verrons comment les recherches supportent et encouragent l’usage des routines.  Ensuite, nous verrons différents modèles de routines qui produisent les effets voulus.  Des ressources seront mises à la disposition des participants.

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 →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
019 Second Language

10:20am MST

Math Facts Made Easy: Brain Codes
Learn techniques to teach the times tables to children ages 7-11 years in hours instead of years. Using simple, fun stories with a foundation of advanced memory techniques that date back to ancient times, kids learn numbers unbelievably fast. These 'math stories' have been developed and refined over 25 years with thousands of kids and incredible results. Even young children with special needs or learning disabilities can memorize the multiplication tables quickly and learn to love math. Most struggle with basic math and as a result don't like or even hate math. Every concept like geometry, fractions or algebra depends on a solid foundation of math facts. By teaching kids fast ways to solve simple multiplication questions, you free up their mind to focus on what really important. When you can do it in an easy and fun way that taps into their imagination and emotions, you rekindle a love of math that should be the right of every child.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Math Facts Made Simple
Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, homeroom and physical education. He has worked in rural Alberta schools to big city private schools in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
013 Numeracy (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

Me Screen, You Screen, Greenscreen!
Heard the term Greenscreen but not sure how to use it in the classroom? This session will include a variety of examples of how students can use green screen technologies and digital storytelling to demonstrate knowledge and understanding throughout the curriculum using the Greenscreen for DOINK app.

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

Teacher, St.Paul Elementary School
Terra-Lee is a 4th grade teacher with the St.Paul School Division. She has a Master's degree in Instructional Media and has a passion for integrating EdTech in the classroom to help engage and motivate all learners using a variety of innovative methods. She is a Discovery Education... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
022 Technology for Learners

10:20am MST

Métis History & Identity (More than Mixed)
Educators require accurate foundational knowledge and resources that build competency and confidence in Métis education. Together, we will explore and examine the narrative of historical and contemporary issues that have influenced who we are as a people. Learning about the strong, diverse Métis Nation will benefit all educational stakeholders. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of Métis history and identity, along with recommendations for classroom resources.

Speakers
LC

Lisa Cruickshank

Metis history, resources, stories, Rupertsland Institute
Lisa is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Lisa has worked in the K-12 system for 19 years in various capacities such as: Elementary Educator, Indigenous Education Consultant, Provincial Curriculum Development, and is now currently the Director for Métis Education and... Read More →
avatar for Billie-Jo Grant

Billie-Jo Grant

Associate Director Métis Education and Lifelong Learning, Rupertsland Institute
Billie-Jo Grant is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta with over 20 years of classroom experience teaching K-9 students in both the public and Catholic school divisions. She was the recipient of a 2017 Indspire National Award in the role model category for Indigenous education... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
020 Social (elem. focus)

10:20am MST

Mindfulness for Health, Peace and Ease (even in your classroom!)
A fun session to make life easier… even in your classroom! Mindfulness is a proven way to reduce stress and improve health (physical, emotional and mental). In this fun, interactive session you'll learn simple, effective mindfulness tools - such as meditative and breathing techniques - for yourself & your students to increase: Presence; Calm; Peace; Focus; Performance; and Co-operation. Thirty+ years of research show Mindfulness benefits to also include Stress Reduction, Reduced Depression, Improved Attitudes & Behaviours, Strengthened Relationships. An empowering session!

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

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



Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
024 Wellness

10:20am MST

Opening the Door for Success for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Students: Your Assessment Practices are the Key!
What is it about the way we "do" assessment that might specifically support learning for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students? Are there some practices that potentially clash with the worldviews, cultural beliefs, and values of Indigenous students, their families, and their communities? If we want to fully support learning for our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students, it's time to examine the impact of our assessment practices!

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

Executive Director, Alberta Assessment Consortium
Michele is an experienced education consultant specializing in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has facilitated professional learning opportunities on various topics for system leaders, teachers, educational assistants, and parents. As the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium's... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
002 Assessment

10:20am MST

Project Based Science Lessons for Grade 6-9
Design a new environmental sustainable tourist destination, that engages public involvement, considers water and energy consumption, land use, and waste production, while covering content from grade 6-9 science curriculum. This is just one example of how to create new and engaging lessons that cross multiple concepts within your grade 6 - 9 science classes that reinforce skill, knowledge and abilities through practical, meaningful projects. The projects are designed to draw from past experiences and knowledge, and ignite creative and practical approaches to connecting the science curriculum between grade levels and curricular topics.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
018 Science (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

Resisting Evil: Teaching & Radical Change
Social studies educators teach about revolutions and resistance movements from the past, and this session focuses on how students might evaluate these events (or their components) as helpful or not. By weaving together three different concepts—Symbolic Evil (Jean Baudrillard), Truth Procedures (Alain Badiou) and Radical Love (bell hooks)—educators can provide not only another lens to understand the past, but also a way to think about radical change in our own contexts. This session will apply these concepts to historical examples of radical change that are commonly taught in secondary social studies curriculum (e.g., underground resistance in occupied territories during WWII), and then explore contemporary movements that have potential for radical change.

Speakers
avatar for Cathryn van Kessel

Cathryn van Kessel

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



Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
021 Social (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

Rocking Music Reading
Spice up your "Every Good Boy Does Fine" with innovative ideas for learning, reinforcing, and assessing music note reading. Joyce will introduce you to a number of games and playing activities to make note learning and reading fun, fun, fun! If applicable, issues of teaching in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic may be addressed in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music Specialist, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 28 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
001 Arts

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

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



Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
025 Wellness 2

10:20am MST

Teaching Health and Phys Ed? We're here to help!
Now more than ever, quality Health and Physical Education programs are essential tools for supporting student learning and well-being in all schools - in person and online. In this session, the Health and Physical Education specialist council and Ever Active Schools will share current success stories from leading educators around the province, and teach how to use free and low cost resources, such as our complete K-12 Phys Ed Lesson Plan resource, to support all teachers involved in delivering these key curricular outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
014 PE

10:20am MST

The Psalms, Air Pods, and God
Ever wonder what music is streaming in the ear buds of your students? Often woven into the cacophony of bass and treble are profound existential themes that speak to the hearts of listeners. Within the Bible's book of Psalms, we also find a collection of song lyrics that grapple with deep questions of the soul. This talk explores the structure and themes of the Psalms, draws connections to parallel themes in contemporary music, and provides educators with suggestions for engaging both student interest and curricular outcomes in Religious Education.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore's Learning Centre and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, Mythology and Theology as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
015 Religion

11:40am MST

Being a Principal During a Pandemic
Speakers
avatar for Kristel Laderoute

Kristel Laderoute

Local President, NORTHLAND


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
004 Collaboration (elem. focus)

11:40am MST

Health Movement in the Classroom
Humans are programmed to move. A young developing brain requires various types of motion to develop important foundational skills for learning. The sensory systems that respond to movement help to coordinate the eyes, hands and body for everyday fine motor and gross motor activities. "Healthy" movement refers to safe and accessible opportunities for motion that help everyone feel organized, alert, fit and ready to learn. As parents and adults we tend to want children to "sit still." The reality is no one sits without moving for very long, because if we keep our bodies completely inactive, we tend to fall asleep or zone out. Dynamic sitting involves making adjustments to our position for comfort and moving our arms, legs, and body while we are sitting, in order to keep ourselves alert and engaged. Children who have access to healthy movement in the classroom are more likely to stay engaged and to have better attention and behavior.

Speakers
avatar for CDI Spaces

CDI Spaces

Craig Ward, Student Centered Classroom Consultant, CDI SPACES
We provide school furniture and floor plans that are focused on helping students learn in the best way possible. Our team has assisted in creating flexible, dynamic learning spaces for K-12 schools and post secondary campuses across Alberta


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
008 Health

11:40am MST

Outreach Education
Outreach education roundtable.  Open discussion around the concerns of Outreach educators, the impact of the "new reality" and an opportunity to share, collect, and critique   resources we use in Outreach schools.

The purpose of the upcoming Outreach Round Table will be to discuss  the impacts of COVID on both you and your students, create a list of resources that are relevent to our students, and discuss the impact of the loss of  ADLC as our prime resource base. My role will be that of a monitor, I will not be presenting anything at the round table, I’ll just be providing guidance of discussion.

My hope is to break the session into 4 parts:

1: Introduction of participants  - name, local,  name of school,  and how long you’ve been involved in Outreach Education (11:40am - 11:45am)

2. Impacts of COVID -  new technology, at home learning, increased responsibilities, impact it has had on your students - particularly this years graduates, Impact it has had on you.(11:45am- 12:15pm)

3. Resourcing - what are you using? How is it working for you? (12:15 - 12:30pm) - 

4. General discussion - future of Outreach, impact of the new funding model, Inreach vs Outreach, on-line/inclass hybred .... - social issues and concerns . (12:30- 12:40) 

My only request is for you to come to the session willing to share information, resources, and insight. This is a rare opportunity to get together with colleagues who are engaged in Outreach environments, teachers who understand what works and what does not when working with At Risk students and truly know the brilliance of Outreach education and the positive impact it has on kids.

Speakers
RM

Ross Macdonald

Teacher, North Star Outreach, BRSD
Crotchety old guy, long married, two adult children (daughter and son),    ... no grand kids (yet) . Passionate about Outreach and alternative education, 24 years teaching, 18 years in Outreach. Proud to be an educator in Alberta and of being an educated, and critical,  Albertan... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
005 Collaboration (sec. focus)

11:40am MST

Teachers Deserve It
Teachers Deserve It now more than ever, in so many ways! Encouragement, collaboration, understanding, professional development, new ideas and of course having fun can still be enjoyed and embraced virtually and while practicing social distancing. Who is feeling challenged and stressed lately? You haven't seen your students in months, or your colleagues in real life, you're home teaching your own children and also teaching your students - but the learning and excitement must go on, so let's do that for your school team. Adam will encourage, push, upgrade and make your team laugh, some may even cry. Even though he's remote and in California (not on the beach) you'll be able to feel the passion and energy that your team needs in these uncertain times - because as we know, Teachers Deserve It!

Speakers
avatar for Adam Welcome

Adam Welcome

Principal
Elementary Principal, author x4, podcaster, International keynote speaker, marathoner x30


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
007 Feature

11:40am MST

The Pandemic Pulse: Rapid Research Evidence on COVID-19 Impacts Across Alberta K-12 Schools (45 min interactive session)
This session will share the key findings from a series of pandemic research activities conducted by the profession of teaching in Alberta in the Spring and Fall 2020 and Winter 2021. It will then open up small group discussions about what this tells us about the future of teaching and learning in Alberta, and what trends will begin to emerge in the months and years ahead in light of the emerging issues, forces and accelerating trends identified in the Association’s pandemic pulse research surveys. Resource: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/News%20Room/Issues/COVID-19/2020-School-Re-entry/Pages/Teacher-Pandemic-Pulse-Survey-Results--Fall-2020.aspx

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Phil McRae

Dr. Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator, Research, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Phil McRae is Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada where he earned his Ph.D. Phil is the past winner of the Alberta Excellence... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
ATA 2

11:40am MST

Time Matters - Why knowing your assignment is important!
So, you discover you’ve reached 1200 hours of assigned duties in May. What next? Can you pack your bags and head to the lake? There are limits in the collective agreement regarding how much work can be assigned to teachers. Check this session out to find out what counts for instruction, what is assignable and what are your "professional duties". Find out how to use the calculator to see how close you are to the maximums. Now is a really good time to figure this out because no, you can’t just leave when you reach 1200 hours – any changes to your schedule should happen in the next few months to prevent you exceeding that limit.

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Marie Huizing

Anne-Marie Huizing

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services - Collective Bargaining, Alberta Teachers' Association
Anne-Marie joined the Association’s Teacher Welfare executive staff in 2018. Anne-Marie holds a BA in International Relations, a BEd in Elementary French Immersion and a MEd in Educational Technology for Schools, all from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the Association... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
ATA

11:40am MST

Inspiring Difference Makers Together
Rick Hansen Foundation School Program offers FREE educational resources for youth in kindergarten to grade twelve, developed by educators for educators. In both English and French, ready-made lesson plans that incorporate Universal Design principles and are connected to provincial curriculum and educational priorities across Canada. We believe that by encouraging youth to take action on issues that matter to them, they can become leaders in creating an accessible, inclusive world.

Speakers
avatar for Georgette Theodore

Georgette Theodore

Rick Hansen Foundation School Program, Senior Regional Coordinator, Georgette Theodore
Rick Hansen Foundation School Program offers FREE educational resources for youth in kindergarten to grade twelve. In both English and French, ready-made lesson plans that incorporate Universal Design principles and are connected to provincial curriculum and educational priorities... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
016 Safe&Caring

11:40am MST

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation: The Yoga of Awareness
Kundalini yoga is often referred to as the yoga of awareness. It is a technology that teaches you techniques to stay healthy (physically, mentally and emotionally). Kundalini Yoga calms the mind, strengthens the immune system and nervous system to better handle stress, stretches and builds muscles improving your health and enjoyment of life. Susan internationally certified Level 2 Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher with advanced training in Yoga Nidra (guided meditation) will also teach you an 11 minute meditation and challenge you to do it for 40 days…40 consecutive days that is.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
025 Wellness 2

11:40am MST

Promoting Engagement in the French as a Second Language Classroom using Tasks, Games, and Music
Description: This workshop will introduce participants to the principles of task-based language
teaching (TBLT) and resources developed by the Lethbridge Curriculum Developers Group to
promote engagement in the French classroom using tasks, games, and music.

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

Speakers
GO

Greg Ogilvie

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

Camilla Pagliericci

Camilla Pagliericci is currently a substitute teacher in Lethbridge. She graduated with aB.A./B.Ed. in French from the University of Lethbridge.
AA

Amalia Alvarado

Amalia Alvarado is completing her third practicum in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. She is a dual Spanish/French major.
AM

Amy Mossey

Amy Mossey is a student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge with French as her major.


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
019 Second Language

11:40am MST

Rolling into Fact Fluency - Primary Math Games
Who knew regular dice could be used to teach so many primary math concepts. Come prepared to play with easily found regular dice and learn games to help teach the following concepts: addition and subtraction fact fluency, doubles, near doubles, make 10, commutative and associative properties, multi-digit + and -, early multiplication, place value concepts and more. The games are easy to differentiate and use either whole class, small group centers, and in virtual teaching. Gameboards provided, student samples and journal writing extensions will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

/math, 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 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
012 Numeracy (elem. focus)

11:40am MST

Speak Up: Performance activities to build your students' confidence
Particularly in adolescence, students may have brilliant ideas, but a plethora of emotions and social anxieties preventing them from sharing. To encourage speaking up in any class, this workshop will give you some warm-up activities and techniques that will help your students tiptoe towards the front of the class, increasing comfort and community. From audience engagement exercises to performance games, you'll find an arsenal of activities to slowly ease your students out of their shell in whatever way feels best!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
011 Literacy (Sec. focus)

11:40am MST

"Best Bang for Your Buck" Songs
Learn or rediscover some key songs that "have it all"! These great songs can be used to teach, reinforce, and assess multiple skills and concepts while keeping enjoyment and engagement high. This session will provide tips and tricks for taking best advantage of these multi-use songs, whether you are an experienced music specialist or a classroom teacher who is teaching their own music. If applicable, issues of teaching in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic may be addressed in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music Specialist, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 28 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
001 Arts

11:40am MST

A PLAYful Approach to Learning in PE and Beyond!
Using a PLAYful approach to promoting competence, confidence and motivation, this session will share and show some fun and practical activities and ideas to support Physical Education and Daily Physical Activity for all grade levels. We will also discuss some of the awesome resources that PE teachers are creating and sharing all over the world. Come play, learn and share alongside with the PLAY Educator and walk away with some new tools for your toolbox!


Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Owner & Operator, PLAY Education
Tracy Lockwood is known to inspire children, youth, and adults to move, smile, connect, while learning new and fun ways to be physically active and develop physical literacy. Through her many years as a K-12 PE Teacher, HPE Consultant, Athletic Coach and Pro-D Facilitator, she has... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
014 PE

11:40am MST

Authentic Métis Resources
This session is designed for participants to explore several authentic recommended resources that
help to create teachable moments and provide meaningful learning opportunities. Together we will
explore online resources to create meaningful lessons, engaging activities, and develop professional
development appropriate for staff and parents.

Speakers
LC

Lisa Cruickshank

Metis history, resources, stories, Rupertsland Institute
Lisa is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Lisa has worked in the K-12 system for 19 years in various capacities such as: Elementary Educator, Indigenous Education Consultant, Provincial Curriculum Development, and is now currently the Director for Métis Education and... Read More →
avatar for Billie-Jo Grant

Billie-Jo Grant

Associate Director Métis Education and Lifelong Learning, Rupertsland Institute
Billie-Jo Grant is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta with over 20 years of classroom experience teaching K-9 students in both the public and Catholic school divisions. She was the recipient of a 2017 Indspire National Award in the role model category for Indigenous education... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
010 Literacy (Elem. focus)

11:40am MST

Auto-Marking Labs and Activities involving Unique Student-Generated Data for Math and Science using Google Spreadsheets
Students can collect unique data, entering their data, all intermediate calculations, and final answers into Google Forms, which will export to Google Spreadsheet. The Google Spreadsheet will use the student data to calculate an answer key for the first intermediate step, check the students' data against a range of permissible answers, and assign a single mark if the students' intermediate answer falls within this range. It then uses the students answer (whether correct or not), to generate an answer key for the second intermediate answer, and the process repeats. At the end, it will total the marks assigned and give a final mark for the student. Once set up, this allows for teachers to quickly mark labs and activities with student-generated values, checking the accuracy of each calculation, and carrying the mistakes through. For this session, prior knowledge of spreadsheets is highly recommended.

Presentation: https://albertamathresources.school.blog/estca-convention/
Vimeo Video of Presentation: https://vimeo.com/502792015
YouTube Video of Presentation: https://youtu.be/V7w7Sym3KF0

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bayer

Michael Bayer

Math/Physics teacher, Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus (WEHSSC)
https://albertamathresources.school.blog/



Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
013 Numeracy (sec. focus)

11:40am MST

Cooking with limitations:  Time constraints in the Foods and Nutrition Middle School classroom and how to make it work
Many Middle School Foods Classes have very limiting time constraints. It can be challenging for teachers to create meaningful culinary experiences when we struggle to have time to allow for proper cleaning and sanitization practices not counting the cooking experience. This session will review and demonstrate recipes and classroom practices that create foundational skills students can be completed in a 40 minute block. Recipes are tested and student approved and are easily replicated at home. An emphasis will be placed on budgetary considerations, extensions for longer class times and current limitations due to COVID 19. Resources will be provided at the end of the session.

Speakers
NM

Natasha Millan

Natasha Millan is a Foods and Nutrition teacher at Father Mercredi High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She has been teaching Foods and Nutrition since 2010 and teaches grades 7 through 12 to a wide variety of learners.  She holds her Bachelors of Education and a Graduate Diploma... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
006 CTF/ CTS

11:40am MST

Creating Pathways of Hope: Using Design Thinking to Develop Life Promoting Cultures Within School Systems
This session will offer an overview of our recently developed planning tool, offering guidance in designing suicide prevention and life promotion plans that enhance existing mental health and crisis initiatives already in place, while comprehensively including national and provincial research and best practices. Designed to be used with jurisdictional teams including community partners, Creating Pathways of Hope will guide your working team through a design thinking process to support identification and action planning. While the target audience for this toolkit is at the system level, school leaders and administrators would benefit from understanding the process as it could be adapted for school level use. Creating Pathways of Hope was developed through a grant from Alberta Children's Services.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tackaberry

Kim Tackaberry

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
avatar for Charlie Kraig

Charlie Kraig

Designer of Professional Learning, Learning Network Educational Services
Charlie Kraig is an educator with teaching and administrative experience who designs professional learning opportunities for Learning Network Educational Services (part of ARPDC). She is a passionate instructional leader who takes pride in helping others to improve their teaching... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
009 Leadership

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
018 Science (sec. focus)

11:40am MST

Get Out of the Ick - Quick!
Based on Suze's career as a teacher followed by 20 years developing and training practitioners in Belief Re-patterning®, the personal development technique grounded in learning theory that she pioneered, the focus of this session is to explore practical and easy tips and techniques for you to: • Develop positive self-talk habits • Model positive self-talk for your students • Integrate mindfulness into your day to day activities and lessons, and • Explore foundational learnings that you and your students can practice both at school and at home to improve mindset and learning outcomes.

Speakers
SC

Suze Casey

Suze Casey is a best-selling Hay House author of Belief Re-patterning: The Amazing Technique for "Flipping the Switch" to Positive Thoughts (Hay House Inc. 2012). She holds a MEd. in Learning Styles and Curriculum Development from the University of Calgary. A successful classroom... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
024 Wellness

11:40am MST

Make Your Own Tipi
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in learning about the tipi and creating your own miniature tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.

Here is a list of the supplies that participants will need:

- Tipi template (pdf attached) - best printed off on 11 x 17 paper
- crayons, markers
- scissors
- scotch tape
- kebob sticks (approximately 30 cm) - Dollar store
- pencil, eraser
- ruler

These two items help to draw images on your tipi (if needed)
- animal/shape stencils (optional)
- carbon paper (optional)



Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

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



Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
020 Social (elem. focus)

11:40am MST

Memory Secrets: Brain Codes
Memory is a sport that is growing in popularity, especially in Canada. I started using mnemonic strategies to teach math facts, spelling rules and music notes in a small-town elementary classroom before it was a thing. Years later I found others who knew these 'brain secrets' and memory competitions they took part in. To help kids practice their skills, I coached kids to use these same techniques memorize decks of cards, long strings of numbers and names of random strangers. For a few years, the top ten memory athletes in the nation were students from my own homeroom, including one who earned 4 national titles in 3 different memory events, with her first one at the age of 8. Currently I am teaching an entire K-6 school the times tables using these strategies and am coaching the largest memory club in Australia. Join me and learn strategies that can be learned by any child.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Math Facts Made Simple
Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, homeroom and physical education. He has worked in rural Alberta schools to big city private schools in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
017 Science (elem. focus)

11:40am MST

My Experience Using the Flipped Classroom
In 2012 I decided to take on a new way of teaching by adopting the flipped classroom model.  In the years since I have modified this technique to fit the needs of my students. And when schools were closed due to Covid, I was ahead of the game with lessons already online! I will share with you what I have learned along the way, and give you access to all of my online resources (so you can have a lesson ready for Monday morning).

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Social/Flipped Classrooms, Social Studies Council President
ObjectivesThe Social Studies Council (SSC) seeks to promote the study of social studies in Alberta and constantly improve the teaching of social studies.ActivitiesTo carry out its objectives, the Social Studies Council encourages and assists the establishment of regional councils... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
023 Technology for Teaching

11:40am MST

Overarching Activities for Social 9, 10 and 20
Teaching Social Studies is all about creating engaged citizens – but how can we get them engaged in our classroom?  With other teachers, I have developed some overarching activities that strive to help students see the links between the different curriculum objectives in addition to seeing how it relates to the “real world”.  I will share with you some of these activities, including digital access that will allow you to adapt it for your own classroom

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Social/Flipped Classrooms, Social Studies Council President
ObjectivesThe Social Studies Council (SSC) seeks to promote the study of social studies in Alberta and constantly improve the teaching of social studies.ActivitiesTo carry out its objectives, the Social Studies Council encourages and assists the establishment of regional councils... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
021 Social (sec. focus)

11:40am MST

Reconnecting to Your Calling: Moving From Teacher Well-being to Being Well as Teachers
Beyond a job, teaching is a calling. This workshop provides a snapshot of well-being science that invites educators and leaders to build and sustain a practice of well-being within that calling. Participants will experience tools that can help create a ripple effect of impact for themselves and their students. Moving beyond self-care strategies and a focus on teacher stress, we will discuss both individual and organizational opportunities to help shift the tide from burning out to burning in.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
003 Career/ Retirement Planning

11:40am MST

Teaching Students to Write Cool Characters, Superheroes, and Themselves with Bestselling Author Alexis Marie Chute
Come prepared to write in this fun creative writing workshop. You will learn how to ignite your mind and fuel your imagination and lead your students to do the same.
Learn and try:
- Free writing
- The hero's journey
- Creating cool characters
- Writing about meaningful events in your life
- Writing from new perspectives
- Crafting new worlds in fictional stories
You will be opened up to new ways of looking at the world and at your own experiences. You'll learn new methods to express yourself, get inspired, and have a blast. You'll also come away with tools to help release stress that are healthy and empowering. Positive expressions of the mental health journey will be explored. Put these writing styles and exercises to the test then bring them back to your classrooms. The pandemic has changed everyone's lives around the world. Educators and students alike are facing new challenges and feelings as a result.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, photographer, filmmaker, gallery curator, and bestselling author of four books. She is an outside-the-box innovator, passionate storyteller, cultural connector, and engaging, international public speaker. She has her Bachelor of Fine... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
027 Writing (sec. focus)

11:40am MST

The Dark Side of the Force and the Problem of Evil
This session examines a central conundrum in theology, the problem of evil, by putting voices from classical theism into dialogue with the ideas in play in George Lucas's world of Star Wars. Specific attention is given to the Dark Side of the Force and how it sheds light on articulating distinctions between good and evil. Put another way, we consider how St. Augustine would understand Darth Vader and the Sith in particular and Lucas's vision of the Force, the Dark Side, and good and evil in general.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore's Learning Centre and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, Mythology and Theology as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
015 Religion

11:40am MST

Top Ten Things to Consider: Assessment within a Concept-based Curriculum
As teachers and students across Alberta begin to make the shift to a concept-based curriculum, how do we adjust our classroom assessment practices? While our core beliefs about assessment haven't changed, AAC has some timely and helpful advice on how small changes can ensure your assessment aligns with the vision of the new curriculum!

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

Executive Director, Alberta Assessment Consortium
Michele is an experienced education consultant specializing in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has facilitated professional learning opportunities on various topics for system leaders, teachers, educational assistants, and parents. As the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium's... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
002 Assessment

1:00pm MST

Citizen Science in the Classroom: How to Turn your Students into Real Scientists
Anyone can be a citizen scientist, which is a non-professional scientist that contributes real scientific research data. Citizen science fosters scientific literacy by engaging students in meaningful science research that addresses real-world issues and leads to scientific advancement. Through direct participation in scientific inquiry and exploration, students develop critical mindsets about the nature of scientific discovery. Citizen science engages many students that might not otherwise care by having them contribute to meaningful research. Teachers will get an introduction to citizen science, access resources to find projects that fit their curricula and go through an exercise to help integrate these projects into their classroom. Teachers will also leave with a digital toolkit that will enable them to take the lessons learned and apply them to their learning objectives in their classroom. Laptops/smartphones/tablets would be ideal for participants to have but doable without.

Speakers
HY

Helen Yip

Outreach Coordinator, Wisest
Helen Yip is the Outreach Coordinator at WISEST, Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, based at the University of Alberta. Helen has both a BSc and MSc in biology. She has worked at several informal educational settings including the City of Edmonton, Marine Life... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
017 Science (elem. focus)

1:00pm MST

Forecasting the Future & Identifying Four Strong Forces of Change for Society (45 min interactive session)
Societies around the world are in the midst of a period of change and transformation unlike any other time over the last 100 years. In this conversation, Dr. McRae will highlight four significant trends (a return of walls, environmental sustainability, automation and digital networks, and artificial intelligence in education) that will change the landscape of schools around the world over the next two decades. This interactive conversation will also discuss new research in small groups from a partnership with Harvard Medical School and Sesame Workshop on the world’s largest study of technology, health and learning and how digital technologies are actively (re)shaping our societies. Most importantly, Dr. Phil will share advice on how we might all achieve a fine balance in a rapidly changing and digitally saturated world. Resource: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/ATA/Publications/Albertas-Education-System/Changing%20Landscape%202020-2040%20Final%20Document.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Phil McRae

Dr. Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator, Research, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Phil McRae is Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada where he earned his Ph.D. Phil is the past winner of the Alberta Excellence... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
ATA 2

1:00pm MST

Hutterite Colony Schools Collaboration
Hi Everyone! I am hoping that we can all just share our ideas and any great resources we have found. We are a group that is very individual from colony to colony, but I am sure we all have some great ideas to share! See you soon!
Please be ready to share which colony you teach at and for how long you have been a colony teacher. 

Speakers
avatar for Tina Jensen

Tina Jensen

Teacher, Aspen View Public Schools
Hi Everyone! I have been a teacher with Aspen View Public Schools since 1992. Currently I am teaching in a Hutterite Colony School and I also teach at our local outreach/virtual school, known as the CAVE (Centre for Alternative and Virtual Education). I have a variety of experience... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
004 Collaboration (elem. focus)

1:00pm MST

National Archery in the Schools Program
During this open conversation session we will talk about the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).  What does it look like now and in the future? Additional opportunities will also be shared during this session.

Speakers
avatar for Hal Ziprick

Hal Ziprick

Teacher, H.A.Kostash
I Have been teaching for 19 years at H.A.Kostash, Smoky Lake. Run a succesful Wildlife program that includes a remote fly in fishing trip with grade 11 students. I was selected as one of 10 schools to pilot the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) 10+ years ago. Our school... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
005 Collaboration (sec. focus)

1:00pm MST

Slaying Dragons while Chasing Giraffes
Mental health is so important in teaching. We forget to take care of ourselves. This was me until I was diagnosed with PTSD and had to stop and learn about me and how to configure life with this diagnosis. PTSD does not mean that our careers are over but they and we will be reinvented. Things do change but in my case for the better.This session will discuss my journey back to being a better teacher than I have ever been.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Dirsa

Laurie Dirsa

teacher, Northland School Division
Laurie is a veteran teacher who has continued on teaching after dealing with a trauma filled career. She has taught from K-12 and learned to work through having a PTSD diagnosis.



Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
024 Wellness

1:00pm MST

Social Change and Transformation
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

Join Anthony and James as they speak from their life experience and share how their involvement in the Indigenous education system has been an important factor in determining the course of their lives specifically as it relates to social change and transformation.  They will touch on diversity, racism, resilience, winning The Amazing Race Canada, and everything in between.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson

LGBTQ2, Two Spirit and Diversity ExpertAnthony Johnson, a self-proclaimed spiritual nomad, is an artist, poet, photographer, cultural documentarian, public speaker, and a strategic analyst whose mission in life is to explore the beauty of the Earth and its inhabitants. A proud Dine... Read More →
avatar for Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis is well grounded in all matters relating to Indigenous cultures, traditions, values, and customs. He is one of Canada’s leading experts for Canadians and First Nation communities. Dr. Makokis currently heads one of Canada’s leading LGBTQ2 and Transgender focused... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
007 Feature

1:00pm MST

Teaching During a Pandemic
Teaching during a pandemic has impacted all of us in many ways. Teachers are indispensable to their learning communities, however, they are vulnerable to being intensely affected and possibly damaged by their work. The COVID-19 crisis has intensified this impact on some of our colleagues more than others. Safely responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has often meant dramatic changes in teaching practice and daily routines. Additionally, teachers are regularly being directed to do work outside the scope of their professional teaching practice. Many things have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, collective agreement entitlements have not.

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Marie Huizing

Anne-Marie Huizing

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services - Collective Bargaining, Alberta Teachers' Association
Anne-Marie joined the Association’s Teacher Welfare executive staff in 2018. Anne-Marie holds a BA in International Relations, a BEd in Elementary French Immersion and a MEd in Educational Technology for Schools, all from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the Association... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
ATA

1:00pm MST

Utilizing Community Building In-Person and Online
Are you struggling to connect with students you have never met face to face or have you been forced to pivot your in person relationships to an online setting? We will be presenting tips and tricks that we have utlized this past 10 months in our roles as exclusively online educators.

Email Sarjenka at s.kuryliw@gmail or Carla at davidson.carlalynn@gmail.com for a digital copy of our presentation with hyperlinks. 

Speakers
CS

Carla Schneider

Carla is an educator who has over 10 years of experience in the classroom as well as a Literacy coach and co-ordinator of student supports. The opportunity to teach online this year has allowed her to build her classroom community and expertise as a teacher.
SK

Sarjenka Kuryliw

Teacher
Sarjenka is in her 8th year of teaching and has taught Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 6. In this time she has also coached multiple levels of sport and found great success in utilizing relationships and community building.


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
023 Technology for Teaching

1:00pm MST

Writing 101
Note: For grades 2+
Do students write in your classes? Maybe you're teaching Language Arts for the first time. Maybe you've taught it for a while, but feel a need to strengthen the writing component. Or maybe you don't even teach L.A., but want to support students with their writing in your subject area. Whatever the case, this session will help by focusing on the basics of writing instruction. We'll look at some of the significant challenges and lay out fundamental principles that will help you and your students succeed. You'll leave with a solid foundation for an effective writing program along with some specific ideas you can implement immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Robin E Pawlak

Robin E Pawlak

Children's Author, Student Writing
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. Upon his retirement in 2016, his primary focus became writing. His first novel, Space Cadets, was published in January of 2018. He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer, but also loves to sneak out of his office... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
027 Writing (sec. focus)

1:00pm MST

Bringing Mindfulness & KINDness Into The Classroom: Mindful Teacher Mindful Classroom
As a K-12 school teacher I quickly realized my role was more than just teaching the curriculum... kids were stressed and anxious as young as 7 or 8 years old, many kids in my classroom were labelled ADD or ADHD, unable to focus, concentrate or even sit still, there was bullying, depression, anger issues and insomnia. Many teachers and parents were also dealing with this. I wanted to do something. I wanted help. So, I developed a beKIND Mindfulness Training & Kit. During this session, I will teach you a variety of mindfulness techniques for relaxation, to help improve focus and self-regulate thoughts and emotions to integrate in your daily life and in the classroom with your students. You will also get to experience in 30 seconds how to shift negative thought patterns with a very simple breathing technique. Come join us, our beKIND Mindfulness Movement of over 20 000 kids, teens and adults as we begin Day 1 of the beKIND Mindfulness Challenge. Today you could be the next.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
025 Wellness 2

1:00pm MST

Connecting the Dots- Domino Math Games for Elementary
Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard, double-six dominoes. Students love this math manipulative and it can be used for a wide variety of concepts. Games and activities will teach the following: subitizing, counting, patterns, operations including multi-digit work, graphing, place value concepts including decimals, fractions. Probability, problem solving and mental math are integrated into the activities. Ideas are easy to differentiate and can be used whole class, small group/centers and virtually. Ideas also make an awesome family math game event. Student samples, journal writing extensions and gameboards will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

/math, 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 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
012 Numeracy (elem. focus)

1:00pm MST

Continuing to Build Number Sense in Middle School
Number sense can be thought of as flexible thinking about numbers. As students move through middle school, they are continuing to build on what they know about numbers and applying that to new situations. Number sense develops through the exploration and visualization of numbers as well as thinking about the relationships between those numbers. This is done through active thinking about concepts. This session will provide you with a variety of ideas to implement in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Coers

Cathy Coers

Math Support Consultant, CARC
Cathy Coers is a Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant for the Central Alberta Regional Consortium. She has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years and has earned her Master's Degree in the Science of Education focusing on the Art and Science of Teaching. Her focus over... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
013 Numeracy (sec. focus)

1:00pm MST

Creating identity texts
Every day teachers become more and more aware of the growing diversity of their classroom. Many teachers are looking for ways to promote languages that they cannot speak. Teachers want to allow students ways to express pride in their cutures, but often lack the tools necessary to do so. In this workshop you will learn what pluralingualism is and how to create activities that promote pluralingualism for students. Teachers will walk away with three ready made lessons that they can immediately take in to their classroom and teach in Monday. Please bring pencils, paper, and colours (if possible) so that you can create exemplars for your students.

Speakers
TA

Trudie Aberdeen

Light of Christ Catholic School
Trudie Aberdeen completed her doctoral work in 2016 in the area of heritage language learning. She is committed to and passionate about helping students retain their mother tongue once they enter the school system. She advocates for plurilingual and cultural instruction for all students... Read More →
NP

Nina Paulovicova

NIna is an associate professor at Athabasca University in the area of WWII history and the internment of those of Jewish origin.


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
020 Social (elem. focus)

1:00pm MST

Envisioning the Future After Your Teaching Journey
Our profession is loaded with meaning and identity; who are you outside of teaching? Who will you be when you retire? Are you contemplating a different career? How will you make meaning for yourself if you aren't a teacher? I'd like to provide some things to think about in a microscopic retreat (not for kids, but for us). This is a chance for you to be quiet for 60-75 minutes and think about you.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Managing Perfectionism/Test Anxiety/Online Play
Vince Mireau is a clinical/educational psychologist working in the greater Whitecourt, Alberta region. His expertise is in creatively meeting the complex needs of children using play and biologically respectful approaches. He started his teaching career with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
003 Career/ Retirement Planning

1:00pm MST

Keep Kids Moving - At a Distance and Remotely with BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success)
BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) is a non-profit organization focused on getting kids more active. We offer free bilingual programming designed to get kids moving and establish a lifelong commitment to health and fitness. In this interactive workshop we will focus on physical activity at a distance and activities for remote learners. We will explore creative DPA activities (BOKS Bursts), resources for Recess and our latest At Home activities to support your school community. There is something for everyone in this workshop! Additional topics will include: BOKS Bootcamp (grades 7-12), Mindfulness Minutes, and BOKS Lessons on Demand (videos included). We will share real life examples of diverse ways BOKS kids have kept moving throughout this pandemic. Leave this session with a back pocket full of new ideas and learn how to access all our resources that takes the prep out of the equation for you!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Hutchison

Lauren Hutchison

Regional Coordinator- Western Canada, BOKS Canada
Lauren Hutchison is the Regional Coordinator with BOKS for Western Canada. She is passionate about the transformative power of sport and play, and pursued degrees in Sociology of Sport in both Eastern Canada and Cardiff, Wales. Lauren is a yoga instructor and practitioner, BOKS trainer... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
014 PE

1:00pm MST

Literacy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Fun with Words in the Outdoors
Whether your schoolyard resembles a nature paradise or a concrete jungle, it can be an endless source of inspiration and wonder for your students. Studies show that children, especially those with the most challenging behaviours, feel more relaxed outside and are therefore more open to deep learning. This workshop will demonstrate how to use the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities to develop a range of literacy skills. In this engaging session, we'll show you how outdoor learning can boost your students' literacy skills by helping them make meaning of words and unleashing their creative minds as they explore and express what they see, hear, touch, smell, and feel. We'll also explore how Indigenous perspectives and outdoor learning can promote your students' well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and Mother Earth.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
026 Writing (elem. Focus)

1:00pm MST

Supporting Adolescent Social Emotional Competency through Teen Mentoring
Are you seeking ways to build social-emotional competencies, and support positive mental health in students, while also increasing attendance and school completion, with higher academic performance? Are you looking for ways to build and enhance relationships with adolescent students? Have you considered teen mentoring? Teen mentoring has been shown to increase social emotional skills, academic achievement and decrease unhealthy behaviors in both the 'mentor' and 'mentee'. The Alberta Mentoring Partnership, has created a school based mentoring network for educators working in middle schools, junior high and high school settings. As a part of this network you will have the opportunity to engage in dynamic conversations and learning with others across the province, about successful implementation strategies, the relationship of mentoring to curriculum and competency development, and how students might earn high school credits while achieving personal growth. Resources will be shared.

Speakers
CG

Caroline Gosling

Retired District principal, Alberta Mentoring Partnership


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
009 Leadership

1:00pm MST

Wahkohtowin: Cree Natural Law
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

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

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
008 Health

1:00pm MST

Assessment Meets the "New Normal"
At the risk of understating our new reality, a lot has changed since the last time we met for Teachers' Convention! How do all these changes impact the ways in which we use assessment to support the learning of our students? Come to this session to take part in some thought-provoking discussion and gain insight into how to get the most from assessment in today's classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

Executive Director, Alberta Assessment Consortium
Michele is an experienced education consultant specializing in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has facilitated professional learning opportunities on various topics for system leaders, teachers, educational assistants, and parents. As the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium's... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
002 Assessment

1:00pm MST

Basic Electronics and Circuit Fabrication
Electronics and simple circuits are engaging, fun and surprisingly simple. Who does not like a blinking LED, annoying buzzer or the shrill chirp of an electronic bird? This session will introduce you to basic electronic components, circuit prototyping and the basics of soldering. The session will focus on the many resources available, virtual and physical, that can be used in your classrooms. The discussed resources will assist in the fulfillment of ELT 1010 course requirements but the activities will easily fit into Middle School Science and Technology Classrooms. Div 1-2 classrooms could use the simpler components discussed. Resources will be shared during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac

Electronics and Circuit Fabrication, Father Patrick Mercredi High School
Tom MacIsaac is a Robotics and Pre-Engineering teacher at Father Mercredi Science and Technology Center in Fort Mcmurray Alberta. He has a Bachelor Degree in Military Science from Royal Military College, BEd and MEd from Acadia University. He has been teaching for 17 years after a... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
018 Science (sec. focus)

1:00pm MST

Empower Student Voice Using Flipgrid!
Flipgrid is an amazing digital tool you can use for both your classroom and remote learning students! It is a simple way to empower student voice through video recordings. This session will highlight Flipgrid's features along with sharing of classroom examples. This is great for all K-12 teachers and students!

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

Teacher, St.Paul Elementary School
Terra-Lee is a 4th grade teacher with the St.Paul School Division. She has a Master's degree in Instructional Media and has a passion for integrating EdTech in the classroom to help engage and motivate all learners using a variety of innovative methods. She is a Discovery Education... Read More →
avatar for Meaghan Knowles

Meaghan Knowles

Grade 1 Teacher
Meaghan Knowles has a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of New Brunswick. Meaghan is a 1st grade teacher from St.Paul Elementary School. She has a love of all things literacy and technology!


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
022 Technology for Learners

1:00pm MST

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
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore's Learning Centre and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, Mythology and Theology as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
015 Religion

1:00pm MST

Maximiser l’usage d’objets de manipulation - 1ère à 3e année
L’usage d’objets de manipulation est recommandé dans plusieurs de nos résultats d’apprentissage.  Ils permettent de rendre concret des concepts souvent compris par les adultes de façon abstraite.  Si le transfert de l’abstrait au concret ne vous est pas facile et simple, cet atelier est pour vous.  Nous verrons diverses approches afin de maximiser l’usage des objets de manipulation afin, bien sûr, de maximiser la compréhension conceptuelle chez nos élèves.  Nous verrons également différents sites web qui offrent des objets de manipulation virtuels gratuits.

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 →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
019 Second Language

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
 I have founded Edu-Best Educational Services to collaborate and share ideas and methods to allow all learners the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement and to inspire and motivate teachers. Our focus is English language arts and Reading Comprehension Success. Please... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
011 Literacy (Sec. focus)

1:00pm MST

Running Heavy Labs In Covid Times-How Can We Do This Better?
In this presentation, we will give you a broad array of ideas/strategies that will help you keep your hands-on labs running smoothly, during this time of enhanced cleaning protocols, in a possible remote learning scenario, and in general moving forward. We will discuss a variety of digital platforms that can be used in heavy labs to keep track of work/learning. We will also share with you some of the practices adopted to keep our students and ourselves safe now while we are in person, in hopes that you might find some “best practices” you would like to adopt. In addition, we will cover what we have seen/heard from around the province regarding how to deliver “hands-on” experiences during remote learning. We will share with you a variety of CTS courses that are more conducive to being taught entirely digitally. These could be courses you may want to develop if students are at home isolating or if we move back into an at-home learning environment. We would encourage participants to contact the presenters by eMail with questions so we can add/build on the breadth of ideas presented in this slideshow. The intention of this presentation is not to give you a ‘perfect’ way to run your lab during the pandemic, but rather to give you a variety of ideas and possibilities that will help you run your lab smoother both right now AND in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Backer

Josh Backer

Career and Technology Education Council
Josh Backer is a University of Alberta graduate with a major in CTS:TMT. He is currently a CTS and CTF teacher at Glendon School with Northern Lights Public Schools. He has been teaching for seven years and has been the Professional Development Representative for the Northeast zone... Read More →
DT

David Teasdale

David Teasdale is a University of Alberta graduate with a major in CTS: BIT. He is currently a CTS and CTF teacher at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus with Clearview Public Schools. He has been teaching for twenty seven years and has been the Professional Development Representative... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
006 CTF/ CTS

1:00pm MST

Students Love My Grade 6-8 Social Studies Projects
Simulations, 'actualizations' and 'aha'-moments are all part of a students experience in social studies classes when project-based and concept-based learning are combined to create fun and entertaining lessons for grade 6 to 8 students. Understanding civic responsibilities, cultural diversity and environmental appreciation are concepts presented and developed through activities that will improve student engagement, performance and appreciation for social interactions within Canada and around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
021 Social (sec. focus)

1:00pm MST

Teaching Media Literacy Using CIVIX Resources
In this era of “truth decay” it is vital for students to be able to discern what is quality information versus disinformation.  CIVIX provides a plethora of resources for teachers to use in their classroom to help teach a variety of media literacy skills.  I will share with you how I adapted those resources for the limited time I have in my classroom to focus on this important issue.  You will be given digital access to my lessons, so you can create short daily activities or a full week unit you can start using right away.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Social/Flipped Classrooms, Social Studies Council President
ObjectivesThe Social Studies Council (SSC) seeks to promote the study of social studies in Alberta and constantly improve the teaching of social studies.ActivitiesTo carry out its objectives, the Social Studies Council encourages and assists the establishment of regional councils... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
010 Literacy (Elem. focus)

1:00pm MST

Visual Journals in the Elementary Classroom
Visual Journals are an excellent tool to use in the elementary classroom. They help students to process information, reflect on what they have learned and to show their understanding of the topic. Visual journals are highly adaptable for students with differing abilities. This presentation will show how they can be used in all subject areas from Kindergarten to Grade 6. It will also show some Indigenous concepts that can be incorporated into Visual Journals. No creativity or drawing experience needed.

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Christen

Cassandra Christen

Visual Journals in Elementary
Cassandra Christen has been teaching for 16 years. She has used Visual Journals in the classroom for 10 years. Cassandra also co-authored and illustrated the book “We Can’t Mask Our Excitement - a book to help students understand what going back to school may look like in the... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
016 Safe&Caring

1:00pm MST

Trauma Informed and Indigenous Ways of Knowing Art Lessons
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

Angela Hall will share some of her Trauma Informed & Indigenous Ways of Knowing Art lessons that she has developed and used to support students in self expression, understanding self, feeling safe, emotional regulation and more. Titles of the lessons are the following: Tree Meditation & Art, Sacred Nature Meditation & Art, Star Blanket Art Renewal, Rites of Passage Mandala and Body Mapping and Transformation Art. Teachers will be able to participate in the Tree Mediation & Art Lesson to understand its significance and effectiveness. Participants are reminded to have art materials of choice (pencil, eraser, paper, crayons, felt markers, magazines/collage materials, paints etc) available as the workshop requires an art response to a visualization meditation.

Speakers
AH

Angela Hall

Teacher, Artist, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Bearclaw Gallery
Angela Hall is a Métis Albertan, elementary school teacher, poet, artist and mother. She has completed a variety of graduate level courses including Trauma Recovery, Grief and Loss, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, and Psychotherapy with Kutenai Art Therapy Institute... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
001 Arts

2:20pm MST

ATRF Your Pension Matters
The presentation will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement. You are encouraged to bring your most recent Annual Statement.

Moderators
Speakers
DA

Dana Adams

Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
Following 16 years with the Public Sector Pension Plans in Alberta, Dana joined the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund in 2001. She has extensive experience in client counseling. She has spoken at teachers' conventions, professional development days and retirement sessions.



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
003 Career/ Retirement Planning

2:20pm MST

Coaching School Sports
This is a session that I hope to continue hosting when we return to in person conferences. It is a space where school coaches can collaborate, sharing ideas for how they are keeping their student atheletes motivated during this difficult year. I want to give you the space and ability to make the most of your time in this session as we all know how busy teachers who are also coaches can be.

If you are not Jamborded to death join along here https://bit.ly/coachingESTCA

Speakers
BB

Bryan Boychuk

Northern Lights School Division No. 69
Bryan Boychuk teaches at Cold Lake Elementary School, Cold Lake AB.


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
005 Collaboration (sec. focus)

2:20pm MST

Cricut in the Classroom
You have all heard about the cricut crafting machine I'm sure, they are all the rage.  But are they worth it?  How can it help you in your classroom?  From classroom decor, stickers and crafts, to using the software we will discuss all the aspects of Cricut.  Q&A session will be at 3 p.m to answer all of your Cricut questions.

Feel Free to send me your questions ahead of time at melissamercer88@gmail.com :)

Speakers

Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
004 Collaboration (elem. focus)

2:20pm MST

Facilitating a "Game Night" Through Google Classroom
In this session, I will outline how I facilitated a weekly "Game Night" for students at St. Paul Regional High School - all through Google Classroom. Games such as BINGO, Pictionary, Mad Gab, Balderdash, Drawsome, Fibbage, and Quiplash will be outlined and played...mostly played. Ok, we are going to play games and I am going to show you how to do it with Google Classroom. But mostly we will play games. Come have some fun.

If you have Google Classroom set-up with a personal email account, add my classroom with the code: pdd7y26 or this link:
https://classroom.google.com/c/MjcxMjY0MzM3NDk0?cjc=pdd7y26

You will not be able to add this classroom using your district provided Google Classroom.
Here is a link to some of the Google Classroom content:
http://bit.ly/2OwId6C

Speakers
avatar for Alex Bernier

Alex Bernier

Alex Bernier is currently in his 10th year of teaching, nine of which have been at St. Paul Regional High School teaching majorly Science courses. During COVID, he facilitated a weekly Game Night through Google Classroom so students could have some fun and social interaction. In his... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
023 Technology for Teaching

2:20pm MST

How to Get Your Students Writing
Note: For grades 2+
You arrive at school filled with enthusiasm, ready to mold young minds. But then comes LA class. Story writing. "Woe is me!" you lament. "So many of my students hate writing. They just sit and stare at their papers! If only there was a former teacher who is now a writer who could help me." Good news. There is! In this session, he will share all kinds of ideas that got his students unstuck and helped them develop their understanding of how stories are built. Participants will leave with at least half a dozen ideas for immediate use in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Robin E Pawlak

Robin E Pawlak

Children's Author, Student Writing
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. Upon his retirement in 2016, his primary focus became writing. His first novel, Space Cadets, was published in January of 2018. He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer, but also loves to sneak out of his office... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
026 Writing (elem. Focus)

2:20pm MST

It's About Time! How Can We Maximize Our Time in the French Second Language classroom?
When teaching a second language as an option or complementary subject, we often don't get to see our students as much as we'd like. How can we maximize our precious time to create the most positive effects and best serve our students? If you teach over a range of grades and levels, planning for lessons and activities in different rooms (or online) is challenging as well. How can we best encourage students to continue their second language studies, experience the joy of learning another language, and get as much practice as possible?  I would like to explore practical, hands-on ways we can make the most of our valuable time, as well as provide time to share and discuss our collective experiences and ideas.

Speakers
LL

Lori Lunty

teacher, Battle River School Division
Lori has a B. Ed and M.Ed from the U of A.  She has taught various levels of FSL since 2000 and currently teaches French as a Second Language from Grades 4-12 at Hay Lakes School in the Battle River School Division. Lori is particularly interested in factors which affect second language... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
019 Second Language

2:20pm MST

Social Change and Transformation
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

Join Anthony and James as they speak from their life experience and share how their involvement in the Indigenous education system has been an important factor in determining the course of their lives specifically as it relates to social change and transformation.  They will touch on diversity, racism, resilience, winning The Amazing Race Canada, and everything in between.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis is well grounded in all matters relating to Indigenous cultures, traditions, values, and customs. He is one of Canada’s leading experts for Canadians and First Nation communities. Dr. Makokis currently heads one of Canada’s leading LGBTQ2 and Transgender focused... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
007 Feature

2:20pm MST

All Natural Soap Making for Beginners
We've all heard that our skin is the largest organ in our body and we should think about what we're putting on our bodies. All natural soap has moisturizing oils and glycerin. ( Your skin loves glycerin!). I will demonstrate the cold process soap making method. Making soap is easy and addictive. Sensitive skin? Mature skin? Dry skin? You can prepare formulas for whatever your skin needs are. I will also be discussing, different oils and their characteristics, safety considerations, equipment needed, how to scent and colour your soap. I will share a great beginner recipe with you to try out.

Speakers
avatar for Dee Stokoe

Dee Stokoe

I have taught in Red Deer for most of my career as a Foods and Fashion teacher. I consider my kitchen my laboratory for making healthy nutritious food as well as all natural products such as soap, salves, shower steamers. I have led workshops with people in the community sharing what... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
006 CTF/ CTS

2:20pm MST

Dyslexia for a Day
Do you have students in your classroom who struggle with reading, writing and spelling? Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading and could very well be the reason why your students are struggling with literacy skills. In this session, youu will be introduced to dyslexia, discover what it is like for students who struggle in your classroom and learn how you as a teacher can help support them through structured literacy practices.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Norman

Sandra Norman

Sandra Norman - sharing knowledge and fostering an understanding of how evidence based instruction informs classroom practice. As the parent of a child with dyslexia, Sandra has passionately embraced researching reading and writing instruction and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
010 Literacy (Elem. focus)

2:20pm MST

Healthy Play: Learning to Play, Playing to Learn!
Healthy Play is about learning to play and playing to learn! We give staff and students simple and FUN techniques to create a more connected and caring school community by empowering students to resolve conflict, practice empathy skills and promote inclusive environments. Built around the Healthy Play philosophy, this hands-on training not only provides staff with the Healthy Play concepts, but also ways to implement these concepts through amazing physical literacy-based games and activities that can be played in the classroom, gym/open spaces and independently on the playground. Healthy Play is great for new teachers, Generalists who are required to teach PE (and find that PE isn't their strong suit), and PE Specialists who are looking for something different! If we haven't intrigued you yet - a five-year longitudinal study was recently completed and the research found there was a 70% reduction in acts of aggression, bullying, teasing, and non-cooperative behaviour!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Goeres

Jen Goeres

Founder, WordPLAY Consulting Inc.
Jen is the founder of WordPLAY Consulting and works directly within education, recreation and sport organizations to connect, inspire and inform through PLAY! Jen graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Adapted and Therapeutic Physical Activity) and... Read More →
avatar for Jen Smith

Jen Smith

Co-Owner, WordPLAY Consulting Inc.
Jen’s career in recreation began 19 years ago when she became a support worker for adults with disabilities which quickly established a passion for working within the disability community.While still living in Ontario, she developed and facilitated a Youth Leadership Training program... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
008 Health

2:20pm MST

Shake Up Your Elementary Fact Fluency Practice
Students need engaging practice tied to strategies, not rote memorization. Come prepared to shake, dance and learn activities that incorporate the use of our favorite math manipulative - a math shaker. This modified pill container filled with regular dice can be used to teach a wide range of concepts including: early numeracy subitizing, counting, operational fluency strategies including doubles, make 10, commutative and associative properties of + and X, mixed operations and mental math, place value to millions, decimals, multi digit operations. Each activity will start with a 30 sec. music break, then transition to a fluency activity. Student samples, journal writing ideas will be shared. Ideas are easy to differentiate so that all students have success. Can be used whole class, small group and i virtual teaching. Come prepared to Shake Rattle and Roll!

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

/math, 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 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
012 Numeracy (elem. focus)

2:20pm MST

Your Student Did What?: Helping student get out of the Basement of their Brain.
Christie and Andrea will use humour and the power of story to help understand the "how" behind trauma informed approaches. Our goal is to help provide practical solutions when working with challenging students and contexts. Taking Trauma Informed theories and sharing the work from the lens of the trenches. Within this session we will provide examples of tools and strategies used to support regulation, co-regulation, restorative practices, and most importantly bring learning into the forefront. Be prepared to laugh, share, and collaborate!


https://www.smore.com/j6qa1

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Gutmann

Andrea Gutmann

Principal, Battle River School Division
Andrea Gutmann: Principal of Sparling School, a Pre-K to 5 school in Camrose, AB. Passionate about inclusion, trauma-informed approaches, and leadership. Andrea's experience includes fostering learning in the 21st century context, learning consultant, teacher, and administratior... Read More →
avatar for Christie Badry

Christie Badry

Student Services Coordinator, Battle River School Division


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
009 Leadership

2:20pm MST

Dance Around the World: Super Fun Folk Dances
Do you teach Music or PE? Folk dancing is fun, and teaches many important skills including beat, form and phrasing. Folk dances also introduce students to cultures, instruments and music from around the world. Come and get moving as you learn dances for Pre-K, Div I and II. Handouts will provide detailed instructions for all dances. If applicable, issues related to teaching in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic may be addressed in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music Specialist, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 28 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
014 PE

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Social/Flipped Classrooms, Social Studies Council President
ObjectivesThe Social Studies Council (SSC) seeks to promote the study of social studies in Alberta and constantly improve the teaching of social studies.ActivitiesTo carry out its objectives, the Social Studies Council encourages and assists the establishment of regional councils... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
021 Social (sec. focus)

2:20pm MST

Get Rollin' With Makerspaces!
Curious about Makerspaces and not sure where to begin? Attend this session to gain an in-depth understanding how my K-5 school transformed a computer lab into an innovative Makerspace for all learners. This session will highlight how the maker movement helps build on constructivist learning, allowing students to think critically, be creative, problem-solve, collaborate and communicate with their peers in an engaging and hands-on environment using no tech to high tech gadgets and some things in between!

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

Teacher, St.Paul Elementary School
Terra-Lee is a 4th grade teacher with the St.Paul School Division. She has a Master's degree in Instructional Media and has a passion for integrating EdTech in the classroom to help engage and motivate all learners using a variety of innovative methods. She is a Discovery Education... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
017 Science (elem. focus)

2:20pm MST

How to Teach Controversial Energy or Environmental Issues in Your Classroom
Students hear a lot about the issues of our day such as climate change or the future of Alberta's oil and gas industry. Teachers know the power of connecting student learning to current events for engaging students and practicing critical thinking skills. But such topics can be daunting as there are often many perspectives to consider and an overwhelming amount of - often conflicting - information. In this workshop, we'll review and practice 'safe and effective' strategies for unpacking with your students the scientific and social dimensions of complex issues using open-mindedness, curiosity, respect, and evidence-based critical thinking - without becoming part of the controversy.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
018 Science (sec. focus)

2:20pm MST

Innovative Assessment in Middle School
Provide your students, parents and colleagues with engaging, informative and motivating assessment practices that move beyond percentages and into an innovative way to formatively and summatively provide students and parents with easy to understand assessment that displays continuity between courses and grade levels. Successful assessment examples, rubrics and parent communications methods will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
002 Assessment

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
 I have founded Edu-Best Educational Services to collaborate and share ideas and methods to allow all learners the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement and to inspire and motivate teachers. Our focus is English language arts and Reading Comprehension Success. Please... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
011 Literacy (Sec. focus)

2:20pm MST

Relax, renew and refocus with Yoga Nidra. All you have to do is lie there.
Stress is disruptive to the learning process. Relax, rejuvenate and refocus as Susan guides you through a deep meditation inducing profound relaxation for your body and mind. All you have to do is lie there. Yoga Nidra is a technique she studied with Yoga Masters while in India and in California with Dr. Richard Miller a clinical psychologist having attained her advanced training in this area. Susan's guided meditation downloads are available online and can be used at home or in your classroom with your students. This will be an experiential session, however she does lead educational sessions if you are interested in having her come to your school.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
024 Wellness

2:20pm MST

Teaching Strategies for an EDI (Equity, Diversity Inclusion) Centred Classroom
As educators, sometimes we don't realize that our implicit biases play a critical role in how students see themselves in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Join WISEST in this session where we'll talk about how to recognize our own implicit biases, how to address them, and we'll introduce a variety of teaching strategies that can help promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the classroom.

Speakers
HY

Helen Yip

Outreach Coordinator, Wisest
Helen Yip is the Outreach Coordinator at WISEST, Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, based at the University of Alberta. Helen has both a BSc and MSc in biology. She has worked at several informal educational settings including the City of Edmonton, Marine Life... Read More →



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
016 Safe&Caring

2:20pm MST

The Christ Event and the Religions of the World
Our pluriform society is home to an increasing array of view points and traditions—many of which are informed and sustained by religious conviction. Grasping the fundamentals of world religions is, arguably, paramount for citizens of the 21st century. Yet how can students be equipped for such a task? The challenge also is particularly pressing for Religious Educators given the complex theological knowledge, language, and vision required for such a task. This presentation seeks to provide the basic perspectives on how Catholicism views and engages other faith traditions in the 21st century, and proffers various models and analogies for how these views can be presented in the classroom.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore's Learning Centre and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, Mythology and Theology as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
015 Religion

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

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



Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
025 Wellness 2

2:20pm MST

Tipi Teachings and Balanced Living
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in the setting up of a full size tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
013 Numeracy (sec. focus)

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Holdway

Michelle Holdway

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


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
020 Social (elem. focus)

2:20pm MST

Writers Notebooks in ELA Classrooms 9 to 12
Writer's notebooks are a place where students can record thoughts, questions, epiphanies, practice with mentor texts and so much more. This session with look at how to use notebooks to engage students and encourage risk taking. It will also provide direction as to how it can be a useful tool for summative assessment that can transform into a variety of polished pieces that can be used summatively.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Contrada

Angela Contrada

English Language Arts Teacher, Calgary Catholic School District
Angela Contrada has been a passionate educator for the past sixteen years and is currently the ELA coordinating teacher at All Saints High School in Calgary. Her work extends outside the classroom in her executive member role with the English Language Arts Council where she facilitates... Read More →


Thursday February 11, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
027 Writing (sec. focus)
 
Friday, February 12
 

9:00am MST

"What online tools do you use in your classroom? Online tools for an elementary classroom How to make your online class engaging"

This collaboration session is intended to help you learn and reflect on how you engage your students and what online tools you use in your classroom. Join other educators in a discussion to learn what they use and how they engage their students. Please come prepared to share an idea or two when participating in breakout rooms and enjoy listening to others, while getting your creative juices flowing! 


Discussion Questions:

  • What tools do you currently use in your class that your students enjoy?

  • What ways do you engage them and how interactive are your activities?

  • What is one thing you would love to change to make it more interactive?

  • What online tools do you use that you and your students enjoy?

  • How do you use these tools?


Speakers
AH

Amber Hayward

Teacher, Northern Public Schools
Amber has been teaching with Northern Lights Public Schools for 12 years. She is currently teaching grade one in their Learning Together Anywhere online program. While most of her experience has been in division one, she has had experience teaching K-9. Amber has developed a passion... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
004 Collaboration (elem. focus)

9:00am MST

Calling All Book Lovers!
“That moment when you spot someone reading your favourite book and think, “we could so be friends.” ~Aestas Book Blog

We are two teachers who absolutely love to read! Not only do we enjoy reading, but we look forward to having a rich conversation about the books we read. If you are also an avid reader, aspire to read more, or are looking for some great suggestions for books you might enjoy, join us as we share a few of our favourite books!

We invite you to also join in on the conversation with a short book chat of your favourite book(s). We are really hoping for some audience participation in this session! If you are interested in sharing a book with the group, email Colleen (colleen.yoshida@gmail.com) or Suzanne (sueaessie@gmail.com) - we will give you access to your own special slide, which you can present to the group if you wish to. By the end of the session we will all walk away with a great list of books to read or reread.

Are you interested in participating in an online teacher book club? We would like to start one and we look forward to sharing the details during our session!

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Aessie

Suzanne Aessie

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Suzanne Aessie is a division learning consultant for Northern Lights Public Schools. During her years as an educator, Suzanne taught in grades 1-8 and has served as a school literacy leader. Suzanne is in her element working alongside educators in inclusive classrooms, building relationships... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Yoshida

Colleen Yoshida

Educational Technology Coach, Lakeland Catholic School District
Colleen Yoshida - Wife and Mom to 2 amazing boys, Ed Tech Integrator and Technology Instructional Coach.This year, I'm trying out a new challenge in online learning. Boy am I learning!Always a student and a lover of learning, life, challenge and change.


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
011 Literacy (Sec. focus)

9:00am MST

Concept-based and Colonies
The Alberta Colony Educator's Specialist Council presents a session for Hutterite Colony Educators with a focus on effective concept-based teaching on colonies. This session will also delve into the challenges of teaching in multi-grade environments, effective teaching strategies, and a sharing session to finish off. We hope you join us to learn and collaborate.

Speakers
RW

Rebecca Webster

Rebecca Webster has taught every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12 over her fourteen year career, the last eleven of which she has been with Prairie Land School Division in rural Alberta educating on Hutterite colonies. This is her fifth year as principal of all nine Hutterite colony... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
016 Safe&Caring

9:00am MST

CTS Wildife
During this open conversation we will be sharing ideas that are succesful for both Junior High and High School Wildlife. We will also talk about the challenges associated with running a Wildlife program.

Speakers
avatar for Hal Ziprick

Hal Ziprick

Teacher, H.A.Kostash
I Have been teaching for 19 years at H.A.Kostash, Smoky Lake. Run a succesful Wildlife program that includes a remote fly in fishing trip with grade 11 students. I was selected as one of 10 schools to pilot the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) 10+ years ago. Our school... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
005 Collaboration (sec. focus)

9:00am MST

La résolution de problèmes, est-ce un problème? 1ère à 3e année
La résolution de problèmes est une habileté importante en mathématiques.  Si cet aspect des maths vous cause des soucis, cet atelier saura vous guider en répondant aux questions suivantes:  Qu’est-ce que la résolution de problèmes?  Quels sont les différents modèles de résolution de problèmes?  Quelles sont les approches possibles pour amener les élèves à avoir du succès en résolution de problèmes? Comment aider les élèves qui ont des difficultés avec la langue d’enseignement?  Quelles sont les façons de différencier la résolution de problèmes?

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 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
019 Second Language

9:00am MST

Leveraging Emotional Energy to Educate Well
Join us for a session that will take you on a journey exploring the realities of what we have been all living and feeling. Learn how to navigate turbulent times and emerge stronger, both professionally and personally by rethinking our concept of 'emotions'. Through crisis and the daily grind, discover your strengths and resources, feeling hopeful and inspired. By embracing your emotions, you will being able to leverage self-awareness and self-compassion by giving yourself the "Permission to be Human", harnessing your energy to emerge stronger and better equipped.

  • Walk away with a better understanding of your emotions.
  • Feel inspired by new insights on how to leverage your emotions to feel more energized
  • Be empowered with self-care strategies to enable you to thrive, not just survive.
Take-away these insights & techniques to share with your families, colleagues & students as Positive Education Champions, promoting well-being in your school systems & classrooms!
NOTE:
We will be moving directly into a Q&A Discussion after the presentation. Followed by the Leveraging Stress for Compassion Competence. Join us for BOTH sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Sajel Bellon

Sajel Bellon

CEO, Mind Armour
Sajel Bellon Ed.D, RP, CTSS is a Behavioural Science Professor, Psychotherapist, the Founder of Mind Armourä & SOS Psychotherapy. She is driven to “un-stigmatize” the suicidal mind, while building beyond resiliency to post-traumatic growth. Her focus is bringing forward integrated... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
007 Feature

9:00am MST

Report Card Writing Dos and Don'ts - using positive reinforcement for successful learners
The difference between positive reinforcement and berating the work of a student is the difference between success and failure. Choosing words carefully to describe their effort (positive or not so much) is more important than their results in tests, quizzes and exams. Using examples from her extensive teaching career, Maria will demonstrate how to support and encourage learners who struggle so they too, are successful and fulfil their learning expectations.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Millar

Maria Millar

MD Millar Publishing
An experienced teacher and trainer, Maria has been running MD Millar Publishing, her own Calgary publishing and editing company, since 2013. Maria has worked in the settlement and immigration sector for 16 years in various capacities and for the past 11 years, she has provided PD... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
002 Assessment

9:00am MST

ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ tapwewin: Dismantling Anti-Indigenous Racism
This introductory workshop will encourage educators to critically reflect on concepts such as white privilege, systemic racism and assimilation. Historical and contemporary examples of anti-Indigenous racism will be explored, and participants will be challenged to consider their own role in dismantling anti-Indigenous racism. Educators will leave with a foundational understanding of anti-racism with a focus on Indigenous Peoples, and will also be equipped with suggested resources for further learning. Note that portions of this workshop may be difficult for some participants, particularly for Indigenous Peoples and/or those who have experienced racism.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
ATA

9:00am MST

Covid Safe Drama Games
Zany drama games you can play online and at a distance! This hands-on, interactive session will feature tons of games that invite connection, physicalization and playfulness into your classroom in the time of social distancing. Together we will explore ways to cultivate play while maintaining distance and examine how the constraints of a virtual & distanced environment can become part of the game.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Russell

Jacqueline Russell

Director, Performer, Arts Educator, Covid Safe Drama Games
Jacqueline Russell (she/her) is a director, performer, creator and clown who lives in Moh’kins’tsis/Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. She was the Artistic Producer of Urban Curvz Theatre from 2011-2015, the 2013-14 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre and the Artistic Producer... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
001 Arts

9:00am MST

Fuel Your Work Day!
Join Registered Dietitians from Alberta Health Services to learn how to master healthy eating using the 4 P's – Plan, Purchase, Prepare and Pack for weekday success. From starting your day the healthy way with breakfast to stocking your desk with good fuel in a pinch, this session will have sailing through week.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Boyson

Pamela Boyson

Pamela and Karen are Public Health Dietitians who bring over 20 years in working with school communities to support teacher wellness, healthy food environments and curriculum based resources for the classroom.
avatar for Karen Olafson

Karen Olafson

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Karen is Public Health Dietitian with Alberta Health Services. Her work focuses on the promotion of healthy eating environments were Albertans live, work, learn and play.
avatar for Carly Armstrong

Carly Armstrong

Alberta Health Services
Carly is a Dietetic Intern working in the Central Zone. She is passionate about food and nutrition and wants to help make healthy eating practical and enjoyable for all!



Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
025 Wellness 2

9:00am MST

Happiness Practices for the Classroom and Beyond
Recent advances in positive psychology research have opened the door to a much greater scientific understanding about what makes us happy and what positively impacts our well-being. In this session, we'll touch on just enough of the science to explain the "how" and "why" surrounding certain pillars of wellbeing. We'll spend most of our time together learning and practicing some new skills that you can share with students but that we hope you'll adopt into your own wellness practice as well. Get ready to explore topics like gratitude, joy, and self-compassion through a mindful lens.

Speakers
avatar for Kerri Lorenson

Kerri Lorenson

Lead Educator, The Nest Project
Kerri and Jodi have been teaching practical, effective skills to promote positive mental health in school communities for the past 9 years. Recently, they've transitioned to educating outside of the school setting and are working with businesses, organizations, educators, and caregivers... Read More →
avatar for Jodi Simmonds

Jodi Simmonds

Lead Educator, The Nest Project
Kerri and Jodi have been teaching practical, effective skills to promote positive mental health in school communities for the past 9 years. Recently, they've transitioned to educating outside of the school setting and are working with businesses, organizations, educators, and caregivers... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
024 Wellness

9:00am MST

Loose Parts Play in Mathematics - Division One
Some ideas and examples of how to investigate mathematical strands through playful interactions with loose parts and provocation. There will be hands on examples as well as digital loose part examples that can be used in the classroom infusing technology or online teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Peoples - Sprecker

Adrienne Peoples - Sprecker

Teacher, Northern Lights Public Schools
Adrienne Sprecker lives in Lac La Biche, AB. She has worked with Northern Lights Public Schools for the past 24 years. She is passionate about Early Childhood Development and also spends evenings teaching in the Educational Assistant & Early Learning and Childcare Program for Portage... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
012 Numeracy (elem. focus)

9:00am MST

Neuromuscular training for PE and sport: Evidence-based programs to support continued activity participation
Join us for this active session as we learn how we can modify evidence-based neuromuscular training programs into warm-ups, workouts, or physically-distanced PE activities. Traditionally used as training sessions and warm-ups in sport, we can adapt these programs to fit the school PE and sport context to help our students develop movement skills, improve fitness, and prevent injuries. Participants will leave a plan of how they can incorporate this content into their PE class on Monday morning or at their next coaching session, and will receive resources to help support delivery.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Vandenberg

Carla Vandenberg

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


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
014 PE

9:00am MST

Sleight of Hand Sleight of Mind- the magic behind war propaganda
War Propagandists, like magicians, target our Cognitive Biases with Sensory and Psychological Misdirection. For example; by playing on our False Consensus Bias propagandists convince us, falsely, that our war leaders share our Idealistic and Humanitarian feelings. Other Biases examined are Framing, Attribution, Availability Cascade, and Illusory Superiority Biases. Dozens of examples of Misdirection are exposed to produce astonishing OMG! MOMENTS. The session offers four general rules for detecting War Propaganda.

Speakers
GH

Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
021 Social (sec. focus)

9:00am MST

Stress is a Habit - Let's Make it a Good One
Habits rule our lives. Good habits can build our resilience and self-care, while destructive habits can amp up our stress levels. In this session you'll learn how to create habits that stick, break habits that drain your energy and build lasting stress reduction strategies.

Speakers
VS

Victoria Smith

Stress Less Ladies
After contracting shingles twice before the age of thirty, Victoria knew she needed to recalibrate her relationship to stress. Following her own wellness journey and becoming certified as a health and a life coach, Victoria now helps women to reduce their stress, live more fully and... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
003 Career/ Retirement Planning

9:00am MST

Teaching and Learning with Minecraft: Education Edition
Learn how to use Minecraft Education Edition (MEE) to engage your students in a world they know and love. Minecraft gets students excited about curricular content and builds a community in your classroom. Find prebuilt worlds and lesson plans for Math, Chemistry, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies for all age groups. Bring students together in class or school wide build challenges. Assess student learning, accessibility tools built in so all students can participate and learn.

Speakers
avatar for Dexter Pizzey

Dexter Pizzey

Community Development Specialist, Microsoft
Dexter Pizzey is a certified Microsoft Innovative Master trainer and Minecraft Education Edition trainer. He has been working with Microsoft for over 7 years and has been in the role of Community Development Specialist for Edmonton for three. In his roles at Microsoft, he has trained... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
022 Technology for Learners

9:00am MST

The Lowdown on the Health Benefits of Canola and Pulses
Calling all elementary Social, Health, and Science Teachers! Do you have what it takes to explain the new Canadian Food Guide, sustainability, and environmental stewardship to your kiddos? When did you last consider including canola and pulses in your plans to explain Alberta's geography and varying vegetative regions? Do you struggle to convince kids pulses really are good for them and how to work them into their healthy diet?!? Come explore how both canola and pulses can spice your next class on plant growth, plus other various topics. Alberta Canola Producers and Alberta Pulse Growers present an interactive session about the significance of these commodities to agriculture and Alberta's curriculum. Bring your best game face and join us for fun during our session!

Links for you to access material ahead of time:


  • PPT: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4mzqcoop2okib1a/Locked%20Lowdown%20Health%20Benefits%20of%20Canola%20and%20Pulses%20Feb%208%2C%202021%20FINAL%20%283%29%20%283%29.pptx?dl=0 (Go to link and download to view)



Speakers
avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Health Benefits of Canola and Pulses
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years experience in health care, education and industry. Debra now brings her passion for food and nutrition to her role as Food & Nutrition Coordinator with Alberta Pulse Growers where she enthusiastically encourages everyone... Read More →
avatar for Tara Baycroft

Tara Baycroft

Agriculture and School Coordinator, Alberta Canola
Tara Baycroft is the Agriculture and Education Coordinator for Alberta Canola. She is newer to her role but not new to teaching. She has taught various CTS Foods classes and has a Science background and grew up in a rural setting. She has a major in Biological Studies and minor in... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
017 Science (elem. focus)

9:00am MST

Innovative Demos Lecture Series XVII - STREAMi(Ng) DIY Science Stuff!
Join Michael Ng as he shares more amazing science demonstrations of DIY activities for in classrooms and remote learning.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Innovative Science/Green Science, Paul Kane High School
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating his true passion... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
018 Science (sec. focus)

9:00am MST

Open Educational Resources: Finding, Modifying, and Creating Free Resources
Not just just free textbooks and worksheets, open educational resources are materials that you can reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, and retain for the future. In this session we will look at possibilities, platforms, and ideas for moving forward with using, modifying, creating, and sharing resources without fears of copyright infringement or licensing fees. We'll also talk about provincial, national, and international projects around open educational resources.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching Grade 5.


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
023 Technology for Teaching

9:00am MST

Programming Languages in Robotics
Robotics and simple Robot platforms have made their way into many of our classrooms.  Controlling these new additions to our spaces can be intimidating and confusing when faced with the seemingly endless list of Programming Language options. This session will focus on several of the available languages and their associated software tools. Such Robotic Programming Languages as Python, Scratch, Labview, Java, C, C++ and Blockly will be discussed, as well as their associated Robot platforms. This session will target teachers new to programming but teachers currently engaged in Robot programming can still benefit from the discussion and shared resources.

Speakers
avatar for Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac

Electronics and Circuit Fabrication, Father Patrick Mercredi High School
Tom MacIsaac is a Robotics and Pre-Engineering teacher at Father Mercredi Science and Technology Center in Fort Mcmurray Alberta. He has a Bachelor Degree in Military Science from Royal Military College, BEd and MEd from Acadia University. He has been teaching for 17 years after a... Read More →


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Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
006 CTF/ CTS

9:00am MST

Reading Research: Exploring the Role of Phonemic Awareness in Word Level Reading
"Students with good phonological awareness are in a great position to become good readers." -D. Kilpatrick (2016) In this session, educators will have an understanding of the foundation of learning to read. Information from the National Reading Panel (2000) will be explored as well as Hollis Scarborough's Reading Rope (2001).Specifically, this session will provide information about phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonemic proficiency and their roles in word-level reading.Tools to evaluate these critical skills will be presented, including models of data collection and how to use the data to guide teaching practice. Ideas for universal classroom supports will be presented. Educators will leave this session with: a) an understanding of the role of phonemic proficiency as it relates to word level reading b) a tool to evaluate phonemic awareness c) evidence-based, research informed resource options ready for classroom implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Kohel

Lisa Kohel

Owner & SLP, Totally Talking Speech Language & Literacy Services
Lisa is trained as an Elementary Educator (Language Arts) and as a Speech Language Pathologist. She has an interest in supporting the achievement of spoken and written language proficiency for all students. She has experience collaborating with teachers and school-level administration... Read More →
avatar for Lyndsay Bourdeau

Lyndsay Bourdeau

Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech, Language & Literacy Centre
Lyndsay Bourdeau is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) based in the Edmonton area. Lyndsay has practiced as an SLP for 13 years in education, health and community settings. Lyndsay has a specific interest in the relationship between speech and language development and... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
010 Literacy (Elem. focus)

9:00am MST

Teaching for Play when Kids Are Learning At Home
As an educational psychologist devoted to fostering biologically respectful development for children, I am concerned that we might stop playing during COVID. I would like to encourage and more importantly show you how you can teach and invite kids and parents to play if they are stuck at home. Let's try some ideas together. This will be practical. You will have some things you can try online on Monday.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Managing Perfectionism/Test Anxiety/Online Play
Vince Mireau is a clinical/educational psychologist working in the greater Whitecourt, Alberta region. His expertise is in creatively meeting the complex needs of children using play and biologically respectful approaches. He started his teaching career with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
008 Health

9:00am MST

Using Google Drawings for Math Diagrams (Bring your Own Device)
This session will walk you through the major ins and outs of how I use Google Drawings for a multitude of different settings. By the end of this session you will have the skills and understanding of how to better make use of the Drawings feature embedded into your Google Apps. As I will be spending some time going through the basics of Google Drawings first, this session is applicable to most subjects. Google Drawing cannot be effectively used on most tablets (at this time) unless you can run it in browser. A laptop or desktop that can run chrome is a must. Please check your device that it can run Google Drawings from within Google Drive.

VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/504486265

Google Drive for Files: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rCs0DNqBzgfbn_SpVzlGP9uDaG108gw2?usp=sharing
  • Please make a copy of the files to your drive if you wish to have any
EDIT: I made a mistake at the 17:13 mark saying that the windows shortcut key for snapping is (HOLD CTRL) that is not the case. It is (HOLT ALT). Sorry for any misunderstanding.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Pruden

Michael Pruden

Teacher, Northern Lights Public Schools
My name is Michael Pruden and I have lived and taught in Lac La Biche, AB since 2014. I have a strong drive to use technology in ways that better my pedagogy without intruding on my time. Feel free to ask me anything, if I don't have the answer I know how to find it and get back to... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
013 Numeracy (sec. focus)

9:00am MST

Vivid Creative Writing: A Roadmap to Crafting Original Stories
Do your students struggle to put words on the page? In this session, I'll share my step-by-step approach to get any student on the track to vivid, original creative writing. I'm a Canadian author based near Edmonton, with books in Chapters Indigo from coast to coast. I've boiled-down my writing process into a series of checklists (available for PDF download) with a special focus on characterization, dialogue, and scene description.

Speakers
RQ

Riley Quinn

Author, West Bay Publishing
Riley Quinn is a Canadian author and musician. His Lost Boys Trilogy has seen nationwide success with Chapters Indigo. Riley grew up in Western Canada, dividing his time between the Prairies, the Rocky Mountains, and the shores of the North West Coast. When he's not writing, Riley... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
027 Writing (sec. focus)

9:00am MST

When Bad Things Happen - What Teachers Can Do To Help Students
About one third of students in our schools have endured adverse experiences. As teachers, we need to meet the social and emotional needs of those students while continuing to deliver content that meets the outcomes set by Alberta Education. This session will cover basic neurobiology to help teachers understand why students behave as they do. We will go over strategies that can be adapted for various grade levels that will support cognitive learning while regulating students' stress responses.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Sabourin

Karen Sabourin

When Bad Things Happen: How to Help Students, Edmonton Public Schools Teacher
Karen Sabourin has been a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools since September 2010. In 2013 she moved to London, England and attained a Master of Arts in Special and Inclusive Education from the University of London. In 2018, she became a certified trainer in the Neurosequential... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
009 Leadership

9:00am MST

First Nation Cultural Arts Experience
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

This session will be full experience of body, mind and spirit when it comes to First Nation cultural arts. We will be having important conversations that will be valuable in eliminating cultural appropriation as well as tokenizing First Nation arts. Participants will understand the significance of cultural art, the relationship to the land and the significant influence arts can have on identity. There is a respectful sequence to deliver such representing information. Participants will be able to see demonstrations of unique techniques and try a few of them. I have created classroom versions of multiple art forms for experience which you will be able to try as well. Each participant will be taking home lists of supplies for a few of the art techniques that we will be experiencing. I will be providing options for, beading, birchbark biting and baskets, quillwork, fish scale art and leather works. If experiencing First Nations art for the first time, these are activities for all ages.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Rae Yuzicapi

Holly Rae Yuzicapi

Holly Rae Yuzicapi is a proud Dakota/Lakota woman from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. Growing up in a Dakota family, Holly has learned a lot about traditional arts, foods and dance. She is a Cultural Arts instructor that has travelled across Canada delivering... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 9:00am - 11:20am MST
020 Social (elem. focus)

10:20am MST

A Call to Action for Advancing Indigenous Women in Education: Restoring Balance through Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
“For our young women, for our grandmothers, for our women who travel with us, we are sacred because we exist. We are sacred because we have survived.” Throughout this session you will examine historical and contemporary issues, challenges and inequities for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples including action to support reclaiming power and place. You will deepen your understanding of why it’s crucial to support Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples and how you can contribute to restoring balance within education systems.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
ATA

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Joanna Szymczyk

Joanna Szymczyk

ASEBP
The Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) is more than health insurance—we’re health champions. We provide sustainable, holistic health benefits, programs and services and are there to support you and your employer throughout your personal and workplace wellness journeys. We... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
015 Religion

10:20am MST

La résolution de problèmes, est-ce un problème? 4e à 6e année
La résolution de problèmes est une habileté importante en mathématiques.  Si cet aspect des maths vous cause des soucis, cet atelier saura vous guider en répondant aux questions suivantes:  Qu’est-ce que la résolution de problèmes?  Quels sont les différents modèles de résolution de problèmes?  Quelles sont les approches possibles pour amener les élèves à avoir du succès en résolution de problèmes? Comment aider les élèves qui ont des difficultés avec la langue d’enseignement?  Quelles sont les façons de différencier la résolution de problèmes?

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 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
019 Second Language

10:20am MST

Leveraging Stress for Compassion Competence

You already have everything you need to navigate life's challenges and overcome obstacles. You've proven that! "Life isn’t always easy, but it does make us STRONGER". You will continue to have to endure immense pressure and stress, esp[ecially during these times. So, it is vital that you learn how to enhance your performance and boost your well-being and resilience, by leveraging that stress. Compassion plays a key role in both our own well-being and those you work with, your colleagues and students.  In this session, you will explore the science of positive psychology in a highly interactive and practical way. These interventions will leave you walking away feeling energized and well-equipped with new insights and strength-based tools that support stress-management, build resiliency and compassion. 

Participants will learn how to:

  • Re-frame Adversity & Re-define Stress
  • Re-cover & Re-charge their batteries
  • Re-align & Re-connect with Relationships

Take-away these insights & techniques to share with your families, colleagues & students as Positive Education Champions, promoting well-being in your school systems & classrooms!
NOTE:
We will be moving directly into a Q&A Discussion after the presentation. Leveraging Emotional Energy to Educate Well is being delivered right before this session. Join us for BOTH sessions to get the FULL experience.


Speakers
avatar for Sajel Bellon

Sajel Bellon

CEO, Mind Armour
Sajel Bellon Ed.D, RP, CTSS is a Behavioural Science Professor, Psychotherapist, the Founder of Mind Armourä & SOS Psychotherapy. She is driven to “un-stigmatize” the suicidal mind, while building beyond resiliency to post-traumatic growth. Her focus is bringing forward integrated... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
007 Feature

10:20am MST

Student Services Team Collaboration - How to support our students at these times
This session will be guided by the group.  We will start gathering questions and create breakout rooms as needed to discuss the hot topics you are currently experiencing.

Speakers
RL

Rose Lapointe

Teacher, Cold Lake High School
I am the Student Services Coordinator for Cold Lake High School. Before this, I have been the academic and career counsellor and taught Math and Science for 17 years.


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
005 Collaboration (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

The Power of a Graphic Novel
Graphic novels are a popular genre for students and have transformed many reluctant readers into voracious readers! Have you ever taught students how to read a graphic novel? There are many important elements of a graphic novel that could enhance the reading experience for students. In addition, graphic novels can be used to discuss comprehension strategies such as prediction, inference skills in the text and illustrations, and synthesising skills. During this session we will discuss a few powerful universal lessons that will leave your students begging for more graphic novels in the classroom! Grades 2-8

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Aessie

Suzanne Aessie

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Suzanne Aessie is a division learning consultant for Northern Lights Public Schools. During her years as an educator, Suzanne taught in grades 1-8 and has served as a school literacy leader. Suzanne is in her element working alongside educators in inclusive classrooms, building relationships... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
011 Literacy (Sec. focus)

10:20am MST

The use of art to teach problem solving skills
Speakers
avatar for Carole Poche

Carole Poche

teacher, BRSD
Problem-solving with art.  How can and is art utilized to improve problem-solving skills?I will present information on the use of art to build problem-solving, art in international curricula and a few short videos.I have set up a Google Classroom with information and videos with... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
004 Collaboration (elem. focus)

10:20am MST

5 Strategies to Immediately Stress Less
In this workshop we discuss how you can't get anything done until you peel back that top layer of stress. We talk through 5 tangible strategies that you can apply immediately in the class or at home to reduce stress, increase performance and and manage whatever your day throws at you. Attendees will go away with a downloadable resources to begin stressing less right away.

Speakers
VS

Victoria Smith

Stress Less Ladies
After contracting shingles twice before the age of thirty, Victoria knew she needed to recalibrate her relationship to stress. Following her own wellness journey and becoming certified as a health and a life coach, Victoria now helps women to reduce their stress, live more fully and... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
003 Career/ Retirement Planning

10:20am MST

A Picture (Book) is worth a Thousand Lessons
After teaching Kindergarten for 20 years, Sandra moved to teaching upper elementary. Not wanting to abandon the collection of picture books she acquired over the years, she has found ways to incorporate picture books into reading and writing lessons for upper elementary students. Sandra will share one of her favorite picture books with you, and give you her three week writing lesson based on that book. Bring along your favorite picture book, and we will then use your picture book as a mentor text to enable you to create a writing lesson for your class. .The teacher will learn to push pupils to the edge of learning through asking targeted questions. You will leave this session with reading and writing lessons ready to inspire.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Norman

Sandra Norman

Sandra Norman - sharing knowledge and fostering an understanding of how evidence based instruction informs classroom practice. As the parent of a child with dyslexia, Sandra has passionately embraced researching reading and writing instruction and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
026 Writing (elem. Focus)

10:20am MST

Forest Findings: Grow forest education in your classroom
Join Inside Education in this exciting workshop that will teach you how to engage students in meaningful environmental education, in and out of the classroom. Learn how to use Alberta's forests as a jumping off point for student inquiry, citizen science, environmental action projects, place-based learning and cross-curricular exploration. Inside Education will guide you through ways that you can bring the forest into the classroom, as well as our own best practices for connecting outdoor experiences to the program of studies. We will demonstrate activities, tools and lessons that feature tree measurements, habitat assessments, forestry practices, land use and more!

Speakers
NG

Natalie Graveline

Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We have been supporting teachers and inspiring students to think critically about natural resource topics since 1985! With our full suite of no-cost teaching resources, youth summits... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
017 Science (elem. focus)

10:20am MST

Realist Theory and the New Cold War
Does it occasionally occur to you that International Relations are not guided by ethical norms but rather by self interested calculations? If so, take solace, you are not alone. This session uses the Socratic method (it will not go on your permanent record) to teach the concepts in International Relations using as examples the years leading up to or during the Second World War: Realism vs Idealism, Anarchy vs. International Law, Hegemony, Balancing (internal, external and soft), Containment, Collective Security, Passing the Buck, Bleeding, Relative Advantage / Zero Sum, Divide and Rule, Dependency, Appeasement, Spheres of Influence, Credibility and Autarky, Latent Power, etc. The exercise illuminates how all nations, in this case the Allies, Axis and Neutrals use these strategies. Participation is encouraged it is hoped everyone will leave still debating, wishing if only they had said such and such and Googling for days.

Speakers
GH

Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
021 Social (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Legacy Schools program - including Canada's true history with residential schools in classrooms, moving reconciliation forward
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Legacy Schools program is an opportunity for classrooms/schools to lead the movement in awareness of the history and impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous Peoples. Educators will use a Legacy Schools Toolkit and educational support resources to engage students, staff and the school community, and as the catalyst for their commitment to the work of reconciliation. www.LegacySchools.ca

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Prinn

Lisa Prinn

Manager, Education & Activation, Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
Lisa Prinn was a teacher for over 14 years before leaving to Manage the Legacy Schools program. She has established herself as an innovative leader in education through enquiry, creativity and equity. Lisa provides leadership and vision in the planning, development and implementation... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
016 Safe&Caring

10:20am MST

Book Talks for Middle/High School ELA 6 to 12
Bailey and Kelsey are executive members of the English Language Arts Council, and they love good books!

This session will introduce you to a variety of tips and tricks to help your students develop a love of reading. Prepare yourself for a variety of book talks, classroom strategies, and more! Attendees will leave with new ideas they can implement in their classroom next week.

Find our Resources at https://bit.ly/BTCBooks


Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Beginning Teacher Liaison, English Language Arts Council
Bailey teaches English to grades 7-12 in Altario. She is passionate about creativity, technology, and excellent books.



Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
010 Literacy (Elem. focus)

10:20am MST

Innovative Demos Lecture Series XVIII - Maki(Ng) Science Wizardry Magic!
How do magicians do it? Science and Magic are very similar on stage. Join Michael Ng as he shares how to wow, mystify, and bring some magic into your science classes. Illusions, misconceptions, and a bit of trickery to start your lectures and to get your children engaged in classrooms and remote learning.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Innovative Science/Green Science, Paul Kane High School
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating his true passion... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
018 Science (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

Managing Perfectionism with Fun
Perfectionism is not the monster we think it is, but it certainly needs some training and management to be useful in life. This session is for practically helping the young learners who melt down when their grand dreams of perfection are dashed by the cold harsh truth of reality. (ie. 7 year old smashes Mother's Day craft because it was only 87% how they imagined it)

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Managing Perfectionism/Test Anxiety/Online Play
Vince Mireau is a clinical/educational psychologist working in the greater Whitecourt, Alberta region. His expertise is in creatively meeting the complex needs of children using play and biologically respectful approaches. He started his teaching career with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
008 Health

10:20am MST

One Recipe - Multiple outcomes. Foundational recipes that can be used to cover multiple outcomes across the  course levels in  High School Foods and Nutrition
We will be looking at a variety of recipes that can cover multiple outcomes across Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced foods with slight alterations. With our current COVID 19 protocols, we have to prepare our classroom to cover as many outcomes as possible at once to allow students the best opportunity to earn their credits, while keeping in mind the attendance challenges that accompany the 2020/21 school year. We will be reviewing several recipes that can be used and/or modified to cover multiple outcomes and skills within one lab, while maintaining current health and safety regulations and managing budgetary constraints.

Speakers
NM

Natasha Millan

Natasha Millan is a Foods and Nutrition teacher at Father Mercredi High School in Fort McMurray, Alberta. She has been teaching Foods and Nutrition since 2010 and teaches grades 7 through 12 to a wide variety of learners.  She holds her Bachelors of Education and a Graduate Diploma... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
006 CTF/ CTS

10:20am MST

Physical Activity for All Students for FREE! with Ever Active Schools and the Be Fit for Life Network
Join provincial leaders in supporting active, healthy school communities - the Be Fit for Life Network and Ever Active Schools - for a fast-paced session with a ton of physical activities you can use with your classes right away. This session will feature cross-curricular connections through activity and movement all supported by FREE resources.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
014 PE

10:20am MST

Students Communicating Math Learning in Multiple Ways
Beyond worksheets and tests, we can allow and encourage students to demonstrate and express learning in different ways. They can choose to create videos, audio, infographics, essays, stories, or virtual words, and even share their work with a larger audience than just their teacher. As teachers we can model these multiple methods, and share our learning as well.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching Grade 5.


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
012 Numeracy (elem. focus)

10:20am MST

Teacher Wellness in the Midst of Stress
Teachers are essential for student learning. When teachers are stressed or overwhelmed, our ability to teach and support student learning diminishes. In this session, we will go over strategies that will help teachers to prioritize themselves, not only to better support students but to live a balanced life that places self-care and mental well being at the forefront.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Sabourin

Karen Sabourin

When Bad Things Happen: How to Help Students, Edmonton Public Schools Teacher
Karen Sabourin has been a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools since September 2010. In 2013 she moved to London, England and attained a Master of Arts in Special and Inclusive Education from the University of London. In 2018, she became a certified trainer in the Neurosequential... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
024 Wellness

10:20am MST

The Things To Be Learned - Teaching Band On-line
In a time of so many questions, one answer remains...Music is Important! In this session, teachers will receive ideas, lessons and a guideline on how to teach band online in a meaningful and successful way.

Speakers
KL

Karly Lewis

Karly is an active educator in Southern Alberta. She has been an educator for 21 years. She has been involved in the planning and execution of three successful TedX events, served on the Artistic Development Committee for the Lethbridge Community Band Society, is a hornist and is... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
001 Arts

10:20am MST

What Could Go Wrong? The Simple Question Your Students Can Build a Story Around
Note: For grades 2+
"I don't know what to write." Have you ever heard that in your classroom? When it comes to writing, so many students (and adults!) get stuck right at the beginning. This session will show you how to use the simple four-word question that defeats writers' block every time. You'll leave with an outline of a simple approach that will not only get your students unstuck when it comes to writing, but teach them plot structure at the same time. The benefits will extend beyond writing to reading comprehension, making this an excellent all-around literacy booster for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Robin E Pawlak

Robin E Pawlak

Children's Author, Student Writing
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. Upon his retirement in 2016, his primary focus became writing. His first novel, Space Cadets, was published in January of 2018. He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer, but also loves to sneak out of his office... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 11:20am MST
027 Writing (sec. focus)

10:20am MST

Class Website Building
Make a fully functional Classroom Website Using Weebly.com
Creating websites for my core and complementary courses has helped increase academic achievement of my students, increase my productivity and decrease my overall workload. This session is an EXTENDED WORKING SESSION for those who are interested in building their own website on weebly.com. To be prepared for this session, it is reccomended that those who attend have a plan in place outlining: 1. The course they'd like to make their webpage for. 2. Assignments/projects files ready to be added to the website (It is reccomended having them Uploaded to Goole Drive in Advance. I will be providing an intro video and video tutorials on different steps. We will spend the period working and I will be assisting individuals with their work.

Speakers
avatar for Matt White

Matt White

SS and Drama Teacher, Northern Lights Public Schools
Matt white is a high school Social Studies & Drama teacher at Ecole Plamondon School. Prior to joining NLPS 3 years ago, he spent 7 years with EIPS where he taught junior high social studies, drama and served as EIPS Junior High Athletics Coordinator and coached football, rugby and... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 12:30pm MST
023 Technology for Teaching

10:20am MST

Pelvic Health: What you Need to Know about your Pelvic Floor!
While a problem for many, educators are notorious for having pelvic floor issues as they tend to disregard their body's signals while taking care of the needs of their student.  Addressing their own bodies needs is often squeezed into brief moments of opportunity, convenient to the days schedule (by the bell), or only when the body demands attention. Awareness of the important role the pelvic floor plays in overall wellness is poorly understood by the public. Use of Poise and Depends are often considered a normal consequence of having kids. Many women, (and men too), suffer needlessly from pelvic floor dysfunction as few have ever been offered an alternative to simply dealing with it or surgery. Over the last several years, physical therapists have been at the forefront in the research and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction with great success, revealing that 80% of those who present with dysfunction can be treated via conservative means. Understanding the roles and functional importance of the pelvic floor is integral to wellness. This is information that everyone should know as while many pelvic floor issues are COMMON, they are NOT NORMAL!!  You will be surprised, you will laugh and you will leave wishing you had known this stuff years ago!

Speakers
avatar for Angela Plaquin

Angela Plaquin

Physical Therapist / Yoga Teacher, Elevation Health
Always connected to athletics in her youth, with an inclination toward a helping profession, Angela became a physical therapist in 2000. Shortly thereafter, she stepped into the shallow end of the yoga pool and has been teaching since 2003.  Over the years, the blend of the two have... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
025 Wellness 2

10:20am MST

Communication strategies - Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in our everyday lives
From the dawn of human evolution, communication has been the essential skill that helped the human race evolve. Unfortunately, throughout our history, instead of open and honest communication, humanity's focus has been on the struggle for power and control that has led to communication breakdown, that ultimately has led to global conflict, racism, xenophobia and bigotry. In this session, you will explore how proper communication strategies will help you defuse tense situations in the workplace and in the classroom. Using examples from her professional and personal life, Maria will provide you with tools that will transform the theoretical and scientific nature of emotional intelligence (EQ) into practical tools to be used personally and professionally.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Millar

Maria Millar

MD Millar Publishing
An experienced teacher and trainer, Maria has been running MD Millar Publishing, her own Calgary publishing and editing company, since 2013. Maria has worked in the settlement and immigration sector for 16 years in various capacities and for the past 11 years, she has provided PD... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
009 Leadership

11:40am MST

Div 3 & 4 FIM
Êtes-vous un enseignant d'immersion DIV 3 ou 4? Venez vous connecter en temps réel avec d'autres enseignants FIM pour discuter de stratégies, jouer avec des ressources technologiques gratuites et collaborer!

Are you a DIV 3 or 4 French Immersion teacher? Come to connect in real-time with other FIM teachers to talk about strategies, play with free tech resources and collaborate!

Click here for a breakdown of the session.

Speakers

Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
005 Collaboration (sec. focus)

11:40am MST

Occupational Health & Safety - Back to a Safe and Healthy Future
This session provides an overview of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in Alberta and reviews the responsibilities work site parties, including teachers and school leaders, have under that legislation. The workshop will review the important rights of teachers and school leaders, including the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse unsafe work and will review the steps that should be followed when there are concerns that working conditions are unsafe.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Matson

Dave Matson

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
A rolling stone at heart, Dave’s teaching career includes experience teaching high school and International Baccalaureate Physics and Math in a variety of communities including a northern community in Saskatchewan, a rural fishing village in Nova Scotia, a metropolitan city in the... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
ATA 2

11:40am MST

One Teacher Away | How my teacher changed my life
Thanks to an educator - Micheal Loudfoot - Sam was taught a lesson that transformed his life. Every educator has the opportunity to do the same within their own classrooms. In this program, Sam shares what Mike did that made him personally invest in his lessons and leadership. You will leave this program remembering exactly why you started teaching years ago.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Demma

Sam Demma

Sam Demma Enterprises
Sam Demma, entrepreneur, youth coach, and keynote speaker doesn’t let his age define his drive or credibility. His goal is to provide people of all ages with the tools and strategies they need to become the change-makers in their schools, businesses, communities, and in the lives... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
016 Safe&Caring

11:40am MST

Staff (and Student) Wellness
Join us as we discuss staff and student wellness in our schools!

We will be using the following questions to guide our conversations:
1) What are some ways you make wellness a priority in your classroom or in your school?
2) How are you acknowledging others you work with?
3) How are you re-connecting with yourself?
4) What are some ways you bring joy to work with you each day?

Feel free to bring your own wellness questions, also! 

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Kroetch

Amanda Kroetch

Teacher, BRSD


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
004 Collaboration (elem. focus)

11:40am MST

S’engager à les engager - Maths 4e à 6e
L’engagement des élèves en maths dépend de plusieurs facteurs.  Et ces facteurs ont un impact variable sur les élèves.  Nous discuterons de ces facteurs afin de mieux contrôler leurs effets sur l’élève et la classe.  Nous visiterons également quelques approches et activités qui ont le potentiel de stimuler l’intérêt et l’engagement de vos élèves.  Des ressources seront mises à la disposition des participants.

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 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
019 Second Language

11:40am MST

Weaving Learning Strands for Inclusive Education
The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to “establish, promote and sustain inclusive learning environments where diversity is embraced and every student is welcomed, cared for, respected and safe”. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of inclusive education, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional inclusive education learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
ATA

11:40am MST

Agriculture Education for the Next Generation of Stewards
Join Inside Education as we explore how agriculture connects land, water, food, and people to form the basis for endless learning. We will demonstrate how incorporating agriculture into your lessons can liven up your classroom with real-world examples of science, technology, innovation and stewardship. Inside Education will guide you through several approaches and best practices to agriculture education with classroom activities, project ideas, and access to no-cost resources including learning gardens and project grants. We will share valuable information to give you the tools you need to engage your students in agriculture stewardship, citizen science, and civic action, empowering you to meaningfully incorporate agriculture into your curriculum across multiple grades and subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Pekkola

Laura Pekkola

Education Team Lead, Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We have been supporting teachers and inspiring students to think critically about natural resource topics since 1985! With our full suite of no-cost teaching resources, youth summits... Read More →
NG

Natalie Graveline

Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We have been supporting teachers and inspiring students to think critically about natural resource topics since 1985! With our full suite of no-cost teaching resources, youth summits... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
017 Science (elem. focus)

11:40am MST

Drama in the Classroom
This will be a fun, hands-on workshop so be prepared to play! Using theatre games, speech exercises, movement and text, this hands-on workshop will focus on implementing drama activities into your classroom to enhance Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and more.  This session will address the cognitive and social benefits in incorporating drama into your lessons and will spark lots of creative ideas for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Carroll

Tracy Carroll

Co-Artistic Director, Concrete Theatre
Tracy Carroll is the new Co-Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre, an award winning professional touring theatre company based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has worked as a director, dramaturg, teacher and producer for over 20 years including 6 years as the Artistic Associate- North for... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
001 Arts

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

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


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
012 Numeracy (elem. focus)

11:40am MST

Smudging Circle
Cultural protocol has been offered on behalf of Endless Skies Teachers’ Convention Association to acknowledge and respect the teachings that are being sharing with us.

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

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

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


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
024 Wellness

11:40am MST

Teaching the Dangers of Intolerance During Troubling Times
A guided workshop through our FREE humanities resource, Voices Into Action.

Voices Into Action is an online bilingual resource chock-full of curriculum-based lesson plans already done for teachers in grades 9-12, outlining various human rights issues throughout Canadian history. 

These lesson plans fall easily into Social Studies and Langauge Arts curriculums as well as Health, Religion and Psychology, are completely adaptable, include videos for the classroom as well as grading rubrics and critical learning strategies.

By teaching our past in ways that can't help but ignite our students, we help them to use their voices and find a better path for tomorrow, all while meeting your existing objectives and goals.

Subjects included in our resource:  Human Rights, The Indigenous Experience, The Roots of Slavery, Gender Issues, Genocide (including the Holocaust,,Residentail Schools, Rwandan Genocide, the Bosnian War, the Armenian Genocide, and the Holodomor), Islamophobia, Japanese Internment Camps, Chinese Head Tax, Antisemitism, Exploring Canadian Values, Immigration, Cyberbullying and more.
 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Raber

Lisa Raber

Lisa was adopted and raised in a Jewish family in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Unbeknownst to her parents, she had been placed in the adoption system illegally during the period we now know as "the sixties scoop".  Having a foot in two different oppressed communities is what gives Lisa... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
021 Social (sec. focus)

11:40am MST

The 5 Steps to Building Resilience
Stress is unavoidable right now, particularly as we navigate COVID-19, so instead let's focus on how to build resilience so that you bounce back faster from challenging times. Learn the right systems that you need in place in order to achieve your goals, despite COVID-19 and the barriers that may pop up, as well as the mindset shifts to help you overcome self-sabotage and challenging times. Leave with tangible tools to immediately apply at work, in the classroom and at home.

Speakers
VS

Victoria Smith

Stress Less Ladies
After contracting shingles twice before the age of thirty, Victoria knew she needed to recalibrate her relationship to stress. Following her own wellness journey and becoming certified as a health and a life coach, Victoria now helps women to reduce their stress, live more fully and... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
003 Career/ Retirement Planning

11:40am MST

Farm to Table: Exploring Alberta's Canola and Pulses (Salad Jar Bar and Pina Colada)
Session Description: 

Did you know that canola is Canada’s oil and is a Canadian innovation? That Canada is the number one exporter of pulses like peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas in the world? Join Tara with Alberta Canola Producers and Debra with Alberta Pulse Growers in this interactive session to learn more about the significance of these commodities to agriculture in Alberta. We will also explore some of the common myths about canola and pulses and see how to add these great Alberta commodities to your curriculum. Get your taste buds ready to try some samples showcasing Alberta canola and pulses!
Who Is This Session For? 

This course is intended to assist CTS/CTF and junior high science teachers and has a focus in the following areas: FOD1070: Farm to Table, FOD1080: Food and Nutrition, FOD1040: Meal Planning, FOD1010: Meal Planning, Science 7B: Plants for Food and Fiber, Science 8B: Cells and Systems, FOD 2180: Vegetables and Fruits. CALM, upper elementary and junior high Health teachers may also find great value in this session.

Materials Accessible Ahead of Time:




Speakers
avatar for Tara Baycroft

Tara Baycroft

Agriculture and School Coordinator, Alberta Canola
Tara Baycroft is the Agriculture and Education Coordinator for Alberta Canola. She is newer to her role but not new to teaching. She has taught various CTS Foods classes and has a Science background and grew up in a rural setting. She has a major in Biological Studies and minor in... Read More →
avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Health Benefits of Canola and Pulses
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years experience in health care, education and industry. Debra now brings her passion for food and nutrition to her role as Food & Nutrition Coordinator with Alberta Pulse Growers where she enthusiastically encourages everyone... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
006 CTF/ CTS

11:40am MST

Graphic Novels in High School ELA 9 to 12
Looking to build student choice with books that engage students? Consider adding graphic novels to your classroom! Get recommendations for great new titles and strategies to teach them.

Speakers


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
011 Literacy (Sec. focus)

11:40am MST

HIGH FIVE in Schools
HIGH FIVE® is Canada's only quality assurance training for those who work with children aged 4-12 years old in sport and recreation programs. HIGH FIVE® training is a great way to link your curriculum with tangible job skills that your students can use in volunteer, part-time, summer, or future career employment opportunities. Incorporating HIGH FIVE training into your health and physical education or social sciences curriculum gives your students the edge they need to meet their educational development goals.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Goeres

Jen Goeres

Founder, WordPLAY Consulting Inc.
Jen is the founder of WordPLAY Consulting and works directly within education, recreation and sport organizations to connect, inspire and inform through PLAY! Jen graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Adapted and Therapeutic Physical Activity) and... Read More →



Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
014 PE

11:40am MST

History Tellers / Conteurs D'Histoire - Canadian history in 90 seconds!
Canadian history made fun and easy! Challenge yourself by engaging in this pre-recorded ~ (60-75) min video. Follow in the footsteps of 1000's of transformed students and their teachers by participating in this dramatic, highly interactive and multi-sensory teaching method. It's a must-see supplemental resource for Grade 5 & 7 Canadian history Social Studies, ELL and challenged learners.. and it's available in French!

Speakers
avatar for Deb Kobza

Deb Kobza

History Tellers - Conteurs d'Histoire - Canadian History in 90 seconds!  - Made Fun and EasyWHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN THIS SESSION:1. Actively engage in this pre-recorded session, and you will learn 13 out of 48 Canadian History hand-actions!2. Experience how a successful multi-sensory... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
020 Social (elem. focus)

11:40am MST

Test Anxiety Protocol
If you students are panicky and dysfunctional when a test is placed on their desk, their brain is likely working properly for a cage wrestling match. Let's learn a 5-step process for reducing excessive test anxiety that starts way before the test. Heads up: It involves fun.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Managing Perfectionism/Test Anxiety/Online Play
Vince Mireau is a clinical/educational psychologist working in the greater Whitecourt, Alberta region. His expertise is in creatively meeting the complex needs of children using play and biologically respectful approaches. He started his teaching career with Edmonton Catholic Schools... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
002 Assessment

11:40am MST

The Core Ingredients: Exploring the role of nutrition in schools
The landscape of food provision and nutrition education in schools is evolving to align with new public health measures. At the same time, nutrition continues to be a key component in student learning. Through group discussions you will hear how schools are successfully adapting nutrition supports for students. A comprehensive school health approach will be used to highlight 'The Core Ingredients' for fostering life-long healthy eating habits.

Speakers
SH

School Health and Wellness Promotion Team

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
The AHS School Health & Wellness Promotion team partners with internal and external stakeholders to plan effective and coordinated provincial initiatives that improve the health of Albertans aged 6 to 18 years. The team uses the Comprehensive School Health framework in creating and... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
008 Health

11:40am MST

True Story? Teachers in Film, TV, and Online
This talk presents a dynamic array of teacher images from the media landscape and shows how they present the profession. It explains how these narratives affect the teacher identities of mid-career and pre-service teachers, as well as student expectations and levels of public support. The analysis draws on recent research to explain what is inspiring, worrisome, funny, and professionally useful about different types of teacher characters. And the talk suggests ways of co-opting teacher images to advocate for classrooms, gain political support, and enhance community relations. Since the talk presents a high number of images and video clips accompanied by audio, it is ideally suited to a socially distanced video delivery, if necessary, and would easily avoid the underwhelming effect of extended "talking head" formats.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Trono

Mario Trono

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University
Dr. Trono studies how the media shape public perceptions of various professions. His presentations to teachers highlight how K-12 teaching gets represented in film, TV, and online, and focus is given to teacher identities, student perceptions, community relations, and political support... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
007 Feature

11:40am MST

Using Data to Prevent and Overcome Reading Difficulties
This session examines how a diverse school in Calgary approaches the teaching of literacy through a data driven approach to task design, assessment, and teacher practice. In this session, attendees will follow the process taken by administrators and teachers in their journey to increase teacher capacity and student success in literacy.

Speakers
BA

Bryan Allen

Data driven literacy instruction, Calgary Board of Education
Bryan Allen is currently a Learning Leader and instructional coach in Calgary, Alberta. During his 12 years as an educator, he has developed a diverse skillset thanks to teaching in a variety of educational settings. Bryan’s portfolio includes teaching and leading in a science-based... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
010 Literacy (Elem. focus)

12:40pm MST

Red for Ed
Wear your red today and join us for a group Zoom photo at #estca2021



Friday February 12, 2021 12:40pm - 12:55pm MST
007 Feature

1:00pm MST

Closing Keynote
Brent will close ESTCA2021 with a 20 minute stand up comedy routine, followed by an interactive Question and Answer period.
Be ready to laugh and learn.

Speakers
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Brent Butt

Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, BRENT BUTT discovered early that being funny was a goodway to get attention. Brent honed his comedy in school and at the age of 20 moved to the city topursue a career in stand-up. Within months he was headlining top clubs in Toronto, and within acouple... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
007 Feature

1:00pm MST

Dealing with Volatile Situations
Teachers have hundreds of interactions with parents, students and colleagues every day. Sometimes, those interactions involve conflict in dynamic and delicate circumstances. This session will explore common types of conflict, causes of conflict, legal rights and obligations of individuals in school-related conflict, and strategies for managing and resolving conflict effectively. A discussion of sample scenarios will help tie learnings to common conflict situations in the school context.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Matson

Dave Matson

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
A rolling stone at heart, Dave’s teaching career includes experience teaching high school and International Baccalaureate Physics and Math in a variety of communities including a northern community in Saskatchewan, a rural fishing village in Nova Scotia, a metropolitan city in the... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
ATA 2

1:00pm MST

How did we get here? Understanding the basics of anti-racism
How have we arrived at this moment of reckoning in with race and racism in our schools and what should we do now? This session will include a brief introduction to critical social justice pedagogy and critical race theory which will help teachers and school leaders begin to understand how to engage constructively in anti-racist pedagogy with direct application for their classrooms and schools. Antiracism resources and upcoming events available through the ATA will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Dan Grassick (they/them) is an Executive Staff Officer in the Alberta Teachers' Association's Professional Development program area. Among Dan's main responsibilities are leading the ATA's Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights (DEHR) work, supporting the teachers' conventions in Southern... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
ATA