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


Thursday 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

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 Phil McRae

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, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Anne-Marie joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly 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... Read More →


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

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 Phil McRae

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, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Anne-Marie joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly 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... 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)

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
 
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 Indigenous Education and Walking Together... Read More →


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

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 Indigenous Education and Walking Together... 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

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

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, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, 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 Indigenous Education and Walking Together... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Brent Butt

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, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, 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


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