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Thursday, February 11
 

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)

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, Boxcars 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)

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, Boxcars 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

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, Boxcars 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!


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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
 
Friday, February 12
 

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
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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
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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)

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

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