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Thursday, February 11
 

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Sauer

Matthew Sauer

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

Andrew Parker

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

Gail-Ann Wilson

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

Sarah Adomako Ansah

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

E. Patrick Powell

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

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac

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



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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
LC

Lisa Cruickshank

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

Billie-Jo Grant

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

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



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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Cathryn van Kessel

Cathryn van Kessel

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



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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

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



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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

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



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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

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



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

11:40am MST

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


Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
LC

Lisa Cruickshank

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

Billie-Jo Grant

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


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

11:40am MST

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bayer

Michael Bayer

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



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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
NM

Natasha Millan

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tackaberry

Kim Tackaberry

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

Charlie Kraig

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
SC

Suze Casey

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


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

11:40am MST

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

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

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

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

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



Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

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



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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

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



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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

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


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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

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


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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac

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



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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

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

Meaghan Knowles

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


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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

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


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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

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


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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

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



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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Josh Backer

Josh Backer

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

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



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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

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


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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

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


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

1:00pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Christen

Cassandra Christen

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


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

1:00pm MST

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

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

Speakers
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Angela Hall

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



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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

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



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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

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


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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

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


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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

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


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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

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


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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

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



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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

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



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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
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Helen Yip

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



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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

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


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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussel

Tina Thrussel

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



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

2:20pm MST

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

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


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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Holdway

Michelle Holdway

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


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

2:20pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Angela Contrada

Angela Contrada

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


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

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

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



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

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

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


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

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Tom MacIsaac

Tom MacIsaac

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


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

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Kohel

Lisa Kohel

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

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


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

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

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


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

9:00am MST

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

VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/504486265

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

Speakers
avatar for Michael Pruden

Michael Pruden

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


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

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
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Riley Quinn

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



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

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Karen Sabourin

Karen Sabourin

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


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

10:20am MST

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

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

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


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avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

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



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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

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



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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
NM

Natasha Millan

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


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

10:20am MST

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

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avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Karen Sabourin

Karen Sabourin

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
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Karly Lewis

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Robin E Pawlak

Robin E Pawlak

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


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

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Maria Millar

Maria Millar

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



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

11:40am MST

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

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

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

Materials Accessible Ahead of Time:




Speakers
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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 →
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Debra McLennan

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


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

11:40am MST

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

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

11:40am MST

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

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Jen Goeres

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



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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
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Deb Kobza

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
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School Health and Wellness Promotion Team

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Mario Trono

Mario Trono

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


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

11:40am MST

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

Speakers
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Bryan Allen

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


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