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Thursday, February 24
 

8:55am MST

Welcome Address from ATA President Jason Schilling
Check-out a brief welcome from ATA President Jason Schilling.

Speakers
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Jason Schilling

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


Thursday February 24, 2022 8:55am - 9:00am MST
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Teaching Any Subject Through the Movies
This talk demonstrates how educators can homerun any aspect of their subject areas using scenes from popular cinema.Key insights drawn from both film theory and attention studies will explain how teachers can select, introduce, play, pause, and analyze scenes to enrich and reinforce the ideas and concepts they teach to their students.

The talk goes well beyond the idea of 'meeting students where they live' in popular culture to offer ways of harnessing the audiovisual power of Hollywood to put it in the service of practical, classroom teaching. Examples include scenes for Math, Social, Phys Ed, Language Arts, Science, Health, and CALM. A list of practical resources will be provided on how to find the best scenes and clips.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Trono

Mario Trono

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University
Dr. Mario Trono is an associate professor in film and cultural studies at Mount Royal University. He has studied how media-born social scripts affect public perceptions of both K-12 and postsecondary teaching. Mario’s formal research is on mainstream cinema and its social effects... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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Stressing Wisely: A Radical Shift in How We Show Up and Excel in All Areas of Our Lives
Our collective and personal well-being has been deeply impacted by recent world events. There is a need for a proactive approach to ensuring our people are well equipped to face the unparalleled stress, unrest, and uncertainty that are becoming more common. To maintain excellence in all areas of one’s life knowing how to stress wisely and recover is key. In this keynote, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe explores how to use a multi-dimensional approach to wellness that promotes moving theory into committed action through the five principles of stressing wisely, including signature strength activation, emotional regulation, and creative release and recovery. By building awareness and personal accountability, participants will be able to implement personal wellness care systems that are sustainable, realistic, and time efficient. And, by doing so, enhance personal and professional performance and satisfaction.

Check-out Dr. Hanley-Dafoe's website for free resources and guides (and to buy her book!)

Thank you to Morgex Insurance for sponsoring Dr. Hanley-Dafoe's keynote presentation for all teachers' conventions.

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Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, PhD, is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies grounded in global research and... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Canadian Schools
Over the past decade, LGBTQ2 youth have become more visible in K-12 schools, gay-straight alliances have increased, and many school districts now have sexual orientation and gender identity policies. Despite this progress, LGBTQ2 youth continue to remain one of the most vulnerable groups of students in our schools. This presentation highlights current research and trends documenting the experiences of LGBTQ2 youth in Canadian schools over the past 10 years and highlights four key areas for intervention. Join Dr. Wells as he discusses just how far we’ve come (not that far), and what we need to do to create safer and more inclusive schools for everyone.

Speakers
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Dr. Kristopher Wells

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, MacEwan University
Kristopher Wells, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth at MacEwan University. His scholarly work specializes in sexual and gender minority youth, health, education, sport, and culture... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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Featured Session with Patricia Makokis, EdD
Patricia Makokis is married to Eugene Makokis and mother to adult children Janice and James, and kokum (grandma) to Atayoh Kan Asiniy (Spirit Rock). The Makokis’ reside on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Pat has been a classroom teacher, a Vice Principal, a Principal, and the Director of Indigenous Programs in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Pat is the Executive Producer of Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life, an educational teaching tool about treaties. Pat has taught adults at the bachelor, master and doctorate level for 20 years with expertise in the areas of curriculum development and teacher education. She prides herself on being a servant leader and acknowledges the many Elders she has learned from. Foundational to her work is the positioning of Indigenous Knowledge alongside Western Knowledge and her work in building ally relationships.

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Dr. Patricia Makokis

Patricia Makokis, EdD, is married to Eugene Makokis and mother to adult children Janice and James, and kokum (grandma) to Atayoh Kan Asiniy (Spirit Rock). The Makokis family resides on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Pat has been a classroom teacher, a Vice Principal, a Principal, and... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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What's New in Books? (For K–Gr 5)
Join the UofL Bookstore ladies as they book talk new and upcoming titles that will get you and your students excited about reading!  Do you have that nagging feeling that hidden out there somewhere  is a book or two that just must get into the hands of your young readers? Well, who better than to help you mine those hidden gems than Becky Colbeck and Kari Tanaka from the University of Lethbridge Bookstore! With over 30 years of trade book experience between them, Becky and Kari not only know what's hot, but what should be, in the K-5 market. Their book talks will include new releases and books for every reading ability, including a few that haven't even hit store shelves yet! This session will be jam packed with information but, don't worry, you will leave with a comprehensive list of all of the titles that were book talked and then some. Plus, it will be fun! Like speed dating, but with books!




Speakers
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Rebecca Colbeck

Asst Manager-Retail, University of Lethbridge Bookstore
Kari & Becky have a combined 60+ years of experience in the bookstore world! They work with schools and libraries across Alberta. They are passionate about children’s books and read a TON of books. They will be sharing their list of favourites today. Kari & Becky are also passionate... Read More →
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Kari Tanaka

Kari has been actively involved in promoting literacy in schools and in her community for almost 30 years! She is passionate about books and has become a trusted resource for educators, parents, caregivers, and children, assisting them in book selections that inspire a love of reading... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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Exciting Projects For Young Artists
This workshop will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create beautiful scenes, animals and portraits using easily available and inexpensive art materials. Having fun is most important; these will become your students' favourite art projects! Excellent for teachers of grades 2-9. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will be provided with PowerPoint presentations and videos that can be used directly in your art classrooms or as online resources for your students. A full supply list is attached.

Participants will need to provide their own supplies. A full supply list is attached.

Speakers
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Izabella Orzelski

Art
Izabella holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta. Her awards and grants include Winspear Fund Grant and Dahesh Museum Award in New York. Among her commissions are portraits of Lois Hole, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
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2SLGBTQ+ Education and Inclusion
In this workshop participants will explore concepts and terminology regarding gender and sexual diversity. We will look at best practices for teachers to create a safer and more welcoming school for all students as well as strategies for addressing homophobia and transphobia in their classroom. Teachers will also discuss methods for developing allyship skills within their school as well as the community at large.

Speakers
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Alexandra Marshall

Education Coordinator, 2SLGBTQ+ Education and Inclusion
Alexandra Marshall (she/her) is the Rural Education Coordinator for the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (ISMSS) at the University of Alberta. She lectures pre-service teachers on creating inclusive classrooms, delivers professional development for in-service teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
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Life's Biggest Questions: Seeking a Framework for Understanding Life
Students of all ages, and Junior High in particular, often ask perceptive questions in Religion class, ranging from "What is the meaning of life?" to "If people have souls do animals and plants too?" to "If God created the universe, then who created God?". These thought provoking queries are some of the biggest questions in life. Rather than leave Religious Educators scratching their heads when it comes to such discussions, this session provides ideas and suggestions to allow students to creatively ponder them and develop a framework for seeking answers.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard Mclarney

Dr. Gerard Mclarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore’s Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB. and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture.


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
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Acrylics Beyond Realism
Acrylics beyond Realism During this session, the participants work on guided projects that introduce new techniques such as complementary underpainting, increased colour accuracy, observational accuracy and detail using a limited palette of acrylic paints. The participants will move gradually from a figurative drawing to a unique abstract painting to create a few abstract projects suitable for all grade levels and abilities.

Participants will need to provide their own supplies. A full supply list is attached.

Speakers
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Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing effects... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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The 25% Rule of Assessment
During an AAC workshop with Dylan Wiliam last year, we learned about an idea called "the 25% rule." for classroom assessment.  In this session, we'll explain exactly what this rule means and offer tips on how to
implement the rule into your assessment practice.

Speakers
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Kimberly Waugh-Motoska

Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Looking Ahead to New Adventures
Looking Ahead to New ADVENTURES Presented by Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association If you are considering retirement within the next five years, then you’ve got some big decisions just around the corner. Make sure you’re ready for them! This presentation will go over everything you need to know about the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA), including programs and perks available to members and, of course, the nationally acclaimed Retiree Benefits Plan. A current retired teacher will provide important points to consider before making the leap into retirement and will touch on some personal experiences. We’ll outline the health, travel, and dental benefits ARTA offers and touch on considerations you’ll want to start thinking about as you begin to plan for your retirement. Join us to discover how ARTA can give you the support you need to begin this new, exciting adventure.

Speakers
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Amanda Shaw

CMO, ARTA
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Jennifer Hope

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


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Write Now!
Discover various “out of the box” techniques to help you tap into your creative genius. Learn to use these tools to connect with your deeper self and unlock your hidden potential. This session is a practical, playful and fun way to get in touch with your inner self through writing. Teachers can use these techniques on themselves and also take the same concepts into the classroom to use with the students. Key learnings will be how to shut off the inner critic and tap into the right side of the brain for creative writing.

Speakers
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Susanne Heaton

Owner, Motivated by Nature
For over 11 years, Susanne worked in the corporate world doing team building, public speaking, negotiating, marketing and sales. She took a total leap of faith after having some life changing wake-up calls and left the corporate world to start her own company, Motivated by Nature... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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ASMR: It May Be Weird, But It Is Also Literacy
The ASMR video, a visual form of technologically-mediated sound performance, heightens the sonic elements of often-arbitrary phenomena (including language and random objects), and in so doing, playfully challenges traditional notions of use and usefulness. This session will describe how the practice and production of ASMR embodies a form of literacy exceeding our human capacity for representational structure and meaning, and what this challenge implies for contemporary classroom life.

Speakers
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David Lewkowich

Comics and Language Arts, University of Alberta
David Lewkowich is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, who teaches in the areas of literacy and language arts. His research interests include the study of comics and graphic novels, psychoanalytic theory, and autobiographical inquiry.


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Les Perspectives Francophones en Alberta
Lac la Biche, Brosseau, Beaumont, Trochu et j’en passe. Le français est visible et bien vivant en Alberta. Le recensement de 2016 indique que près de 86,000 Albertains déclarent avoir le français comme langue maternelle et plus de 264,000 résidents disent connaître les deux langues officielles. Qui sont ces gens? Comment contribuent-ils à l’enrichissement culturel de l’Alberta? Cet atelier vous invite à en apprendre davantage à leur sujet, à leur histoire, à leurs luttes et leurs succès. Quels enjeux les touchent? L’atelier permettra aux enseignants de mieux comprendre les différents points de vue francophones et leur fournira des outils pour y exposer leurs élèves. Une liste de ressources contenant du matériel didactique utilisable en salle de classe sera accessible aux participants.

Speakers
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Simon Pagé

Enseignant à la retraite
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Simon Pagé et j’ai récemment pris ma retraite de l’enseignement, après 32 ans dans le domaine de l’éducation. Je suis né à Montréal et je demeure en Alberta depuis 1985. J’ai étudié à l’Université de l’Alberta à Edmonton (B.Ed 1988... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Dimensions of Wellness
With another overwhelming school year, many forget that wellness is more than a mindful breathing activity. This year it's now more crucial than ever for teachers to have a life of wellness outside of teaching. Modeled off of the medicine wheel, the dimensions of healing in physical, mental, social-emotional, and spiritual aspects will be explored with respect to teacher stress and burnout. Find out how to nourish yourself as a whole person, not just an overworked teacher, so that you can not only survive this school year, but dare I say: thrive in it.

Speakers
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A. Grace Martin

Author, Teacher, Wellness Coach
The Wellness Potential Teacher, A. Grace Martin, is a high school science teacher, fiction novel author, self help author, mentor, wife, and mom. She helps burned out teachers learn how to thrive through a system of highly targeted self care.


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Fuel Your Body to Teach
Teaching can be a high-stress job that easily spills over into your home. Learn to fuel your body with quality sleep, nutrition, and downtime.

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Carman Murray

I retired as a teacher three years ago from Rockyview Schools and currently run my own business. I am an Ayurvedic Heath and Wellness coach and lead workshops, retreats, yoga classes, dynamic groups, and courses. My goal is to support teachers in their own health and wellness so they... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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On the Brink of Burnout
Burnout - a state of being emotionally, physically and psychologically exhausted. We know it well, even though it shows up a little differently for each one of us. As teachers, what do we actually do about it? In this workshop we share three sure-fire strategies to help you manage your stress and come back from the brink of burnout. This is an interactive workshop, so make sure to come prepared with pen and paper. You're going to learn why you're physically holding your stress throughout the day, how to hack your biology to release that stress and much more.

Speakers
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Victoria Smith

Stress Less Ladies Ltd.
After contracting shingles twice before the age of thirty, Victoria Smith knew she had to recalibrate her relationship to stress. As the founder of Stress Less Ladies Ltd, Victoria helps women to significantly reduce their stress so that they can thrive personally and professionally... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Building Resilience with Self-Compassion
Based on Dr Kristen Neff's ten-year of study of the empowering shift from self-esteem to self-compassion, this session provides a clear understanding of the differences between the two. Clarity is provided about how focusing on self-esteem can actually be damaging, while self-compassion bolsters confidence. Five powerful steps to developing self-compassion are presented that can help you and your students develop self-compassion to feel good about themselves; bounce back from difficult situations easily and quickly; value themselves. Be happier. Build resilience and increase success.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, 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 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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COVID-19's "Parallel Pandemic": The Mental Health Impact
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a parallel mental health pandemic causing a sharp increase in anxiety and depression symptoms among people of all ages. National award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, addresses the new "mental health pandemic" and shares openly about his mental health struggles, which includes being emotionally and mentally abused and abandoned as a child, experiencing five mental breakdowns, eventually hitting rock bottom, and how he is living with mental illness today. Wade's powerful and inspiring message will connect with those who are struggling, and their supporters, providing encouragement and hope. He shares practical tips on how to maintain good mental health, especially during a challenging life event, along with facts about mental illness to help break the silence and end the stigma. Wade Sorochan is recognized as Canada's leading mental health advocate.

Speakers
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Wade Sorochan

Owner, Wade Sorochan Communications
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and national award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. Nicknamed the "Tone Arm," Wade became the first broadcaster in history to spontaneously use song clips to enhance a radio talk show. He is recognized as a talk show... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Depression, Anxiety or Bust
What do we know about Depression and how it is affecting our kids today? How does Anxiety show up in the students in our classroom? Without knowing which students are suffering with symptoms and haven't gotten help or refuse to acknowledge they need support, what can we do as teachers to get them through the year? Looking into recent research, we will explore universal methods to engage with kids who are struggling with the two most common mental illnesses in adolescents.

Speakers
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Kathy Penner

Mental Health Teacher, Calgary Board of Education
Kathy Penner has been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 15 years. She spent 6 years in a highly specialized Mental Health High School classroom and has returned to the classroom where she is teaching social sciences. Her emphasis has always been about doing what is... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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The Science of Reading
We live in a time where technology provides us with significant insights into how the brain learns to read. This, paired with years of reading research, allows us to address the alarming drop in reading scores we are seeing across North America. This workshop introduces educators to the Science of Reading, and a sampling of strategies that can be used to support reading instruction and intervention in the classroom and small group setting. The presentation takes participants through the Big 5 of reading (Comprehension, Phonemic Awareness, Fluency, Phonics and Vocabulary) and how the implementation of instruction in these 5 areas contributes to a comprehensive, research-based reading program.

Speakers
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Heather Willms

District Reading Support Teacher
Heather Willms, B.A., B.Ed., M.A.Ed., is the District Reading Support Teacher for Comox Valley Schools. Her work includes mentoring, modeling, and supporting both teachers and students in grades K‑7. Heather has twenty-three years of experience in classrooms and in presenting workshops... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Engineering and Sustainability in First Nations Fish Harvesting Traditions
In this session, we explore the mathematics and engineering behind intertidal modifications (“fish traps”) located in Tla’amin Nation territory. We study the relationship between location, culture, biology and how the Tla’amin Nation have used knowledge on the land, the tides and marine wildlife to harvest fish. We have implemented a programming code-based application with a mathematical model that simulates population size of salmon over the course of ten years with no harvesting, low harvesting and greedy harvesting to facilitate engagement and exploration. Teachers will be provided with lesson plans and interactive activities to learn about the Coast Salish fish trap traditions in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Byron Chu

Byron Chu

Program Manager, Data Science, Math/ Ethics in AI
Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and cloud-enabled projects. Since 2018, he has led the Callysto project in training teachers across Canada on bringing open data and data literacy... Read More →
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Vishal Balashankar

Vishal has a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, where he also worked as a Research Associate at the Laboratory for Advanced Separation Process. At the university, he developed a rapid evaluation tool for the chemists and engineers for a carbon capture process... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Fraction and Decimal Math Games for 4-6
Most adults will admit that they're "not very good at fractions" so we know what hasn't worked in the past. Time to rethink how we teach fractions (and decimals) so that it's easy for teachers and understandable for students. Participants will learn and play a variety of hands-on math games that help students understand and master fraction equivalency, decimal equivalency and, simple operations involving fractions or decimals. Simple but powerful strategies and games that teachers can immediately use back in their classrooms that provide opportunities for sustained, engaged practice will be presented along with samples of student work. Many of the games and strategies use common cards and dice which are found readily in most schools and homes. A handout with instructions and variations, gameboards and skills checklists for student assessment will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

/math, Box Cars And One Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge, insights, tips and humor to his presentations, gained through his work with students and teachers throughout North America. He is a featured speaker at many regional, national and international educational conferences and has authored articles for... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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La plateforme Mathigon: faire des maths gratuitement et en français - 1ère à 9e année
Mathigon est une nouvelle plateforme gratuite qui permet de visiter, de découvrir et/ou de pratiquer de divers concepts mathématiques du sens du nombre, de forme et espace, de l’algèbre et de statistiques et probabilités. On peut l’utiliser comme démonstrateur et comme source d’activités et de pratiques.  Venez voir de quoi il s’agit et comment l’utiliser.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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The Fastest Way to Learn Addition
Most kids count on their fingers to add. This method will not only correct this ineffective habit but it will lay the foundation for multiplication using the same method. Your students will learn to see natural patterns in numbers that will make it easy to see the answer to basic addition questions quickly, allowing their brain the time and energy to focus on the rest of math. This method is similar to the abacus style of addition, but with more connections and shortcuts to make it easy for kids to understand. Kenzy Math has been developed and refined in the classroom for years with record breaking results. Even children with special needs or learning disabilities can master this method and learn to love math. Every concept like geometry, fractions or algebra depends on a solid foundation of math facts. Students who struggle with basic skills like addition and multiplication will generally struggle with the rest of math. This is the first step to success with numbers.

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 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Creating in the Music Room
Creating is an important and challenging aspect of the elementary music curriculum. In this session Joyce will demonstrate ways to engage students in creative activities to demonstrate understanding of musical concepts using movement, instruments, and online tools. As a music specialist, I know first-hand the value of sessions which focus on the particular context of the music classroom. This session will provide teachers with activities which will meet the curricular concept of creating in fun and engaging ways.

Speakers
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Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 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 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Creating a Sustainable Future Together: Engaging Elementary Students in Climate Solutions
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face, and students know this. A 2020 survey of over 500 Alberta youths revealed that a strong majority of students are concerned about their future as a result of climate change and want to learn what we can do to address it. In this highly engaging session, learn how to steer clear of gloom and doom and instill confidence, optimism and connectedness in young learners by nurturing a positive relationship with nature. We’ll also demonstrate how it’s never too early to engage your students in real-world, age-appropriate climate solutions that are fun and build hope and agency as students learn how they can play a role in helping build a sustainable future. We’ll also share connections to the Alberta curriculum and many high-quality resources you can use immediately with your students.

Speakers
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Melanie Hoffman

Program Manager, Capital Region EcoSchools, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
As Program Manager for Capital Region EcoSchools with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education, Melanie Hoffman supports teachers and learners in connecting Alberta curriculum to community-engaged environmental and climate action! Having directed community climate action projects... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Energize your Classroom (Inside and Out)
Physical activity for students of all ages offers many benefits above and beyond physical health. This workshop will offer practical tips on how to incorporate physical activity into any subject area, featuring Ever Active Schools' latest resources and videos. We will share ideas for embedding physical activity both inside and outside. Join us in learning how to re-energize your students, break up sedentary time, and create embodied learning experiences.



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Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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97 Staff Recognition Tips in Just 60 Minutes
No time here for theory! Just 97 *or more* simple, cost-effective tips, tools and techniques to recognize staff. Guaranteed! There will even be a few minutes left over to answer your questions (and maybe, just a little bit of theory).

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Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with managers, supervisors and administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of Thanks! GREAT Job... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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How to Build School-Wide Social Emotional Support: An Unfolding Ethnography & Framework
Riding the pandemic waves has taken a toll on all of us. While there is no “one size fits all” approach to supporting staff and students alike, the Maverick Good Life committee at Charles Spencer High School in Grande Prairie has been developing a program grounded in the CASEL framework and and other resources to create opportunities for staff and students to better understand and meet our personal and professional social emotional needs. In this session, we’ll share some impactful practices and discoveries, as well as easy-to-use practical resources that you can use to create opportunities for connection, build cultural practices of belonging, and hold space for celebration in your school and classroom.

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Liz Harrison

Liz Harrison specializes in English Language Arts education, and currently teaches in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Most of her time is spent with 9-12s in both ELA -1 and -2 streams, but Liz also teaches Cosmetology as a Journeyman-certified Hairstylist, the occasional CALM, Health 9... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Adaptations FIELD Kits - Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery Kits
During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits, the "Adaptations" programs. The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, explain the what and how about FIELD Kits, the benefits for both teachers and students, as well, explain the program's hands-on experiences and activities. 

Speakers
avatar for Kenzie Field

Kenzie Field

Owner of FIELD Kits, FIELD Kits
Kenzie Field is the Founder and Operator of FIELD Kits. She is very passionate about the environment and enlightening our youth on environmental issues, concepts, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for the environment extends back to her early childhood. She remembers always... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Fun with Google A-Z
Never the same session twice! We will spin the wheel to pick a letter and then give a Google product, hack, extension, add-on or something just plain fun and interesting. This fast-paced session will provide at least one OMG! moment for everyone, from beginner to tech ninja! We will unpack tools for use with all ages and subject areas, in-person and/or online.

Speakers
avatar for Cammie Kannekens

Cammie Kannekens

Instructional Coach, Prairie Rose Public Schools
Cammie is an Instructional Coach for Prairie Rose Public Schools in Southern Alberta. With 20+ years of classroom experience as an English and Social Studies teacher, she loves to experiment with all things #edtech and enjoys helping others take the plunge to purposefully employ technology... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Elementary Coding in Minecraft Education Edition
Many elementary students love building and exploring in Minecraft, in this session we'll talk about how to take it to the next level with computer science and coding. You and your students will be able to gain new powers and abilities, while developing skills in problem solving, innovation, collaboration, and perseverance. We'll also talk about alignment with the current curriculum and the new curriculum. Minecraft Education Edition requires a Microsoft 365 account and a Windows or Mac computer, a newish Chromebook, an iPad, or an Android device.

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David Hay

Math
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.


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Oil Pastels Landscapes
Oil Pastels Landscapes Explore the world of oil pastels to add dimension, depth, texture and to create a few landscapes projects (a path in a forest and a mountain scene). The techniques presented (creating textures, blending colours and overlapping) are suitable for all grade levels and abilities. The projects can be modified to address various abilities.

Participants will need to provide their own supplies. A full supply list is attached.

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Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing effects... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Plausible Wrong Answers: Dismantling the Diploma and PAT through Poetic Creation
Join Calgary poet and high school ELA teacher, Tyler B. Perry, for a poetry reading and step-by-step process for dismantling the standardized multiple choice test through creative writing and illustration. In this session you will receive ready-to-use poetry writing resources for your ELA students, and get the opportunity to do some creative writing of your own. Part poetry reading, part creative writing workshop, part diploma prep, this session will get the creative juices flowing while giving you some ready-to-use resources for your students.

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Tyler B. Perry

Alberta Program Manager, Poetry
Tyler B. Perry is a Calgary poet, high school English teacher, and the Alberta Program Manager for Poetry In Voice, Canada's national poetry recitation competition. Tyler has been teaching secondary ELA since 2006. His most recent poetry collection, Plausible Wrong Answers, is a poetic... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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The Assessment of Student Understanding of Alberta Learner Outcomes
While waiting for the release of new Alberta curriculum, teachers can do many things to ensure they are ready to plan, instruct, and assess the new learner outcomes. Teaching and assessing through the lens of concepts is a universal and transferable teacher skill. This pedagogical approach is used to teach and assess any program of studies or common core standards across the globe. Research from internationally recognized thought leaders in Assessment will be referenced throughout the session.

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Kimberly Waugh-Motoska

Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Your Pension Matters
A general overview of the ATRF Pension, that includes detailed information about beneficiaries, death benefits, purchasing service, and termination benefit. Primarily for mid-career teachers.

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Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Creating Calm in your Classroom with Sound
Teachers need every tool available to help facilitate learning. Now, more than ever, the distractions and chaos of this hectic North American lifestyle create negative stress and discomfort. Certain sounds helps alleviate that chaos and discomfort to boost learning potential. Based on scientific knowledge, we engage in interactive activities to illustrate how sound impacts and what sounds to choose to bring peace and calm into your classroom to facilitate more effective learning.

Speakers
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Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, 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 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Show & Tell: Creating Access Using Artifacts
Kindergarten gets it - artifacts from our lives and experiences hold our values, identities, and stories. So how do we bring this time-honoured elementary practice into a high school classroom, and what happens when we do?

In this session, we will explore the use of semiosis in the high school classroom, and the ways artifacts can create and hold space for and work with learners’ skills at their level. Learn processes that you can use on  Monday morning to enhance the visibility of your students’ ideas and support their academic learning alongside their social and emotional development. Visual and oral presentation scaffolding and skills build fluency and understanding to improve written, recorded, or performed end products, while preparing your students for 21st century communication and work.

Speakers
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Liz Harrison

Liz Harrison specializes in English Language Arts education, and currently teaches in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Most of her time is spent with 9-12s in both ELA -1 and -2 streams, but Liz also teaches Cosmetology as a Journeyman-certified Hairstylist, the occasional CALM, Health 9... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Up your “Video Game”
Up your “Video Game” by using common videos more efficiently for meaningful instruction. Learn some Youtube, Slides & Forms hacks for better learning experiences with videos created by others or create your own custom videos with screen-recording. Or, go a step further, and use EdPuzzle to increase the accountability of student viewing by embedding quiz questions and your own voice or text comments right inside of those videos! Come ready to interact!

Speakers
avatar for Cammie Kannekens

Cammie Kannekens

Instructional Coach, Prairie Rose Public Schools
Cammie is an Instructional Coach for Prairie Rose Public Schools in Southern Alberta. With 20+ years of classroom experience as an English and Social Studies teacher, she loves to experiment with all things #edtech and enjoys helping others take the plunge to purposefully employ technology... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Francophone Perspectives in Alberta
Lac la Biche, Brosseau, Beaumont, Trochu, and so on. French is well alive in many parts of Alberta. The 2016 census states that nearly 86,000 Albertans have French as their mother tongue and more than 264,000 residents have a knowledge of French and English. Who are they? What is their heritage? How are they still contributing to the cultural enrichment of Alberta? This workshop invites you to learn about Francophones, their history, their struggles, their successes, as well as the issues that affect them. This workshop will allow teachers to better understand the different French-speaking points of view and will provide them with tools to expose their students to them. Resources containing educational material will be available to participants.

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Simon Pagé

Enseignant à la retraite
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Simon Pagé et j’ai récemment pris ma retraite de l’enseignement, après 32 ans dans le domaine de l’éducation. Je suis né à Montréal et je demeure en Alberta depuis 1985. J’ai étudié à l’Université de l’Alberta à Edmonton (B.Ed 1988... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Dealing with Grief, Naturally
Did you know that grief does not just apply to the death of a loved one? The definition of Grief is the emotion we feel or experience when someone (friend, family, co-worker, pet) or something (job, marriage, worker) we are attached to is no longer as it was (Death, Caregiving, Loss of income). COVID has caused grief for so many. Come learn the stages of grief and some natural coping mechanisms. You are not alone.

Speakers
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Susanne Heaton

Owner, Motivated by Nature
For over 11 years, Susanne worked in the corporate world doing team building, public speaking, negotiating, marketing and sales. She took a total leap of faith after having some life changing wake-up calls and left the corporate world to start her own company, Motivated by Nature... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Overcome Perfectionism
When asked the interview question “what’s your greatest weakness,” if you said, “I work too hard,” this session is for you. Over-achieving, driven personalities with extremely high standards are more likely to work longer hours, get overwhelmed, and ultimately suffer from teacher burnout. For those willing to change, adopt new systems of efficiency, and work on releasing the underlying emotional causes of perfectionism, the potential benefits of this session are enormous. We will dive into overcoming ego-based mindset, procrastination from fear of failure, and letting go of what activities can be allowed to remain less-than-perfect.

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A. Grace Martin

Author, Teacher, Wellness Coach
The Wellness Potential Teacher, A. Grace Martin, is a high school science teacher, fiction novel author, self help author, mentor, wife, and mom. She helps burned out teachers learn how to thrive through a system of highly targeted self care.


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Stress is a Habit - Let's Make It a Good One
We tend to respond to stress in the same way each time. We have our habitual coping mechanisms, and we have habits that increase our stress. In this workshop we do a deep dive on how your habits can be shifted to not only cope better with stress, but to proactively decrease stress from occurring in the first place. We also talk about the core principles to make or break habits.

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Victoria Smith

Stress Less Ladies Ltd.
After contracting shingles twice before the age of thirty, Victoria Smith knew she had to recalibrate her relationship to stress. As the founder of Stress Less Ladies Ltd, Victoria helps women to significantly reduce their stress so that they can thrive personally and professionally... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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11:30am MST

ATA Services for School Leaders
Discover all of they ways your association can support you on your school leadership journey. Through PD opportunities, workshops, conferences, educational resources and so much more. We will also be highlighting the new and innovative cross-program initiative designed to offer even more opportunities to our teacher-leaders across the province.

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Shelley Magnusson

Executive Officer, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Teacher Employment Services area. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal, Alberta Education program manager and education outreach manager with APEGA. 


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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6 Winning Reading Strategies
In this fast-paced session, Heather will guide participants through 6 powerful strategies that will support reading instruction for emergent readers and those struggling in their reading journey. Strategies are drawn from the Big 5 of reading instruction (Comprehension, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary and Fluency) and align with research-based reading instruction (SOR). Participants will have the opportunity to engage with several of the strategies in the session and leave with a list of resources to explore.

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Heather Willms

District Reading Support Teacher
Heather Willms, B.A., B.Ed., M.A.Ed., is the District Reading Support Teacher for Comox Valley Schools. Her work includes mentoring, modeling, and supporting both teachers and students in grades K‑7. Heather has twenty-three years of experience in classrooms and in presenting workshops... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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11:30am MST

Graphic Novels for Young Readers 2021-2022
The main goal of this session is to introduce teachers to a variety of recently published graphic novels suitable for younger readers, with the hope that such texts may find their way into classrooms, whether as part of the official curriculum or on the shelves of classroom libraries. Graphic novels will be organized according to thematic categories, such as: Fantasy and the Supernatural, Friendship and Romantic Relationships, Indigenous Stories, and Memoir and Non-Fiction.

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avatar for David Lewkowich

David Lewkowich

Comics and Language Arts, University of Alberta
David Lewkowich is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, who teaches in the areas of literacy and language arts. His research interests include the study of comics and graphic novels, psychoanalytic theory, and autobiographical inquiry.


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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K-3 Place Value Math Games
Place value concepts form the foundation for most of the math covered in the primary grades and students need to thoroughly understand them with manipulative work, engaging games and meaningful practice activities, not just paper and pencil practice. In this workshop games and strategies using cards, dice, place value dice and number lines will be taught for working on: understanding 10, 100, 1 000's, comparing numbers as greater than/less than, composing and decomposing numbers, developing the foundation for rounding and expanding numbers, using number lines, identifying specific place value. The handout will provide game instructions with variations, gameboards and concept skill checklists to help the teacher assess student learning. Samples of student work will be shared throughout the session along with teaching tips and management strategies. Participants will be able to apply what they learn immediately back in their classes.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

/math, Box Cars And One Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge, insights, tips and humor to his presentations, gained through his work with students and teachers throughout North America. He is a featured speaker at many regional, national and international educational conferences and has authored articles for... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Le nouveau programme de maths - 1ère à 6e année
Cet atelier a pour but de discuter du nouveau programme d’études de maths en utilisant une lentille comparative avec le programme d’études actuel.  Nous verrons ce qui est demeuré sensiblement identique et ce qui a changé.  Le format de l’atelier sera plutôt informatif et permettra de répondre aux questions qui vous sont brûlantes.  Le but est d’être à l’affût de ce qui s’en vient et de discuter des façons de se préparer au changement.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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The Fastest Way To Learn the Times Tables
Many kids don’t know their times tables, relying on short term methods and fumbling to find simple answers. This method teaches the times tables using simple easy patterns and unique images. This allows students to see the answer to basic questions like 6x7 or 8x4 quickly, allowing their brain the time and energy to focus on the rest of math. Kenzy Math has been developed and refined in the classroom for years with record breaking results. Even young children with special needs or learning disabilities can memorize the multiplication tables quickly and learn to love math. Every concept like geometry, fractions or algebra depends on a solid foundation of math facts. Students who struggle with basic skills will generally struggle with the rest of math. This will give them skills to succeed with numbers.

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 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Elementary Math and Science with Robotics and Electronics
At our elementary school we have been teaching some science and math with coding and robotics and electronics kits. Students have been building and programming virtual and physical devices to explore concepts in geometry, statistics, wheels and levers, plants, recycling, weather, electricity, and flight. Come hear about free resources and inexpensive hardware, including micro:bit, that you can implement related to current and future curricular outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Math
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.


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Help! I Need Ideas for K-3 Music
Are you terrified at the prospect of teaching music? Have no fear - Joyce is here with more songs, games, activities and strategies to teach curricular outcomes in engaging ways. If you've never taught music or are a reluctant singer, you will learn strategies and resources to have you and your students loving music time!!

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avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 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 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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11:30am MST

Build Your Healthy School Puzzle with the NEW Canadian Healthy School Standards
Creating a Healthy School Community is not unlike building a puzzle. It takes time, and patience, and if any pieces are missing it's such a bummer! Discover how you can best build your healthy school puzzle through the Canadian Healthy School Standards. In this session, participants will meet the Canadian Healthy Schools Alliance and explore the Healthy School Standards. What are they & how do they look, live and breathe within the school system?


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Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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From Anxiety to Empowerment: Engaging Secondary Students in Climate Solutions
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face, and students know this. A 2020 survey of over 500 Alberta youths revealed that a strong majority of students are concerned about their future as a result of climate change and want to learn what we can do to address it. In this highly engaging session, learn how to steer clear of gloom and doom and instill confidence and optimism about the future by focusing on climate solutions. In the words of climate activist Greta Thunberg, "The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change." Join us as we demonstrate how exploring real-world climate solutions is a fun and engaging way to build hope and agency in your students, equip them with the knowledge and skills to become the environmental leaders of tomorrow, and introduce them to exciting careers of the future. We’ll also share connections to the Alberta curriculum and many high-quality resources you can use immediately with your students.

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avatar for Melanie Hoffman

Melanie Hoffman

Program Manager, Capital Region EcoSchools, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
As Program Manager for Capital Region EcoSchools with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education, Melanie Hoffman supports teachers and learners in connecting Alberta curriculum to community-engaged environmental and climate action! Having directed community climate action projects... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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11:30am MST

Crowdsourcing Staff Recognition
Sure, principals and other administrators should be recognizing staff for their contributions and achievements, but that shouldn't be the end of it. Peer recognition can become a powerful way to create a workplace where people feel valued as individuals and appreciated for what they do. This session will include suggestions of what administrators can encourage and support peer recognition and of how all staff members can recognize their colleagues.

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avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with managers, supervisors and administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of Thanks! GREAT Job... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Learning Leadership
Great educational leadership practice is complex. School leaders must account for systemic standards while having awareness of processes that nurture (or limit) growth. This session will explore learning as a disposition of the contemporary leader. Participants will hear about current trends in educational leadership and have time to consider how they might account for the complexities school leaders face.

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Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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11:30am MST

Nurturing our Wellness Through Connected Communities
Leadership is everyone's vocation in a connected community. Self leadership ad conscious connection can take us our wellness from fractured to flourishing.

We can't deny our interconnectedness. How can we leverage our connections with one another to promote a true culture of wellness? Leadership is everyone's vocation and we all play a role in moving from fractured to flourishing. Join Kathleen and Lorna exploring a framework to examine how connected communities can bring us together to impact our wellness.

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Lorna Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning Inc
Lorna Hewson is an award-winning educator with leadership experience at the classroom, school, district and provincial levels. Lorna’s experiences have included learning support and inclusion, effective assessment and grading, pyramid of interventions development, curriculum implementation... Read More →
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Kathleen Robertson

Kathleen Robertson, a Learning Associate with Jigsaw Learning, has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Kathleen supports teachers and leaders through development of strategic plans, Collaborative Response practices, and coaching. Kathleen has a passion for authentic wellness... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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All About Plants / Biomes FIELD Kits - Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery Kits
During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits, the"All About Plants / Biomes" programs. The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, explain the what and how about FIELD Kits, the benefits for both teachers and students, as well, explain the program's hands-on experiences and activities. If in-person, we will rotate through each station for you to discover and explore for yourselves. Your participation would be most appreciated.

Speakers
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Kenzie Field

Owner of FIELD Kits, FIELD Kits
Kenzie Field is the Founder and Operator of FIELD Kits. She is very passionate about the environment and enlightening our youth on environmental issues, concepts, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for the environment extends back to her early childhood. She remembers always... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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How to Engage Kids When Teaching Social Sciences
Psychology and Sociology are often thought of as "option" courses but I truly believe they are complementary courses to other high school core courses. In this presentation I will align both the Psychology 20 (General and Personal) courses with the outcomes of Biology 30 and then bridge the Psychology 30/Sociology 30 courses with the outcomes for Social 30. Let's engage them by using cross curricular measures in a fun and natural way!

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Kathy Penner

Mental Health Teacher, Calgary Board of Education
Kathy Penner has been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 15 years. She spent 6 years in a highly specialized Mental Health High School classroom and has returned to the classroom where she is teaching social sciences. Her emphasis has always been about doing what is... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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The Science of Creating Effective Learning Materials with Dual Coding
Click here for a collection of all session materials!
As teachers, we often create learning materials in the form of slide presentations, handouts, and materials written on whiteboards. In this session, we’ll examine what cognitive science and dual coding theory has shown to be the most effective ways to present and organize these materials. Participants will explore these slide design fundamentals, learn specific practices on how to fix materials that are less effectively designed, and receive numerous free resources for designing the most effective slides.

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Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Maker Tech? What the Heck?! (Maker Tech Available from your ATA Available)
Have you heard about makerspaces or maker technology and wonder what on earth people are talking about? Would you like to get your hands on it to try it out yourself? In this session, Sandra will explain makerspaces, discuss different types of technology, and how you can borrow kits from the library for free – no matter where you live in the province!

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Sandra Anderson

Librarian, ATA
Sandra is a professional librarian who heads the ATA Library. Sandra’s passion is technological innovation and she applies this interest into all aspects of her work. She is an active voice on social media for the ATA Library and has developed web guides for teachers on dozens of... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Teaching Statistics in Math and Science with Code and Data Science
An understanding of statistics is becoming increasingly important in our world, and as math and science teachers we have an opportunity to develop student competencies in this area. We'll look at ways to incorporate statistics and data analytics into curricular outcomes, explore available resources, and talk about how you and your students can analyse data with Python in Jupyter notebooks (for free) through the Callysto project.

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Byron Chu

Program Manager, Data Science, Math/ Ethics in AI
Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and cloud-enabled projects. Since 2018, he has led the Callysto project in training teachers across Canada on bringing open data and data literacy... Read More →
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Jerric Chen

Cybera
Jerric has a Master of Science in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, where he researched the intersection of human-computer interactions and AI. One of his proudest achievements in that role is developing a recommender system that helped students learn more collaboratively... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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The What, How, and Why Behind Creating Authentic Assessments
In this session, we will explore the following questions:
  • What exactly is an authentic assessment? 
  • How do authentic assessments help to engage vulnerable students? 
  • How do authentic assessments foster academic integrity and cognitive rigour? 
  • What can I do right now to incorporate the characteristics of an authentic assessment into my current assessments?

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KW

Kimberly Waugh-Motoska

Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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E-Exchanges: Choose Your Own Teaching or Leadership Adventure!
Interested in an international collaboration with a colleague in Iceland, Spain, Germany, or Australia? Come to this session and learn how to build your own teaching or leadership adventure in an exciting 6 week virtual exchange. Carolyn Freed will be your guide in this fantastic new world!


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Carolyn Freed

Exchange Liaison, Alberta Teachers' Association
Carolyn Freed is the Educator Exchange Programs Liaison at the Alberta Teachers' Association, with over 10 years of experience coordinating international exchange programs. With a background in Communications and Technology, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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A Pro-Active First Five Years
Build skills now for how to navigate the inevitable highs, lows, and plateaus of a long and rewarding teaching career. Learn how to become subject matter experts, manage stress productively, balance life and career, and develop a confident vision for a full, exciting, and meaningful professional and personal life.

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Dr. Margot McKinnon

Education Researcher
Dr. Margot McKinnon (PhD) is a former Alberta teacher. In her early career, she taught in Beijing, Toronto, and Calgary, honed teaching skillsets, became a mother, and later earned a doctorate from Oxford University. She is an author, award winning teacher, and public speaker.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Deeper Learning in High School
How can we engage the student brain in all subject areas in order to ensure that students will learn new material, connect it to what they already know and find ways to make connections to new situations? This practical session will draw from work by John Almarode, Ann Miller, Ron Ritchhartt and Julie Stern to help teachers implement strategies to move students toward deeper learning.

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Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Great Minds Think Alike ... or Do They?!
While nobody knows exactly where this aphorism comes from, today we use it in a self-deprecating, usually humorous way, when we realise that our mind has come to the same conclusion as our conversation partners. For educators, such declaration could describe two teaching methods that result in similar responses in our learners, as they acquire a similar piece of knowledge. But while the minds may think alike, many times, the path used to get to the same result is different.

In this session, Maria will demonstrate different ways to teach the same topic, using different paths, with similar results. Taken from her extensive teaching career and the most recent studies in teaching methodology and pedagogy, she will address the question of teaching styles and learning styles and how we can adapt our teaching so that we address the individual needs of our learners, at the same time catering to the entire group.

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Maria (MD) Millar

MD Millar Publishing
A retired teacher, with over 25 years of teaching experience in public schools, settlement agencies and for international students, Maria is an experienced instructor, facilitator and trainer, who has been providing professional development and training sessions to organisations like... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Develop and Trust Your Intuition
Have you ever ignored that little voice, or gut feeling, that tells you to grab an item on your way out the door, then wished you'd listened, because, Darn! That would've been handy to have right now! That inner guidance was your intuition. Intuition is like a muscle exercising it makes it stronger. In this interactive session, learn simple, practical exercises that help strengthen your intuition and bring greater ease into your life and your classroom.

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Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, 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 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Enhancing Educators’ Emotional Wellbeing using the ASAP Technique
Teachers can see more than 40 students a day. Their souls get weighed down. In addition, recently teachers faced technostress. Online schooling went to the use of Information and Communication Technology. This technostress of being digital with students had an impact on the teachers' well-being. Then there was parent–teacher communication taking place on digital platforms. How is this affecting the teachers' well-being? The session themed "The Educator's Campground" because it will feel like a group of friends sitting by the fire engaging in honest, non-partisan dialogue about education and teacher's self-care, student achievement, parent support, and more. Additionally, we will have breakout rooms activities. Though these conversations may be difficult, they are essential when amplifying the voice of teachers.

Takeaways:
  1. Importance of taking breaks daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annually, and yearly. 
  2. Tools for sharpening emotional Intelligence to avoid burnout that leads to malfunctions. 
  3. Reconnecting with your “Ikigai” (Japanese word for Reason for Being or your purpose). 
  4. Strategies to develop rituals that will limit the number of work that educators bring home from school.

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Harriet Tinka

Empowered Me Inc


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Stop Vaping Before it Starts: What Teachers Need to Know
Alberta Health Services health professionals will discuss vaping and tobacco use amongst youth. Additionally, this session will introduce two school based vaping and tobacco prevention programs which meet the Alberta Program of Studies. Participants will learn: ~ Trends in and prevalence of tobacco and vaping use for school aged youth; ~ Components of an effective prevention program; ~ How to implement two prevention programs created by Alberta Health Services and partners; - The Academy of Tobacco Prevention (grades 4 – 6 program) - GeminAI Rising (grades 7 – 9 program) ~ Evaluation results for The Academy for Tobacco Prevention; ~ Best Practices for tobacco and like-substance related school based initiatives, including e- cigarettes and vaping. ~ A summary of available on-line resources for students, teachers, parents, and administrators to prevent and reduce nicotine use by young people.

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Aaron Ladd

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services, CNRC


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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5 Keys to Building Resilience
Resilience is a buzzword going around, but what does it mean? Can it be built? And what is it made up of? Resilience isn't about pushing through until you burnout, so how do we build resilience without becoming exhausted? In this workshop we will cover all of that and more so that you learn how to build resilience at home and in the workplace. We share tangible strategies so that you can start building your resilience today, so that you bounce back faster, better, and stronger tomorrow.

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Victoria Smith

Stress Less Ladies Ltd.
After contracting shingles twice before the age of thirty, Victoria Smith knew she had to recalibrate her relationship to stress. As the founder of Stress Less Ladies Ltd, Victoria helps women to significantly reduce their stress so that they can thrive personally and professionally... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Stressed Out? Take a Break, Naturally!
How are you coping with all the stressors on your plate? In this interactive session, learn the effects of stress on your body, some types of stress and natural and easy ways to decrease the stress in your life. Your body will thank you for it!

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Susanne Heaton

Owner, Motivated by Nature
For over 11 years, Susanne worked in the corporate world doing team building, public speaking, negotiating, marketing and sales. She took a total leap of faith after having some life changing wake-up calls and left the corporate world to start her own company, Motivated by Nature... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Pandemic Recovery - The Next Normal for Alberta Schools
This session will share key findings from a series of seven Alberta pandemic rapid research activities conducted by the profession of teaching between Spring 2020 into the Winter 2022. The findings may help think through the ‘next normal’ for Alberta schools and school communities as we move into pandemic recovery.  

Each randomly sampled ATA research study scanned thousands of teachers and principals across the province and remains the only systematic and historical record of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on K-12 education in the province.

This session will provoke some considerations about the future of teaching and learning in Alberta, wellbeing for all those within the school community in the next normal, and what trends will begin to emerge in the months and years ahead in light of the emerging issues (mental health, learning loss), forces (increased diagnostic testing) and accelerating trends (inequities, emerging technologies) identified in the Alberta’s K-12 pandemic pulse research surveys.

Pandemic Pulse Research Reports: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/News%20Room/Issues/COVID-19/2020-School-Re-entry/Pages/Teacher-Pandemic-Pulse-Survey-Results--Fall-2020.aspx  

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Phil McRae

Pandemic Recovery
Dr. Philip McRae is Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Government-Research with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where he earned his Ph.D. Phil is the past winner of the Alberta Excellence... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Poetry In Voice: Canada's National Recitation Competition is Coming to Alberta!
In 2010, Poetry In Voice created a recitation contest for senior high school students. Since then, we've developed the best online resources for teaching poetry in grades 6 through 12. Like thousands of other teachers across Canada, you’ll find that PIV is exactly what you need to get your students fired up about reading, reciting, and writing poetry. Even more exciting for Alberta teachers, we will be launching our provincial version of the competition in the 2022-23 school year. In this session you will find out how to get your students involved in the competition at the classroom, school, city, provincial, and national levels through our individual and team competitions.

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Tyler B. Perry

Alberta Program Manager, Poetry
Tyler B. Perry is a Calgary poet, high school English teacher, and the Alberta Program Manager for Poetry In Voice, Canada's national poetry recitation competition. Tyler has been teaching secondary ELA since 2006. His most recent poetry collection, Plausible Wrong Answers, is a poetic... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Responding to Visual Art in the Language Arts Classroom
This session will explore a variety of methods that teachers can use to engage their students effectively with visual art in the language arts classroom. We will consider viewing as a form of reading, and how responding to visual art can allow young people to develop skills required to navigate the multimodal realities of contemporary lived experience, both in and out of the classroom. We will also look to comics art as a particularly unpredictable and dynamic textual form.

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David Lewkowich

Comics and Language Arts, University of Alberta
David Lewkowich is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, who teaches in the areas of literacy and language arts. His research interests include the study of comics and graphic novels, psychoanalytic theory, and autobiographical inquiry.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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L’égalité en math - plus qu’un symbole mathématique - 1ère à 3e année
Tout en math tourne autour de l’égalité.  Une bonne compréhension de son sens et de ses utilisations permet aux élèves de mieux développer leurs habiletés.  Une mauvaise compréhension peut gruger la confiance de nos élèves.  Cet atelier a pour but d'éclairer le tout en visitant des approches et des activités riches de sens.

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Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Making of a Math Genius
Learn to take a student from counting fingers and hating math to solving complex math problems and asking for more. This is a deliberate process going from basic skills to advanced math. Use proven, researched methods to instil foundation skills like the times tables. Develop  an understanding of equations and algorithms with simple brain connections. Challenge the mind with levelled questions and problems. Connect math to real life problems. It’s a specific step by step approach that can be done with any class. Becoming good at math doesn’t happen by accident. With nontraditional methods, an understanding of concepts and opportunities to be challenged, any student can genuinely learn to master math and love numbers.

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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 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Math Games for Grades 4-6 Operations
Engaged practice is one of the most effective means of helping students attain mastery of math concepts. Hands-on math games provide repeated episodes of engaged practice. Participants will play and learn a variety of hands-on math games that will focus on: upper elementary fact fluency for multiplication along with review of fact fluency for addition and subtraction; single digit and multi-digit operations for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing; beginning algebra and mathematical reasoning. Variations for each game will also be highlighted, providing opportunities to differentiate the games to best meet the specific needs of individual students in each classroom. The games will use as manipulatives common cards and dice which most schools and homes already have or can easily obtain. Teaching strategies like Teacher vs the Class, Math Breaks, and Class Data Charts will be highlighted during the session. Student work samples will be shared throughout the session along with teaching tips and management strategies. A handout will include game instructions, variations and gameboards as well as skills checklists to assess student learning.

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John Felling

/math, Box Cars And One Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge, insights, tips and humor to his presentations, gained through his work with students and teachers throughout North America. He is a featured speaker at many regional, national and international educational conferences and has authored articles for... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Musical Fun with Plates, Scarves and More!
Be ready for a smorgasbord of ideas to bring your music classes to life using paper plates, scarves, parachutes and stretchy bands, bucket and desk drumming, and more!! Joyce will show you games, songs, and listening activities that use these 'tools' to teach and reinforce musical concepts and skills.

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Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 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 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Crops-In-A-Box!
Calling Elementary Health, Science, Social, Language Arts, & Math teachers! Tara Baycroft - Alberta Canola & Debra McLennan - Alberta Pulse Growers, will take you on an action-packed ride like no other! Journey to the heart; digestive system; canola & pulse production, health, nutrition & crop sustainability. Hungry? We'll make some pizza-licious poppers, whacky bean & canola growth science, do some graphing & receive a crops-in-the-box package for your own classroom use!

Supporting food demos (options for teachers to jump and view): 
To receive your Crops-In-A-Box kit, please complete the Crops-In-A-Box order form.

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Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Pulse Growers
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of 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 →
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Tara Baycroft

Agriculture and School Coordinator, Alberta Canola
Tara Baycroft is the Agriculture and Education Coordinator for Alberta Canola. 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 a minor in Human Ecology CTS from the University of Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Carbon Capture and Our Energy Transition
CCUS gives us confidence that Alberta and Canada can meet their climate change goals. Enhance Energy collaborates with companies that are capturing and transporting carbon emissions, bringing them to our sequestration facility in Central Alberta. This year we’ve sequestered over 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions – that’s like taking 350,000 cars off the road! In this session, you’ll hear about where CO2 goes, how we do it and how we make sure that it stays there. The session on Carbon Capture and Our Energy Transition supports teachers as you add excellent energy, environmental and climate education program to enrich your knowledge that can be readily transferred to your students. The session will showcase how carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) contributes to the transition to net zero in multiple ways. The session will highlight the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) and how Alberta is an amazing place for CCUS. The session will also discuss offsets, the Alberta Carbon Hub and collaboration in the industry to make it happen.

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Ten Peaks Innovation Alliance

Executive Director, Dagmar Knutson
Ten Peaks Innovation Alliance is a not for profit organization, hosting annual educational conferences, one for students and another for teachers. Ten Peaks offers free lesson plans focusing on innovation, technology, our environment and supports a student led case competition. T... Read More →
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Candice Paton

Candice is the Director for Regulatory Affairs & External Relations at Enhance Energy, aprivately-owned Alberta-based energy development company reducing carbon emissionsthrough CCS and CCUS. She has over 15 years of experience in technology development andinnovation in energy systems.Candice... Read More →
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Kruti Mukesh

Experienced project manager with over 7 years of experience in delivering projects catering to sustainable development.  Kruti has conceptualized and implemented multiple Public Private Partnership Projects and has worked with diverse projects groups across several nations and businesses... Read More →
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Maryam Mkhani

Dr. Maryam MKhani is Subject Matter Expert on Carbon Capture and Energy Transition at Advisian Worley Group and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. She holds a BSc... Read More →
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Leah Bortolin

Strategic Coordinator for Student Success, Centre for Corporate Sustainability, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
I work with Haskayne School of Business Students at the University of Calgary supporting them in co-curricular and extra-curricular initiatives in the areas of sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation. By background I am an educator, focusing on curriculum design and educational... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Introduction to EcoSchools in Alberta
Reaching 1 million students annually, EcoSchools Canada is the largest voluntary, bilingual environmental certification program for K-12 schools in Canada. Thanks to a new and exciting partnership between the Alberta Council for Environmental Education and EcoSchools Canada is now available to all publicly funded schools across Alberta, at no charge. In this session, learn about how your school can become an EcoSchool by engaging students in curriculum-linked, environmental learning and action through a choice of over 45 actions including schoolyard greening, water and energy conservation, active transportation, and waste reduction - most of which are also climate solutions. We will also demonstrate how EcoSchools’ powerful and fully bilingual on-line platform allows you to create a customized action plan for your school and track your progress. Join us to learn about the many benefits of being part of the growing EcoSchools in Alberta network - this is one invitation you won’t want to miss!

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Melanie Hoffman

Program Manager, Capital Region EcoSchools, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
As Program Manager for Capital Region EcoSchools with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education, Melanie Hoffman supports teachers and learners in connecting Alberta curriculum to community-engaged environmental and climate action! Having directed community climate action projects... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Let's Double Down on Quality Health and Physical Education
HPE is mandated, scheduled and available to every school and division, and it greatly supports student learning and well-being, whether in person or online. Throughout 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 feature free and low cost resources to support these core subject areas. We guarantee you’ll have one or two activities to try with your students right away!

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Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Being an Intentional Leader: 10 Life Lessons in Leadership
This session is for informal and formal leaders looking for more intentionality and direction in their educational leadership--whether in the classroom or as an administrator. 10 "life lessons" will be explored such as managing your leadership time and finding a way to be at your best throughout the day. How does a leader continually maintain the posture of a learner first, and how do we learn to lead from our strengths? We will explore using our time and our strengths intentionally in leadership, and share thoughts on the importance of self-care in overwhelming times. The Alberta Leadership Quality Standard competencies and current literature on leadership underpin these 10 "life lessons" in leadership, such as the importance of fostering effective relationships especially in turbulent times. From new to experienced leader, this session is sure to encourage and uplift the leader looking for some direction in 2022!

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Lois Van Roon

Vice PrincipalLethbridge School DivisionLois has been teaching and leading with the Lethbridge School Division for over 20 years, with experience in elementary/middle schools from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Lois completed her M.Ed. degree at the University of Lethbridge focusing on... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Coulee Collegiate: A New High School Model for Distance Learning and In-person Classes
Coulee Collegiate was created in September 2020 through a partnership between Prairie Rose Public Schools, Medicine Hat Public Schools Division and Medicine Hat College to offer Distance Learning/Outreach to High School Learners and In Person Learning to Mature students. CC is based out of Medicine Hat College and supports all high school students in South Eastern Alberta via a Distance Learning model. Students can be full time at CC, or they can attend a more traditional high school while also doing courses on the side with us. CC also offers Face to Face instruction for mature students where students attend MHC for daily classes. These students have the benefit to upgrade while following the MHC year calendar, have optional Diploma Exams, earn high school credits, and get the marks they need for post secondary education.

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Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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How Would Sherlock Hire?
Sherlock Holmes. Inspector Morse. Miss Marple. As an interviewer, you have more in common with characters from classic detective fiction, film and television than you may realize. Both detectives and interviewers are seeking evidence. Who committed murder most foul? Which candidate is the most suitable for the job? Discover how investigative techniques are similar to best hiring practices.

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Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with managers, supervisors and administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of Thanks! GREAT Job... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Life Cycles FIELD Kits - Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery Kits
During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits, the"Life Cycles" programs. The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, explain the what and how about FIELD Kits, the benefits for both teachers and students, as well, explain the program's hands-on experiences and activities. If in-person, we will rotate through each station for you to discover and explore for yourselves. Your participation would be most appreciated.

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Kenzie Field

Owner of FIELD Kits, FIELD Kits
Kenzie Field is the Founder and Operator of FIELD Kits. She is very passionate about the environment and enlightening our youth on environmental issues, concepts, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for the environment extends back to her early childhood. She remembers always... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Organize your World with Google Chrome
Learn some tips for streamlining your workflow & saving time in Google Chrome. From managing your Chrome profile to reduce your “request access” messages to managing your tabs, extensions, short-cuts and Google Drive, this session is for anyone who uses a computer at school or at home! And while we are at it, we will look at some accessibility features that benefit all users. 
You'll leave this session with lots of new tricks and a set of printable "take-home" reminders.

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Cammie Kannekens

Instructional Coach, Prairie Rose Public Schools
Cammie is an Instructional Coach for Prairie Rose Public Schools in Southern Alberta. With 20+ years of classroom experience as an English and Social Studies teacher, she loves to experiment with all things #edtech and enjoys helping others take the plunge to purposefully employ technology... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Teaching Computer Science in Elementary
Soon we will be teaching computer science in elementary school. In this session we'll look at free resources and ways to implement computer science from K to 6, and how this can be fun for the students and for us. We will also talk about establishing communities of practice and how we can share.

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David Hay

Math
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.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Micro:bit Exploring Sensors
The micro:bit is a small programmable computer that promotes inclusive and creative learning that primes students to explore the rich potential of physical computing. Use it to teach any subject, from science to physical education. In this session we will be exploring the different sensors on the micro:bit - light meter, accelerometer, and radio! With this greater understanding, teachers and educators will leave the session fully prepared to show their own students how to use the micro:bit to protect their backpacks.

For this year’s Southern Alberta's Teachers conference we are holding a raffle for 10 micro:bits! If you sign up to book a Teacher Training or a Code in the Classroom with us you will be entered into the draw! Email Maia A.E. at maiaae@kidscodejeunesse.org to book a workshop with us and to be entered in the raffle. Make sure you mention that you were at this convention!

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Susan Sharpe

Facilitator & Community Developer, Kids Code Jeunesse
Susan Sharpe has worked as a community developer and instructor at Kids Code Jeunesse for 2 years. With a background in biochemistry and music she enjoys all sorts of fun coding projects.  Kids Code Jeunesse is a bilingual Canadian charity determined to give every Canadian child... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Rethinking Challenging Kids - An Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving
Working with children and teens struggling with challenging behaviours can be a very difficult and stressful part of teaching. Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is an evidence based, trauma informed, neurobiological approach that provides a philosophy and tools for working with children and youth with challenging behaviours.  This session is an introductory training on CPS.  During the session we will explore what causes challenging behaviours and provide an overview of the three key components of the approach. This training is a foundation for professionals and parents interested in learning more about CPS.  For more information about CPS please visit www.thinkkids.org.



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Matt Sticksl

Rethinking Challenging Kids - an Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving
Matt Sticksl is currently teaching at the Adolescent Day Treatment Program and has been teaching in unique settings with the Calgary Board of Education for eight years.  Through a partnership with Alberta Health Services, Matt was exposed to Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm MST
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The Trauma-Informed Classroom
Now more than ever, we are witnessing the impact of trauma on the students and families we work with, and on ourselves as educators. Thankfully, the news isn't all bad. There are strategies we can use to enhance and adapt our existing practices to respond to trauma needs within ourselves, our students, and our colleagues. In this session you will be introduced to the principles of trauma-informed practice through stories and examples of how schools in Alberta and around the world are implementing them into their classrooms. You'll leave with practical strategies you can implement right away, and you'll likely learn that a lot of what you're already doing as an educator is trauma-informed.

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Angela Hill

Senior Facilitator, Imagine Institute for Learning
Angela has been with Imagine Institute for Learning since 2012. A professional facilitator since 2005, Angela believes in personalized, engaging learning experiences that support both personal and professional growth. She is grateful to be able to create those experiences with her... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 4:00pm MST
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Lessons Learned from Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
In 2011, Susanne climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak at 5,895 meters. Through the climb and descent of this mountain, she draws parallels to the ups and downs that occur in life. Participants receive inspiring information to encourage risk taking and to value their unique capabilities.

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Susanne Heaton

Owner, Motivated by Nature
For over 11 years, Susanne worked in the corporate world doing team building, public speaking, negotiating, marketing and sales. She took a total leap of faith after having some life changing wake-up calls and left the corporate world to start her own company, Motivated by Nature... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Reinvent Yourself in Retirement
The last 5 years of teaching before retirement can be stressful and burn a teacher out. But, students deserve vibrant and passionate teachers. Teachers often start detaching, feeling invisible and irrelevant as decision-makers sometimes no longer look to them as part of the team moving forward. This workshop will take teachers through activities that will inspire them to engage in critical reflection of their strengths as a teacher, both in terms of their curricular subject and soft skills. They will identify passions about teaching they took for granted or let go dormant. They will look at how, perhaps, they have let their skills and passions dwindle over time. Finally, teachers will design a plan to increase skillsets, re-engage in learning, and identify how they can parlay their strengths and passions as a teacher into an exciting post-teaching career and lifestyle. The goal is to inspire teachers to recommit to teaching, use the last 5 years to consciously hone skills, and get excited about their future.

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avatar for Dr. Margot McKinnon

Dr. Margot McKinnon

Education Researcher
Dr. Margot McKinnon (PhD) is a former Alberta teacher. In her early career, she taught in Beijing, Toronto, and Calgary, honed teaching skillsets, became a mother, and later earned a doctorate from Oxford University. She is an author, award winning teacher, and public speaker.


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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You Eat What You Are - What's Your Food Story?
Want to spice up your next celebration, embrace globalization & bring your community together? Join Tara Baycroft - Alberta Canola & Debra McLennan - Alberta Pulse Growers, as we embark on an adventure preparing a variety of recipes while exploring the science, nutrition, health and sustainability behind these crops. Curricular outcomes in this presentation include: CTS FOD 1060, FOD1070, AGR1010, Social Studies & Science. Come and receive a Heritage-Celebration-Kit for your own classroom use!


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avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Pulse Growers
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of 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 →
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Tara Baycroft

Agriculture and School Coordinator, Alberta Canola
Tara Baycroft is the Agriculture and Education Coordinator for Alberta Canola. 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 a minor in Human Ecology CTS from the University of Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Data Driven Wellness: Examining Teacher Practice and Student Wellbeing
This session examines the impact of teacher's role on student wellbeing within the classroom. The identified roles that most significantly impact student wellbeing include fostering relationships, academic mentorship and creating positive learning environments. However, student voice is essential in identifying the positive or negative impact the implementation of these roles have on student wellbeing.  We will examine the impact student voice has on these identified roles utilizing a data-driven approach and will share tools and strategies that educators can access to positively impact student well-being in their classroom every day.

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avatar for Megan McElhinney

Megan McElhinney

Having A Positive Impact: Examining Teacher Roles in Student Well Being
Megan McElhinney is currently an elementary teacher and Learning Leader with the Calgary Board of Education. With a background in general elementary, with a specific focus on literacy and Indigenous Education, Megan recently completed her Master's of Education examining student wellbeing... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Allen

Bryan Allen

Data driven literacy instruction
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 →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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The 'Silent' Bully: The Power of Words vs Non-Verbal Communication in the Workplace
"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." A British rhyme meant to help children stand up to bullying and intimidation. But is that really true? As adults, we know that words DO hurt and that the painful feeling lasts a long time. While words do hurt us, intimidation and bullying do not have to be verbal: the dismissive flick of the hand, the rolling of the eyes, the crossing of the arms on the chest, the 'see through you' attitude. The 'silent', non-verbal bullying hurts more, especially when we try to figure out 'what we did wrong'.

Based on the latest research in the fields of non-violent communication and emotional intelligence, as well as through case studies and situation analysis, Maria will give you the necessary tools to decipher and deal with the situations in a professional way. Through examples taken from her personal and professional life and by having an open, honest conversation, Maria will demonstrate how you, as a leader, as well as a team member, can promote a safe working environment where people are not afraid to give honest feedback, while you lead them mindfully.

Maria invites you to consider the following brainstorming questions while you view the recording:
1. Which non-verbal cues do you find the most difficult to understand? Why?
2. Which non-verbal cues do you find most unnerving and upsetting? Why?

A PDF file of the presentation is included below.

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avatar for Maria (MD) Millar

Maria (MD) Millar

MD Millar Publishing
A retired teacher, with over 25 years of teaching experience in public schools, settlement agencies and for international students, Maria is an experienced instructor, facilitator and trainer, who has been providing professional development and training sessions to organisations like... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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School Leaders – Investigate or Not? When, Why and How?
This session looks at how school leaders should address complaints received about student(s) and teacher(s). Differentiation as to circumstances that need to be investigated by school leaders as well as those where the investigation(s) should be left with the school division and/or police will be elaborated. The session discusses appropriate protocols and elements that must be considered in order to conduct an appropriate investigation. One's obligation under the "rules of natural justice" and the Code of Professional Conduct will be discussed. The session will also discuss the school leader's role when police seek the opportunity to interview students at the school.

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avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Officer, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Teacher Employment Services area. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal, Alberta Education program manager and education outreach manager with APEGA. 


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Michitowin: Finding Our Connection to Land and Environmental Stewardship Through Acknowledgement
Join Elder Russell Auger and Ever Active Schools for knowledge sharing about developing a meaningful Land Acknowledgement as a beautiful starting point for reconciliation, environmental stewardship and wellbeing. As our organization continues to journey on our own pathway in this work, we look forward to sharing our machitowin: our starting points, and offer you ideas on how you might find your own personal starting point and ways you might invite your students to find their own machitowin.

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Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Colin Mochrie Keynote
After revelling in his first laugh in a high school production, Colin planned to become a professional actor. After 4 years of theatre sports, Colin spent 3 years with Second City in Toronto. Then, his career went international, first with his appearances as a regular on the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and afterward on the popular American television program of the same name. Colin spent two seasons as a cast member on popular CBC satirical series This Hour Has 22 Minutes and has been involved in numerous other television shows. Mochrie is a recipient of Canadian Comedy Awards; a Writer’s Guild of Canada award; the “Male Improviser of the Year Award,” from the Chicago Improv Festival; a Gemini Award; and he was the recipient of the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre and Advocacy from the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Actra Awards.

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avatar for Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie

After revelling in his first laugh in a high school production, Colin planned to become a professional actor. After 4 years of theatre sports, Colin spent 3 years with Second City in Toronto. Then, his career went international, first with his appearances as a regular on the British... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Pourquoi faire des puzzles en maths? 1ère à 6e année
Le raisonnement et la logique sont des processus mathématiques qui se développent.  On passe à côté lorsque la stratégie prédominante est de démontrer un ensemble d’algorithmes que les élèves doivent mémoriser.  Il existe de multiples formes de puzzles accessibles en ligne qui permettent le développement du raisonnement et de la logique.  Dans cette session, nous verrons une panoplie d'exemples qui ont différents niveaux de difficultés et quelques façons de les utiliser.

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avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Shuffling Into Math for Grades 1-3
Engaged practice is one of the most effective means of helping students attain mastery of math concepts. Hands-on math games provide repeated episodes of engaged practice. Participants will play and learn a variety of hands-on math games that will focus on addition and subtraction at the grade 1 through 3 levels including fact fluency and multi-digit operations. Variations for each game will also be highlighted, providing opportunities to differentiate the games to best meet the specific needs of individual students in each classroom. The games will use as manipulatives common cards and dice which most schools and homes already have or can easily obtain. Specific content will include: adding and subtracting fact fluency; multi-digit adding and subtraction strategies with and without regrouping, composing and decomposing of larger numbers; number line strategies for 2-digit addition and subtraction leading to mental math strategies. Students work samples will be shared throughout the session along with teaching tips and management strategies. A handout will include game instructions, variations and gameboards as well as skills checklists to assess student learning.

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avatar for John Felling

John Felling

/math, Box Cars And One Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge, insights, tips and humor to his presentations, gained through his work with students and teachers throughout North America. He is a featured speaker at many regional, national and international educational conferences and has authored articles for... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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No Touch Games and Dances
Do COVID protocols have you scratching your head as to how to play music games? Even without COVID, some students may be hesitant to touch or join hands, and yet singing games and movement activities are a rich source of music for teaching many concepts and for reinforcing skills such as pitch and steady beat. In this session, Joyce will introduce fun and engaging games that students can do without any touching, plus you'll learn strategies to help you adapt some of your old favourites.

As a music specialist, I know first-hand the value of sessions which focus on the particular context of the music classroom. Games and movement are an integral part of music education activities, and this session will provide valuable strategies for making them fun without contact between students.

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avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 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 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Bring Agriculture to Life in the Classroom!
From gate to plate, we educate! As the Alberta representative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, Agriculture for Life provides K-12 teachers with engaging programming materials to bring agriculture to life in the classroom! Join us to explore our collection of curriculum-linked resources including on-line and downloadable lesson plans, student publications, hands-on activities, and more. From classroom garden manuals and seed kits, to career exploration events and sustainability youth challenges, our student programs are designed to get students thinking critically about where their food comes as well as their place/role in the food system. We hope to engage, educate, and inspire both rural and urban students of all ages to understand the incredible depth and opportunity that agriculture affords in the province of Alberta and beyond.

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Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Seventy-Five Purposeful and Engaging Physical Education Activities in a COVID-Safe Environment
Seventy-five engaging activities will be explained and shown that help develop Physical Literacy (Manipulative-Receive, Retain, and Send), game knowledge (Target, Net, Invasion, and Striking), as well as dance and fitness activities. All are easy and a joy to implement.

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avatar for John Byl

John Byl

Canadian Gopher Sport Educational Consultant, Engaging Phys Ed. in a Covid Safe Environment
John Byl, PhD, is the Canadian Gopher Educational Consultant, was president of CIRA Ontario (2003-2018), and a retired professor of Physical Education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario (1986-2014). Dr. Byl has authored or coauthored over 30 books. He is the winner... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Unlucky When Hiring?
Have you ever wondered, What was I thinking when I hired this guy? His on-the-job performance doesn't match what his resume and interview promised. What went wrong? It's tempting to attribute hiring decisions that don't work out to just being unlucky. Turns out that luck has little to do with it. Most bad hires can be traced back to mistakes that could easily have been avoided. By the end of this session, participants will understand the 13 reasons administrators are "unlucky" when hiring and how to avoid these missteps.



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avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with managers, supervisors and administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of Thanks! GREAT Job... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Woodland Wonders FIELD Kits - friendly, interactive, engaging, learning, discovery Kits
During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits, the "Woodland Wonders" programs. The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, explain the what and how about FIELD Kits, the benefits for both teachers and students, as well, explain the program's hands-on experiences and activities. If in-person, we will rotate through each station for you to discover and explore for yourselves. Your participation would be most appreciated.

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avatar for Kenzie Field

Kenzie Field

Owner of FIELD Kits, FIELD Kits
Kenzie Field is the Founder and Operator of FIELD Kits. She is very passionate about the environment and enlightening our youth on environmental issues, concepts, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for the environment extends back to her early childhood. She remembers always... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Virtual Programming at the Alberta Legislature
Join educators from the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to learn about free programs and resources available to your class in virtual form. Through interactive presentations, live-streamed tours and Chamber debates, Legislature staff bring the experience of democracy to you and your students.

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avatar for Grace McNeely

Grace McNeely

Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Grace has been with the Legislative Assembly Visitor Services since 2016, and became Education Coordinator in spring 2020. After completing a degree in Spanish and linguistics at the U of A, Grace worked in administration and tax preparation as well as public and education programming... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Shewchuk

Meredith Shewchuk

Virtual Programming at the Alberta Legislature
Meredith (they/them) is a programs and operations assistant that joined the Legislative Assembly Visitor Services team in 2019 and has been working at museums and heritage sites in administrative and education positions since 2017. They have a diploma in Theatre Arts from MacEwan... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Accessibility Teacher Toolkit
In this session, we will explore edtech tools that will level the playing field for students with disabilities in online, hybrid, or traditional classroom settings. We will check out and use accessibility with immersive reader, office lens, and websites that will save you teacher time when it comes to differentiating content! We will explore how to use the immersive reader with your students and other accessibility options built into Microsoft tools. Next, we will learn how office lens can transform how your students take notes and access the notes. Lastly, we will demonstrate how One Note can be used to help students with executive functioning skills. We will end with a few favorite tools to help save you teacher time when it comes to accommodating students in the classroom. These accessibility tools will knock your teacher's socks off!

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avatar for Dr. Samantha Fecich

Dr. Samantha Fecich

Professor of Education, Grove City College
I'm Dr. Sam Fecich and I have been a professor of education for over 7 years and I get to do so many different things daily. Some days I'm in my office at Grove City College, working with students and teaching preservice teachers about educational technology or special education... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Grow into STEM activities with Micro:bits
STEM Education can save the world and bring hope and excitement to teachers and students alike. STEM involves students participating in cross-disciplinary activities involving (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, and (M)ath along with potential connections to any other subjects. In this pre-recorded session, participants will explore STEM education with an environmental focus and how to get started with the easy to use, inexpensive BBC micro:bit device. Fear not - this session is for absolute beginners and there are multiple optional activities that progress in challenge level. Join me for a hope-filled, hands-on session where you bring this exciting type of learning to your school. What's even better, micro:bits can be signed out from the ATA Library free to all members!

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avatar for Danny Maas

Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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9:00am MST

Stressing Wisely: A Radical Shift in How We Show Up and Excel in All Areas of Our Lives
Our collective and personal well-being has been deeply impacted by recent world events. There is a need for a proactive approach to ensuring our people are well equipped to face the unparalleled stress, unrest, and uncertainty that are becoming more common. To maintain excellence in all areas of one’s life knowing how to stress wisely and recover is key. In this keynote, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe explores how to use a multi-dimensional approach to wellness that promotes moving theory into committed action through the five principles of stressing wisely, including signature strength activation, emotional regulation, and creative release and recovery. By building awareness and personal accountability, participants will be able to implement personal wellness care systems that are sustainable, realistic, and time efficient. And, by doing so, enhance personal and professional performance and satisfaction.

Check-out Dr. Hanley-Dafoe's website for free resources and guides (and to buy her book!)

Thank you to Morgex Insurance for sponsoring Dr. Hanley-Dafoe's keynote presentation for all teachers' conventions.

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avatar for Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, PhD, is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. Robyne’s keynotes provide practical strategies grounded in global research and... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Canadian Schools
Over the past decade, LGBTQ2 youth have become more visible in K-12 schools, gay-straight alliances have increased, and many school districts now have sexual orientation and gender identity policies. Despite this progress, LGBTQ2 youth continue to remain one of the most vulnerable groups of students in our schools. This presentation highlights current research and trends documenting the experiences of LGBTQ2 youth in Canadian schools over the past 10 years and highlights four key areas for intervention. Join Dr. Wells as he discusses just how far we’ve come (not that far), and what we need to do to create safer and more inclusive schools for everyone.

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avatar for Dr. Kristopher Wells

Dr. Kristopher Wells

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, MacEwan University
Kristopher Wells, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth at MacEwan University. His scholarly work specializes in sexual and gender minority youth, health, education, sport, and culture... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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Featured Session with Patricia Makokis, EdD
Patricia Makokis is married to Eugene Makokis and mother to adult children Janice and James, and kokum (grandma) to Atayoh Kan Asiniy (Spirit Rock). The Makokis’ reside on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Pat has been a classroom teacher, a Vice Principal, a Principal, and the Director of Indigenous Programs in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. Pat is the Executive Producer of Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life, an educational teaching tool about treaties. Pat has taught adults at the bachelor, master and doctorate level for 20 years with expertise in the areas of curriculum development and teacher education. She prides herself on being a servant leader and acknowledges the many Elders she has learned from. Foundational to her work is the positioning of Indigenous Knowledge alongside Western Knowledge and her work in building ally relationships.

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avatar for Dr. Patricia Makokis

Dr. Patricia Makokis

Patricia Makokis, EdD, is married to Eugene Makokis and mother to adult children Janice and James, and kokum (grandma) to Atayoh Kan Asiniy (Spirit Rock). The Makokis family resides on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Pat has been a classroom teacher, a Vice Principal, a Principal, and... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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Content-Area Writing: Writing to Learn, Learning to Write
What if a convention session could make it easier for you to help students succeed with writing in your content-area classroom? I’ve heard from many teachers who feel ill equipped in this area. “How can I help students who struggle with writing in my class? What are some effective strategies? Are there creative approaches that might be more engaging for my students?” This session was created as a direct response to these questions. We’ll look at the value of writing as a tool for increasing student engagement and learning. Most importantly, we’ll explore practical strategies to help all students succeed. Then you can just put your feet up and cruise through the rest of the year! Haha. JK–you’re a teacher! (But it’ll help, I promise.)

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avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. His 2016 retirement allowed him to focus on writing, and he has since publsihed two novels for children: Space Cadets (2018) and Space Cadets: Battle for Tam (2022). He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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What's New in Books? (For Gr 6–12)
Do you have that nagging feeling that hidden out there somewhere is a book or two that just must get into the hands of your young readers?  Well, who better than to help you mine those hidden gems than Becky Colbeck and Kari Tanaka from the University of Lethbridge Bookstore!  With over 30 years of trade book experience between them, Becky and Kari not only know what's hot, but what should be, in the 6-12 market.  Their book talks will include new releases and books for every reading ability, including a few that haven't even hit store shelves yet!  This session will be jam packed with information but, don't worry, you will leave with a comprehensive list of all of the titles that were book talked and then some.  Plus, it will be fun!  Like speed dating, but with books!

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avatar for Rebecca Colbeck

Rebecca Colbeck

Asst Manager-Retail, University of Lethbridge Bookstore
Kari & Becky have a combined 60+ years of experience in the bookstore world! They work with schools and libraries across Alberta. They are passionate about children’s books and read a TON of books. They will be sharing their list of favourites today. Kari & Becky are also passionate... Read More →
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Kari Tanaka

Kari has been actively involved in promoting literacy in schools and in her community for almost 30 years! She is passionate about books and has become a trusted resource for educators, parents, caregivers, and children, assisting them in book selections that inspire a love of reading... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
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Sharpie Alphabet Lettering
Inspire your students to create handmade letters! Learn the techniques to create a whimsical sharpie alphabet using three sizes of black sharpie markers. Create 3 greeting cards.

You will need the following art supplies and the handouts for this session:
  • 1- white gel pen I recommend Sakura#10, Uniball Signo Pen or White Posca Pen size .07mm. These pens are available at Michaels.
  • 1 - black chisel tip sharpie
  • 1 - black fine point sharpie
  • 1 - black ultra fine point sharpie
  • 1- 12” strip of green painters tape
  • Paint palette or paper plate
  • Rag
  • Water container
  • 1⁄2” flat brush
  • A round brush (any of sizes 4-12 will work)
  • 3 - 8.5x11” sheets of black cardstock
  • 2 - 5x7” pieces of Canson or Strathmore 140lb. Watercolor paper
  • 1 - 4x5” piece of Canson or Strathmore 140lb. Watercolor paper
  • 5 sheets of regular printer paper
  • Watercolor paints - yellow or gold , phthalo blue, rose or pink
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick OR double sided tape
 

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avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

artist/instructor
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time mixed media artist from Red Deer, Alberta. Her whimsical style of art often incorporates a combination of lettering, watercolor, acrylics or book making. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”._x000D_... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
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Mindfulness for Health, Peace and Ease (Even in your Classroom!)
Please note: this is a three hour recording.

Teachers need every tool available to help facilitate learning. Now, more than ever, the distractions and chaos of this hectic North American lifestyle create chaos and discomfort. Learn simple, effective mindfulness tools, such as meditative and breathing techniques - for you and your students - to improve learning conditions in your classroom.

Mindfulness can increase: Presence; Calm; Peace; Focus; Performance; and Co-operation. Thirty+ years of research shows that Mindfulness can also provide Stress Reduction, Reduced Depression, Improved Attitudes & Behaviours, and Strengthened Relationships. Learn a variety of techniques and tools, including ways to improve sleep!

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avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, 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 →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
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A Flat Earth, Dinosaurs, and the Divine: Can Religion and Science Get Along?
This talk dispels caricatures of faithful flat-earthers, delves into the complex relationship between science and religion, and gives RE teachers of a framework for dialogue.

Secondary students often assume that Religion and Science are inextricably at odds. Even if they can't articulate exactly why, it is often taken for granted that a person of faith cannot embrace the scientific method and vice versa. This talk dispels caricatures of faithful flat-earthers, delves into the complex relationship between science and religion, considers seminal figures like Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Georges Lamaitre, and gives a framework for understanding how science and religion are not mutually exclusive.

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avatar for Dr. Gerard Mclarney

Dr. Gerard Mclarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore’s Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB. and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture.


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
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Intro to Cross-Stitching in Unprecedented Times
I would like to run a workshop on cross stitching where teachers can learn the basics, follow a simple pattern and eventually create something to take and model for students. I would create kits with all the materials that I could drop off or distribute(possibly through mail), and teachers could follow along both with videos I will make, as well as in synchronous time on zoom in case they need any help with their work.


To participate in this session you will need to arrange your own materials (total cost: Approximately $15.00):
The patterns I created for this workshop use 2 shades of the colour purple. You could just as easily stick with one, or swap them out for a different colour; red, pink, blue etc. It's up to you :)




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Tyler Wardrop

Tyler Wardrop is a teacher at Duchess School. He teaches Jr./Sr. Art and Humanities.


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Overcoming Anxiety Through Art
In this recorded presentation, participants will review and complete 3 projects. These projects can help your students to explore their emotions and reduce their anxiety through creative expression. These meditative and calming activities can contribute to enhancing self-esteem. Excellent for teachers of grades 3-12. You will leave the workshop with completed pieces of art, handouts, and links to a PowerPoint presentation and a video for your classroom.

Participants will need to provide their own supplies. A full supply list is attached.

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avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Art
Izabella holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta. Her awards and grants include Winspear Fund Grant and Dahesh Museum Award in New York. Among her commissions are portraits of Lois Hole, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Mixed Media Visual Journals: Project Ideas, Media and Techniques – Part 1/3
In this set of three pre-recorded sessions, Mike will walk you through a number of mixed media project ideas. He will discuss media and substrates, tools and methods, composition and techniques for creating interesting and successful mixed media assignments. Stencils, transfers, resists, layering and collage are some of the techniques we will cover along with ideas for assignments that will engage your learners. These video sessions are created for a 'work-along' approach. Mike will set up the assignment and outline the process then he will show you how to demonstrate it for students. You can pause the video and work through the process so that you are confident in presenting these methods to students. Mike uses these mixed media assignments as one of the three major projects for Art 20 (3 credit) but you can adapt these ideas and techniques for students as young as about Grade 5 or use any one of them as a stand-alone Art project.

If you would like access to Michael's Google Drive folder filled with mixed media ideas, his production notes and more free resources, you can email him at: michaelgshain@gmail.com.

PART 1: BUILDING GROUNDS
The first of the three sessions will focus on:
  • discussing substrates and gesso
  • guiding students without being prescriptive
  • creating a vision for a variety of mixed media pieces
  • building grounds and layering ideas for students
  • stamping, acrylic layers, stencil techniques, gauze, resists, text as value and other techniques for creating layers
  • prepping grounds for transfers
  • collage elements and ephemera - curating, collecting and storing resources for students
  • discussion of composition principles and ideas to help students with elements and principles.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Shain

Michael Shain

Mixed Media Visual Journals
Mike is an artist living in Vulcan. His day job is teaching secondary Art in person and online and then traveling throughout Vulcan County to small rural schools. He brings hands-on Art experiences (and silliness) to students from K to 12. He visits six schools in five days and sees... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Coaching Conversations: Building positive relationships that impact practice
This session is applicable to all educators who coach and mentor others. It focuses particularly on building relationships through a relationship of active listening, questioning and reflecting. This mentor coaching relationship encourages the mentee to determine their personal strengths that will positively impact and grow their instructional practices. Mentor coaches may apply these strategies in a wide range of contexts.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Nogue

Lana Nogue

Learning Associate, Jigsaw Learning
As a Learning Associate with Jigsaw Learning, Lana Nogue has extensive experience in system planning and supporting schools and districts in strategically designing areas of focus and planning forward. Lana is integral to supporting schools and districts in implementing their Collaborative... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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MyRetiree Plan Presentation (Health Benefits in Retirement)
Retirement can no doubt be both exciting and daunting. Between all the paperwork and planning, let us make one of the items on your checklist a little easier! During this presentation, you’ll learn the ins and outs of your health benefits during retirement. From eligibility requirements to different types of coverage, ASEBP has got you covered—literally.

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Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Student Motivation and Engagement
This is a proven research based, practical and easy to implement program. It provides flexibility to best meet the needs unique to any school. The seminar draws heavily on the importance of the gradual release of responsibility. Participants will learn techniques to meet students where they are and lead them to where they need to be, capture attention, promote deeper learning and engage students' emotion. Teachers will have an increased understanding of pedagogy and how to meet the learning needs of students.

Speakers
avatar for Cal Hauserman

Cal Hauserman

President, Hachi Consulting
Cal has been an educator his entire professional career.  He has taught at all levels from kindergarten to graduate school.  He got his start as a high school Social Studies teacher and then made the switch to the elementary level where he was a teacher and teacher/librarian.  Mid... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Fitbits, Mindfulness, and Teaching Content-Specific Vocabulary: Three Approaches to Increasing Student Engagement and Confidence
This session is one of three showcasing Professional Inquiry Projects recently completed by University of Lethbridge Intern Teachers during their secondary Internships. Bari will share his experience of using Fitness monitors to increase student accountability and assessment reliability. Clara will outline her  process of weaving stress management strategies into a Social Studies class. Ethan will describe how he prioritized effective use of mathematical language to help students become more confident and reflective learners. Each project includes practical suggestions that you can apply to your own context. Summaries of the three projects (and all projects from the Bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium) are available at www.uleth.ca/education/celebrating_inquiry.  





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Ethan Pullan

All three presenters completed their PS III Internships from Sept.-Dec. 2021. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium... Read More →
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Clara Kuk

All three presenters completed their PS III Internships from Sept.-Dec. 2021. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium... Read More →
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Bari Ipaa

All three presenters completed their PS III Internships from Sept.-Dec. 2021. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Improv For All!
Improv is a fun and exciting way for students to step out of their comfort zone! This workshop will provide teachers with everything they need for a successful improv unit. From introductory activities to basic improv games, as well as ideas on assessment, this workshop is designed to give teachers a hands on experience they can take back to their classrooms.

Speakers
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Kris Christianson

Teacher/Counsellor, Holy Trinity High School
Kris Christianson is currently the Guidance Counsellor at Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton. He has been a teacher for 17 years and a counsellor for the past 7. Kris has presented on a variety of topics in both mental health and drama at a local, district and provincial level... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Parler français: le grand défi de l'immersion
Durant cette session, je présenterai l'Approche neurolinguistique permettant d'apprendre une langue seconde. Je présenterai ensuite la façon dont j'ai adapté cette approche au niveau primaire, en immersion. Pour terminer, je partagerai une panoplie de ressources et d'idées pour appuyer le développement des habiletés langagières des élèves.

Speakers
avatar for Sophie Ducharme

Sophie Ducharme

Teacher and Learning Leader


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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The Best Version of You
Have you been thinking of making lifestyle changes, but are at a loss where to start? Let me share with you my secrets to success by beginning with helping you change your mindset.

During this energetic presentation, you will gain practical strategies and effective supports to help you discover and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Here, you will learn how to navigate all aspects of life: work, relationships, and parenting while most importantly, maintaining your own optimal health. How do you put yourself first in a time during your life when you are always giving everything you have to others? I will provide you with simple tips for ordinary humans to inspire you and to help you transform yourself into the wonder woman (or man of wonder) of your wildest dreams.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Mishio

Andrea Mishio

The Best Version of You
Andrea Mishio has been a dynamic junior high school teacher for 10 years. She is the mother of 2 girls, and has been married to her husband for 18 years. Through her fitness journey, she has discovered a passion for health, and for helping others become healthier & happier versions... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Bolstering Resilience in Turbulent Times
Learn how to thrive amid adversity. Come relax and learn some coping strategies that will bring peace and focus amid stress and adversity. Centuries of research tells us that there are four experiences that make us resilient. Discover specific strategies and skills that build resilient attributes in ourselves and our students. Learn how to transform challenges and adversity into growth and motivation.

"You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up and draw on it when you need it." - Sheryl Sandberg

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman is a dynamic, entertaining, and experienced speaker. With an engaging personality, interesting anecdotes, and an innovative approach, each session inspires and enlightens. He is currently an Instructor at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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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 equipped to apply the exercises in the compassionate support of students in their schools and communities.

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. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Creative Writer's Block
Learn activities to encourage creative writing, no matter what grade level, topic or time of year. Take part in writing cool phrases, interesting sentences, descriptive paragraphs and engaging stories. With only a board to write on you can trigger the imagination of every student to tell stories and share ideas in ways they never thought possible. Inspire young writers to survive the Arctic, battle pirates or explore the ocean all in one lesson. Whether you need a quick lesson or a week-long project, you’ll be able to take your whole class on the adventure.

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 →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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How to Get Your Students Writing
You arrive at school filled with enthusiasm, ready to mold young minds. But then comes LA class. Story writing. “Woe is me!” you lament. “So many of my students hate writing. They just sit and stare at their papers! If only there was a former teacher who is now a writer who could help me.” Good news. There is! In this session, he will share all kinds of ideas that got his students unstuck and helped them develop their understanding of how stories are built. Participants will leave with at least half a dozen ideas for immediate use in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. His 2016 retirement allowed him to focus on writing, and he has since publsihed two novels for children: Space Cadets (2018) and Space Cadets: Battle for Tam (2022). He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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I Like Good Books and I Cannot Lie
Laurie will book talk more than 20 picture books (from popular to the unknown) and infuse the conversation around each one with strategies, activity ideas and writing templates for each one so that teachers can use them in their classrooms starting this Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Laurie McIntosh

Laurie McIntosh

Teachers These Days With Dr. Jody / I Like Good Books and I Cannot Lie
Some of the best lessons are taught in the moments between literacy and numeracy. These golden moments based on kindness, connection and community are the moments this kindergarten teacher and author lives for. With compassion and thoughtfulness, Laurie has an incredible way of acknowledging... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Number Talks: Developing Mental Math and Computational Fluency With Ease
How can I help my students add, subtract, multiply or divide? Number talks are 5 - 10 minute daily classroom conversations around various calculation problems. Join this session to learn how to plan, teach and assess these purposefully crafted mini lessons 3-5 times per week. Materials and handouts provided with a link to the session. Incorporate this routine in your math class and you will notice significant improvement with your students ability to perform mental calculations in all operations.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Come African Drum with Me!
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn a variety of different African drumming patterns that can be used from Kindergarten to Grade 6. You will be able to bring these patterns and drum stories right to your classroom as soon as you are done this workshop. Beginner teachers and teachers with experience are more than welcome to attend this session. You will be required to provide your own drum, whether it be an African drum, a table or a hard surface to bang on because this workshop is virtual.

Speakers
JL

Jessica Lysak

Music Specialist, New Brighton School
Jessica has taught with the CBE for the past 10 years as a Music Specialist. Inquiry based learning, creative visual journals and Music and Movement is a huge passion for Jessica when she is creating lessons and projects for her music classes.


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Permeating Laudato Si: Cultivating a Green Catholic School from the Inside Out
How do we help our students' respond to God's call to be stewards of creation while learning about complex Catholic social teachings? In this session, you will learn more about the importance of Laudato Si and how teaching students the Catholic Moral Decision Making Framework can guide them to action. See an example of how this was developed in a grade 4 classroom. Walk away with a planning template, ideas and resources to help you share this way of living with your students and staff.

Pope Francis's first encyclical, Laudato Si, addresses all of humanity and calls us to address the deep rooted causes of the ecological crisis facing the Earth. Rooted in Scripture, he provides guidance on how to resolve these issues. As leaders in Catholic education, it is our responsibility to help our students learn about Church teachings and use these teachings to grow in their faith and be stewards of the Earth.

This session will be applicable to both classroom and school-wide social justice projects.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Nguyen

Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Bear Necessities or Necessary Bears?
Take a walk on the wild side as we investigate one of Canada s most loved, feared, and misunderstood, wild animals. Unfortunately, the long-term outlook of the grizzly bears in our province is uncertain. Ever-expanding development, recreation, and resource extraction continue to increase while populations dwindle and habitat quality decreases. Biologists consider the grizzly bear to be an indicator species used to assess ecosystem health making them an excellent vehicle for learning about larger issues such as ecosystems, biological diversity and community, and population biology.

In this interactive session, adapted from CPAWS's Grizzly Bears Forever program, you will take part in curriculum-linked grizzly activities. Designed to inspire students (and adults) to become the next generation of grizzly bear stewards, these activities will help you better understand human impacts, how to stay safe in bear country, and how to advocate for these amazing animals!

Speakers
avatar for Sabrina Ryans

Sabrina Ryans

Environmental Educator, CPAWS Southern AB
Sabrina is passionate about helping youth and adults get outside and connect with their local landscape. She considers herself very lucky to have been able to build a career doing exactly that. Sabrina has a Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and holds certifications... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Big Ideas, Student Projects and Current Issues with Project AGRICULTURE
Explore big ideas like democracy, consumerism, diversity, sustainability, histories, innovation, technology and globalization through agriculture! Find out how to use the project AGRICULTURE curriculum-based program in junior and senior high Social Studies and Science classrooms. Access examples of sources and stories, engage with interesting and quirky trivia questions, find Alberta farm and farmer photos and videos and explore student-created projects that help students make connections between big ideas and agricultural issues and challenges.

This session will provide practical suggestions for using project AGRICULTURE with students as project-based, or simply, activity-centred learning,  and within in-class or remote learning contexts. Download any of the project/activity teaching guides, students learning sources, assessment tools and vocabulary supports or receive free print versions of any of the resources.



Speakers
avatar for Patricia Ramsay

Patricia Ramsay

project AGRICULTURE Lead Consultant
Patricia Ramsay is a former classroom teacher and consultant, who currently works on the development of curriculum-based resources and professional learning for organizations interested in supporting effective learning and teaching in Alberta classrooms. She led the creation and development... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Explore Energy Resources with Future Energy Systems
Energy. Climate change. The environment. The economy. The future. All topics of importance and of concern for many students. We are here to help bring them into the classroom! Join members of the Future Energy Systems team to learn about the University of Alberta’s world-leading research that will help Canada transition to a low net carbon economy, and explore educational energy resources produced by the program, including videos, activities, games, and classroom visits –– all with suggested curriculum connections.

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avatar for Valerie Miller

Valerie Miller

Explore Energy Resources with Future Energy Systems
Valerie Miller completed her PhD in land reclamation at the University of Alberta in 2019, working at a diamond mine in northern Canada to build soils using mine waste. During her PhD program she was a teaching assistant, primary instructor and community volunteer coordinator, and... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Addressing Secondary Eco-Anxiety Through Solutions-Focused Challenges
Complex environmental issues have led to the rise in 'eco-anxiety' among youth. What is this phenomena and how can we address it in our grade 9-12 students? This session will explore how solution-focused environmental challenges can empower and inspire students about the future. Taking a look at GreenLearning's Energy Revealed, Re-Energy and Flood:Ed programs, educators will walk away with a toolbox of free digital lessons, activities and tools to help them address the growing eco-anxiety among youth today. Be part of the solution and take action with GreenLearning!

Speakers
avatar for Sidney Howlett

Sidney Howlett

Crossing Curriculums for Climate Change/Science
Sidney Howlett is on a mission to empower youth to take climate action through education. Trained as a teacher, she has a diverse professional background leading outreach to post-secondary students, teaching in elementary and French immersion schools across Ontario and establishing... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Forced to Flee: A Virtual Simulation
"Forced to Flee" is a refugee simulation exercise produced by Canadian Foodgrains Bank. It is designed for groups in grade 7 and up, including adults. This virtual version is on PowerPoint and is designed to be facilitated through Zoom, either to participants who are all signed in separately on Zoom or to a group (such as a school class) who are in the same room. The virtual version of Forced to Flee is adapted from the original version of Forced to Flee, which is available as a free download. For Christian schools, an optional religious studies guide is also available for download. Join us to learn about both the virtual and in-person experiences. Please come fully ready to participate in this interactive activity!

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Roberta Gramlich

Senior Public Engagement Officer, Educators Program, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Roberta Gramlich works as a Senior Public Engagement Officer for Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an international relief and development organization that works with communities around the world experiencing food insecurity. In her role, she provides learning resources and opportunities... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Magnetic Manipulatives: 3D Printed Whiteboard Tools for Teaching High School Science
There has been a shift in educational technology back toward the humble front of class whiteboard. Inexpensive, ubiquitous, and rarely in need of a system update, your whiteboard is an essential teaching tool...if only you could move and manipulate the diagrams you draw, like on an interactive whiteboard. Enter Reuben and Brad, two seasoned High School Science teachers who are here to show you hands on examples of how to use magnetic manipulatives in their classrooms, with examples from a range of different High School Science Classes (Biology 20/30, Chemistry 20/30, Physics 20/30, Science 10/20/30) - instructions on how to 3D print their own manipulatives - inspiration for how to create effective manipulatives even if a 3D printer is not present at the school

Speakers
avatar for Reuben Mahaffy

Reuben Mahaffy

Lessons from the Science Classroom
Reuben Mahaffy is a Chemistry, Biology and General Sciences teacher with Parkland School Division. He loves avoiding his marking pile, especially when he's got some interesting new manipulative he can 3d print or a story he can research!


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Using EdTech to Increase Capacity to Support Social and Emotional Learning
This workshop will focus on teaching and learning of contemporary issues reflecting global perspectives and supporting objective teaching of these topics, using Ed Tech. It will introduce rich digital resources and illustrate how to provide students with cross-curricular learning opportunities to explore the diversity of Indigenous history, culture, and current events.

Edwin is an online ecosystem providing a safe sandbox for students and teachers to discover curated resources tied to the Alberta program of studies for use in teaching and learning. Participants will learn how Edwin develops assessment-capable learners, meets diverse learning needs, and provides the flexibility to combine with existing plans and resources. Edwin integrates with your school's current LMS to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment.

Speakers
avatar for Ami Shah

Ami Shah

Co-Founder & CEO @Peekapak, award-winning, social-emotional learning.@Imaginek12 / YC alum, @INSEAD & Previously @ProcterGamble#SEL #empathy #literacy


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:15am MST
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Building Resilience for Educators Through Trauma-Informed Practice
As an educator your mental health and emotional wellbeing sets the tone of your life in and out of the classroom . There are so many pressures on teachers and now more than ever resilience is essential to navigate the adversities of these times. During the pandemic the cost of caring has led to greater stress, burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. These impacts directly affect you and your students. Learn to recognize the signs and what to do about them. This 75 min session will help you understand what impacts resilience, determine what increases resilience and explore trauma-informed practice as a resilience practice.

Speakers
avatar for Ernestina Malheiro

Ernestina Malheiro

Founder, Trauma-Informed Educator, Uplift Learning Inc.
Ernestina’s lived experience with resilience and trauma has inspired her vision of creating a kinder and more compassionate society that is Trauma-Informed. As a Curriculum and Instructional Designer, she’s had the privilege of working with dozens of subject matter experts. They’ve... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 10:15am - 11:45am MST
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Mixed Media Visual Journals: Project Ideas, Media and Techniques – Part 2/3
In this set of three pre-recorded sessions, Mike will walk you through a number of mixed media project ideas. He will discuss media and substrates, tools and methods, composition and techniques for creating interesting and successful mixed media assignments. Stencils, transfers, resists, layering and collage are some of the techniques we will cover along with ideas for assignments that will engage your learners. These video sessions are created for a 'work-along' approach. Mike will set up the assignment and outline the process then he will show you how to demonstrate it for students. You can pause the video and work through the process so that you are confident in presenting these methods to students. Mike uses these mixed media assignments as one of the three major projects for Art 20 (3 credit) but you can adapt these ideas and techniques for students as young as about Grade 5 or use any one of them as a stand-alone Art project.

If you would like access to Michael's Google Drive folder filled with mixed media ideas, his production notes and more free resources, you can email him at: michaelgshain@gmail.com.

PART 2: TRANSFER TECHNIQUES & LAYERING MIXED MEDIA
The second of the three sessions will focus on:
  • matte medium transfers
  • packing tape transfers
  • making stamps, and building up layers
  • discussion of various media and layering one media on another
  • drying times
  • removing matte medium transfers

Speakers
avatar for Michael Shain

Michael Shain

Mixed Media Visual Journals
Mike is an artist living in Vulcan. His day job is teaching secondary Art in person and online and then traveling throughout Vulcan County to small rural schools. He brings hands-on Art experiences (and silliness) to students from K to 12. He visits six schools in five days and sees... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Visual Journal Ideas for Kindergarten to Grade 6
In this session you will have the chance to explore and learn about a wide range of visual journal ideas. Many different mediums will be talked about and ways you can incorporate these art mediums in to your visual journals. You will have the chance to see pages that are science, art, language arts and social studies focused. Leave this session feeling inspired to create and have fun with your classroom visual journals.

Speakers
JL

Jessica Lysak

Music Specialist, New Brighton School
Jessica has taught with the CBE for the past 10 years as a Music Specialist. Inquiry based learning, creative visual journals and Music and Movement is a huge passion for Jessica when she is creating lessons and projects for her music classes.


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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More “Time to Teach” Please!
More “Time to Teach” Please! Get all your students in the same network, just like your calling plan. Time to Teach! Gives you valuable instructional minutes in each day. Set your students up for behavioral success with this plan. When you get them in your network with strategies like Teach-To and Re-Focus, you will be amazed at the flow of your day. Leaving you to the business of teaching! This presentation will have you nodding your head and affirming your convictions of bringing out the best in every student. When students act up in your classroom, teachers are searching for the perfect blend of actions and reactions. Learn how to quickly and effectively analyze a situation, intervene or refocus a student’s actions, and allow the student to be integrated back into the classroom so learning can continue. Save the precious ingredients of time and energy as you allow students the opportunity to be successful. All of this and you maintain your dignity, no messy spills of temper and no burned egos. You will have time to teach.

Speakers
avatar for Cal Hauserman

Cal Hauserman

President, Hachi Consulting
Cal has been an educator his entire professional career.  He has taught at all levels from kindergarten to graduate school.  He got his start as a high school Social Studies teacher and then made the switch to the elementary level where he was a teacher and teacher/librarian.  Mid... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Student-Centered Learning in the Arts and Humanities: From Arts-infused Shakespeare and Social Studies to Vocabulary Self Collection Strategy (VSS)
This session is one of three showcasing Professional Inquiry Projects recently completed by University of Lethbridge Intern Teachers during their secondary Internships. Rachel will share the Drama/ELA unit she implemented to help foster positive experiences around studying Shakespeare. Kamille (also representing her collaborator, Rayelle Joevenazzo) will provide examples of how the visual arts can enrich the exploration of specific themes in high school social studies. Jennifer will describe a research-based approach to vocabulary development that prioritized student interests. The presenters will share their process of identifying and responding to a specific need, implementing and refining various strategies with students, and reflecting on the results of their inquiry. Each project includes a website or other reference material, and you will leave the session with concrete resources you can adapt to your own context. The three projects (and all projects from the Bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium) are available at www.uleth.ca/education/celebrating_inquiry.  

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Hanbury

Rachel Hanbury

All three presenters completed their PS III Internships from Sept.-Dec. 2021. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Biglin

Jennifer Biglin

All three presenters completed their PS III Internships from Sept.-Dec. 2021. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium... Read More →
avatar for Kamille Svrta

Kamille Svrta

Student
All three presenters completed their PS III Internships from Sept.-Dec. 2021. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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How To Engage Students Through Classroom Design
Low student engagement has always been a pain point for educators and is increasingly concerning in the post-pandemic environment. In this session, CDI Spaces classroom design experts will teach you how to transform your educational spaces to generate optimal student engagement for all learners. This interactive session features real classroom examples where you will discover flexible and agile physical setups using your current furniture solutions. You will learn about trends in student-centered classroom design and learning zones that accommodate independent and group work and support an inclusive learning environment. Ultimately, you will walk away from this session inspired and confident to create a learning environment for your students that will visibly impact their engagement and success.

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Craig Ward

Craig Ward, Student Centered Classroom Consultant, CDI SPACES
Craig Ward has been an account executive with CDI Spaces for 9 Years and has doing presentations at Schools and School Division in Alberta. His passion is creating spaces that facilitate the best learning experience possible! Every individual learns differently, and by relying on... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Stage Combat - A Unit Plan!
Participants in this hands-on workshop will walk away with a complete unit plan for stage fighting. The plan includes introductory trust exercises, stage fighting techniques, project ideas and assessments. Teachers can use this as a stand alone unit, or incorporate the skills learned into other projects.

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Kris Christianson

Teacher/Counsellor, Holy Trinity High School
Kris Christianson is currently the Guidance Counsellor at Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton. He has been a teacher for 17 years and a counsellor for the past 7. Kris has presented on a variety of topics in both mental health and drama at a local, district and provincial level... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Joy is a Choice: Embracing and Embodying a Joyful Lifestyle
We are all on a joy journey, but the path is not always clear. We may look for joy in different places in people, experiences, work but it can only be found within us. Learn how to embrace the transformational reality of joy and discover how it can change your life. Explore seven sequential steps for choosing joy every day.

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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. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Teachers These Days
Based on the bestselling book 'Teachers These Days' by Laurie McIntosh and Dr. Jody Carrington, we will hold a discussion and reflection around what we have been taught is a "good" teacher. We will examine in depth the stories and strategies in the book and spend time discussing safe places to land in these trying times.

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Laurie McIntosh

Teachers These Days With Dr. Jody / I Like Good Books and I Cannot Lie
Some of the best lessons are taught in the moments between literacy and numeracy. These golden moments based on kindness, connection and community are the moments this kindergarten teacher and author lives for. With compassion and thoughtfulness, Laurie has an incredible way of acknowledging... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Teacher Burnout & Resiliency
Exhaustion and cynicism are traits of burnout, and this makes it difficult to connect with students and colleagues and enjoy our jobs. Burnout has been a longstanding issue in the teaching profession, but it has become even more prevalent given the pandemic. This presentation will help professionals understand what leads to burnout, how to identify burnout, and how to increase wellbeing.

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Vanessa Colombina

Registered Provisional Psychologist, Pine Integrated Health
Vanessa is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and high school teacher/guidance counsellor. She is a member of the Pine Integrated Health group practice, offering individual counselling to teens and adults, with a sub specialty of working with perinatal clients, teachers, and Exposure... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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A Protocol for Schools to Address Suicidal Ideation Amongst Students
School staff play a vital role in the identification of student mental health concerns, including the identification of risk for suicide and supporting students to seek help when they express suicidal thoughts or behaviour. However, school staff often report feeling uncertain about how to best support a student in these circumstances. To address this need, a School-based Suicidal Ideation Response Protocol (SI Protocol) was launched in August 2019 by Alberta Health Services and is highlighted in the Alberta Government’s Pathways to hope: Best practices in suicide prevention for Alberta schools. The SI Protocol offers a standardized and structured approach for all roles within a school (i.e., school teachers, support staff, school mental health staff and school administrators). Between 2019 and 2021, a number of school authorities across Alberta have implemented the protocol. They have provided positive feedback about its impact to date. This presentation will provide an overview of the SI Protocol, describe the benefits experienced by early adopters, and highlight evaluation findings.


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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The Octagon of Life: Mental Health Care for Students and Teachers
In this 60-minute workshop, Jason will briefly overview his experiences living with a severe mental illness, bipolar I disorder. His experiences includes a three-month-long manic episode, a 57-day stay in the acute psychiatry ward and a 7-month long severe depression, which resulted in 22 different medication changes and adjustments. The overview is done so attendees can understand what certain behaviours may indicate that a student struggles with their mental health (ex. manic symptoms, depression, stress, etc.). The session will then detail how Jason regained control of his life with The Octagon of Life: eight areas of life to focus on for health, happiness, and fulfilment. The eight areas of the Octagon of Life include Exercise, Nutrition, Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Relationships, Career, Finances, and Mental Health Balance. These eight areas will be explained in the context of Education and how it relates to student and teacher wellness. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

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Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Practical Strategies for Struggling Students
What works for all students in the inclusive classroom? This entertaining session will provide teachers with a smorgasbord of instructional tips and tools designed to engage reluctant learners. You will also be introduced to some universal strategies that work well for all students. Once we understand these students and their struggles, we can teach the way they learn. Come learn practical tactics and effective approaches that work with struggling students. While many of these strategies come from the field of inclusive education, they are beneficial for all students.

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Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman is a dynamic, entertaining, and experienced speaker. With an engaging personality, interesting anecdotes, and an innovative approach, each session inspires and enlightens. He is currently an Instructor at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Thinking Outside the Box- Developing a Program for Students you Struggle to Reach
“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn”- Ignacio Estrada.

All teachers have students who they struggle to reach in their classrooms. Greg and Kaylen will engage with teachers around inclusive programming and reimagining how universal strategies can support our most diverse learners. Specifically, the presentation will focus on student-centered and motivational programming, the importance of clear structures and routines and its impact on the classroom environment, the power of visuals at all grade levels, ensuring solid transition plans, and understanding that all behaviour is communication. If you have a tricky student, this presentation will help both you and your student feel success.

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Kaylen Christiansen

Medicine Hat Public School Division
Kaylen Christiansen is a passionate educator who has spent most of her career working alongside students with diverse and complex learning needs. Kaylen holds a Masters of Science with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis and is also a Theory Trainer for the Low Arousal Approach... Read More →
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Greg Ferris

Vice Principal, Medicine Hat Public School Division
Gregory Ferris is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator who has spent most of his career supporting students with diverse learning needs. Greg holds a Masters in Educational Leadership with a focus in Inclusive Education and is a trainer in the Supporting Individuals Through Valued... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Leading for Equity in an Inclusive School
This session is relevant to all leaders who lead an inclusive school and are interested in continuing to further develop their current structures and practices. An inclusive culture will be explored through a variety of avenues, including the alignment of the school’s foundational statements including mission, vision, values and commitments. Leaders will be encouraged to first reflect on their personal beliefs of equity for all and then extend their thinking on how they engage their students, staff, families and communities to have clarity of the school’s purpose and values. Specific structures and instructional leadership strategies will be examined that support an inclusive school, with leaders having tools and resources to take away and immediately begin to implement in their schools.

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Lana Nogue

Learning Associate, Jigsaw Learning
As a Learning Associate with Jigsaw Learning, Lana Nogue has extensive experience in system planning and supporting schools and districts in strategically designing areas of focus and planning forward. Lana is integral to supporting schools and districts in implementing their Collaborative... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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What Could Go Wrong? The Simple Question Your Students Can Build a Story Around
“I don’t know what to write.” Has that sentence ever been uttered in your classroom? When it comes to story writing, so many students get stuck right at the beginning. This session will show you how to walk your students through a process that will take them from STUCK to STORY. Not only will it get your writers unstuck, but it will teach them plot structure and character development at the same time. You’ll go through the process yourself, and leave with a complete teaching unit that you can use in your classroom on Monday. (Or Tuesday, if you prefer.)

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Robin Pawlak

Children's Author
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. His 2016 retirement allowed him to focus on writing, and he has since publsihed two novels for children: Space Cadets (2018) and Space Cadets: Battle for Tam (2022). He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Word Power: Helping Children Understand Words
Reading and writing can be challenging for some kids, especially when they are asked to learn the parts of speech. Start by teaching them simple definitions and checks, show them why it will make them better readers and writers then give them a chance to use these skills. They will learn which words they should change in a sentence, how the smallest ones can carry the biggest meaning and how to arrange them to make their writing exciting and interesting. Nouns, adverbs and prepositions will no longer be a random topic, but an integral part of language learning. Teach your students about the power of words.

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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 →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Making Climate Change Education Relevant: Experiential, Place-Based Learning for Grades 9-12
Place-based and experiential learning are powerful strategies for engaging students in meaningful, curriculum connected learning. This workshop will explore a variety of GreenLearning's free, STEM-based programs on climate change, energy and the green economy. Educators will discover how our award-winning programs can be used to form specific and meaningful unit plans and how our challenges make assessment fun for both students and teachers. This session is suitable for educators in grade 9-12 learning in-person, online, through asynchronous and/or synchronous environments.

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Sidney Howlett

Crossing Curriculums for Climate Change/Science
Sidney Howlett is on a mission to empower youth to take climate action through education. Trained as a teacher, she has a diverse professional background leading outreach to post-secondary students, teaching in elementary and French immersion schools across Ontario and establishing... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Take the Project AGRICULTURE Challenge
Explore big ideas like the land and its resources, food systems, Alberta and Canadian histories, technology, careers and trends through agriculture! Find out how to use project AGRICULTURE in elementary classrooms. Access examples of sources and stories, engage with interesting and quirky trivia questions and find Alberta farm photos that your students can use to take the project AGRICULTURE challenge and make a timeline, design an amazing race, create a trending infographic, envision a job of the future or demonstrate a reaction in everyday foods.

This session will provide practical suggestions for project-based, or simply, activity-centred learning and within in-class or remote learning contexts. Five topics provide integrated mini-units or simple, activity-centred approaches that support Alberta Social Studies, Science, Health/Wellness, Language Arts and Math. Download any of the project/activity teaching guides, students learning sources, assessment tools and vocabulary supports or receive free print versions of any of the resources.



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Patricia Ramsay

project AGRICULTURE Lead Consultant
Patricia Ramsay is a former classroom teacher and consultant, who currently works on the development of curriculum-based resources and professional learning for organizations interested in supporting effective learning and teaching in Alberta classrooms. She led the creation and development... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Why Grasslands Can and Will Save the World!
Alberta's grasslands provide gifts of vast biodiversity, rich cultural heritage and essential ecosystem services. Yet, less than 2% of this amazing natural region is protected. What gives??? And why should you and your students care? Join CPAWS to unearth how relationships lie at the heart of why grasslands matter now and forever...

CPAWS invites you into the heart of our prairie home to learn how our acclaimed Why Grasslands? program engages all eight of Alberta's core competencies. You will fully experience how your students will:

  • study Indigenous connections to the grasslands
  • discover the interrelationships of grassland organisms
  • learn about grassland ecological processes
  • apply new knowledge to protect the environment

Discover for yourself how grasslands CAN and WILL save the world!


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Sabrina Ryans

Environmental Educator, CPAWS Southern AB
Sabrina is passionate about helping youth and adults get outside and connect with their local landscape. She considers herself very lucky to have been able to build a career doing exactly that. Sabrina has a Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership and holds certifications... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Prayer as a Personal Relationship with Jesus
"Prayer is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him, who we know, loves us." St. Theresa of Avila

God loves us unconditionally, he knows us intimately, and wants to be in a relationship with us. Like any other deep friendship, we cultivate it by communicating. We are all unique, and the way that we best communicate with others varies. Our Catholic Church recognizes this and gives us a rich and vast ways to pray.

During this session we will experience the three forms of prayer: vocal, Christian Meditation, and contemplative prayer. We will be looking at practical ways to cultivate our own personal prayer as well as our students. Areas of prayer include traditional prayers, Lectio and Visio Divina, Praying in Color and Bible Journaling.

This session is not only experiential, where you will have the opportunity to practice various forms of prayer, but you will also have resources that you can use in your school and classroom.

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Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →
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Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Explore Before Explain in Elementary Science: An Instructional Sequence to Help our Students Make Meaning
When teaching elementary science we often focus on the discrete hands on investigations which is essential, but how do we know students are understanding the scientific concepts connected to the topic we are working on? This practical session will focus on how to plan and teach science using the 5E instructional framework (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) to promote conceptual understanding with our program of studies. Particular focus will be placed on helping students make connections between the 'Explore and Explain' phase of this inquiry framework.

Research indicates that students' reading comprehension improves when they develop content knowledge (Willingham, 2014). Science builds students' background knowledge about how the world works. In this session you will learn when and how to introduce science vocabulary and how to use informational text to support knowledge gained in investigation.

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avatar for Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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The Importance of Storytelling for Science Education: Weird, Funny, Useful
How James Joule's Honeymoon, Gilbert Lewis' mysterious death, killer Giant Beavers, and the cross-curricular story of Nylon can help to engage students, illuminate the process of science, and incorporate indigenous perspectives into your science teaching This talk will address the importance of storytelling for humanizing scientists and revealing the process of science in science education. Examples of stories (with curricular ties) are included for divisions 2-4, with an emphasis on high school (since that's my world). Attendees will leave with some stories they likely haven't heard before, and concrete ideas for using stories to help incorporate indigenous perspectives into their classroom.

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Reuben Mahaffy

Lessons from the Science Classroom
Reuben Mahaffy is a Chemistry, Biology and General Sciences teacher with Parkland School Division. He loves avoiding his marking pile, especially when he's got some interesting new manipulative he can 3d print or a story he can research!


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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The Importance of Ethics in Artificial Intelligence
Make mistakes, accept failure, persevere, collaborate, empathize and consider someone else’s perspective! K-12 students are encouraged to be human in their everyday learning environments. However, how do we ensure that the Artificial Intelligence algorithms that are becoming more pervasive in our lives are also doing so. There are many efforts underway to make AI more human-centered and fair, and in this session you will learn about the sources of unfairness in AI, the role of abstraction, frameworks and traps we can fall into when abstracting. This presentation will provide you with interactive classroom resources to help you discuss this topic with your students and understand the role of data literacy and computational thinking in AI, and how open communities are leading efforts into ethical AI.

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Byron Chu

Program Manager, Data Science, Math/ Ethics in AI
Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and cloud-enabled projects. Since 2018, he has led the Callysto project in training teachers across Canada on bringing open data and data literacy... Read More →
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Vishal Balashankar

Vishal has a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, where he also worked as a Research Associate at the Laboratory for Advanced Separation Process. At the university, he developed a rapid evaluation tool for the chemists and engineers for a carbon capture process... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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The Science of Creating Effective Learning Materials with Dual Coding
As teachers, we often create learning materials in the form of slide presentations, handouts, and materials written on whiteboards. In this session, we’ll examine what cognitive science and dual coding theory has shown to be the most effective ways to present and organize these materials. Participants will explore these slide design fundamentals, learn specific practices on how to fix materials that are less effectively designed, and receive numerous free resources for designing the most effective slides.

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Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Maker Tech? What the Heck?! (Maker Tech Available from your ATA Available)
Have you heard about makerspaces or maker technology and wonder what on earth people are talking about? Would you like to get your hands on it to try it out yourself? In this session, Sandra will explain makerspaces, discuss different types of technology, and how you can borrow kits from the library for free – no matter where you live in the province!

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Sandra Anderson

Librarian, ATA
Sandra is a professional librarian who heads the ATA Library. Sandra’s passion is technological innovation and she applies this interest into all aspects of her work. She is an active voice on social media for the ATA Library and has developed web guides for teachers on dozens of... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
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Self-Care for Sanity
Please note: this is a three hour recording.

Avoid burn-out! This half 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. Take-aways: practical and effective ideas and activities to ensure self-care happens even in hectic teaching situations.

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Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, 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 →


Friday February 25, 2022 12:00pm - 3:00pm MST
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Artists and Education Funding
This session will provide insight on how schools can apply for government funding through the artists and education grant stream. https://www.affta.ab.ca/funding/find-funding/artists-and-education-funding

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Jodie Vandekerkhove

Artists and Education Funding Opportunity
Jodie Vandekerkhove is a professional artist with extensive training and education in the field of dance, holding a holding BFA (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and MA (University of Alberta, Canada). Jodie has 20 years of teaching dance residencies in school and now manages the... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Mixed Media Visual Journals: Project Ideas, Media and Techniques - Part 3/3
In this set of three pre-recorded sessions, Mike will walk you through a number of mixed media project ideas. He will discuss media and substrates, tools and methods, composition and techniques for creating interesting and successful mixed media assignments. Stencils, transfers, resists, layering and collage are some of the techniques we will cover along with ideas for assignments that will engage your learners. These video sessions are created for a 'work-along' approach. Mike will set up the assignment and outline the process then he will show you how to demonstrate it for students. You can pause the video and work through the process so that you are confident in presenting these methods to students. Mike uses these mixed media assignments as one of the three major projects for Art 20 (3 credit) but you can adapt these ideas and techniques for students as young as about Grade 5 or use any one of them as a stand-alone Art project.

If you would like access to Michael's Google Drive folder filled with mixed media ideas, his production notes and more free resources, you can email him at: michaelgshain@gmail.com.

PART 3: RESOLUTIONS
The last of the three sessions will focus on:
  • finding the stopping point
  • final layers and reviewing media on top of other media (sealing layers)
  • tracing paper layers, graphite layers and graphite transfers, fixative and sealing
  • composition and finding the stopping point
  • resolving the piece and engaging students in the discussion about the finished product







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Michael Shain

Mixed Media Visual Journals
Mike is an artist living in Vulcan. His day job is teaching secondary Art in person and online and then traveling throughout Vulcan County to small rural schools. He brings hands-on Art experiences (and silliness) to students from K to 12. He visits six schools in five days and sees... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Photography as a Tool for Developing Observational Skills and Self-Awareness
In an age of phone cameras and photo quantity over quality, an examination of Photography itself can be used to flip the script. Historical photographic practices will be examined for how they can slow us down from quick, thoughtless documentation to intentional, considered observation. Photo challenges are opportunities for mindful presence. The work of creating impactful and meaningful photos often begins well before picking up the camera. Explore ways to develop the skills of observation and awareness using the camera and photograph as the creative prompt.

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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. Her books include The 8th Island Trilogy (Above the Star, Below the Moon, Inside the Sun) and memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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E-Exchanges: Choose Your Own Teaching or Leadership Adventure!
Interested in an international collaboration with a colleague in Iceland, Spain, Germany, or Australia? Come to this session and learn how to build your own teaching or leadership adventure in an exciting 6 week virtual exchange. Carolyn Freed will be your guide in this fantastic new world!


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Carolyn Freed

Exchange Liaison, Alberta Teachers' Association
Carolyn Freed is the Educator Exchange Programs Liaison at the Alberta Teachers' Association, with over 10 years of experience coordinating international exchange programs. With a background in Communications and Technology, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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ASEBP Benefit Overview Presentation
Whether you’re a new covered member or not, this session can help you learn about the wide range of benefits, programs and services we offer. In this presentation you’ll discover how to get the most from your coverage, our different tools and platforms, the benefits of spending accounts and more!

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Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Look Forward to Retirement!
Teachers who are thinking of retirement are often fearful to leave a profession that has been their passion. How do you move from an all-consuming career to a life of retirement? Embrace this new phase of your life! Let me give you some ideas and inspiration to help you ease into this transition. Celebrate this change!

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Rhonda Hunter

Rhonda is a retired teacher of 37 years. She taught students from kindergarten to adult in a variety of settings. She has used her love of learning to transition to the retired life.


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Habits of Mind
Habits of Mind Art Costa and Bena Kallick describe Habits of Mind (HOM) as specific behaviors that humans employ when confronted with problems in which the resolution is not immediately known. These 16 habits attempt to explain how behavior and learning are intertwined and dependent upon one another. Costa and Kallick suggest that each time these behaviors are employed, "the effects of their use are reflected upon, evaluated, modified and carried forth to future applications." This ability is what they define as intelligence in humans, which is a distinct concept from cognitive ability. Intelligence is not just about having information but knowing how to use the information to act in specific situations based on previous experience. This concept applies to both academic and non-academic situations. Teachers will understand how this approach will enhance the life skills and learning of students.

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Cal Hauserman

President, Hachi Consulting
Cal has been an educator his entire professional career.  He has taught at all levels from kindergarten to graduate school.  He got his start as a high school Social Studies teacher and then made the switch to the elementary level where he was a teacher and teacher/librarian.  Mid... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Using Cultural Stories and Gamification to Improve Emotional Engagement
How to use cultural stories and gamification in your classes to improve engagement, comprehension, and retention. Step by step how-to for emotionally engagement.

Key Takeaways: * How and why culturally relevant stories improve interest, comprehension, and retention of the lesson * How to improve emotional engagement in your classes using cultural stories and gamification * Key components of a good cultural story to inspire your students * Tips on integrating cultural stories and gamification into your classes starting tomorrow and see the difference immediately.

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Meghan Gardner

Immersive Education & Experience Consultant, Guardian Adventures
Meghan Gardner is the founder of Guardian Adventures, which provides consultation and development of innovative and educational online and live events specializing in culturally relevant story-based and emotionally immersive experiences where participants are highly engaged and transferring... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Three Adventures in Technology: Personal Devices, Gamification, and Creating Curriculum through Role Playing Game Software
University of Lethbridge Intern Teachers during their secondary Internships. Heather responded to cell phone distractions in class by seeking meaningful ways to integrate personal technology into instruction. Rei explored gamification and game-based learning in science class to increase student interest and motivation.  Karl transformed social studies textbook content into a computer-based role-playing game and collected feedback around student learning and engagement.  
 
The presenters will share their process of identifying and responding to a specific need, implementing and refining various strategies with students, and reflecting on the results on their inquiry. Each project includes a website or other ready-to-implement material, and you will leave the session with concrete resources you can adapt to your own context. The three projects (and all projects from the Bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium) are available at www.uleth.ca/education/celebrating_inquiry.  

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Heather Campbell

Education. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium. Heather is an English Language Arts major from Cardston, Rei is... Read More →
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Karl Hanson

Student Teacher
Education. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium. Heather is an English Language Arts major from Cardston, Rei is... Read More →
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Rei Kissinger

Education. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a professional inquiry project. Many Interns choose to share their work at the bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium. Heather is an English Language Arts major from Cardston, Rei is... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Transforming Classrooms - Gaining Skills to be Effective in the K-12 Class and Beyond
This session is applicable to K-12 teachers and administration. In this seminar, you will begin to learn the skills which will help you to Introduce you to the purpose and passion of SILA Skills. Show the background of DBT Skills, of which SILA Skills workshops are based. Share the superhero powers gained through a SILA Skills Workshop. Give you a taste of the skills you will learn in a SILA Skills Transforming Classrooms workshop. Demonstrate the transformative effect that a SILA Skills Workshop can bring to your everyday life. At the conclusion of this session, you will have some practical skills you can start using as soon as you leave the workshop. You will leave feeling hopeful and inspired to do things differently in your classrooms on Monday. When you take a SILA Skills Transforming Classrooms Workshop, you will effectively address the Alberta Teacher Quality Standards #1 Fostering Effective Relationships and #4 Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments.

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Susan Mukanik

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Kelly Maxwell

Faciliator/Co-Founder, the SILA Skills Group
Kelly Maxwell (B.Ed ‘89, M.Ed ‘16) is an elementary school teacher in rural Alberta.  After 30-plus years of teaching, her passion for educating continues.  She has been and continues to be involved with professional development within her school district and at local Teachers... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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The Effectiveness (& Joy!) of Movement
Teachers need every tool available to help facilitate learning. The movement styles taught in this session can be incorporated into the classroom to improve Focus, Attention, Co-ordination, Memory, Presence; Calm; Peace; and Performance. Moving the body is good not only for physical health, but mental, spiritual and emotional health as well. Experience great tools for personal well-being, and improving student performance. Learn The Brain Dance (a pattern of eight movements that reorganize our central nervous system to help improve performance, focus and co-ordination), the principles of Nia (a fusion fitness technique that positively impacts the hippocampus, improving memory and cognitive function). Note: Session includes dance-based movement, so dress comfortably (in layers) and bring a water bottle.

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Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, 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 →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Give, Give, Give...Splat!
It’s a habit. You like to give to others. You say “Yes” to your boss, your kids, your partner, your neighbours, your parents, your friends…and often end up saying “No” to yourself, which inevitably leads to overwhelm, frustration and feeling stuck. During this fast-paced, interactive seminar, Suze will share 3 practical ways to find the “Yes” for you, enabling you to regain your energy and focus and live in a more fulfilling way.

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Suze Casey

CEO, Learn It - LIVE IT! Transformational Seminars Inc
Belief Re-patterning: The Amazing Technique for “Flipping the Switch” to Positive Thoughts (Hay House 2012) brought Suze Casey’s unique and evolutionary work to an international audience. Best-selling author, facilitator, speaker, radio show host, master laser-coach and entrepreneur... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Staying Sane! Principles for Survival in the Classroom
How does a teacher remain enthusiastic, happy, and well-balanced when overwhelmed by so many concerns, duties and responsibilities? This session introduces 5 principles of survival and a medley of practical strategies for dealing with these challenges to create a productive learning environment. Come laugh, decompress, and learn some self-care. These tried-and-true, evidence-based tips will provide hope and make your job easier.

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Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman is a dynamic, entertaining, and experienced speaker. With an engaging personality, interesting anecdotes, and an innovative approach, each session inspires and enlightens. He is currently an Instructor at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Trauma in Children and Youth and Solutions in the Classroom
Covid 19 has brought trauma to children and youth and is an ongoing issue in the classroom. We bring detailed information to both recognize and find solutions to the complexity trauma brings. We bring teaching on how the brain and body are affected by stress and trauma including PTSD, Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACE's), Positive Childhood Experiences(PCE), resilience, compassion training and boundaries. As a teacher it is possible to be experiencing one's own trauma. We explore ways to take care of oneself and students in the midst of this pandemic.

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Mia Klassen

Trauma Clinician, Freedom & Hope Counselling and Therapeutic Services
Mia is a registered Counselor through Canadian Professional Counseling Association (#3875) with a specialty in ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences): severe abuse and trauma, OCDs, PTSD, DID, and all diagnosed mental illnesses. Her passion is to support, validate and enrich the lives... Read More →
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Margaret Wright

Margaret is a registered nurse working part-time in pediatrics with a degree in nursing from the U. of Manitoba and 38 years of working in her profession.  Margaret teaches on the impact of trauma &  PTSD on the brain & body.  Included in her teaching are resiliency training for... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Why Kindness?
Now, more than ever, kindness is key to connection and relationships with our learners, colleagues and ourselves. Come to reflect on your own definition of kindness and take away strategies and practices to infuse kindness into classrooms and communities every day.

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Laurie McIntosh

Teachers These Days With Dr. Jody / I Like Good Books and I Cannot Lie
Some of the best lessons are taught in the moments between literacy and numeracy. These golden moments based on kindness, connection and community are the moments this kindergarten teacher and author lives for. With compassion and thoughtfulness, Laurie has an incredible way of acknowledging... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Teaching for Equity in an Inclusive Classroom
The role of the teacher in an inclusive classroom can sometimes be a challenging role with a wide range of expectations. This session will engage teachers in a reflective dialogue focusing on elements that they can build upon in their current classrooms, along with the importance of establishing a collaborative school team as a key component for teachers to share their expertise, strategies and problem-solving. This session is intended to reinforce the teacher’s strengths and encourage them to consider possible ways to extend their practices to ensure equity for all students.

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Lana Nogue

Learning Associate, Jigsaw Learning
As a Learning Associate with Jigsaw Learning, Lana Nogue has extensive experience in system planning and supporting schools and districts in strategically designing areas of focus and planning forward. Lana is integral to supporting schools and districts in implementing their Collaborative... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Honouring the Logan Boulet Legacy: Creating a Culture of Organ Donation
Green Shirt Day (April 7) honours the legacy of Logan Boulet who became an organ donor following the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in 2018. The details of this event inspired more than 100,000 people in Canada to register their decision to become organ donors in the few short weeks that followed. Logan’s family continues to raise awareness and support education initiatives to help even young people learn the facts about the powerful impact of organ donation. Knowledge is key to addressing young people’s concerns about organ donation. It can help them feel empowered to talk about it with their families and equip them to make informed choices in the future. In this session, discover an array of classroom resources with many cross-curricular links (K-12) to help you teach, learn and talk about this vital topic. Plan Green Shirt Day activities in your school and community or incorporate resources into your lesson plan any time of year. This presentation includes the perspectives of a donor family (Logan’s), a transplant recipient, a medical expert, and an advocate for public education and awareness. It also includes an introduction to a global program for K-5 called the Orgamites.

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Bernadine Boulet

Teacher
Bernadine Boulet is the mother of Logan Boulet. Logan made an incredible difference in the registration of Organ Donors following his donations to make the lives of 6 people better after passing from a brain injury sustained in the Humboldt Bronco bus crash in 2018. From this, the... Read More →
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Jenny Ryan

Program Manager, Organ and Tissue Donation, Canadian Blood Services
Jenny Ryan is the national program lead for public education and awareness for organ and tissue donation and transplantation at Canadian Blood Services. Jenny and her team have developed an education portal that collects and shares a variety of resources to support teachers in bringing... Read More →
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Jan Clemis

Provincial Director, Canadian Transplant Association
Jan Clemis has been an ardent supporter of organ/tissue donation as a volunteer with the Kidney Foundation and Canadian Transplant Association for over 25 years. She received “The Gift of Life” from her son in 2018 when he donated a kidney to her, and her former husband was a... Read More →
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Dr. Meagan Mahoney

Dr. Mahoney is a pediatric intensivist, children’s author and donation physician working at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is a strong advocate for donor families and is passionate about donation education and awareness, particularly in school-aged children. She is currently... Read More →
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Jenny Wichart

Jenny is a pharmacy clinical practice leader and transplant pharmacist and has worked at the kidney clinic at Alberta Children’s Hospital for 20 years. She has been actively involved in both the allied health and pediatric groups of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and the... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Writing 101
Do students write in your classes? Maybe you’re teaching language arts for the first time. Maybe you’ve taught it for a while, but feel a need to strengthen the writing component. Or maybe you don’t even teach L.A., but want to support students with their writing in your subject area. Whatever the case, this session will help by focusing on the basics of writing instruction. We’ll look at some of the significant challenges and lay out fundamental principles that will help you and your students succeed. You’ll leave with a solid foundation for an effective writing program along with some specific ideas you can implement immediately.

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Robin Pawlak

Children's Author
Robin was a language arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. His 2016 retirement allowed him to focus on writing, and he has since publsihed two novels for children: Space Cadets (2018) and Space Cadets: Battle for Tam (2022). He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Comment corriger les nombres 1 à 100 et 100 à 999
Avez-vous des l ves qui m langent 13 avec 31 ou 44 avec 84? Pourquoi est-ce que les l ves ont de la difficult avec les nombres 1 100 et 100 999? C'est souvent cause du vocabulaire. Une fois que le vocabulaire et la repr sentation des nombres sont ma tris s, les l ves peuvent apprendre les plus grands nombres. Dans cet atelier, je vais pr senter un syst me logique, tape par tape, afin d'aider les l ves apprendre le vocabulaire difficile des nombres 1 100. Mon syst me inclut les nombres 11 16, 30 69, les nombres 70 99 et les nombres 100 999. Lors de mon atelier, je vais partager mon exp rience comme enseignante de ressources en math s, enseignante et parent ainsi que ma recherche de ma ma trise. Je vais aussi montrer les tapes l'aide des vid os, comment aider les jeunes en salle de classe, petit groupe, 1 1 et comment les parents peuvent aider la maison. Chaque participant va recevoir un livret incluant chaque tape avec des vid os qui accompagnent.

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Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Canada's Black Music History: Sing, Move, Listen, and Play
Five years ago Alberta officially recognized Black History month and thus the contributions that people of African descent have made to the province and the country at large. Elementary music educators have been using a limited range of pieces from the African diaspora in their classrooms for years, however this session seeks to extend the repertoire in use and connect it to the history and the experience of Black Canadians and to its potential for skill building and developing music understanding in young children. The session will include call and response repertoire for nurturing vocal development, singing games from the diaspora, and spirituals to sing, listen to and play. The session also seeks to introduce, for K-6 children, the significant musical contributions of three national treasures: composer and choral director Nathanial Dett; internationally renowned soprano Measha Brueggergosman Lee; and jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson and his Canadiana Suite. This session includes call and response repertoire for nurturing vocal development, singing games from the diaspora, spirituals to sing, listen to and play and moving to Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite

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Dr. Kathy Robinson

Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Kathy M. Robinson is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Alberta and the director of Umculo! Kimberley. She has presented and published research focused on world musics in education, nurturing children’s singing and culturally relevant pedagogy and is an... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Explore Alberta from the Seat of Your Pants!
Virtually experience Alberta today, Alberta's past and possible future with www.albertatomorrow.ca. You'll get FREE access to a:

Time travelling tool to see what the landscape was like in 1910, 2020 and may be in 2050
  • GIS modelling technology that allows you to change landscapes into the future and see the effects on environmental and socio-economic indicators.
  • Climate Change module that lets you explore 3 different climate scenarios for the future.
  • 360 Virtual Tours of Alberta s 6 ecoregions with detailed hotspots .
  • Curriculum linked lesson plans for grades 4-12 for Social Studies, Science, Biology, CTS
  • Challenges, Quests and more!

Incorporate this amazing FREE, online tool into your teaching today.



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Jennifer Janzen

Explore Alberta From the Seat of Your Pants
With over 30 years of experience in various roles including a high school science teacher, plant ecologist, and environmental educator, Jennifer is now Executive Director of Alberta Tomorrow, an Alberta non-profit dedicated to providing a platform that empowers youth to design and... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Sacred Scripture and Storytelling
Bible stories? I've heard that one before! One of the aspects of teaching in a Catholic school is our effectiveness at opening our student's hearts to scripture stories and our willingness to share our own stories of faith. How do we develop this skill? We look to Jesus who was the best storyteller that ever lived! His stories and delivery caught the attention of his listeners. This session will explore the opportunities of storytelling in scripture, how to relate these stories to our students' everyday lives and what skills are needed to be an  effective storyteller.

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Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →
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Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Preparing Students for Their Future Energy Careers
Energy in Canada and Alberta's energy systems are undergoing a significant transition that will impact the future career opportunities for students. In this session, we will explore two of GreenLearning's award-winning programs: Energy Revealed and Re-Energy. With these free, hands-on and curriculum-linked programs designed to turn students into energy managers and renewable energy engineers, educators can inspire their students to see themselves in these future roles.

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Sidney Howlett

Crossing Curriculums for Climate Change/Science
Sidney Howlett is on a mission to empower youth to take climate action through education. Trained as a teacher, she has a diverse professional background leading outreach to post-secondary students, teaching in elementary and French immersion schools across Ontario and establishing... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Holocaust Studies: A New Locally-Developed Course One Year In
This session will explore the locally-developed course, Holocaust Studies, which launched in 2020 in collaboration between Foothills School Division and the Calgary Jewish Federation. As primary writer, Lindsay will walk teachers through the three levels of the course and share the experiences and resources used during the first year of implementation. Time will be spent on the curriculum of the LDC, hands-on resources and feedback, and group discussion.

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Lindsay Kate Anderson

Holocaust studies, classroom design
Lindsay is a passionate educator who is entering her 17th year as a teacher. Throughout the years, Lindsay has worked in a variety of school settings including private and public schools. In 2017 Lindsay completed her M.ED through the University of Alberta where she did her research... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
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Closing Keynote with Jann Arden
JOIN JANN ARDEN'S CLOSING KEYNOTE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK:   https://zoom.us/j/93910082755?pwd=SUNwTUtjQzhmY3lrVnZuQ1B5UTBDQT09 

If you get a message that the webinar is full, don’t worry! You can still watch Jann through this livestream link https://vimeo.com/event/1863659/ebcd8bae14.

Jann catapulted onto the music scene in 1993 with her debut album Time for Mercy. A year later, she had her international break-out hit “Insensitive”. Today, she boasts 19 top ten singles, 8 Juno Awards (including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year”), a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and is a member of the Order of Canada. Jann is the author of multiple bestselling books including If I Knew Then: Finding Wisdom in Failure and Power in Aging and Feeding My Mother – Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss. With hilarious guest appearances on Canadian TV and radio programs and her own comedy series on CTV, Jann’s influence continues to grow. Whether she’s singing, writing, or speaking, Jann’s wisdom and wit shine through in everything she does.

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Jann Arden

Jann Arden, CM, catapulted onto the music scene in 1993 with her debut album Time for Mercy. A year later, she had her international break-out hit “Insensitive”. Today, she boasts 19 top ten singles, 8 Juno Awards (including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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Grow into STEM activities with Micro:bits
STEM Education can save the world and bring hope and excitement to teachers and students alike. STEM involves students participating in cross-disciplinary activities involving (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, and (M)ath along with potential connections to any other subjects. In this pre-recorded session, participants will explore STEM education with an environmental focus and how to get started with the easy to use, inexpensive BBC micro:bit device. Fear not - this session is for absolute beginners and there are multiple optional activities that progress in challenge level. Join me for a hope-filled, hands-on session where you bring this exciting type of learning to your school. What's even better, micro:bits can be signed out from the ATA Library free to all members!

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Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
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