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Thursday, March 7
 

9:00am

Let Them Fail - How Saving Kids is Hurting Kids
In a world overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed, one educator is calling for a new focus. Education has a problem; Our "best" students consistently cheat, crumble after disappointment, and flounder without hand-holding. Worse still, they are driven only by grades. (…You know the question: “Will this be graded?”) Meanwhile, our most challenged students consistently disengage, drop out, and think the whole thing is a waste of time. In this lively and hilarious presentation, teachers will get concrete strategies on how to use failure to create resilient, capable, self-motivated students.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
SHAW CC: Salons 8-12 (1320) SHAW Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

11:00am

Your Pension Matters
Limited Capacity filling up

A general overview of the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund (ATRF) pension will be presented. The session includes the following topics: • the ATRF website and MyPension • pensionable service and increasing your pension • pension eligibility, the options and the ATRF advance • steps to retirement • termination benefits.

Speakers
DA

Dana Adams

Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
Following 16 years with the Public Sector Pension Plans in Alberta, Dana joined the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund in 2001. After Dana received her degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta, she started her career in pension’s and completed her certificate in Pension... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
SHAW CC: Salons 19-20 (25) SHAW Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

11:00am

SESSION CANCELED Skills Canada Alberta - The Future is NOW!
SESSION CANCELED

Speakers
RT

Randi Tajcnar

Skills Canada Alberta
Randi Tajcnar, Education Facilitator for Skills Canada Alberta, received her Education Degree from the University of Alberta. Randi tours across Alberta connecting students’ talents and aspirations to meaningful post-secondary and career opportunities in skilled trades and technologies... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salons 17-18 (40)

11:00am

An Introduction to Treaty Education
This introductory workshop will explore historical and contemporary information and resources relating to numbered treaties within Alberta. Educators will build their understanding of the acknowledgment of land and people, as well as our shared responsibilities to the land and each other.   Participants will engage in dialogue and reflect on their professional learning in order to build capacity in treaty education. 

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Clark

Crystal Clark

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Crystal Clark is an Indigenous Education Walking Together Consultant working with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. She is a Fort McMurray born Cree/Dene and Métis who currently resides in Rocky Mountain House, AB. She holds a Masters of Educational Technology, Bachelor of Education... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 10 (180)

11:00am

Changes in the Legal Landscape 2018-2019 (What Teachers & School Leaders Must Know)
Teachers practice within a complex set of employment, professional and social parameters set out in various laws, regulations and policies. This presentation addresses, among other topics, employment contracts, professional conduct, teacher competence, professional relations, litigation, OH&S, cannabis in the workplace,  negligence and liability. The presentation can be structured as a general overview or tailored to the needs of the group requesting it. Current issues such as field trip liability, safe grads and assignable duties can be included.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Gillis

Sandy Gillis

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Sandy Gillis is an Executive Staff Officer of the Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salons 13-14 (40)

11:00am

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
This workshop is intended to guide and support participants to work collaboratively to develop learning-friendly environments that support inclusion in their schools. It reflects the collegial and collaborative culture of Alberta schools and encourages school staff to work together to consider the academic, social and emotional social needs of students. Participants will look at managing resistance, breaking down barriers, maximizing resources, and reviewing tools and strategies that have proven successful elsewhere.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Nancy Luyckfassel is an Executive Staff Officer in the Professional Development program area of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. With 25 years of experience as a teacher and an administrator in grades K-12, Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of stories to her... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 7 (55)

11:00am

Teachers Want What Students Need
Join ATA President, Grey Jeffery, for a frank and open discussion about the state of education in Alberta today and how we can make it a central issue in the upcoming provincial election. President Jeffery will take questions and lead a frank discussion on various topics from curriculum change and new standards, to collective bargaining and changing political realities; nothing is off limits.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Jeffery

Greg Jeffery

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
Greg Jeffery is the president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. He began his involvement with the Association in 1984, his first year of teaching. He joined his local council executive in 1989. Subsequently, he served as an Economic Policy Committee (EPC) member, EPC chair... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 12 (240)

11:00am

TQS 911: What You Need to Know NOW About the New Teaching Quality Standard
This September, all teachers in the province will be held to the new Teaching Quality Standard and must be able to demonstrate that they meet the included competencies. This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the new standard with Association experts and identify resources and activities that you can use to develop and demonstrate your competence in the months to come.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Staff, ATA


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 11 (180)

11:00am

Conflict Coaching - A Solution to Bullying that Actually Works
Traditional solutions to bullying don’t work. Punitive approaches inflame the situation and silence the person targetted, while “empowering the bystanders” seems to be ineffective. After 10 years teaching and 10 more in camping, Kathleen has honed a 3-step process that empowers the person targeted, breaks the cycle of victimization, and actually solves the problem. By combining elements of restorative justice, conflict coaching, and the latest bullying research, you’ll learn a simple new approach to help students escape bullying. 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 8 (240)

11:00am

Is This for Marks? Helping Your High School Students Care about Formative Assessment
How often do you hear students ask, “Is this formative or summative?” Do you feel like the only way to have your students care about an assignment is to attach a mark to it?
Resist the marks trap! Formative assessment is the key to successful learning in your high school classroom. Explore some practical ideas for incorporating formative assessment that will engage and inspire!    

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

Field Service 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 March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salons 15-16 (40)

11:00am

Building Additive Thinking
Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies rather than additive strategies. How do we support them in developing more effective strategies? Activities will be shared that allow students time to practice flexible mathematical reasoning through manipulating numbers by joining, separating, and comparing.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 3 (100)

11:00am

I Love a Challenge
Physical Education has a purpose beyond other disciplines. There is a curriculum but it’s also about teaching a love of physical activity. Or put another way, if you don’t also teach a love of physical activity, it defeats the purpose and there are direct and potentially lifelong implications for a child’s health and wellness. In this presentation, Olympic Skeleton Champion Duff Gibson talks about teaching a love for physical activity in light of current trends both in and outside of schools. Topics include the factors affecting participation in sport and physical activity, and fostering a growth mindset.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 (60)

11:00am

Create a Climate of Critical Thinkers in your Classroom - Tips & Tools for Energy and Climate Action Projects!
Climate change can resonate with every student, grade level and subject as it connects to our environment, economy, and society. This workshop will prepare you to return to your classroom Monday morning ready to explore climate change topics in a creative and meaningful way with hands-on, student-centred projects, and resources! Learn how to take your science lessons to the next level with a class-based citizen science project. These climate change projects emphasize personal action, engage students in local issues, and contribute meaningful data to a national citizen science database. You will also explore an energy efficiency and stewardship action kit - jam-packed with tools and activities to explore simple yet effective ways to conserve energy in your classroom, school and home. You will leave this session with a toolbox of lesson ideas and learning materials that will educate, engage and inspire your students to reduce their environmental footprint. Join us to explore how multiple balanced perspectives, critical thinking, and an experiential learning approach can energize your classroom! Div 2 - 4 and all subjects welcome.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 1 (40)

11:00am

Leggo My LIGO! Adventures with gravitational waves
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2015 the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves emitted by the merger of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago. In that one detection LIGO both confirmed the existence of gravitational waves and opened the doors to gravitational wave astronomy. Dion was lucky enough to participate and present at the first International Physics and Astronomy Educator Program at LIGO Hanford. Come learn a little about gravitational waves and leave with some hands on activities to do with your physics students.

Speakers
avatar for Dion Skitsko

Dion Skitsko

Physics Teacher, Mother Margaret Mary High School
Dion is a physics teacher and the Science Department Head at Mother Margaret Mary High School. He is part of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Teacher Network and has been a facilitator at Perimeter's Einstein+ Workshop. More recently he presented sessions at LIGO Hanford... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salon 9 (180)

12:45pm

7 Things You Could Start Next Week to Change the Assessment Culture in Your Classroom
Does conventional assessment work against your goal of building a classroom community that supports the well-being of all students? You CAN change the assessment culture in your classroom, and support learning while you’re at it. Explore some specific, practical assessment ideas that you can start implementing on Monday!    

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

Field Service 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 March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salons 15-16 (40)

12:45pm

Continuing ASEBP Benefits into Retirement
Retirement is exciting, but also a little daunting with all the paperwork and planning to be done. With so many things to remember, let the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) make one of your checklist items a little easier—your retirement health benefits. During our session, participants will learn about eligibility requirements for maintaining their ASEBP benefits into retirement, the different coverage options available to them, the cost of coverage, as well as benefit options available after ASEBP coverage has ended. This session is beneficial for employees currently participating in ASEBP benefits and thinking about retirement.

Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salons 17-18 (40)

12:45pm

Feeling Drained? How to Beat the Burnout and Make Work Fun Again
We pour our energy into our jobs, but too often, we’re left feeling drained and tapped out. This presentation will help you get back on track: Hilarious demonstrations, insightful exercises to figure out what’s causing your burnout, and inspiring stories of success. You’ll leave energized and empowered. 

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 8 (240)

12:45pm

Full Circle: Understanding Social Implications of Indigenous Realities
This workshop will examine core causes of intergenerational trauma, challenge common myths and misconceptions, as well as explore activities to foster effective relationships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, families and community.  Participants will explore assimilation strategies that have contributed to many current realities of Indigenous students, families and community.  You will gain an increased understanding of physical, mental, social and spiritual impacts, and strength-based initiatives to contribute to the advancement of the reconciliation process. 

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Clark

Crystal Clark

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Crystal Clark is an Indigenous Education Walking Together Consultant working with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. She is a Fort McMurray born Cree/Dene and Métis who currently resides in Rocky Mountain House, AB. She holds a Masters of Educational Technology, Bachelor of Education... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 10 (180)

12:45pm

School Leadership Within the Teaching Profession - Challenges and Possibilities
This session seeks to answer the question: If the core of educational leadership is promoting teacher learning, how can we support school leaders in their work? In this session, current and aspiring school leaders will examine the competencies of the Leadership Quality Standard (LQS), discuss its place within the triad of new standards for Alberta’s teaching profession, and celebrate the value of having certificated teachers serve as school leaders. Participants will receive practical information and resources that will help them develop their schools as communities where leadership and professional learning is fostered in all teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jeff Johnson is an ATA Executive Staff Officer working in Professional Development. Prior to joining the ATA, Jeff worked as a school and district level leader for many years. Jeff is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a recipient of Alberta’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Among... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 11 (180)

12:45pm

The ABC’s of School Leadership
Leading in today’s schools is complicated and filled with obstacles to navigate, situations to manage and people to interact with. In this session, Luyckfassel will draw on her personal leadership experiences to explore authenticity, bravery and compassion and how they are crucial to becoming a successful leader.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Nancy Luyckfassel is an Executive Staff Officer in the Professional Development program area of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. With 25 years of experience as a teacher and an administrator in grades K-12, Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of stories to her... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 7 (55)

12:45pm

Winning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms
Alberta schools are founded on the concept that all students can learn, regardless of their abilities. When teachers plan for and use effective learning strategies designed to help struggling learners, they also support many other students. This workshop will provide teachers with tools and strategies that can be used in any grade with all types of students. Engaging, interesting and active, this session will give participants ideas to incorporate into lessons immediately for positive results.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Scalzo

Jessica Scalzo

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 9 (180)

12:45pm

You Did What?! (When Teachers Get in Trouble)
This presentation examines a topics which lead many teachers to call the Alberta Teachers' Association for advice or representation. The presentation will examine protocols to protect teacher privacy and autonomy when seeking advice, interpersonal professional conflicts, contract and certification issues, employment risks related to the role-modelling obligations, problems caused by technology and social media use, and liabilities associated with providing service to medically fragile students. Come to this session with questions regarding dealing with difficult people, social media, professional conduct, legislation and anything else on your mind.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Gillis

Sandy Gillis

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Sandy Gillis is an Executive Staff Officer of the Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salons 13-14 (40)

12:45pm

Using Best Practices to Teach Writing in the Elementary Classroom: Launch pads and safety nets
Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students and especially those who struggle with learning disorders, executive function challenges and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. In this session, the speaker will outline a six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum. The speaker will also walk participants through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan.This structured writing procedure helps students develop the foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. It addresses metacognitive strategies and the four best practices for teaching elementary education highlighted by a meta-analysis conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012),   Disclaimer: Elements of the Tell me! program, developed by the Centre for Literacy, will be used in this presentation.  

Speakers
avatar for Ashley McPherson

Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 12 (240)

12:45pm

Building Multiplicative Thinking
Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies or less efficient additive strategies rather than multiplicative strategies. How do we support them in developing more effective strategies? Activities will be shared that allow students to go beyond the memorization of basic multiplication and division facts and develop the ability to work flexibly with the concepts and strategies of multiplication and division.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 3 (100)

12:45pm

Games and Activities to Optimize Self-Regulation
When children and youth have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for self-regulation they are better suited to make healthy choices that benefit them and their classmates. Join Ever Active Schools as we explore how classrooms for all ages can be optimal settings to promote these skills through fun, creative and original activities.


Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 (60)

12:45pm

Intentional Connection Building
 Let’s create some intentional connections!  School connectedness is increasingly recognized as a vital component of successful schools. School culture is improved when staff members are cohesive and collaborative. The research is strong and consistent; students who feel connected to school do better academically and are healthier.
Come prepared to connect with Health and Wellness Champions from multiple districts to celebrate and share how you are creating connections within your school environment.  You will leave this session with new ideas, resources and meaningful examples of how to better connect the staff and students in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.
AS

AHS School Health Promotion Team

Alberta Health Services


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 1 (40)

12:45pm

Let’s talk about sex…ual health education
Whether this is your first or twentieth year of teaching, this session will increase your confidence and ease some of your anxiety around teaching the human sexuality outcomes for grades 4-CALM. Come to this interactive session and discuss innovative activities, strategies to engage students in the classroom, and best practices in teaching sexual health. Test drive updated lesson plans for Grade 4-9 and CALM Human Sexuality outcomes, with all new diagrams, handouts, and inclusive language. Expand your knowledge of the free resources available at Teachingsexualhealth.ca, an authorized Alberta Education resource.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services: Teaching Sexual Health
Nicole Inglis has taught everything from grade one PE to Bio 30, and lots of things in between. She has been a teacher at both CBE and Calgary Catholic schools, and earned her MEd in Adult, Community and Higher Education. Nicole spent more than 10 years facilitating prenatal and parenting... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:45pm - 2:00pm
SHAW CC: Salons 19-20 (25) SHAW Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

2:30pm

Meet the Museum: Unpacking Program Potential at the New Royal Alberta Museum
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Get to know your new Royal Alberta Museum by registering for an engaging two-hour workshop with members of the RAM’s Learning Team. Through hands-on inquiry experiences, materials investigation and gallery exploration you will hear about the Royal Alberta Museum’s approach to learning and explore how our new museum can support your programming objectives.
This session will take place at the new Royal Alberta Museum, which is located in Edmonton’s downtown arts district. Our vision is to foster wonder, inquiry and new understandings about Alberta and its place in the world. We can’t wait to welcome you into our new building so we can work together to unpack the potential of one of Alberta’s rich community resources.
Participants will walk to the museum and meet presenter in the entrance.


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Royal Alberta Museum 9810 103A Ave, Edmonton

2:30pm

Mixed Media Projects **session fee & registration required**
Limited Capacity filling up

This session is designed as a “creativity challenge”. Versatile oil pastels, acrylics, watercolors, and different types of papers are used to inspire and create differentiated art projects. The techniques presented (creating textures, blending colors, creating new colors and using a solvent) can be easily modified for all grade levels. Cross-curricular connections are enhanced and addressed to support differentiated learning styles and ability levels. The session fee is $10 (cash only) and all take home supplies are included.

Speakers
CD

Christina Dixon

Over the past few years I presented sessions at various Teacher Conventions, Fine Arts Conferences, Professional Development Days, and private organizations/groups. As an art teacher, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore the artistic paths using a large... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 1 (40)

2:30pm

But You Don’t Know What MY Class is Like! Accepting the Challenge of Differentiated Assessment
It’s clear that Alberta classrooms are becoming more diverse every year, and this can create some assessment challenges. How can we differentiate assessment in a way that is effective, manageable, and equitable? Differentiated assessment can work – in every classroom!  

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

Field Service 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 March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salons 15-16 (40)

2:30pm

Addressing Learning Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom
Participants will consider the broad range of students who may have learning difficulties and engage in activities that simulate some of the most common challenges (visual, hearing, motor coordination, conceptual and organizational, and social disabilities). The workshop provides resources, basic strategies and other interventions to begin to address these conditions, but does not examine severe disabilities.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bateman

Dan Bateman

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan has been a teacher at all grade levels for 30 years as well as an Inclusive Learning Consultant. He has worked extensively with students who have disabilities and those who are from "at risk" environments. As an ATA Instructor Dan has presented this workshop numerous times at... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 10 (180)

2:30pm

PRISM: Professionals Respecting Individual Sexual and Gender Minorities
Schools are required to be welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that respect diversity and nurture a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self. This presentation supports teacher understanding of the issues of gender and sexual minority individuals. Teachers will learn strategies to build an inclusive school community (elementary and secondary) and to establish the support and operation of a gay–straight alliance, diversity club or antibullying club that promotes equality and nondiscrimination.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Scalzo

Jessica Scalzo

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 7 (55)

2:30pm

Promises, Posturing and Poppycock: Public Education in the Red Zone
We're in the Red Zone. A provincial election is on the horizon and rhetoric about public education is heating up. Join Jonathan Teghtmeyer (the ATA's Associate Coordinator, Communications) and some special guest pundits as they lead you through the shifting wilderness of the province's current political landscape to learn what may be in store for the future of Alberta's students, teachers, and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Teghtmeyer

Jonathan Teghtmeyer

Associate Coordinator, Government- Communications, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jonathan Teghtmeyer is the Associate Coordinator, Communications for The Alberta Teachers' Association. His primary responsibilities are in communications, political engagement and advocacy. He has a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Arts in Communication and Technology from the... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 11 (180)

2:30pm

Time Matters: The Difference Between Instructional and Assignable Time and How to Count It!
With all teachers in Alberta now covered by both instructional and assignable time clauses in their collective agreements, you and your colleagues may be asking what counts, what does not, and if you are within those time limitations. This session will give teachers the resources to determine what is instructional time and what is assignable time and how to calculate it.  The session will also review a teacher’s professional obligations that may extend beyond assigned time.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Rybotycki

Myra Rybotycki

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salons 13-14 (40)

2:30pm

Sensitivity Training: A Better Alternative for Repeat-Aggressors
We all know that suspensions rarely work. Sensitivity Training is a program that DOES work - 8 years running. The program builds empathy and problem solving skills in students who repeatedly aggress who initially show no remorse. Students leave feeling willing to repair the damage they've done. This session will give you the foundations to better handle difficult conflicts, teach empathy, and, if you choose, build your own scalable program.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 8 (240)

2:30pm

Mettre en oeuvre les meilleures pratiques pour enseigner l’écriture
This session will be provided in French. Writing is a complex task requiring many skills. The complexity of the task can be overwhelming for many students and especially those who struggle with learning disorders, executive function challenges and anxiety. Emerging research supports structured and explicit writing instruction to help all students develop effective writing skills. In this session, the speaker will outline a six-step structured writing process that can be used in elementary classrooms to teach students to write across the curriculum. The speaker will also walk participants through the creation of a detailed and differentiated lesson plan.This structured writing procedure helps students develop the foundational thinking and writing skills needed to become successful writers. It addresses metacognitive strategies and the four best practices for teaching elementary education highlighted by a meta-analysis conducted by the Institute of Education Sciences (2012),   Disclaimer: Elements of the Tell me! program, developed by the Centre for Literacy, will be used in this presentation.   

Speakers
avatar for Ashley McPherson

Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 12 (240)

2:30pm

Math Talks in the Elementary Classroom
Math Talks involve a daily conversation (5 to 15 minutes) around mental mathematics. They allow students to make decisions about choosing effective and efficient strategies, to clarify their own thinking, to learn from their peers, and to investigate mathematical relationships. In this session, we will look at: what Math Talks will look like at different grade levels, how to use models to promote thinking, and how to design purposeful talks to promote a variety of computation strategies.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 3 (100)

2:30pm

Hit It! Bucket Drumming, Boomwhackers and Beat Boards
Do you ever just want to hit something? In this session, Joyce will share many lessons and strategies for using bucket drums, Boomwhackers and rhythm instruments to get kids creating, reading and performing. Effective classroom management with regard to instruments will also be addressed. Your handout will include songs, stories and lesson ideas.

Speakers
JH

Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 25 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 March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
SHAW CC: Salons 19-20 (25) SHAW Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

2:30pm

Be Fit for Life Network - Orange Marks the Spot: Lesson Plans for Outdoor Adventure
Active play in nature and outdoors is essential for healthy child development. This interactive session will feature activities and strategies to develop competence, confidence and motivation to be active outside for life. The Alberta Orienteering Association and the Be Fit For Life Network have partnered to create Orange Marks the Spot: a series of lesson plans that are a fun way to introduce outdoor adventure skills to participants ages 5-12. Participants will leave with free downloadable lesson plans and strategies for use in schools, recreation, sport and community settings.


Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 (60)

2:30pm

Creating and Sustaining a Positive Workplace Culture
The health and well-being of school employees are essential for not only creating healthy learning environments for students but also for healthy schools in general. As workplace culture plays such a significant role in fostering employee wellness, you might be wondering how to create and sustain a positive one in your school community.  
 
This session, hosted by one of our workplace wellness liaisons, includes both discussion and activities to help you explore ideas that encourage positive staff relationships. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the resources offered through our Employee and Family Assistance Program, as well as the tools and supports available online through The Sandbox (a space for healthy school workplaces), and armed with wisdom gained through peer-driven conversations—all of which you’ll be able to apply in your own workplaces.


Speakers
AS

Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan

Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP)
Suite 301, 6104 104 St NW


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salon 9 (180)

2:30pm

Equine Assisted Learning
Most of us who own animals, know how therapeutic they can be. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) offers a unique way for children and youth to experience therapy settings. Did you know that horse therapy is available to you in Central East Alberta? Come and join Roxy (Nationally Certified EAL coach and owner of REAL Equine in Paradise Valley, AB) and Tracy (BTPS PUF/Early Learning Lead) as they share first hand accounts of the benefits of horses for children/youth with diverse learning needs, for LGBTQ+, veterans, survivors of trauma, addictions, etc. This session is suitable for all grade levels.


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Shaw CC: Salons 17-18 (40)
 
Friday, March 8
 

9:00am

Alberta Retired Teachers Association
The presenter will speak to teachers thinking about retirement and what to expect. The presenter will speak to the health, travel and dental benefits ARTA will provide retired teachers once they retire.

Speakers
JH

Jennifer Hope

ARTA
Alberta Retired Teachers' Association provides services and health benefits plans to retired teachers.


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
SHAW CC: Salons 19-20 (25) SHAW Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

9:00am

Classroom Design: Not Just a Seating Arrangement
Natural versus fluorescent lighting; neutral versus vibrant colours; desks versus varied levels of seating; fresh versus circulated air. Over the past two years I have completed my Masters of Educational Studies through the University of Alberta, where I did my research assignment on classroom design at the middle years level. Through the literature, interviews, and my own experiences I found four elements of the physical environment affect students: lighting, ventilation, aesthetics, and furniture. Lighting in the classroom includes natural sources such as windows and skylights, lamps, and overhead lighting.  Ventilation refers to the physical temperature and air movement within classrooms.  Aesthetics deals with the general atmosphere of the classroom, including colours, and furniture is more than just a place to sit and work. This session will explore my personal journey through classroom design, moving beyond seating arrangements, and will offer educators simple solutions to creating engaging learning environments for students in the middle years.


Speakers
LK

Lindsay Kate Anderson

Foothills School Division 38
Lindsay is a passionate middle years educator who is excited to have moved into the role of Instructional Coach at two middle schools in Foothills School Division. Miss Anderson brings with her a confident wealth of knowledge in engaging middle years students, primarily in ELA and... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Shaw CC: Salons 13-14 (40)

9:00am

Indigenous Education Resources: Where do I start?
This session will support educators in using resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.  You will learn about culturally responsive resources to increase your capacity in foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.  In addition, you will leave with tools to critically review First Nations, Métis, and Inuit resources for classroom and professional use. 

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Clark

Crystal Clark

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Crystal Clark is an Indigenous Education Walking Together Consultant working with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. She is a Fort McMurray born Cree/Dene and Métis who currently resides in Rocky Mountain House, AB. She holds a Masters of Educational Technology, Bachelor of Education... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Shaw CC: Salon 10 (180)

9:00am

Teaching from the Outside In: Attending to the Pedagogical Call of the Wild
Today, partly due to increased urbanization, over-scheduling of children, the lure of technology, and parental/societal fears, children are experiencing significantly less direct contact with the natural world.  Research is finding that there are multiple benefits if children can spend more time in green spaces (such as parks, gardens, and forested areas).  Besides developing greater ecological sensitivity in children, time spent in outdoor green spaces can decrease the symptoms of stress and anxiety, boost immune function, improve cognitive performance, lower rates of depression, and decrease the symptoms of ADHD. As children in “developed” nations become increasingly disconnected from the natural world, it is critical to ensure that direct experience with nature is integrated into school curricula; both for the well being of today’s children, and also for the world upon which they depend.  This presentation deals with two aspects which must be considered: the need to develop green spaces at Canadian schools, and the synergistic re-focussing of and support for teachers so they will take their students outside.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassic

Dan Grassic

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan Grassick is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area. Among his chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's teachers' convention associations and working with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Before joining... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Shaw CC: Salon 9 (180)

9:00am

Thinking about Learning—Metacognition and Mindfulness
This workshop looks at the role the brain plays in successful learning. The facilitator will guide participants by helping them establish an understanding of metacognition and mindfulness, explore conditions that encourage metacognition in the classroom, engage with instructional practices that model metacognition for our students, and identify mindfulness skills that increase student awareness. The content of this workshop is valuable for every teacher and students at all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Mary Frances is an ATA Association Instructor with a long and distinguished teaching career with Edmonton Public. She has specialized in the areas of drama and school counselling. She also is the current Vice President of the ATA provincial specialist Council of School Counsellor... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Shaw CC: Salon 7 (55)

9:00am

Trauma-Informed Practice: Safe, Supportive and Self-Regulated Classrooms
Participants in this interactive workshop will receive information and tools to help provide safe, supportive and self-regulated environments for students who have experienced trauma. Teachers will be provided with background information on trauma and its effects on the child and adolescent brain, how to create trauma-informed environments, and how to help build resiliency and self-regulation skills in students. This workshop also focuses on self-care for teachers, while providing useable techniques and strategies to support trauma-informed practice in Alberta classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Gallant

Shannon Gallant

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Shaw CC: Salon 11 (180)

9:00am

African Music for Children
Limited Capacity seats available

In August 2017, Garth Prince returned home to Namibia for the first time in nine years to share his Canadian (African music) residency experience with students there. Music is very much a part of the culture in Namibia, but not part of the school curriculum. Three weeks later, Prince returned to Canada with new insight and experiences he now shares in stories, games and songs. In this workshop, Prince teaches you one song and a musical game he learnt on his trip. Teachers receive sheet music of the song so that they in turn can teach it to their own students. Garth will also answer questions about his trip, and give tips to teachers planning trips to Africa for leisure and/or educational purposes.

Speakers
avatar for Garth Prince

Garth Prince

Africansong.org
As a native of Namibia with years of experience in promoting African culture and community-building through song, dance and instruments, Garth Prince offers unique programs for schools and venues across North America.


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Shaw CC: Salon 1 (40)

9:00am

Invisible Waste: Air quality lesson plans from TELUS World of Science Edmonton
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will introduce you to the science of air quality and offer ways of bringing this important topic into your classroom through hands-on activities and inquiry-based experimentation. We will learn about common air pollutants, their impact on our health and the environment, how we can measure and monitor air pollution, and where we can find reliable air quality data for Alberta. Workshop participants will receive several free resources including a series of air quality lesson plans, a PocketLab Air sensor (up to $300 value), materials lists for all activities, teacher's resources, and much more! Come learn how these resources can be applied in your classroom in support of the Alberta science curriculum for grades 4, 7, 9, and Science 30.

Speakers
MA

Maura Armstrong

5, TELUS World of Science Edmonton
Maura Armstrong has taught outside the traditional classroom since 2009. As the manager of school programs at TELUS World of Science Edmonton, she runs the in-house and outreach team. She is passionate about teaching high quality science lessons, and empowering teachers to do the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Shaw CC: Salons 15-16 (40)

9:00am

Calm Classroom: A Calm Mind Is A Focused Mind
Take time out to deeply relax your body and mind as Susan guides you through a meditation (yoga nidra, a technique she studied with Yoga Masters in India and in California with Dr. Richard Miller) and teaches you simple and easy to learn mindfulness techniques some as short as 1-3 minutes in length.  Susan will show you how to integrate these mindfulness and meditation techniques into your daily life and classroom so you won't feel as drained or burnt out by the end of the day and will have a calmer classroom environment.  She will also teach you some quick and simple movement and breath exercises to connect your mind and body.  These exercises are great to help both you and your students refocus or "wake up" when your minds are wandering and you get that tired sleepy feel. 
This is a session you definitely don't want to miss as Susan brings these ancient meditation and mindfulness techniques she studied in India, New Mexico and California with world-renowned Yoga Masters making them easily accessible to you.
"If you're up for the challenge we will begin day 1 of the beKIND Mindfulness Challenge so you too can join our beKIND Mindfulness Movement of over 13 000 adults, teens and kids. I look forward to sharing these meditation and mindfulness techniques with you as I have seen them change lives. Hope you can join us!". Susan =;)

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Susan Agrios is founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS dedicated to helping & motivating others lead healthier lives physically & mentally through movement & breath. K-12 former schoolteacher, multi sport world medalist & record holder with more than 2 decades of experience as a fitness... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 (60)

9:00am

The Hunger Games: That kid’s just looking for attention…
"That kid's just looking for attention..." Probably. But not for why you think. Kids are starved for connection, direction, attachment and positive adult relationships, and we need to fortify them! This session speaks to the biological, psychological and developmental reasons kids seek our attention, why they NEED to seek our attention and why we MUST give it to them. Using videos, humor and different perspectives, we'll look at the behaviors and brains of these kids and the survival games they play. Participants will learn the "Vitamin C" approach to attention seeking behaviors, and explore the research, theory and practical applications of nourishing our students with the time and attention they seek…and deserve.

Speakers
AH

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Knowledge is Power: Consulting & Wellness Services
Ariel Haubrich, M.Ed Psych works in school mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner. She is a Certified Professional Counsellor, and has over 15 years of experience as a counsellor and programming coordinator in... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 8 (240)

9:00am

Make Writing: Engaging Your Most Print Resistant Writers
You know who I’m talking about: The kids who can’t sit still. The kids who refuse to put down print. The kids who claim to hate writing. You aren’t alone in your frustration, you know. Over the last two decades, I’ve worked with so, so many writers like this, in my own classroom and in my writing studio, too. Want to know what the most important thing I learned was? That I had a lot of learning to do.
It all started when I admitted defeat, dropped my pencil and asked, “If you don’t want to write, then tell me: What would you rather be doing?”
 
That’s when my most resistant writers became my greatest teachers. They taught me a great deal, and I’d love to share my learning with you.
 
Participants in this session will gain:
  • A deeper understanding of the maker movement and why it’s important to create future-ready writing workshops and classrooms
  • Low budget supply lists and all of the inspiration you’ll need to create tinker trays, totes, and tool buckets with purposeful intention
  • Mini-Lessons and instructional approaches that will help you make great use of those tools while elevating the writing process, craft, and form
  • An awareness of five specific approaches that integrate making and writing in every content area and grade level
  • Promising practices that help transition your most print resistant writers from making to the written word without too much turbulence

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 12 (240)

9:00am

Teaching Word Solving Strategies - A Forgotten Skill?
Limited Capacity seats available

While strategies for comprehension are the primary focus of reading instruction, the ability to recognize words by sight and how to solve unfamiliar words is also necessary. So you know your students would benefit from learning these specific skills, but you're not sure how to teach these strategies. This session will show you how to identify students who need this specific instruction and how to actively engage them in word work lessons. The areas that will be addressed include: how sounds in the English language are represented by various letter combinations; how to break words into parts; and how to effectively use context to solve unfamiliar words – ALL WITHOUT WORKSHEETS! As an added bonus, many of these skills are related to helping students become better spellers too. Optional $10.00 (cash only) fee for a CD with printable materials.

Speakers
avatar for Blanche Lamont

Blanche Lamont

other, Rainbow Literacy
Literacy expert Blanche Lamont has offered literacy workshops to thousands of teachers locally, provincially, and at international conferences. She addresses literacy instruction in a manner easily accessible to beginning and experienced teachers alike. She is the author of Mentoring... Read More →



Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 3 (100)

9:00am

Canadian Landscape à la Ted Harrison **session fee & registration required**
Limited Capacity seats available

For those who love Canada’s North, Ted Harrison is a MUST. His use of vibrant colours and bold lines made him a favourite artist among Canadian students. With the help of chalk-, oil pastels, and mixed media, 3 beautiful sceneries will come to life. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation (bring your own USB stick) that can be used directly in their art classrooms. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4- 10. All supplies provided by the instructor. $10 (cash only)registration fee. 

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan is an artist – educator from Edmonton. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Bogdan is very versatile in terms of the subjects he undertakes. Using chiaroscuro and glazing techniques, Bogdan has come to specialize in painting murals and reproducing the works... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 12:15pm
Shaw CC: Salons 17-18 (40)

10:45am

Teaching the Holocaust in the Middle Years
For the past 10 years Lindsay Anderson has been integrating Holocaust studies into her middle years Social Studies and ELA classes in grades 7-9. This session will explore how to safely enter into a study of the Holocaust and bring students out with a better understanding of Jewish life before, during, and after this period in history. Educators will explore resources GALORE, share how they currently integrate Holocaust studies, learn more about the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, and walk away with ideas to use starting Monday morning.

Speakers
LK

Lindsay Kate Anderson

Foothills School Division 38
Lindsay is a passionate middle years educator who is excited to have moved into the role of Instructional Coach at two middle schools in Foothills School Division. Miss Anderson brings with her a confident wealth of knowledge in engaging middle years students, primarily in ELA and... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salons 13-14 (40)

10:45am

Whiteboarding in the Science Classroom
Whiteboarding can be defined by some as an effective classroom strategy that uses dry-erase boards to actively engage students in the learning process. This strategy provides students with ongoing evaluation and quick feedback that guides understanding and comprehension of subject matter. It also allows students to engage in a collaborative learning process with their peers enabling them to learn from each other and provides the teacher with another formative assessment tool to use in their classroom. This session will introduce you to multiple methods on how you can use whiteboarding with your science students.

Speakers
KB

Kristian Basaraba

Next Step High School
Kristian Basaraba is presently a high school science teacher at Next Step High school in Sherwood Park. He has a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Montana State University and has taught all levels of high school science, including International Baccalaureate and non-academic... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salons 15-16 (40)

10:45am

Alberta Education Curriculum Update
We're three years into an ambitious curriculum overhaul and a year closer to new programs of study for arts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and wellness. Currently, implementation activities for the new Kindergarten to Grade 4 programs of study are beginning and the development of learning outcomes for Grade 5-12 subjects is underway. This session will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the new curriculum and its implementation with colleagues and to ask questions and provide feedback to Alberta Education officials.


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 9 (180)

10:45am

Cannabis: The Plant not the Politics
Cannabis has a long and deep relationship with humankind. Fibres are used for clothing; seeds are harvested for their nutrient-rich oils, and cannabis flowers are processed for their medicinal and (of course) psychoactive properties.
Cannabis is, quite simply, one of the world’s most fascinating plants. Jim will talk about the cannabis plant without the politics. (OK, perhaps just a wee bit of politics for good measure!)

Speakers
avatar for Jim Hole

Jim Hole

co-owner, Hole's Greenhouses
Jim Hole lives in Edmonton Alberta and works nearby at his family’s greenhouse and garden centre in Saint Albert, where divides his time between writing about what he does and doing what he writes about. Explaining what makes plants tick is Jim’s specialty, and he does it without... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 11 (180)

10:45am

Moving from Inspiring to Requiring: Indigenous Education & the New Teaching Quality Standard
The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to demonstrate foundational knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit for the benefit of all students. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of reconciliation, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional Indigenous Education learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 10 (180)

10:45am

Teacher and Administrator International Exchanges- 2 Week and 1 Year Exchanges
Exchanges are a unique and truly interactive professional peer-to-peer development opportunity for teachers and school administrators to collaborate within their profession. Open the door and get out of your comfort zone, engage in meaningful conversations and experience first- hand how your colleagues around the globe engage with best practices. See how other systems approach matters such as inclusion, indigenous ways of knowing, second language learning, remote and rural education. For the short term exchange, you are hosted by your exchange partner for 2 weeks, and you then reciprocate by hosting the overseas teacher. For full year exchanges you switch homes and positions for the entire year. Destinations include Australia, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and Iceland. Please join us for a session on exchange opportunities to shake things up and sail your ship in the direction of global citizenship and international community building.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Freed

Carolyn Freed

Exchange Liaison, Alberta Teachers' Association
Carolyn Freed is the Exchange Liaison for the International Education Exchange Program. With a background in Communications and Technology, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities to learn from and with each other.


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
SHAW CC: Salons 19-20 (25) SHAW Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

10:45am

When Students Get in Trouble—Alternatives to Consider
This workshop will look at the factors that may be behind the behaviour, choices school staff have when responding, and ways to restore relationships and provide restitution. Topics covered will also include the value of positive culture, conscious connection and accountability.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Nancy Luyckfassel is an Executive Staff Officer in the Professional Development program area of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. With 25 years of experience as a teacher and an administrator in grades K-12, Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and an abundance of stories to her... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 7 (55)

10:45am

MINDFITNESS Breaks: Quick Techniques to Create a Calm, Focused & Fit Classroom
Mindfitness: the condition of being mentally and physically healthy 
The new signature MINDFITNESS Training combines Mindfulness and Fitness to create MINDFITNESS.  Designed specifically for teachers, students and parents we use movement and breath to connect the body and mind. Research shows exercise boosts student’s academic achievement, decreases behavior problems and improves focus and retention of information.  
During this session I will teach you MINDFITNESS techniques for relaxation, to improve fitness (DPA), focus, attention and concentration and to foster self-regulation. You will also experience in 30 seconds how you can shift negative thought patterns with a very simple breathing technique.
So come join us to experience MINDFITNESS techniques and learn how to integrate this into your daily life and classroom so everyone can lead healthier lives physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. 
The MINDFITNESS kit will be released in the Spring of 2019. 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Susan Agrios is founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS dedicated to helping & motivating others lead healthier lives physically & mentally through movement & breath. K-12 former schoolteacher, multi sport world medalist & record holder with more than 2 decades of experience as a fitness... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 5/6 (60)

10:45am

Me, My Selfie and I; How Social Media is Creating a Self-Obsessed Generation
National award winning speaker and author and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, reveals how social media can create an unhealthy obsession with self, which could lead to impatience, a lack of empathy, a need for instant gratification and serious mental health issues. Wade shares the latest research on the topic along with important tips on how to break the addiction before it turns into a serious mental health issue and learn to balance the virtual world world with the real world. Wade Sorochan is the author of the groundbreaking book UNSOCIAL MEDIA; VIRTUAL WORLD CAUSING REAL WORLD ANXIETY--the book is being used as a valuable resource in schools and by parents throughout Canada. Wade Sorochan is recognized as "Canada.s Social Media Expert."---Toronto Star, CTV, Global TV, City TV.

Speakers
avatar for Wade Sorochan

Wade Sorochan

Owner, Wade Sorochan Communications
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and national award Winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. As a mental illness survivor, Wade is a sought after motivational speaker bringing awareness to those areas in life that can cause serious mental health issues. Wade... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Shaw CC: Salon 1 (40)

1:00pm

Kids These Days are the Least of our Worries: All We Need is You
Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada, and after 13 years (!) of post-secondary education, she took her first job on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. It was during those 10 years that she learned the most about kids, families, relationships, and the vital importance of connection. Today, she is back living in a rural setting, managing a private practice, raising a family, speaking around the country about relationships, connection and her new book, “Kids These Days”. Jody passionately believes in the power of the relationship with the people we love, lead, and teach. Her favourite thing on the planet to do is to speak with educators – they have the power to change the trajectory of a life every single day. It’s time, she believes, that we need to start focusing less on kids these days, and more on those of you who hold them every day. The core of everything she speaks and writes about comes down to this: we are wired to do hard things. We can do those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.

Friday March 8, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
SHAW CC: Salons 8-12 (1320) SHAW Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9
 

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