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Thursday, March 7
 

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)

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)

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)
 
Friday, March 8
 

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 Grassick

Dan Grassick

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)

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

Professional Development, Indigenous Education, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa Purcell is Dene 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 Reconciliation... 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)
 

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