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Thursday, February 13
 

9:00am

Opening Keynote: The Innovator’s Mindset
Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities and that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only on what we know but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title), and share powerful examples of why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will definitely connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading keynote speaker on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning in the education sector. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator to school and district administrator. He is also is the author of the bestselling... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
Hall A

9:00am

ATRF Individual Interviews
Use the link below to book your Pension Consultation through ATRF:

http://mypension.atrf.com/conventions.asp?mKey=37​​​



Thursday February 13, 2020 9:00am - 4:30pm
Salon F

10:45am

Blood Donor Group 1
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Make sure to READ all of this information before signing up for a spot in this shuttle group:
Blood Donor Guidelines

Use this link to reserve your spot on the shuttle:
Sign Up Form

Shuttle pick up is at Jasper Avenue main doors.

10:45am

Digital Camera Lens Basics
Limited Capacity full
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Introduction into DSLR Lenses. Learn about the various types of lenses. What is the sweat spot in your lens? Why do lenses vary in price so much and how to get the most from your camera and it's lenses. What distortions do lenses have. Attendees should know basic camera operation of a DSLR or mirrorless cameras to get the full impact of this session.

Speakers
DS

Dave Shankowski

Teacher, Dave
I have taught and enjoyed photography for over 25 years. Come learn from my expertise and experiences so that you can enhance your photographic skills.


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 17/ 18

10:45am

Explorations in Excellence
More people have walked on the moon than have been to the places Jill Heinerth has explored right here on earth. Instead of following maps, she has blazed a trail into the planet exploring lava tubes beneath the ocean floor, submerged caves inside icebergs, and the deepest recesses of the world’s oceans.
Jill Heinerth’s dynamic multimedia presentation will inspire audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears. She shares remarkable experiences and lessons learned in the deadly arena of extreme underwater exploration and adventure filmmaking, applying her practical knowledge to share lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.


Speakers
avatar for Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth hasseen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, tosearching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity andpassion... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Hall A

10:45am

I Didn't Know I Could Do That in Math!
Limited Capacity full
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Come fill your goody bag with great digital tools to support mathematical practices! This session will explore creating collaborative classroom communities through the power of google slides to support students in leveraging mathematics as a sense-making tool. Walk away with great math apps, extensions along with new ideas and strategies that you can use with your students tomorrow! If you are looking to freshen up your math routine, check this one out! Participants are encouraged to bring a Chromebook or laptop (with the Chrome browser) to be able to explore some of tools shared during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Dane Sadownyk

Dane Sadownyk

Administrator/Educational Technology Consultant
Dane serves as an Administrator for specialized district programming, as well as a known Educational Technology Consultant. Dane is a past international presenter at ISTE (2018, 2019), as well as the Discovery Education Summer Institute. He was a featured presenter for the Northern... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 3

10:45am

It's True ... Math CAN Be Fun! Even While Building Estimation Skills.
Limited Capacity full
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Estimation mysteries, where students have an opportunity to read clues and narrow their thinking, provide students with the opportunity for openly talking about math. In this session, you will participate in some open ended activities suitable for grades 1 - 8. Then I will show you how they are made. Disclaimer - some of what I will share in this session may not be truly original, but I am hoping that you will find the material as engaging as I do. Besides some previously made estimation mysteries that have been openly shared by a guru on this, I have also come up with some of my own that are directly related to some curricular outcomes in the middle school grades. Afterwards, you may be inspired to make some of these yourself , or have your students make them to challenge peers.My Google folder of resources (suitable for grades 1 through 8), will be shared at the end, so that you can add these to your own drive to use in the future. Hope to see you in the audience :)

Speakers
avatar for Carly Johnson

Carly Johnson

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Carly Johnson is passionate about teaching and loves math, technology, and anything creative. She loves to co-teach or collaborate and to see the creative ways that other teachers have approached student learning. Her sessions involve hands on learning for participants. Carly has... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 6

10:45am

Put a Spark into your Digital Projects with Adobe Spark Apps
Limited Capacity seats available

Adobe Spark apps are powerful, free creativity apps that students of any age can use. The platform is so easy that students in the younger grades can create engaging projects, yet sophisticated enough to appeal to older students as well. There are many pre-made templates and themes to choose from or you can create your own projects from scratch. With the Spark Post app, your students can create posters, greeting cards, invitations, announcements, flyers, brochures, magazine covers and certificates. With Spark Page, your students can create dynamic web-pages in minutes. With Spark Video, your students can create videos with voice-overs, icons, photos, videos, and many options of theme music to choose from. If you have not experienced Spark apps yet, you will be amazed. Come and see what you can create! This is a hands-on session so please be sure to come with a device and a Google account. If you are bringing an iPad or iPhone, please pre-download the Adobe Spark apps (Post, Page and Video).

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada, with more than 30 years teaching experience in the classroom. She is an Edtech consultant and sketchnoting evangelist on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 9

10:45am

Using Aquaponics To Showcase Sustainable Food Production
Limited Capacity full
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Did you know that you can use fish waste to grow food sustainably in a symbiotic relationship between fish and plant? In this session, Alex Bernier will showcase some of the trials, tribulations, successes, and failures that the after-hours St. Paul Regional High School Science Club has encountered in their ventures with aquaponics. Specifically, aquaponic floats, flood-and-drain grow beds, and nutrient film technique (NFT) will be covered and how it can fit into your Science curriculum. Come learn how to set-up your own easy-to-manage aquaponic system and various methods you can receive funding to start your very own aquaponics system in your classroom. Nothing stinky about this session! Here fishy fishy!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Bernier

Alex Bernier

Alex Bernier is currently in his 9th year of teaching, eight of which have been at St. Paul Regional High School teaching majorly Science courses. He has been facilitating an after-hours Science Club for the last four years. The Science Club has taken on many interesting projects... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 15/ 16

10:45am

Participating in International Projects: a Summary of the Alberta Teachers' Association Guatemala Project
Limited Capacity filling up

Last summer, through a partnership between the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) and Change For Children, a team of six Alberta teachers traveled to Comitancillo, Guatemala, to collaborate with local educators. Comitancillo is a rural indigenous community in the northern highlands of Guatemala. This year's project focused on numeracy and literacy, as well as the use of technology as a tool for learning in both areas. The Albertan teachers worked in four elementary schools and one junior high school. The Albertan and Guatemalan teachers collaborated on various pedagogical strategies, with the goals of enhancing student learning and improving teaching practices in a second- language learning environment (Spanish and one of the Mayan dialects, Mam). This session will provide an overview of the Association's ongoing project in Guatemala, what the presenter has learned from participating in the project, and how members can get involved in the project or similar projects.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Jespersen

Paul Jespersen

Paul Jespersen has B.A. in History from Kings University, a B.Ed. After Degree and a M.Ed. from the University of Alberta. Paul worked as a teacher for 12 year and an Assistant Principal for two years. The last 7 years were at Vilna school in the Aspen View Public School Division... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 7

10:45am

Collaboration Café - Literacy/ ELA
Limited Capacity seats available

This hall is where the concession will be running, with tables to sit and enjoy when taking a break.

There will also be 10 'booths' sectioned off and scheduled for specific collaboration topics.

Use the collaboration booths to spark conversation with others about all sorts of education topics! Use an available space to sit down and continue a discussion from a session you just attended, or to start the work it has inspired. This is YOUR space to develop the knowledge and networks you gain at convention.
If you are interested in sharing a specific topic/ idea at one of the 'booths', please email estcaprograms1@gmail.com to book a spot.

Booth 1 - Technology Focus
Booth 2 - Div. I Focus
Booth 3 - Inclusion Focus
Booth 4 - Div. II Focus
Booth 5 - Leadership Focus
Booth 6 - Div. III Focus
Booth 7 - Div. IV Focus
Booth 8 - Functional writing for Grade 6 French PAT 
Other teachers are welcome to come and see the process we have begun and join in on looking at the rubric and the essays that our teachers will be assessing for their writing sample continuum.
Booth 9 - Open
Booth 10 - Open

Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Hall B

10:45am

President Schilling Unplugged
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will offer the opportunity to meet with President Schilling in a group setting to discuss matters and issues that are of importance to you and your colleagues. The session will open with a few focus questions from President Schilling followed by an opportunity to have open dialogue on topics generated by the discussion. Light refreshments will be available.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

President, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 4

10:45am

Tribes Community Building Program
Limited Capacity filling up

Tribes is a classroom building program that allows an active learning process from participants. It shows teachers how to maximize students' academic learning and human development in all of their wholeness and unique perspective.

Speakers
CS

Carla Schneider and Sarjenka Kuryliw

Carla Schneider is a educator who has had 10 years of experience. She became a Tribes Program Trainer in 2010. This program has allowed her to build her classroom community and her expertise as a teacher. Sarjenka kuryliw is a 7 year teacher who was trained in Tribes in 2013. She... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 19/ 20

10:45am

Leadership & Health Promotion (Gr. 7-9)
Limited Capacity full
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Whether you’re working with a student leadership team or your entire class, this session will introduce you to the tools needed to empower students to lead positive healthy change in their school communities. This session focuses on the priority areas of Comprehensive School Health: Healthy Eating, Active Living & Positive Social Environments. By combining wellness and leadership into one course comprised of 12 lessons & extension activities, students will gain strong personal well-being essentials, which they will be responsible to use in motivating their community to participate in healthy initiatives. With students taking an active role in improving their physical, mental, and social environment, they will become advocates of healthy change taking place – being part of the change instead of resisting it. The Be Fit For Life ‘Leadership & Health Promotion’ resource will be available for purchase to support the implementation of this program. This session is part of the Ever Active Schools Health and Wellness Symposium, presented by Deb Menard of the Be Fit for Life Network's Lac La Biche centre.

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. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →
avatar for Deb Menard

Deb Menard

BFFL Coordinator, Be Fit for Life


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 5

10:45am

Truth and Reconciliation
Limited Capacity seats available

What does reconciliation mean? Who is it for? How do we get there? The answers reveal the truth of Canada’s identity

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs best-known First Nations Metis personalities. He is a bestselling, award-winning author, an acclaimed painter and artist, an illustrator, goldsmith and cathedral stained glass artist.  Active in his community, Aaron sits on various civic, provincial... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 8

10:45am

Active Bodies, Thriving Brains: how movement fuels mental health
Limited Capacity full
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Movement is essential for healthy physical and mental development in children and youth.  A growing body of research highlights the vital role that physical activity has on cognition, brain function and mental health.  Learn how movement impacts the mental health of children and youth in the areas of depression, anxiety, stress and self-esteem, and try out some fun, practical movement activities to use in your classroom or school!

Speakers
MS

Melaney Sexsmith

Alberta Health Services
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. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 2

10:45am

Brain Based Math: Supporting Students with Math Disabilities
Limited Capacity full
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This session will focus on critical strategies to support elementary aged students who are presenting with mathematics disabilities or are struggling to gain foundational math skills. The signs of different dyscalculia subtypes will be outlined as well as appropriate remediation strategies. The impact of anxiety on learning mathematics and working memory will be discussed, along with strategies to combat math anxiety. Brain based learning principles emerging from evidence studies will be reviewed, along with the practical implications for classroom, small group or individualized instruction. While the focus of this presentation will be on elementary students, the principles are applicable to students of all ages.

Speakers
TT

Theresa (Teddi) Doupe

Center for Literacy


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 11

10:45am

Creating Blended Learning Environments
Limited Capacity seats available

An online component should not be “blended”, but the norm in our classrooms. In our world that is extremely connected and digital, learning to create different opportunities to use online resources is extremely helpful for creating innovative learning environments that really tap into and create a true learning community.  In this session, ideas will be shared to build upon for your own classrooms using different online mediums that are “real world” for our students.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading keynote speaker on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning in the education sector. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator to school and district administrator. He is also is the author of the bestselling... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 12

10:45am

From Grades to Growth: Assessment to Support our Most Vulnerable Students
Limited Capacity seats available

As time goes on, we find the needs in our schools becoming more complex. All students need school to be a safe place to grow and learn. What are we doing to ensure that our classroom is that safe place? Come to this session to gather ideas on how you can use assessment to help support your most vulnerable students.

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 February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 10

10:45am

Guided Autonomy: Dual Guiding Questions in High School ELA
Limited Capacity full
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I have implemented a student-centered pedagogical approach in my high school ELA classes offering two semester plans to my students each focused around a different guiding question with different associated texts. This approach allows for my students to have autonomy in selecting the semester plan that aligns more with their personal interests, while still giving me the opportunity as a teacher to curate appropriately complex and intertextual literature. In addition to promoting engagement, the dual-guiding questions forced me to rethink and restructure how I was instructing in my class: moving away from teaching texts and toward stressing universal themes, skills, and competencies. Throughout this session, I will share the details of what my class looks like and how I am running it. I will also relay the noted benefits, challenges, and fixes. Finally, I will share with you my plans for the future which involves even more texts and guiding questions to further differentiate my practice.

Speakers
avatar for Tasia Marie Owen

Tasia Marie Owen

ELA 9, 10-1, 20-1, and 30-1 Teacher, F. G. Miller Jr./Sr. High
I grew up and attended secondary school in Sherwood Park, Alberta. I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree with an English major at MacEwan University and then completed my Afterdegree in Education at the University of Alberta. I briefly worked for Elk Island Public at the Next Step... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 13/ 14

10:45am

Soft Start Morning Tubs
Limited Capacity full
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Are you tired of photocopying worksheets for morning bell work? Do you need uninterrupted time in the morning to sign agendas and do attendance? Come learn about hands-on, paperless morning work! This session addresses the rationale behind a soft start in the morning, and will provide you with ideas and resources to build your own tubs.

Speakers
KW

Karen Wieler

As a child, I spent countless hours cutting laminating, and creating bulletin boards in my mom's classroom. After obtaining my degree through the Teacher Education North program in Grande Prairie, I taught throughout Alberta, as well as in Thailand. I am currently in my 14th year... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon 1

10:45am

Pelvic Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know
Limited Capacity full
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Ladies, do you know where every gas station is along your travel route? Do you avoid trampolines? Have you withdrawn from physical activity for fear of leaking? It always garners a chuckle when teachers are asked about their bathroom habits at school.  Along with nurses, teachers are known for poor voiding habits as they adapt their days and minutes to the needs of those they serve. Join Pelvic Health Physical Therapist, Angela Plaquin in understanding why taking care of one's pelvic health is an important key for wellness and self-care. The session will discuss what optimal pelvic health is, and highlight common pelvic conditions and concerns, such as incontinence, prolapse and pain and what can be done to rehabilitate and manage them.  With passion, enthusiasm, and humour, we will get comfortable talking about what makes us uncomfortable.

Speakers
AP

Angela Plaquin

Physical Therapist / Studio Owner / Yoga Teacher, Elevation Health / Yoga Cold Lake
Angela Plaquin is a practising Physical Therapist for the last 19yrs with a special interest in the field of Woman's Health, a Yoga Teacher of 16 yrs, and yoga studio owner since 2012.  Born in St. Paul, Alberta with family members in the field of education, she believes strongly... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 10:45am - 1:15pm
Riverview Room

11:15am

Blood Donor Group 2
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Make sure to READ all of this information before signing up for a spot in this shuttle group:
Blood Donor Guidelines

Use this link to reserve your spot on the shuttle:
Sign Up Form​​​

Shuttle pick up is at Jasper Avenue main doors.

12:10pm

Canada’s New Food Guide: Taking it to the Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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Have you seen the new Food Guide? Are you wondering how to use the new Food Guide to
talk about healthy foods with students? Join Alberta Health Services Dietitians for an interactive session about the new Canada’s Food Guide. We’ll explore ready-to-use school nutrition resources and discuss up-to-date messages you can use to teach about healthy eating using the Food Guide. Participants will hear stories and ideas from schools across the province and have the opportunity to share their own ideas.

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. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Letourneau, Alberta Health Services - Nutrition Services

Michelle Letourneau, Alberta Health Services - Nutrition Services

Population and Public Health Dietitian, AHS
Michelle's team supports healthy food environments and provides resources for school teachers, child educators, parents and health professionals working in schools and recreation facilities.


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 2

12:10pm

Course Website Creation: Decrease Your Workload and Increase Productivity
Limited Capacity full
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Creating websites for my core and complementary courses has helped increase academic achievement of my students, increase my productivity and decrease my overall workload. This session will be a working session where I will show you how to create a website using the platform of weebly.com and make sure to bring your own device as you'll begin creation along with me. It is fairly user friendly, but you may wish to have a look at Weebly.com in advance. We will also be using Google Drive.

Speakers
avatar for Matt White

Matt White

SS and Drama Teacher, Northern Lights Public Schools
Matt White is a high school Social Studies and Drama teacher at Ecole Plamondon School. Prior to moving to EPS last year, he spent 8 years building a successful musical theatre program and served as the district Athletics Coordinator for Elk Island Public Schools. Matt has served... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 13/ 14

12:10pm

Hype up Learning with Hyperdocs!
Limited Capacity seats available

Check out how hyperdocs can be used to engage students in their own learning. From math to science and beyond, this session will highlight the use of hyperdocs in a variety of learning environments, such as independent practice, collaboration, inclusion and student diversity. Come see how you can build your very own hyperdoc and transform student learning!

Speakers
avatar for Dane Sadownyk

Dane Sadownyk

Administrator/Educational Technology Consultant
Dane serves as an Administrator for specialized district programming, as well as a known Educational Technology Consultant. Dane is a past international presenter at ISTE (2018, 2019), as well as the Discovery Education Summer Institute. He was a featured presenter for the Northern... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 3

12:10pm

SCRATCHing the surface ...
Limited Capacity full
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A beginner's guide to introducing students to Coding using Scratch Jr. or Scratch, to create projects for language arts or social studies. How to introduce these programs will be directly modelled for you, with some tips and tricks to prevent you from losing your sanity when introducing it to your classes. If you teach K or grade 1, try to bring an ipad to participate, for grades 2 and up, a Chromebook is preferable.

Speakers
avatar for Carly Johnson

Carly Johnson

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Carly Johnson is passionate about teaching and loves math, technology, and anything creative. She loves to co-teach or collaborate and to see the creative ways that other teachers have approached student learning. Her sessions involve hands on learning for participants. Carly has... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 6

12:10pm

Your Pension Matters!
Limited Capacity seats available

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
AP

ATRF Pension Counsellor

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
A Pension Counsellor with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund.


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 12

12:10pm

UNSOCIAL MEDIA; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of today's youth are basing their self-worth and happiness on the number of responses to their social media posts.Canada's social media expert and award winning speaker and author, Wade Sorochan, provides an informative and humorous presentation on the rise of Social Media Addiction causing an anxiety inducing fixation for "LIKES," FOLLOWERS" and "COMMENTS." Studies now show that social media can make you feel sad, anxious and depressed; social media is training us to compare our lives to others instead of appreciating our own lives. Addiction to social media is equated to an addiction to heroin. Wade believes social media is one of the biggest threats to mental health today. Young people today are experiencing higher levels of anxiety than ever before. Wade shares the latest information on the effects of social media on mental health with expert tips on how to recognize symptoms before it turns into an addiction and causes mental health issues. Based on his groundbreaking book.

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 →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 10

12:10pm

ASEBP Benefit Overview
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We offer a wide range of benefits, health and wellness programs and support services to covered members like you. Whether you’re a new ASEBP covered member or just need a refresher, this information session is for you!
 
In this session, you will learn about:
- Getting the most from your ASEBP coverage
- Your Spending Accounts
- Your Employee & Family Assistance Program
- Accessing your information through MyASEBP and our mobile app
- Accessing information on our website

Speakers
avatar for Patti Priestnall

Patti Priestnall

Administrative Coordinator, ASEBP
Tenjie Railey is a benefit specialist who has been with ASEBP. Tenjie assists covered members with their benefit inquiries, educates members on how to effectively use their benefit plan and spending accounts and advises members on the benefit options for early retirement and leaves... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 19/ 20

12:10pm

Collaboration Café - Student Pathways: CTF/ CTS/ careers/ health/ CALM/ PE/ Religion
Limited Capacity seats available

This hall is where the concession will be running, with tables to sit and enjoy when taking a break.

There will also be 10 'booths' sectioned off and scheduled for specific collaboration topics.

Use the collaboration booths to spark conversation with others about all sorts of education topics! Use an available space to sit down and continue a discussion from a session you just attended, or to start the work it has inspired. This is YOUR space to develop the knowledge and networks you gain at convention.
If you are interested in sharing a specific topic/ idea at one of the 'booths', please email estcaprograms1@gmail.com to book a spot.

Booth 1 - Technology Focus
Booth 2 - Div. I Focus
Booth 3 - Inclusion Focus
Booth 4 - Div. II Focus
Booth 5 - Leadership Focus
Booth 6 - Div. III Focus
Booth 7 - Div. IV Focus
Booth 8 - Open
Booth 9 - Open
Booth 10 - Open

Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Hall B

12:10pm

You’ve Got to Connect! Building Relationships to Motivate, Engage and Encourage Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Positive and effective relationships between teachers and students are the foundation upon which good teaching and learning occur—you can’t teach them if you can’t reach them. What are some strategies that you can implement to develop strong and powerful relationships with your students? This session covers techniques that are easy to integrate into your everyday interactions with students: communicating positive expectations, giving feedback in a constructive way, developing pride, demonstrating caring, and creating safe and happy environments for all to grow and thrive in!


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 8

12:10pm

Teacher and Administrator Exchanges- 2 Week and 1 Year Exchanges
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The experience and realities of teaching and administration are constantly in transition- an exchange can bring a wealth of insights to the work you do here in Alberta.  Exchanges are a unique and truly interactive professional peer-to-peer development opportunity for teachers and school administrators to collaborate. Open the door and get out of your comfort zone, engage in meaningful and critical conversations, and experience first-hand how your peers 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 10 days, 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. There are even possibilities within Canada and our province.   

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.


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 17/ 18

12:10pm

5 Strategies to Immediately Decrease Your Stress
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching is stressful, but it can be less stressful. Join Stress Reduction Coach, Victoria Smith, as she shares five tangible strategies to help you stress less in both the classroom and at home. Want to better enjoy your teaching career? Victoria will help give you tools and strategies to reduce daily stress, and in turn these are strategies that you can teach your students to help them manage their own rising stress levels.

Speakers
VS

Victoria Smith

Having contracted shingles twice before the age of 30, Victoria Smith realized that she had a terrible relationship to stress and burnout. Victoria underwent her own journey to re-calibrate her relationship to stress, and years on, she is the founder of Stress Less Ladies. Victoria... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 4

12:10pm

Classroom Practices to Support the Traumatized Brain
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, teachers will learn how adverse experiences, such as trauma or neglect, impact brain organization. This session has been designed for teachers in any type of classroom to enhance their practices to support all students. Teachers will develop their understanding of what they can do to help regulate and relate to students while continuing to focus on academic growth. Concrete strategies that teachers can implement in their individual settings will be provided throughout the session.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Sabourin

Karen Sabourin

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
Karen Sabourin has been teaching with Edmonton Public Schools since 2010. In 2013 she moved to London, England and attained a Master's Degree in Special and Inclusive Education. In 2018, Karen became a certified trainer in the Neurosequential Model in Education, developed by Dr. Bruce... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 15/ 16

12:10pm

Orange Marks the Spot (Gr. 1-8)
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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 5-13. Participants will leave with free downloadable lesson plans and strategies for use in schools, recreation, sport and community settings. This session is part of the Ever Active Schools Health and Wellness Symposium, presented by Deb Menard of the Be Fit for Life Network's Lac La Biche centre.

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. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →
avatar for Deb Menard

Deb Menard

BFFL Coordinator, Be Fit for Life


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 5

12:10pm

Recognizing and Addressing Anxiety in Schools
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School staff are increasingly challenged to support students with all levels of anxiety and related behaviours. This workshop will provide information about the most common anxiety disorders, examine how these disorders affect people, and provide participants with strategies to help those affected to cope and manage.

Speakers
avatar for Ronald Wiebe

Ronald Wiebe

Mr. Ron Wiebe is an Assistant Principal at Two Hills Mennonite School as well as the Coordinator of Student Supports. He enjoys the challenge of matching exceptional needs with the right supports, whether it be human support, tech support or social/emotional support. He enjoys a challenge... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 9

12:10pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, IT and physical education. He has worked in many learning environments from a rural Alberta school to big city private school in Queensland... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 1

12:10pm

Strong Foundations: Reading Remediation in the Early Elementary Classroom
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High quality literacy instruction provides all students with a solid foundation for building strong reading skills. This session will outline the typical development of literacy skills and signs of a possible reading disability in Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. An explicit and multi-sensory approach to instruction focused on the development of solid phonemic awareness and phonics skills will be introduced. Fluency, vocabulary and comprehension instruction will also be discussed. Classroom based support for at-risk students will also be presented. Teachers will have opportunities for hands-on practice as well as receive access to additional materials.

Speakers
HC

Heather Clarke

Center for Literacy
Heather Clarke has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta specializing in Elementary Education.  She is currently working as a Reading Specialist at the Centre for Literacy.She is the parent of a child with Learning Disabilities and has worked as an advocate and system... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 11

12:10pm

Using Powerful Children's Literature to Promote Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity
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Many children's authors write powerful stories that are tough topics in the classroom. Critical literacy in the classroom asks readers to imagine standing in the shoes of others - to understand experience and texts from our own perspectives and the viewpoints of others. By using children's literature teachers can enrich learning discussions and build understanding of social justice, diversity, and equity. In this session I will share some high-quality literature that allows for opportunities to think critically about textual representations of the world: poverty, racism, bullying, identity, and language. Ideas will be shared on how to "unpack" challenging or sensitive stories in the classroom for students to make powerful connections.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Aessie

Suzanne Aessie

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Suzanne Aessie is a division learning consultant for Northern Lights Public Schools. During her years as an educator, Suzanne taught in grades 1-8 and has served as a school literacy leader. Suzanne is in her element working alongside educators in inclusive classrooms, building relationships... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 12:10pm - 1:25pm
Salon 7

12:30pm

Blood Donor Group 3
Limited Capacity full
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Make sure to READ all of this information before signing up for a spot in this shuttle group:
Blood Donor Guidelines

Use this link to reserve your spot on the shuttle:
Sign Up Form​​​

Shuttle pick up is at Jasper Avenue main doors.

1:30pm

Wonder, Inquiry, and New Understandings: Unpacking Program Potential at the Royal Alberta Museum
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Get to know your new Royal Alberta Museum by registering for an engaging two-hour workshop with members of the RAM 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 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.


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Royal Alberta Museum

1:40pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, IT and physical education. He has worked in many learning environments from a rural Alberta school to big city private school in Queensland... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 1

1:40pm

Do you mind or do you brain?: Does human consciousness and free will exist? The answer may surprise you.
Limited Capacity full
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Is there a ghost in the machine or are you pre-programmed to do all that you do? Do you think, that you think, or is that not a thought you're having? Confused? Well don't be, come to this session and let's talk about several powerful evidences for God: consciousness, free will, and intentionality. Come find out which worldview believes that you think thoughts, and those that don't believe this; the answer's may very well surprise you.

Speakers
KC

Kevin Casper

Teacher
Kevin has done light painting photography for over 10 years. He has used fireworks, flashlights, and a number of specialized lights to produce some amazing results. Come use the darkness as your canvas as yo paint with different colors of light.


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 17/ 18

1:40pm

Finding Nemo: Tinfoil Art Project
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Are you looking for a new, exciting art idea for your students in grades 1-9? In this workshop, you will learn how to create colourful fish using mixed media technique. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Open to art and general teachers of grades 1- 9. You will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in your art classrooms. All supplies provided by instructor.
$10 registration fee. 

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan- Koral Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole, former... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 13/ 14

1:40pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

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


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 6

1:40pm

Intro to Sketchnoting (Part 1)
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In this session, Sylvia will explain the rationale behind sketchnoting, and how to set up a doodling culture in your classroom. We will scaffold sketchnoting skills with fun doodling challenges as we learn how to draw many high-frequency icons. If you think you can’t draw, this session will prove you wrong! Please come with something to draw with (pen and paper or digital).

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada, with more than 30 years teaching experience in the classroom. She is an Edtech consultant and sketchnoting evangelist on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 9

1:40pm

Literacy and Storytelling
Limited Capacity seats available

The power of literacy is the power to discover stories. To tell your story is to shape your life. Words create worlds

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs best-known First Nations Metis personalities. He is a bestselling, award-winning author, an acclaimed painter and artist, an illustrator, goldsmith and cathedral stained glass artist.  Active in his community, Aaron sits on various civic, provincial... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 8

1:40pm

NASP: What is the National Archery in the Schools Program?
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session you will learn how the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) got it's start. How long it has been around both Internationally and in Canada. You will see statistics on the growth and benefits of the NASP® program. You will be given resources on how to go about starting your own NASP® program in your school. What is needed for a basic setup as well as where to order equipment for the program. There are challenges as well. How do you overcome those hurdles to ensure that your program stays successful. Some of those are: Is it safe? Where do I find coaches? How many coaches do I need. How do I keep up with the growth? I can't get gym time. Tips will be given to help with these issues. Once you have a program up and running what can we do with it. The basics of how to find a beginning level archery tournament as well as how do I attend the Provincial tournament will be covered. Where is NASP® heading in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Hal Ziprick

Hal Ziprick

Teacher, H.A.Kostash
I Have been teaching for 19 years at H.A.Kostash, Smoky Lake. Run a succesful Wildlife program that includes a remote fly in fishing trip with grade 11 students. I was selected as one of 10 schools to pilot the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) 10+ years ago. Our school... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 19/ 20

1:40pm

Pulses: from Farm to Table!
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Did you know that pulses are dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas and we grow them right here in Alberta? Come to this interactive session and discover more about the pulse industry in Alberta, how to prepare pulses and get some ideas to help you incorporate pulses into your class curriculum. You'll get to take home some great resources, too! Get your taste buds ready to try some samples showcasing the great taste and versatility of pulses!

Speakers
avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

Food & Nutrition Coordinator, Alberta Pulse Growers
Debra McLennan is a registered dietitian with over two decades of experience in education, health care and industry. Debra now brings her passion for food and nutrition to her role as Food and Nutrition Coordinator with Alberta Pulse Growers where she enthusiastically encourages everyone... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 15/ 16

1:40pm

Thriving in Change
Change is a constant within industry but too often it leads to fear, frustration, and resistance from individuals and groups. There are no handbooks for trailblazers, and too often we allow fear to limit us from trying new things. Fear is a survival instinct that helps us avoid danger, but it may also freeze us in our tracks or cause us to retreat. Jill Heinerth shares her strategies for thinking outside the box and supporting teamwork that will ensure organizational success and creativity in the face of change.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth hasseen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, tosearching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity andpassion... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Hall A

1:40pm

Collaboration Café - Science
Limited Capacity seats available

This hall is where the concession will be running, with tables to sit and enjoy when taking a break.

There will also be 10 'booths' sectioned off and scheduled for specific collaboration topics. 

Use the collaboration booths to spark conversation with others about all sorts of education topics! Use an available space to sit down and continue a discussion from a session you just attended, or to start the work it has inspired. This is YOUR space to develop the knowledge and networks you gain at convention.
If you are interested in sharing a specific topic/ idea at one of the 'booths', please email estcaprograms1@gmail.com to book a spot.

Booth 1 - Technology Focus
Booth 2 - Div. I Focus
Booth 3 - Inclusion Focus
Booth 4 - Div. II Focus
Booth 5 - Leadership Focus
Booth 6 - Div. III Focus
Booth 7 - Div. IV Focus
Booth 8 - Open
Booth 9 - Open
Booth 10 - Open

Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Hall B

1:40pm

Your Digital Footprint
Limited Capacity seats available

We all have a digital footprint, as do our schools and organizations.    “Googling” ourselves makes this apparent whether we have had any say in it or not. As individuals and as schools, what can we do to actually shape this footprint?  With open sharing of our learning, a digital footprint can easily be developed for either an individual, school or organization. This is not about branding as much as it is about modeling for our students that we are learners along with them.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading keynote speaker on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning in the education sector. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator to school and district administrator. He is also is the author of the bestselling... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 12

1:40pm

Indigenous Education Resources:  Where Do I start?
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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 consider for critically reviewing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit resources for classroom and professional use.

Speakers
CS

Cindy Sogge-Schurek

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator -Walking Together, Alberta Teachers Association


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 2

1:40pm

Participation for All in the Classroom and on the Playground (Part 1)
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Join Ever Active Schools and the Be Fit for Life Network for one or both of our 2-part session where you use resources that promote participation for all students through Social and Emotional Learning, Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Positive Relationships and Interactions - in the classroom and at recess, break and leisure times. Consider how physical activity opportunities can be established and supported to promote school-wide wellness. In Part 1, we will look at understanding and developing social and emotional learning competencies using Ever Active Schools' newest resource, the Social and Emotional Shuffle. We will also have the opportunity to learn and experience games and activities that promote empathy and understanding and engage ALL students in creating a community of inclusion.

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. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

BE FIT FOR LIFE NETWORK
Lindsay has a passion for physical activity promotion in Alberta and assumes a dual role in Edmonton. Coordinating the Be Fit For Life Network and the Edmonton Centre provides a unique perspective on the provincial and local communities. Working out of the University of Alberta’s... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 5

1:40pm

Set Learning Free with Effective AT (Assistive Technology)!
Limited Capacity seats available

Don't leave your students stuck in mud! Come check out our list of top assistive technology tools in Google Chrome to flatten the barriers and allow your students to reach their potential! If you are looking for ways to enhance student learning, come and be part of this session! Participants are asked to bring a Chromebook or laptop (with the Chrome browser) to be able to explore some of tools shared during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Dane Sadownyk

Dane Sadownyk

Administrator/Educational Technology Consultant
Dane serves as an Administrator for specialized district programming, as well as a known Educational Technology Consultant. Dane is a past international presenter at ISTE (2018, 2019), as well as the Discovery Education Summer Institute. He was a featured presenter for the Northern... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 3

1:40pm

Stress is a Habit. Let's Learn To Build Habits That Rock
Limited Capacity seats available

Up to 90% of our actions every day are based on habitual response. The beautiful part of this is that we have the power to change our habits - once we know how. Stress comes down to a lifetime of habits that don't serve you, and ignoring habits that do. In this session we'll break down the habit cycle, talk about how to build positive habits, break negative ones, and how you can use this process to support your students as well.

Speakers
VS

Victoria Smith

Having contracted shingles twice before the age of 30, Victoria Smith realized that she had a terrible relationship to stress and burnout. Victoria underwent her own journey to re-calibrate her relationship to stress, and years on, she is the founder of Stress Less Ladies. Victoria... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 4

1:40pm

Inclusive Children's Literature in the Classroom
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Children's and young adult books that portray characters that are differently abled are important tools for helping all readers learn about, understand, and relate to people with different abilities. Today, authors strive to instill in young readers a positive, accepting impression of characters that have differing abilities. A selection of Canadian picture books and YA books will be shared that depicts characters who are differently abled in a positive and respectful way. I will share current books that are fantastic classroom read-alouds that show powerful character development, and books to share with inclusive students and their families.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Aessie

Suzanne Aessie

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Suzanne Aessie is a division learning consultant for Northern Lights Public Schools. During her years as an educator, Suzanne taught in grades 1-8 and has served as a school literacy leader. Suzanne is in her element working alongside educators in inclusive classrooms, building relationships... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 7

1:40pm

Is This for Marks? Changing the Assessment Culture in a High School Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Back by popular demand! 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? Consider how to shift the assessment culture in your classroom, to help students understand the "why" behind formative assessment.

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 February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 10

1:40pm

Quick Math Formative Assessment Activities for K-4 Classrooms
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Math classes can sometimes leave you wondering if your students are learning the concepts being taught. Formative Assessment Activities can be used in K-4 classrooms in order to determine which students learned the lesson, which students are a little shaky, and which students require more support. Several number sense formative assessment resources and activities for you to use in your classrooms will be modeled and shared including assessments for determining what mental math strategies your students already know when doing basic facts. These activities take very little time but they make a huge difference when navigating what direction to go next with each learner. Join me for fun and practical and "work smarter not harder" ideas that reflect responsive teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Casselman

Tracy Casselman

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Tracy Casselman is passionate about learning and teaching Math and loves to design professional development experiences that inspire teachers! Her sessions are dynamic and engaging! Tracy has nearly 22 years of teaching experience in K-8 and is currently entering her fourth year of... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Salon 11

1:40pm

Body Boundaries: An exploration in the diversity of our bodies through movement.
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This workshop will begin with an exploration of what flexibility is relative to the biopsychosocial model of human movement.  We will explore the components of the body and mind that affect one's ability to move, factors that contribute to our experience of pain, promote movement practices that support injury prevention and longevity, and encourage an inclusive and kind approach to fitness and wellness. The workshop will include some gentle movement with application of the new awarenesses learned during the lecture, as well as breathing practices and restoratives postures that invite us to mindfully allow ourselves to BE. No special equipment or clothing required.

Speakers
AP

Angela Plaquin

Physical Therapist / Studio Owner / Yoga Teacher, Elevation Health / Yoga Cold Lake
Angela Plaquin is a practising Physical Therapist for the last 19yrs with a special interest in the field of Woman's Health, a Yoga Teacher of 16 yrs, and yoga studio owner since 2012.  Born in St. Paul, Alberta with family members in the field of education, she believes strongly... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 1:40pm - 4:10pm
Riverview Room

3:10pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

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


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 6

3:10pm

Blogging as Professional and Student Portfolio
Limited Capacity seats available

Blogging has become a tool that is used often in the classroom but has also become a valuable tool for educators to use in their own professional learning.  Aligning with Teaching Standards, this session will show you how to create a professional portfolio that will be invaluable for sharing, connecting, and reflecting on teaching practice.

Speakers
avatar for George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is a leading keynote speaker on innovative leadership, teaching, and learning in the education sector. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator to school and district administrator. He is also is the author of the bestselling... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 12

3:10pm

Explorations in Excellence
More people have walked on the moon than have been to the places Jill Heinerth has explored right here on earth. Instead of following maps, she has blazed a trail into the planet exploring lava tubes beneath the ocean floor, submerged caves inside icebergs, and the deepest recesses of the world’s oceans.
Jill Heinerth’s dynamic multimedia presentation will inspire audiences to reach beyond their limitations, challenge the unknown, and overcome their fears. She shares remarkable experiences and lessons learned in the deadly arena of extreme underwater exploration and adventure filmmaking, applying her practical knowledge to share lessons on risk management, discovery learning, failure, and collaboration strategies.


Speakers
avatar for Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth

More people have walked on the moon than have visited many of the places that Jill Heinerth hasseen on Earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, tosearching for never-before-seen ecosystems inside giant Antarctic icebergs, Jill’s curiosity andpassion... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Hall A

3:10pm

I Didn't Know I Could Do That! Google Ninja Secrets!
Limited Capacity full
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A fast-paced, but entertaining session filled with A-ha moments! Learn how to make the most out of your device with tips and tricks & slick clicks to be make you more organized, efficient, and engaging as a classroom teacher. From shortcuts, to sensational apps/extensions/sites, to chromebook ninja secrets....attendees will walk away with an extensive list of tools that are easy to use in your classrooms today. Participants are encouraged to bring a Chromebook or laptop (with the Chrome browser) to be able to explore some of tools shared during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Dane Sadownyk

Dane Sadownyk

Administrator/Educational Technology Consultant
Dane serves as an Administrator for specialized district programming, as well as a known Educational Technology Consultant. Dane is a past international presenter at ISTE (2018, 2019), as well as the Discovery Education Summer Institute. He was a featured presenter for the Northern... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 3

3:10pm

NASP: Going Further
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is setup to help schools that want to strengthen their NASP® program. We will go through what is needed to run a safe and enjoyable archery tournament. The benefits of using the scanner and NASP® website for your tournament. Using Skype and other media to enhance your tournament. For example we have had Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and the U.S. join our live tournament via SKYPE. You will also get to hear about some of the challenges and rewards of taking International archery trips. Our small school has attended archery tournaments in St. Louis, Madison, Nashville and South Africa. Currently we are planning a U.S. tour that will include Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Maryland. We will also go through the NASP® website. Tournament setup, registration, etc. Input will be asked for in setting up an advanced coaches conference as well as the possibilty of a summer camp for NASP® archers. The future of NASP® in Alberta as well as some of the challenges we as coaches are facing.

Speakers
avatar for Hal Ziprick

Hal Ziprick

Teacher, H.A.Kostash
I Have been teaching for 19 years at H.A.Kostash, Smoky Lake. Run a succesful Wildlife program that includes a remote fly in fishing trip with grade 11 students. I was selected as one of 10 schools to pilot the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) 10+ years ago. Our school... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 19/ 20

3:10pm

Painting with Light: The Darkness is Your Canvas
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If you haven't seen long term special effect photography before, you're in for a treat. In this hands on session you will make light orbs, light writings and art, plus a third light painting technique that uses cardboard cut outs. The colors are unlike anything that you've seen before and the techniques can be easily learned and can be mastered with practice. Come see and make some light painting objects that will amaze you and that you will be able to show to your family, friends, and class.

Speakers
KC

Kevin Casper

Teacher
Kevin has done light painting photography for over 10 years. He has used fireworks, flashlights, and a number of specialized lights to produce some amazing results. Come use the darkness as your canvas as yo paint with different colors of light.


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 17/ 18

3:10pm

Reading Comprehension Success! Grades 7 to 9
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This workshop will provide ELA teachers with a pathway of how to increase student achievement on Reading Comprehension Assessments as well as ease the stress and anxiety students often experience when faced with writing these assessments. The types of questions on Reading Comprehension assessments require specific skills. The skills can be categorized into 5 areas: Identify and Interpret Ideas and Details; Interpret Text Organization; Associate Meaning; Make Connections; Evaluate. During this session teachers will unpack each reading comprehension skill and understand the curriculum outcomes, which align to each skill; review assessment questions which are aligned to each skill; understand and practise aligning assessment questions to each skill; and write assessment questions that assess each skill.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres

Brigitta Goerres

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
I have been involved in education for over 30 years. I have had the fortune of starting my career as a classroom teacher with the Elk Island Catholic School District immediately after graduating from the University of Alberta majoring in both English and Social Studies. I continued... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 13/ 14

3:10pm

Sketchnoting Deep-Dive (Part 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this Deep-Dive session, we will continue to build our visual dictionary with more advanced techniques of sketchnoting. We will learn about other elements of sketchnoting, such as how to draw different fonts, stickmen, faces, bullet points, dividers, containers and banners. We will also learn some tips and tricks for how to sketchnote in live-time. Please come with something to draw with (pen and paper or digital).

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada, with more than 30 years teaching experience in the classroom. She is an Edtech consultant and sketchnoting evangelist on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 9

3:10pm

Collaboration Café - Arts: art/ drama/ dance/ second language/ music/ band
Limited Capacity seats available

This hall is where the concession will be running, with tables to sit and enjoy when taking a break.

There will also be 10 'booths' sectioned off and scheduled for specific collaboration topics.

Use the collaboration booths to spark conversation with others about all sorts of education topics! Use an available space to sit down and continue a discussion from a session you just attended, or to start the work it has inspired. This is YOUR space to develop the knowledge and networks you gain at convention.
If you are interested in sharing a specific topic/ idea at one of the 'booths', please email estcaprograms1@gmail.com to book a spot.

Booth 1 - Technology Focus
Booth 2 - Div. I Focus
Booth 3 - Inclusion Focus
Booth 4 - Div. II Focus
Booth 5 - Leadership Focus
Booth 6 - Div. III Focus
Booth 7 - Div. IV Focus
Booth 8 - Drama Teachers:  Round Table Discussion and Collaboration- Beginners and Experts welcome
New to teaching drama? No idea where to begin? Have you been doing this for years and feel caught in a rut? Have specific questions about blocking, design, tech etc? Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience or background. Bring questions, ideas, or concerns to share and discuss with your theatrical colleagues and find ways to grow and develop as a drama teacher.
Booth 9 - Open
Booth 10 - Open

Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Hall B

3:10pm

Tales of a Wash-A-Shore
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Every one has a story to tell. This session provides teachers with insights on how to provide their students with the tools to develop their creative skills in telling a story. Tom reveals five tips that can spur creative writing for students and teachers. Teachers are given a behind the scene look at how Tom uses his own experiences as a teacher, coach, and administrator to create his stories. Tom lays down the framework of how personal experiences can be shared by the use of one's imagination. It allows students to discover who they really are and how they fit in the world around them. Creative writing provides an opportunity for teachers to help their students clarify thinking and foster artistic expression while stimulating their imagination. Teachers show students how to explore the functions and values of writing while teaching them how to learn to read and write.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Dirsa

Tom Dirsa

Author, Tom Dirsa
Tom retired with 38 years of experience as a successful classroom teacher, basketball coach, and school administrator. Since his retirement he has authored the Alberta Distance Learning Centre’s "Social Studies Preview/Review " program for grades 7 to 9, was a free-lance writer... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 15/ 16

3:10pm

Indigenous Content in the new Teaching Quality Standard:  Moving from Inspiring to Requiring
Limited Capacity filling up

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
CS

Cindy Sogge-Schurek

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator -Walking Together, Alberta Teachers Association


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 2

3:10pm

Developing a Trauma Sensitive Learning Environment
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Do you consider the class and school learning environment with a trauma informed and sensitive lens? Abuse. Accident. Divorce. Immigration. Inter-generational trauma. Poverty. Increasingly, our students are impacted by trauma and it can impact their learning and success in school and in life. They require school personnel that can recognize and respond to trauma in the school setting. Some of the topics covered in this session will include: How to recognize, understand and respond to toxic stress and trauma in students Characteristics of a trauma sensitive and responsive school environment Developing trauma-sensitive classroom spaces and behavioral practices Resilience as a factor in responding to trauma Risks of secondary trauma., burnout and teacher well being strategies The critical importance of relationships and community partnerships

Speakers
KC

Karol Cabaj-Martin

Karol holds a Bachelor of Education from the Faculté St. Jean/U of A and a Masters Curriculum & Instruction: Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings through University of Concordia. Formerly a French Immersion teacher with twenty+ years experience in elementary, junior high... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 1

3:10pm

Diversity and Inclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

There’s a phrase that has always stuck with me: if you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu.
It begs the question, “why is diversity and inclusion important?”
To answer this question, I walk the audience through traditional knowledge, oral stories, and modern best practices that demonstrate the ways in which diverse perspectives strengthen organizations, help them be more effective, innovative and nimble. 
Most people know the world is shrinking, that technology and travel is bringing us closer together than ever. What we are still discovering, is how we cope with a shrinking world and an expanding landscape of perspectives.
Organizations, communities and individual professionals in any field can benefit from a deeper understanding of the unique and varied lenses through which we see our world. We can create more productive partnerships and open new possibilities when we discover how we are all truly stronger together.


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs best-known First Nations Metis personalities. He is a bestselling, award-winning author, an acclaimed painter and artist, an illustrator, goldsmith and cathedral stained glass artist.  Active in his community, Aaron sits on various civic, provincial... Read More →


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 8

3:10pm

Learning Disabilities: Critical Concepts
Limited Capacity filling up

This session provides insight into the neurodevelopmental basis of learning disabilities. The different sub-types of reading, writing and mathematics disabilities will be reviewed along with appropriate remediation strategies for each. The speaker will outline the typical development of literacy skills as well as possible warning signs of a learning disorder to encourage the early identification and remediation of learning disabilities. The impact of co-existing conditions like executive dysfunction, ADHD and anxiety will also be discussed. Teachers will gain a more complete understanding of LDs and their remediation, informed by research.

Speakers
TT

Theresa (Teddi) Doupe

Center for Literacy


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 11

3:10pm

Participation for All in the Classroom and on the Playground (Part 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Ever Active Schools and the Be Fit for Life Network for one or both of our 2-part session where you use resources that promote participation for all students through Social and Emotional Learning, Inclusive Teaching Practices, and Positive Relationships and Interactions - in the classroom and at recess, break and leisure times. Consider how physical activity opportunities can be established and supported to promote school-wide wellness. In Part 2, we will apply the concepts explored in the first session to your setting.  We will consider how games and activities can be planned, supported and led before, after and during the school day to encourage positive relationships and interactions.  Examples will be shared from recess, break times, and other opportunities to interact while being physically active.

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. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

Lindsay Wright, Be Fit for Life Network

BE FIT FOR LIFE NETWORK
Lindsay has a passion for physical activity promotion in Alberta and assumes a dual role in Edmonton. Coordinating the Be Fit For Life Network and the Edmonton Centre provides a unique perspective on the provincial and local communities. Working out of the University of Alberta’s... Read More →



Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 5

3:10pm

Youth Anxiety Epidemic; How Schools Can Prevent Lifelong Suffering
Limited Capacity seats available

There's an anxiety epidemic in today's youth. Canada's award winning speaker, author and mental health advocate Wade Sorochan, a mental illness survivor, believes mental illness awareness needs to be an integral part of the school curriculum. Teens today are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression than ever before due to family issues, school and peer pressures and social media addiction.Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24. Wade Sorochan is a lifelong sufferer of mental illness who experienced numerous anxiety and panic attacks throughout his school years; a precursor to five mental breakdowns as an adult, before treatment was provided to help him live with the illness today. Wade believes that his lifelong suffering could have been avoided if mental illness awareness was an important component of the school curriculum. Wade Sorochan is the author of the groundbreaking book UNSocial Media; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety.

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 →


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 4

3:10pm

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff! Assessing for Big Ideas in a Concept-Based Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Schools across Alberta are making a shift to a more concept-based approach to teaching and learning. But what does that mean for classroom assessment? Come ready to work with sample concept-based tasks and rubrics, so that you can go back to school on Monday prepared to give your assessment a "big idea" makeover!

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 February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 10

3:10pm

Movement in Music - using singing games
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this interactive session, you will participate in various movement activities that could be implemented throughout your Music class.  From singing games, action songs or folk dances to listening activities or review, you will learn new ways to get your students moving and being active in Music.  Please consider bringing any movement ideas that your students love to share with the group.

Speakers
NB

Nicole Biollo

Vera M. Welsh Elementary, NLPS
I am a Pre-K to Gr. 3 Music Teacher at Vera M. Welsh Elementary in Lac La Biche. I have also had the opportunity to teach in a middle school and as an educational assistant.


Thursday February 13, 2020 3:10pm - 4:25pm
Salon 7
 
Friday, February 14
 

8:45am

Blood Donor Group 4
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Make sure to READ all of this information before signing up for a spot in this shuttle group:
Blood Donor Guidelines

Use this link to reserve your spot on the shuttle:
Sign Up Form

Pick up is at the main Jasper Avenue doors

9:00am

AHEIA: Alberta Hunter Education Instructor Association. What AHEIA can bring to your school and your students!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will speak to teachers about the importance of having certified instructors teach hunter education in high schools. The range of credits that are available through AHEIA, the facilities that AHEIA has to offer and the resources that are available to instructors. The session will show some examples of lessons that Mitch has used and be open to collaborative talks on how to improve outdoor education/wildlife programs in high schools.

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Wainman

Mitch Wainman

Phys Ed, Outdoor Ed Teacher, NLPS
Mitch is a Physical Education and Outdoor Education teacher in Lac La Biche, AB. Mitch is also a certified member of the Alberta Hunter Educator Instructor Association (AHEIA) and uses that training and knowledge to teach students the importance of going outside and enjoying the various... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 13/ 14

9:00am

Charger Wars: A Solar Power Competition Like No Other
Limited Capacity filling up

Want to immerse your student population in competition involving solar power? Charger Wars is a competition occurring at St. Paul Regional High School that involves students charging their portable devices with solar outlets installed in their Science classroom. Currently, we are hoping to grow this competition into other schools who have or are looking to install solar power – essentially creating an Alberta-wide Charger Wars competition. Schools competing against other schools to divert the most power away from the grid by charging only cell phones! Come learn about how we set up our system and the various grants you can apply to for funding. This session will include a short presentation to be followed with majorly collaborative work on how to initiate such a project. Let's make Charger Wars: Alberta happen!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Bernier

Alex Bernier

Alex Bernier is currently in his 9th year of teaching, eight of which have been at St. Paul Regional High School teaching majorly Science courses. He has been facilitating an after-hours Science Club for the last four years. The Science Club has taken on many interesting projects... Read More →



Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 7

9:00am

Data Science in Elementary School
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

The ability to process information in an analytical way is becoming increasingly important, and educators are encouraged or expected to incorporate more coding and data analytics into their teaching. Callysto is a free online platform designed for students in Grade 5 and up. It is capable of engaging data visualizations, big data processing, coding, and text formatting. Teachers will be introduced to the federally-funded Callysto platform, and will be able to explore Python-based modules developed for teaching outcomes in elementary science, math, and social studies. We will talk about how to incorporate these into your classroom, and help you create or edit modules for other outcomes if you are interested.

Speakers
DH

David Hay

David Hay is currently working for Cybera, on a one-year leave from Elk Island Public Schools where he has been a Grade 6 teacher, an educational technology consultant, and a high school physics teacher.


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 15/ 16

9:00am

Fabulous Abstract Paintings On Canvas
Limited Capacity full
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For those who love abstract art and texture, it is a MUST. Using acrylics, you will learn how to paint abstraction with expressive brushstrokes and heavy paint application. Your students will love it! The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Excellent for teachers of grades 4-12. You will leave the workshop with completed painting, handouts and PowerPoint presentation to guide your students. All supplies provided by instructor. $15 registration fee.

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan- Koral Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole, former... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 17/ 18

9:00am

My Crafty Classroom: using a Cricut in your classroom.
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session I will introduce you to the Cricut and will show you the basics of how to use Cricut Design Space. Attendees will be shown how projects created can enhance learning and add a touch of creativity in the classroom. I will show how to create both cardstock and vinyl projects and provide links for further learning. This will be a make and take session.

Speakers
AH

Amanda Hodgins

I have taught a variety of grades (Kindergarten to Grade 9) and have a passion for being creative. I am currently teaching Kindergarten French Immersion and am always looking for ways to infuse creativity into my classroom to make learning memorable for my students. As a working mom... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 5

9:00am

Supporting Our Students with Financial Literacy (Surviving the First Year Away From Home)
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the major focuses that we hear about is "Numeracy". Finance is a very real part of Numeracy. I can't think of one life scenario where you don't need to know something about how the world of finance works. How can we support our students and make sure they are financiallly literate when they enter the world after grade 12 on their own life path? I would like to share what I am trying at our school and hear about ideas from you.

Speakers
JK

Janine Klevgaard

Math Team Lead at WEHSSC, Clearview School Division
Janine has been a high school math teacher for over 20 years. She is head of the math department at Wm E Hay Stettler Secondary Campus. She has a passion for math and has spoken at various conferences (MACATA, Assessment Consortium, CARC, etc). Topics would include moving forward... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 3

9:00am

Tips and Tricks for Apple Clips
Limited Capacity seats available

Find out why “Apple Clips” (a free iOS app to make multimedia videos) is taking the educational world by storm. During this session, you will learn how to import images and videos and add special effects like filters, labels, stickers, and even emojis. There are cool animated graphics and transitions and a special voice-to-text feature that turns into a rolling scroll on your screen. You can add your own music, or choose from 70 different free soundtracks in the app. Come and discover the magic of Clips so you and your students can create fun, engaging, and memorable videos in minutes! Please pre-download the app on your mobile device before the session.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada, with more than 30 years teaching experience in the classroom. She is an Edtech consultant and sketchnoting evangelist on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 9

9:00am

Collaboration Café - Social Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

This hall is where the concession will be running, with tables to sit and enjoy when taking a break.

There will also be 10 'booths' sectioned off and scheduled for specific collaboration topics. 

Use the collaboration booths to spark conversation with others about all sorts of education topics! Use an available space to sit down and continue a discussion from a session you just attended, or to start the work it has inspired. This is YOUR space to develop the knowledge and networks you gain at convention.
If you are interested in sharing a specific topic/ idea at one of the 'booths', please email estcaprograms1@gmail.com to book a spot.

Booth 1 - Technology Focus
Booth 2 - Div. I Focus
Booth 3 - Inclusion Focus
Booth 4 - Div. II Focus
Booth 5 - Leadership Focus
Booth 6 - Div. III Focus
Booth 7 - Div. IV Focus
Booth 8 - Open
Booth 9 - Open
Booth 10 - Open

Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Hall B

9:00am

Growing up Digital: Achieving a Fine Balance in a Digitally Saturated World
Limited Capacity seats available

Since the late 1970s, children have lost 12 hours a week of free time, including a 50% drop in outdoor free play! Where will we be in the next decade with the blurring boundaries between humanity and technology? Are smartphones destroying a generation or enabling them to be digital citizens? In this keynote address Dr. McRae will explore some of the key trends that are actively (re)shaping Canadian society and open up a conversation about achieving a fine balance in a digitally saturated world.  He will also share key findings of the world’s largest research study on technology, health and learning – Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta - that is being conducted in partnership with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Infographic available here: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/Public%20Education/EducationResearch/Pages/GrowingUpDigital(GUD)Alberta.aspx

Speakers
avatar for Phil McRae

Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator, Research, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 10

9:00am

Introduction to Mindfulness: For Educators
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will provide educators with an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of mindfulness, including the benefits that can be experienced when practiced personally and with students.  Participants will practice introductory mindfulness activities as well as create their own calm bottle and sensory bottle that can be used with students.

Speakers
KT

Kari Thompson

VIBE-MHCB Wellness Coach


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Riverview Room

9:00am

'Missed' Communication? Learn to Meet Them at their Model of the World
Limited Capacity seats available

You know how frustrating it can be when no matter how many times you go over the 'how to' with a student, and they just don't seem to understand? It is like talking a different language! This can be frustrating for both the teacher and the student. In this presentation you will learn how to build rapport through the strategic use the three basic modes of communication. You will learn your preferred style and how to quickly identify the mode of others.  With this 'new' knowledge you can literally 'talk the same language'.  This increase in understanding each other can greatly impact your desired outcome for students. Take the lead for increased communication with your students, colleagues, family and friends.  Meet them at their model of the world and simply notice the difference! No more 'missed' communication.

Speakers
JL

Jeannie Lundgard

Jeannie has provided sessions at District Professional Development Days and continues to offer courses through Continuing Education and privately. In her teaching career of thirty-five plus years, she has served as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a School Counsellor... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 8

9:00am

Everyday Resiliency Through Optimal Stress, Personal Alignment and Purpose: How to Show Up and Make it Work for You
Limited Capacity seats available

This keynote introduces the concept of resiliency from a broad worldview that incorporates five key areas. Sharing from Robyne’s experiences traveling around the globe, Robyne reviews what people have in common that contributes to resiliency, and what we can do in our own lives to foster resiliency within others and ourselves. Robyne’s talk highlights practical strategies and ideas grounded in optimal stress, value alignment, practical focus and the importance of continued goal setting. Using narrative pedagogy, Robyne’s talk shares candid encounters with resiliency that are research-informed and readily available to all of us.
Keynote Embedded Active Learning Suite of Offerings:
Embedded within the keynote, and positioned by the pedagogy of active learning, Robyne can lead the participants through guided exercises. As time permits, one or more can be selected. Exercises usually take 5-10 minutes and require participants to have paper and writing utensils or a writing device.
1. Values & Triggers: Optimizing how to perform and produce with competing demands and priorities.
2. How the 5% actually meet their goals: Using SMART-O formula and battle boards.
3. Healthy Habits: How to make common sense into common practice.
4. How Mirco Moments Create Leaders: Building trust and having difficult conversations.
5. Priority Management: Personal and professional alignment: How to make what matters most, matter most.
Learning Outcome:
Participants in the keynote will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful and applied ways of knowing that are based on research-informed practices of resiliency and resourcefulness. There will be elements of structured reflection and dialoguing.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology instructor who specializes inresiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described astransformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Dafoe’s keynotes provide practicalstrategies... Read More →



Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 12

9:00am

Mental Health, Mental Wealth A.N.C.H.O.R.I.N.G. - a live demonstration group therapy experience
Limited Capacity seats available

Warning! This is not a passively presented information session. Instead of observing you will actively participate in a live safety centric demonstration-based group therapy experience. Leave knowing how to generate fundamental places of safety that creates the genuine trust required to let you quickly, efficiently ‘trust based’ connect and communicate with any of the people that you interact with. Stuart Ellis-Myers aka Twitchy will also live demonstrate a life changing group therapy relaxation technique that reveals the innate place of safety that we all possess that is waiting to be discovered at your conference.

Learning Tools for your First Aid Mental Health Kit
It’s OK to Not Be OK
Learn through laughter
Slow down to quicken up
Obsessively overcome negativity
Compulsively calm and collaborate
Anchor emotional awareness


Speakers
avatar for Stuart Ellis Myers

Stuart Ellis Myers

What would you do if, out of the blue, your work life turned upside down? What if you went from being a happy, healthy, normal worker who suddenly became an anxious, depressed, twitchy mess of devastating proportion? This is exactly what happened to Stuart Ellis-Myers. At the age... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 4

9:00am

Supporting Mental Health Through Art in the Elementary School Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session participants will have the opportunity to engage in the art making process to experience how art can promote positive mental health in the classroom. Emphasis will be on process over product and teachers will leave with several projects and strategies that they can implement in their classrooms.

Speakers
CF

Carolina Franke

Mental Health Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Carolina Franke,  Bed, MC:AT, is a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and Canadian Art Therapy Association. Currently she works as a Mental Health Consultant for Northern Lights Public schools and as a community animator for the Canadian... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 6

9:00am

The Evolution of Inclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will look at how our understanding of inclusion is evolving as we learn more about diversity and identity. We will reflect on next steps for advocacy and celebration, and have time to talk and ask questions!

Speakers

Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Hall A

9:00am

Developing Number Sense: K-2
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Number sense can be thought of as flexible thinking about numbers. This flexible and fluent thinking allows students to develop deeper understandings of many math concepts. Students need to regularly interact with numbers and to have an opportunity to play with them. Regular number sense routines and activities in kindergarten to grade 2 allow time for students to become more involved in expanding their own conceptual knowledge and to incorporate new ideas into their thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Coers

Cathy Coers

Math Support Consultant, CARC
Cathy Coers is currently a CARC Curriculum Consultant that is seconded from the Wolf Creek School Division where she taught for over 20 years. She specializes in providing support in the areas of Numeracy, Literacy and Concept Based Instruction.


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 11

9:00am

How I Use VNPS (Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces) to Foster a Thinking Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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While attending MCATA I was inspired by Peter Liljedahl's research to use VNPS (Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces) to foster a thinking classroom in my Jr. High Math classes. First, this session will discuss the inspirational research by Peter Liljedal at Simon Fraser University. Second, it will address the classroom culture I developed to support the use of VNPS. Third, it will provide specific examples of how I am using VNPS for opening activities, lesson examples, small group enrichment and remediation, and quiz corrections.

Speakers
JB

John Braga

Jr. High Math Teacher, F.G. Miller Jr./Sr. High School
This is my sixth year teaching Jr. High Math (7, 8, & 9) at F.G. Miller Jr./Sr. High School. I graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics and later the University of Calgary with a B.Ed.. Afterwards, I was lucky enough to return directly to my hometown... Read More →



Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 1

9:00am

Innovative Chemistry Demos - Ironi(NG) out Cool science!
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares the historical significance of iron and the numerous activities you can do on just elemental iron and its compounds. Relevant for Science 10, 20, 30, Chemistry 20 / 30 and Elementary, Junior High Science Curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Teacher, Paul Kane High School
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making \\\"Science fun\\\". Michael appears monthly on GlobalTV Edmonton Morning demonstrating his passion for making science learning fun.


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 2

9:00am

Teaching Recorders and Loving It!
Limited Capacity full
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The recorder has been given a bad rap! As one of the most accessible and affordable instruments, the much-maligned recorder can and should be a staple in your elementary music program. Joyce starts her recorder program with Grade 3 students, and in this session she will present tried and true strategies for starting your students off right and keeping them engaged. Also included will be ideas for assessment and for using recorder martial arts as a motivational tool. Teachers will receive free materials (maybe even a free recorder!) in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music Specialist, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 27 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 →


Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon 19/ 20

9:00am

ATRF Individual Interviews
Use the link below to book your Pension Consultation through ATRF:

http://mypension.atrf.com/conventions.asp?mKey=37​​​



Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
Salon F

9:00am

Health and Physical Education Institute hosted by Ever Active Schools and HPEC
Limited Capacity full
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All interested delegates are welcome - please attend even if you are on the wait list

Join a full day at the Saville Community Sports Centre featuring active, engaging and practical sessions hosted by the Health and Physical Education specialist council and Ever Active Schools. Dr. Doug Gleddie and Dr. Lauren Sulz from the University of Alberta will open the day with a keynote session, "School Sport for All," looking at eliminating cuts from school teams to support life-long physical activity. After this you will have your choice from a variety of gymnasium and classroom sessions led by provincial partners including the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Be Fit for Life Network, Ever Active Schools, Health and Physical Education Council, Provincial Sport Organizations, as well as experts from the region. For questions or more information contact scott@everactive.org.

See the attached PDF for a detailed schedule of the day

Overview of Sessions | Friday, February 14, 2020

9:00am - Opening Feature Presentation: School Sport for All with Dr. Doug Gleddie and Dr. Lauren Sulz from the University of Alberta | Curling Lounge - Saville Sports Centre


9:45am - Breakout Sessions:
  • School Sport for All follow-up discussion (Curling Classroom)
  • The New Standard for Warming up with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (Gym 6)
  • Meaningful Physical Education with the Health and Physical Education Council (Gym 5)

11:00am - Breakout Sessions:
  • Interactive Health Education Activities for Grades 7 - 12 with Dr. Lauren Sulz (Curling Classroom)
  • Collaborative Kin Ball Games with Kin Ball Canada (Gym 5)
  • Orange Marks the Spot: Lesson Plans for Outdoor Adventure (for secondary) with the Be Fit for Life Network (Gym 6)
  • Due to an unforseen circumstance, Ever Active Schools' Games and Activities to Optimize Self Regulation session is cancelled - stay tuned for an alternative session!

12:00 noon - Lunch Break (not provided)


1:00pm - Breakout Sessions:
  • Orange Marks the Spot: Lesson Plans for Outdoor Adventure (for elementary) with the Be Fit for Life Network (Meet in Curling Classroom, prepared to move around the facility)
  • Shuttle Time! with Badminton Alberta (Gym 6)
  • Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club Clinic with Ever Active Schools (Gym 5)

Delegates attending this session are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Saville Community Sports Centre

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. We support all teachers conventions and are offering Health... Read More →



Friday February 14, 2020 9:00am - 2:00pm
Saville Community Sports Centre

9:15am

Blood Donor Group 5
Limited Capacity full
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Make sure to READ all of this information before signing up for a spot in this shuttle group:
Blood Donor Guidelines

Use this link to reserve your spot on the shuttle:
Sign Up Form

Pick up is at the main Jasper Avenue doors

10:00am

Blood Donor Group 6
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Make sure to READ all of this information before signing up for a spot in this shuttle group:
Blood Donor Guidelines

Use this link to reserve your spot on the shuttle:
Sign Up Form

Pick up is at the main Jasper Avenue doors

10:30am

Enhancing Oral storytelling Using Loose Parts
Limited Capacity full
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In this session participants will learn how loose parts can enrich storytelling. Hands on activities, with easy storytelling kits ideas you can build in your classroom with reused materials and loose parts.

Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Peoples-Sprecker

Adrienne Peoples-Sprecker

Learning Consultant, Northern Lights Public Schools
Adrienne Sprecker lives in Lac La Biche, AB. She has a B. Ed from the University of Calgary in Elementary Education, a Diploma in Rehabilitation Sciences and has recently completed her M. Ed in Educational Leadership at the University of Alberta in April 2017. She has worked with... Read More →



Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 6

10:30am

My Crafty Classroom: using a Cricut in your classroom.
Limited Capacity full
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In this session I will introduce you to the Cricut and will show you the basics of how to use Cricut Design Space. Attendees will be shown how projects created can enhance learning and add a touch of creativity in the classroom. I will show how to create both cardstock and vinyl projects and provide links for further learning. This will be a make and take session.

Speakers
AH

Amanda Hodgins

I have taught a variety of grades (Kindergarten to Grade 9) and have a passion for being creative. I am currently teaching Kindergarten French Immersion and am always looking for ways to infuse creativity into my classroom to make learning memorable for my students. As a working mom... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 5

10:30am

My Favourite Googly Things A to Z
Limited Capacity full
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In this fast-paced session, Sylvia will show you some of her favourite Google tools, tips and tricks from A to Z. This is a hands-on session so please make sure to come with a laptop with the Chrome browser installed and a Google account. Hang onto your hats!

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia is an award-winning teacher from Toronto, Canada, with more than 30 years teaching experience in the classroom. She is an Edtech consultant and sketchnoting evangelist on a constant quest to find ways for teachers and students to “Connect, Collaborate and Create”. She... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 9

10:30am

Painting Skies in Watercolour
Limited Capacity full
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Create beautiful skies and learn techniques and methods that give your artwork movement, life, and depth! In this session, the participants will create a few projects that will be demonstrated step-by-step by focusing on specific watercolour techniques, watercolor paint qualities, color mixing, and basic brush and painting techniques. These projects can be modified for any grade level and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

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, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 13/ 14

10:30am

Personal Alignment: Balancing and Enjoying Life with Work
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation introduces the concept of self-identity and the many roles we hold as professionals, while also maintaining and nurturing our personal roles such as partners, parents, caregivers, and friends. Based on research, this session explores how professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, educators, and even cooperate executives can successfully build boundaries and self-care, with productivity. Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe will explore the benefits and challenges of holding professional roles while sharing practical and sustainable best practices for striking this ever-elusive balance. Robyne uses her Top 10 Tips for ‘Life with Work Balance’ that are research-informed and readily available to all of us. Here, participants will learn how to transform common knowledge into common practice. Robyne’s talk shares candid encounters with personal value identifiers and how practical practices can promote healthy habits and deep joy in your work through the fostering a steadfast sense of personal alignment and purpose with our work.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology instructor who specializes inresiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described astransformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Dafoe’s keynotes provide practicalstrategies... Read More →



Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 12

10:30am

Social Studies and Data Analysis
Limited Capacity full
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In this session we will look at how you can incorporate government open data and data from other sources into your social studies class. You will be introduced to Callysto, a free online platform that is capable of engaging data visualizations, big data processing, coding, and text formatting. We'll use curriculum-aligned resources, and help you create or edit modules of your own if you are interested.

Speakers
DH

David Hay

David Hay is currently working for Cybera, on a one-year leave from Elk Island Public Schools where he has been a Grade 6 teacher, an educational technology consultant, and a high school physics teacher.


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 15/ 16

10:30am

Spreadsheet Tools for Math
Limited Capacity full
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Learn how to build Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to create assessment questions for paper-and-pencil exams. Spreadsheets include a Quadratics spreadsheet that automatically graphs the function in a standard -10 to 10 window and displays the equation in Standard/Vertex/Factored form, a 4th Degree Polynomial spreadsheet that converts from Factored Form to Standard Form, and more. Pre-existing spreadsheets will be shared with all attendees.

Speakers
MB

Michael Bayer

Math/Physics teacher, Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus (WEHSSC)


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 7

10:30am

Collaboration Café - Math/ Numeracy
Limited Capacity seats available

This hall is where the concession will be running, with tables to sit and enjoy when taking a break.

There will also be 10 'booths' sectioned off and scheduled for specific collaboration topics. 

Use the collaboration booths to spark conversation with others about all sorts of education topics! Use an available space to sit down and continue a discussion from a session you just attended, or to start the work it has inspired. This is YOUR space to develop the knowledge and networks you gain at convention.
If you are interested in sharing a specific topic/ idea at one of the 'booths', please email estcaprograms1@gmail.com to book a spot.

Booth 1 - Technology Focus
Booth 2 - Div. I Focus
Booth 3 - Inclusion Focus
Booth 4 - Div. II Focus
Booth 5 - Leadership Focus
Booth 6 - Div. III Focus
Booth 7 - Div. IV Focus
Booth 8 - Open
Booth 9 - Open
Booth 10 - Open

Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Hall B

10:30am

Growing up Digital: Achieving a Fine Balance in a Digitally Saturated World
Limited Capacity seats available

Since the late 1970s, children have lost 12 hours a week of free time, including a 50% drop in outdoor free play! Where will we be in the next decade with the blurring boundaries between humanity and technology? Are smartphones destroying a generation or enabling them to be digital citizens? In this keynote address Dr. McRae will explore some of the key trends that are actively (re)shaping Canadian society and open up a conversation about achieving a fine balance in a digitally saturated world.  He will also share key findings of the world’s largest research study on technology, health and learning – Growing Up Digital (GUD) Alberta - that is being conducted in partnership with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Infographic available here: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/Public%20Education/EducationResearch/Pages/GrowingUpDigital(GUD)Alberta.aspx

Speakers
avatar for Phil McRae

Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator, Research, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 10

10:30am

Looking Ahead - By Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers
Limited Capacity full
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This one-hour presentation is designed for those who are considering retirement within 5 years, or who are almost 65 years old. The realities of retirement are shared by a retiree, along with considerations for a life that is not governed by the bell. The Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (ARTA) is introduced: what ARTA provides and the benefits of becoming a member. While the presentation also briefly touches on retirement income considerations and your pension, this presentation is not focused on your pension. Pension questions should be directed to the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund (ATRF). The balance of this presentation is focused on the Retiree Benefits Plan offered by ARTA - the health, dental, and travel options; and how the plan is managed.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Shaw

Amanda Shaw

ARTA
Amanda Shaw is the Director of Marketing for the Alberta Retired Teachers Association (ARTA). She is organizing the ARTA Cafe, and will be available to introduce you to the local ARTA member branch volunteers.


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 3

10:30am

Teaching Happiness Skills to Children and Youth to Last a Lifetime
Limited Capacity full
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What is happiness? How much of our happiness is under our control? How can you teach children and youth  to build happiness skills for themselves AND yourself all at the same time? Join us to explore some of the science behind happiness but plan to spend most of your time actively participating in activities. You'll leave immediately prepared to use these activities with your students (of all ages)  in a variety of educational settings.

Speakers
KL

Kerri Lorenson

VIBE MHCB Wellness Coach


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Riverview Room

10:30am

'Missed' Communication? Learn to Meet Them at their Model of the World
Limited Capacity seats available

You know how frustrating it can be when no matter how many times you go over the 'how to' with a student, and they just don't seem to understand? It is like talking a different language! This can be frustrating for both the teacher and the student. In this presentation you will learn how to build rapport through the strategic use the three basic modes of communication. You will learn your preferred style and how to quickly identify the mode of others.  With this 'new' knowledge you can literally 'talk the same language'.  This increase in understanding each other can greatly impact your desired outcome for students. Take the lead for increased communication with your students, colleagues, family and friends.  Meet them at their model of the world and simply notice the difference! No more 'missed' communication.

Speakers
JL

Jeannie Lundgard

Jeannie has provided sessions at District Professional Development Days and continues to offer courses through Continuing Education and privately. In her teaching career of thirty-five plus years, she has served as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a School Counsellor... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 8

10:30am

Getting to Know Learners from a Strength Based Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we communicate learner needs without a deficit lens? This session will look at an individual's dimensions, that can be used for planning and advocacy from a positive and responsive perspective.

Speakers

Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Hall A

10:30am

Tourettes Revealed!
Limited Capacity seats available

Want to learn more about the early onset of anxiety, fear, depression & bullying from a child’s to adult perspective? Stuart Ellis-Myers has lived with Tourettes for over fifty years. Who better than a guy who uncontrollably twitches, shrieks and grunts to give you a reality based understanding on this bizarre and commonly misunderstood rare neurological disorder.  Although characterized by verbal and physical tics, newly diagnosed children and adults usually present with additional disorders such as ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, sleep/mood disorders and sensory integration disorders. The academic and social impact of TS will be discussed along with immediately usable insights and actions all proven to help people living with Tourettes and those that support them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1C0SX_na24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVa04zz9Tsg

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Ellis Myers

Stuart Ellis Myers

What would you do if, out of the blue, your work life turned upside down? What if you went from being a happy, healthy, normal worker who suddenly became an anxious, depressed, twitchy mess of devastating proportion? This is exactly what happened to Stuart Ellis-Myers. At the age... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 4

10:30am

Developing Number Sense: Grades 3-6
Limited Capacity full
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Number sense can be thought of as flexible thinking about numbers. This flexible and fluent thinking allows students to develop deeper understandings of many math concepts. Students need to regularly interact with numbers and to have an opportunity to play with them. Regular number sense activities in grade 3 to grade 6 allow time for students to become more involved in expanding their own conceptual knowledge and to incorporate new ideas into their thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Coers

Cathy Coers

Math Support Consultant, CARC
Cathy Coers is currently a CARC Curriculum Consultant that is seconded from the Wolf Creek School Division where she taught for over 20 years. She specializes in providing support in the areas of Numeracy, Literacy and Concept Based Instruction.


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 11

10:30am

Innovative Chemistry Demos - Buildi(Ng) More Science & Leadership Connections!
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Michael Ng as he shares more amazing science demonstrations and incorporating it to school spirit, leadership, cooperation, belonging, laughter and friendship.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Teacher, Paul Kane High School
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making \\\"Science fun\\\". Michael appears monthly on GlobalTV Edmonton Morning demonstrating his passion for making science learning fun.


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 2

10:30am

Rockin' Rhythms: Fun Games & Activities to Teach and Assess Rhythm
Limited Capacity full
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Get ready to clap, stomp, race and play! In this highly interactive session, Joyce will demonstrate a variety of fun activities to teach, reinforce and assess rhythms concepts for Div. I and II music.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music Specialist, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and middle school band with Wolf Creek School Division for 27 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 →


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 19/ 20

10:30am

Soft Start Morning Tubs
Limited Capacity full
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Are you tired of photocopying worksheets for morning bell work? Do you need uninterrupted time in the morning to sign agendas and do attendance? Come learn about hands-on, paperless morning work! This session addresses the rationale behind a soft start in the morning, and will provide you with ideas and resources to build your own tubs.

Speakers
KW

Karen Wieler

As a child, I spent countless hours cutting laminating, and creating bulletin boards in my mom's classroom. After obtaining my degree through the Teacher Education North program in Grande Prairie, I taught throughout Alberta, as well as in Thailand. I am currently in my 14th year... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 11:45am
Salon 1

10:30am

Anyone Can Draw Realistic Portraits
Limited Capacity full
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Creating a successful portrait is most challenging. But don't despair! This workshop will teach you how to create a realistic portrait that will be completed in various mediums of your choice. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Participants will be provided with set of handouts to use directly in their art classrooms. Open to teachers grades 4-12. All materials provided. $15 registration fee.

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan- Koral Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole, former... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 10:30am - 1:00pm
Salon 17/ 18

12:00pm

10 Lessons Learned for a Successful Literacy Blitz.
Limited Capacity full
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If you are thinking about implementing a literacy blitz in your school or classroom or are looking for ideas to manage and organize your blitz, this session will help! Learn some practical tips to get your most out of your blitz.

Speakers
KR

Kathleen Robertson

Kathleen is an educator with over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, instructional, and literacy coach. She is a learning associate with Jigsaw Learning who has a passion for best practice and supporting success for all students.


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 19/ 20

12:00pm

Make a Splash in Your Classroom! Meaningful Water Education and Action Projects
Limited Capacity full
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Dive into this exciting workshop that will demonstrate how to engage students in meaningful environmental education. From Kindergarten to Grade 12, the Alberta Program of Studies is full of ways to connect to water topics in your classroom. Learn how to use water and your local watershed as a launch point for student inquiry, citizen science, wetlands education, critical thinking, environmental action projects and more.

Inside Education will guide you through how to build your own aquatic sampling kit, demonstrate and share a successful framework for implementing water-based environmental action projects, and give you tons of ideas and resources you can use to make waves in your classroom Monday morning!

Teachers will also be able to network with like-minded colleagues to identify opportunities to collaborate on project development, share resources, and build support networks to ensure success in implementing any projects throughout the school year.

Helpful Curriculum Links:

Grades 5  - Wetland Ecosystems, Classroom Chemistry
Grade 7 - Ecosystems & Interactions
Grades 8 - Freshwater and Saltwater Systems
Grade 9 - Biological Diversity
Biology 20 - Ecosystems & Population Change (STSE Emphasis)
Biology 30 - Cell Division, Genetics and Molecular Biology (STSE Emphasis)



Speakers
CW

Chloe Wiun

Inside Education


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 6

12:00pm

Messy Math - Bringing Math Outdoors
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Our school became very interested in bringing curriculum outdoors last year and experimented with "Messy Math". This concept brings numeracy activities outdoors for children to engage in active learning opportunities that involve cross-curricular skills with a focus on numeracy skills specifically. This is a great way to bring realistic learning opportunities to students and is a great way to utilize outdoor classrooms or school yards. It also allows students to learn in alternate ways with various tools and gives them the opportunity to engage in inquiry-based and hands-on learning. This session will allow teachers to learn about messy math concepts and also give them ideas to take home and use in their own outdoor spaces. Come with an open mind, and leave with some new techniques, resources, and activities to use with students. We will also be linking FNMI learning components into the session as it is directly related to our educational practice and the new TQS.

Speakers
LB

Lynzey Brodziak

Div 2 Teacher, Northern Lights Public Schools
Lynzey Brodziak -Teaching for 7+ years. Lynzey is currently working on obtaining her Masters in Educational Leadership. Lynzey currently teaches grade 4/5 at Kikino School, but has experience in physical education, and all areas of k-5 curriculum instruction. She has a special interest... Read More →
DT

Dayna Thompson

Div 1 Teacher, Northern Lights Public Schools
Dayna is a teacher at Kikino School in Kikino, Alberta. She has been teaching for 3+ years, including kindergarten and has many years experience with div. one students. Dayna has grown up on the Kikino Metis Settlement and understands the importance of education for FNMI students... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 3

12:00pm

Oil Pastels- endless possibilities
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session combines techniques and strategies to effectively use the vibrant colours of the oil pastels. Creating new colours, blending colours and achieving texture will be explored by step-by-step demonstration of each project. These projects can be modified for any grade level and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

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, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 13/ 14

12:00pm

Enhancing Teacher Practice Through Andragogy
Limited Capacity seats available

This fun and active workshop looks at andragogy (the science and practice of adult learning) and helps participants build capacity and confidence to develop presentations and facilitate professional learning for adults. This session will cover the basics of workshop design, ideal practices and strategies to create a meaningful experience. Attendees will experience a variety of facilitation skills and activities that promote participation and engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Ference

Maureen Ference

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Maureen is the principal of Glendon School, a Pre-K to Grade 12 rural school. She also served as principal of a middle school for 14 years and an Assistant Principal of a junior/senior high school. As a member of the Association Administrator Instructors, Maureen presents workshops... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 1

12:00pm

Collaboration Café - Open Space
Limited Capacity seats available

This hall is where the concession will be running, with tables to sit and enjoy when taking a break.

There will also be 10 'booths' sectioned off and scheduled for specific collaboration topics.

Use the collaboration booths to spark conversation with others about all sorts of education topics! Use an available space to sit down and continue a discussion from a session you just attended, or to start the work it has inspired. This is YOUR space to develop the knowledge and networks you gain at convention.
If you are interested in sharing a specific topic/ idea at one of the 'booths', please email estcaprograms1@gmail.com to book a spot.

Booth 1 - Technology Focus
Booth 2 - Div. I Focus
Booth 3 - Inclusion Focus
Booth 4 - Div. II Focus
Booth 5 - Leadership Focus
Booth 6 - Div. III Focus
Booth 7 - Div. IV Focus
Booth 8 - Inclusive Ed. Leads:
                A place for Inclusive Ed Leads to share best practices, ask questions and discuss current research. 
Booth 9 - Open
Booth 10 - Open

Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Hall B

12:00pm

Mindfulness Technique
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will provide educators with an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of mindfulness, including the benefits that can be experienced when practiced personally and with the students.  Participants will practice introductory mindfulness activities as well as create their own calm bottle and sensory bottle that can be used with students.  

Speakers
KT

Kari Thompson

VIBE-MHCB Wellness Coach


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Riverview Room

12:00pm

E-Liability 2.0: Mitigating Risk in the Digital Age
Limited Capacity seats available

Increasingly teachers are facing employment discipline resulting from their use of school computers, laptops, Internet connections and cellphones. The use of social networking sites are also resulting in disciplinary action of teachers by employers. How do teachers use technology without jeopardizing their career? Teachers can also be victims of surreptitious monitoring and recording. What rights and responsibilities do teachers have with respect to issues of recording, cyber-harassment and cyber-libel directed at them by students, parents or colleagues?

Speakers

Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 4

12:00pm

CAPturing Learning: Sight Words, Spelling and Math Facts
Limited Capacity seats available

This Cognitive Ability Patterning (CAP) strategy is useful for all students, particularly those experiencing difficulties learning. CAP is a simple and very effective learning tool. Participants will learn to individualize and apply the CAP process to the learning of sight/word wall words, overall spelling and basic math facts with their students. Students that do well in these areas have learned how to do this naturally. Now is the time to share the technique with those that are working hard to learn so as to make learning easy and efficient; to work smarter not harder. CAPitalize on this opportunity to add to your repertoire of techniques and strategies to benefit students' learning!  

Speakers
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Jeannie Lundgard

Jeannie has provided sessions at District Professional Development Days and continues to offer courses through Continuing Education and privately. In her teaching career of thirty-five plus years, she has served as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher, a School Counsellor... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 8

12:00pm

Everyday Resiliency Through Optimal Stress, Personal Alignment and Purpose: How to Show Up and Make it Work for You
Limited Capacity seats available

This keynote introduces the concept of resiliency from a broad worldview that incorporates five key areas. Sharing from Robyne’s experiences traveling around the globe, Robyne reviews what people have in common that contributes to resiliency, and what we can do in our own lives to foster resiliency within others and ourselves. Robyne’s talk highlights practical strategies and ideas grounded in optimal stress, value alignment, practical focus and the importance of continued goal setting. Using narrative pedagogy, Robyne’s talk shares candid encounters with resiliency that are research-informed and readily available to all of us.
Keynote Embedded Active Learning Suite of Offerings:
Embedded within the keynote, and positioned by the pedagogy of active learning, Robyne can lead the participants through guided exercises. As time permits, one or more can be selected. Exercises usually take 5-10 minutes and require participants to have paper and writing utensils or a writing device.
1. Values & Triggers: Optimizing how to perform and produce with competing demands and priorities.
2. How the 5% actually meet their goals: Using SMART-O formula and battle boards.
3. Healthy Habits: How to make common sense into common practice.
4. How Mirco Moments Create Leaders: Building trust and having difficult conversations.
5. Priority Management: Personal and professional alignment: How to make what matters most, matter most.
Learning Outcome:
Participants in the keynote will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful and applied ways of knowing that are based on research-informed practices of resiliency and resourcefulness. There will be elements of structured reflection and dialoguing.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology instructor who specializes inresiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described astransformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Dafoe’s keynotes provide practicalstrategies... Read More →



Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 12

12:00pm

How to use our rock bottom as a trampoline to success.
Limited Capacity seats available

When considering the life of Mary-Noah, it is hard to find a better person to speak on overcoming adversities. Through her personal and touching stories, Mary-Noah reveals some of the keys to success when faced with adversity and how to use our rock bottom as a trampoline to favourable outcomes. Has a speaker, she will motivate your audience to take ownership of their life and get them on a transformational journey that will improve their overall mental health.

Speakers
MN

Mary-Noah Ndateramye

Mary-Noah is an enthusiastic bilingual teacher who's passionate about improving student mental health through a daily practice of mindfulness. It started during her teaching years in junior high where she witnessed an alarming percentage of her students with serious mental health... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 10

12:00pm

Let’s Talk About Identity, Power and Privilege
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding race, racism, privilege and oppression requires concerted effort toward uncovering the daily hierarchies and power structures that surround our complex identities. For educators, promoting social justice is central to our daily work with students. Addressing specific issues, such as privilege, is difficult and uncomfortable for most people, for a variety of reasons. This workshop will help teachers explore these issues and provide them with ideas for student exercises and activities.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Carson

Kim Carson

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Kim is the principal at Thorhild Central School, a kindergarten to grade 12 school that is part of the Aspen View Public School Division in Alberta, Canada. Kim has been a school leader for the past ten years and educator for twenty-five years. She has a Masters Degree from the University... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 9

12:00pm

The Infrastructure of Inclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will dive into the research of inclusion. We will look at literature and strategies and be reminded of the building blocks needed for inclusion’s advocacy, from kindergarten all the way through to high school and beyond.

Speakers

Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Hall A

12:00pm

Supervision and Evaluation - What Teachers Need to Know about the New Standards and Evaluation Policy
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Supervision and evaluation. Now what? I am unsure if my principal is supervising or evaluating my teaching. What can I expect and what are my rights and responsibilities? What is supervision? What is evaluation? Supervision and evaluation of teachers must be consistent with Alberta Education Policy on Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation, and it must be based on the Teaching Quality Standard. This presentation provides an overview of the new Teacher Quality Standard and the critical components of supervision and evaluation, which must be followed in the Alberta context.

Speakers

Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 7

12:00pm

Farm to Table: Shaking It Up With Alberta Canola!
Limited Capacity filling up

Did you know that canola is known as Canada’s oil and is a Canadian innovation? Join Tara with Alberta Canola Producers in this interactive session to learn more about the significance of canola and canola production in Alberta. We will explore some of the common myths about canola and how it affects people’s food choices. Additionally, we will explore how to infuse this great Alberta commodity into your curriculum and everyday meal planning and touch on sustainability, environmental stewardship, the evolution and innovation of canola.  Get your taste buds ready to try some samples showcasing Alberta canola!

The session is going to be targeted to the CTS FOD1070: Farm To Table credit, and parts of FOD2090: Creative Cold Cuts and FOD3120: Food Evolution/Innovation. Some of the material will be applicable for Grade 7 Science: Unit A-Interactions and Ecosystems, Unit B: Plants for Food and Fiber

Speakers
avatar for Tara Baycroft

Tara Baycroft

School and Agriculture Coordinator, Alberta Canola
Tara Baycroft is the Agriculture and Education Coordinator for Alberta Canola. She is new to this role but not new to teaching and has taught various CTS Foods classes and has a Science background and grew up in a rural setting. She has a major in Biological Studies and minor in Human... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 11

12:00pm

Teaching Controversial Issues
Limited Capacity full
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Are you nervous about teaching contentious or controversial issues and divergent perspectives in your classroom? We can help! This session reports on a federally-funded project to equip teachers with tools to engage with "hot topics" in a way that allows students and teachers to dialogue across difference. You will learn how to apply research from social psychology in your classroom to de-escalate defensive reactions arising from "worldview threat." This approach has been shown to not only decrease conflict, but also to increase student: engagement, inquiry, and critical thinking. We will also reveal how this framework can serve as a lens to understand conflict studied as part of the social studies (and other) curriculum topics (e.g., colonization, genocide, internment). Attendees will gain: theoretical knowledge, specific classroom strategies, examples and anecdotes about implementing these ideas, and a website with lessons plans and resources based upon the session.

Speakers
avatar for Cathryn van Kessel

Cathryn van Kessel

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


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 2

12:00pm

Teaching Math and Science with Data Science and Computational Thinking
Limited Capacity full
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The ability to process information in an analytical way is becoming increasingly important, and educators are encouraged or expected to incorporate more coding and data analytics into their teaching. Callysto is a free online platform designed for students in Grades 5 to 12. It is capable of engaging data visualizations, big data processing, coding, and text formatting. Teachers will be introduced to the federally-funded Callysto platform, and will be able to explore Python-based modules developed for teaching outcomes in math, science, and other subjects. We will talk about how to incorporate these into your teaching, and help you create or edit modules for other outcomes if you are interested.

Speakers
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David Hay

David Hay is currently working for Cybera, on a one-year leave from Elk Island Public Schools where he has been a Grade 6 teacher, an educational technology consultant, and a high school physics teacher.


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Salon 15/ 16

12:00pm

Get Rollin' With Makerspaces!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

Speakers
avatar for Terra-Lee Gratton

Terra-Lee Gratton

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


Friday February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Salon 5

1:25pm

Unstoppable Resilience: The Power of You
Twitches, tics, and uncontrollable arm slapping! Warning! Be prepared to laugh-while-you-learn to unleash the Unstoppable Jedi Master Educator within! Stuart Ellis-Myers aka Twitchy has uncontrollably twitched 30 million times to become the WORLD’S ONLY inspirational keynote speaker living with anxiety, depression, bipolar and Tourettes. He is best described by 867 + audiences as Robin Williams with a twitch! What would you do if, out of the blue, your life turned upside down? What if you went from being a happy and healthy normal child, and then suddenly became an anxious, depressed, twitchy mess of devastating proportion? This is exactly what happened to Stuart. At the age of eight, Stuart began to develop one of the most misunderstood neurological disorders of our time... Tourettes Syndrome. Faced with the prospect of a lifetime of disability, frustration, isolation, and shame – the typical reaction to this condition – So, if Stuart can overcome the ravages of Tourette’s Syndrome, and all of the disabling mental conditions that so often accompany it, and become remarkably successful in both his keynote speaker career and his personal life . . . what is holding any of us back from achieving our personal and Dental Technician dreams? So get ready to take a deep dive into the hidden world of Unstoppable-ability to resurface refreshed, refueled and refocused! Every laugh while you learn keynote is jam-packed with mind-blowing mental health, mental wealth insights. NOW MORE THAN EVER, your conference attendees are looking for fresh ideas and innovative understandings to become Unstoppably Resilient. With Twitchy on stage get ready to discover leveraging a deeper understanding of your own Unstoppable superpowers.

As a constantly traveling 850+ worldwide conference performer, Stuart’s life purpose shares surprisingly simple Unstoppable insights to boost mental health into mental wealth.

Discover these elusive insights to live an Unstoppable Life.
Live, laugh & learn
Embrace Emotional Resilience.
Deny distractions
Mood mastery made easy
Unravel Unstoppable Superpowers

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Ellis Myers

Stuart Ellis Myers

What would you do if, out of the blue, your work life turned upside down? What if you went from being a happy, healthy, normal worker who suddenly became an anxious, depressed, twitchy mess of devastating proportion? This is exactly what happened to Stuart Ellis-Myers. At the age... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2020 1:25pm - 2:55pm
Hall A