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Thursday, February 18
 

8:00am MST

Rise & Shine Morning Yoga
Start your convention day off right with 60 minutes of yoga in the comfort of your own home!

Speakers
avatar for Rebel Power Yoga

Rebel Power Yoga

At Rebel Power Yoga we aspire to strip yoga of performance and journey back to the heart. We are less interested in perfecting poses and people; more interested in what’s real, and what’s possible from here. We are a power yoga community. We are committed to growth both on and... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am MST
Conv Zoom-2

8:45am MST

Next Level Art: Meaning & Mental Health through Hands-on Creativity (RECORDED)
Visual art is our first language, which connects us to how we first began to understand the world. In this workshop, learn how visual art and creativity can engage the body, brain, and hearts of educators and teachers like and why this connection is critical for thriving mental health. Be inspired with visual art project examples that will get your creative juices flowing. Discover how to deepen the meaning of the artistic process and inspire students to think outside-the-box in all areas of their lives. Sometimes words are not enough to express the inexpressible parts of the human experience. Visual art can help educators and students tap into their feelings, understand who they are and what they value, and embrace healing and healthy rituals and self-talk. Learning to think creatively and through hands-on art experiences, we all can become more critical and innovative thinkers.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Practical Concept-Based Assessment Done Three Ways (RECORDED)
Do you wonder about the best way to plan and deliver concept-based assessment? Explore fun, effective, and time-saving levels of concept-based assessment.

Speakers
DR

Donna Ross

Donna Ross is an Indigenous educator with 30 years of experience in Alberta working with Indigenous communities, providing professional consulting, and supporting schools with Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Donna brings passion and deep knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Addressing Vulnerabilities in the Early Years: How Can We Help Our Children Thrive? (RECORDED)
Developmental identification tools such as the EYE serve to identify gaps in our children's physical, mental, emotional, social, and cognitive growth and development. But what steps and strategies can help close those gaps so that every child has a chance to thrive in school and beyond? This interactive session will delve into evidence-based, classroom-tested strategies that address children's vulnerabilities in each of the five domains typically used to assess child development. Come see how you can introduce fun, easy, purposeful activities to support your children's identified strengths and areas of need. Then go back to your classrooms with some nifty takeaway materials and lots of new ideas!

Speakers
DP

Debbie Philipenko

Debbie Philipenko is an educator with over 30 years experience. She has been a Grade 1 teacher most of her career and was also an instructional consultant and vice principal for Saskatoon Public Schools. Debbie is now retired and has returned to Nelson to continue her passion of providing... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Productivity and Organization Working at Home, School, and Everywhere In-Between (RECORDED)
This session will explore how to build effective structures to be your most productive self, eliminate distractions, and find joy in all you do. Learn tips and tricks for scheduling your time, organizing your to-do list, getting more done, and finding your ideal work and home balance for greatest life-fulfillment. In an age where you may be asked to switch your work environment without notice, this session will help you be agile, adaptable, and find pleasure in unpredictability.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

On Keeping a Personal Notebook: Enabling the errant trajectories of teaching and learning (RECORDED)
Both as a tool for teacher inquiry, as well as a practice of symbolizing the complexities of human experience, the notebook will be addressed in this presentation in multiple ways: as a method of creative analysis that uses both words and image, a record of reading and learning, a space for reflection, and a chance for experimental articulation. Most notably, I will talk about the notebook as a way for teachers to reflect on their own craft, as well as a space for their students to consider the errant trajectories of learning.

Speakers
avatar for David Lewkowich

David Lewkowich

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

ASEBP Benefit Overview (RECORDED)
Whether you’re a new covered member or not, this session can help you learn about the wide range of benefits, programs and services we offer.
In this presentation You'll discover how to get the most from your coverage, our different tools and platforms, the benefits of spending accounts and more!

Speakers
TW

Tenjie Wilson

ASEBP
TenjieTenjie has been a benefit specialist with ASEBP for five years this February, providing assistance to covered members by phone and email. She has previous experience in the health insurance industry dating back eighteen years. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking... Read More →
MK

Matt Kukotello

ASEBP
Matt is a benefit specialist at ASEBP, providing assistance to covered members by phone and email. He has been with ASEBP for a year and a half, and his experience in benefits and insurance dates back to 2008. Since working at ASEBP, Matt has developed a thorough knowledge of the... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Coping During COVID, Naturally! (RECORDED)
Are you getting enough Vitamin N? Join Susanne for a science backed session on the healing benefits of Nature for the mind, body and spirit.

Speakers
avatar for Susanne Heaton

Susanne Heaton

Owner, Coping with Covid and Dealing With Grief
For over 11 years, I worked in the corporate world doing team building, public speaking, negotiating, marketing and sales. I took a total leap of faith after some wake-up calls and left the corporate world to start my own company, Motivated by Nature. I am a huge advocate for the... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Ashton Weisgerber

Ashton Weisgerber

Elm Street School
Ashton Weisgerber is a Vice Principal at Elm Street School, Medicine Hat Public School Division.


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Dealing with Grief, Naturally (RECORDED)
COVID has caused overwhelm from all the never-ending decisions that have to made daily. Find out how mindfulness in nature can help to naturally decrease stress and promote overall well-being.

Speakers
avatar for Susanne Heaton

Susanne Heaton

Owner, Coping with Covid and Dealing With Grief
For over 11 years, I worked in the corporate world doing team building, public speaking, negotiating, marketing and sales. I took a total leap of faith after some wake-up calls and left the corporate world to start my own company, Motivated by Nature. I am a huge advocate for the... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Happiness Principles (RECORDED)
Happiness increases productivity! This key principle guides educators in cultivating productive learning environments. Discover how to stay joyful and enthusiastic when overwhelmed by the challenges of teaching. This session will illuminate helpful strategies for promoting wellness, happiness and student engagement in the classroom. Come laugh, decompress and learn some self-care. These tried and true, evidence-based practices will help you create a positive, happy and productive classroom.

Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

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



Speakers
AH

Alberta Health Services

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Continuing ASEBP Benefits into Retirement (RECORDED)
Retirement can no doubt be both exciting and daunting. Between all the paperwork and planning, let us make one of the items on your checklist a little easier!

During this presentation, You'll learn the ins and outs of your health benefits during retirement. From eligibility requirements to different types of coverage, ASEBP has got you covered—literally.

Speakers
TW

Tenjie Wilson

ASEBP
TenjieTenjie has been a benefit specialist with ASEBP for five years this February, providing assistance to covered members by phone and email. She has previous experience in the health insurance industry dating back eighteen years. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking... Read More →
MK

Matt Kukotello

ASEBP
Matt is a benefit specialist at ASEBP, providing assistance to covered members by phone and email. He has been with ASEBP for a year and a half, and his experience in benefits and insurance dates back to 2008. Since working at ASEBP, Matt has developed a thorough knowledge of the... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Sauer

Matthew Sauer

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

Andrew Parker

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

Gail-Ann Wilson

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

Sarah Adomako Ansah

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

E. Patrick Powell

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

Hosts
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Dan Grassick (they/them) is an Executive Staff Officer in the Alberta Teachers' Association's Professional Development program area. Among Dan's main responsibilities are leading the ATA's Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights (DEHR) work, supporting the teachers' conventions in Southern... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

How did we get here? Understanding the basics of anti-racism (RECORDED)
How have we arrived at this moment of reckoning in with race and racism in our schools and what should we do now? This session will include a brief introduction to critical social justice pedagogy and critical race theory which will help teachers and school leaders begin to understand how to engage constructively in anti-racist pedagogy with direct application for their classrooms and schools. Antiracism resources and upcoming events available through the ATA will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Farha Shariff

Dr. Farha Shariff

Understanding the Basis of Anti-Racism, University of Alberta PhD
Farha Shariff, PhD   @drfarha077 on Twitter & InstagramIntersectional feminist / unapologetic critical social justice and anti-racist educator / educational consultantDaughter of immigrants, mama to three bossy women who will run the world one day. Closet nerd, academic and prof... Read More →
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Dan Grassick (they/them) is an Executive Staff Officer in the Alberta Teachers' Association's Professional Development program area. Among Dan's main responsibilities are leading the ATA's Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights (DEHR) work, supporting the teachers' conventions in Southern... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

True Story? Teachers in Film, TV, and Online (RECORDED)
This talk presents an array of teacher images to explain how they affect the teacher identities of mid-career and pre-service teachers, as well as students and levels of public support. We see what is inspiring, worrisome, funny, and professionally useful about different types of teacher characters and look at ways of co-opting teacher images to advocate for classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Trono

Mario Trono

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

True Story? Teachers in Film, TV, and Online (RECORDED)
This talk presents an array of teacher images to explain how they affect the teacher identities of mid-career and pre-service teachers, as well as students and levels of public support. We see what is inspiring, worrisome, funny, and professionally useful about different types of teacher characters and look at ways of co-opting teacher images to advocate for classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Mario Trono

Mario Trono

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Opening Remarks from the ATA President (RECORDED)
Opening remarks for all teachers from Jason Schilling, ATA President can be viewed HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Comics in Language Arts (RECORDED)
In recent years, there has been a growing awareness across a number of diverse fields, including education, that comics can offer multiple opportunities for sophisticated and impassioned literary engagement, for readers of all abilities, ages, and persuasions. Following this enthusiasm for the productive possibilities of such texts, this presentation will focus on the uses of comics and graphic novels in the secondary English Language Arts classroom, with particular attention paid to the Alberta curriculum. Participants will be introduced to a number of age-appropriate graphic novels and teaching strategies, as well as ways to encourage students in the creation of their own comics texts.

Speakers
avatar for David Lewkowich

David Lewkowich

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Comics and Graphic Novels for Adolescent Readers and Critical Pedagogy (RECORDED)
Comics and Graphic Novels for Adolescent Readers and Critical Pedagogy This presentation will take participants on a thematic tour of graphic novels appropriate and intended for adolescent readers. Themes will include: coming-of-age; fantasy; friendship; historical narratives; horror and other genre fiction; memoir and non-fiction; refugee and immigrant experiences; texts by Indigenous authors; science fiction; social justice; sexuality; superheroes; and stories about a number of social issues directly affecting young people, including the climate crisis, poverty, racism, and gender-based inequality. This presentation will also discuss the links between critical pedagogy and comics reading, arguing that the interpretive opportunities offered by comics allow young readers to think about social issues in a particularly creative fashion, less beholden than other forms of literature to prescribed and expected ways of thinking.

Speakers
avatar for David Lewkowich

David Lewkowich

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Reading Comics with a Numeracy Mindset (RECORDED)
Though it is often partnered with literacy in official curriculum documents, it is not always immediately clear how numeracy relates to the English Language Arts classroom, nor how ELA teachers should equip themselves with the skills required to foster a culture of numeracy competency. This presentation offers the experience of reading comics with a numeracy mindset as one possible solution. More than simply concerned with numbers, numeracy also involves several features closely associated with the design of narratives found in comics and graphic novels, and which I will focus on in this presentation: the study of spatial relations, measuring time, recognizing patterns, determining direction, interpreting schematic diagrams, and visualizing shapes from different perspectives.

Speakers
avatar for David Lewkowich

David Lewkowich

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Developing Curious Math Learners in Kindergarten and Grade 1 (RECORDED)
The use of Provocations in mathematics can spark interest, create wonder and inspire deeper thinking about important math concepts. Whether play or activity-based, Provocations encourage children to build understanding and share their learning with others.  

In this session:

Learn how to structure the learning environment to support effective Provocations

Unpack misconceptions about play-based learning

Speakers
CZ

Chris Zarski

Chris Zarski has been an educator for over 40 years, and has served as a teacher, principal, supervisor and director and Examiner for Alberta Education. Currently Chris is the Director of Instruction and Staff Development for STAR Catholic Schools. Chris has led numerous districtwide... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED
  Mathematics (TQS 3), K-Gr 3

8:45am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Atelier virtuel en directe de musique et de rythme (Aucune expérience musicale requise) (RECORDED)
Malicounda montre aux enseignants(es) comment faciliter une activite rythmique et musicale pour les élèves de tous les âges et encourager la conscience culturelle, la coopération, la collaboration et la créativité. L'atelier présente des percussions en direct, de la danse, des chansons en quatre langues, des jeux rythmiques et des histoires. En utilisant des instruments 'maison': seau, bâtons, bols en plastique, pots / sacs de riz ou de haricots, cuillères ou votre propre tambour, les participants acquerront les outils nécessaires pour encourager les élèves à explorer l'intersection de la musique, du rythme et de la communauté. L'atelier se termine par des exemples d'activités d'improvisation que les enseignants peuvent utiliser pour stimuler davantage le développement cognitif des élèves.

Malicounda encourage les participants à fabriquer des instruments maison, à diriger des jeux de rythme, à enseigner des chansons en quatre langues, à démontrer des mouvements de danse et des percussions corporelles. Aucune expérience musicale requise.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Raymond

Louise Raymond

French Music Session/ Music, Malicounda Dance Company
Depuis plus de 25 ans, Malicounda touche la vie de milliers de personnes - enfants, adolescents, adultes et aînés - à un rythme soutenu. Louise voyage à l’échelle du Canada et des États-Unis dans le but d’inspirer des entreprises et des écoles à renforcer les liens entre... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Learn to Play Guitar (RECORDED)
Learn to play guitar using simple patterns that even kids can remember. A universal guitar chart will help you learn majors, minors, suspended and 7th chords. You'll be able to use these chords to learn pop, folk, country and classical songs as well as children's tunes that you can play in the classroom. This one-time lesson will give you tools that you can build on for years and try everything from Garth to Green Day to Gaga. If you have never played before, this is your chance. You'll even be able to try the ukulele.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Green Science Fun, Safe and Not Safe! (RECORDED)

A short introduction to Green Chemistry - Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares science demonstrations focused on the designing of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances in our classrooms and environment. Demonstrations and activities for the classroom and / or remote teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

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



Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Innovative Science Demo Activities - Maki(Ng) Science Big (fun)! (RECORDED)

Join Michael Ng once again in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares amazing hands-on science demonstrations and activities for the classroom and / or remote teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

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



Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Innovative Science Demos - Danci(NG) with Elements! (RECORDED)
Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares the historical story-telling origins and fun demonstrations of popular elements of the periodic table. Fellow science colleagues will be able to take back science demonstrations and activities that will help start off their science topic and/or reinforce what was taught to make the learning experience fun and engaging for the students.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

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



Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Learning Through the Senses in the Concept-Based Science Classroom (RECORDED)
Concept-based learning does not begin with big, abstract ideas – it starts with students experiencing new and exciting things with their hands, eyes, ears, and minds! In this seminar, teachers will explore fun and interactive strategies for building concept-based science classrooms. We will work together to connect a variety of building blocks for student experience – including print and digital text, field study ideas, experiments, multimedia stations, and games – to curriculum expectations and concepts. Participants will leave the workshop with a useful toolkit of lesson plan ideas and activity prompts.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Bromley

Nancy Bromley

/student engagement across all subjects, Edmonton Catholic School Board
Nancy is Assistant Principal at St. Richard school, association instructor for the Alberta Teacher's Association, as well as a counsellor and inspirational speaker. She has been an educator for almost 30 years and her claim to fame is that she has taught every grade something, from... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

History Tellers- Canadian history in 90 seconds! (RECORDED)
Canadian history made fun and easy! Challenge yourself by engaging in this pre-recorded (60 min) video. Follow in the footsteps of 1000's of transformed students and their teachers by participating in this dramatic, highly interactive and multi-sensory teaching method. It's a must-see supplemental resource for Grade 5 & 7 Canadian history Social Studies, ELL and challenged learners.. and it's available in French!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT IN THIS SESSION:
1. Actively engage in this pre-recorded session, and you will learn 13 out of 48 Canadian History hand-actions!  (Your coffee might get cold!)
2. Experience how a successful multi-sensory teaching works.  (It will be hard not to show off your new skills to your colleagues, family and friends)
3. Deb will walk you through a step-by-step teaching method for your classroom.  (Bored kids at home right now? Have them enjoy the session with you!)
4. The professional drawings are captivating, the mnemonic devices will stick in your head, and the simple hand-actions will keep you moving!
5. Recorded improvisations will tickle your funny bone and teacher testimonies will make you a believer in this pedagogy.
6. Peek at costumes, props and classroom activities ... and bloopers will add a few sprinkles to this session. 
7. You will likely not forget this session....so spread the word and begin to equip a generation to have fun learning Canadian History!

History Tellers is a supplemental resource for Grade 5 & 7 Canadian History Social Studies, ELL and challenged learners.. and it’s also available in French!
 

Speakers
avatar for Deb Kobza

Deb Kobza

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



Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

8:45am MST

Using EdTech to enhance your teaching practice (RECORDED)
Participants will learn how Edwin develops assessment-capable learners, meets diverse learning needs, and provides the flexibility to combine with existing plans and resources.

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

This workshop will inspire your teaching practice by:
• Illustrating how technology can easily be implemented to engage students in learning
• Providing ready-made lessons to get you started the next day, and
• Showcasing the growing professional learning community that is available to support you

Laptops or devices are recommended, but not necessary, for this session.



Speakers
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Sherri Ross

Sherri Ross has been an educator in Alberta for more than 12 years. She holds a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Music, and a Diploma of Business Administration in Human Resource Management, and is currently pursuing a Master's of Education in Adult, Community, and Higher Education... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 8:45am - Friday February 19, 2021 3:15pm MST
RECORDED

9:00am MST

President Schilling: Unplugged
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.

Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
ATA Zoom-Conf1

9:00am MST

Dreaming Big, Living Bigger: A Pathway to Finding Your Passion
It was Jon Montgomery’s natural curiosity that launched his Skeleton career. Wandering through Calgary Olympic Park years ago, he saw a Skeleton racer whip down the track face down, head first. Fearing it was a Luge accident, he inquired about it at the visitor's centre, only to find that Skeleton was a different kind of competitive sliding sport. Intrigued, Montgomery immediately signed up for a “discover session” — and so began his long journey to Olympic gold.

It was keeping his eyes open, living outside his comfort zone, trying new things, and accepting the challenges that presented themselves that enabled Montgomery to find his passion and gave him the opportunity to realize his dreams. With an effortless charisma, Montgomery uses his story to remind us that developing curiosity for the world around us has the potential to reveal our greatest gifts.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Montgomery

Jon Montgomery

Jon Montgomery first delighted Canadians by winning Gold in Men’s Skeleton at the Vancouver Olympics. Now, as the host of The Amazing Race Canada, he is a charming ambassador for the country’s most beautiful sights. In talks, he combines his experience as a professional athlete... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Nathan Gale

Nathan Gale

PD Facilitator, ATA


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Webinar5000-1

9:00am MST

Infusing Critical Inquiry into the Secondary Curriculum
Critical thinking and inquiry are central goals in the Alberta K-12 curriculum. But how can teachers actually implement them in their curriculum and pedagogy? This presentation by the authors of a leading critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance, will explain their inquiry-based approach to critical thinking and provide concrete examples of how to infuse it into the curriculum. Participating in this session will be Jen Scott, an Alberta secondary teacher, who uses the approach to infuse critical thinking into her science classes.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Bailin

Sharon Bailin

Sharon Bailin is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has written and presented extensively on critical thinking and is the co-author, along with Mark Battersby, of the critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to... Read More →
avatar for Mark Battersby

Mark Battersby

Mark Battersby is a professor emeritus at Capilano University. He has written and presented extensively on critical thinking, informal logic, and learning outcomes and is the co-author, along with Sharon Bailin, of the critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach... Read More →

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Webinar1000-2

9:00am MST

Revive a School, Save a Community
In 2014, Altario School was at an all-time low in enrollment, the local community was shrinking, and the survivability of both school and community were in question. Using the school as a driver of rejuvenation, the school community came together to dream of what a revived community could look like. In particular, embracing the agricultural heritage of the area was seen as the central piece to grow both the school and community.

Today, Altario boasts an agriculture program that includes the raising of steers, turkeys, chickens, and sheep. It has a community garden, a test crop plot, and provides a residency program for students from other schools. The profits of the farm are used for student'scholarships and program growth. Through this program, Altario School has been revived and the community has been saved. The school has a growing enrollment and the hamlet of Altario has doubled its population.

While sharing the story of Altario School, this session offers insight into the steps of reviving a school, and saving a community.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Van Lagen

Kevin Van Lagen

Kevin Van Lagen is the principal of Altario and Consort Schools in East Central Alberta. Known as the Prairie Principal on social media, Kevin writes and speaks about the role that rural education can play in revitalizing rural communities. Kevin received his Master in Educational... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Webinar1000-3

9:00am MST

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker
Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of thirteen books, and an internationally renowned live performer. Coyote has also been touring public schools across the continent and beyond for nearly two decades, working to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students, always with the careful eye and tender heart of a fellow misfit. Ivan knows that by addressing the needs of often targeted and sometimes marginalized youth, we can build a better and safer school environment for all of our kids. Coyote uses personal narrative and the well-honed timing of a gifted storyteller to bring us a powerful message of hope and resilience.

Speakers
avatar for Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote

Storyteller
Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Webinar1000-1

9:00am MST

Together, Apart: Staying Connected in an Era of Physical Distancing
How do we connect with each other when we can't actually be together? Using the latest evidence from social psychology and social neuroscience, Susan Pinker explores the importance of social interaction: why we need it, what it does for our health, and how it affects our brains and our working relationships. The celebrated author and psychologist also considers how we can achieve mutual trust even while being separated by geography—or by at least six feet of distance. Is there a way to leverage our bonds, both weak and strong, all while hewing to the rules of social distancing? Pinker blends stories, videos, and scientific evidence into a compelling talk, laying out a plan for achieving real communication despite the distance.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Pinker

Susan Pinker

Award-winning author and Psychologist Susan Pinker examines the endless paradoxes of the human condition, and the way it affects our personal relationships, our workplaces, and our educational institutions. In her latest book, The Village Effect, Pinker makes a compelling argument... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Webinar3000-1

9:00am MST

Power Play - Elementary Math Games for Place Value
Come prepared to play our favorite games and learn strategies for the following: comparing, ordering, and saying large numbers, expanding and rounding numbers, using number patterns for mental math and the operations, understanding place holders, decimal concepts. Participants will receive gameboards, journal writing and math talk extensions and see student work. Games use cards, dice, number lines and place value dice and are easy to differentiate to meet the needs of all students in your program.  email contest@swatca.ca to enter our draw.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

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

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-6
  Mathematics (TQS 3), K-Gr 3, Gr 4-6
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

9:00am MST

Abstract Art- Acrylic Painting Explorations
Materials you will need for this session: Two- 9x12 white canvas, flat brush size 12 or 14
round brush size 6 or 8Acrylic paints: 1 tube of each: lemon yellow, vermilion, cerulean blue, ultramarine, sap green, viridian green, burnt sienna, titanium white, and black.

Explore an array of mark-making art techniques with an emphasis on using limited colours to create a variety of custom made (personalized) colours.
The participants will move gradually from a figurative drawing to a unique abstract painting to create a few abstract projects suitable for all grade levels and abilities.



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 →

Hosts
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Barrett Swendsen

Band Teacher, Westwind School Division


Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
Conv Zoom-18

10:15am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

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

Hosts
avatar for Morgan Fishley

Morgan Fishley

President, Education Undergraduate Society (MHC)


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-1

10:15am MST

Viewing Responsive Behaviour Support Through a Lens of Collaborative Response - Part 1
Come join for part 1 of a 2 part session to explore the 10 Key Components of a Responsive Behaviour Support framework that identifies and organizes existing school-wide processes through the lens of Collaborative Response. The essential elements of collaborative structures and processes, the utilization of data and analysis and the establishment and use of a continuum of supports all contribute to the overall success of supporting student's behaviour needs. Lorna has worked extensively in a number of school districts to build supportive structures to respond to the behavioural needs of students. Designing thoughtful and well-informed practices across the school is crucial to ensuring a safe and caring environment while providing consistent responses to the individual needs, strengths and experiences of students who may be facing behaviour challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Hewson

Lorna Hewson

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

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-2

10:15am MST

Growth Follows Failure
We will be focussing on the scientific research that supports the idea that students need to fail. It is hardwired within our brains to accept and adapt to failure. As educators, we need to be aware of our role in showing students the benefits of failure.

Speakers
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Kathy Penner

Mental Health Teacher, Calgary Board of Education
Kathy Penner has been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 15 years. She spent 6 years in a highly specialized Mental Health High School classroom and has recently returned to the classroom. She is currently teaching CALM and Social Sciences. Her emphasis has always been... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-7

10:15am MST

"From Port to Prairie": Bringing Curriculum to Life Through Place-Conscious Pedagogy
Place conscious pedagogy is an approach to teaching and learning that embeds the school curriculum in the local community and environment. It is inherently cross-curricular in striving to diminish boundaries between schools and their social and environmental settings. Through hands-on experiences of place, students and teachers find meaningful and engaging opportunities to explore, apply and advance their curricular knowledge. This presentation will share creative case studies from teachers in Alberta and Newfoundland that have used the local environment and community as a way to engage students with curriculum, and discuss how this impacts student agency.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Pelech

Sharon Pelech

Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
Sharon Pelech is an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Lethbridge teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in curriculum studies and science education.  Sharon spent over 18 years as a secondary science teacher in the Northwest Territories, Northern Alberta... Read More →

Hosts
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Christine Perreaux

Program Chair, SWATCA
Christine is a kindergarten teacher with Lethbridge School District #51. She has 21 years of teaching experience. During this time she has taught grade 5, inclusive education, grade one, early literacy and kindergarten. She is currently serving in the role of program chair for SW... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-14

10:15am MST

Gestion de classe—ce qui fonctionne
Cet atelier a été conçu pour les enseignants débutants ou nouveaux dans la profession. Les participants revisiteront le thème de la gestion de classe et son importance, à commencer par l’importance de privilégier des relations positives et authentiques avec les élèves. De là, ils examineront les règles, routines, procédures et stratégies liées à la gestion de classe. L’objectif de cet atelier est d’aider les participants à créer des salles de classe dans lesquelles le travail des élèves et des enseignants pourra porter ses fruits.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Fuchshuber

Valerie Fuchshuber

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Val is an Association Instructor and is a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education at Georges P. Vanier School.
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Fadwa Kharbatly

Edmonton Public School Board


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
ATA PD Workshops

10:15am MST

Exploring French through Music: Engaging Instruction to Promote Language Acquisition and Cultural Knowledge
Music is a powerful language learning tool. It can be used as a mnemonic device, to teach the rhythms of language and also to explore cultural themes. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a variety of resources and strategies that can be used to enhance learning in the French classroom through music. Participants will also be introduced to the latest resources developed by the Lethbridge Curriculum Developers Group to promote engaging French instruction. This presentation will be of interest to anyone teaching French as a second language or interested in exploring ways to promote language acquisition through music.

Speakers
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Greg Ogilvie

Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Greg Ogilvie is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge focusing on second language education.
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Camilla Pagliericci

Camilla Pagliericci is currently a substitute teacher in Lethbridge. She graduated with aB.A./B.Ed. in French from the University of Lethbridge.


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-22

10:15am MST

The Octagon of Life: Mental Health Care for Students and Teachers
In this 60-minute workshop, Jason will give an overview of his experiences living with a severe mental illness, Bipolar I Disorder. His experience includes a three-month-long manic episode, a 57-day stay in the acute psychiatry ward and a 7-month long depression. The overview is done so attendees can have an idea of what certain behaviours may indicate that a student'struggles with their mental health (ex. manic symptoms, depression, stress, etc.). The session will then detail how Jason regained control of his life with The Octagon of Life: eight areas of life to focus on for health, happiness, and fulfilment. The eight areas of the Octagon of Life include Exercise, Nutrition, Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Relationships, Career, Finances, and Mental Health Balance. These eight areas will be explained in the context of Education and how it relates to student and teacher wellness. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer period.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Wegner

Jason Wegner

Student Teacher, University of Lethbridge
Jason Wegner is a 6th-year student teacher at the University of Lethbridge who lives with a severe mental illness, Bipolar I Disorder. He is a mental health advocate who has given numerous presentations on the mental health challenges he has overcome and offers practical advice for... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-4

10:15am MST

Healthy Movement in the Classroom
Humans are programmed to move. A young developing brain requires various types of motion to develop important foundational skills for learning. The sensory systems that respond to movement help to coordinate the eyes, hands and body for everyday fine motor and gross motor activities. "Healthy" movement refers to safe and accessible opportunities for motion that help everyone feel organized, alert, fit and ready to learn. As parents and adults we tend to want children to "sit still." The reality is no one sits without moving for very long, because if we keep our bodies completely inactive, we tend to fall asleep or zone out. Dynamic sitting involves making adjustments to our position for comfort and moving our arms, legs, and body while we are sitting, in order to keep ourselves alert and engaged. Children who have access to healthy movement in the classroom are more likely to stay engaged and to have better attention and behavior.

Speakers
avatar for CDI Spaces

CDI Spaces

Craig Ward, Student Centered Classroom Consultant, CDI SPACES
We provide school furniture and floor plans that are focused on helping students learn in the best way possible. Our team has assisted in creating flexible, dynamic learning spaces for K-12 schools and post secondary campuses across Alberta

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-13

10:15am MST

Teaching During a Pandemic
Teaching during a pandemic has impacted all of us in many ways.

Teachers are indispensable to their learning communities, however, they are vulnerable to being intensely affected and possibly damaged by their work. The COVID-19 crisis has intensified this impact on some of our colleagues more than others.

Safely responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has often meant dramatic changes in teaching practice and daily routines. Additionally, teachers are regularly being directed to do work outside the scope of their professional teaching practice. Many things have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, collective agreement entitlements have not.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Glavine

Michelle Glavine

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Michelle joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in 2019. Michelle holds a MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary, a BEd from the University of Saskatchewan and a BA in Sociology with a concentration in... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
ATA Zoom-Conf2

10:15am MST

ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ tapwewin: Dismantling Anti-Indigenous Racism
This introductory workshop will encourage educators to critically reflect on concepts such as white privilege, systemic racism and assimilation. Historical and contemporary examples of anti-Indigenous racism will be explored, and participants will be challenged to consider their own role in dismantling anti-Indigenous racism. Educators will leave with a foundational understanding of anti-racism with a focus on Indigenous Peoples, and will also be equipped with suggested resources for further learning. Note that portions of this workshop may be difficult for some participants, particularly for Indigenous Peoples and/or those who have experienced racism.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
ATA Zoom-Conf1

10:15am MST

Humane Education: Creating a Caring Classroom
The concept of humane education has been around for over 100 years, but what is it exactly and how does it fit in the current classroom?

In this session we will discuss what humane education is, and how it aligns with the Alberta Programs of Study. We will look at the benefits (to both students and animals) of including humane education into teaching and offer ideas and examples of how it can be done, while meeting curricular objectives.

Finally, we will explore the free resources the Alberta SPCA education department has to offer. In this session we will discuss:
  • What humane education is (and what it isn't) and how it fits into the current classroom
  • How including humane education in teaching can foster positive character traits, such as compassion, respect, and kindness in students
  • Ideas and examples of incorporating humane education into your classroom while meeting curriculum objectives
  • Resources available to teachers including a free book lending program that helps build literacy while promoting empathy, character education themes, and information on animals in the classroom including classroom pets and animals in science, and more! 

Why is this session relevant to Teachers:
  • Incorporating humane education into the classroom is relevant to teachers as it fosters positive character traits in students to help them grow and further develop into contributing members of the community
  • Key take aways include: discussion of what humane education is and the benefits of including it in teaching, how it can be incorporated into lesson plans while meeting curricular objectives of different subjects, examine the variety of humane education resources available for teachers 
  • Teachers will have an opportunity to explore the free resources available to them so they can use in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Don Seller

Don Seller

Education Program Manager, Alberta SPCA
Everylivingthing.ca is the Alberta SPCA’s humane education website for teachers who aim to inspire compassion for animals, people and the environment – every living thing! The Alberta SPCA believes people have a duty to accept responsibility for the welfare of animals. We hope... Read More →
avatar for Alberta SPCA

Alberta SPCA

Alberta SPCA
Everylivingthing.ca is the Alberta SPCA’s humane education website for teachers who aim to inspire compassion for animals, people and the environment – every living thing! The Alberta SPCA believes people have a duty to accept responsibility for the welfare of animals. We hope... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-20

10:15am MST

Complex Communication Needs & Augmentative and Alternative Communication
This workshop is designed to help teachers understand basic components of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Participants will learn about complex communication needs, the purpose of AAC, ideal candidates, strategies to support and build language, and where to access resources. Our schools are seeing more students with complex communication needs and teachers need to understand their unique needs. Every student deserves a voice and an opportunity to learn!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Roth

Jennifer Roth

Speech-Language Pathologist
Jenny Roth is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist and teacher in Brooks. She has worked for Grasslands Public Schools for the past four years. She works with students from Kindergarten to grade 12, with various communication and speech disorders.

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-5

10:15am MST

Engaging Adolescent Readers
To engage adolescent readers, we have to meet them where they are. We will consider how to give students influence over the structure of their education to make it more engaging.

Teachers will be involved in a discussion about how they can get to know their students as readers. We will look at some resources that will help teachers with reading surveys and identifying excellent reading materials. Junior High and High School English teachers will have the opportunity to view a model reading conference so that they are better able to identify the reading needs of their own students.

Speakers

Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-19

10:15am MST

Laugh Out Loud Literary Devices
We all know the serious side of creative writing, but what about the lighter side of the literary arts? This workshop will hit the funny bone of disengaged students with laugh out loud examples of personification, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and more! Then we'll look at some activities that allow students to practice these devices, and produce beautiful or hilarious results. Regardless of the outcome, it will be seriously good writing!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →

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Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-12

10:15am MST

A Picture (Book) is worth a Thousand Lessons
After teaching Kindergarten for 20 years, Sandra moved to teaching upper elementary. Not wanting to abandon the collection of picture books she acquired over the years, she has found ways to incorporate picture books into reading and writing lessons for upper elementary students. Sandra will share some of her favorite picture books with you, and explain how you can use these books as mentor texts in your classroom. The teacher will learn to push pupils to the edge of learning through asking targeted questions. You will leave this session with reading and writing lessons ready to inspire.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Norman

Sandra Norman

Sandra Norman - sharing knowledge and fostering an understanding of how evidence based instruction informs classroom practice. As the parent of a child with dyslexia, Sandra has passionately embraced researching reading and writing instruction and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise... Read More →

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-9

10:15am MST

All Hands on Deck - Solitaire Math Games for Upper Elementary
Come prepared to learn our favorite card and regular dice games that can be used in virtual teaching setting, or in the classrooms. Students and parents will benefit from engaged practice with easy to find manipulatives (cards and dice). Concepts covered: review and practice of basic facts, multi-digit operations, place value, fractions, and order of operations. Gameboards and ideas for differentiation will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

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

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-6
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Gr 4-6, Gr 7-9
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

10:15am MST

Elves, Orcs, Hobbits and the Meaning of Life According to J.R.R. Tolkien: A Theological Investigation of Middle Earth
The enigmatic and obscure Oxford philologist, J.R.R. Tolkien produced a corpus of writings on the world of Middle Earth that has captivated countless readers. The cinematic renderings of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit has further popularized his works, yet readers and viewers alike are often surprised at the profound impression Tolkien's Catholic faith has made upon his writings. C.S. Lewis, a close friend and associate whose encouragement was necessary for Tolkien to publish, wove Christian themes within his works via allegory. Tolkien, on the other hand, chose a much different and more sophisticated approach in creating the drama of the Rings of Power. This talk offers educators of Literature and Religion insight into the life and works of Tolkien and the undercurrents within thought?and how these can be made accessible to students in the classroom.

Speakers
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Dr. Gerard McLarney

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

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Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-11

10:15am MST

Amplifying Stories Using Data Science
The history of storytelling goes back to the time of sitting around a campfire telling stories. Although oral storytelling is becoming more apparent in the classroom, using data, numbers, patterns, and coding to tell a story is still emerging - yet is an essential skill in communication meaning in our current world. Data science, and data journalism, involve finding and telling stories using data sets. In this (panel discussion or session) we will look at how students can use data and visualizations to write nonfiction in English language arts and social studies. we'll also discuss open science and ethical issues around uses of data.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card by completing an optional Callysto feedback survey (http://bit.ly/callysto-feedback) after attending this session!

Speakers
avatar for Verena Roberts

Verena Roberts

Ethics in Data Science, Cybera
Verena Roberts is an Adjunct Asst Prof with the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education and is working as an Educational Specialist with the Callysto team.

Hosts
avatar for Keeley Gillespie

Keeley Gillespie

Student, University of Lethbridge



Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-10

10:15am MST

Effectively ‘teaching’ writing for Social Studies
Discussing writing with students can be a dull and often frustrating topic. Many students struggle with it, yet writing skills are essential to student achievement. This session will help you to remove the stigma associated with, 'teaching writing'. The session will provide you with easy to use rubrics, classroom activities and student'self- assessment strategies that will make your students more confident and successful in their writing. It will also assist you in using assessments summatively and formatively as well as help you streamline your marking process.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Driedger

Mark Driedger

Secondary Social Studies Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District
Mark is currently a vice-principal with CCSD, and a sessional instructor at St. Mary’s University. He spent 4 years as the Secondary Social Studies Consultant. He has extensive experience in all secondary Social Studies programs. Mark has also served as a 30-1 table leader, item... Read More →

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-8

10:15am MST

Understanding Racism and Anti-Racism
In multicultural Canada today people of diverse backgrounds must live and work together. Sometimes in spite of differences, people get along and sometimes they don?t. Often the main reason that people do not get along is the 'isms' between them. Racism is perhaps the most obvious and problematic 'ism' and can be subtle and difficult to recognize. This workshop is geared to participants who have little or no knowledge of racism, how it operates, the difference between racism and racial discrimination, and how the biases and assumptions they may have internalized could affect their interactions. It is also geared towards those who want to implement systemic change in their work groups and organizations. Many organizational policies state a zero tolerance for racism yet it continues to exist systemically. Self awareness is key to understanding anti-racism personally, and is the foundation for effecting systemic change in organizations.

Speakers
PD

Pamela Dos Ramos

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
Pamela Dos Ramos, M.A. Ph.D., a Human Rights Educator for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre does presentations at schools and creates resources for the Centre. She is a Board Member of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education. She also teaches Culture and Diversity... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 10:15am - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-15

11:30am MST

Outcomes Based Gradebooks
Accurately reporting student achievement is an important part of a teacher's practice. However, building a gradebook that is accurate, informative and moves student learning forward can be difficult. This session will help you arrange your gradebook in a way that works effectively for teachers, students and parents. The overarching yet simple principles that will be shared will make reporting your grades easier and more effective for all involved. Note: This session is intended for grades 7-12 and for districts using online (such as D2L Brightspace or various other programs) reporting systems.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Driedger

Mark Driedger

Secondary Social Studies Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District
Mark is currently a vice-principal with CCSD, and a sessional instructor at St. Mary’s University. He spent 4 years as the Secondary Social Studies Consultant. He has extensive experience in all secondary Social Studies programs. Mark has also served as a 30-1 table leader, item... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Joshua Maret

Joshua Maret

Teacher, Lethbridge School District



Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-8

11:30am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

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

Hosts
avatar for Nathan Gale

Nathan Gale

PD Facilitator, ATA


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-1

11:30am MST

Viewing Responsive Behaviour Support Through a Lens of Collaborative Response - Part 2
Come join us for part 2 of a 2 part session to explore the 10 Key Components of a Responsive Behaviour Support framework that identifies and organizes existing school-wide processes through the lens of Collaborative Response. The essential elements of collaborative structures and processes, the utilization of data and analysis and the establishment and use of a continuum of supports all contribute to the overall success of supporting students' behaviour needs. Lorna has worked extensively in a number of school districts to build supportive structures to respond to the behavioural needs of students. Designing thoughtful and well-informed practices across the school is crucial to ensuring a safe and caring environment while providing consistent responses to the individual needs, strengths and experiences of students who may be facing behaviour challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Hewson

Lorna Hewson

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

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-2

11:30am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Cal Hauserman

Cal Hauserman

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

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-22

11:30am MST

Healthy Play: Learning to Play, Playing to Learn!
Healthy Play is about learning to play and playing to learn! We give staff and students simple and FUN techniques to create a more connected and caring school community by empowering students to resolve conflict, practice empathy skills and promote inclusive environments.   Built around the Healthy Play philosophy, this hands-on training not only provides staff with the Healthy Play concepts, but also ways to implement these concepts through amazing physical literacy-based games and activities that can be played in the classroom, gym/open spaces and independently on the playground.   Healthy Play is great for new teachers, Generalists who are required to teach PE (and find that PE isn't their strong suit), and PE Specialists who are looking for something different!  If we haven't intrigued you yet - a five-year longitudinal study was recently completed and found teachers reported a 70% reduction in acts of aggression, bullying, teasing, and non-cooperative behaviour!

Speakers
avatar for Jen Goeres

Jen Goeres

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

Jen Smith

Co-Owner, WordPLAY Consulting Inc.
Jen’s career in recreation began 19 years ago when she became a support worker for adults with disabilities which quickly established a passion for working within the disability community.While still living in Ontario, she developed and facilitated a Youth Leadership Training program... Read More →

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-4

11:30am MST

The Importance of Ethics in Data Science: The Human Aspect of Computational Thinking
Make mistakes, accept failure, persevere, collaborate, empathize and consider someone else's perspective! K-12 students are encouraged to be human in their everyday learning environments. However, integrating learning design to develop these learning outcomes is a lot harder to do. Open data science and open source programming is premised on the idea of a shared learning commons, where people intentionally share information so others can build new knowledge and expand learning beyond isolated computer files, research labs or classroom walls. This presentation will focus on how open data and being part of the open source community amplifies human-centered learning by bridging technology human interactions. Considering ethical perspectives in data science, computational thinking strategies will be used as a framework to guide human-centered critical thinking.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card by completing an optional Callysto feedback survey (http://bit.ly/callysto-feedback) after attending this session!

Speakers
avatar for Bryce Haley

Bryce Haley

Data Science Intern, Callysto
Bryce is a Callysto data scientist intern and has a Bachelor of Science with majors in computing science and mathematics from Simon Fraser University. He got introduced to the Callysto project through SFU – he was hired to help a SFU math professor develop a Callysto notebook about... Read More →

Hosts
AV

Angela Viola

Teacher - 12 Month, ADLC


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-10

11:30am MST

Positive Stories from Teaching during a Pandemic
Let's take some time to discuss the positive stories of teacher and student'success during the pandemic. As an educator, were you able to connect to students in a new way? Did the struggling student hit their stride and really connect in an online environment? Were you able to use the pandemic to make your current event discussion posts top notch? This global event was nothing like anything we've ever experienced and it's an important conversation to have with colleagues as we move positively forward in our own careers while supporting our students.

Speakers
KP

Kathy Penner

Mental Health Teacher, Calgary Board of Education
Kathy Penner has been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 15 years. She spent 6 years in a highly specialized Mental Health High School classroom and has recently returned to the classroom. She is currently teaching CALM and Social Sciences. Her emphasis has always been... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Lorena Correa e Silva

Lorena Correa e Silva

Student, Medicine Hat College


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-7

11:30am MST

Ici, tout le monde est le bienvenu—enseigner dans une classe interculturelle
Cet atelier explore le concept de la compétence culturelle grâce auquel vous apprendrez à reconnaitre croyances, attitudes, politiques, structures et pratiques d’enseignement qui permettent aux écoles interculturelles de bien fonctionner. Les participants développeront des capacités qui les amèneront à prendre davantage conscience des dynamiques inhérentes aux interactions interculturelles.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Fuchshuber

Valerie Fuchshuber

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Val is an Association Instructor and is a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education at Georges P. Vanier School.
avatar for Megan Sénéchal

Megan Sénéchal

French/Student Engagement, EPSB Curriculum Consultant
Dr. Megan Sénéchal is a Curriculum Consultant with Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests revolve around language education, Universal Design for Learning, and change management.


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

11:30am MST

Teaching practices to support positive physical activity, wellness and Indigenous perspectives
This session is a showcase of four Professional Inquiry Projects recently completed by University of Lethbridge Intern Teachers during their practicum. Brady compiled a wide range of engaging, skills-based games for Physical Education, Brae implemented talking circles in her high school physical education class, Kit developed lessons and highlighted research related to eating disorders among adolescents, and Kate worked with University Instructor Don Shade of Kainai Nation to incorporate Blackfoot Values into her everyday teaching. The presenters will share their process of identifying and responding to a specific need, implementing and refining various strategies with students, and reflecting on the results on their inquiry. Each project includes a website or other ready-to-implement material, and you will leave the session with concrete resources you can adapt to your own context. The four projects (and all projects from the Bi-annual Professional Inquiry Project Symposium) are available at www.uleth.ca/education/celebrating_inquiry.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Lawless

Kate Lawless

University of Lethbridge Graduate
My name is Kate Lawless and I graduated the University of Lethbridge with a B.A. (General Humanities) and B.Ed (Early Childhood Specialization) in December 2020. I am currently a substitute teacher through the Calgary Board of Education. In addition to teaching Grade 1/2 in my final... Read More →
avatar for Brae Clowes

Brae Clowes

University of Lethbridge Graduate
Brae Clowes is a Kinesiology major who graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a combined BA/BEd degree this Fall. In addition to teaching, Interns engage in a professional inquiry project (PIP) and conduct research throughout their final practicum. Brae's research question... Read More →
avatar for Brady Newton

Brady Newton

Student Teacher, University of Lethbridge
Brady Newton is a Kinesiology major and will graduate in Spring 2021. Brady was a teacher Intern in the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education Professional Semester III program during Fall 2020. In addition to teaching half time, University of Lethbridge Interns engage in a... Read More →
avatar for Kit Zachery

Kit Zachery

University of Lethbridge Graduate
Kit Zachery is a recent graduate from the University of Lethbridge, and is just starting work as a grade 1/2 teacher. Her presentation will summarize her Personal Inquiry Project from her PSIII, which was about disordered eating and surrounding maladaptive beliefs and understandings... Read More →



Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-14

11:30am MST

A Call to Action for Advancing Indigenous Women in Education: Restoring Balance through Truth, Justice and Reconciliation
“For our young women, for our grandmothers, for our women who travel with us, we are sacred because we exist. We are sacred because we have survived.”
Throughout this session you will examine historical and contemporary issues, challenges and inequities for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples including action to support reclaiming power and place. You will deepen your understanding of why it’s crucial to support Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples and how you can contribute to restoring balance within education systems.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
ATA Zoom-Conf1

11:30am MST

Time Matters - Why knowing your assignment is important!
So, you discover you've reached 1200 hours of assigned duties in May. What next? Can you pack your bags and head to the lake?

There are limits in the collective agreement regarding how much work can be assigned to teachers. Check this session out to find out what counts for instruction, what is assignable and what are your "professional duties". Find out how to use the calculator to see how close you are to the maximums.

Now is a really good time to figure this out because no, you can’t just leave when you reach 1200 hours – any changes to your schedule should happen in the next few months to prevent you exceeding that limit.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Glavine

Michelle Glavine

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Michelle joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in 2019. Michelle holds a MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary, a BEd from the University of Saskatchewan and a BA in Sociology with a concentration in... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
ATA Zoom-Conf2

11:30am MST

Complex Communication Needs & Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Repeat Session)
This workshop is designed to help teachers understand basic components of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Participants will learn about complex communication needs, the purpose of AAC, ideal candidates, strategies to support and build language, and where to access resources. Our schools are seeing more students with complex communication needs and teachers need to understand their unique needs. Every student deserves a voice and an opportunity to learn!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Roth

Jennifer Roth

Speech-Language Pathologist
Jenny Roth is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist and teacher in Brooks. She has worked for Grasslands Public Schools for the past four years. She works with students from Kindergarten to grade 12, with various communication and speech disorders.


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-5

11:30am MST

Connecting the Dots - Elementary Domino Math Games
This session will help teachers understand why augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is recommended for their students, the importance of modelling, how to use AAC, working through barriers, and exploring strategies and tools. This session will be a combination of lecture format, periodic hands-on participation, and discussion/questioning.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

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

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-6
  Mathematics (TQS 3), K-Gr 3, Gr 4-6
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

11:30am MST

Math Games by Design Gr 4-6
Games can be an enjoyable and effective way to practice and integrate skills and concepts in budding mathematicians. Join Gael as we play a selection of 4-6 math games together, exploring ways of building in differentiation to meet the needs of all the learners in your class and how you might adapt these activities for different grades. We will consider presenting and playing in different settings, be it in-person, physically distanced, or online. In our busy teaching days it can be difficult ensuring that the learning outcomes are being met when selecting math games. By ensuring adequate pre-teaching of the concepts and skills the students can enjoy thoughtfully designed activities that allow them to successfully practice and build on their foundations in a way that is both fun and challenging.

Speakers
avatar for Gael James

Gael James

Outreach manager and teacher support, Jump Math
With 18 years of teaching and tutoring students of all ages and abilities Gael James is delighted to now be working for JUMP Math, a registered Canadian charity, helping teachers in southern Alberta to teach math effectively and with confidence.

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-13
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Gr 4-6
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

11:30am MST

Considerations for Assessment in Secondary Math
This session will highlight assessment opportunities that secondary mathematics teachers can leverage in their classes - whether they are teaching in person, online, or blended. Opportunities for participants to share their practices and ideas will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Richelle Marynowski

Dr. Richelle Marynowski

Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Richelle Marynowski is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Her areas of research interest are mathematics teaching and classroom assessment at the secondary level.

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-19

11:30am MST

Lyrical Lessons: Using Music In Language Arts
Taking a look at music you may have heard a hundred times but never really listened to, this workshop will dive deeper into the meaning behind the melody and analyze the different strategies we can learn from these timeless tunes. Using hits through the ages, we will discuss techniques and examples to teach poetry, creative writing, and literary devices. Whether we're looking at enduring classics or present-day pop hits, this workshop will give you an arsenal of toe-tapping material to pull the students into the literary arts!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Keeley Gillespie

Keeley Gillespie

Student, University of Lethbridge


Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-12

11:30am MST

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

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

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

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-11

12:45pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michele Jones

Michele Jones

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

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-1

12:45pm MST

CTS Fabrication, Construction and Mechanics Roundtable
Candid and open conversation about what works well for us in the Fabrication, Construction and Mechanics shops, what doesn't, what could be better, and how to get there.

Speakers
DG

Daniel Griffith

I worked over 20 years in 4 major industries as a journeyperson welder prior to returning to school and obtaining my Bachelor of Education majoring in CTS:TMT. I have experienced tremendous personal successes while teaching, and have also experienced horrible failures. I bring a unique... Read More →

Hosts
WA

William Anthony

Teacher, Horizon
Language art for grades 1 to 9 and also F and P


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-5

12:45pm MST

Online/Blended Learning Grab Bag
This session is an interactive grab bag of tips and tools for creating procedures and practices that improve engagement, sense of connection, learning and assessment in your online space and/or physical classroom.  From polling to Peardeck to Padlet and everything in between - this session will balance ideas with hand-on trial of a variety of tools.

Speakers
avatar for Cammie Kannekens

Cammie Kannekens

Instructional Coach, Prairie Rose School Division No. 8
Cammie is an Instructional Coach with Prairie Rose School Division where she helps teachers integrate literacy and technology. She is a Google Certified Trainer & Google Certified Coach.

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-10

12:45pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Cal Hauserman

Cal Hauserman

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



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-22

12:45pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tackaberry

Kim Tackaberry

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

Charlie Kraig

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



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-2

12:45pm MST

Classroom Management - What Works?
This workshop was developed with beginning and novice teachers in mind. Participants will review what classroom management is and why it is important, starting with the impact of positive and authentic relationships. From there, participants will move into looking at rules, routines, procedures and strategies. The goal is to help participants create classrooms in which both the students and the teachers can be successful.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Werstiuk

Jacqueline Werstiuk

Association Instructor, ATA
avatar for Nancy Bromley

Nancy Bromley

/student engagement across all subjects, Edmonton Catholic School Board
Nancy is Assistant Principal at St. Richard school, association instructor for the Alberta Teacher's Association, as well as a counsellor and inspirational speaker. She has been an educator for almost 30 years and her claim to fame is that she has taught every grade something, from... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

12:45pm MST

Speak Up
Particularly in adolescence, students may have brilliant ideas, but a plethora of emotions and social anxieties preventing them from sharing. To encourage speaking up in any class, this workshop will give you some warm-up activities and techniques that will help your students tiptoe towards the front of the class, increasing comfort and community. From audience engagement exercises to performance games, You'll find an arsenal of activities to slowly ease your students out of their shell in whatever way feels best!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-12

12:45pm MST

Teenagers are Awesome!
This session is a light-hearted look at the incredible teenage brain. There are countless ways that teens have added to our collective knowledge and yet, they don't get the credit they deserve. It is important for educators to know how and why the adolescent brain in changing. When we can truly understand that, we can begin to understand where their behaviour is coming from. Being able to see through the antics of adolescents can help educators make more meaningful relationships with students.

Speakers
KP

Kathy Penner

Mental Health Teacher, Calgary Board of Education
Kathy Penner has been teaching with the Calgary Board of Education for 15 years. She spent 6 years in a highly specialized Mental Health High School classroom and has recently returned to the classroom. She is currently teaching CALM and Social Sciences. Her emphasis has always been... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-7

12:45pm MST

Taking Care
This workshop goes through ways to take care of yourself while managing the pressures of supporting students and children. We will go through self-care, staying connected and resources available.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Clampitt

Katie Clampitt

Health Promotion Facilitator, AHS
Katie Clampitt is a Health Promotion Facilitator with AHS Child, Youth and Family Addiction & Mental Health and has been working in addiction prevention and mental health promotion for 4 years. Prior to that, she worked in youth and adult addiction treatment settings. Katie has been... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Sauve

Michelle Sauve

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Michelle Sauve is a Health Promotion Facilitator with AHS Addiction and Mental Health. She is a social worker who has been working to support the wellbeing of communities for over 30 years.



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-16

12:45pm MST

Understanding and supporting students with Test Anxiety
Many students suffer from some degree of assessment anxiety. This anxiety effects both their wellbeing and their academic achievement. This session will give you practical knowledge in understating the causes and effects of assessment anxiety. You will also be provided with key resources and strategies which will help mitigate the effects of test anxiety that you can both employ in your classroom and share with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Driedger

Mark Driedger

Secondary Social Studies Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District
Mark is currently a vice-principal with CCSD, and a sessional instructor at St. Mary’s University. He spent 4 years as the Secondary Social Studies Consultant. He has extensive experience in all secondary Social Studies programs. Mark has also served as a 30-1 table leader, item... Read More →

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-8

12:45pm MST

ATRF Your Pension Matters
The presentation will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement. You are encouraged to bring your most recent Annual Statement.

Speakers
LW

Lorraine Wirzba

Pension Counselor, ATRF

Hosts
MB

Marc Bisson

ATRF Pension Counsellor



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-4

12:45pm MST

Weaving Learning Strands for Inclusive Education
The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to “establish, promote and sustain inclusive learning environments where diversity is embraced and every student is welcomed, cared for, respected and safe”. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of inclusive education, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional inclusive education learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA Zoom-Conf1

12:45pm MST

Play on Words - Primary Literacy Games
Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of letter tiles, literacy dice and word decks that help to teach the following concepts: learning the alphabet and its' sounds, rhyme and word patterns, vocabulary, spelling simple to multi-syllable words. Gameboards, student'samples and ideas on how to integrate games into literacy centers or whole group instruction will be shared. Also ideas for differentiating the activities and transferring to virtual instruction. Grade for ELL learners and special ed

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

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

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-6

12:45pm MST

Math Games by Design K-3
Games can be an enjoyable and effective way to practice and integrate skills and concepts in budding mathematicians. Join Gael as we play a selection of K-3 math games together, exploring ways of building in differentiation to meet the needs of all the learners in your class and how you might adapt these activities for different grades. We will consider presenting and playing in different settings, be it in-person, physically distanced, or online. In our busy teaching days it can be difficult ensuring that the learning outcomes are being met when selecting math games. By ensuring adequate pre-teaching of the concepts and skills the students can enjoy thoughtfully designed activities that allow them to successfully practice and build on their foundations in a way that is both fun and challenging.

Speakers
avatar for Gael James

Gael James

Outreach manager and teacher support, Jump Math
With 18 years of teaching and tutoring students of all ages and abilities Gael James is delighted to now be working for JUMP Math, a registered Canadian charity, helping teachers in southern Alberta to teach math effectively and with confidence.

Hosts
KT

Kathy Thomas

Teacher, Westwind School Division



Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-13

12:45pm MST

Miss Hallway Math Chats at Convention? Let's Talk Math!
In my 30+ Teachers Conventions, I was afforded structured professional learning that resulted in changes in my teacher practice and improvements in student learning. I also had the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues resulting in the same professional learning.   
 
If this is a missing part of your professional development, please join this session where we will talk math with colleagues in common interest breakout rooms. Bring your questions, your expertise, and your coffee cup to share and learn together!

Speakers

Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-19

12:45pm MST

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

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-11

12:45pm MST

Global Citizenship in the Time of Global Crises
The Covid-19 crises experienced over the year has called into question how we engage and interact with each other in our communities. But has the crises caused us to retreat from our global obligations, or has it renewed a sense of global citizenship and responsibility? In this facilitated discussion led by staff of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, teachers will discuss the 'teachable moment' we have in front of us global citizenship educators, and discuss strategies to motivate and guide students toward more, not less, action as global citizens. Case studies of Alberta organizations, who responded to the crises, will be provided as exemplars that can be used with students to model the positive way Albertans responded in this global crises.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Ettarh

Leah Ettarh

Leah Ettarh is the Executive Director of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, the coalition of international aid charities and global citizenship education institutions in Alberta. Previous to becoming the Executive Director, Leah spent five years as ACGC’s Program Manager... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-9

2:00pm MST

Coffee Chat with Counsellors
A unique opportunity to have all school counsellors in the South talk about issues, concerns, strategies, virtual counselling, etc.


Speakers
avatar for Cathy Kitagawa

Cathy Kitagawa

Teacher Counsellor, Lethbridge School Division 51
Cathy has been an educator for 27 years. She has spent time as a classroom teacher at all grade levels and in various curricular areas. After completing her Masters Degree in 2010 Cathy took on the role as a teacher counsellor and she has supported several different elementary schools... Read More →
avatar for Leah Steiner

Leah Steiner

School Counsellor, MHSD76
Leah Steiner has been working at Medicine Hat High School since 2006 and has been a school counsellor for the past 12 years. She is currently the president of the Southeastern Alberta ATA Council of School Counsellors and represents our corner of the province on the CSC executive... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Conv Zoom-5

2:00pm MST

CTEC, CTS/CTF Roundtable
If you are a high school CTS teacher, this session is for you! We know that teaching these courses in any strand or occupational area can be very different from teaching core academic classes. It brings with it a different set of lesson plans, organizational skills, classroom management skills, assessment, resources and never-ending projects requiring their own sets of tools, equipment and materials. Hosted by CTEC executive where CTS teachers from all areas can network, share resources, discuss challenges and successes and more.  We will also touch on CTF course delivery if there is interest and time permits.

Speakers
TK

Tim Kilburn

President, Career & Technology Council
Tim is currently the Technology consultant for Fort McMurray Catholic Schools as well as the President of the Career & Technology Education Council. He taught Junior and Senior High computer courses for over 25 years before taking on the role of Technology Consultant. Tim is an Apple... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Conv Zoom-20

2:00pm MST

App Development with Swift: Build Something That Matters
This session focuses on app design as the primary motivation for learning to code. You will see a demo and learn about Swift, Apple’s powerful and accessible app development language, and explore Apple’s high school curriculum that teaches students how to design and code their own apps that solve a problem or serve a purpose.


Speakers
avatar for Bob Bajwa

Bob Bajwa

Technical Consultant, Apple
Bob is a senior technical consultant for Apple Canada. He is also a former educator and app and coding trainer.

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Conv Zoom-4

2:00pm MST

Engaging All Students — Moving From Fact-Based To Concept-Based Learning Environments
This workshop will help participants build capacity in planning units, lessons and activities. Based on research and practice, the processes shared will show that approaching the design of instruction through concept-based learning and leveraging competencies helps create learning environments in which all students can achieve their greatest potential.

Speakers
avatar for Kendra Silk

Kendra Silk

Teacher, Redeemer
avatar for Kristy Smith

Kristy Smith

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

2:00pm MST

Classroom Management—Beyond the Basics
With basic classroom management strategies already in their toolkit, participants in this workshop will look at building upon those skills. This workshop will support teachers in responding to classroom behaviours that disrupt teaching with the goal of keeping learning on track and positive relationships intact.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Werstiuk

Jacqueline Werstiuk

Association Instructor, ATA
avatar for Nancy Bromley

Nancy Bromley

/student engagement across all subjects, Edmonton Catholic School Board
Nancy is Assistant Principal at St. Richard school, association instructor for the Alberta Teacher's Association, as well as a counsellor and inspirational speaker. She has been an educator for almost 30 years and her claim to fame is that she has taught every grade something, from... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

2:00pm MST

Get Outside! Student Led Adventures for Indoor & Outdoor Spaces
Don’t just survive in your classroom... make it an adventure! Get familiar with tons of resources and activities for your school group! Whether you are on a trip or just doing icebreaker games, team building will always be important on your journey. This session will cover activities your group can do for team building, confidence, communication and leadership. One key concept that is often overlooked after a trip, pursuit or adventure is the power of a strong debrief. Debriefs can help bring meaning and closure to events and are also a key component for sustainability and improving the growth of your group.

Speakers
avatar for Court Rustemeyer

Court Rustemeyer

President - Global, Environmental & Outdoor Education Council, Calgary Board of Education
Court has been a full time Outdoor Education teacher at Vincent Massey Junior High School in Calgary, Alberta for the past 13 years. Court is the President for the ATA Specialist Council GEOEC (Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council). He is also on the Board of Directors... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Conv Zoom-2

2:00pm MST

Comment développer la capacité de résilience des élèves
Cet atelier pose la question «Comment les enseignants peuvent-ils construire leur propre résilience pour développer et maintenir de bons rapports avec leurs élèves de milieux défavorisés?»  Au cours de l’atelier, les participants sont invités à considérer des façons d’intégrer à leur pratique enseignante la perspective d’une résilience forte et profonde; à examiner leurs perspectives et paradigmes personnels propices à l’établissement de rapports constructifs avec les élèves; et à découvrir de nouvelles idées, ressources et stratégies conformes aux pratiques recommandées par la recherche et qui favorisent la réussite des élèves à l’école et dans la vie.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Fuchshuber

Valerie Fuchshuber

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Val is an Association Instructor and is a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education at Georges P. Vanier School.
avatar for Megan Sénéchal

Megan Sénéchal

French/Student Engagement, EPSB Curriculum Consultant
Dr. Megan Sénéchal is a Curriculum Consultant with Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests revolve around language education, Universal Design for Learning, and change management.


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

2:00pm MST

Increasing Student Resilience
This workshop asks the question, “How can teachers build resiliency in themselves to develop and maintain positive, supportive and caring relationships with students from at-risk environments?” Participants will consider approaches for integrating a strength-based resiliency perspective into teaching practice, examine personal perspectives and paradigms that foster positive relationships with students; and gain ideas, resources and strategies consistent with research-based practices that increase students’ ability to succeed in school and in life.


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

2:00pm MST

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


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

2:00pm MST

Let’s Talk About Identity, Power and Privilege
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 Melissa Steeves

Melissa Steeves

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Missy is an Association Instructor and a is a teacher with Sturgeon School Division.
avatar for Anna Ponce

Anna Ponce

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Anna is an Association Instructor and is a teacher with the Calgary Separate School District. Anna teaches high school social studies and just finished a Masters of Professional Education in the Field of Equity, Diversity and Social Justice. Anna enjoys practicing yoga, playing hockey... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

2:00pm MST

Finding Our Way in Indigenous Education: Connecting Hearts & Minds
Fostering and developing a braided approach in the Indigenous focused competencies and indicators continues to be a challenge for many.  The following are common statements from teachers and school leaders across the province; “I don’t know what I don’t know”, “I’m afraid to say and do something offensive” and “I just don’t know where to begin”.  Come and learn resources and strategies to deepen understanding of Indigenous-focused competencies in the new Teaching & Leadership Quality Standard.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Running Rabbit

Stacey Running Rabbit

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
In addition to being an Association Instructor, Stacey is the teacher at the Siksika Outreach School. In this capacity, Stacey is the Lead Teacher in their Young Parent Program. Stacey has worked in both the provincial and federal education systems, within Alberta and the Northwest... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

2:00pm MST

Instructional Leadership to Optimize Student Learning and Staff Development
Research tells us that the role of the principal as instructional leader is an extremely important one in today’s schools. In this workshop, participants will look at ways to build staff capacity, cultivate a positive school culture and environment, foster strong relationships, and support evidence-informed teaching practices.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Tisdale

Ian Tisdale

Association Administrator Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

2:00pm MST

Picture Books are for Everyone!
Picture books are an amazing resource for teachers in all subject areas and grades, acting as mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors for our students. Join me as I share some of my favourite picture books to use with students in K to 12 classrooms. The English Language Arts Specialist Council will also be providing prizes to a few lucky teachers in our session!

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Court

Nicole Court

English Language Arts Council
Nicole is a teacher in Lethbridge School Division and the President of the ATA English language Arts Specialist Council. The English Language Arts Council of the Alberta Teacher’ Association supports and promotes teachers’ professional development in English Language Arts and... Read More →

Hosts


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Conv Zoom-6

2:00pm MST

An Activist Music Classroom
In this session, we will look at ways that we can transform our music rooms into spaces where students can actively engage with social justice issues. The focus will be on creating, responding and exploring for both online and in-person experiences. Teachers will walk away with tools to use in their classrooms as well as considerations for how we can adapt our spaces to be more open to student, school and community engagement. This session will also provide information on the Fine Arts Council, a specialist council of the ATA.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Friesen Wiens

Kim Friesen Wiens

An Activist Music Classroom, Fine Arts Council
Kim Friesen Wiens is a music specialist with Edmonton Public Schools. She has taught for over twenty years. Currently she is working on her PhD at the University of Alberta. Kim is also the music representative for the ATA Fine Arts Council and serves as editor of A Fine Facta, which... Read More →

Hosts

Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Conv Zoom-7

2:00pm MST

Neuromuscular Training for PE and sport: Evidence-based programs to support continued activity participation
Join us to learn how we can modify evidence-based neuromuscular training programs into warm-ups, workouts, or physically-distanced PE activities. Traditionally used as training sessions and warm-ups in sport, we can adapt these programs to fit the school PE and sport context to help our students develop movement skills, improve fitness, and prevent injuries. Participants will leave a plan of how they can incorporate this content into their PE class on Monday morning or at their next coaching session, and will receive resources to help support delivery. This content is applicable to teachers working with students in an active setting from grades 3 to 12.

Speakers
SC

Steve Carston

Teacher, Calgary Catholic School Division
avatar for Carla Vandenberg

Carla Vandenberg

Knowledge Broker, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary
Carla is a Knowledge Broker with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is a CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist, and works to deliver neuromuscular training warm-up programs to prevent lower extremity injuries... Read More →


Thursday February 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Conv Zoom-8
 
Friday, February 19
 

8:00am MST

Rise & Shine Morning Yoga
Start your convention day off right with 60 minutes of yoga in the comfort of your own home!

Speakers
avatar for Rebel Power Yoga

Rebel Power Yoga

At Rebel Power Yoga we aspire to strip yoga of performance and journey back to the heart. We are less interested in perfecting poses and people; more interested in what’s real, and what’s possible from here. We are a power yoga community. We are committed to growth both on and... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am MST
Conv Zoom-2

9:00am MST

Looking Ahead - By Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers
This presentation is designed for those who are consideringretirement within five 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) will be introduced and the benefits ARTA provides to its members will be shared. While the presentation also briefly touches on retirement income considerations and your pension, 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 Jennifer Hope

Jennifer Hope

Affiliate Marketing Advisor, Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
Jennifer graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree with a major in marketing. Prior to joining the ARTA marketing team, she hashad a variety of marketing positions as well as media communications.Since joining ARTA Jennifer has become well-versed... Read More →
avatar for Marilyn Bossert

Marilyn Bossert

MARILYN BOSSERT Past President, ARTA Retirement marks the end of working for someone else and the beginning of living for yourself reads the quote on Marilyn’s favorite coffee mug. Following a rewarding career teaching junior high English, she joined her local branch, the Central... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-4

9:00am MST

ESLC -Alberta Colony Educators Special Interest Group
Workshop will include collaboration on topics related to colony teaching and professional development available at a provincial level. Be prepared to listen to or talk about the following topics: 1.Applying FNMI TQS 2. Spelling Programs 3. Math games 4. Morning routine 5.PE program 6. Christmas concert 7. Colony home visits or parent teachers meetings 8. Novel Studies 9.Math program 10. Oka and concept based instruction 11. Year-end parties 12. F&P vs Jerry Johns 13. Classroom library 14. Staff and Student Wellness 15. Play-based learning 16. German teacher relationship 17. Outside guests 18. Concept based instruction 19. What type of workshop would you like to see at a colony conference 20. Collaboration with others in spite of isolation

Speakers
avatar for Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson

Division Colony Principal, Westwind School Division
Karl Peterson has a BS Degree from BYU, teaching Degree from Simon Fraser, and Masters of Leadership from Gonzaga. He is the chair of the Alberta Colony Educators Special Interest Group of the ESLC Specialist Council of the ATA. He is also the principal of 19 Hutterite schools in... Read More →

Hosts


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-14

9:00am MST

Dialogue in the classroom and in your team: Identifying and breaking through texting thought and language
How are you today? Good. Do you have any questions? No. What do you notice? Nothing. What do you think about this? It's cool. Does anyone have any ideas? No.

We have come to a point in our lives when the crown of human creativity, that of collaboration and connection, has been reduced to simple, surface answers that lead to simple, surface answers. A colleague and I spent the last two years exploring why students were not able to dialogue with each other. Not just talk, but engage in meaningful conversations. This was our focus for the year. What we'realized we had to focus on was surprising. Come to share frustrations, hear stories, ask questions, to listen, and to end up in a place we never set out to find. We will never plan our year the same way again.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Marlett

Paul Marlett

Dialogue in the Classroom and In Your Team/ Math
Paul is a dedicated teacher with parents who are innovators in high school and university education. A maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning he started in phys ed, health, leadership, dance and outdoor ed. Then he joined the blended Home Education program... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Jason Wegner

Jason Wegner

Student Teacher, University of Lethbridge
Jason Wegner is a 6th-year student teacher at the University of Lethbridge who lives with a severe mental illness, Bipolar I Disorder. He is a mental health advocate who has given numerous presentations on the mental health challenges he has overcome and offers practical advice for... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-15

9:00am MST

Drama in the Classroom
This will be a fun, hands-on workshop so be prepared to play! Implementation of the drama exercises can happen immediately upon returning to the classroom and teachers will discover that drama is a great way to engage all students including those who are shy or who learn kinesthetically. If you need some fresh ideas for your core subjects, this session will introduce new ways to think of teaching LA, Math, Science and Social.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Carroll

Tracy Carroll

Co-Artistic Director, Concrete Theatre
Tracy Carroll is the new Co-Artistic Director of Concrete Theatre, an award winning professional touring theatre company based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has worked as a director, dramaturg, teacher and producer for over 20 years including 6 years as the Artistic Associate- North for... Read More →

Hosts


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-16

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Suze Casey

Suze Casey

Developer, Belief Re-patterning, positive self-talk, mindfulness
Suze Casey is a best-selling Hay House author, teacher, facilitator, speaker, radio show host, entrepreneur and developer of the personal development technique called Belief Re-patterning®, outlined in her book Belief Re-patterning: The Amazing Technique for “Flipping the Switch... Read More →

Hosts
KT

Kathy Thomas

Teacher, Westwind School Division



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-12

9:00am MST

The Best Daily Self-Care Practices for Increased Vitality, Overflowing Energy and Sky-High Immunity
If you're like most crazy-busy educators, when it comes to finding time for self-care, you cross your fingers and hope that cramming it all into summer holidays is enough (well? maybe in August when your adrenaline levels finally start to decrease). Newsflash: that's not going to work out. Uncross your fingers, and come to this session with Self-Care Expert, Christina Marlett, where You'll learn 3 simple but effective self-care practices that have the highest impact on your health, energy and immunity. Even better, You'll learn how to fit them into your day, no matter how little time you think you have.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Owner, Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-17

9:00am MST

Staff Wellness—Don’t Just Survive—Thrive!
This workshop is designed to help teachers develop an appreciation of how important wellness is for individuals, families and school communities. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on their personal wellness journey and learn about a variety of strategies and resources to assist them. By building our personal capacity, we increase our ability to be of continued service to our students, our families and our society. As the saying goes, “You can’t serve from an empty cup.”

Speakers
avatar for Ian Tisdale

Ian Tisdale

Association Administrator Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
DK

Dana Kohlman

Division Principal of Colony Schools, Grasslands
We are in a demanding profession. Why wouldn't we want to talk about being and remaining healthy? We know this: we are 100% what we repeatedly do. Stopping to ask what our goals are, in terms of wellness, will do nothing but benefit us and the people we serve. Looking forward to meeting... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
ATA PD Workshops

9:00am MST

Food Explorers: Sparking curiosity with nutrition education
Kindergarten and Grade 1 Teachers 
Let's get students excited about food!

Where does our food come from? How do we support students in their journey of food literacy? Can nutrition education be taught with a cross-curricular approach?

Explore these questions through our newest program 'Food Explorers'. Food Explorers encourages kindergarten and grade one students to have fun exploring a variety of foods through the mysteries of tastes, textures, and colours. Join this interactive teacher workshop and receive a full, cross curricular, nutrition education program to deliver in your classroom. Food Explorers includes teacher, student, and parent materials.

You will leave this session with:
  • A clear understanding of the role of curriculum, schools and parents in nutrition education;
  • Ongoing support from Registered Dietitians;
  • Tips for effective classroom cooking experiences; and
  • Everything you need to use Food Explorers in your classroom.

Speakers
MB

Mary Block

Registered Dietitian, Dairy Farmers of Canada
Mary is a Registered Dietitian and Project Manager at Dairy Farmers of Canada. Her work focuses mainly in the elementary sector creating programs and resources for teachers in Alberta. She believes in this time as an opportunity to explore and learn about food, in ways that are exciting... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Inglis

Barbara Inglis

Registered Dietitian, Dairy Farmers of Canada
Barbara loves to bring connection and conversation to her work with students and educators. She is passionate about providing engaging learning opportunities to facilitate a deeper understanding of body kindness and the many roles food and eating play in our lives.


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-8

9:00am MST

The Pandemic Pulse: Rapid Research Evidence on COVID-19 Impacts Across Alberta K-12 Schools
This session will share the key findings from a series of pandemic research activities conducted by the profession of teaching in Alberta in the Spring and Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.

It will then open up small group discussions about what this tells us about the future of teaching and learning in Alberta, and what trends will begin to emerge in the months and years ahead in light of the emerging issues, forces and accelerating trends identified in the Association’s pandemic pulse research surveys.

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


Speakers
avatar for Phil McRae

Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator - Research, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Phil McRae is Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada where he earned his Ph.D. Phil is the past winner of the Alberta Excellence... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
ATA Zoom-Conf1

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Christen

Cassandra Christen

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

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Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-18

9:00am MST

Writing 101
Maybe you're teaching Language Arts for the first time. Maybe you've taught it for a while, but feel a need to strengthen the writing component. Or maybe you don't even teach L.A., but want to support students with their writing in your subject area. Whatever the case, this session will help by focusing on the basics of writing instruction. we'll look at some of the significant challenges and lay out fundamental principles that will help you and your students succeed. You'll leave with a solid foundation for an effective writing program along with some specific ideas you can implement immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Robin E Pawlak

Robin E Pawlak

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

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Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-11

9:00am MST

The Science of Reading
One of the gifts modern technology has given the reading world, is an in depth look at how the brain learns to read. Through this research, educators are reevaluating and adjusting how they teach reading in the classroom setting. Explore the Science of Reading and the strategies that research is showing us really do help children learn to read. This session provides an overview of the Big 5 of reading, a variety of strategies that can be implemented immediately and links to some of the outstanding resources available to teachers today.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Willms

Heather Willms

District Reading Support Teacher, Comox Valley Schools
Heather Willms is the District Reading Support Teacher for Comox Valley schools.  

Hosts


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-7

9:00am MST

Data Literacy through Sports Analytics
Data-informed decisions in athletics are becoming increasingly popular, and technology is providing the opportunity to make sports analytics more approachable. Analyzing data on team performance can provide insight into game play while making data literacy meaningful. We'll situate computational thinking within data literacy, talk about possibilities for data collection, and explore data analysis with Python in Jupyter notebooks. Connections to math, physical education, and team sports will be highlighted in the context of data science. Click here to open a Jupyter notebook with the slides: https://tinyurl.com/callysto-data

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Speakers
avatar for Tina Leard

Tina Leard

Education Specialist, Callysto
Tina is an education specialist with the Callysto team. Tina has worked as a human performance technologist in the aerospace industry, analyzing needs and designing blended learning solutions.
avatar for Michael Lamoureux

Michael Lamoureux

Callysto Ambassador, Callysto
Dr. Lamoureux is a Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at the University of Calgary. Dr. Lamoureux is keenly interested in the use of technology for teaching and research, and has developed courses in industrial mathematics and complex analysis using Jupyter notebooks.

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avatar for Nathan Gale

Nathan Gale

PD Facilitator, ATA


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-1

9:00am MST

Numeracy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Exploring Math Concepts Through Fun Outdoor Activities
What do numeracy, well-being and the outdoors have to do with each other? Everything! Studies show that children, especially those with the most challenging behaviours, feel more relaxed outside and are therefore more open to deep learning. This workshop will demonstrate how to use the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities to develop a range of numeracy skills. Whether you?re teaching basic operations, estimation, magnitude, measurement, patterns, shapes, or space, it?s more fun and meaningful to do this outside where students will naturally be happier and more engaged. we'll also explore how Indigenous perspectives and outdoor learning can promote your students? well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and Mother Earth. Join us for this hands-on session where we'll have fun demonstrating activities and expanding your learning environments. Weather and venue permitting, this session may be held outside so please dress appropriately.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a... Read More →

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Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-10

9:00am MST

How to Survive and Thrive in an ELL Mathematics Classroom
Stressed about teaching ESL Mathematics?  Wondering how to cater to the various needs and abilities in your ESL classroom?  Come join us as we examine proven strategies to foster student success without creating teacher burn-out!  Together we will explore ways to assist ELL students to develop routines and take ownership of their learning without you getting overwhelmed by varying language abilities, skill levels, and different cultural backgrounds.  We will examine methods of instruction and assessment as we help these learners develop their understanding of foundational mathematical concepts, and use these skills to solve more complex problems. In addition, we will explore ways to help our students develop the skills and resiliency to face challenges head on, and succeed.    

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Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-21

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

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

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Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-5
  Music & Band (TQS 3), K-Gr 3, Gr 4-6
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

9:00am MST

The Christ Event and the Religions of the World: A Catholic Perspective
Our pluriform society is home to an increasing array of view points and traditions?many of which are informed and sustained by religious conviction. Grasping the fundamentals of world religions is, arguably, paramount for citizens of the 21st century. Yet how can students be equipped for such a task? The challenge also is particularly pressing for Catholic educators, whose faith tradition, especially since Vatican II, has sought to formulate a theology of World Religions. Moreover, the move to integrate World Religions further into the Religious Education Curriculum has created greater demand for such theological knowledge, language, and vision. This presentation seeks to provide the basic perspectives on how Catholicism views and engages other faith traditions in the 21st century--and proffers various models and analogies for how these views can be presented in the classroom.

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Dr. Gerard McLarney

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


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-9

9:00am MST

All About Plants FIELD Kits - friendly, interactive, engaging, learning, discovery Kits
FIELD Kit Workshop FIELD Kits are Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery kits that connect students to nature while providing a lesson plan, tactile components, indoor and outdoor activities, all requiring little to no volunteer support, and easing preparation work for teachers. Kits are rented out a week at a time to share within a school. For more information, please visit fieldkits.ca. All About Plants: - During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits and what the All about Plants program entails. - The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, what are FIELD Kits, and then hands-on experience while I demonstrate how the Adaptations FIELD Kit will run in a classroom. The conclusion of the workshop will focus on questions and discussions. - Printed material will not be provided to reduce waste, but business cards will be accessible to obtain more programs and contact information. - You will not need any special materials. However, your participation will be most appreciated.

Speakers
avatar for Kenzie Field

Kenzie Field

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

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Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-22

9:00am MST

Sleight of Hand Sleight of Mind… the magic behind war propaganda
War Propagandists, like magicians, target our Cognitive Biases with Sensory and Psychological Misdirection. For example; by playing on our False Consensus Bias propagandists convince us, falsely, that our war leaders share our Idealistic and Humanitarian feelings. Other Biases examined are Framing, Attribution, Availability Cascade, and Illusory Superiority Biases. Dozens of examples of Misdirection are exposed to produce astonishing OMG! MOMENTS. The session offers four general rules for detecting War Propaganda.

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Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →

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Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-3
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Gr 10-12
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

9:00am MST

Introduction to Scratch
The workshop will begin with an introduction to computational thinking, Scratch and its role in the classroom. The instructor will demonstrate coding live, while the participants follow along. The final segment of the workshop will involve a number of activities that highlight how Scratch can be used to make connections to the curriculum.

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Maia Morris

Instructor & Community Developer, Kids Code Jeunesse
Trained as a teacher and communications professional at the University of Calgary, Maia Morris blends her knowledge of education and technology in her role as Facilitator and Community Developer at Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ). As a classroom teacher, she worked to integrate STEAM and... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Conv Zoom-6

9:00am MST

Les secrets du code : les préalables incontournables
Ce sont les enseignantes qui ont le plus d'effet sur la réussite scolaire de nos apprenants, et leurs choix didactiques et pédagogiques sont décisifs.  Est-ce que votre approche à l'enseignement de la lecture et de l'écriture (L-É) aurait un effet positif ou négatif sur le succès de vos élèves ? 

La recherche est sans équivoque, les approches à l'enseignement de la langue ne sont pas toutes équivalentes. L'enseignement efficace, à tous les niveaux de scolarisation, est associé à un enseignement explicite et systématique. Le nombre d'apprenants en difficulté d'apprentissage de la L-É, à tous les âges et niveaux de scolarisation, suggère que nous devons chercher de nouvelles approches.

Faire le lien entre l'oral et l'écrit est fondamental au développement efficace des habiletés en L-É. L’enseignante efficace amène ses apprenants à réfléchir sur les formes orales de la langue avant de passer à l’écrit et à porter un jugement éclairé sur ces formes (la réflexion métalinguistique).  C’est en modélisant les stratégies métacognitives (gestes mentaux) efficaces en L-É, et en guidant ses lecteurs-scripteurs dans l'application fréquente et juste de ces stratégies qu’elle aura le plus de succès. 

Dans cette perspective, madame L’Heureux vous propose des leçons préalables incontournables à l'enseignement efficace de la L-É. Elle présente aussi des suggestions de dictées innovantes pour développer les habiletés métalinguistiques des apprentis scripteurs et des apprenants en difficulté d’apprentissage.
 

Speakers
avatar for Lise L'Heureux

Lise L'Heureux

D.G. et orthopédagogue, La faculté de Lexie et Graphie
Lise L'Heureux, M.A., est orthopédagogue en pratique privée et directrice fondatrice de La faculté de Lexie et Graphie, un service d’accompagnement et de formation continue en enseignement précoce de la langue (français et anglais) pour enseignants, orthopédagogues et autres... Read More →

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avatar for Celia Clinton

Celia Clinton

French Immersion Teacher



Friday February 19, 2021 9:00am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-13

10:15am MST

Hutterite History and Teaching on a Colony in Alberta
This workshop will cover a timeline of over 400 years of Hutterite history and culminate with their current lifestyle and culture in the year 2020. There will be on overview of the numbers of Hutterites in Canada and the USA and especially Alberta and an explanation of the different sects. If anyone is interested in teaching at a colony school, this presentation will be beneficial for background knowledge and cultural awareness. It will also include an introduction to the Alberta Colony Educators Special Interest Group which provides support to colony educators across the province of Alberta. Finally, there will be an opportunity for question and answer and networking at the end of the session.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson

Division Colony Principal, Westwind School Division
Karl Peterson has a BS Degree from BYU, teaching Degree from Simon Fraser, and Masters of Leadership from Gonzaga. He is the chair of the Alberta Colony Educators Special Interest Group of the ESLC Specialist Council of the ATA. He is also the principal of 19 Hutterite schools in... Read More →

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Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-14

10:15am MST

Students getting up early to serve teachers, staff and students coffee...Say what??
After returning from teaching in Australia for a year, I wanted to develop a new course based on what my students were saying they wanted to learn and what many parents were posting on Facebook as "I wish I'd have learned this in high school". What has resulted is a student run coffee shop, where students are earning a variety of different CTS courses, learning real-life skills, and are showing up at 7:10 every morning before regular classes even begin. Come listen to how this high school re-design idea began, and how it has evolved in only 3 short years.

Speakers
avatar for Jade Monette

Jade Monette

CTS Lead Teacher, Crescent Heights High School

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avatar for Jason Wegner

Jason Wegner

Student Teacher, University of Lethbridge
Jason Wegner is a 6th-year student teacher at the University of Lethbridge who lives with a severe mental illness, Bipolar I Disorder. He is a mental health advocate who has given numerous presentations on the mental health challenges he has overcome and offers practical advice for... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-6

10:15am MST

Everyone Can Code
We believe that coding is an essential skill for helping students thrive in a technology-driven future. Learning to code unlocks creativity, fosters collaboration, develops problem-solving skills, and opens career paths.
Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code — free resources from Apple that introduce students ages 8 + to the world of coding through project-based classroom learning. We will explore lessons in the student and teacher guides, and dive into interactive coding puzzles and activities for both in and out of the classroom.

Having an iPad or MacBook that is loaded with the Swift Playgrounds App is recommended for this session.  You can download Swift Playgrounds here:   https://www.apple.com/ca/swift/playgrounds/

For the session we will be working with Learn to Code 1, MeeBot Dances, and Learn to Code 2.  If you are not familar with how to install these playgrounds, please check out the video tutorial that I created to help guide you through the process of installing them: 
https://youtu.be/gRHNwi1DZHU

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TK

Tim Kilburn

President, Career & Technology Council
Tim is currently the Technology consultant for Fort McMurray Catholic Schools as well as the President of the Career & Technology Education Council. He taught Junior and Senior High computer courses for over 25 years before taking on the role of Technology Consultant. Tim is an Apple... Read More →
avatar for Brent Yacoback

Brent Yacoback

STEAM Coordinator, Apple Distinguished Educator
Brent is an Apple Distinguished Educator, science teacher, and the Coordinator of the STEAM program at West Ferris Secondary School, which is part of the Near North District School Board in North Bay, Ontario. Brent has a passion for coding with robots, Swift Playgrounds, and helping... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-20

10:15am MST

FAILURE... My experience with helping students embrace failure to accelerate learning
Many teachers will say that they value risk in their classrooms. But what does that really mean. Are your students excited to share the WRONG answer, and even more, celebrate when they are wrong? What is the sweet spot for student'success when it comes to learning new skills? 30 to 50% failure rate may be the optimal number for student learning. How do we define success when it comes to learning? Join me for a discussion on Failure and how it can push students forward. This session is designed to help teachers look at their practice from a lens of continual progress. What I found out changed how I approached skill development from literacy, to physical skills, to learning algebra! Walk away from this session with some perspective on building skills and continual student growth. If students are getting 80 to 100% correct, they may not be progressing.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Marlett

Paul Marlett

Dialogue in the Classroom and In Your Team/ Math
Paul is a dedicated teacher with parents who are innovators in high school and university education. A maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning he started in phys ed, health, leadership, dance and outdoor ed. Then he joined the blended Home Education program... Read More →

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avatar for Keeley Gillespie

Keeley Gillespie

Student, University of Lethbridge


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-15

10:15am MST

Virtual Board Games With Students
Need some board game activities to engage your students?  How can we do this with the restrictions in place due to COVID-19?  This session will highlight specific board games and how they can be modified for virtual use.  Participants will play some of the games presented and experience the games as their students would experience them.  

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Chris Kohlman

Prairie Rose SD #8
Chris Kohlman is an Inclusive Lead Teacher at Margaret Wooding School. He has over 350 games and has presented on board games at Teachers' Conventions for 12 years. Besides gaming, he is active in politics, his kid's activities and is an amatuer astronomer, completing the Messier... Read More →

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TC2021 docx

Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-21

10:15am MST

COVID Safe Drama Games
Zany drama games you can play at a distance and online! This hands-on, interactive session will feature tons of games that invite connection, physicalization and playfulness into your classroom in the time of social distancing. Together we will explore ways to cultivate play while maintaining distance and examine how the constraints of a distanced or virtual environment can become part of the game.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Russell

Jacqueline Russell

Director, Performer, Arts Educator, Covid Safe Drama Games
Jacqueline Russell (she/her) is a director, performer, creator and clown who lives in Moh’kins’tsis/Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. She was the Artistic Producer of Urban Curvz Theatre from 2011-2015, the 2013-14 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre and the Artistic Producer... Read More →

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Barrett Swendsen

Band Teacher, Westwind School Division


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-7

10:15am MST

How to Get Happy For No Reason
You just had a day that was unbelievably challenging. It seemed like there was one thing after another, and normally, that would have your stress levels sky-rocketing, but for some reason, you feel deeply happy and nothing phased you. What was the reason? You learned how to become Happy For No Reason and you've been practicing simple happiness habits that support your well-being, no matter what life throws at you. Where did you learn these happiness habits? At the amazing session at the Teachers Convention, of course. You decided to learn how to take your happiness into your own hands and no longer rely on outer circumstances to make or break your mood. High five for your great choice!

In this session you'll learn how to:
  • transform your happiness set point so that you feel happier more of the time
  • implement practical skills and powerful techniques that will boost your overall happiness
  • stay calm, centered and grounded, even in chaos
  • make your thoughts your allies
  • own your life and gain clarity on what you really want

Speakers
avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Owner, Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →

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Kathy Thomas

Teacher, Westwind School Division


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-17

10:15am MST

The Women in Leadership Needs Assessment Survey: What We Learned
In Alberta, the gap between the number of women who occupy positions of leadership in both school jurisdictions and the Alberta Teachers Association and the number of women who are members of the teaching profession is significant. A review of the literature and historical documents shows this gap has been surprisingly durable over time. Therefore, in the spring of 2019, the Alberta Teachers' Association launched an online survey to assess what Alberta teachers thought about the experience of teachers with respect to educational leadership and gender. The survey explored whether there is gender-based discrimination experienced by teachers and how these barriers impact a teachers' career progression. In addition, participants were asked to identify what supports teachers identified as being important to helping women enter into positions of educational leadership. This session will provide an overview of the survey and provide comment about how this information might assist the work of the Association and school jurisdictions.

As a result of participating in this session, you will have an opportunity to enhance your awareness of the gendered nature of schools and school divisions to build more inclusive leadership teams.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Everitt

Lisa Everitt

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
ATA Women in Leadership Committee Member - SecretaryPassionate advocate for equity for women in the teaching profession and in society


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
ATA Zoom-Conf1

10:15am MST

Occupational Health and Safety – Back to a Safe and Healthy Future
This session provides an overview of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in Alberta and reviews the responsibilities work site parties, including teachers and school leaders, have under that legislation. The workshop will review the important rights of teachers and school leaders, including the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse unsafe work and will review the steps that should be followed when there are concerns that working conditions are unsafe.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Loyer

Patrick Loyer

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Patrick Loyer is an Aboriginal educator of Cree descent and has been involved in education for his entire professional career. He began his career with Calgary Catholic School District where he held various teaching positions before becoming the Consultant, Aboriginal Education. He... Read More →
avatar for Ian Stewardson

Ian Stewardson

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services (SARO), Alberta Teachers' Association
Ian Stewardson is a staff officer in Member Services in the Southern Alberta Regional Office (SARO) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Prior to joining ATA staff, Ian served as a school-based administrator for 18 years and 11 years as a Junior High Social Studies Teacher and... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
ATA Zoom-Conf2

10:15am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Robin E Pawlak

Robin E Pawlak

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

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-11

10:15am MST

Literacy and Well-being in Your Schoolyard: Fun with Words in the Outdoors
Whether your schoolyard resembles a nature paradise or a concrete jungle, it can be an endless source of inspiration and wonder for your students. Studies show that children, especially those with the most challenging behaviours, feel more relaxed outside and are therefore more open to deep learning. This workshop will demonstrate how to use the outdoor learning environment to provide authentic and rich opportunities to develop a range of literacy skills. In this engaging session, we'll show you how outdoor learning can boost your students' literacy skills by helping them make meaning of words and unleashing their creative minds as they explore and express what they see, hear, touch, smell, and feel. we'll also explore how Indigenous perspectives and outdoor learning can promote your students' well-being by fostering a sense of place and helping them feel connected to themselves, their classmates, and Mother Earth.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-10

10:15am MST

Writing Outside the Box
"Writing organizes and clarifies our thoughts. Writing is how we think our way into a subject and make it our own." William Zinsser, Writing To Learn

Writing is about expression and communication, of course, but what about writing as a tool for learning? Writing engages the mind and the memory, allowing students to make sense of new content while deepening their understanding of important concepts. Writing should not be contained in a box marked Language Arts.

Lois Donovan will provide an informative and inspiring session focused on creating effective writers and powerful learners in all subject areas. Practical ideas will be explored in a variety of content areas such as Math and Science.

Speakers
avatar for Lois Donovan

Lois Donovan

author
A former teacher, Lois is the author of time-travel historical fiction novels, Winds of L’Acadie and The Journal. She has recently sent her debut contemporary teen novel (repped by StaceyKondla) out into the world to find a home. Lois loves sharing her passion for all things literary... Read More →

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avatar for Morgan Fishley

Morgan Fishley

President, Education Undergraduate Society (MHC)


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-8

10:15am MST

Using AI for Character Analysis in English Language Arts
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science can be used to explore literature and communication in ELA classes. Finding patterns and meaning in text is an essential component of understanding the meaning behind what we'read, hear and observe. By using natural language processing, we can analyse sentiment and story arcs, look at how characters interact, investigate changes in language over time, automate readability checking, and foster inquiry and critical thinking skills based on data from texts. we'll also talk about the growing trend in machine-generated text, including how you and your students can do this, as well as some potential issues and ethical considerations.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

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

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-4

10:15am MST

Envisioning Collaborative Response: Supporting ALL students
Come learn about Collaborative Response, a mindset for schools and districts that values collaborative, action-focused responses, data-informed discussions, and timely supports.

The session will provide an overview of Collaborative Response, with access to numerous templates and samples from schools and districts. Participants will have access to the slides and encouraged to engage in an asynchronous online community following the session.

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Hewson

Lorna Hewson

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

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →

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Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-12

10:15am MST

Introduction to Data Science and Big Data for Educators
The ability to critically analyse large sets of data is becoming increasingly important, and there are many applications in education. We will introduce participants to the fundamentals of data science, and look at how you can incorporate data science into your teaching. You will come away with an increased understanding of this topic as well as some practical activities to use in your learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Laura Gutierrez Funderburk

Data Scientist, Callysto
Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk is a Callysto data scientist and holds a mathematics degree from Simon Fraser University, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s experienced in creating in-person and online data science lessons for Grades 5-12 students and teachers that spark creativity... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Nathan Gale

Nathan Gale

PD Facilitator, ATA


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-1

10:15am MST

Help! I have to teach K-3 Music
Does the prospect of teaching your own classroom music have you quaking in your boots? This session is designed to take you from terrified to terrific! You will come away from this session with ideas for songs, games, activities and strategies to teach curricular outcomes in engaging ways. If you've never taught music or are a reluctant singer, you will learn strategies and resources to have you and your students loving music time!! If applicable, adaptations for teaching in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic may be addressed in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

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

Hosts


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-5
  Music & Band (TQS 3), K-Gr 3, Gr 4-6
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

10:15am MST

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

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

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

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-9

10:15am MST

FIELD Kits - friendly, interactive, engaging, learning, discovery Kits - Adaptations
FIELD Kit Workshop FIELD Kits are Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery kits that connect students to nature while providing a lesson plan, tactile components, indoor and outdoor activities, all requiring little to no volunteer support, and easing preparation work for teachers. Kits are rented out a week at a time to share within a school. For more information, please visit fieldkits.ca. Adaptations: - During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits and what the Adaptation program entails. - The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, what are FIELD Kits, and then hands-on experience while I demonstrate how the Adaptations FIELD Kit will run in a classroom. The conclusion of the workshop will focus on questions and discussions. - Printed material will not be provided to reduce waste, but business cards will be accessible to obtain more programs and contact information. - You will not need any special materials. However, your participation will be most appreciated.

Speakers
avatar for Kenzie Field

Kenzie Field

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

Hosts
EG

Eva Gorny

Teacher


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-22

10:15am MST

The Thirty Years War (1989-2020)… the Clinton years
The Thirty Years War (1989-2020)? the Clinton years This session describes the New Cold War (NCW) in Great Power Realist terms. As in all wars, the invocation of Divine Inspiration (see Bush/God) and Humanitarian Intervention (Albright/Clinton) are invoked to mask self interest. To further control of Spykman's 'Rimland', Clinton rejected peace proposals in the Balkans (Gen. L. Mackenzie, Chomsky), led NATO into its first war which weakened Russian influence in their 'near abroad', and enlarged NATO into the former Warsaw Pact (Mearsheimer). Clinton armed Uganda and the RPF and deposed a too independent France from Rwanda (Boutros-Ghali), gained access for Anglo/Can/US corporations in the Congo Wars, and continued war by other means to cripple Iraq and Russia with minimal ground forces and cost in lives or treasure to the US (though considerable cost to others 'the week suffer what they must'). The Second Thirty Years War flouts the International Laws established at the end of the First, in the Treaty of Westphalia. A semi-anarchic system where 'the strong do what they will' seems set to continue with no Peace of Westphalia in sight.

Speakers
GH

Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →

Hosts


Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-3
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Gr 10-12
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

10:15am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Cammie Kannekens

Cammie Kannekens

Instructional Coach, Prairie Rose School Division No. 8
Cammie is an Instructional Coach with Prairie Rose School Division where she helps teachers integrate literacy and technology. She is a Google Certified Trainer & Google Certified Coach.

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Conv Zoom-18

11:30am MST

Pandemic CTS Think Tank
COVID has made it challenging for CTS teachers (especially those teaching courses in the Trades/Manufacturing/Transport cluster) to plan and implement meaningful learning activities for their students. In this casual roundtable session, CTS teachers from across Southern Alberta are invited to get together to share their tips and tricks.

Speakers
JB

Jonathan Belinksy

CTF/CTS Trailer Teacher, Grasslands Schools
CL

Christian Lohmann

Grasslands School


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-18

11:30am MST

Create and Share Presentations and Demos
Presenting information in compelling ways is even more important when you’re not able to be face-to-face with your students. In this session we'll show you how to use the built-in features in iPad to create demos and instructional videos and share them with your colleagues and students. Using Keynote, or any presentation tool, You'll learn how to record content and create demos on iPad for use with your students.

Speakers
TK

Tim Kilburn

President, Career & Technology Council
Tim is currently the Technology consultant for Fort McMurray Catholic Schools as well as the President of the Career & Technology Education Council. He taught Junior and Senior High computer courses for over 25 years before taking on the role of Technology Consultant. Tim is an Apple... Read More →
avatar for Chad Mowbray

Chad Mowbray

Distinguished Educator/ Create and Share Presentations, Apple
Chad is a Principal of Curriculum, Innovation and Technology for District School Board Ontario North East.He is also an Apple Distinguished Educator. As a system principal, Chad supports 750 teachers fromK to 12 in adopting innovative teaching and learning practices from design thinking... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-7

11:30am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

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

Hosts


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-5

11:30am MST

How to Get More Energy (without caffeine!)
Have you ever wished you had more energy? Maybe around 1:00pm (or 8:00am or 7:00pm) when your body is crying out for its caffeine fix or a nice comfy couch and a mindless show? What if you learned how to create your own energy instead of riding the highs and lows that dictate your life and keep you stuck? Attend this session to learn how to transform your life with the Energy Codes. You'll learn how to activate untapped energy and neurocircuitry in your body, empower your hidden potential, and become one with your true self. Sounds a bit out-there? Not to worry. It's grounded in energy medicine, neurobiology, and quantum physics. You'll discover how to awaken your true health, eliminate pain, master your emotions and activate so much energy that it overflows. Free yourself from the roller coaster and become the true master of your life.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Owner, Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-17

11:30am MST

Taking Care of You Helps Everyone
Balance is critical together we'll explore a number of strategies and resources that help keep our tank full and support our best selves.

During our time together we'll share a number of resources, books, blogs, podcasts, and strategies that can help us "train" mentally, physically, emotionally to stay on top of our game and thrive throughout the school year. Much, if not all, of the ideas may be presented in an age appropriate way with your students and/or at home.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Gilson

Rick Gilson

Executive Director, Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium
Father of six, Grandfather of seven, started teaching in the fall of 1985 survived and thrived four years as a Jr high teacher, followed by 25 years at the high school level the last 8 yrs as principal. 6 yrs at central office the last 5 as Assistant superintendent. Still learning... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-20

11:30am MST

Dealing with Volatile Situations
Teachers have hundreds of interactions with parents, students and colleagues every day. Sometimes, those interactions involve conflict in dynamic and delicate circumstances. This session will explore common types of conflict, causes of conflict, legal rights and obligations of individuals in school-related conflict, and strategies for managing and resolving conflict effectively. A discussion of sample scenarios will help tie learnings to common conflict situations in the school context.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Loyer

Patrick Loyer

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Patrick Loyer is an Aboriginal educator of Cree descent and has been involved in education for his entire professional career. He began his career with Calgary Catholic School District where he held various teaching positions before becoming the Consultant, Aboriginal Education. He... Read More →
avatar for Ian Stewardson

Ian Stewardson

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services (SARO), Alberta Teachers' Association
Ian Stewardson is a staff officer in Member Services in the Southern Alberta Regional Office (SARO) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Prior to joining ATA staff, Ian served as a school-based administrator for 18 years and 11 years as a Junior High Social Studies Teacher and... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
ATA Zoom-Conf2

11:30am MST

Compose Yourself: Writing Identity
Writing stories is not just for writers. Stories not only help us understand others, they help us understand ourselves. Stories enable students to discover/create their identities as they write their views of the world into existence. Through story, students can examine their cultural heritage and create their own hero?s journey. Lois Donovan will walk teachers through an insightful and inspirational exploration of writing stories that matter. Session includes practical writing activities that will fit easily into Humanities curriculum. Content involves teaching writing process through reflection, inspiration and creativity in order to develop a personal, yet fictional story which is highly meaningful to the student.

Speakers
avatar for Lois Donovan

Lois Donovan

author
A former teacher, Lois is the author of time-travel historical fiction novels, Winds of L’Acadie and The Journal. She has recently sent her debut contemporary teen novel (repped by StaceyKondla) out into the world to find a home. Lois loves sharing her passion for all things literary... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-8
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Gr 7-9
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

11:30am MST

What Could Go Wrong? The Simple Question Your Students Can Build a Story Around
"I don't know what to write." Have you ever heard that in your classroom? When it comes to writing, so many students get stuck right at the beginning. This session will show you how to use the simple four-word question that defeats writers' block every time. You'll leave with a complete teaching unit that will help you walk your students through the process of writing a story from beginning to end. Not only will it get your students 'unstuck', but it will teach them plot structure at the same time.

Speakers
avatar for Robin E Pawlak

Robin E Pawlak

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

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-11

11:30am MST

“But What Are We Going To Do?”: Ensuring Effective Collaborative Team Meetings
The session will involve the review of video footage of collaborative team meetings and then use a viewing organizer to break down the key elements for consideration.  Through interactive slides, participants will gain access to numerous resources and samples for use in their own school/district, as well as gain access to an asynchronous learning community following the session.

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Hewson

Lorna Hewson

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

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-12

11:30am MST

Re-imagining Jr High Math units by training student thought patterns
After 10 years as a PE teacher and 9 years of teaching Math in the blended homeschooling math program (grades 1 to 9), it is time to share some strategies I have been using to improve student retention, engagement, and independent problem solving. In 60 minutes, I will attempt to share my accelerated approach to influence students' thought patterns for three major units: Order of Operations, Integers, and Algebra. If you understand how a Lion hunts a gazelle, you can learn to do algebra. If you have ever been in a line for a roller coaster with 3 people, you know how to multiply integers. Using analogy, simple images and paring down the infinite variations of units to the most fundamental rules, I have had incredible success with students at all skill levels. This all came about when I was tasked with teaching without a textbook or heavy reliance on workbooks. There will be lots of time for conversation as we play. Works in person and virtually. As a bonus I will share student note taking and activities to enhance learning.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Marlett

Paul Marlett

Dialogue in the Classroom and In Your Team/ Math
Paul is a dedicated teacher with parents who are innovators in high school and university education. A maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning he started in phys ed, health, leadership, dance and outdoor ed. Then he joined the blended Home Education program... Read More →

Hosts
CB

Caitlyn Brett

Jr High Math Teacher, Palliser Regional Schools


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-15
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Gr 7-9
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

11:30am MST

The Lion, the Witch, and the Teacher: A Theological Perspective on the Life and Writings of C.S Lewis
C. S. Lewis continues to hold remarkable appeal to a broad readership. His corpus of writings is wide-ranging, encompassing fantasy literature like the Chronicles of Narnia, to popular articulations of faith, such as Mere Christianity. This talk seeks to explore the thought world of C.S. Lewis and critically evaluate the trajectory of his thought as well as the popular reception of his works in order to offer educators of Literature and Religion insight into the undercurrents of his writings.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gerard McLarney

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

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-9

11:30am MST

Life Cycles FIELD Kits - Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery Kits
FIELD Kit Workshop FIELD Kits are Friendly, Interactive, Engaging, Learning, Discovery kits that connect students to nature while providing a lesson plan, tactile components, indoor and outdoor activities, all requiring little to no volunteer support, and easing preparation work for teachers. Kits are rented out a week at a time to share within a school. For more information, please visit fieldkits.ca. Adaptations: - During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits and what the Adaptation program entails. - The format of the workshop will include an introduction of myself, what are FIELD Kits, and then hands-on experience while I demonstrate how the Life Cycles FIELD Kit will run in a classroom. The conclusion of the workshop will focus on questions and discussions. - Printed material will not be provided to reduce waste, but business cards will be accessible to obtain more programs and contact information. - You will not need any special materials. However, your participation will be most appreciated.

Speakers
avatar for Kenzie Field

Kenzie Field

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

Hosts
avatar for Sarah Parkin

Sarah Parkin

Early Learning Teacher, Grasslands Public Schools


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-22

11:30am MST

Myths and Misconceptions in Science
The idea that scientific theories are less certain than laws is a common misconception about science. Or that you need a force to keep something moving. Or that global warming is the result of a hole in the ozone layer. Misconceptions are common, pervasive and exist for many different reasons. In this session Kerry and Ian will provide examples of common misconceptions as well as provide techniques to help students along the road to scientific understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Science Teacher / Doctoral Student
Ian graduated from the U of A in 2002 and began his teaching career in Red Deer. Since then he has taught math and science in Japan, Mexico, China, Vancouver and Edmonton. He has spent over 10 years teaching AB and IB Physics and Calculus and completed a Masters in Education at UBC... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Rose

Kerry Rose

/Space for Science, CMASTE Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education University of Alberta
Kerry Rose PhD was a science teacher for 30 years in Alberta and now teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.. Kerry also works as a project manager with CMASTE — the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-21
  Science (TQS 3), Gr 7-9, Gr 10-12
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

11:30am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings her more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-10

11:30am MST

The Sixties Scoop: Understanding Implications & Contributing towards Reconciliation
From the 1950s to the 1990s, thousands of Indigenous children across Canada were apprehended and placed with non-Indigenous families, isolating many from Indigenous cultures, languages and identity.  This session will provide educators with an overview of historical and current insights into the Sixties Scoop, as well as increased understanding of its legacy.  You will leave this session with an increased understanding of the complexities of the Sixties Scoop, including resources and strategies to contribute towards reconciliation.

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Riel

Gretchen Riel

ATA Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, The Alberta Teachers Association
G̱ilakas’la, my name is Gretchen Riel. I am a teacher at Rocky View Schools and an Indigenous Education MEd student. My traditional Kwak̓wala name is T̓suxwt̓sa’adza̱mga Hanuse. My two children and I are Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw and proud members of the ‘Namgis First Nation... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
ATA PD Workshops

11:30am MST

The Thirty Years War (1989-2020)… the Obama and Trump years
Humanitarian rhetoric aside it is not a coincidence that actions and inactions in the New Cold War (NCW) align with self interest. Hybrid Warfare against Venezuela, Haiti, Honduras, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina continued the Monroe Doctrine's pursuit of Tribute and Regional Hegemony. The NCW continued the policy of containment of Russia with hybrid warfare in Ukraine, and both Russia and Iran in Syria. The destruction of Libya defeated the economic and geostrategic threat of Pan Africanism (a united and independent Africa acting in its own interest). The NCW's current fronts include the containment of Russian integration with Europe, Russian and Iranian Petroleum and China?s New Silk Road with its proposed integration of Eurasia and Africa. The US has no peer rivals in its hemisphere but the world order may transition from unipolarity to multipolarity. Great Power Competition will not be entirely, perhaps even not primarily military; let us hope so at least. The Second Thirty Years War flouts the International Laws established at the end of the First, in the Treaty of Westphalia. A semi-anarchic system seems set to continue with no Peace of Westphalia in sight.

Speakers
GH

Greg Hunter

Teacher, Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge... Read More →

Hosts


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-3
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Gr 10-12
  • LIVE or PRERECORDED? LIVE

11:30am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Holdway

Michelle Holdway

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


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-14

11:30am MST

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Educators
What do we mean by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning? What are the potential impacts on education and society, and how do we talk to students about all of this? In this (session or panel discussion) we will explore these topics and introduce participants to the potentials and pitfalls of AI and related technologies.


Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card by completing an optional Callysto feedback survey (http://bit.ly/callysto-feedback) after attending this session!

Speakers
avatar for Bryce Haley

Bryce Haley

Data Science Intern, Callysto
Bryce is a Callysto data scientist intern and has a Bachelor of Science with majors in computing science and mathematics from Simon Fraser University. He got introduced to the Callysto project through SFU – he was hired to help a SFU math professor develop a Callysto notebook about... Read More →

Hosts
NM

Nevin Morrison

Teacher, Lethbridge School District #51


Friday February 19, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Conv Zoom-1

12:45pm MST

Compassion Fatigue
Working in the Alberta public school system demands emotional labour from teachers, school leaders and other education workers. The impact of emotional labour is not well understood or even researched in the context of education. This presentation focuses on what was learned in the first phase of a two year study initiated by the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, conducted in partnership with the University of Calgary.  The presentation for the phase one report draws upon the literature to define and explain the terms associated with compassion fatigue, emotional labour and burnout, and presents the results of an online survey conducted in June 2020 and completed by over 2,000 educators.  Finally, the presentation also explores potential mechanisms for encouraging psychological well-being for all educators at both individual and system levels. 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Everitt

Lisa Everitt

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
ATA Women in Leadership Committee Member - SecretaryPassionate advocate for equity for women in the teaching profession and in society


Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA Zoom-Conf2

12:45pm MST

Forecasting the Future & Identifying Four Strong Forces of Change for Society
Societies around the world are in the midst of a period of change and transformation unlike any other time over the last 100 years.  In this conversation, Dr. McRae will highlight four significant trends (a return of walls, environmental sustainability, automation and digital networks, and artificial intelligence in education) that will change the landscape of schools around the world over the next two decades. This interactive conversation will also discuss new research in small groups from a partnership with Harvard Medical School and Sesame Workshop on the world’s largest study of technology, health and learning and how digital technologies are actively (re)shaping our societies. Most importantly, Dr. Phil will share advice on how we might all achieve a fine balance in a rapidly changing and digitally saturated world.

Resource: https://www.teachers.ab.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/ATA/Publications/Albertas-Education-System/Changing%20Landscape%202020-2040%20Final%20Document.pdf


Speakers
avatar for Phil McRae

Phil McRae

Associate Coordinator - Research, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Phil McRae is Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA), and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Canada where he earned his Ph.D. Phil is the past winner of the Alberta Excellence... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA Zoom-Conf1

12:45pm MST

Dreaming Big, Living Bigger: A Pathway to Finding Your Passion
It was Jon Montgomery’s natural curiosity that launched his Skeleton career. Wandering through Calgary Olympic Park years ago, he saw a Skeleton racer whip down the track face down, head first. Fearing it was a Luge accident, he inquired about it at the visitor's centre, only to find that Skeleton was a different kind of competitive sliding sport. Intrigued, Montgomery immediately signed up for a “discover session” — and so began his long journey to Olympic gold.

It was keeping his eyes open, living outside his comfort zone, trying new things, and accepting the challenges that presented themselves that enabled Montgomery to find his passion and gave him the opportunity to realize his dreams. With an effortless charisma, Montgomery uses his story to remind us that developing curiosity for the world around us has the potential to reveal our greatest gifts.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Montgomery

Jon Montgomery

Jon Montgomery first delighted Canadians by winning Gold in Men’s Skeleton at the Vancouver Olympics. Now, as the host of The Amazing Race Canada, he is a charming ambassador for the country’s most beautiful sights. In talks, he combines his experience as a professional athlete... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Webinar5000-1

12:45pm MST

Infusing Critical Inquiry into the Elementary Curriculum
Critical thinking and inquiry are central goals in the Alberta K-12 curriculum. But how can teachers actually implement them in their curriculum and pedagogy? This presentation by the authors of a leading critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance, will explain their inquiry-based approach to critical thinking and provide concrete examples of how to infuse it into the curriculum. Also participating in the session will be Christine Perreaux, an Alberta teacher, who has successfully used this approach in her kindergarten class.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Bailin

Sharon Bailin

Sharon Bailin is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has written and presented extensively on critical thinking and is the co-author, along with Mark Battersby, of the critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to... Read More →
avatar for Mark Battersby

Mark Battersby

Mark Battersby is a professor emeritus at Capilano University. He has written and presented extensively on critical thinking, informal logic, and learning outcomes and is the co-author, along with Sharon Bailin, of the critical thinking text, Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach... Read More →

Hosts
CP

Christine Perreaux

Program Chair, SWATCA
Christine is a kindergarten teacher with Lethbridge School District #51. She has 21 years of teaching experience. During this time she has taught grade 5, inclusive education, grade one, early literacy and kindergarten. She is currently serving in the role of program chair for SW... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Webinar1000-2

12:45pm MST

Revive a School, Save a Community
In 2014, Altario School was at an all-time low in enrollment, the local community was shrinking, and the survivability of both school and community were in question. Using the school as a driver of rejuvenation, the school community came together to dream of what a revived community could look like. In particular, embracing the agriculture heritage of the area was seen as the central piece to grow both the school and community.

Today, Altario boasts an agriculture program that includes the raising of steers, turkeys, chickens, and sheep. It has a community garden, a test crop plot, and provides a residency program for students from other schools. The profits of the farm are used for student'scholarships and program growth. Through this program, Altario School has been revived and the community has been saved. The school has a growing enrollment and the hamlet of Altario has doubled its population.

While sharing the story of Altario School, this session offers insight into the steps of reviving a school, and saving a community.



Speakers
avatar for Kevin Van Lagen

Kevin Van Lagen

Kevin Van Lagen is the principal of Altario and Consort Schools in East Central Alberta. Known as the Prairie Principal on social media, Kevin writes and speaks about the role that rural education can play in revitalizing rural communities. Kevin received his Master in Educational... Read More →

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Webinar1000-3

12:45pm MST

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker
Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of thirteen books, and an internationally renowned live performer. Coyote has also been touring public schools across the continent and beyond for nearly two decades, working to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students, always with the careful eye and tender heart of a fellow misfit. Ivan knows that by addressing the needs of often targeted and sometimes marginalized youth, we can build a better and safer school environment for all of our kids. Coyote uses personal narrative and the well-honed timing of a gifted storyteller to bring us a powerful message of hope and resilience.

Speakers
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Ivan Coyote

Storyteller
Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite... Read More →

Hosts
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Heather McCaig

District Representative, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Webinar1000-1

12:45pm MST

Together, Apart: Staying Connected in an Era of Physical Distancing
How do we connect with each other when we can't actually be together? Using the latest evidence from social psychology and social neuroscience, Susan Pinker explores the importance of social interaction: why we need it, what it does for our health, and how it affects our brains and our working relationships. The celebrated author and psychologist also considers how we can achieve mutual trust even while being separated by geography—or by at least six feet of distance. Is there a way to leverage our bonds, both weak and strong, all while hewing to the rules of social distancing? Pinker blends stories, videos, and scientific evidence into a compelling talk, laying out a plan for achieving real communication despite the distance.

Speakers
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Susan Pinker

Award-winning author and Psychologist Susan Pinker examines the endless paradoxes of the human condition, and the way it affects our personal relationships, our workplaces, and our educational institutions. In her latest book, The Village Effect, Pinker makes a compelling argument... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Nathan Gale

Nathan Gale

PD Facilitator, ATA


Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Webinar3000-1

12:45pm MST

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

Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card by competing an optional Callysto feedback survey (http://bit.ly/callysto-feedback) after attending one our sessions!

You can preview the slides for the talk by opening this link to a Jupyter notebook: https://tinyurl.com/callysto-sabtc-1

Speakers
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Michael Lamoureux

Callysto Ambassador, Callysto
Dr. Lamoureux is a Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at the University of Calgary. Dr. Lamoureux is keenly interested in the use of technology for teaching and research, and has developed courses in industrial mathematics and complex analysis using Jupyter notebooks.

Hosts
avatar for Keeley Gillespie

Keeley Gillespie

Student, University of Lethbridge


Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-1

12:45pm MST

Exploring Sustainability Through An Indigenous Lens: Getting Started with Secondary Students
The Alberta Teacher Quality Standard calls on teachers to provide opportunities for all students to develop a knowledge and understanding of, and respect for Indgenous perspectives and ways of knowing. The study of environmental sustainability, which can be linked to the curriculum across all subjects and subject areas, offers a wonderful opportunity to do just this. If this idea sounds interesting to you but also fills you with trepidation, then this workshop is for you. In this session, we'll demonstrate how you don't need to be an expert to start your journey into Indigenous knowledge systems but rather, an open mind and heart - and a willingness to explore new ideas with your students. Drawing on authentic resources, we'll also show you how you can weave Indigenous perspectives in your everyday practice and deliver on the curriculum in a way that engages students and fosters deep learning. This workshop will target specifically Division I and II teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

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

Hosts

Friday February 19, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Conv Zoom-7

2:00pm MST

A Conversation with Rick Mercer
To wrap-up convention, Rick Mercer will engage in a candid fireside chat with ATA President Jason Schilling. It’s a heart-soaring and laugh-out-loud funny affair, and a perfect way to celebrate what our great country has to offer.

Few people know Canada like Rick Mercer knows Canada. Whether prodding at our institutions, celebrating our unsung heroes, or illuminating everything wonderful and weird about our country, Mercer is a galvanizing speaker. He’s our fiercest critic, our sharpest mind, and our most hilarious comic. This is a one-time talk that gathers together all his—and our—strengths. It is a talk that connects to the past, evaluates our present, and looks forward, hopefully, into the future.

Speakers
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Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. A #1 bestselling author, Governor General’s Award-winner for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic... Read More →

Hosts
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

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


Friday February 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:15pm MST
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