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Thursday, February 4
 

8:30am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Self-care for Sanity
Limited Capacity seats available

Avoid burn-out! Everyone learns more through example, than words. This session provides interactive experiences that illuminate the principles of self-compassion and mindfulness, to help teachers truly embrace self-care so they are at their best for their students & families, role-modelling HOW to be in the world, as much as what to do. Teachers learn how to create windows of peace and calm in their day, to be a peaceful influence in their classroom, to keep themselves healthy – mentally, physically and emotionally.

Speakers


Thursday February 4, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 33 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

8:30am MST

ATRF Pension Interviews
For online teachers’ conventions in 2021, ATRF will not be hosting individual pension interviews. Pension counsellors are still available to conduct interviews via telephone or videoconference, and appointments may be booked at any time by calling the ATRF toll-free number at 1-800-661-9582. ATRF has also been working with school districts and ATA locals to provide online seminars by-request and will be offering ATRF-organized webinars to members in early 2021. ATRF has indicated that pension group seminars are being offered this year and have been booked at all conventions. To contact ATRF, visit https://www.atrf.com/teacher/contact-us. For more information from ATRF, visit https://www.atrf.com/teacher/news/covid-19-member-information.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Adams

Dana Adams

ATRF Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
A Pension Counsellor with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund.This session is for teachers that are new members of the pension plan. A general overview will be presented including detailed information about beneficiaries, death benefits, and MyPension.


Thursday February 4, 2021 8:30am - 4:30pm MST
ATRF Pension Interviews
  Retired Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

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



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 01 (Admin)
  Admin / Leadership  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Michael Tryon - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

What We Learned in the Woods: Notes from the Wilderness
Let's look at 5 fun and practical activities you can do outside, and what the students can learn from them. This is even more than an outdoor education session; this is an everyone's education session. This session integrates play, outdoor play, and risky play into practical "how-to" to enhance learner engagement.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Vincent Mireau is a Psychologist in Whitecourt, AB. He is the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 04 (CTS)
  Career & Technology Studies  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Connecting the Dots: Current Events To Future Opportunities
Anna Maria Tremonti has spent her career at the forefront of Canadian and world events. She sees the patterns in how our world is evolving, anticipates what will make an impact, resonate with humanity, and the resulting chain reactions that will shape our future. Customized to suit your audience and event, she’ll share her perspectives on the context of where we’ve come from, the relevance of our current era, and the direction she senses for our future to help you and your organization make connections. Key Takeaways: • How to find good quality information & resources you can trust. • The ways human interaction can be used to positively affect the future. • How to empower others to live differently & connect their own dots.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Maria Tremonti

Anna Maria Tremonti

Until very recently, listeners from around the world were privileged to listen to Anna Maria Tremonti’s compelling interviews each & every day on Canada’s most popular radio program, “The Current”. She has the gift of tackling everything from the politics of the day, to the... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Feature Room A
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Jason Schilling - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 10000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Teammates in Disguise: A Coach's Approach to life, leadership, and learning.
Trevor will walk you through his simple and straightforward 5-step approach (Connect, Engage, Listen, Teach, and Inspire) to facilitating growth in yourself and others, while creating an ecosystem that benefits all involved in the process. His process is deeply rooted in vulnerability and human connection and will challenge the way you view impactful learning situations, relationships, and communication.

Speakers
avatar for Trevor Moore

Trevor Moore

Trevor Moore is an award-winning Golf Professional, Mindset Coach, Keynote Speaker, and Corporate Entertainer, who facilitates growth in people, organizations, and teams, who aspire to think better, feel better, or be better. Whether on stage, online, in a boardroom, at a sports venue... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Feature Room C
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Heather Thomson - Elk Island Catholic #21
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 10000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Test Anxiety - A Group Approach
The increased use of standardized testing has resulted in a much higher level of test anxiety; in a population already struggling to cope with both academic and personal stresses. This session will outline a group approach to dealing with test anxiety. It will provide teachers with strategies to deal with the physical, cognitive and emotional manifestations of anxiety that could be applied to a small group or even classroom setting. A group can be an efficient and effective way to support students who are negatively affected by these feelings and are unable to fully demonstrate their understanding of the content covered in class.

Speakers
KC

Kris Christianson

Teacher/Counsellor, Holy Trinity HIgh School
Kris Christianson is currently the Guidance Counsellor at Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton. He has been a teacher for 15 years and a counsellor for the past 6. Kris has presented on a variety of topics in both mental health and drama at a local, district and provincial level... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 12 (Guidance)
  Guidance / Counselling  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Inspire students to be Difference Maker’s
Rick Hansen Foundation School Program offers FREE educational resources for youth in kindergarten to grade twelve, developed by educators for educators. In both English and French, ready-made lesson plans that incorporate Universal Design principles and are connected to provincial curriculum and educational priorities across Canada. We believe that by encouraging youth to take action on issues that matter to them, they can become leaders in creating an accessible, inclusive world.

Speakers
JB

Jacqueline Beaudry

Jacqueline Beaudry has been active in the BC school system, both public and independent since 2002, as a parent, PAC chair, Spring Fair Co-coordinator, and an Educational Assistant among many others. She has recently joined the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program to increase awareness... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 16 (Inclusive Ed)
  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

How to Support Teachers in Working with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers
Are you aware of cultural protocol required when collaborating and learning from local First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Cultural Advisors? Throughout this session participants will explore valuable resources and strategies from the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation team. You will leave the session with numerous resources and strategies to share with teachers, as well as a broader understanding of how to engage with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Cultural Advisors in a culturally responsive manner.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 19 (Indigenous Ed)
  Indigenous Education  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Deliberate Practice: What? When? Why?
Think back to Final Exam time when you were a student! How did it feel to look at content covered back in September? As you began your review, did it feel like you were learning it for the first time? Although math teachers can see the connections between outcomes and units, many students struggle to make these same connections. They don’t often see how what they learned in one unit is helping them two units later, or maybe how what they did NOT learn in one unit is hindering them two units later. Retention in math is crucial. Conceptual understanding is equally crucial, but left unpracticed, even deeply learned skills can become rusty. Deliberate Practice is a solution to the lack of retention problem. It keeps all content current, relevant, and connected to whatever is being learned in the moment. Join this workshop to uncover what Deliberate Practice can do for you and your students. Please have paper and pen/pencil.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Gannon

Jane Gannon

Owner/Educational Math Consultant, Gannon Consulting
I have been working in the education field of mathematics for over 20 years. My experience spans all four divisions, including classroom teaching, developing, writing, and editing mathematical resources for distance learning, teaching math at the University of Alberta in the Faculty... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 25 (Math)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Technology In The Music Room
How do we integrate technology in the Music Room? The 21st Century has brought music to the world online, allowed students to listen , learn from online videos, provided virtual rehearsals and explore all genres of music from their desktop. Bringing together some of our favourite resources, this session will explore websites, apps and hands-on lessons that allow students to explore their musical creativity using technology in the classroom. Bring a charged, robust device and be ready to explore a variety of tools. This session is geared toward Elementary Music Teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Banu

Laura Banu

Teacher
A versatile teacher, Laura has taught everything from Kindergarten through Grade 9 and is currently the lead music teacher at a K-9 school. Laura values collaboration and has been focused on building capacity in the staff at her schools while developing engaging lessons for students... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 10 (Fine Arts)
  Music / Musique  Technology / Technolgie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Chairperson Justin Miller - High Prairie #62
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

How is it Really Going? Teaching Health and Phys Ed in a Pandemic
Join Ever Active Schools and speakers from K-12, Sport and Post-Secondary settings for an honest conversation about the realities and challenges of teaching Health and Physical Education in 2021. We want to hear from you - what is working? What kinds of supports do you need? What success stories can we share with each other?

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

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 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 26 (Phys Ed)
  Physical Education / Éducation Physique  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Inquiring Minds: Authoritative Digital Resources for Division III and IV Inquiry-based learning
Support your Division III and IV Secondary Humanities, IB, and AP learning with the Online Reference Centre(ORC). Accessible anywhere with an internet connection, the ORC is a collection of authoritative digital resources licensed on behalf of K-12 staff, learners, and parents/guardians in Alberta. ORC resources can help prepare learners for undergraduate research or and with the digital literacy skills that are key in today's highly digital world. This collection offers support for everything from Fine arts, Mathematics, and Science to English Language Arts, Social Studies and the IB program. Not to mention it has resources in both English and French too.

Speakers
avatar for Lorisia MacLeod

Lorisia MacLeod

ORC Coordinator, On behalf of The Alberta Library
Lorisia brings Learn Alberta's Online Reference Centre to life with her enthusiasm to offer training and supporting those who guide Alberta's learners. She is a proud member of the James Smith Cree Nation and recently she completed her MLIS degree at the University of Alberta while... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 31 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Holocaust Studies- A New LDC!
Developed in collaboration with the Calgary Jewish Academy and Foothills School Division, the Holocaust Studies LDC is meant to take learners from pre-war Jewish life through to the establishment of Israel. This session will take participants through Holocaust Studies 15-25-35 as developed by Foothills School Division. Participants will also be provided the opportunity to review resources with experienced Holocaust educator Lindsay Anderson (USHMM Museum Teacher Fellow 2019/2020 & Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Summer Institute Scholarship Recipient 2017). Teachers will walk away ready to improve their current Holocaust education practices and excited at the possibility of having students enrol in new programming!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

Holocaust studies, classroom design, Foothills School Division 38
As a United States Holocaust Museum, Museum Teacher Fellow (19/20) and a recipient of the 2017 Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Summer Seminar Institute, I have been working with in the middle years to bring the Holocaust into English Language Arts classrooms through literature, art... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 37 (General)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** When Bad Things Happen - What Teachers Can Do To Help Students
About one third of students in our schools have endured adverse experiences. As teachers, we need to meet the social and emotional needs of those students while continuing to deliver content that meets the outcomes set by Alberta Education. This session will cover basic neurobiology to help teachers understand why students behave as they do. We will go over strategies that can be adapted for various grade levels that will support cognitive learning while regulating students' stress responses.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Sabourin

Karen Sabourin

When Bad Things Happen: How to Help Students, Edmonton Public Schools Teacher
Karen Sabourin has been a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools since September 2010. In 2013 she moved to London, England and attained a Master of Arts in Special and Inclusive Education from the University of London. In 2018, she became a certified trainer in the Neurosequential... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 03 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

***Pré-enregistré*** Créer facilement des sites web et des animations vidéo avec Adobe Spark
Exploitez la créativité de vos élèves avec Adobe Spark! Cet outil gratuit disponible en ligne mais également sur iOS et Android permet aisément aux enseignants comme aux élèves de transposer leurs idées en graphiques, en textes de même qu’en animations vidéos. Adobe Spark Video, d’une facilité d’emploi déconcertante, est un module particulièrement populaire en éducation. Que ce soit en langues, en mathématiques, en sciences ou encore en études sociales, venez découvrir comment Adobe Spark peut vous appuyer en salle de classe ou en enseignement à distance!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Caron

Eric Caron

Consultant, Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP)
Éric Caron est consultant en technologie éducationnelle auprès du Consortium provincial francophone. Spécialisé en histoire, Éric a enseigné de nombreuses matières durant sa carrière. Passionné par la pédagogie, il a mené de nombreux projets autant en classe qu’en activités... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 14 (French)
  Technology / Technolgie  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags French

9:00am MST

Insert Coin to Continue - Advanced Classroom Gamification!
As the pedagogy of the gamification continues to evolve, this session will explore some of the deeper level tactics, practices, tips and tools that I use in my gamification program. It will help equip teachers with new ideas that they can use to develop their own personal gamification programs or improve an already existing program. If gamification is of interest to you, you will surely walk away with something to take into your classroom on Monday!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

Educator and Author, EICS Division - St. JPII School
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who has taught K-12 Phys Ed as well as Grade 7 & 8 Sciences for the past 10 years. My professional motto is "Would you want to be in your classroom?" and it is reflected in my daily teaching. I am deeply passionate about engagement, student... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 17
  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Pop Art Printmaking
Limited Capacity seats available

If you like Pop Art, you need to register in this workshop right away! You will learn how to create colourful prints in easy way. This will become your students’ favourite art project! Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in the art classroom. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4 - 12. You will leave the workshop with min. 3 prints, a handout, and access to an online PowerPoint presentation and a video for your use with your students.

Speakers
BK

Bogdan Konikowski

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



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 11 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Food Explorers: Sparking curiosity with nutrition education
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.

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 is a Registered Dietitian and Project Manager at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She 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... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 15 (Health)
  Health - CALM / Santé  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Chairperson Barbara Inglis - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Smudging Circle
Participants will be introduced to a smudging circle. They will learn about the different smudges that are utilized in the different nations of Turtle Island. Each smudge utilized is also a medicine. Participants will learn more about these plants as medicines. To smudge is to bring balance of mind, body and spirit and to make a connection to the Creator. Smudging circles are a way to start a talking/sharing circle.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 18 (Indigenous Ed)
  Indigenous Education  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am 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. 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. Weather and venue permitting, we will strive to hold this session 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 →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 20 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

The Power of Extreme Writing
Students who write too slowly, and can’t “ideate” quickly fall further and further behind as subjects become more demanding. BUT…how do we enhance fluency and keep it engaging long enough to succeed? Extreme Writing is a totally new journaling program that works. “It’s fun! Can we do more?” Leave with a plan for the year, and a method of assessing student capacity. The brain loves novelty and this workshop includes unique strategies to keep the program novel, with multiple ideas for each strategy, creating a year of refreshing unexpected choices for your grade 4-9 students.

Speakers
DC

Diana Cruchley

Diana Cruchley is an award-winning educator and author who has taught at both elementary and secondary levels. She is the recipient of the Governor General’s Flight to Freedom Literacy Award. Her practical workshops are always enthusiastically received.



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 22 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Chairperson vi Zuk - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

CANCELLED!!! Number Sense to Number Facts: Addition & Subtraction K to 3
Teach your students to Build, Explain, Represent, & Compare numbers to 20 using visual spatial models that connect "number sense" for numbers to 10, then to 20 with knowing and remembering number facts for addition and subtraction. Learn to identify the difference between "knowing number" and knowing "number facts". Learn some tasks that will help you quickly assess that difference with your students. Leave with several practice tasks that will help your students to build the reasoning & RECALL skills that make memorizing facts make sense. Tasks you can embed into: • whole class lessons, • guided math stations or groups • one on one and small group interventions • formative/summative /assessments.

Speakers
GL

Geri Lorway, Thinking 101

Consultant, Thinking101
Geri Lorway is known for her passion and energy. Her presentations entertain, inform and inspire. As an independent consultant, Geri runs Thinking101, a company dedicated to changing minds and mind sets about what it means to learn and very specifically what it means to learn math... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 23 (Math)
  Math  Assessment / Évaluation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Life Cycles FIELD Kits - friendly, interactive, engaging, learning, discovery Kits
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. During this workshop, participants will learn about FIELD Kits and what the Life Cycle program entails. The format of the workshop will include - An introduction of myself - What are FIELD Kits - Hands-on experience while I demonstrate how the Life Cycle 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, FIELD Kits
Kenzie Field is the Founder and Operator of FIELD Kits. She is very passionate about the environment and enlightening our youth on environmental issues, concepts, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for the environment extends back to her early childhood. She remembers always... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 29 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

More than Just a Presentation Tool: Building Creative & Engaging Lessons through Google Slides
This hands-on session will explore numerous Collaborative and Creative ways to use Google Slides in the classroom to engage students in Communicating their learning. You will be guided through some lessons to illustrate just how diverse the applications of Google Slides can be… It’s so much more than just a presentation tool! Bring along a device as you begin your journey of transforming your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Starko

Chad Starko

Assistant Principal, Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School - EICS
Chad Starko has been driven by a passion to transform the way we teach and engage our students in a love of learning. After 20 years of innovation and technology integration in the math and science classroom, along with working as an EdTech & Innovation Learning Coach, Chad believes... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 35 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Watercolor wild and free with Willie
Limited Capacity seats available

Express freely with watercolor. playful colors and wild and free. easy to follow handout for all to make the project more enjoyable and fun. fabulous end result! No drawing skill needed, and everyone is welcome.

Speakers
WW

WILLIE WONG

Owner, Kamena gallery and frames ltd
will send separately




Thursday February 4, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 28 (Fine Arts/Religious Studies)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Atelier musical et rythmique. Aucune expérience musical requise
Malicounda montre aux enseignants (es) comment faciliter une activité 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. Les enseignants quitteront cet atelier avec une riche expérience culturelle et du matériel pédagogique adapté à chaque groupe d'âge.

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 4, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 13 (French)
  Music / Musique  Second Languages / Langues Secondes
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Chairperson Linda Labbe - L'Unité Locale Francophone #24
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags French

9:15am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Paquette

Aaron Paquette

First Nation Metis Writer, Politician, Artist and Keynote Speaker Aaron Paquette is one of Canadaʼs best-known First Nations Metis personalities. He is a bestselling, award-winning author, an acclaimed painter and artist, an illustrator, goldsmith and cathedral stained glass artist... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Feature Room B
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Amanda Yaworski - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 10000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

From Keats to Beats
Poetry can be a tough sell to students who would rather be on Instagram or listening to the top 40. But what if they didn’t have to choose between the two? What if Instagram poets and chart-topping hits were studied alongside sonnets and haikus? What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about learning the limitless styles there are to choose from? Whatever the style or personality of the student, this workshop explores how to create a versatile and open-ended poetry unit that allows these young poets to find their voice.

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 →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Room 21 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Chairperson Zaire Sealy - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Interactive Whiteboards in Google Meet.
Make your online classes fun and engaging by using interactive drawing software inside your Google Meet sessions! This session will explore some strategies and activities for implementing interactive drawing software in Google Meet, and will focus on activities you can use in Google Jamboard and/or Google Drawings.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Sommerfeld

Sean Sommerfeld

Teacher, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division
Sean Sommerfeld is a high school social studies teacher in Edson, Alberta. Sean is a Google Certified Educator. 



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Room 36 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Heather Senger - Pembina Hills #22
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

CANCELLED!!! THE ART OF COMMEDIA DELL ‘ARTE
Limited Capacity seats available

Italy in the mid 1500’s presented a form of physical comedy that dominated European Theatre. This improvised Theatre was based on stereotypical characters who wore masks and improvised Scenarios with only a plot outline. This Workshop will focus on discovering the walks, gestures and voices of 5 of the masked main/stock characters and, with a plot outline, improvise either a solo or partner scenario. Participation with enough space to move comfortably.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Lukenoff

Tanya Lukenoff

Artistic Director/Instructor, Theatre A Go-Go
Tanya Lukenoff is an internationally trained performer, instructor, writer, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre A Go-Go, a physical Theatre School and Company. She is a seasoned teaching artist who inspires all ages to add imagination and expression to their learning. Tanya... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 09 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for 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 →




Thursday February 4, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 38 (General)
  Retired Teachers  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Neelam Parmar - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Using Formative Assessment to Help Student Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Research suggests students learn best when working collaboratively. In this session, participants will explore how you can use open-ended, written-response style questions along with the cognitive expectations framework as a tool to collaboratively promote student learning, problem-solving, and higher order thinking skills. Templates and examples in Science 8, Science 10, Physics 20 and Physics 30 will be provided. Participants will learn how to create one-ended written response style questions to promote student learning. They will explore how peer feedback can be used to promote higher order thinking skills. Templates will be provided for teacher to make and design their own formative assessment/peer feedback resources.

Speakers
KB

Kristian Basaraba

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

Laura Pankratz

Western Canada Teacher Network Coordinator, Perimeter Institute
Laura Pankratz has been actively interested in helping students be successful for many years. She has been working with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics for the last 7 years to develop classroom-ready resources that teachers can use for general science and for high... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 30 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Assessment / Évaluation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Crafting Safe Spaces for Authentic Connection
We all long for true connection with other people, but emotional vulnerability requires safety. How do teachers create and maintain spaces for students to converse respectfully and authentically? This session is about group dynamics in a shifting cultural landscape. We’ll cover setting expectations for group safety, why we need to be intentional about our emotional connections and what to do when a student behaves in a way that feels unsafe for others. Prepare to share stories, brainstorm ideas, and practice vulnerability in a safe space so you can craft new levels of empathy in your life and your classroom. Suitable for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, speaker and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She has four self-published books and her short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines. Julianne holds a BA in Creative Writing, along with a certificate in Counselling Skills, and is working towards... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 34 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:30am MST

Reading Comprehension Success Grades 7 - 9
As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes. Focus will be for grades 7 to 9

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
 I have founded Edu-Best Educational Services to collaborate and share ideas and methods to allow all learners the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement and to inspire and motivate teachers. Our focus is English language arts and Reading Comprehension Success. Please... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 02 (Assessment)
  Assessment / Évaluation  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

9:30am MST

Gateway Foods - Finding Context, Connection, & Understanding: Part I
In this two part series, we will take a look at how to use the Foods curriculum as a tool to foster deeper connections between students, food, and life after high school. Part I - A look into how food can be a medium for exploring social context such as food justice, diverse cultures, and the environment. This session will focus on discussions for incorporating larger ideas into everyday practice and fostering cross curricular connections and practical lesson plans to bridge them. Examples will be linked to the outcomes for Foods 20/30 as well as Social 20/30 curricular areas, but teachers from all subject areas and grade levels are welcome.(90 mins) Part II - Does work define our worth? A deeper look at creating opportunities for K&E students to find value and meaning through work in an in-school setting. The examples in this session will focus specifically on the K&E Workpace Practicum 30 level course and FOD3130 Food Entrepreneur module. While the content of this discussion will be directed towards High School K&E and Foods instruction, all teachers are welcome to attend and explore modifications to fit their subject area needs.(90 mins)

Speakers
MC

Mathew Christopher Tom-Kee

Foods Teacher, Bellerose Composite High School
Chris grew up in Ontario,but moved to Alberta in 2005 to pursue and expand on his culinary experience at NAIT. Through NAIT, he was able to develop a comprehensive professional network in Edmonton, and travel the world for work and competitions. After 15 years as a professional chef... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am MST
Virtual Room 24 (Math/CTS)
  Career & Technology Studies  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Creating Possibility: Regulate Yourself First, the Students Second
We need to adjust our expectations around regulation to enhance our own health, longevity, and courage to teach. Sometimes, we are simply not going to be able to solve, fix, control, or eliminate the serious regulation challenges these learners experience (like trauma). Regulation can seem next to impossible for many young humans unless the adults are regulated first. Let's look at some relatively positive and simple actions a teaching professional can take to regulate themselves for the benefit of our health first and the students' learning second.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Vincent Mireau is a Psychologist in Whitecourt, AB. He is the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 16 (Inclusive Ed)
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

GitHub: Expanding the Computer Science Curriculum
Github is a repository service which enables users to collaborate on projects, all the while keeping track of changes when they occur and who made those changes. It is a web-based platform used for version control. GitHub has over 650,000 developers registered on the site, hosting more than 500,000 unique open source projects and 1.8million total repositories. You will learn how to install and use this program/service which at the basic level operates much like a shared Google Drive but with a higher level of security. How valuable Github is as a resource? Microsoft bought it for $7.5 B (2018). Remember: "Knowledge is Power". Participants should bring their laptop/tablet.

Speakers
avatar for John Chan

John Chan

Teacher, Archbishop Jordan CHS
Teacher: 2000 - presentResearch (Pathology & Biochemistry): 1986 - 2000Computer experience: 1982 - presentScience major, CTS instructor, Kung-fu masterDegrees: BSc(1978), MSc(1986), BEd(2000), LLB(2007).



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 04 (CTS)
  Career & Technology Studies  Knowledge & Employability / Connaissance et Emploiabilité
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Sixty Seconds Worth of History: Canada’s Past Through the Heritage Minutes.
Since their inception in 1991, millions of Canadians have watched and learned about important and often forgotten key events in our past through the Minutes.  As the President and CEO of Historica Canada, Anthony Wilson-Smith is responsible for their subject choices and production.  He’ll take the audience behind the scenes to talk about their making, why they’re so popular, how they tackle the tackle the ‘revisiting’ of history – and ways in which educators can apply them.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Wilson-Smith

Anthony Wilson-Smith

ANTHONY WILSON-SMITH is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Historica Canada, the national historical organization known for their iconic Heritage Minutes. Under Wilson-Smith’s leadership, their programs reached nearly 28 million Canadians last year alone. His storied... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Feature Room A
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Annie Drapeau - None
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

The Self-Care Trap: What We Keep Getting Wrong About Mental Health
In the past few years, mental health has become a topic of seemingly endless discussion — whether it’s corporate campaigns, school presentations, or mailinglist emails. We’re told that mental health is like physical health, that we need to ensure we make time for self-care, that there is a list of free meditation apps in this month’s newsletter. So why are we still struggling? In this presentation, Lee will explore the problems with focusing on awareness and the trap created by so-called “self-care.” They will discuss how the narrowing our conversations about mental health to an individual level does a disservice to our students, our teachers, and our communities… and how we can start creating something better.

THIS SESSION IS NOT BEING RECORDED!

Speakers
avatar for Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas is a speaker, writer, and educator based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. They are a private practice therapist who specializes in mental health and queer issues, with a particular focus on eating disorders. They are also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, two-time TEDx... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Feature Room C
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Heather Thomson - Elk Island Catholic #21
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 10000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

La résolution de problèmes, est-ce un problème? 1ère à 3e année
La résolution de problèmes est une habileté importante en mathématiques. Si cet aspect des maths vous cause des soucis, cet atelier saura vous guider en répondant aux questions suivantes: Qu’est-ce que la résolution de problèmes? Quels sont les différents modèles de résolution de problèmes? Quelles sont les approches possibles pour amener les élèves à avoir du succès en résolution de problèmes? Comment aider les élèves qui ont des difficultés avec la langue d’enseignement? Quelles sont les façons de différencier la résolution de problèmes?

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle crée et offre des formations en français partout en Alberta et au-delà et ce, depuis plus d’une décennie. Son approche pratico-pratique en situation d’atelier et ses grandes connaissances en mathématiques font d’elle... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 14 (French)
  Math  Francais
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags French

10:15am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Probability "Corner"
"Pit" is a fast-paced card game for three to eight players, designed to simulate open outcry bidding for commodities and "Corner" the market. In this session we will play this chaotic game and explore how to use it in your Sr High Math Classes to explore Permutations, Combinations and Probability. It will provide Sr high math teachers with a unique alternative approach to augment their teaching of Counting Methods and probability. The game is extremely fun for students to play and easy to teach and apply to a large group.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Johnson

Sandy Johnson

For the past 11 years, Sandy has been teaching High School Mathematics at Strathcona Christian Secondary in Sherwood Park. In the field of education, his passion is using board games to create community and curricular connections in the classroom.



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 25 (Math)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

***Pre-Recorded*** Reconnecting to Your Calling: Moving From Teacher Well-being to Being Well as Teachers
Beyond a job, teaching is a calling. This workshop provides a snapshot of well-being science that invites educators and leaders to build and sustain a practice of well-being within that calling. Participants will experience tools that can help create a ripple effect of impact for themselves and their students. Moving beyond self-care strategies and a focus on teacher stress, we will discuss both individual and organizational opportunities to help shift the tide from burning out to burning in.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

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 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 26 (Phys Ed)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

***Pre-Recorded*** Fear and Loathing in Less Volume-Ideas for Relationship Building in the Classroom
Relationships are the foundation of all classroom management, and are often the key to learning. In this session, parent, teacher, coach and administrator Terry Hogan will share some novel ideas as well as some tried and true methods, on how to successfully build relationships and rapport with students. Explore the 'why' behind relationship building and delve deep into the practical 'how' in the age of both social media and social distancing.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Hogan

Terry Hogan

Vice Principal
Terry Hogan is a vice principal in Peace River AB, an extremely lucky husband, and a father of 5 children. All of his best teaching ideas were stolen from the great teachers he has had the good fortune to work with and observe over the years, from multiple Edwin Parr nominees to returning... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 03 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

How to Teach Creativity (even if you think you're not creative)
Creativity is an essential skill for the 21st century, but many teachers feel unequipped to deliver. This workshop is all about innovative thinking. You'll learn a laughter-filled process to envision hundreds of ideas for your classroom, and you’ll discover your own creativity in the process. Whether students care about the environment, bullying, or video games, you'll learn how to convert their interests into opportunities for engaging lessons and intrinsically motivating assignments. You’ll come away with tools to empower creativity, techniques for helping students tap into their natural motivations, and a better understanding of what ideas get students (and YOU!) excited.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Love

Brandon Love

Brandon Love is a professional speaker and inspirational wizard who awakens people to their possibilities. Having formally studied education, psychology, philosophy, hypnosis, and yoga, Brandon is on a mission to help people create new possibilities, and is convinced that we’re... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 37 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Monique Gravel
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Rising Strong™ After Setbacks
Representing Dr. Brené Brown’s latest research on vulnerability and shame, the Rising Strong™ workshop, will provide insights into: • Rising after failure, disappointment, and loss, and the process for moving through them • The physics of vulnerability and guidelines for rising after a fall • How stories have power in your life to drive emotions, thoughts, and behaviours • What it means to rumble with emotions like shame, guilt, anxiety, blame, accountability, resentment, grief, forgiveness, and perfectionism • Emotional offloading strategies and how they move us away from our values • Recognizing and capturing the stories we make up when faced with struggle • Writing your own daring endings to tough stories • Daring people fall. Own your story of falling to write your own bold ending.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Knull

Kimberly Knull

Owner, Courageous Leadership
Kimberly Knull is a former teacher, Registered Psychologist, motivational speaker and trained by Brené Brown as a Dare to Lead™ and Daring Way™ facilitator. She’s the co-founder of Momentum Walk-In Counselling Society, recognized as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40... Read More →



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Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 01 (Admin)
  Admin / Leadership  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Improv For All!
Improv can be a fantastic way to engage students and discover hidden talents in your class - but some are nervous about how to teach this unscripted form of theatre. This interactive session will provide teachers with a full unit plan that includes warm up games, basic rules of improv, improv games and much more. Teachers will gain the confidence and tools to teach this amazing dramatic discipline!

Speakers
KC

Kris Christianson

Teacher/Counsellor, Holy Trinity HIgh School
Kris Christianson is currently the Guidance Counsellor at Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton. He has been a teacher for 15 years and a counsellor for the past 6. Kris has presented on a variety of topics in both mental health and drama at a local, district and provincial level... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 10 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Growth follows Failure
As far as brain development goes, we need to appreciate the benefits of failure and how it helps to structure our neural connections. Adolescent brains are being impaired through an ongoing social assault on “failure”. In this 90 minute session, we will discuss the scientific research that shows the benefit of failure and how we as educators can help.

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 →


Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 12 (Guidance)
  Guidance / Counselling  Admin / Leadership
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Attendance, Indigeneity, and Cultural Anxiety
This session will share information from research completed to unravel barriers to attendance experienced by First Nations students living on reserve and attending an off-reserve school. Measures put in place to support students and families by the Attendance Innovation Campaign at Rocky View Schools were not meeting the needs of this specific community. Research conducted by the University of Calgary examined these barriers faced by families and what was revealed was a sense of anxiety experienced by both families and school staff. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as the new TQS/LQS, have offered direction for schools to be more inclusive to First Nations students, however, there remains a divide that is built on historical distrust as well as misrecognition of the barriers students face. In this session, we will share data from the study as well as offer participants tools to engage in professional development that participants can take with them to their schools to address cultural anxiety.

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Fowler

Teresa Fowler

Assistant Professor, Concordia University of Edmonton
Dr. Teresa Anne Fowler is an assistant professor of education at Concordia University of Edmonton, Physical Education & Wellness. Her research area is focused on hockey culture and critical White masculinities as well as environmentalism.
avatar for Dr. Mairi McDermott

Dr. Mairi McDermott

Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Dr. Mairi McDermott is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Learning in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.
avatar for Teresa Anne Fowler

Teresa Anne Fowler

Dr. Teresa Anne Fowler is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary.


Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 19 (Indigenous Ed)
  Indigenous Education  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am 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

Executive Director, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
Leah is the Executive Director of ACGC. Previous to working at ACGC, Leah was a teacher, passionate about helping students become aware of the impact they make, and can make, in the world. This passion led her to spend time teaching Middle and Upper Secondary Social Studies in schools... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 31 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Career & Technology Studies
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

An Apple a Day: How technology and the internet affect our health and wellness
Technology and the world-wide-web have opened up the world to connection, information and entertainment, but oh what a tangled web! Did you know that all this texting, tweeting and selfie-taking are having a major impact on your health? Be it email, Facebook, gaming or Googling, our brains, bodies and bank accounts are paying the price for the digital demand. This session will talk about how technology changes our relationships, our thoughts and our behaviors and how we can make sure it is for the good. We will review the basics of staying safe online, and recognize the importance of staying well online…because there’s no app for that.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 33 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Technology / Technolgie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

10:30am 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.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

ATA 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 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 39 (ATA)
  ATA  General Interest / Intérêt Général
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

Resources for Coaching in Educational Settings - CIAAA Workshop
The goal of school sport is to provide an "educational athletic" experience that celebrates the physical and emotional benefits of sport participation while also adding to the educational experience. This is a challenging task that requires constant attention. Coaches of student-athletes can best achieve this goal if they are supported and well-equipped with tools that help them highlight and recognize the differences between school sport and other sport, featuring methodology that intentionally furthers the educational aspect of sport. Attendees of this workshop will be provided with a framework for educational athletics as well as directed to numerous resources to support their development as school sport coaches.

Speakers


Thursday February 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Room 27 (Phys Ed)
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

Hope and Healing
In this session come hear Joe share his story of overcoming addiction and adversity through the positivity through skateboarding. Hear how his journey to become a professional skateboarder and actor allowed him to begin his healing from attending residential schools and the childhood trauma that came with it. He explains how his journey allowed him to live out his dream of turning pro on Colonialism Skateboards and enabled him to start his work with his non profit Nations Skate Youth. An organization that has a mission to empower indigenous youth to their right to self determination through the positive acts of skateboarding.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Buffalo

Joe Buffalo

Joe Dion Buffalo is a professional skateboarder originally from Samson Cree Nation, Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada. Joe’s story is one of resilience, hope, healing and social change through Skateboarding. Joe attended two residential schools for a total of five years and also battled... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Feature Room B
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Jenna Willman - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 10000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

CANCELLED!!! Teaching Sr. High English in an Outreach School
How do we get students engaged in literature and film in an outreach school? How do we make these texts accessible?Discussing literature and film is fundamental to understanding, but how do we do that when our clientele is often not that interested and/or have other factors that prevent them from coming to school on a regular basis? I would like to invite other Sr. High English Outreach teachers to a sharing session about how to engage students in literature and film in an outreach school. I would also like to share accessible text selection so that students WANT to complete the course and be as engaged and passionate as possible.

Speakers
SS

Shawn Saumer

English Teacher, Elk Island Public
Shawn has been a teacher for 27 years, 23 of which have been with Elk Island Public Schools. He has taught in junior-senior high schools as well as in traditional high schools. Three years ago he made the move to teach English at Next Step Outreach School in Sherwood Park. His hobbies... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Room 21 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie

10:30am MST

Live Stream School Announcements On A Budget (or Not)
In this session, find some free and/or inexpensive tools to create live streamed announcements for your school. Whether on a budget or if your school has some fancy gadgets, this session will get you started with a number of resources to make it easy.

Speakers
NA

Neal Adams

Teacher, Parkland School Division
Neal Adams is a teacher at Prescott Learning Centre in Spruce Grove. Considers himself 'techy', he has ran live streamed announcements at his school for the past 3 years in addition to live streaming other events within the school.




Thursday February 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Room 36 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Career & Technology Studies
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

Comprendre le cerveau pour mieux enseigner
Au cours des dernières années, les connaissances sur le cerveau humain ont considérablement progressé. Nous savons aujourd’hui que, pour apprendre de nouvelles choses, le cerveau doit changer. Ces changements cérébraux sont influencés par un ensemble de facteurs. Mieux connaître ces facteurs peut aider à choisir des stratégies d’enseignement plus efficaces. Lors de cette présentation, nous verrons trois principes concrets pouvant aider à rendre l’enseignement mieux adapté au fonctionnement du cerveau.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Masson

Steve Masson

Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
Après avoir enseigné au primaire et au secondaire pendant cinq années, Steve Masson a réalisé l’une des premières thèses de doctorat en éducation présentant des données d’imagerie par résonance magnétique fonctionnelle. Depuis 2012, il est professeur à la Facult... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Feature Room D
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Marie Hebert - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags French

10:45am MST

Search Engine to School Environment
Through this interactive and collaborative session, participants will enhance their ability to improve basic STEM activities and incorporate STEM topics into any subject. Participants will work together as we lead them through a variety of brainstorming and creative thinking techniques. By the end of the session, participants will have gone through the “Good to Great” process on several example activities and topics, giving them specific examples to take back to their classroom as well as the confidence and skillset to improve other project ideas in the future.

Speakers
AB

Alissa Boyle

Outreach Manager, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
As the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s (APEGA) Outreach Manager, Alissa Boyle, oversees the association’s kindergarten to grade 12 and university outreach programs. She also works closely with the Women in APEGA Advisory Group to address key... Read More →
KM

Keely McPhee

Keely McPhee is an Outreach Coordinator with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She is passionate about education, community engagement and inspiring the next generation to develop skills, seek-out learning opportunities, and pursue task... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 29 (Science)
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Sgraffito! A simple and easy alternative to pottery decoration
Limited Capacity seats available

Sgraffito in an ancient and beautiful method of creating a detailed surface decoration on a ceramic surface. Suitable for all ages and abilities of potters, sgraffito can also tie into other subject areas, particularly history and language arts. This style of decorating pottery can be done with any grade level. Attendees will learn about this ancient technique, prepare clay surfaces and carve their own sgraffito tile.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Woodliffe

Susan Woodliffe

I have been an Elementary/Art teacher since 1985. I have a wide range of interests from raising and showing dogs to working in all kinds of art media. I live on a small farm near Drayton Valley.



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 11 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

How Does a Film Mean?
Often, we approach film in our classes as a thing which can be inherently understood, but many students struggle to talk about film because they lack the understanding of filmic language. In this session, we'll be starting at the ground floor: we will walk through the basics of film language and then explore multiple examples from various films to better understand how a filmmaker creates meaning through framing, angles, movement and editing.

Speakers
avatar for Shane Lawrence

Shane Lawrence

Shane has been teaching Film Studies from grades 8 through 12 for the past nine years. He has a passion for helping his students to better understand film as art, expression, and product. Each year, his students explore films and filmmaking across all genres, as well as produce their... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 22 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

Creating an ELA Holocaust Thematic Unit
For over 10 years students in Miss A's classroom have engaged in the 'Holocaust Project'. From poetry, to art, to personal journals students engage in the human story of one of the most memorable events in modern history.This session will focus on middle years ELA classrooms, and will provide practical ideas for engaging students in the ELA curriculum in all aspects including: reading, writing, listening, creating, and viewing. Time will be provided to explore online resources including: Re:Collection; Yad Vashem; and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Educators will walk away with great ideas for Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

Holocaust studies, classroom design, Foothills School Division 38
As a United States Holocaust Museum, Museum Teacher Fellow (19/20) and a recipient of the 2017 Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Summer Seminar Institute, I have been working with in the middle years to bring the Holocaust into English Language Arts classrooms through literature, art... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 20 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

Active Numeracy & Literacy: With Innovative ToppleTubes or Plastic Cups
ToppleTubes (or plastic cups) are an innovative product that is useful in developing mental skills of numeracy and literacy, as well as physical skills. Come prepared to participate in developing your skills and learning to share these engagements with others. Developing numeracy and literacy through physical activities that will engage students to think quickly about numeracy, literacy, and team building.

Speakers
JB

John Byl

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



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 23 (Math)
  Math  Physical Education / Éducation Physique
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

Wahkohtowin: Cree Natural Law
Exploring the idea of Wahkohtowin. Wahkohtowin is a Cree word which denotes the interconnected nature of relationships, communities, and natural systems. Its literal meaning is "kinship", but it is often used to refer to Cree law, or Cree codes of conduct. Participants will explore this idea of wahkohtowin in a sharing circle format and have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. Learn how this Indigenous world view can be reflected in your classroom and supports your foundational knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 18 (Indigenous Ed)
  Indigenous Education  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Lavina Ghostkeeper - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

Grow Forest Education in your Classroom!
Join Inside Education in this exciting workshop that will teach you how to engage students in meaningful environmental education, in and out of the classroom. Learn how to use Alberta’s forests as a jumping off point for student inquiry, citizen science, environmental action projects, place-based learning and cross-curricular exploration. Inside Education will guide you through ways that you can bring the forest into the classroom, as well as our own best practices for connecting outdoor experiences to the program of studies. We will demonstrate activities, tools and lessons that feature tree measurements, habitat assessments, forestry practices, land use and more!

Speakers


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 30 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Laura Pekkola - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

Drama in the Classroom
This will be a fun, hands-on workshop so be prepared to play! Using theatre games, speech exercises, movement and text, this hands-on workshop will focus on implementing drama activities into your classroom to enhance Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and more.  This session will address the cognitive and social benefits in incorporating drama into your lessons and will spark lots of creative ideas for your classroom.

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 →



Thursday February 4, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 09 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

Supporting Adolescent’s Social Emotional Competency through Teen Mentoring
Are you seeking ways to build social-emotional competencies, and support positive mental health in students, while also increasing attendance and school completion, with higher academic performance? Are you looking for ways to build and enhance relationships with adolescent students? Are you wondering how to create ways to engage students and provide them leadership opportunities? Have you considered teen mentoring? Teen mentoring has been shown to increase social emotional skills, academic achievement and decrease unhealthy behaviours in both the 'mentor' and 'mentee'. The Alberta Mentoring Partnership has created a school based mentoring network for educators working in middle schools, junior high and high school settings. As a part of this network you will have the opportunity to engage in dynamic conversations and learning with others across the province, about successful implementation strategies, the relationship of mentoring to curriculum and competency development, and how students might earn high school credits while achieving personal growth. Resources will be shared.

Speakers


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 15 (Health)
  Health - CALM / Santé  Career & Technology Studies
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

Transforming Classrooms - Gaining skills to be effective in the class and beyond.
Do you find that you end the day and wonder what just happened? Why did that class go sideways? Why did that kid react the way he/she did? How could I have done things differently? How do I do this day after day after day? We've all been there! This session is applicable to K-12 teachers and admin and will introduce you to Transforming Classrooms, a skills-based full-day workshop that teaches practical, effective and proven skills that are based on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). At the conclusion of this session, you will leave feeling hopeful and inspired to do things differently in your classrooms on Monday.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Maxwell

Kelly Maxwell

Grade 5 Teacher & SILA Co-Founder, Emotional Resilience
Kelly Maxwell holds a masters degree in education and has been teaching grades 1 - 6 in rural and urban Alberta since 1989. She has offered PD within her school district and at NCTCA convention and is currently involved with her Local as Vice President. After over 30 years teaching... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 34 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

‘Listening, Laughing and Leading’
Listening, Laughing and Leading explores how listening and laughing create trusting relationships with students and colleagues, foster positive classroom and school climate, and develop authentic leadership. Themes are introduced with light-hearted songs on guitar and banjo inspired by the writings of Ron Rolheiser, Rob Holden, Daniel Goleman, Rachel Remen and Parker J. Palmer.

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Francis Mitchell

Douglas Francis Mitchell

Mitchell enjoyed 30 years as teacher and principal. He received his B.Sc., B.Ed. and PGD from the University of Saskatchewan and a M.A. from San Diego State University. He has contracted with the College of the Rockies and the Ktunaxa Nation Council. He and his wife Patti have raised... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 38 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Admin / Leadership
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

Getting Started with Google Classroom
Learn how to use Google Classroom and Google Docs with YOUR classroom in this slower paced hands on session. Be sure to bring a Chromebook or a laptop so you can learn by DOING! There will be notes and templates in the Google Classroom for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Sommerfeld

Sean Sommerfeld

Teacher, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division
Sean Sommerfeld is a high school social studies teacher in Edson, Alberta. Sean is a Google Certified Educator. 



Thursday February 4, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 35 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

11:30am 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, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa is Denesuline and a member of Smith’s Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and is the team lead for the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 39 (ATA)
  Indigenous Education  General Interest / Intérêt Général  ATA
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Occupational Health & 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 Chris Gibbon

Chris Gibbon

Secretary to the Professional Conduct Committees, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in August of 2011. Chris holds a BEd degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Chris spent the last 21 years of his 23-year teaching career in rural... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 02 (Assessment)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  General Interest / Intérêt Général  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Staying Sane!
How does a new teacher keep up with lesson planning and preparation, engaging and managing students, grading, progress reports, parent conferencing, meeting diverse learning needs, not to mention evaluations and dealing with school administration? How can you remain enthusiastic, happy and well-balanced when overwhelmed by these responsibilities? This session is a smorgasbord of practical principles and strategies for dealing with these challenges and creating a productive learning environment. Come laugh, decompress and learn some self-care. These tried and true, evidence based, tips will give you hope and make your job easier.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

resiliency and happiness principles
Dan Bateman is an Instructor and University Facilitator at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered over 200 professional development sessions for teachers throughout Alberta. These workshops focus on practical strategies for creating productive learning... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 37 (General)
  Beginning Teachers  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Isolation Nation - Supporting Mental Health Through COVID-19
Post session communication from Michael Landsberg:
Isolation Nation - Supporting Mental Health Through COVID-19

From acting as a long-time ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, to founding his own non-profit organization #SickNotWeak, Michael Landsberg has cemented himself as one of the nation’s leading voices in mental health advocacy. Most recently, the former host of TSN’s Off the Record has devoted himself to supporting mental health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with a digital program called Isolation Nation. “For a decade I [have] tried to describe how mental illnesses like depression and anxiety feel. I spent a thousand hours trying to convince so many that depression is a sickness and not a weakness,” explains Landsberg. However, since the pandemic hit, many who could not have personally understood the impact of mental illness before, have since begun to feel its effects. Loneliness can have a profound impact on both our mental and physical health. In fact, a lack of social connection has been reported to heighten health risks as much as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. Hoping to mitigate the dangers of social isolation, Landsberg takes the insights from his high-profile guests—ranging from Olympic gold medalists to city councillors, former paramedics, and relationship psychologists—and applies them to everyday life in the “new normal.” It is a talk that is as uplifting as it is educational, helping to effectively tackle the pandemic of mental illness that has followed the virus.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landsberg

Michael Landsberg

A veteran broadcaster and former host of Off The Record, MICHAEL LANDSBERG is as brash, witty, and smart as you’d expect—but that’s not all. He’s also one of the country’s most staunch and vocal mental health advocates. After publicly talking about his own struggle with... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Feature Room A
  Feature / Conférencier  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 10000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Numbers talk, but so should the students...
Have you ever heard of Number Talks? Do you use them in your practice? Whether they are new to you or you use them already, join this workshop on developing and facilitating Number Talks that promote relational understanding/conceptual understanding through the use of problems that are accessible to all students. Leave with a bunch of Number Talks you can use in class tomorrow! This session is designed for grades 7-12 math teachers, but everyone is welcome. Please have paper, pen/pencil.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Gannon

Jane Gannon

Owner/Educational Math Consultant, Gannon Consulting
I have been working in the education field of mathematics for over 20 years. My experience spans all four divisions, including classroom teaching, developing, writing, and editing mathematical resources for distance learning, teaching math at the University of Alberta in the Faculty... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 25 (Math)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

***Pre-recorded*** HIGH FIVE in Schools
HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality assurance training for those who work with children aged 4-12 years old in sport and recreation programs. HIGH FIVE® training is a great way to link your curriculum with tangible job skills that your students can use in volunteer, part-time, summer, or future career employment opportunities. Incorporating HIGH FIVE training into your health and physical education or social sciences curriculum gives your students the edge they need to meet their educational development goals.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Goeres

Jen Goeres

HIGH FIVE Coordinator, Alberta Recreation & Parks Association
Are you a PE teacher who wants to provide your students an amazing leadership development opportunity?Do you want them to gain critical skills they can use in their community, volunteer opportunities and employment?Join Jen Goeres (Alberta Recreation and Parks Association HIGH FIVE... Read More →
avatar for Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

In this presentation Jen, Karina, and Pam will introduce HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) training and how it can be used in high school physical education and leadership programs. The content, resources and activities in PHCD link to the Alberta high school... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 26 (Phys Ed)
  Physical Education / Éducation Physique  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Open Educational Resources: Finding, Modifying, and Creating Free Resources
Not just just free textbooks and worksheets, open educational resources are materials that you can reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, and retain for the future. In this session we will look at possibilities, platforms, and ideas for moving forward with using, modifying, creating, and sharing resources without fears of copyright infringement or licensing fees. We'll also talk about provincial, national, and international projects around open educational resources.

Speakers
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching Grade 5.



Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 03 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Technology / Technolgie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Funky Flowers Floral Design for Grades 10-12 (CTS)
Funky Flowers Floral Design for Grades 10-12 (CTS) Wanting to offer an option using plant material to students who need lots of hands-on learning? This session is for you! The first hour will focus on general topics like setting up a budget, sourcing materials, basic floral techniques, and supporting resources to use, like YouTube tutorials and print resources. A demonstration of a floral lab component will be shown in the last portion of this presentation. After the first hour, you can look forward to 30 minutes regarding the inclusion of students who may have special abilities and needs.

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Kristel

Carmen Kristel

My name is Carmen Kristel and I’m involved with the Social Studies Cohort and Student Services at St. Teresa Catholic Outreach in Spruce Grove, Alberta. I'm enjoying my 13th year of being an educator, and am currently focused on staff and student wellness at my school. Follow me... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 24 (Math/CTS)
  Career & Technology Studies  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

NCTCA 2nd Annual Teacher GSA Meeting
A GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) is an LGBTQ2+ positive space for community members and their allies to gather and share fellowship. A place to share triumphs, and a place to find support to help and overcome hardships. Just like the GSA at your school, but this one's for the gown-ups! The Guide Lines: Everyone who is supportive of the LGBTQ2+ community is welcome. No attendance will be taken. No one will ask why you've come. This will be a Safe Space; Take the learning with you, leave the names behind. ****Please be advised this session WILL NOT be recorded**

Speakers
AW

Andrew Wiens

Andrew is currently the lead teacher for the GSA at W. D. Cuts Jr High in St. Albert, and has been running GSA's in one form or another since 2009. Andrew is one of the co-chairs for the St. Albert Public Schools Rainbow Network Educators’ GSA. Andrew can also regularly be found... Read More →
RL

Renée LeClerc

Renée has been the lead teacher for the GSA at Paul Kane High School in St. Albert since 2013. Renée is one of the co-chairs for the St. Albert Public Schools Rainbow Network Educators’ GSA. Renée can also regularly be found at the Edmonton Public, and Edmonton Catholic Teacher... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 16 (Inclusive Ed)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Google Classroom ++ (French)
Cette session est pour les enseignants qui connaissent déjà les fonctions de base de Google G-Suite for Education et qui souhaitent faire un pas de plus. Nous allons discuter des meilleures pratiquesr et des astuces pour gagner du temps. Comme les participants auront l'occasion de travailler directement dans Google Classroom, un ordinateur portable est nécessaire pour cet atelier.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Samson-Cormier

Melanie Samson-Cormier

Je m’appelle Mélanie Samson-Cormier et j’ai le plaisir d’enseigner la 6e année à Gabrielle-Roy. J’adore ma profession et je suis là pour aider chaque élève à atteindre ses objectifs. Avant de venir en Alberta, j’enseignais à Terre-Neuve (à l’Est du Canada) o... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 14 (French)
  Technology / Technolgie  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Chairperson Éric Cloutier - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags French

11:45am 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! Add in some activities that allow students to practice these devices, and get ready to see some beautiful and 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 →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Virtual Room 21 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

11:45am MST

***Pre-recorded*** All You Can Eat Chrome Buffet: Favorite Apps and Extensions
Get your fork ready! In this session, we will consider a variety of apps and extensions that can be used for teaching and learning in the Chrome browser. Pack your to-go bag with tools to sample and try with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Woodford

Nikki Woodford

Teacher, Sturgeon Public School Division
Nikki Woodford is a leader in educational technologies for Sturgeon School Division. Over the past 10 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum and instruction. In previous capacities as a teacher, technology coach... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Virtual Room 36 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

One Simple Question: Many Useful Insights
There is a question that, once answered, will guide you to hire the right new people, recognize existing staff for the right reasons, and focus your efforts to improve staff retention. By the end of this presentation, participants will have identified the behaviours that make their top performers successful and will be able to explain why they should target their staff-retention efforts and will have identified their staff-retention priorities.Within the first week following this presentation, they will have begun to use simple, inexpensive tools and techniques to double the frequency with which they recognize staff.

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

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



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 01 (Admin)
  Admin / Leadership  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Monique Gravel - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

All Things Being Equal: Why Math Is the Key to a Better World
In this keynote John argues that math study is an ideal starting point to break down social inequality and empower individuals to build a smarter, kinder, more equitable world. Bringing together the latest cognitive research and incremental learning strategies, Mighton goes deep into the classroom and beyond to offer a hopeful–and urgent–vision for a numerate society. Math, Mighton says, provides us with mental tools of incredible power. When we learn math we learn to see patterns, to think logically and systematically, to draw analogies, to perceive risk, to understand cause and effect–among many other critical skills. Yet we tolerate and in fact expect a vast performance gap in math among students, and live in a world where many adults aren’t equipped with these crucial tools. This learning gap is unnecessary, dangerous and tragic, he cautions, and it has led us to a problem of intellectual poverty which is apparent everywhere–in fake news, political turmoil, floundering economies, even in erroneous medical diagnoses.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. John Mighton

Dr. John Mighton

Founder of JUMP Math, Social Entrepreneur, Awarded Ashoka Fellowship and Officer of the Order of Canada Dr. John Mighton is a playwright turned mathematician and author who founded JUMP Math as a charity in 2001. His work in fostering numeracy and in building children's self-confidence... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Feature Room E
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Joanne Wallace - Pembina Hills #22
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

Reading Comprehension Success Grades 10-12
As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes. Focus will be for grades 10 to 12.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

Brigitta Goerres - Edu-Best Educational Resources

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
 I have founded Edu-Best Educational Services to collaborate and share ideas and methods to allow all learners the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement and to inspire and motivate teachers. Our focus is English language arts and Reading Comprehension Success. Please... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 20 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Assessment / Évaluation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

Paddle, Pivot, Pedal, Prance and Most of All, PLAY!
Attend this session ready to be immersed in activities, ideas and techniques that promote the development of Physical Literacy in multiple environments. With this collection of invigorating, fun and student-centered activities, you'll be able to motivate and engage your students to participate fully in Physical Education and physical activity. Many resources will be shared and topics will span a wide-range of grade and interest levels.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Owner & Operator, PLAY Education
Tracy Lockwood is known to inspire children, youth, and adults to move, smile, connect, while learning new and fun ways to be physically active and develop physical literacy. Through her many years as a K-12 PE Teacher, HPE Consultant, Athletic Coach and Pro-D Facilitator, she has... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 27 (Phys Ed)
  Physical Education / Éducation Physique  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

MINDFITNESS Breaks: Quick Techniques to Create a Calm, Focused & Fit Classroom
MINDFITNESS Training combines Mindfulness and Fitness to create MINDFITNESS. Research shows exercise boosts student’s academic achievement, decreases behavior problems and improves focus and retention of information. During this session I will teach techniques for relaxation, to improve fitness (DPA), focus and to foster self-regulation. Learn how to integrate this into your daily life and classroom so everyone can lead healthier lives physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 33 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

Fabulous Abstract Paintings
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract art is fun for teachers and students. In this workshop, you will learn how to create an abstract painting based on reference image. To have more fun, you will use expressive brushstrokes and heavy paint application. Your students will love it! The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Excellent for teachers of grades 4-12. You will leave the workshop with a completed painting, a handout, and access to an online PowerPoint presentation and a video for your use with your students.

Speakers
BK

Bogdan Konikowski

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



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 10 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

Writing Ninja! Inspiring Your Reluctant Writers
Are some of your students reluctant to write? Write the minimum? Are difficult to inspire? Diana Cruchley presents 9 simple ways to TWEAK your writing program to make it fit more with how grade 4-8 students learn). This practical workshop includes more than two dozen great ideas for writing that your students will love – tomorrow. Use simple ways of thinking about topics, to always be able to alter a writing assignment “just enough” - enough to engage and excite.

Speakers
DC

Diana Cruchley

Diana Cruchley is an award-winning educator and author who has taught at both elementary and secondary levels. She is the recipient of the Governor General’s Flight to Freedom Literacy Award. Her practical workshops are always enthusiastically received.



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 22 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Chairperson Lareina Dibben - Elk Island Public #28
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm 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. Weather and venue permitting, we will strive to hold this session 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 →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 23 (Math)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Learn to Play Guitar
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to play guitar using simple patterns that even kids can remember. A universal guitar chart will help you master 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 class. This one-time lesson will give you tools that you can build on for years. 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

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 school to big city private school in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 11 (Fine Arts)
  Music / Musique  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

Let's Get Climate Active! - Engaging Elementary Students in Climate Education and Action
Climate change is part of the Alberta curriculum and is one of the most pressing issues we face. Yet, some teachers are reluctant to ‘go there’ with their students - citing a lack of support from colleagues, administrators or parents, the challenge of deciphering fact from misinformation and, most importantly, concern over adding more angst to students who may already be anxious or even depressed about their future. Research shows, however, that engaging with this challenging topic - rather than avoiding it - is the best way to replace fear with curiosity and instill hope and positive attitudes in our students. Whether you teach grade 1 or grade 6, understanding what climate change means for you and your students provides a rich, real, and authentic opportunity to develop understanding around core concepts like connectedness, reciprocity, systems, wellness, citizenship, or change. Although climate change impacts all of us, it is also something we can all do something about. As long-time environmental educator David Orr so aptly puts it, “Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up”. So, roll up your sleeves and join us for this highly engaging session that will increase your foundational knowledge of climate change, identify curriculum connections, highlight quality resources - and show you how to get ‘climate active’ with your students and give them hope for their future. This workshop is designed specifically for 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 →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 29 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:00pm 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 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 →



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Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 31 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Vi Zuk - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

Understanding Yeast Bread: How To Make Pull Apart Cheese & Cinnamon Monkey Bread
This 3 hour yeast bread workshop will take participants through the basics of making yeast bread. From choosing the correct yeast to use and understanding the difference between Active Dry yeast, fresh baker's yeast and instant yeast to kneading, proofing and baking. CTS teachers will learn about the science behind making good yeast breads , the techniques, as well as using good ingredients to get foolproof results! CTS Foods Teacher Cynthia Dyer will share her passion of bread making with you and leave you with some tips and secrets she has learned along her way.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Dyer

Cynthia Dyer

I am a Foods & Fashions teacher at Lorne Akins Junior Secondary school, working in St. Albert for the past 11 years. I am passionate about both Foods & Fashions and bringing innovative and creative ideas to my students. I love learning, and am curious and always eager to bring the... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 04 (CTS)
  Career & Technology Studies  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

First Nation Cultural Arts FULL EXPERIENCE
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will be full experience of body, mind and spirit when it comes to First Nation cultural arts. We will be having important conversations that I feel will be valuable in possibly eliminating cultural appropriation as well as tokenizing First Nation arts. This experience will help you understand the significance of cultural art, the relationship to the land and the significant influence arts can have on identity. I strongly believe that there is a respectful sequence to deliver such representing information. I do focus on land base materials but will be providing more modern art techniques as well. You will also be able to see demonstrations of unique techniques and try a few of them. I have created classroom versions of multiple art forms for experience which you will be able to try as well. We will be having guided discussions of cultural appropriation and proper representation of First Nation arts in the classroom as we do our art samples. Each participant will be taking home lists of supplies for a few of the art techniques that we will be experiencing. I will most likely be providing options for, beading, birchbark biting and baskets, quillwork, fish scale art and leather works. If experiencing First Nations art for the first time, these are activities for all ages and skill levels.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Rae Yuzicapi

Holly Rae Yuzicapi

Holly Rae Yuzicapi is a proud Dakota/Lakota woman from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. Growing up in a Dakota family, Holly has learned a lot about traditional arts, foods and dance. She is a Cultural Arts instructor that has travelled across Canada delivering... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 12:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 19 (Indigenous Ed/Fine Arts)
  Indigenous Education  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Carrla Cowley - Sturgeon #27
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 15
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:15pm MST

La neuroscience confirme l'efficacité de l'approche centrée sur la personne dans le milieu scolaire.
La neuroscience a prouvé l’efficacité de l’approche centrée sur la personne. En effet, la pertinence des trois principes fondamentaux de l’approche centrée sur la personne, l’empathie, la congruence et l’acceptation positive inconditionnelle a été soutenue par ce que la neuroscience appelle aujourd’hui l’Ocytocine et les neurones miroirs. De plus, les trois facettes de la neuroplasticité; la loi de Hebb, la neurogenèse et la synaptogenèse, si elles sont bien expliquées, permettent aux jeunes de moins culpabiliser et d’être plus empathiques envers les autres. La neuroplasticité a aussi le potentiel de motiver ces jeunes et de les rendre plus résilients. Je présume que Carl Rogers aurait été extrêmement ravi de voir cette rencontre extraordinaire entre la neuroscience et l’approche centrée sur la personne. Il aurait été encore plus heureux de voir les enseignants appliquer les critères thérapeutique de son approche en salle de classe.

Speakers
avatar for Souad Mechkour

Souad Mechkour

Enseignante et membre professionnel non certifié de l'association canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie
Souad Mechkour est  enseignante à l’école la Prairie, Red Deer, depuis 2007. En plus d'un baccalauréat en éducation, obtenu de l’université d’Ottawa, elle possède une maîtrise en counseling scolaire de l’université de saint-Boniface et un certificat en Brain Story... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm MST
Virtual Room 13 (French)
  Health - CALM / Santé  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Nancy Paquet - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags French

12:15pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Estudio…starting intermediate guitar students on the classical guitar
Limited Capacity seats available

With the popularity of guitar programming in Canadian schools, this session is designed to show music educators (guitar players and non-players alike) how to start intermediate guitar students on the classical guitar. This hands-on session will use the piece “Estudio” as a teaching tool to discuss right hand fingerpicking, reading notation and musicality. Attendees will leave with resource links for pdfs, audio tracks and teaching tools to get this lesson going in their music classrooms. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own guitars. Ten guitars will be available at the session for use. Please check out our website www.gslakieguitar.com

Speakers
avatar for Sheldon Arvay

Sheldon Arvay

guitar, pop music education
Mr. Arvay is the teacher and head of the guitar program at Lethbridge’s G.S. Lakie Middle School. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Minot State in 1999 and then taught concert band for nine years before moving to G.S. Lakie to teach a guitar program. He completed his... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm MST
Virtual Room 28 (Fine Arts/Religious Studies)
  Music / Musique  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:15pm MST

Mental Health 101: Who, what, when, where and why?
Explore the continuum of mental health through to mental illness and the unique dynamics each have in our schools, communities and systems. We’ll look at the supports available to us as we provide timely, effective and appropriate assistance and learn the various levels of intervention, the systems responsible for them, and the types of activities and strategies they employ. We will define and discuss the important roles we play, what our responsibilities and boundaries are within them, and how to best support and care for ourselves and each other as we take them on.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:15pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 12 (Guidance)
  Guidance / Counselling  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

12:15pm MST

Effective Experiments for Physics 20 & 30
Limited Capacity seats available

There are many lab experiences mandated in the Alberta Physics 20-30 Program of Studies, 2007. These experiences do not need to use expensive equipment and do not need to involve intricate procedures. The goal of this session is to provide teachers with ideas for effective lab experiences spanning Physics 20 and 30, have participants engage in a discussion of program expectations regarding these experiences and how implementing a guided inquiry or open-ended approach enhances student learning. Teachers will also be introduced to various evaluation methods and scoring guides for lab skills that can be implemented in the classroom.

Speakers
KB

Kristian Basaraba

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

Laura Pankratz

Western Canada Teacher Network Coordinator, Perimeter Institute
Laura Pankratz has been actively interested in helping students be successful for many years. She has been working with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics for the last 7 years to develop classroom-ready resources that teachers can use for general science and for high... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 12:15pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 30 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Assessment / Évaluation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

12:30pm 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 Chris Gibbon

Chris Gibbon

Secretary to the Professional Conduct Committees, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in August of 2011. Chris holds a BEd degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Chris spent the last 21 years of his 23-year teaching career in rural... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:15pm MST
Virtual Room 02 (Assessment)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Guidance / Counselling  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

12:30pm MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Thursday February 4, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 18 (Indigenous Ed)
  Indigenous Education  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:30pm MST

Maximiser la rétroaction pour favoriser la neuroplasticité et l’apprentissage
Au cours des dernières années, les connaissances sur les effets de la rétroaction sur l’apprentissage et le cerveau ont beaucoup progressé. Nous savons aujourd’hui que le retour d’information reçu à la suite d’une réponse ou d’une action est non seulement un des facteurs les plus déterminants dans l’apprentissage, mais aussi qu’il constitue un élément essentiel au bon fonctionnement du cerveau. Dans cette présentation, nous verrons pourquoi la rétroaction est si importante et comment faire pour maximiser ses effets bénéfiques sur l’apprentissage, le cerveau et la motivation des élèves.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Masson

Steve Masson

Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal
Après avoir enseigné au primaire et au secondaire pendant cinq années, Steve Masson a réalisé l’une des premières thèses de doctorat en éducation présentant des données d’imagerie par résonance magnétique fonctionnelle. Depuis 2012, il est professeur à la Facult... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm MST
Virtual Feature Room D
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Machioudi Bello - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags French

12:45pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** 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 →


Thursday February 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 03 (General)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:45pm MST

Active Bodies, Thriving Brains: How movement fuels mental health
*Appropriate for all grade levels* Movement is essential for healthy physical and mental development in children and youth. A growing body of research highlights the vital role that physical activity has on cognition, brain function and mental health. Learn how you can use movement as a tool to promote emotional regulation, stress management, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and a whole lot more!

Speakers
MM

MORE – Mental Health Online Resources for Educators

The School Health & Wellness Promotion team at Alberta Health Services partners with internal and external stakeholders to plan effective and coordinated provincial initiatives that improve the health of Albertans aged 6 to 18 years using a Comprehensive School Health approach. Website... Read More →
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Melanie Vance

Matt Mitschke and Melanie Vance are Health Promotion Facilitators with the School Health & Wellness Promotion team at Alberta Health Services. They partner with internal and external stakeholders to plan effective and coordinated provincial initiatives that improve the health of school-aged... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 15 (Health)
  Health - CALM / Santé  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:45pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** What We can Know about Math Teachers’ Participation in a PLN
This study investigates the interactive conversations in a Professional Learning Network (PLN) to understand its affordances. It used interpretive inquiry as the methodology and complexity thinking as the theoretical framework. One PLN was targeted to collect the archived data from which four blog posts and their comments were selected as illustrative examples. The results presented the diverse conversation structures through conversation weaving and conversation expanding as well as the multiple types of knowing emergent from the conversations including: mathematics-for-teaching, beliefs about teaching, social relationships, blog resources, and recounting experiences. The knowing of mathematics-for-teaching was enacted in the moments of mathematics teachers’ participation in the conversations. The other four types of knowing were implicated with the emergence of mathematics-for-teaching, the teachers’ participation in the PLN, and the evolvement of the PLN itself. However, they have not yet been explored in the predominant research on teachers’ disciplinary knowledge of mathematics.

Speakers
XW

Xiong Wang

Xiong Wang has recently defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Alberta. Before pursuing her doctoral study at the University of Alberta, she had been a mathematics teacher and an associate professor in China and a research fellow in Singapore. Her research interests... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 25 (Math)
  Math  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:45pm MST

Minimalism in the Classroom
Minimalism is clearing out what you don’t need so you can prioritize what matters most. The philosophy “it’s better to want less than to have more” can radically change your life. As a culture, we are overloaded with excess information, activities and possessions. Come learn ways to simplify your classroom environment to improve student concentration and focus. You’ll be amazed by the practical benefits of minimalism and inspired to make small but significant changes to offer you and your students a calmer, quieter, more peaceful workspace. Suitable for all grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, speaker and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She has four self-published books and her short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines. Julianne holds a BA in Creative Writing, along with a certificate in Counselling Skills, and is working towards... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 34 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:45pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Physical Activity for All Students for FREE!
Join provincial leaders in supporting active, healthy school communities - the Be Fit for Life Network and Ever Active Schools - for a fast-paced session with a ton of physical activities you can use with your classes right away. This session will feature cross-curricular connections through activity and movement all supported by FREE resources.

Speakers
avatar for Be Fit for Life Network

Be Fit for Life Network

BE FIT FOR LIFE NETWORK
The Be Fit For Life Network is a provincial initiative comprised of 9 regional centres, located in Colleges and Universities across Alberta. The Network works together, alongside many partners to inspire, educate and support Albertans to lead healthy, physically active lifestyles... Read More →
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

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 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 26 (Phys Ed)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Physical Education / Éducation Physique
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:45pm MST

Making Digital Assessments Easier (One Website At A Time!)
In this session we will introduce you to two different websites that are useful for making digital assessments easier. The first resource we are going to introduce is Edpuzzle, which focuses on making interactive video lessons and the second is Teacher Made, which creates digital interactive worksheets using your own worksheets, Google Slides, pictures and more. Making your online assessments easier, one website at a time!

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Côté

Nicole Côté

Gr 6 FI Distance Learning teacher, Black Gold School Division
I am a Grade 6 French Immersion Teacher, who is also the Technology Lead at École Corinthia Park School in Leduc, Alberta.
avatar for Jordan Baulkham

Jordan Baulkham

I am a Grade 6 Teacher from École Corinthia Park School in Leduc, Alberta who is also a Technology Lead in Black Gold School Division.  I love Social Studies and finding ways to use fun and engaging technological resources in the classroom.




Thursday February 4, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 35 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Assessment / Évaluation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

1:00pm MST

Support One, Support All
In this session we will target a practical aspect of inclusion: how do we support a classroom with so many needs and abilities? This session will unpack some research based strategies and examples in elementary and secondary settings, of how design impacts success for everyone.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore

PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
Originally from Edmonton, and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, consultant and storyteller and she has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her research... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Virtual Feature Room A
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Christine Heinrich - Timberline #9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 10000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

1:00pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Anti-Bias Language In and Out of the Classroom
Ally is a verb. Whether you are wanting to educate yourself more about your own biases, or learn how to have fewer of them in your classroom, awareness is the first step, then you need to act on what you learn. This session is presented from the perspective of a non-binary English Language Arts teacher. The idea of the session is to provide educational staff in attendance with the tools needed to tackle the issues of biased language within the classroom environment at all grade levels, and help participants feel better equipped to have challenging conversations about bias both inside and outside of the classroom. We will discuss finding appropriate literature for all grade levels and how to validate marginalized students in many subject areas. As teachers, our ultimate goal must be to ensure all students, regardless of their personal struggles as queer youth or young people of colour, feel safe to learn and grow in our classroom environments. Let’s all become better allies by having an open discussion today and help each other take the next steps towards achieving this goal.

Speakers
AW

Andrew Wiens

Andrew is currently the lead teacher for the GSA at W. D. Cuts Jr High in St. Albert, and has been running GSA's in one form or another since 2009. Andrew is one of the co-chairs for the St. Albert Public Schools Rainbow Network Educators’ GSA. Andrew can also regularly be found... Read More →
avatar for Andi Molloy

Andi Molloy

Co-Chair, ECTL
Andi is the Fine Arts Academy Director at a Junior High Academy in Edmonton. Andi has the distinct pleasure of teaching their dream this year of drama, art, and English language arts for grades 7-9. Andi is currently a co-chair of the Edmonton Catholic Teacher’s Local 54 GSA, and... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Virtual Room 37 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

1:00pm MST

Differentiation? Yes...G-Suite can do that!
Virtually every classroom is full of students with a wide range of needs: strengths, interests, experiences, levels of readiness, cultures and languages. Differentiation allows teachers to make learning more meaningful and engaging while providing students with the opportunity to take ownership of their own learning process...but, it can be challenging to meet these individual needs. In this session, we will explore some practical ways to use some great technology features (especially within G-Suite) in order to design differentiated learning lessons. Bring along a device as you begin your journey of transforming your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Starko

Chad Starko

Assistant Principal, Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School - EICS
Chad Starko has been driven by a passion to transform the way we teach and engage our students in a love of learning. After 20 years of innovation and technology integration in the math and science classroom, along with working as an EdTech & Innovation Learning Coach, Chad believes... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 17
  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation  Technology / Technolgie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

1:00pm MST

CANCELLED!!! THE ART OF SLAPSTICK COMEDY
In the turn of the 20th century vaudeville and slapstick humour are the most popular forms of variety entertainment. Discover the historical physical Comedy that has been part of creating our culture and continues to maintain a presence in modern comedy. This Workshop explores some of the techniques used: creating Slapstick, inventing a comedy character and learning the secrets of creating comedy scenes, with a focus on attention to safety. Participation with enough space to move comfortably, an empty wall (if you have one) for working one of the techniques. Please have utensils for taking notes.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Lukenoff

Tanya Lukenoff

Artistic Director/Instructor, Theatre A Go-Go
Tanya Lukenoff is an internationally trained performer, instructor, writer, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre A Go-Go, a physical Theatre School and Company. She is a seasoned teaching artist who inspires all ages to add imagination and expression to their learning. Tanya... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 09 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

1:00pm MST

Grow Two Plants with One Seed: Social Studies and Arts Address Equity Issues
The Unpacking Poverty and Inequality Through Spoken Word was developed by Patricia Jagger in collaboration with the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. The resource explores issues relating to equity and poverty while underscoring cross-curricular and competency-based approaches in both social studies and English language arts. Specifically, this session will engage participants in an exploration of spoken word poetry to engage secondary learners of all abilities in better understanding and acting on these contemporary issues.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara L Maheu

Barbara L Maheu

writer, The Aspen foundation for Labour Education
Barb Maheu, a social studies and drama teacher, currently develops units and lessons for the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. She worked as an executive staff officer in professional development for the Alberta Teachers' Association. She has developed and delivered resources... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 21 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Chairperson Marin Thomas - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

1:00pm MST

CANCELLED!!! I Taught It: Why Don't They Remember It?
Are You Teaching Students to Remember: Instruction that intentionally teaches Recall & Retrieval Skills. In this highly interactive presentation participants will engage with and reflect on a series of tips and techniques for teaching students how to reason, remember and recall as they engage with content. We cannot assume they will just remember what they “learn.” We need to design our instruction with the specific intent to teach students how to engage with the content so that they will can remember, retrieve and apply it when needed. When teachers deliberately and intentionally spatialize their teaching, students build the skills for and gain the confidence and desire to learn for remembering. Teaching science, socials, mathematics, language arts. Examples will be linked to a variety of subjects, concepts and topics.

Speakers
GL

Geri Lorway, Thinking 101

Consultant, Thinking101
Geri Lorway is known for her passion and energy. Her presentations entertain, inform and inspire. As an independent consultant, Geri runs Thinking101, a company dedicated to changing minds and mind sets about what it means to learn and very specifically what it means to learn math... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 38 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

1:15pm MST

The 3 Key Elements of Resilience
Kevin’s interactive keynote on the 3 Key Elements of Resilience speaks to passion and perseverance and one’s capacity to move forward regardless of setback. The keynote builds around a question Kevin was asked by a young offender while skiing to the South Pole in 2009. “How do I keep going? Why don’t I quit?” As Kevin marches to the South Pole he reflects on the qualities, behaviors and pathways that have kept him going. What in his adventure experience has allowed him to maintain his passion and perseverance for all these years? How has he learned to be resilient? Large scale studies into things like giftedness, future success and job performance have all concluded that resilience is as important, if not more so, than intelligence. Research has shown that resilience is not a character trait but rather something that can be learned, cultivated and developed. Throughout the keynote Kevin engages with the audience by pausing three times and letting the participants have meaningful discussions among themselves, allowing them time to internalize what’s been delivered and to anchor the message through conversation. On January 7th, 2009, Kevin and two teammates skied into the South Pole faster than anyone in history, breaking the world record by over 5 days. Kevin has cultivated his level of resilience and understands what it takes. His answer to the question “How do I keep going? Why don’t I quit?” will inspire and empower your audience.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Vallely

Kevin Vallely

Kevin Vallely was named one of Canada’s leading adventurers by the Globe and Mail. As a world-class explorer, a successful architect and a happily married father of two, Kevin Vallely embodies a clear balance in life. Kevin has organized and lead extreme expeditions around the world... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm MST
Virtual Feature Room E
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Heather Thomson - Elk Island Catholic #21
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

1:15pm MST

S’engager à les engager - Maths 4e à 6e
L’engagement des élèves en maths dépend de plusieurs facteurs. Et ces facteurs ont un impact variable sur les élèves. Nous discuterons de ces facteurs afin de mieux contrôler leurs effets sur l’élève et la classe. Nous visiterons également quelques approches et activités qui ont le potentiel de stimuler l’intérêt et l’engagement de vos élèves. Des ressources seront mises à la disposition des participants.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle crée et offre des formations en français partout en Alberta et au-delà et ce, depuis plus d’une décennie. Son approche pratico-pratique en situation d’atelier et ses grandes connaissances en mathématiques font d’elle... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm MST
Virtual Room 14 (French)
  Math  Francais
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags French

1:15pm MST

Support Your Emotional Well Being And Your Students During Uncertain Times
A calm mind is a focused mind. Our world has changed and most of us are struggling to make sense of what’s going on trying to find calm in the chaos and uncertainty. I can’t imagine a better time to bring us together and teach you a variety of mindfulness techniques for relaxation, emotional balance, self-regulation and improve focus to integrate in your daily life and to share with your students. Together we will also begin the beGRATEFUL Challenge. It's simple and easy. All you need is you.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm MST
Virtual Room 33 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

1:15pm MST

DIY Leadership Retreat for Graduating Students
Graduating students and adolescent high achievers have unique career counselling needs, and they are often bundles of stress. In a time of economic restraint for schools, this session offers an opportunity for teachers, admin, and school counsellors to come and design their own "Leadership Retreat" for their high school students. You will walk away with the pre-designed bones of your own retreat. Vincent will walk you through how to do the whole thing.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Vincent Mireau is a Psychologist in Whitecourt, AB. He is the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm MST
Virtual Room 01 (Admin)
  Admin / Leadership  Guidance / Counselling
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

1:15pm MST

Mentoring the ADHD Student
Mentoring the ADHD Student Teachers and support staff are led through a discussion on how ADHD presents itself through the school years (Grade 1-12). Educators are shown what behaviors to look for in ADHD children and given strategies on how to manage their students ADHD symptoms. I will speak to topics like: Disorganization, Irrational Behavior, Poor Social Skills, Poor Problem Solving/Time Management, Homework Issues, Video Game use and how to talk to parents about medications.

Speakers
avatar for Les Redick

Les Redick

Teacher & Director of Student Services, North Point School
For over 30 years I have taught ADHD and LD students from grades 4 through 12. In addition to my professional experience, I have personal experience as my son, daughter and I have ADHD. This combination of professional and personal experience has given me an excellent perspective... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm MST
Virtual Room 16 (Inclusive Ed)
  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

1:15pm MST

Social Justice Basics for High School English
This is an introductory conversation on how to create a classroom that works towards making students more aware of issues such as privilege, discrimination, and oppression. Also, issues such as sexism, ableism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia will be used to illustrate how oppression operates. This conversation is a starting point and should give teachers a base level of knowledge on how to create a safer and more socially conscious classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Aubrey

Christopher Aubrey

I began my teaching career (after graduating with a B.A in Psychology and a B.Ed in Secondary Education) at a small school near Ponoka, AB. After two years, I took a position teaching Junior High and High school English at Strathcona Christian Academy. For four years, I taught a wide... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm MST
Virtual Room 20 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

1:30pm MST

President Schilling: Unplugged REPEAT SESSION
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.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

ATA 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 4, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm MST
Virtual Room 39 (ATA)
  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300

1:30pm MST

Neuromuscular training for PE & Sport: Evidence-based programs to support continued participation
Join the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre from the University of Calgary for this active session as we 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.

Speakers


Thursday February 4, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 27 (Phys Ed)
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

1:30pm MST

Formative Assessment Techniques
Are you looking for strategies to use in your classroom that will enhance student learning and provide you valuable feedback about your teaching practice? Formative assessment provides information on what, how much and how well students are learning. This information can guide instructional practice and will benefit all students; however, it will particularly have a positive impact on low-achievers. This would be a valuable session for you because it will introduce you to a range of formative classroom assessment techniques, how to use them, how to analyze the data that they gather, and how to share that data with students. The takeaways from this session are very practical and could be smoothly incorporated into your classroom regardless of teaching situation or teaching style.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Science Coordinator, Salisbury Composite High School
Tyler Buchan is a teacher and department coordinator at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park. He has taught science for over 15 years at schools in Alberta, Burkina Faso and Jamaica. He has degrees in Education and Arts from the University of Alberta and Masters of Science... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 02 (Assessment)
  Assessment / Évaluation  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

1:30pm MST

Donjons, Dragons et Distanciation sociale
Dans cet atelier, Francis explora les outils qui lui ont permis de continuer à jouer à Donjons et Dragons malgré tout ce qui s'est produit dans les derniers mois. De jouer à distance à jouer en classe en considérant les mesures sanitaires, il est possible de maintenir une expérience de jeux de rôle et de continuer à les faire jouer en français. L'atelier s'adresse surtout aux enseignants du secondaire (7 à 12).

Speakers
FL

Francis Lamoureux

Enseignant
Francis enseigne les sciences et les maths de la 10e à la 12e année à l'école Beauséjour, à Plamondon. Les jeux de rôles le passionnent depuis son adolescence, et il a joué et animé plusieurs styles de jeux de rôle différents. Il a également parti un club de jeux de rôles... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 13 (French)
  Francais  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags French

1:30pm MST

The "New Look" for Music Teachers
As a music teacher, it has become essential to be mobile and ready to be online at any moment. Learn something new about teaching online or simply integrating some new technology tips in your classroom. I will be diving into some basics of Google Slides, Google Classroom, FlipGrid, hyperlinks, and Bitmoji Classrooms. This session will be available in both English and French.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Morin-Toews

Allison Morin-Toews

Music Teacher, École Père Lacombe
Allison Morin-Toews est une musicienne passionnée qui s’intéresse à l’éducation des enfants depuis sept ans. Présentement enseignante de musique à l’École Père Lacombe, Allison a créé un environnement qui nourrit et fait grandir la passion de ses élèves pour la musique... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 28 (Fine Arts/Religious Studies)
  Technology / Technolgie  Music / Musique
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

1:30pm MST

Cross-curricular STEM with Microbits
Have you heard about Micro:bits? They are these affordable pocket-sized computers with infinite possibilities! Come and see how you (yes, even YOU!) can learn to block code and use these mighty machines to transform your classroom! Micro:bits can revolutionize how you teach science with student-driven projects including designing environmental monitoring or automated watering systems, light and temperature sensors, and even replacing circuit building and diagrams with this neat little device. Learn how to use them in Math for random number generators and teaching variables and a variety of computational thinking skills. You will walk away with resources and lessons that you can use Monday morning as well as some creative funding ideas to help get them into your students' hands ASAP. This session is or all levels of students and coding abilities. Trust me, if I can code, so can you!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Green

Amanda Green

Teacher, Black Gold Regional Schools
Amanda's spark for science ignited at an early age exploring nature with her family and grew into a flame for space as she followed Canada's journey skyward. She teaches Junior High Science, Math, Coding, and STEAM classes in both English and French in Beaumont, Alberta. She thrives... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm MST
Virtual Room 36 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

1:45pm MST

Engaging in Numeracy and Connections in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Traditional Games
Did you know that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional games are great ways to make connections to numeracy? Traditional games can provide entry points to deeper understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and further connections to the land. Get ready to learn about resources for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional games and how to create authentic learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

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


Thursday February 4, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm MST
Virtual Room 18 (Indigenous Ed)
  Indigenous Education  Math
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

1:45pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Making Figures of Speech Fun
Kids author Marty Chan shares his approach to teaching figures of speech. With a combination of storytelling, game play, and interactive demonstrations, he reveals how he gets kids excited to use similes, metaphors, hyperbole, allusions, and personification. He discusses his techniques in adapting literary concepts to kid friendly terms so that students can embrace and enjoy figures of speech in their writing.

Speakers
avatar for Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Author, Ink Jockey Inc.
Marty Chan writes books for kids, plays for adults, and tweets for fun. He's best known for his Marty Chan Mystery series, which won the Diamond Willow Award. He's been a long-time humour columnist for the CBC Radio and the Edmonton Journal. In 2016, he served as the writer-in-residence... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm MST
Virtual Room 22 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

1:45pm MST

Mathematics: All Are Welcome! All Belong! K - 6
Bring some paper/whiteboard, a pencil/marker, and an open mind!! We will start with math on Mars, move to the spooky Recaman spiral, and continue down the spiral of fun mathematics. Whether you teach Grade 1 or Grade 12, there will be something that you can bring to your students the very next day!

Speakers
avatar for Dave Martin

Dave Martin

President, Math Council of Alberta
Dave Martin has a Masters of Mathematics, a Degree in Education, and a love for prime numbers. He has been teaching for 12 years,during which time, he was nominated for Teacher of Excellence in Alberta, has spoken across North America, and has successfully removed grades in most of... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm MST
Virtual Room 23 (Math)
  Math  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

1:45pm MST

STEM in Stories: Connecting Curriculum to Popular Culture
The word “STEM” (an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has become commonplace in the science classroom, but we don't often stop to think about what it means. In this interactive and collaborative session, we will define STEM and demonstrate how it can be leveraged to guide authentic learning. With the help of the presenters’ varied scientific backgrounds, participants will realize that STEM is all around them – including in children’s stories! By using storybooks in our teaching, we can make topics more relevant and exciting to students. This reinforces their learning by connecting it to topics they are already interested in and inspires them to continue looking for the STEM in everyday life. We will lead participants through our unique strategy of teaching STEM topics through stories. Participants will collaborate to develop hands-on classroom activities that connect science and math learning outcomes to storybooks.

Speakers
AB

Alissa Boyle

Outreach Manager, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
As the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s (APEGA) Outreach Manager, Alissa Boyle, oversees the association’s kindergarten to grade 12 and university outreach programs. She also works closely with the Women in APEGA Advisory Group to address key... Read More →
KM

Keely McPhee

Keely McPhee is an Outreach Coordinator with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She is passionate about education, community engagement and inspiring the next generation to develop skills, seek-out learning opportunities, and pursue task... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm MST
Virtual Room 29 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Math
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

1:45pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** 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.

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 →


Thursday February 4, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm MST
Virtual Room 31 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

2:00pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Using EdTech to enhance your teaching practice
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
SR

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 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 35 (Technology)
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

2:00pm MST

Students with Scars: Understanding Self Injury
The reality of the pain and struggles that many of our students experience is becoming more apparent, and unfortunately the coping strategy of "self-harm" is becoming more common. There is a lot of fear, misunderstanding, myth, judgement and confusion surrounding why and how students self-injure and we are left wondering how best to react (or not?) and support them as they cope. This session will provide some insight into the reasons students self-harm, the various forms this behavior can take, and the best strategies for prevention and support through both their physical and emotional healing.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 12 (Guidance)
  Guidance / Counselling  Admin / Leadership
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

2:00pm MST

CANCELLED!!! Nutrition's Impact on Mental Health -
In this session we are exploring how the foods we eat affect our mental health and the factors that tend to drive us to the choices that we make about food. This interesting session will bring solutions and information that can be used in the classroom for student lunches, or for personal well-being.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Gervais

Jamie Gervais

Director, FoodImpact Inc
My path to nutrition was prompted by love for food. As an overweight child lured by the advertisement of foods, I can understand the challenges and temptations that children face by the food advertising industry. My journey to healthy eating from a child's perspective into adulthood... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 15 (Health)
  Health - CALM / Santé  Science-sciences
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

2:00pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Developing Curious Math Learners in Kindergarten and Grade 1
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. - Learn how to structure the learning environment to support effective Provocations - Unpack misconceptions about play-based learning - Explore the role of a Math Talk in developing problem-solving strategies

Speakers
avatar for Chris Zarski

Chris Zarski

Director, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Schools Online School
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 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 25 (Math)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

2:00pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Teaching Health and Phys Ed? We’re here to help!
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 Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

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 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 26 (Phys Ed)
  Physical Education / Éducation Physique  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

2:00pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Learning Through the Senses in the Concept-Based Science Classroom
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

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers Association
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 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 30 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

2:00pm MST

Gut Feelings: The fascinating link between the gut and the brain
In this session we'll cover healthy digestion and how the digestive system can impact mental health. We'll cover issues that are common but not necessarily normal and uncover tools to help with digestive distress. We'll examine the impact of foods on our digestive health and you'll leave with information about nutrition to optimize your digestive system and your mental health.

Speakers
DB

Dr. Briana Botsford

Naturopathic Doctor, Botsford Natural Health Care Inc.
Dr Briana Botsford is an experienced naturopathic doctor who knows that one of the most important parts of medical care is not only listening to the patient, but also hearing them. She knows the impact that health conditions can have on a patient’s life, and knows she can help to... Read More →




Thursday February 4, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
Virtual Room 34 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

2:15pm MST

The Happiness Principle
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.

Speakers


Thursday February 4, 2021 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
Virtual Room 37 (General)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

2:30pm MST

Shifting Educational Practices in a Pandemic: Exploring Modality for Design and Assessment
In this keynote, participants will learn about design shifts that are necessary to consider in making the pivot to various modes of online teaching and learning. Specifically, we will discuss design opportunities for synchronous learning (e.g., live video classes and decentralized learning pod video meets), asynchronous learning (e.g., chat and social media backchannels), and assessment opportunities for online learning environments. We recognize sudden shifts in practice can be stressful and will focus on preparing teachers to make this shift as smoothly as possible. This presentation welcomes your participation. Please send your questions for consideration in advance of the session to: virvine@uvic.ca or via Twitter at @_valeriei. We will also generate a shared space for documenting questions and responses during and after the session, which will be recorded. Recommended Pre-Reading: Irvine, V. (2020). The Landscape of Merging Modalities. EDUCAUSE Review 55, no. 4 (2020). Retrieved from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2020/10/the-landscape-of-merging-modalities

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Valerie Irvine, University of Victoria

Dr. Valerie Irvine, University of Victoria

Dr. Valerie Irvine is the undergraduate and graduate advisor in Educational Technology and co-director of the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) Research Lab at the University of Victoria. She has been teaching online and open since 1998 at both the graduate and undergraduate... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Virtual Feature Room E
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

2:30pm MST

Stand-Up At Its Finest
Steve Patterson isn’t just a comic. He’s up-to-the-moment with current events, meticulous in creating material, and lightning-quick with a comeback. He is confident but self-deprecating. And, while he’ll have fun with his audience, he’ll never make fun of an audience member unless the target of his joke is laughing the loudest in the room. This is stand-up comedy at its finest: responsive, incredibly current, and guaranteed to engage everyone in the room.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson

Comedian, Funnypaddy inc
Between live standup comedy bookings, his Debaters Live On Tour theatre show, his twice weekly CBC Radio show The Debaters and a plethora of media commitments including his own idea The Smartass-ociates, I’m surprised he still has time to write. But thankfully he does squeeze it... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Virtual Feature Room D
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Mike Wheeler
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

2:30pm MST

***Pré-enregistré*** Soutien proactif du comportement
La gestion des écarts de conduite est sans doute l’une des compétences pédagogiques les plus complexes à acquérir. Lors de cette session nous parlerons des composantes essentielles à mettre en place afin de créer un environnement propre à soutenir et à faciliter l’apprentissage scolaire, social et émotionnel. Cette session vous offrira des interventions et des stratégies efficaces afin de répondre aux différents défis comportementaux des élèves. Un continuum d’interventions vous sera présenté et sera discuté avec vous dans un contexte interactif. C’est dans un modèle de réponse à l’intervention que vous aurez la chance de discuter et de mieux connaître des interventions efficaces et appuyées par les recherches.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Roy Halun

Nancy Roy Halun

Consultante, Jigsaw learning/CPFPP
Nancy est consultante au Consortium provincial francophone et associée à l’apprentissage avec l’équipe de Jigsaw Learning. Au cours des vingt-trois années de sa carrière en éducation, elle a œuvré à titre de directrice d’école, de conseillère pédagogique en éducation... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm MST
Virtual Room 14 (French)
  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

2:45pm MST

***Pré-enregistré*** Favoriser l’efficacité collective de mon équipe!
La norme de qualité pour le leadership scolaire d’Alberta Education mentionne l’importance de favoriser une culture de collaboration. Plusieurs éléments importants alimentent cette culture. Lors de cette formation, nous discuterons de la mise en place d’une structure collaborative au sein des écoles afin de favoriser l’efficacité collective. Pour ce faire, nous aborderons cinq composantes clés: les pratiques pédagogiques basées sur des données probantes, la structure et le processus collaboratif, les pratiques efficaces en leadership scolaire, l'apprentissage professionnel pertinent et la réussite des élèves! L’action réciproque de ces composantes sera abordée afin d'en comprendre les impacts sur la réussite de vos élèves!

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Roy Halun

Nancy Roy Halun

Consultante, Jigsaw learning/CPFPP
Nancy est consultante au Consortium provincial francophone et associée à l’apprentissage avec l’équipe de Jigsaw Learning. Au cours des vingt-trois années de sa carrière en éducation, elle a œuvré à titre de directrice d’école, de conseillère pédagogique en éducation... Read More →



Thursday February 4, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm MST
Virtual Room 13 (French)
  Admin / Leadership  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

2:45pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** Poetech
Eliot said April is the cruelest month. Good thing it's February. It's the perfect time to start a unit in poetry that will keep your class engaged and give you something to show off when Poetry Month rolls around. In this session, you'll see how students can develop powerful and personal poetry, then represent imagery and themes in their own virtual environments, or green screen videos, and then share on a class web page. And we'll have the poets themselves to show you how - students from my class! Bring your own device, phones and tablets if possible. Attendee's will need: Computer with internet access (log in to Google Chrome, we will be accessing the new Google Sites), smart device with the following apps: iMovie (other video editing apps are sufficient), Veescope or Doink (or other greenscreen apps), Youtube, Cospaces

Speakers
avatar for Jason Wyatt

Jason Wyatt

Teacher, Parkland School Division 70
Jason Wyatt teaches grade 4 in Stony Plain, Alberta. He has 13 years of experience in the classroom and seeks to engage students in their learning by using technology as a powerful tool of creation, collaboration, and communication. Jason's career has been defined by a student-centred... Read More →


Thursday February 4, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm MST
Virtual Room 21 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Technology / Technolgie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English
 
Friday, February 5
 

8:30am MST

ATRF Pension Interviews
For online teachers’ conventions in 2021, ATRF will not be hosting individual pension interviews. Pension counsellors are still available to conduct interviews via telephone or videoconference, and appointments may be booked at any time by calling the ATRF toll-free number at 1-800-661-9582. ATRF has also been working with school districts and ATA locals to provide online seminars by-request and will be offering ATRF-organized webinars to members in early 2021. ATRF has indicated that pension group seminars are being offered this year and have been booked at all conventions. To contact ATRF, visit https://www.atrf.com/teacher/contact-us. For more information from ATRF, visit https://www.atrf.com/teacher/news/covid-19-member-information.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Adams

Dana Adams

ATRF Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
A Pension Counsellor with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund.This session is for teachers that are new members of the pension plan. A general overview will be presented including detailed information about beneficiaries, death benefits, and MyPension.


Friday February 5, 2021 8:30am - 4:30pm MST
ATRF Pension Interviews
  Retired Teachers  Retired Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

8:45am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Writer's Notebooks in the ELA Classroom
Writer's notebooks are a place where students can record thoughts, questions, epiphanies, practice with mentor texts and so much more. This session with look at how to use notebooks to engage students and encourage risk taking. It will also provide direction as to how it can be a useful tool for summative assessment that can transform into a variety of polished pieces that can be used summatively. This session is for 7-12 teachers .

Speakers
avatar for Angela Contrada

Angela Contrada

English Language Arts Council
Angela Contrada has been a passionate educator for the past 17 years and is currently the ELA coordinating teacher at All Saints High School in Calgary. Her work extends outside the classroom in her executive member role with the English Language Arts Council where she facilitates... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 8:45am - 9:45am MST
Virtual Room 45 (Indigenous Ed)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Creating Pathways of Hope: Developing Life Promoting Cultures Within School Systems
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. 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.

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
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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 01 (Admin)
  Admin / Leadership  Guidance / Counselling
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Teaching for Tomorrow's STEM Workplace
What exactly is engineering? What are we talking about when we use the word 'geoscience'? How can teachers prepare their students to succeed in these careers? This session will introduce you to the worlds of engineering and geoscience through hands-on activities and demonstrations, and show you what a career in these fields could look like. We will share tips & tricks for teaching these topics in your classroom, making curriculum connections to what your students are already learning and helping to prepare your students with the skills necessary to excel in the fields.

Speakers
AB

Alissa Boyle

Outreach Manager, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
As the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s (APEGA) Outreach Manager, Alissa Boyle, oversees the association’s kindergarten to grade 12 and university outreach programs. She also works closely with the Women in APEGA Advisory Group to address key... Read More →
KM

Keely McPhee

Keely McPhee is an Outreach Coordinator with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She is passionate about education, community engagement and inspiring the next generation to develop skills, seek-out learning opportunities, and pursue task... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 37 (General)
  Career & Technology Studies  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Play is the Key to University
This session focuses on the stages and types of play that unfold in early childhood, the role of the brain in this process, and how to maximize children’s learning through play. In this training, you will learn about the development of play; the differences between free and guided play; and core skills children develop through play and how to promote these skills.

Speakers
avatar for Judy L Arnall

Judy L Arnall

Author and Speaker, Supervising Parent-Led Home Education programs
Judy Arnall, DTM, BA, CCFE, is a certified child development specialist, keynote speaker, and master of non-punitive parenting and education practices. She is the bestselling author of 5 print books translated into 5 languages. She currently teaches parenting at the University of... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 27 (Phys Ed/Early Childhood)
  Early Childhood Services  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

That Big Bad World - Helping Kids Thrive in Anxious Times
Anxiety disorders among children are on the rise: More medications are being prescribed, new disorders such as “school refusal” are appearing and, even among children not diagnosed with a disorder, children are appearing increasingly daunted by the task of taking on the world around them. Changes in the way children in the West play and learn are a part of this as children have less opportunity to creatively explore and practice in the world, free from adult involvement and protection. This workshop takes a health perspective in which childhood anxiety is understood as a necessary building block of adaptation, and an essential gateway to a child’s creative engagement with the world. A perspective is provided that helps slowly shift the burden of responsibility on to children as they grow—something that helps them take on anxiety adaptively, at the same time as they experience the sense of mastery and competence such growth generates.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alex Russell

Dr. Alex Russell

DR. ALEX RUSSELL is a clinical psychologist who helps children develop resilience and their own personal relationship with school and achievement. At the heart of his message—and his book, Drop the Worry Ball—is that children learn by experiencing non-catastrophic, painful failure... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Feature Room A
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Cindy Christou - None
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Le pouvoir de la diversité
TBD

Speakers
avatar for Corneille

Corneille

Le conférencier et chanteur à la voix soul qui inspire. Chanteur francophone, il est né en Allemagne de parents rwandais. Aujourd’hui, écrivain, auteur-compositeur-interprète, réalisateur, survivant de génocide et maintenant conférencier, Corneille saura vous charmer par... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Feature Room C
  Feature / Conférencier  Francais
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Annie Drapeau - None
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags French

9:00am MST

My Journey From Student to Teacher and Back Again
Teachers are put under a tremendous amount of pressure throughout their typical days, let alone the duration of their careers. Many different teachers face different challenges daily, but none are more consistent than the engagement crisis in education. In a world of rapid technological development, massive social pressures and an insatiable demand for their attention being pulled in all directions, how can we as teachers make school someplace they want to be? Pulling from research on vulnerability, human motivation and exploring the biggest untapped resources in education, our students, I hope to walk you through some of the things we often inadvertently miss in our classrooms. I also hope to inspire fellow teachers to pursue their passions inside their own classrooms. To help them develop the courage to be the change they want to see. :)

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

Educator and Author, EICS Division - St. JPII School
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who has taught K-12 Phys Ed as well as Grade 7 & 8 Sciences for the past 10 years. My professional motto is "Would you want to be in your classroom?" and it is reflected in my daily teaching. I am deeply passionate about engagement, student... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Feature Room D
  Feature / Conférencier  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Monique Gravel - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Bougez, observez, parlez ! Des stratégies théâtrales pour encourager le langage parlé.
Lors de cette formation, les participants exploreront les stratégies théâtrales qui favorisent la communication orale et l'appréciation de multiples perspectives. Ils découvriront comment utiliser ces stratégies individuellement, ou comment les associer à un livre d’images ou à un roman pour une compréhension authentique et approfondie. Cet atelier présentera une collection d’activités collaboratives et amusantes, basées sur le mouvement qui promeut la communication orale.

Speakers
avatar for Marylou Gammans

Marylou Gammans

Marylou Gammans est titulaire d'un baccalauréat en beaux-arts de l'Université Concordia de Montréal et d'un baccalauréat en éducation de l'Université de Calgary. Elle enseigne l'alphabétisation par le théâtre depuis plus de 25 ans. Enseignante accréditée en Alberta depuis... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 13 (French)
  Francais  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags French

9:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** The Core Ingredients: Exploring the role of nutrition in schools
From class to lunch time to school celebrations, join us as we look at nutrition from a student perspective. We will explore scenarios that highlight how healthy eating can be weaved throughout the day. You’ll get the chance to see the school from a student’s frame of mind and learn what role you can play in supporting school nutrition. Let’s talk about Comprehensive School Health in action!

Speakers
avatar for Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services

Health Promotion Coordinator, Nutrition in Schools
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 →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 15 (Health)
  Health - CALM / Santé  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Shake Up Your Primary Fact Fluency Practice
Students need engaging practice tied to strategies, not rote memorization. Come prepared to shake, dance and learn our favorite activities for working on early numeracy concepts including: subitizing, odd even, counting, number sequence, place value to 100, 1,000, patterning, operational strategies including doubles, double +1, make 10, 20, commutative properties of + and X, associative property for +, count on and back, and more. Each activity will start with a quick 30 second brain break. Participants will then see how this quick transition to a math fluency activity engages students and helps deepen their understanding. Student samples, gameboards, journal extensions will be shared. Ideas are easy to differentiate so that all students can be challenged and achieve success. Activities can be used whole class, or in small groups or centers.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

/math, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane is co-author of the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series and has been doing workshops in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has conducted workshops across North America for K - 8 contracts and has been a featured speaker at the National... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 23 (Math)
  Math  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Chairperson Theresa Felling - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Ever Active Schools Feature Presentation: Impactful student leadership in the here and now
Youth are more than our future! A group of Calgary high school students in an Ever Active Schools program found themselves in the spotlight in April 2020 when their volunteer initiative, The Joy4All Project, received national and international attention for their creative approach to supporting seniors during the pandemic. Since April, their phone hotline has received over 33,500 phone calls from seniors and folks wanting to hear jokes and stories to help them feel connected in difficult times. This student-led project is just one example of how youth leverage their strengths and creativity to positively impact their communities. Join the student leaders behind The Joy4All Project to hear more about how to transform student learning through leadership in your schools.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

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 →
TJ

The Joy4All Project

The Joy4All initiative was created by a class of Calgary high school students to spread positivity and a sense of belonging to those isolated in quarantine. Specifically, this was for Seniors, one of the most hard-hit groups of people during those times. The students were enrolled... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 26 (Phys Ed)
  Physical Education / Éducation Physique  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Cheryl Dawes - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Stump the Chaplain!
Having spent 23+ years working with teenagers in Churches and schools, Evergreen chaplain Mike Landry has answered a lot of student questions. He knows that at the same time, teachers often have a number of questions of their own - on scripture, Church, worship, and so on. This session is your chance to ask Mike anything relating to the Christian faith, and he'll answer it for you - and he'll point you to ten of the most useful resources he's found when faced with difficult questions from students, colleagues, and his own life experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landry

Michael Landry

Chaplain, Evergreen Catholic Schools
In the history of the Bible and of the Church, God has often chosen unlikely people to play a part in the story of our faith. Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program during his high school years. Now, he’s a geeky... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 28 (Fine Arts/Religious Studies)
  Religious Studies / Religion  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Peter Weidman - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Innovative Science Demos - Danci(NG) with Elements!
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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 29 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

How to Bring Canadian History to Life - Acadian Deportation
Want to bring history to life in your classroom? Want your students to experience history? This session will walk you through a series of simulations that you can run to explore the colony of Acadian and the Acadian Deportation. Your students will be actively engaged in their learning and WANT to know more! They will have opportunities to put themselves into history and become the characters that before they merely read about! Lots of humanities cross curricular opportunities! You will walk away with the complete simulation packages, tasks and assessment for multiple simulations that connect together to teach not only the academic impact but also the emotional and cultural impact of this cultural genocide in our history.

Speakers
JZ

Joanna Zakus

Joanna has a BA History and a BEd Secondary Social Studies. She has been teaching primarily social studies and humanities for the last 16 years at the junior high level. Joanna currently is a teacher at a middle school with the Calgary Board of Education. She focuses on interactive... Read More →
avatar for Nicholle Morrison

Nicholle Morrison

Teacher, Calgary Board of Ed.
Nicholle has a BA in General Studies with a minor in Sociology and a BEd from the University of Calgary. She has taught as a generalist in grades five and six for six years and for the past four years has taught Humanities to grades seven and eight. She is currently a Humanities teacher... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 31 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Building Resiliency
Come laugh and learn some coping strategies that will bring some peace and joy to your busy, stressful life. A century of research tells us that there are four experiences that create a strong human being: Competence, Power, Significance, and Virtue. Learn how to foster these experiences for yourself and your students. Discover specific strategies, skills and attitudes that build resiliency at all ages. Learn how to transform challenges into growth and find motivation and meaning.

Speakers


Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 34 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

From Concept to Clip: Effective Use of Movies in the Classroom
Can you guess which movie is the most frequently taught to business students across North America? (The answer is not Wall Street.) Have you ever heard of or used Omeleto as a teaching tool? This multimedia workshop will discuss in detail the proven teaching strategy of using movies as a teaching tool, whether in language arts and socials (logical homes) or mathematics and science (less logical, perhaps). With over 20 years of experience in post-secondary classrooms (much of it teaching teachers), Dr. Dyer will discuss the research into why teaching with movies works, how to best align movie choices with an outcomes-based curriculum, how to set the stage for incorporating movies into a classroom setting (linking concept to clip), how to flip the script from viewer to maker, and the challenges that will need to be negotiated when engaging this strategy. He will also model a few brief teaching moments using both familiar and unfamiliar film clips as well as share some time-tested titles from his portfolio to spark ideas for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Klay Dyer

Klay Dyer

President, Dyer Educational & Research Consultants
With dozens of published articles to his name, Klay Dyer spent over two decades teaching students how to write essays that are clear, concise, complete, and compelling. Frustrated with the limitations of the traditional introduction-body-conclusion model (as well as the persistent... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 03 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Put some Zing into Your Art Lessons With Zentangle!
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on workshop will help you to explore the concepts associated with the practice of Zentangle You can use these ideas in new and creative ways with your elementary or middle school students. Karin will assist you in understanding how to use shapes, lines, patterns, and other ideas to create beautiful zen designs. You can use these ideas in your next art lesson or create your own zentangle masterpieces.

Speakers
avatar for Karin Hitchcock

Karin Hitchcock

Special Education Coordinator, Barrhead Elementary School, Pembina Hills School Division
Karin is a teacher, an artist, and a counselling therapist. She is currently a Special Education Coordinator for the Pembina Hills School Division in Barrhead. She uses art in her therapeutic and teaching practice to encourage creativity, healing, and growth in children, families... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 10 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Guidance / Counselling
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Writing that Stirs the Heart
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use creative writing in two important ways. First, as an introspective, self-care tool to mend, strengthen and restore joy to the writer’s heart. See how words can foster a renewed sense of peace, passion and purpose. Secondly, how to craft stronger writing, tell captivating stories, and communicate powerfully to move the hearts of readers. Writing styles of focus include: free writing, memoir, poetry, and fiction. Participants should come prepared to write alongside presenter and award-winning author and artist Alexis Marie Chute.

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 →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 22 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Creatively Approaching Shakespeare 1.0
Psst - students love Shakespeare! Come discover the World of Will - and an abundance of ways to painlessly approach the Bard with your students. Applicable to students from grades 4 - 12. Lots of ELA integration ideas. And lots of resources! Shakespeare is relevant to students and something they do enjoy - when it is an engaging exploration rather than approached like a novel study. This session helps teachers to earn more about Shakespearean text and how to assist students in understanding it as well a multitude of creative ways to approach it. Techniques for demonstrating learning of Shakespeare will be also explored. It is a very practical session and will strive to use the plays of greatest interest to the participants.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Jacobsen

Bill Jacobsen

Shakespeare and Reader's Theatre
Bill is a master teacher and has worked grades 5 - 12, in core and complementary courses, in public and private schools, both in Canada and overseas. He has an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and worked at Alberta Education for two years as a Curriculum Consultant (Arts / Drama... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 20 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Teaching Algebra With Meaning! Less Rules, More Number Sense
Algebra is often taught as being merely about moving numbers and variables around and balancing equations. Classes are often focused on following a procedure that students are taught that are meant to help them get answers instead of learning to build and investigate algebraic relationships. We need to help them learn and trust the math rather than rely on us to tell them what to do. The hard part about algebra is building the equations which we just give to them. So they miss out on the real study of algebra. Answers are important but they are not the math. The math happens on the way to the answer. In this workshop, teachers will be asked to look at algebra in a very different light by using “jumps” on an open number line. We will use a model and interesting contexts that allow us to talk about much more than the answer. We will look at the big ideas behind algebra and show how kids can both see and show the math rather than just memorize and reproduce a procedure.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Van De Keere

Keith Van De Keere

Numeracy Consultant, Learning Network
Keith is a strong advocate for continued improvement of math education. He sees numeracy as an essential part of all education discussions. He works primarily with K - 9 teachers where he facilitates workshops, assists lesson and unit planning, and does team teaching and lesson demos... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 25 (Math)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Google Classroom ++
This workshop is for those who already use Google Classroom and would like to take it up a notch. We will move beyond the basics to take a look at effective examples and spend some time reworking existing classes. Exemples will be geared towards grades 4-6, but may be adapted to any level.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Samson-Cormier

Melanie Samson-Cormier

Je m’appelle Mélanie Samson-Cormier et j’ai le plaisir d’enseigner la 6e année à Gabrielle-Roy. J’adore ma profession et je suis là pour aider chaque élève à atteindre ses objectifs. Avant de venir en Alberta, j’enseignais à Terre-Neuve (à l’Est du Canada) o... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 35 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Chairperson Madeleine Doiron - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Make Your Own Felt Banners: A CTS Project For Students
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands-on 3 hour Felt Banner workshop will appeal to not only Fashions teachers to teach their students how to make felt banners, but any teachers who would like to make banners for their classroom. Primary teachers would benefit from these creative and inspiring additions to their room. No sewing experience is necessary, just a creative mind, and a glue gun is required! You will learn how to make a banner or bunting under CTS teacher Cynthia Dyer’s guidance. Students can make felt banners or buntings to decorate their rooms, their homes, or their lockers. Teachers can make their own classroom greetings, inspirational quotes, positive affirmations (Create, Inspire, Imagine, Dream) or symbols. You can create “You’ve got this!” , “Happy Birthday” , “Welcome Back!” , “Happy Holidays”, or “Be Kind”, “Grateful” , "Awesome" or any symbols (such as hearts, animals, or even cupcakes!) to sayings you would like to create. CTS teacher Cynthia Dyer will teach you how forgiving it is to work with Felt, plus many creative ideas about using burlap bunting, ribbon, and fashion accessories.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Dyer

Cynthia Dyer

I am a Foods & Fashions teacher at Lorne Akins Junior Secondary school, working in St. Albert for the past 11 years. I am passionate about both Foods & Fashions and bringing innovative and creative ideas to my students. I love learning, and am curious and always eager to bring the... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 04 (CTS)
  Career & Technology Studies  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Cross-Curricular Art Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

If you want to make your students love Social Studies, Math and LA, this is an ideal workshop for you! The fun-generating, hands-on projects will let enhance their learning. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Excellent for teachers of grades 2-12. You will leave the workshop with a completed piece of art, a handout, and links to a PowerPoint presentation and a video for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

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




Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 19 (Indigenous Ed/Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

9:00am MST

Tipi Teachings and Balanced Living
Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in the setting up of a full size tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 18 (Indigenous Ed)
  Indigenous Education  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Carrla Cowley - Sturgeon #27
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

How did we get here? Understanding the basics of anti-racism
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 Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Dan Grassick (they/them) is an award-winning teacher with a passion for planning engaging learning experiences for students and teachers alike. With diverse leadership experiences that straddle the K-12 education, post-secondary education, and not-for-profit sectors, Dan is always... Read More →
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 →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 39 (ATA)
  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive  General Interest / Intérêt Général  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

9:15am 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, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa is Denesuline and a member of Smith’s Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and is the team lead for the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:00am MST
Virtual Room 16 (Inclusive Ed)
  Indigenous Education  General Interest / Intérêt Général  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Coaching Conversations: Building positive relationships that impact practice
Are you a teacher leader, coach or mentor? This session will start with the importance of building positive relationships and how you can leverage those relationships to positively support and lead. Coaching questions, modeling, engaging in professional diaglogue, examining data and evidence will be explored as ways to impact practice.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Nogue

Lana Nogue

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




Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Room 12 (Guidance/ATA)
  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation  Admin / Leadership
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Fancy Engine, Sketchy Brakes: Self-Regulation for Young Perfectionists
Perfectionism is not the monster we think it is, but it certainly needs some training and management to be useful in life. This session is for practically helping the young learners who melt down when their grand dreams of perfection are dashed by the cold harsh truth of reality. (ie. 7 year old smashes Mother's Day craft because it was only 87% how they imagined it)

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Vincent Mireau is a Psychologist in Whitecourt, AB. He is the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.



Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Room 14 (French)
  Health - CALM / Santé  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Prompt My Story
Kids author Marty Chan shares his approach to story starters. He reveals how he offers writing prompts that spark a student's imagination. He discusses the improv techniques that he uses in the classroom to engage a reluctant writer and motivate them.

Speakers
avatar for Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Author, Ink Jockey Inc.
Marty Chan writes books for kids, plays for adults, and tweets for fun. He's best known for his Marty Chan Mystery series, which won the Diamond Willow Award. He's been a long-time humour columnist for the CBC Radio and the Edmonton Journal. In 2016, he served as the writer-in-residence... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Room 21 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Starting Your Math Class with Warm-Ups
Teachers can use Math Warm-Ups to engage their students in mathematics as soon as they enter the classroom. They provide a space for all students to be successful and encourage mathematical discussion. The open-ended nature of Math Warm-Ups allow teachers to gain insights into student thinking and understanding. Math Warm-Ups can also be used to spiral curriculum and review concepts. In this session, participants will experience a variety of different Math Warm-Ups. They will also leave with links to Math Warm-Up resources that will include all the mathematical strands.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Candler

Alexandra Candler

Math, Elk Island Public Schools
Alexandra Candler is a teacher in Elk Island Public Schools and has a Masters Degree in Education. She has experience teaching and working with children in Early Childhood, Division I, II and III. Alexandra is interested in creating learning environments that support students in developing... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Room 24 (Math/CTS)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

CANCELLED!!! Cubes of Science: Introducing Inquiry and the Nature of Science
Teachers will be introduced to and participate in an activity that they can take back to their science classroom in order to enable their students to learn the abilities and understandings aligned with science as inquiry and the nature of science. The activity will touch on teaching the following skills to the participants and their students: • identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations • design and conduct a scientific investigation • use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data • develop descliptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence • think critically and logically to make relationships between evidence and explanations • recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions, and • communicate scientific procedures and explanations

Speakers
KB

Kristian Basaraba

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


Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Room 30 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie

9:15am MST

Teacher Wellness Playbook
Teachers can often face stress, mental fatigue, and anxiety throughout their profession. Without a healthy approach to challenges in our work, we can often feel overwhelmed or scared. Come join Jordan in conversation, dialogue, and storytelling on the Teacher Wellness Playbook- a new look at how we can live our vocation through a focus on daily habits that can make us incrementally better not only in our work lives but in our personal lives too.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Robinson

Jordan Robinson

Principal, Ecole Mother D'Youville School
Practicing in the field of education for fifteen years, Jordan is a passionate educator, leader, and principal in STAR Catholic School Division. Jordan has his Masters from both Newman Theological College and the University of Calgary specializing in religious education and technology... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:15am MST
Virtual Room 33 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Classroom Calming Kits - Learn, Make, and Take
How often have you been to a PD session where you were promised something you could “take with you and have ready to use on Monday” only to find that you did get great ideas or come away with a partially finished project that still required hours of work over the weekend to finish? In this session we will explore the science behind the use of sensory objects to create a calming environment and to help students who are struggling in acute anxiety settings. Many schools have created sensory/reflection/mindfulness/etc. rooms for students to utilize in times of need. With the increasing demands on spaces in schools, some of these rooms are being reconfigured back into classrooms, leaving teachers and students without this valuable support. The big “take home” from this session is that we will create a complete sensory room-in-a-box that you can take home with you and actually use on Monday with no extra work required!

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Rebke

Courtney Rebke

Science Teacher & Instructional Coach, St. Teresa Catholic Outreach School
As a teacher with more than ten years' experience in Outreach education under her belt and five years as the Communications Director for the Outreach Education Council of Alberta, Courtney has a passion for her outreach "kids". That passion extends beyond a traditional student-teacher... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 38 (General)
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Ryan Rebke - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

*Pre-recorded*Farm To Table: Exploring Local Alberta Canola and Pulses- Pina Colada & Salad Jar Bar!
Did you know that canola is Canada’s oil and is a Canadian innovation? That Canada is the number one exporter of pulses like peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas in the world? Join Tara with Alberta Canola Producers and Debra with Alberta Pulse Growers in this interactive session to learn more about the significance of these commodities to agriculture in Alberta. We will also explore some of the common myths about canola and pulses and see how to add these great Alberta commodities to your curriculum. Get your taste buds ready to try some samples showcasing Alberta canola and pulses!

Speakers
avatar for Debra  McLennan

Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Pulse Growers
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of experience in education, health care, and industry.  Debra now brings her passion for food and nutrition to her role as Food & Nutrition Coordinator with Alberta Pulse Growers where she enthusiastically encourages everyone... Read More →
avatar for Tara Baycroft

Tara Baycroft

Agriculture and School Coordinator, Alberta Canola
Contributor to Swag Mail Pack



Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 11 (Fine Arts/CTS)
  Career & Technology Studies  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson Michelle Chunyua - None
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Anyone Can Draw A Portrait
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating a successful portrait is most challenging. But don’t despair! This workshop will teach you how to create a realistic portrait that will be completed in various mediums of your choice. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Participants will be provided with a handout, and links to a PowerPoint presentation and a video for the classroom. Open to teachers grades 4-12.

Speakers
BK

Bogdan Konikowski

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



Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 09 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Clear and Precise! Best practices for creating IPP's!
Creating IPP (Individualized Program Plans) or IEP's (Individual Education Plans) can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be! Learn to create an IPP that consists of the specifics and need to know information for students with mild to severe needs. Create a new fillable form with the information that educators need to know. When a student transfers to a new school, information provided on the IPP can be very helpful when determining a students needs and how to program for that student. Simply adding "See student record" is not helpful! This session will review the Standards for Special Education (revised 2004) the Special Education Coding Criteria (2019-2020) as well as the Individualized Program Planning document from Alberta Education (revised 2004). How to create an IPP using a word document, and then transferring this to a fillable form in Adobe will be included in this session. Walk away with the knowledge to create new concise IPPs that will work best for your students!

Speakers
CF

Christy Filgate

I love working with children and I have a passion to increase awareness of issues impacting children's ability to learn and be successful. I recently completed my Masters degree to improve my understanding of how to support teachers and students. Eventually, I would like to provide... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 17
  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Chairperson Christie Borle - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

9:15am MST

Action Begets Hope! - Unpacking AND Tackling the Climate Change Issue with Secondary Students
Climate change is part of the Alberta curriculum and is one of the most pressing issues we face. Yet, many teachers are reluctant to ‘go there’ with their students - citing a lack of support from colleagues, administrators or parents, the challenge of deciphering fact from misinformation, and most importantly, concern over adding more angst to students who may already be anxious or even depressed about their future. Research shows, however, that engaging with this challenging topic - rather than avoiding it - is the best way to replace fear with curiosity and instill hope and positive attitudes in our students. Whether you teach junior or senior high school, understanding what climate change means for you and your students provides a rich, real, and authentic opportunity to practice critical thinking skills through an exploration of the scientific and social dimensions of this important and timely topic. As Joan Baez famously said “Action is the antidote to despair”. In this spirit we invite you to join us for this highly engaging session that will increase your foundational knowledge of climate change, identify curriculum connections, highlight quality resources - and show you how to engage your students in meaningful and positive actions that give them hope for the future. This workshop is designed specifically for Division III and IV 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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 9:15am - 10:45am MST
Virtual Room 32 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

9:30am 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.


Friday February 5, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am MST
Virtual Room 02 (Assessment)
  Assessment / Évaluation  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Trauma Informed & Indigenous Ways of Knowing Art Lessons
Angela Hall will share some of her Trauma Informed & Indigenous Ways of Knowing Art lessons that she has developed and used to support students in self expression, understanding self, feeling safe, emotional regulation and more. Titles of these lessons include: Tree Meditation & Art, Sacred Nature Meditation & Art, Star Blanket Art Renewal, Rites of Passage Mandala and Body Mapping and Transformation Art. Teachers will be able to participate in the Tree Mediation & Art Lesson to have an hands-on understanding of these lessons significance and effectiveness.

Speakers
AH

Angela Hall

Teacher, Artist, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Bearclaw Gallery
Angela Hall is a Métis Albertan, elementary school teacher, poet, artist and mother. She has completed a variety of graduate level courses including Trauma Recovery, Grief and Loss, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, and Psychotherapy with Kutenai Art Therapy Institute... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Room 45 (Indigenous Ed)
  Indigenous Education  Guidance / Counselling
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

10:00am MST

ASEBP Benefit Overview
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
avatar for Matt

Matt

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 →
avatar for Tenjie Wilson

Tenjie Wilson

Benefit Specialist, ASEBP
Tenjie 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, reading... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Room 36 (Technology)
  Retired Teachers  Retired Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Keeping the Doors Open
This session is designed for anyone who is concerned about school closure due to decreased enrollment. During this interactive session we will discuss key questions, including: "Who should you engage?", "What makes your school unique?", "How do you brag about your brand?", and others. Declining enrollment is a challenge that both urban and rural schools face. Participants is this session will come away with strategies that can be implemented immediately to help encourage growth in student enrollment.

Speakers
avatar for Les Worthington

Les Worthington

Principal, Wabamun School
I'm in my eighteenth year of teaching, and tenth as a principal. I've worked in Fort Vermilion School Division, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division and am currently with Parkland School Division. I spent my first 8 years teaching grades 1-6 before becoming principal of Entwistle... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 01 (Admin)
  Admin / Leadership  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Student Engagement & Gamification
Children, and adults for that matter, have never been more engaged by games than they are now. Why is that though? What draws people so deeply into games? What brings them back and what drives them to keep trying to improve in the face of great adversity? Can you harness the psychology behind game creation and turn your class into something all students will beg to be in? In an education system designed where students start with 100% and lose as they go, Gamification flips this concept onto its head focusing on the individual’s progression while increasing both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation exponentially. Can anyone do this? Yes, you can and it is easier than you think! Scott has successfully turned his Grade 8 science course into a live action role playing game. Students compete against the teacher, each other, other teams and other classes in an effort to level up and progress! Sounds intimidating but it is not! You will walk out of this session inspired and driven to make changes to your teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

Educator and Author, EICS Division - St. JPII School
I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who has taught K-12 Phys Ed as well as Grade 7 & 8 Sciences for the past 10 years. My professional motto is "Would you want to be in your classroom?" and it is reflected in my daily teaching. I am deeply passionate about engagement, student... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Feature Room D
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Brandan Daly-Roy - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

The Osoyoos Indian Band socio-economic story from an education perspective
Chief Clarence Louie believes that socio-economic development is a prerequisite for First Nation self-reliance and will facilitate a return to our working culture – the self-supporting lifestyle of our ancestors.


Speakers
avatar for Chief Clarence Louie

Chief Clarence Louie

Clarence Louie CM OBC is a Canadian First Nations leader and businessman. Louie has been the chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band in British Columbia's Okanagan for ten terms, the first beginning in 1985. He has been credited with contributing to the economic success of the small community... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Feature Room A
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Annie Drapeau - None
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Venez découvrir des ressources pour appuyer l’éducation pour la réconciliation!
Le Consortium provincial francophone, avec l’appui de partenaires autochtones, a développé plusieurs ressources permettant aux enseignants albertains d’intégrer la perspective des Premières Nations, Métis et Inuits dans leur salle de classe. À l’occasion de cet atelier, les participants auront l’occasion de parcourir ces ressources et de découvrir des stratégies efficaces permettant de les intégrer en salle de classe. Enfin, ils auront un aperçu des développements en cours de contenus qui leur permettront d’appuyer l’éducation pour la réconciliation.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Caron

Eric Caron

Consultant, Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP)
Éric Caron est consultant en technologie éducationnelle auprès du Consortium provincial francophone. Spécialisé en histoire, Éric a enseigné de nombreuses matières durant sa carrière. Passionné par la pédagogie, il a mené de nombreux projets autant en classe qu’en activités... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 13 (French)
  Indigenous Education  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags French

10:15am MST

Developing Essential Numeracy Skills in Grades K-3: What Teachers of Young Students Need to Know
Did you know early math skills are one of the best predictors of later success in both math and literacy? We need to build that strong foundation early. There are a number of great tools we can use in the classroom to develop students’ number sense and additive thinking. We will unpack numbers, looking at children’s misconceptions and hurdles, and will introduce games, investigations, Ten-Frames, Rekenrek, Dot cards and instructional approaches that help build children’s foundation in numbers.

Speakers
avatar for Ulana Soletsky

Ulana Soletsky

Ulana Soletsky has been an educator for 37 years, and is passionate about all things that are math from Kindergarten to Grade 9. She spent 26 years in a classroom and for the past 11 years has worked at the district level where she held the position of AISI Coordinator, and most recently... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 27 (Phys Ed/Early Childhood)
  Math  Early Childhood Services
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Best Practices for Recognition Programs in School Athletics
Do you have a recognition program in place to recognize student athletes, coaches and others? This session will address key considerations in evaluating current or creating new recognition programs based on a review of current best practices. Active delegate participation will be encouraged.

Speakers
KH

Kelle Hansen

I have been a teacher since 1996, primarily involved in Physical Education and Athletics. Over the course of my time teaching within Northern Gateway Public Schools, I have had many opportunities to become involved in areas of higher level sport organizations. As an executive member... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 26 (Phys Ed)
  Physical Education / Éducation Physique  Admin / Leadership
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

How to Be a Christian Teacher-Writer!
Do you dream of writing about the inspiring moments of your career and faith life, of bringing those soulful moments to a wider audience, yet find it difficult to fit into a busy teaching schedule? If so, then this session is for you! In this informative, faith-filled presentation, 31 year teaching veteran, writer, and author Ray Suchow shares eight steps that can help you take the next steps in your Christian teaching and writing ambitions. With tips ranging from getting organized, setting realistic goals, and building a body of work to improving your craft, developing a writing support network, and finding the best places to get Christian work published, this session will help you to discover that yes, you can teach, write, and live the faith at the same time!

Speakers
avatar for Ray Suchow

Ray Suchow

Computers & Humanities Teacher, Christ The King High School
My name is Ray Suchow, MRE, and I'm involved with CTS Computer Studies and Religion at Christ The King High School in Leduc, Alberta. I'm enjoying my 31st year of being a technology educator, and am currently focused on developing my school’s ability to combine 3D printing with... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 28 (Fine Arts/Religious Studies)
  Religious Studies / Religion  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Science Lab Skill Performance Assessments
The use of performance assessments in the chemistry laboratory present unique opportunities for formative assessment. They are authentic ways for students to demonstrate their abilities and can positively affect students’ attitudes toward the lab, their academic achievement, and upon the overall environment of the classroom. When used in conjunction with student self-assessment checklists performance assessments can also promote metacognitive activity. This session will present how to administer performance assessments of five basic lab skills and the benefits to the classroom that result. The lab skills that will be discussed are measuring mass using an electronic balance, measuring volume using a graduated cylinder, lighting a Bunsen burner, measuring volume using a pipet, and completing one trial of a titration. Although this session focuses on high school chemistry, the ideas discussed could easily be adapted to the physics, biology or general science classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Science Coordinator, Salisbury Composite High School
Tyler Buchan is a teacher and department coordinator at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park. He has taught science for over 15 years at schools in Alberta, Burkina Faso and Jamaica. He has degrees in Education and Arts from the University of Alberta and Masters of Science... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 29 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Assessment / Évaluation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Bring Debating to your Social Studies or Humanities Classroom!
Tired of hearing yourself talk? Want your students to be engaged and passionate about what they are learning? Want your students to think critically and build research, writing and speaking skills? This session will walk you through how to bring debating into your classroom for beginners and experienced students! Activities include a video showing what great debating looks like, templates and guides for your students to help support them during the planning, research, writing and speaking phases of this process. Your students will be actively engaged in their learning and WANT to do this again and again! They will have opportunities to put themselves into current events and history and advocate regarding the situation that before they merely read about! Lots of humanities and science cross curricular opportunities! You will walk away with complete packages and resources.

Speakers
JZ

Joanna Zakus

Joanna has a BA History and a BEd Secondary Social Studies. She has been teaching primarily social studies and humanities for the last 16 years at the junior high level. Joanna currently is a teacher at a middle school with the Calgary Board of Education. She focuses on interactive... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 31 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

MEN-tal Health: Variables Impacting Men's Mental Health
In this session we’ll go through the various physical and emotional factors that can impact mental health, specifically for men. We’ll look at nutritional and lifestyle factors that can improve mental health for men. We’ll also discuss common men’s health concerns include high cholesterol, blood pressure, testosterone fluctuations and more. You’ll leave this session with an understanding of variables that can impact men’s mental health and tools that can improve health overall.

Speakers
DB

Dr. Briana Botsford

Naturopathic Doctor, Botsford Natural Health Care Inc.
Dr Briana Botsford is an experienced naturopathic doctor who knows that one of the most important parts of medical care is not only listening to the patient, but also hearing them. She knows the impact that health conditions can have on a patient’s life, and knows she can help to... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 34 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Place Value and Number Line Games for Upper Elementary
Come play games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, place value dice, and number lines that teach the following concepts: naming, ordering and comparing large numbers, exploring decimals, rounding and expanding numbers, written and standard form, identifying place value, estimation and patterns, exploring fractions using number lines. Gameboards and student samples will be provided and many practical strategies will be shared for this important part of the math curriculum. Great for regular, special ed and ESL learners, and ideas can be used whole class or in small groups and centers.

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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 23 (Math)
  Math  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Teenagers are Awesome!
Teenagers have had received a bad rap over the years. They have been called lazy, risk taking ego-maniacs. This session will look at the incredible teenage brain and help uncover the truth about their developing brain. New research and science will be shared to show just how undervalued adolescents are. Topics will include brain pruning/changing, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This session is filled with humour as we take a look back at our own "angsty" years and try to move forward to show our students how truly amazing they really are.

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 →


Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 03 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Safe Spaces & Healthy Boundaries
Creating safe spaces for LGBTQ2S+ students and staff presents specific challenges. However, setting healthy boundaries around those spaces can be the largest challenge. We will discuss strategies and best practices to ensure that you are creating the most effective safe space you can for GSA/QSAs and LGBTQ2S+ students and staff in your school. Everything from set up of physical space, language use, curricular content, and navigating the legislative changes around Bill 8 and parental contact. Further, we will explore how to ensure you are setting healthy boundaries around that safe space to protect yourself and others. Dealing with compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, self care, and the code of conduct can be difficult to navigate when dealing with high emotion and the needs of at risk students. Come share in the discussion, questions, and safe and healthy space.

Speakers
RL

Rin Lawrence

Safe Spaces and Healthy Boundaries
Rin Lawrence is the Edmonton Public Teachers Local 37 Queer Straight Alliance Chairperson and Diversity Equity Human Rights committee chairperson. Rin teaches full time in Edmonton Public Schools and has been a part of high school GSAs/QSAs for seven years. Through personal and professional... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 16 (Inclusive Ed)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

10:15am MST

Teaching and Learning with Minecraft: Education Edition
Note: There is an opportunity to try out Minecraft Education Edition in this session. Please visit https://education.minecraft.net/get-started/download to download MEE on your device. Do not worry about log in information. Learn how to use Minecraft Education Edition (MEE) to engage your students in a world they know and love. Minecraft gets students excited about curricular content and builds a community in your classroom. Find prebuilt worlds and lesson plans for Math, Chemistry, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies for all age groups. Bring students together in class or school wide build challenges. Assess student learning, accessibility tools built in so all students can participate and learn. By the end of this session, you will: • Understand the differences between Minecraft and Minecraft Education Edition • Learn how to get Minecraft Education Edition running in your school. • Get some ideas about how to use Minecraft to engage students in different curricular areas (math, science, language arts, and more) • Learn about the accessibility tools built into Minecraft Education Edition • Understand how to assess student work in Minecraft Education Edition • Learn more about the built-in code builder in Minecraft! • Try Minecraft Education Edition yourself by going through a pre-built coding lesson yourself. • Leave the session with some great resources to continue your learning and start using Minecraft with your students! This session is applicable for grades 4-12.

Speakers
avatar for Dexter Pizzey

Dexter Pizzey

Community Development Specialist/ Teaching and Learning with Minecraft, Microsoft
Dexter Pizzey is a certified Microsoft Innovative Master trainer and Minecraft Education Edition trainer. He has been working with Microsoft for over 7 years and has been in the role of Community Development Specialist for Edmonton for three. In his roles at Microsoft, he has trained... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 10:15am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 37 (General)
  Technology / Technolgie  Learning Resources
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

Amplifying Black Voices- A conversation with the Black Teachers’ Association
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 Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Dan Grassick (they/them) is an award-winning teacher with a passion for planning engaging learning experiences for students and teachers alike. With diverse leadership experiences that straddle the K-12 education, post-secondary education, and not-for-profit sectors, Dan is always... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Sauer

Matthew Sauer

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 Sarah Adomako Ansah

Sarah Adomako Ansah

Co-Founder, Black Teachers' Association
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 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 →
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 →


Friday February 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 39 (ATA)
  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive  General Interest / Intérêt Général  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:30am 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, PhD

Phil McRae, PhD

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 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am MST
Virtual Room 12 (Guidance/ATA)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Technology / Technolgie  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

Venez, découvrez et partagez - Éducation et activité physique en temps de pandémie
La pandémie a changé bien des choses. Alors que l'activité physique est essentielle pour garder une bonne forme mentale, ce n'est pas facile de garder les élèves actifs à l'école sans se toucher et sans utiliser trop de matériel à désinfecter. Le CPFPP a commencé un site Google de ressources et d'idées pour l'éducation physique à l'école. Venez découvrir le site et partager vos connaissances avec vos collègues.

Speakers
avatar for Isabelle Leblanc

Isabelle Leblanc

Teacher, École Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc
Isabelle Leblanc est Albertaine d'adoption. Originaire de la rive-sud de Montréal, au Québec, elle habite en Alberta depuis près de 20 ans. Elle a enseigné dans les écoles d'immersion française au début de sa carrière et elle enseigne dans les écoles francophones depuis 2007... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Room 14 (French)
  Francais  Physical Education / Éducation Physique
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

10:30am MST

LGBTQIA2S+ Literature In The Classroom!
Are you interested in making your classroom a more inclusive space, but aren't sure where to start? Are you looking for ways that you can support your LGBTQIA2S+ students, or ways to help your students build empathy towards others? This workshop will share lessons, ideas, and resources to use in elementary and junior high classrooms using literature that features LGBTQIA2S+ characters. Teachers will walk away with lesson plan ideas and book recommendations to ensure that their LGBTQIA2S+ students can see themselves represented in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Richard

Nicole Richard

Nicole Richard (she/they) is the chair of the Elk Island Catholic Local 21 Teacher Gender & Sexuality Alliance. She is passionate about creating safe spaces for LGBTQIA2S+ students and staff, representation in literature, and The Bachelor franchise!



Friday February 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Room 21 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Hitting the Happiness Button
YOU MUST GO DIRECTLY TO AHS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SESSION!!!!

You must go to directly to the Alberta Health Services link below and must enroll. *Appropriate for all grade levels* Learn the role that positive psychology plays in improving your wellness. Practical examples and simple techniques are provided so that you can incorporate them to be happier and healthier at home and at school. This will support your wellness and create a healthy, vibrant workplace. The purpose of this module is to provide K-12 educators with practical ways to use positive psychology to maintain personal wellness. Strategies will include mindfulness, movement, calm welcoming spaces, gratitude, kindness and compassion. *session is free but additional registration required* NCTCA delegates who are interested in viewing a pre-recorded version of this session, may do so for free by visiting (and registering) here.  

Speakers
MM

MORE – Mental Health Online Resources for Educators

The School Health & Wellness Promotion team at Alberta Health Services partners with internal and external stakeholders to plan effective and coordinated provincial initiatives that improve the health of Albertans aged 6 to 18 years using a Comprehensive School Health approach. Website... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am MST
Virtual Room 33 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

Hurried & Worried: Understanding Elementary Anxiety
Anxiety is the most common mental health issue, and it “walks and talks” in various behaviors and ways. The average age of onset for anxiety is in childhood, and one of the most important things we can do four ourselves and our children is to understand the causes and symptoms of anxiety which helps to create safer, caring and more enjoyable experiences. Anxiety can take many forms and affects each of us uniquely, especially children! This session will give an overview of anxiety and what it is like for this age group, and will also provide some fun & effective strategies and ideas for supporting anxious children, & helping them be successful in your classrooms, playgrounds and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 15 (Health)
  Health - CALM / Santé  Guidance / Counselling
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

10:30am MST

Black Holes don't S***!
Limited Capacity seats available

Black Holes continue to be observed but still don't know how they work. In this session participants will do investigations of the doppler shift of sound as well as other hands-on analogies so that they can bring the excitement of black holes to their students. Activities in the free resource, Black Holes, from the Perimeter Institute, available in French and English, relate to mandated outcomes from both physics 20 and 30.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz

Western Canada Teacher Network Coordinator, Perimeter Institute
Laura Pankratz has been actively interested in helping students be successful for many years. She has been working with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics for the last 7 years to develop classroom-ready resources that teachers can use for general science and for high... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 30 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

Pour mieux apprivoiser nos différences culturelles
Nous explorons les changements de la mosaïque culturelle de la communauté francophone. Nous ferons un survol des raisons démographiques pour ensuite mettre en lumière nos similitudes et nos différences. Par la suite, nous ferons un survol des éléments importants pour communiquer de façon culturellement adéquate et ainsi explorer des pistes de solution pour adresser les incompris, les interdits et les universels.

Speakers
avatar for Maryse Birmingham

Maryse Birmingham

Maryse Bermingham a occupé pendant plus de 12 ans le poste de directrice du programme d’agent de liaison multiculturelle pour l’organisme communautaire des services aux immigrants d’Ottawa. Madame Bermingham offre également une formation en éducation et en relations interculturelles... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Feature Room E
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Marie Hebert - None
  • Room Details Virutal Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags French

10:45am MST

Using Number Talks for Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Number Talks have been a game changer for teachers across North America. Teachers are finding that students are able to solve operation questions at higher level and their mental math skills are improving. Number Talks require students to engage in mathematical discourse to justify and prove their thinking. They feel empowered when they are able to share their own strategy and promote the learning of their peers. Teachers will leave this session knowing how to utilize Number Talks in their classrooms. Prompts, questions and tasks will be provided to assist teachers in using the Number Talk Framework to teach other strands such as geometry and patterns.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Candler

Alexandra Candler

Math, Elk Island Public Schools
Alexandra Candler is a teacher in Elk Island Public Schools and has a Masters Degree in Education. She has experience teaching and working with children in Early Childhood, Division I, II and III. Alexandra is interested in creating learning environments that support students in developing... Read More →
avatar for Darlene Shield

Darlene Shield

/Math, Elk Island Public School teacher
Darlene has been an educator for over 21 years. She is passionate about teaching and is always interested in finding ways to engage students.  She currently teaches grade 2 and is the Numeracy and Literacy lead at her school.


Friday February 5, 2021 10:45am - 11:45am MST
Virtual Room 24 (Math/CTS)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Role-Playing Games in the Classroom
Interested in Role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons or Shadowrun? Want to bring these types of games into the classroom? For the past two years I have been running a Dungeon and Dragons inspired adventure in my Grade 5 classroom. This won't just talk about the "WHY" you should bring this into the classroom, but also, the "HOW". I'll take you through my failures, successes, changes I would make, scheduling, etc. Whether you have been playing these games for years, or have never played a session before in your life, hopefully you can use this information to take back to your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Brant Driedger

Brant Driedger

Elk Island Catholic Separate Regional Division
Grade 5-8 Teacher at Elk Island Catholic Schools.



Friday February 5, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 22 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Fractions and Decimals: One Big Idea
Decimals and fractions are key areas of number sense needed for success in Math. We have to make sure we depict them as different symbolic representations of the same big idea. We will look at: - meaningful activities to promote a deep understanding of decimals and fractions - decimals as an extension of our place value system and as fractions with special rules - “unit fractions” and “unit decimals” - common misconceptions about decimals and fractions - four models we need kids to see and use.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Van De Keere

Keith Van De Keere

Numeracy Consultant, Learning Network
Keith is a strong advocate for continued improvement of math education. He sees numeracy as an essential part of all education discussions. He works primarily with K - 9 teachers where he facilitates workshops, assists lesson and unit planning, and does team teaching and lesson demos... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 25 (Math)
  Math  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

Ukulele (6/8 times and more)
Bring your own Uke to a session designed to challenge Ukulele Teachers into developing their skills to accompany student singing, lead by example, and promote Ukulele Clubs. Join Kyle Swenson and Gary Glewinski in a packed session of playing tips designed for the Ukulele Teacher.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Swenson

Kyle Swenson

Music Director, Sturgeon Composite High School
As a music educator in Sturgeon Public School Division, Kyle has taught band, choir, jazz band, vocal jazz, guitar, Drumline, and a few years of elementary music. During his years of elementary music, Kyle quickly developed a love for using the ukulele as a main teaching tool for... Read More →
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Gary Glewinski

As a freelance musician, accompanist and multi-instrumentalist, Gary has played across much of the world. He’s performed in many musical styles: rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, gospel, Scottish country dance, Christian worship, pop, reggae, R&B, musical theater, and Latin music. As... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 10 (Fine Arts)
  Music / Musique  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

10:45am MST

I'm Done! What Do I Do Now?
We all love it when we hear our students call out, "I'm done! What do I do now? Can I just play games?" - Don't we? When students are finished with their assignment, how can they spend their digital time wisely? A look at some alternatives to "free time" and just playing games on the computer. Bring along a device as you begin your journey of transforming your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Starko

Chad Starko

Assistant Principal, Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School - EICS
Chad Starko has been driven by a passion to transform the way we teach and engage our students in a love of learning. After 20 years of innovation and technology integration in the math and science classroom, along with working as an EdTech & Innovation Learning Coach, Chad believes... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 35 (Technology)
  Technology / Technolgie  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:00am 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!


Friday February 5, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 02 (Assessment)
  Assessment / Évaluation  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** History Tellers / Conteurs d'Histoire -Canadian history in 90 seconds!
History Tellers – Canadian history in 90 seconds! Canadian history made fun and easy! Challenge yourself by engaging in this pre-recorded ~ (60-75) 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!

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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 32 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Teaching Strategies for an EDI (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Centred Classroom
As educators, sometimes we don’t realize that our implicit biases play a critical role in how students see themselves in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Join WISEST in this session where we’ll talk about how to recognize our own implicit biases, how to address them, and we’ll introduce a variety of teaching strategies that can help promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the classroom. Session is open to educators who work with elementary to high school students.

Speakers
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Helen Yip

Outreach Coordinator, Wisest
Helen Yip is the Outreach Coordinator at WISEST, Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, based at the University of Alberta. Helen has both a BSc and MSc in biology. She has worked at several informal educational settings including the City of Edmonton, Marine Life... Read More →
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Bridget Fraser

Program Coordinator, WISEST
Bridget Fraser is the Program Coordinator at WISEST, Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, based at the University of Alberta. Bridget has undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and education and is currently pursuing a MEd in secondary curriculum studies. With... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
Virtual Room 17
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

A Bloody Great Time: Special Effects Make-up
Limited Capacity seats available

Lets! Get! Messy! Teachers are often actors and performers in their own right - but film and stage are more than just people standing on a stage. Here is your opportunity to dive into the technical aspects of theatre and special effects makeup in a hands-on, guided way. Learn how to apply special effects and stage make-up, as well as make your own gory props, such as severed fingers and hands; and intestines. Participants will leave with their own personal bag of makeup and supplies; material supply lists, and a head full of ideas of how to infuse special effects make up into their drama or CTF class. Fun is guaranteed, clean clothes by the end of the session is not. Wear stuff you don't mind getting ruined!

Speakers
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Jill Stankov

Parkland School Division
Jill Stankov is a teacher in Parkland School Division and a graduate student with Athabasca University, where she is currently doing her Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychology. When she isn't teaching, she has her nose stuck in the nearest book within reach, or is curled up... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 11 (Fine Arts/CTS)
  Career & Technology Studies  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

11:00am 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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 09 (Fine Arts)
  Fine Arts-Arts  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

Creatively Approaching Shakespeare 2.0
Once you have an introduction to various improvisations and tactics for approaching the World of Will, why not go more in depth and build some original activities for your class? Let’s actually create and try out some Tableau Headlines, explore a Parallel Situation or two, or create a choral presentation of some Shakespearean text! We will do our best to use the plays of your choice. (And, yup, resources!)

Speakers
avatar for Bill Jacobsen

Bill Jacobsen

Shakespeare and Reader's Theatre
Bill is a master teacher and has worked grades 5 - 12, in core and complementary courses, in public and private schools, both in Canada and overseas. He has an M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and worked at Alberta Education for two years as a Curriculum Consultant (Arts / Drama... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 20 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Chairperson vi Zuk - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:00am MST

Children's Brain Health and the Power of Caring Adults
This session will outline the importance of caring adults in creating healthy brain development and resiliency in the school aged years. The average classroom has almost 43% of children with 3 or more ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Learn how to impact change in your student's life by building relationships and reducing stress. Applicable to all ages of students.

Speakers
avatar for Judy L Arnall

Judy L Arnall

Author and Speaker, Supervising Parent-Led Home Education programs
Judy Arnall, DTM, BA, CCFE, is a certified child development specialist, keynote speaker, and master of non-punitive parenting and education practices. She is the bestselling author of 5 print books translated into 5 languages. She currently teaches parenting at the University of... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 38 (General)
  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie  Early Childhood Services
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Heather Senger - Pembina Hills #22
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

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 Myra Ryboticki

Myra Ryboticki

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Myra Rybotycki is an executive staff officer in the Teacher Employment Services program area. She leads pension and financial welfare education programs for the Association. Myra is committed to closing the financial literacy gap for women and supporting economic equality.


Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 39 (ATA)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  General Interest / Intérêt Général  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

11:30am 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, PhD

Phil McRae, PhD

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 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm MST
Virtual Room 12 (Guidance/ATA)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Guidance / Counselling  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Making Number Sense Make Sense in Kinder!
Teaching number sense in kindergarten doesn't have to be a daunting or boring task! The foundation of number to 5 in kindergarten is the building block of all other number sense outcomes in the early grades. In this session you will learn a series of easy to implement hands-on tasks that are not only engaging for early learners, but also developmentally appropriate for how number sense develops in children. Walk away with new ideas and games to try on Monday in your classroom that will engage even the busiest of five year olds. Set your students up for success in mathematics throughout their school career by learning the fundamental tasks that lay the groundwork for becoming numerate learners!

Speakers
avatar for Meagen Vesely

Meagen Vesely

Numeracy Instructional Coach
Meagen is an early childhood educator and a numeracy instructional support coach for K-3 within her division (Northern Gateway). She has worked closely with Geri Lorway of Thinking 101 for the past 8 years, and therefore strongly believes in teaching the thinking and reasoning skills... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 27 (Phys Ed/Early Childhood)
  Early Childhood Services  Math
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Chairperson Leah Kreutzer - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-3
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Raising Resilient Children
Is it really a good thing to give children everything they need, all the time? In this keynote, Dr. Alex Russell addresses common challenges children and youth face, including dealing with troublesome behaviours, supporting children at school, and controlling or monitoring children’s access to computers, cell phones and other forms of digital technology. A perspective is offered that helps parents take a positive and emotionally rewarding role in their children’s lives, while allowing them to have the opportunity to make their own decisions—and mistakes—during the complicated business of growing up. In enlightening and refreshing talks, Dr. Russell helps parents achieve this balance by providing essential perspective on today’s child-rearing context and the powerful forces that pull us to become over-involved in our children’s lives. Stop doing all the worrying—and let your kids do some for a change!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Alex Russell

Dr. Alex Russell

DR. ALEX RUSSELL is a clinical psychologist who helps children develop resilience and their own personal relationship with school and achievement. At the heart of his message—and his book, Drop the Worry Ball—is that children learn by experiencing non-catastrophic, painful failure... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Feature Room C
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Shauna Swerda - None
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

The Power (and Perplexing Practice) of Making Meaningful Connections with Young People
Transformative education is possible when we value relationships and recognize the human element of our work. In this talk we will explore through data and story themes like identity, belonging, engagement, trust, boundaries, revealing why and how educators play a fundamental role in fostering caring relationships with our students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joanne Minaker

Dr. Joanne Minaker

Dr. Joanne Minaker is Associate Dean, Academic, in the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University. A sociologist, qualitative researcher, and mother of three, Dr. Minaker’s body of work centres around human caring, social connection, and issues of power and justice. Her teaching... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Feature Room D
  Feature / Conférencier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Chairperson Amanda Yaworski - Evergreen #11
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 3000
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Immersion française au Canada - soutien aux familles non francophones
Venez découvrir le rôle important que les parents jouent dans la réussite de leur enfant. Ce webinaire, destiné enseignants, est conçu pour clarifier , et partager avec les parents l'importance de la poursuite de l'immersion française par leur enfant, comment ils peuvent encourager et motiver leur enfant à la maison, ainsi que pour souligner le rôle clé qu'ils jouent dans la réussite de leur enfant. Au cours de la séance, nous examinerons une brève histoire de l’immersion française au Canada, l'importance des langues multiples dans l’apprentissage, ainsi que diverses ressources et stratégies que les parents peuvent utiliser à la maison pour encourager et soutenir l'apprentissage de leur enfant. Covid-19 ne nous empêchera pas de nous engager dans une communication vivante et de développer des liens plus profonds avec nos enfants, nos étudiants et nos communautés.

Speakers
avatar for Marylou Gammans

Marylou Gammans

Marylou Gammans est titulaire d'un baccalauréat en beaux-arts de l'Université Concordia de Montréal et d'un baccalauréat en éducation de l'Université de Calgary. Elle enseigne l'alphabétisation par le théâtre depuis plus de 25 ans. Enseignante accréditée en Alberta depuis... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 13 (French)
  Francais  Admin / Leadership
  • Language of Presentation French
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags French

11:30am MST

The Power of Dance for Our Mental Health!
Movement and music are powerful tools to help people connect to themselves and to others. In this session, you will gain a better understanding of mental health and the factors that affect it, while experiencing an interACTIVE dance class that targets the 4 domains of well-being. Participants will leave equipped with plug-and-play tools that help build healthier lifestyles and develop positive habits for their students and themselves!

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Owner & Operator, PLAY Education
Tracy Lockwood is known to inspire children, youth, and adults to move, smile, connect, while learning new and fun ways to be physically active and develop physical literacy. Through her many years as a K-12 PE Teacher, HPE Consultant, Athletic Coach and Pro-D Facilitator, she has... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 26 (Phys Ed)
  Physical Education / Éducation Physique  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

God Doesn't Play Fair
God doesn't play fair in the way He deals with us. You can look at the scriptural evidence - why is David forgiven for adultery and murder while Saul is not for much lesser crimes? And that says nothing of poor Job who suffered so much through no fault of his own. We can look at our own lives, too, and feel like God hasn't given us a fair deal. Join Evergreen Catholic chaplain Mike Landry for a look at these questions and more - and a look at how a clearer understanding of the whole story of our faith can help us find an answer to these questions any many more.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Landry

Michael Landry

Chaplain, Evergreen Catholic Schools
In the history of the Bible and of the Church, God has often chosen unlikely people to play a part in the story of our faith. Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program during his high school years. Now, he’s a geeky... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 28 (Fine Arts/Religious Studies)
  Religious Studies / Religion  Health - CALM / Santé
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Innovative Science Demos - Outstandi(Ng) Science Gone Wild!
Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he opens a wild but safe party of nothing but science fun during remote and inclass learning. Relevant for Div 3 (7-9), Div 4 (10-12), Science 10, 20, 30, Chemistry 20 / 30 and Elementary, Junior High Science Curriculum.

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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 29 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:30am MST

Exciting New Gr 5 Project that allows for Challenge and Differentiation!
Are you struggling to meet the diverse needs in your classroom? Want your students to be engaged and passionate at their own level? Want your students to think critically and build research and writing skills? Students will be creating either a magazine, website, webcast etc. This session will walk you through how to explore the regions of Canada from the geography to history to the economics and cultural diversity. Activities include exploration of a job of a journalist, a look at different mediums including videos, google slide, texts, website etc.. Your students will be actively engaged in their learning and WANT to do these types of projects again and again! They will have opportunities to put themselves into the roles of a historian and journalist! Lots of humanities cross curricular opportunities! You will walk away with complete packages and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholle Morrison

Nicholle Morrison

Teacher, Calgary Board of Ed.
Nicholle has a BA in General Studies with a minor in Sociology and a BEd from the University of Calgary. She has taught as a generalist in grades five and six for six years and for the past four years has taught Humanities to grades seven and eight. She is currently a Humanities teacher... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm MST
Virtual Room 31 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Language Arts / Arts Langagier
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

11:45am MST

The LQS from the Field of Play
"Quality leadership occurs when the leader’s ongoing analysis of the context, and decisions about what leadership knowledge and abilities to apply, result in quality teaching and optimum learning for all school students." Alberta Education 2018 Utilizing the LQS, we will examine ten key points to better ourselves as leaders, seeking continuous improvement, as instruments of change. Focussing on student centered learning from the context of play and sports, Jordan will highlight ways to reach attainable goals and help all students succeed--to become the best versions of themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Robinson

Jordan Robinson

Principal, Ecole Mother D'Youville School
Practicing in the field of education for fifteen years, Jordan is a passionate educator, leader, and principal in STAR Catholic School Division. Jordan has his Masters from both Newman Theological College and the University of Calgary specializing in religious education and technology... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Virtual Room 01 (Admin)
  Admin / Leadership  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-9
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44446
  • Tags English

11:45am MST

Test Anxiety Protocol
If you students are panicky and dysfunctional when a test is placed on their desk, their brain is likely working properly for a cage wrestling match. Let's learn a 5-step process for reducing excessive test anxiety that starts way before the test. Heads up: It involves fun.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Vincent Mireau is a Psychologist in Whitecourt, AB. He is the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.



Friday February 5, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Virtual Room 14 (French)
  Guidance / Counselling  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:45am MST

***Pre-recorded*** Graphic Novels: Recommended Reads and Approaches to Teaching
Looking to build student choice with books that engage students? Consider adding graphic novels to your classroom! Get recommendations for great new titles and strategies to teach them.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin McBean

Kevin McBean

English Language Arts Council
Kevin McBean teaches English at M.E. LaZerte High School in Edmonton, Alberta. He has taught all English courses from 7-12, including -1, -2, and IB. He has an MEd (Secondary English) and is the past-president of the English Language Arts Council (ELAC).



Friday February 5, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Virtual Room 45 (Indigenous Ed)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:45am MST

5 Amazing Moments in Comics History
Everyone likes a little insider knowledge about the popular trends of the day and even though comics have been around for more than a 120 years, they have never been more popular! Or haven't they? Come enjoy a tour through the highlights of the history of North American comics and fuel your nerdy brain with some great water-cooler fodder, art history lessons, and core knowledge about the coolest communication medium out there - COMICS!

Speakers
avatar for Jay Bardyla

Jay Bardyla

Owner, Happy Harbor Ltd.
Jay has created a thriving community of literate nerds throughout Alberta. As a co-owner of the Edmonton-based Happy Harbor Comics (1999-2019), he helped build an innovative and international award-winning business that offered a variety of opportunities to artists, writers and educators... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Virtual Room 21 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Fine Arts-Arts
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

11:45am MST

Bringing Mindfulness & KINDness Into The Classroom
Mindful Teacher Mindful Classroom Learn a variety of mindfulness techniques for relaxation, to improve focus and self-regulate to integrate into your daily life and in the classroom. Also experience in 30 seconds how you can shift negative thought patterns. The session will conclude with the beKIND Mindfulness Challenge and a technique I was taught by a Yoga Master in India backed by scientific research showing benefits for depression, reduced stress, improved focus, memory and sleep.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios teaches and guides thousands of people from all corners of the world on their fitness, yoga and mindfulness journeys. As the founder & CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness), Susan gives kids, teens... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
Virtual Room 33 (Teacher Wellness)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Beginning Teachers
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

Great Big Nature: A spirit lifting journey into some of the planets best wilderness locations.
Feeling overwhelmed? Feeling uptight? Feeling like the world is coming apart? Get out. That's right. Get out and go for a walk......in nature. It's time for a good hit of vitamin "N". Yes, the restorative powers of Nature simply cannot be underestimated. Brian will take you on a visual journey illustrating some of his best nature adventures of the past year, using a selection of the video clips from his latest project: “Great Big Nature”. His passion for wild areas will be revealed as only Brian can do, with his buoyant method of story telling, punctuated throughout with humour and personal anecdotes. This is a celebration of the wild places that still exist on our beautiful planet, both near and far, and is designed to inspire and enthuse, offering hope for a better tomorrow. Brian Keating has been traveling the wilds of the world for decades, exploring over 50 countries on all 7 continents.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Keating

Brian Keating

Great Big Nature
Brian's previous job at the Calgary Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world. He's also a former Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C. Presently, Brian is the Zoo’s Honorary Conservation Advisor to their outreach... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Feature Room B
  Feature / Conférencier  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 10-12
  • Chairperson Cindy Christou - None
  • Room Details None
  • Grade Focus 44540
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

My Life as a Student with ADHD
When I was a young child in elementary school there wasn't such a thing as ADHD, but I definitely struggled with it. I was officially diagnosed in my fifties. I always thought I was dumb until I ended up in education. As a teacher for the past 34 years, I’ve always tried to teach the way I like to learn: with lessons that are high interest, fun, active and engaging. Come learn some practical principles and simple strategies for engaging kinesthetic learners with poor executive functioning. Actually, these ideas help all learners.

Speakers


Friday February 5, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 16 (Inclusive Ed)
  Inclusive Education / Éducation Inclusive  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

***Pre-recorded*** 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 →


Friday February 5, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MST
Virtual Room 03 (General)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Pre-recorded - 0
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:00pm MST

Connecting the Dots - Domino Math Games for Elementary
Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard double-six dominoes that teach the following concepts: subitizing and patterns, place value including decimals, graphing, all operations including multi-digit work, fractions, problem solving and more. This manipulative is easy to use and integrate into your math program whether it be whole class, small group/centers, math buddies, or at home play. Gameboards, management tips, journal writing extensions and student samples will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

/math, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane is co-author of the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series and has been doing workshops in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has conducted workshops across North America for K - 8 contracts and has been a featured speaker at the National... Read More →




Friday February 5, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 23 (Math)
  Math  Differentiated Instruction / Différenciation
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Theresa Felling - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:15pm MST

PVC Science: Kazoos, Panflutes, Saxophones and the Science of Sound
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and construct a kazoo, saxophone and pan flute with PVC pipes while learning some of the basics of the science of sound. Once constructed participants can test, modify and evaluate their designs and will learn to play a song. These activities can be modified for use in the Grade 1 and 4 “Building” units in science, Grade 3 Hearing and Sound topic and the Physics 20 Mechanincal Waves unit.

Speakers
KB

Kristian Basaraba

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




Friday February 5, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm MST
Virtual Room 30 (Science)
  Science-sciences  Music / Musique
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:15pm MST

Hutterite History and Teaching on a Colony Today
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 then 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

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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm MST
Virtual Room 17
  Second Languages / Langues Secondes  Social Studies / Études sociales
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 4-6
  • Chairperson Russ Sommerfeldt - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44351
  • Tags English

12:15pm MST

How to Teach Controversial Issues in Your Classroom Without Becoming the Controversy
Students hear a lot about the issues of our day such as climate change, the future of Alberta’s oil and gas industry, or how best to deal with COVID-19. 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.

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 →



Friday February 5, 2021 12:15pm - 1:45pm MST
Virtual Room 32 (Social Studies)
  Social Studies / Études sociales  Science-sciences
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus 44537
  • Tags English

12:30pm 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, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa is Denesuline and a member of Smith’s Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and is the team lead for the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation... Read More →


Friday February 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:15pm MST
Virtual Room 12 (Guidance/ATA)
  Indigenous Education  General Interest / Intérêt Général  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

12:30pm 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 Myra Ryboticki

Myra Ryboticki

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Myra Rybotycki is an executive staff officer in the Teacher Employment Services program area. She leads pension and financial welfare education programs for the Association. Myra is committed to closing the financial literacy gap for women and supporting economic equality.


Friday February 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:15pm MST
Virtual Room 39 (ATA)
  Teacher Wellness / Bien-être  General Interest / Intérêt Général  ATA
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus General
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus None
  • Tags English

12:30pm 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!


Friday February 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 02 (Assessment)
  Assessment / Évaluation  Teaching Practices/ Pédagogie
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:30pm MST

Winter is a Time for Stories
Learning Through Story: Bridging Literacy for All Students When the snow covers the ground it is a time for stories. Why is it important to tell stories while the snow is on the ground? Learn about all the ways we can tell stories. Think about how you can bring the power of storytelling into your classroom. Join in this session as we learn about traditional oral storytelling, exploring the use of Indigenous literature in elementary and secondary, stories of resilience, and information that supports foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →



Friday February 5, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual Room 22 (LA)
  Language Arts / Arts Langagier  Indigenous Education
  • Language of Presentation English
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Chairperson Pearleen Kanewopasikot - None
  • Room Details Virtual Room Maximum Capacity - 300
  • Grade Focus K-6
  • Tags English

12:30pm MST

In-Classroom & Online-Teaching: The Best of Both Worlds
It is possible that we will be transitioning from the traditional Classroom Teaching model to one which will incorporate some type of Online Instruction. This session will introduce some of the key components of my "Online Instruction" model: Streaming, OBS Studio setup, YouTube Channel setup and Instruction design to create a "Classroom Broadcast Studio". I will demonstrate how I use OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, YouTube GoLive, and Twitch to create and electronically deliver my lessons. All lessons are automatically saved and videos can be easily edited with Davinci Ressolve. You will also see how assessment can be conducted effectively and be quite valid using Go Formative. All programs/software are free and can can under the Windows or Mac OS.

Speakers
avatar for John Chan

John Chan

Teacher, Archbishop Jordan CHS
Teacher: 2000 - presentResearch (Pathology & Biochemistry): 1986 - 2000Computer experience: 1982 - presentScience major, CTS instructor, Kung-fu masterDegrees: BSc(1978), MSc(1986), BEd(2000), LLB(2007).