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THE PDTCA BOARD HOPES YOU HAVE AN AMAZING CONVENTION!
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES CTCC
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES HYATT
HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENT
LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

CALGARY TELUS CONVENTION CENTRE(CTCC) and HYATT - address and driving directions

PRE-REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON JANUARY 11, 2024 AT 8:00P.M. and CLOSE FEBRUARY 11 AT 8:00 P.M.
We have decided to start pre-registration on January 11th to make sure everyone is informed of the start time and has time to check out the sessions as the first week back to school can be quite hectic.
FOR PRE-REGISTERED SESSIONS PLEASE USE THE PRE-REGISTRATION LINK BELOW THE SESSION DESCRIPTION IN SCHED. Adding the session to your Sched schedule does not mean you are pre-registered. The number in the title shows how many will be allowed to attend the session. We do allow more names to be added, but they will be on the waiting list. This is explained on the pre-registration page.
https://www.pdtca.org/pre-registration.html

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CONVENTION AT A GLANCE LINK WILL BE AVAILABLE HERE IN MID FEBRUARY
Off-Site Addresses are included.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
“On the two school days of your assigned teachers’ convention, you have a legal and professional responsibility to attend convention. If you are not able to make it safely to your assigned convention, however, your collective agreement may include impassable roads or inclement weather clauses that you can access. If your collective agreement does not include language specific to road conditions or weather, you may make use of the personal leave clauses of your agreement in most cases. Please be aware that using any of these types of leave may require you to pay substitute costs, forego a portion of your salary and benefits, or report to your school or another work location in your district. Refer to your collective agreement for more information. Should you require any additional information or if you need assistance interpreting your collective agreement, please contact Teacher Employment Services at 1-800-232-7208 or 780-447-9400.”
This information is also found on the Frequently Asked Questions page on the www.ataconventions.ca website. If you have any further questions regarding this, please contact Daniel.Maas@ata.ab.ca.

Thursday, February 22 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Playful Learning: Unlocking Language Development for EAL Students and All Learners

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You just got a new student, and you heard they don’t speak English! Whether you are a generalist, math teacher, administrator, or anything else, you want to give them a great learning experience and this session can help you do it.

In this engaging and interactive session, we will explore the powerful role of play in supporting English as an Additional Language (EAL *AKA: ESL/ELL/ML) students and benefiting learners of all backgrounds. By tapping into the innate curiosity and natural inclination towards play, educators can create dynamic learning environments that foster language acquisition, promote social interaction, and enhance overall learning outcomes.

During this session, we will delve into a variety of practical strategies and innovative approaches that leverage play as a vehicle for language development. Through hands-on activities, group discussions, and real-world examples, participants will gain valuable insights and actionable ideas to implement in their classrooms.

Key topics covered in the session include:

Understanding the Benefits of Play: Discover the cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of play for EAL students and all learners. Explore how play enhances language acquisition, promotes critical thinking, and nurtures creativity.
Integrating Play into the Curriculum: Learn how to seamlessly incorporate playful learning experiences into existing lesson plans and curricula. Explore strategies for incorporating play across subject areas, fostering vocabulary development, and promoting communication skills.
Role-Playing and Drama: Explore the power of role-playing and drama as effective tools for language development. Discover how to engage EAL students in interactive role-play activities that build vocabulary, improve fluency, and enhance social skills.
Games and Gamification: Experience a range of language-based games and gamification techniques that captivate students' attention while reinforcing language skills. Learn how to adapt traditional games and digital tools to create meaningful learning experiences for EAL students.
Multilingual Approaches: Explore how to leverage the diverse linguistic backgrounds of EAL students to create a rich multilingual learning environment. Discover strategies for promoting language exchanges, celebrating cultural diversity, and fostering peer collaboration.
Creating Playful Learning Spaces: Explore practical ideas for designing a playful learning environment that engages EAL students and all learners. Learn how to set up play centers, utilize props and manipulatives, and create opportunities for open-ended exploration.
Assessment and Reflection: Discuss effective ways to assess language development through playful learning experiences. Explore strategies for providing constructive feedback and promoting self-reflection among EAL students.
Join us in this session to unlock the transformative power of play and witness how it can create a vibrant and inclusive learning environment that benefits EAL students and all learners. Walk away with practical ideas and strategies to enrich your teaching practice and empower your students on their language learning journey.

Note: This session is suitable for educators working with EAL students at various grade levels and across different subject areas. No prior experience with playful learning approaches is required.


Speakers
avatar for Joshua LaFleur

Joshua LaFleur

Learning Specialist, Rocky View Schools
I am a learning specialist with Rocky View Schools focusing on EAL learning, working with teachers and students across the school board to develop strategies that fit the individual classroom needs, the teacher’s style and approach to learning and the students’ goals and current... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 109 - CTCC