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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

REASON TO CREATE A PROFILE IN SCHED
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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
 

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8:50am MST

OPENING REMARKS

Thursday February 22, 2024 8:50am - 9:00am MST
TBA

9:00am MST

An Introduction to Photography
Photography is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. This session will provide an overview of the art and science of photography including exposure and composition. I will share resources that I use to teach photography from grades 7 through 12. While I will focus on techniques, I am happy to discuss the ins and outs of starting a photography program if that is of interest to participants.

Speakers
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Wade Westworth

Wade is a Communications Technology and Photography teacher at Oilfields High School in Diamond Valley. He has been teaching CTF/CTS courses for over 25 years and has started photography programs at three different school in Alberta.


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 205 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Assessment in CTS - Managing the outcomes in multi-level (10/20/30) Classrooms
Assessment in CTS/CTF programming and performance based programs can be complex in multi-level classrooms. This is a discussion based session geared to making our programs stronger. bring your ideas, lessons, assessment examples - we'll work together to improve what we're doing for our students.

Speakers
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Robert VanderLee

CTS Woodworking, Canmore Collegiate High School
Rob VanderLee has taught in the Bow Valley with Canadian Rockies Public Schools in both Junior and Senior High classrooms. Having spent the last 17 years at Canmore Collegiate, primarily in Construction and Makerspace programming, Rob has developed some solid programming for Grades... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 108 - CTCC
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Effectively Differentiating Instruction to Meet The Needs of All Learners (K-6)
With the high demands and constant daily pressures that teachers face, differentiating instruction seems a dream of the ideal world!
Providing proven strategies, tools and resources to support teachers in differentiating learning to meet all
students’ needs, this session turns the ideal world into the reality. From research studies to personal experience, teachers will truly understand the importance and the benefits of delivering a differentiated curriculum. Above all, teachers will be able to transfer their knowledge and experience from the session, to make positive changes in the classroom and ultimately improve their students learning and performance.

Discover how to:
• Plan differentiated lessons;
• Use assessment data to inform your differentiated plans;
• Differentiate learning through ability groups;
• Manage differentiation in the classroom;
• Seek personalized support to successfully implement differentiated instruction.
Learn how to deliver a curriculum that challenges and progresses the learning for all students, regardless
of their ability so that every learner reaches their true potential!

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

I’m Samantha Smith, the owner of TruTeach, providing elementary teachers, parents and students with support and guidance through the constant changes in the education world. Throughout my teaching career, I’ve been continuously evaluated as an exceptional elementary teacher. I’m... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 203/204 - CTCC
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

9:00am MST

Help! I have to teach Junior High Drama with no experience!
Drama can seem like an intimidating option to be assigned if you don't have experience, but it can be easy and fun for both you and your students. In this session you will familiarize yourself with the Drama program of studies and be given resources and ideas to run a drama program, even if you have no experience. We will even do some of the activities during our session, including improv, tableau, and open scenes. If you are new to teaching middle school drama, or if you are just looking for new ideas for your junior high or high school class, this is the session for you!

Speakers
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Charmaine Ferguson

Charmaine has been teaching drama at the junior high and high school level for 9 years with Foothills School Division.


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 8 - HYATT HYATT
  Drama & Dance (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Drama & Dance (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Playful Learning: Unlocking Language Development for EAL Students and All Learners
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

9:00am MST

Creativity in Your Second Language Classroom
Teaching Spanish, French, American Sign Language, or any other world language? This session is the perfect place to be! Welcome to an engaging and interactive discussion where two passionate teachers will share their love for language education. Lauren and Sheldon have successfully developed and expanded language programs at their high school, ensuring that their students are actively involved, making connections, and enjoying the process of learning a new language. Join us for a session filled with learning, collaboration, and idea sharing. Prepare to be inspired and equipped with practical takeaways that you can implement in your own classroom next week!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Price

Lauren Price

Teacher
Lauren Price has been sharing her passion for French and Spanish with high school students in Cochrane, AB for over a decade. Not only does she excel in her teaching role, but she also finds joy in her adorable fluffy dogs and practicing yoga during her free time.
avatar for Sheldon Betts

Sheldon Betts

Teacher, Rockyview Schools
Sheldon Betts has been teaching Sign Language, Creative Writing, Psychology, Language Arts, and Social Studies for 15 years at a high school in Cochrane, AB (and originally Fort McMurray). When he's not in the classroom, Sheldon enjoys exploring the majestic mountains, playing goalie... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 3 - HYATT HYATT
  French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

French Immersion: Diving into the New Curriculum
Are you a K-3 French Immersion teacher who is implementing the new FILAL (French Immersion Language Arts and Literature) curriculum? Are you feeling a bit insecure, or maybe even lost and confused? Do you find yourself looking for resources, answers, and support? This session is for you. We will spend time talking about the reality of implementing the new FILAL curriculum. For those who teach English as well, we can also touch on how FILAL fits in with the ELAL curriculum.
Please note, this is a collaborative session. The facilitator is not a curriculum specialist, but a Grade 3 FI teacher. She will facilitate a session where K-3 FI teachers can get together and share, brainstorm and learn from each other.

Note: Bringing a laptop a login for new.learnalberta.ca is highly recommended for this session.

Cette session sera présentée en français.

Speakers
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Marie Grenon

Marie Grenon is a grade 3 French Immersion teacher with Rockyview Schools and has been teaching FI for nearly 20 years. She has worked in Middle schools and elementary schools, as well as for Alberta Education. She holds a Masters Degree in Modern Languages from the University of... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 209 - CTCC
  French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

9:00am MST

Fuel Your Body to Teach
Teaching can be a high-stress job that easily spills over into your home.

Learn to fuel your body with quality sleep, nutrition, and downtime to come away with actionable steps to reach peak performance both in the classroom and in your personal life.

This is an interactive workshop that will include meditation and looking at your current life habits.

Speakers
avatar for Carman Murray

Carman Murray

Spherical Healing
Carman's mission is to help teachers and educators fuel their minds, body, and spirit so they can live life unapologetically, both in and out of the classroom.She has spent the last 20 years learning to shift her own life priorities into alignment with the gifts she has to offer others... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 6 - HYATT HYATT
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Tools to build your Financial Wellness
Why do we need to place a priority on our financial wellness? Why is being financially prepared so important? 
Did you know that financial wellness is just one of the many dimensions of wellness and prioritizing a strong, healthy financial wellness can help you stay mentally healthy and able to face other life's challenges.

Teachers can get so busy taking care of the needs of others that they often don’t have time to focus on their own wellness – but it’s crucial. Financial wellness is a big part of that. 40% of Canadians in a recent study who say they’re “financially unwell” are more likely to report stress associated with their money troubles. 88% of those say they’re “often” or “sometimes” worried about their finances, 49% say it distracts them at work.

What if there was a way to easily learn tools – things you can set up in just a few minutes – to help alleviate that stress? The first step is knowing what some of these are – and that’s why this session was developed.

This session is built to give you tools to take control of your financial wellness. How to start saving - an emergency fund plus save for your future. Where and how to invest your hard earned money, we take a look at the markets and they affect your investments. Easy budgeting tips - should I pay down my debt or save for the future? Is a common question we answer here! We also look at the biggest financial risks that can happen to you and how to lessen their impact. The rising costs of long term care and the financial impact of a life changing illness are two of the most common financial risks that we may face in our lives. Being financially prepared is the key to strong financial wellness.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Walton

Elizabeth Walton

Marketing and Communications Manager, Capital Planning
Capital Planning is the preferred financial planner for the Alberta Teachers' Association and the providers of the ATA Voluntary Benefits Program which includes the ATA Group Savings Plans. We have been proudly helping teachers and their families for over 40 years! At conventions... Read More →
SO

Shane O'Bryan

Working from our Calgary office, Shane takes great pride in being a long term Capital Planning team member, servicing the southern half of the province.


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 104/105 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Autism in the Classroom
“If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism” – Dr. Stephen Shore.

Session attendees will gain a better general understanding of Autism and neurodiversity through a neuro-affirming, strengths-based lens. We will provide fast facts about Autism and neurodiversity, and discuss how these differences can show up in educational environments like the classroom. This foundational information will then guide us into discussing some key realistic and attainable strategies that support all students.

Speakers
AT

Amy Tatterton

Amy Tatterton is the Director of Learning and Connection for the Sinneave Family Foundation. She provides leadership to learning activities and community engagement initiatives that help Sinneave fulfill its mission of reducing barriers and enhancing opportunities for Autistic youth... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 2 - HYATT HYATT

9:00am MST

Free Indigenous Lessons Created by Indigenous Educators: Pre-Contact, Contact, Treaties, Colonialism and The Indian Act
Lessons created and reviewed by Indigenous educators across Canada, including Alberta, provide age-appropriate content about the historical experience of Life on Turtle Island prior and after contact with Europeans, and the ensuing treaties, colonialism and Indian Act that impacts Indigenous Peoples today. Designed for grades 4 to 9, these online lessons include a guide to using respectful language and accompanying resources for students to build literacy and reflect on their own learning. These lessons and resources are provided free to teachers by Kids Boost Immunity where student learning is tied to helping others if teachers choose to have students do quizzes and earn vaccines through UNICEF (hence the name). Kids Boost Immunity is an approved resource for the Palliser School District. Teachers can enjoy an interactive experience and become students if they have their phone or notebook to access the lessons being shown online. They can experience firsthand the fun of completing quizzes and will be shown the program view for teachers who can monitor student participation in real time.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller

Educational Curriculum Specialist, Kids Boost Immunity
Kathy Miller has 30+ years of experience as a classroom teacher (grades 4-12). With post-graduate training in curriculum (UVic) and technology education (SFU), Kathy currently coordinates the online program Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) working with specialist teachers from Canadian provinces... Read More →
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Jordan Betancourt

Digital Content Specialist


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall D - CTCC
  Indigenous Education (TQS/LQS 5), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

9:00am MST

More Than Words: The Significance of Land Acknowledgements on the Journey of Truth and Reconciliation
Sharing a land acknowledgement has become a common practice and there is potential for a land acknowledgement to be perceived as an empty gesture if it’s not paired with concrete actions. Throughout this session, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on the deeper meanings of a land acknowledgement and consider ways they can mobilize land acknowledgements in their own professional practice. Participants will reflect on their own connections to people and place, and consider how land acknowledgements and their associated actions can build relationships and contribute to Truth & Reconciliation.

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Riel

Gretchen Riel

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, The Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall E4 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Managing expectations (Keynote)
Changing situations means changing expectations – and mounting pressures to meet those expectations, both from within and from the outside world. Dealing with pressure and the fear of failure (and fear of success) is a reality for so many. Catriona will share with you, and help you learn from her own experience, as someone who dealt with changing expectations in the public eye.

Speakers
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Catriona Le May Doan

Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice. After carrying the Canadian flag into the 2002 OlympicWinter Games opening ceremonies (her fourth Olympics), Catriona defended her Olympic title with a Gold medal performance in the 500 metre event, becoming the first Canadian individual... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Exhibition Hall E X - CTCC
  Keynotes, ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Let's Talk Phonics
Join Kristy Dunn, PhD., for an insightful and timely discussion about phonics:
⎼ What is phonics and why is it important?
⎼ How can I assess my students' phonics knowledge?
⎼ Why should I follow a scope and sequence?
⎼ What does explicit teaching look like?
Kristy Dunn, along with co-author George Georgiou, have published a book called The Phonics Companion. This includes a Canadian-developed scope and sequence along with 120 phonics lessons. In this session, Kristy will talk about their research and insights for effective teaching and learning of phonics skills.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Dunn

Kristy Dunn

Dr. Kristy Dunn is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education (Special Education). Her research focuses on literacy and intervention development for at-risk readers. She has taught for over 15 years in the elementary classroom and at the post secondary... Read More →
avatar for Pearson Canada

Pearson Canada

Pearson Canada
Pearson Canada


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 206 - CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

9:00am MST

Whole Novels for the Whole Class: A Student Centered Approach
Looking to revamp your novel studies and make them more student-friendly? This session will delve into how to do just that! The Whole Novels approach is based on the premise that students need to read the WHOLE NOVEL before discussing and analyzing. Whole novel studies are propelled by students' authentic responses to the text rather than to teacher questioning. Students learn habits of response, critical thinking, rereading, and group discussion, and generate their own questions for further investigation and writing. With this approach, you will be able to facilitate authentic reading experiences for students and foster a community of readers.

Speakers
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Dana Johnston

Dana is currently teaching grade 6 at St. Anthony's School in Drumheller, where she has been for 15 years. She has been a team lead for several years, helping to facilitate professional development for the grades 4-6 teachers. Dana has a passion for Language Arts and is continually... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 208 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Yoga Jam for Beginnerrs
Is your convention leaving you feeling stiff, sore but still ready for more? Perhaps it is time to give yoga a try? This session is for teachers who are new to the practice to find a way to get ACTIVE within their day. The session will lead through some basic postures as well as integrate ways that you can incorporate some movement into your classroom environment. Please wear active attire, bring a water bottle and a mat to this one-hour session. Prepare to laugh, move and leave feeling recharged to take on convention.

Speakers
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Kendra Silk

Teacher, Redeemer
Kendra Silk is a fine arts teacher in Canmore, AB. Her personal work has a tremendous ( almost shameful) amount of colour and is designed to share joy. Kendra has taught for 14 years and has a Master in Education from the University of Calgary where she focused on Sustainability and... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 4 - HYATT HYATT
  Physical Education (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Stop Vaping Before It Starts: What Teachers Need to Know
Alberta Health Services health professionals will discuss vaping use amongst youth.
Participants will learn:
• Trends in and prevalence rates of e-cigarette use for school aged youth in Canada and Alberta
• Effective strategies to help students
• Best Practices for e-cigarette use and vaping related school-based initiatives
• A summary of available on-line resources for students and teachers to prevent and reduce nicotine and electronic cigarette use by young people

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Ladd

Aaron Ladd

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services - Tobacco
We are currently working with all of our presenters and scheduling them to present at each convention across the provinc


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 106 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Hope: Resilience and Recovery
In 2021, The Alberta Teachers' Association began to track the level of hopelessness of teachers and school leaders in Alberta through its pulse surveys. The findings indicated a high percentage of respondents reported feeling hopeless and indicated intentions to leave the teaching profession within the next five years. The Association, in partnership with Drs Denise Larson, Rebecca Hudson Breen, Darryl Hunter, and Veronica Taylor at the University of Alberta began to explore in more detail where members of the profession find hopefulness and what considerations are necessary for creating resilience and hope for the complex and relational work teachers and school leaders perform on a regular basis. This session will also focus on what supports will help boost retention in the teaching profession to continue the vibrant tradition of public education in our province.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall B - CTCC

9:00am MST

Recreation, Ethics and Aesthetics. Are Video Games a Refined Art, Noble Sport or an Egregiously Superfluous Pastime?
Countless students and adults alike enjoy video games. But what exactly are they? A benign form of recreation, high art, engaging sport, or simply a terrible waste of time? This talk draws on insights from religion and philosophy, namely the Bible and Socrates, to explore what the wisdom of the past says about the nature of recreation as well as aesthetics and how this applies to video games. It also seeks to provide teachers with novel ideas about how to introduce discussions on the ethics and aesthetics of video games, which students, in turn, can apply to other everyday realities such as sports, music and dance.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard McLarney

Dr. Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB., and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture and Myt... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall E1 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Lighthouse Leadership – Illuminating the Path to Collaborative Communities
There is a distinct difference between leader and leadership. Power denotes the interplay between individuals, whereas empowerment involves providing individuals with the confidence, competence, autonomy, and resources to make their own decisions (Ciulla, 2020; Edelmann et al., 2020; Ryan, 2005). Leadership effectiveness is evidenced through empowerment, contrasting starkly with those who prioritize power alone, often merely assuming the leadership title without embodying true leadership qualities. 

This session will explore various strategies to support you in your current (or aspiring) leadership role, inviting you to engage in reflexivity by considering your current method of leading, and your desired future state.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Avramovic

Lindsay Avramovic

Council for School Leadership
Mrs. Lindsay Avramovic began her teaching career with Christ The Redeemer (CTR) at a K-12 school in Canmore. During that time, she served as an elementary teacher before being appointed to Vice Principal in 2017. In addition to her role as Vice Principal, she assumed portfolios in... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 201/202 - CTCC
  School Leadership (LQS 1-9), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Unlucky When Hiring?
Have you ever wondered, “What was I thinking when I hired this guy?” His on-the-job performance doesn’t match what his resume and interview promised. What went wrong? It’s tempting to attribute hiring decisions that don’t work out to “just being unlucky.” Turns out that luck has little to do with it. Most bad hires can be traced back to mistakes that could easily have been avoided. By the end of this session, participants will understand the 13 reasons administrators are “unlucky” when hiring and how to avoid these missteps.

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott is committed to providing frontline leaders with the tools and techniques they require to hire, engage and retain the right people. A full-time consultant, speaker and trainer since 1995, Nelson sees his programs and writing as opportunities to remind audiences and readers... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall E2 - CTCC
  School Leadership (LQS 1-9), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Explore the Nature of Science
This interactive, hands-on session will introduce teachers to a number of classroom-ready activities that encourage students of all ages to think like scientists as they collaborate and communicate to answer curiosity-driven questions. The focus of the activities is to model the Nature of Science: making observations, drawing inferences, testing models, modifying models, and extending models to make test-able predictions. All the resources used in the session will be available in English and in French, although the session will be presented in English. The resources are available from the Perimeter Institute.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Wasyleczko

Kristina Wasyleczko

Science Teacher
Kristina Wasyleczko is a high school math and science teacher who is dedicated to a student-centered, rich learning environment. She values and encourages students' deeper understanding through intentional pedagogy and thoughtful assessment.
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Brett Eustergerling

Brett Eustergerling is a science teacher at the Foothills Digital School.


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Co-Lab 111 - CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Student Projects At Any Scale- SHS Community Greenhouse
Want to start some more student projects but concerned about that "magic sauce"? Right students, right teacher, right time? Come learn about our community greenhouse and the continuum of student projects involved in its construction. An off-grid solar PV system, permaculture landscape, climate battery, vermicomposting and so much more. Every project has been tackled by SHS students in collaboration with community members.  Some projects have been totally student led and others have been teacher led but the common theme has been everyone walks away fulfilled.

Learn about ways to fund your own project, potential pitfalls, and how to leverage your story into something that can potentially grow over time all while learning about the amazing space that is the Strathmore High School Community Greenhouse.

Speakers
avatar for Cole Hintz

Cole Hintz

Teacher, Strathmore High School
Cole Hintz is a teacher at Strathmore High School. Over the past three years he has overseen a project based, community focused, grant funded, greenhouse project that has become a vibrant community hub utilized by students and community members alike to further enhance the collective... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 1 - HYATT HYATT

9:00am MST

Effective & Inspiring Experiential Learning Activities in the Canadian Military History Classroom
War is a complex and emotionally difficult subject to cover deeply and effectively in class, but it can be done in a caring, engaging, and inspiring manner that promotes enduring lessons learned.
During this Canadian military history education session hosted by Valour Canada, attendees will observe different strategies and tactics teachers can employ in their classroom to increase student buy-in and more effectively educate about Canada's military history. Pedagogically speaking, the audience will see how hands-on, experiential learning (using scenarios presented to the students) can be used to elicit deeper critical thought from participating students. Methods for integrating discussion about positive citizenship will also be explored during this session.
At least two of the following activities will be demonstrated for the audience: The Sinking of Llandovery Castle (WW1; Gr. 4 and up), The Battle of Vimy Ridge (WW1; Gr. 4 and up), and D-Day: Operation Neptune (WW2; Gr. 8 and up). All resources referenced during this presentation are freely available online.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Curtis

Aaron Curtis

Teacher, Valour Canada
Aaron Curtis spent his childhood in the Rideau Lakes area of Eastern Ontario, primarily in Lanark, and Leeds & Grenville counties.During the mid-2000s, Aaron attended the University of Calgary where he earned a degree in Archaeology (B.Sc.) and a minor in Earth Sciences. Upon graduation... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall E3 - CTCC

9:00am MST

The Holocaust- Teaching About Then Today
This session will present tried and true resources for teaching the Holocaust, with a specific focus on online applications teachers can use in the classroom. Session will provide teachers time to explore resources, develop lesson plans, and ask questions!

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

Holocaust studies, classroom design
Lindsay is a passionate Holocaust educator based in High River. Through her 19 years of teaching, Lindsay has worked to include Holocaust education in her grades 5-12 humanities classrooms. In 2020, in collaboration with the Calgary Jewish Federation she developed a series of Holocaust... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Telus 110 - CTCC
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg 20 OFFSITE) Nailed It! Cake Decorating 101
Teachers will have the opportunity to decorate a layer cake or character cake using buttercream frosting or fondant. Keeping cakes moist, crumb coat, and piping will all be addressed as well as applying and decorating with fondant. Each teacher will have their own finished cake and should bring something in which to take their cake home at the end of this half day session.
Session will be held at Chestermere High School east of Calgary 5 km.
CHESTERMERE: Chestermere High School 241050 Highway 791, Calgary, Rockyview

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Wasylynuik

Carmen Wasylynuik

Foods Teacher, Chestermere High School
Carmen Wasylynuik is a Red Seal Chef and Foods Teacher at Chestermere High School and has taught both Foods and Cook Apprenticeship in grades 9-12. She strongly believes in sharing knowledge and building relationships through fostering professional development for teachers in foods... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 12:40pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Werklund School of Education Undergraduate Student Poster Display on Interdisciplinary Learning and STEM Education
This poster display created by pre-Service teachers from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary will provide opportunities for both conference delegates and pre-service teachers to engage in a professional dialogue around current trends and issues in education. This session will be of interest to current professionals, to view examinations on relevant issues that offer an opportunity to re-conceptualize teaching and learning as a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice focusing on real world problems and/or issues that impact students in schools.

Speakers
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Cynthia Prasow

Director, Student Experiences, University of Calgary
Cynthia Prasow is the Director of Student Experiences at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Students from the Werklund School of Education who will be completing their senior level courses in Education will have an opportunity to present their posters as part... Read More →
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Werklund Students

Students from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary will be presenting their posters. These students will submit their posters to Cynthia Prasow and it will then be determined which groups of students will present their posters at the Palliser Teachers' C... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 12:40pm MST
Hallway outside Imperial Rooms - HYATT HYATT

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg 50 OFFSITE) Sowing Seeds of Sustainability: Nurturing Sustainable Action in the Classroom and Beyond
Hop aboard the historic Stampede Trolley and join us on an exciting journey to turn sustainability from concept to action, both for you and your students!
  • 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM – boarding/pick-up
  • 12:40 PM – drop-off
  • PLEASE GATHER IN THE HYATT LOBBY – the trolley/s will park by the curb on Centre Street in front of the Hyatt.
  • Trolley(s) may arrive earlier than boarding/pick-up times

During this session, you will enjoy a sustainable snack while we delve into constructing an eco-friendly project transferrable to your classroom, that will deepen the connection between sustainability for your students and the world around them. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a virtual farming simulation game specifically designed for the classroom. This game will empower your students to understand the complexities of sustainable agriculture and its crucial role in feeding our future.

Discover how to ignite a passion for our world within your own classroom through an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of feeding a projected global population of 10 billion by 2050.

Speakers
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Megan White

Megan White, an enthusiastic educator working in agriculture and sustainability, dedicated to empowering students and teachers to embrace these concepts in meaningful ways. Megan's passion lies in bridging the gap between theory and practice, bringing sustainability education to life... Read More →
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Calgary Stampede Foundation

Calgary Stampede Foundation


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 12:40pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Science (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   Social Studies (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg 16 OFFSITE) LEARN TO SEW and Teach Your Students Too!
"HELP! I'm supposed to teach Fashion but I don't know what I'm doing!" This session is for new (or newer) CTF/CTS Fashion teachers. You will learn sewing basics and leave with a pair of pyjama shorts made by you! You will also get ideas and concrete resources that will help you plan your fashion classes so that your students waste less time, gain more valuable skills, and have a great experience. 
**This session will take place at George McDougall High School in the Fashion room. 
412 3 Ave NE, Airdrie, AB T4B 1R7

The fee for this session is $15 per participant; please bring cash with you to the session.  This will be collected at the door and you will be not be admitted until you pay this fee.

Speakers
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Catherine Ford

Foods & Fashion Teacher
Catherine LOVES TO SEW! She has taught Fashion (and Foods) for 13 years and has been sewing since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She has a degree in Clothing & Textiles from the U of A, and a BEd in Home Economics Education from UBC. Catherine wants you to learn to love sewing... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg 16 OFFSITE) Some carve their careers - others just Whittle! - 1 Day Workshop
Ecole Secondaire Highwood High School
1401 10th Street
High River, AB
Develop safe Whittling skills (woodcarving) through a variety of small hands-on projects. This 1-day off-site workshop builds knowledge, skill, and ability using simple tools, & common materials typically found within CTF/CTR classrooms. Whittling is therapeutic in nature, providing opportunity to individually focus on developing participants overall well being. Tools & Materials, and take home projects provided. Participants have opportunity to purchase starter kits if interested to continue at home.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Connell

Dave Connell

My name is Dave Connell. A Carpentry/Woodcarving teacher for 27years. I began woodcarving as a hobby in my early teens and continued on for hobby ever since (30 plus years). As a carpentry teacher I have offered woodcarving as an Optional class - last 20 years, passing along my skill... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg 60 OFFSITE) Learning Outside With the New ELA, Math and Science Curricula: A day at Fish Creek Park
During this FULL DAY Workshop held at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Center, teachers will rotate through 3 different outdoor learning sessions. Presented by Alberta Parks and the Calgary Regional Consortium, you'll experience:
1. Winter OUTDOOR Learning Inspiration
2. Literacy and Numeracy OUTSIDE
3. Take the New Science Curriculum OUTDOORS
FISH CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTRE 15931 Woodpath Rd SW, Calgary

Speakers
avatar for Vicki Perkins

Vicki Perkins

Environment Education Coordinator, Alberta Parks
Vicki (she/her) grew up on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinabeg, Seneca and Chippewa peoples. Time spent amongst the majestic white pines and the flowing waters of this territory sparked a passion for nature and sharing stories from the land. Currently... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Environmental & Outdoor Education (TQS 3), Div I, Div II |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div I, Div II

9:00am MST

PRAYER ROOM
PRAYER ROOM: THIS IS NOT A SESSION


Thursday February 22, 2024 9:00am - Friday February 23, 2024 3:20pm MST
Telus 107 - CTCC

10:20am MST

(Pre-Reg 30) Is this Burnout? How caring for others can impact educators.
During this session, Dr. Hartwick will define how Trauma can impact both students and those who care for them.
Participants will learn how to recognize students who might be showing symptoms such as PTSD and Toxic Stress and learn how to respond in trauma-informed ways.
Educators will learn how the trauma experiences of others can result in Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout. Strategies for self-monitoring, self-care, and comfort will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Straw

Brenda Straw

Education Liaison, Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
Brenda Straw is a certified teacher on secondment to Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) from the Calgary Catholic School District (CSSD) where she previously held the position of Diverse Learning Coordinating Teacher. As part of school leadership teams, Brenda coordinated... Read More →
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Dr. Cailey Hartwick

Dr. Cailey Hartwick works as a Clinical Psychologist for the AHS Child Abuse Service within the Luna partnership. Her primary focus is on providing therapy for psychological trauma to children and youth who have experienced child maltreatment. She is also the Research Coordinator... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 3 - HYATT HYATT

10:20am MST

The “Cost” of Household Food Insecurity to Students: Approaches that Support Dignity and Well-being.
In 2022, more households in Alberta experienced household food insecurity than ever before. Financial pressures on families that result in not having enough money to buy food impact students in ways beyond feeling hungry at school. Join AHS Registered Dietitians in exploring the root cause of household food insecurity and how to help students beyond providing food, in ways that support dignity and overall well-being.

Speakers
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Mariel Fajer-Gomez

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Mariel Fajer is a Registered Dietitian with over 10 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing nutrition information with a variety of audiences and enjoys finding novel ways to translate research findings to simple but effective messages to foster health and wellness. On... Read More →
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Charity Alcocer

Charity Alcocer, BSc.(Nutr), RD Charity is a Public Health Dietitian for Alberta Health Services, based in Calgary. She has worked in the area of public health nutrition for almost 20 years. The focus of her current role is promoting health for school-age children and building the... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 208 - CTCC

10:20am MST

ARTA and the ARTA Benefit Plans - Looking Ahead to New ADVENTURES "Presented by Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association
If you are considering retirement within the next five years, then you’ve got some big decisions just around the corner. Make sure you’re ready for them! This presentation will go over everything you need to know about the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA), including programs and perks available to members and, of course, the nationally acclaimed Health Benefit Plans, complete with information on all the health, travel, and dental benefits ARTA offers. A current retired teacher will provide important points to consider before making the leap into retirement and will touch on some retirement lessons they’ve learned from experience. Join us to discover how ARTA can give you the support you need to begin this new, exciting adventure.

Speakers
avatar for ARTA Representatives

ARTA Representatives

Manager of Marketing and Promotions, Alberta Retired Teachers' Assocation
JENNIFER HOPE Manger of Marketing and Promotions, ARTA Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Management degree in marketing from the University of Lethbridge and recently earned her Group Benefits Associate designation. With years of ARTA experience under her belt, she is well-versed in the... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall E4 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Sleep and its Impact on Athletic Performance
Sleep can be defined as a relatively stationary and recurrent state of being where rest and relaxation replenish the mind and body from the preceding stretch of wakefulness (Caia et al., 2018). The past decade has seen numerous studies that have advanced our understanding of the function of sleep (Phillips, 2018). Sleep is essential for healthy brain functioning and energy balance maintenance. Beyond the brain, every other body system also benefits from quality sleep. During sleep, physiological systems are maintained and improved (Phillips, 2018). Also, research has shown that sleep is important for physical health through sustained bone and growth repair and the promotion of normal cardiovascular, metabolic, and immune functioning. Accordingly, sleep studies are essential for both our current and future knowledge about the necessity of sleep for human function.

Decades of research have explored the basis of sleep and its effects on human health. However, much less research has looked at how sleep affects athletic performance, particularly in young athletes. This presentation will share a review of the literature which focuses on the relationship between sleep and athletic performance in young athletes, aged 15-24. A systematic search of the literature in four databases was performed, and retrieved articles were screened and either excluded or selected based on specific eligibility criteria. Upon synthesizing the data, three themes related to sleep and athletic performance emerged. These were physical performance, cognitive performance, and illness and injury. In general, the trends displayed an association between a better quantity and quality of sleep and improved physical and cognitive performance, as well as a reduced occurrence of illness and injury. These findings suggest that athletic performance in young athletes can be significantly improved by better sleep hygiene due to the associated improvement in the areas of physical performance, cognitive performance, and illness and injury.

Attendees of this presentation will leave with a much stronger understanding of how sleep affects the body and specifically, how young athletes can use sleep to gain a competitive edge and fully benefit from the power of quality sleep.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Chorney

Dr. David Chorney

Full Professor, University of Alberta
Dr. David Chorney is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Chorney has been working in post-secondary education for the past 20 years. Before becoming a professor, he worked as a high school teacher for 7 years, teaching exclusively physical... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Telus 101/102 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Hacking ADHD Motivation
We’ve all had those ADHD brains in our classroom who can’t motivate themselves to work without a significant fire under their butt. But we don’t have the time to stand over a child or the energy to intimidate them into finishing their work.
Stop taking away recess, begging or pleading, or sending work home (where it never gets finished anyway). Lean into what actually motivates the ADHD brain to complete tasks. We’ll discuss ways to work with the ADHD brain instead of fighting against it. You’ll empower kids to leverage the skills they do have without adding hours to your own workload.

Speakers
avatar for Kendall Delamont

Kendall Delamont

Kendall holds a B.A. in Behavioural Sciences, a B.Ed., and is an ADHD Certified Educator. She has been a classroom teacher for 8 years and has worked with many students who have been diagnosed with ADHD.She was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 24, although it was first suggested... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Telus 108 - CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Supportive and Responsive Classroom Instructional Strategies for Students with FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects approximately 4% of Canadians and is Canada’s leading developmental disability (CanFASD, 2023). Since FASD is more prevalent than Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, educators can expect to have at least one student with FASD in their classroom dynamic (ibid). Students with FASD bring many positive assets to the classroom; however, educators often report being unprepared for the various needs and challenges of the developmental disability. This presentation aims to support educational professionals to improve their classroom practice through research-driven instructional strategies and approaches for students with FASD. These practical ideas are presented within an RTI framework that both honours restorative justice and trauma-responsive approaches. Educators curious about FASD are also encouraged to attend as the strategies presented will be beneficial and appropriate to a wide range of students.

Speakers
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Patricia Kincaid

FASD Network
Patricia Kincaid is a FASD Instructional Coach with the Central Alberta FASD Network. She has over 24 years of educational experience working in various parts of Canada and with the neurodiverse population. Patricia is a mother of two neuro-diverse children and recently became a... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall E2 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Free Indigenous Lessons Created by Indigenous Educators: Pre-Contact, Contact, Treaties, Colonialism and The Indian Act **REPEAT SESSION
Lessons created and reviewed by Indigenous educators across Canada, including Alberta, provide age-appropriate content about the historical experience of Life on Turtle Island prior and after contact with Europeans, and the ensuing treaties, colonialism and Indian Act that impacts Indigenous Peoples today. Designed for grades 4 to 9, these online lessons include a guide to using respectful language and accompanying resources for students to build literacy and reflect on their own learning. These lessons and resources are provided free to teachers by Kids Boost Immunity where student learning is tied to helping others if teachers choose to have students do quizzes and earn vaccines through UNICEF (hence the name). Kids Boost Immunity is an approved resource for the Palliser School District. Teachers can enjoy an interactive experience and become students if they have their phone or notebook to access the lessons being shown online. They can experience firsthand the fun of completing quizzes and will be shown the program view for teachers who can monitor student participation in real time.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller

Educational Curriculum Specialist, Kids Boost Immunity
Kathy Miller has 30+ years of experience as a classroom teacher (grades 4-12). With post-graduate training in curriculum (UVic) and technology education (SFU), Kathy currently coordinates the online program Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) working with specialist teachers from Canadian provinces... Read More →
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Jordan Betancourt

Digital Content Specialist


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall D - CTCC
  Indigenous Education (TQS/LQS 5), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Riel

Gretchen Riel

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, The Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 6 - HYATT HYATT

10:20am MST

Managing Expectations (Keynote)
Changing situations means changing expectations – and mounting pressures to meet those expectations, both from within and from the outside world. Dealing with pressure and the fear of failure (and fear of success) is a reality for so many. Catriona will share with you, and help you learn from her own experience, as someone who dealt with changing expectations in the public eye.

Speakers
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Catriona Le May Doan

Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice. After carrying the Canadian flag into the 2002 OlympicWinter Games opening ceremonies (her fourth Olympics), Catriona defended her Olympic title with a Gold medal performance in the 500 metre event, becoming the first Canadian individual... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Exhibition Hall E X - CTCC
  Keynotes, ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Téflon ou Velcro - Comment maximiser l’apprentissage - 1ère à 12e année (Keynote)
On comprend de mieux en mieux comment le cerveau apprend. De nombreux ouvrages à cet effet offrent des suggestions à savoir comment enseigner afin de maximiser l’apprentissage. Cet atelier a pour but de vous présenter quelques-unes des stratégies pratico-pratiques suggérées dans les plus récentes recherches.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà en présentiel et distanciel . Elle présente régulièrement des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 5/7/9 - HYATT HYATT
  Keynotes, Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Gamifying High School English and Outcome Based Assessment
Providing educators with concrete examples on how to create authentic real world projects that are directly connected to the high school curriculum. This session will also refer to outcome based assessment and how real projects can be assessed in this manner.

Speakers
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Jade Chausse

Teacher, RVS
I have been a high school humanities teacher for nine years. I co-founded a Mechatronics Academy that infuses the passion areas of robotics and coding with high school humanities curriculum.


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Telus 109 - CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Introducing Bug Club Morphology - Empowering Readers and Writers Through Word Structure, Vocabulary, and Spelling
The Alberta ELAL Curriculum has an explicit focus on morphology. Are you wondering what it is and how to teach it? In this session, Karen Filewych will provide a foundational understanding of morphology and the many benefits of teaching it to students. She will also walk through the new Pearson resource: Bug Club Morphology to demonstrate how it can support your teaching in this area.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych

Words Change Worlds
Karen Filewych has over twenty-five years of educational experience as an elementary teacher, school administrator, and language arts consultant. In 2007, she completed her Master of Education degree in the area of literacy. Karen has two teacher resources published by Pembroke Publishers... Read More →
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Pearson Canada

Pearson Canada
Pearson Canada


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 1 - HYATT HYATT
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

10:20am MST

Let's Talk Phonics REPEAT SESSION
Join Kristy Dunn, PhD., for an insightful and timely discussion about phonics:
⎼ What is phonics and why is it important?
⎼ How can I assess my students' phonics knowledge?
⎼ Why should I follow a scope and sequence?
⎼ What does explicit teaching look like?

Kristy Dunn, along with co-author George Georgiou, have published a book called The Phonics Companion. This includes a Canadian-developed scope and sequence along with 120 phonics lessons. In this session, Kristy will talk about their research and insights for effective teaching and learning of phonics skills.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Dunn

Kristy Dunn

Dr. Kristy Dunn is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education (Special Education). Her research focuses on literacy and intervention development for at-risk readers. She has taught for over 15 years in the elementary classroom and at the post secondary... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 206 - CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

10:20am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Presenter / Content creator, 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 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 203/204 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Yoga Jam intermediate/advanced
Do you ever feel like the world is just upside down? Perhaps some handstands and backbends may help you align your perspectives? This ACTIVE session is for the intermediate/advanced yoga practitioner ( or just someone who is confident in their range of motion and likes to test their edge). We will have a vigorous warm up followed by some partner inversion play as well as looking at how play and safe-risk can be a part of our physical education classes. This session is mainly for participants to have an opportunity to focus on their own physical health within convention time. Please wear active attire, bring a water bottle as a mat to this one-hour session. You have been looking for an excuse to feel great- this may be it.

Speakers
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Kendra Silk

Teacher, Redeemer
Kendra Silk is a fine arts teacher in Canmore, AB. Her personal work has a tremendous ( almost shameful) amount of colour and is designed to share joy. Kendra has taught for 14 years and has a Master in Education from the University of Calgary where she focused on Sustainability and... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 4 - HYATT HYATT
  Physical Education (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

The Soul of AI: Do Artificial Intelligence machines have souls?
Increasingly sophisticated displays of artificial intelligence such as CHATGPT has elicited variegated responses ranging from experts decrying the need for regulation to educators embracing new possibilities for lesson planning and student learning. While many marvel at the alacrity by which AI is transforming society, AI is forcing people to ask themselves questions such as “what exactly divides humanity from machines?” This talk, designed for religious educators, delves into that question. One obvious answer is that machines don’t have souls. But is that really the case? And if so, why? Here we look at what exactly is a soul in light of Sacred Scripture as well as ancient and modern philosophy with the aim of better grasping human-AI distinctions.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard McLarney

Dr. Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB., and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture and Myt... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall E1 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Formative Assessment in Physics
This session will involve participants completing classroom-ready activities designed for Physics 20-30 that encourage students to struggle with difficult concepts and develop understanding through collaboration with others. Participants will discuss implementation of peer-driven formative assessments, adapting existing materials to suitable formative activities, and creating outcome-based formative assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Wasyleczko

Kristina Wasyleczko

Science Teacher
Kristina Wasyleczko is a high school math and science teacher who is dedicated to a student-centered, rich learning environment. She values and encourages students' deeper understanding through intentional pedagogy and thoughtful assessment.
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Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz has been actively interested in helping students be successful for many years. She has been working to develop classroom-ready resources that teachers can use for general science and for high school physics setting.


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Co-Lab 111 - CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Empowering Teachers for Alberta’s Clean Energy Transition
Join Inside Education for an empowering workshop where you will gain innovative teaching strategies and curriculum integration approaches to teaching about Alberta’s clean energy transition, along with gaining access to our new “Energy Innovation Poster Resource.” In this session we will highlight the research, innovation, and implementation of alternative fuels; explore innovations like carbon capture and storage; and showcase the role these technologies play in the energy transition. Discover how to effectively incorporate the engaging poster resource and other related resources into your lessons, sparking engaging discussions on energy, air quality, and sustainability. After this session, you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to inspire the next generation of energy leaders in Alberta. Join us and recharge your teaching about Alberta’s energy transition!

Speakers
avatar for Braeden Elenko

Braeden Elenko

Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charity. We have been supporting teachers and students to think critically about environmental topics since 1985! With our no-cost teaching resources, youth summits, in-class and field programs, and professional... Read More →
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Colin King

Education Team Lead, Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We have been supporting teachers and inspiring students to think critically about natural resource topics since 1985! With our full suite of no-cost teaching resources, youth summits... Read More →
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Mila Mezei

Education Program Coordinator, Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We have been supporting teachers and inspiring students to think critically about natural resource topics since 1985! With our full suite of no-cost teaching resources, youth summits... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall E3 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Canva In The Classroom
PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP IF YOU HAVE ONE (TABLETS AND PHONES WILL WORK TOO).
Canva is a free for educators tool that has many creative uses in the classroom. This session is intended to give you an overview of Canva, some ideas for using it in the classroom, how it can integrate with Google Classroom and where you can find additional support for using it after this session. Come and see how this creative tool can be used to help support your creative lessons and how it can transform student learning and enhance their creative projects. NO TECHNICAL or ARTISTIC SKILL NECESSARY just a willingness to experiment. Laptops, tablets or cellphones would be useful.  

Speakers
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Wade Westworth

Wade is a Communications Technology and Photography teacher at Oilfields High School in Diamond Valley. He has been teaching CTF/CTS courses for over 25 years and has started photography programs at three different school in Alberta.


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 205 - CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Coding for Kindergarteners - Introducing Elementary Students to Computational Thinking
Do you want to introduce your students to coding or computational thinking but are unsure where to begin? Join us for a session exploring hands-on activities to begin coding and computational thinking with Division 1 students. We will cover the basics of these concepts and then engage in activities that require little to no technology.

Speakers
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Alicia Berger

Alicia, Alex and Nicole all shifted to online instruction during Covid after over a decade in traditional in-person classrooms and they have remained online since then. As teachers in Rocky View Schools' first-ever elementary and middle online school, they are uniquely poised to reflect... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 8 - HYATT HYATT
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

10:20am MST

Timesavers for Teachers
We graduated from University of Alberta 12 years ago now, and have been in a variety of roles. Through our combined experiences, we have implemented various time saving techniques as well as utilize websites to help maintain an overcome the mountain of expectations of our profession. We've put into practices several things that help us stay sane and caught up with the ever growing "MUST DO!" list. Connecting Google Classroom with outside websites like Pear deck, GoNoodle, ZipGrade, Flippity, Orange Slice, Classroom Economy and Microsoft OneNote. All of these websites and tools help keep us organized, and foster a greater sense of student ownership and participation in our student's learning. With this session, our hope is that we help teachers (new and experienced) who would like to implement simple and engaging systems into their teaching. We feel like this session would be most beneficial to new educators that are just entering into their career. The last part of the session will be playing and experimenting with these websites and sharing beneficial resources - breaking up into smaller groups to have some collaborative time! We promise that you will walk away with something wonderful to use with your students on Monday morning. **PLEASE BRING TECHNOLOGY TO THIS SESSION!!**

Speakers
avatar for Meaghan Wright

Meaghan Wright

We are teachers with Rocky View and Chinook's Edge since 2009. Between us both, we have taught every grade from grade 1 to 9. Being organized, sharing our wealth of resources and knowledge and creating effective methods that save us time are our jams!
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Laura Laderoute

C.P. Blakely School
We are teachers with Rocky View and Chinook Winds since 2009. Between us both, we have taught every grade from grade 1 to 9. Being organized, sharing our wealth of resources and knowledge and creating effective methods that save us time are our jams!


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 209 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Elementary School Classroom Management for New Teachers: Learn The Art of Herding Cats
Classroom management is the foundation of effective teaching, yet many new teachers begin their careers unprepared for this critical practice. Through this session, attendees will gain insights and techniques that they can apply in their own classrooms, helping them to create a positive and productive learning environment for their students. From establishing routines and procedures and building strong relationships with your students, this session will provide new teachers with the tools they need to confidently manage their classrooms and succeed in their teaching careers.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Hartley

Sean Hartley

Sean is in his 13th year as a classroom teacher, all at the elementary level. He believes his greatest strength as a teacher is herding cats, and is passionate about supporting new teachers in living up to their full potential.


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 104/105 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Creating a Culture of Respect for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Learn practical strategies for creating more inclusive school environments and safer spaces for gender and sexually diverse clients and co-workers.
Deepen your understanding of the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation, and discuss the impacts of homophobia, transphobia on 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. Develop skills and tools to support 2SLGBTQ+ students and staff, work with parents and address questions and push-back.

Speakers
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Prax Li

With a background in biomedical sciences and anthropology and years of experience working with vulnerable young people in the child welfare system, Prax Li (he/him) joined Centre for Sexuality as a WiseGuyz facilitator delivering an evidence-informed gender transformative health promotion... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 103 - CTCC

10:20am MST

(Pre-Reg 30 OFFSITE) We All Belong in Nature: Ecojustice in Outdoor Education
We All Belong in Nature

Nature supports wellness in many ways, but not all students have equitable access to nature. Mainstream outdoor education is inaccessible, exclusive, and expensive. It perpetuates systemic racism, ableism, classism, heterosexism, sexism, cissexism, and sizeism. Many youth feel ignored, unwelcome, and unprepared in outdoor education.

Join Jaclyn Angotti, CPAWS Education Director, as we explore the concrete jungle downtown to demonstrate how to make outdoor education inclusive for all – no matter where you are! Learn how you can provide inclusive nature connection opportunities that support your students’ wellbeing. This outdoor session will help guide your role as a teacher in responding to inequity in outdoor education. Jaclyn will demonstrate how to take your favourite environmental lesson plans and apply cross-cultural guidelines to make your lessons more accessible for all your students!

LOCATION & PARTICIPANT PREPARATION DETAILS: 
With our session set to unfold OUTDOORS - in the plazas and pedestrian corridors surrounding the Hyatt & Calgary Telus Convention Centre (H&CTCC), we will gather first at the Convention Information Desk area 15 minutes prior to the start of the session and then head outside as a group. If you are late, lost, or cannot make it, please text or call Jaclyn at 403-702-5929. 

What to Bring: 
  • Please bring writing utensils and a journal or clipboard, if possible. 
  • As detailed in the safety section below, please come prepared to be active outside for 2.5 hours – i.e., wearing appropriate clothing & footwear, and outfitted with water & snacks.
  • Signed waiver (see below) unless you are a RVSD teacher. 

Safety: 
  • Please consult local weather forecasts and come equipped with wind & temperature appropriate clothing and footwear, i.e. comfortable winter boots, ice cleats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and instant handwarmers/heat packs.
  • If there are any medical concerns (allergies/injuries) that CPAWS should be aware of, please be in-touch with Jaclyn via text @ 403-702-5929 in advance of the program's start time. This will ensure that she can customize the route and activities for everyone’s needs. 
  • All participants that require medical equipment/medication such as an EpiPen & inhaler are expected to have these with them during the program in accordance with our risk management policy. 

Waivers: 
  • CPAWS has a master agreement with RockyView Schools. So, if you are a RockyView Schools teacher you DO NOT need to sign a waiver. 
  • If you are NOT a RockyView Schools employee, please download the PDF waiver below and bring along your completed waiver. I will collect them at the start of our session. Extra blank waivers will be available the day of, just in case!

I look forward to learning outdoors with you!

Speakers
avatar for CPAWS - Jaclyn Angotti

CPAWS - Jaclyn Angotti

Education Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta
Jaclyn has over 10 years of experience leading science and environmental education programs throughout Alberta. She has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Education from the University of Calgary. Her passion for connecting others with nature is integral... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address

10:20am MST

Brain Games
Brain Games!
The Brain, Body, Behavior Connection.
Join Danna in understanding how our brain and body functioning affects our behavior in school environments. Through activities designed to promote empathy and understanding about how our brains work, participants will leave the session inspired to be creative responders to those whose behavior is challenging and difficult to understand.
The Brain Games workshop has been presented in many conferences and recently has been facilitated as a seven week session for the Calgary Regional Consortium. It has been chosen for the Palliser School Division conference and the Calgary Teachers Convention and has been a Professional Learning session in individual schools across southern Alberta.

Speakers
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Danna Ormstrup

Danna Ormstrup– Bio.Danna began working with kids and adults with Learning Disabilities in the early 80s while she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She furthered her learning through attending Mount Royal University in the Recreation Therapy faculty. Her career has included... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 201/202 - CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Handle with Care: A go-to Guide for self care
Self-care is essential for managing stress, enjoying relationships, and being our best selves (or even just our okay selves! :) This session will look at self-care in new ways and help us see why self-care isn’t just pedicures & fancy coffee and definitely isn’t selfish (let that guilt go!). Participants will learn the why and how to self-care, and get back to the basics of feeling good and able to take on life’s challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Learning Network
Ariel Haubrich works in school



Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall C - CTCC

10:20am MST

(Pre-Reg 30 OFFSITE) Why Grasslands CAN and WILL save the world!
Why Grasslands CAN and WILL save the world! 

Alberta's grasslands provide gifts of vast biodiversity, rich cultural connection and essential ecosystem services. And yet, less than 2% of this amazing natural region is protected. What gives??? And how and why should you and your students care? Join CPAWS Southern Alberta to unearth how relationships lie at the heart of ‘why grasslands’ matter – now and forever...

Dive into the soul of your prairie home with CPAWS, OUTSIDE at Nose Hill Park (Calgary Winter Club Parking Lot) and experience how our acclaimed Why Grasslands? program engages all eight Alberta Education’s core competencies – from critical thinking to cultural and global citizenship. Come out and discover for yourself how grasslands CAN and WILL save the world!

LOCATION: Nose Hill Park – Calgary Winter Club Parking Lot: 4611 14 St NW; Calgary; T2K 1J7 

Meet at the Nose Hill Park parking lot located behind the Calgary Winter Club. CPAWS will be on-site 30 minutes ahead of session start time to welcome and gather everyone together. You will need to arrange your own transportation. If you are late, lost, or cannot make it, please text or call Sheri at 403-921-2314. 

What to Bring: 
As detailed in the safety section below, please come prepared to be active outside for 2.5 hours – i.e., wearing appropriate clothing & footwear, and outfitted with water & snacks.

Safety: 
  • Please consult local weather forecasts and come equipped with wind & temperature appropriate clothing and footwear, i.e. comfortable winter boots, ice cleats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and instant handwarmers/heat packs.
  • If there are any medical concerns (allergies/injuries) that CPAWS should be aware of, please be in-touch with Sheri via text @ 403-921-2314 in advance of the program’s start time. This will ensure that she can customize the route and activities for everyone’s needs. 
  • All participants that require medical equipment/medication such as an EpiPen & inhaler are expected to have these with them during the program in accordance with our risk management policy. 

Waivers: 
  • CPAWS has a master agreement with RockyView Schools. So, if you are a RockyView Schools teacher you DO NOT need to sign a waiver.
  • If you are NOT a RockyView Schools employee, please download the PDF waiver below and bring along your completed waiver. I will collect them at the start of our session. Extra blank waivers will be available the day of, just in case!

Looking forward to learning on the land with you!

P.S. If you would like to learn on the land with us all day, join our afternoon session too! PDTCA 2024: (Pre-Reg 30 OFFSITE) Journey to the Hear... (sched.com)

Speakers
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Sheri Tarrington

CPAWS Southern Alberta



Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Science (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   Social Studies (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

10:20am MST

(Pre-Reg 15 OFFSITE) Fly Tying to Release Anxiety
I hope that you can join me for my fly tying session this year. We will meet at my school (St. Luke's Outreach) in Okotoks which is located at; 23 Riverside Drive, T1S 1B3. We are on the 3rd floor. We will begin tying at 10 am at the school and tie until noon. We will break for lunch and then begin our second half of the session again at 1pm. We will then tie a few more flies and then we will finish around 3pm. I am requesting that each participant pay a $10 fee to cover the costs of the tying materials for this session. It does not matter if you are an accomplished tier or if you have never tried this activity before, you are all welcome to join us.

Speakers
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Dylan Sinclair

I have been a fly fisherman and fly tier since I was a little kid. Over the years this activity has brought me much joy and happiness and I have taught many of my students to tie flies. It has been a lot of fun to run these fishing clubs at my school.


Thursday February 22, 2024 10:20am - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Transforming Teaching: Reducing workload and aplifying student engagement through Visible Thinking Routines
Throughout this session Amanda and Peter will share practical examples of how K-12 teachers can create time and space in their classrooms to engage all learners in thinking and making their thinking visible. Teachers will take an active role in experiencing key thinking routines that they can then take back and try out in their settings. Incorporating Visible Thinking leads to deeper student engagement, effective differentiation and a reduced teacher work load!

Speakers
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Peter Ehrman

Both Amanda and Peter worked together as Instructional Coaches in Golden Hills School Division and are now back in the classroom for the 2023/2024 school year. They have a passion for making learning equitable for all students and teaching more purposeful for all teachers.
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Amanda Ball

Both Amanda and Peter worked together as Instructional Coaches in Golden Hills School Division and are now back in the classroom for the 2023/2024 school year. They have a passion for making learning equitable for all students and teaching more purposeful for all teachers



Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 109 - CTCC
  Assessment (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Building Personal Leadership within Students
Leadership starts with students understanding themselves on a deeper level. Give your students tools to support their journey of becoming the person they want to be now.

In this interactive workshop, participants will use Drew Dudley's leadership values to foster personal leadership. Carman will lead participants through several activities which can be used in the classroom to foster personal and classroom leadership. By using these values as a guide, you can begin to mentor students even more toward a meaningful and purposeful life, even at a young age. 

This is a great workshop for teachers who teach leadership or run a student council. And it is open to all teachers who want to grow student leadership within their regular classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Carman Murray

Carman Murray

Spherical Healing
Carman's mission is to help teachers and educators fuel their minds, body, and spirit so they can live life unapologetically, both in and out of the classroom.She has spent the last 20 years learning to shift her own life priorities into alignment with the gifts she has to offer others... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 6 - HYATT HYATT

11:40am MST

Créons des créateurs—favoriser la pensée créatrice dans votre école
Le milieu de l’éducation a pris un virage marqué vers l’enquête et les occasions d’apprentissage pratique et exploratoire. La tendance aux espaces créateurs s’inscrit dans une volonté de faire vivre ces approches. Cet atelier fournit des renseignements d’ordre général au sujet des espaces créateurs et du mouvement créatif, tout en incitant les enseignants à s’impliquer en y ouvrant leur salle de classe.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Mishio

Andrea Mishio

The Best Version of You
I’ve been a teacher for 15 years. Having taught girls P.E. for over 10 years, having 2 girls of her own, and having undergone a vast transformation, I have become extremely passionate about what social media is doing to girls and their body image.


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 208 - CTCC

11:40am MST

Reimagining Education: Fostering Radical Love, Emotional Intelligence, and Anti-Oppression in the Classroom
In today's rapidly evolving educational landscape, it is imperative that we critically examine traditional power structures within the classroom and foster an environment that promotes equity and progressive educational practices. This session aims to engage educators in a transformative experience that explores decentring the teacher and reimagining hierarchical structures in the classroom while centring pedagogical approaches rooted in radical love, emotional intelligence, and anti-oppression. By embracing these principles, we can embark on a journey toward reimagining the educational experience and empowering our students to become active participants in shaping their own learning journey.

The proposed session seeks to ignite a paradigm shift within education. By engaging in this session, participants will gain valuable insights, practical strategies, and inspiration to reimagine their classrooms and become catalysts for positive change in the educational landscape. Together, we can create inclusive, empowering, and transformative learning spaces that nurture the potential of every student and unlock a brighter future.

Speakers
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alicia huculak

rvs
Olivia Nannan and Alicia Huculak are both teachers at Muriel Clayton Middle School at Rocky View Schools in Airdrie, Alberta. Both are passionate educators and change agents committed to dismantling systemic racism and other systems of oppression personally and professionally. Olivia's... Read More →
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olivia nannan

Olivia Nannan and Alicia Huculak are both teachers at Muriel Clayton Middle School at Rocky View Schools in Airdrie, Alberta. Both are passionate educators and change agents committed to dismantling systemic racism and other systems of oppression personally and professionally. Olivia's... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 4 - HYATT HYATT

11:40am MST

Meaningful use of the Outdoors for your PE program
Purposeful play, risky play, and free play are basic childhood needs. But play is more than just fun and games and should be part of any well-planned, quality physical education program. Through play, students in any physical education program learn societal roles, norms, and values and develop physical and cognitive skills, creativity, self-worth, independence, and competency.
Children's opportunities for outdoor play and acquiring the skills associated with being resourceful and inquisitive in outdoor spaces have been reduced significantly over the past generations. One of the reasons for this is the view that outdoor play and learning in the outdoor environment can be too dangerous or that it is not as important as other activities. Reversing this trend requires both a societal shift and a commitment by physical education teachers to utilize the outdoors more in both meaningful and pedagogically purposeful ways.
This session will inform all attendees about the benefits of 'being' and 'learning' in the outdoors as well as share current research related to risky play and how the outdoors is beneficial to students' physical and mental health and social well-being. It is hoped that all attendees will reflect on their own teaching practices and consider what changes they could make to include more outdoor learning and exposure to outdoor environments for their students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Chorney

Dr. David Chorney

Full Professor, University of Alberta
Dr. David Chorney is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Chorney has been working in post-secondary education for the past 20 years. Before becoming a professor, he worked as a high school teacher for 7 years, teaching exclusively physical... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 101/102 - CTCC

11:40am MST

ASEBP Benefit Overview Presentation
Whether you are 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 will discover how to get the most from your coverage, our different tools and platforms, the benefits of spending accounts and more!

Speakers
avatar for ASEBP Representative

ASEBP Representative

Benefit Specialist, ASEBP
The Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) is more than health insurance—we’re health champions. We provide sustainable, holistic health benefits, programs and services and are there to support you and your employer throughout your personal and workplace wellness journeys... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 106 - CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Creating a Neurodiverse-Affirming Classroom
What is neurodiversity, and how do we support our neurodiverse students?

Creating a neurodiverse-affirming classroom encourages students to work with their brain instead of working against it. When we facilitate neurodiverse-affirming classrooms, we create environments that include neurodiverse students instead of alienating them. Accommodations and modifications can become the norm without adding to our already significant workloads.

Learn easy changes you can make to your classroom next week to help support and encourage your neurodiverse students.

Speakers
avatar for Kendall Delamont

Kendall Delamont

Kendall holds a B.A. in Behavioural Sciences, a B.Ed., and is an ADHD Certified Educator. She has been a classroom teacher for 8 years and has worked with many students who have been diagnosed with ADHD.She was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 24, although it was first suggested... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 108 - CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Using E-Books within the New ELAL Curriculum
Now you can find Mathology Little Books and Pearson ebooks on New LearnAlberta through Explore Resources! Let’s take a look at how we can use this digital collection of e-books to achieve literacy goals outlined in the new ELAL curriculum. Join Karen Filewych to explore these e-books in various instructional contexts such as Interactive Read Aloud, Independent Reading, and Shared Reading.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych

Words Change Worlds
Karen Filewych has over twenty-five years of educational experience as an elementary teacher, school administrator, and language arts consultant. In 2007, she completed her Master of Education degree in the area of literacy. Karen has two teacher resources published by Pembroke Publishers... Read More →
avatar for Pearson Canada

Pearson Canada

Pearson Canada
Pearson Canada


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 1 - HYATT HYATT

11:40am MST

Get Reel || Creative Writing Techniques in Cinema
Whether they’re packed with quirky quips or seriously sentimental scenes, films and series are among the most heavily consumed forms of literature today. Looking at cheesy rom coms and other blockbusters that any movie snob would turn their nose up at, this workshop will look at the clever moments and hidden gems within the popular cinema world. Using quotes and cinematic moments, we’ll pinpoint examples of creative writing techniques and literary devices that can be used in any writing discipline. Add to this some hands-on activities, and you’ll have a classroom-ready roster of examples with immediate practical application to ground it.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Presenter / Content creator, 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 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 203/204 - CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   English Language Learning (TQS/LQS 4), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Board Games for kids Grades 3-5
Quick set up, easy game play and no reading needed board games suitable for Grades 3-5 students. These games are easy to take out when needed and require minimal pre-teaching. No reading allows them to be accessible for each student in your class. Games will also come with curriculum links (new Alberta ELAL, Math and possible Science curriculum) as well as multiple levels of play.

Speakers
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Daniel Patterson

Dan and Meaghan are teachers, adventures and avid board gamers who have 3 children. By this time the children are fed up with testing different games to use for this presentation.
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Meaghan Patterson

Dan and Meaghan are teachers, adventures and avid board gamers who have 3 children. By this time the children are fed up with testing different games to use for this presentation.


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 205 - CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:40am MST

Steel Drums & Handbell Fun
A chance to explore Student Steel Drums, Hand Bells and Chimes.  A wonderful way to add kinesthetic movement to a Music Class! 

Speakers
avatar for Teena Trick-Wilks

Teena Trick-Wilks

Music Teacher, Ross Ford Elementary
Teena Trick-Wilks enjoys sharing the Love of Music!With an extensive Music Teaching Background since 16 years of age -Teena hopes to share some ideas with you today!


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Co-Lab 111 - CTCC

11:40am MST

Diving Deeper: Opportunities and Challenges in School Leadership – A Guided Conversation for Strategic Support
Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking session that delves into the intricate landscape of school leadership. In this interactive guided conversation, we will explore the multifaceted opportunities and challenges faced by school leaders today.
Moreover, we are interested in hearing how YOUR Association can provide the most effective and tailored support to empower school leaders, enabling them to lead with confidence and resilience.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Teacher. Administrator. PD Leader. Chris is an executive staff officer with the Alberta Teachers' Association and passionate about working with teachers and being involved in professional development. Spending most of his teaching career in Southern Alberta, he loved being a middle... Read More →
avatar for Genevieve Blais

Genevieve Blais

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services (SARO), Alberta Teachers' Association
Geneviève joined the Association’s executive staff in the Teacher Welfare program area in 2015 and is now an executive staff officer in Teacher Employment Services based out of the Southern Alberta Regional Office (SARO). Teacher Employment Services assists teachers with professional... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 2 - HYATT HYATT

11:40am MST

Reclaim Your Time!
Efficient time and task management is often confused with "just work faster." Your time is precious. Learn how to invest a little effort into time planning and get a huge payoff! This session is applicable to both A-type personalities who try to do it all, and those who feel scattered or overwhelmed with a disorganized to-do list.

Speakers
avatar for Grace Martin

Grace Martin

Teacher
Grace Martin is a multi-passionate author, science teacher, and wellness mentor.



Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 206 - CTCC

11:40am MST

(Pre-Reg 30) Trauma Informed Responses to Child Abuse
The Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Center provides services to children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse and maltreatment. Participants will be guided through an intake process at Luna to experience the direct and easy-to-implement strategies employed at Luna to address the impacts of toxic stress while building resilience in young people who have experienced trauma.

Dr. Sarah Macdonald and her canine partner Axel will guide you through the fascinating world of Forensic Interviewing, Memory as evidence, and how Facility Dogs are engaged and interact with children and youth at the Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Straw

Brenda Straw

Education Liaison, Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
Brenda Straw is a certified teacher on secondment to Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) from the Calgary Catholic School District (CSSD) where she previously held the position of Diverse Learning Coordinating Teacher. As part of school leadership teams, Brenda coordinated... Read More →
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Dr. Sarah Macdonald

Dr. Sarah MacDonald specializes in memory and forensic interviewing at the Luna Child & Youth Advocacy Centre in Calgary. She conducts forensic interviews on request for cases of sexual and physical assault for police organizations in Southern Alberta. She regularly provides education... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 3 - HYATT HYATT

11:40am MST

Flat Earth, Dinosaurs, and the Bible: Can Science and Religion get along?
Secondary students often assume that Religion and Science are inextricably at odds. Even if they can’t articulate exactly why, it is often taken for granted that a person of faith cannot embrace the scientific method and vice versa. This talk dispels caricatures of faithful flat-earthers, delves into the complex relationship between science and religion, considers seminal figures, and gives a framework for understanding how science and religion are not mutually exclusive.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard McLarney

Dr. Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB., and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture and Myt... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall E1 - CTCC
  Religious & Moral Education (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Where Staff Believe They Belong
The staff retention message is simple. People stay where they feel respected, valued for who they are and appreciated for what they achieve and how they contribute. Organized around themes from Thanks, Again! More Simple, Inexpensive Ways for Busy Leaders to Recognize Staff, this program is filled with simple ways to create a workplace where staff members feel they belong. When you feel you are where you belong, why leave?

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott is committed to providing frontline leaders with the tools and techniques they require to hire, engage and retain the right people. A full-time consultant, speaker and trainer since 1995, Nelson sees his programs and writing as opportunities to remind audiences and readers... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall E2 - CTCC
  School Leadership (LQS 1-9), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Coding for Kindergarteners Part 2 - Introducing Robots to Elementary Students
This session will build upon the concepts discussed in Coding for Kindergarteners: Introducing Elementary Students to Computational Thinking, however, attending the previous session is not required. We will quickly review computational thinking and coding before looking at some of the robots that are ideal for Division 1 students. A brief synopsis of the different robots will be given before participants will engage in activities using the different robots.

Speakers
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Alicia Berger

Alicia, Alex and Nicole all shifted to online instruction during Covid after over a decade in traditional in-person classrooms and they have remained online since then. As teachers in Rocky View Schools' first-ever elementary and middle online school, they are uniquely poised to reflect... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 8 - HYATT HYATT
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:40am MST

Cultivating Readers for Life – Building Reading Communities
At the core of powerful reading communities are habitual readers with strong reading identities. With click-and-go reading on the rise, protecting instructional time for deep reading in our classrooms is more important than ever. In this session, we will explore approaches to cultivate joyful reading practices, discover opportunities for students to develop positive reading identities, and consider instructional decisions required to develop depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers.

Speakers
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Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts is a Learning Specialist with Rocky View Schools. With 15 years of experience in public and independent schools as an educator, principal, instructional coach, and ELL program coordinator, Jane works elbow-to-elbow with middle and high school teachers and administrators... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 2:00pm MST
Telus 110 - CTCC

11:40am MST

Believing the Improbable… how misinformation shapes “other people's” minds
Have you noticed in discussions on Misinformation, how the Misinformed are usually “Others”, not Us? And the Misinformers… well they are not Our Media, Our Corporations or Our State. This presentation investigates that phenomenon with a quiz. Perhaps we will find that even some among Us see the world through Received Misinformation (not Us of course 😊). The Questions will seem uninteresting… but the Answers… I think will challenge many Received World Views. OK I relent, here is one Question… spoiler alert: You are probably aware of criminal gangs, corruption, drug running, violence and kidnappings in Haiti. In 2004 the highest-level Haitian official ever was kidnapped to install corrupt, drug running, violent leaders. A) what was the official’s name and position? B) name the three organizations responsible for the crime. One more? OK, “Who established the International Rules Based Order and what rules have they defended?” Bring your answers to the convention. The Quiz will include, Foreign Policy, The International Situation, War Crimes, Economics, Food, Health and The Environment.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter

Social Studies
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote an understanding and teaching of History based on Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias. Adam Hochschild, Professor at UC Berkeley and author of 'King Leopold's Ghost' said, “Greg's talks... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 2:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E4 - CTCC
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

(Pre-Reg 50 OFFSITE) Experience Parades, Pancakes and Posters as the Calgary Stampede Comes to Life through the Unveiling of the Sam Centre
Hop aboard the historic Stampede Trolley for a round trip to and from Stampede Park!
  • 11:10 AM – 11:25 AM – boarding/pick-up
  • 3:20 PM – drop-off
  • PLEASE GATHER IN THE HYATT LOBBY – the trolley/s will park by the curb on Centre Street in front of the Hyatt.
  • Trolley(s) may arrive earlier than boarding/pick-up times

You will experience an interactive and hands-on makers workshop, diving into some of the Calgary Stampede’s most iconic themes: Pancakes, Parades and Posters.
 
Be among the first to delve into the captivating world of the upcoming Sam Centre before it opens in Spring 2024. Engage with themes that go beyond the well-known aspects of the Stampede – stories of the Rodeo and Midway, the barns and tents, the animals and athletes. Uncover the grit and determination that define Southern Albertans. Discover how the Sam Centre fosters a deeper understanding of our community's heritage and empowers your students to be active participants in their learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Calgary Stampede Foundation

Calgary Stampede Foundation

Calgary Stampede Foundation
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Colleen Johnson

Colleen Johnson is a passionate Education Coordinator at the Calgary Stampede Foundation, dedicated to fostering a love for learning among students. With over a decade of expertise in designing and implementing engaging field trips, Colleen strives to ignite curiosity through place-based... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 11:40am - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address

1:00pm MST

(Pre-Reg 30) Add Indigenous Voices to your Classroom using Alberta Tomorrow
This simulation tool allows students to time travel back to 1910 and forward to 2050 to see what their local landscape looked like in the past and may look like in the future. Using Indigenous Map Overlays and Traditional Knowledge Indicators, we bring a TWO EYES SEEING MODEL to understanding environmental and climate change. Indigenous overlays and videos of Elders allow students to explore whose land this was, how it has changed, and how we need to think differently about using it in the future. Students can look at watersheds or Traditional Territories with a Western Science or Indigenous Lens and help Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students gain an understanding of how Traditional Knowledge can be integrated into Land Use Planning.

The platform is FREE and provides the software, videos, 360 VR Tours of the Bow River Watershed and Alberta’s Natural Regions, challenges and lesson plans linked to the Alberta Programs of Study Grades 3-12 in Science, Social Studies and CTS. Works on tablets or computers (phones work but are a bit small).Check it out at www.albertatomorrow.ca

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Janzen

Jennifer Janzen

Executive Director, Alberta Tomorrow
With over 30 years of experience in various roles including a high school science teacher, plant ecologist, and environmental educator, Jennifer is now Executive Director of Alberta Tomorrow, an Alberta non-profit dedicated to providing a platform that empowers youth to design and... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Telus 101/102 - CTCC

1:00pm MST

(Pre-Reg 30) What the Watercolour?
This session looks at Neurographic art through the lens of water colour. Neurographic art is a simple way to work with the subconscious mind through drawing. While this concept certainly falls within the realm of soft science the experiences and art pieces my students have created over the years have made this a staple in my water colour unit for grades 7-12. This style of art creation can have a calming effect on the artists and is a great project to inject within exam time, pre-vacation and as a simple introduction to how water colour as a medium responds to layering.

Grab your work buddy and come on in!

Speakers
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Kendra Silk

Teacher, Redeemer
Kendra Silk is a fine arts teacher in Canmore, AB. Her personal work has a tremendous ( almost shameful) amount of colour and is designed to share joy. Kendra has taught for 14 years and has a Master in Education from the University of Calgary where she focused on Sustainability and... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Telus 109 - CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm 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, Learning Network
Ariel Haubrich works in school



Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Macleod Hall C - CTCC
  Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm MST

How to Read & Plan with the New Curriculum
Are you searching for a way to effectively navigate the new curriculum? Led by a highly experienced teacher with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, this interactive session will provide practical activities to decode curriculum and tools to help align tasks with Bloom's Taxonomy. Gain valuable strategies for planning with the new curriculum, and differentiating instruction to meet the diverse needs of your students. Prepare to enhance your teaching skills as you bid farewell to confusion and embrace newfound confidence as you embark on this collaborative journey! Hot tip:  My goal is that you will walk away with an outline of lessons you can begin to teach tomorrow. I will be providing an ELA outcome from grades 4-6. If you want to work on a LO from your own grade - bring that page of the curriculum and a highlighter with you.

Speakers
MB

Michelle Bechthold

Teacher, Rockyview Schools
With nearly 20 years of enriching experience in elementary education, Michelle is now bridging the gap between traditional teaching and technology. She is currently working on a compelling blog, aiming to shed light on the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence in the... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Glen 203/204 - CTCC
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

1:00pm MST

Tools To Help Students Decipher Online AI and Misinformation/Disinformation Using Lateral Reading Strategies and Recognition of Bias Vulnerabilities
Today's online educational experience is so fraught with issues related to AI and misinformation/disinformation that Critical Thinking and Evaluating Information tools used on Kids Boost Immunity such as CRAAP/TRAAP are no longer sufficient. In this interactive workshop, teachers become students and experience new lessons designed to illustrate ways that personal biases are exploited by makers of misinformation/disinformation to target vulnerabilities in people. Then using lateral reading strategies students decipher and deconstruct information to assess accuracy. An accompanying grade-appropriate critical inquiry research resource reinforces literacy-building and deciphering skills. Applicable to multiple subject areas and teachers of grades 4 to 12.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller

Educational Curriculum Specialist, Kids Boost Immunity
Kathy Miller has 30+ years of experience as a classroom teacher (grades 4-12). With post-graduate training in curriculum (UVic) and technology education (SFU), Kathy currently coordinates the online program Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) working with specialist teachers from Canadian provinces... Read More →
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Takuto Shiota

Takuto Shiota BA (UofT) MA (UVic) has been working on misinformation/disinformation issues for about 10 years, specializing in producing online products to counter vaccine hesitancy. Clients include the Public Health Association of BC, and the World Health Organization. He was also... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Glen 201/202 - CTCC
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm MST

Balancing All The Things - How to Bring University Planning into the Real Classroom! A Workshop for Beginning Teachers
So you got the job, now you’re HIT with a tidal wave of expectations and responsibilities. How do you manage the expectations of teaching in the classroom, student behaviours, communicating with families, becoming a part of the school environment and maybe having a life beyond your job. How do you balance everything while still planning quality curriculum-driven experiences for students?

Universities provide foundational instruction on scaffolded planning, curriculum-aligned instruction, and quality assessment. While this learning is irreplaceable, beginning teachers continue to struggle with the realities of the classroom. This session is aimed to provide you, as a beginning teacher, with an opportunity to link your learning from university with the reality and organization of experience.

This is not a sit and get session, I wish to provide support, templates and guidance to HELP YOU build your own understanding of planning in the REAL CLASSROOM. This is a working session, please be prepared to participate in conversations, planning, and group work.

You don’t have to feel alone or drowning your first years of teaching.

Speakers
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Tiffany Harris

With over 10 years of classroom experience, Tiffany Harris utilizes her organizational skills and strong creativity to craft effective experiences for her students. She has a passion for supporting new teachers as they learn how to lead and inspire young children. As a mentor, coach... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E3 - CTCC

1:00pm MST

Culturally Responsive Teaching
This workshop explores approaches for examining beliefs, attitudes, policies, structures and practices to enable schools to effectively work cross-culturally. Participants will begin to learn how to develop a greater capacity to engage in cultural self-assessment and become more conscious of the dynamics of intercultural interactions.

Speakers
avatar for Ivonne Bayona

Ivonne Bayona

Science Learning Leader, ATA Associate Instructor
Ivonne Bayona, inspirer, woman, curious, nature lover. She has an unwavering commitment to creating transformative learning experiences to foster curious life-long learners. Born with an innate sense of wonder, Ivonne's path led her from the intricate world of genetics and environmental... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Imperial 6 - HYATT HYATT
  Diversity Equity & Human Rights (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)
  • Session has participant fee No
  • Presentation Language English
  • Is Pre-registration required No

1:00pm MST

Your Brain, Your Life: How Our Stories Drive Our Learning (Keynote)
How does the brain work to make sense of reality, and what impact does this have on teaching & learning? During this engaging and interactive session, we will explore the often counter-intuitive foundations of thinking, the power of stories to drive perception, the role errors play in comprehension, and consider how these three concepts tie together to drive student learning. Buckle in - here's where things get real!

Speakers
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Dr. Jared Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Exhibition Hall E X - CTCC

1:00pm MST

Les problèmes écrits versus la résolution de problèmes - 1ère à 6e année
Cet atelier a pour but de faire la distinction entre les problèmes écrits et la résolution de problèmes. Chacun a sa place, bien sûr, mais leur raison d’être diffère. Nous allons voir comment insérer et utiliser ces deux activités pédagogiques dans votre pratique afin d’en tirer le maximum. Nous allons vivre quelques aspects de Thinking Classroom de Peter Liljedahl.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà en présentiel et distanciel . Elle présente régulièrement des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Telus 103 - CTCC

1:00pm MST

Transformer le comportement et l'estime : Atelier d'interventions puissantes
Vous cherchez une façon d'améliorer le comportement, l'estime ou une problématique chez un élève ou votre groupe classe ?

Cet atelier présentera des outils d'intervention simples, rapides et concrets afin de vous aider à y faire face. Vous aurez aussi la chance de participer à une discussion afin de créer votre propre activité d'impact.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Jacques

Annie Jacques

Enseignante, École du Nouveau Monde
Originaire de Montréal, Annie Jacques détient un baccalauréat en enseignement préscolaire et primaire. Déménagée à Calgary il y a une vingtaine d'années, elle enseigne au primaire pour le Conseil Scolaire Francosud. Elle cherche constamment de nouvelles stratégies pour développer... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Glen 205 - CTCC

1:00pm MST

Let's talk about boys' education and the 'boy crisis'
This session explores the ‘boy crisis’ in education and potential ways an approach that addresses gender bias can improve academic achievement and wellness outcomes for boys in K-12 schools. First, we will discuss the issues impeding boys' achievement in schools and the impact an approach without gender bias can have on boys' educational outcomes. The largest impact on boys' underachievement in schools is, more broadly, unhealthy perceptions of masculinity in school and society. Therefore, an approach to addressing the ‘boy crisis’ needs to be done by shifting stereotypes of masculinity and boyhood. This session will share current research in the field that first considers the ‘boy crisis’ and then speak to the importance of an intersectional lens when examining boys' education.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Teresa Fowler

Dr. Teresa Fowler

Assistant Professor, Concordia University of Edmonton
Dr. Teresa Anne Fowler is an assistant professor at Concordia University of Edmonton and an adjunct assistant professor at Werklund School of Education. She previously worked in Rocky View School District. Her research is focused on masculinities, hockey culture, and environmental... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Imperial 3 - HYATT HYATT

1:00pm MST

Making Sense of Morphology
Understanding morphology, the study of the internal structure of words, is foundational to making sense of how the English writing system works. Studies have shown that teaching morphology can help improve reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills as early as grade one. It is particularly beneficial for students who struggle with reading. The following presentation will review the key components of morphology instruction and provide teachers with instructional tools and resources for teaching morphology as part of their literacy program.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Dunn

Kristy Dunn

Dr. Kristy Dunn is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education (Special Education). Her research focuses on literacy and intervention development for at-risk readers. She has taught for over 15 years in the elementary classroom and at the post secondary... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Glen 206 - CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

1:00pm MST

The English Village
This session is designed to establish a vibrant and supportive community of English teachers, aimed at fostering professional growth, collaboration and ideas. This is a community of learners who, through participation in the session, can connect, share resources, discuss pedagogical approaches and support each other in their professional development. Educators are encouraged to form connections, engage in meaningful discussions, and share success stories, challenges and best practices to further promote a sense of camaraderie and professional collaboration. Our goal is to enrich the professional lives of educators and also have a positive impact on the quality of English language education.

Speakers
avatar for Belinda Cartwright

Belinda Cartwright

With a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge, Belinda has been working for the Rocky View School Division for the past 25 years. Belinda began teaching English and Social studies at the middle school level in Airdrie and then moved to teaching high school... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Glen 208 - CTCC

1:00pm MST

(Pre-Reg 30) A1: Engaging Students using Unorthodox Board Games
In the last two decades, a tabletop gaming revolution has occurred. From Dungeons and Dragons, to hundreds of Euro-Style games, like Settlers of Catan. People are more commonly coming together to socialize through tabletop games. These games engage students in higher level thinking, collaboration/competition, and literacy/numeracy skills. But with the number of games out there, teachers who casually game (or don't) may find looking for the right game for their classes overwhelming. In this session, we will be introducing various board games that can engage students in the classroom. Be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone, and try a game that's not Monopoly.

Speakers
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Justin Acierto

Justin Acierto is a math and robotics teacher at W. H. Croxford and has been with Rocky View Schools for twelve years. He also worked as a Games master at a Board Game Café.  Justin helped to redefine the Tabletop gaming portion of the Calgary Expo. He has incorporated board games... Read More →
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Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn is a high school Culinary Arts teacher who has taught for over twenty years.  He has been gaming with his students since day one, providing them with opportunities to play RPGs in his classroom. He has also instituted a gaming club whilst working at BCHS and currently... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Co-Lab 111 - CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm MST

POWER PLAY - GAMES FOR GRADES 3-6 UPPER ELEMENTARY PLACE VALUE
Come prepared to play games and learn strategies that help teach the following concepts: base ten, comparing and ordering numbers to millions and decimals, rounding and expanding numbers, using number lines for rounding, patterns, estimating sums and differences. Games integrate the use of cards, regular dice, place value dice and number lines. These activities will help you rebuild and develop deep understanding of place value concepts before paper and pencil practice. Gameboards will be shared as well as concept skill checklists for assessment. Games are easy to differentiate and use either whole class or in small groups. Come prepared to play some of our favorite games!

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Macleod Hall B - CTCC

1:00pm MST

ATRF Your Pension Essentials
This presentation is designed specifically for teachers that have recently joined the plan. It provides a general overview of the plan, including information about pension contributions, maintaining your pension partner and beneficiary information, the eligibility requirements for a pension, purchasing leaves of absences and substitute service, and transferring service with another pension plan.

Speakers
avatar for Pension Counsellor

Pension Counsellor

Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund (ATRF)
A Pension Counsellor with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund.



Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Telus 104/105 - CTCC

1:00pm MST

Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers and Teacher Leaders
The new Code of Professional Conduct outlines minimum expectations for teaching certificate holders, including teachers, teacher leaders and superintendents. The code applies to the conduct of teachers in both on-duty and off-duty contexts.
Drawing on scenarios from various typical employment matters, this presentation describes the standards of professional conduct expected of teachers and teacher leaders and explains the complaint process.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Imperial 2 - HYATT HYATT

1:00pm MST

The Hunger Games and the Bible: Hope, Freedom, and Sacrifice
The Hunger Games is a riveting trilogy and a widely popular work among young adults. Though set in the dystopian future, Suzanne Collins’s series taps into themes such as freedom, oppression, hope, and self-sacrifice that are very much relevant today. The gladiatorial-like combat and ubiquitous allusions to the ancient Roman Empire, moreover, suggests the series is equally about the past and the trajectory of Western civilization. Given this, the major thematic concerns of the work are taken up and analyzed in relation to the Biblical narrative.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard McLarney

Dr. Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB., and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture and Myt... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E1 - CTCC

1:00pm MST

97 Staff Recognition Tips in Just 75 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, to glean just a little bit of theory).

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott is committed to providing frontline leaders with the tools and techniques they require to hire, engage and retain the right people. A full-time consultant, speaker and trainer since 1995, Nelson sees his programs and writing as opportunities to remind audiences and readers... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E2 - CTCC
  School Leadership (LQS 1-9), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm MST

Using Excel for Administrators
In this presentation, we will look at how to use Excel at the Administrative level to expedite and lesson your work load. No excel experience necessary.

Speakers
JC

John-Mark Crane

I have experience as a teacher, instructional coach, AP, and Principal.


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Imperial 1 - HYATT HYATT

1:00pm MST

Gizmos: Solve Real-World Problems Using Gizmos STEM Cases Division 2 Teachers
ExploreLearning's STEM Cases are interactive online case studies that place students in the role of a STEM professional to solve a real-world problem using critical thinking skills. We will walk through a STEM Case and reflect upon the role of the teacher during the experience. Learn how to monitor student progress and results and facilitate student learning throughout the process. All K-6 teachers have full access to ExploreLearning STEM Cases. Teachers are encouraged to bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Beaulieu

Lindsay Beaulieu

Implementation Coordinator, ExploreLearning
Lindsay Beaulieu has taught in Alberta for the past ten years and has witnessed the impact of Gizmos on student understanding. Lindsay has been using Gizmos in the classroom since she began teaching. Lindsay joined ExploreLearning this year as an Implementation Coordinator to support... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Glen 209 - CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

1:00pm MST

(Pre-Reg 23 OFFSITE) OMG – Planning for a Substitute in Foods 10-12
Planning for a substitute in advance is great, but what happens when you are suddenly drawn from the classroom immediately for 1, 2 or even 3 days? This double/triple session will provide teachers with ready to use activities and cooking for when an unexpected substitute with or without foods experience will be in your classroom.
This session will be held in Chestermere High School, 5km east of Calgary on Highway 1.
CHESTERMERE: Chestermere High School 241050 Highway 791, Calgary, Rockyview

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Wasylynuik

Carmen Wasylynuik

Foods Teacher, Chestermere High School
Carmen Wasylynuik is a Red Seal Chef and Foods Teacher at Chestermere High School and has taught both Foods and Cook Apprenticeship in grades 9-12. She strongly believes in sharing knowledge and building relationships through fostering professional development for teachers in foods... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm MST

Beyond Pronouns: Confidently Understanding and Educating Transgender Youth
The added layer of gender diversity among youth in schools today adds complexity to the role of an educator—especially if you are unsure where you stand. Should you use the pronouns a student requests? What does using those pronouns mean for that child exactly? What responsibility does a teacher have to the parents? This discussion is needed now more than ever while misinformation floods social media and as more transgender representation has led to a steadier rising number of teens expecting gender to go beyond the binary.

Throughout the training, participants will engage in interactive discussions, case studies, and scenario-based exercises covering:

Understanding Gender Identity: Gain a deeper understanding of gender identity and explore the complexities of transgender experiences. Learn about different gender expressions, terminology, and developmental stages of gender identity.

Transgender Challenges and Barriers: Delve into the unique challenges and barriers faced by transgender youth and their families in various aspects of life, including school. Explore topics such as gender dysphoria, social stigma, and discrimination.

Providing Support and Allyship: Acquire skills to provide practical support and allyship to transgender students and their caregivers. This includes understanding when and how to involve a parent or other resources.

Speakers
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Tammy Plunkett

As a parent of two transgender children, Tammy Plunkett knows all too well the overwhelming amount of learning that comes with understanding gender diversity. When her first child came out, she messed up pronouns, secretly lived with fear and doubt, and went through a grieving process... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Imperial 5/7/9 - HYATT HYATT
  Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm MST

(Pre-Reg 30 OFFSITE) Journey to the Heart of Our Parks – From Egos to Ecosystems to Ecojustice
Journey to the Heart of Our Parks – From Egos to Ecosystems to Ecojustice

Who, what and why is a park? Three complex questions - one simple answer: US!

Humans lie at the heart of park purpose, pride, prejudice, and promise. So, come hike with us, Teacher humans! And together, we’ll trail-travel into the ‘peopled’ heart of Alberta’s protected and public wild spaces, from nation-building believing to Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas achieving. 

With ecojustice as our compass, we will not only explore the intricate interactions and ecosystems our parks seek to protect, but also empower YOUR humanity to ‘make better’ Alberta’s parks for all!

LOCATION: Nose Hill Park – Calgary Winter Club Parking Lot: 4611 14 St NW; Calgary; T2K 1J7 

Meet at the Nose Hill Park parking lot located behind the Calgary Winter Club. CPAWS will be on-site 30 minutes ahead of session start time to welcome and gather everyone together. You will need to arrange your own transportation. If you are late, lost, or cannot make it, please text or call Sheri at 403-921-2314. 

What to Bring: 
As detailed in the safety section below, please come prepared to be active outside for 2.5 hours – i.e., wearing appropriate clothing & footwear, and outfitted with water & snacks.

Safety: 
  • Please consult local weather forecasts and come equipped with wind & temperature appropriate clothing and footwear, i.e. comfortable winter boots, ice cleats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and instant handwarmers/heat packs.
  • If there are any medical concerns (allergies/injuries) that CPAWS should be aware of, please be in-touch with Sheri via text @ 403-921-2314 in advance of the program’s start time. This will ensure that she can customize the route and activities for everyone’s needs. 
  • All participants that require medical equipment/medication such as an EpiPen & inhaler are expected to have these with them during the program in accordance with our risk management policy.

Waivers: 
  • CPAWS has a master agreement with RockyView Schools. So, if you are a RockyView Schools teacher you DO NOT need to sign a waiver. 
  • If you are NOT a RockyView Schools employee, please download the PDF waiver below and bring along your completed waiver. I will collect them at the start of our session. Extra blank waivers will be available the day of, just in case!
Looking forward to learning on the land with you!

P.S. If you would like to learn on the land with us all day, join our morning session too! PDTCA 2024: (Pre-Reg 30 OFFSITE) Why Grasslands CAN... (sched.com)

Speakers
ST

Sheri Tarrington

CPAWS Southern Alberta



Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address

1:00pm MST

L'improvisation, au coeur de la communication orale
L'improvisation est une activité théâtrale dans laquelle les joueurs sont invités à jouer une courte histoire à partir d'un thème donné. Ce type d'activité permet le développement du langage spontané en français. Dans cet atelier, vous apprendrez sur le déroulement d'une partie d'improvisation ainsi que des idées d'activités à faire avec les élèves. Vous aurez aussi la chance de nous montrer vos talents d'improvisateurs si le coeur vous en dit.

Speakers
avatar for Genevieve Lamoureux

Genevieve Lamoureux

Conseil scolaire FrancoSud
Geneviève Lamoureux est une enseignante de 15 ans d'expérience au primaire. Ayant travaillé au conseil scolaire FrancoSud depuis le début de sa carrière, elle a toujours été grandement impliquée en pédagogie culturelle et en construction identitaire au sein de ses écoles... Read More →
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Yoan Barriault

Yoan Barriault cumule 22 ans d'expérience comme enseignant, dont la majorité en milieu francophone minoritaire. Il a passé plus de 10 ans à Iqaluit, où il a fondé la Ligue d'improvisation francophone du Nunavut (LIFN). En Alberta depuis 2016, il enseigne depuis ce temps l'improvisation... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Imperial 4 - HYATT HYATT
  Drama & Dance (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm MST

ARTA Cafe
Teachers’ Convention can be exhausting - fuel up with coffee and a snack, provided by the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association!

Volunteers from our local branches will be waiting to greet you and answer any questions you may have about retirement, social opportunities, and what to do when you aren't governed by the bell anymore.

Join us for a sweet treat, a cup of coffee, and a minute to recharge before heading to your next session.

Not a full session, this will be an important opportunity for teachers to engage in social and professional networking, learn about retirement and what awaits them, and enjoy a cup of coffee courtesy of the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association.

Speakers
avatar for ARTA Representatives

ARTA Representatives

Manager of Marketing and Promotions, Alberta Retired Teachers' Assocation
JENNIFER HOPE Manger of Marketing and Promotions, ARTA Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Management degree in marketing from the University of Lethbridge and recently earned her Group Benefits Associate designation. With years of ARTA experience under her belt, she is well-versed in the... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Telus 106 - CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:00pm MST

(Pre-Reg 30 OFFSITE) Calgary Zoo: Adaptations and Biodiversity in Wild Canada
How does an animal’s adaptations affect their survival? What effect will this have on their ability to pass on their genetics and so affect their species biodiversity? How does the environment impact these adaptations? Come explore the Canadian Wilds and learn all about the footprints animals leave on the environment and the footprints the environment leaves on the animals. Discussion will also include how humans are affecting these footprints in negative and positive ways, with a focus on the positive. This is an outdoor, walking session. Please come dressed for the weather.
Session location: Meet at Karsten Discovery Centre. 
CALGARY ZOO 210 St. George’s Dr. NE; T2E 7V6

Speakers
WI

Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo

Our conservation education staff have backgrounds in biology, natural history, zoology and ecology. With experience ranging from animal husbandry to field research, our team is comprised of qualified informal educators who are passionate about bringing the natural world to life and... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Science (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:20pm MST

Mental Health 101: Understanding & Supporting Mental Health and Mental Illness
This session will provide an overview of the continuum of mental health and mental illness and the unique dynamics each have in our schools, communities and systems. We will learn the most common mental health concerns we see in students, and speak to the best supports for them and both the challenges and opportunities we face when understanding them. We’ll explore the supports available to us as we provide timely, effective and appropriate referrals & assistance.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Learning Network
Ariel Haubrich works in school



Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Macleod Hall C - CTCC

2:20pm MST

The good, the bad, and the confused: Parents experiences of accessing special education services for their children with disabilities
Inclusion in the regular classroom for students with disabilities is viewed as important for equality in education. Alberta Education provides resources for teachers on how to collaborate with parents and how to provide quality supports and accommodations for students. Educators work hard to support students, yet we know little about how parents in Alberta perceive the process of accessing supports and the school-home collaboration. We interviewed parents of school-aged children about their experience of accessing special education services to find out what is working, what is not working, what would help parents during the process. The goal of this session is to share the parent perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Meadow Schroeder

Dr. Meadow Schroeder

Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
Meadow Schroeder holds a PhD in School Psychology and is an Associate Professor in the Werklund School of Education. Her research interests include the well-being of students with disabilities transitioning to post-secondary and self-regulated learning.
avatar for Rachel Pagaling

Rachel Pagaling

Doctoral Student, University of Calgary
Rachel Pagaling holds an MSc in School Psychology and is completing her PhD in School Psychology. Her research interests include the well-being of students with disabilities, school-based mental health, and supporting educational staff.
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Reha Sandhu

Reha Sandhu is a MSc student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program in the Werklund School of Education. Her research interests are in inclusive education for students with disabilities and transitioning to post-secondary.



Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Telus 108 - CTCC

2:20pm MST

Transform Your Teaching with AI
In the transformative era of education, Artificial Intelligence (AI) stands to redefine teaching and learning practices. My proposal, a hands-on exploration of AI tools like ChatGPT in K-9 classrooms, offers a compelling, forward-thinking workshop for your convention.

During this session, I'll demonstrate how AI can significantly improve student outcomes. Participants will learn how AI's data analytics can provide personalized insights on student performance, enabling tailored support to boost grades. I'll also show how AI's instant feedback capabilities can lead to swift mistake correction, essential for a dynamic learning environment.

Teachers will uncover practical strategies to implement AI tools in their daily routines, enabling them to work smarter and more effectively. My session will emphasize the importance of teachers harnessing AI as a teaching ally, not just a student tool. I'll share concrete examples of how AI can support diverse learners, including struggling students and English Language Learners.

With this workshop, my goal is to equip educators with the knowledge and skills to confidently navigate this new landscape, transforming their classrooms into dynamic, responsive learning environments. I am confident that my session will provide a valuable, inspiring, and future-ready contribution to your convention.

Speakers
MB

Michelle Bechthold

Teacher, Rockyview Schools
With nearly 20 years of enriching experience in elementary education, Michelle is now bridging the gap between traditional teaching and technology. She is currently working on a compelling blog, aiming to shed light on the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence in the... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Glen 203/204 - CTCC

2:20pm MST

Take a LEAP-Understanding Racial Bias
Join this session to explore the complex dynamics between unconscious beliefs, bias, and the impact these factors have on educational environments. Focused on building a deeper understanding of how these factors can perpetuate stereotypes and hinder student growth, this session includes discussions and practical exercises that will challenge assumptions that perpetuate labels and stereotypes. By embracing a ‘LEAP’ approach—actively listening, engaging, asking questions, and providing support we will work together to enhance our own understanding of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Imperial 6 - HYATT HYATT

2:20pm MST

Your Brain, Your Life: How Our Stories Drive Our Learning (Keynote)
How does the brain work to make sense of reality, and what impact does this have on teaching & learning? During this engaging and interactive session, we will explore the often counter-intuitive foundations of thinking, the power of stories to drive perception, the role errors play in comprehension, and consider how these three concepts tie together to drive student learning. Buckle in - here's where things get real!

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Jared Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Exhibition Hall E X - CTCC

2:20pm MST

(Pre-Reg 30) A3: Gamifying Your Classroom
In the year 1974 TSR created a table-top game called Dungeons and Dragons. The game incorporated story-telling, probability, cartography, art, collaboration, improvisation and most of all adventure with your friends. It has grown through the years as a hub for pop culture. Popular TV shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Stranger things have jumped on its success. The creation of a character and the desire to obtain experience and ascend in levels provides a great basis for a classroom theme, where youth can take their character sheet and journey through the curriculum, completing quests and battling major opponents (exams). Come and learn how you can Gamify your classroom and set you students on their individual adventure.

Speakers
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Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn is a high school Culinary Arts teacher who has taught for over twenty years.  He has been gaming with his students since day one, providing them with opportunities to play RPGs in his classroom. He has also instituted a gaming club whilst working at BCHS and currently... Read More →
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Aaron Nisbett

Aaron Nisbett has been a high school English teacher in the Rockyview School Division for nearly fifteen years. While he has only been playing table-top roleplaying games (TTRPGs) for a couple of years, he has always been a lover of stories, and finding a way to incorporate those... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Co-Lab 111 - CTCC
  English Language Learning (TQS/LQS 4), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:20pm MST

An Introduction to Restorative Practices and Restorative Circles
All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive.

Restorative practices is a field within the social sciences that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities.

As an introduction International Institute for Restorative Practices full two-day training, this session will highlight the importance and impact of restorative practices on learning environments and entire schools. Derek is a certified IIRP trainer of the full program and can answer questions as well as facilitate connections to the full two day training for those interested.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Keenan

Derek Keenan

Principal, Rocky View Schools
Derek Keenan is Principal of W.H. Croxford High School in Airdrie, Alberta. An international speaker, consultant and most importantly, father, his desire to inspire educators drives him to continue to learn and share current, engaging research with educators and students alike. With... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Telus 104/105 - CTCC
  Fostering Effective Relationships (TQS/LQS 1), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:20pm MST

Cultivating Courage In The Classroom (Through Theatre Education)
How do you create a learning environment that not only honours the loudest voice in the room but also encourages the softest? How do we create classrooms that cultivate confidence, courage and community? Ensuring each voice has a place where they are celebrated. Where we learn through the failures and uncertainty. To take a risk and learn through the hurdles. This session will take the principles of process-based theatre and give you the tools needed to bring it into your classroom. This session will work as a powerful resource for teachers to support their students to express, learn, and create - courageously.

In this session you will walk away with a greater understanding of how to create courageous learning environments in your classroom. Environments that encourage engagement and buy-in from the students whether they are more quiet or bold. This session will teach skills of recognizing behaviour, allowing choice/autonomy and developing collaborative leadership skills as an educator that allows for kids to advocate for what they need. We will talk about how process-based approaches can create an environment that helps students build community in the classroom while feeling empowered to embrace their own individuality. This session will pair well with the discussion of Growth Mindset and how students can apply it to their own learning with the support of their teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Dani Driusso

Dani Driusso

Author, Speaker And Educator, Quest Theatre Artist
Dani Driusso is an educator and team lead with Quest Theatre, a process-based Theatre Education company out of Calgary that brings the magic of theatre into classrooms all over Alberta through their Artist In School program. Quest theatre helps students explore who they are, discover... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Imperial 1 - HYATT HYATT

2:20pm MST

Promote Staff Wellness: Moving Toward Healthier School Workplaces
It isn’t easy to be a teacher these days. Now more than ever, your wellness at work matters! In this session, we will have honest and insightful conversations about school staff health and well-being. Find out how your mental wellness affects students and the overall climate at your school, then get practical tips to create a healthier workplace. We’ll discuss promising practices and help you reflect on the little things that can make a big difference for you and the people you work with.

Speakers
NG

Nannette Gropp

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Nannette Gropp is a Health Promotion Facilitator with the Healthy Schools team, Alberta Health Services (AHS). She supports school jurisdictions by using a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach for building healthy school communities by focusing on the core areas of positive... Read More →
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Theresa McIsaac

Theresa McIsaac, MSc, RD, has over 15 years of experience working in public health and is a registered dietitian. As a Health Promotion Facilitator, Theresa supports school authorities to use a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach for building healthy school communities, promoting... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Glen 205 - CTCC

2:20pm MST

Animal Assisted Activities in Schools
This session will explore current research surrounding animal-assisted activities in a school setting, as well as explore anecdotal evidence through the lens of an administrator, learning support teacher and volunteer. The inclusion of animals in a school setting is a relatively new concept and it is important to investigate all factors that surround the topic, as well as celebrations, challenges and barriers. Angela and Lauren worked together at one of the first schools in Rocky View School Division to have animal assisted-activities and they look forward to sharing their journey with you.

Speakers
AB

Angela Bain

Angela Bain developed her passion for animals in schools during the completion of her Master of Education program, which coincided with her volunteer work with the Community Therapy Dog Society. Throughout her 18 years in education she has worked as a middle school teacher, learning... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Condrashoff

Lauren Condrashoff

Lauren Condrashoff has worked as a classroom teacher, learning support teacher, literacy specialist and assistant principal throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Her practice is grounded in supporting students with diverse needs and creating innovative, inclusive learning environments... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Telus 110 - CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:20pm MST

Purpose Driven Writing
This session is for teachers at any grade level looking to enhance any method of teaching for both keen and reluctant writers. The underlying goal of purpose driving writing is simple — motivate students with a ‘Story Ninja’ approach that encourages the fun of creating content for essays, reports, personal narratives and stories that interests them and connects with readers, then help reduce their fear of mistakes when they write to deliver that content.

Speakers
SB

Sigmund Brower

Author, Rock and Roll Literacy
As the bestselling author of dozens of titles, with over 4 million books in print in multiple languages, Sigmund Brouwer has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Young-Adult Mystery in Canada, as well as being a finalist twice in the prestigious TD Children's Literature Awards, along... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Imperial 3 - HYATT HYATT
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:20pm 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

Presenter / Content creator, 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 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Telus 101/102 - CTCC

2:20pm MST

Gizmos: Build Conceptual Understanding Using Online Math Simulations Aligned to the New Curriculum
Gizmos online simulations can inspire your grades 4-6 students to think like mathematicians. Explore how using online math simulations can build conceptual understanding in students through modelling and inquiry. Learn how Gizmos can be used to support curriculum across multiple grades by participating in a modelled mathematics lesson using online simulations. Incorporate simulations immediately into your classroom! Gizmos are available to all teachers on the New Learn Alberta Curriculum Site. Teachers are encouraged to bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Beaulieu

Lindsay Beaulieu

Implementation Coordinator, ExploreLearning
Lindsay Beaulieu has taught in Alberta for the past ten years and has witnessed the impact of Gizmos on student understanding. Lindsay has been using Gizmos in the classroom since she began teaching. Lindsay joined ExploreLearning this year as an Implementation Coordinator to support... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Glen 209 - CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

2:20pm MST

ENGAGING MATH GAMES WITH ENGAGING DICE K - GRADE 3
Come prepared to rock and roll with games that incorporate the use of our student's favorite types of dice. Unique multi-sided and double dice engage students, allow you to build hands-on meaningful practice and to easily differentiate your game activities to meet the needs of all students - perfect for whole class, small groups or center instruction. So welcome to the "Dice Buffet" - where you will learn games that incorporate a wide range of dice to teach: operational fluency, graphing, probability and more. Gameboards, student samples and concept skill checklists will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Macleod Hall B - CTCC

2:20pm MST

Planning for Retirement
This retirement information session offers general information about the Alberta teachers’ pension plan, planning for personal savings, and briefly reviews Federal benefits and other retirement income sources . The session also briefly reviews requirements to maintain a benefit plan. Planning for retirement is vital for a smooth transition.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Imperial 2 - HYATT HYATT

2:20pm MST

Financial Literacy for Retiring Teachers
Getting ready to retire? Then join us as we explore a retirement financial literacy program specifically designed for teachers. As we recognize the valuable contributions of our educators, it is imperative that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about their retirement planning and financial well-being. The primary objective of this session is to provide comprehensive support and education to teachers, enabling them to make decisions about retirement planning, investment strategies and financial management. By empowering teachers with the knowledge and tools to navigate their retirement options effectively, we aim to enhance their financial security and overall well-being during their post-teaching years. This session will cover essential retirement topics such as pension plans, retirement savings accounts, tax implications and investment strategies. Through the course of this presentation, we will address teachers’ unique circumstances, including their current financial situations, retirement goals and helping them understand their financial needs.

Speakers
avatar for Belinda Cartwright

Belinda Cartwright

With a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge, Belinda has been working for the Rocky View School Division for the past 25 years. Belinda began teaching English and Social studies at the middle school level in Airdrie and then moved to teaching high school... Read More →
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David Patayanikorn-Fithen

David had an 18-year career with both Edmonton Public and Rocky View Schools. His primary focus was science but he ventured into math, physical education, and CTS. His last five years were in the role of assistant principal where he opened up two new schools. His expertise in school... Read More →



Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Telus 103 - CTCC

2:20pm MST

At our best or at our worst? Hobbes, Rousseau, the Bible and the Debate over Human Nature
Who are we? Are humans intrinsically good and upright or hopelessly corrupt and prone to violence? Students attuned to current affairs reporting deadly wars, tragic genocide, and political strife, may aver animus runs deep within us. Those who consider increases in longevity, the standard of living, and technological progress may well assume we are fundamentally altruistic and benevolent. So which is it? Is the Hobbesian view casting life as “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” more convincing than the Rousseauian view that we are blank slates, intrinsically good at birth? How one answers the question is key for interpreting not just history but one’s own life and humanity as a whole. The debate, moreover, is not just philosophical but religious as we see similar questions raised from the opening pages of the Bible. This talk provides a framework for teachers to understand the contending philosophical claims of Hobbes and Rousseau as well as Biblical perspectives on this weighty question while making connections to outcomes in Religious Education, particularly in light of the Christian vision of the human person.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard McLarney

Dr. Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB., and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture and Myt... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Macleod Hall E1 - CTCC

2:20pm MST

(Pre-Reg 30 OFFSITE) Calgary Zoo: Escape Extinction
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a conservation researcher looks like? Excited about making conservation connections in the classroom? Join staff from the Calgary Zoo as we lead you how we leverage our interdisciplinary expertise to protect wildlife in Canada and around the world. Hear tales from the field, learn conservation techniques and strategies to integrate this work into your classroom. This session will be a teaser of our new program Conservation Science.
Session Location: Karsten Discovery Centre
CALGARY ZOO 210 St. George’s Dr. NE; T2E 7V6

Speakers
WI

Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo

Our conservation education staff have backgrounds in biology, natural history, zoology and ecology. With experience ranging from animal husbandry to field research, our team is comprised of qualified informal educators who are passionate about bringing the natural world to life and... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address

2:20pm MST

Collaboration space for Junior High and Senior High Science Teachers
Don't all science teachers wish we had a list at our fingertips of proven labs or demos, rather than always trying to come up with something on our own? Join in collaboration with other Junior High and High School science teachers across the districts and a variety of classrooms and divisions to share your knowledge or expertise (or sheer lived out experience) of what works and what doesn't work. Participants are asked to come prepared with a digital list of your favourite 'go to' demos and labs (including materials and procedures) for any Div 3 or 4 science class that you teach. The intention is to collaborate with one another and to leave with a great list of labs or demos that anyone can pull from, given the amount of time and/or resources you may have.

Speakers
avatar for Robyn Calvert

Robyn Calvert

Robyn Calvert is in her 8th year teaching High School Sciences at Master’s College, with the Palliser School Division in Calgary, Alberta. Robyn is an active member in her school, contributing to the experience of her students; such as planning the High School Camping day and Graduation... Read More →


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Thursday February 22, 2024 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Telus 109 - CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Reflection/Collaboration (TQS/LQS 2), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)
 
Friday, February 23
 

9:00am MST

Concevoir des grilles d'évaluation à échelle descriptive
Évaluer de façon efficace à l'aide de grilles d'évaluation (rubriques d'évaluation). L'objectif de cette session est d'avoir des outils et des modèles permettant de créer rapidement des grilles d'évaluation à échelle descriptive afin d'évaluer plus efficacement les apprentissages des élèves. Durant cette session, vous aurez accès à des exemples de grilles d'évaluation, mais aussi à des outils pour concevoir des grilles en lien avec les résultats d'apprentissage des différents curriculums. La première partie de l'atelier consistera à mieux comprendre comment construire des grilles et à la présentation d'outils utiles, c'est-à-dire, entre autres, comment identifier les critères d'évaluation ainsi que formuler les échelles descriptives en utilisant des termes qualificatifs. La deuxième partie de l'atelier consistera à créer des grilles d'évaluation selon vos besoins. Les grilles d'évaluation sont un moyen efficace d'évaluer surtout, en contexte d'intégration des matières, et elles permettent de donner une rétroaction rapide aux élèves tout en informant les parents du cheminement académique de leur enfant.

Speakers
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Melissa Morasse Malcom

Enseignante depuis 14 ans au sein du conseil scolaire FrancoSud, son expérience se situe au niveau du primaire, principalement de la 3e à la 6e année. Mélissa est passionnée par l'apprentissage par projets, l'intégration des technologies en salle de classe et l'intégration... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 208 - CTCC
  Assessment (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

9:00am MST

Beyond the Red Pen: Making humanities marking manageable
This session will provide participants with a variety of strategies for managing the often onerous marking load of a humanities teacher in Jr. or Sr. High. The advice presented will move beyond generic time management and organization and focus on specific tips and pointers that can be easily incorporated into any teacher’s assessment practice. Information is based on lived classroom experience and will be presented in a light-hearted and down-to-earth manner.

Speakers
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Greg Overguard

Rocky View Schools
Greg Overguard is a high school social studies teacher with Rocky View Schools with 15+ years of classroom experience. He holds a Masters degree in Social Studies Curriculum and Pedagogy and has led many professional learning sessions and activities. A frequent participant in the... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 108 - CTCC
  Assessment (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Game Changers: Why Connection? Why Not?
We have all heard that the key to supporting, teaching and reaching kids lies in building connection and relationships, but why is it so important?

This session will focus on what the current research tells us about making connections, and more importantly, the conditions that make it possible! Participants will be asked to reflect on their own practices and experiences, and we will look at Siegal’s 4 roadblocks that keep us from connecting.

We will challenge these assumptions and fears and start laying the groundwork to explore classroom and kid-tested strategies and examples to empower participants to connect against all odds!

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
As a student with ADHD, mental health difficulties and behavioral issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BSc/BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program.Rita’s passion... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall E4 - CTCC
  Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Reaching all students with Culturally Responsive Teaching
Are you interested in creating a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and healthy environment for your students? A space where all students feel valued, safe, represented, and have a sense of belonging? If you are, and I am sure you are, please join me for an engaging session on culturally responsive teaching and the brain. You will leave this session with a wealth of practical strategies that can be immediately implemented in your classroom, as well as theoretical knowledge to further support all your students.

Speakers
avatar for Youssra Badr

Youssra Badr

Youssra is an Arab, Muslim, Canadian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master's in Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies from the University of Alberta. Her professional experiences include front... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 201/202 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Stepping Into Your Groove
Whether you are teaching Physical Education or Drama, this session will provide you with the tools to help students find their groove and discover their capacity through movement. Participants in this session will gain skills to facilitate creative movement and dance through structured choreography and improv activities, which supports student confidence and overall well-being. This session is open to all teachers who are keen to step out of their comfort zone and explore their own capacity to move and groove in new ways!

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 4 - HYATT HYATT
  Drama & Dance (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Physical Education (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

EcoSchools in Alberta: A Curriculum Linked Framework for Environmental,Climate&Sustainability Action
Are you an educator in Alberta passionate about integrating environmental, climate, and sustainability action into your school curriculum? Join us for an engaging workshop that focuses on the EcoSchools program—a curriculum-linked initiative designed to empower students, educators, and schools to take meaningful environmental action. Discover practical strategies, resources, and best practices for implementing EcoSchools in your educational setting and fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
The Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) works collaboratively to advance environmental education in Alberta. Although we embrace and support environmental education for all audiences in Alberta, we're particularly interested in supporting young people: we believe that... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall E3 - CTCC

9:00am MST

From Theory to Practice: Key Principles of Human Learning (Breakout)
Can students listen to music while they study? When might note-taking actually harm learning? What’s the one key to forming deep, lasting memories? During this session, we will explore several principles of how human beings learn. Drawn from brain, behavioural, and educational research, these principles are learning 'nuggets' that can shine a light on more traditional classroom practices. Beyond learning about each principle, we will also consider how these principles can be adapted to tweak/improve teaching & learning practices.

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Jared Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 5/7/9 - HYATT HYATT

9:00am MST

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

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall C - CTCC

9:00am MST

Les simulations Gizmos disponibles en ligne : pour explorer des concepts de sciences
Les concepts de science peuvent devenir une plus grande source de curiosité et d'émerveillement grâce à l’usage de simulations en ligne. Cet atelier vous permettra de découvrir comment l'approche « explorer avant d'expliquer » mène à une compréhension conceptuelle approfondie. Vous verrez comment l'utilisation des Gizmos démontrant des phénomènes naturels peut susciter l'intérêt et l'engagement de vos élèves. La démonstration d'une leçon de sciences, prévue dans cet atelier, vous permettra de voir en action les meilleures pratiques d'enseignement. Les enseignants de M à 6e année ont accès à plusieurs Gizmos grâce à Alberta Education. Alors, du temps sera accordé pour chercher et explorer les Gizmos qui peuvent appuyer le nouveau programme de sciences. Si possible, les participants à cet atelier devraient apporter un appareil numérique.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà en présentiel et distanciel . Elle présente régulièrement des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall E1 - CTCC

9:00am MST

A Principal’s Guide to a Functional Fundraising Association
Well-meaning parents in school communities are often eager to contribute to the success of students through much-appreciated fundraising initiatives providing funds intended to enhance students’ educational experiences. Principals and those well-meaning parents are sometimes not aware of their legal responsibilities, and potential liabilities that may result from their efforts. Join ASCA to discover more about the parent’s, and the principal’s, roles, responsibilities, and authority with a registered, incorporated fundraising association. This interactive session will also introduce how to identify, and mitigate, financial, functional, and relational, risks.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Lynch

Suzanne Lynch

Instructor, Alberta School Councils Association
Suzanne has been self-employed for 33 years as an aesthetician. She continues her passion for learning and personal growth, earning her licence as a Realtor and graduating with an Addictions and Community Service diploma. She has a great love for helping others reach their true potential... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Co-Lab 111 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Scaffolded Speaking Activities for Secondary FSL Classes
This session will describe and demonstrate several categories of speaking activities that can be adapted to different topics of study and be scaffolded from beginner to intermediate competency.

Repetition is key in developing skills, and these games and activities provide an opportunity for exactly that. Games present a low-stakes, yet engaging, environment for learners to practice their skills and develop confidence. Students can be gently introduced to basic, repetitive interactions that can become more complex and include more vocabulary over time. When it's time to start a new topic of study, there's no need to teach new rules and activities, just the vocabulary.

Speakers
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Katrina Dixon

Katrina has been teaching grade 7-10 for 5 years in Strathmore. Her original assignment included post-intensive French, where there was a strong focus on oral proficiency using the neurolinguistic approach. While the teaching assignment and approach have shifted, a focus on providing... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 110 - CTCC
  French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Coping Strategies for Prioritizing Teacher Mental Health
This session offers practical ways that educators can build their catalog of coping strategies for mental well-being. A former teacher turned mental health counsellor takes you through exercises that can take between a few seconds to a few minutes to intentionally practice self-nourishing habits on a daily basis. Learn about some of the science behind the power of mindfulness and self-regulation for overall well-being. Practice fine tuning coping strategies to be adaptive and tailored to your specific needs. Coping strategies range from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) derived material to holistic mind-body connection practices. Participants will leave with some key strategies to monitor and help prevent/manage burnout symptoms and a handout with easy-to-use techniques that can be applied both in and outside of school.

Speakers
avatar for Meg Lindemulder

Meg Lindemulder

Clinical Director, Founder, Curio Counselling
Meg Lindemulder is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and educator who holds a B.Ed in Secondary English Language Arts and a Master of Counselling in Applied Psychology. With her experiences as both a private and public school teacher, and her current career as a mental health therapist... Read More →
avatar for Megan Oviatt

Megan Oviatt

Registered Provisional Psychologist, Curio Counselling
Megan Oviatt is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and educator who completed her undergraduate degree in Educational Psychology and holds a Master of Counselling Psychology. She previously worked as an elementary school teacher and is currently practicing as a mental health therapist... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 3 - HYATT HYATT

9:00am MST

Creating Systems to Support Flexibility in Outreach Schools
Providing a flexible environment is key for students to achieve success in Outreach Settings. An ongoing question has been how do we provide structure around the flexibility to support student success.

Join us to discover how we created systems that provide high levels of support while holding high expectations. This method has enabled our campuses to truly reach students where they are at and reach their personal goals.

Speakers
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Greg Rankin

Assistant Principal, Rocky View Schools
Greg Rankin is currently the Principal of the Rocky View Schools Community Learning Center. His leadership experience covers both High School and Middle School. He has always had a passion for alternative education and co-created the Rockyview School Division Building Futures Pro... Read More →
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Kelly Beaton

Kelly Beaton is currently Assistant Principal of the Rocky View Schools Community Learning Center. She has been in an Outreach Environment for the last 13 years in two different school divisions, serving as a teacher, Guidance Counsellor, and now Administrator.



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 1 - HYATT HYATT
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

pîmastîhwâkiskiyihta How to weave Rupertsland Institute’s Métis Education Resources in your Classroom
This session is designed for participants to explore several authentic recommended Métis educational materials that help to create teachable moments and provide foundational learning opportunities throughout the school year. Building your foundational knowledge about Métis will empower you to select authentic, accurate resources that honour distinct Métis perspectives to weave into your current teaching practice. Together we will explore resources  designed by Métis educators that weave Métis voices into your learning.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Brandsma

Holly Brandsma

Metis Education Consultant, Rupertsland Institute
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Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 206 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Phyllis Webstad: The Orange Shirt Story (Keynote)
Please join Phyllis Webstad, the founder of Orange Shirt Day, as she speaks about her life before residential school, what it was like to lose her orange shirt and the complex work of healing.

Phyllis is well respected for her work as an ambassador for the Orange Shirt Day, her courage and for striving to heal communities and Nations through speaking her truth.

Speakers
avatar for Phyllis Webstad

Phyllis Webstad

Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage. She was born in Dog Creek and lives in Williams Lake, BC, Canada. In 2018 Phyllis Webstad launched... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Exhibition Hall E X - CTCC
  Keynotes, ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Math Therapy: A Crash Course in Becoming a Math Therapist(Keynote)
Did you know that pretty much anyone who thinks they're "not a math person" has math trauma they haven't worked through yet? We’ve all had math teachers before, but how many of you have had a math therapist?! This session will empower you to teach your students that they are capable of everything and that anything is possible - starting with math!

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Vahkaria

Vanessa Vahkaria "The Math Guru"

Friday, 9:00 am & 10:20 am
Known as the Lady Gaga of math education, Vanessa is the founder and director of The Math Guru, a super cool boutique math


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall A - CTCC

9:00am MST

Gizmos: Build Conceptual Understanding Using Online Math Simulations
Gizmos online simulations can inspire your students to think like mathematicians. Explore how using online math simulations can deepen conceptual understanding in students through modelling and inquiry. Engage in a modelled mathematics lesson using online simulations to experience how Gizmos can support your lessons. Investigate Gizmos resources that you can incorporate immediately into your classroom! Gizmos are available to all teachers on the New Learn Alberta Curriculum Site. Teachers are encouraged to bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Beaulieu

Lindsay Beaulieu

Implementation Coordinator, ExploreLearning
Lindsay Beaulieu has taught in Alberta for the past ten years and has witnessed the impact of Gizmos on student understanding. Lindsay has been using Gizmos in the classroom since she began teaching. Lindsay joined ExploreLearning this year as an Implementation Coordinator to support... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 209 - CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

9:00am MST

Oh The Math That They'll Know - Kindergarten/Early Primary Math Games
Come prepared to play math games that target Pre K - K and Grade 1 concepts including: subitizing, comparing numbers, developing the foundations for early operations including doubles, make 5, 10 and 20, counting on and back, skip counting, patterns and more. Games will integrate the use of cards, dice, shakers and multi-sided dice. Handout will include gameboards and concept skill checklists for assessment. Lots of whole body movement. Come prepared to PLAY - and oh the math that they'll know! Great for small group instruction Grade 1 - 3 who need review of basic concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall B - CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

9:00am MST

Our version of Outcome Based Approach to teaching Math and Science Gr. 9-12
With the diverse learning needs of our students in part due to large gaps from Covid, we took the time with a number of our Math 9 outcomes to organize the concepts into Acceptable, Proficient, and Mastery categories which guided our assessment and instruction in our classroom. We would like to share our journey and insights and how we have applied our version of outcome based learning to other subjects and levels of math and, project based assessments.

Speakers
CC

Christine Crane

Christine has been teaching Gr. 7-12 math and science for at least 25 years give or take. In her years of teaching, she has continually strived to meet the diverse needs of her students in order to set them up for success either the following year or as life long learners. Working... Read More →
DJ

Dr. Jeff Bailey

As an educator, astrophysicist, and advocate for transformative teaching methods, I bring a blend of scientific expertise and a passion for creating authentic learning experiences for high school students.Prior to my teaching career, I conducted research as a post-doctoral fellow... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 103 - CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Musicianship to Ensembleship: Fostering a Functional Sound in the High School Band Room
Ensembleship is the ability of musicians to function effectively (i.e. creatively and artistically) in groups. Secondary School Band and Music conductors/educators have pursued that goal with a relentless focus on individual preparation (musicianship) and connection through convergent thinking. This session will connect contemporary music educational methodologies and practices to traditional rehearsal practice to build a more effective and ultimately artistic method of developing ensembleship, including rehearsal activities and techniques based on interactive and ensemble-based methods. Material to develop character, define point of view, and enable interaction (as opposed to simple presentation which tends to be the ensemble musician’s default) will be interwoven in the presentation. The emphasis for the session will be on how to achieve the shift in values, thinking, and behaviours that not only strengthens musicianship in you bands, but more importantly supports ensembleship your program's present and into the future.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Grant

Taylor Grant

Teacher/Educator, Bow Valley High School
Taylor Grant is the Band and Music Educator and Director at Bow Valley High School, in Cochrane, Alberta. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in both Music Performance (Voice) and Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary, he has also completed a Master of Arts from U of... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall E2 - CTCC
  Music & Band (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

Success: Teaching Life Skills Through Sport
This presentation will discuss creating a team dynamic with the intent to have an intentional positive impact on our players. The focus will be about taking all our good habits, to create an intentional plan, with the goal of making a positive lasting impact on all our student-athletes. Making a positive impact should not be left by chance, it should be a part of our regular coaching…. a part of our regular planned coaching.

Speakers
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Leigh Bretzlaff

Leigh is the Athletic Director at Oilfields High School and President of the South Central Zone with the ASAA. Leigh has been a core member and presenter for the Canadian Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (CIAAA).


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 205 - CTCC
  Physical Education (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

ATRF Steps to Receiving Your Pension
This presentation is designed for teachers who are planning to retire during the current year or within the next few years. It provides detailed information about deciding to retire, the Steps to Retirement process and forms, the pension options, and post-retirement considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Pension Counsellor

Pension Counsellor

Pension Counsellor, Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund (ATRF)
A Pension Counsellor with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund.



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 104/105 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Designing Effective Professional Development Sessions
This fun and active workshop looks at andragogy (a system of ideas, concepts and approaches to adult learning) and helps participants build capacity and confidence to develop learning that is engaging and memorable. By understanding how we, as adults, learn best we can better understand how learning experiences can be improved for our students. The strategies, concepts and techniques used will have immediate application for teachers in any learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Baskerville

Craig Baskerville

Learning Support Teacher, Rocky View Schools


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 6 - HYATT HYATT

9:00am MST

Problem Solving Through Computational Thinking (Gr. 3-4)
Computational thinking is at the foundation of problem solving and students who can apply these principals are more successful. Explore computational thinking as it relates to the creativity, design, and the new Alberta curriculum. This session provides a gentle introduction to decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, generalization, and algorithms. Discover how these principles can be applied and taught in your classroom, regardless of subject or grade level. No experience teaching computer science needed!

Speakers
avatar for Whitney Horban

Whitney Horban

Whitney Horban (she/her) has worked in both formal and informal education and enjoys bridging the gap between the two. She has been atthe TELUS World of Science Edmonton for 8 years, traveling to schools around Alberta with the Science in Motion team and now heading up the Northern... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Telus 101/102 - CTCC

9:00am MST

Saddle Up! Experience the Calgary Stampede Coming to Life Through the Upcoming Sam Centre
Saddle Up! Experience the Calgary Stampede Coming to Life Through the Upcoming Sam Centre
 
Join us for an interactive 1-hour session where you'll get an exclusive preview into the future Sam Centre, a cutting-edge immersive gallery that will revolutionize how you and your students experience the Calgary Stampede year-round.
 
Immerse yourself in this hands-on session that goes beyond the annual summer celebration in July. Through experiential learning, you will dive into the spirit of Southern Albertans through engaging activities, thought-provoking information, and inspiring stories that highlight the values of grit, determination, and community. You will leave knowing about the educational opportunities that the Sam Centre will offer, giving you and your students the chance to actively participate in our region's vibrant heritage.

Speakers
avatar for Calgary Stampede Foundation

Calgary Stampede Foundation

Calgary Stampede Foundation
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Colleen Johnson

Colleen Johnson is a passionate Education Coordinator at the Calgary Stampede Foundation, dedicated to fostering a love for learning among students. With over a decade of expertise in designing and implementing engaging field trips, Colleen strives to ignite curiosity through place-based... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 8 - HYATT HYATT

9:00am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Mary Grant

Mary Grant

Education Specialist, Callysto
Mary has a Masters in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. She took her passion for technology-supported instruction and Digital Literacy studies to local and international schools. From the onset, she strongly advocates that technology implementation within... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Glen 203/204 - CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg 16 OFFSITE) Let's Cook! Perogies and Kolachi
Come show off your braiding skills as we learn to make traditional Ukrainian bread know as Kolach, and practice pinching (and eating) Perogies. Bring your culinary skills and your appetites.
AIRDRIE: WH Croxford School 2654 Chinook Winds Dr SW; Airdrie

Speakers
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Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn is a high school Culinary Arts teacher who has taught for over twenty years.  He has been gaming with his students since day one, providing them with opportunities to play RPGs in his classroom. He has also instituted a gaming club whilst working at BCHS and currently... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 12:40pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg 16 OFFSITE) Curling: A Life Long Sport
Off Site - Okotoks Curling Club
Whether you are interested in curling and have never tried it before or are a seasoned curler, this session will teach you something new about the game. There will be on and off ice instruction as well as a short game at the end. Should participants have questions about how to incorporate curling into elementary PE, resources are available.
OKOTOKS: Curling Club 99 Okotoks Dr, Okotoks

Speakers
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Don Bachek

Don Bachek has been curling for about 10 years and became interested in curling when his son had a desire to curl at an early age. Since then, Don became passionate about curling and looked to further his knowledge by becoming a Competition Trained Coach by Curling Alberta. Don volunteers... Read More →
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Tenielle Bachek

Tenielle has over 30 years of experience as a curler. She curled competitively in university and now curls recreationally while running a successful junior program and helping with Learn To Curl Programs. She is a Competition Level Trained coach and has had the opportunity to work... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 12:40pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg MAX 50 OFFSITE) Indigenous Perspectives
We are presenting a workshop on Indigenous Perspectives that includes "hands-on" experiential sessions with teachers actively participating in an "Educational Teaching" Sweat Lodge, Indigenous games and traditions, and discussions with regards to the application of foundational knowledge regarding Alberta Education's curriculum and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.

Where: Camp Horizon ( Located about 50 minutes West of Calgary just past Bragg Creek) Hwy 66 10 KM Southwest of Bragg Creek, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0

What: Our planned Indigenous Perspectives workshop will include the following:
1.) Teaching/Educational Sweat Lodge Experience conducted by Indigenous Elders
2.) Indigenous Traditional games and talking circle
3.) Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis, Inuit and curriculum connections.

George Taven of Seeds Connections will be hosting the day and coordinating the logistics. Walter White Bear will be the Keynote speaker and Sweat Lodge Elder.

Walter will also engage several other locally recognized and respected elders to assist with the other sessions throughout the day.

KEY POINTS

1.) This workshop will be conducted at Camp Horizon from 8:30am - 3:00 pm . Teachers are responsible for their own transportation.

3.) We can have up to 50 people register.

4.) It is vital to read the attachments which are descriptions of each of the sessions as well as expectations and appropriate dress and details of what people should be aware of if they are planning to participate in the Educational Teaching Sweat Lodge.

5.) Teachers need to bring their own bag lunches. Participants should bring their own water bottle.

6.) Teachers wanting to participate in the Teaching Sweat must bring appropriate change of clothes and towel.

7.) We will require each participant to fill out and sign an Acknowledgement of Risk form when they first arrive.

Speakers
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George Taven

George recently retired from the Calgary Board of Education after 41 years as a teacher and Program Administrator. He worked closely with Alberta Education in designing the CONNECTIONS program as a 5 credit high school program. CONNECTIONS is a Diversity, Anti-Racism, Leadership program... Read More →
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Walter White-Bear

With over 25 years experience working within the education system and social services sectors, as an advocate for First Nation Youth and Families, Walter MacDonald White Bear is a bridge between cultures, confusion and healing. A student himself, of the traditional  teachings, Walter... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 3:00pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address

9:00am MST

(Pre-Reg 100 OFFSITE) Let's Talk Autism! It's Time to Listen
This course is focused on giving you a foundation and tools to support and understand Autism in the classroom and how to effectively support the varying needs presented by our students. Starting with How is Autism diagnosed and moving through the topics of sensory processing, sensory overload, motor skills, theory of mind, executive functioning and communication. We will also delve into activities of daily living, family and social life. Through a blend of presentation and audience participation these topics will be tied to effective teaching strategies, practical strategies and supports. Case studies will be provided. 
THERE WILL BE NO PARTICIPANT FEE COLLECTED.
Off-site Address: 2651 Chinook Winds Drive NW Airdrie Alberta T4B 0B4

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Bagnall

Kelsey Bagnall

Kelsey Bagnall is currently Learning Supports Specialist for Rocky View Schools . She has taught in schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 over the last 15 years. She obtained a Masters of Education in Special Education at the University of Alberta. Her passions include Inclusive Learning... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 9:00am - 3:20pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address

10:20am MST

(Pre-Reg 30) Help! I'm teaching ART!
This session offers warm up activities for grade 7-12, semester of ideas/projects that incorporate the curricular objectives, Canadian Artist Project for Ted Harrison, as well as Reverse Painting, rubrics for marking, as well as supplementary lessons for guest teachers. These lessons can be done with minimal access to supplies or be modified for more advanced skills and programming.
Participants will leave with two art projects and digital copies of lessons that can be used immediately in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Pam Pracic

Pam Pracic

I have been a junior high and senior high drama, art, and filmmaking teacher since 2014. After obtaining my undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Trinity Western University, I received a Bachelors of Education from Vancouver Island University. I have produced over a dozen plays... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Telus 110 - CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Depth, Light, and Texture in Acrylic Landscapes
Explore the world of both two- and three-dimensional media, such as acrylic paint, oil pastels, colored pencils, watercolour pencils and stencils to add texture and dimension to create a few artworks. This session includes an image transfer project as well as an unique ground effect for a landscape painting. The techniques presented (creating textures, blending colours and overlapping) can be modified/ adapted for all grade levels and are suitable for all levels and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
Over the past few years I presented numerous sessions at various Teacher Conventions, Fine Arts Conferences, Professional Development Days, and private organizations/groups. As an art teacher, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore the artistic paths using... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Telus 109 - CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

10:20am MST

Designing Performance Tasks for Deeper Learning
Are you looking for ways to create meaningful learning experiences for your students that go beyond just rote memorization and recall? In this session we will share how to: 
  • align performance tasks with learning outcomes and standards, 
  • create success criteria and design tools for gathering evidence and 
  • incorporate technology and multimedia resources to enhance student engagement and understanding. 
Join us to discover how to create assessments that challenge and engage your students, and help them develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to succeed in the real world. Please note we will use both elementary and secondary examples in this session.

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

Field Service Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.Presenter Shelly... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 201/202 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Rising Interest Rates Raising your Mortgage Anxiety: How to prepare for a mortgage renewal
Interest rates and inflation are taking a bite out of everyone's monthly income.
If you have a mortgage coming due in the next 18 months, join Maura, a Behavioural Cash Flow Specialist and Qualified

Learn how to best prepare for a mortgage renewal, including understanding your credit score and what Banks and financial institutions look for when approving a mortgage.

Learn the differences between banks and mortgage brokers.

Understand the overall cost of debt and how to make debt management decisions

Identify the heuristics, biases and emotions that can cloud your decision making abilities.

Workbook included Q and A

Speakers
MS

Maura Shaftoe

Maura is an engaging speaker who makes talking about money easy. She creates safe environments for people to have access to learning about money in a new way.Maura has been in financial services for over 10 years, after a full career in management and sales in the automotive industry... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 206 - CTCC
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3)

10:20am MST

Game Changers: Breaking Down Barriers Part 1
This 2 for 1 session will be an overview of the first two barriers to connection highlighted in the Connecting Against All Odds presentation.

Barrier 1: "Why can't you 'control' your class?!?": How a fear of being judged by our colleagues, supervisors and community keeps us from connecting.
Shifting our thinking from a position of fear to one of expertise and success is key! This section will focus on working WITH students to find success. We will cover specific strategies and look at personal experience and stories that reinforce the powerful practice of empowering or most difficult students!

Barrier 2: “What if all the kids start to think it is OK to act that way?”: How worrying about reinforcing behaviour is keeping us from seeing the bigger picture!
Behaviour is Communication! We will spend time breaking behaviour down and working on developing our translating skills. Shifting our thinking and looking at each “crisis” as an opportunity to build connection. More on the ground strategies and great stories here!

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
As a student with ADHD, mental health difficulties and behavioral issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BSc/BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program.Rita’s passion... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall E4 - CTCC
  Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

How can CALM class help students lead a good life?
Do you want your students to have a happy life, a good life or a successful life. What is the difference between HAVING a good life and LEADING a good life? The Career and Life Management curriculum has such great potential to help students transition into adulthood and yet so many say that CALM is a waste of time, or they become adults and ask, “why didn’t we learn that in school?” Michael will share his insight and lead a conversation about how to pack value and inspiration into CALM class.

Speakers
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Michael Koehler

Teacher, FSD
Michael Koehler is a much better CALM teacher now that he has been married, had children, finished an Apprenticeship and taught in Australia. After 30 years of teaching CALM, math, construction, automotives and off-campus programing, Michael knows how to look at a curriculum and pull... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 4 - HYATT HYATT
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

L’enseignement adapté aux différences culturelles
Cet atelier explore le concept de la compétence culturelle grâce auquel vous apprendrez à reconnaitre croyances, attitudes, politiques, structures et pratiques d’enseignement qui permettent aux écoles interculturelles de bien fonctionner. Les participants développeront des capacités qui les amèneront à s’évaluer culturellement et à prendre davantage conscience des dynamiques inhérentes aux interactions interculturelles.

Speakers
NE

Nana Elodie

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 8 - HYATT HYATT
  Diversity Equity & Human Rights (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)
  • Session has participant fee No
  • Presentation Language French
  • Is Pre-registration required No

10:20am MST

Stress, Technology, and Learning: A Dangerous Triumverate
Sometimes it can make us laser-focused, and other times it leaves us floundering. What is the deal with stress and why can it have so many different outcomes? During this session, we will explore this topic and differentiate between good and bad stress. Furthermore, we will dive into the issue of digital technology and consider what impact computers have on student relationships, stress, and learning. Spoiler alert: your intuitive assumptions about digital technology are probably correct.

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Jared Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 5/7/9 - HYATT HYATT

10:20am MST

Les simulations Gizmos disponibles en ligne : pour vous accompagner dans la mise en oeuvre du nouveau curriculum
Les simulations en ligne Gizmos peuvent inciter vos élèves à penser comme des mathématiciens. Découvrez comment l'utilisation de simulations mathématiques en ligne peut favoriser la compréhension conceptuelle des apprenants grâce à la modélisation et à l'enquête. Vous participerez à une leçon de mathématiques durant laquelle un Gizmo sera utilisé. Vous découvrirez ainsi comment les Gizmos peuvent appuyer la mise en oeuvre du nouveau curriculum. L'objectif est de vous montrer comment les intégrer immédiatement dans votre salle de classe ! Les enseignants de M à 6e année ont accès à plusieurs Gizmos grâce à Alberta Education. Si possible, les participants à cet atelier devraient apporter un appareil numérique.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà en présentiel et distanciel . Elle présente régulièrement des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 205 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Bullying and Other Concerns
How do we move our youth from FEAR to FREEDOM when the silence is as deafening as the yelling? Come on a story-telling journey with me to understand what's going on behind the scenes with our kids. No wonder mental health concerns are through the roof and suicide has become a permanent solution to a temporary problem. We can do something different, together. It's worth it!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett

Author, speaker, ElizabethBennettGroup
Elizabeth Bennett helps parents navigate the world of teenager. Some call her the Teen Genie ~ who’s unlocked the secret of how to confidently connect with teenagers, gleaned from her 35-year career in schools as an educator, administrator, coach and Principal.Elizabeth offers a... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Telus 104/105 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Classroom Mental Health Strategies: Grounding in the Classroom for Teens
This workshop offers practical ways that you can build grounding into your daily classroom routine. Learn and practice strategies specifically adapted for junior high and high school students. We will explore the leading evidence-based strategies for classroom stressors including managing test anxiety, trouble with focus/concentration, and emotional dysregulation. You will leave with a toolbox of strategies to incorporate grounding in your classroom, which can help students of all backgrounds and abilities. Strategies range from quick 10-second techniques, daily habits, longer exercises, and tips for how to create sensory-friendly classrooms without spending a lot of money.

Speakers
avatar for Meg Lindemulder

Meg Lindemulder

Clinical Director, Founder, Curio Counselling
Meg Lindemulder is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and educator who holds a B.Ed in Secondary English Language Arts and a Master of Counselling in Applied Psychology. With her experiences as both a private and public school teacher, and her current career as a mental health therapist... Read More →
avatar for Megan Oviatt

Megan Oviatt

Registered Provisional Psychologist, Curio Counselling
Megan Oviatt is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and educator who completed her undergraduate degree in Educational Psychology and holds a Master of Counselling Psychology. She previously worked as an elementary school teacher and is currently practicing as a mental health therapist... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 3 - HYATT HYATT

10:20am MST

Phyllis Webstad: The Orange Shirt Story (Keynote)
Please join Phyllis Webstad, the founder of Orange Shirt Day, as she speaks about her life before residential school, what it was like to lose her orange shirt and the complex work of healing.

Phyllis is well respected for her work as an ambassador for the Orange Shirt Day, her courage and for striving to heal communities and Nations through speaking her truth.

Speakers
avatar for Phyllis Webstad

Phyllis Webstad

Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage. She was born in Dog Creek and lives in Williams Lake, BC, Canada. In 2018 Phyllis Webstad launched... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Exhibition Hall E X - CTCC
  Keynotes, ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Problem Solving and Mathematics
As mathematics teachers, we enjoy the process of doing mathematics and far too often we no longer actively do mathematics ourselves. This session is designed for you to come and do mathematics yourself and work on problems that you do not immediately know the answers to. Involve and immerse yourself in doing mathematics for a short time.

Speakers
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Carolyn Pawelko

A high school mathematics teacher for many years who loves taking about and doing mathematics in many different areas.


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Co-Lab 111 - CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

MASTERING MULTIPLICATION - BOX CARS FAVORITE GAMES AND STRATEGIES
Come prepared to play our favorite games and learn out most effective strategies for helping your student with basic multiplication fluency. Games and strategies will focus on the following: square facts used as benchmarks, pattern and skip counting using number lines, building arrays and area models, commutative and associative properties - all ways to mastering basic facts. Engaged practice with games incorporating the use of cards, dice, math shakers will be taught. Games are easy to differentiate and use either whole class or in small group instruction. Grade 3 teachers, as well as Junior high teachers may want to attend this session if they have students still needing work on basic multiplication. Handout will include gameboards, concept skill checklists for assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall B - CTCC

10:20am MST

Embracing the Powerful Role of Failure in Math Class(Keynote)
What do Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Steven King, Michael Jordan....and Albert Einstein have in common? They all faced massive amounts of failure before getting to where they are today! Let's be real. Fear of failure is one of the biggest reasons that so many students have math anxiety. It prevents students from asking questions, speaking up in class, and even supporting their peers. But one thing no one talks about is this: most mathematicians and scientists in real life get paid to fail! ln this workshop we will explore the powerful role of failure in math class and how you can harness it to inspire your students to embrace failure in math class - and in real life!

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Vahkaria

Vanessa Vahkaria "The Math Guru"

Friday, 9:00 am & 10:20 am
Known as the Lady Gaga of math education, Vanessa is the founder and director of The Math Guru, a super cool boutique math


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall A - CTCC

10:20am MST

Electronic Music Production: A High School Music Class for Non-Music 'Majors'
Technology is all around us and students seem to be on it constantly. Why not harness that power of technology in a music educational class that can inspire and promote an even stronger musical culture within our schools outside of our traditional instrumental/band programs? Now, more than ever, students are using ready, affordable, and at-hand music technology to create incredible musical pieces, scores, and experiences - all in the comfort of the their rooms or parents basements (with makeshift egg-carton soundproofing). Gone are the days where young artists are having to shell out a ridiculous amount of money to rent out a studio space and engineer; all of this is now happening in the palms of students' hands at a very affordable price. This session will focus on the ins and outs of getting approval for, setting up, promoting, and offering a General Music 9, 10, 11, and 12 course that focuses Music Technology and its application for students and musicians in our 21st Century educational environment. These are designed courses that foster a students' passion for music and offers a credited General Music course for students who may have no interest (or not an interest YET) in our traditional band classes.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Grant

Taylor Grant

Teacher/Educator, Bow Valley High School
Taylor Grant is the Band and Music Educator and Director at Bow Valley High School, in Cochrane, Alberta. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in both Music Performance (Voice) and Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary, he has also completed a Master of Arts from U of... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Macleod Hall E2 - CTCC
  Music & Band (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

AI Tools to Amplify Your Professionalism and Save Time!
Artificial intelligence tools have emerged for teachers which can generate lesson plans, teaching content, assessment materials, and more! In this hands-on session, we'll explore some of these tools and their uses which can save you hours of valuable time so you can focus more deeply on your students' needs. We will share a process for generating, evaluating, applying, and reflecting on the materials generated which keeps you in the drivers' seat as the designer of incredible learning experiences as professionals while at the same time allowing you to be far more efficient in your daily work life. Bring a device if you can! Free digital resource will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Teacher. Administrator. PD Leader. Chris is an executive staff officer with the Alberta Teachers' Association and passionate about working with teachers and being involved in professional development. Spending most of his teaching career in Southern Alberta, he loved being a middle... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 6 - HYATT HYATT

10:20am MST

Enseigner en milieu minoritaire: L'importance de transmettre l'amour de la langue
Comment valoriser la langue et la culture francophone dans nos milieux? Venez découvrir comment et pourquoi il est important de développer la culture identitaire francophone chez nos élèves. L'identité francophone, le bilinguisme additif, la légitimité linguistique seront aussi abordés. Cet atelier vous aidera à avoir des pratiques gagnantes pour la construction identitaire.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Imperial 2 - HYATT HYATT

10:20am MST

Authentic Worship | understanding & teaching the connection between worship & purity
We live in a society where the word purity has become entangled in a gray area of post modernism & self-indulgence. Teaching authentic worship goes beyond just a faith or catechism class in school. It needs to be integrated into our systems as a whole. Accomplishing this requires a paradigm shift in both our mentality and our approach. Drawing from concepts laid out in his book, Peter guides us through the beginnings of what this shift might look like. Participants are invited to reflect, to journey, and to share.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hill

Peter Hill

CPM Enterprises
Peter is a licensed minister, author, motivational speaker, and math teacher. During the school year, he teaches high school math in the city of Calgary. Outside of his teaching career, he is involved in the training, support, equipping and encouragement of an array of different leadership... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 208 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Gizmos - Explore How Online Science Simulations Support Scientific Literacy 7-12
ExploreLearning Gizmos are award-winning, interactive simulations that bring research-proven instructional strategies to life and make learning fun! This session introduces the pedagogical approach of CER, claim-evidence-reasoning, to promote scientific literacy. Participate in a modelled lesson using online science simulations to experience firsthand the strengths of a CER approach. Explore and use the simulations currently available on the New Learn Alberta Curriculum Site. Teachers are encouraged to bring a device.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Beaulieu

Lindsay Beaulieu

Implementation Coordinator, ExploreLearning
Lindsay Beaulieu has taught in Alberta for the past ten years and has witnessed the impact of Gizmos on student understanding. Lindsay has been using Gizmos in the classroom since she began teaching. Lindsay joined ExploreLearning this year as an Implementation Coordinator to support... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 209 - CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

Exploring the New Curriculum Through MakeCode Arcade Games (Gr. 4-6)
Strengthen your students’ problem-solving skills and engage creatively with the curriculum by creating games in Microsoft MakeCode Arcade! This session will provide you with the foundational knowledge to help your students design their own video games, then bring those games to life through block-based coding. Learn how computational thinking skills such as pattern recognition, algorithm design, and debugging are necessary when coding and how to connect games to curricular concepts in any subject.

Speakers
avatar for Whitney Horban

Whitney Horban

Whitney Horban (she/her) has worked in both formal and informal education and enjoys bridging the gap between the two. She has been atthe TELUS World of Science Edmonton for 8 years, traveling to schools around Alberta with the Science in Motion team and now heading up the Northern... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Telus 101/102 - CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

10:20am MST

Ethics in AI
In recent years we have seen a rise in the use of artificial intelligence in our everyday lives: from machine learning algorithms that screen resumes for job postings, to bots that can converse with one another. In this workshop, participants will explore the pitfalls of artificial intelligence when it comes to algorithms responsible for making decisions impacting lives, and what our responsibilities are to ensure our models are ethical.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Grant

Mary Grant

Education Specialist, Callysto
Mary has a Masters in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. She took her passion for technology-supported instruction and Digital Literacy studies to local and international schools. From the onset, she strongly advocates that technology implementation within... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Glen 203/204 - CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:20am MST

(Pre-Reg 30 OFFSITE) Calgary Zoo: Nature Journaling Through Destination Africa
Immerse yourself in the warmth of Destination Africa while its resident animals inspire you in this workshop that will demonstrate strategies and techniques that combine art with scientific inquiry and open the door to descriptive writing. Be prepared to have fun and discover your inner artist as you slow down and appreciate the finer details around you. No previous artistic experience necessary, just a willingness to have a go!
Please bring your favourite writing instrument, and a journal or blank paper. 
Session Location: DOW Classroom, in the Enmax Conservatory
CALGARY ZOO 210 St. George’s Dr. NE; T2E 7V6

Speakers
WI

Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo

Our conservation education staff have backgrounds in biology, natural history, zoology and ecology. With experience ranging from animal husbandry to field research, our team is comprised of qualified informal educators who are passionate about bringing the natural world to life and... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Off-Site Check Session Description for Address

10:20am MST

The Ultimate Multi-grade Classroom
Attention all colony teachers! Come join us as we unpack pedagogy, assessment practices, & curriculum planning for the multi-grade ELL environment. If you have something to share, please bring it along as we will have time to collaborate with our peers!

Speakers
LT

Laura-Lee Toews

President, Alberta Colony Educators
Laura-Lee has worked in colony schools for 30 years and is currently the president of the Alberta Colony Educators group. She has a passion for providing professional learning opportunities and mentorship to colony educators.


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall E1 - CTCC

10:20am MST

Design Thinking for Environmental Education
Design thinking has garnered a lot of buzz in recent years, but how might it be applied to your teaching practice? Join facilitators from the Alberta Council of Environmental Education in exploring how to use the Design Thinking process to answer the question, “How might students explore environmental careers?” Using the lens of Environmental Stewardship, this hands-on session will give teachers an understanding of the design thinking process and how to implement it in their classrooms.

Though targeted at CTF teachers wanting to explore Environmental Stewardship, this collaborative and hands-on workshop, is applicable no matter which grade or subject area you teach. Work through a crash course in the design thinking process and come away with an outline for integrating environmental education and sustainability approaches throughout your school year.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
The Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) works collaboratively to advance environmental education in Alberta. Although we embrace and support environmental education for all audiences in Alberta, we're particularly interested in supporting young people: we believe that... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall E3 - CTCC

10:20am MST

The Polyvagal Theory: How to Help Dysregulated Students
This session can either be a follow-up from Trauma-Infomed and Resiliency-Focused Schools, or it can be taken alone. A simplified explanation of the Polyvagal System will be explained, including what it is and how it affects our bodies and minds. We will look at several different ways that teachers can stimulate the polyvagal system to help regulate students. Some are examples of quick, five-minute before class activities, and other are longer, depending on the situationa and the student.

Speakers
KG

Kimberly Garner

Special Education Teacher, Third Academy Schools
Kimberly has been a teacher for over 20 years. She is also a certified Trauma-Informed Practitioner, both Clinical and Educational. Kimberly has certifications in EFT Tapping, Mindfulness, and Meditation. At-risk children are her passion, but she understands that we all have trauma... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall C - CTCC

10:20am MST

I Need More Energy To Work!
The work-energy theorem is fundamental to physics and is the basis of understanding many mechanical systems. [In Physics 30 we extend it to systems involving electric fields as well.] Teachers will perform a simple experiment that illustrates this theorem and builds intuition for Physics 20 students. The materials are inexpensive, and the design is simple enough that students will know precisely what is happening and can concentrate on the algebra. We will discuss similar experimental designs, extending this idea to different types of energy exchanges.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar

Physics
Barry taught for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year (14 years in junior high math and science, and 26 years in high school general science and physics).He believes that students get most out of a classroom that is activity based... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 108 - CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Assessment (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Mixed Media- Projects for all Seasons
Mixed Media- Projects for all seasons
Watercolours and oil pastels techniques are being explored and demonstrated in this session. The participants will use and apply these techniques to create a few art projects. Composition, design and color will be examined to guide the participants find their own inner artistic talents . The projects presented are being demonstrated step-by-step and can be adapted to any grade level to address a variety of learning styles. All the supplies are included and the fee for this session is $10.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
Over the past few years I presented numerous sessions at various Teacher Conventions, Fine Arts Conferences, Professional Development Days, and private organizations/groups. As an art teacher, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore the artistic paths using... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 109 - CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:40am MST

The Art of Assessing Mathematical Thinking - Instructional Leader Session
In this session, we will share an assessment planning process that is based on teaching for conceptual understanding with any curriculum. Instructional leaders will focus on the new Alberta Math curriculum and learn how to support teachers in creating an assessment plan that meets the needs of a differentiated classroom. Participants will also collaborate to make a shareable list of planning strategies that support a modified or accommodated diverse learner support plan, intervention plan, and EAL plan.

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

Field Service Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.Presenter Shelly... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 201/202 - CTCC

11:40am MST

Why Can't I Stick to a budget: How Biases, Habits and Behaviours influence our spending
Money is still a taboo topic for many, people would rather talk about extra-marital affairs, addiction and death than money.
Financial stress impacts physical and mental health, has been linked to anxiety and depression, and has been listed as main reason for relationship dissolution.
It seems as if money should be easy to manage, after all, it's just numbers.
This presentation will identify biases, heuristics and emotions that impact our money decisions along with the practical strategies to get control of your monthly cash flow.
You will learn
* Why budgets don't work for most people
* What budgets are actually good for
* What mental accounting is and how it makes it hard to track our money
* How cash flow strategies help you stay on track without a restrictive budget
* How short term rewards help you stay on track financially

Work book included
Q and A

Speakers
MS

Maura Shaftoe

Maura is an engaging speaker who makes talking about money easy. She creates safe environments for people to have access to learning about money in a new way.Maura has been in financial services for over 10 years, after a full career in management and sales in the automotive industry... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 206 - CTCC
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3)

11:40am MST

Financial Literacy for Grade 4-12: Ready to go, age-appropriate financial lesson plans that your students will love!
Are you in search of ready to go, age-appropriate financial literacy lesson plans? Enriched Academy is a free resource designed to connect with the needs and interests of grade 4 to 12 students. It uses an engaging and entertaining video-based format complete with lesson plans, teacher guide, and student activities.....everything you need to get started today. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with Sonya to learn more about how the three classroom resources support the curricular outcomes for grade 4 to 6 PE & Wellness, grade 7 to 9 Health and grade 10 to 12 CALM, Math & CTS.

Speakers
SF

Sonya Fox

Sonya Fox is an experienced educator with over 20 years of teaching experience and has worked with students from grades one through twelve.  In her last four years, Sonya took her passion for business and finance into the classroom, teaching entrepreneurship and finance to high... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall E2 - CTCC

11:40am MST

Game Changers: Breaking Down Barriers Part 2
This 2 for 1 session will be an overview of the first two barriers to connection highlighted in the Connecting Against All Odds presentation.
Barrier 3: “I just don’t have time for this right now!”: How being overwhelmed by schedules, obligations and a lack of “time” turn molehills into mountains!
Having a solid and structured plan and a consistent set of expectations are a key element to setting up a space where everyone can feel safe. Where we often go “off the rails” is either by expecting too much or being so committed to a “plan” that we cannot be flexible. This session will focus on strategies for evaluating the environment and the impacts it has on behaviour and skills for balancing consistency with flexibility.
Barrier 4: “I am just done, I have had ENOUGH!”- The importance of self-regulation and the role it plays in co-regulation! When your tank is empty, you are not going anywhere!
Self-regulation is the key to successful co-regulation. Looking at recommended strategies for keeping ourselves calm so that we can help others to learn to regulate their own emotions.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
As a student with ADHD, mental health difficulties and behavioral issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BSc/BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program.Rita’s passion... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall E4 - CTCC
  Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

How to find a job, get a job, keep a job...and help students lead a good life in CALM class
What are employers looking for when a student applies for a job? What can you do to help students be successful in their job search? This session will consist of a panel discussion and question period with CAREERS: the Next Generation and MCG Careers ; two organizations operating across Alberta to help youth and families write resumes and cover letters, find jobs in their communities and talk with employers with confidence. Join this session to broaden your ability to help students enter the workforce and gain a community contact to enhance your CALM class.

Speakers
MK

Michael Koehler

Teacher, FSD
Michael Koehler is a much better CALM teacher now that he has been married, had children, finished an Apprenticeship and taught in Australia. After 30 years of teaching CALM, math, construction, automotives and off-campus programing, Michael knows how to look at a curriculum and pull... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 4 - HYATT HYATT
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Women in Islam: A History of Leadership
From its inception, Islam has transformed the status of women and paved the way for female leadership to grow and flourish. Did you know that the first University in the world was founded by Fatima al-Fihri, a Muslim woman? Or that Sabiha Gökçen, the first female combat pilot in the world, was Muslim? Were you aware that the early spread of Islam was funded by Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, the first Muslim woman? Please join me for a walk through history as we explore the contributions of Muslim women in all fields of life, including Mathematics, Literature, Politics, Science, Education, and more. We will look at the contributions of Muslim women around the world from early Islamic civilization, through the generations, until today. This session will leave you with a foundational understanding of what Islam, unmarred by the media and mainstream society, really says about women. We will highlight some of the entrepreneurs, warriors, educators, and scholars who forged the path for future generations to walk with dignity, pride and ambition.

Speakers
avatar for Youssra Badr

Youssra Badr

Youssra is an Arab, Muslim, Canadian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Sociology, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master's in Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies from the University of Alberta. Her professional experiences include front... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Glen 203/204 - CTCC

11:40am MST

Help! I'm teaching DRAMA!
This course offers demos and resources on warm up games, semester of plays/showcases, incorporating the curricular objectives, rundown of producing a show, rubrics and assessments, as well as supplementary lessons for guest teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Pam Pracic

Pam Pracic

I have been a junior high and senior high drama, art, and filmmaking teacher since 2014. After obtaining my undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Trinity Western University, I received a Bachelors of Education from Vancouver Island University. I have produced over a dozen plays... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 110 - CTCC
  Drama & Dance (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

The Transfer Dilemma: Why Is It So Hard to Move Knowledge & Skills Between Contexts? (Breakout)
Why are skills and knowledge so difficult to move between different contexts? During this session, we will dive into the issue of transfer, consider what is required for effective transfer, and discuss what this means for the modern 21st Century Skills movement in education. Furthermore, we will explore the only truly future-proof skill research has ever found.

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Jared Horvath

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of the best-selling book Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. He has conducted research and lectured at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, the... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 5/7/9 - HYATT HYATT

11:40am MST

Les simulations Gizmos disponibles en ligne : pour développer une compréhension conceptuelle en mathématiques
Les simulations en ligne Gizmos peuvent inciter vos élèves à penser comme des mathématiciens. Découvrez comment l'utilisation de ces simulations peut favoriser la compréhension conceptuelle des mathématiques chez les apprenants grâce à la modélisation et à l'enquête. Vous participerez à une leçon de mathématiques durant laquelle un Gizmo sera utilisé. Vous découvrirez ainsi comment les insérer dans vos leçons. Nous visiterons les ressources qui accompagnent les Gizmos afin que vous puissiez les utiliser immédiatement en classe ! Les enseignants de M à 6e année ont accès à plusieurs Gizmos grâce à Alberta Education. Si possible, les participants à cet atelier devraient apporter un appareil numérique.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà en présentiel et distanciel . Elle présente régulièrement des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 101/102 - CTCC

11:40am MST

Why Invest In Space Exploration
Why invest in space exploration?

Dr. David Naylor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Over the last two decades Dr Naylor has led Canada’s involvement in the Herschel/SPIRE and SPICA/Safari space missions. Prior to this he worked at the European Space Agency on the ISO/ LWS mission. With space exploration missions costing between 1 and 10 B$, he is often asked “Why should we spend money on these projects when there are so many problems here on Earth?

His lecture will provide his unique perspective on this question. He will review the current state of international space exploration activities and briefly review Canada’s space exploration program.

He will discuss lesser appreciated benefits that arise from space exploration and present a few specific examples of innovations that we take for granted that came directly from the space program. He will conclude with a discussion of three innovations that have spun off from the space missions in which he has been involved; two of which are being commercialized in Lethbridge.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Naylor

Dr. David Naylor

David Naylor, Professor and Board of Governors’ Research ChairDirector, Astronomical Instrumentation GroupSpace Astronomy Division, Institute for Space Imaging ScienceDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, University of Lethbridge As a Commonwealth Scholar David received his PhD... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Macleod Hall A - CTCC

11:40am MST

My Retiree Plan Presentation
Retirement can no doubt be both exciting and daunting. Between all the paperwork and planning, let us make one of the items on your checklist a little easier!
During this presentation, you will learn the ins and outs of your health benefits during retirement. From eligibility requirements to different types of coverage, ASEBP has got you covered—literally.

Speakers
avatar for ASEBP Representative

ASEBP Representative

Benefit Specialist, ASEBP
The Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) is more than health insurance—we’re health champions. We provide sustainable, holistic health benefits, programs and services and are there to support you and your employer throughout your personal and workplace wellness journeys... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Telus 106 - CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:40am MST

Emotional Regulation in the Classroom for Elementary Students
This workshop offers practical ways that you can build emotional regulation into your daily classroom routine. Learn and practice strategies specifically adapted for elementary school students. We will explore the leading evidence-based strategies for emotional regulation and how to spot and manage dysregulation in your students. You will leave with a toolbox of strategies to incorporate regulation exercises in your classroom, which can help students of all backgrounds and abilities. Strategies range from quick 10-second techniques, daily habits, longer exercises, and tips for how to create sensory-friendly classrooms without spending a lot of money. Creating an inclusive classroom with effective teacher-student connections begins with understanding and implementing emotional regulation; fine tune your practice with us!

Speakers
avatar for Meg Lindemulder

Meg Lindemulder

Clinical Director, Founder, Curio Counselling
Meg Lindemulder is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and educator who holds a B.Ed in Secondary English Language Arts and a Master of Counselling in Applied Psychology. With her experiences as both a private and public school teacher, and her current career as a mental health therapist... Read More →
avatar for Megan Oviatt

Megan Oviatt

Registered Provisional Psychologist, Curio Counselling
Megan Oviatt is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and educator who completed her undergraduate degree in Educational Psychology and holds a Master of Counselling Psychology. She previously worked as an elementary school teacher and is currently practicing as a mental health therapist... Read More →



Friday February 23, 2024 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Imperial 3 - HYATT HYATT

11:40am MST

VOCABULICIOUS - PRIMARY LITERACY GAMES
Ever wondered what vocabulary building activities you can do with a paint chip or letter tiles? Come prepared to play and learn some of our favorite Box Cars games for teaching: word families and rhyme, spelling simple CVC words, vowels, two-syllable words, word play including ideas for synonyms, antonyms and homonyms. Games will also incorporate the use of literacy tiles and word decks. Games are easy to differentiate and use in either whole class or small group instruction. The session is appropriate for primary, ESL, upper elementary special ed programs. Ideas can be used as a family literacy night or for practice at home.

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