PDTCA 2023 has ended

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

President Schilling’s 2023 Convention Greeting Link

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NOTE TO SPEAKERS: We had planned to have a Zoom help desk, but decided against it.

PRINTABLE CONVENTION AT A GLANCE LINK - Off-Site Addresses are included.

“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 ataconventions.ca website. If you have any further questions regarding this, please contact me by e-mail at Daniel.Maas@ata.ab.ca.


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Thursday, February 23 • 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Inspirational Thinking

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In a world recovering from a global pandemic, disrupted by war and conflict, rife with misinformation and conspiracy theories, how can we create classrooms that give children hope and inspire them to be active agents of change to create the world they want to live in? Pursuit of this complex challenge is advanced when we design learning around inspirational thinking. Inspirational thinking sits at the intersection of critical, creative and prospective thinking. Critical thinking is certainly a pre-condition for inspirational thinking, yet it is also an insufficient condition. Without the generation of new ideas to move the world forward, a critical examination of the current world could leave one with a sense of despair. Similarly, while creativity is also a pre-condition for inspirational thinking, it too, on its own is insufficient. The generation of new ideas that do little to contribute to the common good may lead to innovations but not lead us closer to the world we desire. When students engage in inspirational thinking, they experience the curriculum through a prospective or future-oriented lens whereby they transfer their learning through critical, creative and collaborative thinking in search of ways to contribute to building a future in which everyone can flourish. During this session, participants will explore practical ways to teach at the intersection of critical, creative and prospective thinking including the framing of tasks and the effective use of powerful instructional strategies.

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Garfield Gini-Newman

Garfield Gini-Newman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto. He explores how to teach through sustained critical inquiry while nurturing deep conceptual understanding and genuine competence. Garfield has worked... Read More →

Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Macleod Hall D CTCC