PDTCA 2023 has ended

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

President Schilling’s 2023 Convention Greeting Link

FOR PRE-REGISTERED SESSIONS PLEASE USE THE PRE-REGISTRATION LINK IN THE SESSION DESCRIPTION. The pre-registration web page is https://www.pdtca.org/pre-registration.html Adding the session to your Sched schedule does not mean you are pre-registered.  Pre-registration is now closed. The pre-registration page has an email link if you need to request to be removed from a session so someone on the waiting list can have your spot - top right of the page. For changes or signup come to the convention information desk at/after 1:00 pm on Thursday, Feb 23rd. Please kindly check Button 3. on the pre-registration page to see if a session has room for you as most of them are full.

You do not need to create a profile and log in to see sessions in Sched. However, if you want to add yourself to a session or evaluate a session you must be logged in.

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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Friday, February 24 • 8:30am - 9:45am
Heart-based Meditation in a Classroom Setting

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After many years of studying many forms of meditation, Matt is pleased to present one that is not only easy to teach, but easy to learn! Heart-based meditation has the benefit of being cultivated by a passionate group of scientists and independently studied in almost 500 papers. After 3 minutes of heart-based meditation, the body produces over 1,300 biochemicals that include: auto-immune, SIGAS, Stem cells, telemerase enzymes and more. Widely used for stress/anxiety reduction with children, police service, ptsd soldiers, high-stress front-line workers and others... this session will teach you this powerful form of meditation, how it works, why it works and how you can easily apply it to your own classroom.

In our fast-paced, high-stress world, a teacher needs every tool they can in their tool belt. Heart-based meditation has the benefit of being easily to learn, easy to apply and comes with a vast amount of information, visual learning tools and support. Not to mention how beneficial it is to our immunes systems!

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Matt Boisvert

Matt Boisvert has been working with children of various ages for 20 years. He is an artist, early childhood educator and lectures on meditation and sound. He has spoken at almost every Alberta convention since 2015 and is greatly looking forward to presenting his lectures in person... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Macleod Hall C 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)