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
Social Justice in the New Republic: Plato, Machiavelli, and Catholic Social Justice

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Plato’s Republic, a seminal philosophical and political text, delves into the nature of Justice, arguing states and their social structures ought to be ordered by this cardinal virtue. The individual’s quest for knowledge and virtue goes hand-in-hand with social good. Machiavelli’s The Prince, famously rejects Plato’s notion of Justice and radically redefines virtue as the cunning, callous, and calculating guidelines necessary for people in power to stay in power. Machiavelli’s New Republic, founded on pragmatic realism and effectual truth has at its center the individual (uno solo), one who spurns lofty idealism while also extolling the benefits of justice, albeit in recalibrated form. This New Republic has not only become the dominant template for modern state craft but individualism as well. This talk seeks to unfurl these vying visions of how republics are to be governed and social justice while also making connections to the Biblical vision of Justice and Virtue. More specifically, it provides educators with an outline of the principles of Catholic teaching on Social Justice and considers the ancient, modern and contemporary articulations of justice along with its role in ordering political and social structures.

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Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore’s 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, Ancient and Modern Mythology, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Imperial 2 Hyatt
  Religious & Moral Education (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Social Studies (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)