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.

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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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Friday, February 24 • 8:30am - 11:15am
(PRE-REG MAX 30) Nose Hill LIBRARY (Program Room) OFF-SITE Why Grasslands CAN and WILL save the world!

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***IMPORTANT UPDATE - Wed. Feb. 22***
Despite frigid February temperatures forecast for Friday…
 …the power and wonder of the grasslands goes on, and our CPAWS PDCTA workshop is moving INDOORS:

Why Grasslands CAN and WILL save the world!

Friday, February 24th
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM*

Nose Hill LIBRARY (Program Room)**
(1530 Northmount Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2L 0G6).
 PLEASE NOTE: *new time & **new location 

Alberta's grasslands provide gifts of vast biodiversity, rich cultural heritage 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? Meet CPAWS at Nose Hill Park to unearth how relationships lie at the heart of ‘why grasslands’ matter now and

During this session, you will be invited into the heart of our prairie home and experience first-hand how our acclaimed CPAWS Why Grasslands? program engages all eight of Alberta’s core competencies. Journeying alongside ecological inquiry and prairie-sense-of-place, you will fully experience how your students will:
  • learn about Alberta’s geological formations
  • study Indigenous connections to the grasslands
  • discover the interrelationships of grassland organisms
  • learn about basic grassland ecological processes
  • explore current environmental issues
  • apply new knowledge to conserve and protect the environment
Join us for a journey of wonder and connection, and discover how grasslands CAN and WILL save the world!

Please come prepared to be active outside for 3 hours - appropriate clothing, footwear, water, and snacks. Further details will be provided to all registrants within 2 weeks of the session.

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Sheri Tarrington

Environmental Education Specialist, CPAWS Southern Alberta
Quite simply, Sheri believes that all humans are better humans when they are encouraged to learn, explore and play outdoors. For more than 15 years, Sheri has dreamed, delivered and inspired a vast spectrum of environmental education programming on behalf of national parks, provincial... Read More →
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Vanessa Bilan

Vanessa Bilan, Environmental Education SpecialistVanessa is certified as an Apprentice Interpretive Hiking Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association (IGA). Childhood trips to the mountains grew into a passion and lead her to complete a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Nose Hill LIBRARY (Program Room)
  Science (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   Social Studies (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)