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 • 11:30am - 2:15pm
Taming Anxiety Gremlins & Promoting Student Resilience Using the Anxiety Compass

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Anxiety was already at epidemic levels among students before COVID and has only grown exponentially since. Unfortunately, we are seeing far more anxiety, school avoidance, and problematic coping behaviours, such as self-harming, than ever before.
Because anxiety manifests in so many different ways, teachers and professionals can easily miss when anxiety shows up and may even unwittingly make anxiety stronger. It is therefore critical for anyone working with students to understand what pressure today’s students face, how to recognize when those pressures exceed student capacity to cope, and how to help them successfully navigate the stressors and worries they face
Importantly, there are essential considerations for effective interventions for anxiety that are not commonly known nor practiced. However, they are easy to learn. The focus of this workshop is to present practical, evidence-based strategies embedded within the Anxiety Compass; an eight-step process to teach students how to manage anxiety while promoting their overall confidence and resilience. Second, to allow participants to discuss common difficulties they experience as it relates to student anxiety while building their toolbox of strategies they can immediately take back to the classroom.

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Caroline Buzanko

R. Psychologist & Director, Koru Family Psychology
Dr. Caroline Buzanko is a Registered Psychologist who has worked with children, teens, and their families for over 20 years. She works alongside teachers and families to understand kids’ strengths, areas of challenge, and how to best support them. She helps figure out how to optimize... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 2:15pm MST
Macleod Hall C CTCC