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 • 8:30am - 4:00pm
(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Beyond the Classroom - How to Start Your Own Alternative School

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An interactive, on-site, session where Mark Turner and Matt Chomistek will guide you through the process of how we opened up The Farm with Rockyview Schools. Sessions will include:

Creating and Fostering Community Partnerships
Students and Animals - Safety and Best Practices
Students and Construction - Safety and Best Practices
Field Trips to Working Sites - Safety and Best Practices

We will also be touring our Farm School, which is just North of Airdrie, and answering any individual questions about how we started The Farm. We will be working both indoors and outdoors on a working farm, so please dress appropriately.

LOCATION: 3km north of Airdrie on 24St and Range Road 12

Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/xHs9SQZNnySGLFkW6

Directions from Airdrie Superstore: West on Veterans Blvd. Right at 24th St (this turns into Range road 12) We are the second acreage on the left (with the two ATCO buildings). Address: The Farm, 12 Rge Rd NW, Balzac, AB

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Mark Turner

Teacher Building Futures, Rocky View Schools
Mark Turner has spent his whole career exploring and implementing alternative education through his innovative practices as a middle school classroom teacher, his time at Building Futures, and his efforts to co-found The Farm
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Matt Chomistek

Matt Chomistek has been teaching for 14 years, including 6 years in Alternative Education. He has taught three years at Building Futures in Cochrane, and three years as one of the co-founders of The Farm. .

Thursday February 23, 2023 8:30am - 4:00pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.