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THE PDTCA BOARD HOPES YOU HAVE AN AMAZING CONVENTION! #PDTC23! 

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.

SESSION EVALUATION:
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.

*****SESSION EVALUATIONS WILL CLOSE FRIDAY MARCH 3rd*****

Thursday, February 23
 

8:30am MST

Love is a Palace
With a mic in hand, and a podium moved aside, Tom brings his life experiences and stories across generations, cultures, economics and causes. And when the spoken word is complete, music is his reflective close. Experience as an actor, singer, media personality, Chancellor, multi-awards recipient, workshop facilitator and speaker for select Government events, has shaped Tom’s ability to deliver high impact messages. And all of them from-the-heart.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

There are entertainment legends, and then there is Tom Jackson, a triple-threat actor, musician, and activist whose achievements in each discipline are downright head-spinning. His career is unparalleled, not to mention wildly acclaimed, abundantly decorated, and almost ridiculously... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 8:30am - 10:00am MST
Exhibition Hall E CTCC

8:30am MST

The 60-Minute Perspective Makeover: Proven Tips to Living an Awesome Life!
The secrets of success are the same no matter what business you’re in, and success begins with getting motivated. Inspiration and comedy unite in this 60-minute transformational presentation from “I should…” to “I will!”.

Energizing and funny, Jessica Holmes’ call to action combines her trademark character comedy with quirky anecdotes to deliver motivational insights into:

• Finding greater meaning in your work.
• Using positive psychology to be happier day to day.
• Setting and reaching your goals.
• Learning to laugh at life’s shortcomings.

Holmes gives quick, achievable “how to’s” about these topics and more, in a laugh-out-loud hour of fun. The audience receives introspective takeaways to guarantee that her presentation makes a meaningful impact.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health AdvocateBeloved comedian Jessica Holmes has brought the house down opening for giants like Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. She has also performed at Just For Laughs and The Second City, and starred in... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 8:30am - 10:00am MST
Macleod Hall ABCD CTCC

8:30am MST

The Science of Daily Resilience: Practical Skills for Mental Strength and Agility
One thing we can count on is that life is full of uncertainty, change, challenges, and many distractions. When times are hard, you may prioritize the well-being of others. This session is for YOU._x000D_
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Take control by learning about science-backed strategies and practical skills that you can use to stay focused and productive — even in chaos. Get more done in less time and improve your energy and stamina to power through. Learn how to incorporate habits into the busiest schedule and get the support you need to practice daily self-care.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Bélanger

Lisa Bélanger

Behavioural Change Expert | ResearcherAn organization’s greatest asset is its people. Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science can be applied in the workplace to optimize performance, productivity... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 8:30am - 10:00am MST
Imperial 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 Hyatt

8:30am MST

Le bienêtre en enseignement, une voie incontournable pour s'épanouir au travail!
Exercer la profession enseignante est complexe. Plusieurs défis se dresse devant eux et contribuent à faire apparaitre des émotions désagréables. Ces dernières, bien qu'elles soient essentielles au développement d'une bonne santé mentale, peuvent parfois s'exprimer par un sentiment d'être dépassés ou incompétents, un sentiment d'incertitude omniprésent ou un sentiment d'être surchargé constamment, alimentant un état tel que le stress ou d'anxiété. Face à la situation, comment rester optimistes et motivés afin de persévérer ? Comment réussir à gérer ce type émotions négatives pour qu'elles nous aident à s'adapter aux différents enjeux quotidiens auxquels on doit faire face? Comment mieux accompagner nos élèves pour qu'ils ressentent aussi du bienêtre ? Cette conférence traitera de l’importance de cultiver le bienêtre au travail en considérant les forces et les talents que l'on mobiliser pour avoir une perspective plus positive de la situation actuelle._x000D_
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Learn to take care of yourself to better support others in teaching:_x000D_
Teaching in the current context requires a lot of adaptation and resilience. Indeed, the situation in schools is far from favoring environments conducive to the well-being of teachers and students. There is an increase in fatigue and stress among teachers. Although the situation is worrying for them with regard to the progression of student learning, it must be recognized that good support for them begins with taking care of themselves. However, teachers take little steps in this direction. However, recent research on well-being in educational institutions shows that teachers who feel well-being at work create a better climate conducive to learning. It is therefore possible to evolve in teaching and to do well in order to remain motivated and optimistic by looking to the future from a positive angle. In this context, how can we succeed in developing well-being in teaching? How can we support our students to promote their learning in this unprecedented context? How to adapt to the different daily challenges that we have to face while cultivating pleasant emotions? In an attempt to answer these questions, this conference will explore the psychopedagogy of well-being, a new field in the science of education, which looks at the development of well-being, growth and optimal functioning in individuals evolving in various educational situations., to promote better mental health among teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Goyette

Nancy Goyette

Nancy Goyette, Ph. D., est professeure et chercheuse au Département des sciences de l'éducation de l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). Elle s'intéresse au bienêtre en enseignement, à la construction identitaire chez les enseignants et au concept de bienveillance... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 8:30am - 10:00am MST
Glen 206 CTCC

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 100) OFF-SITE Democracy Bootcamp: PDTCA 2023 Presented by CIVIX
DESCRIPTION:
Democracy Bootcamp will feature experts discussing Alberta politics and challenges facing our democracy. Workshops will focus on perspectives and biases, disinformation and verification skills, and best practices for fostering constructive discussion in the classroom. Attendees will also learn about and discuss best practices for Student Vote.

Teachers will leave the day ready to facilitate political discussions in the classroom and engage their students in the Alberta provincial election.

Complimentary lunch and refreshments provided.

Delegates must use the link in the description to register.
Day-long Bootcamp will be located at:
Delta Hotel Calgary Downtown (209 4th Ave SE)

REGISTRATION:
Space is limited. Please register as soon as possible at: https://democracy-bootcamp-pdtca.eventbrite.ca


If you have any questions, please email the CIVIX team at bootcamp@civix.ca.

Speakers
CC

CIVIX CANADA

CIVIX is a non-partisan, national registered charity dedicated to strengthening democracy through experiential civic education.We create programming and provide professional development opportunities that empower teachers to take real-life political events and turn them into teachable... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 8:30am - 3:00pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 15) OFF-SITE Fly Tying to Release Anxiety
I hope that you can join me for my fly tying session this year. We will meet at my school (St. Luke's Outreach) in Okotoks which is located at; 23 Riverside Drive, T1S 1B3. We are on the 3rd floor. We will begin tying at 10 am at the school and tie until noon. We will break for lunch and then begin our second half of the session again at 1pm. We will then tie a few more flies and then we will finish around 3pm. I am requesting that each participant pay a $10 fee to cover the costs of the tying materials for this session. It does not matter if you are an accomplished tier or if you have never tried this activity before, you are all welcome to join us.

Speakers
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Dylan Sinclair

I have been a fly fisherman and fly tier since I was a little kid. Over the years this activity has brought me much joy and happiness and I have taught many of my students to tie flies. It has been a lot of fun to run these fishing clubs at my school.


Thursday February 23, 2023 8:30am - 4:00pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Beyond the Classroom - How to Start Your Own Alternative School
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

Speakers
avatar for Mark Turner

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
avatar for Matt Chomistek

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.

10:15am MST

Love is a Palace
With a mic in hand, and a podium moved aside, Tom brings his life experiences and stories across generations, cultures, economics and causes. And when the spoken word is complete, music is his reflective close. Experience as an actor, singer, media personality, Chancellor, multi-awards recipient, workshop facilitator and speaker for select Government events, has shaped Tom’s ability to deliver high impact messages. And all of them from-the-heart.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

There are entertainment legends, and then there is Tom Jackson, a triple-threat actor, musician, and activist whose achievements in each discipline are downright head-spinning. His career is unparalleled, not to mention wildly acclaimed, abundantly decorated, and almost ridiculously... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:15am - 11:30am MST
Exhibition Hall E CTCC

10:15am MST

The 60-Minute Perspective Makeover: Proven Tips to Living an Awesome Life!
The secrets of success are the same no matter what business you’re in, and success begins with getting motivated. Inspiration and comedy unite in this 60-minute transformational presentation from “I should…” to “I will!”.

Energizing and funny, Jessica Holmes’ call to action combines her trademark character comedy with quirky anecdotes to deliver motivational insights into:

• Finding greater meaning in your work.
• Using positive psychology to be happier day to day.
• Setting and reaching your goals.
• Learning to laugh at life’s shortcomings.

Holmes gives quick, achievable “how to’s” about these topics and more, in a laugh-out-loud hour of fun. The audience receives introspective takeaways to guarantee that her presentation makes a meaningful impact.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health AdvocateBeloved comedian Jessica Holmes has brought the house down opening for giants like Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. She has also performed at Just For Laughs and The Second City, and starred in... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:15am - 11:30am MST
Imperial 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 Hyatt

10:15am MST

The Science of Daily Resilience: Practical Skills for Mental Strength and Agility
One thing we can count on is that life is full of uncertainty, change, challenges, and many distractions. When times are hard, you may prioritize the well-being of others. This session is for YOU._x000D_
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Take control by learning about science-backed strategies and practical skills that you can use to stay focused and productive — even in chaos. Get more done in less time and improve your energy and stamina to power through. Learn how to incorporate habits into the busiest schedule and get the support you need to practice daily self-care.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Bélanger

Lisa Bélanger

Behavioural Change Expert | ResearcherAn organization’s greatest asset is its people. Award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger shows leaders and teams how insights from psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science can be applied in the workplace to optimize performance, productivity... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:15am - 11:30am MST
Macleod Hall ABCD CTCC

11:45am MST

Using the Optional Assessments in the BAS to Identify & Track Student Progress
This session will explore how the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) connects with the new Alberta ELAL curriculum and complements the recently mandated assessments on word reading skills to provide a full and deep understanding of students' reading abilities and instructional needs. We will delve into the use of the variety of BAS Optional Assessments (Letter Identification, Early Reading Behaviours, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Word Reading, Word Analysis, Vocabulary) in order to gather information, program plan, reliably identify skill level, and track student progress over time.

Speakers
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Siobhan Murphy

Siobhan Murphy is the Planning & Implementation Manager for Literacy for Pearson Canada. She has been in the field of education for 20 years, including teaching at the elementary and junior high levels, as a district lead literacy teacher and on secondment at the Edmonton Regional... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Telus 109 CTCC

11:45am MST

Effectively differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students (K-6).
With the high demands and constant daily pressures that teachers face, differentiating instruction seems a dream of the ideal world!
Providing proven strategies, tools and resources to support teachers in differentiating learning to meet all their student needs, this session turns the ideal world into the reality. Teachers will be able to transfer their knowledge and experience from the session to make positive changes in the classroom and ultimately improve their students learning and performance.

Discover how to:
• Plan effective differentiated lessons;
• Use assessment data to inform your differentiated plans;
• Differentiate learning through ability groups;
• Implement strategies to effectively manage differentiation in the classroom.

Today more than ever, student needs are vast and so teaching to the middle must remain a thing of the past!
Learn how to deliver a curriculum that challenges and progresses the learning for all students, regardless of their ability so that every learner reaches their true potential!

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

I’m Samantha Smith, the owner of TruTeach, providing elementary teachers, parents and students with support and guidance through the constant changes in the education world. Throughout my teaching career, I’ve been continuously evaluated as an exceptional elementary teacher. I’m... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E3 CTCC
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:45am MST

Elementary School Classroom Management for New Teachers
This session is intended for new teachers, or anyone who is interested, who would like advice on effective classroom management. I will go over strategies that I have used during my career that have been effective in helping to develop safe learning environments as well as a question and answer period.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Hartley

Sean Hartley

Sean is in his 13th year as a classroom teacher, all at the elementary level. He believes his greatest strength as a teacher is herding cats, and is passionate about supporting new teachers in living up to their full potential.


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Telus 108 CTCC
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:45am MST

Digital Human Library | Virtual Reality & Experts in the Classroom
Turn the curriculum into reality! Join Digital Human Library to learn how to use virtual tours, virtual reality, and videoconferencing with experts to bring the curriculum to life. Make concepts concrete, break down barriers, and realize the potential of relationships for learning. You will leave this session with free digital resources, free lesson ideas, and greater confidence in building digital literacies in your learners.
*Laptop computers are optional but recommended.

Speakers
SR

Sherri Ross

Sherri L. Ross is a learner, researcher, and educator who believes life is about finding the funny, never passing up a moment to laugh or smile with others. She strives to live by Maya Angelou’s phrase, When you know better, you do better, and is driven to solve the challenges brought... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Telus 104 CTCC

11:45am MST

Equity, Inclusion and Schools: Reflections for Educators
Most school staff encounter students who come from households that experience stress, income instability, household food insecurity, poor social support networks, differing physical abilities, and other related challenges. These students are in every school and every classroom.
We will outline how schools can apply an equity approach to better support students and families who face social barriers that can negatively impact health and education outcomes. We will work through various school and classroom examples, such as sports days, special events, and curriculum-related projects. We will use a growth mindset to identify strategies and solutions that can minimize adverse impacts on students and their families.

Speakers
NG

Nannette Gropp

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Nannette Gropp is a Health Promotion Facilitator with the School Health & Wellness Promotion team, Alberta Health Services (AHS). She supports school jurisdictions by using a Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach for building healthy school communities by focusing on the core... Read More →
avatar for Theresa McIsaac

Theresa McIsaac

Health Promotion Facilitators, School Health & Wellness Promotion, Alberta Health Services


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Telus 107 CTCC

11:45am MST

Foundations of Healthy Eating for Elementary School
Nutrition education can be inclusive and engaging for students of all ages and stages!

Join our TeachNutrition.ca Registered Dietitians to get creative with food and nutrition education approaches in the classroom. In this interactive workshop, we will explore inclusive ways to talk about food and eating with students, evidence-based approaches to teach nutrition, and practical tools you can use in your classroom. The best part? You will have access to all of our digital and print resources for free!

You will leave this session with:

- Ready-to-use classroom materials and teaching tools. 

- A refreshed understanding of how to approach nutrition education. 

- An improved understanding of Canada’s Food Guide. 

- Opportunities for ongoing support from Registered Dietitians.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Block

Mary Block

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Mary is a Registered Dietitian at Teach Nutrition by Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is a firm believer that nutrition education can and should be fun. She loves that her work helps set the stage for a positive relationship with food from a young age through curiosity and exploratio... Read More →
avatar for Teach Nutrition

Teach Nutrition

Teach Nutrition
At Teach Nutrition you’ll find food and nutrition resources as well as professional development opportunities that support positive attitudes and behaviours related to food and eating. We are a team of Registered Dietitians in Alberta who work collaboratively with educators, teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Glen 203 CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:45am MST

Sex Ed for Today’s Classrooms: Consent, Porn, SOGIE and Sexting
Teaching sexual health can be intimidating! Talking about consent, porn, LGBTQ2S+ inclusion and sexting are all part of comprehensive sexual health education. This session will increase your confidence and ease some of your anxiety around teaching the human sexuality outcomes for grades 4-CALM. A primer on LGBTQ2S+ terminology will help you stay up to date with the evolving terminology. Expand your knowledge of the free resources available at TeachingSexualHealth.ca, an authorized Alberta Education resource, and see how much fun sex ed can be!

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services: Teaching Sexual Health
Nicole Inglis (she/her) has taught everything from grade 1 PE to Bio 30 and has taught in both public and Catholic Schools. She has an MEd in Adult Education and works on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion team at Alberta Health Services. Nicole lives in Calgary with her... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Ideation 4 CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Physical Education (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)
  • Session has participant fee No
  • Level of content Intermediate content
  • Presentation Language English
  • Is Pre-registration required No
  • Website TeachingSexualHealth.ca

11:45am MST

Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports - 101
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Raitz

Jennifer Raitz

Learning Support Specialist, Rocky View Schools
Jen Raitz is a Learning Support Learning Specialist for Rocky View Schools. She has taught as a Learning Support teacher in Kindergarten to Grade 8 for over 20 years. She is completing a Master of Education in Educational Research and Interdisciplinary studies focusing on inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Kelsey Bagnall

Kelsey Bagnall

Kelsey Bagnall is currently Learning Supports Specialist for Rocky View Schools . She has taught in schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 over the last 15 years. She obtained a Masters of Education in Special Education at the University of Alberta. Her passions include Inclusive Learning... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E4 CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:45am MST

Fractions in Division 1
Are fractions new to your students in grades 2 & 3? Join us for a hands-on session around exploring fractions from grade 1 to grade 3. What are the learning progressions of fractions and what ideas/resources/strategies can we use to help students develop a sturdy conceptual understanding of fractions? You will leave this session with ideas to use in your classroom or context.

Speakers
avatar for Wanda Dechant

Wanda Dechant

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Wanda is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium. Her role includes supporting teachers, E.A.s, school admin, learning coaches and parents in K-12 Math and Numeracy. Wanda began teaching math and science in 2000, her teaching experience extends from... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E1 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

11:45am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) An Introduction to Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics in Middle Years
This session will guide attendees through many of the 14-practices introduced in Peter Lilejedahl’s Building a Thinking Classroom in Mathematics by engaging educators in a moc Thinking Classroom using hands-on, vertical whiteboard Thinking Tasks in groups of 3. Following the Thinking Classroom process, there will be time for questions and discussions about our experience implementing it in our schools. This session is intended for educators who are new to or exploring the idea of building Thinking Classrooms. Although the content of this session is geared towards grades 7-9 numeracy teachers, the ideas of the session are applicable to any subject and grade level.

Speakers
LF

Landry Forand

Landry Forand: Landry is a grade 9 teacher with Rocky View Schools teaching at Chestermere Lake Middle School. Landry is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge and has been in practice for the past 6 years. During this time his professional growth has focused on curriculum, assessment... Read More →
AH

alicia huculak

rvs
Olivia Nannan and Alicia Huculak are both teachers at Muriel Clayton Middle School at Rocky View Schools in Airdrie, Alberta. Both are passionate educators and change agents committed to dismantling systemic racism and other systems of oppression personally and professionally. Olivia's... Read More →
AV

Andrea Vance

Andrea Vance: Andrea is currently a grade 7 teacher with Rocky View Schools at Muriel Clayton Middle School in Airdrie. She holds a BEd and MSc from the University of Ottawa and has been in practice for 5 years. She is passionate about teaching math and science and growing her practice... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Ideation 2/3 CTCC

11:45am MST

Teaching Statistics in Math and Science with Code and Data Science
An understanding of statistics is becoming increasingly important in our world, and as math and science teachers we have an opportunity to develop student competencies in this area. We'll look at ways to incorporate statistics and data analytics into curricular outcomes, explore available resources, and talk about how you and your students can analyse data with Python in Jupyter notebooks (for free) through the Callysto project.

Session attendees will be introduced to and shared scaffolded and differentiated Callysto classroom resources to support teaching of statistics in the classroom with open data and programming code. Attendees will also learn about the role of statistics in machine learning and artificial intelligence applications, and how statistics and data can be used to think critically and make data informed decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Byron Chu

Byron Chu

Cybera Data Science Director, Callysto
Byron has PhD in Biochemistry and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and cloud-enabled projects. Since 2018, he has led the Callysto project in training teachers across Canada on bringing open data and data literacy into their classrooms.
avatar for Mary Grant

Mary Grant

Education Specialist, Callysto
Mary has a Masters in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia. She took her passion for technology-supported instruction and Digital Literacy studies to local and international schools. From the onset, she strongly advocates that technology implementation within... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Glen 209 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:45am MST

CONNECTING THE DOTS - ELEMENTARY DOMINO MATH GAMES
Come prepared to play games that use double-six dominoes that teach the following concepts: early operations, fact fluency including + , - , x, place value, fractions, graphing, problem solving and double digit-operations. Dominoes are a student favorite and easy to integrate into centers or whole class instruction, easy to differentiate to meet the needs of all students. Handout will contain gameboards, management ideas and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Glen 201/202 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:45am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) Not Monopoly... Engaging Students Using Unorthodox Board Games
In the last two decades, a tabletop gaming revolution has occurred. From Dungeons and Dragons, to hundreds of Euro-Style games, like Settlers of Catan. People are more commonly coming together to socialize through tabletop games. These games engage students in higher level thinking, collaboration/competition, and literacy/numeracy skills. But with the number of games out there, teachers who casually game (or don't) may find looking for the right game for their classes overwhelming. In this session, we will be introducing various board games that can engage students in the classroom. Be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone, and try a game that's not Monopoly.

Speakers
avatar for Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn

Chef Duane Sovyn is a Red Seal Chef and is currently teaching in Rocky View. Chef Duane is a Culinary Arts Teacher who inspires his students to cook and eat good food. Chef Duane has taught night classes at SAIT and has led Gourmet Cooking as Team Building events with multiple groups... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
CoLab(Former Telus 111) CTCC

11:45am MST

Ideas on Developing Beginner Drum Set Players within the class
An opportunity to Review the Drum Sweat Book 1, and ideas how these concepts can be utilized while developing a beginning band. In smaller programs, a good drum set player can be helpful!

Speakers
avatar for Teena Trick-Wilks

Teena Trick-Wilks

Music Teacher, Ross Ford Elementary
Teena Trick-Wilks enjoys sharing the Love of Music!With an extensive Music Teaching Background since 16 years of age -Teena hopes to share some ideas with you today!


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Ideation 1 CTCC
  Music & Band (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Music & Band (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:45am MST

Students with Scars: Understanding Self Injury
The reality of the pain and struggles that many of our students experience is becoming more apparent, and unfortunately the coping strategy of "self-harm" is becoming more common. There is a lot of fear, misunderstanding, myth, judgement and confusion surrounding why and how students self-injure and we are left wondering how best to react (or not?) and support them as they cope. This session will provide some insight into the reasons students self-harm, the various forms this behavior can take, and the best strategies for prevention and support through both their physical and emotional healing.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Learning Network
Ariel Haubrich works in school



Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E2 CTCC

11:45am MST

What the heck is Mindfulness?
There is quite a buzz about mindfulness these days, but what exactly is it and how can it help you shift out of autopilot and into healthier, more intentional responses to your life both inside and & outside the classroom?

Participants will explore:
• What is mindfulness?
• Benefits of mindfulness
• Building your mindfulness muscle
• Creating a plan to improve your awareness and presence

Speakers
avatar for Cher Brasok

Cher Brasok

Wellness Facilitator, Connect to your Calm
Cher Brasok is the Founder of Connect to your Calm and she has been working as a Wellness Facilitator in Alberta since 2016.12 years ago, stress had destroyed her physical and mental health and her recovery was dependant on learning how to better cope. She's spent the last decade... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Telus 105 CTCC

11:45am MST

The New Code of Professional Conduct. What is it? How does it affect me?
The landscape of the statutory regulation of teacher conduct has changed in Alberta. How has it changed? What are my professional obligations? What is the new complaint process? This session will provide an overview of the new Code of Professional Conduct for Alberta teachers and related processes.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Glen 206 CTCC

11:45am MST

Holocaust Studies; Now What?
For the past two years we have joined together virtually to chat about Holocaust education, specifically about the new LDC- Holocaust Studies. Now that we're coming together we can really dig into the curriculum and the resources. During this session I will share some of my tried and true resources, students' favorite assignments, and all the free resources you can handle!

If you are not teaching Holocaust Studies, this a great session for you because it will offer you a chance to look at resources that can be used for stand-alone lessons too!

BYOD- laptops are recommended for reviewing resources.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

Holocaust studies, classroom design
Lindsay is a passionate Holocaust educator based in High River. Through her 19 years of teaching, Lindsay has worked to include Holocaust education in her grades 5-12 humanities classrooms. In 2020, in collaboration with the Calgary Jewish Federation she developed a series of Holocaust... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Telus 101/102 CTCC
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:45am MST

Créer un portfolio d’apprentissage avec Google Sites
Avoir un espace en ligne dans lequel les élèves peuvent partager des réalisations qui représentent leurs apprentissages, ça vous dit? Google Sites propose plusieurs options qui permettent de créer, d’intégrer et de rassembler au même endroit des éléments audio et vidéo, des visuels, des hyperliens et encore plus! Cet atelier vous permettra de mieux connaître les possibilités de Google Sites pour créer et entretenir un portfolio, en plus de vous donner des pistes pour vous lancer, et ce, dès maintenant! Enfin, nous verrons comment développer l’esprit critique des jeunes face à la diffusion de contenu multimédia dans un tel outil de travail.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Couture

Laurie Couture

Enseignante de français et d'univers social au secondaire de formation, Laurie est passionnée d'innovation et de développement professionnel en éducation. Elle adore découvrir, discuter et développer au sujet des pratiques probantes en lien avec les technologies. À l’aide... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Telus 103 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:45am MST

Les outils libres et gratuits de La Digitale pour dynamiser l’enseignement
La Digitale est une collection d'applications numériques en ligne simples, libres et gratuites qui permettent de gagner en efficacité et de dynamiser l'enseignement. Tableau collaboratif, mur de partage, outil de sondage, organisateur d'écran, créateur de nuages de mots et de parcours d'activités, tirage au hasard, outil d'épuration de textes et vidéos et bien plus sont au programme de cet atelier particulièrement actif : vous aurez les mains sur les touches et pourrez essayer plusieurs outils!

Voici le mur de ressources partagé pendant l'atelier! 

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller

L'École branchée
Audrey est directrice générale de l'OBNL L'École branchée. Détenant une formation en technologies éducatives et en communication publique, elle s'intéresse particulièrement à l'actualité liée au développement professionnel en éducation, à la littératie numérique et... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 1:00pm MST
Telus 106 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:45am MST

Directing: Making Mischief!!
Directors are problem-solvers, yet they also need to create wonderful problems! They must offer challenges that inspire actors to play with high stakes in authentic relationships, and offer freedom for actors to move with freedom and purpose. This workshop offers three practical and efficient approaches to “make mischief” to the purpose of telling clear and powerful story.

Speakers
avatar for David Snider

David Snider

Rosebud School of the Arts & Rosebud Theatre
David Snider MFA BA _x000D_ Theatre Artist, Educator & Consultant_x000D_ _x000D_ David’s current theatre making adventures include serving as artistic producer and director for the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, an epic, outdoor production in Drumheller, Alberta. For the past fifteen... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 2:30pm MST
Telus 110 CTCC
  Drama & Dance (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:45am MST

Structured Literacy in the classroom - what does it look like in English and in French Immersion
As our new curriculum is moving to a science of reading and structured literacy approach, it can be a bit overwhelming to know exactly what we should be doing in order to give the students the skills to become proficient readers and writers. In this session, I will show you what our students do as large group and as small group in order to get them to be proficient in language skills such as phonemic awareness, phonics, orthographic patterns and rules, decoding and encoding, vocabulary through morphology, and comprehension. Though this is more for division 1, division 2 teachers may be interested for those students who are having difficulties with reading and figuring out how to best help them. Though I am presenting in English, I do this in both French and English with my students and will have examples of both.

Speakers
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Annie Fofonoff

My name is Annie Fofonoff, I teach grade 2/3 French Immersion in FSD. After watching my own children struggle to learn to read I decided I needed to learn more about how to read. In my learning, I found out about science of reading and knew right away that this was a great way to... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 2:30pm MST
Glen 208 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Using Riddles and Unsolvable Problems to Encourage Oral Language and Problem Solving Skills in Your Classroom
Here’s a great entry point for thinking, speaking and problem solving! Riddles and unsolvable problems contain clues, mysteries, and thought-provoking opportunities seen as ‘play’, but in reality they encourage complex cognitive investment. Along with developing valuable language-manipulation skills, riddles and unsolvable puzzles support higher level thinking, literacy and numeracy competencies, and promote subject-specific skills. Join us for a puzzlingly good time!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Karena Hartson

Dr. Karena Hartson

Consultant
Dr. Hartson began her career as a classroom teacher where she taught English Language Arts, Social Studies. Her current work as a consultant focuses on teaching for conceptual understanding, Language Arts and Literature, disciplinary literacy in secondary schools, and supporting new... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Imperial 9 Hyatt
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

1:15pm MST

Evidence Based Strategies for Deep Learning
Cognitive Science has uncovered numerous practices that have been proven to help with deep and durable learning in any subject and for learners of every age. Participants will explore these practices as they implement new curricula into their classrooms to maximize learning and will leave with numerous specific strategies for implementing them in their classrooms. Practices included are: retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, feedback-driven metacognition, elaborative interrogation, concrete examples and dual coding.

Wakelet collection of links for the session - https://wakelet.com/wake/uqV1q-zkApqffACjiPSMn

Speakers
avatar for Danny Maas

Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Macleod Hall E3 CTCC

1:15pm MST

PRISM—Professionals Respecting Individual and Sexual Minorities ATA
This workshop is designed to help school staff understand legislation and educational policy and discuss how to support sexual and gender minority students and staff in Alberta schools. Participants will explore strategies for creating inclusive schools while also reflecting on their own attitudes, beliefs and dispositions.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Glen 204 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Fluency in the Secondary Classroom
Join us to uncover the essential role of fluency, specifically prosody and phrasing, in developing secondary students’ reading abilities. Fluency is one academic key in developing older student’s reading and comprehension skills, and is often overlooked. This session will look at how to structure and plan for fluency practice through both ELA texts and within the content areas. We will talk about deep and wide reading, and ways to structure fluency practice through the lens of differentiation and meeting the wide range of needs in your classroom. You will leave with strategies, tools, and practices to embed with your secondary students right away.

Speakers
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Dr. Miriam Ramzy

Director of Student Learning, JrK-6, Foothills School Division
Miriam works with the Foothills School Division, supporting the implementation of new curriculum. Miriam has her Ph.D. from the Werklund School of Education; her passion is supporting teachers in building powerful literacy classrooms where all learners experience success.
avatar for Michelle Bence

Michelle Bence

Consultant, Layers of Literacy
Michelle is an enthusiastic educator with over 18 years of teaching experience. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary, examining the connection between oral language development and early literacy acquisition.


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Macleod Hall B CTCC
  English Language Learning (TQS/LQS 4), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

Reduce and rethink: Moving to a zero-waste school
How much waste does your school produce and what are you throwing away? To answer this question, we will take part in an example waste audit which can be repeated in your classroom or school. Once we have discovered the quantity and composition of the waste we produce, an action plan can be created to reduce waste and focus on particular problem items. We will move beyond recycling and composting and think about the importance of reducing and rethinking. This is a hands-on, practical session, and you will leave with lots of tips of how to reduce the waste in your school.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Alcock

Stephanie Alcock

Environmental Education Manager, Green Calgary
Stephanie Alcock is a certified teacher and worked as an elementary teacher in the UK. Since moving to Calgary, Stephanie has worked in numerous environmental education roles and currently works as an Environmental Education Program Specialist with Green Calgary. Stephanie is particularly... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Imperial 4 Hyatt

1:15pm MST

Embrace Nature: Weaving the Outdoors Into School Experiences
Nature is all around us in Alberta. Exposure to nature increases play and physical activity, and builds social emotional skills in students of all ages. It provides meaningful opportunities to connect with others and with the land. In this session, we'll explore practical ways to weave nature and the outdoors into instructional time, daily activities, and play and leisure at school. Get inspired with resources, stories, and tips to make it happen.

Speakers
avatar for Theresa McIsaac

Theresa McIsaac

Health Promotion Facilitators, School Health & Wellness Promotion, Alberta Health Services
avatar for Lisa Baker

Lisa Baker

Health Promotion Facilitator, AHS School Health and Wellness Promotion
Lisa Baker (MHS BSc BEd) is an educator and health promoter with over 15 years of experience working in schools, healthcare facilities, and communities across Alberta. Lisa is currently a Health Promotion Facilitator with the Alberta Health Services School Health & Wellness Promotion... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Imperial 7 Hyatt

1:15pm MST

Foundations of Healthy Eating for Junor High and High School
Nutrition education can be inclusive and engaging for students of all ages and stages!

Join our TeachNutrition.ca Registered Dietitians to get creative with food and nutrition education approaches in the classroom. In this interactive workshop, we will explore inclusive ways to talk about food and eating with students, evidence-based approaches to teach nutrition, and practical tools you can use in your classroom. The best part? You will have access to all of our digital and print resources for free!

You will leave this session with:

- Ready-to-use classroom materials and teaching tools. 

- A refreshed understanding of how to approach nutrition education. 

- An improved understanding of Canada’s Food Guide. 

- Opportunities for ongoing support from Registered Dietitians.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Block

Mary Block

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Mary is a Registered Dietitian at Teach Nutrition by Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is a firm believer that nutrition education can and should be fun. She loves that her work helps set the stage for a positive relationship with food from a young age through curiosity and exploratio... Read More →
avatar for Teach Nutrition

Teach Nutrition

Teach Nutrition
At Teach Nutrition you’ll find food and nutrition resources as well as professional development opportunities that support positive attitudes and behaviours related to food and eating. We are a team of Registered Dietitians in Alberta who work collaboratively with educators, teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Glen 203 CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

Students as Change Makers for Healthy Schools
Student leadership and voice is an essential part of a healthy school community. In this session explore ways that leadership opportunities can be embedded in school culture and encouraged for all students, not just the ones who are already demonstrating strong leadership qualities. Let’s move beyond our assumptions of “what makes a good leader” and create space for all students to show their unique strengths! Learn from a variety of student leadership strategies and success stories from schools across the province, and find opportunities to amplify student voices in your school community.

Speakers
avatar for Chesa Peter

Chesa Peter

Health & Wellness Consultant, Everactive Schools
Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Imperial 1 Hyatt
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

Words Matter: Promoting a Positive Relationship with Food
This session will provide a brief introduction into how society impacts the way we think about, talk about, and consume food. We will discuss the power of our language and actions, and how as educators and role models we can influence our students’ relationship with food. This video provides strategies for building supportive school environments and developing a positive relationship with food. Content warning: Diet, eating disorders and disordered eating, weight and body image is discussed in this presentation.

Speakers
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Cyndi Adams

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
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Mariel Fajer-Gomez

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Mariel Fajer is a Registered Dietitian with over 10 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing nutrition information with a variety of audiences and enjoys finding novel ways to translate research findings to simple but effective messages to foster health and wellness. On... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Telus 103 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Engineering and sustainability in First Nations fish harvesting traditions
In this session, we explore the mathematics and engineering behind intertidal modifications (“fish traps”) located in Tla’amin Nation territory. We study the relationship between location, culture, biology and how the Tla’amin Nation have used knowledge on the land, the tides and marine wildlife to harvest fish. We have implemented a programming code-based application with a mathematical model that simulates population size of salmon over the course of time with no, low and greedy harvesting to facilitate engagement and exploration. Teachers will be provided with lesson plans and interactive activities to learn about the Coast Salish fish trap traditions in their classrooms.

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avatar for Byron Chu

Byron Chu

Cybera Data Science Director, Callysto
Byron has PhD in Biochemistry and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and cloud-enabled projects. Since 2018, he has led the Callysto project in training teachers across Canada on bringing open data and data literacy into their classrooms.


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Glen 209 CTCC
  Indigenous Education (TQS/LQS 5), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Mathematics (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

Inclusive Reading Pedagogies - sharing insights and what works in a middle years classroom
How can I manage reading effectively in my classroom while meeting a variety of needs? Literature Circles and Sustained Scaffolded Silent Reading (SSSR) have been proven to increase reading motivation in Grades 4-6. Join this session to learn how to implement these strategies in your classroom practice and what elements of these approaches made the biggest impact on the students in this research project. Lots of takeaways from this session and easy-to-implement strategies to improve reading attainment, engagement and motivation. This session is relevant for elementary and middle school teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Lapere

Linda Lapere

Middle School Generalist
Linda Lapere has been teaching for 25 years - 15 years in the teaching Grades 2-6, 3 years as Literacy Learning Specialist working with Grades K-8 and 4 years as Initial Teacher Education lecturer at the University of Dundee in Scotland. In 2020, Linda relocated from Scotland to Alberta... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Imperial 3 Hyatt
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

1:15pm MST

REPEAT SESSION: Fractions in Division 1
Are fractions new to your students in grades 2 & 3? Join us for a hands-on session around exploring fractions from grade 1 to grade 3. What are the learning progressions of fractions and what ideas/resources/strategies can we use to help students develop a sturdy conceptual understanding of fractions? You will leave this session with ideas to use in your classroom or context.

Speakers
avatar for Wanda Dechant

Wanda Dechant

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Wanda is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium. Her role includes supporting teachers, E.A.s, school admin, learning coaches and parents in K-12 Math and Numeracy. Wanda began teaching math and science in 2000, her teaching experience extends from... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Macleod Hall E1 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

1:15pm MST

Implementation of Curriculum and Assessment with Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics at your School
This session will go over our experience in the implementation of Peter Lilijedahl’s research in building a Thinking Classroom at our schools. After a short presentation we will dive into a discussion covering common questions like how to initiate a thinking classroom, designing a classroom, funding, thinking tasks, curricular tasks, and assessment. There will be time for resource sharing between us and colleagues at the end. Although the content of this session is geared towards grades 7-9 numeracy teachers, the ideas of the session are applicable to any subject and grade level.

Speakers
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Landry Forand

Landry Forand: Landry is a grade 9 teacher with Rocky View Schools teaching at Chestermere Lake Middle School. Landry is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge and has been in practice for the past 6 years. During this time his professional growth has focused on curriculum, assessment... Read More →
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alicia huculak

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Olivia Nannan and Alicia Huculak are both teachers at Muriel Clayton Middle School at Rocky View Schools in Airdrie, Alberta. Both are passionate educators and change agents committed to dismantling systemic racism and other systems of oppression personally and professionally. Olivia's... Read More →
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Andrea Vance

Andrea Vance: Andrea is currently a grade 7 teacher with Rocky View Schools at Muriel Clayton Middle School in Airdrie. She holds a BEd and MSc from the University of Ottawa and has been in practice for 5 years. She is passionate about teaching math and science and growing her practice... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Ideation 2/3 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Buddy Teachers + Buddy Classrooms = Math Success
In this math games workshop you will learn the best activities and games for cross graded math game buddies. Come as a team - primary and upper elementary and learn games that empower all learners. The benefit for older students include relearning basic concepts (for some grade 4- 6 this helps rebuild their gaps in understanding) instructing your students who benefit from 1 - 1 teaching. For our primary student they have their own "math coach" and build relationships across the grade levels. After an overview of how we teach cross graded game classes, participant will learn a wide variety of games: a primary and then a related upper elementary variation games for use with the older students. Handout will contain our favorite games and gameboards to help you develop this powerful 1 X week strategy.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Glen 201/202 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

1:15pm MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) REPEAT SESSION: Not Monopoly... Engaging Students Using Unorthodox Board Games
In the last two decades, a tabletop gaming revolution has occurred. From Dungeons and Dragons, to hundreds of Euro-Style games, like Settlers of Catan. People are more commonly coming together to socialize through tabletop games. These games engage students in higher level thinking, collaboration/competition, and literacy/numeracy skills. But with the number of games out there, teachers who casually game (or don't) may find looking for the right game for their classes overwhelming. In this session, we will be introducing various board games that can engage students in the classroom. Be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone, and try a game that's not Monopoly.

Speakers
avatar for Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn

Chef Duane Sovyn is a Red Seal Chef and is currently teaching in Rocky View. Chef Duane is a Culinary Arts Teacher who inspires his students to cook and eat good food. Chef Duane has taught night classes at SAIT and has led Gourmet Cooking as Team Building events with multiple groups... Read More →
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Justin Acierto

Justin Acierto is a math and robotics teacher at W. H. Croxford and has been with Rocky View Schools for twelve years. He also worked as a Games master at a Board Game Café.  Justin helped to redefine the Tabletop gaming portion of the Calgary Expo. He has incorporated board games... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
CoLab(Former Telus 111) CTCC

1:15pm MST

Give Kids their Wildhood Back!
Alberta has a bounty of natural resources and outdoor learning environments, but nature and being in the outdoors can be defined and understood differently by many people. The same can be said about the terms 'outdoor education', 'risk', and 'risky play'. Risk is a word often thought of as a negative term, instead of a term that in the context of play and learning, can simply mean a challenge or something that is exciting or thrilling. Teachers, administrators, and many parents have taken it upon themselves to create rules that stifle or eliminate outdoor play and hinder memorable learning and positive experiences in the outdoors. This is done in an attempt to protect children, but the question that needs to be asked is, "are we doing more harm than good in the long term by keeping kids inside our school building?".
This session is intended to provide real stats and facts and allow all attendees to consider and contemplate their own levels of risk. The intent of this presentation is to provide an opportunity for all attendees to question and consider how we as teachers and parents, utilize the outdoors and whether we give our students and children enough opportunities to learn and express themselves in the "outdoor classroom". Using literature from Richard Louv and other outdoor education theorists as well as educational philosophers, this session will cause teachers to pause and ponder their teaching practices and consider how their personal pedagogy may be enhanced by utilizing the outdoors more and create learning opportunities for students that are rich and potentially more engaging and relevant than the current practices that they employ.
Giving kids their wildhood back is meant to allow children of all ages to be outdoors, disconnect from technology and simply enjoy and embrace the beauty of mother nature. As teachers, we can teach all curricula outdoors and make valuable connections between curricula if we really want to. Taking our indoor lessons outdoors, even a little bit, may provide students with extra motivation and willingness to engage in their learning more profoundly and meaningfully.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Chorney

Dr. David Chorney

Full Professor, University of Alberta
Dr. David Chorney is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Chorney has been working in post-secondary education for the past 20 years. Before becoming a professor, he worked as a high school teacher for 7 years, teaching exclusively physical... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Glen 205 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Appendre à prendre soin de soi et à être bienveillant pour favoriser le bienêtre collectif
Enseigner dans le contexte actuel requiert beaucoup d'adaptation et parfois même, de la résilience. En effet, la situation dans les écoles est loin de favoriser des environnements propices au bienêtre des intervenants. On constate une augmentation de fatigue et de stress au sein des équipes-écoles, cela en partie lié à la gestion de la pandémie dans les milieux scolaires. Bien que la situation soit inquiétante concerne la progression des apprentissages des élèves et leur santé mentale, il faut se rendre à l'évidence qu'un bon accompagnement de ces dernières commence par prendre soin de soi. En effet, de récentes recherches sur le bienêtre dans les institutions éducatives démontre que les individus qui ressentent du bienêtre au travail mettent en place un meilleur climat propice aux apprentissages. Il est donc possible d'évoluer en dans ce contexte et de tirer son épingle du jeu pour rester motivé et optimiste en envisageant l'avenir sous un angle positif. Dans ce contexte, comment s'adapter aux différents enjeux quotidiens auxquels on doit faire face tout en cultivant des émotions agréables? Comment être bienveillant envers soi et envers les autres ? Pour tenter de répondre à ces questions, cette conférence explorera la psychopédagogie du bienêtre, un nouveau champ en science de l'éducation, qui se penche sur le développement du bienêtre, l'épanouissement et le fonctionnement optimal chez les individus évoluant dans divers contextes éducatifs, afin de favoriser une meilleure santé mentale au travail.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Goyette

Nancy Goyette

Nancy Goyette, Ph. D., est professeure et chercheuse au Département des sciences de l'éducation de l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). Elle s'intéresse au bienêtre en enseignement, à la construction identitaire chez les enseignants et au concept de bienveillance... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Macleod Hall E4 CTCC

1:15pm MST

ATRF Your Pension Essentials
This presentation is designed specifically for teachers that have recently joined the plan.

It gives a general overview of the plan, including information about pension contributions, maintaining your spouse/beneficiary information, the eligibility requirements for a pension, purchasing leaves of absences and substitute service, and transferring service with another pension plan.

You are encouraged to sign in to your MyPension account to access your most recent plan member statement.

Speakers
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Dana Adams

Following 16 years with the Public Sector Pension Plans in Alberta, Dana joined the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund in 2001. She has extensive experience in client counseling. She has spoken at teachers’ conventions, professional development days and retirement sessions.



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Macleod Hall E2 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Le nouveau Code de conduite professionnelle : de quoi s’agit-il et en quoi me concerne-t-il?
Le contexte entourant la règlementation légale de la conduite des enseignants en Alberta a changé. Comment a-t-il changé? Quelles sont mes obligations professionnelles? Quel est le nouveau processus de dépôt de plaintes? Cette séance fournira un aperçu du nouveau Code de conduite professionnelle des enseignants albertains et des processus qui s’y rattachent.

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Marie Huizing

Anne-Marie Huizing

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Anne-Marie joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2018. Anne-Marie holds a BA in International Relations, a BEd in Elementary French Immersion and a MEd in Educational Technology for Schools, all from the University of Calgary. Prior to joining the... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Glen 206 CTCC

1:15pm MST

No Needles Required: Acupressure for Stress Relief
When it comes to dealing with stress, one size does not fit all. If you are wanting to explore new ways to cope during these unprecedented times, join us to learn about acupressure. It is a practice that has been around for over 5000 years that, for some, is a highly effective (and easy) way to help feel calmer during times of stress.
Participants will explore:
• What is “stress” for you?
• Understanding the biological & neurological impacts of stress
• How your stress affects the decisions you make and your workplace and emotional resiliency
• What is acupressure?
• 7 Stress Releasing Acupressure Points

Speakers
avatar for Cher Brasok

Cher Brasok

Wellness Facilitator, Connect to your Calm
Cher Brasok is the Founder of Connect to your Calm and she has been working as a Wellness Facilitator in Alberta since 2016.12 years ago, stress had destroyed her physical and mental health and her recovery was dependant on learning how to better cope. She's spent the last decade... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Telus 105 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Where Was I? Oh Yea - THIS!
PTSD from teaching: a real experience from a real Alberta teacher. We know how challenging teaching is and to be honest, "challenging" doesn't even begin to describe it. As teachers, we do an excellent job of advocating for our students, identifying the impact teaching conditions have on our students, and setting aside ourselves and our wellbeing in favour of our students. This practice is not sustainable. We must acknowledge our injuries and the injuries of those around us so we can begin to heal and authentically create the welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe work environments that are also necessary for learning.
This session is for you if: you feel isolated and incapable; you recognize pain in your colleagues; you don't identify as being an injured teacher; you do identify as being an injured teacher; you think you are failing; you believe there are no other options; or, you're looking for a next step.

Speakers
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Sherri Ross

Sherri L. Ross is a learner, researcher, and educator who believes life is about finding the funny, never passing up a moment to laugh or smile with others. She strives to live by Maya Angelou’s phrase, When you know better, you do better, and is driven to solve the challenges brought... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Imperial 5 Hyatt

1:15pm MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Animal Nutrition
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
Come and explore the Calgary Zoo’s Commissary to explore how we manage the nutrition of all our animals. Learn about the various food items we grow or import into our kitchens and how they are all stored. As part of this session we will meet with out resident animal nutritionist and learn about various activities that can be used to support learning in the classroom.

Speakers
CC

Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

1:15pm MST

Initier les élèves à la programmation au primaire avec Swift Playgrounds pour iPad
Cet atelier permettra de découvrir les ressources gratuites d'Apple pour initier les jeunes élèves à la programmation, avec ou sans outils numériques! On y explorera l'application Swift Playgrounds pour iPad qui permet de résoudre des problèmes amusants et simples, mais aussi d'aller plus loin et de développer une connaissance approfondie du langage de programmation Swift, un langage réellement utilisé par des développeurs d’applications. Les défis proposés aux élèves, dont le niveau de difficulté varie, leur permettent de développer et mobiliser leurs habiletés technologiques. Enfin, des liens concrets avec le programme de formation seront suggérés pour réaliser des projets multidisciplinaires.

Voici le mur de ressources partagé pendant l'atelier!

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller

L'École branchée
Audrey est directrice générale de l'OBNL L'École branchée. Détenant une formation en technologies éducatives et en communication publique, elle s'intéresse particulièrement à l'actualité liée au développement professionnel en éducation, à la littératie numérique et... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Telus 108 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

1:15pm MST

Mieux s’organiser au quotidien avec le numérique
Le numérique peut être bien pratique, mais peut aussi rapidement envahir notre quotidien! Lors de cet atelier, nous aborderons des astuces et une panoplie d’outils qui vous aideront à organiser votre vie numérique. Par exemple, des solutions pour la gestion de vos courriels, de vos fichiers, de vos listes et rappels vous seront proposées. Nous verrons également des fonctionnalités et des outils qui favoriseront votre équilibre de vie… et même votre droit à la déconnexion!

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Coutlée

Alexandra Coutlée

Coordinator of pedagogical services, École branchée
Passionnée de développement professionnel et de numérique au service de l’apprentissage, Alexandra détient une formation en technologie éducative et enseignement de l'anglais, langue seconde, en plus d'une certification Google Trainer (et plusieurs autres!). Elle a enseign... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm MST
Telus 101/102 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

(PRE-REG MAX 20) Whimsical Folk Art Village
Become your own city planner and architect by learning how to draw quaint buildings, rolling hills, trees, streets and sidewalks to create an entire whimsical village scene. Learn how to use water-soluble markers to infuse bold bright colors into your village painting.
Not only is this session great as an art project, but it would be great for a social studies unit on villages, towns, or cities. You will create two art projects in this class.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

artist/instructor
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time mixed media artist from Red Deer, Alberta. Her whimsical style of art often incorporates a combination of lettering, watercolor or acrylic. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”.Sally's life’s... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Ideation 4 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Werklund School of Education Undergraduate Student Poster Display on Interdisciplinary Learning and STEM Education
This poster display, created by pre-service teachers from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary will provide opportunities for both conference delegates and pre-service teachers to engage in a professional dialogue around current trends and issues in education. This session will be of interest to current professionals, to view examinations on relevant issues that offer an opportunity to re-conceptualize teaching and learning as collaborative, interdisciplinary practice focusing on real world problems and/or issues that impact students in schools.

Speakers
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Cynthia Prasow

Director, Student Experiences, University of Calgary
Cynthia Prasow is the Director of Student Experiences at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Students from the Werklund School of Education who will be completing their senior level courses in Education will have an opportunity to present their posters as part... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Hallway outside Imperial Rooms CTCC
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

Inspirational Thinking
In a world recovering from a global pandemic, disrupted by war and conflict, rife with misinformation and conspiracy theories, how can we create classrooms that give children hope and inspire them to be active agents of change to create the world they want to live in? Pursuit of this complex challenge is advanced when we design learning around inspirational thinking. Inspirational thinking sits at the intersection of critical, creative and prospective thinking. Critical thinking is certainly a pre-condition for inspirational thinking, yet it is also an insufficient condition. Without the generation of new ideas to move the world forward, a critical examination of the current world could leave one with a sense of despair. Similarly, while creativity is also a pre-condition for inspirational thinking, it too, on its own is insufficient. The generation of new ideas that do little to contribute to the common good may lead to innovations but not lead us closer to the world we desire. When students engage in inspirational thinking, they experience the curriculum through a prospective or future-oriented lens whereby they transfer their learning through critical, creative and collaborative thinking in search of ways to contribute to building a future in which everyone can flourish. During this session, participants will explore practical ways to teach at the intersection of critical, creative and prospective thinking including the framing of tasks and the effective use of powerful instructional strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Garfield Gini-Newman

Garfield Gini-Newman

Garfield Gini-Newman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto. He explores how to teach through sustained critical inquiry while nurturing deep conceptual understanding and genuine competence. Garfield has worked... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Macleod Hall D CTCC

1:15pm MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) IMPERIAL 6 DUE TO WEATHER NOT OFF-SITE We All Belong in Nature: Ecojustice in Outdoor Education
LOCATION: Due to the weather, please meet us at the Hyatt in Imperial Ballroom 6.

Nature supports wellness in many ways, but not all students have equitable access to nature. Mainstream outdoor education is inaccessible, exclusive, and expensive. It perpetuates systemic racism, ableism, classism, heterosexism, sexism, cissexism, and sizeism. Many youth feel ignored, unwelcome, and unprepared in outdoor education.

Join CPAWS as we explore the concrete jungle downtown to demonstrate how to make outdoor education inclusive for all – no matter where you are! Learn how you can provide inclusive nature connection opportunities that support your students’ wellbeing. This outdoor session will help guide your role as a teacher in responding to inequity in outdoor education. CPAWS will demonstrate how to take your favourite environmental lesson plans and apply cross-cultural guidelines to make your lessons more accessible for all your students!

Speakers
avatar for CPAWS - Jaclyn Angotti

CPAWS - Jaclyn Angotti

Education Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta
Jaclyn has over 10 years of experience leading science and environmental education programs throughout Alberta. She has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Education from the University of Calgary. Her passion for connecting others with nature is integral... Read More →
avatar for Sheri Tarrington

Sheri Tarrington

Interpretation and Experience Manager, CPAWS Southern Alberta
For the past two decades, environmental education and conservation communications positions with Parks Canada and CPAWS Southern Alberta, have bolstered Sheri's belief that all humans are better humans when they wander, wonder and play outdoors! Possessing an honours degree in Canadian... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 6 Hyatt

1:15pm MST

Développer les habiletés orales par le jeu : Partie 1
Renforcer ses habiletés à l’oral, améliorer son vocabulaire et s’amuser avec ses compagnons de classe, voilà ce que propose cet atelier. Il est souvent ardu de faire parler nos élèves en français. Toutefois, autour d’un jeu, l’activité d’apprentissage devient plus invitante. À l’époque du numérique, les gens ont tendance à mettre les jeux de société de côté. Pourtant, ces derniers développent une panoplie d’aptitudes sociales, permettent de créer des liens en plus de consolider les compétences langagières de façon amusante. Les ateliers qui vous seront présentés ont été conçus pour se jouer en équipe de quatre et sont regroupées selon les catégories suivantes : vocabulaire, connaissances générales, découverte des autres, prononciation et schéma du récit. Plaisir garanti… en français!

Speakers
avatar for Marie-Josee Fortier

Marie-Josee Fortier

Originaire du Saguenay au Québec, Marie-Josée gravite dans les domaines de la communication et de l’animation depuis de nombreuses années. Ses expériences de travail en ces domaines sont variées et originales, qu’il s’agisse d’animatrice de soirées, de pigiste pour une... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 109 CTCC
  French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

1:15pm MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) Care, Calm, Create and Carry-On: Using Art as tool for Positive Mental Health
If you are struggling to make time to practice self-care, or you work with students who have a hard time connecting and expressing themselves, this session is for you. One of the biggest barriers to practicing self-care and building relationships is time. Kari and Rita have been presenting on bullet journaling, water color painting, connecting with students and strategies to foster connections for the last 4 years.

This session focuses on quick, simple projects and ideas that you can use to introduce art as self care into your personal routine or classroom. Projects may vary but will include: bullet journal tracking pages, painting polaroid's, daily doodles, zentangles and more. It is about enjoying the process and inspiring you to start small.

Supplies will be provided so that you can create some art and experiment to see what styles and projects work best for you. There will be a small participant fee to help offset the cost of supplies.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
As a student with ADHD, mental health difficulties and behavioral issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BSc/BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program.Rita’s passion... Read More →
avatar for Kari Carriere

Kari Carriere

Academic Advisor/Teacher, Golden Hills Learning Academy
Kari Carriere has been working as a teacher for more than 25 years. While her training and passion is in teaching Art, she has been working in Strathmore for the last 9 years as an Outreach and Online instructor through the Learning Academy. Kari has spent multiple years promoting... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 107 CTCC

1:15pm MST

Kairos Blanket Exercise
Kairos Blanket Exercise- this activity first introduces participants to Turtle Island and then follows the impact on Indigenous cultures from first contact through to contemporary issues. The activity will take approximately 1.25 hour and will be followed by a debrief.
Participants are asked to wear/bring clean socks and to bring a small/medium blanket they are comfortable standing on/having others stand on.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

Holocaust studies, classroom design
Lindsay is a passionate Holocaust educator based in High River. Through her 19 years of teaching, Lindsay has worked to include Holocaust education in her grades 5-12 humanities classrooms. In 2020, in collaboration with the Calgary Jewish Federation she developed a series of Holocaust... Read More →
avatar for Charity Tegler

Charity Tegler

Indigenous Learning Facilitator, Foothills
Charity and Lindsay are both passionate educator with Foothills School Division. Each brings with them experience leading and participating in the blanket exercise with a variety of age groups in various settings. Charity and Lindsay are excited to bring the Kairos Blanket Exercise... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 8 Hyatt
  Indigenous Education (TQS/LQS 5), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

The Hunger Games: That Kid’s Just Looking for Attention…
Everywhere around us kids are just “looking for attention” starved for connection & positive adult relationships. This session speaks to the biological, psychological and developmental reasons kids seek our attention & uses theory & humor to look at the behaviors & brains of these kids & the survival games they play. Participants will learn the "Vitamin C" approach to attention seeking behavior & explore practical ways to nourish children & youth with the time & attention they seek…and deserve.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Learning Network
Ariel Haubrich works in school



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 2 Hyatt

1:15pm MST

Hands On In The Science 10 Global Systems Unit
The Energy Flow In Global Systems unit in Science 10 is based upon these Focusing Questions:_x000D_
“Are there relationships between solar energy, global energy transfer processes, climate and biomes? What evidence suggests our climate may be changing more rapidly than living species can adapt? Is human activity causing climate change? How can we reduce our impact on the biosphere and on global climate, while still meeting human needs?”

The unit allows students to explore the major climate factors and how climates are measured; how the Greenhouse Effect works; natural and man-made effects on climates over time; and how biomes are supported by climates. We need our students to understand these concepts in order to suggest scientifically valid solutions to the climate change problem.

There are opportunities for simple and inexpensive experiments that will help to solidify concepts from this unit, and to develop a qualitative and quantitative intuition for these concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar

Physics
Barry taught for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year (14 years in junior high math and science, and 26 years in high school general science and physics).He believes that students get most out of a classroom that is activity based... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Ideation 1 CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

Créer des documents et vidéos pédagogiques magnifiques grâce à Canva
Pas besoin d’être graphiste professionnel pour créer des visuels magnifiques! L’application Canva, gratuite pour les élèves et le personnel enseignant, propose une foule de modèles à adapter selon vos besoins, en plus d’une impressionnante collection d’images, animations, effets sonores et vidéos prêts à enrichir vos créations. De l'affiche à la présentation, en passant par la vidéo (sans montage compliqué!), la bannière ou encore la publication pour les réseaux sociaux, qui ne rêve pas de pouvoir personnaliser au maximum ses outils pédagogiques? Avec Canva, qui est intuitif, simple d’utilisation et accessible autant aux élèves qu’aux enseignants, c’est maintenant possible : cet atelier vise d’ailleurs à vous donner le goût d’essayer!

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Couture

Laurie Couture

Enseignante de français et d'univers social au secondaire de formation, Laurie est passionnée d'innovation et de développement professionnel en éducation. Elle adore découvrir, discuter et développer au sujet des pratiques probantes en lien avec les technologies. À l’aide... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 106 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

1:15pm MST

Digital Storytelling: Introductory Workshop
Do you have a story you want to tell? Are you interested in the idea of creating a digital story? Are you wondering what a digital story is? Join Kristy Wolfe, a Common Language DST trained digital storytelling facilitator, in learning more about the process of creating a digital story. A digital story blends a storyteller’s voice, carefully curated images, and music into a finished digital video between three and five minutes long. To watch an example of a digital story visit www.kristywolfephotography.com/digital-storytelling/

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe

photographer, Kristy Wolfe Photography
Digital Storyteller // Photographer // Educator Kristy Wolfe’s experience as a medical mom lies at the heart of her passion for documentary style photography. Based in Canmore, Alberta with her husband and two sons, Kristy has been telling stories through photography for the past... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:15pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 104 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Art (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:45pm MST

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: A Tool for Assessment, Planning, and Teaching
You’ve done some assessments and gained some insight into student learning – now what? The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum provides that bridge. In this session, Siobhan will focus on how to use the Literacy Continuum to connect assessment data to instruction as well as monitoring student progress over time. Together we will look at how to use this resource with the new Alberta ELAL curriculum to construct a common vision for student achievement that effectively and efficiently engages all students in the robust, authentic, and meaningful literacy learning every child deserves.

Speakers
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Siobhan Murphy

Siobhan Murphy is the Planning & Implementation Manager for Literacy for Pearson Canada. She has been in the field of education for 20 years, including teaching at the elementary and junior high levels, as a district lead literacy teacher and on secondment at the Edmonton Regional... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Glen 203 CTCC

2:45pm MST

Listening is Caring: Information on and skill practice in Empathic Active Listening
This session will outline how teachers can use empathic active listening to build relationships with students, colleagues, staff and parents. This session will present how to active listen, when to active listen and contain numerous exercises to practice the skills.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Arnall

Judy Arnall

Bestselling Author and Speaker on Child Development, Professional Parenting Canada
Judy Arnall, BA, CCFE, DTM is a certified brain and child development specialist and master of non-punitive parenting and education practices. She is the bestselling author of 5 print books translated into 7 languages, including Discipline Without Distress and Parenting With Patience... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E2 CTCC

2:45pm MST

Picture Books Galore!
Let's explore ways to use the picture books, that you already have available in your classroom or school library, to support weaving together K-3 ELAL and/or math learning outcomes. Depending on the picture book you choose, competency conversations can also be integrated. Ongoing ways to collect formative assessments as your students read, discuss and engage in the picture book, will be shared. Leave with a list of books that specifically align with several of the K- 3 ELAL learning outcomes and their corresponding KUSPs.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tackaberry

Kim Tackaberry

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Jay Knopf is 18 years old and is attending Foothills Academy as a grade 12 student. Throughout high school and junior high, they always had a passion for talking about issues that have an impact on others. They also value educating themselves on topics outside of their own experience... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E1 CTCC
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

2:45pm MST

Transfer Strategies to Create Engaged and Excited Learners
Ever wonder how to support students in transferring their understandings from one context to another? This session examines instances of transfer in popular movies and bridges them into classroom learning. Come join us for a deep dive into transfer theory - you'll come away with some strategies and some takeaways you can use tomorrow in your class!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Karena Hartson

Dr. Karena Hartson

Consultant
Dr. Hartson began her career as a classroom teacher where she taught English Language Arts, Social Studies. Her current work as a consultant focuses on teaching for conceptual understanding, Language Arts and Literature, disciplinary literacy in secondary schools, and supporting new... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 9 Hyatt
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

2:45pm MST

OMG! What if I really AM the best person?
This session is sponsored by Morgex Insurance
Why does it matter that women’s voices still account for well less than a third of those who hold power, set agendas and exert influence? And what can educators do about it? When a country's public conversations fail to accurately reflect the experiences and priorities of a big portion of the population, everybody suffers. In this keynote presentation, Shari Graydon marries research, humour and stories to illuminate the causes and consequences of the gender gap, and to inspire educators to speak up to make the world we share more equitable.

Speakers
avatar for Shari Graydon

Shari Graydon

Shari Graydon is an award-winning author, speaker and advocate. Since creating Informed Opinions in 2010, she has trained and motivated thousands of women to share their insights from the podium and through print, online and broadcast commentary.Previously she wrote a weekly newspaper... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Macleod Hall A CTCC
  Diversity Equity & Human Rights (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:45pm MST

Voice Acting: Finding Your Voices!
Voice Acting: Finding Your Voice(s)

A springboard into the world of voice acting! Play-based activities are offered to inspire free and bold expression first and analysis afterwards. A handout is provided with prompts for creating bold characters while attending to vocal health. Enjoy yourself, then lead by example with your students! Part improv, part technique, all permission to invite confident expression while attending to vocal health!

Speakers
avatar for David Snider

David Snider

Rosebud School of the Arts & Rosebud Theatre
David Snider MFA BA _x000D_ Theatre Artist, Educator & Consultant_x000D_ _x000D_ David’s current theatre making adventures include serving as artistic producer and director for the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, an epic, outdoor production in Drumheller, Alberta. For the past fifteen... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 110 CTCC

2:45pm MST

Student Voice Leading Change: A Review of the Slow Pedagogy of Place and Nature Journaling Literature
The silencing and compliance narratives that have been normalized during Covid should alert educators that developing student values, dispositions and behaviours is no longer enough to equip students as leaders of change. Students need to be communicatively emboldened to speak up and out from those values. This session argues that the convergence of slow pedagogies, place-based pedagogies and a sustained nature journaling practice offers an approach to developing student voice with leadership reach and impact that can ignite movements of change. Ideas for how educators can build student voice capacity from current literature as well as classroom evidence will be shared.

Speakers
BC

Barbara Calabrese

Barbara Calabrese is an elementary teacher with the Foothills School Division. This presentation arises from a literature review she conducted as a MEd capstone project for the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. Her research interests focus on how place-based... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Glen 208 CTCC
  Educational Research (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

2:45pm MST

Bâtir une communauté de lecteurs grâce au cercle de lecture 2.0
Dans cet atelier, on s’intéresse à la façon dont les cercles de lecture en classe peuvent enrichir le développement de quatre dimensions de la lecture : comprendre, interpréter, réagir et apprécier. On découvre des outils technologiques disponibles pour conserver des traces des discussions de tous les élèves, on utilise les applications vidéo et notes vocales de la tablette iPad en plus d'explorer une plateforme de contenus numériques pour trouver des lectures passionnantes. Enfin, on expérimente comment les questionnaires Google permettent de recueillir simplement et efficacement des traces des cercles de lecture. Fini, les périodes où on passe son temps à courir pour observer! Place au changement!

Voici le mur de ressources partagé pendant l'atelier.



Speakers
avatar for Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller

L'École branchée
Audrey est directrice générale de l'OBNL L'École branchée. Détenant une formation en technologies éducatives et en communication publique, elle s'intéresse particulièrement à l'actualité liée au développement professionnel en éducation, à la littératie numérique et... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 108 CTCC
  French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

2:45pm MST

Grief in my Backpack: A new online resource for school communities to provide support to students who are grieving
The Children's Grief Centre created the Grief in my Backpack resource in response to feedback from school staff across Alberta, who were concerned about responding well to their students who were grieving. We developed the resource based on our in-person workshops and in response to needs identified by teachers, school staff, and administration. The online resource covers a wide range of topics developed to equip school staff with the knowledge and tools they need.

Grief in my Backpack is self-directed online resource that provides information and practical tools to support teachers and other leaders in school communities who have students who are grieving in their classes and schools. Through written, visual, and audio content, school staff will gain or expand their knowledge, language, and tools for supporting youth as they navigate the advanced illness or death of someone in their lives.

Speakers
avatar for Nadine Gariepy-Fisk

Nadine Gariepy-Fisk

Director, Children's Grief Centre
Nadine is the Director of the Children’s Grief Centre where she leads a team of mental health professionals who provide counselling and support to children, adolescents and families who are grieving in the face of advanced illness or after the death of someone in their lives.Nadine... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Macleod Hall B CTCC

2:45pm MST

Let's talk about Sex Education, Baby!
Let's Talk About Sex BABY! Sex Education can be hard to teach and can make everyone, students and teachers, uncomfortable. In this invigorating session find out the strategies I use to talk about sex. I will give you tips and tricks on how to move past the ickiness of talking about sex. Topics include consent, contraceptives, and myths around virginity.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Mishio

Andrea Mishio

The Best Version of You
I’ve been a teacher for 15 years. Having taught girls P.E. for over 10 years, having 2 girls of her own, and having undergone a vast transformation, I have become extremely passionate about what social media is doing to girls and their body image.


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 3 Hyatt
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:45pm MST

Nutrition Myths
Are you confused about nutrition and healthy eating because of conflicting messages online?  You’re not alone! Join AHS registered dietitians to learn about;
·         How to critically review the credibility of social media posts
·         Why nutrition misinformation is so prevalent
·         Facts about popular nutrition myths that are common in social media
·         What messages are important to bring back into the classroom

Speakers
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Céileann Regan

Céileann Regan is a Public Health Dietitian with Alberta Health Services and works in Calgary. She worked in the North East of Calgary in primary health care for five years, and also holds a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Health Promotion from the University of... Read More →
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Christine Fletcher

Christine Fletcher is a Registered Dietitian supporting public health nutrition in the Bow Corridor. She has been a dietitian for 16 years and worked with a variety of populations including providing nutrition support for chronic disease management, infants and youth, adults, and... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 103 CTCC

2:45pm MST

Can you see the light through the forest? A new way to look at curriculum design.
In most classrooms, we are aware of students who seem to be falling behind for a variety of reasons such as, learning disabilities, learning gaps, lack of attendance, etc. Thus, leaving us wondering how to meet the learning needs of all students within our diverse classrooms. Participants will work through various tools, such as, curriculum sequencing, access points, and lesson planning templates in order to find new ways to approach students' individual learning needs. They will be encouraged to ask critical questions and challenge the materials being presented, increasing the probability of transference into their own practice following the session.

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Bagnall

Kelsey Bagnall

Kelsey Bagnall is currently Learning Supports Specialist for Rocky View Schools . She has taught in schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 over the last 15 years. She obtained a Masters of Education in Special Education at the University of Alberta. Her passions include Inclusive Learning... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Macleod Hall E3 CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:45pm MST

Shake Up Your Fact Fluency Practice
Come prepared to play my favorite games and shaker activities that incorporate the use of spotted regular dice. The quick, easy to integrate and differentiate math fluency activities are perfect for "math brain breaks" allowing student easy access to practice. The following concepts will be covered: early operations including subitizing, count on and back, make 10, 20 and decades, multi-addend addition, commutative and associative properties of + and -, early multiplication. If your primary students this session is for you, if your upper elementary students still have gaps from covid, this session is for you! Handout will include recording sheets and concept skill checklists. Come prepared to shake, rattle and roll!!!

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Glen 201/202 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3) |   Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

2:45pm MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) Math & Science Education Comes to Life for All Learners with ExploreLearning Gizmos
Math and Science topics come to life and student depth of understanding soars when using Gizmos to introduce, develop and expand conceptual understanding. Participants will experience the incorporation of live simulations to supplement and enhance instruction while adapting and modifying lesson materials for all learners to support Individual Learning Plans.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Beaulieu

Lindsay Beaulieu

Implementation Coordinator, ExploreLearning
Lindsay Beaulieu has taught in Alberta for the past ten years and has witnessed the impact of Gizmos on student understanding. Lindsay has been using Gizmos in the classroom since she began teaching. Lindsay joined ExploreLearning this year as an Implementation Coordinator to support... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
CoLab(Former Telus 111) CTCC

2:45pm MST

Making Physical Education Meaningful for Today's Students
Are students more or less interested in physical education classes today than they were in the past? How are today's teachers of physical education changing in response to the options and distractions that today's youth are engaged with? If teachers understand why students enjoy physical education, as well as why they may dislike the subject, they can improve their planning and avoid the displeasure some students have towards physical education. Teachers need to listen to their students and offer activities and learning opportunities that appeal to everyone in the classroom. Educators should also provide meaningful exposure to activities that challenge, motivate and inspire all youth to be active and strive to be healthier and ultimately happier throughout their lives.
Research indicates that engagement in physical education enhances the frequency and intensity of student physical activity (Furlong & Christenson, 2008). Given this association, an activity-promoting physical education program should be developed with consideration of the student, school context, and classroom characteristics that strengthen student engagement over time. Undoubtedly, adequate exposure to high-intensity physical activity is a key contributor to a healthy lifestyle among youth.
This session will offer research-based suggestions for teachers on how to increase student engagement in Physical Education. The intent is to also engage all participants with opportunities to share their own strategies for increasing student motivation in PE.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Chorney

Dr. David Chorney

Full Professor, University of Alberta
Dr. David Chorney is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. Dr. Chorney has been working in post-secondary education for the past 20 years. Before becoming a professor, he worked as a high school teacher for 7 years, teaching exclusively physical... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Glen 205 CTCC

2:45pm MST

Teaching the New Physical Education and Wellness Curriculum Without Breaking a Sweat (JK, You’ll be Sweating!)
This session is designed to support teachers to increase their confidence and competence to implement the Alberta Physical Education and Wellness curriculum. The content will be grounded in best practice in pedagogy, and will cover the similarities and differences from previous curricula, provide tips on planning, implementation and assessment, and include a reference resource for each organizing idea.

Speakers
avatar for Chesa Peter

Chesa Peter

Health & Wellness Consultant, Everactive Schools
Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and... Read More →
avatar for Health & Physical Education Council

Health & Physical Education Council

The Health and Physical Education Council is a specialist council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. As a professional organization of teachers, HPEC advocates for quality health and physical education programs and provides opportunities for professional growth and development... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 4 Hyatt
  Physical Education (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

2:45pm MST

If You Can't Fail, You Can't Succeed: How to Practice Risk
The prevailing trend for students today involves emotional safety above all. Over time, this has created a risk-averse culture, where many would rather play it safe than step out of their comfort zone to challenge themselves. This session offers practical ideas to help you model risk in a responsible manner to inspire your students to aim high and learn to practice resilience when they experience failure. Prepare to see failure in a whole new way!

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, educator, and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She’s written four books and her work has appeared in several literary magazines. Julianne holds an MFA and a BA in Creative Writing, along with a certificate in Counselling Skills. For more information... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Glen 204 CTCC

2:45pm MST

Looking Ahead to New Adventures, Presented by The Alberta Retired Teachers' Association
If you are considering retirement within the next five years, then you’ve got some big decisions just around the corner. Make sure you’re ready for them! This presentation will go over everything you need to know about the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA), including programs and perks available to members and, of course, the nationally acclaimed Retiree Benefits Plan. A current retired teacher will provide important points to consider before making the leap into retirement and will touch on some personal experiences. We’ll outline the health, travel, and dental benefits ARTA offers and touch on considerations you’ll want to start thinking about as you begin to plan for your retirement. Join us to discover how ARTA can give you the support you need to begin this new, exciting adventure.

Speakers
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Gordon Cumming

Gordon Cumming ARTA, Past President After thirty-seven years as a teacher and administrator with the Calgary Board of Education, Gordon launched into Retirement in 2002. He has contributed to the lives of former colleagues through his involvement with the Calgary Retired Teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 7 Hyatt

2:45pm MST

The Stress of Change
If there is one thing we have all been inundated with lately, it’s change. Constant change. When it comes to coping with change, it is important to remember there are 2 aspects: practical and emotional. Many times we are forced to dive into the practical aspect only to find that we are struggling. To help build your change resilience, it is equally as important to deal with the emotions surrounding the change.

Participants will explore:
• Emotional responses to change
• Discuss how our thoughts affect the emotion of change.
• Assess strategies to shift unhelpful thinking and tools to help with the practical side of implementing change

Speakers
avatar for Cher Brasok

Cher Brasok

Wellness Facilitator, Connect to your Calm
Cher Brasok is the Founder of Connect to your Calm and she has been working as a Wellness Facilitator in Alberta since 2016.12 years ago, stress had destroyed her physical and mental health and her recovery was dependant on learning how to better cope. She's spent the last decade... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 105 CTCC

2:45pm MST

Questions School Leaders Ask Teacher Employment Services
What do I do if…? This session covers a variety of issues on which school leaders seek advice from Teacher Employment Services (TES). We have narrowed it down to 25 top issues that school leaders address in their work. As time allows, there will also be an opportunity to ask supplemental questions regarding any pressing school leadership issues.

Speakers

Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Glen 206 CTCC

2:45pm MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Adaptations and Biodiversity through Destination Africa
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
How does an animal’s adaptations affect their survival? What effect will this have on their ability to pass on their genetics and so affect their species biodiversity? How does the environment impact these adaptations? Come explore the Canadian Wilds and learn all about the footprints animals leave on the environment and the footprints the environment leaves on the animals. Discussion will also include how humans are affecting these footprints in negative and positive ways, with a focus on the positive.

Speakers
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Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.
  Science (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:45pm MST

Incorporating Data Visualization Exercises into your Lessons
In this session, educators will be introduced to Callysto Data Visualization Exercises, which provide a meaningful and authentic way of bringing data literacy into classrooms across all subject areas. These activities will provide opportunities for students to communicate in a variety of contexts, purposes, audiences, and given a variety of situations, and encourage them to use data to communicate their understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Byron Chu

Byron Chu

Cybera Data Science Director, Callysto
Byron has PhD in Biochemistry and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and cloud-enabled projects. Since 2018, he has led the Callysto project in training teachers across Canada on bringing open data and data literacy into their classrooms.


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Glen 209 CTCC

2:45pm MST

"We Speak for the Trees"
We Speak for the Trees Presentation Overview
This session tells the story of how a class of grade six students became citizen naturalists and advocates for our trees and the environment.
This initiative is a shining example of melding the Science and Social Studies curriculum in a way that makes learning engaging and meaningful. It demonstrates how students are able to have their voices heard and ultimately make a difference for their community and our world!

Speakers
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Bill Belsey

Bill Belsey is a husband, father and Canadian educator.Mr Belsey was honoured with the Prime Minster's Award for Teaching Excellence and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to education. He is a recipient of the Edna Dach Educator of the Year Award by... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 5 Hyatt

2:45pm MST

CANCELLED Sleight of Hand Sleight of Mind… the magic behind war propaganda
War Propagandists, like magicians, target our Cognitive Biases with Sensory and Psychological Misdirection. For example; by playing on our False Consensus Bias propagandists convince us, falsely, that our leaders’ war aims align with our Idealistic and Humanitarian beliefs. Among other Biases examined are Framing (making decisions based on how information is presented rather than substance), Attribution (attributing character failings to the intentions and behaviors of out-groups while attributing good intentions or situational causes to in-group behaviors), Availability (basing truth on what comes to mind readily), and Illusory Superiority Bias (all countries present their war aims as morally superior). War propaganda misdirects us from the reality that wars, as this session will attempt to show are not Manichean struggles of good vs evil but are based on self-interest. Dozens of examples of Misdirection are exposed to produce astonishing OMG! MOMENTS. The psychology of propaganda should be an essential part of Science, Social Studies and Language Arts curricula.

Speakers

Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Imperial 1 Hyatt
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

2:45pm MST

Trucs et curiosités numériques « coup de cœur »
À l’ère du numérique, la technologie avance à grands pas. Chaque jour, nous découvrons une nouvelle astuce ou une nouvelle fonctionnalité avec nos outils préférés. Cet atelier présentera des découvertes « coup de cœur » des dernières années. Ainsi, une panoplie d’astuces, de curiosités et de trucs vous seront présentés en rafale, tantôts utiles, intéressants, ludiques ou même complètement loufoques! Les personnes participantes devront se préparer à ressortir de l’expérience un peu (ou beaucoup) étourdies, mais emballées! On vous garantit plusieurs moments du genre : « Non! Je ne savais pas que c’était possible! »

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Coutlée

Alexandra Coutlée

Coordinator of pedagogical services, École branchée
Passionnée de développement professionnel et de numérique au service de l’apprentissage, Alexandra détient une formation en technologie éducative et enseignement de l'anglais, langue seconde, en plus d'une certification Google Trainer (et plusieurs autres!). Elle a enseign... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:45pm - 4:00pm MST
Telus 101/102 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)
 
Friday, February 24
 

8:30am MST

Mini Canvases- Acrylic Landscapes
Explore the world of both two- and three-dimensional media, such as oil pastels, colored pencil, acrylic paint and colored glue to add dimension and to create a few projects. The techniques presented (creating textures, blending colours and overlapping) are suitable for all grade levels and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
Over the past few years I presented numerous sessions at various Teacher Conventions, Fine Arts Conferences, Professional Development Days, and private organizations/groups. As an art teacher, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore the artistic paths using... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Glen 203 CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

8:30am MST

A Game Changer Approach to Behaviour
A Game Changer is anyone who works with kids and realizes the tremendous power they have to make a difference for them. Often the kids that need our help the most can be the most difficult to support and we know that we need access to PD that will give us the tools and kid-tested strategies to understand and support behavior.
Rita will use her personal experiences as a Game Changer and challenge you to rethink the way you approach and manage tough kids in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
As a student with ADHD, mental health difficulties and behavioral issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BSc/BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program.Rita’s passion... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Macleod Hall E4 CTCC
  Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Trauma - make a lasting impact by building resilience
The Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Center provide services to children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse and maltreatment. During this two-part, the session participants will be guided through an intake process at Luna to experience the direct and easy-to-implement strategies employed at Luna to address the impacts of toxic stress while building resilience.

Participants will also learn how can schools better support young people and families impacted by trauma. During the second part of this session participants will receive an overview of The Trauma Aware Project being implemented at the Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre while gaining a deeper understanding of the impact that trauma plays in our communities.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Straw

Brenda Straw

Education Liaison, Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
Brenda Straw is a certified teacher on secondment to Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) from the Calgary Catholic School District (CSSD) where she previously held the position of Diverse Learning Coordinating Teacher. As part of school leadership teams, Brenda coordinated... Read More →
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Angela Pochakom

Angela is the current Being Trauma Aware Project Manager at the Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre. She has completed her MSc in Medical Science and BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Calgary, with a passion for mental health advocacy, neurodevelopment, and research. When... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
CoLab(Former Telus 111) CTCC
  Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Reading, Writing, Speaking - The Metacognitive Connection
strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers as well as speakers, problem solvers, and group members. The question for teachers and students is not simply, “what are you learning?”, but “how are you learning?”. This session will clarify the connection between language and metacognition and provide ways for teachers to incorporate explicit strategies to support students in becoming more metacognitively active learners.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Karena Hartson

Dr. Karena Hartson

Consultant
Dr. Hartson began her career as a classroom teacher where she taught English Language Arts, Social Studies. Her current work as a consultant focuses on teaching for conceptual understanding, Language Arts and Literature, disciplinary literacy in secondary schools, and supporting new... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Imperial 9 Hyatt
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

8:30am MST

Lighten Up!
Find out ways to make learning fun by lightening your mood, lightening your load and lightening your approach. This session will illuminate some practical ideas for bringing more joy into your classroom. A happy, cheerful teacher will better engage and motivate students. Learn some tips for using humour and fun to engage learning in the classroom. Humour can also help us cope with the challenges of teaching. Come enjoy some laughs and rejuvenate.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

Dan is currently an instructor at Concordia University of Edmonton in the Faculty of Education. As an experienced and esteemed public speaker, he delivers teaching strategies and inspiration using entertaining experiences and actionable content. He has delivered hundreds of successful... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Macleod Hall D CTCC

8:30am MST

S.O.S. (Survival, Organization, and Success) - Strategies for Beginning Teachers
This session is intended for Jr. and Sr. High teachers who are early in their careers and seeking practical tips and strategies to help them achieve: more effective relationships with students, successful classroom management, more efficient assessment & planning practices. Advice will be presented in a light-hearted and down-to-earth manner to efficiently add tools to the toolbox of beginning teachers.

Speakers
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Greg Overguard

Rocky View Schools
Greg Overguard is a high school social studies teacher with Rocky View Schools with 15+ years of classroom experience. He holds a Masters degree in Social Studies Curriculum and Pedagogy and has led many professional learning sessions and activities. A frequent participant in the... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Glen 208 CTCC
  Fostering Effective Relationships (TQS/LQS 1), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Second language - Unit booklets
Save your time and your energy .... and make second language unit booklets. During this sessions you will have the opportunity to see the process a teacher uses to create unit booklets, along with examples of using them in the classroom. Unit booklets help keep you organized and saves you trips to the photo copier, thus saving time.
Most examples are from French as a second language 4-6 with some from JH Spanish, although they can be applied to various levels and languages.

Speakers
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Lee Wynder

Lee lives with her husband on their developing homestead near Calgary where they raise their 4 boys, one who has spent close to 200 days admitted in the hospital and been on life support. She finds healing in poetry, the arts, and growing food.


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Telus 105 CTCC

8:30am MST

ASEBP Benefit Overview Presentation
Whether you’re a new covered member or not, this session can help you learn about the wide range of benefits, programs and services we offer.
In this presentation you’ll discover how to get the most from your coverage, our different tools and platforms, the benefits of spending accounts and more!

Speakers
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Tenjie Wilson

Tenjie has been a benefit specialist with ASEBP for 7 years this February, providing assistance to covered members by phone and email. She has previous experience in the health insurance industry dating back eighteen years. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, reading... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Ideation 2/3 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)

8:30am MST

Don't let weight weigh you down
During this energetic presentation, you will gain practical strategies and adequate support to help you discover and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Here, you will learn how to navigate all aspects of life: work, relationships, and parenting while most importantly, keeping your own optimal health. How do you put yourself first in a time during your life when you are always giving everything you have to others? I will provide simple tips for ordinary humans to inspire you and help you transform yourself into the wonder woman (or man of wonder) of your wildest dreams. Join me, as I share my 4-year journey of I evolved my ordinary « Mom Mindset » into one of a « Wonder Womom ».

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Mishio

Andrea Mishio

The Best Version of You
I’ve been a teacher for 15 years. Having taught girls P.E. for over 10 years, having 2 girls of her own, and having undergone a vast transformation, I have become extremely passionate about what social media is doing to girls and their body image.


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Imperial 7 Hyatt
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Heart-based Meditation in a Classroom Setting
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!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Boisvert

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)

8:30am MST

The 3 R’s: Relax, Renew and Refocus. All you have to do is lie there.
Stress is disruptive to our lives and can negatively impact our emotional and physical wellbeing.
Grab a blanket, pillow, dim the lights and experience profound relaxation for your body and mind. All you have to do is lie there as Susan guides you through a deep meditation known as Yoga Nidra.
A perfect way to start or end your day.
Yoga Nidra (Guided Meditation): an ancient technique, thousands of years old, that Susan studied with Yoga Masters in India having done her advanced training in this area.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

Founder & CEO, Agrios Mindfitness
Agrios MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness Fitness) was born in the connective tissues between health and wellbeing. Susan Agrios changes lives. Online and in person, she teaches fitness, mindfulness and yoga for people and businesses the world over. Before MINDFITNESS, Susan was a K-12 teacher... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Imperial 6 Hyatt
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Tell a Story: Introductory Photo Story Workshop
This photography workshop is focused on you and your story. We’ll begin by looking at how personal photography projects can help you reframe your story to see your own strength and resilience. Then together, we will work through a storytelling framework to help you focus in on your purpose for telling a visual story and the details you want to document. This session could support you in repurposing images you already have or inspire you to document your story in a new way.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe

photographer, Kristy Wolfe Photography
Digital Storyteller // Photographer // Educator Kristy Wolfe’s experience as a medical mom lies at the heart of her passion for documentary style photography. Based in Canmore, Alberta with her husband and two sons, Kristy has been telling stories through photography for the past... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Glen 202 CTCC

8:30am MST

Suspect Child Abuse - now what! When to call, what happens next?
During this session participants will be provided with an overview of the Child Intervention System, who we serve and how we strive to build safe communities for Alberta Children and Youth. Included in this session will be specific strategies to help to identify and report suspected child abuse. Information such as the specific questions that you will be asked when making a report will be presented. Finally, participants will discover if their call is truly confidential, and what happens after they have made the report.

Speakers
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Breanna Hyland

Breanna Hyland is a Supervisor with Children’s Services and is part of the Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Multidisciplinary Team. Her portfolio includes Supervisor for the Child at Risk Response Team (CARRT) and The Joint Investigative Child Abuse Team (JICAT).
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Linda Shima

Linda Shima is a social worker with Children’s Services and is part of the Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Multidisciplinary Team. Her portfolio includes Intake and Triage for The Joint Investigative Child Abuse Team (JICAT). Linda has been actively involved in Child Protection Services... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Telus 104 CTCC

8:30am MST

Teaching Alberta’s NEW Human Sexuality Curriculum for Grades 4, 5 and 6
Whether this is your first or twentieth year of teaching, this session will increase your confidence and ease some of your anxiety around teaching the human sexuality outcomes for grades 4-6. Come to this interactive session and discuss innovative activities, strategies to engage students in the classroom, and best practices in teaching sexual health. Test drive updated lesson plans for Grade 4-6 that align with the new PEW curriculum. Expand your knowledge of the free resources available at TeachingSexualHealth.ca, an authorized Alberta Education resource.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services: Teaching Sexual Health
Nicole Inglis (she/her) has taught everything from grade 1 PE to Bio 30 and has taught in both public and Catholic Schools. She has an MEd in Adult Education and works on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion team at Alberta Health Services. Nicole lives in Calgary with her... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Telus 107 CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Physical Education (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

8:30am MST

Think FASD !
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a diagnosis that affects one’s body and brain in ways that complicate behaviors we see in the classroom. Often the student’s FASD symptoms are difficult to understand and even more challenging to mitigate. Involving staff teams in school environments that are informed and prepared to Think FASD ensures that we can have successful learning environments that have both educators and students fully involved in their classroom experiences.
In this session, join Danna in an experience based learning opportunity that will have you bursting with insight and inspiration!

Speakers
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Danna Ormstrup

Danna Ormstrup– Bio.Danna began working with kids and adults with Learning Disabilities in the early 80s while she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She furthered her learning through attending Mount Royal University in the Recreation Therapy faculty. Her career has included... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Macleod Hall E1 CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Full Circle—Understanding the Social Implications of Indigenous Realities: ATA Workshop
This workshop will examine core causes of intergenerational trauma, challenge common myths and misconceptions, as well as explore activities to foster effective relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, families and community. Participants will explore assimilation strategies that have contributed to many current realities of Indigenous students, families and community. You will gain an increased understanding of physical, mental, social and spiritual impacts, and strength-based initiatives to contribute to the advancement of the reconciliation process.


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Telus 106 CTCC

8:30am MST

Bringing the Joy of Reading to Secondary Classrooms
For many of us, one of the greatest pleasures in life is embracing the companionship of a great book, and yet some learners they lose their way along the path to enjoying this solitary pleasure. In this session, learn ways to bring a love of reading to those adolescents who have abandoned their books, structures that carve out uninterrupted time for reading along with how to make it work with older students and when and how to assess students when they are choosing their own reading material.

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Taylor

Jodi Taylor

Jodi Taylor is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium with a focus on inclusive education and literacy. She has been a teacher for 20 years at the middle and high school levels with a primary focus on Humanities courses. Jodi has extensive training... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Telus 110 CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Mathematics: All Are Welcome! All Belong!
Bring some paper/whiteboard, a pencil/marker, and an open mind!! We will start with math on Mars, move to the spooky Recaman spiral, and continue down the spiral of fun mathematics.

We will be working on what Gord Hamilton calls "Infinity Puzzles". These puzzles have low floors and high ceilings. Can engage Gr. 1 students and still puzzle high school students. Be ready to see the beauty and joy of mathematics!_

Whether you teach Grade 1 or Grade 12, there will be something that you can bring to your students the very next day!

Speakers
avatar for Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Mathematics Council
Dave Martin has a Masters of Mathematics, a Degree in Education, and a love for prime numbers. He has been teaching for 12 years, during which time, he was nominated for Teacher of Excellence in Alberta, has spoken across North America, and has successfully removed grades in most... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Imperial 3 Hyatt
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

L’aisance avec les nombres - 6 actions pour développer la confiance en maths (2e à 6e année)
Développer l’aisance avec les nombres est à la base de la confiance en mathématiques, Un élève qui a une panoplie de stratégies et qui démontre un raisonnement adaptatif quant à leur utilisation est un élève qui démontre de l’aisance avec les nombres. Cet atelier permettra d’explorer 6 actions qui, combinées ensemble, peuvent contrer de façon remarquable les dispositions négatives potentielles à propos des mathématiques en plus d’être propice à l’acquisition de notions essentielles à la base des 4 opérations.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà en présentiel et distanciel . Elle présente régulièrement des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Glen 204 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

8:30am MST

Teacher VS. Students: Math Games for Upper Elementary
Participants will play and learn a variety of new and old favorite Box Cars games that students love to "play against their teacher"! These activities area great for the last 10 - 15 minutes of math class, Friday afternoon game days and they also work great for follow up practice in small groups. Concepts covered will include: multi-digit operations, fractions, place value and operational fluency. Games will incorporate the is of cards, regular spotted dice, shakers and more. Handout will contain gameboards for use first thing Monday morning!

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Imperial 8 Hyatt
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

8:30am MST

From Confidence, to Skill Development, and Finally Transfer: How FSD Supported Grade 1-3 Readers and Mathematicians
Join us to look into how the Foothills School Division approached the literacy and numeracy grade 1-3 grant dollars from Alberta Education. Using a robust, comprehensive approach to both reading and mathematics, the students in our system made significant progress. We will share how we approached the grant opportunity, and how we built our team. We will also share and make available all of our intervention frameworks, resources and materials, and the amazing results we saw. Leave with tools and documents to start using in your classroom to support your grade 1-3 striving readers and mathematicians.

Speakers
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Shelly Read

Shelly Read is currently a New Curriculum Support Teacher in the area of Mathematics and a Learning Coach with Foothills School Division. She has teaching experience at a variety of grade levels and disciplines within two school divisions, and has also worked as a K-12 Divisional... Read More →
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Dr. Miriam Ramzy

Director of Student Learning, JrK-6, Foothills School Division
Miriam works with the Foothills School Division, supporting the implementation of new curriculum. Miriam has her Ph.D. from the Werklund School of Education; her passion is supporting teachers in building powerful literacy classrooms where all learners experience success.
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Katlin Strand

Katlin Strand is currently a Learning Coach in Foothills School Division. She has been an elementary school teacher for 9 years. She completed her M. Ed. in Teaching, Learning, and Neuroscience. In the previous school year she was a Literacy and Numeracy Lead teacher as part of Alberta... Read More →
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Marsi Quarin-Wright

Marsi Quarin-Wright recently retired from Foothills School Division (FSD) after 27+ years in education. Marsi received her B.Ed and M.Ed from the University of Lethbridge and holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Lethbridge College. Marsi reflects that the FSD Intervention... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Macleod Hall B CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

8:30am MST

There's a part for UKEs!
The chance that all of your music students are reading music at the same level is slim to none! How can you challenge your high level music readers, meet your grade level expectations and not leave the less musically experienced students behind? With the ukulele!!! Join Alberta teacher and ukulele book author, Christina O'Brien as she walks you through multi-part arrangements for the ukulele that can be used in the elementary or middle school music room. There are so many easy ways to create parts for everyone at various levels. You'll walk away from this session with a couple of new songs to try out in your classes, as well as plenty of ideas to create your own multi-part arrangements. There will be some ukes on hand to borrow, however, please bring your own ukulele if you have one!

Speakers
avatar for Christina O'Brien

Christina O'Brien

Music Teacher and Book Author, Ukulele for Children
With plenty of teaching experience in the classroom and studio, Christina has been able to blend the individualized lesson approach with large group instruction, ensuring that every student can feel success with a part in each song that she teaches or arranges. Christina completed... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Glen 209 CTCC
  Music & Band (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

8:30am MST

ATRF Steps to Receiving Your Pension
This presentation is designed for teachers who are planning to retire during the current year or within the next few years.
It provides detailed information about deciding to retire, the steps to retirement process and forms, the pension options, and post-retirement considerations.
You are encouraged to sign in to your MyPension account to access your most recent plan member statement.

Speakers
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Dana Adams

Following 16 years with the Public Sector Pension Plans in Alberta, Dana joined the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund in 2001. She has extensive experience in client counseling. She has spoken at teachers’ conventions, professional development days and retirement sessions.



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Macleod Hall E2 CTCC

8:30am MST

Cultivate Stronger Competency Skills
In our society, we often look to others for validation of our abilities. A healthier strategy is to learn to cultivate our own sense of internal confidence through our unique competencies. In this session, we’ll discuss why we suffer when comparing our accomplishments with other people and get to the bottom of why it can be so hard to own our authentic strengths. Separating worth from productivity gives students a road map to follow for their own emotional resilience journey, and helps us to feel more secure and self-reliant in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, educator, and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She’s written four books and her work has appeared in several literary magazines. Julianne holds an MFA and a BA in Creative Writing, along with a certificate in Counselling Skills. For more information... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Glen 201 CTCC

8:30am MST

President Schilling: Unplugged
This session will offer the opportunity to meet with President Schilling in a group setting to discuss matters and issues that are of importance to you and your colleagues. The session will open with a few focus questions from President Schilling followed by an opportunity to have open dialogue on topics generated by the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

President, ATA President
Jason Schilling was re-elected president in 2023, following four years of service as president, two years of service as vice-president and more than eight years of service as district representative for South West. As vice-president, Schilling chaired the Central Table Bargaining... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Macleod Hall A CTCC

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Reproduction & Population Management
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
Explore the nature of reproduction, learn about the mating behaviours of some of our resident animals and examine how animals preserve biodiversity within their species. Furthermore we will learn how researchers apply this knowledge to the Species Survival Plan initiative as well as discover the science behind other captive breeding programs.

Speakers
CC

Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.
  Reflection/Collaboration (TQS/LQS 2), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

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

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard McLarney

Dr. Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore 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, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture and Myt... 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)

8:30am MST

Layering Team Meeting Structures to Support ALL Students: How Instructional Leaders Establish the Conditions
Do team meetings lack the clarity and purpose you're looking for as an instructional leader? Does it feel like you're talking about the same students over and over? In this session, Kurtis will articulate, with multiple school samples and resources, the value of layering collaborative structures and processes within a school and how the introduction of a very intentional collaborative team meeting can work to respond to the needs of students collaboratively, while increasing the instructional capacity of everyone involved. Come learn what thousands of schools have learned about these purposeful collaborative structures and processes to ensure every student is supported by a team.

Speakers
avatar for Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Glen 206 CTCC

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Inspiring Conservation Action: Student led inquiry for change
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
Want to design a conservation action project with your students but don't know how to get started? In this presentation, we will introduce you to conservation action project ideas, tips for getting started, as well as introduce you to our Conservation Champions Festival as a way to celebrate and showcase your students' work.

Speakers
CC

Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.
  Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Article 23 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés (Droits à l’instruction dans la langue de la minorité) : un exemple de droit collectif de la minorité francophone en Alberta
Lors de cet atelier, il sera question des décisions politiques qui ont mené aux premières écoles et à la création des premiers conseils scolaires publics et catholiques, depuis la création des Territoires du Nord-Ouest (1870) jusqu’à aujourd’hui, et ainsi mieux comprendre l’importance que représente l’article 23 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés pour les Francophones de l’Alberta. Il sera question des luttes, des victoires mais aussi des défis qui continuent d’avoir un impact sur la vie de la communauté francophone.
Cet atelier suscitera l’intérêt de tous les enseignants qui veulent en savoir davantage sur l’histoire de l’éducation en Alberta. Il permettra surtout aux enseignants de 9ème année de mieux faire comprendre aux élèves le RAS 9.1.7 du programme des Études Sociales : « Explorer d’un œil critique comment la demande croissante pour la reconnaissance des droits collectifs a eu des répercussions sur le processus législatif au Canada, en étudiant les questions d’enquête suivantes et en y réfléchissant :
• Comment la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés répond-elle aux besoins des minorités francophones au Canada? »

Speakers
avatar for Simon Pagé

Simon Pagé

Enseignant à la retraite
Bonjour! Je m'appelle Simon Pagé et j'ai pris ma retraite de l'enseignement en 2020, après avoir été impliqué dans le domaine de l'éducation pendant 32 ans. Je suis né à Montréal et j'ai étudié à l'Université de l'Alberta à Edmonton (B.Ed 1988 / M.Ed 1998). J'ai enseign... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Macleod Hall E3 CTCC
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Ma classe géniale grâce à Genially!
Plusieurs connaissent la plateforme Web Genially pour ses présentations dynamiques et colorées, ou encore pour ses options qui facilitent la création de jeux d’évasion. Il est aussi possible d’utiliser toutes ces ressources au bénéfice des élèves en créant des parcours d’apprentissage ou encore des dossiers informatifs reliés aux objectifs spécifiques à atteindre. Bref, avec une intention pédagogique claire, Genial.ly peut devenir à la fois un moteur de diffusion d’information, un lieu d’exercice ou encore un répertoire! Cet atelier permettra de voir comment y arriver. Attention, vous pourriez en ressortir avec une folle envie de créer!

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Couture

Laurie Couture

Enseignante de français et d'univers social au secondaire de formation, Laurie est passionnée d'innovation et de développement professionnel en éducation. Elle adore découvrir, discuter et développer au sujet des pratiques probantes en lien avec les technologies. À l’aide... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Telus 108 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

Introduire les ateliers de classe avec une variété d’outils numériques au primaire
Les ateliers éducatifs permettent de ludifier et différencier les apprentissages, particulièrement en mathématiques et en français. Développez l’autonomie en classe pour permettre des interventions spécifiques, inspirées du modèle de réponse à l’intervention, avec les élèves à risque. Cet atelier permettra de découvrir comment les organiser en y intégrant des outils numériques qui offrent une réelle plus-value et favorisent la différenciation pédagogique. On y parlera entre autres de la tablette iPad, de Google Forms et d’autres outils simples et pratiques qui permettent de rendre ces moments d'apprentissage encore plus interactifs!

Voici les ressources pertinentes à cette session! 

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Miller

Audrey Miller

L'École branchée
Audrey est directrice générale de l'OBNL L'École branchée. Détenant une formation en technologies éducatives et en communication publique, elle s'intéresse particulièrement à l'actualité liée au développement professionnel en éducation, à la littératie numérique et... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 9:45am MST
Telus 103 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

8:30am MST

Art-Maker Lab (A multiple activity, asynchronous Art-learning environment.)
Mike will be hosting an open Art Lab with five independent projects. Each project will be set up to take 20-30 minutes and the whole lab will span two session lengths (150 minutes).
You and a friend or two get a beverage and drop in to the lab anytime up to 20-minutes before the session ends. Complete a project, complete two or complete all five for the coveted Gold Star. You might just want to drop in and chat about teaching Art or teaching in a multiple activity lab. Maybe you just want to watch a busy multiple activity lab in progress. Whatever you need to take away to enhance your professional practice, come and join us for a fun, hands-on celebration of creativity and you can leave with a folder full of Art projects, ideas and prompts selected from Mike’s extensive lesson library.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Shain

Michael Shain

Mixed Media Visual Journals
Mike is coming up on 30 years of creativity teaching experience. He is an artist, speaker, adult creativity coach and art workshop leader. Currently Mike’s day-job is programing Art lessons for k-12 students in six schools (including online learning) for Palliser School Division... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Telus 101/102 CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 20) The Book of Blob
What’s in a blob of paint? A character and a story waiting to happen! Learn how to transform blobs of watercolour paint into interesting characters that inspire a short story along the way as the character evolves out of paint and ink. Write and design your own book out of blobs of paint! Prepare to use your own innate creative genius in this session! 

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

artist/instructor
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time mixed media artist from Red Deer, Alberta. Her whimsical style of art often incorporates a combination of lettering, watercolor or acrylic. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”.Sally's life’s... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Ideation 4 CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 16) OFF-SITE Jamaican Cooking (Hot and Spicy)
LOCATION: WH Croxford School; 2654 Chinook Winds Dr. SW; Airdrie; T4B 0J4
Come join Chef Duane as he walks you through the basics for cooking Jerk Chicken, Jamaican Rice and Peas and then demos Ackee and Salted Cod, their National Dish. This class will be offered off site at WH Croxford High school in the Culinary Arts Kitchen.

Speakers
avatar for Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn

Chef Duane Sovyn is a Red Seal Chef and is currently teaching in Rocky View. Chef Duane is a Culinary Arts Teacher who inspires his students to cook and eat good food. Chef Duane has taught night classes at SAIT and has led Gourmet Cooking as Team Building events with multiple groups... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Outdoor Learning: Making it happen all Winter! (due to extreme cold this session will be IN AND OUT of the Environmental Learning Centre)
(Due to extreme cold this session will be in the Environmental Learning Centre)
During this half day session OUTSIDE, we'll profile winter outdoor activities that promote curricular connections, wellness, inquiry, and safety considerations. We'll provide resources for the Division 2/3 classroom teacher. We'll walk, talk and collaborate as we explore some of the trails in Fish Creek Provincial Park. We'll also share land-based stories, nature nuggets, and play games. Ensure you spend some time filling your own bucket this teacher's convention and join us for some nourishing time in nature.
This session will take place at the Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre - there will be indoor space available for inclement weather.
ADDRESS: 13931 Woodpath Rd SW, Calgary; T2W 5R6

Speakers
avatar for Vicki Perkins

Vicki Perkins

Environment Education Coordinator, Alberta Parks
Vicki (she/her) grew up on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinabeg, Seneca and Chippewa peoples. Time spent amongst the majestic white pines and the flowing waters of this territory sparked a passion for nature and sharing stories from the land. Currently... Read More →
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Roland Kirzinger

Formal and Environmental Education Coordinator, Fish Creek Provincial Park
Roland has worked as a naturalist, interpreter and educator in parks organizations in Saskatchewan and Alberta for over 30 years. He has worked in Fish Creek Provincial Park for over 15 years and is currently the Formal and Environmental Education Coordinator. Roland enjoys all facets... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

8:30am MST

Développer les habiletés orales par le jeu : Partie 2
Vous avez aimé les jeux présentés lors de la partie 1? La partie 2 est pour vous! Vous découvrirez une quinzaine de nouveaux jeux tout aussi amusants les uns que les autres. Les buts restent les mêmes : renforcer ses habiletés à l’oral, améliorer son vocabulaire et s’amuser avec ses compagnons de classe. Prêts pour de nouvelles découvertes en français?

Speakers
avatar for Marie-Josee Fortier

Marie-Josee Fortier

Originaire du Saguenay au Québec, Marie-Josée gravite dans les domaines de la communication et de l’animation depuis de nombreuses années. Ses expériences de travail en ces domaines sont variées et originales, qu’il s’agisse d’animatrice de soirées, de pigiste pour une... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Telus 109 CTCC
  French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

8:30am MST

Facial Reflexology for self-care and better health workshop
Did you know that your facial muscles store tension and emotions? Problems occur when we do not release these tensions regularly. Whether it is a matter of aches and pains, stress or even sleeping problems, you can use these facial self-reflexology techniques to tackle some of the most frequent health issues.
Dien Chan Facial Reflexology is a therapeutic treatment in which stimulation of zones (points) on the face are utilized to alleviate health conditions in other parts of the body. The main goal of this therapy is to prevent health problems before they occur and to relieve troubles before they become chronic.
By calming the nervous system and applying gentle pressure to points on the face, we can address a variety of health concerns. We use gentle, non-invasive tools or our fingertips to stimulate points and zones of the face. Facial massage improves overall health conditions, smoothens and brightens the skin, and enhances blood and lymph circulation of the facial skin to boost the immune system and slow the aging process. You can incorporate it into your daily routine, to achieve better sleep and a more relaxed, positive mood and mind frame. We will discuss reflex points, TCM, lymphatic drainage and scalp massage as well.
This is a (hands on) workshop style session, where we will have time to learn and practice the techniques on ourselves. Participants will receive a detailed handout and will be able to ask personal questions. Please bring a hand mirror if you can.

Speakers
avatar for Katalin Mackenzie

Katalin Mackenzie

Katalin is a teacher and a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist in Canmore. She is passionate about holistic health and wellness with special interest in mental health support for children. After discovering facial reflexology from Italy, she studied foot and face reflexology... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 1 Hyatt
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 16) OFF-SITE Curling 101
Curling is a lifelong sport that can promote mental health through protective factors including physical activity and social relationships. Whether you have never curled before or are a novice curling looking for some pointers, you will take away something from this session. Be prepared for some off ice instruction as well as on ice instruction and games. For those interested in the newest Olympic curling discipline, Mixed Doubles, or Curling Canada’s new initiative to grow youth curling, Triples format, we can answer your questions, too. Interested in introducing curling to elementary kids, but don’t have access to a curling rink? This session will provide those interested in that with some options too.
This session will be in Okotoks at the Okotoks Curling Club: 99 Okotoks Dr, T1S 1E6

Speakers
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Tenielle Bachek

Tenielle is a trained competition coach, the Okotoks Junior Curling Coordinator, and a high school coach. She curled competitively in high school and university before focusing on the coaching aspect of the game. Don is a trained competition coach. He has coached youth curling for... Read More →
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Don Bachek

Don Bachek has been curling for about 10 years and became interested in curling when his son had a desire to curl at an early age. Since then, Don became passionate about curling and looked to further his knowledge by becoming a Competition Trained Coach by Curling Alberta. Don volunteers... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

8:30am MST

Physics 20 Labs – Hey! Who’s making the decisions?
A lab activity can be presented as a fill in the blank exercise (structured inquiry), as teacher presented experimental designs with student process choices (guided inquiry), or as student selected questions and procedures from a teacher presented knowledge framework (open inquiry). There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these approaches.
In this hands-on session, participants will perform a guided inquiry experiment with waves, and a structured inquiry experiment with gravity. We will then discuss how the gravity experiment can be extended as an open inquiry.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar

Physics
Barry taught for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year (14 years in junior high math and science, and 26 years in high school general science and physics).He believes that students get most out of a classroom that is activity based... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Ideation 1 CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) Nose Hill LIBRARY (Program Room) OFF-SITE Why Grasslands CAN and WILL save the world!
***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 
***END OF UPDATE***

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
forever...

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.

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Tarrington

Sheri Tarrington

Interpretation and Experience Manager, CPAWS Southern Alberta
For the past two decades, environmental education and conservation communications positions with Parks Canada and CPAWS Southern Alberta, have bolstered Sheri's belief that all humans are better humans when they wander, wonder and play outdoors! Possessing an honours degree in Canadian... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Bilan

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)

8:30am MST

CANCELLED The Causes of War, Realism and The New Cold War (Part 1)
The session’s thesis is that; “Idealistic Rhetoric aside, the causes of war can be reduced to self-interest and for the greater part, the self-interests of Realism.” Realism states that The International System has no governing authority, International Law is a reflection of power and therefore each state is required to make survival, security, power and wealth its priorities. In practice however a state’s policies are influenced by the self-interests of the ruling elite whose interests may or may not reflect the interests of the state. Where they do not, the Ruling Elite usually assume a faux Realist position as in Nixon and Kissinger’s continuance of the Vietnam War for personal political power (The Anna Chennault Affair) and in the Neoconservatives’ War in Iraq for ideological and financial self-interests. A contrary example of the elite taking a non-Realist stance is the offshoring of industry to China for corporate self-interests, which has led to China’s rise. Evidence from past wars, including Canada’s, will be given to support this thesis and participants will be asked to contribute their evidence that may confirm or contradict it. Those opposing war should know that arguing that a war will not accomplish professed humanitarian goals will have no effect on war planners, for humanitarian goals are not actual causes. Those supporting war should also know that professed humanitarian goals are not actual causes. And both should know that actual causes lie within the structure of the International System and some combination of the perceived self interests of nations, leaders and to some extent, citizens. Attendees will participate in a “student” activity discovering analogies between Historical and Current Conflicts and Realist Concepts, such as: Territorial Expansion, Hegemony, Appeasement, Vassalage, Divide & Conquer, Shifting Alliances, Balancing, Bandwagoning, Balance of Power, Rising Power, The Security Dilemma etc. The session and its concepts are very straightforward and suitable for all levels of knowledge.

Speakers

Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 5 Hyatt
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Science (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 25) OFF-SITE Where do I start? Building a Foods 10/20/30 Program for new and experienced teachers
LOCATION: CHANGED TO EAST LAKE SCHOOL IN Chestermere. 325 Kinniburgh Blvd This full day, hands on session will include an easy to follow program which allows teachers to build upon skills introduced in Foods 10, built upon in Foods 20 and allows for students to explore their interests using these skills in Foods 30. Examples include beginning with Food (& Nutrition) Basics, then Food Decisions & Health culminating with Food for Life Stages. Also included will be Soups & Sauces, Meats, Baking and how to build/design projects based on student interest. This session is a simple base to start a foods program and build upon based on your style of teaching. Teachers will be encouraged to share ideas, recipes and successes from their teaching._x000D_
Bring your laptop, google log in, and containers to take home your cooking.

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Wasylynuik

Carmen Wasylynuik

Foods Teacher, Chestermere High School
Carmen Wasylynuik is a Red Seal Chef and Foods Teacher at Chestermere High School and has taught both Foods and Cook Apprenticeship in grades 9-12. She strongly believes in sharing knowledge and building relationships through fostering professional development for teachers in foods... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 2:15pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

8:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 40) OFF-SITE Indigenous Perspectives Workshop
8:30 am - 3:00 pm - Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
This all day workshop will be done at Woods Homes located at 9400 48 Ave. NW Calgary
Teachers need to supply their own transportation to Woods Homes
Teachers need to bring their own lunch and water bottle.
Teachers need to bring appropriate clothing to change into in order to participate in the Teaching Sweat Lodge.

All day workshop on Indigenous Perspectives that includes "hands-on" experiential sessions with teachers actively participating in an "Educational Teaching" Sweat Lodge, Indigenous games and traditions, and discussions with regards to the application of foundational knowledge regarding Alberta Education's curriculum and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.

Detailed Overview of Indigenous Perspectives Workshop For Palliser Teachers’ Convention:

1.) Teaching/Educational Sweat Lodge
Participants will be participating in what is known as a Teaching/Educational Sweat Lodge.
- This is an introduction to an Indigenous tradition that has been practised for
thousands of years. It is to provide participants with a basic understanding of what a
Sweat Lodge is all about, the importance of a Sweat Lodge and some of what goes
into creating a Sweat Lodge and exposure to some of the customs and traditions
associated with a Sweat Lodge.
- The heat level is maintained at an acceptable level for most individuals. This should
not be an uncomfortable endurance test. We approach it from a perspective of
kindness and want every participant to feel safe and comfortable. (perhaps
stretching their comfort zone just a little bit)
- There will be 2 rounds of sweating and singing. Each round will take roughly 15 to
20 minutes and each has a specific meaning to it.
- In between the rounds you will be allowed to come out if necessary and rejuvenate
via cold water and fresh air. This break usually last between about 5 – 10 minutes.
- If you feel that you cannot go back into the next round, it is ok to sit out.
- Before/after or in between the rounds, feel free to speak to Walter about
your experience or anything else you may need to speak to him about.

2.) Indigenous Traditional games and talking circle
Participants will be introduced and participate in some very basic traditional Indigenous hand
games along with other traditional games as well as the talking circle. Key points will be to
understand the significance of these traditions as well as the process and desired outcomes.

3.) Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit
This session will provide participants with a better understanding of how to address Alberta
Education’s TQS goal of “Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Metis and
Inuit”.
As outlined in Alberta Education’s TQS document this session will address several key areas
such as
A teacher develops and applies foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and
Inuit for the benefit of all students.
Achievement of this competency is demonstrated
by indicators such as:
(a) understanding the historical, social, economic,
and political implications of:
• treaties and agreements with First Nations;
• legislation and agreements negotiated with
Métis; and
• residential schools and their legacy;
(b) supporting student achievement by engaging
in collaborative, whole school approaches to
capacity building in First Nations, Métis and
Inuit education;
(c) using the programs of study to provide
opportunities for all students to develop a
knowledge and understanding of, and respect for,
the histories, cultures, languages, contributions,
perspectives, experiences and contemporary
contexts of First Nations, Métis and Inuit; and
(d) supporting the learning experiences of all students
by using resources that accurately reflect and
demonstrate the strength and diversity of First
Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Speakers
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George Taven

George recently retired from the Calgary Board of Education after 41 years as a teacher and Program Administrator. He worked closely with Alberta Education in designing the CONNECTIONS program as a 5 credit high school program. CONNECTIONS is a Diversity, Anti-Racism, Leadership program... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 8:30am - 2:15pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

10:00am MST

Let's talk about consent
Session Description
During this session, participants will be provided with an overview of the Criminal and Youth Justice perspective on consent. Tools will be presented that may be used to explain consent to youth and case studies will be reviewed. During this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to pose questions and explore strategies for addressing and responding to consent concerns amongst youth.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Straw

Brenda Straw

Education Liaison, Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
Brenda Straw is a certified teacher on secondment to Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) from the Calgary Catholic School District (CSSD) where she previously held the position of Diverse Learning Coordinating Teacher. As part of school leadership teams, Brenda coordinated... Read More →
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Anita Swanson

Cpl. Anita Swanson has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for the past 16 years. She has worked the past 4 years overseeing serious crimes perpetrated on children and youth. Her team services all the communities in southern Alberta outside of the City of Calgary... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Macleod Hall E2 CTCC

10:00am MST

Acrylics and Q-tips- Spring Art
Create beautiful projects and learn techniques and methods that give your artwork movement, life, and depth! In this session, the participants will create a few projects that will be demonstrated step-by-step by focusing on specific acrylics techniques, color mixing, and basic brush and painting techniques. These projects can be modified for any grade level and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
Over the past few years I presented numerous sessions at various Teacher Conventions, Fine Arts Conferences, Professional Development Days, and private organizations/groups. As an art teacher, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore the artistic paths using... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Glen 203 CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

10:00am MST

Where do I start? Differentiated Instruction and Assessment
How to plan for differentiation is based on the modification of three elements. Teachers in this session will learn more about the differentiation framework based on the work of Carol A Tomlinson. AAC will share tools and templates to make differentiation planning easier for teachers.

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

Field Service Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.Presenter Shelly... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Macleod Hall E1 CTCC

10:00am MST

Do marks make the grade?
As our world has been turned upside down, how do we effectively assess students through a growth mindset? Dave has successfully removed grades from his own high school and middle school math classes. He has then lead entire schools on this transition. Moving away from a fixed mindset around assessment and towards a growth mindset.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Mathematics Council
Dave Martin has a Masters of Mathematics, a Degree in Education, and a love for prime numbers. He has been teaching for 12 years, during which time, he was nominated for Teacher of Excellence in Alberta, has spoken across North America, and has successfully removed grades in most... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 3 Hyatt
  Assessment (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   School Leadership (LQS 1-9), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Game Changers: Why Connection? Why Not?
We have all heard that the key to supporting, teaching and reaching kids lies in building connection and relationships, but why is it so important?
This session will focus on what the current research tells us about making connections, and more importantly, the conditions that make it possible! Participants will be asked to reflect on their own practices and experiences, and we will look at Siegal’s 4 roadblocks that keep us from connecting.
We will challenge these assumptions and fears and start laying the groundwork to explore classroom and kid-tested strategies and examples to empower participants to connect against all odds!

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kruger

Rita Kruger

CMJHS STAFF, Crowther Memorial Junior High
As a student with ADHD, mental health difficulties and behavioral issues, Rita experienced the impact a dedicated professional could make. She obtained a BSc/BEd with a Special Education Specialization, and now teaches at a Junior High Behavioral Outreach program.Rita’s passion... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Macleod Hall E4 CTCC
  Counselling & Student Support (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Why is Reading and Writing in the Subject Areas So Hard?!?
Students require specialized skills to be able to cope with the different reading and writing demands of the subject areas. The language of each subject is unique and the ways in which students are required to communicate may not cross over. This session will provide strategies to support students in reading complex subject-area texts as well as provide tips to support subject-area writing.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Karena Hartson

Dr. Karena Hartson

Consultant
Dr. Hartson began her career as a classroom teacher where she taught English Language Arts, Social Studies. Her current work as a consultant focuses on teaching for conceptual understanding, Language Arts and Literature, disciplinary literacy in secondary schools, and supporting new... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 9 Hyatt
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

10:00am MST

Neuf jeux à l'oral pour le secondaire
Cet atelier vous propose de découvrir neuf jeux à l'oral simples et amusants, avec une touche de compétitivité, pour les élèves de niveau secondaire. Un tableau blanc et un souffle d'allégresse, c'est tout ce dont vous aurez besoin pour passer une période de 40 minutes, ou plus, dans la bonne humeur avec vos élèves. Aucun autre matériel n'est requis. Les participants recevront les documents électroniques nécessaires pour jouer à tous les jeux. Pour ceux qui souhaitent une source de motivation supplémentaire afin d'encourager leurs élèves à parler français dans leur salle de classe, ces neufs activités ludiques sauront vous plaire.

Speakers
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Frederic Rioux

Enseignant, Beausoleil
Frédéric enseigne comme titulaire dans les écoles du Conseil scolaire Francosud depuis quinze ans. Il détient une longue expérience au niveau primaire, et ce, tout particulièrement de la 3e à la 5e année. Ces deux dernières années, il a entamé une transition au secondaire... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Glen 209 CTCC
  French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Building Body Positive Girls
I'm not sure about you but I'm sure glad I didn't grow up in the era of social media!! With filters, 1000 takes and making everything 'insta' perfect no one has the concept of what reality is or what people actually look like. This is creating dysmorphia in our girls. I see it every day. In this session learn how you can help young girls navigate in this 'altered universe'.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Mishio

Andrea Mishio

The Best Version of You
I’ve been a teacher for 15 years. Having taught girls P.E. for over 10 years, having 2 girls of her own, and having undergone a vast transformation, I have become extremely passionate about what social media is doing to girls and their body image.


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 7 Hyatt
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

MINDFITNESS Workout: A Revolutionary Approach To Fitness
It has taken me over 20 years to create MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness) which is a revolutionary approach to fitness where we connect your body and mind using movement and breath. You will leave feeling energized, refreshed and grounded as this session ends with a guided meditation (Yoga Nidra) inducing profound relaxation for both your body and mind.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

Founder & CEO, Agrios Mindfitness
Agrios MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness Fitness) was born in the connective tissues between health and wellbeing. Susan Agrios changes lives. Online and in person, she teaches fitness, mindfulness and yoga for people and businesses the world over. Before MINDFITNESS, Susan was a K-12 teacher... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 6 Hyatt

10:00am MST

REPEAT SESSION: Teaching Alberta’s NEW Human Sexuality Curriculum for Grades 4, 5 and 6
Whether this is your first or twentieth year of teaching, this session will increase your confidence and ease some of your anxiety around teaching the human sexuality outcomes for grades 4-6. Come to this interactive session and discuss innovative activities, strategies to engage students in the classroom, and best practices in teaching sexual health. Test drive updated lesson plans for Grade 4-6 that align with the new PEW curriculum. Expand your knowledge of the free resources available at TeachingSexualHealth.ca, an authorized Alberta Education resource.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Inglis

Nicole Inglis

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services: Teaching Sexual Health
Nicole Inglis (she/her) has taught everything from grade 1 PE to Bio 30 and has taught in both public and Catholic Schools. She has an MEd in Adult Education and works on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion team at Alberta Health Services. Nicole lives in Calgary with her... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Telus 108 CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Physical Education (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

10:00am MST

Grow your own sprouts
Exploring how easy it is to grow your own sprouts for yourself at home or in your classroom. It's a cheap, easy and low input way to grow food wherever you are. This is a great way to show life cycle with littles, grow some of the ingredients in foods class, or for personal use.

Speakers
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Lee Wynder

Lee lives with her husband on their developing homestead near Calgary where they raise their 4 boys, one who has spent close to 200 days admitted in the hospital and been on life support. She finds healing in poetry, the arts, and growing food.


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Telus 105 CTCC

10:00am MST

Classroom and Teaching Strategies for Students with FASD
Understanding that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading developmental disability in Canada and is life-long, educators can expect to support at least one student with FASD each year. The impact of alcohol exposure on brain development is often seen in the classroom as behaviour difficulties, social and peer issues, gross and fine motor challenges, and an inability to retain learning. Educators apply best practice methods to students with FASD and often question or wonder why the students continue to make poor social choices or fail to achieve academically. Balancing foundational knowledge of FASD and practical ideas to support students, this session aims to equip educators with better take-away strategies to inform their practice.

Speakers
PK

Patricia Kincaid

FASD Network
Patricia Kincaid is a FASD Instructional Coach with the Central Alberta FASD Network. She has over 24 years of educational experience working in various parts of Canada and with the neurodiverse population. Patricia is a mother of two neuro-diverse children and recently became a... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Telus 103 CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

10:00am MST

Profiles of Giftedness
The label of “giftedness” can conjure images of high achieving students soaring through school with high marks and limitless choices for their future. While this is of course sometimes the case, the gifted can also comprise students who have multiple exceptionalities in addition to their high intelligence. This session unites two experienced teachers, one in the area of LD (seconded from Foothills Academy) and one in the area of gifted (seconded from Westmount Charter School) to share their work with these students. You will leave the session with an appreciation of the diversity of gifted learners as well as practical universal tools and strategies to support gifted learners with additional needs.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tackaberry

Kim Tackaberry

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Jay Knopf is 18 years old and is attending Foothills Academy as a grade 12 student. Throughout high school and junior high, they always had a passion for talking about issues that have an impact on others. They also value educating themselves on topics outside of their own experience... Read More →
avatar for Jodi Taylor

Jodi Taylor

Jodi Taylor is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium with a focus on inclusive education and literacy. She has been a teacher for 20 years at the middle and high school levels with a primary focus on Humanities courses. Jodi has extensive training... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Telus 110 CTCC
  Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Motivating Students – Practical Applications of Self-determination Theory
Not all means of motivating students are appropriate or effective. Students and teachers alike can apply self-determination principles which dramatically improve motivation and engagement. Come relax and learn some effective approaches and practical strategies that will motivate struggling students. These evidence-based practices will arm you with ideas to engage and inspire your students.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

Dan is currently an instructor at Concordia University of Edmonton in the Faculty of Education. As an experienced and esteemed public speaker, he delivers teaching strategies and inspiration using entertaining experiences and actionable content. He has delivered hundreds of successful... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Macleod Hall D CTCC

10:00am MST

Div. 2 Teachers: What do I Need to Know About Teaching Reading?
As Division 2 teachers, we know that the range of student needs and abilities in classrooms continue to grow. Within your classroom, you likely have students that are independently reading and comprehending high school material, and students that require more targeted support in their reading journeys. If you are wondering how to teach reading, and what steps to take for your striving readers, join us to learn more! In this session, we will provide an overview of the foundations of reading, and the essential things you need to know as a division 2 teacher. You will leave with practical strategies and tools to use in your classroom to support all students as they progress in their reading journeys.

Speakers
DM

Dr. Miriam Ramzy

Director of Student Learning, JrK-6, Foothills School Division
Miriam works with the Foothills School Division, supporting the implementation of new curriculum. Miriam has her Ph.D. from the Werklund School of Education; her passion is supporting teachers in building powerful literacy classrooms where all learners experience success.
avatar for Michelle Bence

Michelle Bence

Consultant, Layers of Literacy
Michelle is an enthusiastic educator with over 18 years of teaching experience. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary, examining the connection between oral language development and early literacy acquisition.


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Macleod Hall B CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   Educational Research (TQS/LQS 2), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

10:00am MST

Utiliser l’image pour engager vos élèves en maths (1ère à 6e année)
Utiliser des images pour démarrer des conversations mathématiques est un moyen infaillible d'engager tous les apprenants. Les images éveillent naturellement la curiosité. Mieux encore, des images bien choisies permettent de cibler des concepts, d'explorer des stratégies et de déclencher le besoin de savoir. Cet atelier a pour but de démontrer comment utiliser des images (bien choisies) pour faire parler et faire raisonner les apprenants de façon mathématique.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà en présentiel et distanciel . Elle présente régulièrement des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Glen 204 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

10:00am MST

Power Play Primary Place Value and Number Line Games
Come prepared to play and learn my favorite games and strategies for the following place value concepts: understanding 10's, 100's, 1000's, composing and decomposing numbers, early rounding and expanding, identifying place value, comparing numbers, using a number line for patterns and mental math for estimating sums and differences. Handout will contain gameboards, teaching tips and concept skill checklists. Games will integrate the use of cards, dice, place value dice and number lines and can be used whole class, small groups or centers.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Presenter, Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks
Jane has spoken for years at the Palliser Teacher's Convention. She has over 30 +years of teaching and consulting experience across North America. She is the author of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks - award winning math and literacy game resources. She is passionate about engaging all... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 8 Hyatt
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

10:00am MST

Technology in the Math Classroom | a look at Casio graphing calculators
Students across the province are beginning to try out Casio graphing calculators because of their user friendly operating system & affordable price. As teachers, it can be nerve wracking to see new models in our classroom. This talk takes a look at the models from the perspective of a teacher using them. Peter works with the models in his own classroom and provides support to other teachers using them. Applications of the calculators to current curricular outcomes & student experiences will be shared. There will also be a draw for some free stuff!

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hill

Peter Hill

CPM Enterprises
Peter is a licensed minister, author, motivational speaker, and math teacher. During the school year, he teaches high school math in the city of Calgary. Outside of his teaching career, he is involved in the training, support, equipping and encouragement of an array of different leadership... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Telus 107 CTCC
  Mathematics (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Science (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Build a Moral Conscience in your Students
We live in a polarized world, with politicians shouting on Twitter, a 24-hour news cycle, selfies flooding our social media feeds and little white lies becoming the cultural norm. How do we encourage students to value truth and make healthy moral and ethical decisions with so much noise in the background? Can we be effective at this ourselves? Come learn strategies around empathy awareness, mindfulness, open-ended questions, guilt vs. shame, conditioned societal gender roles, natural consequences, creative discipline tactics that reach the heart and more.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

Author. Speaker. Nurturer.
Julianne Harvey is an author, educator, and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She’s written four books and her work has appeared in several literary magazines. Julianne holds an MFA and a BA in Creative Writing, along with a certificate in Counselling Skills. For more information... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Glen 201 CTCC

10:00am MST

Resume BootCamp
This session will focus on how to craft a better resume for teachers and educational assistants.

Speakers
JC

John-Mark Crane

I have experience as a teacher, instructional coach, AP, and Principal.


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Telus 106 CTCC

10:00am MST

Sick Leave: ATA
This session covers the definition of sick leave, what is acceptable medical documentation for your school division, what is the effect of an evergreen clause, monitoring board practices, and the principles of privacy legislation.

Speakers

Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Glen 202 CTCC

10:00am MST

Life’s Biggest Questions: A Guide for the Perplexing Discussions
What is the meaning of life? If people have souls do animals and plants too? If God created the universe, then who created God? Students of all ages often ask perceptive questions in Religion class. These thought provoking but perplexing queries are some of the biggest questions in life. Rather than leave Religious Educators scratching their heads when it comes to such discussions, this session provides ideas and suggestions to allow students to creatively ponder them and develop a framework for seeking answers.
What is the meaning of life? If people have souls do animals and plants too? If God created the universe, then who created God?. We explore these and other thought provoking queries and offer teachers a framework for enabling engaging discussion in Religious Education.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard McLarney

Dr. Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore 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, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture and Myt... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Imperial 2 Hyatt
  Religious & Moral Education (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Via Pulchritudinis - The Way of Beauty
In this session we will explore the connection between beauty, truth, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. After some direct learning about the history and tradition of the role of beauty in the Church, we will use experiences with music, writing, and visual art to explore chapter 4 of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation 'Christus Vivit'. The session will model a methodology for using various arts to enliven teachings of the Catholic faith in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Fox

Ryan Fox

Vice Prinicipal, Our Lady of the Snows
Ryan Fox has been a teacher and administrator with Christ the Redeemer Catholic schools for 15 years, specializing in Math, Sciences, and Religious education. He has also taught religious education courses for new teachers in formation at St. Mary's University in Calgary. Ryan is... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Glen 205 CTCC
  Religious & Moral Education (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Art (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Strategies for Effectively Facilitating Team Meetings
Are you frustrated with productivity and impact when meeting in teams? Our time is precious so how do we ensure time spent together is maximized, whether engaging in PLC's, collaborative team meetings, staff meetings or any other meetings at your school? In this session, Kurtis will share specific structures and processes essential when engaging in collaboration, with multiple samples and resources shared. He will also present strategies for facilitators responsible for leading team meetings. Plan on leaving the session with some resources and strategies to impact your next meeting!

Speakers
avatar for Kurtis Hewson

Kurtis Hewson

Lead Learner/Co-Founder, Jigsaw Learning
Kurtis Hewson has been an award-winning teacher, vice-principal, and principal, as well as taught at the post-secondary level. With over a decade of experience as an administrator, Kurtis has championed the call for collaborative structures in schools to ensure success for all students... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Glen 206 CTCC

10:00am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Waste and the Penguin World; A behind the scenes look at how we maintain our penguin pool
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
Looking for ways to engage students in thinking about waste? In this session we will be investigating land and water waste. As part of this we will be discussing how to perform a waste audit with your class as well as taking a tour of our penguin filtration room. During the tour we will explore how much natural waste the penguin create and the challenges we face to manage it.

Speakers
CC

Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.
  Science (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

10:00am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Conservation Science
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a conservation researcher looks like? Excited about making conservation connections in the classroom? Join staff from the Calgary Zoo as we lead you how we leverage our interdisciplinary expertise to protect wildlife in Canada and around the world. Hear tales from the field, learn conservation techniques and strategies to integrate this work into your classroom. This session will be a teaser of our new program Conservation Science.

Speakers
CC

Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

10:00am MST

Seeing Sound - an introduction to Cymatics
Welcome to Cymatics: the exploration of the shapes of sounds! Our entire reality—even light—is formed from vibration. In this session you will learn how sound effects our world, how even plants and planets make sound, how some sounds stimulate our vagus nerves and encourage immune boosts and healing, a brief history of the study of sound and even some simple experiments you can do with your children to demonstrate the physical nature of sound._x000D_
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Sound is everywhere—even if you can't hear it—and it is constantly effecting our bodies and our world. Being able to "see" sound drastically changes our perspective of what it is, what it means for us on a day-to-day basis and what it holds for our future. This session comes with some cool projects to do with your class that will change the way your students think about sound.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Boisvert

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 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Macleod Hall C CTCC
  Science (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Turning Satisfactory to Excellent - Best Practices for Social 30-2 Diploma Writing Assignments
This session will advise teachers on the format, assessment procedures, and best practices related to Part A of the Social 30-2 Diploma Exam. Teachers will be given a variety of pragmatic strategies, outlines, and approaches that they can use in their own classrooms to help students more effectively prepare to write the Diploma Exam essays. Teachers will also receive information on the experience of participating in a marking session for Alberta Education.

Speakers
GO

Greg Overguard

Rocky View Schools
Greg Overguard is a high school social studies teacher with Rocky View Schools with 15+ years of classroom experience. He holds a Masters degree in Social Studies Curriculum and Pedagogy and has led many professional learning sessions and activities. A frequent participant in the... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Glen 208 CTCC
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Assessment (TQS 3), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

Les voyageurs et la présence des Canadiens-Français en Alberta
Lors de cet atelier, il sera question de l’importance des voyageurs dans l’exploration de l’Ouest canadien et de la présence continue des Canadiens-Français, particulièrement en Alberta.
Qui étaient ces voyageurs? Comment ont-ils exploré les Pays-d’en-Haut? À quoi ressemblait leur quotidien? Quels étaient leurs défis et leurs plaisirs? Connaissez-vous quelques-unes de leurs traditions? Avez-vous entendu parler de la légende de la Chasse-Galerie? Quelles « traces » avons-nous encore aujourd’hui de leur présence?
Cet atelier suscitera l’intérêt de tous les enseignants qui veulent en savoir davantage sur l’histoire des voyageurs, des explorations et de la présence des Canadiens-Français dans l’Ouest canadien. Il permettra surtout aux enseignants de 5ème année de mieux faire comprendre aux élèves le RAS 5.2.3 du programme des Études Sociales : « Explorer d’un œil critique les modes de vie en Nouvelle-France en étudiant les questions d’enquête suivantes et en y réfléchissant :
• Comment les récits et les légendes entourant les « coureurs des bois » et les voyageurs reflètent-ils l’histoire, la culture et la présence des Francophones partout au Canada? »

Speakers
avatar for Simon Pagé

Simon Pagé

Enseignant à la retraite
Bonjour! Je m'appelle Simon Pagé et j'ai pris ma retraite de l'enseignement en 2020, après avoir été impliqué dans le domaine de l'éducation pendant 32 ans. Je suis né à Montréal et j'ai étudié à l'Université de l'Alberta à Edmonton (B.Ed 1988 / M.Ed 1998). J'ai enseign... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Macleod Hall E3 CTCC
  Social Studies (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   French & International Languages (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

10:00am MST

La classe immersive : intégrer la réalité augmentée en classe
La réalité augmentée est simple à utiliser et accessible directement sur les appareils mobiles. Lors de cet atelier, nous explorerons ensemble des applications (gratuites ou offrant une version gratuite suffisante) pour explorer ou créer en réalité augmentée. Que ce soit pour faire apparaitre le système solaire dans votre classe, transformer un dessin d’élève en 3D ou encore se filmer avec son animal favori pour une présentation, les possibilités qu’offre la réalité augmentée sont immenses! Vous trouverez assurément des idées pour bonifier vos projets de classe, autant au primaire qu’au secondaire. De quoi faire jaser vos élèves… et aussi vos collègues!

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Coutlée

Alexandra Coutlée

Coordinator of pedagogical services, École branchée
Passionnée de développement professionnel et de numérique au service de l’apprentissage, Alexandra détient une formation en technologie éducative et enseignement de l'anglais, langue seconde, en plus d'une certification Google Trainer (et plusieurs autres!). Elle a enseign... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 11:15am MST
Telus 104 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

10:00am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Nature Journaling Through Destination Africa
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
Immerse yourself in the warmth of Destination Africa while its resident animals inspire you in this workshop that will demonstrate strategies and techniques that combine art with scientific inquiry and open the door to descriptive writing. Be prepared to have fun and discover your inner artist as you slow down and appreciate the finer details around you. No previous artistic experience necessary, just a willingness to have a go!

Speakers
CC

Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:00am - 12:45pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

11:30am MST

Oil Pastels- Endless Possibilities
This session combines techniques and strategies to effectively use the vibrant colours of the oil pastels. Creating new colours, blending colours and achieving texture will be explored by step-by-step demonstration of each project. These projects can be modified for any grade level and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
Over the past few years I presented numerous sessions at various Teacher Conventions, Fine Arts Conferences, Professional Development Days, and private organizations/groups. As an art teacher, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore the artistic paths using... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Glen 203 CTCC
  Art (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:30am MST

Aligning Current Assessments To New Curriculum
AAC will demonstrate a 6-Step process for aligning current curriculum assessments with the new curriculum. Participants will gain access to the 6-Step process template to guide their future planning.

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

Field Service Facilitator, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.Presenter Shelly... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Macleod Hall E1 CTCC
  Assessment (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:30am MST

A Class Full of Classrooms - Working within a module based framework
CTS Construction - Round Table and Best Practices. Are you teaching a module based program in CTS or associated programs? A round-table and discussion based session focussing on best practices, classroom management ideas and more to help you better understand your classroom, as well as confirm that your classroom is on the right track.

Speakers
RV

Robert VanderLee

CTS Woodworking, Canmore Collegiate High School
Rob VanderLee has taught in the Bow Valley with Canadian Rockies Public Schools in both Junior and Senior High classrooms. Having spent the last 17 years at Canmore Collegiate, primarily in Construction and Makerspace programming, Rob has developed some solid programming for Grades... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 108 CTCC
  Career & Technology Studies/Foundations (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:30am MST

Bringing Agriculture into the Classroom
From gate to plate, we educate! As the Alberta representative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, Agriculture for Life provides K-12 teachers with engaging programming materials to bring agriculture to life in the classroom! Join us to explore our collection of curriculum-linked resources including on-line and downloadable lesson plans, student publications, hands-on activities, and more. From classroom garden manuals and seed kits, to career exploration events and sustainability youth challenges, our student programs are designed to get students thinking critically about where their food comes as well as their place/role in the food system. We hope to engage, educate, and inspire both rural and urban students of all ages to understand the incredible depth and opportunity that agriculture affords in the province of Alberta and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Nanita Blomquist

Nanita Blomquist

Education Manager, Agriculture For Life
Nanita grew up on a farm in central Alberta, where she still resides and farms with her family. With a passion for Agriculture, Nanita completed her B.Sc in Agriculture at the University of Alberta. With over 20 years of experience in the Agriculture industry, Nanita had the opportunity... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Imperial 1 Hyatt

11:30am MST

Help! School is too busy for learning!
Teachers’ lists are long and time is a precious commodity. Take time to jump off the conveyor belt and join me to explore Responsive Planning approaches that can help make space for the learning your students need. Walk away with long-range, unit and daily templates that you can personalize to your context, your students and your need for efficiency in the midst of our fast-paced, frenzied lives. PLUS, these templates are all connected to the new Alberta curriculum for grades K - 6.
Responsive plans will:
- Focus on assessment FOR learning that responds to students
- Be actually useful working, editable, sharable and changing documents (NOT something created for compliance sake)
- Make space to ensure ALL students are included in the thinking from the beginning.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Babin

Cheryl Babin

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Cheryl Babin M.Ed., is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium. With experience in public, international and independent schools as an educator, experiential learning director, instructional coach and consultant, Cheryl currently designs professional... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Glen 208 CTCC

11:30am MST

La puissance des questions ouvertes en maths (1ère à 3e année)
Marian Small, une sommité en maths au Canada, suggère fortement l’utilisation de questions ouvertes en maths parce qu’elles permettent une approche différenciée qui répond mieux aux besoins des apprenants. Pourtant, elles sont peu nombreuses dans le manuel de l’élève. Nous verrons les différents modèles de questions que Dr. Small propose. Nous allons aussi mettre la main à la pâte et en créer. Attention, il y aura beaucoup de bonnes réponses!

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques. Elle offre des formations en français et en anglais dans l’ouest canadien et au-delà en présentiel et distanciel . Elle présente régulièrement des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Glen 204 CTCC
  Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3) |   Mathematics (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

11:30am MST

Growing Into STEM with Micro:bits
In this fun, hands-on session, participants will be introduced to the BBC Micro:bit $35 computing device as an extremely student-friendly (even in elementary), flexible, powerful, low-cost tool to focus around as schools build environmental STEM education in their schools. This easy-to-use (yet powerful) tool can be programmed through a modern web browser, and participants in this beginner session will experience success through multiple introductory programming activities. The ATA Library has Micro:bit kits and other supporting resources available to be signed out at no cost to ATA members. Participants in this hands-on session will require a computer or Chromebook.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Maas

Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Imperial 6 Hyatt

11:30am MST

Immersive Wildlife Education for Your Classroom!
Immerse yourself in the wild world of teaching wildlife, ecosystems, and land use with Inside Education! This interactive session will guide you through hands-on activities to engage students in meaningful learning about Alberta’s wildlife species, habitats, species at risk, and human interactions, while inspiring an environmental stewardship mentality.
This session not only leaves you with inspiration and new ideas to use in your classroom, but you will also gain access to newly developed interactive games that allow students to experience ecosystems by traveling through the Westcastle and Boreal regions of Alberta. Through the eyes of different organisms in the games, students immerse themselves in the wilderness and complete quests to experience life cycles, habitats, interspecific relationships, and human interactions firsthand.
Come along for the wild ride!

Speakers
avatar for Inside Education

Inside Education

Inside Education
BRINGING ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE EDUCATION TO LIFE FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS SINCE 1985
avatar for Braeden Elenko

Braeden Elenko

Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charity. We have been supporting teachers and students to think critically about environmental topics since 1985! With our no-cost teaching resources, youth summits, in-class and field programs, and professional... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 109 CTCC

11:30am MST

At Your Hospital Bed
A personal story of how poetry can be healing presented by a medical mom who has stood at her son's hospital bed not knowing what his future held. Exploring how poetry can help us express what no other words can, and how sharing our story can help heal our communities. Come journey as we look at what teachers can do to support our families during these tough times.

Speakers
LW

Lee Wynder

Lee lives with her husband on their developing homestead near Calgary where they raise their 4 boys, one who has spent close to 200 days admitted in the hospital and been on life support. She finds healing in poetry, the arts, and growing food.


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 105 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)

11:30am MST

MyRetiree Plan Presentation
Retirement can no doubt be both exciting and daunting. Between all the paperwork and planning, let us make one of the items on your checklist a little easier!
During this presentation, you’ll learn the ins and outs of your health benefits during retirement. From eligibility requirements to different types of coverage, ASEBP has got you covered—literally.


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Imperial 4 Hyatt
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:30am MST

MINDFITNESS Breaks: Quick Techniques to Create a Calm, Focused & Fit Classroom
MINDFITNESS Breaks combines Mindfulness & Fitness to create MINDFITNESS. Research shows exercise boosts student’s academic achievement, decreases behavior problems and improves focus and retention of information. During this session I will teach techniques for relaxation, to improve fitness (DPA), focus and to foster self-regulation. Learn how to integrate this into your daily life and classroom so everyone can lead healthier lives physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

Founder & CEO, Agrios Mindfitness
Agrios MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness Fitness) was born in the connective tissues between health and wellbeing. Susan Agrios changes lives. Online and in person, she teaches fitness, mindfulness and yoga for people and businesses the world over. Before MINDFITNESS, Susan was a K-12 teacher... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Macleod Hall B CTCC

11:30am MST

How to teach humour for stress relief, life skills and fun!
This is an informative and interactive session discussing the place of humour in your classroom. Susan has developed actual humour lessons suitable for the grade eight (and up) level. She will discuss how to solve and resolve problems through humour.
After participating in this workshop, teachers will:
• Be prepared to compare and analyze various humor types
• Be confident about Teaching a unit about humor to Grade eight (and up) students
• Encourage students to bring out their “inner comic” by developing a funny story about themselves.
• Be able to demonstrate to students’ ways humor can be used to retain content.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Carter

Susan Carter

How to Teach Humour for Stress Relief, Life Skills and Fun
Susan Carter holds a B.Ed. from the University of Regina and has taught in four provinces. In 1993 she decided to act upon a long-time dream of doing standup comedy! Susan shows you how to deal with all the changes involved in our teaching world with a laugh. Creative coping ideas... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Glen 202 CTCC
  Health & Wellness (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:30am MST

My Life as a Student with ADHD
When I was a child in elementary school there wasn't such a thing as ADHD, but I definitely struggled with it. I was officially diagnosed in my fifties. I always thought I was dumb until I ended up in education. As a teacher for the past 34 years, I’ve always tried to teach the way I like to learn: with lessons that are high interest, fun, active and engaging. Come learn tips and strategies for engaging kinesthetic learners with poor executive functioning. Actually, these ideas help all learners.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

Dan is currently an instructor at Concordia University of Edmonton in the Faculty of Education. As an experienced and esteemed public speaker, he delivers teaching strategies and inspiration using entertaining experiences and actionable content. He has delivered hundreds of successful... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Macleod Hall E2 CTCC

11:30am MST

Tour the Weaving Ways Resource and Empowering the Spirit Website
Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortium created the Empowering the Spirit website and Weaving Ways resource to support teachers with Foundational Knowledge and bringing Indigenous Ways of Knowing into their practice to create a rich experience for students in their classrooms. Join knowledge keeper Donna Ross to learn about the wealth of tools available to enhance your teaching practice and strengthen your ability to address TQS/LQS 5.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Ross

Donna Ross

Calgary Regional Consortium
Donna Ross is a 31-year educator. She is Cree Métis from Saskatchewan and member of the One Arrow First Nation, Treaty Six territory. Donna began her teaching career as a classroom teacher with Tsuut’ina Nation and continued to support First Nations learners in subsequent positions... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Imperial 7 Hyatt

11:30am MST

Finding Our Way in Indigenous Education—Connecting Hearts and Minds ATA
Fostering and developing a braided approach in the Indigenous focused competencies and indicators continues to be a challenge for many. The following are common statements from teachers and school leaders across the province; “I don’t know what I don’t know”, “I’m afraid to say and do something offensive” and “I just don’t know where to begin”. Come and learn resources and strategies to deepen understanding of Indigenous-focused competencies in the new Teaching & Leadership Quality Standard.

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Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 104 CTCC

11:30am MST

Let's Talk Phonics
Join Kristy Dunn, MEd., for an insightful and timely discussion about phonics:
⎼ What is phonics and why is it important?
⎼ How can I assess my students' phonics knowledge?
⎼ Why should I follow a scope and sequence?
⎼ What does explicit teaching look like?
Kristy Dunn, along with co-author George Georgiou, have recently published a new book called The Phonics Companion. This includes a Canadian-developed scope and sequence along with 120 phonics lessons. In this session, Kristy will talk about their research and insights for effective teaching and learning of phonics skills.

Speakers
KD

Kristy Dunn

Kristy Dunn is a doctoral student and Principal Instructor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she worked as an elementary school teacher for 15 years. Her research focuses on learning disabilities and reading... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Macleod Hall E3 CTCC
  Language Arts (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), ECE (Pre K-K), Div1 (Gr 1-3)

11:30am MST

Outstanding Opening Paragraphs
We all know an outstanding opening paragraph is key to the success of a narrative ... but how do you get kids to write one? Opening paragraphs contain narrative logic, introduce conflict and theme, and set the tone and voice - and must be done in a way that grabs the reader and makes them need to read more. This session will provide teachers with activities and materials that will support students in writing extraordinary opening paragraphs. Come prepared to challenge your own writing abilities!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Karena Hartson

Dr. Karena Hartson

Consultant
Dr. Hartson began her career as a classroom teacher where she taught English Language Arts, Social Studies. Her current work as a consultant focuses on teaching for conceptual understanding, Language Arts and Literature, disciplinary literacy in secondary schools, and supporting new... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Imperial 9 Hyatt
  Language Arts (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Div2 (Gr 4-6), Div3 (Gr 7-9)

11:30am MST

Write On: Hands-On Activities To Get Your Students Going
Alexis Kelly will be presenting this session on behalf of Miranda.

Poetry can be a tough sell to students who would rather be on Instagram or listening to the top 40.  But what if they didn't have to choose between the two?  What if Instagram poets and chart-topping hits were studied alongside sonnets and haikus?  What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about learning the limitless styles there are to choose from?  Whatever the style or personality of the student, this workshop explores how to create a versatile and open-ended poetry unit that allows these young poets to find their voice.

While many students have the ability to create Pulitzer-worthy pieces, getting pen to paper can be somewhat of a challenge. Especially in youth, where inhibitions and insecurities are at an all-time high, putting ourselves out there creatively can be daunting. Using a series of prompts and games, however, this workshop will take some of the pressure off of the blank page. Giving students an “in” regardless of their abilities and interest, we will try some hands-on activities that will get the ink flowing from even your most reluctant writers!

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Presenter / Content creator, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in dozens of cities across Western Canada... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Kelly

Alexis Kelly

Presenter
Presenter Bio:Alexis Kelly is a multidisciplinary writer with an affinity for poetry. She is fascinated by the power of words and connecting ideas between disciplines.In her youth, she graduated from the Reality is Optional writing program, attended WordsWorth, competed in the Can... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 101/102 CTCC

11:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Numeracy in Asia
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
Learn how math is at work at the zoo! While viewing our unique creatures we will identify how math goes into the caring for these animals. Through calculating area from schematic drawings, analyzing population trends and reproductive rates, to ensuring a healthy diet we will learn new ways to bring real world math to the classroom.

Speakers
CC

Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

11:30am MST

Building Relationships with Parents for Positive Sport Experiences
Positive parent behaviour is linked with athletes motivation, enjoyment in sport as well as confidence and longevity in sport. This workshop will dive into building your school philosophy, why working with parents is important, creating a communication strategy and the do's and don'ts of working effectively with parents. You will leave with recommendations and best practices to put in place.

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Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Macleod Hall E4 CTCC
  Physical Education (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:30am MST

Cover Letter Bootcamp
This session is designed to help teachers and educational assistants develop stronger cover letters for the job application process.

Speakers
JC

John-Mark Crane

I have experience as a teacher, instructional coach, AP, and Principal.


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 106 CTCC

11:30am MST

Place aux jeux! - L’apprentissage par le jeu en classe 
Apprendre n’est pas toujours facile. Pourtant de nombreuses activités de lecture, d’écriture et de calcul peuvent se transformer en expériences amusantes et motivantes pour tous les élèves, grâce aux jeux.

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Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Glen 205 CTCC

11:30am MST

Financial Wellness 101
Financial Wellness 101 is built to give you tools to take control of your financial life. How to start saving. Easy steps on where and when to put your money. Easy budgeting tips. On the flip side, what if things go horribly wrong? What if a member of your family gets sick? Or dies prematurely? What if there's a job action? We look at the biggest financial risks that can happen to you and how to lessen their impact.
Teachers can get so busy taking care of the needs of others that they often don’t have time to focus on their own wellness – but it’s crucial. Financial wellness is a big part of that. 40% of Canadians in a recent study who say they’re “financially unwell” are more likely to report stress associated with their money troubles. 88% of those say they’re “often” or “sometimes” worried about their finances, 49% say it distracts them at work.
What if there was a way to quickly and painlessly learn some tools – things you can set up in just a few minutes – to help alleviate that stress? The first step is knowing what some of these are – and that’s why this session was developed.
For CALM teachers, there’s an added bonus of seeing how financial wellness is presented based on hundreds of presentations to teachers over the past 40 years – you may come away with some ideas of how to communicate this to students too.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Walton

Elizabeth Walton

Marketing and Communications Manager, Capital Planning
Capital Planning is the preferred financial planner for the Alberta Teachers' Association and the providers of the ATA Voluntary Benefits Program which includes the ATA Group Savings Plans. We have been proudly helping teachers and their families for over 40 years! At conventions... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Glen 206 CTCC

11:30am MST

Waves of Innovation Impacting Education
The 21st Century has brought multiple waves of innovation and world challenges into the classroom all at once. Innovative Thought 2021 (IT2021) highlights the multiple waves and how Albertan teachers can best prepare and share this information with their science and social studies students. This session will focus on five steps that have been designed and proven to challenge students to exceed expectations and better prepare them for high school and the 21-century workforce.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert, Karly Lewis, Janel Heth & Deryk Hamilton

Paul Bohnert, Karly Lewis, Janel Heth & Deryk Hamilton

Lead Teachers -, The Faculty
The Faculty is a collection of practicing Alberta teachers that create professional learning opportunities for teachers across North America.Paul (Bohnert) is a practicing middle school teacher and researcher in Alberta. He has created an innovative learning environment that has transformed... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Imperial 3 Hyatt

11:30am MST

Authentic Worship | understanding & teaching the connection between worship & purity
We live in a society where the word purity has become entangled in a gray area of post modernism & self-indulgence. Teaching authentic worship goes beyond just a faith or catechism class in school. It needs to be integrated into our systems as a whole. Accomplishing this requires a paradigm shift in both our mentality and our approach. Drawing from concepts laid out in his book, Peter guides us through the beginnings of what this shift might look like. Participants are invited to reflect, to journey, and to share.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hill

Peter Hill

CPM Enterprises
Peter is a licensed minister, author, motivational speaker, and math teacher. During the school year, he teaches high school math in the city of Calgary. Outside of his teaching career, he is involved in the training, support, equipping and encouragement of an array of different leadership... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 107 CTCC

11:30am MST

The Psalms, Air Pods, and God
Ever wonder what music is streaming in the ear buds of your students? Often woven into the cacophony of bass and treble are profound existential themes that speak to the hearts of listeners. Within the Bible’s book of Psalms, we also find a collection of song lyrics that grapple with deep questions of the soul. This talk explores the structure and themes of the Psalms, draws connections to parallel themes in contemporary music, and provides educators with suggestions for engaging both student interest and curricular outcomes in Religious Education.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard McLarney

Dr. Gerard McLarney

Teacher, Elk Island Catholic Schools
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore 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, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture and Myt... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Imperial 2 Hyatt
  Religious & Moral Education (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12) |   Music & Band (TQS 3), Div3 (Gr 7-9), Div4 (Gr 10-12)

11:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 30) OFF-SITE Calgary Zoo: Plant Trek
LOCATION: Calgary Zoo: 210 St. George's Dr NE; Calgary; T2E 7V6
Ever wondered where we get our food, the fibre for our clothes or even different building materials? Join us as we bring you through our conservatory to learn about our plants and their histories. Through this session we will provide you with an example of what our Edu-Trek field trips are like as well as provide additional project focuses to examine the link between science and social.

Speakers
CC

Conservation-Educators Calgary-Zoo

Jaclyn Colville's passion is in designing engaging learning opportunities for students that foster curiosity. Jaclyn has experience in both formal and non-formal education settings and was awarded the Exemplary Practice Award in 2021 for her work on the Nature Documentary Film Festival... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Off-Site Off-Site see description for address.

11:30am MST

Le sketchnoting : pour voir l’invisible!
Aimeriez-vous parfois pouvoir entrer dans la tête de vos élèves pour voir ce qu’ils et elles comprennent? Voici une porte d’entrée : le sketchnoting. Également connu sous le nom de croquis-note, c’est une technique de prise de notes créative et visuelle, qui permet de représenter finement sa pensée à l'aide d'illustrations, de symboles, de structures et de mots. Cette formation vous permettra de vous y initier personnellement afin d’accompagner ensuite vos propres élèves et vos collègues de travail. Vous découvrirez aussi comment les outils numériques permettent d’aller encore plus loin! Équipez-vous de votre tablette numérique et d'un stylet, ou bien de feuilles blanches et crayons de couleur pour commencer!

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Couture

Laurie Couture

Enseignante de français et d'univers social au secondaire de formation, Laurie est passionnée d'innovation et de développement professionnel en éducation. Elle adore découvrir, discuter et développer au sujet des pratiques probantes en lien avec les technologies. À l’aide... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 110 CTCC

11:30am MST

Accompagner l'autonomie et la responsabilisation face aux écrans
Comment agir ensemble, école et famille, vers le développement de l'autonomie et la responsabilisation des jeunes dans l'utilisation des technologies pour qu'ils aient une vie équilibrée, autant à l'école qu'à la maison?

Cet atelier permettra aux participants d'échanger et de développer des stratégies concrètes pour développer une relation de coéducation à l'ère du numérique. Ils seront outillés dans le but de proposer aux parents l'utilisation d'un contrat parent-enfant, ou d'en d'en développer un enseignant-élève pour la classe. Cet outil favorise la mise en place de règles de vie positives à l'ère du numérique et agit sur l'autonomie des jeunes vers de saines habitudes de vie.

Speakers
avatar for Stéphanie Dionne

Stéphanie Dionne

Director of development and partnerships, facilitator and speaker, École Branchée
En plus d'être directrice du développement et animatrice des Rendez-vous pédagogiques à l'École branchée, Stéphanie est reconnue comme la « fée marraine » de la coéducation à l'ère du numérique. Coach professionnelle certifiée en PNL, elle accompagne les parents dans... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 12:45pm MST
Telus 103 CTCC
  Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6) |   Assessment (TQS 3), Div1 (Gr 1-3), Div2 (Gr 4-6)

11:30am MST

(PRE-REG MAX 20) Sharpie Lettered Art Cards
Do you love beautiful lettering? Learn to letter your own cards with a whimsical alphabet using assorted sizes of Sharpie markers. Then combine your new skills with the delightful medium of watercolour to create 3 lovely whimsical greeting cards. No previous watercolour or lettering experience is required for this class. Basic watercolour skills are discussed in the class if you have never done any painting prior to this.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sally Towers-Sybblis

artist/instructor
Sally Towers-Sybblis is a full time mixed media artist from Red Deer, Alberta. Her whimsical style of art often incorporates a combination of lettering, watercolor or acrylic. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”.Sally's life’s... Read More →



Friday February 24, 2023 11:30am - 2:15pm MST
Ideation 4 CTCC