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Morgex has generously paid for all of our Zoom and Webinar licences as well as sponsoring one of our Keynotes, Dr. Robyne Hanely-Dafoe.

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ATA PRESIDENT JASON SHILLING’S OPENING ADDRESS
HELP DESK FOR SPEAKERS AND ATTENDEES   TREASURER’S DESK FOR PAID SPEAKERS

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Wednesday, February 23
 

4:00pm MST

! PRE-CONVENTION INFORMATION DESK 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Moderators
TH

Tara Hrysak

PDTCA Exhibits Chair
avatar for Jennifer Munton

Jennifer Munton

PDTCA President, Palliser Regional Schools
Lover of all things Professional Development and passionate about igniting a love of literacy right from the start, Jenn teaches grade one in Calgary at Trinity Christian School with the Palliser Regional School Division. She has served as a Full and Executive Board Member of the... Read More →

Wednesday February 23, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm MST
Zoom Room 110
 
Thursday, February 24
 

8:00am MST

** ATA PRESIDENT JASON SHILLING’S OPENING ADDRESS
Speakers
avatar for Jason Schilling

Jason Schilling

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jason Schilling was elected president in 2019 following 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 Committee and the Finance Committee, served... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 8:00am - 10:00am MST
ATA Session

8:00am MST

** HELP DESK FOR SPEAKERS AND ATTENDEES
Moderators
CC

Christine Crane

PDTCA Facilities Chair
TH

Tara Hrysak

PDTCA Exhibits Chair

Thursday February 24, 2022 8:00am - Friday February 25, 2022 2:00pm MST
Zoom Room 109

8:00am MST

** TREASURER'S DESK
Moderators
avatar for Sherry Leppa

Sherry Leppa

PDTCA Treasurer

Thursday February 24, 2022 8:00am - Friday February 25, 2022 2:00pm MST
Zoom Room 104

8:30am MST

** PDTCA President Munton's Welcome!
Welcome address by President Munton.

We are pleased to offer parts of this Opening Address in French with a special thank you to our Past President and Board member Veronica Doyle.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Munton

Jennifer Munton

PDTCA President, Palliser Regional Schools
Lover of all things Professional Development and passionate about igniting a love of literacy right from the start, Jenn teaches grade one in Calgary at Trinity Christian School with the Palliser Regional School Division. She has served as a Full and Executive Board Member of the... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 8:30am - 9:00am MST
Pre-Recorded

8:59am MST

30D KEYNOTE: Stressing Wisely: A Radical Shift in How We Show Up and Excel in All Areas of Our Lives
Our collective and personal well-being has been deeply impacted by recent world events. There is a need for a proactive approach to ensuring our people are well equipped to face the unparallel stress, unrest, and uncertainty that are becoming more common. To maintain excellence in all areas of one’s life knowing how to stress wisely and recover is key.
In this keynote, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe explores how to use a multi-dimensional approach to wellness that promotes moving theory into committed action through the five principles of stressing wisely, including signature strength activation, emotional regulation, and creative release and recovery.
By building awareness and personal accountability, participants will be able to implement personal wellness care systems that are sustainable, realistic, and time efficient. And, by doing so, enhance personal and professional performance and satisfaction.
“This keynote speaker was generously sponsored by Morgex Insurance.”

Speakers
avatar for Robyne Hanely-Dafoe

Robyne Hanely-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, leadership, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Robyne’s keynotes... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 8:59am - 10:15am MST
Shared Speaker

8:59am MST

30D KEYNOTE: Helping Those Who Help Nurture and Maintain Their Resilience - Avoiding Burnout
Throughout this fast-paced, story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar will show that resilience is much more than just personal ruggedness in the face of adversity. It is instead a reflection of how well individuals, families, institutions and employers work together to create opportunities for us to find our way to the resources we need for well-being while making those resources available in ways that we experience as meaningful. Based on Dr. Ungar’s research around the world and his clinical practice, this presentation uses examples from his new book Change Your World to explore how those who help others can avoid burnout and maintain their own resilience when stressors pile up on the job and at home. Building on recent advances to the science of resilience, 12 factors that make us more resilient as adults will be discussed, along with practical tools participants can use to find the resources they need to cope successfully in culturally and contextually relevant ways (even during a pandemic). Finally,  Dr. Ungar will talk about vicarious resilience, the positive impact we experience as helpers when we nurture resilience in others.

Moderators
SW

Sarah Watson (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ungar

Michael Ungar

Director, Resilience Research Centre
Michael Ungar, Ph.D., is a Family Therapist and Professor of Social Work at DalhousieUniversity where he holds a national Research Chair in Child, Family and CommunityResilience. His research on resilience around the world and across cultures has made him one ofthe best-known scholars... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 8:59am - 10:45am MST
Webinar 3000-2

8:59am MST

** KEYNOTE: Residential Schools, Reconciliation & Moving Forward
For millennia, Indigenous people sustained thriving, living cultures and societies on the back of the Turtle. We wove our histories into intricate and beautiful stories to keep our truths alive, generation upon generation upon generation. Then those ships sailed armed with a colonial toolkit filled with the necessary implements to commence a course of systematic impoverishment among Indigenous peoples. With clear intention they sought dispossession through law and policy, the creation of dependency and ultimately near total oppression of what had been self-determining forever. One of those implements was the strategy to dismember Indigenous families, and thus communities and nations, by taking the children. There is the colonizer’s account of that. We see it in the history books. And then there is ours. Creating and holding space for Indigenous people to correct history; to impart the truth, is a necessary pre-requisite to reconciliation. Let us, together, light a dialogue fire and keep the flame burning until the truth overturns the colonial lie.

Moderators
LF

Lindsay Fagan (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Good

Michelle Good

Michelle Good Indigenous Rights Activist & Bestselling Author of “Five Little Indians” Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years she obtained a law degree and advocated... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 8:59am - 10:45am MST
Webinar 3000-1

8:59am MST

30D KEYNOTE: CERVEAU ET RÉUSSITE SCOLAIRE: MIEUX COMPRENDRE POUR SOUTENIR LES APPRENTISSAGES SCOLAIRES
Les avancées dans le domaine des neurosciences affectives et sociales, c’est à dire les domaines de recherche qui nous permettent de mieux comprendre la vie émotionnelle et comportementale des individus, nous permettent désormais de mieux comprendre quels sont les facteurs favorisant ou compliquant le développement neuropsychologique des enfants et des ados, dont ceux qui favorisent leur disponibilité aux apprentissages scolaires. Si un diagnostic offre une lecture ponctuelle des défis des élèves, il cible rarement les forces sur lesquelles les parents et les équipes écoles peuvent s’appuyer pour soutenir la maturation progressive du cerveau et, surtout, pour mettre en place les conditions de vie idéales pour atteindre les objectifs partagés. On sait, par exemple, que le cerveau des jeunes va créer quelque 300 millions de synapses tous les jours si et seulement si le jeune se sent en sécurité, apprécié et reconnu. Même la résilience peut difficilement se mettre en place sans ce contexte éducatif soutenant. En d’autres mots, l’enfant et l’ado peuvent s’adapter, mais pas dans n’importe lesquelles des conditions. Cette conférence se veut une invitation à créer les conditions idéales pour favoriser autant la persévérance scolaire que leur résilience nécessaire pour que les jeunes déploient leur potentiel humain.

Moderators
JY

Jen Yersh (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Joel Monzee

Joel Monzee

Docteur en neurosciences, Joël Monzée dispose d’une formation multidisciplinaire en pédagogie, psychologie, neurophysiologie et éthique clinique. Boursier d’excellence des grands fonds de recherche pour son doctorat (FRSQ) et son post-doctorat (IRSC), il a été récipiendaire... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 8:59am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 62

9:00am MST

30D Exploring Oil Pastels
Exploring Oil Pastels

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. AA supplies list which you will need to collect on your own will be provided in this description 3 weeks before the convention date, so please check back.

Exploring Oil Pastels Supplies List
1. Cardstock or Poster Paper- 1 sheet size 10x12”
2. Oil Pastels (Pentel Brand): white, black, light green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, light yellow, dark yellow or orange yellow, orange, red, and brown
3. Masking tape
4. 2 pencils
5. 1 colored pencil (any color, except yellow)
6. Blue, green and purple watercolour paint
7. 1/2 inch flat brush or a #3 round brush
8. Vaseline
9. A few paper towels
10. A few sheets of Kleenex
11. The yellow flowers template and picture (provided in the session description as an attachment in Sched)

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing effects... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** DOCUMENTARY: Pre-Recorded Video Presentation - Cory Johnson - Overcoming Challenges
Born with Cerebral Palsy and suffering a stroke at the age of 11 has not deterred Cory Johnson from living life to the fullest. He uses his life experiences, inspiration, humour and education to overcome the barriers that others impose on him. Cory challenges each of us to live our lives to our full potential.

Speakers
CJ

Cory Johnson

Cory Johnson has been a professional speaker since 2007. Speaking to hundreds of groups to help them explore new possibilities within themselves and each other. He has been a semi-finalist of Canada’s Next Top Comic. He owns 5 Canadian records in Track and Field, has been on the... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** DOCUMENTARY: Pre-Recorded Video Presentation - Islam 101 - Mosque Tour
Syed Soharwardy takes us through a brief tour of a mosque highlighting the various customs and traditions associated with a mosque.

Speakers
KS

Kari Shewkenek

Kari Shewkenek is a teacher with the the Calgary Board of Education. She is a current board member of the SEEDS Connections organization and sits on the program advisory committee for the ongoing development of the CONNECTIONS program which is an Alberta curriculum based diversity... Read More →
SS

Syed Soharwardy

Syed Soharwardy Allama Syed Badiuddin Soharwardy (born 1955 in Karachi) is a Sunni scholar, a shaykh of the Suhrawardi Sufi order, chairman of the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Assembly, [1] and is the founder and current president of the Islamic Supreme council of Canada. In January... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** DOCUMENTARY: Pre-Recorded Video Presentation - Islam 101 Addressing Misinformation and Stereotyping
In this video Kari Shewkenek interviews Syed Soharwardy in a session he likes to refer to as Islam 101. During this interview he will be responding to some of the most commonly asked questions about Islam and Muslims. His hope is to help clear up stereotypes, mis-understandings and mis-communication about the Islamic world and beliefs and how things can and are being distorted by certain factions.

Speakers
KS

Kari Shewkenek

Kari Shewkenek is a teacher with the the Calgary Board of Education. She is a current board member of the SEEDS Connections organization and sits on the program advisory committee for the ongoing development of the CONNECTIONS program which is an Alberta curriculum based diversity... Read More →
SS

Syed Soharwardy

Syed Soharwardy Allama Syed Badiuddin Soharwardy (born 1955 in Karachi) is a Sunni scholar, a shaykh of the Suhrawardi Sufi order, chairman of the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Assembly, [1] and is the founder and current president of the Islamic Supreme council of Canada. In January... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D Bolstering Personal Authority for Junior Teachers
Figuring out how to get students to comply with your wishes can be a lifelong endeavour, but it doesn't have to be. This session highlights a proactive relationship building approach. No life experience? No problem. Don't rely on your positional power as "the teacher" for your authority in the classroom as you will quickly find that it has its limits. Instead, let me show you how to use your personal authority to win over both the students and their parents. I will use humour and personal examples to put these techniques to you plainly, with minimal buzz-words. I'll help you put in the work early, so that the rest of your year is a breeze.

Speakers
avatar for Connor Venables

Connor Venables

Teacher, Rocky View Schools
Captain (Ret'd) Connor Venables spent ten years as an infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces before becoming a full-time teacher in 2017. Having served on operations across the country and around the world, Connor draws on his diverse leadership experience to propose various... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** Strength-Based Approaches for Student Mental Health in the Elementary Classroom
Strength-based approaches to supporting students are rooted in the belief that we are capable of learning and growth, and that we can all be involved in the process of our own growth. Move towards co-constructing positive senses of self alongside the students you support in this session where you will learn more about how you can build on strengths to promote strong senses of agency in students to empower their independence, strengthen their mental health, and ignite their personal growth. Walk away with strategies you can use in your classroom the next day!

We will explore self-regulation, growth mindset, social-emotional learning and design classroom routines that support the mental health needs of every student, every day.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Pelletier

Crystal Pelletier

Crystal Pelletier is a designer of professional learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium and the Director of Field Experience at Ambrose University, School of Education. Her areas of focus are Inclusive Education, Literacy, and Education for Reconciliation. A member of the Métis... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D DOCUMENTARY: Braves Wear Braids
Indigenous males wearing braids is a long-standing cultural practice within plains Indigenous nations and is a symbol of connection to cultural and historical roots. The purpose of Braves Wear Braids is to support Indigenous youth in the efforts of carry on the cultural importance of wearing their hair in braids. We want to encourage, and embolden youth to wear their braids as a physical symbol of cultural strength and pride, and to take an active part in their own histories. We recognize the weight our youth carry by wearing braids, from bullying, to being called girls (de-masculinization), to the weight of trying to retain a significant part of your culture alone. We also recognize the pain many residential school survivors carry in regards to having their braids cut-off, and the shaming involved within that system that has been passed on inter-generationally.

In this session a video will be presented with interviews from Indigenous elders, a well-known Indigenous athlete, and men with braids who can speak to their own experiences of their struggles with keeping their braids, and some who were never taught the value of braids growing up, but who made a life changing decision to grow their braids out later in life. Although this video focuses on Indigenous culture, it is meant to be inclusive in hopes of bringing understanding to why Indigenous men and boys wear their hair in braids. Our aim is to end the bullying that surrounds this issue that can be intentional and unintentional through misunderstanding. We are strong believers in the idea that education is the bridge to understanding. Braves Wear Braids seeks to create understanding by educating people on the significance that braids carry, and how people can become allies to those with braids.

Speakers
JS

Jamie Starlight

Jamie Starlight is the co-owner and designer of Feral Fawn, an Indigenous apparel company located in Calgary, AB. Mrs. Starlight's products have been sold to all corners of Canada and the US, and have been on the sets of such shows as Chicago Fire and Motherland: Fort Salem. Jamie... Read More →
BS

Bryce Starlight

Bryce Starlight represents the Tsuut’ina Nation as VP Development with Canderel MDC Development Management Inc., the entity responsible for the planning and development of Taza Developments, a comprehensive 1,200 acre development project in partnership with Canderel that is located... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** DOCUMENTARY: Pre-Recorded Video Presentation - A personal story and perspectives from a first hand account of being in the system. (30:34)
Jackie shares with us her incredible personal journey from being adopted at 2 by a non Indigenous family, to going into the foster care system at 11 and then living on her own at 16 and not knowing anything about her cultural background until she was 15. She shares the power of such customs and traditions as the Smudge, Hair, and Dress and Dance.

Speakers
JS

Jackie Soppit

Great Great Granddaughter of Chief Big Bear. Jackie is the founder of Wandering Spirit Ltd a grass roots non profit agency established in 1999 offering various cultural programming to children and families disconnected from their roots and communities. Jackie, through Wandering Spirit... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** DOCUMENTARY: Pre-Recorded Video Presentation - Indigenous Hand Games - Laughter and Healing (22:40)
Russ explains and demonstrates the purpose of Indigenous hand games and their role in traditional Indigenous societies and their power to generate laughter and healing.

Speakers
RB

Russ Baker

Russ Baker is from Prince George, BC originally. His family is Lheidli Tenneh(Klet’Leh Tenn eh) (Carrier)Woodland and Plains Nehiyaw(Cree), Irish/Norwegian. He has worked in Indigenous communities on and off reserve. With youth and families for over 24years. Russ has an education... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** DOCUMENTARY: Pre-recorded Video Presentation - Sweat Lodge - Traditional Teachings (30:31)
Walter introduces a powerful 8,000 + year old tradition - the Sweat Lodge - and during a forest walk to a Traditional Sweat Lodge shares the incredible connection Indigenous people have with the natural world and the healing power of the Traditional Sweat Lodge. Customs and traditions surrounding the Sweat Lodge are introduced and explained.

Speakers
WW

Walter White Bear

With over 25 years experience working within the education system and social services sectors, as an advocate for First Nation Youth and Families, MacDonald White Bear is a bridge between cultures, confusion and healing. A student himself, of the traditional teachings, Walter was... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** DOCUMENTARY: Pre-Recorded Video Presentation - Tsuut'ina Teepee History, Customs, Traditions, and Heritage stories. (37:00)
First time ever videotaped, Elders Bruce and Deanna Starlight will be sharing the history of the Tsuut'ina Teepee. Using professionally filmed video, they will be sharing the background and details of how the Tsuut'ina nation historically has built their Teepees and how the interior is set up. They will provide insight into the powerful customs and traditions that are a part of the Teepee building process and that have been passed on through the generations._x000D_
Bruce and Deanna will provide context and an understanding of the roles of men and women in their society and oral stories surrounding the history and importance of the Tsuut'ina Teepee.

Speakers
DS

Deanna Starlight

Deanna Starlight Deanna went to the Crowfoot Residential School and later attended school in Calgary. She was always a supporter of education and was active in sports in school. She remembers winning games by using Blackfoot during the games until the Wheatland School District Basketball... Read More →
BS

Bruce Starlight

Bruce Starlight Bruce has always been an advocate for education. He started school on the Tsuut’ina and later attended school in Calgary. He excelled in school and had high grades in junior and senior high school. His career goal was to be a veterinarian. Bruce was fortunate to... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** DOCUMENTARY: Pre-Recorded Video Presentation Title - Sharing the Gifts of Traditional Knowledge (22:49)
Walter shares his personal experiences and learnings while sharing some Indigenous traditional knowledge, perspectives and current issues that many Indigenous people are dealing with.

Speakers
WW

Walter White Bear

With over 25 years experience working within the education system and social services sectors, as an advocate for First Nation Youth and Families, MacDonald White Bear is a bridge between cultures, confusion and healing. A student himself, of the traditional teachings, Walter was... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** Number Talks: Developing Mental math and Computational Fluency With Ease
How can I help my students add, subtract, multiply or divide? Number talks are 5 - 10 minute daily classroom conversations around various calculation problems. Join this session to learn how to plan, teach and assess these purposefully crafted mini lessons 3- 5 times per week. Materials and handouts provided with a link to the session. Incorporate this routine in your math class and you will notice significant improvement with your students ability to perform mental calculations in all operations

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** Tirer le maximum du boulier Rekenrek - Maternelle à 2e année
Le boulier Rekenrek permet aux élèves de représenter des quantités, de compter, de faire des opérations jusqu’à 100 et d'utiliser des stratégies personnelles. Venez voir les multiples façons de faire des maths, de questionner et de développer le raisonnement chez vos élèves.

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. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D Creating in the Music Room
Creating is an important and challenging aspect of the elementary music curriculum. In this session Joyce will demonstrate ways to engage students in creative activities to demonstrate understanding of musical concepts using movement, instruments, and online tools.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D Canadian Fun in Song in the Classroom
Canada is a great topic for study in our Music Rooms. This presentation will enable you to hear, have printable copies and use songs that reflect Canada in terms of Team Work, Animals, Athletes, Heros, Nature - even to include recycling! Participants will have the opportunity to receive the original manuscripts to come very fun Canadian songs - useful for elementary years.

Speakers
TT

Teena Trick-Wilks

Music Teacher, Ross Ford Elementary
Teena enjoys sharing the love of music in many novel ways to students! Teena is a teacher, composer, and conductor of children groups and bands in Alberta.



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D Building Three-Dimensional Digital Assessment
Digital tools and educational technology are now embedded in almost every classroom across Canada. They bring currency and diversity of content that was impossible with printed resources, as well as a whole world of creative student tasks. At the same time, an open and changeable informational environment where facts can be pulled up at 5G speed presents challenges to teachers and students alike. Flat and undirected engagement with digital content is still likely to cause frustration and boredom. Two-dimensional assessments that ask students to reproduce static information or list subject-area facts do not prepare them for a world of competing and changing factual narratives. They lack the depth to accommodate the sheer quantity of information, perspectives, and voices that students regularly encounter.

What does it look like to bring depth to instruction and assessment? Three-dimensional assessments are spaces where students develop skills, try things out, test thinking, and ultimately showcase what they can do with the information at their fingertips. They call on – and support – students to think, analyze, judge, and communicate across subject areas. This workshop will explore how three-dimensional digital assessments can be the core of the digital classroom and allow it to effectively reflect and respond to the wider world.

Speakers

Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

** Stress, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll: Managing Stress & the Work-Life Balance
Stress looks and feels different for everyone, but we all know what it’s like to be overwhelmed, burnt out and ready to throw the stapler! Come learn about your brain on stress, why work-life balance doesn't exist (wait….what??), and how to win at work and life anyway. We will explore the dynamics of mental health and mental illness and how we can support both helping us all understand ourselves and each other a bit better. Information, humor and some practical and strategic “life-hacks” make this session just what the doctor ordered!

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D KENZY MATH: The Fastest Way To Learn The Times Tables
Many kids don’t know their times tables, relying on short term methods and fumbling to find simple answers. This method teaches the times tables using simple easy patterns and unique images. This allows students to see the answer to basic questions like 6x7 or 8x4 quickly, allowing their brain the time and energy to focus on the rest of math. Kenzy Math has been developed and refined in the classroom for years with record breaking results. Even young children with special needs or learning disabilities can memorize the multiplication tables quickly and learn to love math. Every concept like geometry, fractions or algebra depends on a solid foundation of math facts. Students who struggle with basic skills will generally struggle with the rest of math. This will give them skills to succeed with numbers.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, homeroom and physical education. He has worked in rural Alberta school to big city private school in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D Outstandi(Ng) Science Gone Wild!
Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he opens a wild but safe party of nothing but science fun.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Science
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D STREAMi(NG) DIY Science Stuff!
Join Michael Ng as he shares more amazing science demonstrations of DIY activities for in classrooms and remote learning.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Science
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D Simple Watercolor Landscapes
Learn the basics of painting watercolor landscapes. Working on small artist trading card size paintings, you can feel confident about the painting process. You will take home 6 small landscape paintings and a small portfolio to keep your paintings in. If you have never painted with watercolor before, this is a great place to start! No experience is required!
Wow yourself and your students with these simple painting techniques!
You have a choice of how you would like to do this art class. If you wish to create the projects, you will need the supplies. There are only 20 supply packages available so it's first come first served. You can purchase the supplies by etransfer to sally@sallytowerssybblis.com. They will be mailed to you. YOU MUST ORDER THEM A FULL 2 WEEKS BEFORE the start of the conference or they may not arrive on time. The cost of the supplies is $30 including shipping. Alternatively, you can provide your own supplies. Here are the supplies you will need should you choose to bring your own:

Watercolor paints (colors similar to these are fine)
Colors we are using: Paynes grey, pthathlo blue, sap green, pyroll red, quinacridone violet, quinacridone gold, and white.
I am working with good quality M.Graham brand paints. But other brands will do but may not yield as good a result.
Brushes:
Round #10 or similar size
Water container
Palette or paper plate
Rag
Paper:
6 - 2.5x3.5” pieces of Arches 140 lb. Cold pressed watercolor paper. Other less expensive watercolor papers may not yield as good a result.
Plus three small scrap pieces to try color and technique on.
Green painters tape
A board to tape your paintings to.
A wine cork.
A couple of sheets of toilet paper.
A couple of sheets of paper towel.
Scissors
A 8.5x11” sheet of white cardstock.
Some double sided tape or glue stick.
Ruler
A pencil
Eraser

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, acrylics or book making. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”._x000D_... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D A Flat Earth, Dinosaurs, and the Divine: Can Religion and Science get along?
Secondary students often assume that Religion and Science are inextricably at odds. Even if they can’t articulate exactly why, it is often taken for granted that a person of faith cannot embrace the scientific method and vice versa. This talk dispels caricatures of faithful flat-earthers, delves into the complex relationship between science and religion, considers seminal figures like Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, and Georges Lemaître, and gives a framework for understanding how science and religion are not mutually exclusive.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gerard Mclarney

Dr. Gerard Mclarney

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore’s Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB. and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture.


Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D Zen Inspired Landscapes
Go to your place of creative Zen! Join published artist and calligrapher Sally Towers-Sybblis as she leads you through the techniques to create a series of visually stunning landscape cards and hand painted envelopes. Learn how to create elements of the land using simple painting techniques along with Zen inspired drawing. This class is sure to create calm in your classroom!
Take your design and turn it into a one of a kind art card. This class is very relaxing and thoroughly creative! Absolutely no experience is required. Delegates will complete a project or two in this session.
You have a choice of how you would like to do this art class. If you wish to create the projects, you will need the supplies. There are only 20 supply kits available so it's first come first served. You can purchase the supplies by etransfer to sally@sallytowerssybblis.com. They will be mailed to you. YOU MUST ORDER THEM AT LEAST TWO FULL WEEKS BEFORE the start of the conference or they may not arrive on time. The cost of the supplies is $35 including shipping. Alternatively you can provide your own supplies. Here are the supplies you will need should you choose to bring your own:
- the 11x17" handout
- 1- 10x26" sheet of Arches Text Wove paper OR a very light weight watercolor paper (no more than 90lb)
- 2- 8.5x11" sheets of black card stock
- 2 - 8.5x11" sheets of colored card stock (choose colors that match your paint colors)
- a #6 round paint brush or something similar
- a water container
- a rag
- 2 - sheets of paper towel
- a note pad or paper to take notes
- pencil
- eraser
- scissors
- ruler
- double sided tape or glue stick
- a 12" piece of Bead landing beading elastic (available at Michaels)
- a hole punch
- a very fine black permanent pen
- a white gel pen ( I recommend one of these: a #10 Sakura brand gelly roll pen, a white Uniball Signo Pen, or a white Posca pen size 0.7mm)
- a paint palette or paper plate
- watercolor paints (at least 3 colors or more if you want to mix colors) The paints that are in tubes work best. Staples has a good set for around $10. They are Staedtler brand watercolor paints.

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, acrylics or book making. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”._x000D_... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 9:00am - 1:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

10:00am MST

30D Steel Drum & Boomophone Fun
An opportunity to learn about use the Steel Drum in Class, with specific songs written to help newer players to the Steel Drum. Boomophones, allow you to explore the instrument that includes boomwhackers!

Speakers
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Teena Trick-Wilks

Music Teacher, Ross Ford Elementary
Teena enjoys sharing the love of music in many novel ways to students! Teena is a teacher, composer, and conductor of children groups and bands in Alberta.



Thursday February 24, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

10:00am MST

30D Acrylics beyond Realism
Acrylics beyond Realism

During this session, the participants work on guided projects that introduce new techniques such as complementary underpainting, increased color accuracy, observational accuracy and detail using a limited palette of acrylic paints. The participants will move gradually from a figurative drawing to a unique abstract painting to create a few abstract projects suitable for all grade levels and abilities. A supplies list which you will need to collect on your own will be provided in this description 3 weeks before the convention date, so please check back.

Acrylics Beyond Realism Supplies List
1. 2 canvases- one 11x14” and a square one size 10x10”
2. Acrylic Paint : white, black, green, blue, yellow, and brown
3. Masking tape
4. ½ inch and 1/4 inch flat brushes
5. #3 and #4 round brushes or a thin liner brush for adding details
6. A few paper towels
7. A few sheets of Kleenex
8. A hairdryer
9. A paint palette or a piece of wax paper for the paints
10. The birch trees picture (provided in the session description as an attachment in Sched)

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing effects... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

10:00am MST

** Money Matters for Youth (MMY) - Financial Literacy
MMY is a new and innovative approach to teaching financial literacy in health, CALM, CTF and CTS courses. Learn how to engage students with real-life financial situations that will educate them about what is important to them right now and into the future. Get access to multiple grade 7 - 11 lesson plans that are classroom proven and Monday-morning ready. Your students will be engaged and excited about coming to health and CALM class.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his project-based, concept-based and inquiry-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

10:00am MST

30D Equity and Inclusion in the Digital Classroom
The second and third decades of the 21st-century could be remembered for many things – elections, disease, changes to the climate – but surely one of the most important changes underway in our moment is the movement towards equity, inclusivity, and diversity. Digital media has meant that the voices influencing popular consciousness, civic advocacy, public policy, and education have become more diverse and accessible. Securing rights for LGBTQ+ students, fighting anti-Black, anti-Asian, and anti-Indigenous racism – these are just some of the initiatives that students can see taking place.

In this context, educators have a responsibility to deliver curriculum within the broader context of inclusivity and diversity. Once again, digital platforms have been an essential tool to bring diverse and previously underrepresented voices into the classroom.

This seminar will consider three ways to infuse familiar approaches to curricular units with greater cultural responsivity and awareness using digital teaching tools.

Speakers
avatar for Garfield Gini-Newman

Garfield Gini-Newman

As an associate professor at OISE/University of Toronto and a senior national consultant withThe Critical Thinking Consortium, Garfield Gini-Newman has worked with thousands of teachers across grades and subjects, helping them to frame learning around engaging and provocative activities... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

10:00am MST

** Handle with Care: A go-to Guide for self care
Self-care is essential for managing stress, preventing burnout, and being our best selves (or even just our okay selves! :) This session will look at why self-care isn’t selfish (let that guilt go!) and provide participants with a variety of strategies to get back to the basics of feeling good and able to take on life’s challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

10:00am MST

30D No Touch Games and Dances
Do COVID protocols have you scratching your head as to how to play music games? Even without COVID, some students may be hesitant to touch or join hands, and yet singing games and movement activities are a rich source of music for teaching many concepts and for reinforcing skills such as pitch and steady beat. In this session, Joyce will introduce fun and engaging games that kids do without any touching, plus you’ll learn strategies to help you adapt some of your old favorites.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

10:00am MST

** Explore Before Explain in Science: using this instructional sequence to help students make meaning
How can we update and refresh our science instruction to bring this 1996 program of studies into the 21st Century? When teaching elementary science we often focus on the discrete “hands on investigations” which is essential, but how do we know students are understanding the scientific concepts connected to the topic we are working on? This practical session will focus on how to plan and teach science using the 5E instructional framework (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) to promote conceptual understanding with our program of studies. Particular focus will be placed on helping students make connections between the “Explore and Explain” phase of this inquiry framework.

Research indicates that students' reading comprehension improves when they develop content knowledge (Willingham, 2014). Science builds students’ background knowledge about how the world works. In this session you will learn:
When and how to introduce science vocabulary
Use informational text to support knowledge gained in investigations
Help students learn the important skill of scientific explanations to communicate their understanding


Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

10:00am MST

30D Mixed Media Visual Journals: Project Ideas, Media and Techniques
In this set of three pre-recorded sessions, Mike will walk you through a number of mixed media project ideas. He will discuss media and substrates, tools and methods, composition and techniques for creating interesting and successful mixed media assignments. Stencils, transfers, resists, layering and collage are some of the techniques we will cover along with ideas for assignments that will engage your learners. These video sessions are created for a “work-along” approach. Mike will set up the assignment and outline the process then he will show you how to demonstrate it for students. You can pause the video and work through the process so that you are confident in presenting these methods to students. Mike uses these mixed media assignments as one of the three major projects for Art 20 (3 credit) but you can adapt these ideas and techniques for students as young as about Grade 5 or use any one of them as a stand-alone Art project.

Mike will share a Google Drive folder with participants. It contains many mixed media documents that he has collected over the years.
Shared documents here:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1pnEo_s5NN31oPGHYunKlbi0X9hq66AaA?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Michael Shain

Michael Shain

Mixed Media Visual Journals
Mike is an artist living in Vulcan. His day job is teaching secondary Art in person and online and then traveling throughout Vulcan County to small rural schools. He brings hands-on Art experiences (and silliness) to students from K to 12. He visits six schools in five days and sees... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 10:00am - 12:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

30D Fabulous Abstract Paintings
Abstract art is fun for teachers and students. In this workshop, you will learn how to create an abstract painting based on reference image. To have more fun, you will use expressive brushstrokes and heavy paint application. Your students will love it! The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Excellent for teachers of grades 4-12. You will leave the workshop with a completed painting, access to an online PowerPoint presentation and a video for your use with your students. 

Please check back to see what the speaker is listing for supplies to be collected for this session so that you can follow along and complete this art project. The fee does not apply as the convention is virtual. If by some chance the supply list is not provided by the time of convention, you can still watch and learn and complete your art project later.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

Turning Dots Into a Painting/ Fabulous Abstract Paintings
Bogdan Koral - Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole... Read More →


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Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 77

11:00am MST

30D Oil Pastels Landscapes
Oil Pastels Landscapes

Explore the world of oil pastels to add dimension, depth, texture and to create a few landscapes projects (a path in a forest and a mountain scene). The techniques presented (creating textures, blending colours and overlapping) are suitable for all grade levels and abilities. The projects can be modified to address various abilities. A supplies list which you will need to collect on your own will be provided in this description 3 weeks before the convention date, so please check back.

Oil Pastels Landscapes Supplies List
1. Wax paper- 3 sheets (1 sheet size 11x14”and, 2 smaller pieces 8 ½ X11”)
2. Oil Pastels (Pentel Brand): white, black, light green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, light yellow, dark yellow or orange yellow, orange, and red
3. Masking tape
4. Vaseline
5. Q-tips (5-7 pieces)
6. A few paper towels
7. A few sheets of Kleenex

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing effects... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

** CTF Basics of Implementation and Assessment
So you are teaching CTF. Need resources, assessment tools, ideas for projects and a network of people that have created successful CTF projects/courses? This session will provide what you need to start, assess and complete your next project with success.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his project-based, concept-based and inquiry-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

! Classroom Management—What Works?
This workshop was developed with beginning and novice teachers in mind. Participants will review what classroom management is and why it is important, starting with the impact of positive and authentic relationships. From there, participants will move into looking at rules, routines, procedures and strategies. The goal is to help participants create classrooms in which both the students and the teachers can be successful.

Speakers
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Alison Clements

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers' Association
avatar for Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers Association
Jennifer Smith may be one of the most common names you ever hear, however, this Jennifer is anything but common. Jennifer enjoys sewing quilts without using math, uncomfortable situations, and half an hour in the morning before anyone is up. Always up for a challenge, Jennifer moved... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
ATA Session

11:00am MST

! Ici, tout le monde est le bienvenu—enseigner dans une classe interculturelle
Cet atelier explore le concept de la compétence culturelle grâce auquel vous apprendrez à reconnaitre croyances, attitudes, politiques, structures et pratiques d’enseignement qui permettent aux écoles interculturelles de bien fonctionner. Les participants développeront des capacités qui les amèneront à prendre davantage conscience des dynamiques inhérentes aux interactions interculturelles.

Speakers
NF

Nicole Felicitas

The Alberta Teachers Association
avatar for Fadwa Kharbatly

Fadwa Kharbatly

Teacher, Alberta Teachers' Association
This session is presented by the ATA


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
ATA Session

11:00am MST

** The “Silent” Bully: The Power of Words vs. Non-Verbal Communication in the Workplace
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” A British rhyme meant to help children stand up to bullying and intimidation. But is that really true? As adults, we know that words DO hurt and that the painful feeling lasts a long time. While words do hurt us, intimidation and bullying do not have to be verbal: the dismissive flick of the hand, the rolling of the eyes, the crossing of the arms on the chest, the “see through you” attitude. The “silent”, non-verbal bullying hurts more, especially when we try to figure out “what we did wrong”.
Based on the latest research in the fields of non-violent communication and emotional intelligence, as well as through case studies and situation analysis, Maria will give you the necessary tools to decipher and deal with the situations in a professional way. Through examples taken from her personal and professional life and by having an open, honest conversation, Maria will demonstrate how you, as a leader, as well as a team member, can promote a safe working environment where people are not afraid to give honest feedback, while you lead them mindfully.


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 82

11:00am MST

** Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Through Culturally Responsive Practice
Culture provides the lens in which we see the world. Understanding, embedding, and celebrating diversity into our everyday instruction is essential for all learners to see themselves as a valuable contributor in their learning community. This session will explore how we as teachers can be intentional in our efforts to be culturally responsive in our daily practice.

Speakers
avatar for Paulina Nowak

Paulina Nowak

Paulina Nowak is currently an English Language Learning consultant with Calgary Catholic School Division, as well as a member of the ESLC Council of the ATA. Paulina has taught elementary and junior high school for 15 years. As a former ELL student herself, Paulina understands the... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

PD Director South, English as a Second Language Council
Lisa Smith works as an ELL Consultant with Calgary Catholic School Division. In her role, she works to support school communities in providing safe, welcoming environments which offer meaningful classroom instruction to English Language Learners. She believes that the instructional... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 86

11:00am MST

** Winter Outdoor Learning: embrace the magic of the season
Don’t let the arrival of winter diminish your ability to get your students outside. During this 45 minute session, we will help you embrace the three magical elements of winter (Snow, Cold and Ice). This session is packed full of winter outdoor learning ideas and practical approaches to help you teach ABOUT and IN winter, with literacy and numeracy outcomes in mind. Please note that this session has been designed for K-3 teachers. You will leave feeling inspired to make winter outdoor learning part of your regular teaching rhythm.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles

Get Outside & Play
Christina Pickles has been connecting people of all ages with the natural world fr 20years in the badlands, forests, streams, and streets. Seven years ago she learned about the importance of play. It was eye-opening for her and she has pivoted her world to pul play at the centre of... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Barnes

Andrea Barnes

Education Coordinator, Alberta Parks
Andrea is passionate about teaching and learning outdoors. She has been the Formal Education Coordinator for Alberta Parks in Kananaskis Country for almost 20 years where she has been developing, delivering and evaluating nature and field experiences for students and professional... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 72

11:00am MST

30D Make do and mend – using recycled and natural materials in the classroom
Through this hands-on session, teachers will explore natural and recycled materials which can be used in the classroom while creating their own recycled piece of art!
We will explore ways to utilise recycled and natural materials in the classroom, linking to the Reggio Emilia approach to learning as we discuss how to be intentional about our classroom environments. Using recycled and natural materials in your classroom not only saves money in a time of tight budgets, but it also provides a fantastic platform to begin discussions of waste, recycling and sustainability in the classroom. Students will learn to be resourceful, global citizens.

Moderators
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Ashley Neefe (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Southgate

Stephanie Southgate

Environmental Education Specialist, Green Calgary
Stephanie Southgate is a certified teacher and worked as an elementary teacher in the UK. Since moving to Calgary, Stephanie has worked as an environmental educator with the City of Calgary’s Waste and Recycling team, and more recently managed the Youth Wavemakers environmental... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 66

11:00am MST

! ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ tapwewin: Dismantling Anti-Indigenous Racism
This introductory workshop will encourage educators to critically reflect on concepts such as systemic racism and assimilation. Historical and contemporary examples of anti-Indigenous racism will be explored, and participants will be challenged to consider their own role in dismantling anti-Indigenous racism. Educators will leave with a foundational understanding of anti-racism with a focus on Indigenous Peoples, and will also be equipped with suggested resources for further learning. Note that portions of this workshop may be difficult for some participants, particularly for Indigenous Peoples and/or those who have experienced racism.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Running Rabbit

Stacey Running Rabbit

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
This session is presented by the ATA
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Gretchen Riel

ATA Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, The Alberta Teachers Association
This session is presented by the ATA


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
ATA Session

11:00am MST

30D Mâchitowin ᒫᒋᐦᑕᐃᐧᐣ : Finding Our Connection to Land and Environmental Stewardship Through Acknowledgement
Join Elders and Ever Active Schools for knowledge sharing about developing a meaningful Land Acknowledgement as a beautiful starting point for reconciliation, environmental stewardship and wellbeing. As our organization continues to journey on our own pathway in this work, we look forward to sharing our machitowin: our starting points, and offer you ideas on how you might find your own personal starting point and ways you might invite your students to find their own mâchitowin.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

30D History of Residential Schools, and Classroom Resources for Teachers
The history of Residential Schools in Canada was ignored for a long time. Now, there is a lot of information available, but it can be difficult to pick and choose where to start, and tricky to find appropriate material. This session will explore books about Residential Schools to share with students, and appropriate books to introduce the topic of Residential Schools in Canada with young readers. Additionally, teachers will gain more information to support their understanding and competency in updates to our Teaching Quality Standard, as teachers must demonstrate that they can apply “Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit".

Learning objectives:
Gain exposure to literature on Residential Schools
Understand more about history of Residential Schools in Canada
Feature of authors Christy Jordan Fenton and Margaret Pokiak Fenton

Moderators
Speakers
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Kerry Aiken

Kerry Aiken holds undergraduate degrees in Education and Native American Studies from the University of Lethbridge, as well as her Master of Educational Leadership degree from the U of L. Kerry has been teaching for almost 20 years, and is in her fifth year as the Principal at Milo... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 63

11:00am MST

30D Differentiating Differently in the Elementary Math Classroom
A major struggle for many teachers is trying to differentiate math instruction in their classroom to meet the needs of all students. What if we suggest you are not tackling this problem from the right angle?

Join Donna and Charlene to see how an entire class of students, even one with widely varying levels of achievement, can be taught the same concept from the same starting point, and then more scaffolding, variations and extensions can be introduced and tailored to each learner as the lesson progresses. We are actually more alike than we are different! Come learn how to shift your bell curve dramatically by offering your students the experience and belief that they can all do and learn “roughly” the same things in your elementary math classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Prato

Donna Prato

Manager, Outreach & Teacher Support, JUMP Math
Donna taught with Edmonton Public Schools for more than 30 years before retiring from teaching to join JUMP Math team aa the regional Outreach Manager for Edmonton and Northern Alberta. She taught Junior High for all of her career, beginning in Home Economics and Language Arts, before... Read More →
avatar for Charlene MacKenzie

Charlene MacKenzie

Charlene is a Calgary-based teacher and supporter of teachers. Her career included more than 25 years in public education, where she taught mainly secondary mathematics, and added roles as math lead and teacher team lead. Charlene spent many years mining the research to find a way... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

30D Musical Fun with Plates, Scarves and More!
Be ready for a smorgasbord of ideas to bring your music classes to life using paper plates, scarves, parachutes and stretchy bands, bucket and desk drumming, and more!!
Joyce will show you games, songs, and listening activities that use these “tools” to teach and reinforce musical concepts and skills.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

30D Winning at the Money Game
An overview of various strategies and resources available to middle income families that are not well-known to the majority of Canadians. We will describe and provide examples of savings environments such as: RRSP's, Tax free Savings Accounts, Permanent Tax Shelters and others.

Speakers
MO

Mike Ong-Padilla

Mike Ong-Padilla: Exiting the O&G industry due the pandemic, Mike turned the twin career of educating people in financial literacy into a fulltime career. Married with 3 kids he felt that there had to be more that could be done to get ahead. Being introduced to Susan, he and his family... Read More →
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Susan Farrell

Senior Marketing Director, World Financial Group
Susan Farrell:After a successful career as a teacher, curriculum writer, professional development facilitator and principal, Susan Farrell has been teaching people how money works for the last 11 years. When she and her husband encountered unexpected university costs for their two... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 81

11:00am MST

30D Simple Practices for a Joyful Retirement
Five years ago, Danny retired on his teachers’ pension and learned some simple habits which created joy and purpose in his life. He discovered how these routines are centered on research-based principles which are essential for motivation and wellness. Learn about these tried-and-true principles which generate meaning and fulfillment in retirement. Come laugh, relax, and arm yourself with understanding and strategies for creating a wonderful, joyful retirement.

Moderators
MR

Marcy Rogers (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman is a dynamic, entertaining, and experienced speaker. With an engaging personality, interesting anecdotes, and an innovative approach, each session inspires and enlightens. He is currently an Instructor at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 79

11:00am MST

** Permeating Laudato Si: Cultivating a Green Catholic School from the Inside Out
How do we help our students’ respond to God’s call to be stewards of creation while learning about complex Catholic social teachings? In this session, you will learn more about the importance of Laudato Si and how teaching students the Catholic Moral Decision Making Framework can guide them to action. See an example of how this was developed in a grade 4 classroom. Walk away with a planning template, ideas and resources to help you share this way of living with your students and staff.

Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Laudato Si, addresses all of humanity and calls us to address the deep rooted causes of the ecological crisis facing the Earth. Rooted in Scripture, he provides guidance on how to resolve these issues. As leaders in Catholic education, it is our responsibility to help our students learn about Church teachings and use these teachings to grow in their faith and be stewards of the Earth.

This session will be applicable to both classroom and school-wide social justice projects.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Nguyen

Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Lamoureux

Nicole Lamoureux

Teacher, Edmonton Catholic Schools
Nicole Lamoureux has over 17 years of experience teaching in both Div 1 and Div 2 Elementary classrooms. She has also served as a math and science consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools (2018-2021). Nicole completed her M.Ed, in Curriculum Instruction & Leadership. She brings her... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

30D Science for Young Citizens: Environmental Action in Every Class
Are you wondering how to engage students in environmental action or tie curriculum into your environmental passion? Join Green Calgary and CPAWS in this cross curricular workshop is designed to explore citizen science-based learning and facilitate environmental action. After overcoming the common barriers of how to develop curriculum links, identify resources, and find space or time, you will be able to expand learning beyond the classroom and help your students see real-life solutions to current environmental issues.
In this session you will discover curriculum possibilities, available citizen science applications, lessons, resources and activities to support environmental action in the classroom. After an introduction to citizen science concepts and classroom applications, we will step outside so you can discover citizen science for yourself. Dress for the weather and come prepared to have fun in the outdoors!
During this session, participants will:
-Gain an understanding of cross-curricular opportunities related to citizen science
-Know about the applications currently available to assist in implementing citizen science in the classroom
-Gain activities and citizen science knowledge to facilitate environmental action in the classroom

Moderators
LG

Lesley Gibson (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
GW

Grace Wark

Green Workplace Coordinator, Green Calgary
Since 1978, Green Calgary has been a leading urban environmental charity supporting Calgarians in living a more sustainable life; helping them take effective environmental action in their homes, work places, schools, and communities. They have worked with tens of thousands of Calgarians... Read More →
avatar for Speaker - Jaclyn Angotti

Speaker - Jaclyn Angotti

Education Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Its 13 chapters nationwide are working to protect Canada’s public lands and waters. The mission of the Southern Alberta Chapter is to safeguard, connect, and expand parks and wilderness through... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Zoom Room 65

11:00am MST

30D Big Ideas, Student Projects and Current Issues with project AGRICULTURE
Explore big ideas like democracy, consumerism, diversity, sustainability, histories, innovation, technology and globalization through agriculture! Find out how to use the project AGRICULTURE curriculum-based program in junior and senior high Social Studies and Science classrooms. Access examples of sources and stories, engage with interesting and quirky trivia questions, find Alberta farm and farmer photos and videos and explore student-created projects that help students make connections between big ideas and agricultural issues and challenges.
This session will provide practical suggestions for using project AGRICULTURE with students as project-based, or simply, activity-centred learning – and within in-class or remote learning contexts. Download any of the project/activity teaching guides, students learning sources, assessment tools and vocabulary supports or receive free print versions of any of the resources.

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Ramsay

Patricia Ramsay

project AGRICULTURE Lead Consultant
Patricia Ramsay is a former classroom teacher and consultant, who currently works on the development of curriculum-based resources and professional learning for organizations interested in supporting effective learning and teaching in Alberta classrooms. She led the creation and development... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

! Sick Leave
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
avatar for Myra Rybotycki

Myra Rybotycki

Executive Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Myra Rybotycki is an Executive Staff Officer with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. In addition to her role in collective bargaining within Teacher Employment Services, Myra acts as the Association’s Pension Expert and delivers pension, retirement and financial wellness education... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MST
ATA Staff Session

11:00am MST

** Beyond the Sash: Advancing Métis Education for All Learners Rupertsland Institute - A Métis Centre of Excellence
This session is designed for participants to explore several authentic recommended Métis educational materials that help to create teachable moments and provide foundational learning opportunities. Building your foundational knowledge about Métis will empower you to select authentic, accurate resources that honour distinct Métis perspectives. Together we will explore resources designed by Métis educators that integrate Métis voices into purposeful lessons and engaging activities.

Moderators
AE

Alison England (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Billie-Jo Grant

Billie-Jo Grant

Rupertsland Centre for Teaching & Learning
Billie-Jo Grant is a proud Métis mother, educator, citizen and leader who inspires others to have tough conversations and learn more to do better for ALL students. As the Associate Director of Métis Education and K-12 Initiatives with Rupertsland Institute, Billie-Jo’s goal is... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 67

11:00am MST

30D Creative Writer’s Block
Learn activities to encourage creative writing, no matter what grade level, topic or time of year. Take part in writing cool phrases, interesting sentences, descriptive paragraphs and engaging stories. With only a board to write on you can trigger the imagination of every student to tell stories and share ideas in ways they never thought possible. Inspire young writers to survive the Arctic, battle pirates or explore the ocean all in one lesson. Whether you need a quick lesson or a week-long project, you’ll be able to take your whole class on the adventure.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, homeroom and physical education. He has worked in rural Alberta school to big city private school in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

! A Protocol for Schools to address Suicidal Ideation amongst Students
In recent years the importance of child and adolescent mental health has been discussed in many forums, including within the education sector. Schools are vital as they provide an important opportunity for the identification of mental health concerns. It is not unusual, over a career working within a school setting, to experience a time when staff need to meet the immediate mental health needs of a student and/or maintain their safety. Educators play a critical role in identifying risk for suicide and supporting youth to seek help when expressing suicidal thoughts or behaviour. However, school staff often report feeling uncertain about how to best support a student in these circumstances.
A School-based Suicidal Ideation Response Protocol (SI Protocol) was launched in August 2019 and is highlighted in the Alberta Government’s Pathways to hope: best practices in suicide prevention for Alberta schools (April 2020). It offers a standardized and structured approach for school teachers/support staff, school mental health providers, and school administrators. Each specific response pattern contains a step-by-step process for responding to a distressed student, with activities that are appropriate to the person’s role and training. Implementation of the SI Protocol is supported by online training (freely available through the Alberta Health Services Mental Health Online Resources for Educators website; https://more.hmhc.ca). 
The SI Protocol can be adopted by an individual, a school, or across a school authority. Between 2019 and 2021 a number of school authorities across Alberta have implemented the SI Protocol and conducted training with staff. They have provided positive feedback about its impact to date._
This presentation will provide an overview of the SI Protocol, describe the benefits experienced by early adopters, and highlight the evaluation findings to date.This presentation will benefit you if you:
- are interested in improving your comfort or confidence in addressing suicidal ideation, 
- want a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities within the school setting related to suicide intervention, and 
- want to provide the most appropriate response for a student and their family.

Speakers
AE

April Elliot

April Elliot: April has worked in education for the past seventeen years as a teacher, school counsellor, and consultant. She is currently a school psychologist with Rocky View Schools.
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Michelle Deen

Michelle Deen: Michelle has over seventeen years of experience as a special education teacher and school psychologist, has worked in several school boards within Alberta (currently with Rocky View Schools), and has served on various province-wide committees with a focus on mental... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 90

11:00am MST

30D An epidemic of family violence and isolation: Implications of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ youth and what teachers can do about it
As an emerging undergraduate researcher under the supervision of Dr. Tonya Callaghan (Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary), my research goal is to uncover how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth have been particularly affected during the series of lockdowns and restrictions of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left destruction in its wake, with effects on people that include job loss, decimation of the economy, and increased isolation and loneliness. One sector of society that is often underserved when discussing the ravages of COVID-19 is youth.

Canada’s youth have been greatly affected during this time, switching between online and in-person schooling, losing extra-curricular clubs, and missing out on most social events. A smaller and important subsection of youth who are particularly struggling are LGBTQ+ young adults. Historically, these adolescents already live on the margins of society, where homophobia and intolerance abound. The LGBTQ+ populace has had to fight for even basic human rights.

Youth occupy a special place in society where they are not quite adults and who are in the ongoing process of forming and reforming their identities. Although some youth are fortunate enough to live with supportive parents and/or siblings, the reality is that many do not. Watson et al. (2019) established that while family relations have improved over time between heterosexual youth and their parents, sexual minority youth are faring even worse than twenty years ago in areas such as connectedness and familial support. This is a shocking revelation. Furthermore, the instances of family violence related to LGBTQ+ youth often go unnoticed. Research suggests that among LGBTQ+ youth, only one-third experience parental acceptance, with an additional one-third experiencing parental rejection, and the final one-third not disclosing their LGBTQ+ identity until they are adults (Katz-Wise et al., 2015, as cited in Green et al., 2020). These young people frequently experience violence and abuse at home.

Unfortunately, a classic and prevalent form of abuse is the power parents can wield over their children by sending them to conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is a discredited practice whereby some agent attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity (The Trevor Project, n.d.). Conversion therapy is most often delivered in the form of “talk therapy,” performed by professionals, faith-based organizations, or life coaches (Trevor Project, n.d.). Not only is conversion therapy ineffective, it is also extremely damaging to the mental health of the recipient. It was only nine months ago that the Government of Canada began to enact changes to legislation in order to end conversion therapy (Bill C6, 2021). The fact that this practice is still legal even now provides a context for the homophobic culture in which we live.

In March 2020, as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19, shelter-in-place orders were enacted and many schools switched to an online delivery format. As a result of these changes, the realities of many LGBTQ+ youth became increasingly dire. In this presentation, I will share the research I have conducted in Canada and abroad using interpretive methodology, which consists of analyzing and interpreting texts such as peer-reviewed articles and public forums where issues such as isolation and violence were discussed by youth. In addition, I searched for and analyzed mainstream media accounts reporting on LGBTQ+ youths’ experiences of a lack of family support and loneliness. It should come as no surprise that LGBTQ+ youth are keenly feeling the effects of continued isolation.

In their survey of LGBTQ+ youth and adults in the United Kingdom, LGBT Hero (2020) found that young people were experiencing alarmingly high levels of loneliness: 67% of youth under 18 said they were lonely “very often” or “every day” (Key findings, second heading). Levels of anxiety were also extremely high. The same survey found that 50% of respondents felt anxious “every day” or “very often” (Anxiety subsection). Another alarming statistic is the number of young adults who experience housing insecurity because they are at risk of being kicked out of the family home. The LGBT Hero survey (2020) found that 12% of 18-24 year olds described feeling at risk for becoming homeless, the highest of any age group in the survey (Housing subsection).

In addition to the deleterious mental health consequences of COVID-19, LGBTQ+ youth are facing physical risks too. Researchers at the University of Toronto have identified that LGBTQ+ people are more likely to have immune-compromising medical conditions, rate themselves as ill, and are less likely to seek medical help when they need it (Osman, 2020). In the United Kingdom, a survey conducted by the organization OutLife reported that during the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 40% of LGBTQ+ people have missed medical appointments, including 50% of trans people as compared to 35% of cis people (Outlife, 2020, as cited in Philips, 2021). Furthermore, LGBTQ+ people experience higher incidences of discrimination within medical settings (Lambda Legal, 2010, as cited in Green et al., 2020) and consequently may experience heightened anxiety if needing to access healthcare for COVID-19 related concerns (Green at al., 2020).

Prior to the pandemic, many LBGTQ+ youth were already struggling with their mental health and over this past year and a half, their vulnerability was exacerbated. Long-term mental health repercussions, long-term stress, and inability to express authentic identities are all potential outcomes for the young LGBTQ+ people living in a homophobic and transphobic culture. In fact, compared to their cisgender, heterosexual peers, sexual and gender minority (SGM) people are considerably more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance use issues, in addition to less social and family support (Ryan et al., 2010; Baams et al., 2018, as cited in Kamal et al., 2021).

Considering that teachers hold great power to prevent homophobia in schools, how can they act as allies to gender minority youth?

Given the dire situation that LGBTQ+ youth are facing during the pandemic, what can teachers do to help? How might teachers become allies in the struggle born by LGBTQ+ youth? Teachers hold great power to prevent homophobia in schools and they also hold great privilege to act as allies to SGM youth.

Teachers are in the unique position of mentorship; all schools will have SGM children and it is crucial for their survival that teachers and administrators be educated in how to best support them. LGBTQ+ youth “who have one or more accepting adults are 40% less likely to attempt suicide” (The Trevor Project, 2019c, as cited in Green et al., 2020). There are clear measures that can be enacted to transform harmful situations in order to make LGBTQ+ youth feel accepted, valued, and less isolated.

Schools have the potential to be places of safety and connection for sexual minority youth. Sometimes, schools are the only spaces where youth can feel comfortable inhabiting their true identities. Schools must have a clear anti-bullying and harassment policy regarding LGBTQ+ treatment and they must ensure that teachers are familiar with these practices (GLSEN, n.d.). Much research supports the deliberate and conscientious application of inclusive curriculum. This includes identifying important LGBTQ+ people in history as well as using inclusive language when using examples in any school subject (GLSEN, n.d.). Moreover, the presence of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in schools has been linked to significantly lowering the risk for depression and increasing general mental well-being in participants (Toomey et al., 2011, as cited in Green et al., 2020). These extracurricular clubs are sites where youth can explore their identities while simultaneously exploring social justice issues and advocacy.

GSAs of

Speakers
avatar for Grace Bogowicz

Grace Bogowicz

Grace Bogowicz is currently a pre-service teacher entering her last year of an education degree at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. As a lifelong learner, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Alberta, a diploma... Read More →
avatar for Tonya Callaghan

Tonya Callaghan

Dr. Tonya Callaghan is an Associate Professor with the University of Calgary Werklund School of Education. She taught secondary English for over ten years in Canadian and international schools, in rural and urban settings, and in Catholic and non-Catholic systems. Her second single-authored... Read More →
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Wayne Lorenz (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 69

11:00am MST

** Production 101: Plan, Delegate, Rehearse, Celebrate!
This workshop offers two main enlivening experiences of planning to equip and doing to empower teachers to lead an engaging, entertaining production, whether Drama is your field of specialization or you are new to it.

PLAN: A spreadsheet template is provided for scheduling and planning a drama production and rallying student, parent and community support.

DO: Then we'll explore the magic of theatre when “less is more” by forming teams to make design choices for scenery, sound, lights and costumes, rehearse and run a piece based on a poem that will touch your heart.

Scavenger Hunt: take 3 minutes in your home to collect resources and items in your space that fulfill your production department’s design ideas.

Design Brain Dump:

Silence: Emptying to listen to ideas, fears, anxieties, dreams

Chat to capture

PowerPoint to guide and then offer as a takeaway

Speakers
avatar for David Snider

David Snider

Rosebud School of the Arts & Rosebud Theatre
David Snider MFA BA Theatre Artist & Educator For over 15 years, David has been an acting instructor for Rosebud School of the Arts, and an actor, director and sound designer for Rosebud Theatre. His focus is on approaches to performance that empower students of all ages and backgrounds... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 95

11:00am MST

30D Creating a Sustainable Future Together: Engaging Elementary Students in Climate Solutions
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face, and students know this. A 2020 survey of over 500 Alberta youths revealed that a strong majority of students are concerned about their future as a result of climate change and want to learn what we can do to address it. In this highly engaging session, learn how to steer clear of gloom and doom and instill confidence, optimism and connectedness in young learners by nurturing a positive relationship with nature. We’ll also demonstrate how it’s never too early to engage your students in real-world, age-appropriate climate solutions that are fun and build hope and agency as students learn how they can play a role in helping build a sustainable future. We’ll also share connections to the Alberta curriculum and many high-quality resources you can use immediately with your students.

Moderators
AV

Amy Van Vliet (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marie Tremblay

Dr. Marie Tremblay

Alberta Council for Environmental Education / French
Dr. Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 71

11:00am MST

30D Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment for Numeracy, Literacy and Other Subjects - K to 4
You’ll explore ways to make student learning meaningful and memorable by using your schoolyard as a learning environment. No matter what subject, the outdoors provides the context to help students make sense of what they are learning and the world around them. We’ll explore outdoor activities that support numeracy and literacy as well as other subjects (science, art, wellness, active living). Many teachers use their schoolyard as a learning environment and there will be time to share and learn together. You’ll leave with many activities, ideas and resources you can use right away. This session is best for those teaching K to 4.

Moderators
KM

Kristi Muir (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment / Basic Energy Literacy Tests
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a lead... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 64

11:00am MST

30D Engaging Board Games for Grades K-2
With board games taking a huge leap in popularity in the passed 5 years, the genre has become more inclusive with our younger audiences. Gaming is all around us, but unlike the video gaming kind, children don't have to spend time behind a screen, and instead, with board games, they can sit around a table, desk, or even the floor, and enjoy each other's company, socialize, and learn from and about each other, and themselves.

This session will be presenting multiple board games that teachers can use in the classroom. The board games are designed to be engaging, and easy enough for students between the grades of K-2 to pick up and play with minimal explanation of the rules. The purpose is to promote socialization skills, problem-solving skills, mathematics, comprehension practices, strategies, and most importantly, having fun. In turn, the hope is that the teacher will only have to explain the rules a couple of times, and afterwards the students can pick up and play the game. All games presented will require minimal to no reading needed to play.

The best thing about board games is replay-ability, and this session is designed to present games that have a high degree of replay-ability. The games presented in the session are relatively low in cost, and students enjoy themselves without even realizing they are learning valuable skills.

All games involved in this session have been tested and played by children of ages 3-7.

Speakers
DP

Daniel Patterson

Dan and Meaghan Patterson are a married couple, and have 3 children (3,5, and 7 years old). Both are teachers at the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools Board, and teach in Strathmore, Dan at Holy Cross Collegiate and Meaghan at Sacred Heart Academy. They have been teaching for 12... Read More →
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Meaghan Patterson

Dan and Meaghan Patterson are a married couple, and have 3 children (3,5, and 7 years old). Both are teachers at the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools Board, and teach in Strathmore, Dan at Holy Cross Collegiate and Meaghan at Sacred Heart Academy. They have been teaching for 12... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 94

11:00am MST

30D Supporting Students’ Mental Well-Being through Mentoring
Are you interested in ways to support and enhance your student’s mental health and wellbeing? Canadian research has found girls who were mentored were 2 times less likely to be depressed; boys and girls were 2 times and 3 times, respectively, less likely to have social anxiety; girls & boys were 2 times less likely to exhibit conduct problems. This session will look at different forms of mentoring in schools, both formal and informal including intergenerational mentoring, teen mentoring, virtual mentoring and Career and Technology Studies credits. Ideas for how to incorporate or enhance mentoring in your school will be shared. Participants will learn about the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and the resources available to help support mentoring in schools.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Gosling

Caroline Gosling

Alberta Mentoring Partnership
Caroline is a retired educator with 30+ years experience in schools. During that time she taught at elementary, junior and senior high, was a behaviour consultant, a principal at four different schools and spent time seconded to both Alberta Children's Services and Alberta Education... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 84

11:00am 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 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 88

11:00am MST

30D La litéracie structurée - comment aider tout vos élèves à lire
Avec la Covid et tout les interruptions des deux dernières années, nous nous demandons comment aider tous nos élèves à se rattraper en lecture. Je planifie de vous montrez pourquoi la lecture est tellement un defi, comment notre cerveau apprend à lire, et comment enseigner explicitement la lecture pour que tous les élèves puissent améliorer. Je croix que cette session sera bonne pour les enseignantes de division 1, incluant la maternelle, ainsi que les enseignantes qui ont des élèves qui ont besoin d'apprendre à décoder pour être capable de bien comprendre.

Moderators
AP

Andre Pollard (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
AF

Annie Fofonoff

Je suis une enseignante de 2/3 en immersion Française à Okotoks. J'ai commencé à enseigner à une préscolaire Montessori pendant que je faisais mon Bach. En 2008, j'ai commencé à enseigner en maternelle à Okotoks pour 5 ans de temps. Puis, pour un an, j'ai enseigné la 2e... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 93

11:00am MST

** Your Student has a Concussion, Now What? Optimizing Returning to School Following a Concussion
Summary:
Curious about concussions? Want to know how to support students in your classes (core and option) who have sustained a concussion? Join us as we provide an overview of what a concussion is, discuss typical recovery in youth, and how to support students returning to school following a concussion. We will cover a variety of ways to support students including academic accommodations, team-based communication, tools and technology resources, and supporting their social/emotional well-being. Case vignettes will be used to provide examples of students, and what can be done to support them. These vignettes are intended to be interactive and stimulate discussion – what’s worked for you in the past and how can we share that with others?


Detailed Overview:
This workshop will provide a brief overview of concussions including 1) what is a concussion; 2) signs and symptoms of a concussion; 3) how to recognize if a student may have sustained a concussion; 4) typical recovery of a concussion in youth; 5) stepwise recovery patterns for school and sports/physical education class; and 6) how to support a student with a concussion at school.

Most of the time in the session will focus on how to support a student in your class (academic and option classes) or your school who has sustained a concussion. Topics will include 1) provision of academic accommodations; 2) team-based communication; 3) social-emotional support for the student; 4) technology and equipment resources; and 5) the role of the student in their recovery and return to school.

This session will include interactive components, including using case vignettes of students who have sustained a concussion and their symptoms/recovery trajectory. Case vignettes will provide an overview of a student and their symptoms, their academic accommodations (if any) pre-concussion, and their course load (including core and option courses). There will examples used for both junior high and high school students and teachers. You will then work in small groups to determine how best to support the student in their return to school. This will be used to help stimulate discussion and provide opportunity for practicing skills learned in the session. There will also be a dedicated question period at the end of the session.

This session was developed in alignment with recommendations from teachers and school administrators, and students who had sustained a concussion, whom Heather interviewed as part of her PhD thesis work

Moderators
SW

Sarah Watson (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Heather Shepherd

Heather Shepherd

How to Support a Student Who Has Had a Concussion
Heather Shepherd is a Registered Occupational Therapist in Calgary, Alberta. She is currently completing her PhD at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre within the Faculty of Kinesiology at University of Calgary. Heather’s PhD work focuses on optimizing returning to school... Read More →


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Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 70

11:00am MST

** Tell A Story: Introductory Photo Story Workshop
We all have a story. Well, really, we all have many stories we have lived. And let’s be
honest this year has had no shortage of tough stuff. This introductory photo story
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 workshop could support you in repurposing images you already have or inspire you
to document your story in a new way. All levels of photography welcome.

Moderators
avatar for Yvonne Toney (Moderator)

Yvonne Toney (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Yvonne Toney is an elementary generalist currently working with Rocky View. Her education degree is from the University of Regina. Her Masters degree in Educational technology is from the University of Calgary. She recently finished a course in planning adult professional learning... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe

photographer, Kristy Wolfe Photography
Photographer // Digital Storyteller // 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 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 68

11:00am MST

30D Wild Wellness, it’s in YOUR nature
Everyone from behavioural psychologists to environmental conservationists are providing proof that time in nature, or Vitamin N, is pivotal to whole health and well-being. Everything from creativity to calmness, is cultivated by quality time spent amongst the trees, birds, creeks and clouds. CPAWS Southern Alberta agrees wholeheartedly; but don’t take their word for it. Join them for a mind/body infusion of nature play, awe and wonder; and you be the judge—connection and rejuvenation await!

Channel and celebrate your inner ‘wild child’ and learn how to teach your students to do the same! 

During this whole-person, cross-curricular session, you will discover how outside in nature we are more:
energized connected inventive
confident  balanced  & resilient 

Wild Wellness is absolutely in YOUR nature… so get outside with CPAWS and claim it!

Speakers
avatar for Speaker - Jaclyn Angotti

Speaker - Jaclyn Angotti

Education Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Its 13 chapters nationwide are working to protect Canada’s public lands and waters. The mission of the Southern Alberta Chapter is to safeguard, connect, and expand parks and wilderness through... Read More →
avatar for Sheri Tarrington

Sheri Tarrington

Environmental Educator, CPAWS Southern Alberta
Sheri Tarrington, Environmental EducatorQuite simply, Sheri believes that all humans are better humans when they are encouraged to learn, explore and play outdoors. For more than 15 years, Sheri has dreamed, delivered and inspired a vast spectrum of environmental education programming... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 83

11:00am MST

** How to teach humour for stress relief, life skills and fun!
This workshop is an informative and interactive session discussing the place of humour in your classroom. Susan has “lived” humour in her own classroom and has developed actual humour lessons suitable for the grade eight (and up) level. She will discuss how humour works in the classroom and how to solve and resolve problems through humour. This will spill over to the staff room as well.
After participating in this workshop, teachers will:
• Be able to discuss humour with their students
• Teach a unit about humour to Grade eight (and up) students
• Encourage students to bring out their “inner comic” by developing a funny story about themselves.

Moderators
RH

Ryan Hatch (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

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 stand-up comedy – and was pleasantly surprised to find that people were willing to laugh with her at stand up gigs! Susan shows you... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 74

11:00am MST

** An Apple a Day: How technology and the internet affect our health and wellness
Technology and the world-wide-web have opened up the world to connection, information and entertainment, but oh what a tangled web! Did you know that all this texting, tweeting and selfie-taking are having a major impact on your health? Be it email, Facebook, gaming or Googling, our brains, bodies and bank accounts are paying the price for the digital demand. This session will talk about how technology changes our relationships, our thoughts and our behaviors and how we can make sure it is for the good. We will review the basics of staying safe online, and recognize the importance of staying well online…because there’s no app for that.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

** Storytelling, Food and Culture
Storytelling is an important part of Indigenous culture, and many of our stories not only contain lessons about how we nourish our bodies but also about where we come from and the connection we have to those places and that food. Indigenous narratives demonstrate how a shared food with family and community reminds us of an ancestor, how food is our mother; a reminder of who we are, what we have been through, and where our future should be. Every meal has the potential to be a small ceremony, a direct link between our ancestors, the spirit world, and the future of our people.
As a farmer-funded and farmer-run organization, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) has a natural connection to the land. The DFC Alberta nutrition team of Registered Dietitians contribute to the wellbeing of educators and the children they care for through food and nutrition education resources.

Sharing of food stories with diverse perspectives and experiencing storytelling through an Indigenous lens is the highlight and focus of this presentation, in collaboration with DFC. Sharing of meals, traditional foods, and ceremony are integral to Indigenous culture, not only connecting family, and community but also the ways in which it is traditionally shared. Engage in this unique learning experience offered to K-3 grades. Recipes, lessons, and resources will be part of this presentation.

Moderators
AN

Amrit Nannan (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

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 →
SC

Sara Cook

Sara Cook is a social scientist, cultural ecologist, and Indigenous ally. With a Master of Arts degree in cultural anthropology, Sara was lucky enough to begin her career in the NWT where she lived in an isolated Dene community and learned from the people there about living in a good... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 76

11:00am MST

30D The Talking Feather - Learn the legend and make your own
Listen to the telling of an Indigenous legend about the talking feather and then create your own talking feather to use in the classroom as part of a talking circle. Materials will be provided. We will demonstrate how this lesson can be adapted to fit primary through to high school grades. This session is designed for teachers who would like to infuse Indigenous ways of knowing into their classroom, no matter what grade or subject they teach - it can be linked to curricular outcomes in math, science, social studies and English/ language arts!
Pre-registration is required so that supply kits can be mailed to participants in advance of the virtual session.
1. At least 2 weeks before convention, please email your name and mailing address and email address to ja_mcd@hotmail before sending the e-transfer.
2. Then please transfer $8 to ja_mcd@hotmail.com to cover the cost of supplies and postage and be sure to use the same email address for the email you send and the e-transfer so the payment can be matched up.
There is a limit of 30 participants.
When the session is full, it will say FULL in the session title.

Speakers
JM

Jill McDonald

Jill McDonald is the Associate Principal at George Freeman School in Strathmore. With Heather's guidance, she has infused her junior high social studies, art, and foods classes with Indigenous stories.
HJ

Heather John

Heather John is a Cree educator who lives in Strathmore. She regularly shares Indigenous culture and knowledge with local teachers and students. Heather currently works as a senior independent consultant for various educational and arts based organizations. She is a program designer... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 85

11:00am MST

! Drawing, Collaborative, and Root History to Conceptualize +, -, x, and ÷ Operations
Ready to understand the geometry of the Radical Rules? Please join me with your graph paper, pencil, ruler, and compass to explore and visualize ALL the radical operations. Participants will draw squares, triangles, rectangles, and other polygons; apply elementary operations and gut instinct to find the patterns that evolve into the Radical Rules. These explorations will help students to easily compare the exact lengths of all radicals, such as √2, √3, √5. Geometry will be the math genre for the debate to prove or disprove many common student misconceptions: √5+√5=√10? or √2+√8=√10 or 2∙3√2=6√4. In addition to clearing up the misconceptions commonly seen in classrooms (as previously mentioned in this description!), participants will gain the depth of the exact value (length) of any radical even though the decimal representation can be irrational!

Speakers
RC

Rosalind Carson

Mathematics Education Consultant
Rosalind is a passionate mathematics educator and aspiring mathematician. She has been teaching students and teachers for 18 years. Rosalind continues to explore and share hands-on strategies for students to explore and develop their spatial sense of mathematical concepts. She loves... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 89

11:00am MST

30D Addition and Subtraction Math Games - Back to the Basics for Primary Operations
Now more than ever we need kids to be engaged in meaningful hands-on games with manipulatives that intrigue and engage them, and that provide multiple practice opportunities to help rebuild the gaps and learning loss. After a year of covid many students have not mastered basic + and - and need daily practice with: facts to 10, 20, adding to 100, doubles strategy, make 10 and extensions, count on and back, commutative and associative properties, using number lines and mental math strategies. We will use my favorite manipulatives, shakers, dice trays and cards, handout will contain gameboards, concept skills checklists, Come prepared to play. Ideas for social distancing if still required will also be shared.

Moderators
avatar for Kristine Hinton (Moderator)

Kristine Hinton (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Owner and Presenter, Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks Inc
Jane is co-author of the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series and has been doing workshops in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has conducted workshops across North America for K - 8 contracts and has been a featured speaker at the National... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 78

11:00am MST

30D Danci(NG) with Elements! Wolves
Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares the historical story-telling origins and fun demonstrations of popular elements of the periodic table.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Science
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

30D Hands On Activities For Science 20
In this session I will demonstrate one possible student activity for each of the four units in Science 20. They will each cover several of the curriculum objectives, help students to learn the related concepts, and should be enjoyable. Students will:_x000D_
• Chemical Changes: Use ideas from solutions and redox to participate in a battery competition._x000D_
• Changes In Motion: Use ideas about momentum , energy, and vehicle safety to build a crash cage with limited materials that protects a raw egg in a collision._x000D_
• The Changing Earth: Create a timeline of Earth's history and relate changes in the land and atmosphere to the changes in the biosphere._x000D_
• Changes In Living Systems: Build an ecosystem (living or a model) and compare the adaptations of its organisms to the ecosystem's biotic and abiotic characteristics.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar

Physics
Barry taught general science and physics for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year . He believes that used properly, hands-on activities foster higher level thinking, cover the skills and attitudes parts of the curricula, and increase... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 12:45pm MST
Zoom Room 73

11:00am MST

30D Creative Mandalas For Relaxation and Stress Relief
Join Sally for a day of therapeutic art and relaxation! Using circular concentric patterns and designs, we will create amazing decorative mandalas on paper. Learn how to add watercolor, ink and markers to decorate your patterns. The process of creating mandalas can be very meditative giving one an escape from the stress of daily life. This could be a great activity for a pd day or possibly a creative math class to show students how to divide a circle into sections.
In today's hectic world, we crave activities that provide peace and solace. This is one of those activities. The habitual practice of the mandala can train a busy mind to be calm which is what participants will learn in this class. You will try to get 2 mandalas completed.
You have a choice if how you would like to do this art class. If you wish to create the projects, you will need the supplies. There are only 20 supply packages available to it's first come first served. You can purchase the supplies be etransfer to sally@sallytowerssybblis.com. They will be mailed to you. YOU MUST OREDER THEM A FULL 2 WEEKS BEFORE the start of the conference or they may not arrive on time. The cost of the supplies is $30 including shipping. Alternatively, you can provide your own supplies. Here are the supplies you will need should you choose to bring your own:

- a flat paint brush around 1/2"-1" in size
- watercolor paints: blue, red, and yellow (any brand is fine)
- a set of broad or super tip coloured felt pens such as Crayola Super Tips(nothing too fine tipped or your mandala will take too long to color)
- palette or paper plate
- water container
- hair dryer
- rag
- glue stick or double sided tape
- scissors
- ruler
- pencil
- eraser
- compass
- 8.5x11" sheet of black cardstock
- 6x6" piece of Canson or Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper (any other 140 lb. watercolor paper works too)
- 4x4"piece of Canson or Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper
- a very fine black permanent pen such as an ultra fine sharpie or size 01 black micron pigma pen

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, acrylics or book making. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”._x000D_... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 1:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

11:00am MST

! "My Thai" Cooking Class
*YOU WILL NEED THE SHOPPING LIST FOR THIS CLASS*. It is a hands-on class.

Sharpen your knives, clean off your cutting board, grab your ingredients and log on. Chef Duane Sovyn will lead you through the preparation of Chicken Satay, Coconut Rice Pilaff and a Spicy Peanut Sauce.  Upon completion sit back and enjoy your feast from Thailand! For this session each participant will need to purchase their own ingredients so they may cook along with me. 

Duane Sovyn is a Red Seal Chef and Culinary Arts Teacher from W. H. Croxford high school. Prior to teaching high school, Duane worked at SAIT running themed cooking classes and team building cooking events. His ability to showcase cuisine from cultures around the world while instructing with enthusiasm on how to prepare the dishes makes any course he facilitates a 'Must Attend'.

Shopping List for Thai Cooking
1 chicken breast (or 8 shrimp 31-40 count if you do not want chicken)
4 skewers (not needed if do not want to skewer)
1 stalk of Lemongrass
2 cloves Garlic
1 red onion
1 yellow onion
Brown Sugar 60ml (¼ cup)
Turmeric 5ml (1 tsp) (this a bit pricey, ask a neighbor if you do not have it)
Coriander 5ml (1 tsp) (this a bit pricey, ask a neighbor if you do not have it)
Soy sauce 15ml (1 Tbsp) 
coconut milk 400ml can
Black Pepper for seasoning
Salt for seasoning
Sesame Oil (can be substituted with Canola)
Canola oil
Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
1 cup uncooked rice (jasmine or Basmati)
Sambul Oleck (Chili Paste)
Cilantro, I Bunch



Moderators
KM

Kathy McElroy (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Duane Sovyn

Duane Sovyn

Sharpen your knives, clean off your cutting board, grab your ingredients and log on. Chef Duane Sovyn will lead you through the preparation of Chicken Satay, Coconut Rice Pilaff and a Spicy Peanut Sauce.  Upon completion sit back and enjoy your feast from Thailand!



Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 80

11:00am MST

! Les ateliers de lecture
Cette session permettra aux enseignants de découvrir un répertoire de plusieurs activités et ressources permettant d’élaborer un programme de littératie équilibrée riche et varié (volet lecture) pour les élèves de la maternelle à la 2e année. Un focus sera mis sur les ateliers de lecture et ses différentes composantes : la lecture à voix haute, la lecture partagée, la lecture guidée, la lecture indépendante et l’étude des mots. Les participants repartiront pleins d’idées et outillés afin de mettre en application plusieurs activités pour enrichir leur programme de littératie dans leur salle de classe.

Speakers
IM

Isabelle Mercier

Isabelle Mercier a obtenu un baccalauréat en enseignement préscolaire et primaire à l’Université de Sherbrooke au Québec et une maîtrise en éducation à l’Université de l’Alberta. Elle enseigne en Alberta depuis 2005. Isabelle Mercier a une passion pour la littérature... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 11:00am - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 92

12:00pm MST

! Making the Most of a Teaching Life—How to Be Well and Stay Well
This workshop will begin by addressing general themes relevant to teacher wellness and will then focus on the most common mental health challenges affecting teachers: stress, anxiety and burnout. The session will include strategies to assist teachers in managing their emotional and psychological well-being in ways that allow them to be successful in educational settings.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Tisdale

Ian Tisdale

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Ian has worked with youth from at-risk environments while serving as the principal of the BRICK Learning Centre in Ponoka, AB. Through a trauma-informed lens, the BRICK creates an environment that holds students accountable while it truly puts students’ need first. He is also passionate... Read More →
avatar for Dana Kohlman

Dana Kohlman

Division Principal of Colony Schools, ATA Administrator Instructor, Council for School Leadership
The presenter is part of the ATA's Administrative Instructors Corps. And, after years of working in schools, looks forward to working with colleagues on their journey in education.


Thursday February 24, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm MST
ATA Session

12:00pm MST

! Trauma-Informed Practice—Safe, Supportive and Self-Regulated Classrooms
Participants in this interactive workshop will receive information and tools to help provide safe, supportive and self-regulated environments for students who have experienced trauma. Teachers will be provided with background information on trauma and its effects on the child and adolescent brain, how to create trauma-informed environments and how to help build resiliency and self-regulation skills in students.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Steeves

Melissa Steeves

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Melissa (Missy) Steeves has been teaching Humanities in rural Alberta since 2007. Melissa has had the opportunities to work in a trauma-informed and inclusive schools and classrooms alongside amazing colleagues throughout her career. Classroom teaching has opened doors to working... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm MST
ATA Session

12:00pm MST

! Indigenous Alberta—The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
This workshop will introduce participants to the rich indigenous cultural and linguistic diversity of Alberta. Topics will include terminology related to identity, recognition of territory, significant ancestral landscapes related to locations of celebrations and traditions that come to life through song and dance, addressing myths and misconceptions, and a brief historical timeline.

Speakers
GR

Gretchen Riel

ATA Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, The Alberta Teachers Association
This session is presented by the ATA
LM

Leslee Mills

This session is presented by the ATA


Thursday February 24, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm MST
ATA Session

12:00pm MST

30D Coéducation à l'ère du numérique 1.0: conditions gagnantes
La coéducation, qu’est-ce que c’est? Comment créer une alliance avec les parents et ainsi créer les meilleures conditions possibles pour assurer le bien-être des jeunes à l’ère du numérique?

Au terme de cette rencontre, vous aurez découvert les 4 éléments essentiels à la coéducation et les 3 conditions gagnantes pour installer la relation de coéducation. Vous pourrez ainsi observer les manifestations de la coéducation qui favorisent l’engagement école-famille au service du bien-être et de la réussite des jeunes.

Vous deviendrez PRO de la relation école-famille.

POSTURE - Quelle posture est-ce que je peux adopter pour mettre en place les conditions gagnantes de la coéducation?
RECONNAISSANCE - Comment définir et reconnaître nos rôles respectifs dans la coéducation?
OBJECTIF - Quel est notre intention positive commune au cœur de la relation coéducation?

Speakers
JC

Judith Cajelais

Judith Cajelais Judith Cajelais est enseignante depuis plus de 15 ans et fondatrice d’Edu GoPro. Son service se démarque par l’accompagnement offert aux différents intervenants naviguant dans le milieu de l’éducation. Elle offre donc formations, conférences et soutien aux... Read More →
SD

Stéphanie Dionne

Directrice au développement et facilitatrice à l'ère du numérique, École branchée
Stéphanie DionneEn plus d'être directrice du développement et des partenariats 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. En tant que coach professionnelle certifiée... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 12:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 87

1:00pm MST

30D Canadian North: Ted Harrison Exciting Art Project
For those who love Canada’s North, Ted Harrison is a MUST. His use of vibrant colours and bold lines made him a favourite artist among Canadian students. With the help of mixed media, beautiful scenery will come to life. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Participants will be provided with a PowerPoint presentation and a video link for their classroom. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4- 10. All supplies provided. $10 registration fee.
Please check back to see what the speaker is listing for supplies to be collected for this session so that you can follow along and complete this art project. The fee does not apply as the convention is virtual. If by some chance the supply list is not provided by the time of convention, you can still watch and learn and complete your art project later.

Moderators
LG

Lesley Gibson (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

Turning Dots Into a Painting/ Fabulous Abstract Paintings
Bogdan Koral - Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 77

1:00pm MST

** Making Learning Visible: “A Day in the Life of our Class” Photography Project
Are you interested in diving deeper into classroom photography? In my session Making Learning Visible: Photographing and Co-Creating Learning Stories, we touched on the day in the life slideshow my grade 1 class created. Together we told the story of an average day in our class as a social story for the kindergarten students moving up. As an added bonus the project ended up being a wonderful end of year slideshow to share with families. Join me in learning how to create a day in the life plan with your own class or photography club.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe

photographer, Kristy Wolfe Photography
Photographer // Digital Storyteller // 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 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 68

1:00pm MST

! Canada’s Food Guide in Action! An Overview of Brand New Programs for Junior High Foods & Health
Making Canada’s Food Guide (CFG) relevant and engaging for junior high students is possible!

Our new, free junior high programs can help you do exactly that. We are excited to share two programs with you in this session:
• CTF Foods: DIY Meals and Snacks
• Health: Food for Me
Both programs are designed for junior high students to explore CFG by creating meals and snacks using a variety of foods. Using fun and colorful videos and activities, students will practice creating meals and snacks that feature foods from the CFG Plate, explore the benefits of variety, examine what factors influence food choices, and culminate their learning with an engaging final challenge.

You will leave this session with:
• Ready-to-use classroom materials including:
o A teacher guide with background information, assessment tools and answer keys
o Colourful nutrient graph teaching tools
o Student workbooks with activity worksheets and assessment tools
o Slide decks with speaker notes
o Videos highlighting CFG
o Customizable recipes (foods program only)
o Videos highlighting recipe demonstrations (foods program only)
• A refreshed understanding of how to approach nutrition education with junior high students.
• An improved understanding of Canada’s Food Guide.
• Curriculum-linked, evidence-informed, and teacher-reviewed lessons and teaching tools.
• Opportunities for ongoing support from Registered Dietitians.


Teach Nutrition resources are developed by the Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada. See them all at teachnutrition.ca

Speakers
avatar for Mary Block

Mary Block

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Mary is a Registered Dietitian at 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 exploration.
avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Dairy Farmers of Canada
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 89

1:00pm MST

! Créons des créateurs—favoriser la pensée créatrice dans votre école
Le milieu de l’éducation a pris un virage marqué vers l’enquête et les occasions d’apprentissage pratique et exploratoire. La tendance aux espaces créateurs s’inscrit dans une volonté de faire vivre ces approches. Cet atelier fournit des renseignements d’ordre général au sujet des espaces créateurs et du mouvement créatif, tout en incitant les enseignants à s’impliquer en y ouvrant leur salle de classe.

Speakers
DD

Dorice De Champlain

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
avatar for Dr. Megan Sénéchal

Dr. Megan Sénéchal

Curriculum consultant, Edmonton Public School Board
Dr. Megan Sénéchal is a curriculum consultant with Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests include change management, language education, and Universal Design for Learning.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA Session

1:00pm MST

! Let's Talk About Identity, Power and Privilege
Understanding race, racism, privilege and oppression requires concerted effort toward uncovering the daily hierarchies and power structures that surround our complex identities. For educators, promoting social justice is central to our daily work with students. Addressing specific issues such as privilege is difficult and uncomfortable for most people, for a variety of reasons. This workshop will help teachers explore these issues and provide them with ideas for student exercises and activities.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Steeves

Melissa Steeves

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Melissa (Missy) Steeves has been teaching Humanities in rural Alberta since 2007. Melissa has had the opportunities to work in a trauma-informed and inclusive schools and classrooms alongside amazing colleagues throughout her career. Classroom teaching has opened doors to working... Read More →
AP

Anna-Liza Ponce

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA Session

1:00pm MST

** Supporting ELLs in every classroom
Everyone is a language teacher. ELLs in every classroom need explicit language supports in order to be successful. This session will provide manageable strategies and resources that can be embedded into daily instruction that will improve engagement and success for your ELLs.

Speakers
avatar for Luisa Zimich

Luisa Zimich

ELL Consultant, Calgary Catholic School District
Luisa Zimich is currently an English Language Learning consultant with Calgary Catholic School District. Luisa has taught secondary ESL, FSL, French Immersion and Spanish in BC, Yukon and Alberta. She finds second language learning and working with newcomers to Canada fascinating... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

PD Director South, English as a Second Language Council
Lisa Smith works as an ELL Consultant with Calgary Catholic School Division. In her role, she works to support school communities in providing safe, welcoming environments which offer meaningful classroom instruction to English Language Learners. She believes that the instructional... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 86

1:00pm MST

30D Finding Wild: Place-based Teaching and Learning
For the 2020-2021 school year, educators were encouraged to pivot their planning and design ideas and embrace teaching and learning outdoors as a possible COVID mitigation strategy. This session showcases how one grade 3 class got wild and engaged in place-based learning by stepping into the natural areas and river corridor adjacent to their school. Discover how exploring local places transformed student understanding, deepened connections and fostered greater empathy and care towards their community, environment, neighbours and selves. Evidence will showcase how utilizing mapping and cartography, nature journaling and a trail camera enhanced the experience. Ideas for how educators can begin wilding their practice by incorporating place-based learning across curriculum will be shared.

Moderators
SD

Stacey Doikas (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
BC

Barbara Calabrese

Barbara Calabrese is a grade 3 teacher with the Foothills School Division. She is currently completing her MEd capstone project with University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education focusing on place-based teaching and learning pedagogy and practice. Barbara has previously presented... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 66

1:00pm MST

30D Coaching to Support Student-Athlete Mental Health
Sport can be a positive factor for youth mental health, but it it’s positive effects are not inherent. Coaches need to deliberately structure their season with mental health in mind. Through my Master’s research project, I identified many best practices that can support the mental health of student athletes that I will share in this session. I will share both my findings as well as practical ways to implement them.

Speakers
TB

Tenielle Bachek

After years of teaching and coaching sports (both extra curricular and community) I embarked on a Master’s degree with a focus on mental health. My interest in mental health and sport lead me to research how to best support athletes’ mental health.  Throughout this session, I... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D Overcome Perfectionism
When asked the interview question “what’s your greatest weakness,” if you said, “I work too hard,” this session is for you. Type A, driven personalities with extremely high standards are more likely to work longer hours, get overwhelmed, and ultimately suffer from teacher burnout. If you are willing to change, adopt new systems of efficiency, and work on releasing the underlying emotional causes of perfectionism, the potential benefits of this session are enormous!

Speakers
avatar for A. Grace Martin

A. Grace Martin

Author, Teacher, Wellness Coach
The Wellness Potential Teacher, A. Grace Martin, is a high school science teacher, fiction novel author, self help author, mentor, wife, and mom. She helps burned out teachers learn how to thrive through a system of highly targeted self care.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 85

1:00pm MST

30D Energize your Classroom (indoors and outside) with Ever Active Schools
Physical activity for students of all ages offers many benefits above and beyond physical health. This workshop will offer practical tips on how to incorporate physical activity into any subject area, featuring Ever Active Schools’ latest resources and videos. We will share ideas for embedding physical activity both inside and outside. Join us in learning how to re-energize your students, break up sedentary time, and create embodied learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D Build Your Healthy School Puzzle with the NEW Canadian Healthy School Standards
Creating a Healthy School Community is not unlike building a puzzle. It takes time, and patience, and if any pieces are missing it's such a bummer! Discover how you can best build your healthy school puzzle through the Canadian Healthy School Standards. In this session, participants will meet the Canadian Healthy Schools Alliance and explore the Healthy School Standards. What are they & how do they look, live and breathe within the school system?

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →
CH

Canadian Healthy Schools Alliance

The Canadian Healthy Schools Alliance is a network of organizations on a mission to promote health and well-being in school communities across Canada. Combining evidence-based and community-oriented approaches, the Alliance aims to help school leadership improve a wide variety of... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

! Our Shared History, Our Shared Future: A Brief Introduction to Treaties
This introductory workshop will explore historical and contemporary information and resources relating to numbered treaties within present-day Alberta. Educators will build their understanding of the acknowledgement of land and people, as well as our shared responsibilities to the land and each other. Participants will engage in dialogue and reflect on their professional learning in order to build capacity in treaty education.

Speakers
LM

Leslee Mills

This session is presented by the ATA
CC

Crystal Clark

This session is presented by the ATA


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA Session

1:00pm MST

! The History and Legacy of Residential Schools
This workshop examines the history, impacts and legacy of residential schools, including the effects of intergenerational trauma. Educators will be trained on the tools, resources and strategies that contribute to the development of mutually respectful relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Participants will leave honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action and make a professional and personal commitment to action.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Running Rabbit

Stacey Running Rabbit

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
This session is presented by the ATA
avatar for Annette Fox Bruised-Head

Annette Fox Bruised-Head

This session is presented by the ATA


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA Session

1:00pm MST

30D Write On: Hands-On Activities To Get Your Students Going
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

Language Arts
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 →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 79

1:00pm MST

30D Maker Technology in Your ATA Library
Have you heard about makerspaces or maker technology and wonder what on earth people are talking about? Would you like to get your hands on it to try it out yourself? In this session, Sandra will explain makerspaces, discuss different types of technology, and how you can borrow kits from the library for free – no matter where you live in the province!

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Anderson

Sandra Anderson

Librarian, ATA
Sandra is a professional librarian who heads the ATA Library. Sandra’s passion is technological innovation and she applies this interest into all aspects of her work. She is an active voice on social media for the ATA Library and has developed web guides for teachers on dozens of... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
ATA Staff Session

1:00pm MST

30D The Power of Using Structure and Mastery to Create Excitement in Your Math Class
Do you have a math class with a wide performance gap among your students? Teachers of all grades struggle with students arriving in their classroom with a huge discrepancy in the range of ability between the fastest learners and those who struggle most.

This session is designed to demonstrate how to reduce this performance gap, while keeping all students engaged in the math. By following current research, Donna and Charlene will help you learn how to carefully structure your tasks to move all learners forward. By paying attention to the power of mastery, moment by moment and for all, your classes will experience ‘collective effervescence’ - the excitement that occurs with deep learning.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Prato

Donna Prato

Manager, Outreach & Teacher Support, JUMP Math
Donna taught with Edmonton Public Schools for more than 30 years before retiring from teaching to join JUMP Math team aa the regional Outreach Manager for Edmonton and Northern Alberta. She taught Junior High for all of her career, beginning in Home Economics and Language Arts, before... Read More →
avatar for Charlene MacKenzie

Charlene MacKenzie

Charlene is a Calgary-based teacher and supporter of teachers. Her career included more than 25 years in public education, where she taught mainly secondary mathematics, and added roles as math lead and teacher team lead. Charlene spent many years mining the research to find a way... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

** The BEST version of YOU
SORRY THIS VIDEO IS NOT AVAILABLE

During this energetic presentation, you will gain practical strategies and effective supports 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, maintaining 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 you with simple tips for ordinary humans to inspire you and to 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 » to one of a « Wonder Womom ».

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Mishio

Andrea Mishio

The Best Version of You
Andrea Mishio has been a dynamic junior high school teacher for 10 years. She is the mother of 2 girls, and has been married to her husband for 18 years. Through her fitness journey, she has discovered a passion for health, and for helping others become healthier & happier versions... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Zoom Room 82

1:00pm MST

** Prayer as a Personal Relationship with Jesus
“Prayer is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him, who we know, loves us.” St. Theresa of Avila.
God loves us unconditionally, he knows us intimately, and wants to be in a relationship with us. Like any other deep friendship, we cultivate it by communicating. We are all unique, and the way that we best communicate with others varies. Our Catholic Church recognizes this and gives us a rich and vast ways to pray.
During this session we will experience the three forms of prayer: vocal, Christian Meditation, and contemplative prayer. We will be looking at practical ways to cultivate our own personal prayer as well as our students. Areas of prayer include traditional prayers, Lectio and Visio Divina, Praying in Color and Bible Journaling.
This session is not only experiential, where you will have the opportunity to practice various forms of prayer, but you will also have resources that you can use in your school and classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Nguyen

Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 1:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

! Counting Time
The session will provide teachers with a process for collecting data on hours of work (both instructional and assignable), defining assignable time, and monitoring time assignments.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Rybotycki

Myra Rybotycki

Executive Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Myra Rybotycki is an Executive Staff Officer with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. In addition to her role in collective bargaining within Teacher Employment Services, Myra acts as the Association’s Pension Expert and delivers pension, retirement and financial wellness education... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
ATA Staff Session

1:00pm MST

30D Net Zero Housing Construction - Introduction
As the housing of human beings becomes a topic of interest in our changing world, we will examine the energy demands of single family residential housing and coming or existing building codes to increase energy efficiency.  An ongoing project will be examined and analyzed.  Briefly touched upon will be 'single-utility' concept.

Moderators
RH

Ryan Hatch (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
CL

CRAIG LERBEKMO

Craig Lerbekmo has taught CTS for 30 + years.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 75

1:00pm MST

30D 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 a collaborative, interdisciplinary practice focusing on real world problems and/or issues that impact students in schools.

Moderators
GH

Gloria Hunter (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
CP

Cynthia Prasow

Director, Student Experiences, University of Calgary
Cynthia Prasow is the Director of Student Experiences at the Werklund School of Education at the 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... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 74

1:00pm MST

30D Dialogue in the classroom and in your team: Identifying and breaking through texting thought and language
How are you today? Good. Do you have any questions? No. What do you notice? Nothing. What do you think about this? It’s cool. Does anyone have any ideas? No.
We have come to a point in our lives when the crown of human creativity, that of collaboration and connection, has been reduced to simple, surface answers that lead to simple, surface answers. A colleague and I spent all of last year exploring how students were not able to dialogue with each other. Not just talk, but engage in meaningful conversations. This was our focus for the year. What we realized we had to focus on was surprising. The goal is to end up in a place we never set out to find. We will never plan our year the same way again.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D All Colours Belong in Nature: Inclusive Outdoor Education to Support Student Wellness and Racial Equity
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 and emphasizes white issues, white environmental heroes, and western conceptualizations of nature. Racism and racial inequalities may make youth feel ignored, unwelcome, and unprepared in outdoor education.

Join CPAWS to learn how you can provide inclusive nature connection opportunities that support your students’ wellbeing. This session will guide your role as a teacher in responding to racial inequality in outdoor education by providing tools and resources that make a difference in the classroom. 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 Speaker Hira

Speaker Hira

Hira Shah, Communications SpecialistHira has always loved exploring the outdoors and experiencing what Canada has to offer. She is passionate about sharing her love of nature with others, which led her to pursue a career in environmental education and communications. Hira holds a... Read More →
avatar for Speaker - Jaclyn Angotti

Speaker - Jaclyn Angotti

Education Director, CPAWS Southern Alberta
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Its 13 chapters nationwide are working to protect Canada’s public lands and waters. The mission of the Southern Alberta Chapter is to safeguard, connect, and expand parks and wilderness through... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 83

1:00pm MST

** KEYNOTE DOCUMENTARY: The Wisdom of Trauma - Dr. Gabor Maté
Delegates will register on The Wisdom of Trauma site to access the Documentary after clicking on the video link in Sched.
Zoom and pre-recorded video links will not be active until Wednesday afternoon February 23rd. So if you want to register before that please use this link. You will be asked if you want to make a donation, but you do not need to make a donation to register, so only do so if you want to. https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/wot-pdtca-24022022 You will receive an email with the link to the film. You can watch a trailer using that link for now. The film will only be available during convention starting at 1:00 pm on Thursday February 24th.

The interconnected epidemics of anxiety, chronic illness and substance abuse are, according to Dr Gabor Maté, normal. But not in the way you might think.

One in five Americans are diagnosed with mental illness in any given year [1]. Suicide is the second most common cause of death in the US for youth aged 15-24 [2], and kills over 800,000 people a year globally [3] and 48,300 in the USA [4]. Drug overdose kills 81,000 in the USA annually [5]. The autoimmunity epidemic affects 24 million people in the USA [6]. What is going on?

In The Wisdom of Trauma, we travel alongside physician, bestselling author and Order of Canada recipient Dr. Gabor Maté to explore why our western society is facing such epidemics. This is a journey with a man who has dedicated his life to understanding the connection between illness, addiction, trauma and society.

“Trauma is not what happens to you.
Trauma is what happens inside you,
as a result of what happens to you.”
— Gabor Maté

Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we love and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds. Dr. Maté gives us a new vision: a trauma-informed society in which parents, teachers, physicians, policy-makers and legal personnel are not concerned with fixing behaviors, making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms and judging, but seek instead to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul.

As this movie is about Trauma, it does include discussion around potential trauma inducing situations. We acknowledge that this content may be difficult for some viewers and we also encourage you to care for your safety and well-being. Should you need to process what you have seen here please connect with the Calgary Distress Center https://www.distresscentre.com/ or call 403.266.HELP (4357).

The attached Screening & Discussion Guide is being shared as a courtesy to professionals who would like to bring together a group of colleagues to discuss the movie that they watch. We are not setting up a formal discussion session, this will need to be organized by individuals of small groups if this is desired.

Speakers
DG

Dr. Gabor Maté

A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

** Reduce, Reuse, Rehearsal!
Building stamina for ensemble focus is key for all involved in drama classes and rehearsals. David will offer a range of warm up and energizer activities to help an ensemble of students (and the teacher!) tune in to be fully present and remain curious through a given day's work.

We'll also engage the reality that some days, it just isn't working to reduce the “noise” that detracts from moving forward. How can the ensemble share the responsibility to recognize when energies are not synergized and practice owning their contribution to the group effort?

Teachers will have time to exchange their best practices, and enliven the sense of purpose and love of telling stories through theatre, especially in Covid times.

Speakers
avatar for David Snider

David Snider

Rosebud School of the Arts & Rosebud Theatre
David Snider MFA BA Theatre Artist & Educator For over 15 years, David has been an acting instructor for Rosebud School of the Arts, and an actor, director and sound designer for Rosebud Theatre. His focus is on approaches to performance that empower students of all ages and backgrounds... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 95

1:00pm MST

30D Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment for Numeracy, Literacy and Other Subjects - Grades 5 to 8
You’ll explore ways to make student learning meaningful and memorable by using your schoolyard as a learning environment. No matter what subject, the outdoors provides the context to help students make sense of what they are learning. How can you use the outdoors to spark their interest and provide motivation to deepen their learning? We’ll explore outdoor activities that support a variety of subjects that are the building blocks for continued classroom learning. Many teachers use their schoolyard as a learning environment and there will be time to share and learn together. You’ll leave with many activities, ideas and resources you can use right away. This session is best for those teaching grades 5 to 8.

Moderators
JY

Jen Yersh (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Your Schoolyard is a Learning Environment / Basic Energy Literacy Tests
Kathy Worobec is a Senior Education Advisor with the Alberta Council for Environmental Education. She brings more than 25 years of experience in environmental and energy education programs to this role. Kathy provides strategic guidance for programs and operations and plays a lead... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 64

1:00pm MST

30D From Anxiety to Empowerment: Engaging Secondary Students in Climate Solutions
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face, and students know this. A 2020 survey of over 500 Alberta youths revealed that a strong majority of students are concerned about their future as a result of climate change and want to learn what we can do to address it. In this highly engaging session, learn how to steer clear of gloom and doom and instill confidence and optimism about the future by focusing on climate solutions. In the words of climate activist Greta Thunberg, "The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change." Join us as we demonstrate how exploring real-world climate solutions is a fun and engaging way to build hope and agency in your students, equip them with the knowledge and skills to become the environmental leaders of tomorrow, and introduce them to exciting careers of the future. We’ll also share connections to the Alberta curriculum and many high-quality resources you can use immediately with your students.

Moderators
AV

Amy Van Vliet (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marie Tremblay

Dr. Marie Tremblay

Alberta Council for Environmental Education / French
Dr. Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 71

1:00pm MST

30D Setting up Mentoring Initiatives as a Strategy to Support Social Emotional Wellbeing
SORRY THIS VIDEO IS NOT AVAILABLE AS THRE WERE RECORDING PROBLEMS.

Are you interested in bringing mentoring into your school to enhance student wellbeing? This session will explore steps involved in setting up a variety of different mentoring initiatives both formal and informal. Resources will be shared, along with tips from people who have experience with mentoring in schools. Participants will have an opportunity to begin a plan for design and implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Gosling

Caroline Gosling

Alberta Mentoring Partnership
Caroline is a retired educator with 30+ years experience in schools. During that time she taught at elementary, junior and senior high, was a behaviour consultant, a principal at four different schools and spent time seconded to both Alberta Children's Services and Alberta Education... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 81

1:00pm 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 →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 88

1:00pm MST

30D Bâtir une communauté de lecteurs grâce au cercle de lecture!
Découvrez la richesse de l'utilisation des cercles de lecture en classe afin de développer les quatre dimensions de la lecture: comprendre, interpréter, réagir et apprécier. Apprenez à utiliser les outils technologiques disponibles pour conserver des traces des discussions de tous vos élèves. Les périodes où vous passez votre temps à courir entre chaque cercle de lecture pour les observer sont terminées, place au changement!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Belzile

Jason Belzile

Enseignant au primaire de formation, Jason Belzile est conseiller pédagogique à L'École branchée.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 84

1:00pm MST

! Self-Reflexology for less stress, more relaxation, and better sleep
Does your body feel as if it is storing tension? Can’t sleep because your mind is racing? Is your body achy and fatigued? Too tired to get through the day?
My name is Kati Mackenzie and I am a Registered Reflexology Therapist. I am going to show you how to relieve stress and anxiety by massaging specific areas of the face, feet, and ears.
Whether it is a matter of aches and pains, built-up tension or even sleeping problems, you can use these self-reflexology techniques to tackle some of the most frequent issues with which we all struggle. It will take only 5-10 minutes to feel better during the day. You can even incorporate it into your daily routine, to achieve better sleep and a more relaxed, positive mood and mind frame.
Reflexology is a type of therapy that uses gentle pressure on specific points along your feet (face, hands, and ears) to affect the function and health of different parts of the body. The theory is that the nerve endings are stimulated to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to induce rest and relaxation.
You will receive a body map and a handout (pdf) to remember these reflex areas.

Speakers
avatar for Katalin Mackenzie

Katalin Mackenzie

Katalin Mackenzie MA, BEd, RCRTKatalin is a teacher in Canmore and a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist. She is trained in RAC foot reflexology, Dien Chan Multireflexology, Sorensen facial reflexology, Dien Chan Zone therapy, ear, and hand reflexology. She is also an SFQ Qigong... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 90

1:00pm MST

** Support Your Emotional Well Being & Your Students During Uncertain Times
A calm mind is a focused mind. Our world has changed and most of us are struggling to make sense of what’s going on trying to find calm in the chaos and uncertainty. I can’t imagine a better time to bring us together and teach you a variety of mindfulness techniques for relaxation, emotional balance, self-regulation and improve focus to integrate in your daily life and to share with your students. Together we will also begin the beKIND Mindfulness Challenge so you can join our Global beKIND Mindfulness Movement of over 20,000 kids, teens and adults. It's simple and easy. All you need is you.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

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 →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 70

1:00pm MST

30D 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. Join us to discuss 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.

Moderators
Speakers
CA

Charity Alcocer

Public Health Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Charity Alcocer, BSc. (Nutr), RD Charity is a Public Health Dietitian for Alberta Health Services, based in Calgary. She has almost 20 years of experience in the area of dietetics and health promotion, including rural and Indigenous health, prenatal nutrition and diabetes education... Read More →
CO

Carley O'Kane

Carley O'Kane, MSc RD Carley O'Kane is a registered dietitian working in public health for Alberta Health Services. Carley specializes in pediatric care, where she holds a Master of Science degree from her research on childhood obesity prevention. Carley is a passionate advocate of... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 65

1:00pm MST

30D Word Power: Helping Children Understand Words
Reading and writing can be challenging for some kids, especially when they are asked to learn the parts of speech. Start by teaching them simple definitions and checks, show them why it will make them better readers and writers then give them a chance to use these skills. They will learn which words they should change in a sentence, how the smallest ones can carry the biggest meaning and how to arrange them to make their writing exciting and interesting. Nouns, adverbs and prepositions will no longer be a random topic, but an integral part of language learning. Teach your students about the power of words.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk

Darren Michalczuk has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years and has taught everything from kindergarten to high school including music, homeroom and physical education. He has worked in rural Alberta school to big city private school in Queensland, Australia. He has coached... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D Pun-ny for your Thoughts: The Art of Wordplay
In this un-convention-al workshop, we'll have you write on track for pun production. Using some class-y wit and old school strategies, your students will go from smart bored to cleverly engaged. Whether you love puns or hate them, by the end of this session you'll find that they've groan on you.

In this workshop, you will flex your creative muscles through a series of activities, hear some eye-roll-worthy examples, and get some tangible takeaways on how to teach these techniques to your students. Breaking the process of punnery down into manageable strategies like word lists, isolating double entendres, and incorporating them into a concise and convincing narrative, you will have the audience loving - or gratifyingly hating - the wonderful wordplay you’ve crafted.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Language Arts
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 →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D Re-imagining Jr High Math units by training student thought patterns
After 10 years as a PE teacher and 9 years of teaching Math in the blended homeschooling math program (grades 1 to 9), it is time to share some strategies I have been using to improve student retention, engagement, and independent problem solving. In 60 minutes, I will attempt to share my accelerated approach to influence students' thought patterns for three major units: Order of Operations, Integers, and Algebra. If you understand how a Lion hunts a gazelle, you can learn to do algebra. If you have ever been in a line for a roller coaster with 3 people, you know how to multiply integers. Using analogy, simple images and paring down the infinite variations of units to the most fundamental rules, I have had incredible success with students at all skill levels. This all came about when I was tasked with teaching without a textbook or heavy reliance on workbooks. There will be lots of time for conversation as we play. Works in person and virtually. As a bonus I will share student note taking and activities to enhance learning.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D 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

CS Lewis/The Psalms, Airpods and God
Dr. McLarney teaches at St. Isidore’s Learning Center in Sherwood Park, AB. and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture.


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D Maki(Ng) Science Wizardry Magic!
How do magicians do it? Science and Magic are very similar on stage. Join Michael Ng as he shares how to wow, mystify, and bring some magic into your science classes. Illusions, misconceptions, and a bit of trickery to start your lectures and to get your children engaged in classrooms and remote learning.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Science
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D My Data Is Out Of Date Before I Can Write It Up!
The Energy And The Environment unit in Science 30 is based upon these Focusing Questions:

“How can Canadians and other members of the international community conserve energy and maintain quality of life? What are the benefits and costs of available non-renewable energy sources and of developing renewable energy sources? What is our energy future?”

This session will focus on the issues that surround many of the energy sources that humans are using. With the science behind global warming solid and climate change very much in the news, it is important that students learn about the global production and use of energy. One problem is finding data that is reliable and up to date. Things are changing faster than a textbook can be written and published.

In session, I will demonstrate several sources of up to date information that students can use to analyze humanity's global energy use.

Moderators
AN

Amrit Nannan (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar

Physics
Barry taught general science and physics for Edmonton Public Schools for 40 years before retiring at the end of the 2013 school year . He believes that used properly, hands-on activities foster higher level thinking, cover the skills and attitudes parts of the curricula, and increase... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 73

1:00pm MST

** Holocaust Studies; A New LDC- one year in
This session will explore the LDC- Holocaust Studies developed in 2020 in collaboration between Foothills School Division and the Calgary Jewish Federation. As primary writer, Lindsay will walk teachers through the three levels of the course and share the experiences and resources used during the first year of implementation. Time will be spent on the curriculum of the LDC, hands-on resources and feedback, and group discussion.

Moderators
MR

Marcy Rogers (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Kate Anderson

Lindsay Kate Anderson

Holocaust studies, classroom design
Lindsay is a passionate educator who is entering her 17th year as a teacher. Throughout the years, Lindsay has worked in a variety of school settings including private and public schools. In 2017 Lindsay completed her M.ED through the University of Alberta where she did her research... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 76

1:00pm MST

30D Crayola Collage Cards
Mix Crayola crayons with watercolor paints to create a series of seasonal celebration cards. From Valentine’s Day to Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas; this technique will be your go to favourite for many classroom projects! Learn how to craft basic shapes from your painted papers for collaging. Add some fun letters to complete your designs! Card making has never been so enjoyable!
You have a choice of how you would like to do this art class. If you wish to create the projects, you will need the supplies. There are only 20 supply packages available so it's first come first served. You can purchase the supplies by etransfer to sally@sallytowerssybblis.com. They will be mailed to you. YOU MUST ORDER THEM AT LEAST TWO FULL WEEKS BEFORE the start of the conference of they may not arrive on time. The cost of the supplies is $25 including shipping. Alternatively, you can provide your own supplies. Here are the supplies you will need should you choose to bring your own:
- 1- box of Crayola crayons
- 1 - set of watercolor paints (any brand) At least 6 colors. You won't need black or white
- 1 round watercolor brush size 7-12 or a 1/2" flat brush
- a water container
- rag
-scissors
- ruler
- glue stick
- pencil
- eraser
- a very fine black pen such as an ultra fine sharpie or black micron pigma pen size 01
- a fine tip black sharpie
- 1 - 9x12" sheet of mixed media paper
- 3 sheets of computer paper
- 4 - 8.5x11" sheets of white cardstock

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, acrylics or book making. Her work has been featured in various publications including “The Lettering Arts Review”._x000D_... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

1:00pm MST

30D Engaging the Disengaged Student - FULL VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE
THIS VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE AND IS THE FULL LENGTH OF THE SESSION.

Students who are motivated to learn and engaged in class do the best academically. Conversely, disengaged students not only perform poorly in school – they are often one of the biggest sources of frustration and stress for teachers. Unfortunately, the number of disengaged students has been on the rise. To date, almost a quarter of students are unmotivated and checked out.

In a busy classroom, it can be hard to implement effective strategies to promote student motivation – especially when all students have their own learning needs. As educators, it is critical to know how to keep students engaged when they are unwilling to learn.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining! There are effective ways to get students back on track while promoting their learning outcomes, self-concept as a learner, and overall resilience. This workshop will give you the awareness and tools you need to reach those disengaged students.

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn:
• The multiple barriers to engagement and how to identify them
• How to identify the disengaged students who fly under the radar
• How to manage the behavioural manifestations of disengagement
• How to build their capacity to promote and manage student engagement
• How to optimize whole class engagement from the first day of school right to the end of the school year
• How to adapt strategies to include in Individualized Learning Plans

Practical case-based material will be presented to address common factors contributing to disengagement. Most importantly, this is an interactive workshop where participants will have the opportunity to share their own examples of disengaged students while building strategic plans targeted to meet the unique needs of their students that they can immediately use in the classroom.

After completing this workshop, participants will have a whole new outlook on disengaged students. They will understand the factors that contribute to disengagement, they will know how to maximize motivation for learning, they will be well-equipped to design and implement effective strategies for these students, and they will feel empowered and confident to motivate all students, even those who may already be checked out.

Moderators
avatar for Yvonne Toney (Moderator)

Yvonne Toney (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Yvonne Toney is an elementary generalist currently working with Rocky View. Her education degree is from the University of Regina. Her Masters degree in Educational technology is from the University of Calgary. She recently finished a course in planning adult professional learning... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Buzanko

Caroline Buzanko

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



Thursday February 24, 2022 1:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 69

2:00pm MST

30D Anyone Can Draw A Portrait
Creating a successful portrait is most challenging. But don’t despair! This workshop will teach you how to create a realistic portrait that will be completed in various mediums of your choice. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Participants will be provided with links to a PowerPoint presentation and a video for their classroom. Open to teachers grades 4-12. 
Please check back to see what the speaker is listing for supplies to be collected for this session so that you can follow along and complete this art project. The fee does not apply as the convention is virtual. If by some chance the supply list is not provided by the time of convention, you can still watch and learn and complete your art project later.

Moderators
AE

Alison England (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

Turning Dots Into a Painting/ Fabulous Abstract Paintings
Bogdan Koral - Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 77

2:00pm MST

! Increasing Student Resilience
This workshop asks the question, “How can teachers build resiliency in themselves to develop and maintain positive, supportive and caring relationships with students from at-risk environments?” Participants will consider approaches for integrating a strength-based resiliency perspective into teaching practice, examine personal perspectives and paradigms that foster positive relationships with students; and gain ideas, resources and strategies consistent with research-based practices that increase students’ ability to succeed in school and in life.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Steeves

Melissa Steeves

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Melissa (Missy) Steeves has been teaching Humanities in rural Alberta since 2007. Melissa has had the opportunities to work in a trauma-informed and inclusive schools and classrooms alongside amazing colleagues throughout her career. Classroom teaching has opened doors to working... Read More →
JP

Joanne Papdopoulos

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers Association


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
ATA Session

2:00pm MST

30D Grow into STEM activities with Micro:bits
STEM Education can save the world and bring hope and excitement to teachers and students alike. STEM involves students participating in cross-disciplinary activities involving (S)cience, (T)echnology, (E)ngineering, and (M)ath along with potential connections to any other subjects. In this pre-recorded session, participants will explore STEM education with an environmental focus and how to get started with the easy to use, inexpensive BBC micro:bit device. Fear not - this session is for absolute beginners and there are multiple optional activities that progress in challenge level. Join me for a hope-filled, hands-on session where you bring this exciting type of learning to your school. What's even better, micro:bits can be signed out from the ATA Library free to all members!

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Maas

Daniel Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The 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 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
ATA Staff Session

2:00pm MST

** Making Learning Visible: Student Photo Books
Are you interested in diving deeper into classroom photography? In my session Making Learning Visible: Photographing and Co-Creating Learning Stories, we touched on the photos books my grade 1 students created over the course of the year. Using dollar store photo albums and printed pictures students collected memories and were engaged in writing about their experience. At the end of the year, each student had their own personal yearbook that also showed the growth in their writing. Join me in learning how to create a plan for your own class regardless of whether your students are emerging or accomplished writers.

Moderators
LG

Lesley Gibson (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe

photographer, Kristy Wolfe Photography
Photographer // Digital Storyteller // 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 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 68

2:00pm MST

30D Dimensions of Wellbeing
With another overwhelming school year, many forget that wellness is more than a mindful breathing activity. This year it's now more crucial than ever for teachers to have a life of wellness outside of teaching. Modeled off of the medicine wheel, the dimensions of healing in physical, mental, social-emotional, and spiritual aspects will be explored with respect to teacher stress and burnout. Find out how to nourish yourself as a whole person, not just an overworked teacher, so that you can not only survive this school year, but dare I say: thrive in it.

Speakers
avatar for A. Grace Martin

A. Grace Martin

Author, Teacher, Wellness Coach
The Wellness Potential Teacher, A. Grace Martin, is a high school science teacher, fiction novel author, self help author, mentor, wife, and mom. She helps burned out teachers learn how to thrive through a system of highly targeted self care.


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 82

2:00pm MST

30D How to Say No
Teachers give a lot of themselves, so preserving energy is an important skill. With increased demands on our time and resources, decisions must be made to manage stress and avoid burning out. In this session, we’ll examine why it can be so hard to say no. We’ll cover handling the disappointment of others, strategies for setting and maintaining stronger relationship boundaries, and creating more space to enjoy life instead of feeling “crazy busy.” Prioritize your own mental health by learning how to say no with kindness and without guilt so your students can see how it’s done.

Moderators
AN

Ashley Neefe (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Harvey

Julianne Harvey

The Future is Female: Preparing Students for the Next Decade
Julianne Harvey is an author, speaker and nurturer from South Surrey, BC. She has four self-published books and her short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines. Julianne holds a BA in Creative Writing, along with a certificate in Counselling Skills, and is working toward... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 66

2:00pm MST

! Indigenous Education Resources: Where Do I Start?
This session will support educators in using resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. You will learn about culturally responsive resources to increase your capacity in foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. In addition, you will leave with tools to consider for critically reviewing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit resources for classroom and professional use.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Running Rabbit

Stacey Running Rabbit

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
This session is presented by the ATA
GR

Gretchen Riel

ATA Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, The Alberta Teachers Association
This session is presented by the ATA


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
ATA Session

2:00pm MST

30D Visual Verses: Literary & Visual Arts Fusion
In such a visual online world, where every post is accompanied by a photo or video, there are so many great opportunities to bridge the gap between visual and textual learners. Using a variety of mediums like drawing, painting, calligraphy, video, photography and more, you can encourage your visual-minded students to engage with words through images, and encourage your already strong writers to add and analyze another layer with their works. This workshop will look at a variety of activities that fuse the visual and literary arts, increasing conversation about the strengths and collaborative powers of each discipline.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Language Arts
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 →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 79

2:00pm MST

30D Help! I Need Ideas for K-3 Music
Are you terrified at the prospect of teaching music? Have no fear - Joyce is here with more songs, games, activities and strategies to teach curricular outcomes in engaging ways. If you’ve never taught music or are a reluctant singer, you will learn strategies and resources to have you and your students loving music time!!

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 29 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

2:00pm MST

30D HANDBALL IN A DAY
WHY HANDBALL you may ask... Well, it is a great invasion game that has the potential to build team work quickly among all skill levels, introduce new motor patterns to challenge your top athletes, and the opportunity to build complex strategy while playing. This is an active session and you will be playing the game (or online I will be demonstrating all of the phases of the progression). In the time we have we will cover a full progression through the skills, accompanying games (like handball dodgeball... so much fun), and the game play progression to supercharge the speed and team work of your class. One of my favourite accelerated scope and sequences I have been using for years. Get to the games and teach from there is the name of this progression. Once you know the 1/10th scan, the fun begins!

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

2:00pm MST

30D Feelin’ HOT HOT HOT! Intro to Latin Dance.
Spice up your PE Dance unit with the Merengue. If you can walk, you've already mastered the basic step, so join us as we show you how to accelerate student success in dance . We will have great music, hot moves, and will share many laughs.
We have created a way to teach dance like a sport to make the instructional side more accessible to Physical Educators. We have competed in Salsa and know how intimidating it can be. From PE teachers to PE Teachers, or anyone who is up for a great session leaning to dance.

Moderators
KM

Kathy McElroy (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Paul Brant Marlett

Paul Brant Marlett

Learning Leader, Calgary Board of Education
Paul is a purebred teacher, he is a maverick in education with a unique approach to teaching and learning. Teaching grades 1 to 12, all subject matters, and 10 years with the Blended Homeschooling program, he has some unique insights into students and accelerating student progress... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 93

2:00pm MST

30D Let’s Double Down on Quality Health and Physical Education
HPE is mandated, scheduled and available to every school and division, and it greatly supports student learning and well-being, whether in person or online. Throughout this session, the Health and Physical Education specialist council and Ever Active Schools will share current success stories from leading educators around the province, and feature free and low cost resources to support these core subject areas. We guarantee you’ll have one or two activities to try with your students right away!

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Supporting Healthy School Communities
Ever Active Schools is a charity that supports healthy school communities all across Alberta. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of topics to advance well-being in schools. Ever Active Schools puts on annual events such... Read More →
HA

Health and 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 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

2:00pm MST

! Resume Bootcamp
This session will focus on how to craft a better resume and cover letter for teachers and educational assistants.

Speakers
JC

John-Mark Crane

I am currently in my 8th year as an Assistant Principal. I have worked in both the high school and middle school level.



Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Zoom Room 89

2:00pm MST

** Dealing with Grief, Naturally
Did you know that grief does not just apply to the death of a loved one? The definition of Grief is the emotion we feel or experience when someone (friend, family, co-worker, pet) or something (job, marriage, worker) we are attached to is no longer as it was (Death, Caregiving, Loss of income). Co-Vid has caused grief for so many. Come learn the stages of grief and some natural coping mechanisms.

Speakers
avatar for Susanne Heaton

Susanne Heaton

Owner, Motivated by Nature
For over 11 years, Susanne worked in the corporate world doing team building, public speaking, negotiating, marketing and sales. She took a total leap of faith after having some life changing wake-up calls and left the corporate world to start her own company, Motivated by Nature... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

2:00pm MST

** Sacred Scripture and Storytelling
Bible stories? I’ve heard that one before! One of the aspects of teaching in a Catholic school is our effectiveness at opening our student’s hearts to scripture stories and our willingness to share our own stories of faith. How do we develop this skill? We look to Jesus who was the best storyteller that ever lived! His stories and delivery caught the attention of his listeners. This session will explore the opportunities of storytelling in scripture, how to relate these stories to our students’ everyday lives and what skills are needed to be an effective storyteller.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Nguyen

Kathleen Nguyen

Religious Education Consultant, Sacred Scripture and Storytelling/ Prayer
Kathleen is currently the Elementary Religious Education Consultant for the Edmonton Catholic School Division. She has over 20 years of experience working in Catholic Education; using her master’s in religious education and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification to support... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 2:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

2:00pm MST

30D L'évaluation au service de l'apprentissage : des stratégies concrètes
Trop souvent nous abordons les aspects théoriques d'une évaluation au service de l'apprentissage, mais concrètement, comment appliquer ce principe en classe? Quels outils utiliser? Quelles approches prioriser?

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Couture

Laurie Couture

Enseignante au secondaire de formation, Laurie est conseillère pédagogique à L'École branchée.


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 85

2:00pm MST

** The Benefits of Visualizing, Verbalizing and Verifying in Literacy and Numeracy
According to our new Ministerial Order, “Literacy and Numeracy are the foundational building blocks of learning”. Learn how language comprehension and deeper thinking, through an interplay between visualization and oral language, can enhance students’ literacy and numeracy skills. You will leave with practical ideas and resources that will develop students’ reading comprehension and math problem solving skills. These practices are good for all students, particularly English Language Learners and students with learning disabilities or ADHD. _x000D_
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-connections between problem solving and visualizing_x000D_
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Our examples in the session will target grades 3-6 content. The ideas and strategies shared can be applied to a larger range of grades.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tackaberry

Kim Tackaberry

Designer of Professional Learning, Calgary Regional Consortium
Kim Tackaberry is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium. Her areas of focus include literacy and inclusive education. Kim’s teaching career spans over 28 years, ten as a classroom teacher at Foothills Academy Society, a school specializing in children... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 86

2:00pm MST

! Teaching Styles and Lesson Planning for the 21st Century Classroom
Teacher training programs more often than not, focus on providing their participants with a limited array of tools they can use to put together a lesson plan, find appropriate resources, create original tasks or adapt assessments/tasks passed on from one “generation” to another. The practicum is also based on the one-size-fits-all lesson planning and the assumption that all teachers should teach the same way. What these programs do not take into account is how WE learn and, directly connected to this, how WE TEACH.
As they gain experience and become more confident, it is common for new teachers to discover that there are different ways to teach some contentious grammar point, include a speaking component in a reading task or prepare a fun vocabulary enrichment lesson, but for various reasons they prefer to go the beaten path and persevere in using the same teaching techniques whether they work or not.
In this 2-part session, Maria will help you identify your preferred teaching style and so, create lessons using the style that best matches your personality, without lowering or jeopardising the quality of your teaching. The first part will help you identify what your teaching style is and learn more about the different learning styles so that you can make an informed decision about what works for which task. The second part will provide you with the tools to put the “theory into practice”, by creating multi-style lessons that you are comfortable with and will also demonstrate how to collaborate with your peers and colleagues and organise the perfect “multiple-teaching-styles-common-activities”.


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 91

2:00pm MST

! Lively Letters Program
Lively Letters™ is a research-based and clinically-proven, multi-sensory reading program that turns plain, abstract letters and sounds into lively characters. Created by Nancy Telian, MS, CCC-SLP, forty-seven letters and letter combinations are embedded into colorful pictures that show students what to do with their mouths when making the letter sounds.

For nearly 30 years, educators have relied on Lively Letters to accelerate reading achievement and close gaps for struggling readers. In January, we’re excited to release a new generation of the clinically-proven Lively Letters program.
www.readingwithtlc.com

Speakers
avatar for Sherisse Dawe

Sherisse Dawe

Sherisse Dawe is a kindergarten teacher in Black Diamond. She has been using the Lively Letters program for 5 years with great success.
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Shirley Novak

Shirley Novak has been teaching for 30+ years as a classroom, learning support and learning coach teacher. She recently became a Lively Letters trainer for Foothills School Division.


Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 92

2:00pm MST

30D Maki(Ng) Green Science Fun, Safe and Not Safe!
Join Michael Ng in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares science demonstrations focused on the designing of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances in our classrooms and environment.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Science
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

2:00pm MST

30D Maki(Ng) Science Big (fun)!
Join Michael Ng once again in his Classic Demo Lecture Series as he shares amazing hands-on science demonstrations.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ng

Michael Ng

Science
Michael Ng Chemistry 20/30 and AP Chemistry | Accomplished concert pianist and artist since age 5. The world of science can be an enjoyable part of daily life. Dedicated and innovative in making "Science fun". Michael now appears monthly on Morning Global News TV Edmonton demonstrating... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 2:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

3:00pm MST

** Music Educators Coffee Time - A chance to meet with other Music Educators
Just a chance to meet with your fellow Music Educators - and share stories from the past year to help build Music programs through the Covid Season

Moderators
Speakers
TT

Teena Trick-Wilks

Music Teacher, Ross Ford Elementary
Teena enjoys sharing the love of music in many novel ways to students! Teena is a teacher, composer, and conductor of children groups and bands in Alberta.


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 65

3:00pm MST

30D Positive And Negative Space Drawing/Collage
If you want your students to have fun, this is a perfect workshop for you! Using inexpensive art materials, you will complete an art project that is a great learning tool for your students. Excellent for teachers of grades 3 - 12. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will be provided with a PowerPoint presentation and a video link for your classroom.
Please check back to see what the speaker is listing for supplies to be collected for this session so that you can follow along and complete this art project.  The fee does not apply as the convention is virtual.  If by some chance the supply list is not provided by the time of convention, you can still watch and learn and complete your art project later.

Moderators
avatar for Kristine Hinton (Moderator)

Kristine Hinton (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

Turning Dots Into a Painting/ Fabulous Abstract Paintings
Bogdan Koral - Konikowski is an artist – educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Since then, Bogdan has painted many exquisite paintings. Among his commissioned works are the life-size portraits of the late Honourable Lois E. Hole... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 77

3:00pm MST

! Culturally Responsive Teaching
This workshop explores approaches for examining beliefs, attitudes, policies, structures and practices to enable schools to effectively work cross-culturally. Participants will begin to learn how to develop a greater capacity to engage in cultural self-assessment and become more conscious of the dynamics of intercultural interactions.

Speakers
AP

Anna-Liza Ponce

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers' Association
JP

Joanne Papdopoulos

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers Association


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
ATA Session

3:00pm MST

30D Educating for the Future: Why Youth Want and Need Environmental Education
Curious about what students really think about climate change and their future? In this student-led workshop, hear directly from high school students who are part of Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education (AYLEE) on their concerns about the future, what they feel is lacking in their education, and what they want and need in their classrooms to be part of creating a sustainable future.

In this interactive session, explore the findings from three surveys that bring forward the perspectives of over 3000 Alberta students, AYLEE’s recommendations for enhanced environmental education in K-12, and learn how you can develop strong student-teacher partnerships to implement these recommendations in your classroom.

Leave the workshop with a better understanding of how Alberta’s students feel about their future and strategies for helping your students feel more positive and hopeful through direct engagement in environmental and climate solutions.

Moderators
AV

Amy Van Vliet (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Kelly

Shauna Kelly

Youth Program Coordinator, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Shauna Kelly joined ACEE in May 2019 and is the Youth Program Coordinator for the Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental Education (AYLEE). She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia and... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 64

3:00pm MST

! Food Explorers: Sparking curiosity with nutrition education
Food Explorers is a kindergarten and grade 1 nutrition education program that focuses on sparking curiosity around food and eating. Students will have fun exploring a variety of foods through the mysteries of tastes, textures, and colours. The best part? The program is completely free for teachers to order!

Join this interactive teacher workshop to receive the complete, cross curricular, free nutrition education program sent directly to your school. Please note, this program is only available to order for kindergarten and grade 1 teachers.

You will leave the session with:
• Ready-to-use classroom materials including:
o A teacher guide with 16, curricular-linked lesson plans;
o Student materials including stickers and journal pages;
o Take-home recipe cards;
o Adapted lesson plans for online learning; and
o Tasty recipes and tips for positive classroom cooking experiences.
• A refreshed understanding of how to approach nutrition education with K-1 students.
• Curriculum-linked, evidence-informed, and teacher-reviewed lessons, and teaching tools.
• Opportunities for ongoing support from Registered Dietitians.
• Opportunity to apply for a mini food grant to use for food exploration in the classroom.

Teach Nutrition resources are developed by the Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada. See them all at teachnutrition.ca

Moderators
SW

Sarah Watson (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Mary Block

Mary Block

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Mary is a Registered Dietitian at 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 exploration.
avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Dairy Farmers of Canada
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 80

3:00pm MST

30D 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._x000D_
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!

Moderators
Speakers
TW

Tenjie Wilson

Tenjie has been a benefit specialist with ASEBP for six 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 →


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 76

3:00pm MST

30D The Essential System to Mastering Teacher Burnout
Ignore the bad advice of "just do self care," "chin up, we're all in this together," or "your work will be there in the morning." There’s a reason that optimism and self care hasn’t worked to prevent your burnout: it's supposed to be a system, not a buzzword. Learn the 7 step roadmap to claw yourself out of survival mode in this overwhelming school year and move to thriving as a whole person who finally can have a life outside of teaching.

Speakers
avatar for A. Grace Martin

A. Grace Martin

Author, Teacher, Wellness Coach
The Wellness Potential Teacher, A. Grace Martin, is a high school science teacher, fiction novel author, self help author, mentor, wife, and mom. She helps burned out teachers learn how to thrive through a system of highly targeted self care.


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 82

3:00pm MST

30D Humane Education - Creating a Caring Classroom
Humane education is an approach to teaching that fosters empathy and compassion for every living thing. Animals, people and the environment are interdependent and interconnected and fostering compassion and respect for animals, can also bolster prosocial behaviours among people and greater reverence for the environment. In this session we will discuss what humane education is, and how it can help foster empathy, respect and kindness to others and the environment. We will look at the benefits (to both students and animals) of including humane education into teaching and offer ideas and examples of how to incorporate it, while meeting curricular objectives. Finally, we will explore the free resources the Alberta SPCA education department has to offer.

In this session we will discuss:
• What humane education is and why it is important
• How including humane education in teaching can foster positive character traits, such as compassion, respect, and kindness in students
• Ideas and examples of incorporating humane education into your classroom while meeting curriculum objectives
• Resources available to teachers including a free book lending program that helps build literacy while promoting empathy, character education themes, and
• Information for teachers related to animals in teaching including classroom pets, the use of animals in science, and more!

Why is this session relevant to teachers:
• Incorporating humane education into the classroom is relevant to teachers as it fosters positive character traits in students to help them grow and further develop into contributing members of the community
• Key take a ways include: discussion of what humane education is and the benefits of including it in teaching, how it can be incorporated into lesson plans while meeting cross-curricular objectives, examine the variety of humane education resources available for teachers
• Teachers will have an opportunity to explore the free resources available to them so they can use in their classrooms.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Don Seller

Don Seller

Humane Education: Creating a Caring Classroom
Don graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Elementary education, minoring in Social Studies. Combining both his passions: education and animals, Don joined the Alberta SPCA in 2017 as their Education Program Manager where he enjoys... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 74

3:00pm MST

30D COVID-19's "Parallel Pandemic;" The Mental Health Impact
The Covid-19 pandemic has created a parallel mental health pandemic causing a sharp increase in anxiety and depression symptoms among people of all ages.

National award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, addresses the new "mental health pandemic" and shares openly about his mental health struggles, which includes being emotionally and mentally abused and abandoned as a child, experiencing five mental breakdowns, eventually hitting rock bottom, and how he is living with mental illness today. Wade's powerful and inspiring message will connect with those who are struggling, and their supporters, providing encouragement and hope. He shares practical tips on how to maintain good mental health, especially during a challenging life event, along with facts about mental illness to help break the silence and end the stigma. Wade Sorochan is recognized as Canada's leading mental health advocate.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Wade Sorochan

Wade Sorochan

Owner, Wade Sorochan Communications
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and national award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. Nicknamed the "Tone Arm," Wade became the first broadcaster in history to spontaneously use song clips to enhance a radio talk show. He is recognized as a talk show... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 73

3:00pm MST

! The Sixties Scoop: Understanding Implications & Contributing towards Reconciliation
From the 1950s to the 1990s, thousands of Indigenous children across Canada were apprehended and placed with non-Indigenous families, isolating many from Indigenous cultures, languages and identity. This session will provide educators with an overview of historical and current insights into the Sixties Scoop, as well as increased understanding of its legacy. You will leave this session with an increased understanding of the complexities of the Sixties Scoop, including resources and strategies to contribute towards reconciliation.

Speakers
LM

Leslee Mills

This session is presented by the ATA
CC

Crystal Clark

This session is presented by the ATA


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
ATA Session

3:00pm MST

30D Play on Words - Primary Literacy Games for Centers and Whole Class Instruction
Come prepared to play hands-on literacy games that are perfect for your differentiated learning centers, chole class or small group instruction. Games integrate the use of easily found manipulatives including literacy dice, letter tiles and word decks. Games and strategies will help you students practice the following concepts: learning the alphabet and its' sounds, rhyme, work families, building vocabulary, fun with all kinds of words including homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, integrating children's literature into your centers and more. You will receive literacy journal masters, handout will include gameboards for your centers, and you will receive ideas for adapting the manipulatives with easy dollar store alternatives. Come prepared to play!

Moderators
AP

Andre Pollard (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Jane Felling

Jane Felling

Owner and Presenter, Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks Inc
Jane is co-author of the award winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series and has been doing workshops in the area of games as a teaching strategy for over 25 years. She has conducted workshops across North America for K - 8 contracts and has been a featured speaker at the National... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 68

3:00pm MST

30D Using EdTech to Increase Capacity to Support Social and Emotional Learning
The mental health and wellbeing of both students and teachers is at the forefront of conversation around education. EdTech can help to increase a teacher’s capacity to support their student’s SEL journey by increasing the amount of time they have to work with students, while addressing this very important aspect.

The use of technology to get a quick snapshot of how each student is feeling on a given day, or over the course of a week, can give teachers the insight they need to focus their attention and tailor their lessons to meet the needs of their students in real time.

By leveraging cross curricular lessons, teachers are able to integrate essential SEL goals into their literacy teaching; effectively meeting two outcomes with one lesson. The integration of reading and writing skills into lessons centered around a particular SEL theme, gives teachers the chance to focus on foundational skills while at the same time looking after their students’ mental health needs.

Prepared lesson plans and purposefully crafted activities also free up educator prep time to focus on individual student needs and improve their own mental wellbeing.

Speakers
AS

Ami Shah

Ami Shah is a Co-Founder & CEO of Peekapak, an award-winning Edtech platform that teaches social-emotional learning skills like self-regulation, empathy and teamwork in the class and home. Peekapak currently reaches over 400K educators and students. Ami is passionate about improving... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

3:00pm MST

30D Seventy-Five Purposeful and Engaging Physical Education Activities in a Covid-Safe Environment
Seventy-five engaging activities will be explained and shown that help develop Physical Literacy (Manipulative-Receive, Retain, and Send), game knowledge (Target, Net, Invasion, and Striking), as well as dance and fitness activities. All are easy and a joy to implement.

Speakers
avatar for John Byl

John Byl

Canadian Gopher Sport Educational Consultant, Engaging Phys Ed. in a Covid Safe Environment
John Byl, PhD, is the Canadian Gopher Educational Consultant, was president of CIRA Ontario (2003-2018), and a retired professor of Physical Education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario (1986-2014). Dr. Byl has authored or coauthored over 30 books. He is the winner... Read More →


Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded

3:00pm MST

30D Do you have what it takes? The importance of grit to career satisfaction
Explore the importance of grit to career success and satisfaction!

We will learn what grit is, reflect on the factors that impact your own level of grit, and learn how to cultivate grit so you feel engaged and satisfied, regardless of your career pursuit.

Grit is defined as the passion and perseverance required to achieve long-term goals. The added challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic make building teacher grit more important than ever to reduce burnout and keep staff engaged in their careers.

Topics will include:
  • Finding and living your purpose
  • Developing and maintaining a growth mindset
  • Practicing self-compassion
  • Harnessing social emotions, and
  • Avoiding stupid grit.

There will be opportunities for attendees to reflect, discuss with their peers and set goals for changes they may like to make throughout the session.

Moderators
LF

Lindsay Fagan (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Mae Kroeis

Mae Kroeis

Owner, Maek it Happen Life Coaching
Mae Kroeis is a Certified Professional Coach and owner of Maek it Happen Life Coaching where she helps individuals and groups achieve their goals, thrive in their lives and find fulfillment.Previous to her career in Professional Coaching, Mae spent over 10 years working in Addiction... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 71

3:00pm MST

30D Looking Ahead to New ADVENTURES
Presented by Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association_x000D_
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.

Moderators
AN

Amrit Nannan (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Hope

Jennifer Hope

Affiliate Marketing Advisor, ARTA
Jennifer graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree witha major in marketing.Prior to joining the ARTA marketing team, she has had a variety of marketing positions as well as media communications.Since joining ARTA Jennifer has become well-versed... Read More →



Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Zoom Room 66

3:00pm MST

30D Using EdTech to enhance your teaching of Contemporary Issues
This workshop will focus on teaching and learning of Contemporary Issues reflecting global perspectives and supporting objective teaching of these topics, using Ed Tech. It will introduce rich digital resources and illustrate how to provide students with cross-curricular learning opportunities to explore the diversity of Indigenous history, culture, and current events.

Edwin is an online ecosystem providing a safe sandbox for students and teachers to discover curated resources tied to the Alberta program of studies for use in teaching and learning. Participants will learn how Edwin develops assessment-capable learners, meets diverse learning needs, and provides the flexibility to combine with existing plans and resources. Edwin integrates with your school’s current LMS to unify the digital learning experience within a trusted and secure environment.

Speakers

Thursday February 24, 2022 3:00pm - 3:45pm MST
Pre-Recorded
 
Friday, February 25
 

8:59am MST

** KEYNOTE: Creating Positive Personal Climate and Culture in the Workplace
Bringing the comedy and entertainment of Youtube influencer to our very own PDTCA delegates.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks is a veteran educator in Lexington, Kentucky. His educational experience includes six years in the classroom, two years as an intervention specialist, and 12 years as an administrator.He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 8:59am - 10:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D Expressive Techniques in Acrylics & Mixed Media
Expressive Techniques in Acrylics & Mixed Media

During this session, the participants create personally meaningful and expressive works of art using acrylic paint, collage techniques and mixed media. They explore abstraction and heighten awareness of composition, line, form, rhythm and mood. Specific techniques that create rich textural surfaces, glazed and stained fields of color, aesthetic ways of organizing space, pattern and color will be examined. The projects presented are suitable for all grade levels and can be modified to address various abilities. A supplies list which you will need to collect on your own will be provided in this description 3 weeks before the convention date, so please check back.

Expressive Techniques in Acrylic Supplies List
1. 3 canvases 7x9”
2. Acrylic Paint : white and black
3. Oil Pastels: black and white
4. Masking tape
5. ½ inch and 1/4 inch flat brushes
6. #3 and #4 round brushes or a thin liner brush for adding details
7. A few paper towels
8. A few sheets of Kleenex
9. A hairdryer
10. A water container
11. A spray bottle
12. A paint palette or a piece of wax paper for the paints

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing effects... Read More →



Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Pre-Recorded

9:00am MST

30D The Assessment of Student Understanding of Alberta Learner Outcomes
While waiting for the release of new Alberta curriculum, teachers can do many things to ensure they are ready to plan, instruct, and assess the new learner outcomes. Teaching and assessing through the lens of concepts is a universal and transferable teacher skill. This pedagogical approach is used to teach and assess any program of studies or common core standards across the globe. Research from internationally recognized thought leaders in Assessment will be referenced throughout the session.

Moderators
AP

Andre Pollard (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator - Kim Waugh-Motaska

AAC Facilitator - Kim Waugh-Motaska

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.


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Zoom Room 69

9:00am MST

! Comment développer la capacité de résilience des élèves
Cet atelier pose la question « Comment les enseignants peuvent-ils construire leur propre résilience pour développer et maintenir de bons rapports avec leurs élèves de milieux défavorisés » ? Au cours de l’atelier, les participants sont invités à considérer des façons d’intégrer à leur pratique enseignante la perspective d’une résilience forte et profonde; à examiner leurs perspectives et paradigmes personnels propices à l’établissement de rapports constructifs avec les élèves; et à découvrir de nouvelles idées, ressources et stratégies conformes aux pratiques recommandées par la recherche et qui favorisent la réussite des élèves à l’école et dans la vie.

Speakers
NF

Nicole Felicitas

The Alberta Teachers Association
avatar for Dr. Megan Sénéchal

Dr. Megan Sénéchal

Curriculum consultant, Edmonton Public School Board
Dr. Megan Sénéchal is a curriculum consultant with Edmonton Public School Board in Edmonton, Alberta. Her research interests include change management, language education, and Universal Design for Learning.


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
ATA Session

9:00am MST

! Mental Health 101
Similar to first aid training, this workshop will give teachers the basic information they need to identify and help students who may be experiencing mental health issues. Lessons learned in this workshop are not confined to the classroom however, and the skills acquired will also help teachers understand the feelings their colleagues, and even themselves, may be experiencing at times. Participants will leave with practical strategies and interventions to promote positive mental health.

Speakers
DD

Dorice De Champlain

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
TK

Terra Kaliszuk

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
This session is presented by the ATA


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
ATA Session

9:00am MST

! Finding Our Way in Indigenous Education: Connecting Hearts & Minds
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

Speakers
avatar for Annette Fox Bruised-Head

Annette Fox Bruised-Head

This session is presented by the ATA


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
ATA Session

9:00am MST

** Creating ethical spaces to include Indigenous ways of being, teaching, and learning in teacher education.
Join us as we share stories of the work we are doing to include and promote Indigenous ways of being, teaching, and learning in teacher education. Hear how we conceptualize TQS 5 to prepare pre-service teachers, what we are asking of our students, and how they have been taking this learning up with our faculty and in their practicums. We will reflect on the importance, complexities, and ethical considerations of this work._x000D_
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We will share relationship, connection, social emotional learning, lesson design, and unit design towards TQS 5: the development and application of foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit for the benefit of all students.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Pelletier

Crystal Pelletier

Crystal Pelletier is a designer of professional learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium and the Director of Field Experience at Ambrose University, School of Education. Her areas of focus are Inclusive Education, Literacy, and Education for Reconciliation. A member of the Métis... Read More →
JH

Joshua Hill

Dr. Joshua Hill is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Ambrose University. He is currently exploring complexity thinking, design, storytelling, and Indigenous ways of coming to know in the contexts of learning, teaching, and leadership. He is a member of the Metis... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Zoom Room 83

9:00am MST

30D Math intervention made easy with Cross-Number Puzzles
Have you been struggling to determine why your students are unable to grasp basic numeracy concepts? This session will present Cross-Number puzzles based on extensive Math Recovery research and theory. As students work through the Cross-Number puzzles, you will be able to easily identify the concepts. Not only does it then become clear why they are “not getting it,” but more importantly, what needs to be done so they can move forward.

Moderators
avatar for Kristine Hinton (Moderator)

Kristine Hinton (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher/educator, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has presented at Alberta and Manitoba teacher... Read More →



Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Zoom Room 73

9:00am MST

! Le raisonnement spatial - Vues de plusieurs angles - 4e à 6e année
De plus en plus, les études montrent qu’il y a de nombreux avantages à développer le raisonnement spatial en bas âge. Qu’est-ce que ça veut dire? À quoi ça peut ressembler? Comment mettre ceci de l’avant? Cet atelier explorera les différents “angles” afin de vous aider à promouvoir le développement du raisonnement spatial chez vos élèves dans le contexte de notre programme d’études actuel.

Moderators
JY

Jen Yersh (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

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. Elle présente également des sessions variées aux différents congrès annuels d’enseignants de l’Alberta, de la Colombie-Britannique tel... Read More →



Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Zoom Room 78

9:00am MST

30D Rhythm and 'Uke (Elementary Music)
Learn some kinaesthetic ways to teach rhythm in your music room while making it fun and memorable for your students. Then learn some useful tips for teaching rhythm and music literacy skills using the ukulele.

Speakers
avatar for Christina O'Brien

Christina O'Brien

Music Teacher and Book Author, Ukulele for Children
Christina O'Brien has been teaching music in the classroom since 2009. As a former piano teacher, she brings a unique perspective of the individualized one-on-one approach and the large group setting, and has managed to blend the two styles of teaching into one that creates an inviting... Read More →



Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Zoom Room 81

9:00am MST

30D Staying Sane! Principles for Survival in the Classroom
How does a teacher keep up with lesson preparation, engaging and managing students, grading, progress reports, parent conferencing, meeting diverse learning needs, not to mention evaluations and dealing with school administration? How can one remain enthusiastic, happy, and well-balanced when overwhelmed by these responsibilities? This session introduces 5 principles of survival in the classroom and a medley of practical strategies for dealing with these challenges and creating a productive learning environment. Come laugh, decompress, and learn some self-care. These tried-and-true, evidence-based tips will provide hope and make your job easier.

Moderators
AE

Alison England (Moderator)

PDTCA Board Member

Speakers
avatar for Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman is a dynamic, entertaining, and experienced speaker. With an engaging personality, interesting anecdotes, and an innovative approach, each session inspires and enlightens. He is currently an Instructor at Concordia University in the Faculty of Education. He has delivered... Read More →
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Alison

Teacher, Rocky View Schools
Alison Humphrys is a Kindergarten Teacher with Rocky View Schools. She has a love of nature and place-based learning and incorporates these into her classroom forest school days. A board member of the Calgary Reggio Network Association she is inspired by the Reggio Approach to education... Read More →



Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Zoom Room 63

9:00am MST

30D Le croquinote (sketchnote) en classe : pour VOIR les apprentissages de vos élèves
Aussi connu sous son nom anglais sketchnoting, le croquinote est une technique de prise de notes créative très visuelle qui permet de représenter sa pensée à l'aide d'illustrations, de symboles, de structures et de texte. Cette formation vous permettra de vous y initier pour ensuite avoir le goût de l'essayer avec vos élèves! Équipez-vous de votre tablette et d'un stylet, ou bien de feuilles blanches et crayons de couleur!

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Couture

Laurie Couture

Enseignante au secondaire de formation, Laurie est conseillère pédagogique à L'École branchée.


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Zoom Room 84

9:00am 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, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jason Schilling was elected president in 2019 following 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 Committee and the Finance Committee, served... Read More →


Friday February 25, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am MST
ATA Staff Session