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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Art Gallery

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Using Math Games to Develop Numeracy Skills
Who doesn't like playing games?? In this session you will learn some games that can be played in the math classroom that will develop numeracy skills. Your students will have so much fun they won't even realize they are learning!! Most of the games can be easily modified for Div 2.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Art Gallery Room: Green Studio
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Creative Minds - Art and Mindfulness in the Elementary Classroom
Where art and mindfulness intersect is in the creative process. Practicing creativity has been shown to improve relationships and build confidence in one’s ability to succeed. In this hands-on session, you will learn how mindfulness and art can benefit the many challenges facing our students. Artwork examples and specifics will be shared and are adaptable for different grade levels. Participants will be engaged in some activities that are designed to take back to the classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: Green Studio
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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Thankful & Thoughtful Music
Experience the joy of faith-focused, project-based, integrative lessons/ideas and leave with a smile on your face and a resource or two in hand!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Art Gallery Room: Green Studio
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Music 911
How do you teach music as an enthusiast or learner of music? Use what you already know to teach what you’re not as familiar with. Practical management, planning, unit ideas and support for educators.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Art Gallery Room: Green Studio
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Hands-on Health Activities to use in your Classroom
In this hands on session, you will make and take away free or low cost social and emotional wellness activities that can easily be adapted and applicable to all subjects. Create activities that you use tomorrow in your classroom to promote wellness in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and mental health. We’ll explore how to adapt these activities for use beyond the classroom, including the staff room, and discuss how these activities fit into a whole-school approach.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Art Gallery Room: Yellow Studio (cap 30)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Lift Off Alberta!
AlbertaSat, a student-run project at the U of A, has built the province's very first satellite and is laying the groundwork for an Albertan space industry. In accordance with their mission to grow a space industry in Alberta, they run an educational outreach program that engages K-9 students in activities related to space science.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Art Gallery Room: Yellow Studio (cap 30)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Spice It Up-Cooking as a Cross Curricular Activity
Cooking simple recipes in the classroom is a way to integrate social studies, health, reading, and math. With the use of a tea kettle, electric frying pan, and a slow cooker you can make great food in your classroom. We discuss the health benefits of the food selected and how it relates to what we are studying in social studies. For example, in our study of the prairie provinces we made a quick cooking barley cereal. Links to literature and the social studies curriculum will be made.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Art Gallery Room: Yellow Studio (cap 30)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Listening Fun With Scarves, Plates, Cups and Tennis Balls
Denise Gagne created cup games for use with classical music many years ago, and they are still a favorite activity in music classes. In this session, Denise will share some of her new favorite listening lessons using non-locomotor and locomotor movement, plates, cups, finger puppets, scarves and tennis balls. Participants will leave the session with listening lessons that their students will love!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Art Gallery Room: Yellow Studio (cap 30)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Cosmopolitan Music Society

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Open Rehearsal ABA Junior High Honour Band
The Alberta Band Association sponsors a North Alberta Junior High Honour Band which gathers the top band students from across northern Alberta to perform in an honour wind ensemble. Come and watch the rehearsal with a chance for Q and A with this year's director, Sarah Drew.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Music
Building: Cosmopolitan Music Society Room: Music (cap 100)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Edmonton Public Library Enterprise Square (10212 Jasper Ave)

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Truth and Reconciliation: Supporting Your Class with Resources from the Edmonton Public Library
Edmonton Public Library offers free resources supporting Truth and Reconciliation. Join us as we demonstrate how EPL can enrich curriculum and student learning. Find out more about our Indigenous services, collections, digital content and programs. Explore our PD resources and programs for teachers, learn how to get library cards for your class, and discover all the creative ways different teachers around the city are already partnering with the library, and how you can participate.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Edmonton Public Library Enterprise Square (10212 Jasper Ave) Room: First Floor Program Room
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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English Language Learning and the Edmonton Public Library
Come and learn about the many Edmonton Public Library resources for English Language Learners and their teachers. This session will explore how our print, digital content, and programs to support ELL students and teachers in the classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Edmonton Public Library Enterprise Square (10212 Jasper Ave) Room: First Floor Program Room
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Harry Ainlay

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Return of the Mighty Ukulele!
Add to your music teaching repertoire by incorporating a ukulele unit. Learn secrets to quick success in picking up the ukulele, and how to pass on that success to your students. A limited amount of ukuleles will be available for hands on learning, or you can bring your own. Special guest co-presenter - Denise Gagne of Themes and Variations will highlight her recently released Ukulele Method. You don't want to miss this exciting session - no experience necessary! Shuttle service 8:15-4 pm

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Short and Sweet - Handbell Staccato Techniques
Pam Ellenberger and Susan Galloway will lead you through the various ways to create the different percussive staccatos on handbells. This will be a hands-on workshop where you will ring and experience the "how-to's" of plucking, thumb-damping, martellatos, malleting, and more using student friendly music and resources.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Making Additive Thinking Accessible to All Grades 1-3
Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies rather than additive strategies. During this session, we will explore a variety of additive strategies, ways of using manipulatives to develop deeper understanding, and strategies for moving from concrete to abstract representations. This session is made possible through a grant from Alberta Education.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Making Additive Thinking Accessible to All Gr 4-6
Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies rather than additive strategies. During this session, we will explore a variety of additive strategies, ways of using manipulatives to develop deeper understanding, and strategies for moving from concrete to abstract representations. This session is made possible through a grant from Alberta Education.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Motivating our Athletes
This workshop will explore motivating factors for today’s youth and how to utilize those factors to maximize your students’ potential. Drawing from a wide range of research material, this interactive session will provide the background information to engage the group in a rich and dynamic discussion on tools and strategies to motivate your athletes. Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Singing Games and So Much More!
Singing games are a favorite activity in music classes. Use the children’s love of playing games to teach rhythm and melody and to get kids creating their own music. In this session, Denise will teach some new games that your students will love! Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Yoga for Staff Wellness
Do you ever wish you could just lay on the floor and breathe after a long day? Perhaps for once in your day have someone to tell you what to do? Come experience the joy of yoga and mindfulness to aide your wellness. Each day, as teachers, you are called to show up as your best self to nurture, guide and role model for students. Take the time in this session to breath, move and focus on shaping a better you. Please bring a yoga mat, comfortable clothes and a water bottle. Shuttle service 8:15-4pm

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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5 minute movement and mindfulness break
By taking just 5 minutes to mindfully move, breathe and be present with your students, this break can change the energy and focus in the room. I promise you will notice the shift in yourself and your students. Learn several 5 minute breaks with endless possibilities that focus on yoga postures and mindfulness strategies. You will learn simple and easy yoga postures, breathing techniques and mindful strategies that do not require a yoga mat. Shuttle service runs 8:15-4 pm Ainlay-Shaw

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session is Full

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How to make a "tasty" video in a Foods Studies class
Struggling to make theory interesting in Foods Studies? Take advantage of students' cell phones and an online video editor to have students plan, organize, film and edit a "tasty" video that allows students to demonstrate their understanding of Foods Studies curriculum that might normally be done as worksheets. Participants will get a chance to take come video on their personal cell phones, try out the video editor online program, as well as receive an editable assignment.Shuttle service 8:15-4

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Cooking with a Raspberry Pi
These raspberry pis are not to eat and are simply satisfying. Explore what these credit-card sized computers are & how to create a blended lab (including Chrome books and tablets) any administrator would be proud of that focuses CTF, CTS, Science-Electronics, and 3D Printing. Plus we will see a couple of projects in action. Raspberry Pi's support multiple languages for a K-16 curriculum experience that includes global sensations like Minecraft, AP, and IB curriculum.Shuttle service runs 8:15-4pm

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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APPetizers
Stimulate your students' appetite for learning by creating mouthwatering learning activities. A variety of multi-purpose, user friendly iPad apps will be showcased that can be utilized to create a multitude of personalized educational activities for individual students or classes of students with complex needs. This session is designed for teachers of students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities and significant developmental delays.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay 8:15-4pm

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Music the Universal: Integrating technology into Music Education
Moving beyond GarageBand, this session will cover a comprehensive method to successfully integrate technology into music education in a meaningful way. From composition to multi-track recording and everything in between, lesson plans, strategies and frameworks will all be covered in this comprehensive approach to music education. Regardless of the platform you are using (iOS, Android, Windows, MacOS) this framework is universal and can be applied to all technological environments.Shuttle 8:15-4

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Processing for Computer Science - Part 1
This will be an introductory session on the “Processing” programming language. Using real code to manipulate graphics, this highly engaging language is a fantastic way to introduce (and retain) high school Computer Science students. Math and science teachers are also finding Processing a great way to engage students but the presenter will focus on it use in a Computer Science classroom.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 133
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Advanced Level Computer Science Discussion
In this session, participants will share and discuss assignments and assessment strategies for the advanced level courses in the Computer Science high school program of studies. Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 133
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Start a Computing Science Program in Div III
Considering a Computing Science program your Junior High students, but don't know how or where to begin? Not a coding expert, but want to give it a try? Join us to learn how you can implement an engaging, problem-solving course for your students beginning with the free, visual coding language Scratch (visit scratch.mit.edu to preview). Resources will be shared so you can start right away.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 133
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Using Google Classroom
Discover the basics: how to set up Google Classroom and use it effectively to communicate with students, manage assignments, create online tests, and provide students with links to study tools and frequented websites. You will also experience Google Classroom as a student in my classroom to see it "from the other side". All attendees must bring a personal device and have an existing teacher Google account. A class list with student Google accounts helps, but not necessary.Shuttle service 8:15-4

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 133
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Emergency First Aid with Level C CPR/AED
This 8 hour course provides training for cardiovascular emergencies (CPR) for adults, children and infants, as well as includes automated external defibrillator (AED) protocols and skills for dealing with obstructed airways (choking). Additional topics covered include emergency scene management, breathing emergencies, and wound care. The cost for this course is $95 per person & includes a full colour first aid manual and all necessary training materials. Shuttle service provided 8:15-4pm to Shaw

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Large Gymnasium
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Standard First Aid Re-certification
March 2nd 8:30-4:40 First Aid re certification Standard First Aid Re-certification – with CPR & AED 1 day - 9 hours $105+ GST /person Certification: Apex Training Solutions Inc. Approved By Workplace Health And Safety Valid: 3 Years Please note that all participants must have proof of a valid/current Standard First Aid certificate Pre-registration will open January 30.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous Second Chance

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Library
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Cross-Curricular Mindful Breathing Exercises
This session will give practical, easy to use strategies to implement into your classroom. Our students are maxed out and as educators we have the opportunity to prepare our students to face challenges that lie ahead. By analyzing our own journey as educators, we can better understand the journey of our students. This session will introduce you to breathing techniques and simple modifications to traditional assignments to transform your classroom. Yoga mats are optional.Shuttle service 8:15-4

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Introducing Wrestling into the Physical Education Curriculum
Physical Education Teachers can incorporate combative games as a safe and fun way of introducing wrestling into their program.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Zen Me
This session features mindfulness practices that include self-coping strategies to manage stress, emotions, attention and energy levels. Be Fit for Life Network resources will be featured with practical opportunities to engage in easy techniques that can be implemented in your classroom immediately. Learn how mindfulness practice supports social-emotional learning and can create a positive learning environment in your classroom.Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Bello
Bello is a 50 minute play by Governor General Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen and is a co-production by award winning professional theatre companies, Concrete Theatre and L’Unithéâtre. It is designed to be performed for students 4 - 12 in a school gym, theatre or large open space. We provide an extensive curriculum based study guide written by teachers. The play is offered in French & English and is touring Alberta and B.C. until the end of April. Shuttle service: Ainlay to Shaw 8:15-4pm

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Empowering the Voices of Our ELL's
Co-presented by Dalyce McElhinney. Create authentic learning experiences that engage and empower ELL's to find their voices and feel accountable for their education. Come away with some meaningful, cross-curricular project frameworks. Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Fake Fighting; Professional Stage Combat Instruction for Junior High and High School Drama
Certified Actor Combatant (FDC) Janine Waddell Hodder will get you on your feet so you can experience what a first stage combat class would be like for your drama students. Learn how we safely and believable sell a punch, a fall and even pull someone's hair as you get a crash course in unarmed fighting for stage and screen. Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and a sense of humour will all be essential in this class. Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Trust and Go: The Gifts of Improv
How do we foster in our students a willingness to try? How do we teach them to hold each other up? How do we celebrate our mistakes together? Improvisation is a powerful tool that can teach courage, compassion, and empathy. Improvisational Theatre is not a game; it's an art form, and a lens through which we can change they way our students see the world. Shuttle service between the Shaw and Ainlay runs from 8:15 am- 4pm continuous

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

McLeod Tavern

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Breakfast - Thursday March 02/2017
Breakfast with Entertainment by "Young Medicine"

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Unknown
Building: McLeod Tavern  Room: Breakfast
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 7:30 AM - 8:55 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

NAIT Main Campus

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Graphics Workshop – NAIT Graphic Communications Program
Note – This session will be delivered at the NAIT Graphic Communications lab on Main Campus, Room E025 (basement). Working with Graphic Communications staff and students, you will use a variety of tools within the Adobe Creative Suite to create a specific project for output. Proprietary software for large format output will be demonstrated so that the project can be followed through to final printing and processing.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: NAIT Main Campus Room: E-Wing (Rm. E025 Basement)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Portrait Photography
The attendees will shoot and edit simple head shot photographs. This will be done on NAIT main campus in room H012/H011 10 attendees

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: NAIT Main Campus Room: H Wing Basement Rm. H012/H011) (capacity 10)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Building a Better Student News Show
If you’ve struggled to make your closed-circuit school newscast look and sound great, this might be the session for you. You’ll learn how to make your students look their best while delivering the day’s news. You’ll also acquire some simple (and some more sophisticated) methods that will make your student newscast look and sound more like the ones you see on broadcast television. Make your school news show a must-see every day - with equipment and software you might already have.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: NAIT Main Campus Room: Radio and TV Room V131 (capacity 18)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Storytelling with Video
Note – This session will be delivered in one of the TV studios at the NAIT Radio and Television area on Main Campus, Room V133 (Main floor-Industrial Technical Building). Working with video cameras, we will go over the theory and application of how to use specific camera techniques, including moves, to build effective picture sequences to tell a story visually. Basic camera settings and controls will also be covered.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: NAIT Main Campus Room: Radio and TV Room V133 (capacity 12)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Better Storytelling Through Audio
Storytelling is a great way to develop research and interview skills. If you are developing podcasts, this session will give you hands-on tools to develop best practices for capturing interview audio and editing spoken word. We will also explore the use of techniques of using natural sound, basic audio processing and music to assemble your story for better flow and understanding. Hands-on demonstration will use industry-standard Zoom audio recorders and Adobe Audition. Bring your own headphones.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: NAIT Main Campus Room: Radio and TV V138 (capacity 18)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Captioning a Television Program
Ever wondered how captions are written and appear on live television? In this session, participants will learn the basics of how to write captions on a machine shorthand writer and learn the software used to put captions on air.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: NAIT Main Campus Room: Tower Building Room T209 (cap 20)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

Shaw

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Educating Modern Learners: The Opportunities and Challenges of Schooling in the Connected World
The last 10 years have seen an explosion of devices and connections that are changing the landscape of education and learning. We now carry massive storehouses of information and knowledge as well as billions of potential teachers in our pockets and backpacks. As a result, a new world of connected, networked, self-directed learning and creating is upon us, with huge implications for schools. What constitutes an education now that we can learn deeply in informal spaces outside the school walls?

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Fixing the Past or Inventing the Future: Shifting the Education Paradigm
To meet the challenges of the new age when technology increasingly displaces human beings in traditional lines of jobs, we cannot work on simply improving the old paradigm of education. Instead we must invent a new one. In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao articulates a new paradigm that focuses on cultivating globally competent entrepreneurial innovators. The paradigm emphasizes following and enhancing individual strengths and passion instead of imposing on all children the same results.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Unknown
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story
The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. At the tender age of 14, just before celebrating her middle school graduation, Elizabeth went to sleep in her family home just as she had always done. Awakened hours later to a knife held roughly against her throat, she was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine long months. In this captivating message, Elizabeth shares her incredible story of perseverance.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Séan McCann Story /Help Your Self or Music is Medicine
The Séan McCann Story /Help Your Self ----My story is about surviving abuse, becoming sober, leaving the band and trying to make a real difference in the world. We all carry some kind of denial in our lives that prevents us from moving forward. We have to find the Courage to face our problems and Help Our Selves. Music is Medicine----We are all worthy of love and we all need help at some point in our lives. Music can help us say the things that are often just too hard to say. I believe that a s

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Desmos! Using Graphing Technology to Support Understanding
Remember Guess Who? Now imagine playing that game with shapes or functions! Desmos offers excellent pre-made activities like Guess Who? as well as other formats that can be used for exploration, teaching, practice, and vocabulary development. We’ll explore a few samples from fractions to related rates, and then build some to meet the needs of your students. Please bring a Laptop, Tablet, or Chromebook!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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A Year in Review
Each year, I challenge myself to improve my teaching practice and the 2015-2016 school year was no exception. Over the course of the year I decided that I wanted to attempt and take my hands on science classes to a whole new level, to a demo a day! I also, learned and implemented bluepriting including cumulative unit exams, interactive notebooks and thinking out loud reviews. In this session I will go over how I organize my year, and share everything I have! So bring your lab coats and USBs!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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TRANSFORMING THE 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM: MAKING INCLUSIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING A PRIORITY
In navigating our ever-changing classrooms, the use of an inclusive pedagogy requires us to develop curriculum strategies that reflect the diversity of backgrounds and knowledges of our students. Developing an inclusive pedagogy is an ongoing process, such that even seasoned teachers may need to adjust their classroom practices. In this session participants will explore inclusive teaching strategies to increase opportunities for equity, diversity and inclusion for all students.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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HALT! Meet the Basic Needs of Your Students - Strategies for New Teachers
Avoid the tug of war with students and use the Zones of Regulation and HALT strategies to understand student presentation and meet their basic needs. Making these two strategies a part of your routine can increase your ability to understand what your students need in order to succeed. These strategies can be employed in a variety of classrooms including BLAP and Interactions.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: New Teachers/Substitute Teachers
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Visible Differentiation: Supporting Teachers Through Observation Practices
How do you assist teachers in developing greater proficiencies in creating a differentiated classroom? Learn how teacher planning and preparation; classroom environment and management; instructional practices and assessment; and professional responsibilities can be viewed by administrators for indicators of differentiation. Participants will be provided an observation form of visible strategies and techniques for differentiation. Coaching supports will also be offered.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Advancing Differentiation: Teaching and Learning for 21st Century Learners
In today's instant-gratification world, many of our students are learning to underachieve and underperform. Students lack the patience, perseverance and persistence to struggle through difficult or challenging work. We can re-ignite the spirit and passion for learning in all of our students through appropriate differentiation techniques specifically designed to engage and challenge. Learn techniques for deepening curriculum, expanding thinking and increasing learning autonomy.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn
Significant research on school and life performance suggest what matters more than intelligence and ability are qualities such as persistence, self-control, curiosity, and determination. These qualities, referred to as self-regulation, have a substantial effect on how motivated and engaged learners are toward achieving meaningful goals. Learn the foundations of self-regulation and receive a menu of practical strategies that should be taught, reinforced and applied daily in every classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Humor as Artful Teaching
Humor in the classroom isn’t just popular with students; empirical research shows that the purposeful cultivation of appropriate humor nourishes both effective teaching and learning. The release of dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin enhances motivation and attention. This educational elixir is a skill that can be practiced and enhanced. Humor even makes us smarter by engaging the parts of the brain needed for critical thinking, creativity, mental fluency, and originality. Come laugh and learn.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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DRAWING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR STUDENTS
See how students can picture their thinking and double their learning. Discover six dimensions of imagination and three levels of reading comprehension. Explore practical ways to integrate reading, writing, and drawing across the curriculum to help students learn anything faster and retain it longer. See how students can turn listening into an art and books into mental movies. Transform the way students learn with techniques that have worked with more than one million students around the world.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Speak Fear Free - How to Speak with Confidence in Any Situation
Susan Leahy MA CSP is a Certified Speaking Professional and in this dynamic, fun and interactive workshop Susan will share practical and innovative tips and techniques about how to manage your nerves when speaking in groups large or small. In this workshop, you'll learn how to face your fears and learn how to "Drive the Power of Your Voice" in all of life's situations. With the help of the "Voice Equation" and the "STAY" model you'll take home some powerful tips that will you feel more confident

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Helping Boys Learn: 6 Secrets for Teaching Boys in the Classroom
Boys underachievement in the classroom is a increasingly common problem for educators at all levels. This disengagement from learning comes at a time when school achievement is more important than ever for success in a competitive, knowledge-based world economy. Join Dr. Edmond J. Dixon for a fascinating, entertaining, and inspiring look at how the "6 Secrets of Boys Learning" can help you get a better understanding of the "male" mind and point the way to towards helping the boys in your class.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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It’s Time to Give Stigma a Bad Name
After 30 years of denying he had the mental illnesses that were controlling his life, Tazz realized that being a socially anxious, manic-depressive, attention deficit, dyslexic could either destroy or enhance his life… it was his choice. Today, audiences are happy to join him on his rapid cycle ride down the neverending road to recovery that has led him from comedy venues across North America to the Psych ward at the Calgary Foothills Hospital (held over).

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Think Global, Partner Local! Practical Tools For Nurturing Global Citizenship in the Classroom
Alberta Education has identified Ethical Citizenship and the competency of Cultural and Global Citizenship as foundational to learning across all grades and disciplines from K-12 in Alberta. This session will offer a variety of perspectives, both critical and practical, on how teachers can engage students directly in practices that nurture knowing and being as ethical and engaged global citizens as well as offering resources to help build relationships with partner organizations in Canada.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Teaching the 'unique' FASD brain
These amazing children need some very special adaptations that will make their life and your life so much easier. This is not your typical "FASD" session. I will be exploring a variety of techniques that I have learned over the years to help these children create the connections in their brain and allow them to funtion in a positive and individual centered learning environment. The goal of this session is to give you specific techniques you can try when you return to the classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Book Study Participants Only
This session is for book study participants only.The last 10 years have seen an explosion of devices and connections that are changing the landscape of education and learning. We now carry massive storehouses of information and knowledge as well as billions of potential teachers in our pockets and backpacks. As a result, a new world of connected, networked, self-directed learning and creating is upon us, with huge implications for schools.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Building a Fairer World
The Fair Trade Edmonton Council aims to build understanding around the importance of everyday choices, demystify the myriad of certifications and labels that are on the market, and discuss opportunities in Edmonton and within Edmonton Schools for building a fairer world.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Thankful & Thoughtful Art
Experience the joy of faith-focused, project-based, integrative lessons/ideas to inspire artistic expression in your classroom and leave with a smile on your face and a resource or two in hand!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Art
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn
Stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, traumas and other mental illness all impact a student’s neuro-processing and ultimately learning. In this session, we will explore what the actual impact is to the brain and the areas affected. Discussion will involve what can be done academically to assist these students and what are reasonable goals to be set. Participants will be provided with practical strategies that they can take back to assist their students' brain stress.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Let's Talk About Your Stress
Current research suggests that individuals stress is increasing while the ability to cope with the stress is decreasing. Stress that is not recognized and dealt with can lead to more severe physical and mental illnesses. Approximately 500,000 people miss work weekly because of their mental health. With hands-on activities, this workshop will address what is causing our stress, how is it impacting us physically and mentally, what can we do to reduce our stress, and ways to cope.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Let's Talk About Students' Stress
Is students' stress starting to affect your classroom? Discover what exactly is stressing our youth and what effect stress has on their bodies and minds. Participants will explore the challenges of teaching those who are experiencing stress and the resulting changes in cognition. Focus will be on practical activities that can be taken back to the classroom to teach students of all ages - including mindfulness, guided imagery, music, art and exercise.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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A Thousand Words: Using Images in English
This session focuses on engaging students with images in a way that is outside the box. While it is important to understand technical aspects of imagery, it is more important to be able to respond and reflect to images in a personal and critical way. During this session, we will focus on various ways to use images within the English classroom - comics, students photography, and more. Participants will have an opportunity to view and respond to images throughout this session.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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SLAM Poetry
This session focuses on engaging students with poetry in a way that is outside the box. While it is important to know poetic devices, it is more important to be able to create writing that speaks from a point of relevancy. During this session, we will focus on breaking the mould and writing word poetry that is intended to be spoken at an in class Poetry SLAM. Participants will have an opportunity to work on delivery techniques and even write a poem to perform.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teaching Allusion Using Video Clips
This session on the incorporation of allusion using video clips is geared toward high school English teachers. Educators will be presented with a variety of allusions relating to A Streetcar Named Desire, Star Wars and Darth Vader, and Romeo and Juliet, among others. The majority of the video clips are readily available on You Tube which allows teachers to easily integrate these references into their own classrooms. A list of all the videos and literature will be provided at the session.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Land Based Education
An outline on how our School, Edwin Parr Composite School, introduced our staff and students to an Indigenous paradigm of learning by engaging them in a week long Land Based Learning experience. Our Land Based program is predicated upon a holistic lifestyle approach, utilizing four quadrants to acquire knowledge: physical, spiritual, cognitive and emotional. Students used the "land as text" as a means for experiential education.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Kids Can Tell: Empowering Children and Youth to Stand Up Against Child Abuse
Studies show that 90-95 percent of child abuse is not reported to authorities. By placing a priority on a child’s best interests, the Zebra Child Protection Centre aims to help others come forward in sharing their experiences. Aimed at educators, this presentation will give participants a greater understanding of the role of the Zebra Centre, recognizing signs of abuse, how to appropriately respond to student disclosures of abuse and how to create an environment that gives a voice to the truth.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Cyberworld - What's Happening Out There?
Snapchat, Instagram and Musical.ly. Pokemon-Go, MInecraft and Clash of Clans. What's all the fuss about? Exploring the most popular social media apps and games, we'll talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly. What are the red flags when things go wrong and how might your students be affected? Plenty of information to update you on the current trends, conversations to have with students, and ideas to use social media platforms to promote positive healthy relationships in the classroom.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Using Robots to Support Concrete Manipulation in Mathematics with Students with Physical Needs
A key component in the teaching of elementary school mathematics is to use collaborative hands-on peer-to-peer activities to build mathematical literacy. Students with physical needs may find it difficult to access and handle the manipulatives used in these activities. We have found Lego robots to be a useful tool for students with physical needs to perform hands-on activities. Our studies support that Lego robots can be used to assist students in hands-on learning of mathematics.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Coaching Self-Regulation Skills to Children and Youth
This workshop will help strengthen your abilities to support children and youth to help let go of their own limiting feelings, thoughts and actions. It will also strengthen your abilities to support them to change and grow kind thoughts, feelings and actions. These direct, quick and easily reproducible strategies for a classroom on the go support emotional connections with others, structured environments, making yourself more happy and confident and doing your best work more often.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) - Are You Ready to Teach a CTF Challenge?
The new program of studies for CTF provides teachers the opportunity to apply the design thinking process to develop high interest, challenge or task based courses. You will have the opportunity to: explore the key ideas guiding the CTF curriculum; examine the process of planning, creating, appraising and communicating; examine the common elements essential to CTF challenges or tasks that will engage students.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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THE ART OF CREATIVE TEACHING
Discover the principles, practices, and attitudes of unforgettable teaching. Go beyond standards and objectives to optimized learning. Explore the social, artistic, and academic dynamics of inspired curiosity. Find how to use humor, storytelling, and drawing to overcome boredom and perfectionism. See how students can learn anything faster and retain it longer with techniques that mimic how the brain actually thinks. Tap the “genius” of childhood and re-discover the “WOW” of teaching!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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DRAWING OUT THE BEST IN YOUR STUDENTS - repeat
See how students can picture their thinking and double their learning. Discover six dimensions of imagination and three levels of reading comprehension. Explore practical ways to integrate reading, writing, and drawing across the curriculum to help students learn anything faster and retain it longer. See how students can turn listening into an art and books into mental movies. Transform the way students learn with techniques that have worked with more than one million students around the world.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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THE ART OF CREATIVE TEACHING - repeat
Discover the principles, practices, and attitudes of unforgettable teaching. Go beyond standards and objectives to optimized learning. Explore the social, artistic, and academic dynamics of inspired curiosity. Find how to use humor, storytelling, and drawing to overcome boredom and perfectionism. See how students can learn anything faster and retain it longer with techniques that mimic how the brain actually thinks. Tap the “genius” of childhood and re-discover the “WOW” of teaching!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Gap Year: Thinking of a Deferred Salary Leave? One Family's Experiences
Nick Diederichs and Margaret deBoer took a deferred salary leave in 2014-2015. They took their two children out of school and headed to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. This session will give details of their experiences with the deferred salary process and their travels. Topics will include salary, benefits, returning to work, insurance, home schooling, and some tips for extended travel.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Those Tender Kinders/First Graders Too
Sing your way through Kinder/First grade from Good Morning My Friends to Tomorrow We'll Be Back! Other songs include Hooray Let's Cheer, Our 100th Day is Near, Yes We Are Readers, Clean Up! and Shake Our Wiggles Away!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Write On! Using Music for Narrative Prompts in Writing
Music can be an engaging modality for brainstorming ideas for writing. Come see how to turn your writing time into a theatrical experience. Ron will take you through the writing process all the way to a published piece. This session is applicable to primary through secondary writing. Sound "bytes" for quick writes will also be shared!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Make Music Matter in the Content Areas
Music is an engaging way to teach Math, Language Arts, and many other content areas. Come see how to embed your instruction with music while honouring mandated curriculum. Lesson extension ideas will also be shared. Some songs include: There's a Whole Lot of Learning Going On!, PEMDAS, Don't Be a Math Hater, Synonym Word Game, and Let's Move!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Advancing Reconciliation
This interactive workshop introduces participants to the work around reconciliation that the John Humphrey Centre has been doing in Edmonton schools. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into Canada's post-contact history and take away an activity that shines a light on our shared past with regards to Indigenous Peoples. Participants will gain a better understanding of what the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples is and how to introduce this in the classroom.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Building a Rewarding Life with Skilled Trades
Choosing a career path can be a difficult choice to make for students; balancing their interest, skills and passion with the expectations of parents and others. Post-secondary education is often seen as the default next-step after high school for students, with work in the skilled trades being relegated to a fall-back position. Now is a great time for students and their families to learn about the value that work in the trades can provide to their lives, to society and to their pocketbooks.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Story of the ATA: A Conversation with President Mark Ramsankar
The ATA will begin celebrating its centennial at ARA in May 2017. The next 18 months will be a year of looking back at our many accomplishments; but it will also be a time to look to the future as the Story of the ATA continues to evolve. Join President Ramsankar for a behind the scenes look at the hot issues facing teachers today and an in depth discussion of how the ATA is reacting to the shifting climate, including a Q and A session with members.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Empowering a Team of Game Changers
When it comes to winning in the classroom, creating momentum and building a culture of possibility, Orlando is the real deal. Orlando Bowen’s story of success and triumph over tragedy will inspire educators to pursue excellence for themselves, their colleagues and for the students who grace their classrooms and school buildings. Educators will leave energized and with a heightened awareness of possibilities and a willingness to take action.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Early Intervention for At-Risk Readers in French Immersion
This session will focus on French immersion students who struggle to acquire reading skills. An empirical study conducted at OISE/University of Toronto will provide compelling evidence of the effectiveness of early identification and early intervention for at-risk readers. Suggested tools for reading risk assessment, a scope and sequence, learning goals, and success criteria will be shared so that attendees can replicate this evidence-based early intervention program in their schools.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Doing More With Less: Teaching Readers and Writers with Short Texts
Engaging students with short, powerful texts in an era when many students are not ready or motivated to work with longer texts. Short texts can be integrated to help students supercharge themselves as readers, writers, and literature students. Integrate short texts without sacrificing required texts. Leave with a list of mentor texts and short texts that you can use tomorrow and become a part of a Google classroom community to share the texts that you discover.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Understanding Histories, Cultures and World Views of Alberta's FNMI People
This workshop provides foundational information that examines First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories and worldviews. The workshop will model appropriate local protocols and provide opportunities for participants to experience learning strategies that work effectively with aboriginal learners. Participants will receive Education is Our Buffalo-A Teacher’s Resource for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Teaching Math and Science through story telling.
A practical approach towards utilizing stories to help teach math and science.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Virtual Reality Without Technology: Simulation Activities
Sadly, many students do not walk into a classroom excited to learn about history. How could I make Social Studies more engaging for them? For me, one solution was the use of simulation activities. They hook students by connecting their learning to the present, and putting them right into the middle of the action. Using several classroom-tested grade 7 lessons as an example, I'll walk you through the process of creating a teaching activity that your students will never forget!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Curriculum + Drama = Learning
Whatever you teach, drama can be an invaluable teaching tool. It engages students and helps them understand new concepts, visualize real-life scenarios, or review previous learning. I have seen countless 'Aha!' moments when students act it out and then finally 'get it' for the first time. In this session I'll share a variety of ways to bring a little more drama (the good kind) into your classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Robert's Rules Made Simple
Susan Leahy MA CSP and creator of RobertsRulesMadeSimple.com & www.GroupToTEAM.com will help ease your frustration when it comes to understanding Parliamentary Procedure. Great TEAMs run great meetings and in this workshop Susan will share The "7 Fundamental Motions". This is powerful road map that will support you meeting in being more productive and efficient. If you're ready to stop wasting time in meetings, this workshop is an effective, fun, and simple way to learn parliamentary procedure.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Love to Make Links to Literature.... & MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES?
This session will place a special emphasis on making connections across Language Arts, Mathematics and Science with direct links to big ideas that evolve across the primary grades. There is strong research evidence that when we infuse literature into our teaching, reluctant learners come alive.... You will leave with a smile on your face, a bounce in your step and tips for building key numeracy, comprehension and writing skills across subject areas into your teaching on Monday.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Astronomy for All Ages
Astronomy is the oldest of all the natural sciences. Thousands of years ago, astronomers all over the world looked up at the skies with wonder and amazement. Today we spend more time looking at our phones and miss the majesty of the heavens. In this session I'll provide tools for all grade levels to encourage inquiry, curiosity and engagement in Astronomy and Science. Ranging from (free) planetarium software to complex spectroscopy experiments, there is something for everyone!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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You are not an Idea - A Catholic Educational Anthropology
The Christian belief in "incarnation" - God becoming flesh in Christ Jesus - profoundly shapes the Catholic School's understanding of what it means to be a human person. How do the technological tools and ideological principles shaping contemporary theories of education intersect with the mission of Canada's oldest school system? How does Pope Francis' vision of Educating for Solidarity provide a powerful challenge to further excellence in education for which Catholic Schools are celebrated?

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Hot Topic: What You Need to Know About the New Quality Standards
New Quality Standards for teachers and school leaders are coming. In this session you’ll explore the competencies and indicators of the new Teaching and School Leadership standards with a keen eye to how they can be met and implemented. The road ahead may seem daunting, but this session will help you map out the journey, identify resources that you can access, and connect with those who can provide guidance along the way.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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GlycoNet: Introduce your Students to State-of-the-art Carbohydrate Science!
GlycoNet is a network of Canadian carbohydrate researchers. The University of Alberta (CMASTE) and two Alberta science teachers have partnered with GlycoNet to produce classroom resources designed for the Alberta curriculum. These resources include webquests, case studies, labs and more. They are suitable for all high school science courses but especially Biology, Chemistry and General Science. The two teacher-developers will present their resources and others that are available for free!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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The Five Love Languages: How to Enhance Relationships at Home and at School
The emotional need for love is fundamental to human thriving. Learning the child’s primary love language and speaking it creates a positive climate for learning at home and in the classroom. Learning Outcomes: - The five emotional love languages of children - How to identify the primary love language of a child - How understanding the love languages can enhance the learning environment in the classroom - How teaching children the five love languages can double as an anti-bullying program

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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How Did You Do It? Team Subban’s Vision for Success
Wisdom. Humour. Leadership experience. Memorable stories. These are the hallmarks of a Karl Subban keynote. Drawing on his experience as a coach, a principal, and the father of “Team Subban,” Subban talks about vision, perseverance, teamwork, and what it means to lead. He uses pointed anecdotes and powerful metaphors to tell a larger narrative about defining, and achieving, success.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Women In Leadership - Stronger Women Better World
Susan Leahy MA CSP leads this thought provoking, experiential and interactive session that provides practical tips and techniques to support women to step more fully into their power both personally and professionally. STRONGER WOMEN: BETTER WORLD! What does it mean to be a STRONG woman? STRENGTH isn’t something that you have to “find” it is something that you call from “within”. This session explores how to give yourself greater permission to lead in every area of your life!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Westin

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No “Naked” Numbers, Please!
When teaching multiplication, we want students to think multiplicatively and understand what multiplication and division really are. When we use “naked numbers” and algorithms, our focus is on getting answers, which can be done without understanding. When we use models and contexts, we allow students to see and talk about the math, which helps build meaning. We will look at ways to move students past inefficient and laborious counting and additive strategies to solve multiplication problems.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 60 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Making Algebra More Visible and Meaningful
Algebra is largely taught as being about moving numbers around and balancing equations. By teaching algebra in this way, we ignore algebraic relationships and can often zoom right past the answer just to complete the procedure. In this workshop, teachers will be asked to look at algebra in a very different light by using “jumping” on an open number line. We will look at algebraic big ideas and show how students can both see and show the math rather than just memorize and reproduce a procedure.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 60 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Meaningful Connection: Nurturing Yourself in a Digital World
We live in a stressful, busy, on-demand world where we are connected 24/7 but often disconnected from our true selves. In this session, we look at becoming revolutionaries by prioritizing actual experiences instead of status updates. We cover scheduling, important antidotes to the digital world, making room for real-life emotions, embracing simplicity, healthy boundary setting and practical strategies for nurturing ourselves so we can deepen our connections with those we teach.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 60 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Teaching Emotionally Resilient Students
Emotional resilience is the ability to bounce back from hardship. The best way for students to develop this key skill is to watch it in action. This session will cover 10 essential items in the teacher’s toolkit to become an emotionally resilient mentor: responsibility, vulnerability, patience, creativity, empathy, choices, natural consequences, affirmations, conscience building and the relationship bridge.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 60 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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ATRF Your Pension Matters
The session is of interest to teachers of all ages and is a general overview of the teachers’ pension plan. The presentation will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Eating Disorders and the Classroom
A comprehensive session covering: the impacts/dangers of eating disorders (ED); risk factors (including shared risk factors for obesity and ED); common myths and misconceptions; warning signs; compulsive exercising and how coaches can help; how to initiate conversations with students and parents when you have concerns; where to find resources; how to support students in recovery and helping your school culture become more ED-aware and body-positive. Q and A to follow.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Christ Event and the Religions of the World: A Catholic Perspective
Our pluriform society is home to an increasing array of viewpoints and traditions—many of which are informed and sustained by religious conviction. Grasping the fundamentals of world religions is, arguably, paramount for citizens of the 21st century. Yet how can students be equipped for such a task? This presentation seeks to provide the basic perspectives on how Catholicism views and engages other faith and proffers various models and analogies for guiding understanding.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse
The Prevent it! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse workshop is brought to you by Little Warriors, a national charitable organization, based in Canada, committed to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse. The workshop was developed by researchers at the University of Alberta to educate adults about how to help prevent child sexual abuse.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Cooling Worries in the Classroom: Helping Anxious Students Survive and Thrive at School
Anxiety is on the rise in our students. What can a classroom teacher do? In this adult-education styled workshop participants will explore strategies to help students in mainstream classrooms cope with school-based worries. Participants will use "What if I... calming worries to survive and thrive at school" to: - understand some causes of school worry - help students better understand themselves - teach strategies to calm - know when to refer for more intensive supports

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Trauma in Our Classrooms: What We Already Suspected but Now We Know
The Adverse Childhood Event (ACE) study has at last shaken hands with those working with trauma survivors. We now know that our typical high school classrooms have students whose ACE scores set them up for significant social, emotional, learning and behavioural challenges. In this workshop participants can discover: - the number of students likely impacted - projected risks - how to work with these students - how we can be protective factors - how to stay hopeful in the journey

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Students with Refugee Backgrounds: What is Neuroscience Telling Us About Regulation and Engagement?
This adult-education styled workshop will explore why self-regulation is key to working with students with refugee backgrounds. Participants will have the opportunity to explore: - recent insights on the neurobiology of regulation - how culture and language learning connect to regulation - how past and current stressors impact learning and regulation - how to intervene to lessen the impact of trauma - how to ensure that we model what we want - teacher tips for self-regulation

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Journey with Complex Kids: Eight Messages that Make the Difference
More complex kids? We know that the complexity of classrooms is increasing. What do we need to know to help? This adult-education styled workshop will explore eight key messages needed by complex children. In this time you can: - get clear on what you are already good at - discover eight key messages from research - figure out how to get these messages across - be savvy about what sabotages your plan - find ways to keep hopeful when it seems hopeless - remember why you are in this work

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Fall in LOVE with Phonemic Awareness
Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, think about and work with the individual sounds in spoken words. Phonemes are the smallest parts of sound in a spoken word that make a difference in the word meaning. Children who have a strong sense of phonemic awareness skills are likely to have an easier time learning to read and spell! Solve the biggest reading problems with Phonemic awareness and help set the stage for lifelong success in reading!

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (88 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Cracking The PHONICS CODE
Phonics instruction teaches children the relationships between the letters (graphemes) of written language and the individual sounds (phonemes) of spoken language. Systematic and explicit phonics instruction makes a BIGGER contribution to children’s growth in reading than instruction that provides non-systematic or no phonics instruction. Unlock the secret behind systematic phonics instruction with a step by step approach to phonics that works! AND...you don't need a phonics workbook!!!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (88 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Strategy Mats - A Takeaway Gem!
How can you support your struggling students when they have difficulty remembering or using what you’ve taught? Strategy mats are a terrific visual organizer, or study tool, that can hold important text, images and symbols students need to work with, such as a hundreds chart, number line, shapes glossary or useful formulas. Come see how a strategy mat can be tailored to meet the needs of your struggling students. Come prepared to design your own strategy mat for your classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (88 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Earth, Mining and Gaming: Getting More out of Minecraft
The game of Minecraft is an online gaming platform that most elementary and middle school students are adept in playing, and can serve as an exciting vehicle to drive student inquiry and problem solving. The popularity of this gaming platform provides the perfect opportunity for teachers to engage learners in the virtual world by using real world examples to inform them about the the many Science themed concepts presented within the "worlds" that encompass the game.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (88 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Let The Sparks Fly
In this session I will show demos of static electricity. They are designed to be inexpensive, easy to perform, and hopefully, entertaining. Most importantly, the demos are designed to illustrate static electric phenomena and help students develop a working model that successfully explains the observations of the demos. The session will include a number of suggestions for static electricity labs as well and participants will have a chance to try the experiments.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (tables cap 30)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Making the Invisible Visible
In this hands on session, participants will see several activities that students can do to learn about the electromagnetic spectrum. These activities are easily done in a classroom and should be of high interest to the students. I will discuss the kinds of questions that make the activities applicable to grade nine science (Space Explorations), Physics 30, or Science 30 students.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (tables cap 30)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Creating Effective High School Social Studies Multiple Choice Questions
This session will hopefully help you develop your skils as an exam builder in all three high school grades. Using the knowledge I have acquired in over 30 years of teaching, plus working with Alberta Education as the Social 30-1 Examiner, I will share my ideas about how to make effective multiple choice questions. You may wish to bring a laptop to this session, as time will be made available for you to create questions for your own use.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (tables cap 30)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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How Can Alberta Schools Show Climate Leadership?
In 2016 we worked with over 3000 Alberta students who considered this question.   Students embraced a vision that would see more environmental, energy, and climate change education and action from K-12, and in this interactive workshop you'll hear students' thoughtful recommendations on what should change, find out about top-down and grassroots initiatives in your area to bring about this change, and have a chance to think about what this means to you! 

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (tables cap 30)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Making Multiplicative Thinking Accessible to All
Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies or less efficient additive strategies rather than multiplicative strategies. How do we support them in developing more effective strategies? During this session, we will explore: a variety of multiplicative strategies, ways of using manipulatives to develop deeper understanding, and strategies for moving from concrete to abstract representations through the examination of student exemplars.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Best Practices for Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students in our Schools
An introductory session on better understanding the experience of transgender and gender diverse students, and best practices for supporting them in our schools. This will include reviewing language and meaning, determining individual and collective responsibility, as well as exploring resources to help the whole school community. Presented by one of Edmonton Public School's Diversity Consultants for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Everyone Into the Pool: Immersive Literacy for Little Dippers
Immersive Literacy is so much more than labelling everything in your classroom with word cards and constantly singing the alphabet song. Dive into a number of developmentally appropriate literacy activities perfect for pre-readers and aspiring writers. Make a splash with strategies such as Interactive Drawing/Writing and Emergent Storybook Reading to support young learners in becoming full-fledged readers and writers. This session is filled with practical ideas and quality teaching strategies.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Learn about water and how we can protect our waters with Yellow Fish Road.
Trout Unlimited Canada's, Yellow Fish Road program is please to offer our new 'Yellow Fish Road' in a Box program. This fun, interactive, inquiry-based, water education program links to the Alberta Curriculum. The YFR in a Box provides everything a teacher needs for self-delivery of this award winning program that links classroom learning to stewardship action.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Nutrition Boot Camp: Revamping Nutrition Education for Youth
Looking for new ideas on how to teach nutrition to your Junior or Senior High students? Get fired up for this session! Discover new, interactive activities designed to enhance the nutrition knowledge of youth. You’ll move around the room to a number of different stations –each designed for a specific nutrition activity. Participants will learn how each activity can be applied and expanded in the classroom to meet various curriculum outcomes. Find out about free on-line school nutrition resource.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 28 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Literary Salon: The Art of Intentional Conversation
In this session, I will demonstrate the model I use for a literary salon. I begin by reading a short selection from one of my essays to set a warm tone of invitation and exploration. Then we break into small groups and pass bags around of open-ended discussion questions designed for authentic connection. At the heart of the salon is a search for meaning and drawing out broad themes in literature and life. It’s about creating a safe space for vulnerable sharing.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 28 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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A Forest in the Palm in Your Hand: 21st Century Learners and Forest Education
How do you bring forest education to life when you can't bring your students to a forest? You don't have to go out on a limb find the answer! Our mini Boreal backgrounder will firmly plant you in the current state of Alberta's forests, including making an all-important connection to climate change. Then, we'll showcase a few ways teachers across the province can bring forests into the classroom through project-based learning and help you discover some Monday-morning-ready activities!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 28 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Big IDEA: Instructional Design to Engage Adolescents
Student disengagement in learning is a real problem in teaching today's young adolescents. Learning should be enjoyable, but move beyond simply having to "entertain our students". We need to take on the role of architects who design deep & powerful learning experiences that will truly engage and empower our students in a student-centered environment. In this interactive session, research will be shared & participants will learn to utilize 20 of the best of these instructional strategies.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 28 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Pension Interviews
Pension Interviews. Sign up through link https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Pension Interviews
Pension Interviews. Sign up through link https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Pension Interviews
Pension Interviews. Sign up through link on main Convention page.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Pension Interviews
Pension Interviews. Sign up through link https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Letters and Sounds - Establishing the Foundation for Reading
The presentation will cover: 1. a brief review of the literature identifying the importance of teaching the alphabetic principle 2. a rationale for emphasizing lower case letters & letter sounds rather than upper case & names 3. an overview of Logical Letter Formations, a systematic order of presentation 4. printing activities 5. phonological awareness activities 6. drills for developing accuracy and automaticity. 7. many tips & handouts for teaching sounds and proper formations.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: ECS
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (40 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Activities For Supporting Early Learning Number Sense
In this session, teachers will explore different games for early learning to grade 2 classrooms. The focus will be on trying the games and exploring on how they fit into the classroom and curriculum. This session will not only explore the activities but teach ways to move students toward a greater understanding of, and fluency with, number sense. Practical resources will be used and discussed so that teachers can bring activities back to their classrooms.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (40 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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How do we teach about climate change and give students hope?
Teaching about climate change can be challenging - there are many perspectives, students often feel despair and it is complex. What are some strategies to help us teach this topic? This session will share current research and exemplars for teaching climate change that turns despair into action and give students hope while building their competencies. Minister Eggen has said the new curriculum will include more climate change education. This session will enhance your climate change education.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (40 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Play Educate Inspire; Strategies to Engage Student Learning
This workshop focuses on many strategies which can be used to engage student learning through hands-on activities. Activities shared will be general science, biology and chemistry topics but all activities are adaptable to other subjects. Templates and activities are shared and located on playeducateinspire.pbworks.com

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (40 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Fractured
"Fractured" tells the stories of eight young students who have survived a school shooting. We've performed it in Vancouver, (where it won Best Production), at Vic and in the Fringe. The response...not simply the applause for the calibre of the work... but the discussions, revelations and comments afterward at the talkbacks has been phenomenal. A retired teacher saw it on opening night and pulled me aside to say that “this should be seen by every teacher…and every student... in the Province.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Get Your Students Thinking Outside the Books: Exercises in Empathetic Thinking and Transformative Le
It is important to be passionate about what you teach and who you teach, but it doesn't mean anything if you are not passionate about how you teach. This session will demonstrate award winning lesson plans that will challenge your students to "think outside the books".

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Burnt! How to feel less fried by the end of the day
Do you collapse after the final bell? Headaches and/or weight gain becoming a regular part of your teaching life? No matter how much you love your work, by the end of a stressful day juggling multiple demands in the classroom, it’s no wonder teachers go home feeling stretched to the max. Teacher wellness is a critical component of a thriving school. You will learn some simple and ready-to-use mindfulness strategies that can help you manage stress, regain a sense of calm and purpose.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Education for Reconciliation: Understanding the Legacy of Residential Schools
Residential schools were agents of assimilation and cultural genocide for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children across Canada. Today, Alberta schools are working towards reconciliation by cultivating positive and respectful relationships among both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students. Tools, resources and strategies that contribute to the development of mutually respectful relations between Indigenous and non Indigenous Canadians will be explored.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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10 Outstanding Ways to Involve Your Students in Assessment
Do your students believe assessment is something that is “done to them” or do they see themselves as active partners in the process? In this hands-on workshop, experience 10 great techniques for developing an Assessment for Learning partnership with your students.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 110 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Hey, Leaders! Formative Assessment isn’t Just for Kids!
Formative assessment enhances learning. We know this is true for teachers supporting students. How can we apply these same principles to support the professional growth of our teachers? Explore a planning model designed to help leaders use Assessment for Learning strategies to advance teacher, school and district goals.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 110 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Revisiting Rubrics
All rubrics are not created equal! A quality rubric can help teachers and students focus on what really matters but rubrics can go wrong in all kinds of ways. In this session, take a closer look at the characteristics of a great rubric, learn to recognize and avoid some common pitfalls, and take a look at the AAC tools available to help you create effective rubrics for your classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 110 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Teacher GSA Developing a Support Network
A panel presentation will examine the lived experiences of sexual minority teachers. It is an opportunity to highlight steps which can be taken to create a more inclusive school environment for LGBTQ teachers. Time for networking and advancing the development of the Edmonton Teacher GSA will be incorporated.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 110 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Creating a Community of Wellness – It Starts With You!
Join the conversation about the relationship between staff wellness, student wellness and the wellness of the school community. In this session, we will focus on wellness from within ourselves, and some ways you can foster a community of wellness in your school. Participants will explore the impact that adults have in role modelling and walking the talk of a healthy, active lifestyle. EAS will share resources and strategies to support all staff as leaders of a healthy school community.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (56 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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SNAP Math Fair - how to put on a Math Fair
Our presentation will be a hands on where you will: 1. get detailed instruction of how to run a Math Fair 2.have the chance to see several presentations up close 3.come away with English or French materials needed to run your first Math Fair yourself 4.learn where you and your students can get support in pulling off your first Math Fair

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (56 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Mad About Fractions!
Teaching fractions may at first seem daunting. After all, 3/4 of people struggle with fractions! But, with a variety of suitable models, solid questioning, and opportunities for problem-solving, you won't end up with frustrated kids! Together, let's throw out the RULES, talk about common misunderstandings (and what we, as adults, do to perpetuate them), and build the skills to foster conceptual understanding of fractions. Walk away from this session with activity ideas designed to stimulate!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (56 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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A, B, C, D,... Math Assessment Done Differently!
Math assessment is all too often rigid both in what is expected and how it is expected to be demonstrated. Kids don't all think along a linear path, nor should they! However, for teachers who see upwards of 160 students per day, the marking demands are already overwhelming! Is there a way to get a better picture of what students know, without increasing marking time? What would this look like? What might the benefits be for both students and teachers? Attend this session to find out!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (56 Tables)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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The Blanket Exercise: Exploring the Relationship Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples
Created in 1997, the Blanket Exercise is an experiential teaching tool for grades 4 – 12 and adults that helps participants understand the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Through this exercise participants will explore the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, how this relationship has been damaged over the years, and how they can work toward reconciliation. Max of 70 participants.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Creating safe space for collective conversation around Indigenous Worldview & Truth & Reconciliation
Teachers wishing to explore Indigenous education, truth and reconciliation and how to incorporate Indigenous worldviews are invited to attend this session. This workshop will use a circle format and provide safe space on topics affecting teachers, students and parents. Topics will include: Indigenous worldview of Turtle Island, cultural protocols, historical impacts, including Two-Spirited inclusion issues. Opportunities for further professional development will be included.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Activity Permissive Learning Environments: Supporting Health and Academic Outcomes
With ample evidence to verify that learning and movement are connected, now more than ever, we have an opportunity to change what we do and how we do it. Join Ever Active Schools as we explore why activity permissive learning environments are a necessary consideration in school communities, and learn what you can do to promote movement within your school and classrooms.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Using Daily Physical Activity to Support Schoolwide Wellness
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to activities that use inexpensive materials to implement daily physical activities with maximum results. We will explore the role that physical literacy plays and how to best blend physical activity with learning to support health and academic outcomes. Be prepared to have some fun and walk away with ideas to implement Monday morning!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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25 Things You Didn't Learn in University
25 things that you didn't learn in University about the teaching profession. Long time student teacher mentor, Monique Wilson, and 5th year teacher, Amanda Schulz, detail 25 things young and new teachers may not have learned during their university days. These practical tips will help you survive your first few years of teaching. From planning field trips, to organizing work, to time management, join us!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Teachers/Substitute Teachers
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Teaching High Risk Youth - A Way to Positive Change
Teaching high risk youth is just like teaching any youth except these students have fewer supports and higher barriers to being successful. The impact of living with trauma and not having a supportive family can be immense. This workshop will discuss how teachers are able to find new ways of teaching and of reaching out to students who haven’t experienced success in school and what it means to "never give up on a student".

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teaching With Consciousness: A School Perspective
As we come to terms with the true history of First Nation’s people in our province, what role do schools play? What knowledge do we need and how can we build integrity and awareness into our programs for the impact this truth may have on our indigenous and non-indigenous students? How do we bridge the anger, remorse and guilt that may come as a result of these topics to a safer place where the truth is not the enemy but a door to deeper understanding.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Building Positive School Community With Proactive and Corrective Student Discipline
School leaders are often expected to deal with significant behaviours in schools while also building a positive learning school community. This dual role can be a real challenge when confronted with sever and/or frequent negative behaviours. This session will focus on building engaging, rigorous school communities through: - proactive discipline techniques - effective engagement strategies that build resilience and buy-in and - strategies for corrective discipline that build relationships

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Google Drive 101
If you are new to Google Apps For Education (GAFE), this session is for you! Christine will take you through the basics of navigating your Google Drive, creating and sharing Docs and folders, and bookmarking your favourite websites. NOTE: Please ensure that the Chrome browser has been installed on your laptop.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (tables cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Administrators - Questions School Principals Ask Member Services
This popular, interactive session addresses a variety of issues on which school administrators have sought advice from ATA Member Services staff. Based on the time available, up to 25 issues will be examined in addition to supplemental questions and issues raised by those in attendance.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (tables cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Promoting Durable and Efficient Learning: Useful Insights from Cognitive Science
The scientific study of memory consists of 1000s of experiments that have identified cognitive processes fundamental to learning. Researchers have translated this knowledge base into several techniques that help students of all ages and abilities learn, understand, and retain materials across various domains. You will learn what these techniques are, evidence for why they work, how to implement them in your class and how your students can use them to guide their learning outside of the class.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (tables cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Coaching to Support Inclusion: A Principal's Guide
This workshop introduces leaders to Coaching to Support Inclusion: A Principal’s Guide; a new Association publication designed as a self-paced program to explore the use of coaching to support inclusive practices. Coaching is defined as a professional development strategy in which coaches work with teachers to meet the diverse learning needs of students within an inclusive school environment. Coaching to Support Inclusion reflects the collegial and collaborative culture of Alberta schools.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (tables cap 60)
Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Friday, March 03, 2017

Art Gallery

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Drawing Changes Everything
This workshop will be opportunity to work with a variety of drawing materials and look at techniques to help improve or change your drawing style and that of your students. I will share some favorite drawing projects I have used with high school art students including one I shared at GETCA in 2014. A $5 fee will be collected from participants for materials.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: Green Studio
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Expression and Response using Watercolours
Art inspires us and engages our minds continuously in creative and unique artistic experiences. Time becomes immeasurable as we renew ourselves through the immersion in a variety of art forms. The beauty of watercolour will be explored in this session to engage the participants and to inspire them to continue exploring the creative minds behind the artistic processes. The techniques will be presented and demonstrated to help the participants create their own masterpieces.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: Green Studio
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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IN THE SPIRIT OF VAN GOGH: PASTEL DRAWING
For those who are attracted to vibrant colours and expressive mark making, this is a perfect workshop. With help of chalk and oil pastels, exciting flowers and landscapes will come to life; Vincent Van Gogh forever! Difficulty level adjusted to the grade level taught. Participants get handouts and PowerPoint presentation to use in art classroom. Supplies provided. Registration $10

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: Green Studio
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
This Session is Full

McLeod Tavern

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Breakfast - Friday March 03/2017
Breakfast with Entertainment by "Young Medicine"

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Unknown
Building: McLeod Tavern  Room: Breakfast
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 7:30 AM - 8:55 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

Shaw

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Freedom in Forgiveness
Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road in Somalia and held hostage for 460 days, Amanda recalls a searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity. A captivating, unforgettable speaker, Lindhout alights on the positive and leaves the audience with a fuller understanding of the freedom we can experience when we choose to embrace compassion. What emerges is a celebration of resilience.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Don’t Quit Before the Miracle
At this session, hear all about the early years when Theo first discovered the game of hockey and fell in love with the sport - from the first moment he stepped on the ice, to the issues he faced as a survivor of abuse. He will talk about how he succeeded at an elite NHL career and earned an Olympic Gold Medal, to how he finally overcame his painful past, alcoholism and drug addiction to become an inspirational victor over life's obstacles.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Shifting Gears: Lighten Your Assessment Load in Language Arts
Do you love teaching language arts, but are overwhelmed with the assessment? You are not alone! Two years ago language arts teacher, Lisa Bush, made a goal: reduce her time assessing students' work by 40%. This workshop is a culmination of her discovery on how to increase student engagement with less time spent marking. Teachers will receive practical tips on how to challenge students to excel in writing, visual presentations, and public speaking while keeping assessment to a realistic level.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The "Math Wars" are Missing the Point
An ongoing debate between traditionalists who value mathematical performance and reformers who value understanding rages in the media. Both sides obviously care about mathematics education, but neither seems to understand the issues that underwrite the debate. This session attempts to isolate the real points of contention, and to point curriculum writers, teachers and the public toward a more fruitful framing of the key questions.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Practical Strategies For Organizing and Using Performance-Based Assessment
Performance-based assessment gives students the opportunity to show what they have learned in real-life situations, but it can be difficult to organize and use in meaningful ways in the classroom. In this session, teachers will learn some different technology based tools for organizing performance-based assessment in the classroom. We will begin with talking about what performance-based assessment is and how it fits in the classroom, and then look at practical programs for its use.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Centers: Not Just for the Elementary Grades
Literacy and Learning Centers are not just for the elementary grades. In this conference session, Dr. McKnight will discuss how centers are an amazing instructional strategy for all students at all grade levels. You’ll hear how integrating brain-based teaching and learning in your centers helps differentiate while building literacy skills and content knowledge. She’ll share some successful Literacy and Learning centers and specific implementation strategies you can take back to your classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Science Economy
Through artful storytelling and finely illustrated analysis, Gianni Kovacevic engages audiences about the fusion between technology and energy. He shares how this will impact your life, your business and your future. Will you have more or less customers in the future and what is the impact of established economies versus emerging economies? Audiences learn about the global shifts in energy production that are changing our world, the role technology plays and how environmental concerns will na

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Homework: Should You Give It and If So, How Much?
This presentation will introduce a definition of homework, the important distinctions in homework assignments, and a list of the possible effects of homework, both positive and negative. Dr. Cooper will summarize research on whether homework is generally effective, as well as whether it is more or less effective for certain grade levels and types of students. Dr. Cooper will examine variations in homework assignments that can influence its effects on achievement.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Using Improv in the Classroom to Teach Content
Based on Dr. McKnight’s The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom learn how to use creative and kinesthetic activities to build literacy skills and content knowledge. Learn about engaging improvisational activities that can be immediately used in the classroom. Dr. McKnight’s work in improv for the development of literacy skills and content knowledge has been presented to educators from all over the world!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teaching Reading and Writing Instruction at the Junior High School and High School Level
Simply put, adolescent readers and writers have unique needs. In this session, delve into the best practices for developing deep comprehension and writing skills in evidence based argumentation. Dr. McKnight possesses a proven record for the development of literacy skills at adolescent level. Her engaging and fun strategies and activities develop reading and writing skills while deepening content knowledge.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Spicing up Social Studies 9
Let's face it, Social Studies 9 does not have the most exciting topics for grade nine students, but there are things you can do to spice it up. If you are new to teaching Social Studies 9 and/or struggling with coming up with ideas for the various topics, then this session is for you. Participants will walk away with lots of ideas and resources (from websites, to online interactives and games, to actual projects...many with pre-developed rubrics!)

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Cool Tools for School - Social Studies Focus
Technology is everywhere these days, but what are some great tools to use for the classroom, and specifically, the Social Studies classroom? Participants in this session will be shown a number of cool tools they can use in their classroom to make learning even more exciting. Examples of how many have been used in the classroom (here in Alberta) will be shared. The best thing though? Minimal technology experience is required!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Balanced Learning Environment Consultant
The Balanced Classroom concept features a classroom environment suited for all learning styles as well as the desired teaching style of the educator. The best design for a balanced learning space is to incorporate flow where the more dynamic students don't interfere with the learning experience of the focused learner who requires their own space and fewer distractions.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Outcome Based Assessment in the English Language Arts Classroom
Two years ago I made a transition from traditional, product based assessment to blended curricular outcome and product based assessment in my ELA classroom. The benefits of making this change have been, in the best sense, surprising and far reaching. I would like to share some simple and practical ways to modify ELA assessment practices - modifications that have made my teaching, classroom management and marking less stressful, as well as my assessment more valid and reliable.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Addressing the Needs of Marginalized Youth
School can be a scary place when you are different. Bullying and exclusion often occur because a student falls outside of the mainstream; whether that be race, financial circumstances, language, ability, sexuality or gender identity. Students are coming out as LGBTQ2S younger and in greater numbers, even in remote and rural schools. We need to make sure that we are educated, know the terminology, and that we have the resources, knowledge and information at the ready to support them.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Skills Canada Alberta
Skills Canada Alberta serves to reposition trade and technical careers as a first choice career option for youth in Alberta. Find out how educators and students (7-12) can benefit from our Junior High Skills Exploration Day, Provincial and National competitions, field trip and Try-A-Trade opportunities or Skills in the Classroom presentations that open student's minds to the career possibilities available to them when they think BIG!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Real-time Assessments for Teaching and Learning
Are you looking for ways to engage your students in your daily lessons while trying to manage their usage of phones and other personal devices? Stop fighting your students and take advantage of the power of digital devices and get them actively participating. Provide immediate feedback while engaging your class in fun,interactive activities. Tools such as Poll Everywhere, Kahoot, Socrative, Peer Deck, Go Soapbox, etc. will be introduced. Whether all of your students have devices or not.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Social Media in your Classroom
Social Media is embedded into the daily lives of our students. Discover how to strengthen students’ digital citizenship skills through the tools they are using outside the classroom. Have students demonstrate and share their learning in authentic, personalized ways. Exploring familiar platforms like Twitter, Instagram, YouTube/Booktube, Twiducate, Snapchat, Goodreads, Edmodo, Pinterest and more, we will show you how to use them to give students.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Engage! Experiential Learning at the Palisades Stewardship Education Centre (Jasper National Park)
Join the centre's Education Liaison and learn about the quality nature immersion programs delivered at a historic yet modern ranch in the Rockies. Curricular programs (CTS modules, CTF, Junior High Science and more!) have an emphasis on experiential education and mountain recreation. Experiences help students become personally connected to their environment, develop a sense of place and belonging, and move towards active ambassadorship. Programs in French or English. www,thepalisadescentre.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Classroom Management - What Works
The classroom environment should facilitate learning for all students. The workshop is based on three key assumptions: (1) that every student needs to succeed, (2) that students must learn to take responsibility for their actions, and (3) that dignity and respect characterize all successful classroom management approaches. Participants will learn how to teach students positive social skills and responses, and create structures and procedures that help students to understand what is expected.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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FROM KEATS TO BEATS: Exploring Poetry from Iambic to Instagramic
Poetry can be a tough sell to a room of students who would rather be on Instagram or listening to the top 40. But what if they didn’t have to choose? What if instagram poets and chart-topping hits were studied alongside sonnets and haikus? What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about teaching them how many different styles there are to choose from? This workshop explores how to create a versatile, open-ended poetry unit that allows students to find their voice.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Beyond the Surface: Thematic Units of Instructions for Language Arts
Would you like your language arts lessons to capture your students’ interest? To spark debate and discussion that go far beyond the Alberta Outcomes? In this session explore how thematic units engage students by offering multidisciplinary and authentic opportunities for learning. Teachers will view units that have been successfully implemented in middle school classrooms and gain a clear understanding of how thematic units have the power to transform the traditional language arts lesson.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Strategies for Teacher Resiliency
Teaching is a fabulous profession. But, today the profession is becoming overwhelmingly complex, leading to fatigue, anxiety, and thoughts of quitting. This workshop inspires teachers to re-imagine their practice, recover their joy factor, resolve conflict better, feel empowered, and recover their passion and purpose.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Invisible Students: Their secret struggle
Discover what lies beneath the exterior of quiet enigmatic students who glide into class and seem only present in body, but not in mind or spirit. Find out why some students seem more vulnerable, ill-equipped, or too sensitive to fit into the Body/Mind educational structure that is promoted in most schools across Canada. This session provides practical strategies for teachers to make a positive and long lasting difference in these children's lives.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Understanding Self-Harm: An Educational Approach
This session will provide teachers, counsellors and administrators with a community educational approach to supporting students who are self-harming. There are 3 levels to the program: a classroom presentation for students, a presentation for staff, and a session for parents. All sessions focus on the myths of self-harm and overcoming barriers to seeking help, as well as information specific to the intended audience.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Effectively Teaching Writing for Social Studies
Discussing writing with students can be a frustrating topic. Writing skills are essential to student achievement. This session will help you to remove the stigma to 'teaching writing'. The session will provide you with easy to use rubrics, classroom activities and student self-assessment strategies that will make your students more confident and successful in their writing. It will also assist you in using assessments summatively and formatively and help you streamline your marking process.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Physics Eye Candy: Teaching High School Physics with Infographics
A picture is worth 10^3 words! In this session, Brad will walk you through the world of infographics: eye-catching visual posters that convey lots of build in information, and get you thinking about ways to create and use these tools in your classroom. Examples from the Physics 20 and Physics 30 programs of studies will be included.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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A Selection of Hilarious YouTube Videos for Secondary Science
We've all seen that awesome skateboarding dog on YouTube...but have you calculated his momentum? Then you aren't getting everything you could from the funny and surprisingly educational videos on the web. In this session, Brad will entertain you with his selection of great videos that will keep kids laughing while remembering the ideas you were trying to get across in your Secondary Science classroom, all while helping you become a super-user of the YouTube.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sticker
Ivan Coyote is an award-winning author of ten books and a renowned performer. Ivan has also been touring public schools across the continent and beyond for nearly two decades, working to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students, always with the careful eye and tender heart of a fellow misfit. Ivan knows that by addressing the needs of marginalized youth, we can build a better and safer school environment for all of our youth, and our faculty and staff too.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The New Buffalo: Exploring First Nation Education
There are few things more important to contemporary First Nation communities in today's world than education. Frequently referred to as 'the new buffalo', it has been a contentious issue for a long time. Truth And Reconciliation Commission wizard Murray Sinclair is quoted as saying 'Education got us into this mess. Education will get us out." With half the Indigenous population under the age of 25, how and what Native youth are educated is at the focus of much discussion.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Addressing Islamaphobia in Public Schools
Alberta is committed to offering students an education free from bias and discrimination. For Muslim children this is shaded by a highly politicized and negative media environment. This workshop addresses media resources that educators can use in classrooms to address inherent biases. The Mujeeb and Steve Show is a 13-part animated video series that addresses the most frequently asked questions about Islam. www.mujeebandsteve.com

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Critical Factors in Student Success: Research to Practice
What do the best educators do to ensure students are successful? Substantial research has found 4 critical factors that have the greatest effect on student achievement. Join Dr. Richard Cash, an internationally recognized education expert, as he shares the 4 factors and what every educator and participant in the learning environment can do to ensure students are well prepared for the future. Participants will be provided a menu of strategies and options that can be applied in every classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Exploring Different Types of Learners: Differentiating Through Learning Orientations
Everyone learns differently. Knowing the various ways students orient toward learning and perform can assist in creating activities and focus instruction that motivates. This session will offer evidence-based learning orientations along with options for differentiation to address the learners’ needs. Find out why some students succeed in school while others lag behind. Using learning orientations can have a substantial effect on achievement gains.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The 5E Learning Cycle in the Science Classroom
The 5E instructional model is a well-established model of science instruction that you may not have heard of before. It's a constructivist teaching strategy grounded in research that is consistent with cognitive theories of learning. Plus, it offers a practical lesson planning structure and is a way to approach instruction in a meaningful way. This session will introduce you to the 5E model and encourage you to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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An evil education
Evil is not easily conceptualized, and yet its impact permeates our lives. There are stereotypes of evil, but the real power of evil lies not with one particular representation or definition of evil, but with what the word evil does. In this session, I report on research conducted with Grade 11 students about their conceptualizations of evil, and the implications for curriculum and pedagogy. Examining evil helps uncover how we might productively discuss horrors like violence and bigotry.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Working With ADHD: Addressing Executive Function Skills in the Classroom
Dr. Michael Levinsky (M.D., PhD), Karl Merritt (R.Psych) and Megan Just-Mancini (R.Prov. Psych) are team members who work with children (7 to 12 years-of-age) attending CASA Children’s Day Program – a tertiary level, day treatment program. They will discuss how to support elementary-aged students diagnosed with disruptive behaviours (ADHD, ODD, Learning Difficulties) within the classroom by using evidence-based intervention strategies to support the development of executive functioning skills.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Due Diligence within the CTS and CTF Shops and Classroom: What your really need to know
Due Diligence within the CTS labs and CTF labs is nothing new. What is new is the expectations of what the courts will deem as appropriate. Robert McKague is a high school CTS teacher in Calgary and has taught CTS Construction for the last 30 years. He has two journeyman's certificates and a masters degree with a thesis study of CTS and educational law. Topics to be discussed: How to set up a shop or a CTS/CTF lab. Emerging trend of education malpractice, CTS pedagogy, Group discussi

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Empowering Independent Access to Authoritative Content for Division I Students
Think Division I students are not able to independently navigate digital resources to discover new information? Concerned about what young students may stumble upon while online? Let the ORC help take away your concerns while enriching your curriculum and empowering your young students to successfully navigate digital content independently. Join this session to learn about the fully funded resources available for young learners and pick us some tips and tricks for classroom use.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Teaching Students About Authoritative Resources with the Online Reference Centre
Does your student’s research process begin and end with Google and Wikipedia? Do you want to teach them the difference between authoritative and non-authoritative sources but not sure where to start? Learn Alberta’s Online Reference Centre (ORC) can help! The ORC is a $1.75 million collection of curricular-aligned digital resources licensed on behalf of all Alberta K-12 staff/students/parents. Join this session to learn about the engaging and authoritative resources available on the ORC.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teaching Sexual Health with Confidence!
Come to this interactive session and discuss innovative activities, strategies to engage students in the classroom, and best practices in teaching Human Sexuality. You will leave this session with a sample set of lesson plans for Grade 4 -CALM Human Sexuality outcomes including ideas for differentiation of lessons (et les traductions en francais, aussi!) and knowledge of the free resources available on teachingsexualhealth.ca, an authorized Alberta Education resource.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Open Heart, Open Mind: Six-Time Olympic Medalist | Mental Health Advocate
From one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians comes a raw but life-affirming story of one woman’s struggle with depression. In a world where winning meant everything, her biggest competitor was herself. Told with honesty and passion, Open Heart, Open Mind is Clara’s personal journey through physical and mental pain to a life where love and understanding can thrive. This revelatory and inspiring story will touch the hearts of all Canadians.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Unlearning Helplessness – Motivating the Underachiever
Julia shares how underachieving occurs when students have a significant gap between their abilities, and what they achieve in school. In this interactive session, she will discuss the four types of underachievers, explore the characteristics and causes of underachieving, and present effective solutions that can reverse this problem. In order to open the doors of “untapped potential,” you need to have the right keys.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Unknown
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Westin

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Math Centres for Division One
Learning centres are a powerful way to provide meaningful, hands-on experiences with math for students. We will explore examples of curriculum based centre activities and games that can be used to increase engagement and improve learning. We will create samples of materials in a way that demonstrates how students can be involved in creating many of the materials required themselves. This provides an opportunity for learning as well as increasing student buy in and decreasing teacher workload.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 60 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Build First, Teach After
Do you activate student knowledge prior to math instruction? It is common practice to activate students’ background knowledge prior to reading and this same strategy can also be used for math. This hands on session will demonstrate how to activate students’ prior knowledge by providing opportunities to interact with math activities first and then doing the teaching after. Specific curriculum based examples that allow students to engage with and discover concepts will be shared and explored.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 60 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Improving Student Engagement in Mathematics
This fun and interactive session will model how to increase student communication and engagement in mathematics. Geared for elementary teachers from grades 3-6, this hands on session will provide some easy to implement ideas and activities to get your students to collaborate and to persevere when faced with challenges in math class. We will explore how to keep students engaged and learning while working on problem solving tasks in small groups and on vertical, non-permanent surfaces.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 60 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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NAIT & Alberta's Dual Credit Strategy - Where Are We Now?
Since its inception in 2013, the Dual Credit strategy has helped many students define their career pathway. This session will provide attendees with a historical overview of Dual Credit in North America, discuss the various methods of implementation, and allow for an in-depth understanding of who the ideal Dual Credit student is. NAIT's Dual Credit program will also be discussed. The session will conclude with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Executive Functioning - Who's in Charge?
Description: Tanya Keto will share the work of neurologist and teacher, Dr. Judy Willis, with a focus on brain based strategies that teachers can use to increase student engagement, motivation, and self-management. This workshop will also increase educators' confidence in how to model and include executive functioning strategies in their daily lessons.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Looking Beyond the Behaviour: Motivating and Supporting Students with High Functioning ASD
Melissa Miller. Navigating the world as a child on the Autism Spectrum can be a confusing and many times frustrating experience. Learn practical tools to help you guide your high functioning ASD students toward success in the classroom. This workshop is designed to explore the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as it appears in the classroom, with a focus on children with high functioning Autism (formerly referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome). We will explore methods of behaviour assessment.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Sing a New Song (no, really)
From the time of King David right up until today, music has played an integral part in the worship of the people of God. Today, we have access to an incredible treasury of music as we teach our students to pray - from both traditional and contemporary sources. Join ECSRD Chaplain & veteran music minister Mike Landry for a look at resources to find music, criteria to select it, some of his favorites you know (and some you may not!) along with tools to ensure you comply with copyright law.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Jesus is my Buddy, and That's Cool
Terry Hogan and his good buddy Jesus will remind you why Catholic education matters today more than ever, and help you refocus on your mission as teachers of faith.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Religious Education
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Unified Sports – Inclusive Sports Programs in High Schools
Special Olympics Unified Sports is a program that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities to train and compete together on the same sport teams. In the 2015/16 school year, gr. 9-12 students from nine different schools in Alberta competed in basketball and track events as part of the pilot year of Unified Sports in Alberta. Students were excited to wear their school’s jerseys and work on sport and leadership skills. Learn how to use sports as a unifier in your school!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Transforming Math with iPad: Strategies for Best Practice
Throughout this session, session participants will walk through my journey in creating a different mathematics classroom using technology. In my classroom, technology is leveraged to deliver content to students, create meaningful experiences for students to refine knowledge, and serve as a conduit for students to demonstrate and showcase their understanding of curriculum. Session participants will learn tools and applications to the mathematics classroom.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (88 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Inquiry and Problem Based Learning in Mathematics: A Thematic Approach to Meeting Outcomes.
Participants in this session will progress through a scaffolded approach to instructional design for problem based learning in secondary mathematics. Participants will be introduced and participate in a thematic approach to instruction that combines concrete learning to contextual tasks, which is often a challenge in upper mathematics grades.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (88 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Twenty–Two Terrific Teaching Tips for Opening Minds and Engaging Learners
Three Cornered Cards, One Minute Feedback, Beach ball and Sharpie, One Not Like the Others and 18 other Terrific Tested Teaching Tips will be covered and practiced during this fast-paced intense colourful workshop. As well, your best Teaching Tip will be explored, coloured and shared. Be more ready for the classroom on Monday!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (88 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Taking Assessment From Average to Awesome
Quality, balanced formative assessments ensure that students, teachers and parents understand how students are performing and getting students involved in assessments help them to be more engaged and committed to their own learning. Teachers will walk away from this session with several new assessment practices that can be easily implemented in to your programming. The session will focus on the creation and use of a rubric word wall and a student progress portfolio.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (tables cap 30)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Revitalizing Poetry in the Middle School Classroom
In this session, Language Arts teachers Melissa Thompson and Lisa Bush will discuss how using poetry in their Independent Reading Program has engaged and inspired middle school students on a daily basis. Teachers will receive resources and teaching ideas they can implement in their classroom immediately. Specifically, this session will provide teachers with a list of teen-approved books to add to their class library, along with inspiring classroom lesson ideas that spark student engagement.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (tables cap 30)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Avez-vous des soucis au sujet des compétences en litéracie précoce?
Identifier tôt les difficultés en lecture et intervenir de manière appropriée peut réduire la gravité des troubles de lecture chez un enfant. L'outil de diagnostic pour la prélecture est un outil facile à utiliser et vise notamment les élèves en 1re et 2e année des programmes francophones ou d'immersion française. Loutil nous aide à identifier des faiblesses en conscience phonologique et en lecture. Des interventions à point et un bon appui peuvent aider à surmonter les barrières en littératie.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (tables cap 30)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Learning Playlists in Google Classroom for Personalized Learning!
Google Classrooms is a powerful digital tool used worldwide to enhance student learning! Imagine if we could use this tool to create customized “learning playlists” to meet the needs of our diverse learners! This session will help you take Google Classroom from being a digital repository of one-size fits all information to an interactive personalized blended learning hub! We will showcase a variety of easy to use tools to get your playlists started!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Visual Journalling Through Curriculum
Using Visual Journals for curriculum is a passion of mine. It gives the chance for children to explore their learning through the arts. It allows for different entry and exits points and an amazing way to assess student understanding using nonverbal representation. This session will be hands on and highlight many different techniques and share ideas based on grade one and two curriculum that can be adapted for different grades. If possible, please bring your own visual journal.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Art
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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Brain Gym- Emotional Intelligence for Kids & Teens
In this session participants will learn some simple ways to help students understand what is going on inside their brains and bodies every time they experience stressful emotions; once they know it and can name it, they will be better able to manage it. Designed using current findings from the fields of neuroscience and mindfulness, the tools you will learn can strengthen the brain, increase empathy, contribute to emotional intelligence, and boost overall happiness.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Let Them Figure It Out: Trial and Error Lab
"I feel like we're doing real science" was the comment that hit home. I always do lots of labs and hands-on activities with all my classes, especially with my Science 24's. I would often go through the procedures carefully, then they would do the labs. However, I wanted them to have a more authentic experience; make their own choices, apply previous knowledge, and make mistakes. The "Trial and Error" Silly Putty lab is now one of my favs! Come try for yourself!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 28 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Black Holes Aren't Black
Participants will take away classroom ready, student friendly hands-on activities related to black holes and their detection. Teachers will be given a theoretical basis to allow them to facilitate their students' learning about this cutting edge area of research. Resources will be available in English and in French.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 28 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Students Who Struggle With Reading
Are you wondering what will work for your struggling students? Snapword Flashcards can help! Students will easily learn 600 sight words, visualize for recall, learn related body movement, increase reading, and expand reading fluency. Whether you have a kindergartener who is falling behind or an older child who is working too hard on reading, the right-brained teaching resources and tips will help your child be successful!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 28 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Down Syndrome in the Classroom
If you have a child with Down syndrome (DS) in your class or school, this session is for you! Gayle Krupa, an RN at the Edmonton Down Syndrome Clinic will help you understand the medical and cognitive needs of learners with Down Syndrome. Danielle Barnes and Adele Olson, teachers and parents of children with DS, will give you practical strategies for teaching math to children with DS. They will also focus on why difficult behaviors sometimes arise and what to do about them.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Devonian (cap 180)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Working With Students (And Their Parents!) With Mental Health Difficulties.
Resources, strategies and anecdotes for working with one of our most challenging populations in schools today. How do we work with students who suffer from mental illness? How do we support students whose parents have mental illness? What about our own mental health and how do we take care of ourselves, too? All these questions (and more!) will be discussed during this session.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Devonian (cap 180)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Reconciliation Projects
Participants will leave with some practical projects to engage students in exploring the history of residential schools and representing that learning. Key objectives of the program is to learn about this historic injustice, enacting gestures of reconciliation for the past, and the continued oppression of Indigenous people in Canada. A combination of videos and hands on activities will be explored.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Westin Room: Devonian (cap 180)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Pension Interviews
Pension Interviews. Sign up through link https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Pension Interviews
Pension Interviews. Sign up through link https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Pension Interviews
Pension Interviews. Sign up through link https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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No Time to Think? How to Integrate Mathematical Reasoning into Learning Outcomes
Mathematical reasoning is a critical process in learning math in today’s elementary classroom. However, finding time to explore this process can be challenging! In this session, teachers will learn how to create a classroom environment that fosters mathematical reasoning and learn how to adapt activities to promote reasoning. They will identify practical ways to reframe teaching in order to engage students in important mathematical reasoning while simultaneously covering curricular outcomes.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (40 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Engaging Elementary Students in Assessment: Use Games to Probe Math Understanding
At the end of a geometry unit, it’s easy to use a test where kids state all the names and attributes of shapes. But, how can we match our assessment to a hands-on approach to learning about shapes during a unit? Our grade 4 & 5 students helped us answer this question! In this session, we’ll share how we used a game context to assess students’ understanding. Teachers will learn how to design performance tasks and matching rubrics – and leave with specific examples to adapt for their classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (40 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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HIgh School Math Homework: What Works?
What if students developed their own homework strategies for math in order to learn? What if we could foster an environment of self-directed homework? In this session, teachers will discover how foster an environment of self-directed homework and learn key homework strategies that students use to succeed in high school math. They will adapt and take back effective strategies to share with students. Come ready to re-think how you assign and view homework in your own classroom!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (40 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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A Man, A Plan, Japan (Pt 1: Ran in Hunan) - Travel Tales With William Jans
Join photographer/adventurer William Jans for more of his absurd travel tales! We start in China with a plan to run an outrageous mountain road, enjoy some air and rail mayhem, visit to the “Avatar Mountains” and then it’s off to Japan to break a foot in Tokyo, stay in Capsule hotels, see the delicate Cherry blossom festival and the absurd (and popular) Phallus festival. Rave reviews for the West coast premieres! Info and clips: http://www.wrjphoto.com/shows/amanaplanjapan/

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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A Man, A Plan, Japan (Pt 2: I Can Japan!) - Travel Tales With William Jans
Photographer/adventurer William Jans continues his absurd travels in Japan with visits to: an eerie abandoned amusement park, trying to go through Buddha’s Nostril, James Bond Island, “Art” island, and Fukushima’s post Tsunami Radiation center! You’ll also see wild rockabilly dancers and Sumo Wrestling too! Then to try to cover Japan top to bottom on one rail pass! Come join the ride! Info and clips: http://www.wrjphoto.com/shows/amanaplanjapan/

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Elder in the Making - An Aboriginal and a Newcomer Begin the Road of Reconciliation
Join Director Chris Hsiung for a viewing of his award winning documentary Elder in the Making (elderinthemaking.com). This film follows an unlikely pair, one a Chinese-Canadian and the other a Blackfoot Aboriginal, as they explore the tragic and hopeful history of their shared home. Through breathtaking cinematography, archival storytelling told with laughter and tears, Elder in the Making finds the beginning of the road to reconciliation.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Motivation From Within - Moving Away From Points, Prizes, and Pizza Parties
Our students enter our schools highly motivated to learn but this fades as they progress through the grades. Due to the many challenges facing our schools, educators often resort to a variety of incentives to try to motivate students to learn and behave to help create the optimal learning environment. This session will challenge participants to rethink the use of incentives and encourage them to look at ways to develop more intrinsic motivation and engagement in classrooms.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 110 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Connecting with the Disconnected
We know we cannot teach a child without a connection. Talking about the importance of relationships is nothing new but sometimes we need a reminder of our WHY. With the high volume of tasks, checklists and day to day duties in schools, our why (larger purpose) of making a difference through relationships can somehow get lost. Chris will share ideas and challenge participants to recall their why and work to build connections with ALL students... and help to connect with the disconnected.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 110 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Bring Out the BEST in Staff
How do we build a culture that helps staff members to thrive? Strengths-based leadership provides the lens and mindset that brings out the best in staff members and creates the conditions for increased trust, more collaboration and sharing, and a resulting climate in which people want to innovate and excel. Chris will use powerful stories, along with supporting research, to encourage formal leaders to embrace a strengths-based lens to create a positive school culture.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 110 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Hot Topic: What You Need to Know About Curriculum Development
An ambitious overhaul to the program of studies for K–12 Arts, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Wellness is underway! In this session, teachers who are excited, worried or merely curious about the changing curriculum will have the opportunity to hear more about the curriculum development process, timelines and progress made thus far, and will engage in a critical discussion about the role Alberta teachers can play in designing the curriculum of the not-so-distant future.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (56 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Learning Stoichiometry With LEGO
This workshop will outline five hands-on activities that have been developed to leverage student fluency with LEGO bricks to improve student understanding of stoichiometry and mole/mass relationships. Teaching resources will be provided. LEGO building blocks can be assembled in myriad structures using a limited number of building rules. This manipulative presents robust prior student-knowledge that can be readily applied to enhance student learning of stoichiometry.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (56 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Before Consent
Consent is the new buzz word in sexual health classes. But what skills do tweens and teens need before consent will make sense? Participate in group activities designed to get students thinking about respect for self, others, and future goals. We will practice assertiveness and we will learn the language of NO. We will be rowdy, we will move, and we will explore boundaries in a whole new way. This workshop is more than a cup of tea!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (56 Tables)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Stolen Drama Games
In a session for participants only, no spectators, we will learn by doing. At the completion of the workshop, you will be able to facilitate over a dozen different drama games and activities for students of all ages.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Tate Wetu: African Song & Dance Lesson
On the south west coast of Africa lies a country called Namibia. This lesson explores the highly positive aspect of African culture through the song and dance customs of the Oshiwambo people of Namibia, and explores their marimba music on Orff instruments. Lesson Outcome: Lesson participants leave the lesson equipped with the skills and resources to teach an Oshiwambo folk song (Tate Wetu) to their own students. Orff sheet music, lyrics and translation included.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Golf in Schools
The National Golf in Schools program has been developed to deliver Physical Education learning outcomes through the sport of golf and consists of a learning resource and age-appropriate equipment. This session will assist elementary, junior high and high school teachers with and without a background in golf to plan and deliver quality learning experiences using golf as the vehicle. Golf pros and experienced teachers at various stations will demonstrate aspects of the program.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Reading where words fail: The meaning and purpose of visual response in the language arts classroom
Since self-representation often involves a struggle between elements that cannot be articulated through words alone, I wonder what may be gained when a teacher encourages forms of response that either disavow the use of language or allow for words and images to interact. In this presentation, I interpret a series of visual representations that a group of adult readers created in response to their readings of graphic novels, as well as the language used to discuss their creative constructions.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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New to the Assistant Principal's Role? Let's Talk
Are you new to the role of assistant principal? Are you thinking of getting into school leadership? This session is an opportunity to collaborate with other school leaders and designed to help someone new to the role get started no matter the grade level. Included are sections on relationship building with stakeholders, student discipline, and developing vision in the school community

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Tomatosphere™: An Out-of-This-World Science Program
Tomatosphere™ uses the excitement of space exploration to teach the skills and processes of scientific experimentation and inquiry. Through Tomatosphere™, students investigate the effects of the space environment on the growth of food, and teachers can access online, curriculum-based educator resources that complement the program. Join Let's Talk Science for an interactive session that shows how you can implement and integrate Tomatosphere™ into your classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (tables cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Develop Inquiring Minds through Science-Technology-Society (STS)
This session will focus on pedagogical strategies and resources available for free on CurioCity that develop and enhance students’ skills to construct significant and insightful questions through STEM-related learning experiences. Developed by Let’s Talk Science, CurioCity is an online place for Grades 8-12 students and teachers. It supports learning through engaging resources that relate science, engineering, technology and math to society, and provides interesting real-world context.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (tables cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Make 'em Laugh: Clowning for Clowns
Everybody loves a clown, at least that is the theory. This session covers movement, makeup, costume and scene creation though the use of classic clowning. It is a physical unit that has students up and moving, yet is appropriate for those with disabilities as well. Good for class or public presentation if creating a show. Travels easily and well. Have fun, and laugh. Unit plan will be handed out at the workshop.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (tables cap 60)
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM