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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Art Gallery

Room: 1 (cap 30)
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Mr. Stephan Baker  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    This Session Requires Pre-Registration
Anyone Can Draw Div 1
This session is for teachers of grades K - 3 and is designed to give teachers confidence in their own drawing skills and the ability to teach drawing to their students. Teachers will learn how to draw using the basic shapes of circles, squares and triangles. This is a popular, practical and hands on workshop. For those who have taken this workshop before there will be fresh new material presented.
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Mr. Stephan Baker  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM    This Session Requires Pre-Registration
Anyone Can Draw Div 2
This session is for teachers of grades 3 - 6 and is designed to give teachers confidence in their own drawing skills and the ability to teach drawing to their students. Teachers will learn how to draw using perspective, shading and the elements of design. Some tips will be given on drawing realistic people portraits. This is a popular practical hands on workshop. For those who have taken this workshop before there will be some fresh new material.
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Mr. Stephan Baker  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM    This Session Requires Pre-Registration
Anyone Can Draw - Pastels and Charcoal
This session is for teachers of grades K - 9 and is designed to give teachers confidence in using oil and chalk pastels and charcoal for art projects. Teachers will learn how to use these different mediums to help their students create stunning and unique artwork. Course content will be different from previous sessions offered under the same title. This is a popular, practical and hands-on workshop.
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Mr. Stephan Baker  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM    This Session Requires Pre-Registration
Anyone Can Paint - Watercolour
This session is for teachers of Kindergarten to Grade 6 and is designed to give teachers confidence in using watercolours paints in the classroom. New for this year will be tips on how to use watercolour pencil crayons in the classroom. Simple but effective projects that students love to do will be demonstrated. This is a popular, practical hands on workshop.
Room: 2 (cap 30)
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Mrs. Izabella Orzelski  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
“Gelicious” or Acrylic Gel Paintings with Practical Application
Acrylic Gel is a versatile art medium that can be used by art students from grades1 to 12. The complicated nature of creating a portrait may be successfully accomplished by using gel. Voila, even the most self- critical student will feel like a great artist! This workshop provides participants with both: a visual introduction to a variety of art projects incorporating acrylic gel and hands on activities.Open to teachers of grades 6-12. All mater...
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Mrs. Izabella Orzelski  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Scratchboard: The Animal Kingdom in Black & White
The easiest way to introduce students to printmaking is through the scratchboard art projects. This workshop will provide step by step guidance in completion one project to share with students. Open to art and general teachers of grades 6 to 12. Supply fee $5.
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Ms. Christa Chapman  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
A Year in the Life of Junior High Art
In this session various successful grade 7, 8 and 9 art projects will be explored. From oil pastel to soapstone sculpture, discussion will be based on student exemplars, project extensions and assessment rubrics that are connected to the Alberta Art Curriculum. Art is a vehicle to engage students of any academic or physical ability. Students can utilize art as a tool to gain a better sense of wellness, creativity and self-confidence through the e...
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Ms. Christa Chapman  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Birds of a Feather Let's Create and Collaborate Together!
This informal collaborative session will allow time for art teachers to reflect, discuss and share successes and challenges within the context of the art classroom. Teachers should come prepared with a resource, project idea or an art piece/sketchbook to share and discuss with like minded individuals. This open discussion style environment will create opportunities for art teachers to network and build connections with other artistic professional...
Room: 3 (cap 30)
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Ms. Kerrie Long  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Cinema That Illuminates
EIFF U is a series of films programmed from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2015, during the Edmonton International Film Festival. These films are curated from around the world and are intended to inspire students and teachers by offering unique cinematic voices that are truly 'independent'. Where possible, filmmakers are invited to participate in a Q&A with students post-film. This session features clips from previous EIFF U films and teachers have the o...
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Ms. Kathy Worobec  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Leap Into Action
New directions in curriculum are focusing on integrated learning with a focus on cross-curricular competencies. Action projects or project-based learning is a great way to start down this path. Students who have the chance to actually do something to help the environment are more hopeful and view themselves as part of the solution. In this hands-on workshop, we will do some of the activities from Leap into Action. The resource includes everything...
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Ms. Kathy Worobec  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Using Your Schoolyard as a Learning Environment
Environmental education is cross-curricular by its nature and is a great vehicle for students to apply skills in real-world contexts. This session profiles “Five Minute Field Trips”, a ‘greatest hits’ compendium of experienced environmental educators’ favorite activities. Explore the many different ways you can use your schoolyard for different learning experiences and the many ways to use environmental education to integrate learning across subj...
Room: Theatre (cap150)
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GETCA Admin  - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Race to Nowhere
"Race to Nowhere" is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Named by TakePart.com as one of “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss”, “Race to Nowhere” brings communities together to spark dialogue and galvanize change in America’s schools. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and t...
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GETCA Admin  - 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Race to Nowhere
"Race to Nowhere" is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Named by TakePart.com as one of “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss”, “Race to Nowhere” brings communities together to spark dialogue and galvanize change in America’s schools. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing and t...

McNally High School- Shuttle Available

Room: 132 Foods Lab (cap 25)
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Ms. Kelly Hobbs  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM    This Session Requires Pre-Registration
Art & Plating
Does the world around you inform the art you create or does the art you create inform the world around you? This hands on session will explore the duality of art and how it relates to the art of plating desserts. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice various plating techniques and styles using sugar and chocolate.
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Mrs. Jodie Kachkar  - 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM    This Session Requires Pre-Registration
Power Up! Cooking with Milk Products and Eggs
Based on CTS FOD 2060, this free program provides practical learning tasks that start with what students are familiar with — milk products and eggs in their daily diets — and extends their knowledge and skills to cooking science and applications. The session will include cooking, taste-testing and reviewing all program components. You will leave with lesson plans to start teaching the program next week! Space is limited to 25. Foods teachers ...
Room: Cafeteria/Study Hall (cap 80)
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Mrs. Cathy Schneider  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
$50 Planetarium
Come hear about two amazing (free!) PD sessions sponsored by the Honeywell Corporation - Teacher Space Camp and the Green Boot Camp. I will also take you through one of the activities I brought back from these camps - the $50 Planetarium. Here students create a constellation and place them in a homemade planetarium.
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Ms. Kristen Hedley  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Best Practices for iPad Use in a Language Rich Classroom
Not all apps are created equally--learn to differentiate the good from the bad...from the UGLY! Come away with a solid understanding of what to look for when selecting quality apps to use in a language rich classroom. Bringing an iPad to this session is encouraged, but not necessary.
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Ms. Kristen Hedley  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Using iPads to Target Speech and Language Goals in the Classroom
Learn how to maximize your use of your classroom iPads to help children achieve their speech and/or language goals in the classroom setting. Come away with a plethora of app ideas, as well as new ideas when using apps you may already have. Bringing an iPad to this session is encouraged, but not necessary.
Room: Computer Lab 220 (cap 30)
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Mr. Gerald Logan  - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Become A SMARTBoard Ninja
Learn to use the Gallery Essentials, Lesson Activity Tool Kit and Activity Builder to make your lessons more engaging for your students. You will leave this workshop with activities for the next morning. The activities you build will add gamification to your classroom and leverage the “engagement” factor.
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Mr. Gerald Logan  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
There's An App For That
Want to engage your students? Improve learning and student motivation. There is an App for that! Your student’s electronic "toys" have all the computing power you need for this. In this session you will learn how to utilize mobile devices to engage your students. In this session you will learn how to use the top rated free apps. This will include having your student’s blog, send photos, respond to polls all from their iDevice. Please bring your i...
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Mrs. Nannette Morissette  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Great Websites for Primary Teachers
In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to examine hundreds of websites which can be used to meet some of the IT outcomes and to enhance existing programming. We will also discuss how to use the internet and the Smartboard to help in the delivery of morning routines. Each participant will leave with a flash drive containing all the links we have examined.
Room: Computer Lab 222
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Mr. Scott Couprie  - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meeting Div 2 Outcomes through Computing Projects
How well do our students problem-solve? Free online tools such as Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) create dynamic learning environments to achieve multiple cross-curricular outcomes through engaging problems. This half day session will introduce teachers to the student-friendly Scratch programming language. Complete lesson plans for integrating computing into core curriculum will be provided. Join our first presentation of the new EPSB Grades 4-12 Co...
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Mr. Kevin Moffit  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Editting Videos with iMovie
Whether it is film studies videos, student presentations, or just creating short videos outlining key concepts within your lessons, learn the features of iMovie to enhance learning within your classroom. This workshop will provide an overview of tools needed to record video, editing videos within iMovie, and publishing the videos to the web.
Room: Dance Studio (cap 40)
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Ms. Anita Rudichuk  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Practical Tips to Teach Dance
Do you have limited experience teaching dance? Simple and practical knowledge will be offered to you, to successfully teach dance to various age groups and developmental levels. A teaching methodology that fosters quick and effective understanding, execution and performance of dances. The proposed teaching strategies are the one used by Tradansa’s Chief Trainer. With only 120 minutes of class, she manages to teach students 3 to 4 dances and prepa...
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Mrs. Christina Marlett  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Find Your Groove in West African Dance
How about a session where you dance instead of sit? Join us for the juiciest dance style around. West African dance is rooted, earthy and healing. Treat yourself to a chance to live in the moment and breathe. Think live drumming, laughter, exhilaration and community. No experience necessary, just a sense of adventure!
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Mrs. Christina Marlett  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Creativity Embodied
Students and teachers often resist “dancing” because it’s outside of their comfort zone. This session will guide you and your learners through stimulating, creative movement exercises that are so engaging, students won’t know they’re dancing. You’ll find this session to be a powerful experience in team-building and authentic connection. All abilities are welcome. Come prepared to be active and ready to have fun.
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Mr. Kris McBurney  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Dance the day away
Wondering where to go with the dance unit? Watching YouTube and Zumba trying to keep up? Bring your left feet here and your confidence to teach the dance unit will soar. Mixers, line dances, two step and waltz.
Room: Main Gymnasium (cap 100)
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Ms. Rachel Pasek  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Netball: Education in an International Sport
Netball Alberta is a not-for-profit organization with the focus of growing the sport of Netball in Alberta. One way to facilitate this growth would be educating teachers and future teachers about the game and introductory activities that are applicable to the fundamental skills necessary for Netball and many other individual and team-based sports. This particular presentation will briefly introduce teachers to the basic rules, history, and fundam...
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Ms. Heather Sjostrom  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Kids Can Move
Alberta Gymnastics' Kids Can Move program promotes physical literacy in children from kindergarten to grade 7. The goal of the program is to develop movement skills and motor abilities in Alberta school children through gymnastics activities, enabling them to competently and confidently participate in any physical activities. The program also provides teachers with a resource of ideas to safely and confidently deliver the Alberta gymnastics curri...
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Mr. Harley Stewart  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Speed Badminton
Speed Badminton is an invigorating, fun game that students of any age can learn to play and all teachers can teach. From the very beginning, all participants achieve success and progress at their own rate. The game can be played both indoors and outdoors with little setup time and minimal equipment. Teachers will leave the session with an understanding of the game, equipment used, and skill progressions for immediate instruction. Come and enjoy a...
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Mrs. Cheryl Schneider  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Zumba for your students - No More Excuses
Come experience what all the talk is about - Zumba for your students. Participation is optional BUT chances are you will want to join into the fun. Exercise to international music with simple moves, and a disco light to boot. The No More Excuses team is in over 50 schools and still growing with good reason. Bring your towel and water bottle, and get ready to be inspired to move your body. This is a must "go to" session !!!
Room: Physics Lab, Rm 104 (cap 40)
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Mr. Victor Fung  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Cheap and Relatively Easy (Pun-Intended) Physics Activities for High School
A workshop on high school physics experiments and demos for Science 10, 20, 30 and physics 20 and 30.
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Mr. Barry Edgar  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Physics for High School Classes
Teachers can illustrate many concepts in science with classroom demonstrations, which are enjoyable, but how can teachers insure that students will get more than entertainment out of them? I will show several physics demonstrations and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Do they support the curriculum? foster understanding of a science topic? What can students do to develop an intuition for the concepts and to remember them later during an...
Room: Rm 119 (cap 35)
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Mrs. Trang Luong  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Emerging Technologies in Education
Engage students and enhance learning outcomes with Internet and Instructional Technologies. Trang Luong will share ready to use technology tools and websites to help you create lessons that aren’t boring. Dozens of free web tools and ideas that can add a punch to those boring lessons is just an example of one item in her presentation.
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Mrs. Trang Luong  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Design Thinking with Makerspace Workshop
What is a Makerspace and how does design thinking help students learn? Trang Luong and Nicole Lamoureux will share the research and strategies for you to create and design hands-on learning experiences through multidisciplinary problem-based approach in K through 12 schools. You will be introduced to Makerspace projects during the breakout sessions and experience the Design Thinking process through a design challenge. Will include tips/strategi...
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Mr. Gregg Silver  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Music Beyond Notes
When showing students to play music together without the use of written notes, we set aside the stands, learning to listen and compliment, improvise and love playing as a group. Gain confidence improvising with your class; find what they love and use that inspiration. Students practice more when they enjoy. Let's bring that enjoyment to the classroom in this session where various techniques are used to develop our musicial abilities to play to...
Room: Rm 121 (cap 35)
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Mr. Michael Zhang  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Online Summative Assessments with Google Forms
Discover one teacher's experience using Google Forms as a summative assessment for students. The advantages, disadvantages and struggles that were faced and the degree of success. Additional tools such as Safe Exam Browser and Flubaroo will also be discussed.
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Mr. Michael Zhang  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Research and Collaboration through Google Docs
Google Docs provides several tools that help students properly cite and create bibliographies within Google Docs. Furthermore, Google Docs allow students to collaborate and teachers to provide formative assessment. Find out more about how these tools function and examples of using them within the classroom.
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Mr. Michael Zhang  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Uploading Videos to YouTube: Classroom Applications
Learn about the tools and procedures needed for you or your students to upload videos to YouTube. Michael will discuss his experiences recording classroom lessons and techniques to identify student understanding through online analytics. Also, find out about FOIP and Copyright considerations when recording classroom lessons and examples of student and teacher led activities involving video recordings.
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Ms. Katherine (Katie) Kitschke  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Cyberbullying: Its Impacting the Life of Youth
We will discuss and define what Cyberbullying is and why it is so common now. We will look at some of the issues and consequences as well as learn how to change the environment of acceptance with youth. We will discuss ideas for change that could make a difference in all school communities.
Room: Rm 123 (cap 35)
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Mrs. Maria Smith  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
21st Century Learners in Sports Medicine
With the multitude of distractions students are faced with, it can be challenging for instructors to keep students engaged in the classroom. This session will share an Athletic Therapists’ tips and tricks for creating a Sports Medicine classroom of engaged thinkers. Teachers will learn how to integrate technology and meaningful hands-on experiences to foster deep understanding of curricular concepts and enhance critical thinking and problem solv...
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Dr. Stephen Berg  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
DPA in the Classroom
Having trouble getting into the gym? Is the weather outside too cold for kids? Not to worry! The classroom environment can be a great place to enhance fundamental skills and to provide opportunities for teachers to meet the Daily Physical Activity requirement. Participants will actively engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate activities for children. A handout of all activities will be provided.
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Ms. Becky Skopyk  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Got Skills? Trades & Technology in the Classroom
Skills Canada Alberta (SCA) is a not-for-profit provincial association, which serves to reposition trade and technical careers as a first choice career option for youth in Alberta. Find out how teachers and students can benefit from SCA competitions, field trip opportunities and classroom presentations that open student's minds to the possibilities available to them when they think BIG!
Room: Small Gymnasium (cap 50)
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Dr. Stephen Berg  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Play Day with a Purpose!
The purpose of this active session is to introduce participants to the NGO Right to Play's Play Day Manual. Through fun and engaging activities in a play-day format, students will learn about cooperation, communication, self-efficacy, and health promotion. This FREE teaching resource is available for all participants. Come prepared to laugh and be inspired through these unique activities.
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Mr. Kris McBurney  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Peaceful Warrior
Tired of the same co-op games and is dodge ball losing that thrill for your classes? You will be introduced to 7 fast paced extreme games that involve maximum participation. These games are designed to develop team work and expand students' abilities to perform skills and tactics during game play. The games focus on sending, receiving, travelling, communication, leadership and spatial awareness.
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Ms. Lee Finell  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Power 2B Me: A Cutting-Edge Healthy Eating Program for Junior High
This is a must have program for teachers looking to teach their nutrition until with minimum prep time and maximum engagement. Exciting and interesting for students and easy for teachers. This program uses classroom activities and technology in the form of an on-line food journal and videos to make nutrition come alive for grade 7, 8 and 9 students. All components are easily downloaded and free of charge. Visit power2BMe.moreaboutmilk. All tea...
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Ever Active Schools  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Refresh Your Daily Physical Activities
Are you looking for ways to support the personal growth and well being of your students on a daily basis? Are you looking to refresh your daily physical activities? If so, this session is for you. Participants will experience a variety of activities appropriate for multiple school settings and will leave with strategies and tools for supporting quality DPA.
Room: Sports Therapy- off of small gym (cap 30)
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Ms. Amy Moolyk  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Olympic weightlifting for youth sports performance
Olympic weightlifting exercises are effective for improving sports performance and learning appropriate techniques of these exercises is beneficial for long-term athlete development. This interactive session will explore the fundamentals of the snatch and clean and jerk including the best coaching cues and drills to maximize learning and performance. It will also address objectives of CTS course REC 3085 (Olympic Weightlifting) and will focus on ...

Shaw

Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
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Mr. Rick Wormeli  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
For Laughing Out Loud
This address shares humorous, real-life situations that have occurred in schools that help us laugh at ourselves. Woven through the stories are substantive observations about students and teaching that make the address more than just entertaining. Participants leave smiling, glad to be teachers, and packing a few new perspectives and practical ideas for accomplished teaching.
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Mr. Shane Koyczan  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
The Power of the Spoken Word
Powerfully engaging and authentic in attitude, Shane's explorations are relevant to our times. He shares some of his most profound creative works during this session. To This Day, a poem about bullying that was made into a video by collaborating animators, among them. It was released as a project to acknowledge anti-bullying day. Shane is truly an extraordinary talent that has blown the dust off o...
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Mr. Rob Stewart  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Revolution – Save the Humans
Revolution is about the evolution of human life. It’s a presentation that’s 3.5 billion years in the making. By the middle of this century, we will face a world with no reefs, no fish, no rain forests and 9 billion people on the world. We can’t sustain this in the way we currently live. Conservation is key. Stewart’s mission is to turn the fate of humanity around and see the best in humanity,...
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Mr. Jon Montgomery  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Dreaming Big: Living Bigger
While Jon Montgomery always wanted to be a Canadian National Team athlete, he didn’t know which sport it would be in. Keeping his eyes wide open, living outside his comfort zone, trying new things and accepting the challenges that presented themselves enabled him to find his passion and his opportunity to realize his dreams. Montgomery’s story inspires others to go after what they’re looking for, ...
Room: Salon 1 (cap 16)
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Dr. Richard Rymarz  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
At the Coalface: A Process Approach to Teaching Religious Education
One of the challenges facing religious educators is the scope of content areas in the discipline. How, for instance, do you approach a topic such as scripture? This workshop will suggest that a good strategy is to set out a series of steps that provide for a systematic methodology and also break down the topics for teachers. These frameworks are designed to assist teachers, not smother them! Scripture teaching, social justice and moral themes w...
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Dr. Richard Rymarz  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
But I'm Spiritual, not Religious! Teaching Religious Education Today
Religious education in Catholic schools rests on strong catechetical assumptions, but with more and more students coming from a range of faith backgrounds, how do religious educators respond to this new demographic? This workshop will explore theoretical and practical issues with a focus on a more propositional approach to religious education.
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Mr. Doug Mertz  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Auditioning? Help!
This workshop will explore the ins and outs of preparing for auditions: types of auditions (prepared vs. cold readings), choosing material (what is appropriate, effective), preparing material, what to wear/bring, creating your space, how to make an entrance, dealing with unexpected obstacles, follow-up etc. We will also talk about resumes and photos. In short, everything you need to know to help your students get ready to shine!
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Mr. Doug Mertz  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Speak the Speech! Strategies for Shakespeare.
This workshop will give you new ideas for teaching Shakespeare. Bringing it off the page and helping to get it into the students bodies and mouths. Approaches for working on monologues or scenes.
Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
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Dr. Robyn Jackson  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
New Teacher Training
Learn and apply principles of effective teaching. Use strategies for working through and resolving teaching challenges. Develop more effective and efficient lesson and unit plans. Manage the classroom more effectively. Develop a teaching portfolio that charts the principles in practice through teacher artifacts, reflections, and student work.
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Dr. Robyn Jackson  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Quality vs. Quantity: Prioritizing Your Curriculum
Create a “Stop Doing” list before creating a “To Do” list. Identify time-wasters, time-consumers, and empowerment failures that get in the way of important work. Learn how to manage time-wasters, time-consumers, and empowerment failures by eliminating, automating, and delegating. Learn specific strategies on how to do what is important even in the midst of increased pressure to follow district and...
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Dr. Maggie Mamen  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Workshop: A Delicate Balance - Managing Life and Staying Sane
Trying to juggle all our different roles in all the various contexts of our lives - work, family, relationships, leisure, self-care - is often fraught and can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming. This session will offer some simple, common sense strategies that can help put things back in perspective and restore a sense of control.
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Mr. Rick Wormeli  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Fitting It All In: Time Management
“Breaking News: In a move of desperation, teachers nationwide have finally developed a 36-hour school day so they can teach all their students, not just the easiest ones.” It would be nice to have such time to maximize every child’s learning, but most of us are limited to 6.5 hours a day for 36 weeks of the year, 1/6 of which is removed by testing, absences, and non-teaching moments. We embrace ...
Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
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Mr. Carl Honoré  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
In Praise of Slow
The best way to get ahead in a fast-paced world is to slow down. Taking breaks, taking time to plan or think through a decision or even just taking a nap can boost productivity and the bottom line. Shifting down a gear gets the creative juices flowing. Remember who won the race between the tortoise and the hare. And remember that some of the greatest innovators of all time, from Einstein to Darwin...
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Ms. Anne Davies  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Self-regulation: The Dance of Assessment, Learning and Teaching
As teachers (K-12) engage students in self-assessment and goal setting, education and metacognitive regulation improves in tandem within the co-constructed criteria. Students develop fluency in tracking their own learning, and through parent and educator conferences, become more independent. But moving from co-regulation to self-regulation isn’t a process that students can accomplish without suppo...
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GETCA Admin  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Panel discussion on Assessment with Anne Davies, Robyn Jackson and Rick Wormeli
Three expert speakers in the field of assessment will discuss the importance of assessment and a variety of assessment methods in education today.
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Dr. Robyn Jackson  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Never Work Harder Than Your Students
Based on the best-selling book Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching, this session helps you understand and apply the Seven Principles of Effective teaching to your own teaching practice.
Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
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Mrs. Bronwen Strembiski  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
B.E.A.T the Bully: Crafting a Whole-School Anti-Bullying Policy
A school wide anti-bullying policy is important. Before developing an anti-bullying presentation, it is vital that the school has an agreed upon definition of bullying. Once that has been established it is vital to understand the types of bullying and who the players are. Learn the basics of design, implementation, and evaluation methods. Take all the elements required in an anti-bullying policy and start drafting your school's plan, as you are g...
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ATA Staff Officer  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Le développement de leadeurship dans les équipes collaboratives d’écoles (CAP) et de Communautés de
Cet atelier se penchera sur les aspects de leadeurship que nous pouvons développer chez notre personnel enseignant en utilisant des outils et stratégies qui facilitent le succès des équipes collaboratives CAP et CDP : ? Passer en revue le rôle des équipes collaboratives au sein d’une communauté d’apprentissage professionnel ou de communauté de pratique ? Revoir les stratégies types pour la croissance d’une équipe collaborative ? Examiner diver...
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Ms. Sherry Langland  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Is Meaningful Collaboration Possible in Small Schools or Small Divisions?
With an increasing emphasis on collaboration, formative assessment, and cross-curricular learning, how can small schools or small divisions find ways to collaborate meaningfully to improve student learning? Come hear one junior high's journey to find just that. In this session you will learn how one school created collaborative teams with teachers from different subjects around a common theme of cross-curricular literacy, and how this focus res...
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Ms. Barb Maheu  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Privatization in Alberta: The Promises, the Myths and the Reality
This session provides lesson ideas to support the documentary film, Common Ground: Defending the Public Sector by Tom Radford. Students in both Social Studies 30-1 and 30-2 will explore the impact of increased privatization of public services and employees in Alberta over the past several decades. A link to the documentary film and lesson plans are available on the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education website www.afle.ca. Workshop participants w...
Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
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Ms. Sasha Wittes  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Dignity of Difference
Are Alberta’s classrooms spaces where global citizenship and social justice are experienced by all students. This practice-based workshop will address the need for understanding and appreciating difference as the most fundamental trait of humanity and the positive impact this has on our students.
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Ms. Sasha Wittes  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Cultural Lego: Constructing Gender and Culture
Does gender impact culture or is it the other war around? This interactive session allows participants to consider media influences on constructions of gender and think about ways to challenge gender role stereotyping and heteronormative society. By exploring the connections between gender and culture in these ways, students and teachers can move from perpetuating current forms of culture towards cultural transformation
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Mr. Darcy Bundy  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Math 20-3 & Math 30-3: How Do We Prepare Youth-at-Risk for the Workplace?
How do we prepare students for a workplace that is searching for creative individuals? We teach students to be creative, to look for patterns, to have fun, and to love learning. This session will provide discussion and ideas for relevant activities that have the potential to develop our students into critical thinkers and passionate learners. Topics will run from statistics, business, linear relations, and trigonometry, to board games and logi...
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Ms. Julie Freedman Smith  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
How Do we Work with the Parent? Respectful Scripts to Use with Parents
We believe in making learning fun and entertaining for our audiences. At the same time, we tell it like it is because we want everyone to leave with tools they can use as soon as they are back in the classroom. Kids are capable. These scripts will guide parents to be involved in the parent-student-teacher triangle, by supporting and guiding their children rather than making excuses and hindering their success.
Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
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Mr. Brian Simmons  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
A Hands-On Introduction to Making, Tinkering and Design Thinking
Education is shifting. In order to meet the diverse needs of their students, teachers are exploring the ideas of making, tinkering and design thinking in their classrooms. Take on the perspective of a learner and engage in a design challenge that will explain the basic concepts surrounding this approach to teaching and learning, including empathic design, idea generation and rapid prototyping.
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Mr. Brian Simmons  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Implementing Making, Tinkering and Design Thinking in Your Classroom
Education is shifting. In order to meet the diverse needs of their students, teachers are exploring the ideas of making, tinkering and design thinking in their classrooms. Whether or not you attended the introduction session, come prepared to work through the design process in order to create a hands-on and open-ended challenge for your students. Explore the links between making, tinkering, design thinking, CTF, and the direction set by Alberta E...
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Ms. Kelly Falardeau  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Self Esteem Doesn't Come in a Bottle
Kelly has been a burn survivor from the age of 2. She constantly struggled with her own self-worth and confidence. She found a way to go from near death to success. The recipient of awards such as Fierce woman of the year, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Women of Distinction. She has recently been contacted by the Dr. Oz show. She is on a mission to teach and coach others to see why they are "More than Enough".
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Mrs. Lois Donovan  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Winds of L’Acadie: The Story Behind the Story
This multi-media presentation will take you back in time in Nova Scotia. It is 1755 and the deportation machine is in motion. From the genius of Dyke Technology, through the tragedy of the deportation, to the ongoing Acadian spirit, it is a tribute to an enduring culture and courageous people. Appropriate for grades 4-9.
Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
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Ms. Jamie Davis  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Enrich, Engage and Differentiate with the ORC
Think the Online Reference Centre (ORC) is not for Division I students? Think again! Let the ORC help you to enrich your curriculum and meet the diverse learning needs of your grade K-2 students. Never heard of the ORC? The ORC is a $1.7 million collection of digital resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 students, parents, school staff and pre-service teachers in Alberta. Join this session to learn about the engaging and curricular-aligned ORC...
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Ms. Jamie Davis  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Enhancing Social Studies and ELA in Grades 7-9 with the Online Reference Centre (ORC)
Let the ORC help you to enhance your Social Studies and ELA curriculum. The ORC is a $1.7 million collection of digital resources licensed on behalf of all Alberta K-12 students, parents, school staff and student teachers. ORC resources are accessible anytime, from anywhere with an Internet connection. This session will introduce participants to the ORC and provide information about resources that directly align with the grade 7-9 Social Studies ...
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Ms. Jamie Davis  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Enliven the Grade 3-6 Curriculum without Stretching Resource Dollars with the ORC
Teaching in a diverse 3-6 classroom setting? Have a limited or non-existent budget? Let the Online Reference Centre (ORC) help you to enliven the curriculum while meeting the needs of your diverse learners. The ORC is a $1.7 million collection of digital resources licensed on behalf of all Alberta K-12 students, parents, school staff and student teachers. This session will introduce participants to the ORC and provide information about the engagi...
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Mrs. Jacqueline Werstiuk  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Mentoring Student Teachers
This session is designed to help teachers become better mentors for student teachers. The Field Experiences Associates presenting the session are from the University of Alberta.
Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
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Mrs. Diana Cruchley  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Guys Write! 10 Sure-Fire Ways to Excite Your Boys About Writing (and your girls)
Do you have boys who are reluctant to write? Do they write the minimum? Or write mechanically? This could be the year they demand more writing. Both boys and girls need 21st Century writing skills, but, the average GRADE 11 BOY still writes only as well as the average GRADE 8 GIRL. Diana Cruchley presents 10 simple ways to TWEAK your writing program to make it fit more with how boys learn (and your girls will like it too).
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Mrs. Diana Cruchley  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Picture Book Zing! - All New Picture Books to Promote Writing
Want to add zing to a writing less? Settle your class? Provide a model to write to? Use a minimum of class time? Diana Cruchley presents a dozen great new picture books for 2014-2015 each with teaching ideas ready to go. Grades 4-7. Check out dianacruchley.com for dozens of books from previous years, ready for you to use.
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Mrs. Diana Cruchley  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Extreme Writing! Renewing Student Excitement About Journaling
Would you like your students to be delighted to journal? Have more fluency? Write with a stronger voice? Diana Cruchley has developed more than a dozen unique strategies for year-long journal energy... AND accompanying web resources to make your life easier... AND a plan for the whole year...AND a way to assess student capacity. Diana Cruchley is enthusiastic and practical and Extreme Writing is easy and most of all engaging for students in grad...
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Mr. Tyler Enfield  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
How to Write a Fantasy Story that Would Blow the Socks Off Harry Potter if He Read it!
This workshop gives instructors practical, real-world techniques for supporting fantasy writing in the classroom. In particular, we cover the topics of story arc, "World Building", character transformation and development, as well as a unique take on plot character response. Each participant will leave with a "Fantasy Blueprint" or a completed outline for a workable story. Workshops are 90 minutes, and I can give three in a day.
Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
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Ms. Christina Kruszewski  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Food for All? Food for Thought!
We welcome you to come and experience the difference between social justice and charity with members of Development and Peace. In this session, discover resources to help your students understand the importance of being a global citizen through activities that are easily integrated into social studies class. Through fair trade and other examples, this workshop will develop the concept of social justice as a stepping stone to solidarity and to a w...
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Ms. Patricia Pope  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Math Games - Grades 3-6
In this workshop session you will be presented a variety of interactive games you can use to engage your students in number operations (+ - x ÷) and other math concepts. You will find your students bragging about you to others when you put this class on. This interactive workshop is ideal for grades 4-6.
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Ms. Patricia Pope  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Math Games - Grades K-3
In this workshop session you will be presented a variety of interactive games you can use to engage your students in basic skills and concepts. You will find your students bragging about you to others when you put this class on. This workshop is ideal for grades K-3.
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Mr. Mark Ramsanker  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
ATA President's session
Mark will communicate with teachers the latest news and issues that impact your teaching career.
Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
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Ms. Barbara Mariconda  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Powerful Models for Narrative and Expository Writing
Grades 2 – 6 It’s easy to identify weaknesses in student writing. A greater challenge involves providing models of powerful writing – vehicles for raising awareness and driving instruction. You’ll receive numerous annotated exemplars of strong writing for classroom analysis with practical tools that empower students to apply these skills in their own writing.
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Mr. Rick Wormeli  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Re-dos & Re-takes: Rationale, Myth-busting, and Practicalities
We become competent teachers by teaching a lot. We teach, receive critique, revise our efforts, and teach again. Real learning that moves to long-term memory is reiterative, and we need to extend the same opportunities to our students, even in a curriculum-overload culture. Instead of hiding behind the factory model of schooling, we can build proficiency with repeated and meaningful engagement ...
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Ms. Barbara Mariconda  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
The Reading/Writing Connection – Using Literature to Teach Writing
Grades 3 - 7 Barbara Mariconda presents and deconstructs her latest middle grade novel The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons (HarperCollins) as a vehicle for teaching writing (narrative, expository, opinion, persuasive, research). Practical strategies, can be applied to any book. Extensive online handout provided. Participants will: - Establish reading-writing connection - Teach children to read with “author’s eyes” - A wide variety of lesson pr...
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Ms. Barbara Mariconda  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Getting Ready to Write in K and 1: Nurturing our Youngest Authors
The needs of our youngest writers are widely divergent. We will review the bridge between the basic concept of the sound/symbol connection, to the use of written words, phrases, and sentences to entertain, inform, or convince an audience of others. Critical elements of narrative, informative, & opinion writing will be covered. • Examine developmental stages of writing • Explore reading-writing connection • Recognize critical element...
Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
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Mrs. Stephanie MacKay  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
How the Brain Learns Mathematics - Ideas from Dr. David Sousa
"Students may diligently follow the teacher’s instructions to perform a task repeatedly, and may even get the correct answers, but if they have not found meaning after the learning episode, there is little likelihood of long term storage." Dr. David Sousa. In this session we will explore ways to engage students in mathematics using hands on activities and technology.
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Ms. Antonella Bell  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Nurture their Nature
Children are increasingly disconnected from the natural world. Research is showing that this is detrimental to their physical, mental, and emotional well being. This workshop will inspire teachers to take their students outside, and give practical tips and techniques to do so in slow and reflective ways. Studies are beginning to show that children who spend regular time outdoors increase their creativity, self confidence, and even their academ...
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ATA Staff Officer  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Graduating This Semester? This Presentation is for You
Representatives from the Alberta Teachers Association are offering an informative session designed specifically for pre-service teacher education students graduating in the immediate future. Topics will include steps to applying for certification, applying to the Teacher Qualifications Service to receive a statement of qualifications of years of education for salary purposes, information about different types of teaching contracts, as well as oth...
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Ms. Caroline Missal  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
What’s New in the Education Act: Welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments
Are you aware of the upcoming changes to the Act and implications for students, parents and schools/boards? This session will look at the sections pertaining to welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments including bullying as well as resources available to support these changes. Opportunities will be provided for sharing and discussion.
Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
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Ms. Carol Johnson  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
More than do-re-mi: Connecting social studies and music in the elementary classroom
Looking to create cross-curricular connections in your elementary classroom? Join us as we look at a variety of ideas to connect music and social studies curricula. Specific countries to be covered include: Ukraine, Peru, Brazil and more.
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Ms. Carol Johnson  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Transforming your traditional classroom to online teaching: Keeping it simple
The transformation from a face-to-face teaching program to online can be a challenging as we consider instructional design, meaningful online student activities and our teaching approach. Join in this practical research-based workshop as we look at simple, yet time effective, components for making a successful transformation to online teaching.
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Ms. Katherine Giroux  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Game On!
Katherine Giroux and Cherie Phinney, partner teachers of Grade 7 students will share some ideas and tools for incorporating hands on games into their Div 3 curriculums. Get templates and examples of how to reinvent classic games, make centers for JH, create simulations and get your students engaged, learning and working together while having fun! Attendees will leave with all digital templates and examples, ready to make them their own!
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Dr. Ron Licht  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
From "Sage on the Stage" to "Guide on the Side"
The workshop is intended to foster a discussion about why teachers may want to modify their teaching practice. First, we will discuss the “traditional paradigm” wherein teachers take on the task of actively being the “Sage on the Stage.” Second, we will discuss Ron’s experiences that led to a more student-centered approach and to becoming a “Guide on the Side”. The primary changes he made were intended to foster independent learning skills, tim...
Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
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Mr. Serge Boudreault  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Évaluer la compétence des enseignants
Le ministre de l'Éducation, Jeff Johnson, a suggéré que la compétence des enseignants soit « examiné minutieusement » à tous les cinq ans afin de déterminer si ceux-ci peuvent toujours avoir l’autorisation d’enseigner en Alberta. Depuis plus d’un demi-siècle, le « protocole normal ou répandu » d’évaluation de la compétence des enseignants dans la salle de classe par les dirigeants scolaires au Canada n’a pas changé d'une manière significative....
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Mr. Arief Ebrahim  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Equity In Education: School Improvement from the Inside-Out
School improvement can not be left to chance. We can no longer settle for “pockets" of excellence in schools. Instead, we need ALL administrators & teachers acting on the shared purpose of improving results. A school that takes into account the merits of Professional Capital as a way to build and sustain a trusting school culture, is far better served than one who does not. This session, will show how school leaders & teachers can establish equ...
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Mr. Carl Fakeley  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Creation, Evolution and Genesis: What is a Catholic to Think?
The topic of Creation and Evolution will inevitably come up in your classroom. How will you respond? Do Catholics believe in Evolution or Creation? Does Evolution contradict the first chapter of Genesis? Answers to these question and many others will be discussed during this session.
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Mr. Carl Fakeley  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Permeation of Faith: How and Why We Do It.
Catholic schools talk of being Christ centered, suggesting that Christ is brought to the students throughout all classes, not just Religion classes. This session will look at how the faith can be permeated in a meaningful way in all classrooms.
Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
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Mr. Rob Stewart  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
SharkWater
Rob Stewart has had a life-long fascination with sharks and put his own safety in jeopardy to create awareness for one of the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures. Audiences will be captivated by his determination and courage as he shares how he overcame multiple challenges to tell his story.
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Dr. Maggie Mamen  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Keynote: Mental Health and the Pampered Generation
This keynote presentation examines the factors that currently influence parenting and educational philosophies and perceived roles, and how they relate to mental health issues in children and adolescents. The importance of differentiating between “pseudo-diagnoses” and genuine mental health disorders is explored, along with the need to reflect on supporting a basic, common sense, wellness approac...
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Ms. Kim Phuc  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
The Girl Behind the Photo: Kim Phuc’s Story
"Sometimes I like to think of that little girl, screaming, running up the road, as being not just a symbol of war, but as a symbol of a cry for peace". Her story is the power of forgiveness and the importance of freedom. She will share how she has come to accept her symbolic role on her own terms. "That picture has given me a powerful gift," she says. Your spirit will soar as you hear Kim's movin...
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Mr. Dave Hemstad  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Comedy by Dave Hemstad
When Lightning Strikes: Staying Motivated After You Quit As a motivational humorist, Dave Hemstad is downright hilarious. He was well on his way to becoming a professional golfer when he was struck by something; lightning! He took the hint, and began his career as a professional comedian. Through his stories, Hemstad debunks traditional motivational mantras, leaving audiences with concrete, pract...

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Room: Alberta (cap 100)
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Ms. Laura Milroy  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Way We Green: Engaging Students to Create a Sustainable City
Your students will inherit the community we’re creating for them. The City of Edmonton's environmental strategic plan, The Way We Green, establishes goals to create an environmentally sustainable, resilient city. Learn about Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy and Action Plan which will provide direction on how Edmonton can become a low-carbon city. Learn about these plans and related teaching resources so you can confidently engage your studen...
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Ms. Jayne Powell  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Triangles, Circles, and Waves, Oh My!
This session will focus on tasks, resources, and approaches for teaching and learning trigonometry beyond the primary trigonometric ratios. The goal of this session is to create a space where teachers can continue to 'unpack' and develop their understanding of mathematics through exploration and conversation. Although this session mainly targets program outcomes found in Math 20-1, 30-1 and 30-2, this session is designed so that it can be enjoyab...
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Mrs. Kerry Faber  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Using Math Packs to Extend Mathematical Learning
Looking for a way to provide children with ‘fun’ math extensions for home review? Math packs are an interesting way to solidify understanding of key math concepts and involve families in fun math related activities. An outline will be provided that explains what is involved in creating a math pack that includes a piece of literature, an activity sheet and a game for students to use at home. Samples of prepared math packs at the elementary leve...
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Mrs. Kerry Faber  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Infusing FNMI Content in your Mathematics Classroom
Using literature in the mathematics classroom is a practice held by many educators. Since there is a wide collection of FNMI literature available at the elementary level, much of it can be used to highlight mathematical concepts. Specific activities will be featured in this session to demonstrate to participants how FNMI stories and games can be used to solidify concepts in the elementary classroom. Come prepared to engage and learn.
Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
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Ms. Suzanne Belanger  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Brain Tools for Exams
Learn a variety of techniques to clear mental "chatter", increase focus, & calm fear in your body. Easy- to- use “tools” for your brain and energetic field assist you through pivotal times like exams, studying, or major life decisions
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Ms. Pauline Gilmour  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Questions d'évaluation de la lecture en immersion française
La détection précoce des difficultés de lecture est cruciale afin d’assurer une intervention opportune pour les jeunes lecteurs. L’évaluation de la lecture en immersion est souvent entravée par les circonstances particulières de l'apprentissage de la lecture dans une langue seconde. Cette session fournira des lignes directrices des fondements de la réussite en lecture et dans l'évaluation précoce en langue seconde pour les enseignants et les adm...
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Mr. Serge Boudreault  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
la pensée critique
Certains auteurs en éducation soutiennent que le système scolaire habilite davantage les élèves aux contenus d’étude qu’à raisonner convenablement. Qu’est-ce que la pensée critique? De quoi a-t-on besoin pour devenir des penseurs critiques (âge minimum, habilités de pensée et langagières,…)? Pourquoi est-il important d’habiliter les élèves à devenir des penseurs critiques? Quelles stratégies peut-on utiliser pour habiliter les élèves à devenir de...
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Mr. Serge Boudreault  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Évaluer la compétence des apprenants au 21e siècle
Dans un document récent, l’OCDE (2012) soulignait l’importance de proposer aux apprenants des activités évaluatives faisant appel à la métacognition (résolution de situations problèmes s’approchant de l’authenticité) et à la pensée critique. Je discuterai de 8 éléments essentiels à retrouver dans une évaluation des compétences des apprenants au 21e siècle.
Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
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Mr. Mike Bingley  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Education Outdoors: More Than Just Trees and Ponds!
Wish you could spend more time outdoors? Find that the only links in the curriculum are for science, social and phys-ed? This session will teach you that education outdoors is easy, more than just those things (though we will cover them too) and doesn't need to be off-site. We will cover the newest research, some new activities and have a round table discussion about overcoming barriers to education outdoors. Come join us for fun, learning and ex...
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ATA Staff Officer  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Student Learning Assessments: Results of the First Pilot Round, and Next Steps
The first pilot of the grade three Student Learning Assessments has been completed and the results are providing valuable information for students, parents, teachers, administrators and Alberta Education. What has been learned? What are the next steps? Find out at this session with presenters from Alberta Education, the ATA, and the Alberta Assessment Consortium.
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Mr. Dustin Bajer  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Project Based Learning Through Urban Agriculture
Armed with a shovel, a mountain of hay, a wheelbarrow of manure, and thirty eager students, we set out to create a self-maintaining perennial food forest in our school's central courtyard. Containing more than 80 species of edible perennial plants the garden aims to mimic ecology, build biodiversity, grow food, and provide real-world, hands-on context for Alberta curricula. Join teacher, permaculture designer, and ecology nerd Dustin Bajer in exp...
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Mrs. Julie Arsenault  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Cross-Disciplinary Project Ideas for Junior High Science
Sometimes all you need is one idea... This session will describe several successfully completed projects that integrate junior high science with several core and complementary disciplines. This is meant as an introductory session that might just light the fire or spark a brand-new idea for implementing project based learning in your own practice.
Room: Centennial Room (cap 250)
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Mrs. Debbie Quick  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Bear Necessities of Writing
Are you looking for ways to enhance your grade 1-3 students' writing? Do students who hate to write challenge you? The Bear Necessities of Writing program invites grade 1-3 students to become risk takers in the writing process, motivating and encouraging them to become better writers as they strengthen each of the 6 Traits. Teachers will have the opportunity to participate in and see lessons in action that they can use in their classroom to im...
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Mrs. Jane Felling  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Play on Words - Primary Literacy Games
Are you a teacher who is looking for multi-sensory literacy games for your students? Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of easily found letter tiles, literacy dice and word decks. Activities are great for small group, whole class, home literacy packs, cross graded work. Activities will focus on: the alphabet and its' sounds, word patterns and families, spelling simple to multi-syllable words, and more. Gameboards, student sa...
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Mrs. Jane Felling  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Fact Fluency Games with Dice - K - 2
Do your students struggle with fact fluency and are you looking for engaging and effective activities to help them gain confidence and competence with the primary math outcomes? Come prepared to play our newest and best games that incorporate dice. Games integrate practice with strategies that help with operational fluency. Gameboards, student samples, ideas for assessment, small and whole group practice will be shared.
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Ms. Nadine Lange  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Curriculum Design Maps
Curricular design maps allow for a broad range of connections when planning. Beginning with a big idea or driving question, design maps incorporate key curricular elements, formative and summative assessments alongside the 3E’s and competencies from the new Framework for Learning. Come to this working session prepared to connect with colleagues to create driving questions and cross-curricular connections as you plan your next term or unit.
Room: Chairman (cap 112)
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Mrs. Julie Arsenault  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
What's in a Name? Projects Then and Now
When you hear the term “project”, do you think of an end of unit "dessert"? Have you often felt projects are a luxury that can only be taken on if you have enough time at the end of a unit or a semester? This is how projects have often been defined, however a change in pedagogy around this term now involves the integration of multiple disciplines and using the project as the “meal”, the driving force behind the learning. Explore how our unders...
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Ms. Geri Lorway  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
You Can Lead Students To Knowledge, But How Do You Teach Them To Think?
And do you practice every day? Teachers tell me their students can’t think but I ask are you teaching them how to think or just what to think? This session will present you with a range of brief, focused problems, tasks and puzzles that you can use to engage your students in thinking, a few minutes every day, in any subject.
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Ms. Mavis Averill  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Improv Theatre with High Risk Students
Improv Theatre skills assist high risk youth in many areas. It teaches them to be more confident, take risks, removes them from their daily stresses, helps them build new stories, teaches how to laugh, how to be a kid again and generally allows a space of time in their day to just be silly. It is also a no-fail environment. The session will be offered in conjunction with Rapid Fire Theatre instructors and will show how this class positively impac...
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Ms. Kathryn MacMillan  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Personal Wellness: A Few Stories and Some Simple Reminders
As a single parent of a special needs child, full-time educator, part-time writer, and wholehearted optimist, my presentation humbly offers simple strategies and a few reminders about the power of some of life's most basic elements: perspective, positivity, and people. Because my intention is more to connect than to "teach", storytelling and spoken word poetry will aid me in communicating many of my thoughts.
Room: Chancellor (cap 112)
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Dr. Karena Toy  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Flipping the Classroom
Have you heard about the 'Flipped Approach' for lesson delivery? Are you the type of teacher who enjoys creating opportunities for increasing student engagement through an alternative delivery method? If so, this session may be for you. Dr. Toy will provide an explanation of 'flipped classrooms' and share her experiences with instructors as they flipped their classrooms in a polytechnic context.
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Dr. Karena Toy  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Awesome Active Learning Strategies
“Active Learning” is a buzz-word in education today. Although we know we need to incorporate active learning strategies into our lessons, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this workshop you’ll participate and engage actively with your colleagues to understand more about how active learning can enhance student success. You’ll experience some active learning strategies that you can take into your own practice, and gain new insights ab...
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Mr. Greg Markusson  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Substitute Teachers: Strategies for Success
During their absence classroom teachers and school administrators rely on substitute teachers to create a smooth and seamless continuum of learning for students. From the moment substitute teachers enter into the school, until the time they leave their teaching assignment, they can put into play, specific, purposeful strategies to optimize learning opportunities for themselves and others. Learn how to create a positive long lasting impact on th...
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Ms. Kerry Maguire  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Gay-Straight Alliances 101
A recent Canadian study show that schools that have a GSA have lower rates of discrimination, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among sexual and gender minority students as well as their straight peers. This session will offer a chance for teachers and administrators to learn about the successful implementation of GSAs at both the junior high and senior high level. Tips and strategies will be shared for maintaining a visible, healthy...
Room: Consulate (cap 104)
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ATA Staff Officer  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
My Pension, My Investment, My Future
This presentation provides information on the value of the Teachers’ Pension Plan, how it is funded and what benefit teachers receive from their pension plan. The presentation also includes a scan of potential threats to pension plans like ours and how to refute those envious of our pension plan.
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Mr. Nathan Forsyth  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
ASEBP Retirement Benefit Planning
Retirement can seem exciting but also a little daunting at the same time, especially with all the paperwork and planning to be done. Your health benefits are an important part of your retirement planning. Come let a representative from the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) walk you through the ins and outs of your benefits when you retire. Participants will learn about eligibility requirements for maintaining their ASEBP benefits into...
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Mr. Dean Sarnecki  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Religious Education, Pope Francis and the New Evangelization
Pope Francis has had an incredible impact on the world in so many ways. One area is Catholic education. Long before being elected Pope, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio was active in evangelization and education in Argentina and throughout South America. There we find writings that provide us with how the Pope understands the role of Catholic education and how we might go about incorporating it within our schools today.
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Mr. Dean Sarnecki  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Would Jesus Use YouTube?
We are called to use whatever means available to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. What does this mean and how might we do it? Dean will provide a list of his favourite Catholic/Christian sites on the web, apps, videos, etc. to aid the teacher in the classroom and in their personal spiritual life.
Room: Director (pre-registered)
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Mr. Marc Bisson  - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
ATRF Pension Interviews
At your personal 15-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to discuss your pension estimate and options, the steps to retirement and any general questions you may have. Pre-registration is required at www.atrf.com
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Mr. Marc Bisson  - 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
ATRF Pension Interviews
At your personal 15-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to discuss your pension estimate and options, the steps to retirement and any general questions you may have. Pre-registration is required at www.atrf.com
Room: Leduc (cap 120)
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Mr. Darren Michalczuk  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Magic Numbers
Children as young as 5 years old can learn the entire times tables in just a few hours. Participants will be introduced to a new way of looking at numbers that will allow students to see patterns and connections that last a lifetime. Learn how to tap into a child’s imagination, sense of humor and emotions to make sense of numbers. The 'Magic Numbers' teaches basic multiplication facts using advanced memory techniques that make math fun, fast a...
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Mrs. Jenn Flynn  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Infusing FNMI Culture as Part of a Healthy School
What can you do to empower students to learn, lead and be healthy? This session will explore strategies to integrate FNMI culture and improve the health of the school community. Participants will experience best practices for implementing and sustaining Comprehensive School Health (CSH). APPLE Schools, Be Fit For Life and other CSH partners will facilitate this interactive session of games dance, group activities and processes to engage school co...
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Dr. Janelle McFeetors  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Demystifying Decimals: Ordering Values through Multiple Models
In this session, teachers will be invited to participate in activities related to ordering decimals. Models such as base-10 blocks, measuring tapes, decimal disks, and grid paper will be used as multiple representations, and teachers will have opportunities to develop connections among the models and key concepts related to decimals. Teachers will also be invited to consider how the activities relate to the Program of Studies and how to adapt the...
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Dr. Janelle McFeetors  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Developing Opportunities to Noticing Students’ Learning in Math Class
The focus in math class is often on the topic for the day. It is easy, as a teacher, to observe students engaged in an activity, taking notes or doing practice questions. Have you wondered how students might be able to explain their learning processes to their teacher? The session will explore how students can learn about their learning in math class. Teachers will develop prompts for journal writing, portfolios, and small group conversations to ...
Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
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Ms. Jen Duffy  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Inspire the next Jane Goodall
In celebration of her 80th birthday, Dr. Jane Goodall is asking teachers around the world to help shape the next generation of Janes—a generation of inspired youth who have the compassion, knowledge and skills to create meaningful change and lead a future of sustainable living. Come get inspired and equipped with all you need to guide student-led action projects designed to make your community a better place for people, other animals and the en...
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Ms. Jacqueline Yaniw  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Inquiry Based Instruction Supporting Cross-Curricular Competencies
This presentation will describe and demonstrate activities, daily routines, and project work that can assist elementary teachers in utilizing Project Based Learning in their classrooms, to support the cross-curricular competencies as stated in the New Ministerial Order. Students of all levels and abilities can be successful with this hands on approach. Teachers will come away with ideas for writing journals, inquiry centers, documenting student l...
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Mr. Dausen Kluin  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover
Dausen will talk about his past experiences from a young age living with Cerebral Palsy. He has a wide range of diverse experiences that will shine through in his stories. Some of the topics that Dausen will speak about include self motivation, being positive, staying positive, and overcoming obstacles and roadblocks, achieving your best. Also, it's okay to be different. He will also touch on effective thinking, peer pressure, goal setting, and ...
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Ms. Sarah Elton  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Starting from Scratch: What Kids Should Know about Food and Cooking
Beginning with an exploration of taste and the way it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton breaks down the science of food and cooking into bite-sized and easily digestible pieces of information that cover everything from the chemistry of heat versus cold, fat versus acid, and salt versus sweet. Both practical and philosophical in its approach, this talk demystifies food and cooking by boil...
Room: Saskatchewan (cap 230)
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Dr. Lynn Miller  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Silent Epidemic: Anxiety Disorders in Adolescents
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychological distress reported by adolescents. Teens with anxiety and depressive disorders are shy, inhibited, and avoidant: rarely do these behaviors attract teacher attention. Adolescents with anxiety concerns show subtle behaviors from procrastination to perfectionism to school refusal to social disengagement. Learn how to 1)iidentify accurately teen anxiety and 2) skills to use immediately to hel...
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Dr. Lynn Miller  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Worries and Woes: Detecting Anxiety Disorders In School Age Children
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychological distress reported by children and adolescents, and can interfere significantly in the lives of children. An anxiety disorder is a level of anxiety that interferes with daily functioning, either with peer relationships, academic performance, or in family routines. Children with anxiety disorders are shy, inhibited, and avoidant; educators are on the "front line" in identifying these stude...
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Ms. Bonnie Lebowitz  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Writing For the Love of It! Engaging Writers in Writing Workshop K-6
This practical session will introduce teachers to the structure, components and classroom application of Writing Workshop for teachers of Grades K-6. Writing Workshop is a researched based approach to engaging students and teaching writing. The New Units of Study for Teaching Writing by Lucy Calkins will be shared as a resource.
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Ms. Bonnie Lebowitz  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Reading for the Love of it! Engaging Readers in Reading Workshop 3-6
This practical session will introduce teachers to the structure, components and classroom application of Readers Workshop for teachers of Grades 3-6. Readers Workshop is a researched based approach, engaging students and teaching reading in Division 2. Units of Study for Teaching Reading Grades 3-6 by Lucy Calkins will be shared as a resource.
Room: Strathcona Room (cap 150)
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Dr. Natalie Kononenko  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Ukraine Alive
UkraineAlive (http://ukrainealive.ualberta.ca/) is an online resource designed to enhance the Grade 3 Social Studies Alberta Learning Curriculum (Communities in the World). It contains images, videos, and interactive pages including virtual home tours and 3D colouring. Teachers in Edmonton and Calgary have used our tool and, with their feedback, we are growing the site. In development is a game designed to encourage self-paced learning and allow...
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Mr. Terry Godwaldt  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Middle East in Transition: Learning First Hand about Revolutions
As revolution continues to spread across the Middle East and beyond, students are seeking ways to understand political and social conflict in real time. Experience how educators use live video conferencing (VC) to connect students to people living through political turmoil. Transnational solution-building sessions which make use of Web 2.0 and live VC technologies empower students to tackle the most controversial and compelling issues of our time...
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Mr. Cassian Soltykevych  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Euromaidan: The Rise of the Ukrainian People
In November of 2013, the people of Ukraine flooded the streets of the capital city, Kyiv. The people wanted closer European integration and not to be bullied by oligarchs who have been running many parts of the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union. After months of protests during brutally cold months, the Ukrainian people are slowly getting what they rightfully deserve. The right to a free and equal democracy and closer European integra...
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Mr. Cassian Soltykevych  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Social Media Revolution: How The Internet Fuels A Revolution
The Euromaidan protests in Ukraine from November 2013 to February 2014 were so successful largely due to the support of social media and the internet. What started as a few students banding together to fight for democracy erupted into hundreds of thousands of people standing together. People all over the world were able to see what was happening instantly, with livestreams of the protests appearing everywhere. There was no room for propaganda. An...
Room: Turner Valley (cap 162)
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Mrs. Christie Noble  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Making Music and Literacy Fun for the Little Ones
This session is specifically geared toward teachers with students ages 2-5 in PUF funded programs, and highlights music, literacy, and movement to support classroom activities. Great resource for kindergarten as well! Come prepared to move, and have fun! This session will have new material from last year's session. Participants will leave with ready to use ideas and energizers!
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Ms. Michele Pentyliuk  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Catching Children Before They Fail: The Reading Readiness Screening Tool (RRST)
Concerned about early reading skills? Identifying the risks of reading problems early and responding with timely, appropriate and effective interventions can significantly reduce the severity of a child’s reading difficulties. The easy-to-use Reading Readiness Screening Tool for K-1 students helps identify phonological awareness and print-based reading weaknesses. The right insights and interventions can help overcome barriers to literacy for Eng...
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Mr. Terry Godwaldt  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Global Project-Based Learning in the Web 2.0 Classroom
In this workshop, participants will explore educational tools offered by TakingITGlobal through an authentic global inquiry experience. This allows teachers to explore and apply the tools and resources by developing a global project for their classrooms.The workshop will recreate several elements of authentic project-based learning for participants, putting teachers into a true project-based learning environment while simultaneously offering them...
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Mrs. Jennifer Janzen  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Alberta Tomorrow Brings Inspiring Education Alive TODAY!
This NEW tablet and mobile friendly version of AT provides engaging free GIS technology that brings an entrepreneurial spirit and ethical thinking alive in your classroom as you cover the cross curricular competencies of Inspiring Education. Free, ready to use lesson plans for Bio, Science, Social Studies and Outdoor Education. Lead off your inquiry about Alberta with www.albertatomorrow.ca!
Room: Vision (cap 50)
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Mrs. Sandy Foster  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Thankful and Thoughtful: Division I
Come ready to 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.
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Mrs. Sandy Foster  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Thankful and Thoughtful:Division II
Come ready to 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..
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Mrs. Sandy Foster  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Thankful and Thoughtful: Music
Calling all faith-based music educators! Come ready to experience the joy of faith-focused, project-based lessons/ideas and leave with a smile on your face and a resource or two in hand.
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Mrs. Sandy Foster  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
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 assigned to teach music who may not have a strong musical background.
Room: Yukon (cap 100)
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Mrs. Christine Marlowe  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Reading Comprehension: Shifting Focus for Student Success
Too often the focus of reading comprehension is in the preparation leading up to the exam and the number scored afterwards but neither students nor teachers are often able to look at their outcomes in effective ways. What if, instead of just looking at the number of questions a student gets correct, we shift our focus so we show kids where their errors are.
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Ms. Lisa Beebe  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Global Encounters: Taking Your Class Global
Join us for a one hour tour of the world to learn how you can make Global Education an everyday learning experience in your classroom. Gone are the days when teachers had to spend hours searching online for collaborators and online activities. Through the use of modern conferencing technology, every teacher can connect every classroom to the world and the world to their classroom. From Child Soliders in Sierra Leone to the United Nations Climate ...
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Keith Van De Keere  - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Preparing for Numeracy Across the Curriculum
What is numeracy? How does it differ from math? How can we support the development of numerate students in the 21st century math classroom? Numeracy does not move forward if we ask students to put their own thinking aside so they can think like us. We have to support critical thinking and student empowerment. Our personal level of number sense will determine if we are confident enough to delve into numeracy opportunities and aware enough to se...
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Keith Van De Keere  - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Comparing and Operating With Fractions
This workshop will show activities that reveal the big ideas involved in comparing and operating with fractions. These include: - connections between division and fractions - using context to help students to talk about and see the math - using models to represent student thinking and to show the math

Friday, February 27, 2015

Art Gallery

Room: 1 (cap 30)
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Mrs. Laurie Odnokon-Warren  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Create Paint
Art isn’t about expensive supplies and fancy materials – anything can be used to create a powerful work of art. This painting workshop is about inventing and creating art with minimal art supplies and lots of ingenuity. This process involves combining traditional acrylic paint with nontraditional mediums to create a variety of surfaces and textures within a painting. Be ready to experiment, have fun and come away with a few ideas. A fee of $5 fo...
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Mrs. Laurie Odnokon-Warren  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Tell Your Own Story through Art: A Drawing Workshop
I will present a few drawing techniques and projects that I have had success with in the classroom and in my own art. We will combine images and symbols using a simple brainstorming method to create personal imagery and powerful compositions. We will work with pencil crayon, graphite sticks and other drawing tools to explore and complete personal stories and styles in drawing. A fee of $5 for materials will be collected at the workshop. You will...
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Ms. Sandra Johnston  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
My Pension, My Investment, My Future
This presentation provides information on the value of the Teachers’ Pension Plan, how it is funded and what benefit teachers receive from their pension plan. The presentation also includes a scan of potential threats to pension plans like ours and how to refute those envious of our pension plan.
Room: 2 (cap 30)
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Mr. Stephan Baker  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM    This Session Requires Pre-Registration
Anyone Can Take Pictures
Anyone Can Take Pictures is a session for teachers who would like to use photography as a medium in the classroom. In this session you will learn how to teach your students to take better pictures using the basic rules of composition. Tips will also be given on "how to see" differently, how to use lighting to a better effect and using technology to take photos. There will also be some ideas offered for classroom projects.
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Ms. Nancy Sheng  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Digital Literacy Fun: Technology and Makerspace Tools with the Edmonton Public Library
Have you ever visited the Edmonton Public Library makerspace and wondered how we use all our tech gadgets to engage and delight kids? Come see what we have to offer at the library. Then learn how to use these same tools in your classroom to build and support diverse subjects, from science to literacy and language arts. Explore MaKey MaKeys, iPad apps, Raspberry Pis, Lego Mindstorms, littleBits and more in a hands-on presentation. No previous tech...
Room: 3 (cap 30)
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Mrs. Anna Hayes  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Combining Art & Science: Creating Science Discovery Journals
In this session you will learn how our school is using Visual Journals for Science and other core subjects. Our students have reported a greater understanding of their subject matter and value their journals. You will see Science Discovery books from various grades. You will learn art techniques to quickly fill in a background, create fold outs, cutouts and layering. You will take away pages you have created as exemplars as well as an evaluation...
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Mr. Jason Gondziola  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Incorporating Digital Cinema Production into Cross-curricular Projects
In this presentation, filmmaker and youth facilitator Jason Gondziola will share his insights and experiences using digital cinema production as a means to cultivate student voice in cross-curricular settings. Using examples from his work in schools and First Nations communities, he will outline a process for moving from concept to completion. Jason is a member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, and will happily answer any technical que...
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Mr. Gregg Silver  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Recording Video and Sound
Using Imovie and Garageband on Mac computer we will create a mini project in a creative way, giving you tools and ideas to bring to your classrooms. Activities and examples will be introduced which will spark ideas for your specific teaching contexts. Five Mac laptops will be provided, but bring your own if you can.
Room: Theatre (cap150)
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Mr. Dana Luebke  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Easy Strategies for Teaching Dance
Want new strategies for delivering dance curriculum or ways to develop dance lesson plans? We will explore the elements of dance, creating a basic understanding and experience of dance literacy, and how you can use this understanding in infinite ways to explore dance with your students. No dance experience needed.
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Mr. Dana Luebke  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
The Joy of Movement
This is a terrific and joyful way to learn! As Dr. Paul Dennison says, "Movement is the door to learning" - yet children today, surrounded by electronic media and gadgets, move less and less. Explore fun activities combining developmental movements, dance, nursery rhymes and poems to create rich, diverse, movement experiences. These activities stimulate the coordination, balance, muscle tone, and movement patterns that provide the foundation for ...
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Mr. Dana Luebke  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Poetry and Movement
Want to combine Language Arts and movement? This workshop explores the relationship between words, images and movement, using a model devised by Dana to create choral/movement pieces from poetry. We will work with the dynamics of our voices and bodies, creating movement from poetry in a way that enhances both, experiencing how the expression of our voice emerges naturally from our moving body. This workshop is useful at all grade levels.

Cosmopolitan Music Society

Room: Music (cap 100)
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Mr. Michael Cutler  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Personalized Music Education Through iPad in a Mixed-Ability Band Room
Moving beyond Garageband... An in depth look into music education using iPads. This session will look at teaching music theory, composition and performance using software based instruments to accommodate all students. Bring your iPads and come see how music can be inclusive for all your students!
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Mr. Bob Bailey  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Northern Alberta Junior High School Honour Band
Open question and answer session/rehearsal with this year's Northern Alberta Junior High School Honour Band: Director Mr. Brent Pierce.

Shaw

Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
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Mr. Neil Pasricha  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
How to be Awesome at Work
What do you get when you cross a Harvard MBA, three #1 bestselling Awesome books, and years creating development programs for Fortune 50 companies? The secret to making your workplace awesome. In his inspiring talk, Neil Pasricha will show you what creates employee engagement and passion. Sharing a richly-developed set of work values—Social, Structure, Stimulation, and Story—he shows you how to wo...
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Mr. Alex Bilodeau  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Soft and Keep It Tight - Key Factors of a Second Historical Olympic Gold Medal
Alexandre talks about his journey, full of ups and downs. It taught him to reach his goal at the highest level possible of freestyle skiing. His Olympic gold medals, he won them mainly because of two reasons. First, there's his brother Frederic, who suffers from cerebral palsy, who brings him the inspiration needed to go further every time. And last but not least, his hard work at training on a da...
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Colin Mochrie Debra McGrath  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Improv Comedy with Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath
Improv comedy session with Colin Mochrie and his wife Debra McGrath, both alumni of Toronto's famous Second City comedy troupe. Mochrie is widely considered one of the leading improvisers in the world.
Room: Salon 1 (cap 16)
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ATA Staff Officer  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Alberta Teachers’ International Cooperation Initiatives: Your Input for Our Impact!
From Mongolia to Malawi, from Ghana to Guyana, Alberta teachers have long served teaching colleagues across the globe. This interactive presentation will focus on new and ongoing Alberta Teachers’ Association International Cooperation initiatives worldwide. Participants will discover how their personal contribution of time and expertise can impact our work with teachers and students internationally.
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Ms. Caroline Missal  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Building a Restorative Culture in Your Classroom/School
What do we want students to learn through our discipline practices? How do we teach children and youth to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions and their words? Restorative practices move away from traditional punishment models to focus on relationships and repairing harm. Participants will hear about: • principles of restorative practices; • how a restorative culture can be nurtured in classrooms and schools.
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Mr. Randy McLeod  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Going WILD! An introduction to WILD Education
WILD Education is a PD program that trains educators to become certified instructors of Project WILD and Below Zero. Features introduction to the programs by playing games and activities from each activity guide. Project WILD is a K-12 environmental education program used internationally. Below Zero focuses on the Canadian winter and how wildlife adapts to the snow and ice conditions. Together, the activity guides feature activities about wildlif...
Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
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Mr. Wab Kinew  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Competitive Advantage of Working with Aboriginal People
Wab speaks about how the “8th Fire generation” can add value to existing businesses. In his CBC Television series “8thFire”, Kinew profiled many inspiring Canadians who are bridging the gap between Aboriginal communities and their neighbours. Drawing on both personal and professional experience, Kinew will give practical examples of how drawing Aboriginal people into organizations can change their...
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Ms. Gabrielle Scrimshaw  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Footprints in the Snow
Because Gabrielle is First Nations, she was born with some daunting numbers stacked against her. She was 8x more likely to commit suicide than the average Canadian, 3x more likely to be unemployed, be underfunded in her quest for education, and more likely to drop out of high school. In the face of these raw circumstances, she worked hard to follow her heart. This inspirational tale discusses how ...
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Mr. Joseph Boyden  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Writing (Writing Fiction, Blending History and Fiction)
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Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
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Mr. Rick Wormeli  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
What We Can Do When We Are Brave Together
From its humorous opening to the crowd-pleasing “grand finale” video teacher, “mockumentary,” this address affirms and provokes listeners with compelling questions about contemporary practices and specific action steps to consider if having enough courage was not a factor. When we are brave, we find the freedom, language, and spirit to confront complacency and ineffective practice, and, even bet...
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GETCA Admin  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel discussion on Educational Issues with Phil McRae and David Staples
Join Phil McRae, staff officer at the ATA, and David staples, from the Edmonton Journal, as they discuss hot issues in education.
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Mr. Arthur Fleischmann  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Carly's Voice
When Arthur Fleischmann's daughter Carly was born, his life completely changed. Diagnosed with severe, non-verbal autism at the age of two, Carly required her family's full attention and support. Even with those efforts, and the help of several specialists, her chances at having a normal life seemed distant. Then a breakthrough came at the age of 10 -- Carly began to "speak" by using a computer. Now she's a successful student, and something of a ...
Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
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Mr. David Martin  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Teaching Math through Coding.
I have integrated coding into my math lessons. Students have used computers to code and, not only receive other credits, but actually see the math up close and personal.
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Mr. David Martin  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Standards Based Grading in Math
No longer do my high school math classes have grades. I give only outcome based assessments and I assess them with descriptive feedback only. Come and learn more.
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Ms. Lisa Bush  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Shifting Gears: Lighten Your Assessment Load in Language Arts
Do you love teaching language arts, but are overwhelmed with the amount of assessment? Then shift gears! In this session, 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. We will discuss how the writing process, student centered activities, and technology can challenge students to excel in language arts outcomes while ens...
Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
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Ms. Sue Abuelsamid  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Curiosty Project
This session examines the value of cultivating curiosity in both students and staff, and the impact on those around them. Curiosity leads to connection, relationship building, acceptance, and discovery. Building healthier relationships based on curiosity rather than assumptions will result in happier and healthier students and stronger relationships across all areas. Participants will take away improved listening and questioning skills and the ...
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ATA Staff Officer  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
For children, families are a source of learning and love. All too often, however, intimate partner violence can disrupt the family refuge on which children and teens rely for stability, support and nurturing. Children’s exposure to domestic violence is much more common than generally believed.
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Mr. Douglas Mitchell  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Unprincipaled
Douglas Mitchell reflects on twenty-two years as principal in K-12 schools through songs on guitar and banjo. He shares lessons learned from students and colleagues as well as incidents and accidents that could not be revealed until safely in retirement. There’s never a dull moment in the principal’s office. Suggestions will be shared on how to be resilient until the day you too become ‘unprincipaled’.
Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
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Mrs. Lois Donovan  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
The Famous Five: Heroes or Villains?
Meet Emily Murphy and her group of female activists known as The Famous Five in this dynamic, thought-provoking session. In recent years the Famous Five have come under attack for some of their beliefs. Are the Famous Five worthy of the status of heroes? Or do they no longer qualify? What is a hero? A perfect fit for social studies and ELA, Lois explores the changing face of the hero and what it means to be a hero in the 21st century.
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Ms. Dianne Tyers  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
The Science and Art of ESL Student Level and Class Placement
Determining the level and class placement for incoming K-12 ESL students is both a science and an art. Even with a proven and objective level placement test, there are many other subjective factors that come into play in making a level placement decision. In this session we look at objective standardized level placement options as well as at the subjective factors that need to be considered in setting ESL students up for success when placing t...
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Mrs. Lois Donovan  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Writing Historical Fiction
Imagine being an eye-witness at a historical event—or meeting famous people from the past! Through writing historical fiction, students will get up close and personal with historic events and persons while honing their research and writing skills. In this session, Lois break this complex process into manageable bits that will motivate eager and wary writers alike. Most appropriate for grades 7-9 but can be adapted for other age groups. www.lois...
Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
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Mr. Michael Kohlman  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Streams of Environmentalism
Environmentalists are often painted with a broad-brush as a homogenous group of hippies, 'tree-huggers' & more recently as 'eco-terrorists.' In truth, environmentalism has a number of disparate currents or streams, which are largely incompatible (even incommensurable, ala Kuhn). This session will explore the three main currents of environmentalism. This session should be of curricular use to secondary science/social studies teachers, but all are ...
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Mr. Michael Kohlman  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
"Project Plowshare" and the use of Nuclear Weapons for Peaceful Purposes
In the 1950s & 60s, both the USSR and the U.S.A. proposed using nuclear weapons (first fission bombs and then hydrogen bombs) for large-scale civil/geological engineering projects. The most infamous proposal was to detonate a string of nuclear explosives to create a new, larger Panama Canal; others were to blast irrigation canals or artificial harbours, fracture rock in mines, and even to liquefy the Athabasca Tar-sands for commercial exploitatio...
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Ms. Rasheal Charles  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Fostering Positive Relationships in the Classroom
To foster positive relationships within the classroom, not only is it important to have open communication between the teacher and the students, but also among the students themselves. Open communication can create a sense of belonging, ownership, and class pride. Join us and explore various tools and techniques that will enhance the communication and help to build the positive relationships you wish for your students.
Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
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Ms. Neela Bell  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Rock Star Design: How to Create Media for Lessons that Rock!
Are your lessons looking a little dated? Are you feeling way behind the curve on visual learning, social media and video? Well, ditch that Powerpoint and hold on tight … you're in for a whirlwind tour of what's awesome (and really easy) to add to your teaching toolkit this year, including; Screencasting, Soundtracks, Gamified Learning and 50 ways to use Twitter with your class.
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Ms. Neela Bell  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
At Risk and Online: Re-engaging our Absent Teens
You can bribe, contract, or threaten them ... but some students will simply never attend regularly. In building-dependent learning there is little hope of success. This session outlines the unique challenges of teaching At Risk Youth and showcases the innovative and award-winning use of virtual learning in reconnecting with our most fragile students.
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Mr. Cory Johnson  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Turning a Disability into Possibilities
Born with Cerebral Palsy and suffering a stroke at the age of 11 has not deterred Cory Johnson from living life to the fullest. He uses his life experiences, inspiration and education to overcome the barriers that others impose on him. He encourages his audiences to see new possibilities within themselves and others. With his own perception on life, he’ll challenge you to remove some of your barriers.
Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
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Mrs. Renee Englot  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Story Slam: Personal Narrative Plus Oral Presentation
Story slams (The Moth, Massmouth) are becoming increasingly popular. They're also a great way to get your students constructing personal narratives and speaking in front of a group without notes. We'll walk through a mini unit you can use in your junior or senior high Language Arts class - warming up to being in front of an audience, holding audience attention, developing an incident into a story and more.
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Ms. Michelle Broda  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Science Alive! Project Based Learning in Science Class
Get your students ready to build, test, and present! Teachers will be shown how key outcomes of the building topic in the science program of studies can be experienced in an engaging way that builds teamwork and leadership.
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Mrs. Blanche Lamont  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Crafting the Fiction Story
Use finely crafted literature as a prime resource for teaching your students to craft their own stories. Show them how to use powerful language to breathe life into their stories. Help them avoid the common pitfalls of implausible events, too much dialogue, boring beginnings and more. This session is most suitable for Gr. 2 – 6 teachers.
Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
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Mr. Rick Smith  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lecture
In this lively energetic session, discover over fifty practical interactive brain-compatible strategies that can be used to break up lectures and actively engage students. Learn nine ways to increase student participation in class discussions. Receive dozens of simple ways to motivate attention and retention. Strategies shared and modeled are particularly effective for reluctant learners in the classroom, or reluctant participants in staff meetin...
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Mr. Rick Smith  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
When Consequences Don’t Work: Succeeding with Difficult Students
Consequences are often a last resort that don’t resort to much! What are the keys to developing and implementing “invisible” but powerful classroom management skills? In this lively, interactive session for K-12 staff developers and teachers, receive dozens of practical, eye-opening strategies for managing difficult students effectively, focusing on both prevention and intervention. Learn key ways that teachers can grow from inner-apology to inne...
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Mr. Rick Wormeli  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Teacher Motivation: Changing the Culture of the Building
Based on the presenter’s work with NASSP and in hundreds of school systems in the U.S. and abroad, this workshop provides over three dozen, practical, and proven strategies that help teachers and their leaders embrace new initiatives, even if they are hesitant or going into it “kicking and screaming.” Join us for an inspiring look at how to get an entire faculty to set sail for the new horizon ahe...
Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
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Mr. Darryl Marchand  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Technology that Secondary Science Teachers can use in the Class, Lab and Field.
Come and see how to use graphing technology from TI in your Science classes, labs, and field. TI has developed robust activities and lessons for secondary science courses as well as STEM and Forensic Science. See how TI technology can supplement your lessons with activities that you can use right away. All participants will receive a free copy of TI-Nspire Teacher Software Fun filled activities and simulations that can let students explore and di...
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Mr. Rick Wormeli  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Book Study-Fair Isn't Always Equal
This session is intended for members that have participated in the local's book study.
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Eileen L  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
What is Al-Anon/Alateen? How Can it Help My Students? Can I use this Information in My Classes?
Has a student confided in you that they are worried about someone's drinking? Come and find out what Al-Anon/Alateen is and how it can empower anyone seeking answers to: How do I stop someone from drinking? Who can join? What will it do for me? Where do I go to find out more information?Is it confidential?What are meetings like?Where do I find a meeting?If I am unable to get to a meeting how else can I get help and support?Are there on line meeti...
Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
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Mr. Randy McLeod  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Human Powered Conservation: WILD Education
The Canadian Wildlife Federation supported expeditions that attempted to row across the Atlantic, cycle across Canada, and paddle from Ottawa to Washington. In this presentation, we’ll explore how science, conservation and human elements of these incredible expeditions can be brought into the classroom, using hands-on activities from WILD Education activity guides and interactive online resources. These resources bring habitat and wildlife conse...
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Ms. Nico Brennan  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Dealing with Defiance in the Classroom
Having defiant children in the classroom can be a challenge at the best of times; and with diversity and classroom sizes increasing, it can make teaching a near-impossible task. In this interactive session we will explore defiance by describing it, examining possible reasons for its presence, and we will discuss practical strategies for reducing defiant and disruptive behaviour in the classroom.
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Ms. Nico Brennan  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Bad Behaviour is Everybody's Problem
So who is responsible for making sure that kids behave? Is it the parents? the teachers? Are children expected to figure it out on their own? In this interactive session we will discuss behavioural strategies that can be carried from the classroom to the playground, home and beyond. Furthermore we will discuss how to speak to parents, how to perform an inquiry-based parent/teacher interview, and how to build a proactive community around children...
Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
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Ms. Michelle Macdonald  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Global Water Issues: Build a Well or Build Capacity?
“Let’s build a well in Africa!” This sounds like a good idea, but is it really that simple? Let’s talk about why it’s important to teach students that education and capacity building is as important as technology. Although we gravitate toward fundraising for tangible items, sharing skills also has a lasting impact. Hear field stories that show the importance of capacity building from CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology) & l...
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Ms. Michelle Macdonald  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
What is WASH? Why Water, Sanitation & Hygiene are Critical to Breaking the Poverty Cycle
Learn why sharing WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) education is the key to improving health and bringing people out of poverty in the developing world. Teachers will sample games, videos, and lesson plans developed by CAWST`s Youth Wavemakers program and learn how to access them for their classrooms. CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology) is a Calgary charity that works with organizations in developing countries to develo...
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Ms. Michelle Macdonald  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Through our Lens: A Story of How Youth are Tackling Cholera in Nepal
Come watch Flood of Change, a 20 minute documentary developed in 2013 with youth in Nepal who became community activists on water issues after a cholera epidemic. Nepalese youth filmed 70% of the footage and found the words to share their story. Educators will also have a chance to view the accompanying Flood of Change Educator Guide and discuss how to incorporate it into their Science, Leadership or Social Studies curriculum.
Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
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Hal Johnson Joanne McLeod  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Body Break: Presentation by Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod
For the past 25 years, under the umbrella of BodyBreak, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod have been communicating to Canadians the important message that making small lifestyle changes can benefit an individual and their families for a lifetime. In their TV programs, syndicated radio show, presentations, media interviews or the products they endorse, they heighten the awareness of the benefits of a he...
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Mr. Bill Belsey  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Our school is Wired, Now What?
Celebrating the best of what can be done with information and communication technologies to support innovation in teaching and learning.
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Ms. Victoria Maxwell  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
That’s Just Crazy Talk – Based on a True Story
That’s Just Crazy Talk looks at both the light and dark side of living with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. It describes one woman’s journey of coming to terms with mental illness within herself and in her family. An intimate, yet universal story exploring the judgment we face not only from others, but from ourselves and the mysteries of family secrets. This funny and achingly truthful pl...

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Room: Alberta (cap 100)
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Mrs. Blanche Lamont  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Teaching Word Solving Strategies - A Forgotten Skill?
While strategies for comprehension are the primary focus of reading instruction, the ability to recognize words by sight and how to solve unfamiliar words are also necessary. This session will show you how to actively engage students in word work lessons that help them understand how sounds in the English language are represented by various letter combinations; how to break words into parts; and how to effectively use context to solve unfamiliar ...
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Mrs. Breanne Mainprize  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
The Evidence of Connection: Strategies for Excellent Instruction
For many years in education, course content and course methodology have been at odds. Without great content, all the wonderful delivery in the world will not educate our young people effectively; but without an exciting and dynamic approach, pure knowledge becomes irrelevant and stale. What does the classroom which incorporates the best of both look like, and where can we find that balance in our socially-connected age? Learn how to engage your s...
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Ms. Jennifer Jones  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Teaching Creativity is Hard, Art is Easy!
“Teaching” creativity might seem challenging, but reading children’s literature and working on related Art projects is easy! In this session we will demonstrate how children’s books can provide inspiration for artistic works that link to Michael Michalko, 7 Tenets of Creative Thinking. All the projects are easy to do and require a minimum of special materials. You will leave our session with a great list of new literature, and project ideas that ...
Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
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Ms. Leah Rawlings  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Motiver nos garçons à lire en français
Une recherche action a été faite en 5e année afin de déterminer les préférences des garçons lisant en français (langue seconde). Choisissent-ils les mêmes livres en français qu’en anglais? Quels genres de livres ont-ils choisit? Je partagerai les résultats intéressants de ma recherche ainsi que les stratégies utilisées qui ont motivées les garçons à lire.
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Ms. Leah Rawlings  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
You're going to Africa to do what? A summer with Project Overseas.
Ever seen the call for applications to spend time assisting teachers through Project Overseas? Wondered what it was all about? I will share my experience in applying, preparing and finally undertaking a four week adventure, working with young teachers in Ghana this past summer.
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Ms. Melanie Wong  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Research to Practice: Supporting the English Language Learner Using Technology
This presentation will purposefully connect research with practice. Drawing on the literature, the presenter will highlight practical examples of how technology can be utilized to support ELL students. She will provide examples of how teachers can use SMART boards (e.g. SMART Virtual Word Walls (Wong, 2014), websites, and a variety of free software to support their ELL students within the classroom context. The intent of this presentation is to p...
Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
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Mr. Marc Bisson  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
ATRF Your Pension Matters
A general overview of the teachers’ pension plan will be presented. Topics will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement.?
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Dr. Ian Phillips  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
The T-shirt Cannon, The Ethanol Whoosh, and the Pop Can Stove
With fairly inexpensive materials, fuels, and tools, it is possible to effectively explore aspects of the Thermodynamics Unit of Chemistry 30 and aspects of chemical reaction in Grade 10-12 science . . . and have some fun at the same time. Come learn how you and your students can make low cost apparatus that gives good quality data.
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Mr. Marty Chan  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
The BFFs of Writing: Story and Character
Marty Chan reveals the symbiotic relationship between story and character and illustrates how to use one to enhance the other. He defines the different types of conflict that writers can create in a story to help develop character. Through personal anecdotes and interactive writing games, he shares the tools teachers can use to help their students understand the connection between plot and character.
Room: Centennial Room (cap 250)
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Mrs. Tamara Martin Spady  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Tamara Martin Spady the Art Lady presents The Gingerbread Teacher
"Run, sprint, dash and jog as fast as any creature! You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread teacher!" Come listen to a reading of The Gingerbread Teacher by author/illustrator Tamara Martin Spady. Not only will you be inspired with ideas on how to use this book in your classroom, but best of all -- you will receive a guided drawing lesson that you can use with your own students! Bring your pencils and papers and be ready for a drawing experie...
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Ms. Jayme Nelson  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Energize your lessons! Hands-on energy & environmental education activities
Join Inside Education for this experiential workshop that will energize your teaching, enhance your lessons and inspire your students. Explore issues related to Alberta’s energy and environment through a series of fun activities that you can take back to your classroom. Plus, you’ll learn about teaching resources, youth summits, student programs and full-scholarship professional development that will encourage you and your students to become invo...
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Ms. Kathy Jessup  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
TELL ME A STORY
Kathy uses a storyboard “book” format - encouraging children to tell/draw/write their stories in a fun, creative way. In this session she shares valuable tips and strategies for improving young students' creative writing skills. She includes techniques for encouraging even the most reluctant writers to embellish beyond their "first try," producing richer stories. For: Grades K-2, ESL, and older students with low writing ability.
Room: Chairman (cap 112)
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Dr. Ron Licht  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Science and Spirituality: Developing a Meaningful Relationship
Science and spirituality are often characterised as opposing and irreconcilable worldviews. However, there are many people who deeply value a scientific way of knowing and a spiritual way of knowing at the same time. How do people who value both a scientific and a spiritual perspective relate the two together? Beginning with a presentation of what my research participants had to say, we can develop our own discussion of how to relate things spir...
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Ms. Susan Augustyn  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Excellence in Writing Div 3
This workshop presents an exciting and effective method of teaching writing. Covering the teaching of various structures and stylistic techniques that are easy for students to learn, students are motivated to write, given the tools to write well, and led to take ownership of their writing. The dramatic improvement students experience in their writing creates high levels of intrinsic motivation. The workshop is practical, offering an extensive se...
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Mrs. Debbie Quick  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Developing Adolescent Literacy Skills in the Content Areas
Do your middle school/junior high students have the literacy skills needed to be successful learners? Are they struggling to make the transition from elementary to the demands of middle school/junior high? This session will provide content area teachers with practical literacy strategies that focus on improving content area pedagogy for all students including struggling learners.
Room: Chancellor (cap 112)
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Ms. Karen Sudom  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Managing Middle School with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Experience a middle school day through the lens of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As a professional, parent and person on the Spectrum, Karen interweaves these perspectives by sharing strategies that support tweens and teens with ASD in an inclusive classroom. Issues addressed include social communication and executive functioning difficulties - areas also applicable to middle schoolers without extra challenges.
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Ms. Karen Sudom  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Making the Most of Early Intervention
Experience an early elementary school day through the lens of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Karen shares the “why” behind what learning approaches supported her son who received PUF for two years for ASD related difficulties. Karen compares and contrasts her own ASD experience on navigating those years without ASD supports. Focusing on communication, transition and sensory difficulties with time to explore support strategies.
Room: Consulate (cap 104)
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Mrs. Pat Lore  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
60 in 60
Assessment for learning, used minute-by-minute and day-by-day in the classroom, has the power to move learning forward for all students, but especially those who typically struggle. This rapid-fire session will present 60 assessment for learning strategies that teachers can use right now to embed formative assessment into their daily lessons.
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Mrs. Pat Lore  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Performance Assessments – Finding Them, Using Them, Adapting Them
Performance assessment can be a powerful and engaging tool in your classroom assessment plan. In this session you will be introduced to some of the 250+ tasks available on the AAC website, consider the characteristics of an effective task, get tips for including performance assessment in your classroom assessment plan, and learn about adapting existing AAC tasks for your own context.
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Mrs. Pat Lore  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Project-based Learning Meets Performance-based Assessment
Project-based learning (PBL) provides learning opportunities with real-world applications that are collaborative, engaging, cross-curricular, student-centered and meaningful. In this workshop, participants will examine the role of performance-based assessment in a PBL classroom, and consider tools and strategies for making their assessments effective, relevant, and supportive of student learning.
Room: Director (pre-registered)
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Mr. Marc Bisson  - 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
ATRF Retirement Sessions
At your personal 15-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to discuss your pension estimate and options, the steps to retirement and any general questions you may have. Pre-registration is required at www.atrf.com
Room: Leduc (cap 120)
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Ms. Beverly Lewis-Hunte  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Forced to Think About Nature: Causes and Impacts of Extreme Weather
Forces of Nature is a free teacher resource with DVD and lesson plans that complement grades 7-12 geography and science curriculum. Through the examination of 4 Canadian natural disasters we can understand how extreme weather can tear places apart and at the same time bring people and industries together. This workshop will show you how the exercises, experiments, weather research, data analysis, and risk management exercises connect the physical...
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Mr. Derek Keenan  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Collaborative Writing and Publishing: The Nuts and Bolts
This session will take a hands-on approach to several collaborative writing strategies, and the principles that make the learning, collaboration and products so powerful when we write together. Strategies spanning division II-IV will be discussed. Includes websites and resources to support teaching and to publish your finished works!
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Mr. Justin Holladay  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Created by Teachers for Teachers - Creating Your Own Educational Apps
I am a teacher and now app creator. I believe Teachers are an infinite source of ideas and games that can be translated into fun educational apps. There is an important void that can be filled with educational apps that comes from teachers. I'll share with you how to create an Educational App WITHOUT programming! (Hiring overseas developers will be discussed)
Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
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Mr. Cory Johnson  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Turning Disabilities into Possibilities (Keynote)
Born with Cerebral Palsy and suffering a stroke at the age of 11 has not deterred Cory Johnson from living life to the fullest. He uses his life experiences, inspiration and education to overcome the barriers that others impose on him. He encourages his audiences to see new possibilities within themselves and others. With his own perception on life, he’ll challenge you to remove some of your barriers.
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Mr. Justin Holladay  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
21st Century Math Centers: How to Integrate Math Game Apps in the K-12 Classroom
This is a hands on presentation where we will explore practical strategies on how to integrate math apps in the classroom. Through cooperative or competitive group play or whole class play and individual practice. We'll also discuss ways to use math games/apps in the formative assessment of our students. Please bring your iOS devices to this presentation. http://www.MathFileFolderGames.com
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Mr. Rick Smith  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Picture This! – Nonverbal Strategies for Seamless Classroom and School Procedures
The more words we use in giving directions, the less powerful each word becomes, and the more we compete with student voices. In this lively session for K-12 staff developers and teachers, receive dozens of practical, eye-opening strategies for using non-verbals – visuals, rubrics, sound signals, hand signals, music, to make transitions efficient and fun, keep your classroom and school organized, reduce student arguing and classroom chaos, empow...
Room: Saskatchewan (cap 230)
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Dr. Maggie Mamen  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Workshop: Understanding and Supporting Students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
This presentation will help participants understand how the three basic underlying issues in NVLD (verbal strengths and weaknesses, pattern recognition skills and visualization abilities) impact learning, social interactions and behaviour, and will outline some simple, practical strategies that can make a difference, not only in the classroom but also in the lives of these students.
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Mrs. Karlie Carter  - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Creating a lab option for Jr High Science
Do you find it hard to complete enough labs in a given school year? Are you looking to add another option to your school? In this session we will be looking out how I organize my lab option for grades 7 through 9. More specifically we will look at my main 4 units such as lab safety and skills and how I align it with the curriculum. We will also go through how assessment is different in the lab option versus a traditional Science classroom. Let...
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Ms. Michelle Broda  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Motivating and Engaging Students Through Project-Based Learning
Get your students ready for an intense race through the curricular outcomes! Based on the show 'Amazing Race', we will present you with an engaging way to motivate, involve, and educate students. Exemplars, assessment plans, and instructional plans will be presented to help teachers begin to create their own week-long cross curricular plan to use with various group sizes and grade levels.
Room: Strathcona Room (cap 150)
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Mr. Tyler Perry  - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Can You Hear Me Now? Welcome to Poetry Slam
On May 10, 2014, Calgary had its first high school poetry slam. Eight teams gathered to celebrate the written and spoken word, joined by members of Calgary’s writing community, including our former poet laureate, and Mayor Nenshi. The slam is expected to double in size in 2015, as the competition is now open to junior and senior high schools across Alberta. Come and learn how you can start a poetry slam team and involve your students in one of th...
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Mr. David Chantler  - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Kids Go Global - New Ways to Approach Global Issues Using Technology and Theatre
Kids Go Global (KGG) is the core of a new curriculum prototype being developed with CBE for Alberta Ed. This prototype will look at how to use theatre and technology to make real connections to global issues. It focuses on the kidsgoglobal.net website and the connection to the many KGG partners - like Change for Children. The program supports exploring global issues in the classroom, participating in real campaigns and connecting to communities...
Room: Turner Valley (cap 162)
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Ms. Carol Johnson  - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Collaborative Learning – It isn't just "group work"
Collaborative learning is more than assigning group projects and activities. Join in as we look at practical research that unmasks the myths of collaborative learning. Examples of blended collaborative learning projects and integrated technologies will be highlighted.