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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Amiskwaciy Academy

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Lost Prizes: Recognizing and Nurturing the Talent of At-Risk Students
When overly rigid, punitive regulations are put in place, many kids – especially those who do not respond positively to inflexible reactions and approaches – may be harmed instead of helped. This session will identify some pitfalls to avoid when working with nonconforming, relationship-resistant young people, and review Lost Prizes projects that have helped develop the talents of troubled youth at risk for alienation, academic failure, and gang involvement.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Amiskwaciy Academy Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Reclaiming Students at Risk
Using key ideas developed in the book he co-authored, Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future, Dr. Van Bockern will propose a unifying theme or core set of values that can drive the work of parents and other adults involved in the lives of young people. Traditional values of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity are the unifying themes that encourage children. Children and youth need healthy adults in their lives in order to flourish.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Amiskwaciy Academy Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Raven Brings Light to Mathematics
Success for all students, including First Nations students, is supported by caring teachers who create culturally relevant classrooms. In this language supported lesson, Raven Brings Light to the World, learn how to integrate literacy across the curriculum in a culturally responsive way that can be replicated and extended in your classroom. Grades 3-9 Numeracy, Literacy, First Nations, ELL/French Immersion

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Amiskwaciy Academy Room: Classroom #213
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Schools That Matter
Many adults in school settings want to refocus their energy and efforts in ways that matter to their students. The race to the top of the academic mountain has done little to help our children feel competent, powerful and important. Instead of seeing children as data points to be measured and sorted, Schools That Matter focus on the total well-being of the child and the adults who teach and care for children.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Amiskwaciy Academy Room: Friedel Room
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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ADHD: Disorder or Gift?
There are many problems associated with ADHD. However, it is possible to “recast reality” and identify creative strengths that frequently go hand in hand with the condition. To illustrate, with proper support, might not stubbornness in childhood grow into determination in adulthood and over-activity into productive energy? The intent is to offer a humane, flexible approach to help educators turn negatives into positives, and identify and nurture the talents of an oft-misunderstood population.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Amiskwaciy Academy Room: Friedel Room
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Ceremonial Sweat Ritual
You are invited to join us in a Ceremonial Sweat Ritual. Each session includes a holistic personal experience for each individual participant. There will be four rounds and each round includes song, prayer and various traditional teachings associated with personal spiritual growth. Protocol - personal offering (optional) - pouch of tobacco or ceremonial print of choice - 1 metre length. Clothing Protocol required: Males - shorts or swim wear and large towel Females -cotton nightgown and towel

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Amiskwaciy Academy Room: Sweat Lodge
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session is Full

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Medicine Wheel Session
Commence with an explanation of a "Talking Circle". The facilitator will then begin group participation of an actual circle. The Elder will share highlights of the "Medicine Wheel" and how it is utilized in an educational facility by empowering students as they learn life values and skills. A healthy way to motivate students to practice positive behaviors and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Amiskwaciy Academy Room: Traditional Room
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

Art Gallery

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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. This is a popular hands on workshop.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 1 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Anyone Can Paint - Watercolour
This session is designed for teachers of Kindergarten to Grade 6 and is designed to give teachers confidence in using watercolour paints in the classroom. As well as using paints we will do some projects using watercolour pencil crayons. Simple but effective projects that students love to do will be demonstrated. This is a popular and practical hands on workshop.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 1 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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Anyone Can Take Pictures
This session is for teachers who would like to use photography in the classroom to teach art, science and basic observation skills. Teachers will learn how to teach students to take better pictures by using the basic rules of composition. Tips will also be given on "how to see" differently, how to use lighting to better effect and using technology to take photos. There will also be some ideas offered for classroom projects. Participants are encouraged to bring cameras, iPads or phones.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 1 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Visual Journaling for Identity
In this session delegates will learn about the art of journaling. Techniques which promote self reflection, identity expression, and visual communication will be explored, including: found word poetry and mandalas. These techniques will be accessible and adaptable for all age groups, as well as a variety of curricula including but not limited to: art, social studies, language arts, and interpersonal relationships. Delegates will take away their own mini journal to continue practicing in. Fee: $5

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 1 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session is Full

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Beyond Pretty Wall Paper
Learn to navigate the Elementary Visual Arts curriculum and how to develop visual art lessons which engage and challenge students. Meaningful approaches to assessment will be examined to help educators provide targeted feedback to students which goes beyond skill and technique acquisition. Several examples of adaptable visual art projects will be shared in addition to participating in a hands on learning experience which can be taken back to the classroom in the form of an exemplar and lesson.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 2 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Mixed Media Soul
Explore the possibilities in art making through a hands-on multimedia art project. Draw upon personal experience and your unique identity to create an art piece that can be adapted for a variety of grade levels. A variety of visual art techniques will be explored that can be used independently or together in different art projects. Participants will be taken through a mock lesson and demos to create their own exemplar. There will be a $5 fee per participant that will be collected at the door.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 2 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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Sketching Landscapes with Ink and Watercolour
In this session you will you will use permanent ink to create a contour drawing of your landscape setting and embellish it with luminous watercolours. With step by step instruction, Susanne will guide you on how to create breath taking skies, use your brush to paint textures and mixing bright colours to depict your scene. She will also show you how to use your pen to add any final details. Key concepts covered in class are contour drawing, shapes, colours and textures. There will be a $10 fee.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 2 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Sketching Landscapes with Pen and Ink
In this session you will learn how to draw with permanent ink, shade to create values and add textures that brings life to your sketch. With step by step instruction, Susanne will show you how easy it is to use your drawing tool to create an amazing landscape picture. What you learn in this session will easily apply to your own classroom projects and inspire your students. Key conceptions covered in this session are values, shading techniques, shapes and textures. There will be a $5 fee.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 2 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session is Full

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Drawing, Painting & Sculpture: How to Become a successful Illustrator
Learn how to create low relief, paint and have fun! Using easily accessible materials, participants will produce a book illustration. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. All participants will be provided with a set of handouts that can be used directly in their art classrooms. Open to art and general teachers of grades 6- 12. All materials provided by instructor. $15 registration fee.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 3 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Colour Theory with a Twist
Are your students bored with recreating a “perfect” colour wheel? Spice it up and excite students. This workshop will provide alternate ways to teach colour theory though a set of funky exercises leading to creation of a major art piece. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. All participants will be provided with handouts that can be used directly in their art classrooms. Open to art teachers of grades 6- 12. All materials provided. $15 registration fee.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 3 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Cracking the Vault: Creating Meaningful Prayer Experiences for Teenage Students
Whether you're in class or on a retreat experience, it seems like prayer gets more and more difficult the older students get. There are days when many of us might feel like it would be easier to break into a safe than to get some students to pray. Join Evergreen Catholic Chaplain Mike Landry as he shares and demonstrates some of the strategies he uses to "crack the vault" and engage students in prayer - using music, video, writing and reflective activities, and much more.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Art Gallery Room: 3 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Fiction, Fable, or so Much More - Bringing Scripture to Life
From questions like "Where are the dinosaurs?" to "How did Noah get people onto the ark?" to arguments about the person of Jesus, the early church, and so much more - the Bible raises many questions. Mike Landry will unfold some of these big questions, to consider the development of the Bible as we know it; study the "big picture" of scripture, such as the covenants which God enacts to make us His people.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Religious Education
Building: Art Gallery Room: 3 (cap 30)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Edmonton Public Library

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Libraries are for Learning: Supporting Your Class with the Stanley A. Milner Library
The Edmonton Public Library offers countless free resources and programs to support teachers in the classroom, but where do you begin? Join us as we demonstrate how EPL can enrich curriculum and student learning. Find out more about our programs, explore our digital content for students as well as PD resources for teachers, learn how to get library cards for your class, and discover all the creative ways you can support your colleagues and class.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Edmonton Public Library Room: First Floor Program Room
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teching Out!: Technology and Makerspaces with the Stanley A. Milner 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 support diverse subjects from science to literacy and language arts. Explore MaKey MaKeys, iPad apps, Arduinos, Lego Mindstorms, littleBits and more in a hands-on presentation. No previous tech experience required. Just bring your curiousity!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Edmonton Public Library Room: Makerspace Room
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

Queen Elizabeth Highschool

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Using Computing Science to Teach Div 2 Outcomes
Looking for a new and engaging way to deliver some of your core content? The Computer Science K-12 Initiative has been piloting SCRATCH to deliver Social Studies and Science content in grades 5 & 6. Come learn about SCRATCH and get a package of pre-made lessons that you can adapt for your own content/grade level. This is a repeat of last year's standing-room-only session with Scott Couprie. Plan to arrive early. SCRATCH is also a recommended tool for Junior High computing classes.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Queen Elizabeth Highschool Room: 210
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Organize and Teach a Junior High Computing Science Program
This session is a walkthrough of one way to teach Computing Science as a CTF course in DIV III. Whether your course is a full semester, a trimester, or full year, we will look at various software programs getting you and your students started in Computer Science and Problem Solving. Included will be lessons, exemplars, and testimonials from teachers who started from knowing nothing and now teach engaging and valuable lessons. Be ready to leave with a plan and have answers to your questions.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Queen Elizabeth Highschool Room: 210
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Building Lessons for your K-12 Computer Science Program
Do you believe computer science, like SCRATCH and TURTLE ART, are great for students and deserve their time in your classroom or club? This session is about building lessons in a differentiated environment. Explore HOUR OF CODE and SCRATCH’s online lessons, piloted lessons, and ‘handpicked’ internet published lessons. Explore lessons in PYTHON, HTML5, and “JAVA” applied to DIV II, III, and IV. Coaches will be available to help you with all the questions you have.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Queen Elizabeth Highschool Room: 210
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

Saville Centre - GO

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A,B,C…1,2,3 - Run, Skip, Catch!
Learning to move is just as important as learning to read and write. This session will explore ways to get K-6 students developing confidence, competence and motivation through a variety of different movement activities, ultimately developing physical literacy. Participants will learn first-hand how to embed physical literacy into their practice and leave with activities, tools, resources and ways to access ongoing support.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Saville Centre - GO Room: 1 - classroom
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Daily Physical Activity (DPA) on a Shoestring Budget
The buck stops here! With only seven per cent of boys and girls meeting the required 60 minutes of physical activity per day and limited time and space for movement, we have to be creative in our delivery of physical activity. In this workshop, participants will be exposed to activities using inexpensive materials to implement daily physical activity with maximum results. Be prepared to have some fun and walk away with ideas to put into action right away.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Saville Centre - GO Room: 1 - classroom
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Physical Literacy In Action - Building You Own Lesson Plans
How can you help to develop physical literacy in your school community? This interactive session will explore resources and tools to support the development of confidence, competence, decision making and skill development in a variety of environments. This session will also feature resources to assist in lesson planning, daily physical activity ideas, and student leadership opportunities.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Saville Centre - GO Room: 2 - classroom
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Experiential Education in Jasper National Park
The Palisades Stewardship Education Centre in Jasper National Park is devoted to providing nature immersion programs that help students become personally connected to their environment, develop a sense of place and belonging, and move towards active ambassadorship. Ecological and physical literacy can be fostered at the centre. Programming is available in French as well. Join the education liaison in this session and learn about the many ways the centre can support your students - grades 7-12.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Saville Centre - GO Room: 2 - classroom
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Eight Strategies for Creating Functional, Appropriate Fitness Lessons Plans for Students Ages 9-17
Educators have an opportunity to set in motion a lifetime of physical literacy and exercise adherence for good health in our students. Let's explore strategies for building functional, appropriate fitness lesson plans plus cross-curricular connections. We'll unravel the why, what and how of important concepts, such as whole body movement training, instability (balance) training, maximizing active versus non-active time, and more.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Saville Centre - GO Room: 6 - Gym
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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From Playground Skipping to Elite Athlete Training - Jump Rope for the 21st Century
Come learn a tremendous variety of games, skills, and techniques required to get your students jumping! Get your heart rate up as you learn the marvellous benefits of skipping for all levels of students, from kindergarten to elite athletes, and learn what to teach at each level. This session will help you start creating your own amazing skipping activity ideas that incorporate all kinds of individual and group work, all focused on one inexpensive and readily available tool - the skipping rope.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Saville Centre - GO Room: 6 - Gym
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Developing Basketball Fundamental Skills for Any Player
Basketball is a team sport where success is based on skilled individuals working together. The purpose of this session is to provide teachers with techniques to develop basic individual basketball skills that are essential for any player. Specific topics will include shooting, passing, ball handling and decision making.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Saville Centre - GO Room: Gym #5
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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DANCEPL3Y...Get Active with Dance!
DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) is an internationally recognized dance fitness program that uses a fusion of simple dance moves and playful group formations to inspire children and teens to get fit and feel confident through physical activity while promoting positive mental health. Through the 3 Rules of PL3Y – Be Positive, Be Fun, Be Yourself, DANCEPL3Y is more than a dance lesson; it is a fun, confidence-boosting approach to physical activity.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Saville Centre - GO Room: Gym #5
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Shaw

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Move Your Bus!
Teamwork is crucial to the success of any business, and as acclaimed author and speaker Ron Clark illustrates, the members of any team are the key to unlocking success. Imagine a company as a bus filled with people who either help or hinder a team's ability to move it forward. This is an accessible and uplifting business parable that illustrates expert strategies to maximize the team's success.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Comedy Sketches and Songs about Teachers, Parents, Students, Coaches, Office Politics and More.
The talented local cast of CBC Radio's hit comedy program perform some of their most popular sketches and songs, with live sound effects and music. This will simulate our radio broadcasts, with the actors behind microphones, and live sound effects and music created right before your eyes and ears., Humour drawn from everyday life in the classroom, the office and beyond. Featuring our award-winning cast: Mark Meer Jana O'Connor Donovan Workun Cathy Derkach Neil Grahn Peter Brown Dave Clarke

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Let’s Get Together and Feel Alright: Creating Community with Choir! Choir! Choir!
“You can download many things in this world,” says Daveed Goldman, “but it would be very hard to download the experience you get by interacting with strangers and singing a beautiful song.” In this interactive presentation, Goldman and fellow Choir! Choir! Choir! co-founder Nobu Adilman introduce audiences to the magical act of collaboration. They share the founding principles of Choir! Choir! Choir!—creativity, community, and teamwork—and what your organization can learn about happiness, health

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Lessons on Leadership
In this masterful keynote, Lewis MacKenzie distills the lessons of 36 years of experience into ten practical, enduring and easy-to-apply tips that will enhance your leadership style. Leadership is about building trust, forging commitment to a common purpose, and understanding what needs to be done to convince others to follow-things Mackenzie has done, time and again, under the most difficult of circumstances. He shows charisma, expertise on conflict resolution, the courage to think for himself.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Director's Sweatshop
Bring your issues in directing (and a short piece of text we can work on if you have one). Issues might include setting up a productive rehearsal schedule, working effectively and productively with student actors, text interpretation, directorial analysis of a scene/play, composition and picturization, making meaningful acting moments, and any other issues that may be bubbling up for directors. This is a practical workshop.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Introduction to the Major Characters in Commedia dell'arte
We will explore the main characters of this Italian renaissance physical theatre form. We will explore the commedia half masks and look at figures like Pantalone, Il Dottore, Arlecchino, Brighella, Capitano, Columbina, Smeraldina and Pulcinella. Come prepared to play!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Hurried and Worried: Understanding Children’s Anxiety
Do you have students or children in your life who seem easily agitated, overwhelmed or irritated? Do you often see them engage in avoidant, aggressive or scattered behaviours that negatively affects their learning and social development? If so, it’s possible you have a child with anxiety.This session looks into what anxiety is like for children in the classroom, the playground and as they develop. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of anxiety and basic strategies for support

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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That Kid's Just Looking for Attention: Understanding Teen Behaviour and Connecting with Kids
"That kid's just looking for attention..." Kids are starved for connection, direction & positive adult relationships & we need to fortify them! But how, when, & in what ways? What if (gasp) this encourages the behaviour? Using a multi-media platform, humour & different perspectives, we'll look at the behaviours & brains of these kids & the survival games they play. Participants will learn the "Vitamin C" approach to attention seeking behaviours, and explore the research & strategies for support

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Doodle, Dream, and the Dance of Co-Creation - Unlocking the Gifts of Free Unstructured Play
When we think of doodling, we picture a child whiling away the time scribbling or drawing. Doodling, however, is much more than that. It is the experimental and exploratory beginnings of the creative process. In this fun and interactive play-shop, rediscover a love for doodling, and understand its power for opening you up to your creative potential. Explore the many ways we can joyfully doodle, and how it can free our playful spirits, and nurture the spirits of the children in our lives.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Apps, ‘Bots and Code: The New ABC’s in the Elementary Classroom
There is a lot of talk about coding and robotics in education, but why would you want to use them in your elementary classroom? Are you curious about what is possible? We’ll talk about the “why’s”, the “how’s” and curricular connections. Best of all, we’ll turn our space into a coding and robotic workshop! We’ll try out some coding tools and robots ourselves. Imagine the possibilities! Downloading the free app ScratchJr by MIT Media Lab ahead of time is suggested.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Effective Reading Interventions for Elementary School Children
Our teachers often ask what they can do to improve their children's reading skills. In this session, I will go through some of the most effective evidence-based reading interventions with an eye on the type of reading deficit experienced by the children.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Blogs as Digital Portfolios
Elementary students, too, can have digital portfolios that allow them to reflect and record their learning. Just like their older counterparts, young learners want to showcase their learning for a wider audience and obtain feedback beyond the teacher’s comments. We’ll discuss what works effectively with young students.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Bumps Along the Road
Tantoo Cardinal will be sharing bumps along the road.  From an isolated community to four honorary doctorates. There are many stories to share.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Discipline for Dummies
Any teacher knows if you are having classroom management issues the chances for meaningful learning is dramatically decreased. As a 15 year veteran, I've learned two things; always focus on learning and there are a million ways to diffuse a potential problem. In this session we will explore some powerful ways to re-energize your classroom with my top ten rules for discipline. The end goal being to engage your students and put the focus on where it should be - the learning.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Discovering the Imagination Place in Everyone
The writer explores the influences on her own writing journey and provides some insights which might be helpful in the classroom and beyond.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Tune In
When you experience the right music, in the right way, change can happen – improved health, a boost in motivation, overall feelings of happiness, and stronger communities and work environments. Discover your listening habits, your music preferences, and your life’s soundtrack – and learn why they matter. This is a Science + Story + Music Infused Presentation. This Keynote educates and transforms your thinking and feeling about music, and how it can be used more effectively.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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A Demo a Day!
Demos are a great way to help deepen students understanding on various concepts. This year I have challenged myself to aim for a demo, mini lab, lab or activity for every grade 9 class I teach. That is a grand total of 152 different demos! In this session you will see the various ups and downs of this challenge, how to plan, set up and clean up each day without experiencing burn out. I will also be going over and even demonstrating many of the demos I have used and where.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Little Words Mean A Lot
I love little words! They are the keys to understanding many scientific terms. They also open your eyes to deeper subtle meanings in pop culture, specifically in literature and movies. Join me for this etymological journey and find out how to help your students understand and appreciate word meanings and origins and connections.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The TI-Nspire in Alberta Science Classrooms
The TI Nspire handheld is not just a calculator, it’s an instructional tool. Activities that can be used in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at all levels will be presented to show how the Nspire can enhance your students’ learning. An overview will be given of the files that TI provides for free on their Science Nspired website, including Nspire handheld files, handouts, and teacher guides. Bring a USB stick and get a set of activities for use across all science disciplines in high school.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Using the TI-Nspire in Physics 20 and 30
There are many advantages to using the TI Nspire handheld in Alberta Physics classes, including showing proper algebraic formatting and simple linear regressions. Physics 20 & 30 teachers will have the opportunity to explore TI Nspire activities that fit the Alberta curriculum. An overview will be given of the files that TI provides for free on their Science Nspired website. Bring a USB stick and get a set of activities for use in both Physics 20 and 30.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Classic Chem-Demos Revisited
These are three of my most beloved chem-demos: elephant toothpaste, water-to-wine, and flaming bubbles. So what can we add to make them more meaningful, relevant, fun? Join me and we will work through the extended connections, prep and presentation for your classroom.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Collaboration - How to Work with Professionals from Various Disciplines
In today's classroom, teachers are expected to plan and program for students with special education needs. Trying to do this alone can be challenging. In this session, participants will learn theory of how to collaborate with professionals from various disciplines in order to meet their students' learning, social and medical needs. We will discuss strategies to make collaboration successful as well as look at the barriers that could prevent success.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Case of the Disappearing / Appearing Slow Learner
What if labeling was framed as a missing persons mystery in the style of Raymond Chandler? Who would the villains be? Who would the heroes be? John answers these questions in a novel based on his research and teaching experiences. It was accepted as a PhD thesis at University of Calgary and won the Chancellors Medal of Excellence. John will share what he learned in this wry and insightful session that applies to both teachers of "Knowledge and Employability" and those interested in inclusion.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Sweaty Eyes
We offer a 75-minute session designed to motivate and inspire teachers who encounter the realities of having an ADHD child in the classroom, by showing that all children are special, and providing anecdotal tales of a child from kindergarten to high school. The participants follow a child with ADHD from K to 12. This allows them to see a perspective not available to a classroom teacher who has a child for only one or two years. It attempts to answer the question "What ever happened to Johnny?"

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Potential Liabilities of Dealing with Students with Medical Issues
This presentation will primarily focus on the potential liabilities facing teachers when they are required to deal with medical situations involving students in their classrooms. Among the topics addressed are the standard of care expected of teachers (including expectations regarding the administration of medication), the steps that teachers should take to protect the students and themselves, and the kinds of policies that should be in place at the school and jurisdiction levels.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Healthy Minds, Bright Futures-Understanding Student Mental Health
The Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association are partnering to promote the mental health of children and youth and to provide support material for teachers dealing with mental health issues. This session will discuss common mental health concerns for children, recommend resources and references and inform teachers about how they can promote awareness and discourage stigma.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Gentle Order: Teacher and Student Collaboration for a Mutually Supportive Classroom
Original strategies for managing student behavior will be presented and rationalized. Emphasis is on the power of the individual student to partner with the teacher while they learn to understand and feel good about appropriate attitude, behaviour and academic success. Mrs. H's "Effective Eleven" have been successfully tested in the classroom; these, plus accompanying strategies, will be addressed and demonstrated.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: New Teachers/Substitute Teachers
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Administrators-Questions School Principals Ask Member Services
This session covers a variety of issues which school administrators have sought advice about from Member Services. Based on the time requested, up to 25 issues raised by school principals and assistant principals in the form of questions they have asked Member Services can be examined. The session is intended to be interactive with administrators in attendance being encouraged to ask supplemental questions to the issues identified or ask questions not included in the presentation booklet.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Exploring the Possibilities with Alberta Teachers on iTunes U
The ATA has recently become an iTunes U affiliate and a growing set of courses and collections are beginning to make their way to the site. This session will offer a view of the many professional learning possibilities that exist through the Alberta Teachers on iTunes U affiliate site. Participants will learn how they too can create engaging interactive multi-touch iBooks and iTunes U courses and can become a course contributor to the ATA iTunes U site. Install iTunes software please.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Re-defining the Canadian Identity
Participants of this session will experience one version of the lesson on the formation of Canada as a country – whose voices were missing and whose interests were being met – created by 40 youth Under the guidance of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They will also receive a copy of the all of the lessons created in November. Lessons are directed towards students in Grades 4-9.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Tips and Techniques for Teaching Junior High Band
This panel session will involve 5 experienced junior high band teachers from Edmonton Catholic Schools, who will each share specific techniques that have helped them achieve success in the band room. Topics will include: recruitment, retention, September start-up for beginners, repertoire, Jazz Band, performance, assessment, inclusion, and general routines in the band room. Teachers will come away with practical ideas which can quickly be integrated into their band classes.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Music
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Coaching to Support Inclusion
Coaching to Support Inclusion reflects the collegial and collaborative culture of Alberta schools and encourages principals to work with their teachers to consider the academic and social needs of students with exceptionalities in an inclusive learning environment. The workshop outlines included in this resource support dialogue and collaboration at the school level by providing a multitude of meaningful and potentially engaging activities for school staffs.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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School Resource Officers (EPS)
Edmonton Police Service SROs have participated in GETCA for the past 2 years. The SROs will be presenting on many important topics including single officer response to an active shooter, lockdowns, threat assessment, LGBTQ, bullying, drugs and gangs and youth radicalization.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Osez l'aventure! Passez à l'action!
Êtes-vous prêts pour relever les défis de demain? Si vous voulez une garantie de succès dans vos projets, vous devez d'abord identifier vos objectifs puis les préparer stratégiquement. Frédéric vous aide à identifier une source de motivation en vous et à orienter votre attitude vis-à-vis le changement. Ensuite, il vous démontre comment le partage des connaissances, la créativité et la motivation sont des outils puissants pour vous mener plus facilement et rapidement à vos objectifs.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Award-Winning Exploration at the Top of the World
A look at one of the most daunting journeys on the globe, the 1300 year old Tea Horse Road - and why its tale matters in both story-telling and in policy making. Award-Winning Canadian explorer Jeff Fuchs will speak of living in the Himalayas endeavouring to tell a tale never told outside of Asia. A look too at why story-tellers and oral narratives have a vital role in education, legislation, and engaging an audience.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Flipping The Social Studies Classroom
Embracing a flipped classroom requires a redefining of what a teacher does. Where teachers traditionally transfer knowledge, teachers who are FOLEs (Facilitators Of Learning Experiences) seek to design experiences for their students. These experiences not only have students consume knowledge but more importantly use that content in powerful PBLs (Project Based Learning). Flipping shifts the work we would normally "teach" in the classroom to the work we normally assign for homework.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Reluctant Readers: Hook them and reel them in!
How do we engage digital kids in reading print books? Come and find the Best of the Best books for students from 7-12. We have something for everyone, and especially for those students who are "too cool for school'. Come away with a list of books that will excite and engage your students and turn them into readers who ask for 'one more like this one'!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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If you had the chance, would you change the world?
The Earth Group exists entirely to provide food, water, and education to children globally. This is accomplished through a worldwide exclusive partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), that sees the company donating 100% of its profits to funding school meal programmes. School meals incentivize children to attend school, and break the cycle of poverty, hunger, and child exploitation in the world’s poorest areas. Founders Matt Moreau & Kori Chilibeck share their company's story.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Revamp How You Teach Reading! Engaging Junior High Students With Reading Workshops
Do your junior high students hate reading? Learn how to instill a love of reading in your students and teach them reading strategies along the way. You will walk away from this session ready to rock a Reading Workshop in your classroom tomorrow!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Individualizing Reading Instruction - Motivating all Learners to Love English Language Arts
This session will demonstrate how to determine which curriculum outcomes can be aligned to specific forms of reading and how to unpack the learning which is required for each student to master each outcome. As well, this session will provide a process to have a novel study ready for each student with enough titles for students to choose from. You will also receive a sample of a novel study with lessons, activities, as well as assessments ready to use in your classroom.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science
The focus of this keynote or large group presentation will be centered on the purpose, history, development and implementation of Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science, which is a science curriculum supplement that focuses on physical science in skateboarding and BMX. The presentation will cover motivation, engagement, mastery, active learning, goal setting and how action sports can be used as mechanisms to teach and to inspire young people to pursue goals in science and overall in their education.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Why play? Shouldn't we be learning?
This session will have you thinking about the role of play in children's lives and development as well as adults' resistance to play. When was the last time you thought about the research on play-based learning? This session will give you the reasons to start Monday morning with play and how to be a player! Discover your own joy in play and jumpstart your enthusiasm for teaching again!

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: ECS
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Voice - Action - Advocacy - A Conversation with President Mark Ramsanker
We live in interesting times. In the last 2 years we have seen the comings and goings of 3 education ministers and 4 premiers. We watched as Alberta changed governments for the first time in 44 years. And while they say that the only constant in life is change, through all these (and more) changes, the ATA has been constant in advocating for a great school for all: for all students and for all teachers. Join President Ramsankar for a behind the scenes look at the hot issues facing teachers.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Fill Your Backpack with Table Tub Ideas
Start your day with table tubs that promote early literacy, early numeracy and fine motor skills. Ideas for table tub activities, how to establish a table tub routine, and how to assess learning will be covered. Participants will leave this session with ideas that can be implemented on Monday morning! This session is most suited for Kindergarten and Grade 1. This is a high energy presentation!

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: ECS
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Through my eyes: Homeless not Hopeless - A Working Model for Active Citizenship
This presentation will have two components. First, it will provide an overview of Through my Eyes: Homeless not Hopeless, a City of Edmonton Youth Council documentary about youth homelessness in Edmonton, Alberta. Second, we will provide an overview of the design to incorporate the film into a new classroom module that teachers can include as part of any class, ie., Social, CALM, English.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Communities Past, Present and Future - an Urban Planning Perspective
Urban planners facilitate change in our modern communities. In this interactive session, urban planner Erik Backstrom will step through history to demonstrate how change happens in cities, and how the physical evidence of those changes opens doors to more richly understanding the values and priorities of society at the time. The session will include stories of change in Edmonton that didn't happen and gaze into the city's fascinating future.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Canoe to New Orleans
In June, 2012, I canoed 5200 kms with my uncle's ashes from Saskatchewan to New Orleans as a way to honour his life. I speak about my experience. The goal of my presentation is to inspire administrators, teachers and their students to pursue their dreams. Further to this, I explain how to set and achieve goals, overcome fear, cope with loss and create positive self-talk and thought patterns. I show how canoeing teaches successful like skills.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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L'école de la vie en expédition à travers le Canada: Paddling Home 2015
L'été dernier, moi et ma famille avons pagayé d'Edmonton à Montréal en canot . Nous savions que cela allait être une expérience très spéciale pour nous tous, mais surtout pour notre fils de 5 ans. Cependant, nous ne savions pas exactement ce que notre fils allait apprendre ou comment il allait se développer au cours du voyage. Au cours de cette présentation, je vais donner des détails sur le déroulement du voyage mais aussi donner un aperçu des choses que les enfants peuvent apprendre dehors.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Teaching a Second Language in Fun & Creative Ways
Come participate in an interactive French immersion session in which we use modern technology to teach a second language. We will have fun learning, speaking, acting and singing with the use of computers, cameras, cellphones and music. This will add to the enjoyment of the learning process. Come acquire techniques and ideas that we will be able to take right back to our classrooms.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Classroom Management
This session takes a deeper look at how to manage a classroom. The aim of this session is to make teachers aware of underlying issues going on in the classroom that they may not be aware of. Through my experiences and story-telling, I will lead teachers on a journey that leads to useful strategies for creating a positive classroom environment.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Teachers/Substitute Teachers
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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From the Inner City to the Suburbs: Social Justice Education is for Everyone
The most pressing social justice issues of our times do not remain outside of our classrooms. Issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability and colonialism impact the way our students learn and see the world. It is paramount that teachers provide a safe and caring environment to empower and challenge their students to learn about and take action on these issues. In this workshop, participants will learn valuable tools to bring social justice education to their classrooms and schools.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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CTF – A World of Project Based Learning
The implementation of the CTF curriculum is designed to engage students in project based learning. The presentation focuses on three topics: 1) How to identify curricular opportunities that lend themselves to Project Based Learning. 2) How to develop cross-curricular PBL projects. 3) How to assess projects and provide feedback to the students and parents. The session will illustrate successfully implemented projects and the findings of the associated research.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Catching Children Before they Fail: The Reading Readiness Screening Tool
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 English-speaking and English-language learners.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Saisir les enfants avant qu’ils échouent : L’outil RRST (Reading Readiness Screening Tool)
Avez-vous des soucis au sujet des compétences en litéracie précoce? Identifier tôt les risques de difficultés en lecture et intervenir à temps de manière appropriée et efficace peut réduire la gravité des troubles de lecture chez un enfant. Le RRST (‘Reading Readiness Screening Tool’) est un outil facile à utiliser et il vise notamment les élèves en maternelle et en 1re année des programmes d'anglais, d'immersion française, ou pour les apprenants en anglais langue seconde. Cet outil nous aide à

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Simplicity of Soups
This session will demonstrate transforming a simple sauce into a range of cream based soups, including vegetarian and gluten free options. This session is interactive and fun so... BYOSS (Bring Your Own Soup Spoon) and get ready to taste!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Managing the Madness, A Practical Guide for Middle Grades Classrooms
Jack provides real-life examples and solutions that help with classroom disruptions and management issues. This funny, informative, and entertaining session is designed to explain just why students interrupt our classroom and cause havoc within the school. See how you can develop usable action plans for students, and come discover not-so-typical ideas to manage a classroom.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Debunking Common Myths of Technology in Education with George Couros
This keynote will address some of the common myths related to technology in education, as well as the challenges faced by schools and other institutions as they introduce and integrate new digital tools and web-based technologies into teaching and learning. The presenters will share powerful stories and other examples of the successful and transformative use of educational technology in order to inspire participants to take the next steps in their practice.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Ecoholic: Small Acts That Stave Off Major Global Crises, Save the World and Spare Our Wallets
In these fun, informative presentations, Adria Vasil gives you an eye-opening tour of the new green world we are all working towards. Optimistic and plainspoken, she doesn't just talk about buying smarter products. She highlights the power in each of us to affect change, both as consumers and as citizens-to look critically at the world, to ask questions, and to act accordingly. Often, she says, the best thing to do, for your wallet, for your health, and for the planet, is also the simplest.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Overcoming Adversity
Six-time Canadian Champion, World Medallist, and Olympic Medallist Joannie Rochette tells the inspiring story of her rise to global success in figure skating. Joannie describes the team work, passion, and competitive nature that she needed to rise to the top, as well as the obstacles she has had to overcome in her sport, including the tragedy that defined her Bronze Medal win at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Grasping Geometry through Games
What if students were actively doing geometry? What if geometric vocabulary made sense for students? Students can discover geometry richly through commercially-available math games. In this session, teachers will explore geometry-based games, identify geometric thinking like transformations and estimating measurement directly related to the Program of Studies, and analyze student exemplars. Come ready to modify your geometry unit to begin with engaging games that will enhance students’ learning.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 80)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Creating Hands-On Activities for Students who Struggle with Mathematics!
Although it can be difficult to get away from showing students exactly how to do something, I have found that it is more effective, and more rewarding for students if we can supply them with the tools they need to answer their own questions. In this session, I want to help you create activities that can arm your students with the knowledge that they need to be effective problem solvers in their Mathematics classes.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 80)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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How to Help? Lesson from a Global Water Charity
Learn from failures in community development and explore how human approaches have the possibility to transform how we “help” impoverished communities. Hear stories from Zambia that demonstrate how CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) has been working with local partners to improve access to clean water and basic sanitation. Also, learn about CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers program and the many classroom resources on global and local water and sanitation issues.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 80)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Literacy Games for Upper Elementary
Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your upper elementary student develop competence with literacy concepts? Come play our newest games and learn strategies for the following: sight word recognition, word families and patterns, spelling, cloze, parts of speech, vocabulary development. Games integrate the use of literacy dice, tiles and word decks and are easy to differentiate to meet the needs of regular, ESL students. Perfect for whole class or work stations instruction.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Alberta (cap 80)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Teaching French through Songs and Games
Traditional and not-so-traditional songs and games that will enliven your French classes. Support your Social-Emotional Learning goals with activities that both engage and de-stress your students. Whole group singing, recitation and response allows every child to feel successful right from the first class. Games remove the skill barrier so children realize that learning French is FUN!

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Teaching French through Drama
How can you build a show that doesn't interfere with French language learning, but in fact enhances it? What tools can you use to ensure that every student is engaged, participating and learning? Very specific answers to these questions, and more, will be provided during this session. Using "collective creation" techniques (rather than a script) allows you to tailor your show to your students ability and plan your entire year around the process of it, allowing it to grow organically.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Special Handbell Techniques and How to Rehearse them.
Join Pam and Susan Galloway as they discuss special handbell techniques. All the special techniques will be looked at including 4 types of staccato effects, vibratos, tower swings, and the echo effect. Participants will also be looking at a variety of music and levels of difficulty suitable for school bell choirs.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia (cap 100)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Primary Number Line Math Games and Activities
Number lines are easy to find, versatile, and are great for teaching many primary math concepts. Come prepared to play games and learn strategies for teaching the following concepts: numeration, place value, using benchmark numbers to 100, #'s to 1,000, rounding, operations, working on open number lines, fact fluency and operational fluency with multi-digit numbers. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for assessment will be shared. Games incorporate cards, dice and place value dice.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Oh The Math That They'll Know!
Finally an exclusive workshop for Kindergarten - early Grade 1 teachers from author Jane Felling Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of cards and dice that teach the following early childhood concepts: counting, comparing numbers, number sense, beginning operations, doubles, making tens, place value to 10, 20, 100 and more. New journal writing, math talk and samples will be shared. Leave with ideas for math work/play stations, assessment and home connections.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Hot off the Press! A New Resource for Elementary Mathematics Teachers
Mathematics is a topic that seems to be on everyone’s mind. The AAC has created resources that provide an effective entry point for teacher conversation and professional learning. Explore ways to develop and assess flexible strategies for basic facts and operations through classroom footage, student voice, teacher reflections, instructional and assessment techniques, and samples of student work.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Using Authentic Tasks in Mathematics
Keeping students motivated and engaged in mathematics enables them to learn and develop valuable skills that they can use beyond their classroom environment. Using authentic tasks is a great way to get children engaged in their learning and provides opportunity to make connections to real world contexts. Research shows there is a link between using authentic tasks and increased achievement. A variety of authentic tasks will be shared in this session as well as ideas for how to create your own

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Game On! How to Gamify Your Classroom and Supercharge Your Results
If you want to shape the behavior of your students and skyrocket engagement ... gamifying is the answer! Join Neela for this intro session on the "basics" of gamifying, including; progress mechanics (points, levels, badges), avatar building, and the development of an inspiring narrative. This will be a jam-packed session offering ideas and tools to add fun and engaging "gaming" elements to your classroom!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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To Uganda with Love
This session will focus on the good, bad and ugly of International Assistance and how organizations and schools can improve their ethical footprints. Research is critical, just as it is in teaching. Chapman will draw on his upbringing, schooling, and teaching experience as well his experiences in developing countries to explain his conclusions. The session will look at the moral dilemmas with any international assistance and how we can make a difference with a difference.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan
This session offers a review of the various insurance benefit plans available through the ASEBP including extended health care, life insurance, extended disability, dental care and vision care. In addition to covering the philosophy underlying a benefit plan operated jointly by school employers and employees, the presentation explains how the various benefit plans function, what options are available and how to appeal a claim that has been denied.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Stacking Student Skills
Whatever your current view or use of assessment, we can all agree it is a key component in today's teaching world as well as a fundamental tool for student success in the classroom.In this session we will focus on empowering our students by helping them to become active participants in assessments. We will also discuss the benefits of blueprinting, especially when it comes to building cumulative exams.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Create, Assess and Engage in a One iPad Classroom
You don't need a class set of computers to engage students in learning using technology. This session will provide examples of how Tim has used iPad apps to engage students in learning. During the session you will learn more about Green Screening using the iPad, see how Tim has used it in class building and creating a weekly school newscast. Participants are encouraged to share apps they use in the classroom. Come prepared to participate and bring your iPad.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The OCYA - Supporting Teachers as Natural Advocates
Teachers are natural advocates to the students in their classrooms and schools. This workshop will build on your knowledge and skill set as a teacher. If you are interested in enhancing your advocacy skills in working with individual students, and in addressing barriers that you may face as a teacher serving vulnerable young people, this workshop is for you!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teaching Health? Explore Online Resources and Tools for Today's Health Teacher
Do you teach health in Kindergarten – Grade 9? Come to this session with your laptop or tablet and participate in a “website discovery” activity to uncover new resources, lesson plans, classroom activities, and professional development opportunities to help you teach healthy eating, active living and positive mental health and create a healthy classroom environment. There will be an opportunity to network and discuss ideas with other health teachers.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Zen Me
This session features mindfulness practices that include self-coping strategies to manage stress, emotions, attention and energy levels. Be Fit for Life Network resources will be featured with practical opportunities to engage in easy techniques that can be implemented in your classroom immediately. Learn how mindfulness practice supports social-emotional learning and can create a positive learning environment in your classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Maker, Shaker, Thinker, Tinker
What do you know about the Maker Movement? Whether it is a little or a lot, come join in the hands on, minds full, playful engagement in exploring your competencies through S.T.E.M. tasks with a big dollop of literacy and the arts (sorry no power tools).You can use these tasks to springboard inquiry in any classroom. Experiences, reflections and references that will challenge you to infuse the real basics of learning into your teaching.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 40)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Collaborative Online Learning for Global Citizenship
Are you looking to develop engaged thinkers and ethical citizens in your classroom or club? CAWST's Virtual Wavemakers Summit is an online course that enables students to deepen their understanding on water and sanitation issues facing communities in developing countries as well as within the context of their own municipalities. It also provides resources and support for students to take meaningful action.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 40)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Project Overseas - An opportunity to travel and contribute to the teaching profession
Interested in travelling to Africa, Caribbean, or South America? Curious about supporting other teachers from developing countries with your knowledge of the teaching profession? Then Project Overseas is the program for you! Facilitators will discuss application process, training, cultural shock, challenges, and successes of volunteering in developing nations during our summer months.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 40)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Assessment in Action; Building Assessment Capacity in Your Students, Yourself, and Your School
We understand the importance of assessment to our students’ learning. But we may not always be clear on how to deeply embed assessment within our classrooms and schools. The AAC has developed a new library of resources highlighting sound assessment principles, including videos featuring Alberta teachers and students, and support documents to promote reflection and discussion.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 40)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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ATRF Pension Interviews
At your personal 15-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to review your pension estimate(s) and options, and discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms. Pre-registration is required at www.atrf.com. Register early - space is limited.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Now It’s Our Turn: Educating for Environmental Social Justice
Participants will learn the role that schools can play in preparing students for active global citizenship through the exploration of environmental social justice. Participants will learn that through both local and global communities we can create just and democratic societies that understand the connections between citizenship, sustainability, shared interests and activities. The workshop will identify & define social justice & its connection to environmental action.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (cap 80)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Social Justice - "Outfitting Newborns in Need"
Our planned presentation will be 65 minutes with 10 minutes reserved for interaction with the attendees. We will focus on the work of Basically Babies; what we do and how we do it with a specific emphasis on key factors: volunteerism, recycling, partnering and innovation. We will use media and visuals to demonstrate the nature of our work. We will follow this up by presenting 3 great project options for teachers/students/schools to engage in to work with us supporting local families in need.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (cap 80)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Was That A Yes?
Consent is the trendy buzz word in our culture, but what does it really mean? "Was That A Yes" will define consent and examine the legalities, and remove all questions surrounding the concept of consent. This is a discussion based, practical workshop for all teachers who want more information about healthy, respectful relationships for those teachable moments and is a wonderful introduction to the Public Education programs offered by Saffron Centre, Sherwood Park's Sexual Assault Centre.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (cap 80)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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I Can Assess a Conversation? Ideas for Triangulating Assessment in Your Div 3/4 Classroom
If you are having trouble wrapping your head around how to triangulate your assessment, this session is for you! Participants will learn what triangulating assessment entails and will walk away with ideas and strategies for assessing students using conversation and observation.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (cap 80)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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The Power of Story (as a keynote or session)
The Power of Story To be human is to tell story, and to tell story is what makes us human. With something so foundational to how teachers and students can connect, story is a powerful motivator across the curriculum spectrum. Author Sigmund Brouwer shows where story gets its power, why story is so effective in education, and how teachers can enjoy the benefits of the motivation that story brings into the classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Revising What's Important (Getting Kids Excited About How To Self Edit)
Spelling, punctuation and grammar have nothing at all to do with good writing. These conventions -- while extremely important -- only affect the appearance of a piece of writing. The other aspects of editing are equally important, and often overlooked in school situations. Come away from this workshop with the entire picture, and armed with ways to get kids much less reluctant to work on a second or third draft.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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I HATE to Read! Best new books for engaging readers K-6
How do we engage digital kids in reading print books? Come and find the Best of the Best books for students from K-6. We have something for everyone: curriculum related titles, picture books, early readers and chapter books for those students who are "too cool for school'. Come away with a list of books that will excite and engage your students!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Using Memoir To Engage Students in Writing
Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, Sigmund Brouwer wrote as a way to learn and honor the story of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, this is an introduction to the memoir process. Teachers will leave the workshop with the materials to help students write and share a single memoir chapter of someone important in their lives.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 260)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Empowering Narrative Writers Grades 2 – 6
What are the elements of a successful narrative story and how do we specifically teach the skills students need to write stories that are effective and entertaining? In this session, Barbara Mariconda’s Empowering Writers strategies will be reviewed. Powerful exemplars for classroom use will be provided, as well as genre-specific lessons proven to yield the results you want in the real world of the classroom. Comprehensive handout will be provided.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 230)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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My Students are Doing Projects – Now What?
Project-based learning is a focus in many schools across Alberta. Projects can be collaborative, engaging, cross-curricular, student-centered and meaningful. But how do we ensure our projects are helping students meet the learning goals of our curriculum? How do we assess learning at the end of the day? In this workshop, participants will consider tools and strategies for putting assessment front and center when planning projects and using them in the classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 230)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Designing Projects that Promote Cross Curricular Competencies
Alberta Education is promoting a set of cross curricular competencies that will be developed and applied by every student across grade and subject areas. The goal is to create engaged thinkers who have more opportunities to pursue learning with direct application to real life situations. Participants will be shown how to design projects that include elements of numerous competencies while meeting subject outcomes. Opportunity to discuss and plan how to implement ideas will be provided.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 230)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Purposeful PLAY in the Early Years
Play in the early years provides the foundation for healthy, active living. In fact, early gross motor ability is associated with cognitive, social and emotional development. Purposefully choosing activities and creating opportunities that encourage play and develop physical literacy establishes the basis for life-long participation. This interACTIVE session will focus on teaching in an environment that supports confidence and fun. Participants will leave with ways to incorporate more play.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: ECS
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (cap 230)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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The Science of "The Great Human Odyssey" by Niobe Thompson, anthropologist / filmmaker
Hear how Edmonton anthropologist and filmmaker Niobe Thompson explores the ancient world that shaped us, the incredible challenges to survival we overcame, and our difficult journey from Africa to settle all the planet’s diverse ecosystems. The resulting documentary film (CBC), and tonight's concert premiere with the ESO, sheds light on our remarkable human flexibility, the essence of our enduring presence in an unpredictable and hostile world.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (cap 110)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Genius Hour
Are you tired of hearing your students ask why they have to learn this? Does it exhaust you to try and find meaningful inquiry for your classroom? I have discovered Genius Hour. Students are motivated, ingaged, and excited about their projects. I will present the philosophy of this type of projects, and how it connects to curriculum. I will share my experiences and learnings after two years of implementing this in my grade 8 classroom.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (cap 110)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Awkward Spirits
Do you need help demystifying Autism Spectrum Disorders? I can help you navigate the crooked paths towards a better understanding. Walk with me & learn from a lifetime of experience. • History • Differences Between DSM-IV & DSM-V • Characteristics: Real-life examples. What You Will See in the Classroom • Coping Tricks & Techniques for employment, school and the world at large • Supports & Resources • Social Skills Survival (Learning the Unwritten Rules) • On the Plus Side

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (cap 110)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Million Dollar Math on a Dollar Store Budget
In this workshop Jane shares her favorite dollar store finds that she uses in her math classes. Come prepared to take lots of pictures of great items you can find for free or next to nothing from a dollar store. With tight budgets, all teachers are looking for ways to save money, but also still teach great math. Ideas for: finding alternative manipulatives, storage and management items for teaching place value, operations, measurement and more. Come prepared to have your eyes opened!

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (cap 110)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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ATRF Your Pension Matters
A general overview of the Teachers’ Pension Plans. The topics presented follow the Annual Plan Member Statement with a goal of giving you a better understanding of your Annual Plan Member Statement. Detailed information about the Plan is provided in the Your Pension Matters publication. You are encouraged to bring your most recent Annual Statement.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Keeping it Real: The Power of Non-Fiction Text in the ELA classroom
Participants will learn how nonfiction can be utilized in ELA for enlightening student discussion and achieving learning outcomes. Be it for assignment, unit, or addition to existing unit, see how non fiction is critical to 21st century education. Articles, novels, documentaries, song lyrics, speeches, graphic novels, memoirs, and other text will be shared w/assignments and implementation ideas that can be put into practice ASAP. Multimedia ammo. will also be provided to enrich primary material.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Mathematics Meets Paper Folding: Fractions Explode
Let your fingers do the learning! Participants will experience the interconnections between literacy, comprehension and mathematical reasoning as they build, diagram, explain and represent physical artifacts that provide lasting imagery to support key understandings related to comparing, relating and operating on fractions, estimating, comparing, creating and solving problems involving filling spaces, transforming shapes and understanding and relating angles.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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You Can Lead Your Students to Knowledge, but Do You Know How to Teach Them to Think?
Teachers say students don’t think, but are you teaching them how to think? Do your questions, comments and actions convince them that thinking is valued? Do you understand the basics of teaching thinking? This session will present you with a range of tasks and puzzles that prompt, promote and sustain thinking skills (applicable across subjects ). Plan instruction so that students know how to think as they learn. Communicate, connect, and critically think.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Defending T. Rex: Perspectives of a Budding Paleontologist
Few, if any, sciences can capture the imagination and curiosity better than dinosaur paleontology. For education, the study of prehistoric life has the potential to be a gateway science – a way to hook students of all ages. Rich with personal anecdotes, paleontologist Scott Persons offers an inside look into the cutting edge of dinosaur science and explores how the facts that appear in text books and TV documentaries are first discovered.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (cap 100)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Discovering Dinosaurs in the Badlands of Alberta
A great deal can change in 75 million years. The prairies of Alberta were once tropical beaches and estuaries, teeming with crocodiles, pond turtles, and dinosaurs! Join paleontologist Scott Persons for a glimpse into the world’s most studied and best understood Mesozoic ecosystem. More species of dinosaurs have been found in Alberta than in any other similarly sized area. Meet the raptors, duckbills, tyrannosaurs, and other prehistoric animals that once lived in your backyard.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (cap 100)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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An Inspiration of Bluebirds
Myrna will talk about the how passion of Lacombe area farmers, Charlie and Winnie Ellis, has touched the lives of thousands of people around the world. She will cover the popular and engaging nature-based programs offered at Ellis Bird Farm (EBF), and discuss how EBF is using technology, from webcams to geo locators and RFID chips, to teach and inspire visitors about nature and wildlife conservation. She will also talk about how she shares her love of nature through writing and photography.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (cap 100)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Inspiring Conservation: EALT's Partnerships for Protection and Education
The Edmonton and Area Land Trust is the region's nature conservancy, and is based on partnerships. It secures & stewards natural areas (seven to date) for environmental benefits & public enjoyment. These lands are practical laboratories for students, via educational partnerships. We have also developed educational resources for all, & are working on encouraging youth to experience nature. What we do, how we work with others, & varied opportunities for involvement & information will be discussed.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Yukon (cap 100)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Winspear

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ESO Dress Rehearsal of The Great Human Odyssey
Revel in the sounds of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as they rehearse a specially edited, hour long version of the CBC The Nature of Things documentary The Great Human Odyssey. Narrated by filmmaker Niobe Thompson and featuring the music of Darren Fung (a former winner of the ESO Young Composer project), this dress rehearsal offers stunning visuals and the magic of orchestral music. A unique opportunity - not be missed! Seating is limited to 800. Doors open at 10 am for the 10:45 rehearsal.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Winspear Room: Concert Hall
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Friday, February 26, 2016

Art Gallery

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Telling Stories with Comics - For Kids!
Acclaimed Illustrators Kelly Mellings and Corey Lansdell will go over the process to creating a comic book (comic book page for Div 1) from start to finish. We will cover storytelling, planning your page, thumbnails, different types of angles, word balloon creation, laying out and penciling your page and inking. Alternative lessons/assignments that support and round out the assignment like character design and cover design will be discussed as well.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 1 (cap 30)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Telling Stories with Comics - For Teens
Acclaimed Illustrators Kelly Mellings and Corey Lansdell will go over the process to creating a comic book from start to finish. We will cover storytelling, planning your page, thumbnails, different types of angles, word balloon creation, laying out and penciling your page and inking. Alternative lessons/assignments that support and round out the assignment like character design(for comic books, animation and video games) will be discussed as well.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 1 (cap 30)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Transforming the Heart: Teaching Secondary School Religion
They can't reach into your world, but you can reach into theirs... Religion class can be one of the most influential secondary school courses that a student can take. A good religion course is challenging reflective, empowering and necessary. It acknowledges that students are people with dignity, appreciates their background and puts them in touch with a world others fear to tread. This presentation opens the door to that conversation and presents a phenomenology of teaching religion.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Art Gallery Room: 2 (cap 30)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Guided Spiritual Meditation and Lectio Divina: Importance & Practice
A split session that opens with a discussion of the power of meditation and how it can be used in religion classes in Catholic schools and ending with a guided meditation. This session seeks to provide insight into the use of meditation and Lectio Divina while also experiencing the benefits that they have to offer.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Religious Education
Building: Art Gallery Room: 2 (cap 30)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Universal Design for Learning: Three Block Model
Have you heard of the Three Block Model of UDL developed by Dr. Jennifer Katz? Come and hear real life examples of how this framework is being used to support all learners in an inclusive classroom while also addressing the social and emotional needs of students. This session is specifically for Division 3 and 4.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Art Gallery Room: 3 (cap 30)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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ABC’s of Creating Stained Glass
Do you admire beautiful stained glass? In this workshop, you will create your own stained glass by following simple steps. This is an excellent project to share with restless students. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. All participants will be provided with handouts that can be used directly in their art classrooms. Open to art and general teachers of grades 6- 12. All materials provided by instructor. $15 registration fee.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Art Gallery Room: 3 (cap 30)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

Jasper Place High School - 8950-163rd Street

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Open rehearsal with Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band
Music teachers are invited to attend an open rehearsal with the Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band. The rehearsal will focus on creating a "Culture of Success" through conceptual teaching, the development of a unified sound within the ensemble through student engagement utilizing quality repertoire in the classroom.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Music
Building: Jasper Place High School - 8950-163rd Street Room: Multi Purpose Room
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

MacDonald Hotel

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Empire Elegance GETCA's 90th Year Celebration
Celebrate GETCA's 90th anniversary at high tea at the MacDonald hotel in the beautiful Empire Ballroom. This tea will also highlight fashions from Awear boutique featuring local and Canadian designers spring designs. This is a pre-registered event with a capacity of 250 ( tables seat 10 ) Price $20 prepaid. Enjoy the elegance of the MacDonald with friends and colleagues.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: MacDonald Hotel Room: Empire Ballroom
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
This Session is Full

Shaw

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Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports, and Me
Michael Landsberg is the charismatic and outspoken host of TSN's Off the Record—and from watching his show, you'd never guess that he has been battling mental illness and depression for most of his life. Lifting the stigma from this topic, Landsberg delivers a powerful and personal keynote on the dangerously misunderstood issues of depression and mental health. Depression can affect even the most successful of athletes. http://www.thelavinagency.com/speaker-michael-landsberg.html

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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A Legacy of Caring, Compassion and Character
Dr. Eva Olsson uses the Holocaust and her experiences in it as a springboard to discuss the following key issues: 1. The power of hate; she focuses on bullying. 2. The importance of not being a bystander when bad things are happening. 3. The importance of having compassion and respect for self and others. Children have to see these qualities displayed by adults in their lives, especially at home and in their schools. 4. Education must go beyond the three “R’s”.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Passing Zone: The Power of Partnership
Their entertaining and inspiring performance uses big laughs, exciting stunts, and flawless teamwork, creating an unforgettable experience for any industry. Throwing chainsaws, balancing on each others' shoulders while juggling flaming torches, demonstrating teamwork by getting people from the audience to participate - are all part of session. Don't just tell your people how to be a team...show them. This keynote is all about people. Your people. Becoming better together.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Do You Believe in Magic (Squares)?
Wouldn’t it be great if all of the world’s problems could be solved with a kid’s book and a song? Participate in a classroom-ready differentiated math lesson. From single digit addition to arithmetic sequences with literacy-across-the-curriculum in between: in this hands-on, minds-on numeracy-based learning activity we will read, fold, sing, problem solve and play. Everything that you need to immediately bring the magic into your classroom will be provided. ELL/French Immersion, Literacy

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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There's a Moose-matician on the Loose!
Come on out and make the moose of your conference experience in this language supported math lesson. Do this by playing some moose math games (aka Skunk). Participants will leave as moosified moose-maticians with the games that we play in hand, math games journal templates, lesson plan, materials, and a handout of many other moose mathematics ideas. Put this session on your moose do list. Grades 1-11, Math, Literacy, ELL/French Immersion, Children's Picture Books, Multimodal

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Div 1 and 2 Interactions Collaboration
Darryl Wallace would like to invite you to collaborate with other Interactions teachers in DIv 1 or 2 to share ideas on how to best support the students in your classroom. Please come and share resources you use to best support the challenging students in your program.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Motivation
Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome after being stabbed during the Oka stand-off, Waneek Horn-Miller could have recoiled from life. Instead, she embraced it like never before. On stage, she traces the powerful journey she took from beleaguered youth to star Olympic athlete to one of the most articulate and vibrant voices in Aboriginal culture today. A model of perseverance, good-natured humor, and preternatural wisdom, Horn-Miller inspires audiences to follow their own dreams

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Effective Math Instruction (It's More than Getting from Point A to Point B)
W. Michael Kelley, author of The Humongous Book of Algebra Problems, explores how to make math instruction powerful, meaningful, and memorable for students. He will explore questions including: What are the characteristics of an effective math instructor? What simple steps can you implement to impact your instruction immediately? How can mathematics instruction evolve to keep pace with technology without abandoning sound educational practices?

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash
Celebrities are everywhere! And this matters. Seriously. Research shows that popular culture has a profound influence people's health and that our ideals of beauty and success are framed by a celebrity-dominated worldview. In this fun and provocative presentation, Timothy Caulfield will examine what science tells us about the influence of popular culture. He will also debunk common health myths and provide practical, evidence-based, recommendations.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Fall Down 7 Times, Get up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed
Do you ever ask yourself, “Just how am I supposed to motivate these kids?” The real question, of course, is how to we get them to motivate themselves? Based on extensive research for her new book, Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed, Dr. Debbie Silver offers surprising new findings about fundamental ways we can change our teaching practices to help kids become self-motivated. Come prepared to have your thinking challenged and to receive a multitude of strategies.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Illegal
The Illegal is a literary novel about an elite marathoner who flees violence in his homeland and goes into hiding as an undocumented refugee in a rich nation that is expressly devoted to catching and deporting "illegals" as they are known in the country, and to bulldozing the shanty town in which they live. The Illegal follows Keita Ali in his first three, tumultuous months of hiding underground in the nation of Freedom State, and explores the issues of statelessness and alienation.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Breaking Boundaries
With the world as his canvas, Robin Esrock takes us on a remarkable journey reflecting the unique life experiences that have enabled him to overcome personal and professional boundaries. He shares these lessons with his rapt audiences: when it comes to our own limits, it’s all about how to recognize them, how to respect them, how to jump right over them, and how to achieve the impossible. Themes covered include change, intention, instinct, and curiosity.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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APPlying APPS into the Special Education Classroom
This session is directed to teachers in: The Community Learning Skills & Interactions (Ed. Public) and Education Experiences EE1 classes ( Ed. Catholic). Ten multi-functional apps will be reviewed and how to apply those apps in the curriculum and classroom activities will be discussed. A list of the latest apps from basic cause and effect to early math and literacy will be provided.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Association for Gifted Children of Edmonton
All teachers will encounter gifted and talented children throughout their careers. Sometimes they shine as top-achievers while in other cases their potential is hidden. Learn from parents and teachers how they were able to identify their child's giftedness, as well as strategies that they use to support a healthy and robust learning environment for their children’s unique constellation of social, emotional, physical and intellectual qualities. Hear the children tell their stories themselves.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12) All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Lillian Osborne Social 10 Collaboration
Will Robertson will be leading this pop up pd, looking to collaborate on building resources to better support their social 10 students in their reading comprehension through levelled reading packages. They will then like to use those same packages to support the comprehensive development of arguments based on the evidence in the packages. This is a collaborative project that we are attempting to build to better support our students, at all levels, in their literacy and writing skills.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Just imagine a Reading Place!
Steacy will take us on a lively, engaging exploration of the: what, why and how of creating a Reading Place. She’ll share stories, photos and tips for creating the places and spaces that help bring reading and a love of books alive! Learn about an innovative collaborative initiative and research project that – with the involvement of schools, businesses and the community – is taking the concept of Reading Place to new realms.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Create Your Own ‘Content Area Reading Assessment’
'Reading to Learn' is a critical but often overlooked skill. A Content Area Reading Inventory will assess students' strengths and weaknesses with functional reading and guide your instruction. As a participant in this session you will develop your own content area reading assessment suited to your classroom. It will identify the specific challenges of informational reading that your students are experiencing. Bring a subject area text book (i.e. Social or Science) and an electronic device.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Fundamentals of Coaching ASAA
Alberta Schools Athletic Association has created an online resource for teacher-coaches: SchoolCoach.ca. On this site, teacher-coaches can access a number of great resources that educate users on various aspects of coaching at the interscholastic level. This session will enable delegates to access any number of the available courses free of charge. Bring your laptop or device. Michael Steele (Assistant Director – Alberta Schools Athletic Association will lead this PD.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Cued Articulation and the Six Syllable Types
Cued articulation is a set of predictable hand cues for letter sounds based on how the sound is produced. It was developed by a speech pathologist in Australia. It is beneficial for students with: dyslexia, APD, and memory issues. ESOL students benefit as well. The six syllable types are presented in a visual way with supporting pictures and stories. This method is effective for children who have not been successful with other methods of instruction. It is a direct, explicit phonics program.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Cultural Creations With eTextiles
As we leap ahead through all the latest technological shifts and trends it is important to look back and to hold tightly onto our cultural values and great technology we already have. In this e-Textile presentation we talk about the combining of culture, circuits and programming. Through the support of an ETCATA grant three schools have created very different eTextile projects that share innovative ideas and reflect Cree and Ukrainian culture.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Setting Literacy Assessment Goals Grades 1-6
Rita Sarrate and the teachers of Rio Terrace School in Edmonton will be collaborating setting an assessment goal for both reading and writing for grades 1-6. All interested delegates are invited to attend.?

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Fabrication Studies/Welder: Train-the-Trainer. How Can We Help You?
The Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) would like to offer short training sessions to Secondary Fabrication/Welding studies teachers. Join us for an information session where you can help us decide what courses would best suit your training needs. May include but not limited to: Welding Symbols, Trouble-shooting equipment, CWB preparation, GTAW for beginners, pipe welding, and so on.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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PRISM: Professionals Respecting Individual Sexual (and Gender) Minorities
The Alberta School Act was amended in 2015 to ensure that schools will be welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that respect diversity and nurture a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self. This presentation supports school leaders and teachers to understand the issues of gender and sexual minority individuals, develop strategies to build an inclusive school community (elementary and secondary) and establish and support the operation of a gay-straight alliance.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Highschool Carentry/Cabinet making Collaboration
Eric Heard would like to meet with other carpentry teachers to discuss best practices, projects and resources that they have developed in the running of the carpentry/cabinetmaking courses at the high school level. Teachers from both the separate and public boards will be sharing this information with all that attend.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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The Mathematics of Magic: Teaching Mathematical Principles Using Simple Illusions
The Mathematics of Magic: Teaching Mathematical Principles Using Simple Illusions Blink and you'll miss it! In this session, we explore foundational mathematical concepts through simple and amazing magic tricks that students can master quickly. Have you ever learned moduus arithmetic by mind reading or balancing equations with a magic wand?

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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That’s Edutainment! Video Instruction as a Method of Motivating Students in Science
This presentation for K-12 teachers will focus on the use of video instruction as a method of content dissemination and to motivate students in science. Specifically, this area, dubbed “edutainment”, will chronicle different interactions with students, teachers and community members that utilized live action to video as methods of capturing relevant content in student-centered contexts.This presentation session will focus on the planning, development and implementation process used by educators

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Turning Superheroes into Sidekicks: Failing our Students by not Failing our Students
We will talk about an education system (ours) that is turning our students into sidekicks instead of superheroes by embracing an influx of unfounded educational trends, by desiring “change simply for change’s sake”, and by encouraging success without achievement. Then we will move on to solutions to these problems, such as the 21st century outcome of “enterprise” and the development of “character” education. This discussion is for high school teachers, particularly those who teach the -2 stream

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Writing Stories to Save the World
Fiction can be a powerful tool to help students address the issues that concern them. Author and teacher James Davidge will take participants through a series of writing exercises that encourage using our imagination in socially responsible manners.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Graphic Novel Scriptwriting
Have you ever thought about getting your students to make comics but you don't know much about the form? Using examples from both his own work and recognized masters, James will introduce the key vocabulary and techniques involved with writing a script for comic books. Once the basics have been covered, the presentation will explore deeper theories involved with pacing, layout and recognizing a comic page's "psychological space".

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Rule of Law in an Age of Fear
It is an accepted fact that the world today faces grave challenges to the rule of law and human rights. Previously well-established and accepted legal principles are now being called into question in all regions of the world through what I would suggest are ill-conceived responses to terrorism. How we respond in times of crisis will long define who we are as a civil society. One has to look no further than Guantanamo Bay to understand how easy it is for a nation to fall into lawlessness.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Power and Joy of Storytelliing
Join Richard as he uses theatrical form to present the necessity of storytelling to foster understanding and to build community. A dramatic and hilarious session with a touching message from a Canadian award winning story teller.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Entitlementality (and How to Teach Against It)
Increasing numbers of students feel “entitled” - to an easy path, late assignments, absenteeism, immunity to discipline, and success without effort; they expect teachers to do their thinking FOR them. We'll discuss classroom tactics to switch entitlementality into empathy, creativity, and effort. With your help, students will put more focus on basic life skills, relationships, personal and societal health, appreciation of nature, and they'll learn a healthier approach to mistakes and failure.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Choral Conducting 201
Want to refine your choral conducting skills for use in the general classroom, elementary music classroom or secondary choral rehearsal? This session will offer you the opportunity to conduct fellow colleagues, receive feedback on your gestures from a professional conductor, and be introduced to new techniques. Come ready to sing and conduct!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Music
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Music of "The Great Human Odyssey", by composer/conductor Darren Fung
This documentary by Edmonton filmmaker Niobe Thompson tells a huge story: how Homo sapiens survived and thrived around the world and against all odds. To capture the drama, the wonder, the adversity and the triumph in musical form Thompson tapped Edmontonian film composer Darren Fung. Hear how Fung, who is now based in L.A., worked with local musicians to record the score and how he is preparing for the world premiere concert this weekend with the ESO.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Best Practices for Supporting Transgender Students in Our Classrooms
Best practices for supporting transgender students in our classrooms: discussion with support from both Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity consultants (Kerry Maguire & Anna Burn) from Edmonton Public Schools. All GETCA delegates who are interested in collaborating on this subject are welcome to come and collaborate.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Urban Beekeeping 101
Learn how to become a small-scale beekeeper, including licensing requirements, beekeeping equipment, basic bee biology, and more!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Building Bee Hotels: Helping Urban Pollinators & Educating Youth
Pollinators are declining around the world for many reasons. Bee hotels in urban backyards or schools provide pollinator habitat, and solitary pollinators are not aggressive. Bee hotel construction can target almost all grades. A complex hotel develops shop skills for youth, and could be a school/facility educational centrepiece. EALT will demonstrate construction of a complex hotel, which can be as innovative as the designer! We'll also display simpler hotels suitable for younger grades.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Special Needs Teacher Network
Led by Debbie Benson, Michelle Rakoczy, Carmen Glossop and David Tryhurn Do you sometimes feel isolated in your special needs classroom?If you are looking to glean new ideas, share great resources, websites or engaging resources, or share your expertise in differentiating instruction to support high needs students, this collaboration time is for you. Please join us to get more information on this collaborative online support group!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 6 (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Rage Age: How to Reach and Connect With Angry Adolescent Girls
Aggressive angry adolescent girls are an increasing fallacy of female empowerment in our schools requiring intensive services and monopolizing crucial amounts of time by school staff. Gain insight and understanding of their provocative, self destructive and conflicting behaviour. Learn how to be a champion to and create a dream team for these girls within your settings. Gain and practice tools on how to relate to and intervene with this hard to reach population to help them develop in to resilie

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Understanding Self Harm in Children and Teens with Borderline and Bipolar Disorder
Impulsive behaviours are seen as learned responses to unbearable emotional states that are reactive and seen a highly effective, although dysfunctional, emotional regulation strategies. This skill based model focuses solely on coping skills in four areas (mindfulness, to help reduce emotional dysregulation and highly emotional reactivity in children and teens as well as families. DBT skills are particularly useful in school settings to minimize time management of high maintenance students.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Elementary Music Teachers Collaboration
Melanie Andony, would like to invite all music teachers in both English and French Immersion programs from K-9 to collaborate together to share best practices in regards to assessment, lesson planning and classroom management. Melanie currently teaches at Laurier Heights School in Edmonton.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Music
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Getting your students hungry to learn, it helps to feed yourself
For all the repetitiveness of a pre-flight announcement, you have to admit there’s wisdom to “put on your own mask before helping others.” After all, you can’t help anyone if you’re in the throes of death. I believe the same is true for teaching – that the best way to engage learners is to be on a learning curve of your own. Rather than simply telling our students to be curious, we serve them (and ourselves) best by role modeling – by pushing ourselves to grow, too.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Manage Change Successfully and Overcome Obstacles to Achievement
Adam Kreek understands that stress, change, and perceived obstacles can help us when we use them as intended: to motivate action. Failure in the mid-Atlantic? A crippling back injury months before the Olympic Games? Building startup businesses? It’s time to hit the refresh button. In this talk, Kreek empowers your team to navigate current and future uncertainty with confidence... http://www.thelavinagency.com/speaker-adam-kreek.html

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Kite Ski to the South Pole
In 2014 . Frédéric reached the South pole by means of kite skiing. Identifed as one of Canada's outstanding 2015 explorers Frederic teaches young people to discover the motivation in themselves and to shift your mindset regarding change. He shows educators how knowledge sharing, creativity and motivation can be great tools to help students reach their goals easily and quickly.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Transitioning to a New Energy Future
Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy points Edmonton to a sustainable future through energy conservation and efficiency in our homes, buildings, industrial processes and transportation choices, and by optimizing free energy from the sun. A new (free) classroom resource will help you engage your students in a discussion about this transition, and a "slide-tour" of the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s sustainable EdVenture Lodge will bring these concepts to life.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Have a Hay Day!
Get your students excited about science and the environment by using project-based learning in your elementary classroom. Teachers will learn how to incorporate student imagination, and creativity to create a week-long unit ending in a class Farmer's Market. The project incorporates multiple outcomes from the science curriculum and all students are engaged, motivated, and challenged.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 80)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Microblogging, Movies and Math
Using iPads for math should mean more than drill and practice. We'll explore math-creation apps that support best practices, allowing students to explain and share their learning. We’ll also explore the use of videoconferencing, tweeting and blogging to take your classroom mathematics global. Download these apps ahead of time and we’ll have some fun. Number Frames by the Math Learning Center Skitch by Evernote Geoboard by the Math Learning Center

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia/Alberta/Yukon Ballroom
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Connected From the Start
The recent explosion of social media and the connections that media allows have the ability to revolutionize classroom learning. Even young students can be global learners and connect with people and classrooms outside of their building, city or country. We’ll discuss why you would want to do this, curriculum connections and the practicalities of how to make it work in YOUR classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia/Alberta/Yukon Ballroom
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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What a child can learn traveling by canoe across the country: Paddling Home 2015
Last summer my family and I (wife and 5 year old son) paddled from Edmonton Alberta to Montreal Quebec in a canoe. We knew that this was going to be a very special experience for all of us but especially for our son. However, we didn't know exactly what our son would learn or how he would grow over the course of the trip. During this presentation I will give details about how the trip went but also give insight on what children can learn from spending lots of time outdoors.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: British Columbia/Alberta/Yukon Ballroom
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Integers: Drop the Rules; Work on Number Sense
Grades 6 - 9 are welcome. There are many big integer ideas that must be explored prior to integer operations. Many procedures we offer to learners ask them to just accept a rule or “trick”. When forgotten/misunderstood, students have nothing to fall back on and confusion becomes their "rule". Subtraction in particular seems mysterious to many students. How can we help them move forward with number sense as their “rule”?

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Road to Multiplicative Thinking
Grades 3- 6 teachers Knowing facts & using procedures does not indicate multiplicative thinking or an understanding of multiplication and division. The focus must be on building strategies based on relationships between numbers. How can we help learners to recall facts without memorizing? This session will discuss ways to help kids move past counting and additive thinking to become multiplicative thinkers.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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A Whole School Approach to Integrating K-12 English Language Learners
In this practical session participants critique strategies to use to integrate K-12 English language learners into the classroom and the whole school. Strategies discussed include the new student orientation process, transparent language proficiency assessment, interpreting education culture and creating a multicultural school. Tools and techniques for implementing these strategies are introduced. Participants are encouraged to share their own integration strategies during the session.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Building Cultural Intelligence
Cultural intelligence is the ability to effectively interact across cultural boundaries to achieve task and relational goals in both professional and personal settings. Cultural intelligence is particularly important for teachers who are at the forefront of the integration process for immigrant students in the Canadian educational context. In this interactive session participants are introduced to multiple conceptual frameworks of culture with which to build their cultural intelligence.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Programming Physics with Processing
The 'Processing' programming language is quickly gaining popularity as a first programming language among high school teachers. We will use it to create a simple world where the laws of physics are under OUR control! All software used in this session is freely available online, so teachers and students can continue their explorations at home!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Meet the Maestro
Attention all Leadership and Student Council Advisors, here's your chance to "Meet the Maestros" and learn best practices from Edmonton's top leadership teachers including: Gillian Carlberg from Harry Ainlay, Jane Grant from Scona High School, Anissa Hamdon-Morison from Dan Knott, Shelley Kofluk from ME Lazerte, and Dave Tran from W.P. Wagner High School. This interactive workshop will feature 5 x 10 minute round table rotations as well as info about AASCA and various leadership conferences.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Leading the Learning Commons Charge with the ORC
Do you want to create library learning commons programming in your school but have virtually no budget? Are you unsure as to where to start? The Online Reference Centre can help you to offset the costs of creating library learning commons programming in your school. LearnAlberta.ca's Online Reference Centre (ORC) is a $1.7 million collection of digital resources licensed on behalf of all Alberta K-12 students, parents, and staff. This session will provide concrete examples of how ORC resources c

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 40)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Staff Wellness,…Stop, Pause and Reflect
Amidst the rapid changes taking place in education, personal wellness is one constant that we must prioritize. In this session, we will stop, pause and reflect to focus on wellness from within. Participants will explore the impact that adults have in role modelling and walking the talk of a healthy, active lifestyle, and how it impacts the whole school community. Ever Active Schools will also share resources and strategies to support all staff as the leaders of a healthy school community.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 40)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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ATRF Pension Interviews
At your personal 15-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to review your pension estimate(s) and options, and discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms. Pre-registration is required at www.atrf.com. Register early - space is limited.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

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Developing Cross-curricular Competencies using Environmental and Energy Education
This workshop will explore how authentic energy and environmental education learning experiences can be used to develop the competencies of an engaged thinker, and ethical citizen with an entrepreneurial spirit. We will use a few classroom learning stories to explore authentic learning that delivers on the cross-curricular competencies. We’ll engage in activities to help you identify ways you’re delivering on the cross-curricular competencies. We’ll also use the Curriculum for a Sustainable Futu

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (cap 80)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Play Harder...Get Smarter
Researchers are finding that moderate to vigorous physical activity positively impacts the behaviour and development of the brain and in turn, improves cognitive function. So, how can we as educators contribute to the academic success of our students through activity? In this learning opportunity, physical activity ideas for the classroom will be shared and experienced. Participants will come away with practical ideas and current research that supports movement in any classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (cap 80)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Remembering to Play – Inspiring Joy, Freedom & Self-Care
Play is the language of children, and it is the vehicle through which they learn and understand our world. To educate and support children, we must learn to speak their language by remembering to play ourselves. Remembering to Play is a fun and interactive play-shop that supports you to remember the wisdom of a child’s mindset and the importance of levity and joyful authentic expression as cornerstones for educating and productive decision-making.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan/Manitoba ballroom
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Take the Risk - Create the Life You Want To Live
Play with mousetraps. Seriously. We learn and grow only when we take risks. Joel’s sought-after keynote experience includes juggling (because it’s engaging), plenty of stories (because it’s how people absorb info), and a few hundred mousetraps (because it’s unforgettable). Start small, focus on foundations, and enjoy the journey. The simple messages, hilarious delivery, and a hands-on experience leave people feeling more creative, inspired, and empowered. No more missed opportunities!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan/Manitoba ballroom
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Power of Yes - Humour for the Masses
Taking humour to the masses, Graham leads the highly dynamic, innovative Power of Yes! In his popular Corporate Improv Workshops, The Power of Yes! Graham teaches participants the creative techniques of improvisation and how to apply them to improve work and life. Audience members learn to say “Yes” to ideas, actively listen and be positive. The workshop is effective in strengthening student/teacher interactions, developing enhanced leadership abilities and creating a culture of happiness.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan/Manitoba ballroom
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Makerspace: If you build it they will learn!!
In this hands-on workshop teachers who have built makerspaces in their schools will share experiences giving session participants an opportunity to see a makerspace in action. Participants will discover how the maker movement engages and enhances innovative learning, provides collaboration driven by student interests, and meets school and district goals without breaking the budget or requiring expertise in all tools. Join us and realize the potential by participating in makerspace activities.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (cap 110)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Makerspace: One School's Journey
Come and find out how one elementary school created and use a Makerspace with their students. Participants will build their awareness of design thinking and how it relates to curriculum, and get hands-on experiences with tools (both digital and dollar store!). This is not sit and get! It is an interactive and engaging session designed to have you come away with ideas you can use to engage students in your classroom and your school on Monday!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (cap 110)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Google Education: Tips and Tricks
In this hands on session, two teachers who currently use Google Education in their classrooms will share tips and tricks that will ease your workload and help engage and motivate your students. Come learn how tools such as google classroom, read write gold and other Google add-ons can be used seamlessly to help meet students' diverse needs and ease your workload. Come ready to learn and leave with practical ideas on how to have Google Education work for you and your students.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Teaching as the Practice of Wisdom
This presentation invites teachers to explore their inevitable enmeshment in the changing political and cultural climate of school life in the age of neoliberal and neoconservative policies. How can teaching be invigorated from underneath the oppressions of standardization, high-stakes testing, and diminished teacher authority in the age of Market Logic? This presentation is based on a graduate seminar offered at the UofA. exploring ancient wisdom traditions as resources for teacher sanity.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Fun Folk Dances for Teens
Despite rumours to the contrary, adolescents can have a great time folk dancing! While they may be terrified of the physical proximity involved, they are also fascinated by it and usually appreciate the chance to learn the social niceties of dancing in a fun, active way. In this workshop you will learn some great dances that hold special appeal for adolescents, along with strategies to encourage their enthusiastic participation and links to language arts, math and social studies curriculum.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 90)
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM