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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Alberta Teachers' Association

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Democracy Bootcamp: GETCA 2019 presented by CIVIX (*Register using the link in the description*)
**REGISTER NOW AT: HTTPS://DEMOCRACY-BOOTCAMP-GETCA-2019.EVENTBRITE.CA ** The ability to identify truthful and reliable information is an essential skill for citizens in the digital age. In preparation for the upcoming election, sign-up for a full day of democracy bootcamp. Learn from experts and journalists about the parties and campaign strategies, participate in small group discussions with other teachers, and leave with useful tools and ideas that you can use to challenge your students into thinking about politics, news consumption and participating in Student Vote Alberta 2019. Link- https://democracy-bootcamp-getca-2019.eventbrite.ca If you have any questions, please email the CIVIX team at bootcamp@civix.ca.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Alberta Teachers' Association Room: Auditorium (for CIVIX Democracy Bootcamp)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Harry Ainlay

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Attracting New and Diverse Students with Popular Music Education
With the decline of student numbers in traditional based music programs, popular music programming is a great way to engage students. This type of programming attracts new and diverse students who would not normally sign up for band or choir. This session will include a discussion about setting up a popular music program based around guitar education, rock band classes and music technology. For this, we will examine the www.gslakieguitar.com program. Topics include informal/formal learning, authentic music education practices and a historical perspective of popular music in music education. The session hopes to give music educators ideas on how to offer diverse programming with the goal of attracting 21st century learners to a new form music education.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 142
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Beginner Guitar Pedagogy How to Start Young Players Correctly
This session is a clinic based on beginner guitar pedagogy designed to show music educators (guitar players and non-players alike) how to start their novice students correctly. For this, we will examine the www.gslakieguitar.com program. Resources will be given and demonstrated enabling music teachers to run 10-13 weeks of daily classes. Topics will include acquiring the correct equipment for your class, setting up performance outcomes, and teaching using correct pedagogical principles. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own guitar and join in on learning how to teach guitar. Ten guitars will be available at the session for use. This session is ideal for band/choral teachers interested in starting a guitar program or club at their school.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 142
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Popular Music and Guitar Education
Popular music programming is a great way to engage and attract students to music education. Even though these programs are in their infancy, they can stand alone or supplement traditional band or choral programs. This session will have a two-fold purpose. The first part will include a discussion about setting up a popular music program based around guitar education. For this, we will examine the www.gslakieguitar.com program. Secondly, a clinic on beginner guitar pedagogy will be given to show music educators (guitar players and non-players alike) how to start their novice students correctly. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own guitar and join in on ways to start beginner players. Ten guitars will be available at the session for use. This session is ideal for band/choral teachers interested in starting guitar/popular music programs at their school.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 142
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Survival Through Art Projects!
We all need those moments where we want to create in order to help our students create. In this session, you will be introduced to three new projects that can be used across all grades. You’ll get a chance to actually produce these projects and get a better understanding of how to approach it with your students. On top of everything else, you get to spend your day with other amazing artists being creative.

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: Harry Ainlay Room: Art 171
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Ready to Go – Visual Art Lessons
Presentation will include a collection of Visual Arts Projects that have been developed into engaging Power Point Presentations. Can be adjusted to meet a variety of grade level expectations. Power Points will be shared with attendees through Google Drive where teachers may edit to meet their own students’ needs and abilities. Power Point Presentations will incorporate: Curriculum Outcomes Connection to the Ministerial Order on Student Learning Assessment Strategies (differentiation) Material Techniques Supply Lists Step-by-Step Instructions & Time Lines Cultural References Art History &/or Contemporary Art Influences with Visual Examples Student Exemplars Discussion Prompts, Critique Suggestions &, Written Response Prompts Video clips to ignite student interest when applicable Literacy and Mathematical Components when applicable

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Art 171
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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Pop Art: Printmaking for the Young Artists
If you like Pop Art, you need to register in this workshop right away! You will learn how to create colourful, funky prints in the easy way while working on multiple layers. This will become your students’ favourite art project! Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in the art classroom. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4 - 12. All supplies provided by instructor. There is a $10 materials fee( collected by speaker at session).

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Art 171
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Fabulous Heavy Texture Painting
For those who love Impressionism, it is a MUST. Using acrylics, you will learn how to paint landscape with expressive brushstrokes and heavy paint application. By learning the painterly tricks of Vincent Van Gogh, you will be able to share your knowledge with your students. They will love it! The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Excellent for teachers of grades 5-12. You will leave the workshop with completed painting, handouts and a PowerPoint presentation to guide your students. All supplies provided by instructor. There is a $15 materials fee (collected by speaker at session).

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Art 171
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session is Full

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Hands-on Bio Labs
Join us for some hands-on labs from Science 10 biology. Let's mix up this classic "why are cells so small" investigation. Try clear agar, pink agar, different shapes, and textured surfaces as we explore surface area to volume ratio and find out why cells are as they are. We will also make fresh stomata slides, a foldable 3D plant leaf model, and a few other favs.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Bio Lab 440
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Salt: What's not to love?
How do I love salt? Let me count the ways: I love it for its chemistry, history, cultural and literary significance, shape, beauty, biology, and more! I love how it behaves! Taste more than 7 different salts. Of course we will have some hands-on activities. Join us for a fun filled look at this lovely ionic compound and take some crystals of wisdom back to your class! Come learn the stuff you don't need to know but will make you sound cool at a cocktail party.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Bio Lab 440
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Help! I have to teach K-3 Music
Does the prospect of teaching your own classroom music have you quaking in your boots? This session is designed to take you from terrified to terrific! You will come away from this session with a handout of songs, games, activities and strategies to teach curricular outcomes in engaging ways. If you’ve never taught music or are a reluctant singer, you will learn strategies and resources to have you and your students loving music time!!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Music Lessons That Work - K-3
Save yourself time pouring over resources, or trial and error in your classroom. Joyce brings her 25 years as an elementary music specialist to show you tried and true elementary songs, games, activities, and strategies which have stood the test of time. Come away from this session with activities and classroom management strategies to use in your next music class!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teaching Recorders and Loving It!
The recorder has been given a bad rap! As one of the most accessible and affordable instruments, the much-maligned recorder can and should be a staple in your elementary music program. Joyce starts her recorder program with Grade 3 students, and in this session she will present tried and true strategies for starting your students off right and keeping them engaged. Ideas for assessment and for using Recorder Karate will also be discussed. Teachers will receive free materials (maybe even a free recorder!) in this session.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Hit It! Bucket Drumming, Boomwhackers and Beat Boards
Do you ever just want to hit something? In this session, Joyce will share many lessons and strategies for using bucket drums, Boomwhackers and rhythm instruments to get kids creating, reading and performing. Effective classroom management with regard to instruments will also be addressed. Your handout will include songs, stories and lesson ideas.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Opening Panel Discussion: The Future of Health and Phys Ed in Alberta
HPEC and Ever Active Schools are sponsoring a full-day program at Harry Ainlay for Health and Phys Ed teachers. Start the day with a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Health and Phys Ed teachers with a slate of speakers that includes teachers, curriculum consultants, administrators, and university professors.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Health Education Session: Let's Talk about Sex...ual Health Education with AHS
Whether this is your first or twentieth year of teaching, this session will increase your confidence and ease some of your anxiety around teaching the human sexuality outcomes for grades 4-CALM. Come to this interactive session and discuss innovative activities, strategies to engage students in the classroom, and best practices in teaching sexual health. Test drive updated lesson plans for Grade 4-9 and CALM Human Sexuality outcomes, with all new diagrams, handouts, and inclusive language. Expand your knowledge of the free resources available at Teachingsexualhealth.ca, an authorized Alberta Education resource.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Coaching for Life Skills, Character, and Sportsmanship
Coaching school sports teams is a multi-faceted task that goes much further than teaching technical skills and systems. One of the most crucial areas for school sport coaches is to focus on character development in their athletes, young adults who are very much impacted and molded by the influential adults in their lives. This workshop focuses on a set of life skills to highlight, as well as processes and coaching approaches that help ensure athletes are adopting those skills. Finally, specific, research-based tools are provided to ensure that the messages transfer and lessons stick with the students after they move on from your athletic program.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Creating Successful Teams
Creating a successful school sports team provides many challenges: significant turnover year-over-year, adolescent team members concerned with 'being cool' or getting recruited to post-secondary, competing time commitments, and many more school-sport specific issues. Coaches battle these threats to team success as they work towards building as strong a team as possible. This workshop highlights essentials of great teams, the concept and execution of 'core covenants' and 'non-negotiables', and provides examples that may shape a coach's approach. Methods to evoke and engage leadership across the team are also discussed. Finally, team roles are discussed and resources to help build on the workshop content are shared.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Edmonton: Then and Now
This session looks at "change" and it's role in helping students to understand how and why change comes about and the speed to which change can occur. Using rare local historic photographs along with recent images to match, we will examine some factors of change including ecological factors, technology, building materials, and peoples attitudes. My intention is to help educators to understand how change affects us and how photographs can help students to make sense of the changes going on around them.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 143
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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An Acadian Journey
Travel back in time with author Lois Donovan for a glimpse of life in pre-confederation Nova Scotia. It is 1755 and the deportation machine is now in motion. Acadian lifestyle and legacy, as well as the events that precipitated Le Grand Dérangement, will give much food for thought in this multimedia presentation of a tragic story. An interesting and informative cross-curricular session, it is a perfect fit for grades five and seven. Grade eleven teachers will also benefit from an Acadian perspective for discussions on identity, both individual and national.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 143
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Alberta Heroes of 1929 - Celebration and Controversy
Before the dust of the “dirty thirties” settled across the prairies, Alberta celebrated the successes of some home-town heroes. Travel back in time with author, Lois Donovan, to the very British Alberta of 1929 as “Wop” May, famous WWl flying ace, and Emily Murphy, first female magistrate, are making their marks on Canadian history. What can we learn from our heroes, and what messages do we want to pass on to our youth? A window into significant Alberta history, this session provides insightful fare for critical thinking activities and class debates.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 143
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Teaching The World: A Look at Educating Abroad
Have you ever wanted to see the world? Wondered what it would be like to teach in a new setting? Wanted to get an incredible cross-cultural experience? You might want to consider teaching overseas then! In this session you'll learn about how to look for jobs, requirements you may need, what you need to do before you leave Canada, and much more. This presentation is updated for 2019 and takes a look at new places to teach in and issues to think about if you are interested in working abroad.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 146
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Creating a World Without Barriers and a Future Accessible for All
Free resources to all educators! Kuen was in a horrific car accident 16 years ago and became a quadriplegic. Inspired by Rick Hansen, she became today’s Mighty Kuen. She was invited by Rick Hansen to be an ambassador to his foundation in 2006 and recently became Rick Hansen Foundation School Program’s (RHFSP) Regional Coordinator for Alberta. RHFSP has developed a comprehensive set of educational resources that are aligned with provincial educational priorities for administrators, teachers, and students. These resources are designed to increase disability awareness, accessibility, inclusion and empower young people to make a difference in their school, community and the world.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 146
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Chair Yoga for the Classroom
Discover how to easily and effectively improve learning and retention and reduce stress with chair yoga. Enjoy an entire session of fun and unique ways to meet DPA requirements and your students’ physical & mental needs. Ideal for space constraints, non-existent budgets and fidgety students. Participate in this full body workout which will challenge and surprise you. You will leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and have tons of ideas for yoga breaks to bring into your classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 146
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Tools for a Calm Classroom
Have you been noticing students are more anxious, stressed or having trouble focusing in class? Do you want to create a calm classroom to support your students’ learning needs, but need some tools to get started? This session will showcase easy-to-use resources to teach stress awareness, self-calming techniques and calming brain break ideas for all division levels. Discover evidence based tools that you can use right away to create calm in yourself and in your classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 147
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Up Your Game with Nutrition: Fueling for Sport
Proper nutrition and hydration is vital for young athletes because they need to eat well enough to support healthy growth and optimal sports performance. Perhaps you are coaching a junior or senior sports team and are looking for new ideas to help your team thrive? Or maybe you are interested in learning more about sports nutrition to make the most out of your own activities? Whatever your reason, this session is for you! Join Public Health Dietitians from Alberta Health Services in an interactive session on fueling for activity. You will leave with resources like the Sports Nutrition for Youth: A Handbook for Coaches and new strategies to “up your game” with nutrition. Note - This session will focus on the needs of recreational athletes; elite level athletes may wish to consult a private practice dietitian for individualized counselling.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 147
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Banksy - Accessible Source Analysis & Visual Literacy
In this session I would present an alternative to the typical source analysis lesson: using art, including Banksy, to teach the essential elements of visual literacy and critical analysis. Students often struggle with political cartoons. They miss things like irony, juxtaposition, sarcasm, and context. Using art can be a very effective bridge for students who struggle with source analysis. Art is accessible, high interest, and compelling for many students who find cartoons removed and antiquated.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 147
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Importance of Holocaust Education
As we move forward through time, it is becoming increasingly important that the stories and lessons from the Holocaust live on. With over 100 hours of Holocaust education, both Greg Robinson and myself have attended a 4 day course at the USHMM in Washington, D.C. and obtained scholarships to a 25 day intensive program at Yad Vashem in Isreal. We would like to extend to our colleagues what we have learned through these experiences abroad. Our session will focus on the importance of the Holocaust, strategies, and resources. With the rise of nationalism in the west, it is important that we show how Holocaust teachings are present within the curriculum. From there we will show teachers strategies for making Holocaust education meaningful by taking the Holocaust from facts to feelings. Finally, we will give teachers resources to make what is learned immediately applicable in their classroom.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 147
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Teaching for Tomorrow's STEM Workplace
How can teachers prepare their students to succeed in STEM careers? What exactly is engineering? What are we talking about when we use the word 'geoscience'? This session will introduce you to the worlds of engineering and geoscience through hands-on activities and demonstrations, and show you what a career in these fields could look like. We will share tips & tricks for teaching these topics in your classroom, making curriculum connections to what your students are already learning, and helping to prepare your students with the skills necessary to excel in the fields. While APEGA is a regulator of engineering and geoscience specifically, this session will focus on building skills and promoting attitudes essential to success in a variety of STEM careers.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 161
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Search Engine to School Environment - Making Projects Your Own
With the increased popularity of experiential and project based learning, teachers are often trying to use and adapt projects that they find on the internet. Through this interactive and collaborative session, participants will enhance their ability to improve basic STEM activities and incorporate STEM topics into any subject. Participants will work together as we lead them through a variety of brainstorming and creative thinking techniques. By the end of the session, participants will have gone through the “Good to Great” process on several example activities and topics, giving them specific examples to take back to their classroom as well as the confidence and skillset to improve other project ideas in the future.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 161
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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STEM in Stories
We all know that authentic and relevant educational experiences lead to increased student engagement and knowledge retention. But how do you design lessons that are truly relevant to your students while ensuring you hit the necessary curricular outcomes? Learn how (and why!) Alissa Boyle developed and implemented a curriculum-based pedagogy in a STEM summer camp environment, centered around various children's books. Participants will be working in groups to create their own literacy-centered STEM activities that can be implemented immediately into their classrooms.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 161
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Robots, Skynet and Astronomy
Astronomy is literally out of world! The disconnect with observational astronomy and school programs are the logistical headaches that come from trying to get students out of the city to suitably dark sites and keeping students (and teachers!) awake late at night. The Skynet Robotic Telescope Network provides an amazing opportunity that allows students to act like professional astronomers while avoiding late nights and cold toes. Teachers can sign on to the network over the internet, remotely log observations and download them the next day. In this session Dr. Martin Connors and Ian Doktor will show you how to use the SkyNet interface and discuss the many ways this network can be used to enhance science programs from grade 1 all the way to university.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 161
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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We Are All Treaty People: A Discussion Around Working in Ally-ship as Educators
The common definition of “ally” is someone who uses their privilege to advocate and support members of a marginalized community. Allyship is a lifelong process of learning and unlearning, building relationships based on trust, consistency and accountability with marginalized groups. A facilitated circle discussion wherein educators will have an opportunity to explore questions, concerns and challenges facing us as we work to strengthen our foundational knowledge around Indigenous education and create safe and supportive school communities for all students. Knowledge around what it means to be an ally will be shared and attendees will be encouraged to reflect upon how they can work in allyship as we move forward towards reconciliation with the new TQS and curriculum being implemented in the 2019-2020 school year. Co-facilitator: Josh Languedoc (Ojibwe artist, activist and EPSB teacher)

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 164
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Why Thinking is Critical in Science
With climate change deniers, the controversy surrounding vaccines and the inability of certain people to discern the truth when regarding scientific facts, it is more important than ever to provide our students with skills to become scientifically literate. McNeill and Krajcik (2011) have developed, field-tested the claim, evidence, and reasoning (CER) instructional model. They found that incorporating this framework for a scientific explanation into curriculum materials enhances students’ conceptual understanding. This workshop is led by two teachers who use the CER framework in their classroom. In this session, you will learn about the CER model and how to incorporate it into your lessons, and gain access to resources and student exemplars.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 164
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Revolutionizing Teaching: Tips and Tricks
Changing the teaching perspective: Behavioural and Technological solutions to building a dynamic classroom learning environment. Topics covered in this presentation include: Building a Dynamic Classroom Environment; Personalized Relevant Case-Study and Scenario-Based Learning in CTS/CALM; Grade Automation and Building, Classroom Teaching Tools and Technological Assists to Simplify Learning; and Dynamic Integration of Google Classroom into Student Learning.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 164
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Using Emerging Technology to Communicate Earth Science and STEM Topics with Alberta Focused Examples
Are you interested in exploring Earth science and STEM topics in the classroom using emerging technologies such as Minecraft, virtual reality, 3D prints, and interactive maps of Alberta? Geoscientists from the Alberta Geological Survey/Alberta Energy Regulator will showcase resources freely available to explore Alberta’s geology and natural resources with students. Lessons are adaptable to a range of grade levels and subjects including science (e.g. Gr. 7, 11), math (e.g. Gr. 8-12), social studies (e.g. Gr. 4-5), and CTS (e.g. natural resources). We will share examples of concepts and classroom activities, explore 3D printed geological “puzzles” of Alberta, and view 360 degree virtual reality videos of Peace River and Dinosaur Provincial Park in Minecraft. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device to interact with some of the free online products we will demonstrate.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 164
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Maki(Ng) Science Spooktacularly Awesome!
The Halloween Show workshop of unforgettable learning experiences that will glow and spook your class forever – inspiring the imagination and making science fun. Join Michael as he brings you the Top 10 Halloween demos.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 380
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Spectacular Science Demonstrations for All
Fun, easy, and inexpensive science demonstrations will not only wow your students at the dinner table – but will engage the love of science on magic, clouds, balloons with “pointy things”, floating objects, party tricks, and long-lasting bubbles. Relevant for Chemistry, Physics and Junior High Science Curriculum.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 380
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Basic 3D Design - How I use Tinkercad in a Jr High Classroom
TInkercad is a web based 3D design application that is friendly to use for a wide range of students. I believe that teaching 3D design gives students the opportunity to be creative while putting their math skills to work and solving the problems that come up during the design process. In this session I will introduce how I use Tinkercad in a junior high setting from designing projects to printing on a 3D printer. Participants should bring a Chromebook or laptop as time will be given to practice using Tinkercad.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab 100
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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3D Printing - the next industrial revolution
Steve is a Professional Engineer who graduated from the rigorous program at the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON with a BEng (mechanical). After completing 10 years of service, his entrepreneurial spirit shone through and he began his career as a professional sales engineer.Steve currently owns two businesses that focus on application of new technologies to engineering, architectural and manufacturing companies.These customers require secondary and post-secondary schools to develop programs from which they can draw qualified, credentialed, employees to put this technology to effective use in their realms. While many schools have acquired 3D printers, there is a need for direction to assist the students in understanding the future career opportunities involving 3D.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab 100
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Helping Youth Achieve Financial Literacy
Did you know that the 3rd Wednesday, April 17, 2019 is "Talk with Our Kids about Money Day"? What do students want to learn about money management? Join Tanis and Debbie from the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE) to learn about the free lesson plans and resources mapped to Alberta Curriculum in all subject areas which are available on the CFEE website. Take away the free resource “Money and Youth” which is an excellent resource for CALM, of which class sets are available. CFEE aims to support educators in their efforts to provide lesson plans about financial literacy. How can I develop a small module in CT Foundations to support Financial Management for Grades 5-9? Students to learn about money management, and to prepare for the financial decisions and responsibilities ahead. Learn fun, engaging, and educational ways to help students!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab 100
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Virtual Reality: Supporting Division I Students in Your Virtual Learning Commons
Let the Online Reference Centre (ORC) become the keystone of your virtual learning commons and take away any concerns about young students using internet resources. With access to authoritative resources for Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, ESL, and FSL, the ORC can help enrich your curriculum and expand your learning commons to the virtual world. The ORC, a $1.2 million collection of digital resources, is licensed on behalf of all K-12 students, parents, school staff and pre-service teachers in Alberta. Join this session to learn about the wonderful resources available for young learners through the ORC, and how these resources make it easy for students to navigate the virtual world.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer lab 104
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Seeing Stars: Transforming Your Classroom for Division II Students with the ORC
Are you looking to build a makerspace right in your classroom? Do you want to turn your classroom into a science lab, a museum, or even a planetarium? Then look no further! Let the Online Reference Centre (ORC) help you with your makerspace and curriculum needs through articles, experiment ideas, and even live animal and outer space video feeds. Learn Alberta’s ORC is a $1.2 million collection of curricular-aligned, digital resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 staff, students, and parents in Alberta. It provides digital resources to help support Division II Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and FSL. Join this session to learn about the ORC’s engaging and authoritative resources that directly align with the grades 4-6 Alberta curricula.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer lab 104
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Full Steam Ahead: Supporting STEAM and Secondary Humanities with the ORC
Rev up your Division III and IV STEAM and Secondary Humanities learning with the Online Reference Centre (ORC). Accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, the ORC is a $1.2 million collection of authoritative, digital resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 staff, students and parents in Alberta. ORC resources are readily mapped to the Alberta curriculum and offer support for everything from Career and Technology Studies, Fine Arts, Mathematics, and Science, to English Language Arts and Social Studies. With the ORC, students can learn about marine biology, technical trades, and even visual arts, all from right within their home, classroom, or library.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer lab 104
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Student-Centered Classroom (Flexible Seating and Technology)
Student-Centered learning does not need to revolve around games, stations or teachers-pay-teachers. It is a classroom designed in such a way the students are empowered to learn. For example flexible/active seating offers choice to students on where they would like to work: sit, stand, on the floor, at a table, etc. Furthermore, a student centered classroom revolves around the students where the teacher is learning with them. The educator is facilitating ways to connect and learn in a non-rote memory or traditional style. This is done with accessible technology and where the students are empowered to use the tool best to accomplish the task. This session will look at technology, 21st century skills, and what is needed to be career and college ready in the future.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer lab 104
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Callysto: Free Interactive Resources to Build the Digital Workforce of Tomorrow
The ability to process information in an analytical way is in high demand as students enter the digitally skilled future. Because of this, teachers are now feeling the pressure to incorporate more coding and data analytics into their curricula. Imagine being able to use a scientific research analytics platform — capable of handling big data, data visualizations, math, and text — in your grades 5-12 class. And imagine this tool being cost-free, easy to use, and only needing a web browser to operate! This is a real opportunity for accessible, and interactive learning — we call it Callysto (www.callysto.ca). In this session, teachers will be introduced to the Callysto platform, and will get the chance to explore Python-based modules that have been developed for course curricula from all subject areas. *Attendees should bring their laptops (chromebooks are ok).

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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FMPSD’s STEM Journey
Fort McMurray Public School’s STEM based Technology and Trade Academies have proven to be one of FMPSD’s most popular and effective co-curricular programs. The academies were launched in fall of 2015 in two area schools with a combined student enrollment of 60 students. The Academy program proved to be very popular with students and was expanded to four schools and nearly 200 students the following year. Despite a significant setback as a result of the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire, the program has continued to grow and has received a number of accolades. Currently, the academies program is offered in ten area schools with the participation of over 500 students or about 1/5 of FMPSD total student enrollment and includes the largest elementary robotics tournaments in Alberta. In this informative session Mr. Reid and Mr. Syed discuss the lessons learned from their experiences.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Single iPad Solution
In this session, K-3 teachers will learn how to make it work having a single iPad for an entire class. Attendees are encouraged to bring their device loaded with a few apps (Twitter, ShowMe, a QR Code scanner, PicCollage, Skitch, and Popplet) in order to participate in activities they can use in their classroom with minimal preparation. At the end of the session, attendees will be able to use these apps on a single iPad in their classroom with a variety of student abilities, manage accounts for certain apps, create digital work that can be shown at parent teacher interviews, and have their students demonstrate their knowledge using many competencies that aren’t exclusive to paper and pencil. Attendees will be shown real life photos and examples of student work from years of experience in a kindergarten classroom.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Director of Technology for FMPSD #2833
I wanted to share my experiences with managing Apple products through an MDM server environment. If you ever had to manage more than 10 iPads or Apple devices, you know doing it manually becomes an obstacle for success. Instead, I want to introduce you to the MDM solution we use and our experiences both from an district perspective as well as a school one. I want to show you how valuable of a tool an MDM server can be for you. I do not represent a company or product so this presentation will be completely objective.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Skills Canada Alberta - The Future is Now
We dedicate so much of our time preparing students for the future that we sometimes lose track of what students can do right now to feel inspired and empowered! Learn about immersive and curriculum-aligned programs to connect students’ passions and aspirations to personal-development, post-secondary and career opportunities. Whether you are looking to jazz up your Makerspace with curriculum-aligned CTS/CTF resources, motivate you students to compete at a Regional, Provincial, National or World Skilled Trade & Technology Competition, or expose your students to the myriad of career opportunities they could pursue – we are here to support you. Skills Canada Alberta will show your students how to get excited and motivated for their future, but more importantly, how to get started now!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 133
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Websites with HTML and CSS
Do you want to learn how to build a website with HTML and CSS? HTML and CSS give you full control over your website, control that is lacking in website builders like Google Sites. Whether you are beginning or continuing your journey of learning HTML and CSS, I will try to meet you where you are at and help you find answers to those burning, “How do I do that?” questions. No prerequisite knowledge required. Headphones may be useful if you are interested in any video tutorials.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 144
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Computing Science Geek Out
Calling all Computing Science teachers! Let’s talk teaching strategies, assignment ideas, new technologies, assessment … you name it. I will be prepared to share various ideas on the topics mentioned above but will also be guided by the wishes of those in attendance.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 144
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Creative Contemporary Capitals
Join published author and calligrapher Sally Towers-Sybblis as she demonstrates a simple capital lettering alphabet for use in the classroom or for your own personal use. These capital letters are easy to learn and use only sharpie pens to create. Sally will show you a variety of techniques to vary the layout of the letter in order that you have a number of options for any projects you may be considering. You will leave with a finished product. This class is great for bringing the love of handmade lettering back to the classroom. Students can be taught an appreciation for the art of calligraphy. This is also an opportunity for students to understand that calligraphy has many different styles from the very classical, using a dip pen and ink, to the very contemporary style, done with only a sharpie marker. Please note: there is a registration fee of $15/delegate for art materials.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Comtech 224
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Art Therapy Tiles
Join artist and calligrapher Sally Towers-Sybblis to escape the chaos of everyday life by focusing on creating miniature works of art known as art therapy tiles. Using hand painted/decorated papers, you will create a small piece of treasured art using a simple process of doodling shapes and borders. Sally will share with you how to create very simple designs, patterns, borders and lettering to enhance your art tiles. You will take home with you a miniature piece of art. This class offers a sense of relaxation and stress relief for those who take it. No experience necessary – great for kids and adults! This class would be great for a pd day. Also, it is an opportunity to provide students with a vehicle to learn relaxation.To view this project, go to my website at www.sallytowerssybblis.com under the heading Art Classes. Please note:here is a session fee of $15/delegate for art materials.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Comtech 224
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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Zany Cardstock Lettering
Join published artist and calligrapher Sally Towers-Sybblis as she demonstrates an out of the box creative method for making letters. Using only cardstock, a pencil, scissors, and glue, you will create your own handcrafted word. The method used to make this style of lettering is know as negative space creation. Prepare to be challenged in ways you didn't think possible. This project is a real brain teaser but lots of fun!! It is great for use in classroom projects. Use it also as a way to challenge a students thought process. No experience is necessary for this session. You will leave with a finished project. Please note: there is a session fee of $15/delegate for art materials.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Comtech 224
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Artful Agendas
Join published artist and calligrapher Sally Towers-Sybblis to create several fun decorative elements that can be used for simple loose leaf lined agendas. Learn how to use colored markers and papers as mediums for creative page layouts. Some of these techniques can also transfer into simple art projects for the classroom. You will also be shown a simple lettering font that can be incorporated into the agenda. Get your students excited by sharing techniques that combine creativity and daily planning! No experience required. Please note: There is a $15 registration fee for art materials.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Comtech 224
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Superheroes of Physical Literacy Dance Party!
Superheroes can inspire us to become strong, resilient and courageous humans! In this session, set to today’s best music, participants will learn simple and fun dances inspired from superheroes, such as, Avengers, Ninjas, Transformers and Secret Undercover Agents. Come experience moves that help build the FUNdamental movement skills needed to be a physical literacy leader in your school community. Be prepared to get interACTIVE with your peers, build strong character traits as you claim your “Bubble of Awesome” and show the world the best version of YOU! All participants will receive access to choreography for the dances.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Dance 525
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Warm Ups and Games for the Drama Class
Linette Smith and Mark Vetsch bring some of their favourite theatre games and warm-up exercises to share. Build ensemble, warm up the brain and the body for the work in the drama classroom or rehearsal hall.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Dance 525
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Art of Mime
The art of silent communication has been around since the first cave people acted out their experiences of the hunt. Mime relates a story, an idea, or a feeling. This workshop will offer activities to communicate without words beginning with everyday gestures, to how to use face and bodies to express emotions, objects and situations. Teachers will be able to deliver a unit on mime and will gain insight into their gifted physical learners. By having the opportunity to use their creativity and expressive bodies, students who are struggling academically often excel in mime class as do those who do not speak English. Curriculum connections: Language Arts/Social Studies, ESL.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Drama
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Dance 525
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Mindful Essentials for Educators
Do you practice mindfulness? Need some fresh ideas for the classroom? Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your own life and your work with youth. This workshop will provide practices to reduce stress, foster self regulation, increase focus, and cultivate executive functioning. Mindfulness has been proven to increase resiliency, improve cognition, nurture positive self perception and advance social emotional learning. Discover key practices which you can use yourself as well as age appropriate versions for students K-12 and explore ways to implement mindfulness into the school context. You’ll come away refreshed and empowered with tools to connect mind and body through mindfulness based practices.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Dance 525
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Boxy Zippered case
This is a great project for teaching beginners to Sew. It works well for teaching FAS1030, Sewing Fundamentals or FAS 1060 Creating Accessories. Using upholstery samples and a zipper we will create a lined zippered case that makes a lovely travel bag and appeals to everyone. Make one for yourself or a sample for your classroom. They would also make terrific gifts. Basic sewing skills required. Limited to 18 Participants. Please bring $5.00 to cover the cost of supplies.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Fashion Lab room 550
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Appliqued Pot Holders
These adorable pot holders feature realistic rabbit silhouettes. The spring colors make them perfect for Easter. Another great project for beginner sewers. Basic sewing skills are required and you will learn the technique of applique. This project fits into FAS1060 Creating Accessories or FAS1190 Textile Arts.Limited to 18 participants and please bring $10 for supplies

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Fashion Lab room 550
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Teaching Students about Science through Food Preparation
An ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Community Educator will demonstrate how food-based science can explain science concepts using a familiar medium. It will give teachers relevant and practical examples of how the basics of science such as viscosity and sensory perceptions are used to achieve results in the kitchen and in the classroom. Food samples may be provided.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Food Lab 542
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Survivor: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast! A cooperative games unit
Experience the world of survivor, where teams must work together to complete challenges and achieve a common goal. Designed for division 3 and 4, this unit can be also be used with some modification in division 2. Outcomes are focused on general outcome C - Cooperation, with teamwork, communication, fair play and leadership being priorities. This unit also ties in with outcomes related to functional fitness, well-being, personal challenge and active living. Physical literacy outcomes include Cognitive (strategy, reasoning), Physical (stability, agility, speed), Social (relationships, collaboration), and Psychological (self-regulation, confidence, enjoyment). All lessons ad activities will be shared, making this session a complete unit. Come prepared to be active!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Large Gymnasium
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Ultimate Frisbee: Teaching the Basics
Ultimate (Frisbee) is one of the fastest growing co-ed sports in North America but a lot of times we do not really know how to properly throw that 'forehand', let alone demonstrate it to our class. The Edmonton Ultimate Players Association is offering a session, led by an NCCP certified Learning Facilitator, to help equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to teach Ultimate. Over the session, participants will get the opportunity to learn how to throw and review how to teach forehands, backhands and hammers. In addition to this skill building, we will also go over basic strategy, drills and games that can make teaching Ultimate in Phys Ed class seamless and fun. After the session, all teachers who attended will receive an email with lesson plans, online resources, and cool videos to show your students.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Large Gymnasium
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Building Out 60 Minutes of MVPA Per Day (BOKS Before School and BOKS Bursts)
We all know children should be achieving 60 minutes of physical activity per day – but how do we build out that hour? BOKS before-school program and BOKS Bursts Daily Physical Activity Program, combined, can push children up to their recommended 60 minutes. Join us to learn how to access free resources to help build out an active day, every day for your students.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Large Gymnasium
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Voice Science for Choirs, Singers, and Actors
Learn about voice anatomy and how it relates to your students and their singing voices. Learn about Semi Occluded Vocal Tract Exercises and why they are so effective for warming up your choir. This session will leave you with practical exercises and better understanding of how the voice works.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Music 208
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Wilson Method: Vocal Technique for Conductors, Choirs & Soloists
Your body informs your voice; the more power, ease and flow we can create throughout the body, the better our vocal abilities. We will make use of bel canto support system pedagogy, restorative yoga, breath therapy, trans-formative vocal entrainment and core strengthening principles. This workshop is for everyone who wishes to improve their singing voice. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, bring a yoga mat if you have one (not required) and water. If you have ever had any doubts about your ability to sing high notes, questions about support or breathing for performance success, this is the session for you.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Music 208
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Takadimi Rhythm Syllables
Most music teachers are familiar with the Kodály system of teaching rhythmic units with tahs and ti-tis. It is probably the most popular method for vocalizing rhythm units, especially among children at K-6 levels, but is it the best? What if there were a system which could be used not only in elementary school classrooms but through to upper college levels? Takadimi is exacly that. It is suitable for audiation games with beginners of all ages and moves seamlessly into deciphering rhythmic patterns in simple and compound time, irregular time signatures, and passages with complex syncopations and polyrhythms. This session will introduce participants to the Takadimi syllables and provide hands-on practice in solo and ensemble situations. It will also outline the pedagogy behind the system and how to integrate vocalization of rhythm into elementary, junior and senior high music programs.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Music 208
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Gymnasium Session: Warm-Up Exploring Movement Skill Development, Fitness, and Injury Prevention
Join us as we explore how an evidence-based warm-up can develop safe and effective movement skills to create a foundation for continued physical activity participation. Based on research in Calgary schools, neuromuscular training warm-ups in physical education classes can reduce lower limb injuries by 62%. A new resource and poster will be provided to all participants.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Gymnasium Session: Teaching Dance Create your own Movement Workshop
Learn how to create and lead a dance class for youth of diverse ages and abilities. You can expect to learn movement activities that engage the physical body and mind. As presenters, we will guide you through equitable movement activities, hold space for open discussions and provide you with opportunities to lead dance exercises in small groups.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Gymnasium Session: Health and Phys Ed Council
An active workshop from your Health and Physical Education Council regional representatives. Experience and discuss group and individual activities that engage a wide range of students and consider diverse abilities, and consider assessment strategies that keep a balance of active time in your Phys Ed classes.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Constructing Meaning through Reader Response Writing
The proposed changes to the ELA curriculum in Alberta prominently feature the idea of constructing meaning from text. Reader response writing can greatly improve our students’ understanding of what they read. Through reading, writing and the inevitable discussions that follow, students learn from the experiences of others, open their minds to many possibilities, gain a glimpse into new worlds, make connections to their lives, and reflect on themselves as learners. Students also learn how to recognize artistic impression and literary techniques used by authors. Reader response writing can occur as a response to an individual text or it can be part of an author study.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 145
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Beyond the Strip: Graphic Novels as Teaching Tools with the Edmonton Public Library
Have you ever tried to use a graphic novel in the classroom only to stumble into resistance about its legitimacy as a learning tool? Or have you ever watched in wonder while other people use graphic novels, but you have no idea where to start? Come one, come all, and join us as we strip graphic novels bare and reveal all, because, these ain’t your grandma’s comic book!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 145
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Sequential Art in the Classroom: What Teachers Have to Say about Teaching with Comics
Given that the institutional legitimacy of comics is a relatively new phenomenon, and that there is hardly consensus regarding how to teach such texts effectively, I interviewed (as part of a study funded through the ATS) twelve English teachers in Edmonton and Calgary who currently use such texts in their classrooms. By seeing what others have done, the teachers in this session will leave with a better idea of how to use comics in their own classrooms. This presentation will explore these discussions, focusing on the following themes: • Successes of and strategies for teaching with comics; • Enduring challenges and questions of assessment; • Instances of comics creation; • The affective and collaborative atmosphere of teaching with comics.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 145
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Videos, Physics, & You
Every day students come to school with one of the most amazing scientific tools every made. In this session Ian will share simple ways to use cells to phones acquire videos of all sorts of phenomenon and do detailed Physical analysis with it. Use videos made by students or design your own for students to work with. Amazingly precise and detailed video analysis offers a quick way to accurately investigate Uniform Motion, Acceleration, Projectile Motion, Dynamics, Conservation of Energy, Circular Motion, Conservation of Momentum, and many more!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 160
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Interfering For Their Enjoyment in Physics 30
Student learning is helped by repetition. It is beneficial to use a lab skill more than once to get more of our students to internalize it. In this hands on session I will present a set of experiments that illustrate how double and multiple slit interference patterns can be used to measure wavelengths and small distances (as part of the EMR unit), to measure Planck’s constant and Bohr energy levels of hydrogen, and to work with different spectral types (as part of the Atomic Physics unit).

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 160
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Cheap and Easy Demos and Lessons for Science 10
Everyone likes cheap and easy science demonstrations. We also like effective assessment tools and engaging lessons. We will share ideas, demonstrations, and lessons for teaching science concepts. Many of these are also suitable for other high school science courses. We also have a new assessment tool for incoming grade 10 students that is similar to the Math MIPI exams. Along with demos and lesson ideas, we will present our research into this Science 10 pre-test (we call it the SIPI) that can be used to assess a student’s readiness.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 160
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Climate Change and the Perimeter Institute
The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics consistently produces high quality, adaptable resources that are ready for the classroom. Come learn about one of Perimeter's newest resources and find out how you can make the topic of climate change come to life in your classroom.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 160
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Three Teachers, 3000 Problems, and the Quest to Make Math Stick - Interleaving in the Math Classroom
Blocked instruction is king when it comes to teaching math. Teach Unit 1. Then test Unit 1. Next, teach Unit 2. Then test Unit 2. Teach Unit 3. Test Unit 3. And so on until June. Very traditional. Very predictable. The trouble is - what happens when your students don't get it? Or if they get it today but they can't remember it tomorrow? Where do you find more time to let them practice the skills they need before moving on to the next concept? Enter a new model of instructional delivery called interleaving - a practice that turns the traditional approach upside down. Call it spiraling or spaced instruction. Whatever you call it, come to this session to see how one team of teachers at Harry Ainlay re-invented a whole new math course for transitioning Grade 10s that is engaging students, enlisting parents, and improving student retention!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 165
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Making Learning Visible - Photographing and Co-Creating Learning Stories
Join me in discovering how I make learning visible with my students through a process of observation, documentation, interpretation and reflection. Pedagogical documentation through photography plays an important role in my classroom. As a grade one teacher, I use photographs to: 1) document student learning, as well as my own, 2) build visual literacy skills, and 3) develop verbal and written storytelling proficiency by highlighting big ideas such as characters, setting, and sequence. When students are active participants in the documentation, they come to learn more about their own thinking. We as teachers get to be co-learners, co-researchers, and co-imagine possibilities. Please bring your camera, a tablet or a smartphone (you shoot with what you have!). Together we will be building basic photography skills to help you create authentic learning stories.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 165
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Making Sense of Cents in Your Classroom
Financial Literacy is a hot topic for many educators around the world. There is an emerging and strong desire to reach students at an earlier age with life lessons concerning money management. Canada is no different. Liyanage Workshops facilitates financial literacy and training right in the classroom. There are many ways to incorporate financial awareness and fiscal management strategies into your existing lessons. This session discusses why it necessary and how to do it.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 165
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Live-Streaming from the Edmonton Convention Centre
Broadcast from Hall D

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Royal Alberta Museum

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Meet the Museum: Unpacking Program Potential at the New Royal Alberta Museum (Pre-register)
Get to know your new Royal Alberta Museum by registering for an engaging two-hour workshop with members of the RAM’s Learning Team. Through hands-on inquiry experiences, materials investigation, and gallery exploration you will hear about the Royal Alberta Museum’s approach to learning and explore how our new museum can support your ,programming objectives.This session will take place at the new Royal Alberta Museum, which is located in Edmonton’s downtown arts district. Our vision is to foster wonder, inquiry and new understandings about Alberta and its place in the world. Registration details: 40 participants (Pre-registered session). Duration: 2 hours Location: 9810 103A Ave (downtown location of the Royal Alberta Museum

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Royal Alberta Museum Room: Main Entrance
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
This Session is Full

Shaw

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Meaningful Conversations at a Tipi
Elder Francis WhiskyJack and Elder Jeanette Lean have set up a tipi with traditional teaching items for you to browse and they will be available to answer any questions. The Elders work in a junior/senior high school and will share their traditional teaching experiences. .

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Exhibit Hall
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Live-Streaming from the Edmonton Convention Cent
Broadcast from Hall D

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D - Lobby
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Natural Relationships
To highlight what has been termed the “Nature Deficit Disorder”, Brian intends to take you on a journey exploring the importance of the "natural experience", the effects on health and psychological well being, and the basic need to stay connected with the very substance that makes us human. It's all about the importance of ‘unplugging’ and getting outside. Using his informative and often humorous method of live-narrated video, he promises to share some very special natural moments. Guaranteed to drive home the message that a greener planet is not only nice, but necessary for our very survival.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Push Through
How can you help ever child tap into their power within, so that he/she can maximize their full potential and be life-long learners? What does the real-life process of instilling growth mindset and resilience actually look, sound, and feel like for both students and educators? Through the sharing of personal accounts of globally recogmized, innovative, interactive, and engaging best practices in education, this keynote will provide tips and insight into helping students figure out WHY, while at the same time reminding educators and of their own.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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What Makes a Good Teacher, Great?
How can we make an incredible change in education with limited resources, time and without changing our population of students? What if the secret to transformation was hidden in every classroom and school? What secrets are hidden to us, not revealed because we just couldn't understand the language of students? Learn how to take the hidden messages of students to transform the learning environment to ignite their desire to learn, reinvigorate your teaching and boost the learning for all.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Attitude Effect
Our attitude is the one thing we have complete control over. We can’t always choose what happens to us on a day to day basis, but we can choose our attitude. And when a leader adopts and practices good attitude habits, it ripples throughout the entire organization. Productivity, innovation, engagement, quality, service and customer loyalty can skyrocket when you have a positive company culture. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to make The Attitude Effect work for you. You’ll learn how your interpretation of business and personal stresses impact your work, your attitude and your co-workers, and how to be aware of and re-interpret your attitudes on a day-to-day basis.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Positive Space Elementary-Certificate program (Part 1):
This half day certification course will give educators the tools they need to truly create a safe space in their calssroom. The workshop will help educators: understand language, navigate curriculum, deal with family & community concerns, and help understand their role in creating a positive space in their classroom

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Positive Space Elementary-Certificate program Part 2
This half day certification course will give educators the tools they need to truly create a safe space in their calssroom. The workshop will help educators: understand language, navigate curriculum, deal with family & community concerns, and help understand their role in creating a positive space in their classroom

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Catholic & Christian Inclusion of Queer & Trans Identities:
This workshop engages participants on a conversation on topics and issues important to Catholic School Educators and Staff in an intimate and open format. Catholic Educators and Staff will be given the tools to tackle topics that range from school uniforms and body shaming to Faith and Intersectionality. This workshop will work with educators on how to create inclusion for LGBTQ2+ youth and faculty in Catholic and Christian Institutions

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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How to Run a GSA Club
This workshop will share with participants: 1-the History of GSA Clubs, 2-how to run a club, and 3-What the impact of running a GSA is. This will share best practices from across North America, and the role(s) of teachers in such a vital scholastic institution. Participants will also learn about new resources in the community and tools to bring back to their school.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Mixed Messages: The Changing Face of Discipline
Toto, you’re not in Kansas anymore! It seems like more and more, behavior problems are the main topic of conversation in schools. In this interactive session, participants examine the main influences impacting behavior over the last few decades, and discuss implications for best practices as a result. You can't leave this session without having a shift in perspective about behavior!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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I Can Make Good Choices * Repeat Session from last year – Back by Demand
“You’re not my friend!” “That’s not fair!” “I don’t want to do that!” Each year it seems like we are dealing with more behavior problems in the primary classroom. Come to this fun session and get some quick and easy ideas for teaching behavior and social skills using visuals, literature and simple chants and activities.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teach Skills and Break Habits: Growth-Mindsets for Better Behavior in the Classroom
How do you create long-term change for students with chronic behavior problems? Join Dan to learn about the downfall of behavior tracking systems and why time out, clip systems, behavior folders, and office referrals don’t work. You’ll also discuss specific ways to support behavior with regard to prevention and intervention efforts in the classroom. (PK-5th) This session features information from his new book.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Count Me In: Building Social Skills with Games
Teach your students the behavioral skills they need for school success in a fun way! Dan offers insight into specific games and activities that teach important social skills, engage children, and best of all, positively shape student behavior.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Precious Cargo: My Year Driving a School Bus
In 2008, Craig Davidson plucked a flyer out of the mailbox that read "Bus Drivers Wanted". That was the first step towards an unlikely new career: driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year. Davidson takes us along for the ride showing us how his evolving relationships with the kids on the bus, each of them struggling physically as well as emotionally and socially, slowly but surely changed his life along with the lives of his "precious cargo" in this care. This is the extraordinary story of that year and those relationships. It is also a moving, important and universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Running for Resilience: Not All Classrooms Have 4 Walls
This inspirational keynote gives you an in-depth look into her classroom through engaging visuals and stories from an Arctic school in the village of Salluit, where students face staggeringly high dropout rates, a youth suicide crisis and disturbing social injustices. These Inuit students carry the burden of colonization and inter-generational trauma on their shoulders every day and Maggie explains how she grounds her teaching practice in feminist, post-colonial and community development theory to allow her students to become masters of their own destiny. She shares examples of how her students have developed resiliency through innovative educational programs. This resiliency has led to suicide prevention, school perseverance and the graduation of Inuit girls. This emotional keynote will underline the message of how much teachers matter, re-igniting the teaching passion of educators.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Silver Linings: Living the Up Side of Down
Silken Laumann’s greatest mentor and coach once said to her “Every cloud has a silver lining.” This expression came in handy when she sat in a sinking boat wondering if she was going to lose her lower leg, never mind compete at the Olympics in ten weeks’ time. Five years later, when her husband left her without warning, she remembers thinking, “Where the heck is the silver lining in this one?” Silken is no stranger to adversity: living with a mother who suffered from mental illness gave her strength and resiliency that has shaped the course of her life. She believes our experiences are gifts that shape us. Challenge, loss, and change are hard, but there are huge lessons in the experience. To throw away the learning of the journey is throwing away the gift that comes along with the pain. Silken shares her story with strength and honesty and inspires us all.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Push Through
How can you help ever child tap into their power within, so that he/she can maximize their full potential and be life-long learners? What does the real-life process of instilling growth mindset and resilience actually look, sound, and feel like for both students and educators? Through the sharing of personal accounts of globally recogmized, innovative, interactive, and engaging best practices in education, this keynote will provide tips and insight into helping students figure out WHY, while at the same time reminding educators and of their own.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Where was God? An Exploration in Narrative Theology
Our stories are important - especially in a religious education class. Through reflecting on and sharing our stories with each other, we can help to answer the question: Where was God? and What was God teaching me? This session will be both an example faith filled storytelling and also an exploration of how our stories can be used in high school religious education classes. Participants will come away from this session with a better understanding of the connections that can be made in religious education through our stories.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Leading Change Effectively
In our educational context, change is a constant - new leaders, new curriculae, new staff on our teams; the list could go on. As leaders, we know that change is inevitable; navigating through this change productively with our teams is the challenge. Leaders are invited to explore managing complex change and how each component - vision, skills, incentives, resources and action plan must be addressed to get results.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Impact of Second Language Learning
Attention all second language teachers! This session is for you! This presentation will focus on the cognitive, academic, personal, societal, intercultural, and economic impacts of second language learning including students with exceptionalities. You will leave with a deeper understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with learning a second language. Other information: Participants will receive a copy of the Executive Summary of the Literature Review. A complete copy can be found on the SLIC website https://slic.teachers.ab.ca/Pages/Home.aspx which can be printed. You can also purchase a copy through the CASLT website https://www.caslt.org/en/

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Animal Tales: Inspiring Empathy through Literature
The overarching goal of the Alberta SPCA's AnimalTales book program is to foster empathy and compassion for all living things. AnimalTales meets a variety of Alberta Education cross-curricular objectives, K-6, through the use of quality picture books and related classroom materials. Topics include caring for people, animals and the environment, as well as responsible pet ownership and the human-animal bond. Through literature, sharing, discussion and guided reflection, the materials foster empathy and impact perceptions in positive ways. A formal program evaluation was conducted to examine teacher use and student impacts through use of the program. In this session, we will introduce AnimalTales and the books, examine the results of the research, and discuss how teachers can incorporate humane literature into their classrooms.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Buddy Teachers + Buddy Classrooms = Math Success
In this math workshop participants will learn the best games for cross graded buddy classrooms. Come as a teaching team of primary/upper elementary and learn games your students can do together 1 x week. The benefits for older students include: solidifying foundational math concepts, leadership skills as they assume role of teachers, For the primary students they receive meaningful monitored practice. You will learn our favorite games for primary, then the differentiated game for upper elementary students to play. This teaching strategy builds a sense of community - a win/win for all. Participants will receive a games handout that contains our math buddies favorite games, a math games journal master to incorporate in your class an ideas to use Monday morning. Come prepared to play!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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OH the Math That They'll Know- Pre K - Kindergarten Math Games
Finally an exclusive workshop for our Pre K - K teachers and their students. Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of easily found cards, dice and number lines. Participants will play games and learn strategies for teaching the following early childhood concepts: counting, 1 -1 correspondence, learning our numbers to 5, 10 and 20, odd/even, greater than/less than, subitizing, playing with patterns, doubles. and graphing, introducing early addition and subtraction concepts. Participants will learn how to create math stations, start math response journals, use student work for assessment purposes and extend the games and activities to the home. This is great workshop for grade 1/2 special ed and resource room teachers who need to differentiate their instruction, as well as ESL.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Dice + Patterns + Art = Student Engagement and Creativity
Participants will create patterns, including symmetrical and numeric, mosaic and pictures "works of art" with regular dice. Concepts for math include: numbers, sequencing, identifying and naming patterns, shapes, symmetry and more. Ideas for integrating other subject areas will also be included. Participants will have the opportunity to design and create patterns and pictures, share with other participants and see student samples. Journal writing extensions will also be provided. Come prepared to work on these engaging integrated activities that students love. Perfect for all elementary whole class or centers.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Best Fit: What Graphing Technology is Best for You?
Come and see what is new from Texas Instruments. Learn some new tricks, tips, and shortcuts on the TI-84+CE. Get free ready made resources to supplement your instruction. Software provided to all attendees and much more.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Mettre en oeuvre les meilleures pratiques pour enseigner l’écriture
Écrire est une tâche complexe qui implique plusieurs habiletés. La complexité de la tâche peut être décourageante pour plusieurs élèves qui ont des troubles d’apprentissage, des défis au niveau de la fonction exécutive et l’anxiété. Les recherches récentes appuient l’utilisation d’une approche structurée et explicite lors de l’enseignement de l’écriture afin d’aider tous les élèves à développer des habiletés d’écriture efficaces. Cette session présentera une procédure d’écriture structurée à six étapes qui facilitera l’écriture dans tous les sujets scolaires. La présentatrice guidera les participants dans la création d’un plan de leçon détaillé et différencié. Cette approche structurée permet aux élève de développer les habiletés en écriture et de réflexion fondamentales pour vivre du succès comme écrivains.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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La littératie en immersion française: habiletés, identité et s'amuser
Apprendre à lire et écrire n'est pas toujours simple, surtout quand ça se fait dans une deuxième langue. Dans cette session, Ashley McPherson présentera les étapes typiques du développement des habiletés en lecture et en écriture dans une deuxième langue. Elle présentera aussi des signes d'une difficulté d'apprentissage potentiel et des façons d'appuyer ces élèves. En s'appuyant sur les recherches récentes, les enseignants apprendront au sujet de différentes activités amusantes de littératie appropriées pour les différentes stapes de développement ainsi que des méthodes pour appuyer l'apprentissage de tous leurs élèves avec une approche inclusive et différentiée.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Vocabulary Knowledge - Foundation for Success
“Vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of academic achievement across subject matter domains.” (Saville-Troike, 1984) Learning vocabulary is crucial for academic success and research shows that students’ vocabulary level affects their reading comprehension. But teaching academic vocabulary to English Language Learners is sometimes a challenge. Learning vocabulary words is more than just looking up words in the dictionary: it has to be taught explicitly, multiple times, and in multiple contexts. This session will showcase excellent web links, practical strategies, and fun activities that can be implemented in your classroom to increase student engagement in vocabulary learning.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Leadership - It’s All about Connection!
During my career in education, as a teacher, consultant, counsellor and school leader, I have come to realize that the most important factor in being effective in my role is connection! Leadership literature discusses the importance of relationships and building those connections in our school, but what does that look like in action? In this presentation, I will share my journey to school leadership and how connections have be key to having a positive impact in my school. I will also share my philosophy around service leadership and how to effectively engage staff. Ultimately, our challenge is to find effective strategies that promote opportunities to create healthy connections for everyone.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Mentoring Student Teachers: What's in it for "we"?
Leveraging the expertise and experiences of a panel of current school coordinators, mentor teachers, and student teachers, field experience associates from the University of Alberta will provide the audience with information and self-reflection opportunities regarding: -Reasons to be a mentor teacher and how it can add to the learning community -Suggestions, anecdotes, and evidence of what makes an effective mentor teacher -Most important learning and valued advice from current mentor teachers and student teachers

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Making a Difference Together – Where is Cancer Research Today?
In 1980, Terry’s Marathon of Hope touched millions of Canadians. Thanks to the dedicated educators who include Terry in their lesson plans and almost 10,000 annual events that bear his name, Canadians are still just as inspired to find a cure today. You have helped us raise significant funds for the best and most impactful cancer research in the country and to do so in such a cost efficient way that we set the standard in the non-profit landscape. Learn about the impact educators, school communities and researchers are making on the cancer front and learn more about a bold new Road Map designed to revolutionize cancer treatment and research in Canada and to solidify our country as a leader on the world stage.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Teacher: The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis continues to hold remarkable appeal to a broad readership. His corpus of writings is wide-ranging, encompassing fantasy literature like the Chronicles of Narnia, to popular articulations of faith, such as Mere Christianity. This talk seeks to explore the thought world of C.S. Lewis and critically evaluate the trajectory of his thought as well as the popular reception of his works in order to offer educators of Literature and Religion insight into the undercurrents of his writings.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Dark Side of the Force and the Problem of Evil
This session examines a central conundrum in theology, the problem of evil, by putting voices from classical theism into dialogue with the ideas in play in George Lucas's world of Star Wars. Specific attention is given to the Dark Side of the Force and how it sheds light on articulating distinctions between good and evil. Put another way, we consider how St. Augustine would understand Darth Vader and the Sith in particular and Lucas’s vision of the Force, the Dark Side, and good and evil in general.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Writing for Children
When your kids grow out of “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” you dig into your background and write a book. And, before you know it, your first book is 30 years old and there are 17 or so more. Along the way, you have to fight with editors, censors, and publishers but, if you have something to say, it is all worth it. Michael Kusugak spends a lot of time in Alberta schools, telling stories and reading his books. Where do the stories come from? What is in the background? Where did Arvaarluk’s father, a man who grew up on the Arctic Circle, where there are no trees or cows or horses, learn about lassos in Baseball Bats for Christmas? Why was Katauyaq’s mother coughing in Northern Lights, The Soccer Trails? How did Igvillu, a cairn terrier from Red Deer, Alberta, end up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut? It is a small world we live in.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Coaching Students to Success
Connecting with students is challenging. Helping them find their path is even harder. Having coached some of the most disengaged students, we've learned how to consistently guide youth to connect with their authentic goals. In this hilarious and interactive workshop, we'll share our most effective strategies to coach students to success.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Reconciliation
“They told us, ‘Never, ever tell those stories ever again.’” A quote from an old Inuk woman in Northern Quebec. Reconciliation: We know the words reconciliation and colonization. But what are we reconciling? Who are the colonized? Michael Kusugak talks about the Inuit, those people who, for some strange reason, settled in one of the coldest places in the world, thousands of years ago and made it their home. They are known around the world by their incredible inventions: the igloo and the kayak, to name a couple. To reconcile with Inuit, one has to develop an understanding of who they are, how they lived in peace and harmony for thousands of years, what sustained them, and what colonization deprived them of. Michael Kusugak started life travelling by dog sled, and living in igloos and sod huts. Today, he writes about his people, his homeland, and his beliefs.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Indigenous Literacy Backpacks
The session will inform teachers about how they can create literacy backpacks with Indigenous content for young students. I will discuss why there is a need and how I came up with the idea for creating Indigenous literacy backpacks. As well, I will outline what was involved in putting them together, and rolling them out to students and families. These backpacks serve multiple purposes some of which are to create school-home connections and build community, build capacity in parents and other family members to support their children in literacy acquisition, provide rich literacy and cross-curriculum experiences for participants with an Indigenous perspective. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how the books were selected, what activities were included and how to get started creating their own Indigenous literacy backpacks.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Engaging Students with Daily Creative Activity
Introducing DCA – Daily Creative Activity – because our creative muscles could use a daily workout too! We'll share ideas, fill your bucket with fun, “use-it-now” activities, and show you how 5 minutes a day can transform your classroom – reduced student inhibition, more willingness to take risks and make mistakes, and more variety and fun for YOU every day. Not only that, you'll have new success connecting with the “hard-to-reach, hard-to-teach” students.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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School Leadership Within the Teaching Profession - Challenges and Possibilities
This session seeks to answer the question: If the core of educational leadership is promoting teacher learning, how can we support school leaders in their work? In this session, current and aspiring school leaders will examine the competencies of the Leadership Quality Standard (LQS), discuss its place within the triad of new standards for Alberta’s teaching profession, and celebrate the value of having certificated teachers serve as school leaders. Participants will receive practical information and resources that will help them develop their schools as communities where leadership and professional learning is fostered in all teachers.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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How to Teach Creativity (Even if You're Not Creative)
Creativity is an essential skill for the 21st century, but many teachers feel unequipped to deliver. This workshop is all about innovative thinking. You'll learn a laughter-filled process to envision hundreds of ideas for your classroom, and you’ll discover your own creativity in the process. Whether students care about the environment, bullying, or video games, you'll learn how to convert their interests into opportunities for engaging lessons and intrinsically motivating assignments. You’ll come away with tools to empower creativity, techniques for helping students tap into their natural motivations, and a better understanding of what ideas get students (and YOU!) excited.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Power of Possibilities
Students and teachers alike are prone to a sticky set of assumptions. “One right answer” thinking creates many conflicts, prevents us from learning and growing, keeps us from reaching our goals. In this awe-inspiring presentation we'll examine our assumptions and learn how to "unstick" them in ourselves and our students. Combining breathtaking magic and storytelling, Brandon demonstrates just how limiting our sticky minds can be, and how to generate more possibilities personally and professionally. You'll learn how to enjoy challenging your own assumptions, recognizing your greater potential, and taking the necessary steps to achieving your goals. Talking about learning is rarely this much fun!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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A Smorgasboard of Classroom Management
In this session one of Mr. Greg’s goals is to bring tons of new and fresh classroom management strategies, tips, tricks and ideas! Plan on learning about different types of behavior systems, rewards and consequences, the importance of routines, expectations and procedures, and ways to bring free and low-cost incentives into your classroom.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: ECS
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Be The One!
The education of youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, "Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed." More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Today’s presentation will encourage all of you to BE THE ONE!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Kick Your Day Off Right with a Morning Meeting
You will find the value of starting each day with a morning meeting after attending this session. You will see how 10-20 minutes each morning can change the dynamics of your classroom and make it more like a family. You’ll learn the components of a morning meeting as well as ideas for greetings, activities, and morning messages to use in your classroom!

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: ECS
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Miracle Starts Here!
Have you ever become discouraged after you've worked hard and the results did not reflect your effort? Have you ever, just for a moment, let the thought cross your mind that the barriers to educating all students might be too overwhelming to overcome? This presentation will inspire participants to reflect on the true purpose of education and their role in ensuring that all children reach their fullest potential. This session is designed to help school staff unleash the miraculous power of collaboration to create excellent schools.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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I Love a Challenge with Duff Gibson: Ever Active Schools Health & Wellness Symposium
Join Olympic Skeleton Gold Medalist and physical literacy and active living advocate, Duff Gibson to open the Ever Active Schools Health & Wellness Symposium. Physical Education and physical activity in school has a purpose beyond other disciplines. If you don’t also teach a love of physical activity, it defeats the purpose and there are direct and potentially lifelong implications for a child’s health and wellness. In this presentation, Duff talks about teaching a love for physical activity in light of current trends both in and outside of schools. Topics include the factors affecting participation in sport and physical activity, and fostering a growth mindset. While this presentation has its roots in Phys Ed, the overall message is around student health, and given that healthy students are better learners, all teachers should be a part of this important conversation.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Wellness for You - From the Classroom to the Staffroom with ASEBP and AHS
Teaching is hard work – busy days, active students, jam-packed schedules. It can be hard for teachers to find the time to take care of their own personal health needs, but letting go of this priority can impact your ability to create a positive classroom community. This interactive session will discuss strategies, tools and resources for enhancing wellness in your classroom and your school community. Explore ways that both ASEBP and AHS can support your wellness, and the wellness of your students. Join us to learn creative ways to promote your school as a healthy, vibrant community.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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A Conversation on Creating Calm Classrooms with Alberta Health Services
Have you been practicing calming strategies in your classroom? Join our conversation as we explore stress-awareness and self-calming techniques for students of all ages. Come prepared to share what calming tactics have and haven’t worked in your own classrooms and discover practical ways to help students “cool their jets.” Not only will you learn from your colleagues in the room, you will contribute to a list of tried-and-tested calming strategies from teachers across Alberta. Take a deep breath, and let’s begin.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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So you have to teach Health... with Ever Active Schools
Health is a keystone to success for all students, and this session aims to support teachers in feeling more confident to deliver the Health & Life Skills curriculum. Research has consistently shown that healthy students are better learners and have healthier brains, so a strong Health program in your school has its benefits. Join Ever Active Schools to explore teaching strategies for engaging students in Health & Life Skills and to learn about the many resources available to support your program.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Structured Word Inquiry in Elementary Classrooms
Structured Word Inquiry is a method of learning about the English spelling system using word meaning, structure, history and sounds. SWI was coined by researcher Peter Bowers and is gaining traction in Alberta schools. This method can and should be used with young children in schools, including students who are struggling with reading. I'll share some of the SWI lessons that I have used in my classroom and with intervention groups.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Games and Activities that Optimize Self Regulation with Ever Active Schools
When children and youth have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for self-regulation they are better suited to make healthy choices that benefit them and their classmates. Join Ever Active Schools as we explore how classrooms for all ages can be optimal settings to promote these skills through fun, creative and original activities.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Get them Outside to help them Learn with Alberta Parks
When students spend meaningful time outdoors, they are more active, healthier and they learn better. Alberta Parks has numerous resources and programs to support teachers in environments all the way from your school yard out into the forest and mountains. With connections to multiple curricular outcomes from Science to Language Arts, Health, Phys Ed and more, you'll be sure to find something you can use with your classes this year.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Orange Marks the Spot: Lesson Plans to Support Outdoor Adventure with Be Fit for Life
Active play in nature and outdoors is essential for healthy child development. This interactive session will feature activities and strategies to develop competence, confidence and motivation to be active outside for life. The Alberta Orienteering Association and the Be Fit For Life Network have partnered to create Orange Marks the Spot: a series of lesson plans that are a fun way to introduce outdoor adventure skills to participants ages 5-12. Participants will leave with free downloadable lesson plans and strategies for use in schools, recreation, sport and community settings.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Mindfulness: Staying Present and Engaged
This session will introduce you to the power of mindfulness: a practice originating in the teachings of Eastern spirituality and philosophy nearly two thousand years ago. Without making it a panacea, mindfulness has been shown through a growing body of research since the 1980s to have a positive impact on one’s overall health and well being including stress reduction, decreased negative affect (ex. anxiety, depression, etc.), offer more effective emotion regulation, and much more. In his usual dynamic and engaging style, Hani will share with you: What mindfulness is and is not! The power of our thoughts and how they can change our brain and much of our physiology. Research-based evidence on the benefits of mindfulness - at work, school, and beyond. The way mindfulness meditation practice can lead to mindful living. Simple ways to begin and sustain your mindfulness mediation practice.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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What Young People Want You to Know (But Don’t Tell You)
Roy Petitfils has spent years listening to young people, as a youth minister, an educator, a parent, and now as a psychotherapist. He’s heard them share things he knew they weren’t sharing with their friends, other adults or their teachers. In this dynamic, humorous session Roy will share what’s really going on inside the minds and hearts of young people. You’ll be surprised by what they most deeply want you to know about them and what they really want and need from you. Learning Objectives: • How to reach closed off teens • The best time to talk to teens • How have an effective conversation with teens • Recognizing the difference between normal adolescent moodiness and something more serious like anxiety or depression • Recognize the warning signs and risk factors that make teens more likely to experience anxiety and depression

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Beyond Reconciliation: Looking Towards the Future of Canada
In the featured talk, Ojibwe writer, broadcaster and advocate will use art and history, to illuminate a pathway forward for Canada and the First Peoples of this land.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Heart/Hard Truths: Listening to Indigenous Truth Telling
In this discussion, best-selling author and award winning scholar Dr. Tracey Lindberg engages in a very honest conversation about knowledge, colonial violence today, and the ways and means by which Indigenous peoples and allies can participate in the rejuvenation of Indigenous ways of knowing and passing on knowledge. Using storytelling to present truths, Professor Lindberg details how hers (and other) Indigenous literary and artistic renderings of self, community and family can support empathy and the understanding of the role of familial love in human, non-human, community and national relationships. Discussing Hard Truths about the impact of colonization on the relationships between Indigenous bodies, families, communities and Nations, Dr. Lindberg presents participants with the challenge to de-colonize themselves to better understand and treat their relatives.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

St. Johns Ambulance Building

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St. John Amublance Emergency First Aid Level A with AED
St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid Level A with AED training. Course date: February 28, 2018. Course times: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Course location: 12304-118 Avenue, Edmonton. Course cost: $110/person. To register please call: 1-800-665-7114 or email: edmonton@stjohn.ab.ca

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Health/CALM
Building: St. Johns Ambulance Building Room: Main 2
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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St. John Amublance Standard First Aid Level C with AED Recertification
Standard First Aid Level C with AED Recertification February 28, 2019. Course time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Course location: 12304-118 Avenue, Edmonton. Must be currently certified in Standard First Aid Level C with AED to be eligible for recertification. Call 1-800-665-7114 or email edmonton@stjohn.ab.ca to register, a copy of your current certificate will be required at time of registration. Course cost: $150/person.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Health/CALM
Building: St. Johns Ambulance Building Room: Room - Main
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Here Comes Everyone – Teaching in the Culturally Diverse Classroom
The demographics of Alberta’s schools are changing dramatically. Teaching practices and strategies that once worked may no longer be effective. This workshop will explore approaches for examining beliefs, attitudes, policies, structures and practices to enable schools to work effectively cross-culturally. Participants will begin to learn how to develop a greater capacity to engage in cultural self-assessment and become more conscious of the dynamics of intercultural interactions.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 42)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Winning Strategies for Inclusive Classroom
Alberta schools are founded on the concept that all students can learn, regardless of their abilities. When teachers plan for and use effective learning strategies designed to help struggling learners, they also support many other students. This workshop will provide teachers with tools and strategies that can be used in any grade with all types of students. Engaging, interesting and active, this session will give participants ideas to incorporate into lessons immediately for positive results.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Athabasca (cap 42)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Productive Struggle in Mathematics
In this session Elaine Simmt invites teachers to consider "struggle" in the context of the different kinds of mathematical thinking we expect of students. Examples will be drawn from ratios and proportions and solving equations. This session will be of interest to teachers who want to do some mathematics as they explore the implications of "struggle" in the mathematics class.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Experience the Maths - No Problem! Method of Teaching
According to all international studies, Singapore Math teaching is the most successful in the world. Find out how this approach develops children's mathematical ability; join the math teaching revolution. Maths – No Problem! incorporates this method wherein every child can achieve in math. This approach allows students to master concepts in greater depth, proving that math can be both linguistic and creative. Students learn to think mathematically, rather than having to memorize processes and procedures (shown ineffective in long-term memory). This engaging, hands-on presentation will give you a renewed appreciation for math and will inspire you to be an even better teacher. Andy Psarianos will provide an overview of the Maths – No Problem! approach, and you will experience some of the exciting teaching methods and strategies that will bring math to life in your classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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How to Easily Enrich Your Junior High Math Class
Having students or a class that is clearly above grade-level can be challenging. After students finish their core work, it is tempting to reward them with more work like more difficult questions or accelerating through the curriculum - which just creates more preparation! As an alternative, I will present some projects, resources, and activities that enrich the curriculum that the whole class benefits from, regardless of their understanding of the content. I will explore how enrichment does not have to mean harder work, but instead it can be more in depth and focused studies of curriculum content. It leads to happy students and happier teacher! You will leave this session with concrete junior high examples of curriculum enrichment that you can use and/or implement tomorrow.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Making a Difference with Mathematical Tasks
As mathematics teachers, our goal is that students become mathematical thinkers. To promote mathematical proficiency, teachers can use math tasks to simulate rich thinking. The type of task we select and how we implement the task can impact how students think and the quality of learning that occurs. In this session, we will try some tasks in order to analyze the level of cognitive demand. Using criteria from cognitively demanding tasks, as a group we will generate instructional moves for effective implementation. Teachers will take tasks to try with students, ideas about where to find tasks, how to choose tasks and strategies to foster learning

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Hall D Live-Streaming
Keynotes will be live-streamed

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (theatre cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Changes in the Legal Landscape 2018-2019 (What Teachers & School Leaders Must Know)
Teachers practice within a complex set of employment, professional and social parameters set out in various laws, regulations and policies. This presentation addresses, among other topics, employment contracts, professional conduct, teacher competence, professional relations, litigation, OH&S, cannabis in the workplace,  negligence and liability. The presentation can be structured as a general overview or tailored to the needs of the group requesting it. Current issues such as field trip liability, safe grads and assignable duties can be included.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Edmonton Oilers, your students and helping the community. What a connection!
The Hockey Helps Kids program was started by Chloe and Harrison Katz as a way to make a connection between kids and hockey. In the program, players from the Edmonton Oilers are connected with local junior high schools who then choose a local charity to work with as they compete for the Charity Cup. The winning team gets $25 000 for their charity, while the 3 runners-up each win $10 000. Come learn about the application process to get your school involved and some of the ‘ins and outs’ from our personal experiences as we have a fireside chat about this incredible program. Chad was part of team McDavid and won season one, while Miles was part of team Nugent-Hopkins and won season three.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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An Introduction to Treaty Education
This introductory workshop will explore historical and contemporary information and resources relating to numbered treaties within Alberta. Educators will build their understanding of the acknowledgment of land and people, as well as our shared responsibilities to the land and each other.   Participants will engage in dialogue and reflect on their professional learning in order to build capacity in treaty education. 

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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I Must Have Missed that Class: Tips and Tricks to Surviving your Year as a Music Teacher
Teaching music is much more than having students pull out instruments and playing. There are many issues that face music educators today and with music teachers often being the only specialist in their field, discussing these concerns can be difficult! This session will addresses some of these issues including advocacy, working with administrators, budgeting, fundraising, organizing parent groups, field trips (both local and abroad), festival preparation, concert planning, inventory and record keeping, curriculum, the new TQS and other tips and tricks from beyond the podium. Join a conversation that will focus on thriving rather than surviving!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Music
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 50 theatre)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Teachers Teaching Teachers - an Experience with International Cooperation and Development
Jessica has been involved in 3 projects with Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) and 1 with Change For Children. She will talk about what Project Overseas - CTF and Change For Children initiatives are about (history, goals, how to get involved, etc) and provide a narrative of her various experiences. She will touch on how our profession is similar worldwide and how we can work in solidarity with our colleagues, at home and abroad. Those attending the session will become more aware of international opportunities for Alberta teachers. Jessica hopes that the main message teachers will hear will be that we can collectively work towards ensuring effective professional development for all teachers. Thus, we can ensure that all children have access to quality public education.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 50 theatre)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Christ - The Model Teacher
Through an examination of five events of Christ's life we will uncover some of his lessons on how we can be educators in faith based institutions. We will examine Zaccaeus, The Feeding of the 5000, The Healing of the 10, The Wedding at Cana, and finally The Crucifixion. Under the framework of these, the vision of a teacher will start to take form.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Religious Education
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 50 theatre)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Prescheduled Interviews
Prescheduled Interviews - https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C - please use this link for registration

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Developing a Class Culture that Supports Engaged and Successful Problem Solvers
New research in cognitive science shows that students are more likely to become engaged and successful problem solvers when they are given a sequence of challenges in which (initially) only one or two dimensions of the problem are varied at a time. By raising the bar incrementally, and giving students continuous feedback, teachers can help students learn to persevere so they can eventually tackle more complex problems independently. In this session, participants will practice breaking challenges into manageable steps using actual problems from contests: the goal is to design lessons that will help as many students as possible tackle rich problems. Participants will walk away from this talk by Dr. John Mighton, founder of JUMP Math, with effective problem-solving strategies that they use immediately.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Using Alphabet Books to Supporting Emergent Literacy: Five Critical Features
Alphabet books provide opportunities for Pre-K to K children; children with language and literacy delays, children at-risk for reading difficulties, and children who are ELL to learn English letter names and sounds. Unfortunately, most alphabet books fail to incorporate research evidence across critical features that support child learning. The focus of this session is to (a) describe the features (i.e., word, format, illustration, and cognitive) considered necessary to optimize alphabet books as a foundational entry point into the world of reading and (b) describe the design and development of an alphabet book that optimized these features to show educators how to develop their own alphabet book resources to facilitate alphabet learning

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: ECS
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Continuing ASEBP Benefits into Retirement
Retirement is exciting, but also a little daunting with all the paperwork and planning to be done. With so many things to remember, let the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) make one of your checklist items a little easier—your retirement health benefits. During our session, participants will learn about eligibility requirements for maintaining their ASEBP benefits into retirement, the different coverage options available to them, the cost of coverage, as well as benefit options available after ASEBP coverage has ended. This session is beneficial for employees currently participating in ASEBP benefits and thinking about retirement.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Power of Working Together: Fostering Collective Teacher Efficacy
Collective efficacy is about the overwhelming power that school teams have to impact change when they join together to solve problems. Collective efficacy is high when educators believe that they are capable of helping students master complex content, fostering students’ creativity, and getting students to believe they can do well in school. Expectations that they can successfully achieve their intended goals results in the confidence, resiliency, and persistence needed to overcome inequities and challenges. Many school leaders are asking: How do we foster a sense of collective efficacy among teachers to realize better outcomes for students? Information about how efficacy beliefs are formed and ways to influence a staff’s interpretation of their effectiveness will be shared along with examples and success stories.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Learning Spectrum
From Autism to ADHD to Aspergers and Dyslexia teachers face many challenges related to what David calls the Learning Spectrum. As someone who struggled in the classroom due to severe dyslexia and by being on the autism spectrurm himself, David inspires teachers to understand that anyone on the learning spectrum can learn. He shares why the first step to helping these students excel is to manage the anxiety associated with learning differently. David shares what is happening in the body and the mind of anyone on the learning spectrum and what you can to do help them reach their potential.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Developments in Artificial Intelligence: How It Will Change Your Life and The Way You Teach
Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Crypto currencies, cybersecurity are all the latest buzzwords when it comes to new technology. David explains what these new technologies are and what challenges and opportunities they offer for both teachers and students and the classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Developing a Class Culture that Supports Engaged and Successful Problem Solvers (Repeat)
New research in cognitive science shows that students are more likely to become engaged and successful problem solvers when they are given a sequence of challenges in which (initially) only one or two dimensions of the problem are varied at a time. By raising the bar incrementally, and giving students continuous feedback, teachers can help students learn to persevere so they can eventually tackle more complex problems independently. In this session, participants will practice breaking challenges into manageable steps using actual problems from contests: the goal is to design lessons that will help as many students as possible tackle rich problems. Participants will walk away from this talk by Dr. John Mighton, founder of JUMP Math, with effective problem-solving strategies that they use immediately.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Anxiety and the Classroom; Strategies for Teachers
This presentation will explore how anxiety effects learning, social situations and classroom atmosphere. An array of strategies will be offered to assist the anxious person, peers and teachers.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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It’s No Mystery (How to Teach Mystery Writing)
Author Marty Chan unlocks the secrets of teaching mystery writing. He reveals a simple primer that teachers can use to help kids plan their stories and create plot twists that will keep readers guessing until the end. Marty will give practical and easy-to-apply techniques to motivate students. He'll identify common tropes in mysteries that teachers can use to motivate their students to flesh out their stories.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Off Screen (Win Over Students without Using Screen Technology)
Marty Chan draws from his theatre background to share his strategies and techniques to engage students without using Smartboards or screens. With over 13 years experience of touring schools and presenting to all grade levels, he's learned the secret to hooking students' attention without relying on slide shows. He breaks down his approach into practical and effective steps that any instructor can use in the classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Chinese Bilingual Collaboration K-12
Chinese Bilingual Collaboration Day! The Edmonton Public School Board has had a Chinese Bilingual Program for 35 years! Bringing together all teachers in our district (more than 60) as well as the other districts that have a Chinese Program in our province will provide these language teachers time to share best practices, collaborate and learn!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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ATRF Your Pension Matters
The session is of interest to teachers of all ages and is a general overview of the teachers’ pension plan. The presentation will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement. Pre-registration is not required.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Not all Heroes Wear Capes: Some Wear Sandals
Since the release of Batman Begins in 2005, superhero movies have once again been seen as a big business in Hollywood, with multiple blockbuster releases each year. The stories told in superhero movies are also an incredibly useful tool for sharing religion, as many comic book superheroes bring to life religious and moral lessons. Join Evergreen Catholic Chaplain Mike Landry as he discusses our society's fascination with superheroes as well as his presentation of individual superhero stories and clips that you can use to help bring religion lessons to life. Finally, hear how he ties modern day superheroes to the Biblical heroes and saints, helping students to see their own call to be heroes themselves.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Mindfulness: The New Science of Health and Happiness!
Find out what all the health buzz is about regarding being more consciously mindful in your day to day life! We will explore the proven scientific evidence, anecdotes and testimonials about how and why bringing mindfulness and meditation into your daily routine are beneficial to your mental, emotional and physical health. Simple and easy to use tips, techniques and methods will also be presented, where you will then be able to conveniently incorporate the practice of mindfulness and meditation into your daily life. We will end the session with a relaxing group meditation, to send you blissfully on your way! All are welcome!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 40)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Classroom Practices to Support the Traumatized Brain
In this session, teachers will learn how adverse experiences, such as trauma and neglect, impact brain organization. The session has been designed for teachers in any type of classroom and to enhance their practices to support all students. Teachers will develop their understanding of what they can do to help regulate and relate to students while continuing to focus on academic growth. Concrete strategies and resources will be provided throughout the session which teachers will be able to implement within their individuals settings.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 40)
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Reconciling Representation: Indigenous People in Popular Culture
In this presentation, Jesse offers up a look at the history of Indigenous representation in popular culture, from movies, television and video games to sports mascots. He shows how representations in popular culture have been largely skewed by political/colonial ideology and continues to harm Indigenous people. In an age of reconciliation it’s important to understand how representation shapes our point of view and our actions so that we can avoid the problems caused by misrepresentation. Audiences leave this presentation inspired, informed and ready to make change.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Don't Just Study Nature -- Taste It: Getting to the Heart of Youth Environmentalism
Forget the books, share who you are, and don't just study nature -- taste it. This session will focus on bridging the classroom-to-wilderness gap, and offer tangible take-aways to help to foster deeply rooted values in nature-conservation and spark the roots of environmental advocacy without the eco-burnout and paralysis. Subjects/topics: Youth Environmentalism, Storytelling & Nature, Sensory Connection, Forget the Books - Get Outside, Eco-burnout

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Running AMOK (Actively Motivating Our Kids)
Big Daddy Tazz speaks about students being proud of who they are. He believes that we will never be able to end bullying, but he completely believes that we can fully bully proof our kids. If we teach them to have good body image, self esteem, self respect and compassion for themselves and others, then a bully will have no legs to stand on. He speaks on good mental health as well as smashing the stigma that surrounds mental illness. He speaks from experience and openly shares his battles, triumphs and inspirations.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Former NHL Player | Author of Why I Didn't Say Anything
Ex-NHL star, Sheldon Kennedy, is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Junior Hockey Coach with sexual assault. After overcoming personal demons and drug and alcohol addictions, Sheldon has emerged as one of North America’s most recognized and passionate child advocates. He has devoted his life to “culture change” around the issue of child abuse having; Certified over 800,000 Canadians on the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment, Respect Group; Created broad awareness through his book “Why I Didn’t Say Anything”; Influenced the change of several Federal Laws; Championed the creation of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. Sheldon speaks from the heart on this sensitive social issue. Those who attend his sessions come away with a greater understanding of child abuse and are inspired by Sheldon’s commitment to converting tragedy into positive change.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Friday, March 01, 2019

Orange Hub Theatre

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Open Rehearsal - Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band
Location: Orange Hub Theatre 10045 156 St The Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band provides an advanced performance experience for Alberta's top Junior High and Middle School students. Leading music educators in the province guide the students through three days of fun and intensive rehearsals and the experience culminates in a concert performance that the students have prepared in rehearsal. This year, the NAJHB will be directed by Ken Rogers, a music educator from Lethbridge, AB, winner of the prestigious Elkhorn Band Director of the Year Award and one of Alberta's finest concert band educators. In this open rehearsal, Mr. Rogers will lead the band through a rehearsal, address issues as they arise, and discuss the pedagogical intention of the methodology used to correct the band with the delegates in attendance. This session is sponsored by the Alberta Band Association.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Music
Building: Orange Hub Theatre  Room: Main Stage
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Meaningful Conversations at a Tipi
Elder Francis WhiskyJack and Elder Jeanette Lean have set up a tipi with traditional teaching items for you to browse and they will be available to answer any questions. The Elders work in a junior/senior high school and will share their traditional teaching experiences. .

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Exhibit Hall
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

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Canada: Coast to Coast to Coast
Rick Mercer is offering an epic new keynote that will make you appreciate, as never before, this unique nation we all call home. It’s a heart-soaring and laugh-out-loud funny affair, and a perfect way to celebrate what our great country has to offer. Few people know Canada like Rick Mercer knows Canada. Whether prodding at our institutions, celebrating our unsung heroes, or illuminating everything wonderful and weird about our country, Mercer is a galvanizing speaker. He’s our fiercest critic, our sharpest mind, and our most hilarious comic. This is a one-time talk that gathers together all his—and our—strengths. It is a talk that connects to the past, evaluates our present, and looks forward, hopefully, into the future.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Keep It Fun! Keep It Real! Keep It Up!
Mr. D has studied the art of improv comedy for years. With that said, it's no surprise that his classroom experiences can be quite comical. His goal for education is for students to WANT to be in school rather than HAVE to be in school. In this keynote, Mr. D shares stories, strategies, and practices of how he maintains a high level of engagement, fun, laughter, and rigor in the classroom. If, even by just a small amount, we can increase student laughter while they are learning, we will start to see a deeper engagement and understanding of our instruction! If there is anyone that can be a model for fun in the classroom, it is Mr. D!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Comedian and Host of The Ron James Show
One of the most recognizable figures in Canadian comedy, Ron James has been selling out theatres for more than 20 years with his trademark wit and energized performances. With five seasons of his own series, The Ron James Show, and nine record breaking comedy specials, you’d be hard pressed to find a Canadian who hasn’t encountered Ron’s personal and political humour. With his new show “Full Throttle”, Ron takes it to the next level: hot off a tour of Eastern Canada, he’s sharper, wiser and funnier than ever.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Closing the Gap
Even in classrooms with high quality literacy resources and dedicated teachers, there are always some students who struggle with literacy learning. We will look at the needs of the struggling adolescent reader and learn specific strategies to help these students increase their literacy proficiency. In this session we will explore how a resource such as Fountas & Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention can be used to close this gap, empowering students and building lifelong readers in the junior high setting. You will leave with strategies to support decoding, comprehension, along with strategies to foster engagement and motivation.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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I’ve Assessed... Now What?
You spend a lot of time assessing your students - listening to them read, having a comprehension conversation, and monitoring for fluency development. How does that data impact what you do in the classroom? In this session we will explore how to use assessment data to inform instruction during whole class, small group and individual teaching opportunities. You will learn how to think about individual student needs and goal setting as well as ways of looking for patterns for whole class and small group instruction.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Mindfulness and Self-Compassion as a Foundation for Caring Relationships
In this session, participants will learn about the benefits of a mindfulness practice, including self-compassion, and some of the research that supports this practice. All are invited to join in experiential practices which can be integrated to our daily routine with some guidance. These practices might bring reflections such as: What would it be like if I could be fully present and stable in my most challenging moments? What if I am ready to learn without hesitation and doubt? Does the image I hold of myself make any difference in my capacity to wonder and co-imagine the possibilities with children/students and their families? Mindfulness helps us discover our patterns and self-compassion brings loving awareness to ourselves, lessening the identification with our inner critic. Come learn the value of giving yourself and students the permission to pause.

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)
Category: TQS - Foster Effective Relationships
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Grow Up! Developmental Ages, Stages and Behaviors
Ever feel as though you have a very young chid in your classroom, despite his or her appropriate physical age? Power struggles often occur in the classroom due to misunderstandings and miscommunication based on the ages and stages our students are going through. In this session, participants will discuss factors contributing to power struggles and the best way to adjust our perspective so they are less likely to occur. This session is applicable PK-12 grade.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Understanding the Brain
In this active session, participants will be guided on a fun journey through the brain. We will learn the best ways to lock information into long-term memory, engage emotions and help our students manage their own behavior as a means of successfully navigating the road of education.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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What Schools Need to do to Eliminate Reading Difficulties
It has been reported that almost 27% of children within EPSB failed to read within grade level by the end of June 2017 (Edmonton Journal, 2017). In stark contrast to this alarming statistic stands the continuous success some of the EPSB schools have had in reducing the number of poor readers in their schools and in showing growth over time in literacy. This presentation will go through the practices that these schools have in place starting from assessment and finishing with intervention.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Collaborative&Proactive Solutions:Moving from Power and Control to Collaboration and Problem-Solving
This is the empirically supported model Dr. Ross Greene described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Using Beings. The Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model has transformed thinking and practices in countless families,schools,inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities throughout the world, and has been associated with dramatic reductions in adult-child conflict, challenging behaviors, disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusions, and physical, chemical,and mechanical restraints.The model focuses on solving problems rather than on modifying behavior, emphasizes collaborative rather than unilateral solutions, encourages proactive rather than reactive intervention, de-emphasizes diagnostic categories, and provides practical, research-based tools for assessment and interventions.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Progeny of Violence: Reflections of an Old Reporter
Somewhere in the origins of someone's bad behaviour there is a seminal experience of violence. Violence migrates through time and space in the personalities of victims, manifesting in emotional and psychic scars that disfigure people who are often unaware of how, when and where the crippling trauma originated. The aftershocks of violence will inevitably be felt in homes, communities, and classrooms, presenting painful challenges to families and educators.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Motivation Leads to Innovation - The Audacity to Get Up
Let us be honest. The turnover rate within education is a serious dilemma that we have yet to find the antidote for. The profession of teaching is not an easy one and now the entire world is exposed to this truth. In schools all across the world, creating new and innovative strategies within the classroom is an exciting task but can seem daunting to the teacher who is worn down by the profession. Due to many reasons (negative student behavior, poor scores, etc), the school climate can become toxic and suffocate the life out of teachers which ultimately affects student performance. In order to shift the school culture, it begins with individual teachers making the decision to change their classroom into an engaging space.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land
Meet Nakota. A young boy who is trying to write the greatest story ever. One day, Grandpa Rocko comes over for a visit. Next thing Nakota knows, he is whisked away into a world of stories that are right below his feet. Within the land. This show explores the interplay between stories of the present against the long forgotten stories of the past. Originally touring to 6 Canadian Fringe Festival's, Edmonton-based playwright/storyteller takes the audience on a journey of anxiety and healing mental illness through indigenous culture. “First Nations storytelling at its finest.” 5 Stars, CBC Winnipeg “Creator/performer Josh Languedoc is unmatched in his gift and generosity as a storyteller.” 4.5 Stars, Check the Program Victoria “Fresh and unique storytelling style. Should be in every school across the country - to help kids who suffer with anxiety." Anonymous

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Responding to TQS #5: Exploring Worldviews, Treaty and Reconciliation through Role Drama
This participatory theatre/role drama workshop addresses how to explore the difficult knowledge and our emotional investments around unpacking the harsh historical realities and ongoing challenges in relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in classrooms in ways that are respectful and sensitive, but do not sugar-coat the truth. Co-facilitators are Diane Conrad (University of Alberta), Kristen Forsyth (Ross Sheppard High School drama teacher) and Josh Languedoc (Indigenous artist-educator)

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Introducing Fountas & Pinnell Classroom
Learning deepens when students think, talk, read, and write about authentic texts across many different instructional contexts. In this session you will learn about Fountas & Pinnell Classroom and how it can support the migration to a workshop model of literacy instruction. The literacy expertise of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell is no longer limited to intervention - you can now bring this literacy expertise to all students in your classroom! Lift students’ learning beyond the walls of the classroom with texts and a blueprint for teaching that create authentic experiences in reading, thinking, talking, writing, and reflecting to realize what it truly means to live a literate life.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Safe and Caring Schools for LGBTQ+ Students and Staff
Through the lens and experiences of an LGBTQ+ teacher you will hear stories of personal growth and pride, as well as the positive changes happening for LGBTQ+ teachers and students in Alberta through things like Bill 24 and student and teacher GSA/QSAs. This session will include an overview of sex, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ+ terminology and identities and the sharing of inclusive language and actions to help create Safer Spaces within schools, organizations and the community. The benefits of gender neutrality when addressing individuals, partners and families will also be discussed, as well as the sharing of info about being a member of Alberta's first Teacher GSA with Edmonton Catholic Teacher Local #54.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Understanding and Supporting Students with Test Anxiety
Many students suffer from some degree of assessment anxiety. This anxiety effects both their wellbeing and their academic achievement. This session will give you practical knowledge in understating the causes and effects of assessment anxiety. You will also be provided with key resources and strategies which will help mitigate the effects of test anxiety that you can both employ in your classroom and share with your students.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Outcomes Based Gradebooks
Accurately reporting student achievement is an important part of a teacher’s practice. However, building a gradebook that is accurate, informative and moves student learning forward can be difficult. This session will help you arrange your gradebook in a way that works effectively for teachers, students and parents. The overarching yet simple principles that will be shared will make reporting your grades easier and more effective for all involved. Note: This session is intended for 7-12 and for districts using online (such as D2L Brightspace) reporting systems.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Gender Identity
Asking questions about gender and gender identity can seem daunting. However, the only way to curb the ever-growing mass of terminology, mixed information, and concerns, is to ask! We will explore what it means to be transgender, non-binary, cis gendered, and gender diverse. What role does science play in assigning sex and how is that different from gender? What is intersex? How are gender expression and gender identity connected and different? Why are there so many terms? Most importantly, what does it all mean for me in my classroom? This is a safe space for all to come and have questions answered.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Creating a Strong GSA in your School.
Come meet and network with other educators who are working with GSAs in a school. How can we best serve the needs of LGBTQ+ students? What does a successful GSA look like? Learn about effective activism and education. There I'll be a presentation by teachers who currently run a GSA. Leave with many best practice ideas.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Relationships Matter, But Why? Exploring Attachment in the Classroom
Attachment theory has had a big influence on psychologists but relatively limited impact on schools and teachers. In this presentation I will explore contemporary attachment theory and how it could be further useful to the teaching profession, including school based guidance counselling. Attachment theory can help teachers better understand student behavior, form meaningful connections with kids, and ultimately increase academic achievement. Finally, I will provide strategies that support the emotional development of students via the relational, socio-emotional focus of attachment theory based practice.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Mental Health in the Classroom: How Can we Help Students Cope?
This session will explore several Wellness and Health activities used in schools that help students understand and cope with some mental health issues. Attendees will participate in several modified versions of activities, examine some resources, and have the opportunity to learn about how they can better educate their students in the area of mental health. Lesson plans for all of the activities will be shared, with many of the activities being ones that can be used on Monday morning.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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21 Day Kindness Project
The TQS guides our practice to Fostering Effective Relationships. A 21 Day Kindness Project could be a method for building a sense of community for your students and families. This session is designed for teachers who wish to explore multiple ideas for kindness projects with a focus on self, family, classroom, community and the world. We will share resources that you can use with your class to generate multiple kindness initiatives to complete over a 1 month period. Time will also be given to facilitate connections between the participants so that schools may be able to collaborate.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Foster Effective Relationships
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Social and Emotional Benefits of STEM: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future in the U.S.
This presentation will discuss the historical development, present application, and future place of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the school systems of the United States. In addition, the benefits of STEM in the educational development of today’s students influencing their personal confidence, emotional ability, technological competence, and social skills is discussed. While the acronym for STEM is relatively new, the basic ideas have been purported by curriculum theorists for many years. Its place in the schools of the United States is becoming a priority.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Creative Leadership in the 21st Century
Creative leadership centers around counselling staff to develop their professional potential. It involves working with and encouraging teachers to be innovative in establishing an environment by creating conditions that present creativity. For example, doing great things with little to work with or within the boundaries within a system that resists change. This workshop will offer strategies and hands on practical suggestions, and is intended for all leaders working with youth.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Diversity, Inclusion, Social Justice and You
There are many barriers that prevent educators from providing exemplary education on topics like diversity and inclusion. Often, these barriers are shaped by society and can prevent Educators from reaching their true potential. Through poetry and personal narrative, this presentation will provide educators with an opportunity to reshape their perspectives. Educators will be given insights on how to address diversity, inclusion and social justice in a personal and authentic manner without deviating from the subject matter.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Workstations/Centers Made Easy
Get familiar with standards based and differentiated math and literacy center ideas. You will also explore ways to effectively manage your math and literacy centers. We will see how easy it is to integrate technology into your center time. Plus, discover how center wheels and tubs help make managing and rotating centers simple for you and your students.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: ECS
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Sight Word 60 Routine
This is a 5-day sight word routine that provides your students with 60 exposures to each sight word. Greg demonstrates a routine that includes reading words, spelling words, games and sentences that takes just a few minutes each day. You will see videos highlighting students doing sight word routines in the classroom.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Literacy in the Content Areas
The Alberta curriculum has a very strong literacy focus that requires students to read and understand a wide variety of subject area content. Teachers often struggle to find ways to get their students to read textbook content and online resources with comprehension. Reading in the content areas is more than decoding the words it is about making meaning of the material. Students have to be taught what good content reading is and how adding these strategies can make their course work much more interesting.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Teachers and Classroom Conditions: Where to from Here?
Many teachers hold the view that the conditions under which they are trying to teach are getting worse rather than better. Class sizes that are too large, combined with a lack of support for students' learning needs, are increasingly interfering with teachers' ability to do their best work with students, and with students' opportunities to be successful as learners. Larry will focus directly on what teachers can do, both individually and collectively, to bring about more satisfactory and fulfilling teaching and learning conditions.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Kindness Takes Heart Work
Through heart-warming stories, thought-provoking insights and entertaining anecdotes from 3 epic bicycle trips 'around' North America (50,000 km), Brock's audiences gain insight into why we lose touch with our hearts and how we can reconnect with ourselves and others. Discover and be inspired to be more giving and involved in creating a happier, healthier, more vibrant and more productive workplace, organization or community.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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TQS 911: What You Need to Know NOW About the New Teaching Quality Standard
This September, all teachers in the province will be held to the new Teaching Quality Standard and must be able to demonstrate that they meet the included competencies. This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the new standard with Association experts and identify resources and activities that you can use to develop and demonstrate your competence in the months to come.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Building a Thinking Mathematics Classroom
In this session, Dr. Peter Liljedahl looks at a series of tools, emerging from research, that can help to build an environment conducive to problem-based learning. He will unpack his research that demonstrates that a problem-based learning environment and culture can quickly be established, even in classrooms where students resist change.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Building a Thinking Mathematics Classroom
In this session, Dr. Peter Liljedahl looks at a series of tools, emerging from research, that can help to build an environment conducive to problem-based learning. He will unpack his research that demonstrates that a problem-based learning environment and culture can quickly be established, even in classrooms where students resist change.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Building a Thinking Mathematics Classroom
In this session, Dr. Peter Liljedahl looks at a series of tools, emerging from research, that can help to build an environment conducive to problem-based learning. He will unpack his research that demonstrates that a problem-based learning environment and culture can quickly be established, even in classrooms where students resist change.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
This Session is Full

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Reading Readiness Matters - Catching Children Before They Fail
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 is in both English and French -- K-1 students in English, Grade 1-2 in French. The tool helps identify expressive language, phonological awareness and print-based reading weaknesses. The right insights and interventions can help overcome barriers to literacy. This session is intended to introduce participants to research in the area of early identification, to review the Reading Readiness Screening Tool, and to discuss intervention strategies that can be used to support students who are at-risk. Recent revisions and further research has been undertaken to improve the Right to Read Program.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Looking Ahead - By Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers
Looking Ahead – By Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers This one-hour presentation is designed for those who are considering retirement within 5 years, or who are almost 65 years old. The realities of retirement are shared by a retiree, along with considerations for a life that is not governed by the bell. The Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) is introduced – what ARTA provides and the benefits of becoming a member. While the presentation also briefly touches on retirement income considerations and your pension, this presentation is not focused on your pension. Pension questions should be directed to the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF). The balance of this presentation is focused on the Retiree Benefits Plan offered by ARTA – the health, dental, and travel options; how the plan is managed and how it compares to other products on the market.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Building Strong Relationships and Community through Restorative Practice
Relationships are foundational to all learning and they are at the heart of restorative practice. Restorative practice is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within schools and communities. Restorative practice is grounded in a way of thinking and being. This session will explore how implementing a restorative practice framework in your classroom/school can strengthen relationships with and among students, build social capital and repair harm as a way of building community. Restorative practices have been shown to support welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments where students can thrive. This approach supports Alberta's School Act and also support several of the competencies and indicators described in the new Teacher Quality Standard and Leadership Quality Standard.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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“You Want To Be a Teacher?!”
Michael Bonner will discuss his personal juxtapositional experiences on how he arrived on a national stage by confronting the different curveballs that are pitched in the field of education. Teachers are constantly faced with hundreds of decisions that impact the lives of many children daily. But what happens with the teacher is dealing with a personal life crisis and still has the task of creating future leaders? What happens when social issues leak into the classroom and affect student learning? In this speech, he will create a unique interactive discussion with educators in the room to discuss 6 statistics that are plaguing education and through collaboration create solutions to take back to our classrooms so the focus can return to student success. cover how he used life circumstances to change his classroom culture in order to produce

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Teachers/Substitute Teachers
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Teachers Want What Students Need
Join ATA President, Grey Jeffery, for a frank and open discussion about the state of education in Alberta today and how we can make it a central issue in the upcoming provincial election. President Jeffery will take questions and lead a discussion on various topics from curriculum change and new standards, to collective bargaining and changing political realities; nothing is off limits.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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New Teachers: If I'd Only Known!
It is no secret the World of Education has a retention problem with Educators. Much like our students, if WE are not engaged in the school, lifting other teachers up, and receiving support from our mentors our likelihood of "Dropping Out" increases significantly. This session will go through strengths and struggles that Mr. D has endured to become the passionate educator he is today. Join him as he highlights the essential skills it takes for a new teacher to be successful and make a positive name for themselves in this rewarding career we call "teaching."

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Teachers/Substitute Teachers
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Setting Your Kindergarten Students Up For Math Success
It is said that “all you really need to know you learn in Kindergarten”. With this in mind, explore how to set your kindergarten students and classroom up for math success! This workshop will cover: - Best practices for setting up your play-based classroom - Provocations in learning spaces - Math talks - Differentiated instruction - Developmental learning - Assessment and teaching strategies Ready to use provocation samples and activities will be provided to try in your classroom.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Your Time is Precious - The Importance of Formative Assessment
If you are not using formative assessment regularly and properly, you could be wasting precious instructional time! Formative Assessment allows educators to better understand and customize the math education of each student and informs teacher instruction. This workshop will cover the “How, What, When, and Why” of formative assessment so you can assess with confidence! Includes best practices for using developmental trajectories and delivering pre-assessments and exit tickets across print and digital classrooms.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Incorporating Indigenous Education into the Classroom Through Balanced Literacy
In this workshop participants will learn how Indigenous education can be delivered through your balanced literacy program. They will also explore authentic resources and learn strategies that will assist in sharing the Indigenous perspectives, reconciliation and treaty education.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Press Start to Begin - The Gamification of Education
Children, and adults for that matter, have never been more engaged by games than they are now. Why is that though? What draws people so deeply into games? What brings them back and what drives them to keep trying to improve in the face of great adversity? Can you harness the psychology behind game creation and turn your class into something all students will beg to be in? In an education system designed where students start with 100% and lose as they go, Gamification flips this concept onto its head focusing on the individual’s progression while motivation and enthusiasm exponentially. Can anyone do this? Yes and it is easier than you think! You will leave inspired and ready to gamify your own classrooms!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (theatre cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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My Unexpected Journey from Student to Teacher and back to Student
Teachers are put under a tremendous amount of pressure throughout their typical days, let alone the duration of their careers. Many different teachers face different challenges daily, but none are more consistent than the engagement crisis in education. In a world of rapid technological development, massive social pressures and an insatiable demand for their attention being pulled in all directions, how can we as teachers make school someplace they want to be? Pulling from research on vulnerability, human motivation and exploring the biggest untapped resources in education, our students, I hope to walk you through some of the things we often inadvertently miss in our classrooms. I also hope to inspire fellow teachers to pursue their passions inside their own classrooms. To help them develop the courage to be the change they want to see.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (theatre cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Problem Student or Budding Leader?
Humorous educational perspectives from a former "problem student" who is now a successful entrepreneur. The path to success isn't always what we predict, and success comes in all forms.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (theatre cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Hacking the Code: Understanding the Importance of Computational Thinking
Computational thinking is key for 21st century learning. It promotes problem solving, creativity and collaboration among students and teachers. It allows students to be creators of digital content that can be shared online, building their confidence in a connected world. While intimidating for teachers just starting out, many free resources exist to help teachers share computational thinking with their students in a meaningful and engaging environment. With these resources, teachers can embed computational thinking within the K–12 curriculum across a variety of subject areas. In this workshop, teachers will learn about and engage in computational thinking and how to access many resources so they can share these experiences with their students.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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You Did What?! (When Teachers Get in Trouble)
This presentation examines a topics which lead many teachers to call the Alberta Teachers' Association for advice or representation. The presentation will examine protocols to protect teacher privacy and autonomy when seeking advice, interpersonal professional conflicts, contract and certification issues, employment risks related to the role-modelling obligations, problems caused by technology and social media use, and liabilities associated with providing service to medically fragile students. Come to this session with questions regarding dealing with difficult people, social media, professional conduct, legislation and anything else on your mind.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Taking Students to Space
This year Edmonton Public Schools participated in Mission 13 of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP). This authentic learning opportunity required students to compete for the chance to fly an experiment into low Earth orbit. This allowed for an immersive experience for students as they worked collaboratively to develop and design their experiments with teacher guidance. Together, with support from members of the scientific community, students developed scientific literacy and curriculum based inquiry skills throughout the process. In spring of 2019, a Falcon 9 rocket will transport an experiment developed by a group of EPSB students to the coolest science lab on (or above) Earth; the International Space Station. Learn about this unique experience from 3 teachers involved in the process from its inception through to the announcement of the winning proposal.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 50 theatre)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Your DSLR: Session 1- Learn How to Use Your Camera
You have one, but it has become a dust collector. A victim of neglect. You once had lofty ambitions of learning how it works to capture meaningful photos. You still plan to use it, but who has the time to learn how it works? This session is that time! Time for you to equip yourself to use the full power of your camera. With a little bit of training, you can still get value out of that investment! This session will equip you with an understanding of how your camera can take better photos. The follow-up session to this one is more hands on where you apply your skills. Sign up quickly, as space is limited. Oh, and bring your camera!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 50 theatre)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Your DSLR: Session 2 - An Assignment to Put Your Training to Practice
You have one, but it has become a dust collector. A victim of neglect. You once had lofty ambitions of learning how it works to capture meaningful photos. You still plan to use it, but who has the time to learn how it works? This session is that time! Time for you to equip yourself to use the full power of your camera. With a little bit of training, you can still get value out of that investment! This session is hand-on. You will get a short assignment to practice during your session. Sign up quickly, as space is limited. Oh, and bring your camera!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Twenty First Century Learning
Building: Westin Room: Consulate (cap 50 theatre)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Prescheduled Interviews
Prescheduled Interviews - https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C - please use this link for registration

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

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The Power of Play: Engaging Learners of All Ages
Play fosters creativity, independence, problem-solving and ownership in learning. This session will provide you with ways to successfully incorporate play into any class at any grade level and give you ideas to use in your next lesson.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Morocco (Part 1): Find Me in Fez! – Live Multimedia with William Jans
Premiere! Join photographer/adventurer William Jans for more absurd travel tales. This latest trip to Morocco includes the blue city, breaking rocks in the hot sun, wandering in the Sahara and the stress of being followed by the Secret Service for a good portion of the trip. William’s shows are fast paced, informative, and fun! More information can be found at http://www.wrjphoto.com/shows (Part 1 of 2)

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Morocco (Part 2): Getting Away (with a spot of Spain)! Live Multimedia with William Jans
Premiere! Part two of this newest show of absurd travels. More travel in the amazing desert regions, the High Altas mountains, the magical Port City of Essouiara, and getting out (which felt like escaping after being followed for most of the trip). William’s shows are fast paced, informative, and fun! More info can be found at http://www.wrjphoto.com/shows (Part 2 of 2)

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Alberta Education Curriculum Update
We're three years into an ambitious curriculum overhaul and a year closer to new programs of study for arts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and wellness. Currently, implementation activities for the new Kindergarten to Grade 4 programs of study are beginning and the development of learning outcomes for Grade 5-12 subjects is underway. This session will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the new curriculum and its implementation with colleagues; and ask questions and provide feedback to Alberta Education officials.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Hall D Live-Streaming
Keynotes will be live-streamed

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

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Math Games - Division I
You will be presented with a variety of early elementary interactive games that you can use to engage your students in learning basic number operations (+ - x ÷). You will find your students bragging about you to others for making them smile and laugh while learning.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Math Games - Division II
In this workshop session you will be presented a variety of interactive games mostly suitable for students grade 3-6. You can use these games to engage your students in basic number operations (+ - x ÷) and other math concepts. You will find your students bragging about you to others when you bring out these activities.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Make Me A Maker: Fostering a Maker Mentality in Your School
There has been a shift in education towards inquiry and hands-on, exploratory learning. The makerspace movement lends itself to many of these ideals. This workshop provides background information about makerspaces and the maker movement and encourages teachers to get involved and bring it into their classrooms.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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ADHD: The Agony and the Ecstasy Part 1
This husband-wife-daughter team makes ADHD come alive in unique and poignant fashion. In Part I (the first 75 minutes), Ken and Andrea begin by explaining what it is like to parent a hyper child, and highlight many of the problems in very real terms. However, they also put a positive spin on things by recasting reality and pointing to the creative strengths that can go hand in hand with this condition. In Part II of the session (the final 75 minutes), Amber tells her own story – describing hyperactivity through the eyes of the ADHDer. And together, Amber and her parents raise important questions (e.g., With proper support, might not stubborn behaviour in childhood grow into determination in adulthood, inattentive daydreaming turn into creative invention, or off-the-wall behaviour become outside-the-box thinking?), and offer suggestions to help parents and teachers.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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ADHD: The Agony and the Ecstasy Part 2
This husband-wife-daughter team makes ADHD come alive in unique and poignant fashion. In Part I (the first 75 minutes), Ken and Andrea begin by explaining what it is like to parent a hyper child, and highlight many of the problems in very real terms. However, they also put a positive spin on things by recasting reality and pointing to the creative strengths that can go hand in hand with this condition. In Part II of the session (the final 75 minutes), Amber tells her own story – describing hyperactivity through the eyes of the ADHDer. And together, Amber and her parents raise important questions (e.g., With proper support, might not stubborn behaviour in childhood grow into determination in adulthood, inattentive daydreaming turn into creative invention, or off-the-wall behaviour become outside-the-box thinking?), and offer suggestions to help parents and teachers.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Thinking About Learning- Metacognition and Mindfulness
This workshop looks at the role the brain plays in successful learning. The facilitator will guide participants by helping them establish an understanding of metacognition and mindfulness, explore conditions that encourage metacognition in the classroom, engage with instructional practices that model metacognition for our students, and identify mindfulness skills that increase student awareness. The content of this workshop is valuable for every teacher and students at all levels.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: New Issues In Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Theatre Makeup - An Introduction
Have you ever attempted stage makeup in a Drama class? Come and play! This introductory workshop will give teachers a chance to practice various makeup products and looks as they create bruises, bloody scars, zombie, old-age, and sugar skull makeup. Practical applications and assessments for the classroom will also be discussed. Come ready to paint yourself! A $5.00 fee will be required in order to pay for makeup used within the workshop( collected by presenter at session).

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 40)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Fostering Creativity through Project Work
Creativity and Innovation are essential competencies in our classrooms. In this presentation, you will see projects that have naturally emerged and how students represented their learning using different mediums. You will see examples of their representations, how they problem solved as well as the creative process. Participants will also create a project that could spark some creativity in their own class. There is a $5 fee to cover the cost of materials (speaker will collect from participants).

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Art
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 40)
Friday, March 01, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full