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Thursday, February 22
 

08:30

How Did You Do It? Team Subban’s Vision for Success
Wisdom. Humour. Leadership experience. Memorable stories. These are the hallmarks of a Karl Subban keynote. Drawing on his experience as a coach, a principal, and the father of “Team Subban,” Subban talks about vision, perseverance, teamwork, and what it means to lead. He uses pointed anecdotes and powerful metaphors to tell a larger narrative about defining, and achieving, success. As a principal, Subban would often give a room full of students a simple command: “Anyone who wants to be better, raise your hand.” Every hand shot up. That came as no surprise. Who doesn’t want to be better? Everybody wants to be better. The problem, Subban saw, was that too many people didn't think they could be. Since those days, he has held the firmly-rooted belief that anyone can—and everyone should—reach their true potential. To that end, Subban shares a proven framework for success that resonates with everyone from educators to business and community leaders.

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Thursday February 22, 2018 08:30 - 10:00
Main Gym 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

08:30

Science - From Concept To Demonstration To Experiment To Understanding
The Physics 30 curriculum mandates several lab exercises for students. One of the more difficult of these labs to get good results with is Coulomb's Law. I will show several ways to do a Coulomb's Law experiment that are inexpensive, quantitative, and understandable to students. The questions that teachers ask of the students doing the lab can foster critical thinking and increase achievement on exams.

Speakers
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Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar retired from teaching after forty years (mainly physics, science, and math) with Edmonton Public Schools. His classes always had a strong lab component, which he feels develops critical thinking skills and makes the classes more enjoyable.


Thursday February 22, 2018 08:30 - 11:30
M 1060 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

60 in 60: Formative Assessment Techniques for Every Classroom
Some new ideas. Some familiar favourites. Come to this fast-paced session to be introduced (or reintroduced) to 60 formative assessment techniques. We guarantee you’ll find something to use with your students next week!

Speakers
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Alberta Assessment Consortium

The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 264 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Instruction and Assessment Practices for Middle School Math
Teachers from Horizon School division have been participating in an Alberta Research Network sponsored research project exploring the impact of teacher professional development on assessment practices in the middle school mathematics classroom. The lead presenter on this presentation is the lead researcher on the project and has asked teachers in the project share their research based assessment and instructional practices. At this time, it is anticipated that there will be 3 teachers presenting alongside Richelle. The goal is for teachers to share what they have learned and what has worked (and sometimes what has not worked) in their classrooms.Participants will be provided with practical ideas to use in their math class. Several teachers will be sharing practices that they have used in their classes.

Speakers
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Richelle Marynowski

The lead speaker is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Richelle's research foci are: teacher professional learning; mathematics curriculum and instruction; and classroom assessment. The teachers presenting are from Horizon School D... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Learning with the Brain in Mind
Teachers must be experts on the organ they teach—the brain! The more we educators understand the brain, the better able we are to design instruction to match how our students learn best. Knowledge about brain development and function allows teachers to make informed decisions about teaching practice related to learning. Is testing good for the brain? How should a lesson be structured in order to achieve maximum learning and recall? What effect does physical activity have on learning? How are diet, gender, music training, sleep and stress connected to learning? Participants will explore a range of topics related to the brain and learning, and discover how to develop teaching strategies that engage students’ brains.

Speakers
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Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Mary Frances Fitzgerald, B. Ed. M. Ed. CWCP. | ATA: Association Instructor | Vice President: ATA Council of School Counsellors | Education Consultant: Comprehensive School Health & Diversity


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 176 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Learning with the Brain in Mind
Teachers must be experts on the organ they teach—the brain! The more we educators understand the brain, the better able we are to design instruction to match how our students learn best. Knowledge about brain development and function allows teachers to make informed decisions about teaching practice related to learning. Is testing good for the brain? How should a lesson be structured in order to achieve maximum learning and recall? What effect does physical activity have on learning? How are diet, gender, music training, sleep and stress connected to learning? Participants will explore a range of topics related to the brain and learning, and discover how to develop teaching strategies that engage students’ brains.

Speakers
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Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Mary Frances Fitzgerald, B. Ed. M. Ed. CWCP. | ATA: Association Instructor | Vice President: ATA Council of School Counsellors | Education Consultant: Comprehensive School Health & Diversity


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TBD

10:30

Partnerships - Accessing Academic Research to Enrich Classroom Practice
Within the confines of a 15 min. mini-talk, a panel of University of Lethbridge professors will share research that directly applies to the Alberta Program of Study. This session will highlight the cutting edge perspectives and arguments that are being represented in our own University of Lethbridge. Within the Faculty of Arts and Science, many leading professors work to question and redefine what we know and how we know. This session will reveal work that is being done in the humanities and the sciences that can support the work of the classroom teacher. Each presentation has been chosen for its relevance to the Alberta Program of Study. The talks will be short in duration with a panel discussion at the conclusion which will take on a Q and A format. Come and connect!


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 275 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Flexible Seating in a Sensory Classroom
Explore various choices for the busy bodies in your classroom! Discussion topics will include fidgets, lighting, and sensory tools to help students succeed in inclusive classrooms. We will discuss various tools and strategies for meeting the needs of all students, focusing on flexible seating and various sensory needs. Specific strategies will include wiggle pads, stools, rocking chairs, standing desks, lap desks, pillows, etc. We will have several items on hand to allow attendees to have a “hands on” experience. Research says that students can retain, recall, and apply knowledge better when they are active. We have applied these ideas in our classrooms to prevent a sedentary lifestyle, and we are excited to share our personal experiences, struggles, and successes in our own classrooms. The presentation will give attendees ideas and tools to implement in their own schools, starting with a list of simple and attainable items to put to work in the classroom. We will address concerns and possible roadblocks, while providing strategies and solutions. We have seen these tools at work in our classrooms, and we are excited to share our findings and help other teachers find success. We are passionate about making inclusive classrooms work for everybody!

Speakers
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Mandy Chudobiak & Melissa Campbell

Mandy and Melissa teach blended grade 2/3 classes. Mandy teaches French Immersion at Nicholas Sheran in Lethbridge, and Melissa teaches in Taber. Both are in their fifth year of teaching.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1050 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Curriculum Development Update
We're now 18 months in to an ambitious overhaul of the Alberta curriculum that will result in the development of new arts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and wellness programs of study. Learning outcomes for Kindergarten to Grade 4 should be developed by 2018; Grades 5-8 outcomes in 2019; Grades 9-10 outcomes in 2020-21; and Grades 11-12 outcomes in 2021-22. The goal of this session is to provide teachers and school leaders with an opportunity to discuss curriculum development and implementation with representatives from Alberta Education and the Alberta Teachers' Association.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan Grassick is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area. Among his chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's teachers' convention associations and working with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Before joi... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00

10:30

Indigenous Alberta: The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
This workshop will introduce participants to the rich Indigenous cultural and linguistic diversity of Alberta. Topics will include: terminology related to identity, recognition of treaty territory, significant ancestral landscapes related to locations of celebrations and annual ceremonies that come to life through song and dance.

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Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TBD

10:30

Indigenous Alberta: The Footsteps of Our Ancestors
This workshop will introduce participants to the rich Indigenous cultural and linguistic diversity of Alberta. Topics will include: terminology related to identity, recognition of treaty territory, significant ancestral landscapes related to locations of celebrations and annual ceremonies that come to life through song and dance.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Fine Arts Meet & Greet
This session will include an overview of the Alberta Teacher's Association Fine Arts Council, the Southern Alberta Regional Fine Arts Council, SARFAC, an overview and Q&A about the current curriculum redesign as it relates to the Fine Arts, and break out sessions into discipline groups. Refreshments will be served!

Speakers
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Samuel Yamamoto

Samuel Yamamoto has been teaching band and choir in Magrath for 10 years. Erin George-Samuel has taught all levels of music for five years and is currently teaching elementary music in Lethbridge.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170A University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Wings of Light in Watercolours
Watercolour techniques to be explored and applied to produce astonishing art projects. Unleash your creative minds and inspiration to just relax and create. During this session, the teachers explore various watercolor techniques (wet-in-wet, wet-in-dry, dry-on-dry, dry-on-wet, flat wash, graded wash, variegated wash) and apply them to create art projects. These projects are being guided and demonstrated step-by-step and can be differentiated and adapted for any grade level to address a variety of learning styles, skills, and abilities. The participants are encouraged to discover their unique inner artistic talents. All the supplies are provided ($10 materials fee)

Speakers
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Christina Dixon

Over the past few years I presented sessions at various Teacher Conventions. During the teaching process, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and create art as much as I do. It is a life journey that can take you to new dimensions and understandings.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
W 871 University Centre for the Arts, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

I have a new ESL student. Now What?
Discover the first steps towards healthy integration, school settlement, and explore resources for supporting newcomer students in your classroom. As student diversity in our classrooms continues to grow, students are coming into classrooms with a variety of education experiences, strengths and difficulties. Lets take a look at the immigration profiles and populations coming into our schools, consider how we begin to meet their needs in the first days and weeks, and explore resources for truly meeting students where they are. In this session we will explore how to begin to address the education of these students by discussing our own teacher thought process, modifying and adapting student materials for each student, accessing community supports, engaging in meaningful assessment and reporting, considering the needs of students through a trauma-informed-practice lens, and how we begin to engage parents in school.

Speakers
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David Fuller

David Fuller is the Lead ESL Teacher for Lethbridge Public School District. He has an MEd in Literacy focusing on education for students from refugee contexts. Kristina Larkin, B.Ed/B.A, is the manager of the immigrant youth program at Lethbridge Family Services and a long time c... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170G University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

What's New In Books? The K-5 Edition
Join the UofL Bookstore ladies as they book talk new and upcoming titles that will get you and your students excited about reading! Do you have that nagging feeling that hidden out there – somewhere – is a book or two that just must get into the hands of your young readers? Well, who better than to help you mine those hidden gems than Becky Colbeck and Kari Tanaka from the University of Lethbridge Bookstore! With over 30 years of trade book experience between them, Becky and Kari not only know what’s hot, but what should be, in the K-5 market. Their book talks will include new releases, teaching resources, and books for every reading ability, including a few that haven’t even hit store shelves yet! This session will be jam packed with information but, don’t worry, you will leave with a comprehensive list of all of the titles that were book talked…and then some. Plus, it will be fun! Like speed dating, but with books!

Speakers
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Kari Tanaka & Becky Colbeck

Becky and Kari have been actively involved in promoting literacy in schools and their community for 30+ years. They are passionate about literacy and are a trusted resource for teachers, parents and children; assisting them in book selections that inspire a love of reading and di... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 250 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

How Much, How Many, How Often, How Long?.... Linking Literature to Math
How Much, How Many, How Often, How Long?.... Linking Literature to Math Join me as I sample through a variety of excellent children’s literature, both fiction and non fiction choices. Each year I use a new batch of books and sample a new set of tips, tasks and techniques for infusing foundational reading, writing and arithmetic skills into the explorations and problems that can be teased from the books. My theme this year: how the questions How Much, How Many, How Often, How Long sit at the heart of what truly are the BASIC SKILLS in math. Engage your students with new ideas on Monday.

Speakers
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Geri Lorway

Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to argue and reason. But not too serious: Laugh out loud, stomp your feet and clap. There will be joy in teaching! Changing thinking, one mind at a time.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 116 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Authoritative Resources for Secondary Humanities Teachers and Students
Join this session to learn about a curated collection of authoritative digital Language Arts and Social Studies resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 staff, students and parents learning/teaching/supporting the Alberta curriculum. Regardless of your school location, student population, or budget, ORC resources provide superior support for your students and staff at no cost to the school.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 241 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

97 Staff Recognition Tips in Just 90 Minutes
No time here for theory! Just 97—or more—simple, cost-effective tools and techniques to recognize staff. Guaranteed! There may even be a few minutes left over to answer your questions (and maybe, just a little bit of theory).

Speakers
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Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of "Thanks! GREAT Job!"


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 141 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Outdoor play in the early years - connections for learning, well-being and nature
Play is the work of the child,' and one of our key roles as educators is to create spaces that allow unstructured play that stimulates and engages young children, allowing them to directly experience the natural world as they follow ants and smell the flowers. Research shows that children who play outside in nature in the company of a caring adult – you! - are more likely to practice responsible environmental behavior when they grow up. In this session, you will learn about the research and benefits of active outdoor nature play, see what others have done, and consider how to weave this in your teaching.

Speakers
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Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles has been an environmental educator since 1998, and has been a Program Manager with ACEE since 2010. Her responsibilities with ACEE include leading our Get Outside and Play program, developing and delivering capacity-building workshops and conferences for teache... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1035 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Loose Parts Outdoor Play: Better play makes better schools
Ropes, planks, logs, rocks and boxes may not seem meaningful in an educational setting; however, these types of open-ended materials - loose parts - advance children’s learning. When loose parts are combined with outdoor play, children’s learning opportunities are further expanded and maximized. Understanding the magic of loose parts can support you in deepening and enriching children’s learning experiences, development and therefore, their academic success. You don’t have to choose between play and learning.In this session, you will learn about how loose parts in outdoor play become the impetus for academic skills and knowledge as well as fundamental life skills, engage in loose parts play outside, and learn about the evidence based practice of loose parts outdoor play in a school setting from other provinces and countries. A small portion of the session will be held outside rain/snow or shine so please dress appropriately to the weather. Come play with loose parts and learn how better play can make better schools!

Speakers
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Kim Bora

Bora Kim is a faculty in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She holds a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Study and advocates children’s healthy and active life styles through outdoor play.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1168 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

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.

Speakers
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Nathan Forsyth

Nathan Forsyth is a Program Specialist with ASEBP where he has worked for 10 years. Nathan works with ASEBP project teams to help enhance the organization’s interaction with covered members through improvements to various programs and services, like ASEBP’s websites and mobil... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 201 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

True Story? Teachers in Film, TV, and Online
The talk examines how teachers get represented in film, television, and online. Since popular images leave strong and lingering impressions, they shape how governments, parents, students, and even teachers themselves envision and treat the profession. How the teaching profession looks in the public eye carries clear implications for classrooms, political support, and community relations. • explains why the visual mass media are so powerful both cognitively and ideologically • reviews teacher images from the 20th-century and the public opinions that accompanied them • connects contemporary teacher images to current public and political opinion • considers the evolving identities of teachers • presents student perceptions • looks at images generated by teacher advocacy groups • suggest the pedagogical value of popular classroom images • presents teacher images as a platform for reflective visualization

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Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 127 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

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.

Speakers
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Marc Bisson

Marc is a Pension Counsellor with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1060 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Project Wet - Educating about Alberta's water made easy!
Enjoy fun, hands-on, cooperative learning activities, while experiencing how this high quality instructional resource with 65 complete multi-level lesson plans can help you educate youth in or out of the classroom. Participants will learn how to utilize the resource book while trying activities targeted for each age group. Activities that are showcased during the workshop will be tailored to Alberta's current water issues for place-based education, such as aquatic invasive species . Registration is $44 and includes a 592 page resource book full of great activities for all grades.

Speakers
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Jane Price

Jane Price is a Community Engagement Lead with Alberta Environment and Parks in Calgary. She has experience working in the field of environmental education, community engagement and communications/marketing for provincial governments and academia, both in Alberta and British Colu... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 040 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Interaction Orale: Exprimer, Soutenir, Argumenter
Offert en francais: Strategies and prompts to get your French language learner's vocabulary to the next level. "True fluency is when you can win an argument in your chosen language..." Our French language learners are often hesitant to engage in animated discussions due to lack of vocabulary, proficiency to get their point across, or fluency to respectfully agree or disagree with others. Prompts and activities shared in this session could be applied to your FLA class or other subject area where argumentation is essential.

Speakers
JP

Jennifer Parker

Jennifer Parker has taught K-8 in French immersion and English. She believes language is best learned through multiple content areas and opportunities. Jennifer would love to practice Blackfoot, Spanish or Japanese with you. She is a member of ACPI and received her M.Ed in 2015.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 117 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Media Consumption and Voting Participation of Alberta Youth
How do the media habits of young Canadians relate to their propensity to vote? In this session, you’ll explore new research that describes how today’s highly accessible and customizable media environment both enhances and limits the ways relatively new voters access, connect and engage in the political process. Learn about the “voter participation trinity” and discuss potential ways to get your students to be more politically engaged citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Teghtmeyer

Jonathan Teghtmeyer

Associate Coordinator, Government- Communications, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jonathan Teghtmeyer is the Associate Coordinator, Communications for The Alberta Teachers' Association. His primary responsibilities are in communications, political engagement and advocacy. He has a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Arts in Communication and Technology from t... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TBD

10:30

Media Consumption and Voting Participation of Alberta Youth
How do the media habits of young Canadians relate to their propensity to vote? In this session, you’ll explore new research that describes how today’s highly accessible and customizable media environment both enhances and limits the ways relatively new voters access, connect and engage in the political process. Learn about the “voter participation trinity” and discuss potential ways to get your students to be more politically engaged citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Teghtmeyer

Jonathan Teghtmeyer

Associate Coordinator, Government- Communications, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jonathan Teghtmeyer is the Associate Coordinator, Communications for The Alberta Teachers' Association. His primary responsibilities are in communications, political engagement and advocacy. He has a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Arts in Communication and Technology from t... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TBD

10:30

A Curriculum for Global Citizenship: Making Connections across Subject Areas
In 2007, Alberta became the first province in Canada to mandate global citizenship in K-12 educational curriculum. Working with youth and educators from around the world, CGCER has created a curriculum which educators can access in order to teach students about global citizenship. The curriculum is framed through the learning objectives for understanding global citizenship, as identified by UNESCO (http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002329/232993e.pdf). Key ideas in the curriculum for exploring global citizenship are: 1. Considering local, national, and global systems and structure 2. Understanding underlying assumptions and power dynamics 3. Difference and respect for diversity 4. Ethically responsible engagement In this workshop, facilitators will walk participants through the curriculum and discuss how all or parts of the curriculum and activities can be utilized in conjunction with ALL programs of studies in order to facilitate teaching and learning of global citizenship.

Speakers
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Michelle Hawks

Michelle Hawks is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Global Education Team (GET) Coordinator for the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER).


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1030 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Welcome to the Google
We will dive into the whole Google Suite for Education and how we have been using each of the Apps within our teaching practice. Applications for this presentation include Long & Short term planning, classroom instruction, assessment and student engagement. Topics to be included in the presentation will be Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Classroom. This will be a hands on presentation so those who attend will need an iPad or Laptop.

Speakers
BD

Brad Davis

Brad Davis teaches Mathmatics 7, Drama, Art and Physical Education.
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Tyler Runquist

Tyler Runquist is the Vice-Principal at Raymond Junior High School and teaches Social Studies, Computer Studies, and Physical Education.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 147 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Youth
Harassment and bullying, including cyber bullying, among youth often has serious emotional and academic consequences. Victims need to learn that such behaviours are condemned under human rights law and perpetrators need to know that their actions can get them into serious trouble, including arrest by the Police. Youth need to learn about healthy interactions and legal responsibilities and to help to create a safe and inclusive school environment. We present activities, a video and strategies to address this educational, social and legal problem. The video, "Respectful Me, Respectful You", focuses on the law dealing with discrimination and harassment in Alberta and contains scenarios for discussion. As bullying and cyber bullying are forms of harassment, these issues are also covered.

Speakers
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Pamela Dos Ramos & Brenda Johnston

Pamela Dos Ramos, M.A. Ph.D., and Brenda Johnston, M.A. are Human Rights Educators for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. They do presentations at schools and create resources for the Centre.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 373 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Power to Play: A Superhero-themed Healthy Eating and Active Living Program for K-3 Join superheroes Brock Lee and Coco Lait on fun healthy eating adventures! Alberta teachers, dietitians and students designed this cross-curricular program to give students
Power to Play: A Superhero-themed Healthy Eating and Active Living Program for K-3 Join superheroes Brock Lee and Coco Lait on fun healthy eating adventures! Alberta teachers, dietitians and students designed this cross-curricular program to give students the power to play, think and feel great! Leave the session with your own POWER TO PLAY™ kit including teacher guide, super mission videos, smart board activities, 100+ colorful food picture cards and original music.

Speakers
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Lee Finell

Lee Finell is a registered dietitian and the Health Education Manager for Dairy Farmers of Canada. She creates and develops websites, programs and resources for teachers to use in their classroom. Lee is an experienced speaker with a passion for improving children's health throug... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1090 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Living Your Dream Becoming a TEACHER!
For new teachers this session will give you support and encouragement with numerous creative, original resources & proven humorous strategies. Ongoing online help in Word available Let me share over fifty years of many proven, practical strategies designed to empower your students and develop in them a desire to learn. Using humor as to develop creative and positive connections with your class. Laughter encourages them to work with you and achieve personal success which in turn builds their self-esteem. The session will be practical and hands-on. "What you do you understand, what you then own you can share" with courage and confidence. Multiple online support "stuff" will be made available in Word for you to adapt to your situation. This session is meant to make you feel good about your choice to be in the best profession !

Speakers
PM

Peter McWhir

Peter (BFA, M.Ed.) presents 50 years of proven strategies & creative approaches in education using drama and humour K-12. He has conducted over 700 P.D. Sessions, directed 25 mainstage plays, 25 Artists in Residence programmes and taken over 700 students on 34 International Arts... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
PE 020 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Black Holes and the Event Horizon Telescope
We will use hands on activities from the Perimeter Institute to explore the Event Horizon Telescope, a new telescope that is aiming to image the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. We will also share activities that allow students to explore the optics involved with the detection of gravitational waves. These materials can be used in physics 20/30 classes, they could be used (with some adaption they could be used in Science 9 or some math courses).

Speakers
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Ryan Beck & Laura Pankratz

Ryan Beck has taught in Alberta for 18 years. He attended the Perimeter Institute workshop for teachers in 2016 and has been using their materials ever since. Laura Pankratz has spent decades running workshops to bring hands on inquiry and project based learning into alberta scie... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
TH 277 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Uncomplicating Climate Change for your Classroom
Learn the practical and proven approach to climate change education, developed in classrooms in Alberta. Get the science, the tools, and the support you and your students need. Hear from the Alberta teachers who developed PEEL (People for Energy and Environmental Literacy), an inquiry based curriculum that builds the competencies our students need to address the complicated topic of climate change. Learn the science, the social impacts, and the proven approach needed to teach this layered subject successfully as you meet curriculum outcomes. After Convention, be supported as you adapt PEEL resources for your classroom. Empower your students to recognize the impact of their actions now and in the future. www.teachpeel.ca

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Cayley Webber & Christine Avey

Cayley Webber - Co-creator of the PEEL program. Cayley currently teaches grade 5 at Banded Peak School in Bragg Creek, AB. Christine Avey - Co-Creator of the PEEL program. Christine currently teaches grade 3 at Westmount Charter School in Calgary, AB.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
M 1040 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Mindful Essentials for Educators
Discover the tools essential for a rewarding personal mindfulness practice as well as ways to bring the practice into schools. Learn how to integrate mindfulness into your own life and your work with youth. This half day workshop will provide a solid foundation in mindfulness theory and 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. We’ll examine recent research, learn 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.

Speakers
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Donna Freeman

Teacher, author and kids and teens yoga & mindfulness specialist, Donna Freeman has taught yoga to thousands of children and trained hundreds of teachers. She firmly believes that mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. Founder of Yoga In My School and Kids... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
TH 204 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Dodge the 'Burn Out' and get 'Back on Track'
Before you hit "Burn Out" join Joyce Sunada to hear her illness to wellness journey, discover your burn out flags, strategize how to Be Well and get your wellness Back on Track. Joyce shares portions of her illness to wellness journey through stories Participants will: Assess their current wellness (Wellness Wheel) Identify flags that they are heading towards illness or burn out Explore (via group juggle) 'all the demands coming at them' Determine what they say Yes & No to (Coaching tool: Yes/No activity) Share successful wellness practices Have time for reflection Start a wellness action plan.

Speakers
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Joyce Sunada

Over the past 30 years Joyce Sunada has been a teacher, an administrator and provincial leader who creates healthy schools. She received the “Health Promoting Schools Champion” award from PHE Canada. Joyce is now a Wellness Coach, speaker and sessional instructor at the Werkl... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Taking Back YOUR Story
Teaching sometimes means being ON all the time, which often results in losing hold of who we truly are. Come to rediscover who YOU are and what YOUR story is. Empowered living leads to empowered teaching. In this 3 hour workshop, you will be guided through exercises and activities meant to help you reconnect with yourself and the freedom to be you first and a teacher second. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of what your story actually is, where you want your story to go, and personal development tools that you can easily incorporate into your current life and work load. Bring a notebook, an open heart and a mind for discovery.

Speakers
CC

Courtney Cann & Jody

Jody and Courtney are both passionate educators and certified leaders in self development, who bring undeniable and infectious energy and enthusiasm into all of their workshops. They are devoted to figuring out how to live life to the fullest and how to help as many people of all... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
TH 173 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Field Trip Bus Crawl
Interested in discovering and learning more about some local field trip options? In this session you will visit several local field trip destinations. At each there will be a 10-15 minute presentation on programs provided, fees, and how to book. You will be able to meet program leaders and see the site first hand. Space is limited to the first 22 participants. Itinerary 10:30 Bus Departs from Exit near the Tim Hortons 10:35 Nicholas Sheran Pool 11:00 ATB Curling Centre 11:30 PFA: Progressive Fighting Academy 11:55 Xfinity Gymnastics 12:20 Lane Archery 12:45 High Level Canoes and Kayaks 1:10 Kinetic Fitness 1:35 Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens 2:00 Drop off at UofL .

Speakers
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Steve Leger & Various Specialists

Various specialists from each site visited. All hosts are experts in delivering specialized programming to school groups.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 14:00
Meet by the bus near the Tim Horton's Door

12:30

911! Hot Topics in Assessment
Group grades, second chances, effort. assessment can be an emotional subject! What assessment issues are taking up time and energy in your school or classroom? Explore hot topics in assessment and consider how the fundamentals of sound assessment practice can lead the conversation - and maybe even put out some fires in your staffroom!

Speakers
AA

Alberta Assessment Consortium

The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 264 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Curriculum Development Update
We’re now 18 months in to an ambitious overhaul of the Alberta curriculum that will result in the development of new arts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and wellness programs of study. Learning outcomes for Kindergarten to Grade 4 should be developed by 2018; Grades 5-8 outcomes in 2019; Grades 9-10 outcomes in 2020-21; and Grades 11-12 outcomes in 2021-22.

The goal of this session is to provide teachers and school leaders with an opportunity to discuss curriculum development and implementation with representatives from Alberta Education and the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan Grassick is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area. Among his chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's teachers' convention associations and working with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Before joi... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TBD

12:30

Truth and Reconciliation: ArtShare Project
Art Project between Tatsikiisaapo'p Middle School, Kainai Board of Education and Sir John Franklin Middle School, Calgary Board of Education evolves into other collaborations.

The key purpose of this project is to support the Blackfoot Indigenous youth involved who face and have overcome adversity in their young lives through their resiliency-through arts based learning and collaboration with their non-Indigenous peers. Thus the Truth and Reconciliation piece is a key component to supporting, guiding and sustaining this project. Collaboration between the two groups has created opportunities for the students to gain foundational knowledge of Blackfoot culture, through the voices and the lens of the youth. It also provides a safe space for both groups to inquire, learn together and increase the knowledge and awareness of who the Blackfoot people are and how the historical relationship between Canada and the First Nations people has impacted all generations - inter-generationally -including the group we are working with. The hope is that by addressing and exploring past, and present issues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada with these two groups - we will help to break down any barriers, stereo types and open up a space for respect and understanding. Information on past and present collaborations will be presented.

Speakers
PD

Pamela Dos Ramos & Brenda Johnston

Pamela Dos Ramos, M.A. Ph.D., and Brenda Johnston, M.A. are Human Rights Educators for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. They do presentations at schools and create resources for the Centre.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 373 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Mixed Media Extravaganza
This session will expose and familiarize teachers to creating artworks using mixed media supplies. Oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics and inks will be used to create a few projects. The projects are being taught step-by-step to provide guidance for future art projects and can be adapted for any grade level to address a variety of learning styles, skills and abilities. All the supplies are provided.

Speakers
CD

Christina Dixon

Over the past few years I presented sessions at various Teacher Conventions. During the teaching process, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and create art as much as I do. It is a life journey that can take you to new dimensions and understandings.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
W 871 University Centre for the Arts, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Literature Literacy through Drama Immersion in Upper Elementary
Teaching literacy is difficult at any time, but by using drama immersion, classic stories can come alive. Every year Mary uses drama immersion to teach her Grade 4/5 children Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The students then present the story to their schoolmates and families. Drama immersion uses no scripts, but rather immerses students as players in the story. Mary will show you her techniques in a hands on drama experience. She will also show you how she uses A Christmas Carol to start discussions about Social Justice with her students.

Speakers
MC

Mary Combs

Mary Combs has taught at LSD #51 for 20 years. She loves to get her students animated. Mary began her drama training at the U of L followed by roles in Lethbridge Musical Theater; Shakespeare in the Park; Lethbridge Playgoers Readers Theater; and most famously as 'Squirrely' at F... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1170G University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Cultural Lego: Constructing Gender and Culture
Does gender impact culture or is it the other way around? This interactive session allows participants to consider media influences on constructions of gender and think about ways to challenge gender role stereotyping and heteronormative society. By exploring the connections between gender and culture in these ways, students and teachers can move from perpetuating current forms of culture towards cultural transformation.

Speakers
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Michelle Hawks

Michelle Hawks is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Global Education Team (GET) Coordinator for the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER).


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
M 1030 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Supporting High School Completion: A Tool Kit for Success
A Tool Kit For Success resource offers a process to support schools in working with youth at risk of not completing high school. At every point along the continuum of risk from prevention, to identification, to intervention and specialised supports, this resource guides schools and school teams in the collaborative process of supporting students as they work towards high school completion. For many students, the path to High School Completion is not a linear one. The Supporting High School Completion: A Tool Kit For Success resource offers a process to support schools in working with youth at risk of not completing high school. At every point along the continuum of risk from prevention, to identification, to intervention and specialised supports, this resource guides schools and school teams in the collaborative process of supporting students as they work towards high school completion. With tools and processes to support your work, the Tool Kit centers on 4 guiding questions: 1. Empowerment: Can the student’s choice to stay be empowered? How? 2. Supported Exit: How can the student be continually supported if an exit from high school is necessary? 3. Reconnection: What steps will help reconnect to the student if they have exited? 4. Reentry and/or Continued Engagement: What is the best way to support successful reentry and continued engagement? Shift the lens in your school from ‘What supports are available?’ to ‘How can we leverage the resources we have to remove the barriers preventing successful high school completion for this student?’

Speakers
CP

Cynthia Parr

Cynthia Parr, B. Ed., M. Ed Cynthia Parr is currently a Learning Facilitator with SAPDC. Previous to this she has been a teacher, vice-principal, principal and Director of Student Services as well as taught at the post-secondary level. Cynthia received both her B Ed and M Ed at t... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1050 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

What's New In Books? The Gr 6-12 Edition
Do you have that nagging feeling that hidden out there – somewhere – is a book or two that just must get into the hands of your young readers? Well, who better than to help you mine those hidden gems than Becky Colbeck and Kari Tanaka from the University of Lethbridge Bookstore! With over 30 years of trade book experience between them, Becky and Kari not only know what’s hot, but what should be, in the 6-12 market. Their book talks will include new releases, teaching resources, and books for every reading ability, including a few that haven’t even hit store shelves yet! This session will be jam packed with information but, don’t worry, you will leave with a comprehensive list of all of the titles that were book talked…and then some. Plus, it will be fun! Like speed dating, but with books!

Speakers
KT

Kari Tanaka & Becky Colbeck

Becky and Kari have been actively involved in promoting literacy in schools and their community for 30+ years. They are passionate about literacy and are a trusted resource for teachers, parents and children; assisting them in book selections that inspire a love of reading and di... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 250 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Environmental Storytelling
One of the best ways to teach a lesson is to tell a story. In this workshop, you will learn simple storytelling techniques, identify important ‘teachable’ stories in your life, and craft a successful oral tale. The focus will be on telling the stories that demonstrate the positive environmental future we all want to see. Not only that – you’ll thrill to a gripping story of struggle, competition, life, and death that took place in Christina’s worm composter!

Speakers
CP

Christina Pickles

Christina Pickles has been an environmental educator since 1998, and has been a Program Manager with ACEE since 2010. Her responsibilities with ACEE include leading our Get Outside and Play program, developing and delivering capacity-building workshops and conferences for teache... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
M 1035 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Authoritative Age-Appropriate Content for Division I Students
Let the ORC help take away your concerns about young students using internet resources while enriching your curriculum. Never heard of the ORC? The ORC is a $1.3 million collection of digital resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 students, parents, school staff and pre-service teachers in Alberta. Join this session to learn about the wonderful resources available for young learners through the ORC, and get tips on the logistics of using them with your division I students.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 241 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

One Simple Question: Many Useful Insights
There is a question that, once answered, will guide you to hire the right new people, recognize existing staff for the right reasons, and focus your efforts to improve staff retention. Participants will learn to identify the behaviours that make top performers successful and be able to use this information to guide their hiring decisions and know when to recognize staff.

Speakers
NS

Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of "Thanks! GREAT Job!"


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 141 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Combating Student Absenteeism: Enhancing Systems to Improve Educational Outcomes
Attending school on a regular basis is fundamental to the positive development of children. In Alberta, over 150,000 students are impacted by school absenteeism and are at significant risk of negative future outcomes, such as economic disadvantage and incarceration. Recognizing the prevalence of absenteeism, Rocky View Schools launched the Attendance Innovation Campaign which aimed to educate communities as to the importance of attendance, empower schools to utilize data to monitor and improve practice, and eliminate barriers to student attendance through a system of tiered interventions. The techniques, resources, and preliminary results will be shared during this presentation.

Speakers
MC

Mitchell Colp

Project Lead of the Attendance Innovation Campaign of Rocky View Schools
KM

Kristy McConnell

Registered Psychologist with Rocky View Schools
CP

Chris Pawluk

Lead Psychologist for Rocky View Schools


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 201 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Innovative Programs to Help High School Students Access Post-Secondary - Dual Credit and New Pathways Program Info Session by Bow Valley College
Come and learn about opportunities to help learners with two unique programs, Dual Credit and Pathways, available to Alberta high school students through Bow Valley College. Calling all Guidance Counsellors and Leadership Admin: Come and learn about these two unique programs that are available to Alberta high school students through Bow Valley College. The Dual Credit program is designed to keep high school students engaged in school, give them access to a high-quality post-secondary experience, and promote lifelong career development and workforce skills. The Pre-Business and Pre-Health Pathways programs provide a focused form of upgrading with advance credit and co-registration in certificate and diploma programs. Come to learn more about how we can help learners be successful with the right opportunities.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 117 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

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

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TBD

12:30

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

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1170A University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

The Principal’s Role in Supporting TQS Implementation
With new Teaching Quality Standards comes questions of teacher growth, supervision and evaluation for principals. This session will help principals understand their role in implementing the new TQS and will provide valuable information, resources, and contacts that will be instrumental in the coming months.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TBD

12:30

Active Problem Solving
Get students active with rich math tasks and problem solving. Get your students engaged with doing math tasks by getting them up and moving, performing, and solving math problems. Topics explored will include 3 Act Math ideas, games, warmups, and ways to change your lessons to try and get students up and moving. Topics suitable for grades 5-9 but ideas could be implemented in a variety of grades.

Speakers
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Erin Houston

Erin Houston has taught math for many, many, many years. She enjoys challenging kids to think and do in the math class.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1060 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Discovering Elementary Mathematics Professional Learning (EMPLO)
As we explore the EMPLO website, you will be amazed at the wealth of resources available to support K-6 teachers (and parents). You will have time to explore the resources on your own device, so that you can personalize the learning and have something new to try on Monday morning.

Speakers
TF

Terry Freeman

Terry is a Learning Consultant with MHSD 76.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 147 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Puzzles and Problems in the K-12 Math Classroom
A panel of teachers from Holy Spirit School Division will be presenting their learning and ideas about integrating puzzles and problem solving into their practice. Panel members engaged in a four-month learning experience where they explored mathematical puzzles and problems and tried them out in their teaching. Panel members are from various grade levels and will share their experiences.

Speakers
RM

Richelle Marynowski

The lead speaker is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Richelle's research foci are: teacher professional learning; mathematics curriculum and instruction; and classroom assessment. The teachers presenting are from Horizon School D... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

You mean I get a choice in what I get to do in math!
This session will explore the tiering of content; specifically questions used in a grade 7/8 math environment. Past math practices have utilized a "one-size-fits-all" questioning practice that groups students as a whole. Tiering of questions provides students the opportunity to choose their learning journey based on self assessment. This session will address: - differentiated practices (DI) - assessment strategies - fair vs. equal - anchor activities - capstone research


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Solve the Problem with Word Problems: Build the Bridge from Literacy to Numeracy
Build literacy, numeracy and math skills as you teach students how to comprehend and solve word problems. This is a school wide approach. Throughout this interactive session, participants will engage with an approach to teaching problem solving built not from giving problems, but from using student responses to build comprehension, communication and content knowledge with your students. Across all the grades, students benefit from learning how to analyze and evaluate the work of others. YES, at every grade! It’s not just “doing” math, it’s learning how to search for sense, how to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. This is truly balancing literacy.... learning how to apply basic reading & writing skills into the thinking, reasoning and doing of mathematics. Designed around samples of student work, participants will leave with problems and criteria that can be used to develop literacy and numeracy skills across a range of grades. You will want to try this on Monday!

Speakers
GL

Geri Lorway

Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to argue and reason. But not too serious: Laugh out loud, stomp your feet and clap. There will be joy in teaching! Changing thinking, one mind at a time.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 116 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Risky play: Not a risk
Risky play is not a risk but a benefit to children. Learn about what research says about risky play and how to support children in taking safe risks in a school setting. Climbing a tree, jumping off a tree, balancing on a tree log, using real tools… Numerous research has indicated that these types of risky play are not a risk but benefit children. In fact, risky play is an essential part of child and youth development. Risky play contributes to children’s critical thinking skills as well as their healthy and active life styles. Risky play also plays an important role in helping children establish competencies and a sense of identity. In this session, you will learn about research based knowledge of risky play, discuss how to support children in taking safe risks in a school setting, and learn how to manage risky play by engaging in a risk benefit assessment.

Speakers
KB

Kim Bora

Bora Kim is a faculty in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She holds a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Study and advocates children’s healthy and active life styles through outdoor play.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1168 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Looking Ahead: Planning for Retirement
Solve the biggest reading problems with Phonemic Awareness instruction and help set the stage for lifelong success in reading.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 275 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

The 411 on the TQS: What Teachers Need to Know About the New Teaching Quality Standard
In a manner of months, 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 teachers with the opportunity to discuss the new standards with Association leaders who were involved in developing the new TQS and who directly involved with planning and implementing new professional development opportunities to assist members with meeting the new standards. The road ahead may seem daunting, but this session will help you map out the journey, identify resources that you can access, and connect with those who can provide guidance along the way.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 118 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

True Story? Teachers in Film, TV, and Online
Images of teachers in film, television, and online shape how governments, parents, students, and teachers themselves think about the profession. The talk examines how teachers get represented in film, television, and online. Since popular images leave strong and lingering impressions, they shape how governments, parents, students, and even teachers themselves envision and treat the profession. How the teaching profession looks in the public eye carries clear implications for classrooms, political support, and community relations. • explains why the visual mass media are so powerful both cognitively and ideologically • reviews teacher images from the 20th-century and the public opinions that accompanied them • connects contemporary teacher images to current public and political opinion • considers the evolving identities of teachers • presents student perceptions • looks at images generated by teacher advocacy groups • suggest the pedagogical value of popular classroom images • presents teacher images as a platform for reflective visualization

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 127 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Let's Talk Science: Hands-on Science Activities For Your Middle and/or High School Classroom
Let's Talk Science is a national charitable organization that provides science outreach to classrooms across the country at no charge. We visit classrooms in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta with activities targeted to the Alberta science curriculum. Participants will have the chance to explore lab activities designed with the high school curriculum in mind. The session will also provide a collaborative opportunity for instructors to discuss how to keep students interested in and enthusiastic about science and math.

Speakers
UW

Ute Wieden-Kothe & Helena Danyk

Ute and Helena are two of the founding members of the University of Lethbridge's Let's Talk Science Program. We are both passionate about keeping young people interested in and enthusiastic about science.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
C 740

12:30

Our World, Our Communities, Our Classrooms: Embracing Diverse Perspectives
Our classrooms have become dynamic environments for learning about multiple ways of being in the world. This session will provide some practical tools for understanding and talking about cultural diversity in your classrooms, schools and communities. In 75 minutes we can only begin to touch on cultural diversity and its impact because learning about/embracing diversity is a lifelong process – it is a way of being in the world. Our goals for today are to facilitate what might be a beginning for some of you or continuation for others, some methods of understanding and addressing cultural diversity in your classrooms, schools, communities and lives.

Speakers
PD

Pamela Dos Ramos & Brenda Johnston

Pamela Dos Ramos, M.A. Ph.D., and Brenda Johnston, M.A. are Human Rights Educators for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre. They do presentations at schools and create resources for the Centre.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 373 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Tackling Community Issues in the Classroom: Designing Projects for Change!
Community organizations make an impact everyday: now students can too! Students will learn to analyse a problem, and become active global citizens, using this authentic method! The new Alberta Curriculum calls for students to be active global citizens and engage in identifying and solving problems in their own communities. In this facilitated workshop, participants will walk through a method used by non-profit organizations when designing projects to tackle community issues. Using this authentic problem analysis tool, students will learn how to analyse a problem, and address the root causes of an issue, rather than the symptoms. The tool has been modified to be kid-friendly, and ready to use in your classroom!

Speakers
LE

Leah Ettarh

Leah Ettarh is the Program Manager at the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, a coalition of over 60 Alberta based charities and institutions, working locally and globally to achieve sustainable human development. Leah has worked as a teacher in Canada, China, Bolivia and Ken... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 040 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Creating a Technology Infused Classroom
Many teachers struggle to successfully integrate technology in a meaningful way. This workshop provides opportunities to gain confidence, knowledge and best practices to move forward in planning for the classroom. Integrating technology not only addresses 21st-century skills, but also meets the Teacher Quality Standards of Alberta and the eight cross-curricular competencies. This workshop is designed to share the Substitution Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition (SAMR) model with teachers to facilitate technology implementation in their classrooms.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 176 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Creating a Technology Infused Classroom
Many teachers struggle to successfully integrate technology in a meaningful way. This workshop provides opportunities to gain confidence, knowledge and best practices to move forward in planning for the classroom. Integrating technology not only addresses 21st-century skills, but also meets the Teacher Quality Standards of Alberta and the eight cross-curricular competencies. This workshop is designed to share the Substitution Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition (SAMR) model with teachers to facilitate technology implementation in their classrooms.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TBD

12:30

The Blanket Exercise
The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop in which educators will experience over 500 years of history by taking on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they will walk through time and explore the impacts of colonization, treaty-making, and modern legislation. By engaging participants on an emotional and intellectual level, this workshop is a powerful tool for increasing empathy and understanding.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 16:00
L 1170 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

The Blanket Exercise
The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop in which educators will experience over 500 years of history by taking on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they will walk through time and explore the impacts of colonization, treaty-making, and modern legislation. By engaging participants on an emotional and intellectual level, this workshop is a powerful tool for increasing empathy and understanding.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 16:00
TBD

14:30

Don't Let the Tail Wag the Dog
Do you ever feel like the tail (your reporting system) is wagging the dog (student learning) in your classroom? Research confirms that formative assessment improves student learning, but too often conventional grading practices get in the way of realizing its benefits. Regardless of your reporting system, teachers are always able to employ effective assessment practices to support student learning.

Speakers
AA

Alberta Assessment Consortium

The Alberta Assessment Consortium is a not-for-profit education partner in the province, focused on everyday assessment to support student learning. Our facilitators combine their experience as Alberta teachers and teacher leaders with the expertise of the organization.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
PE 264 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Building Executive Functioning in Early Childhood Classrooms
Executive functioning is a critical component in learning and life success. Practical classroom activities that build executive functioning in young children will be presented. The "Building Brains and Futures" project in the city of Lethbridge has participated in a pilot of Dr. Robbin Gibb's (U of L Neuroscientist) executive functioning curriculum for young children. The curriculum has been implemented in a number of early childhood programs across the city of Lethbridge. This session will demonstrate activites from this curriculum that can be used on a daily basis within early childhood programs. A research component of the pilot revealed statistically significant growth in the executive functioning of young children that were exposed to these activities on a daily basis.

Speakers
IP

Isabelle Plomp & Lynn Wytrykusz

Lynn Wytrykusz is an Early Education Program Manager at Westminster School. Isabelle Plomp is the Early Childhood Coordinator for Lethbridge School District.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 201 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

One More Successful Day in the Life of the Guest Teacher!
This session will help you get over the trials and tribulations as a Guest Teacher & provide numerous (36)proven strategies that will give you support and encouragement to carry on. One More Successful Day in the Life of the Guest Teacher ! “Too many/not enough instructions” ?...” “Are they happy to see “the sub” ?”…”Wwwhich room ?”… Oh, we’ve all been through it. To calm you down and give you confidence this session will give you one strategy a week for the school year. 36 proven, adaptable, creative, humorous activities that will involve, instruct and inspire your students. The ideas will be delivered to you in a variety of different ways that have proven effective in the classroom. By engaging you in the activities you will understand how you could modify them to your situation. Expect a lot of laughter, in a positive environment that will encourage and empower your students to accept responsibility for their learning. Teaching them to learn how to learn is the essence of quality education. On-going online support in Word will be made available for you to adapt and adopt.

Speakers
PM

Peter McWhir

Peter (BFA, M.Ed.) presents 50 years of proven strategies & creative approaches in education using drama and humour K-12. He has conducted over 700 P.D. Sessions, directed 25 mainstage plays, 25 Artists in Residence programmes and taken over 700 students on 34 International Arts... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
PE 020 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Why we use PowerPoint (instead of Word) to create EVERYTHING
Are you tired of inserting charts or pictures in Word that constantly move around or disappear? Well, we have the solution for you! In this session, you will learn how to effectively use PowerPoint to create anything you want. By ditching Word, your time will be used more efficiently. You will learn how to make things look "cuter" and more professional. PowerPoint is not just for creating presentations. You can utilize it for so much more. We will show you how you can create math/literacy centers, tests, worksheets, charts, games, etc. Once you use PowerPoint to create your documents, you will never go back to using Word!

Speakers
TO

Tacy Olson & Lindsay

Tacy and Lindsay are two energetic teachers that live and work in Lethbridge. They teach at Agnes Davidson and love to work and create things together!


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
AH 147 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

The Balanced Learning Concept
The Balanced Classroom concept from CDI Spaces features a classroom environment suited for all learning styles as well as the desired teaching style of the educator. We aim to create a dynamic, collaborative and focused area within the classroom – Studies have determined the best design for a balanced learning space is to incorporate flow where the more dynamic students don’t interfere with the learning experience of the focused learner who requires their own space and fewer distractions. Whether you are replacing a few chairs and desks or outfitting an entire school, how can you be sure to choose the right furniture? When answering this question, we at CDI Spaces recognize that furniture needs and preferences can vary significantly depending on the environment within the classroom. That's why we encourage you to begin your selection process by allowing us to help you in identifying the needs in the classroom.

Speakers
CW

Craig Ward

Craig Ward has been with CDI spaces' Education Department for many years providing him with in-depth knowledge of educational furniture, spaces, and functionality. Craig's vast knowledge of the variety of products that CDI spaces can provide makes him a valuable resources to teac... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
AH 117 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Make Me a Maker: Fostering a Maker Mentality in Your School
There has been a shift in education toward 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. Students will benefit from the challenges of hands-on inquiry that challenges the traditional classroom setup. Makerspaces provide an opportunity for all students to be successful and for parents and the greater school community to become involved in the classroom.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TBD

14:30

Make Me a Maker: Fostering a Maker Mentality in Your School
There has been a shift in education toward 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. Students will benefit from the challenges of hands-on inquiry that challenges the traditional classroom setup. Makerspaces provide an opportunity for all students to be successful and for parents and the greater school community to become involved in the classroom.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
AH 176 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Building Your Toolkit in the Music Room
Come participate in user friendly music literacy activities that teach curricular objectives and engage students. Perfect for the Generalist. In this session, you will be able to participate in the activities that you will take away for your students. You will have ready to use ideas that support music literacy; including beat development, rhythm reading and notation, note reading, and student composition. Songs and activities will be designed for both Division I & II classrooms and will include some strategies for assessment. Please bring a recorder if you have one.

Speakers
SS

Stacy Skretting

Stacy Skretting teaches full time elementary music in Lethbridge, directs her school choir of 80+ students and co-directs an after school handbell group each fall. She served on the Lethbridge Orff Chapter for 18 years and has presented other generalist sessions and short worksho... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
W 480 University Centre for the Arts, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Expression and Response using Oil Pastels
During this session, the teachers explore basic oil pastel techniques (blending, layering, pointillism, creating thin/thick lines) and apply them to create a few art projects. These projects are being demonstrated step-by-step and can be adapted to any grade level to address a variety of learning styles. Composition, design and color will be examined as well to guide the participants find their own inner artistic talents. All the supplies are included (oil pastels, cardstock paper, watercolor paper, liquid watercolor paint, templates). The session fee is $10.

Speakers
CD

Christina Dixon

Over the past few years I presented sessions at various Teacher Conventions. During the teaching process, my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and create art as much as I do. It is a life journey that can take you to new dimensions and understandings.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
W 871 University Centre for the Arts, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Including ELLs in your Elementary Drama Productions
In this 60-minute session we will help identify ways that teachers can include their ELLs into class- and school-based elementary drama productions. We will review the methods to develop language skills, select appropriate roles, and dispel the myth that ELLs can only participate in limited roles. Mary Combs (an elementary teacher) and David Fuller (Lead ESL teacher) pursue inclusive practices for all learners in their classrooms.

Speakers
MC

Mary Combs

Mary Combs has taught at LSD #51 for 20 years. She loves to get her students animated. Mary began her drama training at the U of L followed by roles in Lethbridge Musical Theater; Shakespeare in the Park; Lethbridge Playgoers Readers Theater; and most famously as 'Squirrely' at F... Read More →
DF

David Fuller

David Fuller is the Lead ESL Teacher for Lethbridge Public School District. He has an MEd in Literacy focusing on education for students from refugee contexts. Kristina Larkin, B.Ed/B.A, is the manager of the immigrant youth program at Lethbridge Family Services and a long time c... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
L 1170G University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Ahead By A Century- Learning from the Past, Inspiring the Future
The Alberta Teachers’ Association has a storied past.  Over the last century, our members have demonstrated their constant creativity, ingenuity, and compassion and have helped to elevate the reputation of  Alberta’s public education system and its teaching profession to a level of excellence that is the envy of international jurisdictions.  Ironically, the work of dedicated teachers seems to be increasingly the subject of criticism at a more local level.  Join ATA President Greg Jeffery to reflect on what Alberta’s teachers have learned over their hundred year journey and what new courses we should set in the years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Jeffery

Greg Jeffery

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
Greg Jeffery is the president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. He began his involvement with the Association in 1984, his first year of teaching. He joined his local council executive in 1989. Subsequently, he served as an Economic Policy Committee (EPC) member, EPC chair... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TBD

14:30

Ahead By A Century- Learning from the Past, Inspiring the Future
The Alberta Teachers’ Association has a storied past.  Over the last century, our members have demonstrated their constant creativity, ingenuity, and compassion and have helped to elevate the reputation of  Alberta’s public education system and its teaching profession to a level of excellence that is the envy of international jurisdictions.  Ironically, the work of dedicated teachers seems to be increasingly the subject of criticism at a more local level.  Join ATA President Greg Jeffery to reflect on what Alberta’s teachers have learned over their hundred year journey and what new courses we should set in the years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Jeffery

Greg Jeffery

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
Greg Jeffery is the president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. He began his involvement with the Association in 1984, his first year of teaching. He joined his local council executive in 1989. Subsequently, he served as an Economic Policy Committee (EPC) member, EPC chair... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
AH 175 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Reaching Division II Students with Authoritative Resources
If your student’s research process begins and ends with Google and/or Wikipedia you are not alone. You know that students should be accessing information beyond these two sources, but from where? Learn Alberta’s Online Reference Centre (ORC) is a $1.3 million collection of curricular-aligned digital resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 staff, students and parents in Alberta. Join this session to learn about the ORC’s engaging and authoritative resources that directly align with the grades 4-6 Alberta curricula.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 241 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Unlucky when hiring? 13 reasons why so many hiring decisions don’t work out
Some school administrators dismiss hiring decisions that don’t work out as the result of bad luck. It turns out that luck doesn’t have much to do with it. Most unsuccessful hiring decisions can be traced back to errors or omissions that occurred during the hiring process and which could have been avoided.

Speakers
NS

Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of "Thanks! GREAT Job!"


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 141 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

The Staff that Plays Together Stays Together!
All work and no play makes teachers boring and burnt out. Join Joyce Sunada for an active session full of challenging and fun team building activities for you and your staff. According to the Alberta Education Framework for Wellness, "Social Wellness"is: relating positively to others and is influenced by many factors including how individuals communicate, establish and maintain relationships, are treated by others and interpret that treatment. This session provides activities and experiences that challenge participants to communicate, work together cooperatively and reach group goals. (Skills that are necessary to create a positive, healthy work environment) My hope is participants take the activities back to their schools and recreate them with their staff, thus enhancing their social connectedness and wellness. "Playing together" and having fun as a staff fosters "Social Wellness" thus enhancing the overall wellness of the Educator. The impact - improved wellness of the students and whole school community.

Speakers
JS

Joyce Sunada

Over the past 30 years Joyce Sunada has been a teacher, an administrator and provincial leader who creates healthy schools. She received the “Health Promoting Schools Champion” award from PHE Canada. Joyce is now a Wellness Coach, speaker and sessional instructor at the Werkl... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 143 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

The Principal’s Role in Supporting TQS Implementation
With new Teaching Quality Standards comes questions of teacher growth, supervision and evaluation for principals. This session will help principals understand their role in implementing the new TQS and will provide valuable information, resources, and contacts that will be instrumental in the coming months.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
AH 118 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Teacher Tales: The Battle to Build a Healthy School
Tried and true approaches to embedding wellness within a school culture and resources to keep moving forward from local teacher health champions. Are you the lone health crusader in your school? Part of a covert wellness alliance – resisting the unhealthy food choices, inactivity insurgents and smart phone zombies in your hallways? Whether you are just starting the epic journey of creating a healthy school environment or are a battle-tested health champion looking for new ways to “keep the flame alive”, this session is for you. Come trade ideas with like-minded teachers dedicated to fighting the good fight toward healthier school communities. Hear from local teacher health champions on their current road to wellness. Leave with a renewed sense of hope and tactical strategies to support your mission nutrition, movement militia or war for mental wellness. You are not alone.

Speakers
NF

Norah Fines

Craig Findlay is a social studies teacher at Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge. Billy Baum is a social studies teacher at Chinook High School in Lethbridge.
LS

Lyndsey Spring

Lyndsey, Norah and Stephanie are Health Promotion Coordinators with Alberta Health Services – Healthy Children and Youth Team. Every day they “fight the good fight” to support school jurisdictions to build healthy schools. Together, they have over 30 years of experience in... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
L 1168 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Success with Subtraction: Tasks that make the Difference! K to 3
Tasks, problems and practice cards differentiated to match K to 3 outcomes. In this highly engaging, hands on session we will explore a sets of tasks, problems and practice cards and directions for how to adapt, differentiate and deliver them across the range of ages and abilities of learners from Kindergarten to Grade 3. In primary, we all share a role in teaching subtraction, each grade plays a part until by Grade 3 students experience mastery. From the earliest work with number, we can focus on building thinking and problem solving skills as students come to know and remember facts. When we do, the learning lasts. Join me as I share ways to truly make a difference to how students come to know and master subtraction.

Speakers
GL

Geri Lorway

Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to argue and reason. But not too serious: Laugh out loud, stomp your feet and clap. There will be joy in teaching! Changing thinking, one mind at a time.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
AH 116 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Bringing Nature into the Classroom
Learn about ways you can bring Nature into the classroom. Be some of the first to learn about a new Watershed Video Conference Alberta Parks is developing with Oldman Watershed.
Summary:
Through out this session, teachers will have the opportunity to learn about a new program that Alberta Parks has developed, With Oldman Watershed that brings an understanding of Watersheds right into the classroom. This new program creates an awareness to how important a resource water is and shows all the ways we have been using water for thousands of years. Find out how you could get your presentation for free. There will also be the opportunity to learn about activities you can do with your students in your school yard that make curricular connections but are still fun and engaging.

Speakers
SD

Sarah Downey

I am a trained teacher and have been an Environmental Educator with Alberta Parks for the three years, leading and developing Education Programs in the South West. I have been a strong promoter of bringing Nature into the classroom and getting students outside through out all my... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 173 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Fun environmental activities in your schoolyard!
Learn by doing - the 'greatest hits' of environmental educators classic learning activities and resources to use in your schoolyard. This session profiles our favourite games and activities that you can do with your students in your schoolyard - a ‘greatest hits’ compendium of experienced environmental educators’ classic learning activities and resources!  In this session, you’ll “learn by doing” as many of these activities as possible, and discuss how to connect student learning with their familiar neighbourhood and community. All participants will receive digital copies of the resources.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
M 1035 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Fostering Your School Culture Through Sport
This workshop will provide and help the development of specific plans to use sport and athletics at various levels in your school to build and enrich school culture. School culture is vital in enhancing Student Achievement. A lack of culture can also detract from student engagement throughout the school, including in the classroom. This workshop will discuss how Athletic Directors, Administrators, Phys. Ed staff, and coaches can use sport to build and enrich a positive and exciting school culture. Specific steps and ideas will be outlined to use your athletic program and other school-based athletic initiatives as a springboard to create a healthy and positive environment within your school.

Speakers
TB

Toby Boulet

Toby Boulet is currently the Athletic Director at Winston Churchill High in Lethbridge, as well as serving as the Manager for the Women's Rugby Team at the University of Lethbridge. Toby is also a member of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association Executive Board.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 277 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Evaluating Fundamental Movement Skills in Children
Fundamental movement skills (FMS) are crucial for success in sports and lifelong involvement in physical activity. This session will focus on ways educators can evaluate FMS.
- Short presentation (power point) on physical literacy and fundamental movement skills.
- Introduction to the Canadian Agility and movement skill assessment (CAMSA).
- Practice using and scoring the CAMSA.
- Evaluation and reflection on teachers' own fundamental movement skills and physical literacy.
- Invitation to complete survey (survey results will be part of UofL research, additional documentation will be provided by researcher(s).

Speakers
SS

Simon Schaerz

Simon Schaerz is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbrigde. He is also an Exercise Science and Physical Education faculty member at Lethbridge College. Simon is currently researching teachers' experiences and perceptions with physical literacy in t... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
PE 110 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Professional Conduct is in Order
The Code of Professional Conduct is a guide for teaching approved by teachers for teachers. Because it is referenced in The Teaching Profession Act, the code applies to the behaviour of teachers in a broad range of situations. Drawing on scenarios from actual cases, this presentation describes the standards of professional conduct expected of teachers and explains how the ATA deals with teachers who fail to live up to these standards. 

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
L 1170A University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Teachers' Convention Review Focus Group
This year, the Alberta Teachers' Association's Provincial Executive Council struck a Committee on Convention Review and tasked its members with reviewing the current vision, mandate, structure, governance, operation, financing, and programming of teachers’ conventions to determine what changes are needed, if any, to better meet members' professional development needs.

If you want to be involved in shaping the future of teachers’ conventions in the province or are simply interested in finding out more about the convention review, bring your ideas and questions to this focus group session!

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan Grassick is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area. Among his chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's teachers' convention associations and working with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. Before joi... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TBD

14:30

The 411 on the TQS: What Teachers Need to Know About the New Teaching Quality Standard
In a manner of months, 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 teachers with the opportunity to discuss the new standards with Association leaders who were involved in developing the new TQS and who directly involved with planning and implementing new professional development opportunities to assist members with meeting the new standards. The road ahead may seem daunting, but this session will help you map out the journey, identify resources that you can access, and connect with those who can provide guidance along the way.

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TBD

14:30

U of L Curriculum Lab: What Sources Do We Recommend?
There are too many quality teaching resources and not enough time to explore them all! Enjoy some time to interact with print and digital sources relevant to your teaching context. The session will start with our new search tool for easily locating books, videos and kits. Featured items: professional support in all subjects and Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literature Intervention kits. Next, we will explore our new guides at www.uleth.ca/education/curr, which identify resources most useful for each subject/grade. Sources include cross-curricular literature lists, LearnAlberta Resources, Specific databases in LearnAlberta’s Online Reference Centre, new platform on Ninjaplans lesson sharing site, Education for Reconciliation supports, streaming video and more. Participants can then choose to either seek specific instruction in one or more sources, or to explore sources independently. Participants can bring a device (such as a laptop) or can borrow one of the Curriculum Lab Laptops. At the conclusion of the session, participants will identify how at least one source can add to their current teaching practice. Note: U of L Almuni are eligible for a free Library membership. Non-Alumni can purchase a Community card to borrow Curriculum Lab items ($30). To activate any membership bring a U of L ID card (former student card or get a new card at Campus IT, TH 218).

Speakers
BC

Beth Cormier

Beth Cormier is a Curriculum Librarian in the Faculty of Education’s Curriculum Lab. Her primary focus is to connect pre-service teachers with quality materials in support of teaching and learning.


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

How to be an Environmental Educator (no matter who or what you teach)
Explore how teachers from any grade or specialty can incorporate Environmental Education into their teaching practice. Includes: local resources, example activities, stats, etc. If you are interested in learning more about how to incorporate Environmental Education into your teaching practice, regardless of the grade/subject you teach, this session will provide you with resources and information you need to get started. This presentation will include local resources, programming examples, tips on transportation, excellent guest speakers, outdoor teaching spaces in our area and many lesson ideas that incorporate new perspectives, physical wellness and inquiry-based learning. Environmental education is wonderful for engaging multiple perspectives, boosting student engagement, layering concepts and content and setting up future generations to better understand complex environmental issues and navigate sustainable solutions.

Speakers
PR

Paige Rosner

Paige Rosner is an Environmental Educator at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. She coordinates the Natural Leaders Project with grade school classes and professional development groups across the city


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
M 1090 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Digital Citizenship in the Information Age
This workshop aims to create critical awareness of the implications of the consumption and production of information as related to living in a society that uses technology daily. The goal of this workshop is to create critical awareness of the implications of the consumption and production of information as related to living in a society that has changed on a technical and social front wherein there is now a convergence of technology. Traditionally, we were socialized by school, family and religion but now media significantly influences the formation of society and knowledge construction, production and consumption. Through this workshop, we aim to engage students in a discussion on current and future implications of living in an information society and our growing dependency on connectedness.

Speakers
MH

Michelle Hawks

Michelle Hawks is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Global Education Team (GET) Coordinator for the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER).


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
M 1030 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Classroom Yoga Breaks: Quick Practices to Create Calm
It takes just a moment to insert a mindful yoga break within your day. Yoga is an ideal way for students to experience mindful movement to focus attention, reduce stress and foster self regulation. In this session you will learn simple and easy to implement yoga practices to fit into your classroom. By implementing these strategies during transitions, after recess, before tests or any other time you feel the need, you and your students can enjoy the benefits of calm, attention and relaxation. Studies show that students learn more and retain more information when movement is added to their day. Stress is disruptive to the learning process. Short mindful movement breaks assist teachers in creating calm classrooms, fostering independence and meeting student needs (mentally, physically, emotionally and socially). Easy to implement and at no cost to the school, yoga breaks will transform your classroom.

Speakers
DF

Donna Freeman

Teacher, author and kids and teens yoga & mindfulness specialist, Donna Freeman has taught yoga to thousands of children and trained hundreds of teachers. She firmly believes that mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. Founder of Yoga In My School and Kids... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TH 204 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Creating Compassionate Classrooms
Teachers are concerned about the well-being of children and youth. The Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association are partnering to promote the mental health of children and youth and to provide support material for teachers dealing with mental health issues. This session will discuss common mental health concerns for children, recommend resources and references, and inform teachers about how they can promote awareness and discourage stigma.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Government program area. Among her chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's communications and public relations programs. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, princ... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
TBD

14:30

Creating Compassionate Classrooms
Teachers are concerned about the well-being of children and youth. The Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association are partnering to promote the mental health of children and youth and to provide support material for teachers dealing with mental health issues. This session will discuss common mental health concerns for children, recommend resources and references, and inform teachers about how they can promote awareness and discourage stigma.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Government program area. Among her chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's communications and public relations programs. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, princ... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
L 1170 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

14:30

Working Together to Support Mental Health: A Strength Based Approach
A strength-based approach shifts the focus from the prevention of specific problems to a more positive, holistic view of child and youth development. This approach involves a different way of thinking about students and of interpreting the ways they cope with life challenges. It allows one to see opportunities, hope and solutions, rather than problems and hopelessness. A strength-based approach focuses on building resiliency, enhancing social-emotional learning and supporting recovery. Through this session we will work to develop shared understandings around mental health language, the impact of mental health on brain development and learning and how strength based approaches in schools support an overall culture of wellness.

Speakers
CP

Cynthia Parr

Cynthia Parr, B. Ed., M. Ed Cynthia Parr is currently a Learning Facilitator with SAPDC. Previous to this she has been a teacher, vice-principal, principal and Director of Student Services as well as taught at the post-secondary level. Cynthia received both her B Ed and M Ed at t... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
L 1050 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
 
Friday, February 23
 

08:30

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
In this motivational presentation, Julie and Lowell Taylor highlight Lowell’s visual impairment and how their positivity, teamwork and love help turn this obstacle into opportunities. Lowell was the first blind contestant on The Amazing Race, and now his sights are set on competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Road and Track Cycling. Together they share their life stories and the challenges of going blind, living with a blind husband, and the supports needed along the way. They prove that positivity can outshine a disability – that negativity can be more debilitating than a disability.


Friday February 23, 2018 08:30 - 10:00
Main Gym 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

09:00

Castle Mountain School Ski Trips Level 1
This session will be held at Castle Mountain. The day will guide you through the steps for planning your school ski trip and what will happen when you get there. Your day will involve a walk-through of a typical school visit, ability assessment demonstration and lessons, a school program presentation, lunch, and free ski time. There is a fee for this session of $59 including lift ticket. If you do not require a lift ticket the fee is $20. Please contact Castle Mountain Ski School directly to register, 403-627-5101. Register as “Teachers Convention Ski Session Level 1”. Participants need to check in at Castle Ski School by 9:15 and are responsible for their own transportation to and from Castle. This session requires pre-registration by February 21. Itinerary: 9:00 – 9:30 Arrival and Introduction 9:30 – 10:30 Walk-through typical school visit 10:30 – 12:00 Ability Assessment & Lessons 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break & School Program Presentation 1:00 – 4:00 Application & Free Ski


Friday February 23, 2018 09:00 - 16:00
Castle Mountain Resort Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0

09:00

Castle Mountain School Ski Trips Level 2
This session will be held at Castle Mountain. The day will guide you through the steps for chaperoning your school ski trip and pedagogical strategies for instructing students. Level 2 picks up where Level 1 left off. Once you are booked, set up, and understand how the lessons work. Now what?

In Level 2 you will be introduced to methods on how to chaperone your group throughout the day and in complex terrain. During the day you will also discuss and discover pedagogical methods used by experienced ski and field instructors for developing specific skills in athletes and students. Through reflective learning practices students can develop specific skills that build into their entire movement. This practice can be used in physical education, outdoor learning environments, and the classroom. There is a fee for this session of $59 including lift ticket. If you do not require a lift ticket the fee is $20. Please contact Castle Mountain Ski School directly to register, 403-627-5101. Register as “Teachers Convention Ski Session Level 2”. Participants need to check in at Castle Ski School by 9:15 and are responsible for their own transportation to and from Castle. This session requires pre-registration by February 21. Itinerary: 9:00 – 9:30 Arrival and Introduction 9:30 – 10:30 How to chaperone during your visit 10:30 – 12:00 Pedagogical Demonstrations & Practice 12:00-1:00


Friday February 23, 2018 09:00 - 16:00
Castle Mountain Resort Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0

10:30

Simplifying Instruction in a Multi-graded Classroom
“Teacher, your new assignment is a multi-graded classroom…” Challenge: How much university training or professional development have most teachers had to prepare them to juggle a three (or five) ring curriculum circus? Most are overwhelmed as they face so many grades at once. How do teachers explain to parents that the students are getting the education they deserve as teacher tries to juggle two or more curriculum at once? Solution: Teacher friendly resources are available to help reduce teacher planning time and still cover the curriculum. Solution: Classroom organization is key to juggling the potentially overwhelming curriculum facing a multi-graded classroom. Solution: There are advantages to teaching in a multi-graded classroom. Find out how teaching more than one grade in a classroom can benefit student learning. This session will -provide practical strategies, practical structures, routines and resources that teacher can use in their classroom the next day. -remove the isolation multi-graded classroom teachers feel. Teachers will be able to phone a friend and find out how others have dealt with the challenges they face

Speakers
RF

Rob Ficiur

-Taught 28 of 29 years in a multi-graded classroom in a multi-graded classroom a Hutterite Colony School. -Editor / Writer of the Hutterite Teachers’ Newsletter since 1994. The goal of the quarterly newsletter is to share practical teaching ideas that can be implemented by teac... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 040 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Exploring Canadian Educators’ Responsibilities Regarding International and National Commitments to Indigenous Peoples
With the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the release of the TRC Calls to Action, there is increased awareness that Indigenous education needs to be front and centre. This interactive workshop will unpack the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and discuss the role of educators in meeting the commitment made by the Canadian government to the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the world. This workshop will also connect the objectives of UNDRIP with the TRC Calls to Action in order to ensure schools acknowledge their responsibilities towards FNMI students and communities.

Speakers
MH

Michelle Hawks

Michelle Hawks is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Global Education Team (GET) Coordinator for the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER).


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1030 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to some basic First Nations, Métis and Inuit worldviews, cultural beliefs and values. It is neither a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing, but rather a series of focused conversation starters for groups of educators engaged in reconciliation. The foundational knowledge activities are to support educators through the concepts of reconciliation as part of ongoing professional learning. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own. Worldviews and Ways of Knowing are like stones thrown into the water from which other circles grow. Learning about the traditional and contemporary experiences unique to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples helps to gain understanding and appreciation.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TBD

10:30

Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to some basic First Nations, Métis and Inuit worldviews, cultural beliefs and values. It is neither a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous ways of knowing, but rather a series of focused conversation starters for groups of educators engaged in reconciliation. The foundational knowledge activities are to support educators through the concepts of reconciliation as part of ongoing professional learning. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own. Worldviews and Ways of Knowing are like stones thrown into the water from which other circles grow. Learning about the traditional and contemporary experiences unique to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples helps to gain understanding and appreciation.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Mini Canvases
Create the perfect seasonal gift (Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.) of mini canvases to be displayed on a miniature easel. These little pieces of art are perfect for poetry, inspirational quotes and cross curricular celebrations. Participants will explore a variety of techniques (stenciling, molding paste and collage) while making little canvas to be displayed on the miniature easel. Easels are simple to display year-round while changing canvases with the seasons. Participants will design and make up to 3 canvases depending on the workshop length. Material fee: $5 Includes easel, canvases, and all art supplies

Speakers
EA

Elissa & Heather Willms

Heather and Elissa Willms are a mother/daughter design team from Lethbridge, Alberta. The pair has published a total of 6 quilting books and over 45 patterns. Heather is a public school teacher and Elissa is a surface pattern designer. They have a passion for introducing children... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
W 871 University Centre for the Arts, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Promoting the Success of Immigrant Students
Classrooms in Alberta are ethnically more diverse every year, giving us new challenges and opportunities. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to strengthen their cultural awareness and competence, deepen their understanding of the challenges immigrant families face, and learn classroom and schoolwide strategies for working with immigrant students and their parents.

Speakers
MF

Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Mary Frances Fitzgerald, B. Ed. M. Ed. CWCP. | ATA: Association Instructor | Vice President: ATA Council of School Counsellors | Education Consultant: Comprehensive School Health & Diversity


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 175 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Promoting the Success of Immigrant Students
Classrooms in Alberta are ethnically more diverse every year, giving us new challenges and opportunities. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to strengthen their cultural awareness and competence, deepen their understanding of the challenges immigrant families face, and learn classroom and schoolwide strategies for working with immigrant students and their parents.

Speakers
MF

Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Mary Frances Fitzgerald, B. Ed. M. Ed. CWCP. | ATA: Association Instructor | Vice President: ATA Council of School Counsellors | Education Consultant: Comprehensive School Health & Diversity


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TBD

10:30

Anxiety in the Primary Classroom
Identify the 5 main types of anxiety and help your students work to overcome it! One in five children have a diagnosable anxiety disorder and the effects of anxiety in kids in early grades can be profound. The negative consequences of anxiety impacts school work, social skills and most drastically self-confidence. In this session you will learn the main types of anxiety and how to identify them, and then learn hands-on practical ways to help your anxious students feel happier, be more self-confident and learn to reduce their constant worrying. Strategies taught can easily be incorporated into your days, and can be used immediately on Monday morning.

Speakers
LW

Laurie Wright

Laurie Wright is a passionate speaker, author, educator, TEDx talker, program creator, and idea maker! Determined to help children increase their positive self-talk and BOOST their mental health, Laurie helps kids see life as an adventure, not a risk.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 250 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Visual Journaling Through the Arts
In this session you will walk away with a wide range of ideas on different Visual Journal pages you can do with your students that focus on Science, Math, Social Studies and Language Arts. The visual journal pages that you will see use a wide range of different art mediums and have an art focus to them. Teachers will also have the opportunity to do a hands on visual journal page, that will allow them to walk away with a page that they can then re-create in their classroom with their students.

Speakers
JL

Jessica Lysak

I have been a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education for the last 12 years. My primary focus has been in music, however I have a huge passion for visual journals and incorporating the arts while doing my visual journal pages.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 201 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Students who Struggle with Reading K to 2
Are you wondering what will work for your struggling students? Snapword Flashcards can help! Students will easily learn 600 sight words, visualize for recall, learn related body movement, increase reading, and expand reading fluency. Whether you have a kindergartener who is falling behind or an older child who is working too hard on reading, the right-brained teaching resources and tips will help your child be successful! The answer for children who struggle lies in teaching children using materials that are uniquely designed using right-brained elements such as visuals, body movement, and stories. The resources are designed specifically for children who need visuals and movement to learn: English as Second language, learning disabilities, visual and kinesthetic learners, those labeled with dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s, auditory processing disorder, right-brained learners and ADHD. These resources can easily be used successfully by Teachers, Educational Assistants, and Parents.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 275 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

I Wonder...... Connecting Children’s Literature to Science Inquiry
Research confirms, using literature in science class can improve student achievement. Ideas to try on Monday? You bet. “I wonder” prompts abound in children’s literature! Join me as I jump into some wonderful books, both fiction and non fiction that can become a source of inspiration and engagement for even the most reluctant reader. As we sample from a variety of new and old favourites I will share tips, techniques and tasks that prompt connections to literacy, numeracy and the competencies. Comprehension matters and is best developed through authentic reading, writing and problem solving. I will suggest ways you can use literature prompts to develop science inquiries that weave together foundational skills for language arts and mathematics and align to a range of outcomes across the grades in the Science curriculum. Research confirms, using literature in science class can improve student achievement. Ideas to try on Monday? You bet.

Speakers
GL

Geri Lorway

Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to argue and reason. But not too serious: Laugh out loud, stomp your feet and clap. There will be joy in teaching! Changing thinking, one mind at a time.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 116 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

CRM at the High School Level
In this workshop, attendees will be given tools to begin the process of what the CRM (Collaborative Response Model) looks like at the high school level. This model is meant to create framework to speak about all students. This session will be filled with laughs, great activities and tools you can take back to your schools and districts.

Speakers
KP

Ken Pon

Ken Pon - current principal of W.R. Myers High School. A collaborative educator who values what is best for students. This is my 16th year of teaching and my expertise falls under the high school re-design and collaborative response models.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 277 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Innovative Leadership for a Better World
This workshop will develop ideas around how innovation happens (looking at things differently), how innovation can harm (waste and environmental degredation) and how we can support students to consciously decide to innovate productively and lead humanely to heal ourselves and our world. Participants will leave with self-discovered, tangible ideas to take back to their schools to support developing positive leadership in their students and classrooms developing a 'growth mindset.' This is presentation was created for and originally presented at the 2017 Canadian Student Leadership Conference.

Speakers
DK

Derek Keenan

Derek Keenan is an Assistant Principal, international speaker, consultant and most importantly, father. His desire to inspire educators drives him to continue to learn and share current, engaging research with educators and students alike.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1090 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

All Fun and Games: No Eye Protection Required
A collaborative community for the sharing of math games for Elementary teachers. For many students math can be frustrated and boring. However when given a fun and practical way to practice their math skill students can often excel. For every mathematical process there is a possibility for a game to help with practicing those skills. It is impossible to come up with all the games on your own this sessions is devoted to sharing games to help create better student engagement and learning.

Speakers
AR

Alan Riewe

I am a High school Social Studies teacher that somehow has found himself teaching Elementary however deep down I have the heart of a game show host and that is what I bring to my classroom.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 143 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Mathematical Conversation
Numeracy comprehension is built upon a foundation of mathematical thinking and reasoning, but how do we build this with our students? Supporting math conversations is most effective when built upon teaching models that are research driven and classroom tested. But what does that look like? How do you build a classroom culture of sharing and engagement using math discussion? How do you frame questions that promote flexible thinking over answer getting? This session will explore these concepts of mathematical conversation by focusing on the development of students ability to justify thinking, engage with the reasoning of others through core questions, noticing and articulating, developing contexts and representations for number concepts, and making meaning of operations. Content and resources shared in this session will be primarily K-5 based, but the skill set is applicable across grade levels.

Speakers
JB

Jay Bright & Amanda Thomson

Jay Bright and Amanda Thomson both teach grade 2 at Raymond Elementary in the Westwind School Division. They are passionate about sharing their love of teaching numeracy and building number sense for all kids, especially within early childhood. Jay and Amanda are currently pursui... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 241 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Getting Past the Pain of the PAT
Along with your classroom instruction, the session's practical writing tips and the take-away outlines for any successful story or essay, your students can have extra confidence heading into the pressure put on them because of time restraints for the PAT. "The students were more successful than I have ever experienced in all the previous years that I have taught the course (about a dozen times). The class average for the written portion was just over 75% and we had every single student pass the exam!"John Groenen, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys School, Innisfail

Speakers
SB

Sigmund Brouwer

With over four million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of books for children and adults. He visits over 200 schools per year across Canada and the United States to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 261 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Professional Conduct is in Order
The Code of Professional Conduct is a guide for teaching approved by teachers for teachers. Because it is referenced in The Teaching Profession Act, the code applies to the behaviour of teachers in a broad range of situations. Drawing on scenarios from actual cases, this presentation describes the standards of professional conduct expected of teachers and explains how the ATA deals with teachers who fail to live up to these standards. 

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TBD

10:30

The Bargaining Process – A New Playing Field
This session will review relevant parts/sections of the Labour Relations Code and the changes to collective bargaining as governed by The Public Education Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA).  Participants will be introduced to new processes, such as list bargaining and central table bargaining, as well as reviewing how they impact the traditional work of local bargaining. This session will help teacher know how to stay informed about bargaining and express their opinions on bargaining goals and actions!

Speakers
JG

James Gerun

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TBD

10:30

The Bargaining Process – A New Playing Field
This session will review relevant parts/sections of the Labour Relations Code and the changes to collective bargaining as governed by The Public Education Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA).  Participants will be introduced to new processes, such as list bargaining and central table bargaining, as well as reviewing how they impact the traditional work of local bargaining. This session will help teacher know how to stay informed about bargaining and express their opinions on bargaining goals and actions!

Speakers
JG

James Gerun

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 118 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Science 101 for Div I
Hands on science experiments from selected Div I curriculum units for you to complete in a station to station format. This workshop led by the Alberta Science Network will feature science experiments and demonstrations linked to selected Division I Alberta Education Science curriculum topics. You will perform hands-on experiments that in a station to station setting. The workshop provides an introduction to Div I science and is tailored to new teachers or teachers new to a grade level. A concise activity handout will guide you through the tasks that you are to complete and ASN members will be on hand to assist as necessary. A group discussion of observations and outcomes will follow to conclude. Attendance is limited to ensure an effective hands-on experience.

Speakers
EK

Ed Kusmirski

Ed Kusmirski, P.Eng. is the Executive Director of the Alberta Science Network. ASN has been providing teachers and their students with hands on and curriculum linked science since 1991. We began offering science PD workshops in Calgary in 1997 and are now partnering with SAPDC to... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 117 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Cultivating Critical Thinking Through a Growth Mindset in High School Social Studies
The session will explore ways to merge a growth mindset with critical and creative thinking attributes in a high school social studies classroom. Participants will examine and discuss the growth mindset, as well as the attributes of fair minded critical and creative thinkers. Teaching and learning strategies and resources developed to help students foster the growth mindset and the attributes of critical and creative thinking will be shared and explored.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1050 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Beginners Start Here: Getting Going with Google
Are you new to Google and GSuite? Join me for an introductory walk-thru of Google Drive, Docs and the entire GSuite of tools. We will explore some great tips and tricks for getting started, leaving you with exciting new ways to add technology and collaboration into your practice.

Speakers
MA

Michelle Armstrong

A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google for Education and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014.


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 147 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Social Citizens - Navigating Social Media
How to Navigate the Changing Digital Landscape and Raise Responsible and Safe Kids! There is no shortage of negative news headlines and discussions about how social media is impacting our kids and our own lives. Social Citizens' goal is to empower adults with information on how they can use social media positively and have better conversations with their kids on how to use it responsibly and safely. This session is filled with practical and relevant information that will equip teachers and parents with information on how social media can be used positively.

Speakers
NS

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith loves to help people understand social media. As an early adopter and avid social media user, it has been a natural transition for her to apply knowledge from her marketing career to at instructor at University and now helping adults with their kids use of social medi... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 020 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Empower Youth to Have Healthy Relationships (building skills)
Educators will come away with an understanding of Healthy Youth Relationships, specifically a deeper look at interactive ways to talk to and teach youth the skills around the fundamentals of healthy relationships. Topics will include the different styles of communication and active listening, personal power and its importance in creating healthy relationships, how to develop and practice empathy, and skills around conflict resolution and conflict de-escalation. Educators will learn a range of interactive activities that they can lead in their classrooms designed to empower youth in their relationships and will be able to take away course samples of the curriculum outlines for these topics. We will end the session by sharing information about how you can bring a Healthy Youth Relationships focused peer-led facilitation model to your school. *All content shared aligns with Alberta Education Curriculum in Health and Life Skills or CALM.

Speakers
CS

Carlia Schwab

Carlia is the Associate, Education and Master Trainer with the Red Cross Respect Education program. Carlia has a BA in Psychology and applies those skills along with her background and knowledge of violence prevention and its unfortunate connections to all demographics to her wor... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1060 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Teaching from Tragedy
There is no turning back the clock when someone loses a life or limb at work, but we can learn from these tragedies and use that loss to change attitudes and behaviours. Since 2014, Safety in Schools has shifted to include a greater focus on experience-based learning to complement the workplace safety training that is the core of our program. We are changing minds and saving lives by bringing students face to face with the real life consequences of workplace injuries and fatalities. Come learn about our newest courses, which explore real experiences with workplace injuries and fatalities, as well as the work we are doing bringing injury survivors into schools to speak with students about their lives, loss and the lessons they have learned. We will also discuss how you can use emotionally stimulating content to drive home lessons about personal responsibility and safety in your classrooms.

Speakers
SR

Sara Rooseboom

Sara Rooseboom has been with Safety in Schools since 2014 in her capacity as Program Coordinator. She is responsible for expanding the reach of the SiS online program, supporting teachers using the program, coordinating in-school engagements, and overseeing the development of new... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 373 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

8 Tools to Reduce Anxiety & Stress for Kids of All Ages
Discover 8 highly effective tools that reduce anxiety and stress. We all experience moments of anxiety and stress, which is part of life and can be beneficial. However it can also erode self confidence, turn your stomach into knots and severely impact your well-being. For some anxiety may become excessive and begin to control or negatively impact day-to-day living. In this workshop you’ll learn 8 tools that effectively reduce anxiety and stress. These tools will help kids big and small regain control of their life and actively take charge of their lifestyle, thoughts and emotions.

Speakers
DF

Donna Freeman

Teacher, author and kids and teens yoga & mindfulness specialist, Donna Freeman has taught yoga to thousands of children and trained hundreds of teachers. She firmly believes that mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. Founder of Yoga In My School and Kids... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 204 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Canada's Secret Shame: Human Trafficking
Equip yourself to recognize if one of your students is being groomed, recruited, or trafficked for sexual acts right here in Alberta. Make a difference in this social issue. The statistics tell us that 1 out of every 4 families in Canada is impacted by human trafficking. If it was happening to one of your students, would you know what to do? Learn about the history and prevalence of this social epidemic in our nation, and gain tools to stop it. Knowing the signs of a predator, stories of survivors, and ways to make a difference are all part of protecting our youth. Access to curriculum is available for you to take back to your classroom to empower your students, which can easily be integrated into your health, PE, or Social Studies courses.

Speakers
JS

Joy Smith

Joy Smith is an educator of 23 years, as well as the only MP to make Canadian history for passing two Private Member Bills against human trafficking. She now dedicates her time to preventing, rescuing, and supporting the rehabilitation of Canadian youth from sex trafficking throu... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
L 1170G University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Empowered and Energized Me!
Take back control. Learn two valuable tools you can use immediately. Understand the mindsets and energetics involved giving you the power to be on top of your game! This presentation is a great introduction to what it feels like to be empowered and energized using energetic tools. Two tools and their applications will be taught in terms of mindsets and energetics. The tools are transferable and can be used in both their personal and professional life. In this presentation the audience learns concepts around: • feeling empowered from the inside out; • what draws a person into another person’s energy; • how to work with inner noise in relation to outer noise; • self empowerment – being their own leading authority. No overhead equipment necessary.

Speakers
SU

Sheila Unique

CEO and Founder of The Unique Approach Trainer and Speaker, Transformation Coach. Expert in the field of teacher and student achievement Globally sought after speaker Host of The Unique Approach TV Show Best Selling Author Guest star on many radio shows


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 141 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

From Surviving to Thriving – Building Skills for Resiliency
Come laugh and learn some coping strategies that will bring peace and joy to your busy, stressful life. A century of research tells us that there are four experiences that create a strong human being: Competence, Power, Significance, and Virtue. Learn how to foster these experiences for yourself and others. Discover specific habits, skills and attitudes that build resiliency at all ages. Learn how to transform challenges into growth and find motivation and meaning in your life. “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are—and you just might become the very best version of yourself.” Sheryl Sandberg

Speakers
DB

Dan Bateman

Dan is currently an Instructor for Concordia University of Edmonton and a volunteer instructor for the Alberta Teachers Association. For 30 years he was a teacher, counselor and Educational consultant for Edmonton Public Schools. Dan has inspired teachers across Alberta for 18 ye... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
PE 264 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Managing Stress Through Self Care
Learn how taking care of yourself first can improve your personal wellbeing, as the wellbeing of those you’re a role model for. The life of a school employee can be compared to running a marathon—but at a sprinter's pace! We know it can be crazy at times and that's why we talk about how to set up a self-care plan that will help you dial down the craziness, and dial up your happiness. Learn how taking care of yourself first can improve your personal wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of those you’re a role model for. Our Self-Care Workshop is tailored to the unique environment of any school employee and dives into how and why it is important to take care of ourselves first. The session is a mixture of valuable self-care evidence based information and skills. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and think on what self-care means to them as well as take advantage of some protected time to sit back and create a self-care plan and an emergency self-care plan. Our Workplace Wellness Liaison will be there to guide and support the process and tell a few jokes to keep spirits high.

Speakers
MH

Megan Hunter

Megan Hunter is an ASEBP Workplace Wellness Liaison with over 10 years of experience promoting healthy living through recreation, education, fitness and play. Since earning her Bachelor of Kinesiology in Active Living, Health and Wellbeing from the University of Alberta and a Cal... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
M 1040 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Improvisation to Performance & Script Development
This is an active, practical session designed to give you as many ideas as possible using Improv. et al to develop a successful, working script. Using improvisation to develop a working script to accommodate all students who are interested in doing a performance. Whether they want to act or play a supporting role in design, technical, costume, make-up involving them from the very beginning can produce highly creative results. The sooner they take ownership the better the team and the production. Finding good scripts is always a challenge so why not have them write their own ? Using ideas from this session you may find that the task to do your own script is not as daunting as you initially thought. The benefits of this approach are many - not the least of which is the pride and joy they have creating their own unique presentation and the feeling of self-worth they receive from doing it.

Speakers
PM

Peter McWhir

Peter (BFA, M.Ed.) presents 50 years of proven strategies & creative approaches in education using drama and humour K-12. He has conducted over 700 P.D. Sessions, directed 25 mainstage plays, 25 Artists in Residence programmes and taken over 700 students on 34 International Arts... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
W 401 University Centre for the Arts, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Teachers as Story Catchers In the Studio Classroom – Making Literacy Learning Visible
Do you want to jazz up your literacy instruction, and engage your students while reading and writing? This session is for you. We will take the participants on a journey through the Literacy Studio Classroom. We will share processes such as the writing cycle, which includes generating ideas, rehearsing, writing, revising, editing and publishing. We will share a myriad of literacy strategies while using mentor texts such as pattern picture books, visual literacy, narrative and expository strategies. The session will include videos, and techniques to scaffold writing at all levels. As well, we will focus on the reader’s workshop which includes responding to narrative and information texts with both print and online resources as well as how to engage readers in a book club setting. Teachers will be fully equipped with a wide variety of toolbox methods to engage students at all levels.

Speakers
PM

Paula Matikainen & Sheryl Schoenthaler

Sheryl and Paula have worked with the Calgary Board of Education since 1989. They met at the University of Lethbridge while completing their Masters Degrees in Education. They share a passion for literacy. They have presented at teachers’ conventions, including the 2014 Special... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
M 1035 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

10:30

Retire to the Life You Design
This workshop guides you through a personal process to help design your retirement with a blend of activities that meets your physical, mental, emotional and social needs.
• Are you curious about what you will do with your time when you retire? • Are you feeling a little nervous about the transition but also excited about what is possible with your new freedom? • Are you looking for new fulfilment and meaning in your life? • Would you like to know how to design a life unique to you? Through our process and tools, you begin to create a plan to retire to the life that you design yourself, a retirement unique to you. In a three-hour workshop you will discover: • Your core needs for personal fulfillment • The Six Circles of Life for achieving balance in your mind, body, and spirit. • Numerous and diverse leisure and volunteer activities that match your interests and skills This workshop will help you to connect you connect who you are with possibilities for your future. It will equip you with tools, models, information and resources to help you continue your exploration and discovery after the workshop ends.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
TH 173 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

How Do You Teach Recall of Facts?
A common complaint: they do not know their facts. But are we teaching students how to recall and apply facts. The providing the practice tasks proven to make the difference? Techniques and tasks for teaching students how to remember and actively recall number facts that are differentiated to adapt to the skills and abilities of students across a span of developmental levels. Each grade, beginning from Kindergarten, plays a role in teaching students how to build visual spatial memory connections that support webs of interrelated number facts and how to retrieve and apply those facts during practice and problem solving events. This work is based on a research-based simple continuum that begins with teaching students how to practice to improve their thinking, then introducing the specifics that we want them to learn for recall. If we want students to recall and apply facts, we must teach them how to learn for recall first.

Speakers
GL

Geri Lorway

Known for her passion and energy, Geri ‘s presentations challenge participants to reflect, to question, to argue and reason. But not too serious: Laugh out loud, stomp your feet and clap. There will be joy in teaching! Changing thinking, one mind at a time.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 116 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Project-Based Learning as a Teaching Philosophy
This session takes a look at the design and implementation of effective project-based learning in any classroom environment. Whether your classroom is low-tech, high-tech, high school or primary, Project-Based Learning can have a benefit and a place in inspiring your students to greater learning.

Speakers
DK

Derek Keenan

Derek Keenan is an Assistant Principal, international speaker, consultant and most importantly, father. His desire to inspire educators drives him to continue to learn and share current, engaging research with educators and students alike.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
M 1090 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

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

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TBD

12:30

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

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 175 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Teaching the Heart with Heart
Teaching the Heart with Heart Aristotle wrote, “Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” Centuries of research tell us that effective learning and teaching take into account both the affective and cognitive domains. Aristotle wrote, “Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.” Effective teachers touch and engage the heart as well as the mind. How do we help students to feel something about what they are learning? How do we teach compassion, respect, integrity and other values? Come and learn practical teaching strategies that will build emotional intelligence and at the same time consolidate learning and motivate your students.

Speakers
DB

Dan Bateman

Dan is currently an Instructor for Concordia University of Edmonton and a volunteer instructor for the Alberta Teachers Association. For 30 years he was a teacher, counselor and Educational consultant for Edmonton Public Schools. Dan has inspired teachers across Alberta for 18 ye... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 264 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Collective Memories: Braiding Our Stories Through History
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to historical implications of concepts of assimilation through understanding of the policies and legislations between the Crown and Indigenous peoples. By understanding history through an Indigenous lens, short and long term impacts of forced assimilation policies will be revealed. Understanding these historical policies and legislations will contribute to the advancement of reconciliation. This workshop is not intended to be a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous history in Canada. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1170B University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Collective Memories: Braiding Our Stories Through History
This workshop is designed to be an introduction to historical implications of concepts of assimilation through understanding of the policies and legislations between the Crown and Indigenous peoples. By understanding history through an Indigenous lens, short and long term impacts of forced assimilation policies will be revealed. Understanding these historical policies and legislations will contribute to the advancement of reconciliation. This workshop is not intended to be a comprehensive nor exhaustive exploration of Indigenous history in Canada. The intent is to build awareness and curiosity in teachers to explore more on their own.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TBD

12:30

Simple Book Structures
Small books are perfect for writing projects, reviewing unit curricular content and art techniques. Create up to 4 simple structures (file folder, matchbooks, tag books, etc) that can be used in any classroom. Participants will complete sample books to use as models for their own classes. Material Fee: $5 Includes all paper, covers and art supplies

Speakers
EA

Elissa & Heather Willms

Heather and Elissa Willms are a mother/daughter design team from Lethbridge, Alberta. The pair has published a total of 6 quilting books and over 45 patterns. Heather is a public school teacher and Elissa is a surface pattern designer. They have a passion for introducing children... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
W 871 University Centre for the Arts, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Assessment? Elementary, My Dear Mozart!
Hands on session for music specialists and classroom teachers teaching music. Engaging, easy-to-use assessments will be shared and created. Educational and brain research indicate powerful effects of engaging students in educational experiences that involve music. Gardiner reminds us that while integrating the curriculum, we need to honour the disciplines as separate entities; musical intelligence is included. How can a regular classroom teacher include and assess music education in a meaningful way? This session will involve participants in a lively hands-on experience and furnish them with ready-to-use assessment strategies for the classroom. Music specialists and classroom teachers will leave this session with engaging ideas and effective ways to assess student learning in music. Be ready to participate, and have fun!

Speakers
AT

Angie Turk

Angie completed her Master’s degree in Education (curriculum and design) from Concordia University; she obtained her Bachelor of Music and Education degrees from the University of Calgary. It was there that she gained expertise in Kodály pedagogy, studying under Canadian guru... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 277 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Coaching to Support Inclusion
This workshop introduces school leaders to Coaching to Support Inclusion: A Principal’s Guide, a new Association publication designed as a self-paced program to explore the use of coaching to support inclusive practices. Coaching is defined as a professional development strategy in which coaches work with teachers to meet the diverse learning needs of students within an inclusive school environment. Coaching to Support Inclusion reflects the collegial and collaborative culture of Alberta schools and encourages principals to work with their teachers to consider the academic and social needs of students with exceptionalities in an inclusive learning environment. This session will prepare school leaders to facilitate the activities included in this resource intended to engage the school staff in the dialogue, design and implementation of coaching to support inclusion.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TBD

12:30

Coaching to Support Inclusion
This workshop introduces school leaders to Coaching to Support Inclusion: A Principal’s Guide, a new Association publication designed as a self-paced program to explore the use of coaching to support inclusive practices. Coaching is defined as a professional development strategy in which coaches work with teachers to meet the diverse learning needs of students within an inclusive school environment. Coaching to Support Inclusion reflects the collegial and collaborative culture of Alberta schools and encourages principals to work with their teachers to consider the academic and social needs of students with exceptionalities in an inclusive learning environment. This session will prepare school leaders to facilitate the activities included in this resource intended to engage the school staff in the dialogue, design and implementation of coaching to support inclusion.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 176 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

It Rocks to be a Story Ninja
It seems that grade three is a crucial time for students to develop confidence as readers or writers, and that the self-image they form during this time is the one they tend to keep for years to come. Convince a student at that age that he or she is a Story Ninja, and this motivation can have a lasting impact. So, as Writer-In-Residence for schools and school divisions across Canada, author Sigmund Brouwer developed a highly successful Story Ninja program that fits will all writing curriculums and goals. While the program’s primary focus is on grade three and four, the foundational aspects of the Story Ninja approach, as well as specific Story Ninja tricks to use in the classroom, broadly apply to all teachers involved in the writing process. This session explores the importance of separating the delivery system (writing) from what it delivers (story or information), and how a teacher’s awareness of this importance can help motivate and inspire students to this crucial confidence and positive self image. Plus, come on, isn't it way more fun to be a Story Ninja teacher than a writing teacher? Each attending teacher will receive a Story Ninja folder and teacher guide.

Speakers
SB

Sigmund Brouwer

With over four million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of books for children and adults. He visits over 200 schools per year across Canada and the United States to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 261 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Visual Journaling Through the Arts
In this session you will walk away with a wide range of ideas on different Visual Journal pages you can do with your students that focus on Science, Math, Social Studies and Language Arts. The visual journal pages that you will see use a wide range of different art mediums and have an art focus to them. Teachers will also have the opportunity to do a hands on visual journal page, that will allow them to walk away with a page that they can then re-create in their classroom with their students.

Speakers
JL

Jessica Lysak

I have been a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education for the last 12 years. My primary focus has been in music, however I have a huge passion for visual journals and incorporating the arts while doing my visual journal pages.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 201 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 30-2 - Program Update
This session will provide teachers and administrators with an overview of the Mathematics 30-1 and Mathematics 30-2 programs. Alberta Education Staff will provide information about the programs and how classroom teachers can develop "written-response" classroom assessments for use in their instructional programs. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to clarify their understanding of the programs and how they might be involved with Alberta Education in curriculum development and assessment opportunities.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
M 1040 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Number Sense 101
What is number sense? How can I help my students develop number sense? This session will explore the 4 early numeracy concepts and the 4 number sense relationships as taught by leading researchers in the math education field. These concepts include: how kids learn and think about numbers, how to assess and address gaps in numeracy understanding, and how to build number sense into your classroom in a few minutes a day. Participants will leave with ideas and strategies they can put into practice in their own classrooms on immediately. Additionally, participants will receive access to free resources and applicable research. This session will be interactive and based on K-2 classrooms and curriculum, but adaptable to other grade levels.

Speakers
JB

Jay Bright & Amanda Thomson

Jay Bright and Amanda Thomson both teach grade 2 at Raymond Elementary in the Westwind School Division. They are passionate about sharing their love of teaching numeracy and building number sense for all kids, especially within early childhood. Jay and Amanda are currently pursui... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 241 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Exploring the Connections between Math and Citizenship Education
When the question of talking or teaching about citizenship comes up in curriculum, there is never any doubt that the concept and perception can be explored in Social Studies and English/Language Arts classes in schools, but what about Math class? This interactive session provides a place for teachers to explore the connections between math and citizenship through activities designed to unravel what citizenship means and how math connects to these understandings. The importance of this topic is derived from the Algebra Project’s founder, Bob Moses (2001) who said that “in today’s world, economic access and full citizenship depend crucially on math and science literacy” (p. 5, emphasis added). Yet we as teachers often assume a natural progression of topics and a have a normal expectation that not all students can or will succeed in math in schools. In this workshop, we will explore the ways in which stereotypes around who is seen to do and achieve in math impact the teaching and learning of math and how we can move beyond these stereotypes in our classrooms.

Speakers
MH

Michelle Hawks

Michelle Hawks is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Global Education Team (GET) Coordinator for the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER).


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
M 1030 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Less is More: Increasing Student Learning while Reducing Teacher Workload
Less is More Philosophy goes against the current reality of teachers workload and demands. Students can learn more content while doing fewer traditional assignments. Teachers can reduce their workload and increase their effectiveness. This session focuses on strategies that can work in any classroom.

Teachers are doing more each year. More + More + More = A bad crash Speaking about crashes, we will identify thirteen different factors led to the 1912 Titanic disaster. Changing just one or two of those thirteen factors changes everything about the avoidable shipwreck. This session provides practical ways classroom teachers can reduce their workload; one or two teacher initiated course changes can help classroom educators weather the storms we will face. Provide practical classroom proven strategies that will provide the over worked teacher tools to increase their effectiveness in the following ways: *What is Your Ideal Day? *Curriculum Management *Preparation work *Student Evaluation *Classroom Organization *Math routines and procedures that work *Classroom Discipline and Routines that can simplify class structure Less is More philosophy has application not only in our professional lives but in our personal lives; going against the trend where the busy day to day family and community lives that keep us trying to do more in all areas of our life.

Speakers
RF

Rob Ficiur

-Taught 28 of 29 years in a multi-graded classroom in a multi-graded classroom a Hutterite Colony School. -Editor / Writer of the Hutterite Teachers’ Newsletter since 1994. The goal of the quarterly newsletter is to share practical teaching ideas that can be implemented by teac... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 040 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Teacher Time – What is it and how do I count it?
With all teachers in Alberta now covered by both instructional and assignable time clauses in their collective agreements, you and your colleagues may be asking what counts, what does not, and if you are within those time limitations. This session will give teachers the resources to determine what is instructional time and what is assignable time and how to calculate  it.  The session will also review a teachers professional obligations that may extend beyond assigned time.

Speakers
JG

James Gerun

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 118 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Teacher Time – What is it and how do I count it?
With all teachers in Alberta now covered by both instructional and assignable time clauses in their collective agreements, you and your colleagues may be asking what counts, what does not, and if you are within those time limitations. This session will give teachers the resources to determine what is instructional time and what is assignable time and how to calculate  it.  The session will also review a teachers professional obligations that may extend beyond assigned time.

Speakers
JG

James Gerun

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TBD

12:30

The Other Side of the Door
What is it like once you walk out the doors of your school for the last time? Laurie Semler and Bill Fraser are representatives of ARTA, trained in delivering seminars to pre-retirement teachers. This session presents what retirement looks like and what is available to teachers after retirement. If you think you might be retiring in the next five years or so, this session is of value to you. Topics covered: Why and when to retire? (Retirement requires a different mindset than working from Monday to Friday, ten months of the year. What do you do with all that free time? Volunteer opportunities and part time jobs are some possibilities discussed.) What is ARTA? (The history of the organization and what it has to offer its members in the way of services, information and its infinity program would be the main points of this part of the presentation. A description of the various chapters and an invitation to join.) While ASEBP can continue to cover you to age 65, what then?(ARTAhas its own independent benefit plan designed and maintained by teachers.How to get coverage, what is covered and how much would all be covered.) Questions period to follow.

Speakers
BF

Bill Fraser

For over 35 years Bill Fraser taught all grade levels with Parkland School Division, also serving as local president, ARA rep, and on EPC & NSC. With ARTA he has served on the Pension and Financial Wellness Committee, trained as an ARTA representative and is now on the Wellness C... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 275 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Science 101 for Div II
This workshop led by the Alberta Science Network will feature science experiments and demonstrations linked to selected Division II Alberta Education Science curriculum topics. You will perform hands-on experiments that in a station to station setting. The workshop provides an introduction to Div II science and is tailored to new teachers or teachers new to a grade level. A concise activity handout will guide you through the tasks that you are to complete and ASN members will be on hand to assist as necessary. A group discussion of observations and outcomes will follow to conclude. Attendance is limited to ensure an effective hands-on experience.

Speakers
EK

Ed Kusmirski

Ed Kusmirski, P.Eng. is the Executive Director of the Alberta Science Network. ASN has been providing teachers and their students with hands on and curriculum linked science since 1991. We began offering science PD workshops in Calgary in 1997 and are now partnering with SAPDC to... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 117 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Fighting Fake News: Help Students Battle Misinformation
In a world where news is spread at the click of a button, it can be difficult to verify fact from fiction. In this session, educators will learn about the numerous forms of misinformation being spread in today's online landscape. They will be provided with useful tools to separate factual accounts from deliberate attempts to mislead, and also given resources to facilitate their students' ability to become critical consumers of media.

Speakers
JB

Joel Bryant

Joel Bryant is a Social Studies and English teacher at Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
L 1050 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Web Based and WOW!
Got Chromebooks? Or just want to learn about some awesome web-based tools you can start using in your classrooms right now? Do you currently use tools like MS Publisher, iMovie, Photoshop and Garage Band? I'll show you web-based alternatives, and so much more. Come to this session to explore the power of the web!

Speakers
MA

Michelle Armstrong

A self professed Google Geek, Michelle is experiencing first-hand how Google for Education and collaboration are changing the face of education. Enamoured by the power of Google, she became a Google Education Trainer in March 2013 and a Google Certified Teacher in July 2014.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
AH 147 Anderson Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Teacher's Claymation Toolkit
Learn the basics of stop-motion animation and claymation. Bring a Plasticine creation to life using your iPad, iPhone or Android device and a free app. Claymation fosters teamwork and allows students of all strengths and talents to shine. As a cross-curricular, project-based assignment, the skills developed here cover outcomes in several subject areas. You will leave this session ready to teach Claymation to your class using our free online resources.

Speakers
JM

Jeff Milner

Jeff Milner (BFA-New Media / B.Ed) teaches new media at W.R. Myers High School. Andy Davies (BFA-Sculpture / B.Ed) is an active substitute teacher and past high school art teacher in Lethbridge.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
M 1040 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

The Creation of Anxiety
What happened to fight or flight? Where did freeze come from and how does anxiety play into our lives today. Brain development and current Canadian data on this illness will be shared and strategies in learning to cope with it and move forward will be discussed.

Speakers
KP

Kathy Penner

With over a decade of teaching experience in Special Education, Kathy is an avid promoter of positive mental health in schools. She is currently a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education in a high school Mental Health class. Kathy is certified as a Go to Educator trainer.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
PE 250 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse)
B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) is a non for profit organization made up of Bikers with big hearts! Our goal is to empower children to not be afraid of the world in which they live! Our Mission is very narrow, we empower children of abuse! We don't take care of the elderly, we don't take care of the sick, we don't raise money for causes, we empower children (Of abuse) so they are not afraid of the world in which they live! We do however raise money for our B.A.C.A. hero's so they can go to therapy, take riding lessons, dance classes, take Karate lessons, anything that will empower that child to not be afraid of the world in which they live. There are many ways we will empower that child, but one of the first and most gratifying ways is by escorting them to court. A child is 4 times more likely to testify in court if they are part of our B.A.C.A. family. Children should and need to be children! What a great world we would have if we allowed them to grow up in a normal, or non-abusive world? We are now in 22 Countries worldwide and growing. We will be speaking to the teachers about the Canadian statistics of abuse and how we help our wounded friends.

Speakers

Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 143 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Empower Youth to Promote Respect in School
Educators will come away with an understanding of bullying and harassment prevention education. Lessons will include exploring the base fundamentals of healthy schools (what do we see, hear, and feel in these places), what is power, types of power, what powers do youth have, and how youth can use them to help others. We will look at the dynamics of bullying, the four different types (verbal, physical, social/relational, cyber), and labels and stereotypes. We will touch on the topic of harassment before considering the impacts of hurtful actions and promoting ally and pro-social behaviors. Educators will learn a range of interactive activities that they can lead in their classrooms to promote respect in their school and will be able to take away a sample of the curriculum outlines for teaching some of these topics. We will end the session by sharing information about how you can bring a Bullying and Harassment Prevention focused peer-led facilitation model to your school. *All content shared aligns with Alberta Education Curriculum in Health and Life Skills or CALM.

Speakers
CS

Carlia Schwab

Carlia is the Associate, Education and Master Trainer with the Red Cross Respect Education program. Carlia has a BA in Psychology and applies those skills along with her background and knowledge of violence prevention and its unfortunate connections to all demographics to her wor... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
M 1060 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Frustrated and Overwhelmed to Calm and In Control
Stressed? Feeling drained? Harder to solve problems? Learn to be PRO-Active the Unique Approach way gaining valuable tools and transferable skills you can use immediately. Presentation given from front of room - with intention to walk around the room. Teaching how to be PRO-Active the Unique Approach way...Heart, Mindset, Energetics. PRO-Active is an acronym for: P - problems, perception R – Reactions O - Ownership, Opportunity Active - continually noticing when they react, how to deal with those reactions so the reactions don't escalate and build in intensity Your audience will walk away with: • transferable skills to utilize in both professional/personal life • greater understanding of emotions/energetics involved • feeling energized moving forward with clarity and focus

Speakers
SU

Sheila Unique

CEO and Founder of The Unique Approach Trainer and Speaker, Transformation Coach. Expert in the field of teacher and student achievement Globally sought after speaker Host of The Unique Approach TV Show Best Selling Author Guest star on many radio shows


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
TH 141 Turcotte Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

12:30

Connecting Science To The Real World And The Real World To Science
More inexpensive and easy physics demonstrations for junior and senior high school. In this session, I will show several physics demonstrations. I will discuss strengths and weaknesses of the demonstrations as well as strategies for getting students to develop a true understanding of the science that underlies them. Note that these demos are different than the ones I showed last year.

Speakers
BE

Barry Edgar

Barry Edgar retired from teaching after forty years (mainly physics, science, and math) with Edmonton Public Schools. His classes always had a strong lab component, which he feels develops critical thinking skills and makes the classes more enjoyable.


Friday February 23, 2018 12:30 - 15:30
M 1060 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4