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Thursday, February 22
 

10:30

NEW SESSION: Builders & Storytellers: Teaching in the 21st Century
Ours is a species of builders. Since our evolutionary ancestors tamed fire and fashioned the first stone tools, humanity has been driven to construct increasingly elaborate and ingenious solutions to meet its needs and address its problems. Simply put, ‘we were made to make’. But we shouldn’t forget that we are also a species of storytellers. If we were to trace any one of our collective accomplishments back to its point of inception, almost immediately we would find a group of individuals gathered around a campfire, a meal, or a drawing on the wall talking. In this presentation, the ATA’s expert on innovative learning spaces will explain how you can tap into your inner builder and storyteller to bring curricula to life in your classrooms. In this time of significant change, meaningful teaching may not require the latest technogadgetry, but may draw instead on our ancestral urges to build stuff out of sticks and talk about it.

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 joining... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 175 Anderson 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

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.


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
TH 373 Turcotte Hall, 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
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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 the... 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

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
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Mitchell Colp

Project Lead of the Attendance Innovation Campaign of Rocky View Schools
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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
L 1170 University Library, 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
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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 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
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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 Werklund... 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
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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.
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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 health... 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

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, principal... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
L 1060 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 the... 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
 

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
avatar for Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Mary Frances Fitzgerald

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Mary Frances is an ATA Association Instructor with a long and distinguished teaching career with Edmonton Public. She has specialized in the areas of drama and school counselling. She also is the current Vice President of the ATA provincial specialist Council of School Counsellor... Read More →


Friday February 23, 2018 10:30 - 12:00
AH 175 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
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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
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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

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.


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

12:30

CANCELLED: Coaching to Support Inclusion
Unfortunately the Coaching to Support Inclusion speaker is unable to make it due to family illness. Sorry for the inconvenience. The participant guide for this session is available at http://l.ead.me/CoachingToSupport.


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

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
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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 work... Read More →


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