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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

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

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
NF

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 mobile... 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

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 10:30 - 12:00
AH 118 Anderson 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

Speakers

Thursday February 22, 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

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
MB

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

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
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 Werklund... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 13:30
TH 143 Turcotte Hall, 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.


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

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 a year in to an ambitious curriculum overhaul and a year closer to new programs of study for K-12 arts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and wellness. Kindergarten to Grade 4 programs of study should be complete by 2018; Grades 5-8 in 2019; Grades 9-10 in 2020-21; and Grades 11-12 in 2021-22. This session will provide teachers and school leaders with an opportunity to engage in a conversation with colleagues and with Alberta Education and Alberta Teachers’ Association staff about curriculum development and implementation.

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 12:30 - 14:00
AH 118 Anderson 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
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 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 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

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

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

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 261 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport & Wellness (PE Building), 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
L 1170A University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

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

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 joining... Read More →


Thursday February 22, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
M 1060 Markin Hall, 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
AH 175 Anderson 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

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 1170 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
 
Friday, February 23
 

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
L 1170B University Library, 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
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

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

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
avatar for James Gerun

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

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 California... 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

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

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

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

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 teachers... 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
avatar for James Gerun

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

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
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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 Committee... 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

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
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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