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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

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

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

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.


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
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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 Kenya... 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

Teaching History with the Galt Museum
Topic: Learn how the Galt Museum can help you create meaningful opportunities for your students to engage with Alberta’s past and help us identify future areas to further support teachers
Summary: With access to historians, archivists, and primary sources the Galt is ideally situated to help teachers create meaningful opportunities for their students to engage with the past. This session will explore the resources currently available at the Galt and how teachers can access them. We will also explore the challenges teachers face when incorporating primary sources and regional history into their classes and discuss how future programing and development at the Galt provide support. We are particularly interested in exploring how the Galt can help teachers to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and history into their lessons.


Thursday February 22, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
M 1090 Markin Hall, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

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
 
Friday, February 23
 

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

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

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

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

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