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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Cosmopolitan Music Society

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Open Rehearsal with the Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band and Guest conductor Jane McLauchlin
The Alberta Band Association sponsors a Northern Alberta Junior High Honour Band which gathers the top band students from across northern Alberta to perform in an honour wind ensemble. This year, we welcome guest conductor Jane McLauchlin from Calgary. This session is an open rehearsal with the ensemble and an opportunity for Question and Answer period throughout the rehearsal.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Cosmopolitan Music Society Room: Music (cap 100)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Harry Ainlay

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Visual Arts Projects for Students Part 1
In this session, Tania Unguran along with Jill Chipman will share an assortment of visual arts projects that will help your students explore creativity, problem solving and reflective practices.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Art 171
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Visual Arts Projects for Students Part 2
In this session, Tania Unguran along with Jill Chipman will share an assortment of visual arts projects that will help your students explore creativity, problem solving and reflective practices.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Art 171
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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Get Your Creativity On! Part 1
This 1/2 day session will allow you to explore an assortment of conventional and unconventional media while you create three projects (Photography/Canvas Cutlery/Scent Sensory) that could be brought back into the classroom. There is a $20.00 fee that will need to be paid to the presenter to cover the cost of materials. The studio space can accommodate for up to 30 participants.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Art 171
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Get Your Creativity On! Part 2
This 1/2 day session will allow you to explore an assortment of conventional and unconventional media while you create three projects (Photography/Canvas Cutlery/Scent Sensory) that could be brought back into the classroom. There is a $20.00 fee that will need to be paid to the presenter to cover the cost of materials. The studio space can accommodate for up to 30 participants.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Art 171
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session is Full

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25 Things You Didn't Learn At University
Did you know nearly half of new teachers leave the profession in the first five years? While new teachers are being prepared very well in curriculum in their teacher classes, it's the little things that can overwhelm new teachers and cause burnout. Monique Wilson and Amanda Schulz are back with their presentation "25 Things You Didn't Learn At University", which debuted to great success at GETCA 2017! This presentation is aimed at pre-service and new teachers.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Fostering Your School Culture Through Sport
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.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Story Beads in Fused Glass
Following the roots of many cultures around the world - we will create a set of 5 glass beads that are used to tell a story. Our stories might originate from fables or favourite books, our imaginations or possibly events in our own lives. Participants will learn about the historical significance of story beads as well as the basics of fused glass art. This is a hands on workshop and the projects will be fired at Kimberly's studio then be available for pick up or be mailed back to the participants.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Giant Leap for Alberta
Following the launch of their first satellite (Ex-Alta 1) from the International Space Station in May of 2017, AlbertaSat is back at GETCA to talk about their educational outreach program. In addition to putting a satellite in space, this student group from the University of Alberta has expanded their educational outreach program to include two sessions per division. This program was developed in order to introduce the next generation of space scientists and engineers to cube satellite development while making space science education accessible to all age groups. Join students from the University of Alberta as they explain AlbertaSat’s educational outreach program. Our presenters will provide a brief overview of each session, discuss the pedagogy behind our program, and provide suggestions for classroom implementation. For more information contact us at albertasat@gmail.com

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 4 (Grades 10-12) All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Cafeteria
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Teaching Self-Regulation Skills to Children and Youth
Strengthen your abilities to support children and youth to help out their limiting thoughts and feelings. These direct, quick and easily reproducible strategies support emotional connections with others, being more happy and confident and doing your best effort more often. They are easy to use in a regular classroom and are the basics of strong self-regulation skills that everyone needs and can use.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Promoting Durable and Efficient Learning: Useful Insights from Cognitive Science
The scientific study of human attention and memory consists of thousands of experiments dedicated to identifying cognitive processes fundamental to learning. Researchers have translated this knowledge base into several techniques that help students of all ages and abilities to understand and remember materials across various domains. You will learn what these techniques are, evidence for why they work, how to implement them in your class and how your students can use them to guide their learning.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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WILD Migration - Learning about Conservation with a Giant Map!
In this session, you will explore CWF's WILD Migration Map - a 30 x 40 foot map of North America that focuses on the challenges that migration plays in the lives of species at risk. Explore this free resource and learn how to book it for your school!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Choose Your Own Adventure! Taking Your Secondary Classroom Global
Explore virtual projects and tools you can use in the classroom to engage and empower youth as agents of change; connecting students to the people and places they are learning about. Global Encounters is an international video conference program that provides opportunities for students to engage in global challenges in collaborative, innovative ways.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Career Centre
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Seats Please! Dramatic “SIT”uations and Masking Tape Magic!
In the regular classroom with desks, chairs and tables this session will introduce you to the powerful impact we could have by using how and where they sit. With different configurations of the chair you can actively and imaginatively lead them into numerous creative writing projects, dramatic scenes and works of art from the “sit”uations they create. Couple this with endless “masking tape magic possibilities” and you are in for a treat. This is a “safe” humorous, strategy and an excellent, non-threatening, introductory activity to start off the year or brighten a gloomy day! They will ask for more! On-going electronic handouts on procedures and evaluation will be made available

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 143
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Enhanced Learning Using Masks, Puppets and Costumes
Enrich and excite the learning experience with mask-making, puppetry and simple costuming. Provide stimulating strategies that encourage the students creativity and enhances inter-personal group relationships. Many a student who experiences difficulties in school has "emerged" through the use of these techniques and gone on to achieve success in other disciplines. This will be a practical hands-on session to learn the basic procedures. Creative applications will be introduced. Both masks and puppets require very few materials and are not messy ! Hopefully we can put something together using all three ideas in the one culminating "interesting" activity

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 143
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teaching The World: A Look at Educating Abroad
Teaching overseas. Many people have this goal, but it can be difficult to know where to start. In this session we'll discuss various topics such as where to go, what the requirements are and how to land a job that works for you. We'll also take a look at things that you might not think of such as how to get time off, requirements for working over seas and how to make the most of your experience. With your passport in hand, you'll learn tips and tricks on how to find work abroad.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 143
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Shaking Up Literacy- Physicalizing Shakespearean Text to Increase Engagement and Accessibility
NOT Drama or English exclusive! In this active workshop, Shakespearean performer and educator Neil Kuefler will lead you through a number of physical games and exercises to use in any classroom which will increase student buy-in to classical text and poetry and provide strategies for continued success in accessing any literature. This session is a collaborative one and the strategies that are found here can be used in many classrooms to improve literacy.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Drama
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 143
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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The Climate is (a-) Changing
Edmonton’s environmental strategy, The Way We Green, identified energy and climate change as the most significant environmental challenges facing Edmonton. The City of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy points Edmonton to a sustainable future through energy conservation and efficiency measures. The strategy is now being implemented, and a Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Strategy is also being developed. Learn what these strategies mean for citizens, and how you can confidently engage your students in these timely topics.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 146
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Elves, Orcs, Hobbits and the Meaning of Life According to J.R.R. Tolkien
The enigmatic and obscure Oxford philologist, J.R.R. Tolkien produced a corpus of writings on the world of Middle Earth that has captivated countless readers. The cinematic renderings of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit has further popularized his works, yet readers and viewers alike are often surprised at the profound impression Tolkien’s faith has made upon his writings. This talk offers educators of Literature and Religion insight into the undercurrents of his writings.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 146
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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How to Get Your Students Writing
Once upon a time, there was a teacher named Jamie who began each day saying, “Hip, hip hooray! I get to go mold young minds today!” But then came LA class, and Jamie’s heart would sink. “Woe is me!” Jamie would lament. “So many of my students hate writing. I can’t even get them started; they just sit and stare at their paper. If only there was a former teacher who is now a writer who could help me.” Good news, Jamie: there is.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 146
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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How to Put on a Math Fair
The study and practice of mathematics is more than performing fast mental calculations and using formulas; creative critical thinking to solve problems is an underlining reason mathematics is learned. Teachers endeavour to frame the study of mathematics in every-day applications and the math fair activity is one such way to achieve this. During this session Ryan Nichols will share his experience and knowledge of putting on a math fair by explaining its philosophy, by providing the steps to put on a fair, as well as giving resources for everyday use, both in English and French.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 146
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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The Hunger Games and the Bible: Hope, Freedom, and Sacrifice
The Hunger Games is a riveting trilogy and a widely popular work among young adults. Though set in the dystopian future, the series taps into themes such as freedom, hope, and self-sacrifice that are very relevant today. The gladiatorial-like combat and ubiquitous allusions to the Roman Empire, moreover, suggests the series is equally about the past and the trajectory of Western civilization. Given this, the major thematic concerns of the work are taken up in relation to the Biblical narrative.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 147
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Transitioning between CTF/CTS and a look into Career Pathways
To help with the successful transition of students from CTF(junior high) into CTS (high school), we have created a unique 3-day Collaborative Program that will see Gr 9 students an EPSB junior high (Steele Heights) get a variety of hands-on experiences in their own school, led by CTS teachers from a neighboring high school (ME LaZerte). This not only helps students get an initial exposure to career choices that LaZerte can help facilitate, but it will also serve to provide a human face to staff at LaZerte in the hopes of getting students excited, and lowering stress around the transition to high school, and all the choices that come with it. Students have an opportunity to sign up and/or be assigned for 2 @ 50 minute interactive electives. This program has also been used to help with the successful transition of students in grade 6 as they enter junior high.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 147
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Event Horizon Telescope: Bigger IS Better! Part 1
Data collected from the Event Horizon Telescope promises to illuminate the processes and characteristics of black holes. This session is based on materials developed by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and is relevant for both Physics 30 and Science 30 teachers. Come for a session of hands-on activities that you can take directly back to the classroom on Monday, and learn why bigger sometimes is better!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 147
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The Event Horizon Telescope: Bigger IS Better! Part 2
Data collected from the Event Horizon Telescope promises to illuminate the processes and characteristics of black holes. This session is based on materials developed by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and is relevant for both Physics 30 and Science 30 teachers. Come for a session of hands-on activities that you can take directly back to the classroom on Monday, and learn why bigger sometimes is better!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 147
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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If it bleeds it’s biology; If it stinks it’s chemistry; and if it doesn’t work it’s physics!
Experiments that work don’t always agree with our predictions. The models we use to figure out physics live in the perfect world of mathematics but the real world is messy. In this session we will explore the messiness. What measurements, assumptions, equipment errors are there? When is it appropriate to find a percent error? (When isn’t it appropriate to do that?) Remember – no one learned anything about cars from a good car!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 161
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Simple experiments to teach physics skills in Science 10
In this hands on session teachers will try out a series of experiments designed to teach the skills that are necessary for success in physics courses. (The Physics Course of Studies lists these in the skills sections of each topic.) Come and try out some experiments that try to answer questions that mystify our students, such as: Why do we use significant digits? What is a random error? a systematic error? Do graphs have to start at the origin? What makes a proper prediction in physics? Is a 20% error close enough?

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 161
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Bringing Math Alive - Division 1
Didn’t they learn that last year? This is a common statement shared by math teachers. This workshop will provide participants exposure to help identify those gaps in curricular outcomes. Once gaps are identified, learn great activities which are easy to differentiate, into your Math program. Through games and tactile practices, participants will learn how to make Math more engaging and fun for students. Let’s work through engaging activities to motivate and hook our students into loving math

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 161
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Bringing Math Alive - Division 2
For the creators of Bringing Math Alive, come on out to this workshop aimed for Division 2 teachers. Didn’t they learn that last year? This is a common statement shared by math teachers. This workshop will provide participants exposure to an assessment tool to help identify those gaps in curricular outcomes. Once gaps are identified, learn great activities to implement into Math. Through games and tactile practices, participants will learn how to make Math more engaging and fun for students

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 161
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Maki(Ng) Cool Science Demonstrations
Where there’s fire - there’s heat, smoke, and awe! Join Michael Ng as he shares unforgettable learning experiences back to your classroom. Focusing on STEM, bloom's taxonomy, the science behind the demonstrations, and science safety. Michael appears monthly on Global TV Edmonton Morning demonstrating his passion for making science learning fun.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 380
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Maki(Ng) Hands-On Science Activities Cool!
Michael would love to share with you the inexpensive and easy science experiments you can do in your classrooms. Focusing on STEM, bloom's taxonomy, the science behind the demonstrations, and science safety. Michael appears monthly on GlobalTV Edmonton Morning demonstrating his passion for making science learning fun.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Classroom 380
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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A Challenge: Writing Only Websites for a Year
For a one-year journey, I challenged myself to write only websites as a teacher. I gave up Word, Google Docs, and even Google Drive. I immersed myself in WYSIWYG (wiz-ee-wig), with a spell checker. I wrote ‘handouts’ with interactive content; then launched all the tools of Chrome. My English became any language and I listened to Google read it. I slowly understood how to create simple, beginner templates in HTML5, that become more complicated with PHP. Find out if it is worth going back.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer lab 104
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Living in a (Mis)Information Age
"I read it on Wikipedia, so it must be true! Right?" This session focuses on examining the need to cultivate healthy skepticism in students and teaching them to critically evaluate claims others and they make. We will discuss some practical strategies to be used in the classroom when engaging students in critical thinking, problem-solving, and managing information.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer lab 104
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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LEARN TO CODE Part 1: Benefits & Possibilities
What is coding? Why learn how to code? What can you do with coding? Part 1 of Learn to Code will address these questions by introducing you to coding, highlighting the benefits of coding and illustrating what is made possible by learning to code.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab 144
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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LEARN TO CODE Part 2: Where to begin?
This session will showcase various learning resources that you and your students can use to learn how to code. You will then have time to use the computers in the lab in order to explore and experiment with the learning resources. I will be on call to troubleshoot any problems and answer any questions.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab 144
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Developers Mentoring Teachers in All Things Coding - A Professional Learning Community
Join a group of teachers and professional developers, funded by Google, who work to write code so teaching computer science, robotics, and networking is easily attainable. Almost all computer science teachers learn code from reading and watching others code. Few are professionally trained to code and fewer have computer science pre-service training. It seems we all increase our skill set by investing in our own professional learning communities; consider this PLC.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab 144
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Stories of Scratch from Elementary Classrooms - A Coding Story
Coding! In Art! In Social! In English! Join teachers who use coding to demonstrate learning. Students use Scratch to create games, apps, and work with Makey Makey. This coding style looks like building blocks and is simpler than typing. Hear stories of how literate coders mentor pre-literate coders (Kindergarten) by using Scratch Junior, and hopefully Sphero and Ozobot. See and maybe feel what is possible with computation thinking. Yes! Kindergarten students can code.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab 144
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Tips and Tricks to incorporate Google Classroom into your teaching routine
Whether you are starting to use Google Classroom or are a seasoned veteran. This workshop will provide time-saving tips and tricks to use Google Classroom to set the pace of your lesson, improve communication to parents and students, and provide feedback to student assessment. With Google Classroom keeping you organized, you can spend time on more important things, like sleep.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Creating Online Quizzes with Google Forms
Do Nows, Exit Slips, Mid-lesson checks, formative or summative, quizzes or exams. Find out more about Google Forms Quizzes and what it can do in your classroom. In this session, you will take a guided tour on the features of Google Forms Quizzes, how the data is summarized in Google Sheets, and examples of how to implement Google Forms in your classroom to save you time. Additional Add-ons will bring even more features to your Google Forms Quizzes. Learn tips and tricks for novices and experts.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Basics of Teaching with Google Classroom
Google Classroom has taken teaching by storm. It provides many time-saving features that reduces the growing amount of administrative demands teachers have. However, learning a new software is daunting, and it can feel that the time versus reward is just not worth it. Join this introduction to the features of Google Classroom, examples of how it is used within various subjects, and the first steps in getting your class onto Google Classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Computer Lab Room 131
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Literacy in Science Education
How important is Literacy in Science Education? How will changing the way we speak about Science & Science Education change students' experience learning Science? Words are important in any discipline; Ian will talk about his experience with literacy in Science and lead a discussion on how paying attention to the words we use can change the experience students have.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Comtech 224
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Getting more out of your dSLR camera
With the most admirable of intentions, you forked over some significant coin on a brand-new dSLR camera. That was two years ago! And although you do use it upon occasion, mostly it has gone the way of the famous best intentions list, like gym memberships and giving up caffeine. Time to infuse some hope! It is not to late to get a return on that investment. True, that return most likely will not be a monetary one. No, it will be better!!!! Honestly, precious photos of moments with loved ones are PRICELESS! This session will be part presentation, and part hands-on. So bring your dSLR camera, and prepare to take yourself to the elite class of those who frown at the camera's auto mode! If you are considering purchasing and SLR camera, a few will be on hand for you to test.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Comtech 224
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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CTF/CTS: Construction Discussion
This session is an opportunity for CTF and CTS Construction teachers to meet and discuss best practices and challenges they are facing in their classes. An overview of CTF and updates from Alberta Education will be reviewed and links to resources around planning and assessment will be shared. Project and challenge ideas with plans, prototypes of projects will also be available. If you have a successful project or challenge to share with participants please bring it to the session.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Comtech 224
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Empowering Youth to Take Environmental Action. CTF in Environmental Stewardship
Learn how to assist youth in planning and implementing an environmental action project using CAWST's free career and technology foundations (CTF) online course. Students become engaged in global water issues through youth stories of community development from Zambia and Nepal. In addition, local water organizations provide youth with regionally-relevant expertise and access to tools that are meaningful to their own community.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Comtech 224
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Introduction to Flamenco Part 1
If you have ever wondered about the Spanish art of flamenco and aren't sure what it's all about, here is your chance! Participants will learn a short simple choreography and get a taste of some basic elements of flamenco dance: arms, hands, and movement. We will also work with shouts of encouragement (ole!), rhythmic clapping patterns, and body percussion. Sessions are accompanied by live traditional flamenco song. Each flamenco session covers different material and is suitable for a complete novice. What you will need: Comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement. (Note that your arms will be going straight above your head potentially exposing your belly if your top is too short.) Shoes that are comfortable to stand/dance in for the whole class.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Dance 525
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Introduction to Flamenco Part 2
If you have ever wondered about the Spanish art of flamenco and aren't sure what it's all about, here is your chance! Participants will learn a short simple choreography and get a taste of some basic elements of flamenco dance: arms, hands, and movement. We will also work with shouts of encouragement (ole!), rhythmic clapping patterns, and body percussion. Sessions are accompanied by live traditional flamenco song. Each flamenco session covers different material and is suitable for a complete novice. What you will need: Comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement. (Note that your arms will be going straight above your head potentially exposing your belly if your top is too short.) Shoes that are comfortable to stand/dance in for the whole class.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Dance 525
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Fashion Studies: Projects for Sewing Fundamentals Part 1
Are you new to teaching Fashion Studies or just looking for new ideas? Either way come and see and share successful classroom tested projects. I will share with you projects to help you teach teach beginner sewers. Please feel free to bring and share a favorite project as well. Classy threads is sponsoring the session and will provide us with a beginner pattern and kit to make one of their projects. There will be time for sharing and making a sample project. Due to the limited number of available sewing machines that space is limited to the first 18 individual attendees to arrive at the session.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Fashion Lab room 550
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Fashion Studies: Projects for Sewing Fundamentals Part 2
Are you new to teaching Fashion Studies or just looking for new ideas? Either way come and see and share successful classroom tested projects. I will share with you projects to help you teach teach beginner sewers. Please feel free to bring and share a favorite project as well. Classy threads is sponsoring the session and will provide us with a beginner pattern and kit to make one of their projects. There will be time for sharing and making a sample project. Due to the limited number of available sewing machines that space is limited to the first 18 individual attendees to arrive at the session.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Fashion Lab room 550
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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Basic Pattern Drafting -Skirt Part 1
Learn basic drafting techniques to help you teach FAS2060- Pattern Drafting. Using your body measurements you will draft a basic skirt and learn techniques to finish the pattern and create a mock

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Fashion Lab room 550
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session is Full

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Basic Pattern Drafting -Skirt Part 2
Learn basic drafting techniques to help you teach FAS2060- Pattern Drafting. Using your body measurements you will draft a basic skirt and learn techniques to finish the pattern and create a mock

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Fashion Lab room 550
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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French Macarons for the Fearful
Yes, it is possible to prepare French Macarons without fancy equipment and within a single high school class. Come and try out the recipe and leave with the cookies and a recipe ready to use in the classroom next week. While these cookies are fussy and technique driven, they are not impossible. This recipe COULD be made in 1 hour BUT ingredients would need to be pre-measured. If you are a junior high teacher and think you might try this in your CTF-Foods lab, come and join us.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Food Lab 542
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
This Session is Full

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Teaching Kids about Science through Cooking
In the session, ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Community Educator, Janine Kolotyluk, Professional Home Economist, will demonstrate through recipes how great recipes are achieved through science of cooking. It will give teachers relevant and practical examples of how the basics of science are use to achieve results in the kitchen. As well, food samples may be provided.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Science
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Food Lab 542
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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K-12 Golf In Schools
The National Golf In Schools program was developed to deliver PE outcomes through golf. This session will assist elementary, junior high and high school teachers with and without a background in golf to plan and deliver quality learning experiences using golf as the vehicle and consists of learning resources (i.e., teaching manuals) and golf equipment that is age-appropriate for each level. After an overall view of the programs participants, using GIS and SNAG golf equipment, will cycle through stations which demonstrate the golf basics of putting, chipping and the swing. Golf pros and classroom teachers with experience in the program will be present and the teachers in attendance will try the activities, ask questions and add ideas on how to implement the program in their schools. Wrap-up includes information on how to obtain the GIS program and access related programs and grants.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Large Gymnasium
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Large Gymnasium
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Anyone Can Dance
As a dance teacher, performer, choreographer, I understand the importance of dance in education even if they don’t become dancers themselves. The benefits of dance to a child can also affect their brain development. With schools offering and/or incorporating dance, we need to have the educators deliver dance concepts so that the experiences are of positive value. I will provide these tools and concepts so that the teachers can go back to their classroom exploring them with students. Live Drummer

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Physical Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Large Gymnasium
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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History Meets the Aztecs
How is history interpreted? Have you ever wondered how archaeologists decipher artifacts? Dr. Jan Olson will speak to this question using the grade 8 curriculum historical culture: the Aztecs. Dr. Olson is the only Aztec specialist in western Canada, so come with questions to ask her about the people of this intriguing and extensive empire.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Library
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Breakout EDU: The Educational Escape Room!! Part 1
Ever participate in an Escape Room? Remember the excitement as you overcame challenges and attained your freedom? Well Breakout EDU, an immersive learning games platform, is the educational escape room. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Attendees will experience, learn about and learn to build Breakout EDU games and kits for their classroom.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Library
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Breakout EDU: The Educational Escape Room!! Part 2
Ever participate in an Escape Room? Remember the excitement as you overcame challenges and attained your freedom? Well Breakout EDU, an immersive learning games platform, is the educational escape room. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Attendees will experience, learn about and learn to build Breakout EDU games and kits for their classroom.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Library
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Introduction to the Kodaly Method in Division 1
The Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály believed that singing is the primary musical response of children. This workshop will take you through a typical Kodaly Inspired class in division 1. The Schope Sequence of Lois Chosky's textbook will be viewed and how it relates to the Alberta Curriculum. Come and enjoy singing games, and rhythm and solfa activities in a Kodaly Inspired classroom! Resources and handouts will be provided.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Music 208
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Introduction to the Kodaly Method in Division 2
The Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály believed that singing is the primary musical response of children. This workshop will take you through a typical Kodaly Inspired class in division 2. The Schope Sequence of Lois Chosky's textbook will be viewed and how it relates to the Alberta Curriculum. Come and enjoy singing games, and rhythm and solfa activities in a Kodaly Inspired classroom! Resources and handouts will be provided.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Music 208
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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La Musique Classique Amusante Pour Enfants! Fun Classics That Kids Love!
Chut les copains… on veut surprendre les ronfleurs. Ensuite nous danserons la polka élégante de Petite Puce à Vienne. Blow the dust off the classics because they are still GREAT FUN! How? With active listening skills that inspire students to sing, play instruments, dance, act, draw, and read, while imagining characters as small as bugs and as old as Papa Haydn. Francophone and French Immersion students will strengthen their musical skills and enrich their French vocabulary as they discover the value and expressiveness of classical music. The handout includes the teaching process, story and song, plus reproducible music maps for classroom use. This Orff-Schulwerk based workshop and material will be presented en français. (PreK – Gr.3)

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Music 208
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Ukulele Is Back With a Vengeance!
The ukulele is, once again, an integral part of a music educators' arsenal. How to teach it well, is a skill to be learned. This session introduces sound pedagogy and a sequential plan of lessons for beginner players that will result in strong student outcomes and satisfaction for both teacher and learner. You will leave with a comprehensive, practical plan to begin to tackle what might seem daunting and unfamiliar. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one at the session.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Music 208
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Olé! Let's Get "Bizet"! Come Sing, Dance and Play to One of the Best Loved Operas of All Time
Light a passion for opera! Bizet’s sweethearts Carmen and José are the perfect duo to get everyone hooked on the music, drama, set, costumes and history of this magnificent art form. With a lighter version of the famous Habanera, students will enjoy expressing their “voix d’opéra” in a tango through interactive and imaginative role-playing. An exciting addition to your choral and musical theatre repertoire, as well as a recorder score for advanced students. Dramatic flair an asset! Workshop, handouts and reproducible music map en français. (Gr. 4-7). Designed for Francophone and French Immersion Music specialists.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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How to Help Students 'Play' at Recess
I created C3 (or the Cooperative Community Club) because I noticed that most students did not seem to know how to play. They went out for recess and ran around, went on the playground, or created soccer games with one net and 25 people trying to score on it, but they didn’t actually play games together. I also noticed that lots of behaviour problems kept happening during these unstructured times. I decided to run a club at recess time that would have multiple grade level groupings of students (some that had a lot of trouble with unstructured time, shy, timid ones and some that could be good role models). I have about 15 students at morning recess and a different 15 in the afternoon. I wanted my club to seem exclusive, so I created an invitation for it. Students really respond to playing positive games and seem to love it that a staff member is actually playing with them.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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African Music for Children
This interactive session introduces African music by means of singing, dancing, drumming, recorder and on Orff xylophones. Instruments are provided by the speaker. Participants learn two songs: One for Division 1 and the other for Division 2. A music background is not necessary for attendance and all skill levels are welcome. Demonstrations of music theory and social curricular ties are introduced for both songs, and some unique characteristics of African folk music will be discussed.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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The 5 Principles of G Improvisation with Youth (Drums, Percussion, & Rhythm: Improvising with K-12)
After thousands of improvised rhythm circles, I have boiled down 5 principles that make for a fantastic improvised circle and help create powerful improvising musicians. Creating: New ideas being generated in a mistake free learning environment. Creating Space: Awareness of how much space each participant is taking up, including ways students can create space by using dynamics, extending phrases, or adding new textures. Collaboration: Exploration of ways to create rhythms together, in-the-moment. Making our team: A strong team comes from resilience, group trust, and understanding the roles of the instruments and participants. The leadership of service: Using our choices serve and fulfill the needs of our group.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: North Gymnasium
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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What the ART?
This session will be dedicated to sharing ideas on how to weave art into grade 2 curriculum. In this session you will be given ideas on how to incorporate art pieces into your literacy, math, social studies and science program. This hands on session will allow you the opportunity to walk away from convention with a few key art pieces that you can use the next week.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 165
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
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Visual Journal through Curriculum
Using Visual Journals for curriculum is a passion of mine. It gives the chance for children to explore their learning through the arts. It allows for different entry and exits points and an amazing way to assess student understanding using nonverbal representation. This session will be hands on and highlight many different techniques and share ideas based on grade one and two curriculum that can be adapted for different grades. If possible, please bring your own visual journal.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 165
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session is Full

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"Exploring the Creative Self Through Art"
During this hands-on art session, the presenter will demonstrate creative ways of teaching self-portraits and linking this to identity and confidence in one's own self. The session will focus on exploring the expression of one's own unique creativity using simple art materials such as paint, pastels, collage, plasticine etc. The focus will be to create a self-portrait to take home and to use as an example for the classroom instruction. Through the art making process a sense of self that is deeply rooted in one's own direct experience can be developed.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Art
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 165
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
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Intro To Physical Computing - MakeyMakeys & Arduinos
This will be an introductory session on using MakeyMakey and Arduino circuit boards in the classroom. MakeyMakey boards are a very popular way to introduce students to coding (using Scratch) and wiring circuits to interact with Scratch games. Arduinos are microcontrollers that can be programmed and wired to do a variety of tasks. Students are able to code and wire circuits to use sensors and buttons to activate motors, turn on an LED lights, etc..

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 226
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Round Table on Junior High Computer Science
Interested in establishing a Computer Science CTF course? This round table will feature teachers who have established growing and dynamic Computer Science courses. Course timetabling, course content and hardware/software requirements will be some of the many topics of the discussion. Scott Couprie will lead the round table that will feature Jason Leboeuf, Robert Manson and Tony Cannon.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Room 226
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Hall D keynotes
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Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Hall D keynotes
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Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Harry Ainlay Room: Theatre
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Gassed Up with Brent Butt: Star of CTV's Corner Gas
To be discussed between speaker and sponsor

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Laugh It Off And Bring It On
As a person whose passion is to make people laugh, Jessica Holmes’ near crippling depression threatened her happiness AND her career. Once recovered, she re-committed her life to discovering what creates lasting balance and fulfilment. In this funny and inspiring presentation, Jessica shares her hilarious personal anecdotes to help others reignite their spark. Jessica presents her insights in a funny, interactive way, that is rarely seen on stage. Audiences are motivated to set the bar higher for their personal happiness. She discusses the latest discoveries in the field of positive psychology, how to turn your embarrassments into punch lines, and measurable ways to achieve greater fulfilment and happiness in work and life.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Music and Stories from the Canadian Rockies - The singing Park "Wardens"
The Wardens have an agreement with GETCA to perform on March 01, 2018 in Edmonton. Our presentation is 100% original material. We are a three piece band. Our concert will be: -song/stories/slide show -"life on the trail, mountain rescue, grizzly bears, wildfire" and much more -all performed by us real park wardens from Banff National Park Story telling is integral to our performance. Our audiences sit and listen to our one of a kind concert showcasing Banff/Jasper National Parks.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Our National Stories: Inspiring Canadians at Home and Abroad
Peter Mansbridge ties all of his talks together with his desire to see Canadians celebrate their heritage: to recognize that a shared national story has shaped us at both an individual and a collective level. This story is being written, and re-written, every day, by all Canadians. Drawing on the world leaders he’s interviewed, Mansbridge also talks about leadership: what it takes and how it can be achieved, whether in politics, academia, or business.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Tell Me a Story
Kathy’s popular workshop uses a storyboard “book” format - encouraging children to tell/draw/write their stories in a fun, creative way. In this session she takes teachers through the process, sharing valuable tips and strategies for improving young students' creative writing skills. In past years, this session has been highly rated by delegates at numerous Alberta Teachers' conventions. For: Grades K-3, ESL, and older students with low writing ability.

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Scaffolding Writing for Secondary Social Studies Students
How can we get students from seeing a political cartoon, a written opinion or a prompt and get them to the point where they can write a fleshed-out and thoughtful response? Lets look together at some tools and processes that we can go through to help out students become more proficient writers.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Sacred Scripture and Secular Students
With more than six billion copies printed, the Bible is arguably the best-selling book of all time. The stories we hear in scripture from Genesis to Revelation are our stories: stories of triumph, failure, faith, doubt, and a God who sticks with us through all... but bringing these stories to life for our students can be a challenge. This presentation will help you respond to that challenge: you'll learn a framework for teaching scripture along with student tested resources and examples.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Getting Ready for Auditions
Help your students get ready for upcoming auditions. We'll talk about both kinds of auditions (prepared and cold reads). I'll answer questions such as: 1) What kinds of pieces should I choose? 2) Do I demonstrating character and/or emotional range? 3) Where do I place my eye focus? 4) How much blocking am I expected to have in my piece? 5) Will I be expected to sing? Even a capella? 6) What should I wear? I'll also address resumes and headshots, and making strong choices.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Drama
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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What's Up, DOK? Teaching and Learning for Depth of Knowledge
What exactly is depth of knowledge? How does depth of knowledge designate the context in which students transfer and use their learning? Why the is DOK Wheel inaccurate? Learn how Webb's Depth-of-Knowledge Model can be superimposed with Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to increase the cognitive rigor of deeper, student-centered learning experiences

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Curriculum redesign
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Now That's a Good Question! Questioning for Cognitive Rigor
What is a good question - or rather, how can a good question challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge? Learn how to develop good questions that can be used to set the instructional focus and serve as formative, summative, and authentic assessments for deeper, student-centered learning experiences.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Curriculum redesign
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Diversity and Inclusiveness
Eddy looks at the methodology of being inclusive of ethno-communities and diversity within the educational systems through Indigenous best practices. Multi-culturalism, although well intended, has been a vehicle that has stifled and silenced many voices. The inclusiveness of the global diaspora and nationhood is crucial to the growth of a nation.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Native residential schools
Effectively “memoirs of a successful Native residential school survivor.” Or how I learned to stop complaining and celebrate my life.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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3 Key Elements of Resilience for Teachers
Kevin demonstrates the three key elements of resiliency that teachers can use in the classroom. The core values of Support, Positivity and Perspective are examined through the eyes of this world-class explorer.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Music
The remarkable (and unsung) importance of “musical literacy” in the life, and the work, of anyone and everyone, be they doctor, lawyer, or Indian Chief. The visionary “boost” it can give to any and all careers.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Who Says Canadian History Is Boring?
In this session I outline my research, interviews and story telling that formed my book Mobsters and Rumrunners of Canada. I will have a discussion about my research for my book (Canadian best seller) and how US prohibition laws in the roaring 1920s led to lucrative dealings between Canadians and US gangsters. It focuses on a little known part of Canadian history. Stories in include legendary Al Capone and notorious bootlegger Emilio Picariello hanged at Fort Saskatchewan. It is sold at bookstores across Canada and the United States and is in many school libraries across Canada.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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D-Day 6 June 1944 - A Perception
A view of the D-Day Landings in Normandy from a British and Canadian perspective. The aim is to show that we can learn about and from the landings by focusing on the efforts of the British and Canadians. Remember the first men ashore where from the Royal Navy and the first town to fall was to the British Airborne troops. There were more than one 'Band of Brothers' and not all spoke with American accents. We can learn much about our history from the reasons for the landings and the subsequent events. I will also look at the value of 'walking in the footsteps' of history showing how this supports learning aims and outcomes. I will put forward ideas of how this could fit into a tour of Europe that can be done safely in ways acceptable to all stakeholders and yet support successful achievement of significant learning objectives.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Voice Science for Singers and Actors
This introduction to the Estill Voice Model will show how a practical and scientific explanation of the voice can help your students sing and act with more ease. A basic understanding of the anatomy of the voice can quickly resolve most issues with your students. What is support? What does an open throat mean? How do I make a classical sound? How do I belt safely? Why do people not understand me even though I am using a microphone? Science can help you help your students!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Drama
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The Importance of Intergenerational Trauma Transmission - Presented by Tim Fox
Quality teaching practices include elements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and, importantly, they integrate relevant aspects of Aboriginal culture. Equally important is how to mobilize reconciliation practices in school communities to support the needs of students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Blending these practices in today’s classrooms, while understanding the impacts of intergenerational trauma, will support the health, learning and resilience of all students, and further support the development of healthy school communities.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Kindness in the Classroom - Presented by Alberta Health Services
Research shows that even very young children have innate tendencies to be kind and that the joy from being kind boosts levels of happiness. Even though kindness is an innate quality, it needs to be fostered, modeled and practiced. How can you foster kindness in your classroom? Join us to learn why kindness is important and how it can be supported through things such as teacher modelling and universal design for learning (safe spaces and classroom routines). We will provide resources and ideas that can help you support your students. As well, we want to provide an opportunity for you to share your own experiences, activities, lessons, websites, etc… that you have used to foster kindness.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Health Champions Unite! - Presented by Ever Active Schools, HPEC & Be Fit for Life
What is a Health Champion? Research has indicated that healthy students are better learners but how do we get there? Ever Active Schools, HPEC, and the Be Fit for Life are 3 organizations that promote physical literacy, health and wellness. Join us for an active session that will feature many of our resources that are used in both the school and community settings to support teachers, recreation leaders, parents and other health champions in building movement-positive culture. You will leave with many ideas that can be used “Monday Morning” as well as opportunities to connect with health and physical literacy champions from schools across the city.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Bringing Awareness and Compassion to Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are not a choice, but the culmination of many underlying factors coming together in a perfect storm. Common myths vs. medical and psychological facts of disordered eating will be presented, allowing for a higher level of compassionate understanding. Types of eating disorders, warning signs and risk factors, and suggestions for initiating conversations will be discussed, interwoven with personal experiences from the speaker's own journey through anorexia.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Creating Creative, Cooperative Environments Creatively and Cooperatively
In education, in business, and indeed in all areas of human endeavour, the problem-solving environment is terribly important. And there are tangible things that can be done to help establish an energizing, stimulating climate. The focus here is on nurturing creativity in schools, post-secondary institutions, and the workplace by setting a positive tone which builds trust and openness, challenge and motivation, autonomy, dynamism, playfulness and humour, and idea support.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Halifax explosion: 100 years ago
Get your theatre skills ready as we re-enact that fateful day, just over 100 years ago, when the largest human-caused explosion in history occurred in Halifax harbor. This is one of my favourite lessons in Science 24. For the remainder of the time, we will have hands-on exploration of my three quickie favourite energy conversion devices: we will make fire with a bow drill and build a hummer and a pinwheel.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Mental Health and the Classroom: How Teachers Can Help
Students today struggle with many different mental health challenges. Come learn about these different challenges and ways teachers can engage students and support them. Topics covered include: School Refusal, Social Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Oppositional Behaviour, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Engaging the Disengaged through the Arts
Is there a fringy kid that you can't reach? Michelle Thornberry Patterson, co-founder of Artlife Canada (an experiential arts organization for teenagers) will show you how to use art, in all it's forms, as a bridge between you and the kids who need so badly to connect. Learn simple steps for building a culture of honour with your artsy kids. Find out how to create an environment where kids can be safe, valued and connected and where the art is never valued above the artist.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: TQS - Foster Effective Relationships
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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God and Star Wars 2.0
The Star Wars movies are filled wit religious references and images, as George Lucas borrowed heavily from many religious traditions to tell us what happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. As a result, Star Wars has often been used to bring religious themes to life - and one of the best at this was the late Fr. Mike "Catfish" Mireau. Drawing inspiration from Fr. Mike, Mike Landry will continue the story - looking at how the new Star Wars movies help bring our faith to life.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Religious Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Teaching French through Songs & Games
Nothing that can replace the use of daily songs and games to build relationships, support the development of oral language and create a positive, accepting classroom culture. Using these tools for our body breaks supports the brains ability to learn by getting the children to move and by reminding them how much fun French can be. Oral language is the basis of all language learning and we need to encourage its development every day.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Role-playing that encourages French oral language skills
How can we show our students that learning French is more than Google translate? If we understand what the emotional prerequisites are for children to speak French in the classroom, we can build a safety net for them. When the teacher presents dialogue in a playful atmosphere, by modelling it him/herself, within a structured context, amazing things can happen!. The children will quickly develop the confidence and willingness to jump in and have fun giving oral language their best shot.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 17/18 (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Taking Care of You First: Managing Through Self-Care
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, in this workshop, we talk about how to set up a self-care plan that will help you scale back the chaos, and amp-up the opportunity to refuel and recharge in life. Learn how taking care of yourself first can improve your personal well-being, as well as the well-being of those you're a role model for.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Why Employee and Workplace Wellness? Why Not?
An ASEBP Workplace Wellness Liaison is eager to take you on a journey filled with workplace wellness, but are you left wondering why? Wonder no more, as this presentation will discuss the value of creating a positive and healthy culture amongst staff in schools. In addition, as a school leader you will be provided with an outline of strategies to get the ball rolling because happy, healthy staff are at the core of a positive learning community in the school.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Forever in Blue Jeans: Teaching Ideas for Industrialization, Globalization and Collectivism
This social studies-based session provides lessons and projects to teach industrialization, collectivism and globalization. It focuses on historical narratives, songs and experiences of various groups of immigrant women who worked at the Great Western Garment (GWG) factory. The teaching resource GWG: Piece by Piece: A Resource for Alberta Teachers Grades 9, 10 and 12 will be provided free to participants.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Neuroscience Meeting Education
An overview on how neuroscience and trauma can effect a students brain, body and behaviour. Further, presenters will explore how this influences the way indigenous and non-indigenous present in the classroom and the the type of academic supports that teachers can use to assist each student to function effectively and successfully.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Neuroscience Meeting Education
An overview on how neuroscience and trauma can effect a students brain, body and behaviour. Further, presenters will explore how this influences the way indigenous and non-indigenous present in the classroom and the the type of academic supports that teachers can use to assist each student to function effectively and successfully.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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ADHD: Disorder of Gift?
ADHD children present some interesting challenges. This session highlights many of the problems, but also attempts to put a more positive spin on things by recasting reality and pointing to the creative strengths that can go hand in hand with the condition. To illustrate, with proper support, might not stubborn behaviour in childhood grow into determination in adulthood, inattentive daydreaming turn into creative invention, and off-the-wall behaviour become outside-the-box thinking?

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Lines in the Sand: Are Certain Students Being Marginalized in our System?
When overly rigid, punitive codes of discipline are put in place, relationship-resistant students may be harmed instead of helped. Indeed, under certain conditions, educators sometimes make unfortunate choices, draw lines in the sand, and inadvertently push “at-risk” young people over and out. The goals here are to raise relevant issues, identify specific pitfalls to avoid, and consider more hopeful, creative alternatives to identify and develop the talents of challenging children and youth.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Whole Brain Teaching for Beginners - Gamify your Classroom! Div 1/2 Part 1 of 2
Enjoy games? Love teaching? Find out how to fuse the two together by "gamifying" your lessons! You will learn how to build a gamified pattern into your lessons to turbo boosts student engagement and extinguish misbehavior through Whole Brain Teaching strategies! The methods presented are designed to do exactly what makes video games so successful, activating the whole brain! This session will be focused on "beginner" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Whole Brain Teaching for Beginners - Gamify your Classroom! Div 1/2 Part 2 of 2
Enjoy games? Love teaching? Find out how to fuse the two together by "gamifying" your lessons! You will learn how to build a gamified pattern into your lessons to turbo boosts student engagement and extinguish misbehavior through Whole Brain Teaching strategies! The methods presented are designed to do exactly what makes video games so successful, activating the whole brain! This session will be focused on "beginner" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Whole Brain Teaching for Beginners - REPEAT- Div 1/2 Part 1 of 2
Enjoy games? Love teaching? Find out how to fuse the two together by "gamifying" your lessons! You will learn how to build a gamified pattern into your lessons to turbo boosts student engagement and extinguish misbehavior through Whole Brain Teaching strategies! The methods presented are designed to do exactly what makes video games so successful, activating the whole brain! This session will be focused on "beginner" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Whole Brain Teaching for Beginners - REPEAT Div 1/2 Part 2 of 2
Enjoy games? Love teaching? Find out how to fuse the two together by "gamigying" your lessons! You will learn how to build a gamified pattern into your lessons to turbo boosts student engagement and extinguish misbehavior through Whole Brain Teaching strategies! The methods presented are designed to do exactly what makes video games so successful, activating the whole brain! This session will be focused on "beginner" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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The Risk-Taker’s Advantage: How to Make Kids More Resilient by not Bubblewrapping Them
As both a family therapist and a world-renowned researcher on resilience, Michael Ungar has noticed that many families and schools have become so overprotective that children never have a chance to develop the normal coping strategies children need for independent lives. Though the stats tell us that children today are safer than ever before in history, parents and educators are failing to give them what Michael has called ‘the risk-taker’s advantage.’

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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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.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Why Young People Go to School, and Why They Don't
Dr. Ungar’s research and clinical work with children around the world is showing that vulnerable learners, delinquent youth, children with mental health challenges, victims of family violence and neglect, and youth marginalized because of their ethnicity, race, abilities or sexual orientation, all value an education. However, they are more likely to engage with their teachers and attend class when they feel that school is a place where their resilience is nurtured.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Foster Effective Relationships
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from their Parents, Caregivers, and Schools
How can we show children we love them even when they push us away? How do we make children more resilient when they are angry, self-harming, anxious, abusive or delinquent? In this story-filled presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar provides nine practical strategies parents, caregivers and educators need to help young people of all ages heal, no matter a child’s emotional, psychological or behavioural problems.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: TQS - Foster Effective Relationships
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Whole Brain Teaching for BEGINNERS - Gamify your Classroom! DIV 3/4 Part 1 of 2 (1)
Enjoy games? Love teaching? Find out how to fuse the two together by "GAMIFYING" your lessons! You will learn how to build a gamified pattern into your lessons to turbo boosts student engagement and extinguish misbehavior through Whole Brain Teaching strategies! The methods presented are designed to do exactly what makes video games so successful, activating the whole brain! This session will be focused on "BEGINNER" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Whole Brain Teaching for BEGINNERS- Gamify your Classroom! DIV 3/4 Part 2 of 2 (2)
Enjoy games? Love teaching? Find out how to fuse the two together by "GAMIFYING" your lessons! You will learn how to build a gamified pattern into your lessons to turbo boosts student engagement and extinguish misbehavior through Whole Brain Teaching strategies! The methods presented are designed to do exactly what makes video games so successful, activating the whole brain! This session will be focused on "BEGINNER" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Whole Brain Teaching for BEGINNERS- REPEAT DIV 3/4 Part 1 of 2
Enjoy games? Love teaching? Find out how to fuse the two together by "GAMIFYING" your lessons! You will learn how to build a gamified pattern into your lessons to turbo boosts student engagement and extinguish misbehavior through Whole Brain Teaching strategies! The methods presented are designed to do exactly what makes video games so successful, activating the whole brain! This session will be focused on "BEGINNER" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Whole Brain Teaching for BEGINNERS- REPEAT DIV 3/4 Part 2 of 2
Enjoy games? Love teaching? Find out how to fuse the two together by "GAMIFYING" your lessons! You will learn how to build a gamified pattern into your lessons to turbo boosts student engagement and extinguish misbehavior through Whole Brain Teaching strategies! The methods presented are designed to do exactly what makes video games so successful, activating the whole brain! This session will be focused on "BEGINNER" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Open a Book – Open a Mind: Using Literature as a Catalyst for Positive Mental Health
Explore how literature can be a springboard for getting students to talk about what’s really going on in their lives. As an award-winning author of 19 novels for adolescents, Jacqueline spends a lot of time working with students. In this workshop, she shares how she uses literature to better understand students and to help students better understand themselves. She has found that reading and writing can open up avenues of conversation that allow students to reveal their inner concerns.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Supporting Student Success through Mentoring - Presented by Alberta Education
Mentoring is an evidence based strategy that supports students’ mental health, sense of belonging and connectedness, engagement and attendance, high school completion and ultimately success in and beyond school. In addition, mentoring contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment. This session will provide an overview and background for school based mentoring, investigate the essentials of building a mentoring culture, explore mentoring approaches, types and models, and help you to learn about resources to support mentoring in schools.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Getting to your Best Self: Skills for your Greatest Year Yet! - Presented by ASEBP
The path to your best self will likely be dotted with successes as well as some setbacks. Explore concepts of positive psychology and discover a variety of helpful skills with this workshop that will help put those successes within reach! Join us to learn how your perspective on life can have a major impact on how you respond to challenges. The more resilient you can be, the more likely you are to reach your goals. In addition, we will examine the numerous positive effects of regularly expressing gratitude, including helping you achieve your goals! Being grateful throughout your life, whether it’s for simple or profound things, maintains positivity—and that’s positively wonderful.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Promoting Positive Mental Health in School - Presented by The Way In Program
An experiential introduction to mindfulness. This session provides an introduction to mindfulness, its health benefits and core practice. Participants will receive tangible information and mindfulness techniques that can be easily integrated into the classroom that will support positive mental health, improve attention and increase self-regulation skills. Participants will be presented with and will have the opportunity to engage in a number of evidence informed lessons and activities that can be readily implemented. Resources that guide mindfulness practice and support social emotional learning and mental health literacy will also be shared.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Leading along the path less traveled: Changing your school from the inside-out
Teacher stress. Student disengagement. Leadership turnover. Flat achievement. All are symptoms of an “outside-in” approach to improvement that foists changes onto teachers. Learn how leaders can instead take an “inside-out” approach to change that taps teachers’ intrinsic motivation to get better, every day, at helping students learn and in so doing, create "precision without prescription," build on their bright spots and unleash a powerful driver of success: student curiosity.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Leading along the path less traveled: Changing your school from the inside-out -REPEAT
Teacher stress. Student disengagement. Leadership turnover. Flat achievement. All are symptoms of an “outside-in” approach to improvement that foists changes onto teachers. Learn how leaders can instead take an “inside-out” approach to change that taps teachers’ intrinsic motivation to get better, every day, at helping students learn and in so doing, create "precision without prescription," build on their bright spots and unleash a powerful driver of success: student curiosity.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Our Students' Futures Depend on Their Ability to Make Good Choices
How we respond to our life experiences can often determine the person we will become. As teachers we have a responsibility to pass on a legacy of good character to our students by helping them to respond to their challenges in a positive and caring way. The choices our students make each day will determine their successes moving forward into the future.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Rewriting Your Story
In this presentation, Eddy shares his personal narrative. He discusses the struggles he faced with his First Nations (Indigenous) identity and the allies who created safe spaces for him throughout his life. Growing up facing struggles of poverty and marginalization, Eddy ended up being on the front line at shelters within the city before making the decision to rewrite his story. He overcame a learning barrier, took on a self-education through books, before eventually obtaining his masters in education and finding himself on the frontline of the academic realm.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Le sens du nombre par le jeu, un atout pour tous! 1e à 3e
Le jeu offre un contexte amusant pour apprendre et/ou pratiquer des notions de toutes sortes. Cet atelier permettra aux enseignants d’essayer des jeux mathématiques tout en discutant de l’approche et de la pédagogie gagnante qui fait que les jeux ont la portée éducationnelle voulue. Soyez de la partie!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Le sens du nombre par le jeu, un atout pour tous! 4e à 6e
Le jeu offre un contexte amusant pour apprendre et/ou pratiquer des notions de toutes sortes. Cet atelier permettra aux enseignants d’essayer des jeux mathématiques tout en discutant de l’approche et de la pédagogie gagnante qui fait que les jeux ont la portée éducationnelle voulue. Soyez de la partie!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Exploring Big Ideas in Math through Stories (K-3)
Stories present a rich medium through which children can explore the Big Ideas of Math. They are particularly powerful when linked to a continuum of learning that reflects the way in which children develop mathematical concepts. This session will explore how primary educators can select stories and associated activities that engage children at just the right level, allowing them to consolidate mathematical concepts.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Comment aller au-delà: De la lecture guidée...aux interventions en littératie nivelées
La lecture guidée ne parvient pas à combler les besoins de tous les élèves éprouvant des difficultés en lecture.  Il est parfois nécessaire d'analyser en profondeur les difficultés éprouvées et planifier des interventions ciblées.  Les sessions d'interventions en littératie nivelées augmentent le niveau de soutien pour tous les apprenants dans les classes d'immersion. Venez à la session pour découvrir comment  déterminer les lacunes en littératie d’un élève, planifier les interventions en littératie selon le niveau de l’élève, et  organiser une session d’interventions en littératie nivelée.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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The Value of Learning Outside of the Classroom (LOtC) - in Europe
A presentation on why school trips to Europe are valuable, important and vital. I aim to show that tours of Europe can support learning in all subject areas, from STEM to Humanities, and that the value of enhancing a students education in subjects as well as a more holistic view, is valuable for students and the wider community of stakeholders. There are genuine and valid concerns about travel in and to Europe. I will show how these can be addressed and potential issues avoided - in many ways. The benefits far outweigh the issues, especially when the issues can be avoided. It is possible to create a wonderful experience for students, from which they can get so much of value. It is our task, as leaders in education, to continue to support the development of out students, even in challenging times. We need to make the case for LOtC in Europe and give students an outstanding opportunity.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (theatre cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Community Service in Developing Countries
A presentation on my experiences in leading school groups to undertake community service in developing nations - India, Malawi, Zambia. This will look at the challenges and benefits of supporting students involved in community service, such as building toilets, leading classes in schools and visiting slums. I aim to present the idea that the value of community service in developing countries is something that can be measured in short and long term gains for students and teachers. I will show how to develop a program of community service from the start point of identifying a potential community link to the time when you hand over the program to another member of staff. I will share some of my experiences while we were in developing countries - cancelled flights, interesting foods and being chased out of villages by witch doctors.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (theatre cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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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.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (theatre cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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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. 

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Chairman (theatre cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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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.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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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.  

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Curriculum redesign
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Stress Management for Overachievers in Your Classroom
Do you teach any high school age "overachievers"? How about students who feel entitled to achievement but take few steps to create success? Is the issue because of anxiety, or entitlement, or neither? This session is designed to show teachers what might be going on for some of these stressed out students, and the presentation will provide teachers will take away strategies. This session is delivered by the ATA Council of School Counsellors.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Spanish collaboration
For teacher in the Spanish bilingual program. Group discussion about how to build the gaps between elementary and junior high-high school.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Personal Pension Interviews
At your personal 30-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to: •review your pension estimate(s) and options, and •discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms. To book an interview - https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Personal Pension Interviews
At your personal 30-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to: •review your pension estimate(s) and options, and •discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms. To book an interview - https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Personal Pension Interviews
At your personal 30-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to: •review your pension estimate(s) and options, and •discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Personal Pension Interviews
At your personal 30-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to: •review your pension estimate(s) and options, and •discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms. To book an interview - https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Slam Poetry in Schools
Slam Poetry is the combination of creative writing and creative performance. It's not like acting because we don't use props or costumes, and it's not like rap or hip-hop because there is no music or beats. It's just about words. In this session, you'll discover why slam poetry is so effective at getting students excited about creative writing and transforming classrooms into encouraging, supportive creative environments. You'll discover this by writing and (hopefully) performing yourself!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Multimedia Production in Schools
The multimedia project is an exciting opportunity to work together in a highly creative environment that plays to the strengths of each individual, creating a win-win for everyone involved. In this session, participants work together to create a short multimedia video. Participants identify their talents and abilities and match them to what's needed for the project. This includes storyboarding, operating cameras, writing, acting and editing as we produce a video together in session.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

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

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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I'm an Author!
All students can write! Practical tips will be provided to create a comprehensive writing program for students with significant cognitive difficulties. The belief is all students are competent and can write when provided positive learning experiences. From scribbles to writing sentences, teachers will become familiar with the stages of emergent writing and how it is an essential part of every child’s writing development. Using “First Author Writing Curriculum” as a guide, participants will become aware of the components of the program and how it can be easily implemented in a classroom. A junior high CLS teacher will share her experiences implementing this comprehensive writing program. Technology including AAC will be highlighted. Participants will be provided with a framework for organizing a systematic writing program to support students with significant cognitive difficulties.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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When Consequences Don’t Work: Succeeding with High Need Students
Once teachers have exhausted their hierarchy of consequences, how then are they to proceed with students whose behavior is unchanged no matter what consequence is given? In this fast-paced session participants will receive dozens of practical, take-away strategies they can use to manage students effectively, focusing on both prevention & intervention. Learn when and how to use consequences, while modeling respectful communication, teaching personal responsibility, & deescalating confrontations.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Do I Have Your Attention? Strategies For Increasing Student Attention & Participation
How do we work effectively with students who struggle to pay attention and rarely participate? This lively and interactive session will provide teachers with practical, take-away strategies that will help get their least focused learners motivated and involved. Learn ways to get and maintain student attention. Walk away with simple yet innovative techniques for putting kids “on the hook” for participating during class discussions and Q&A, without potentially humiliating them.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Get Ready to Engage! Active Learning Techniques That Motivate Reluctant Learners
Standard teaching models don’t always work with reluctant learners. So how do we engage our students who seem to have the hardest time paying attention & getting work done? Recent research on the brain reveals some of the reasons why students struggle, and offers myriad possible solutions. This fun and interactive session will provide participants with “brain-based” take-away strategies that will help get their most reluctant learners motivated and involved, without corning or confrontation.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Picture This! Nonverbal Strategies for Creating the Classroom Environment You've Always Wanted
The more words we use in giving directions, the less power each word has, and the more we compete with student voices. In this lively and interactive session participants will receive dozens of practical, eye-opening strategies for using non-verbals (visuals, rubrics, sound signals, hand signals, music, and more) to make transitions efficient and fun, keep the classroom and school organized, reduce student arguing and general chaos, empower students, and teach bell to bell.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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You Have the Power of One to Start a Fire, but You Need the Power of Many to Keep the Fire Burning
Relationships may be the most important variable in education. Sroka has spoken worldwide with The Power of One message, how one person can make a difference. A year ago he died while presenting a school in-service. Educators saved his life and changed his message. He now talks about The Power of Many, how it takes a team to make a difference. Relationships are key. Challenges are communication, collaboration, culture and caring. This session offers honesty, humour and hope. It will fire you up.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Getting to the Heart of Education
Are you listening? Our students are crying for help with real life issues yet many educators respond with an emphasis on academic proficiency skills. You don’t get to their heads until you get to their hearts. This session is research-driven and reality-based integrating cutting-edge research (including adverse childhood experiences, social and emotional learning, mental health, brain based learning, stress management, storytelling, resiliency, motivation, and humor) and inspiring real-life stories to facilitate learning about the whole child and the students’ mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical health needs and their relationship to academic and life success. Are you listening?

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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How One Teacher Changed My Life in Only 10 Minutes
Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this pain. As a result, some turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. While a smile can appear on the outside, there is pain on the inside. For years, this was Allan. Allan shares how one teacher saw beneath his mask, and changed his entire life through a simple process. Through an interactive quiz, Allan provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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How One Teacher Changed My Life in Only 10 Minutes - Repeat
Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this pain. As a result, some turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. While a smile can appear on the outside, there is pain on the inside. For years, this was Allan. Allan shares how one teacher saw beneath his mask, and changed his entire life through a simple process. Through an interactive quiz, Allan provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Get in Line- Math Games for Primary Students
Come prepared to play our newest number line math games that teach: counting and subitizing, comparing numbers, operations, place value, part part whole, rounding and more. Games and strategies incorporate foldable rulers, number lines, open number lines, large 1,000 and human number lines, and some great dollar store finds. Strategies, math talk and journal writing extensions will be shared as well as an extensive handout.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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They Should Know This Math - And More for Grades 7-9
New math games, activities and strategies (that can easily be implemented into classes) to help students understand and master basic and complex math concepts. See how the games transition from play to written work at grade level expectation. Concepts covered include: Place Value including Decimals and Rounding, Math Facts Fluency, Order of Operations, Fractions and Decimals, Graphs, Coordinate Geometry, Statistics, Chance and Probability. Student work samples shared and handout provided.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Math - No Problem! Experience the Singapore Method of Teaching Math
According to the latest international studies, Singapore Math teaching is the most successful in the world. Find out how this approach develops children's math ability; join the math teaching revolution. The Singapore Method proves that every child can achieve in math. This approach allows students to master concepts in greater depth, by proving that math can be both linguistic and creative. In this engaging, hands-on talk you will experience teaching strategies sure to inspire your students.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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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.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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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.?

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Increasing the Quality of Math Talk in Your Classroom
Would you rather? Which One Doesn’t Belong? What’s the Same and What’s Different? These are just some of the questions we will explore in this highly engaging session. Getting students to share their thinking can be a challenge for teachers. In this session, participants will take on the student role to fully explore the potential of these high-yield yet non-threatening talking prompts. Educators will leave this session with activities that they will be able to use immediately in the classroom. In order to participate fully, educators are encouraged to bring a personal device.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Ditch That Data Management Unit! Teaching Data Management Through the Curriculum
This session will be broken into two sections. Initially, we will discuss examples of the many curricular connections in Science, Social Studies, and Health that allow teachers to address data management outside of their typical math block. The second portion will focus on using technology such as Plickers, Google Forms, and Poll Everywhere to collect, organize, and display data which can then be used to focus on the big ideas of data management (ie: reading data, finding trends, spotting bias).

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Indigenous Culturally Responsive Literature
The session will be based on how to develop a library that accurately reflects Indigenous literature. This session will go into different aspects that educators will be able to use to increase their knowledge around selecting Indigenous resources and teaching them in their classrooms including: Stereotyping in Indigenous literature and the effect this has on reinforcing negative stereotypes. Cultural appropriation in literatures and how to identify this. Authentic history from an Indigenous perspective and how to navigate this conversation in your classroom. Appropriate imagery of Indigenous peoples in literature, specifically in regards to graphic novels. Recognizing the involvement of the Indigenous community in literatures, specifically in regards to oral narratives being written down.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Multicultural/Aboriginal
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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Understanding the Issues of Our LGBTQ Students. How to Connect, Understand and Prepare for Success
The topic of our session is geared towards classroom teachers in any division. We will be informing them about the importance of understanding the stresses and pressures that LGBTQ students and staff face on a daily basis. We would like teachers to gain a better understanding about the issues involved when LGBTQ students are in our classes and how teachers can best support these students. Using direct testimony from LGBTQ students and teachers, educators will hear about the struggles they have faced and what they think educational professionals and institutions as a whole, can do to help them find acceptance and to reach their educational potential. Please come and join us for a lively panel discussion. There will be an informational portion of the session and time left for Q and A.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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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!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Bargaining Process: A New Playing Field (Repeat)
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!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Vision (cap 50)
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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Inclusive Education: Who, What, Where, When, Why?
This session will deconstruct what inclusive education means in today’s classrooms and communities. We will also discuss common misunderstandings and myths and leave with ideas and possibilities of inclusive leaning communities and all who benefit.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Moving Forward in Inclusive Planning: Supporting ALL students
In this session, we will look at how collaborative teams can design a classroom support plan. Building on frameworks of RTI and UDL, we will look at examples of how classrooms and schools are adapting to (and thriving from) the changing roles of support staff and ever evolving resource models in inclusive classrooms and schools.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Curriculum redesign
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Five Essential Questions to Help Create Change in the World, and Love Doing It
This dynamic presentation will equip you with the tools you need to create change, whether in your business, non-profit, church, or day-to-day life. Appropriate for any audience looking to make the most of their good intentions, this presentation will ask the hard questions and leave you with the inspiration and the practical tools to make the most of your charitable efforts. While many seek to make an impact on the world, we must first learn how. The most important step is to recognize that people are experts in their own lives, and before you set out, to always ask, “how can I help?” By integrating media, personal storytelling, and key development strategies, Chris and Zach will provide a roadmap to help you get started, build your impact, and measure your change.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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A Writer's Inspiration.
In this session, bestselling and award-winning indigenous author Wayne Arthurson talks about inspiration; the who – teachers, friends and family - and the what that inspired him to become a writer and the stories that he is known for. Using oral storytelling techniques and self-deprecating humour interspersed with readings from his books, Wayne's talk will touch on creativity, inspiration, persistence, resilience, family and literary culture.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Winspear

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Master of Music Recital
Kimerica Parr is pleased to present a recital of art songs, opera arias and a religious motet, accompanied by guitar and piano. She will lecture on the pieces - their background, meaning, composers, etc. to help the audience gain a deeper understanding of the repertoire. She will also answer questions at the end of the recital, and hold a reception with coffee, tea and desserts. She will happily discuss the music program at U of A - information music teachers may bring back to the classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Music
Building: Winspear Room: Rehearsal Hall
Thursday, March 01, 2018 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
This Session Requires Pre-Registration

Friday, March 02, 2018

Shaw

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Miss Sue’s Lessons from The Blind Side
At the podium, Miss Sue takes audiences behind-the-scenes of The Blind Side, telling the story from her perspective as an educator and learning specialist. A believer that any student can achieve academic success with the right blend of motivation and applied learning, Mitchell inspires students and teachers alike to explore new opportunities in teaching and learning. For educators, Miss Sue draws upon her work with Michael Oher and beyond, highlighting applied teaching techniques and lessons.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Spoken Word Poetry Changing the Classroom
How can an unconventional art form like spoken word poetry transform a classroom and a school community? Sarah Kay is a celebrated educator with a Masters Degree in Education and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. She has been the keynote speaker and facilitator of professional development at many Education Conferences including the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the European Council of International School (ECIS), the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), among others. Listen as Sarah shares some of her personal classroom experiences and explains how this art form is a revolutionary education tool.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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An Afternoon with Henry Winkler
Audiences always leave Henry’s presentations inspired and entertained. Through humorous anecdotes and inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity to his storied career in television and entertainment, groups of all ages can learn from Henry’s speeches. His passion for supporting others is the result of a lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia. Henry has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and support to children who learn differently by advocating for changes in the education.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Hall D (cap 2000)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Through Autism Glasses Part 1
Are you somewhat new to the autism world; are you a relatively new teacher? You may need to see things ‘Through Autism Glasses’. This session covers all primary and secondary symptoms. It’s full of great strategies, which will involve demonstrations, observations, video footage of an autistic child and a display of sensory materials that help make the world friendlier to autistic children. You will get a feel for what life can REALLY be like for a child on the spectrum and their family.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Through Autism Glasses Part 2
Are you somewhat new to the autism world; are you a relatively new teacher? You may need to see things ‘Through Autism Glasses’.This session covers all primary and secondary symptoms. It’s full of great strategies, which will involve demonstrations, observations, video footage of an autistic child and a display of sensory materials that help make the world friendlier to autistic children. You will get a feel for what life can REALLY be like for a child on the spectrum and their family.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 1 (cap 50)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Stress In Children
This session will discuss: what is stress, what is good, bad, and ugly stress. Physical, behavioural, and psychological systems of stress will be looked at as well as short term and long term stress. Some ideas of how to reduce stress will be given. Participants will receive a Student Stress Test that they can use to survey their students (grades 7-12).

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Power of Yes
Graham Neil and Donovan Workun lead the highly dynamic, innovative and entertaining Power of Yes! Improv Workshops. They teach participants the creative techniques of improvisation and how to apply them to improve relationships both in the classroom and staff room. Through fun hands-on games and activities, audience members learn to, and create a "culture of yes". Skills you will develop in the Power of Yes! workshop include: active listening, staying positive, trusting yourself, working together to solve problems, brainstorming, thinking on your feet and helping to make others look good. These key elements help Communication, Creativity, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, and Adapting to Change.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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How to Die Young at an Old Age
There is a fountain of youth and in this keynote, Dr. Dave shares what you must do to die young at an old age. He will expose the facts and stats that are based on medical research, the most current studies of anti aging from around the world and very practical advice that anyone can follow. Audiences will laugh and learn as Dr. Dave shares how to avoid the big 3, why being a grump is doing you more of a disadvantage than the people around you, what 8 numbers you need to know about yourself and how to enjoy rather than endure living to 100!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 10 (cap 300)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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The Journey to Hope
A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has already endured and overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. His passion and belief in the possibility for change makes him a truly remarkable individual and humanitarian.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Stand Up comedy
Musical Comedy presented by award winning Comedian Dean Jenkinson. Get ready to laugh!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Creating an athlete's mind one breath at a time.
I tell the story of my athletic journey as a professional hockey player. Starting from my hometown in Sicamous B.C. I highlight the ups and downs I endured and throughout my professional hockey career. As a top 10 NHL Draft pick to the Washington Capitals at the age of 18, and my involvement in a high profile trade at 20 that included Jaromir Jagr going to Washington and myself headed to Pittsburgh. I was pegged as the next franchise player for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Things didn't unfold how I envisioned them and I spent a great portion of my 15-year professional hockey career viewing myself as a failure. My story is one of resilience and how mindfulness helped me overcome negative thought and behavioral patterns that were crippling my self-confidence and my ability to perform at a level I knew I was capable of, ultimately impeding my ability to enjoy the game that I loved.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 11/12 Feature (cap 600)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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How Teaching High School Psychology Can Help Students Become Better Humans
I have been teaching with Edmonton Public School for the last 10 years; this year I have been given the opportunity to teach Psychology 20 and 30 - courses I have been hoping to teach for the last decade. With a bit of planning and passion, I believe that the high school psychology curriculum offers the potential and flexibility to deliver a course that aims to increase student self-awareness by helping them to become happier people, better critical thinkers, more engaged learners, and more community minded citizens. I would love to share my thoughts on how teaching high school psychology through the lens of "Positive Psychology" can help our students become better human beings.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Due Diligence You Say!
The CTS teacher or anyone involved with a laboratory situation knows the potential hazards found in their environments with a class of students. The students, facility and the consumables can combine together to create some unsafe environments. This session will look at strategies and some important information which should be addressed in the lab environment to minimize your risk as a teacher and your due diligence. What information should be documented? What guidelines should be initiated to reduce the risk to the students and teachers in this environment? A few examples will be provided to labs where due diligence has been occurred and the results. This session would be beneficial to new teachers who provide instruction in a laboratory environment.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: CTS, Technology/ICT
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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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.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 13/14 (cap 60)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Improving English 30-2 Part A Diploma Results
This session will look at proven ways to increase results on the Visual Reflection, Literary Exploration, and Persuasive Writing in Context assignments on Part A of the English 30-2 Provincial Diploma Exam.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Mindfulness for Health, Peace and Ease (Even in Your Classroom!)
A fun session to make life easier…even in your classroom! Mindfulness is a proven way to reduce stress and improve health (physical, emotional and mental). In this fun, interactive session you’ll learn simple, effective mindfulness tools - such as meditative and breathing techniques - for yourself and your students to increase: presence, calm, peace, focus, performance, and co-operation. Over thirty years of research show Mindfulness benefits to also include stress reduction, reduced depression, improved attitudes and behaviours, and strengthened relationships. An empowering session!

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Health/CALM
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 15/16 (cap 60)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Stock Market
Develop number sense and critical thinking skills with your students as they explore the stock market! Students are required to demonstrate an understanding of financial institution services used to access and manage finances. What better way to do that than exploring how to buy and sell stocks, bonds, and ETF's. Explore penny stocks, blue chip stocks, and index funds. Learn how percentages can work in your favor, what fees your bank actually charges you, and talk about risk management. Please bring your own laptop so you can create your own practice account!

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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The History and Legacy of Residential Schools
This workshop examines the history, impacts and legacy of residential schools, including the effects of intergenerational trauma. Educators will be trained on the tools, resources and strategies that contribute to the development of mutually respectful relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians that is explored in this workshop. Participants will leave honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and make a professional and personal commitment to action.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 19/20 (cap 40)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Whole Brain Teaching for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED- Motivating Learners! DIV 3/4 Part 1 of 2
Learn how to continuously motivate your students from day one of school to the very last minute of the school year! You will learn how to use "uncertain reward" in conjunction with the Whole Brain Teaching pattern to get every learner nibbling from the palm of your hand! This session will be focused on "INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Whole Brain Teaching for INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED - Motivating Learners DIV 3/4 Part 2 of 2
Learn how to continuously motivate your students from day one of school to the very last minute of the school year! You will learn how to use "uncertain reward" in conjunction with the Whole Brain Teaching pattern to get every learner nibbling from the palm of your hand! This session will be focused on "INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Stress In Children (Repeat)
This session will discuss: what is stress, what is good, bad, and ugly stress. Physical, behavioural, and psychological systems of stress will be looked at as well as short term and long term stress. Some ideas of how to reduce stress will be given. Participants will receive a Student Stress Test that they can use to survey their students (grades 7-12).

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 2 (cap 200)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Whole Brain Teaching for Intermediate/Advanced - Motivating Learners All Year Long! Part 1 of 2
Learn how to continuously motivate your students from day one of school to the very last minute of the school year! You will learn how to use "uncertain reward" in conjunction with the Whole Brain Teaching pattern to get every learner nibbling from the palm of your hand! This session will be focused on "Intermediate/Advanced" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Whole Brain Teaching for Intermediate/Advanced - Motivating Learners All Year Long! Part 2 of 2
Learn how to continuously motivate your students from day one of school to the very last minute of the school year! You will learn how to use "uncertain reward" in conjunction with the Whole Brain Teaching pattern to get every learner nibbling from the palm of your hand! This session will be focused on "Intermediate/Advanced" strategies! So, please come to discover the education reform movement that is sweeping the world! This session will have an Elementary session and a Secondary session! Our Facebook page has 80,000 Likes and our YouTube videos have received over 7,000,000 views! Please visit the website: www.wholebrainteaching.com

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The 5E Learning Cycle in the Science Classroom
Are you looking for a tried and true method of teaching Science that is both practical to use in the classroom and that is grounded by research? The 5E Instructional Model is a well-established approach to science instruction that you may not have heard of before. It offers a practical lesson planning structure and is a way to approach instruction in a meaningful way. So let's Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate!

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Science
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 3 (cap 175)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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

Grade Level: Early Childhood (Pre K to K) Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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I'm Bored: Engaging the Disengaged
“Is this going to be on the test?” “Do I have to do that?” Motivation and engagement are critical factors in helping our students find success in school. In this session, learn simple ways to keep your students "actively" plugged into your teaching efforts. Plus, discover how to facilitate lessons that not only help your students pay better attention in class, but also help them better retain the content you teach.

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Inspiring Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Step Away: Dealing with Difficult Behaviours
Even the most rational teachers and parents get into power struggles from time to time. Understanding how your own interaction styles and needs feed into the conflict is an essential requirement before you can effectively respond to the disruptive behaviors of others. In this active session, staff members will learn about the most common patterns of behaviour people fall into when frustrated, stressed, or angry and stress management options for support. This information has application on all levels (working with students, parents, colleagues, etc…).

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: TQS - Foster Effective Relationships
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 4 (cap 330)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Inclusive Education: Getting to Know Learners from a Strength Based Perspective
This session will look at how changing planning models are moving away from deficit medical based frameworks to plans that look at the strengths and contributions of individuals. We will see examples and share strategies of how these strength based perspectives can guide program planning with a focus on balance and growth rather than retrofitting and standardization. We will look at planning frameworks such as Response to Intervention and Class Profiles.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Designing for a Range of Abilities - Success for all students
This session will look at how plans can be responsive to the needs of a group of learners that include a variety of abilities. We will discuss examples and strategies of how all kids can achieve success through strategic planning of goals and designing of supports. We will look at frameworks such as Learning Maps and the Planning Pyramid.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Curriculum redesign
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Your Passion is Contagious! Meaningful Practices in the Music Classroom
Student engagement and participation in the music classroom is necessary for learning to occur. An energetic, passionate, knowledgeable, structured and efficient music teacher has the potential of making learning fun and meaningful. How can we empower the students we teach? How can we direct our lessons around the interests of our students? What classroom practices are critical in creating an environment conducive to student learning? How can we make our assessment practices meaningful?

Grade Level: Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Music
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 5/6 (120)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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How Do I Get Them to Write? Narrative Writing: plot patterns and more!
Are you unsure of how to teach narrative writing to your students? Do students have difficulty developing their stories? Do your students’ stories all sound the same? During this session, you will learn how to use plot patterns and appropriate mentor texts to dramatically improve student writing. By providing the structure of a plot pattern, students will become more willing and more confident story writers!

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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How Do I Get Them to Write? The Game-Changer: Freewriting
Karen always felt something was missing in her writing program. When she brought freewriting into the classroom, it was a game changer. Students became more engaged, the quality of writing improved and the reluctance to write was greatly reduced. Students were learning to write and they were also writing to learn. Learn how to use freewriting across the curriculum in your elementary classroom.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6)
Category: Language Arts
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 7 (cap 55)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Truth and Reconciliation
What does reconciliation mean? Who is it for? How do we get there? The answers reveal the truth of Canada’s identity.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Marriott Cell: The Fight For Freedom From A Middle Eastern Jail
Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy shares his incredible story of being wrongfully imprisoned in Cairo’s maximum-security Scorpion Prison, and his long fight for freedom. Accused of fabricating news to destabilize the country and associating with terrorists, Fahmy spent two years in the Cairo prison fighting for his release. Hear more about: • An insider’s perspective of living in prison alongside members of the world’s most notorious terrorist organizations • How he stayed focused and refused to give up despite intensely challenging circumstances • How he turned adversity into an opportunity and achievement • How he leveraged media to pressure Canadian officials to secure his release *

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Cast of The Irrelevant Show
The Cast of the Irrelevant Show brings you a buffet of comedy sketches and songs. The show ranges all over the comedy map, from the everyday to the surreal. You'll hear scenes about family life, relationships and the workplace. The show also offers an irreverent take on pop culture - from the news, to ads, to game shows, to superheroes. The Irrelevant Show has won Canadian Comedy awards (most for our sketch Bee Circus) and a medal for Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program at the prestigious New York festivals.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: General Interest
Building: Shaw Room: Salon 8/9 Feature (cap 700)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Authentic Evaluation Situations en français
As French teachers, we continuously try to find authentic ways for students to engage in the French language. This session will explore the value of learning and evaluation situations. These situations are geared to assess the four main competencies: listening, speaking, writing, and reading while using one main theme. I will provide examples of such learning and evaluating situations, and together we will collaborate in groups to create our own situations that would be relevant to our student groups. These situations can be easily adapted in order to best prepare students for the DELF exam. This session will be delivered in the French language.

Grade Level: Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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An Exploration of Prime Numbers to Help Build Numeracy Skills
Come along as we adventure through the history of prime numbers. Learn how developing a number sense and understanding of prime numbers can help you build numeracy skills in your mathematics classroom.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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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.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Centennial (cap 88- Tables)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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Welcoming the World. Refugees and Newcomers in Our Schools
Successful integration is a community effort in which teachers play a vital role. This is an introduction to a one-day course offered by Catholic Social Services, Immigration and Settlement Service. As the agency in Edmonton that re-settles government assisted refugees, CSS holds a unique expertise in the field of settlement and successful integration of newcomers and refugees. This introduction will discuss the refugee and newcomer experience as well as the basis of cultural differences.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Une prise de conscience phonologique: L’éveil de la lecture
La conscience phonologique joue un rôle essentiel dans l’apprentissage de la lecture. Elle est à la base de l'apprentissage de la lecture et de l’écriture en bas âge.  En plus, souvent les lecteurs ayant des défis de décodage, n’ont pas maîtrisé les connaissances antérieures qui facilitent le déchiffrage du code de sons et de symboles utilisé pour lire. Nous allons présenter sept habiletés de conscience phonologique propices à la réussite en lecture, des jeux et des activités qui renforceront ces habiletés écolières.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3)
Category: International Languages/ESL
Building: Westin Room: Chancellor (cap 60)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Personal Pension Interviews
At your personal 30-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to: •review your pension estimate(s) and options, and •discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms. To book an interview - https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Personal Pension Interviews
At your personal 30-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to: •review your pension estimate(s) and options, and •discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms. To book an interview - https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Personal Pension Interviews
At your personal 30-minute Pension Interview you will have the opportunity to: •review your pension estimate(s) and options, and •discuss the Steps to Retirement process and application forms. To book an interview - https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Director (pre-registered)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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8 Tools to Reduce Anxiety & Stress for Kids of All Ages
More than 25% of youth suffer from anxiety disorders. It is the number one mental health issue facing Canadians. Teachers need to have the skills to address these issues, support their students and their own well-being. 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.

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Wellness/Counselling
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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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.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: TQS - Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Building: Westin Room: Leduc (theatre 80)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Tales from Tanzania Pt. 1: Mayhem in the bush!
Join photographer / adventurer William Jans for an absurd travel tales in Tanzania. Part 1 of this wild live multimedia show includes safaris, a wild bush walk, and meeting the intriguing Hadza Bush Men (who speak with clicks), and the Datoga tribe known for ornate facial scarring. The shows are fast paced, informative, interactive and fun! Rave reviews from both media and general public.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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Tales from Tanzania Pt. 2: "Do I have to eat that?" (Dining with Massai & climbing Kili).
Photographer & adventurer William Jans absurd travel tales in Tanzania continue with stories about staying with Massai warriors (ever had goat spinal cord for breakfast?), and climbing Africa's highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro! This live multimedia show and has garnered rave reviews from both media and general public across Canada! Informative, and great fun. http://www.wrjphoto.com/shows/tales-from-tanzania/

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Manitoba (cap 294)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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What are the Issues Contributing to the Marginalization of Children and Youth in Today’s Society?
This presentation will act as a guide to understanding the issues facing marginalized young people in our society and strategies for educators to use to become successful in reaching this population. Some of the topics to be covered include the power of relationship development, emotional intelligence, identifying and nurturing talents. Developing self-esteem and resilience with reference to the Circle of Courage model will be a key part of the presentation.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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WHAT ARE THE KEY ELEMENTS INHERENT IN A SUCCESSFUL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM?
Done right, mentoring can be a powerful tool for connecting with at-risk youth. Underlying models and strategies that have guided successful mentoring efforts, past and present, are examined. Elements such as definition, tone, flexibility, selection/matching/preparation of mentors and mentees, relationship technology, talent spotting, and program evaluation will also be included in this presentation.

Grade Level: Div 3 (Grades 7-9) Div 4 (Grades 10-12)
Category: Diversity/Special Needs
Building: Westin Room: Saskatchewan (Theatre 264)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Art and Science of Teaching Math
As a mathematician and playwright, John Mighton believes there are more connections between the arts and the sciences than people think: "If the two worlds communicated more, we'd have much richer art and science as a result.” John will discuss his approach to education and effective methods of teaching mathematics that are backed by rigorous evidence. Connecting to the latest research in cognitive science, this research suggests that virtually every child can learn and love learning.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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

Grade Level: Div 1 (Grades 1-3) Div 2 (Grades 4-6) Div 3 (Grades 7-9)
Category: Mathematics
Building: Westin Room: Strathcona Room (Tables 80)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Excite, Engage and Empower Students!
If students are not learning the way that we are teaching them, then we must teach them the way that they learn. Different types of learners exist and they possess various modes of learning. For example, some students prefer to see the information while other prefer to hear it. Yet, other students learn best when there is physical activity or an emotional connection. Experience powerful instructional strategies designed to increase learning by teaching students the way that they learn!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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From Chaos to Calm: Clear, Concise Classroom Management Strategies
It has been said that “the best offense is a good defense.” Probably nowhere is this truer than when it comes to classroom management. Prevention is a key ingredient and this highly interactive training will explore research-based, practical and easy to implement strategies that are both clear and concise. Successful implementation of these strategies has been proven to decrease disruptive behavior, increase student success and empower educators!

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Global Warming and Democracy: Issues for Teachers
Teachers in science, social studies, and courses that specialize in the environment or politics will know that global warming is one of the defining issues of the 21st century. This presentation, based on the best-selling book Oil’s Deep State, provides background and an overview of the science of global warming and takes a critical look at the ways in which the oil industry has worked to influence public perception and government action on the issue. The presentation will focus on Alberta and will bring in examples from the federal government in Ottawa and from the United States.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Social Studies/Global Education
Building: Westin Room: Turner Valley (cap 100)
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

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The 411 on the TQS: What Teachers Need to Know About the New Teaching Quality Standard
By 2020, 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.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: General Interest
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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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.

Grade Level: All Grades / General
Category: Administration, Leadership
Building: Westin Room: Yukon BC Alberta
Friday, March 02, 2018 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM