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Thursday, March 7
 

9:00am

Filmmaking for Educators
Limited Capacity full
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This session is designed to teach teachers some of the fundamentals of filmmaking. These simple insights and tips will help your students make better films.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 131 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Your Pension Matters
Limited Capacity full
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A general overview of the Teachers' Pension Plan will be presented, and includes the following topics:
• ATRF services provided
• Registration and beneficiary requirements
• Pension, death, and refund benefits
• How to calculate your pension
• Retirement Procedures

Speakers
AP

ATRF Pension Counsellors

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
600 Barnett House, 11010 142 St NW, Edmonton


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 201 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Virtual Reality: Supporting Division I Students in Your Virtual Learning Commons
Limited Capacity seats available

Let the Online Reference Centre (ORC) become the keystone of your virtual learning commons and take away any concerns about young students using internet resources. With access to authoritative resources for Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, ESL, and FSL, the ORC can help enrich your curriculum and expand your learning commons to the virtual world. The ORC, a $1.2 million collection of digital resources, is licensed on behalf of all K-12 students, parents, school staff and pre-service teachers in Alberta. Join this session to learn about the wonderful resources available for young learners through the ORC, and how these resources make it easy for students to navigate the virtual world.

Speakers
EH

Erin Hansen

On behalf of The Alberta Library
#700, 10707 100 Ave



Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 135 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Get Real with Augmented and Virtual Realities
Limited Capacity full
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QR codes, Pokemon Go, Ingress, Zombies Run!, Google Street View, Expeditions. We’ve heard of one of these technology applications and may or may not have realized their amazing educational uses. This session will look at both Augmented and Virtual Reality applications. Participants should have a laptop/chromebook and mobile device that can be used to access resources. Connections will be made to the Alberta competencies, the Learning and Technology Policy Framework, and K-12 curriculum. Teachers will be able to see how these resources can be embedded in the learning environment. Information, activities, and lessons will all be made available for use.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lakusta

Nicole Lakusta

Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, PSD70
Nicole Lakusta is the Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division. Over the past 20 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. In her previous capacities... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 139 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

New.learnalberta.ca Curriculum Management Application
Limited Capacity filling up

Alberta Education is committed to providing teachers with the tools and resources they need to develop learning opportunities for their students. NewLearnAlberta.ca will enable teachers to interact with the curriculum in ways that were not previously possible. As part of the development and delivery of the new digital provincial curriculum, Alberta Education and the Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortium are providing training opportunities for teachers on the use of new LearnAlberta.ca, formerly known as the curriculum development management application (CDMA). This session will help teachers become familiar with the look, feel, and use of newLearnAlberta.ca as a tool for working with our curriculum. In addition, participants will learn more about how the My Boards section of newLearnAlberta.ca can assist teachers with organizing learning outcomes and planning for their students.

Please bring along a fully charged device. You will also require a new.learnalberta login pre-approved by your administrator.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Sheets

Bill Sheets

Curriculum Facilitator, Northwest Regional Learning Consortium
20+ years teaching, 11+ years in administration, Secondary Math/Drama, Guitar, Bluegrass, Officiating Volleyball, Football, Hockey


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 59 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Hacking the Writing Workshop: Redesign with Making in Mind
Limited Capacity full
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Agility matters. While our schools push for proficiency, the world continues to demand something
different. Something more. Something that seems ever-changing. The fact is that writing is so much
bigger than print today, and it’s changing shape minute by minute. When we fail to acknowledge the
changing shape of writing and the varied languages, mediums, and modalities that today’s writers
use to communicate their messages, we fail to help our students reach their full potential, too.
Creating a future-ready writing workshop doesn’t mean evading print, but it does require us to
pursue a far greater vision. This session will start the conversation and empower your early
beginnings.
Participants will explore:
● Three layers of design that help teachers transform their classrooms into
makerspaces for writers without spending a fortune
● Agile curriculum frameworks that invite student voice and choice
● Firestarters that integrate making and writing and invite loose parts play
● Instructional approaches that build stamina, elevate complexity, and generate high
quality work

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 53/58 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Fall in LOVE with Phonemic Awareness
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, participants will discover key instructional practices needed to solve the biggest reading problems early. What are the 14 key pieces to Phonemic Awareness? Learn those and set the stage for lifelong success in reading!

Speakers
avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant



Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA Theatre 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Tout est vraiment génial avec les LEGO® – littératie !
Limited Capacity seats available

Maintenant, même vos écrivains les plus réticents vont s’amuser à développer les compétences de base en écriture! En utilisant des briques et pièces LEGO®, des minifigurines, des planchettes et des applis, les élèves travaillent en collaboration pour créer des scènes visuelles. Ils les photographient, ils ajoutent du texte, ils les publient et ils les partagent avec d’autres. L’utilisation des LEGO permet de réduire le stress associé au syndrome de la page lorsqu’ils cherchent des idées. Êtes-vous prêts à avoir une classe d’élèves montrant un nouvel enthousiasme pour le processus d’écriture et démontrant de la fierté pour leur production finale? Cet atelier est pour vous!

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Education Consultant, Dominic P. Tremblay, Education Consultant


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 31 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Supporting Student Success Through Mentoring
Limited Capacity filling up

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.
• Share resources to support mentoring in schools

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 60 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Nice kid, works hard, can't read.
Limited Capacity full
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Reading is an automatic skill that good readers take for granted. Yet, for many students, reading is elusive. This informational session will help reduce the mysteries surrounding reading difficulties by examining the 'Simple View of Reading Model' (Gough & Tunmer, 1986). This increased awareness will serve as a guide while matching student needs with instructional practices and interventions.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 61 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Morgex Opening Keynote - Relationships: from babies, to marriages, to death (oh my)
Limited Capacity seats available

This is the heart of it all for me. I can talk about this for an hour or for an entire day. In this ever-changing talk, I aim to create an inspiring journey through developmental stages from babes to adolescents all the way into our later years. We will answer the most important question on the planet: “Am I worth it?”. Turns out, the only way each of us answers that question is in the context of relationship. And the biggest challenge facing each of us “these days” is that we’ve never been more disconnected, making it harder than ever to determine if we really, truly matter in this world. Through exploring the most recent research on attachment and emotional regulation, we will talk about some very practical things that are critical in first helping our children learn how to manage emotions and later what that looks like in our friendships, our marriages, and most importantly, with ourselves. This talk is one of the “basics” and is where I like to start when working with organizations. This talk originated in our work with educators. We’ve since tailored it in our work with everyone from police officers and emergency services personnel, foster parents, chid care providers, and anyone else who has relationships! We will talk about having an important “common language” between those of us who work together with some of the most difficult babes and families who need us the most, and how we might best be able to develop a network within our communities to do this effectively. This talk serves the groundwork to our philosophy. It is an amazing stand-alone option, but also is the necessary foundation for the other things that I like to talk about like trauma (funner than it sounds), grief (also can be funner than it sounds) and “compassion fatigue. Be ready for laughter and discussion as we navigate our way through this very important understanding and we learn together what it is your community needs the most.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Carrington

Jody Carrington

Chief of Happiness, Carrington & Company
Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada, and after 13 years (!) of post-secondary education, she took her first job on the Mental Health... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA Gym 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

HOW MANY DEGREES ARE IN A MARTIAN CIRCLE? Exploring Human -- and non-human -- questions in mathematics.
Limited Capacity full
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Who chose the number 360 for the count of degrees in a circle? Why that number? And why do mathematicians not like that number for mathematics? Why is the preferred direction of motion in mathematics counterclockwise when the rest of world naturally chooses clockwise? Why are fingers and single digit numbers both called digits? Why do we humans like the numbers 10, 12, 20, and 60 particularly so? Why are logarithms so confusing? Why is base e the “natural” logarithm to use? What happened to the vinculum? (Bring back the vinculum, I say!) Why did human circle-ometry become trigonometry? Let's spend a session together exploring tidbits from the human - and nonhuman - development of mathematics.

Speakers
avatar for James Tanton

James Tanton

Mathematician in Residence, Mathematical Association of America
James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 74/75 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Les stratégies personnelles, Math 3e à 6e
Limited Capacity seats available

Avez-vous des élèves qui ont de la difficulté avec l’emprunt et/ou la retenue? Si oui, venez voir les différentes stratégies qu’un élève peut utiliser pour arriver à la réponse d’une opération. C’est fascinant ce qu’on peut faire avec les maths!

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques depuis plusieurs années. Elle a travaillé comme conseillère pédagogique au sein du Conseil scolaire FrancoSud et au Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP) pendant plus d'une décennie. Auparavant, Renée a travaillé comme enseignante... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 137 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

You Had Me at Breakout!
Limited Capacity full
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Have you ever participated in an Escape Room where you had to solve a variety of clues to breakout of the room? Do you remember the excitement you felt when you unlocked another lock and were one step closer to escaping? You can bring that excitement to your classroom! Breakout games are designed to build problem-solving, collaborative, communication and critical thinking skills within your classroom. Breakouts can be used to review or even introduce concepts in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Health, and Music!

Speakers


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA Library 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Pilates for EveryBody
This will be an active session of instructed pilates with small props to facilitate proper movement patterns and good muscle development. These are exercises and stretches you can remember and take home to help in your every day. They can also be used in the classroom to help your students. Body weight exercise can be hard and challenging. Pilates is so good at working your stability muscles and core unlike many of the fitness trends out there currently. Come and see how pilates is not a yoga class!

Speakers
avatar for Tori Smith

Tori Smith

Owner/Physiotheapist, Adventure Physiotherapy
I love to help people move better through exercise and therapy. It is my passion to teach people more about their body in whichever way possible


9:00am

Moving from Inspiring to Requiring: Indigenous Education & the New Teaching Quality Standard
Limited Capacity full
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The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to demonstrate foundational knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit for the benefit of all students. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of reconciliation, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional Indigenous Education learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

Professional Development, Indigenous Education, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa Purcell is Dene and a member of Smith's Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and is the team lead for the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 73 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

9:00am

PRISM: Professionals Respecting Individual Sexual and Gender Minorities
Limited Capacity filling up

Schools are required to be welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that respect diversity and nurture a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self. This presentation supports teacher understanding of the issues of gender and sexual minority individuals. Teachers will learn strategies to build an inclusive school community (elementary and secondary) and to establish the support and operation of a gay–straight alliance, diversity club or antibullying club that promotes equality and nondiscrimination.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Buckley

Melanie Buckley

Association Instructor, ATA
Melanie is an Association Instructor and a is a teacher with Elk Island Public.


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 33 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Time Matters: The Difference Between Instructional and Assignable Time and How to Count It!
Limited Capacity full
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With all teachers in Alberta now covered by both instructional and assignable time clauses in their collective agreements, you and your colleagues may be asking what counts, what does not, and if you are within those time limitations. This session will give teachers the resources to determine what is instructional time and what is assignable time and how to calculate it.  The session will also review a teacher’s professional obligations that may extend beyond assigned time.

Speakers
avatar for James Gerun

James Gerun

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 70 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Share the Journey: Pope Francis’ Call to Walk
Limited Capacity seats available

Pope Francis has called us to Share the Journey with forced migrants and refugees by walking together. Join Development and Peace to learn about the causes of migration, the experiences and injustices facing refugees, and the practical steps to get our students and communities involved in this movement of the Global Church.


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 132 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

15 Steps to Classroom Utopia
Limited Capacity full
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What does “classroom management” look like in 2019? Climb the 15 steps to classroom utopia! Join this session to unpack 15 research-based, concrete tips gathered from dozens of experienced language teachers across Canada and the United States.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 34 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Unleash Student Voice and Student Choice
Limited Capacity full
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Tired of doing the same thing? So are you students. Learn how to effectively use technology with small groups, large groups and individualized instruction in an active learning environment. Explore ways to differentiate and use choice boards where students become better problem-solvers, more creative and more engage with the help of SMART Learning Suite Online.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Bean

Jody Bean

I have been in education for over 30 years. I enjoy finding ways to inspire greatness in teachers and students. I want to help teachers not work harder but work SMARTer. Finding ways to build relationships with students and to meet their needs while they are in my classroom is a... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 107 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Brushstrokes and Breezes: An Introduction to Silk Painting (DOUBLE SESSION)
Limited Capacity full
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Pre-Registration for this session has been closed because it is at capacity. You can only attend if you were one of the 15 attendees to register and pay the presenter.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
PWA 140 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Pointillism: Turning Dots Into A Painting (DOUBLE SESSION)
Limited Capacity full
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Pre-registration is required.  The cost is $15.  Please email the presenter at polskieradio@artiza.com to make arrangements for payment and to guarantee a spot in this session.

If you like dots and want to teach your students optical colour mixing, this is a perfect workshop for you! Using tempera paint, acrylics and watercolours, you will complete 2 art projects that are fun and a great learning tool for your students. We will follow the footsteps of Georges Seurat, the great pointillism master! Excellent for teachers of grades 4 - 12. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in your art classrooms. All supplies provided by instructor. 

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan is an artist – educator from Edmonton. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Bogdan is very versatile in terms of the subjects he undertakes. Using chiaroscuro and glazing techniques, Bogdan has come to specialize in painting murals and reproducing the works... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
GP Comp 22 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

High School Biology/Chemistry (DOUBLE SESSION)
Limited Capacity filling up

These two sessions will cover several different strategies which encourage student engagement in
learning. Activities will provide teachers with ideas in all science subjects. Teachers can use the
activities right away, develop new activities, and modify new activities to suit their students’ needs.
Materials are shared off our wikispace; playeducateinspire.pbworks.com. Games and overviews
developed recently address content which students find more difficult or challenging. Participants will
be prepared to play:
 Dice
 Puzzles
 Concept Cards
 Science Strips and Cups
 Models, Plays, and Poems
 Overviews, Relays, Review Mats

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Au

Peggy Au

Teacher, Ernest Manning High School
Peggy Au has been teaching for more than 23 years in Alberta. Sharing ideas which promote student engagement is one of her passions. Rachel Toews has been teaching in Calgary for over 21 years. She enjoys designing materials which engage students in a unique and creative way.



Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
PWA 112 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Roses Have Thorns: Becoming a Thoughtful Gardener (DOUBLE SESSION)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will explore the role of outreach schools within a school division, based upon my own experience as an outreach educator and administrator. We will examine the factors that drive outreach enrollment, as well as explore the appropriateness of outreach placements: the students for whom outreach is right, and the students for whom outreach is wrong. Drawing upon the example of my own school, I will discuss one delivery model for outreach education, as well as it's strengths, weaknesses, and broader application to small rural schools. A significant focus of the presentation will be the importance of trauma informed pedagogy, a strengths based approach to program planning, and the fostering of resiliency. Discussion and sharing of personal and professional experiences will be an important part of our arrival at a starting point upon which to build best practices based upon the research and the realities of our own community contexts. This session is suitable for administrators and teachers working with students for whom anxiety, acting out, and poor academic performance are ongoing issues.


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
GP Comp 32 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Why teachers and schools are the most important people to the future of sport & play! (Sponsored by Ever Active Schools) (DOUBLE SESSION)
 Free Footie helps 4,000 vulnerable kids in Edmonton play in a safe, inclusive and accessible environment at no cost to them or their families.Sport is not the focus, but a way for kids to make friends, have a sense of belonging and to work with great mentors.Soccer is the main game they play, but Free Footie has branched out to street hockey and basketball. It also offers "run, jump, play" sessions in physical literacy and is working to include rugby and flag football.Free Footie's success is intimately tied to the the amazing schools they have as partners.During it's peak season, Free Footie is working with approximately 60 schools from 3 different boards!Tim Adams is the founder of Free Footie and believes that schools as community hubs is the future of sport and play.His goal is to see sport flip from being evening based to becoming rooted as an after school activity with room for everyone, not just the top performers who often represent our schools.This is particularly true at the younger age groups where many parents are struggling to pay for after school care as well as sport registration fees.Tim sees a great opportunity for efficiencies to be made by using the schools as anchors for play. However, Tim believes firmly that we cannot do this by asking you, the amazing people working with our kids, to keep doing more.You need to be supported.He's advocating for a system change that not only benefits those kids from marginalized and vulnerable communities, but also busy families who are struggle to survive the daily grind of getting their kids to and from activities.Come here about Tim's plans for Free Footie and where the future of play and sport might be heading.

***Be prepared to have a little fun on the field and learn some basic games you can play with kids of all ages.***




Speakers
TA

Tim Adams

Free Footie


9:00am

Reading Comprehension Success! (DOUBLE SESSION)
Limited Capacity full
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As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes. Reading Comprehension Success: How to increase student achievement on Reading Comprehension Assessments The types of questions on Reading Comprehension assessments require specific skills. The skills can be categorized into 5 areas: Identify and Interpret Ideas and Details Interpret Text Organization Associate Meaning Make Connections Evaluate Unpacking each skill and understanding the curriculum outcomes, which align to each skill. Reviewing assessment questions which are aligned to each skill. Aligning assessment questions to each skill. Writing assessment questions that assess each skill. How to use the Reading Comprehension Success resource in the classroom and to guide student practice outside of the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres

Brigitta Goerres

Owner, Edu-Best Educational Resources
I have been involved in education for over 25 years. I have had the fortune of starting my career as a classroom teacher with the Elk Island Catholic School District immediately after graduating from the University of Alberta majoring in both English and Social Studies. I continued... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
GP Comp 56 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

FULL No longer accepting pre-reg for Emergency First Aid (Thursday)
Limited Capacity seats available

Pre-registration is required. This session is FULL.

During this 1-day, theory and scenario-based course, participants will learn to recognize and safely respond to home and work emergencies which focus on the A, B, C's of First Aid. Topics include dealing with the unconscious medical and trauma casualty who may have experienced a head-spinal injury, cuts, wounds, eye or burn. We will also focus on learning how to handle medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, seizures, and severe allergic reactions. Our day will end with learning and practicing the Chain of Survival when dealing with angina, heart attacks, and choking. CPR and AED Training is included. There will be a final exam. Pass mark is 70%. Successful completion of Day 1 exam and scenarios, is a prerequisite for participating in the 2-day Standard First Aid course. Cost: $90 . Full Day( 0830-1545 hours).

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Malina

Evelyn Malina

Owner, MT& C
I have been teaching First Aid for St. John Ambulance within schools, the industrial sector and also community service areas. My passion for First Aid and Humanitarian-Medical work has taken me across the globe from China, FSU, Outer and Inner Mongolia, and onto Israel. I remain certified... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 3:15pm
GP Comp 208 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Healthy Youth Relationships (FULL DAY)
Limited Capacity seats available

Through this workshop, you will explore your beliefs about youth relationships, and you will gain insight to how those beliefs may affect the way you communicate with youth. This workshop will provide you with a deeper understanding of emotional, physical and sexual assault as they arise in youth relationships. The challenges youth relationships are faced with in today’s technology-focused society will be examined, as well as how to foster healthy communication. This workshop will provide you with tools to use with youth in your life, and learn practical strategies to help a young person who is experiencing violence in a relationship. Through conversation and activities, this workshop will not only give you the information, but will teach you how you can apply the knowledge. Fee for this workshop is $20 a participant. Please call  780-539-6692  to register for this session.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 3:15pm
PWA 133 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

FULL - No longer accepting pre-reg for Standard First Aid (SFC/AED) 2 DAY SESSION
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Pre-registration is required. This session is FULL.

During this physically demanding 2-day course, teachers will use the skills and knowledge from their successful completion of Day 1 (EFA/AED) as a springboard for today's sessions and scenarios which will include Child and Infant Resuscitation, 2-Rescuer CPR/AED, wound care, chest and abdominal injuries followed by bone and joint injuries. Teachers will also learn how to deal with Environmental Injuries. Mental Health Awareness will continue to be presented throughout today's modules. Course Length 13 hours. (Teachers must register for both Day 1 Thursday and Day 2 Friday). and successfully complete the written exam (75%) in order to receive certification from St. John Ambulance. Cost: $110.

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Malina

Evelyn Malina

Owner, MT& C
I have been teaching First Aid for St. John Ambulance within schools, the industrial sector and also community service areas. My passion for First Aid and Humanitarian-Medical work has taken me across the globe from China, FSU, Outer and Inner Mongolia, and onto Israel. I remain certified... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm
GP Comp 205 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

7 Things You Could Start Next Week to Change the Assessment Culture in Your Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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Does conventional assessment work against your goal of building a classroom community that supports the well-being of all students? You CAN change the assessment culture in your classroom, and support learning while you’re at it. Explore some specific, practical assessment ideas that you can start implementing on Monday!

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

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


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 131 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Performance Assessments in the Science Lab
Limited Capacity seats available

The use of performance assessments in the chemistry laboratory present unique opportunities for formative assessment. They are authentic ways for students to demonstrate their abilities and can positively affect students’ attitudes toward the lab, their academic achievement, and upon the overall environment of the classroom. When used in conjunction with student self-assessment checklists performance assessments can also promote metacognitive activity. This session will present how to administer performance assessments of five basic lab skills and the benefits to the classroom that result. The lab skills that will be discussed are measuring mass using an electronic balance, measuring volume using a graduated cylinder, lighting a Bunsen burner, measuring volume using a pipet, and completing one trial of a titration. Although this session focuses on high school chemistry, the ideas discussed could easily be adapted to the physics, biology or general science classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Science Coordinator, Salisbury Composite High School
11716 29 ave NW


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 116 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Alberta Retired Teachers Association
Limited Capacity full
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Looking Ahead – By Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers
Presented by Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association
This one-hour presentation is designed for those who are considering retirement within 5 years, or who
are almost 65 years old. The realities of retirement are shared by a retiree, along with considerations
for a life that is not governed by the bell. The Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) is introduced
– what ARTA provides and the benefits of becoming a member.
While the presentation also briefly touches on retirement income considerations and your pension, this
presentation is not focused on your pension. Pension questions should be directed to the Alberta
Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF).
The balance of this presentation is focused on the Retiree Benefits Plan offered by ARTA – the health,
dental, and travel options; and how the plan is managed.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 202 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

CTS: Communication & Relationships
Limited Capacity filling up

A key theme that emerged from Beyond Appearances: Brief on the Main Issues Facing Girls in Canada (2013, Girls Action Foundation) was that no matter how mental health is measured and no matter what interpersonal relationship is the focus, adolescents with positive interpersonal relationships fare better in terms of mental health.

In this session, we will cover a variety of activities that can be done in a classroom setting (not gender specific) that promote improved communication skills in order to support positive relationships with others.

These activities can be connected to the CTS HRH Cluster, Health/Recreation/Human Services, to provide meaningful curriculum driven activities that promote positive mental health.

Come prepared to participate!

Speakers
avatar for Kate Thon

Kate Thon

Peace Wapiti Academy
In the eleven years that Kate has worked in the public school system, she has had diverse opportunities including programming for individual preschool students’ through to teaching high school classes. Currently, Kate serves as an Assistant Principal at Peace Wapiti Academy, a rural... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 136 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Active Global Projects: Making Relevant Connections using Technology
Limited Capacity full
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Are you interested in using various technology resources and tools to connect your students beyond the classroom walls? Come in and check the ways that you can easily get started or even add to your current repertoire. Connections will be made to the Alberta competencies, the Learning and Technology Policy Framework, and K-12 curriculum. Teachers will be able to see how these resources can be embedded in the learning environment. Information, activities, and lessons will all be made available for use.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lakusta

Nicole Lakusta

Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, PSD70
Nicole Lakusta is the Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division. Over the past 20 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. In her previous capacities... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 139 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Teaching from the Outside In: Attending to the Pedagogical Call of the Wild
Limited Capacity full
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Today, partly due to increased urbanization, over-scheduling of children, the lure of technology, and parental/societal fears, children are experiencing significantly less direct contact with the natural world.  Research is finding that there are multiple benefits if children can spend more time in green spaces (such as parks, gardens, and forested areas).  Besides developing greater ecological sensitivity in children, time spent in outdoor green spaces can decrease the symptoms of stress and anxiety, boost immune function, improve cognitive performance, lower rates of depression, and decrease the symptoms of ADHD. As children in “developed” nations become increasingly disconnected from the natural world, it is critical to ensure that direct experience with nature is integrated into school curricula; both for the well being of today’s children, and also for the world upon which they depend.  This presentation deals with two aspects which must be considered: the need to develop green spaces at Canadian schools, and the synergistic re-focussing of and support for teachers so they will take their students outside.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

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


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 55 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing
Limited Capacity full
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Assistive Technology for Learning (ATL) ranges from simple tools to complex systems used by students to actively engage in learning and to achieve their individual learning goals. In this session, an Occupational Therapist and experienced Inclusive Education teacher explore universal and specialized assistive technology tools for reading and writing, and how to support students in the classroom who use ATL. Specific topics that will be covered include: - Choosing appropriate ATL - Keyboarding for writing - Voice typing for writing - Word prediction for writing - Google extensions, apps, and add-ons - Assistive technology for reading including text-to-speech

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Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 61 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Make Writing: Engaging Your Most Print Resistant Writers
Limited Capacity full
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You know who I’m talking about: The kids who can’t sit still. The kids who refuse to put down print. The kids who claim to hate writing. You aren’t alone in your frustration, you know. Over the last two decades, I’ve worked with so, so many writers like this, in my own classroom and in my writing studio, too. Want to know what the most important thing I learned was? That I had a lot of learning to do. It all started when I admitted defeat, dropped my pencil and asked, “If you don’t want to write, then tell me: What would you rather be doing?” That’s when my most resistant writers became my greatest teachers. They taught me a great deal, and I’d love to share my learning with you. Participants in this session will gain: ● A deeper understanding of the maker movement and why it’s important to create future-ready writing workshops and classrooms ● Low budget supply lists and all of the inspiration you’ll need to create tinker trays, totes, and tool buckets with purposeful intention ● Mini-Lessons and instructional approaches that will help you make great use of those tools while elevating the writing process, craft, and form ● An awareness of five specific approaches that integrate making and writing in every content area and grade level ● Promising practices that help transition your most print resistant writers from making to the written word without too much turbulence

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Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 53/58 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Word Work at it's best!
Limited Capacity full
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In this session, participants will practice numerous ways to manipulate and play with words. Participants will increase their resource bank with some of the best word study activities available.

Speakers
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Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant



Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA Theatre 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Grammaire nouvelle
Limited Capacity seats available

Allez au-delà de la mémorisation et apprenez à enseigner la grammaire française de façon à inculquer une compréhension approfondie de la structure sous-jacente de la langue. Cette nouvelle approche est basée sur la syntaxe et la sémantique de la phrase. L’atelier intègre aussi de multiples technologies, y compris les tableaux numériques, les iPad® et les ordinateurs.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Education Consultant, Dominic P. Tremblay, Education Consultant


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 31 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Building Strong Relationships and Community through Restorative Practice
Limited Capacity filling up

Restorative practice is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within schools and communities. Restorative practice is grounded in a way of thinking and being. This session will explore how implementing a restorative practice framework in your classroom and school can strengthen relationships with and among students, build social capital and repair harm as a way of building community. Restorative practices have been shown to support welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments as required in Alberta's School Act and also support several of the competencies and indicators described in the new Teacher Quality Standard and Leadership Quality Standard. Creating an environment where all students belong and are engaged is the foundation for learning.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 60 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Injury Reduction and Sport Injury Management
Overview on new research developments at reducing common sport related injuries as well as how to manage them. Focus will be on sports played within the school program.

Speakers
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Brian Sherk

Physiotherapist, Adventure Physiotherapy
Brian received his Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta in 2011. He is interested in sports medicine topics and works with a variety of athletes; assisting in their recovery from injury and helping them develop practical solutions to reduce future injuries. Attendees... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 57 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Moving From Circle Time to Morning Meeting - Language Expansion Activities for the Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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This session will provide an overview of the Expanding Expressions Tool (EET) by Sara L. Smith. The EET is a graphic organizer that provides structure by using coloured beads associated with different descriptors (e.g., Green-Group, Pink-Parts). It can support language development and vocabulary expansion in the classroom. We will go over different ways to implement the EET throughout regular classroom routines, and how this might change as a student progresses from PreK to elementary school, and even into junior high.


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 119 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning- the PATHS Program
Limited Capacity full
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Today’s schools serve a diverse array of students with varied abilities and motivations for learning. Some students are academically and socially successful while others struggle. In addition, mental health problems and deficits in social and emotional competence complicate learning and disrupt social connection. There is increased demand on school professionals to implement effective educational approaches that promote academic success, enhance health, and prevent problem behaviors (Greenberg, M. T., Weissberg, R. P., O’Brien, M. U., Zins, J. E., Fredericks, L., Resnik, H., & Elias, M. J. 2003). Social and emotional programs that are based in research, that are coordinated among all school staff, monitored, evaluated, and improved over time have greater impact on student academic success and social behavior. The PATHS® program is an elementary school curriculum that has been shown to significantly improve children's social and emotional skills. Social and emotional competence is a master skill that underlies both effective behavior and academic success. This interactive workshop will focus on the primary concepts and strategies of the PATHS® program.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 134

10:30am

Morgex Opening Keynote - Relationships: from babies, to marriages, to death (oh my)
Limited Capacity seats available

This is the heart of it all for me. I can talk about this for an hour or for an entire day. In this ever-changing talk, I aim to create an inspiring journey through developmental stages from babes to adolescents all the way into our later years. We will answer the most important question on the planet: “Am I worth it?”. Turns out, the only way each of us answers that question is in the context of relationship. And the biggest challenge facing each of us “these days” is that we’ve never been more disconnected, making it harder than ever to determine if we really, truly matter in this world. Through exploring the most recent research on attachment and emotional regulation, we will talk about some very practical things that are critical in first helping our children learn how to manage emotions and later what that looks like in our friendships, our marriages, and most importantly, with ourselves. This talk is one of the “basics” and is where I like to start when working with organizations. This talk originated in our work with educators. We’ve since tailored it in our work with everyone from police officers and emergency services personnel, foster parents, chid care providers, and anyone else who has relationships! We will talk about having an important “common language” between those of us who work together with some of the most difficult babes and families who need us the most, and how we might best be able to develop a network within our communities to do this effectively. This talk serves the groundwork to our philosophy. It is an amazing stand-alone option, but also is the necessary foundation for the other things that I like to talk about like trauma (funner than it sounds), grief (also can be funner than it sounds) and “compassion fatigue. Be ready for laughter and discussion as we navigate our way through this very important understanding and we learn together what it is your community needs the most.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Carrington

Jody Carrington

Chief of Happiness, Carrington & Company
Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada, and after 13 years (!) of post-secondary education, she took her first job on the Mental Health... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA Gym 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Seeing Stars: Transforming Your Classroom for Division II Students with the ORC
Limited Capacity seats available

Rev up your Division III and IV STEAM and Secondary Humanities learning with the Online Reference Centre (ORC). Accessible from anywhere with an internet connection, the ORC is a $1.2 million collection of authoritative, digital resources licensed on behalf of all K-12 staff, students and parents in Alberta. ORC resources are readily mapped to the Alberta curriculum and offer support for everything from Career and Technology Studies, Fine Arts, Mathematics, and Science, to English Language Arts and Social Studies. With the ORC, students can learn about marine biology, technical trades, and even visual arts, all from right within their home, classroom, or library.

Speakers
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Erin Hansen

On behalf of The Alberta Library
#700, 10707 100 Ave



Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 135 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Exploring GRAPHING with Deep Understanding and Deep Joy.
Limited Capacity full
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What does it mean to graph an equation? To graph a function? To graph a sequence? Are these graphs philosophically the "same" as the graphs scientists and staticians draw when displaying data? The answer is yes! Every graph one draws in middle-school and high-school mathematics is simply a scatter plot. We don't tend to call them that. But if one has that simple idea in mind, then so much of the angst we experience on matters of graphing simply dissipates. We'll explore this idea in the workshop, and then discuss beautiful and de-cluttered ways to think about graphing special functions (polynomial and quadratic functions, trigonometric functions, and more, if time allows).

Speakers
avatar for James Tanton

James Tanton

Mathematician in Residence, Mathematical Association of America
James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 74/75 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Le sens du nombre par le jeu, M à 3e
Limited Capacity seats available

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 une portée éducationnelle voulue. Soyez de la partie! (Tous les jeux présentés seront mis à la disposition des participants via Google Drive.)

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques depuis plusieurs années. Elle a travaillé comme conseillère pédagogique au sein du Conseil scolaire FrancoSud et au Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP) pendant plus d'une décennie. Auparavant, Renée a travaillé comme enseignante... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 137 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

You Had Me at Breakout!
Limited Capacity full
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Have you ever participated in an Escape Room where you had to solve a variety of clues to breakout of the room? Do you remember the excitement you felt when you unlocked another lock and were one step closer to escaping? You can bring that excitement to your classroom! Breakout games are designed to build problem-solving, collaborative, communication and critical thinking skills within your classroom. Breakouts can be used to review or even introduce concepts in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Health, and Music!

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Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA Library 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Run Walk Club
Join Ever Active Schools for an information session, followed by an active warm-up, sample running games and a short run/walk that you can use in your PE class, for DPA or with your school's fun run and walk club. Ever Active Schools has worked with the Alberta Medical Association for a number of years to host a free and flexible Youth Run Club program that has hit over 500 schools in Alberta. You can register any existing or new program at your school, get some cool finisher prizes for all students who participate, and receive access to great coach training videos and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


10:30am

Addressing Learning Disabilities in the Inclusive Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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Participants will consider the broad range of students who may have learning difficulties and engage in activities that simulate some of the most common challenges (visual, hearing, motor coordination, conceptual and organizational, and social disabilities). The workshop provides resources, basic strategies and other interventions to begin to address these conditions, but does not examine severe disabilities.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Buckley

Melanie Buckley

Association Instructor, ATA
Melanie is an Association Instructor and a is a teacher with Elk Island Public.


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 33 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Teacher and Administrator International Exchanges- 2 Week and 1 Year Exchanges
Limited Capacity full
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Exchanges are a unique and truly interactive professional peer-to-peer development opportunity for teachers and school administrators to collaborate within their profession. Open the door and get out of your comfort zone, engage in meaningful conversations and experience first- hand how your colleagues around the globe engage with best practices. See how other systems approach matters such as inclusion, indigenous ways of knowing, second language learning, remote and rural education. For the short term exchange, you are hosted by your exchange partner for 2 weeks, and you then reciprocate by hosting the overseas teacher. For full year exchanges you switch homes and positions for the entire year. Destinations include Australia, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and Iceland. Please join us for a session on exchange opportunities to shake things up and sail your ship in the direction of global citizenship and international community building.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Freed

Carolyn Freed

Exchange Liaison, Alberta Teachers' Association
Carolyn Freed is the Educator Exchange Liaison for the International Education Exchange Program. With a background in Communications and Technology, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities to learn from and with each other.


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 70 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Change the world?! Yes... really!!
Limited Capacity seats available

We have heard many times that our faith invites us to love our neighbour. Did you know that it also has practical guides on HOW to go about this work of social justice? Join Development and Peace and learn the difference between charity and justice, and gain dynamic tools to engage students in social justice. Through methods that are faith-based, studied and proven to be effective in real-world development, experience how our faith changes the way we approach doing good in the world!


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 132 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Language Teacher on a Mission
Limited Capacity filling up

Engage your students in an Amazing Race-inspired compliment of activities that students can do individually, in pairs or as a class. Good for in-class or for homework! Experience some of these French missions for yourself, create your own, and discuss possible applications for your language classroom and for students’ homes.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 34 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Editorial Cartoons for Social Studies
Limited Capacity full
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The focus of my of this session is critical thought and source analysis for current event cartoons. I use a smart board to present different cartoons based on current events and describe the formulas and techniques used to produce each one. From there, I engage the class in group discussions on either current events or I tie it into what they are covering in Social Studies.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 59 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Unleash Student Voice and Student Choice
Limited Capacity full
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Tired of doing the same thing? So are you students. Learn how to effectively use technology with small groups, large groups and individualized instruction in an active learning environment. Explore ways to differentiate and use choice boards where students become better problem-solvers, more creative and more engage with the help of SMART Learning Suite Online.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Bean

Jody Bean

I have been in education for over 30 years. I enjoy finding ways to inspire greatness in teachers and students. I want to help teachers not work harder but work SMARTer. Finding ways to build relationships with students and to meet their needs while they are in my classroom is a... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 107 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Individual Pension Interviews - FULL
THERE ARE NO MORE INTERVIEW TIMES AVAILABLE.

Individual Pension Interviews
Teachers MUST register for their 15 minute interview online  -https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C&fbclid=IwAR0Yha59m5RokClXPyO61yxa6-mSj-_kMqRsAzH-gqiUse3zXy__7II8fbY
Please be aware that you will need specific documents for the interview. The Convention venues will not photocopy for you.

Speakers
AP

ATRF Pension Counsellors

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
600 Barnett House, 11010 142 St NW, Edmonton


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm
GP Comp 206 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Individual Pension Interviews - FULL
THERE ARE NO MORE INTERVIEW TIMES AVAILABLE.

Individual Pension Interviews
Teachers MUST register for their 15 minute interview online  -https://mypension.atrf.com/virtual/interviews/default.asp?mInterviewType=C&fbclid=IwAR0Yha59m5RokClXPyO61yxa6-mSj-_kMqRsAzH-gqiUse3zXy__7II8fbY
Please be aware that you will need specific documents for the interview. The Convention venues will not photocopy for you.

Speakers
AP

ATRF Pension Counsellors

Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund
600 Barnett House, 11010 142 St NW, Edmonton


Thursday March 7, 2019 10:30am - Friday March 8, 2019 3:15pm
GP Comp 201 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Grief and Loss in the Classroom
Limited Capacity full
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Unexpected things happen every day in our lives and in the lives of our students. Unfortunately, at some point you will be affected by grief and/or loss in your classroom communities. During this session we bring you some ideas on how to deal with the immediate crisis and how you can help support students through celebrations and events in the long term. We will also introduce you to the Grief Box and how you use it the classroom to support grieving children/families. The Grief Boxes have now been implemented in every school in PWSD. You will have a chance to look at a box and given a resource list, so you can create one for your own classroom.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 136 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

General Science Focus
Limited Capacity full
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The session encourages a hands-on approach to learning. The activities are active and designed to encourage student collaboration. The assessments used build confidence and understanding of more difficult science concepts. A variety of activities will be introduced in general science, chemistry, biology, and physics program of studies. Session participants need to be prepared to participate in an engaged and motivated way.

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Au

Peggy Au

Teacher, Ernest Manning High School
Peggy Au has been teaching for more than 23 years in Alberta. Sharing ideas which promote student engagement is one of her passions. Rachel Toews has been teaching in Calgary for over 21 years. She enjoys designing materials which engage students in a unique and creative way.



Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 112 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

But You Don’t Know What MY Class is Like! Accepting the Challenge of Differentiated Assessment
Limited Capacity full
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It’s clear that Alberta classrooms are becoming more diverse every year, and this can create some assessment challenges. How can we differentiate assessment in a way that is effective, manageable, and equitable? Differentiated assessment can work – in every classroom!

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AAC Facilitator

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


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 131 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

The 5E Learning Cycle in the Science Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

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 has been around for almost 30 years, and so is a well-established approach to science instruction that you may not have heard of before. It's a constructivist teaching strategy grounded in research that is consistent with cognitive theories of learning. Plus, it offers a practical lesson planning structure and is a way to approach instruction in a meaningful way. This session will introduce you to the 5E model and encourage you to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate!

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Science Coordinator, Salisbury Composite High School
11716 29 ave NW


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 116 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

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

Speakers
TR

Tenjie Railey

Administrative Coordinator, ASEBP
Tenjie Railey is a benefit specialist who has been with ASEBP. Tenjie assists covered members with their benefit inquiries, educates members on how to effectively use their benefit plan and spending accounts and advises members on the benefit options for early retirement and leaves... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 202 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Stolen Drama Games
Limited Capacity filling up

In a value-pack of professional development, you get 2 sessions for the price of one! Participants will learn a metric ton of drama games they can use in their classroom on Monday, and also learn the basics of broadcasting their creations on the internet including the use of green screen technology. With participant permission, portions of this session may be livestreamed.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Hogan

Terry Hogan

Vice Principal
Terry Hogan is a vice principal in Peace River AB, and a father to 4 kids. All of his best teaching ideas were stolen from the great teachers he has had the good fortune to observe over the years. His former students include: a Miss Rodeo Canada, a winner of the Griffin award for... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 153 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Creative Thinkers and Designers: Making in the Classroom
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Come check out how you can use the Creative Learning Spiral (imagine - create - play - share - reflect - imagine) to help students develop as creative thinkers. We’ll look at various Makerspace, Coding and low - high tech tools and resources that can maximize creative time. Connections will be made to the Alberta competencies, the Learning and Technology Policy Framework, and K-12 curriculum. Teachers will be able to see how these resources can be embedded in the learning environment. Information, challenges, and lessons will all be made available for use.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lakusta

Nicole Lakusta

Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, PSD70
Nicole Lakusta is the Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division. Over the past 20 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. In her previous capacities... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 139 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Alberta Education Curriculum Update
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We're two years into 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 are finalized and implementation activities have begun! Meanwhile, the development of Grade 5-12 learning outcomes continues. This session will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the new curriculum and its implementation with colleagues; ask questions and provide feedback to Alberta Education officials; and hear from Alberta Teachers' Association staff about resources and professional development activities you can access to increase your readiness.


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 33 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Teacher and Administrator International Exchanges- 2 Week and 1 Year Exchanges
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Educator exchanges are a unique professional peer-to-peer development opportunity for teachers and school administrators to collaborate within their profession. The opportunity to experience one’s vocation in a different location opens the door to new practices and perspectives. Teacher exchanges allow educators to experientially gain insight into teaching methods practiced elsewhere, and how other systems approach matters such as inclusion, indigenous ways of knowing, second language learning, remote and rural education. Collaborative international initiatives build programs that benefit students, administrators and teachers, and help foster understanding between peoples and countries. For the short term exchange, you are hosted by your exchange partner for 2 weeks, and you then reciprocate by hosting the overseas teacher. For full year exchanges you switch homes and positions for the entire year. Please join us for a session on exchange opportunities to sail your ship in the direction of global citizenship and international community building.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Freed

Carolyn Freed

Exchange Liaison, Alberta Teachers' Association
Carolyn Freed is the Educator Exchange Liaison for the International Education Exchange Program. With a background in Communications and Technology, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities to learn from and with each other.


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 70 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Loose Parts Play at Recess
Loose Parts Play is a child directed form of play that gives children the opportunity to explore the boundaries of their imaginations. Using cost effective recycled items, children develop skills in creativity, collaboration, problem solving and physical literacy. During this session, delegates will explore the multiple benefits of Loose Parts Play for children’s well-being and development all while diving into play with a sample Loose Parts Play Kit. The practicalities of implementing this in your school or community program will be discussed, and resources to support will be introduced.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


12:30pm

Indigenous culture in the music classroom
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Integrating Indigenous culture is not just for social studies teachers! There exist rich possibilities for music that enhance musical skills and concepts, as well as integrate literacy through an Indigenous lens. This workshop will present various ways that teachers and students can explore Indigenous culture and worldviews through music and movement. Teachers will leave with ready-to-use lesson ideas, songs, further resource suggestions in both French and English, and the confidence to integrate Indigenous perspectives into their music classroom. This workshop will focus primarily on curricular outcomes from K-6, but teachers of all grades stand to benefit from the material presented.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Nickonchuk

Sarah Nickonchuk

Teacher
M.Ed with a passion for language, culture, and music. After getting my B.Ed from the U of A in 2005, I have taught in both francophone and French immersion programs in Alberta, taken 6 years off to have children, worked as a k-9 music specialist, completed my M.Ed, and set up shop... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 87 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

12:30pm

Assessing Writers: Moving Writers While Managing Your Paper Load
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How heavy is that bag your carrying home each evening? How tall is that stack of papers on your dining
room table? Are you sacrificing significant time to grading only to have your feedback fully ignored? Are
you uncomfortable with the way you’re constructing and reporting grades? Are you eager to find an
approach that motivates your students and protects your personal time? I have some ideas for you.
Participants in this session will:
● Learn how to scaffold and stagger tasks in order to lighten paper load
● Plan to provide high quality feedback to writers in a timely manner, painlessly, and at just-right
times, in order to move them forward
● Adopt new approaches for assessing and drawing meaningful conclusions about student work
without sacrificing too much personal time
● Examine powerful interventions and consider when and how to apply them
● Consider how to make writers less grade dependent, even inside of traditional systems that
require grades for reporting purposes

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 53/58 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Are you cut out to teach FLUENCY?
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Did you know that teaching fluency begins early in Grade 1? In this interactive and entertaining session, explore a number of creative and fun ways to get students reading more fluently.

Speakers
avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant



Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA Theatre 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Balladodiffusion
Limited Capacity seats available

Lorsque les élèves n’ont plus le trac causé par des présentations orales formelles, ils sont capables de ralentir et de mieux articuler. C’est l’objectif de l’atelier de baladodiffusion : donner aux élèves le contrôle, de sorte qu’ils aient confiance en leur capacité à produire des émissions en baladodiffusion de grande qualité tout en démontrant leur compréhension d’un sujet donné. Avec la capacité de contrôler tous les aspects de la production, y compris l’intonation, le débit et le volume, les élèves auront un environnement moins intimidant pour transmettre efficacement leur message grâce à la baladodiffusion. Ils seront également initiés à la réalité augmentée par le biais des clips audio! Les enseignants seront alors en mesure de fournir aux élèves une rétroaction sous forme de commentaires audio pour une évaluation au service de l’apprentissage. Développez une passion pour la littératie ou tout autre sujet grâce à cet atelier sur la baladodiffusion.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Education Consultant, Dominic P. Tremblay, Education Consultant


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 31 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Allergen and Gluten Management in the Classroom
This session will provide an overview of food allergies and celiac disease. Participants will learn strategies to set up a classroom environment to minimize the risk of accidental consumption of or cross contamination with food allergens or gluten. Case studies will provide an opportunity to discuss various examples including snacks & lunches, special events and crafts that contain food(s).

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Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 60 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Nice kid, works hard, can't read.
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Reading is an automatic skill that good readers take for granted. Yet, for many students, reading is elusive. This informational session will help reduce the mysteries surrounding reading difficulties by examining the 'Simple View of Reading Model' (Gough & Tunmer, 1986). This increased awareness will serve as a guide while matching student needs with instructional practices and interventions.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 61 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Compassion Fatigue
Limited Capacity seats available

As we are expected to “do more with less” in this world of increasing disconnection, our employees are becoming more and more tired of giving, particularly in professions where we hold people with trauma histories. Some would say, however, that we are wired for compassion and that you cannot tire of the things we are born to do. We can, however, be triggered by our own stories, and when we have no where to put that “stuff”, we can’t do our jobs like we used to do. We can’t “show up” like we used to. And we start to wonder “what’s wrong with me”. What I know for sure is that we cannot serve from an empty vessel. This day will involve a discussion about how we need to look after each other if we can ever hope to assist the children and families we serve and teach. How do we rally the “village” to be the best we can be? This session typically follows the Day One on Relationships. If you would like more information on how “compassion fatigue” might be affecting your staff or organization, please be in touch, as I would love to visit you and your team.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Carrington

Jody Carrington

Chief of Happiness, Carrington & Company
Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada, and after 13 years (!) of post-secondary education, she took her first job on the Mental Health... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA Gym 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Full Steam Ahead: Supporting STEAM and Secondary Humanities with the ORC
Limited Capacity seats available

Let the Online Reference Centre (ORC) become the keystone of your virtual learning commons and take away any concerns about young students using internet resources. With access to authoritative resources for Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, ESL, and FSL, the ORC can help enrich your curriculum and expand your learning commons to the virtual world. The ORC, a $1.2 million collection of digital resources, is licensed on behalf of all K-12 students, parents, school staff and pre-service teachers in Alberta. Join this session to learn about the wonderful resources available for young learners through the ORC, and how these resources make it easy for students to navigate the virtual world.

Speakers
EH

Erin Hansen

On behalf of The Alberta Library
#700, 10707 100 Ave



Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 135 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Building Additive Thinking
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Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies rather than additive strategies. How do we support them in developing more effective strategies? During this session, we will explore: · a variety of additive strategies

· ways of using manipulatives to develop deeper understanding, and

· strategies for moving from concrete to abstract representations


Speakers


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA Library 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Exploring EXPONENTS & LOGARITHMS with Deep Understanding and Deep Joy.
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Scottish mathematician John Napier (1550-1617) conducted an astounding service to mankind: he freed the science of the Renaissance from the shackles of long multiplication! Believe it or not, scholars of the 1500s were seriously stymied by pencil and paper calculations, in particular, long multiplication and long division computations. And it was not until the invention of Napier's "logarithms" that significant progress in science could be made. Unfortunately, it wasn't until another 100 years had passed that scholars realised that Napier's logarithms were really just the the simpler concept of exponents in disguise. But by then the name "logarithm" had stuck and the manner in which we teach them is often still opaque and mysterious to students. Also, the original motivation for logarithms is now moot - we can do very complex multiplication and division computations with ease on computers. So why are we still teaching logarithms today?

Speakers
avatar for James Tanton

James Tanton

Mathematician in Residence, Mathematical Association of America
James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 74/75 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Comment y arriver autrement? Math 4e à 6e
Limited Capacity seats available

Les élèves comprennent le rôle et l’importance de la pratique en mathématiques. Toutefois, ils en ont assez des exercices du manuel de l’élève. Cette session a pour but d’outiller l’enseignant d’une variété d’activités. Pour ce faire, les participants auront la chance de visiter et de vivre des activités riches qui ont le pouvoir d’engager les élèves différemment que par le papier et crayon. Une discussion sur l’approche et la différenciation s’ensuivra afin de rejoindre la grande variété d’apprenants dans votre classe. (Les activités seront mises à la disposition des participants via Google Drive.)

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques depuis plusieurs années. Elle a travaillé comme conseillère pédagogique au sein du Conseil scolaire FrancoSud et au Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP) pendant plus d'une décennie. Auparavant, Renée a travaillé comme enseignante... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 137 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

A User Friendly Resource For Elementary Classroom Music
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Have you been asked to teach your own class music? Teaching music is a fun and creative assignment however having to teach music within a classroom can present many challenges. I am excited to be able to share some of my ideas with you that you can take back to any classroom and immediately implement with your students, no matter what your musical background.

Speakers
avatar for Adele Lowen

Adele Lowen

Teacher, PWSD


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 32 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Introduction to teaching Arctic Sports
Back ground to what Arctic Sports is and a bit of the background. Demonstration of some of the Arctic Sport events and break down on how to introduce some of the events and teach them.


12:30pm

Instructional Leadership to Optimize Student Learning and Staff Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Research tells us that the role of the principal as instructional leader is an extremely important one in today’s schools. In this workshop, participants will look at ways to build staff capacity, cultivate positive school culture and environment, foster strong relationships and support evidence-informed teaching practices.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Tisdale

Ian Tisdale

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 73 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

12:30pm

The Dark Side of the Force and the Problem of Evil
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This session examines a central conundrum in theology, the problem of evil, by putting voices from classical theism into dialogue with the ideas in play in George Lucas's world of Star Wars. Specific attention is given to the Dark Side of the Force and how it sheds light on articulating distinctions between good and evil. Put another way, we consider how St. Augustine would understand Darth Vader and the Sith in particular and Lucas’s vision of the Force, the Dark Side, and good and evil in general.

Speakers
GM

Gerard Mclarney

Dr. McLarney teaches at J H Picard School in Edmonton and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores St. Augustine's... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 132 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Starting is the Beginning to Big Winning
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Where you end usually depends on where you start. How do you start each class? Bell work, bell-ringers, Dailies, convo starters, games, songs? Experience tried and true starters guaranteed to engage students and direct their focus towards your end goals of teaching languages.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 34 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

How to draw editorial cartoons
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I will demonstrate and draw current event cartoons. Then the participants get to draw their own cartoons. In terms of equipment required, I use a smart board, computer with a jpeg viewer and a whiteboard or easel for demonstration. The participants use blank 8.5 by 11 inch blank paper, pencils and erasers. We then review what the participants create and see if they incorporated what they've learned.

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 59 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

How to use critical thinking to counter conspiracy theories and yellow journalism (fake news)
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Chances are, your students are more likely to consume news on the web or social media.  As we know, this  creates challenges in the classroom and society.   Participants in this session will learn the historical background of misleading news stories, conspiracy theories, and false flags and then classroom ready examples of how we can teach and use critical thinking and logic to counter such stories.  

Speakers
avatar for Derrick Potosky

Derrick Potosky

Social Studies Department Head, CSHS
Derrick Potosky is a social studies teacher and department coordinator at Charles Spencer High in Grande Prairie Alberta.


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 55 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

LEVEL UP! Using Student Engagement to Raise the Level of Learning
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Learn to leverage that power of SMART Learning Suite to build collaborative learning experiences for your students. Introduction to activities and assessments: Engaging tools that leveraging gamification to make learning fun.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Bean

Jody Bean

I have been in education for over 30 years. I enjoy finding ways to inspire greatness in teachers and students. I want to help teachers not work harder but work SMARTer. Finding ways to build relationships with students and to meet their needs while they are in my classroom is a... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 107 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

POP ART: PRINTMAKING FOR THE YOUNG ARTISTS (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Pre-registration is required.  The cost is $10.  Please email the presenter at polskieradio@artiza.com to make arrangements for payment and to guarantee a spot in this session.

If you like Pop Art, you need to register in this workshop right away! You will learn how to create colourful, funky prints in the easy way while working work on multiple layers. This will become your students’ favourite art project! Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in the art classroom. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4 - 12. All supplies provided by instructor. 

Speakers
avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan is an artist – educator from Edmonton. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Bogdan is very versatile in terms of the subjects he undertakes. Using chiaroscuro and glazing techniques, Bogdan has come to specialize in painting murals and reproducing the works... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 22 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Reading Comprehension Success! (DOUBLE SESSION) REPEAT
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As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes. Reading Comprehension Success: How to increase student achievement on Reading Comprehension Assessments The types of questions on Reading Comprehension assessments require specific skills. The skills can be categorized into 5 areas: Identify and Interpret Ideas and Details Interpret Text Organization Associate Meaning Make Connections Evaluate Unpacking each skill and understanding the curriculum outcomes, which align to each skill. Reviewing assessment questions which are aligned to each skill. Aligning assessment questions to each skill. Writing assessment questions that assess each skill. How to use the Reading Comprehension Success resource in the classroom and to guide student practice outside of the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres

Brigitta Goerres

Owner, Edu-Best Educational Resources
I have been involved in education for over 25 years. I have had the fortune of starting my career as a classroom teacher with the Elk Island Catholic School District immediately after graduating from the University of Alberta majoring in both English and Social Studies. I continued... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 56 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Links Between Social Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practice (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Childhood trauma exerts profound effects on overall human development: emotional, behavioural, social, cognitive and physical. The “Links between Social Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practice” workshop explores evidence-based practices to support educators in building students’ strengths and abilities. The principles discussed are informed by Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model and the PATHS® program. Principles discussed apply to all students, not just those with developmental trauma. Participants can expect to develop greater insight to their role in improving a child's capacity to calm their bodies, regulate emotions, build social capacity, and improve daily functioning. Educator wellness, including social-emotional factors, is important in promoting positive developmental outcomes for students.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
PWA 134

12:30pm

NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS - Learn to Luge, Ski or Snowboard with Nitehawk
Limited Capacity seats available

NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

This session will provide an overview of the variety of outdoor recreation opportunities that Nitehawk has to offer to your students year-round. Participants will be given a presentation highlighting all activities available, an explanation of the importance of outdoor recreation to the mental & physical development of students and an overview of the Student Experience when visiting our community owned non-profit facility. Participants will then be provided with instruction and an opportunity to try either luge, snowboarding or skiing. This will be offered on a first come first serve basis, following the presentation. Participants will be required to sign-up in advance so that we can staff them accordingly. Participants are also welcome stay after the session to spend the afternoon Skiing or Snowboarding, with Lift Tickets & Rental Equipment included. For those that aren't able to stay a Free Lift Ticket Day Voucher will be provided to give you a chance to visit our facility on another day.  

Speakers
JC

Johnathan Clarkson

Asst. General Morning, Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park


Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
Nitehawk 6356 Township Rd 702, Grande Prairie County No. 1

12:30pm

Using Games to Develop Cross Country Ski Skills (DOUBLE SESSION)
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This session will introduce the basic skills that students will require to cross country ski.  The session will include games that can be used to teach these skills in a fun way.   Participants will learn the sequence of skills that will assist in learning. The session will be on snow.  Please bring your own skis.  If you don't have your own skis rentals will be available.  Stephanie and Doris are keen advocates of getting students outdoors and active.  Both have taught adult lessons and have been Jackrabbit leaders at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club. They also have taught skiing to students at their schools. 
If you are interested in waxing skis or general maintenance of your ski equipment our waxing guru, Randy Hopkins, will be available to lead you through the steps!
A map  is on the webpage http://www.wapitinordic.com/.   Highway 40 south, turn right at Wapiti Nordic signs across from Camp Tamarack.  



Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
Nordic Centre Range Rd 62, Grande Prairie

12:30pm

Getting Started with Lego Mindstorms (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Have you ever wanted to learn about Lego Robotics but haven't had a chance or were maybe a little nervous? I will share my journey of diving into Robotics, learning WITH my students and give you a chance to try your hand at some Robotics basics. This is a session for beginners... but those with experience are welcome to attend. The bulk of time in this session will be "playing" with the robots and software.

"Please bring a charged laptop with Lego Mindstorms software installed. It can be downloaded for free from: https://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/downloads/download-software
Please note although there is apps available for Chromebooks and iPads/tablets they do not yet have complete functionality that is available on a proper laptop.:


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Thursday March 7, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
PWA 119 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

School Leadership and Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

The session is designed for school leaders to assist them in developing an understanding of the importance of school culture and its impact on student learning. Presented will be strategies that can be utilized to help a leader of a struggling school develop a healthy school culture which leads to increased student success.  

Speakers

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 55 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Observation and Incident Tracking Made Easy with Google Forms
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Daily observation and incident recording using Google Forms. Come prepared with your class list for a how to and hands on beginners workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Dallas Bjornson

Dallas Bjornson

I am a 3rd year Teacher. I have a 3 yr old and 5 yr old son. I enjoy coaching/playing basketball, technology, hunting, fishing, Atvs, and tattoos. I am always looking for Social Studies resources and ways to better challenge my students.


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 32 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Is This for Marks? Helping Your High School Students Care about Formative Assessment
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How often do you hear students ask, “Is this formative or summative?” Do you feel like the only way to have your students care about an assignment is to attach a mark to it? Resist the marks trap! Formative assessment is the key to successful learning in your high school classroom. Explore some practical ideas for incorporating formative assessment that will engage and inspire!

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

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


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 131 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Learning Maps: Effective Tools for Comprehension, Instruction, and Inquiry.
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In developing a cohesive framework for teaching as suggested by Jim Knight, learning maps are an effective tool for bridging together instruction and student learning in many grade levels, situations, and programs of studies. Ideally, learning maps can serve as a comprehension tool for almost any type of information source to allow students to engage their learning by using a visual and organizational tool such as a learning map. This session will guide you through different types of learning maps, demonstrate ways how you can integrate learning maps deeper into your instruction, and illustrate how your students can begin to develop a learning map toolbox that they can use independently to support their reading and inquiry skills. Let's go further then a bubble map!

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Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 57 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Classroom Formative Assessment Techniques
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Are you looking for strategies to use in your classroom that will enhance student learning and provide you valuable feedback about your teaching practice? Formative assessment provides information on what, how much and how well students are learning. This information can guide instructional practice and will benefit all students; however, it will particularly have a positive impact on low-achievers. This would be a valuable session for you because it will introduce you to a range of formative classroom assessment techniques, how to use them, how to analyze the data that they gather, and how to share that data with students. The takeaways from this session are very practical and could be smoothly incorporated into your classroom regardless of teaching situation or teaching style.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Science Coordinator, Salisbury Composite High School
11716 29 ave NW


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 116 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Loose Parts Play at Recess
Loose Parts Play is a child directed form of play that gives children the opportunity to explore the boundaries of their imaginations. Using cost effective recycled items, children develop skills in creativity, collaboration, problem solving and physical literacy. During this session, delegates will explore the multiple benefits of Loose Parts Play for children’s well-being and development all while diving into play with a sample Loose Parts Play Kit. The practicalities of implementing this in your school or community program will be discussed, and resources to support will be introduced.

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avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


2:00pm

FUN-ctional Writing
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Non-fiction readings and writing assignments are always a challenge to find as technology changes and students struggle to relate them to their lives. This session will introduce a project for both using and creating a user's guide... for themselves! This project stands the test of time: the user's guide can mimic the real-world transition to a more digital format and is a text most students will come into contact with throughout their lives.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Marceau

Paul Marceau

English Teacher, Glenmary Catholic Jr./Sr. High School
I am a junior and senior high school English teacher with over 10 years experience. I love to play with words, especially in song writing, and enjoy teaching different formats of writing for all ages. I love to read historical fiction, and anything that crosses my path. Outside of... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 59 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Make Writing: Notebooks
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Did you send home writing notebooks empty again last year? I used to do this too, until I figured out why it was happening. Time is limited, and if we’re going to notebook well inside of our writing classrooms, we need to make sure that our notebooks are driving every experience. They can’t be too special. They can’t be something extra, either. If we’re going to make time for notebook keeping, we need to use that time in very meaningful and productive ways. This session will prepare you to do that.
Participants will:
● Examine the fundamental reason why notebooks often go home empty
● Adopt strategies for sustained use
● Explore creative approaches for using the notebook throughout the writing process
● Consider how to provide high quality feedback to notebook keepers
● Develop a plan for effectively assessing notebooks and notebook keepers

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Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 53/58 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

The Hunger Games and the Bible: Hope, Freedom, and Sacrifice
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The Hunger Games is a riveting trilogy and a widely popular work among young adults. Though set in the dystopian future, Suzanne Collins’s series taps into themes such as freedom, oppression, hope, and self-sacrifice that are very much relevant today. The gladiatorial-like combat and ubiquitous allusions to the ancient 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 and analyzed in relation to the Biblical narrative.

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GM

Gerard Mclarney

Dr. McLarney teaches at J H Picard School in Edmonton and serves as a sessional instructor at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His academic interests include Religious Education, World Religions, J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as Sacred Scripture. His doctorate explores St. Augustine's... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 132 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

How to teach VOCABULARY better than anyone else
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Children learn the meaning of many words indirectly, but some vocabulary needs to be taught directly. Get kids addicted to vocabulary with some excellent strategies to give them the vocabulary advantage.

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avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Alberta Learning Networks' Presenter, Independent Literacy Consultant



Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA Theatre 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

L’ABC de la programmation
Limited Capacity seats available

La pensée algorithmique est essentielle à la conception d’applis pour les ordinateurs et les appareils portables. Développer la pensée algorithmique chez vos élèves les aidera à développer leurs compétences en résolution de problèmes ainsi que de nombreuses autres compétences du 21e siècle (compétences globales) telles que la communication, la résilience, la créativité et la pensée critique, d’une manière amusante et interactive. Il n’y a rien de plus gratifiant que de créer votre propre appli, invention ou jeu, puis de l’utiliser. Je peux vous aider à intégrer la programmation à n’importe quel niveau scolaire (maternelle à 12e) en utilisant les plateformes suivantes :
  • Potato Pirates
  • Osmo Coding
  • Scratch Jr
  • Scratch 2 et 3
  • Makey Makey
  • Micro:bit
  • Arduino (avec l’IDE Arduino)
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Crazy Circuits (avec l’IDE Arduino)
  • Blockly
  • Google Apps Script
  • Microsoft MakeCode
  • Apple Swift Playground
  • Code.org
  • Adafruit Circuit Playground Express
Pour maximiser le potentiel créatif et acquérir une compréhension approfondie des concepts de technologie dans la salle de classe, pensez à jumeler un atelier de programmation à un atelier de robotique!
Si votre école ne possède pas encore d’ensembles de robotique ou d’appareils pour la programmation,  ne vous inquiétez pas. Je peux apporter tout l’équipement nécessaire pour les ateliers. Vous pouvez ensuite décider quels ensembles répondent le mieux aux besoins de vos élèves et enseignants. Lorsque vous êtes prêts à commander, appelez votre représentante ou représentant BB ou visitez http://bb.ca.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Education Consultant, Dominic P. Tremblay, Education Consultant


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 31 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Answers to your questions about Canada's new Food Guide!
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Canada's new Food guide was released in January 2019. Join this informal session for an opportunity to ask an Alberta Health Services dietitian your questions about the new Food Guide. Topics that can be discussed include what is new in the new Food Guide, resources to support the new Guide and more. Information on Alberta Health Services and Health Canada nutrition resources will be available.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 60 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Leading Greatness
Limited Capacity seats available

This is our most recent talk and it has essentially built itself. As I develop my own company and talk about the importance of relationships across all other aspects of life, I’ve come to understand that system leaders are some of the most powerful people on the planet. And good leaders understand the importance of relationship first. It’s also become clear to me that good leaders are rare. But when you are one, you can build a team who will run through the fire with you. They will be brave, and courageous, and committed. The steps to create a team like this are shockingly simple to do (on paper) but require remarkable courage in action. I believe the job of a leader is to make the uncomfortable, comfortable. To excavate the unsaid and create an environment where teams are connected. We know without a doubt that people with a common goal are exponentially more committed and productive, it’s how we get them there that makes all the difference. I believe relationship knows no hierarchy; however, leaders at the top who embody connection make it safe for everyone on their team to use their power of connection to change their organization. This talk has been developed as a prelude to work with teams in your organizations, as it becomes essential that those at the top “buy in” before moving forward. This can also serve as a “stand alone” event. We’d love to talk with your leadership teams!

Speakers
avatar for Jody Carrington

Jody Carrington

Chief of Happiness, Carrington & Company
Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Canada, and after 13 years (!) of post-secondary education, she took her first job on the Mental Health... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA Gym 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Building Additive Thinking
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Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies rather than additive strategies. How do we support them in developing more effective strategies? During this session, we will explore: · a variety of additive strategies

· ways of using manipulatives to develop deeper understanding, and

· strategies for moving from concrete to abstract representations


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Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA Library 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Exploring TRIGONOMETRY with Deep Understanding and Deep Joy
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The name of this subject is unfortunate! The historical beginning of this topic – and the natural beginning for the young student mind – is the study of the stars and their (presumed) circular motion. Indian scholars of the fifth century C.E. developed a theory of “circle-ometry” in order to attempt to compute the vertical height of orbiting objects. Through a curious sequence of translations and mistranslations, the name “sine” (Latin: sinus for harbor or cove) became attached to this vertical height. In this workshop we start the story of trigonometry from its beginnings – its historical beginnings, also the beginnings appropriate for the young mind. The idea of focusing on right triangles for students (and hence the name “trigonometry”) came late in the history of the subject and offers little initial context for young scholars. We will then review the standard material of a curriculum from a place of ease, ownership of understanding and of joy.

Speakers
avatar for James Tanton

James Tanton

Mathematician in Residence, Mathematical Association of America
James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 74/75 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Les maths au coeur de la littérature enfantine, M à 3e
Limited Capacity seats available

La littérature enfantine offre un contexte hors pair pour les mathématiques. En effet, de nombreux livres, déjà présents dans votre école, peuvent servir de catalyseur pour parler, découvrir et s’amuser mathématiquement. Cet atelier permettra d’explorer plusieurs façons d’utiliser la lecture comme point de départ pour faire vivre les mathématiques dans votre salle de classe. Plusieurs approches et activités accompagnatrices seront discutées et démontrées. Une liste de livres vous sera offerte via Google Drive.

Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques depuis plusieurs années. Elle a travaillé comme conseillère pédagogique au sein du Conseil scolaire FrancoSud et au Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP) pendant plus d'une décennie. Auparavant, Renée a travaillé comme enseignante... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 137 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Concert Band New Music Reading Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your band instrument and read through some of the best new music for concert band, grades 1, 2, and 3. The selections will include the new selections on the festival syllabus.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 86 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Introduction to teaching Arctic Sports
Back ground to what Arctic Sports is and a bit of the background. Demonstration of some of the Arctic Sport events and break down on how to introduce some of the events and teach them.


2:00pm

Indigenous Education Resources: Where do I start?
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This session will support educators in using resources that accurately reflect and demonstrate the strength and diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.  You will learn about culturally responsive resources to increase your capacity in foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.  In addition, you will leave with tools to critically review First Nations, Métis, and Inuit resources for classroom and professional use. 

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Loutitt

Shannon Loutitt

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shannon is a division two teacher on secondment to the Alberta Teachers' Association from Fort McMurray Public School District.  Shannon grew up in Northern Alberta learning about her Métis heritage and at the age of five, she said she wanted to be the first "Native Lady Prime Minister... Read More →



Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 70 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

When Students Get in Trouble—Alternatives to Consider
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This workshop will look at the factors that may be behind the behaviour, choices school staff have when responding, and ways to restore relationships and provide restitution. Topics covered will also include the value of positive culture, conscious connection and accountability.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Tisdale

Ian Tisdale

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 73 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

2:00pm

Foldables
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Using foldables as an alternative way to taking notes and organizing content for students.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 112 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

The Lost Art of Fun
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Trapped in a pedagogical pursuit for perfection? Let’s get serious about fun in the French classroom! And, not for just for fun’s sake. Enjoy this session filled with music, magic and activities that get students learning and never forgetting important language conventions.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 34 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

High School Social Studies -2 Written Response
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This session will guide you on how to teach the 3 types of written responses in a -2 High School Social Studies classroom. The focus will be on 30-2 but the format is the same for grade 10 & 11 and these teachers will also benefit from this session - resources and modifications will be talked about/provided for 10-2 and 20-2. Teachers will leave with practice examples, rubrics, format instruction and previous Diploma booklets to use in their classroom.

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Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 33 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Harnessing Skynet for Good: Using AI in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

When we think artificial intelligence, it is very likely that we conjure up scenes from franchised science fiction thriller (Terminator) or complete infatuation with a computer (Her) or even autocorrect on our own smartphones. This session will look at how teachers can utilize AI in engaging student learning with next practice strategies. Participants need a laptop/chromebook to access resources.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lakusta

Nicole Lakusta

Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator, PSD70
Nicole Lakusta is the Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator with Parkland School Division. Over the past 20 years, she has combined her knowledge and skills in technology integration with the implementation of curriculum, instruction and assessment. In her previous capacities... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 139 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Transforming Math into Learning Experiences
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Learn tips and tricks on creating meaningful math in your classroom, at any level. These strategies and tools will engage students while promoting problem solving and mathematical reasoning.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Bean

Jody Bean

I have been in education for over 30 years. I enjoy finding ways to inspire greatness in teachers and students. I want to help teachers not work harder but work SMARTer. Finding ways to build relationships with students and to meet their needs while they are in my classroom is a... Read More →


Thursday March 7, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 107 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada
 
Friday, March 8
 

9:00am

Teach Your Students Algorithms - Learn to Solve a Rubik's Cube
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Learning rotations and algorithmic solving methods in mathematics can be challenging for some students. Playing with a Rubik's cube, and learning to solve one, can help teach students concepts such as rotations, and also help to introduce algorithms as a solution method. At the end of this session, you'll be able to solve a standard 3 x 3 Rubik's cube in less than 5 minutes. Take these lessons back to your school and you'll be astounded by what students can do. Bring your own cube, or borrow one of ours.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Hogan

Terry Hogan

Vice Principal
Terry Hogan is a vice principal in Peace River AB, and a father to 4 kids. All of his best teaching ideas were stolen from the great teachers he has had the good fortune to observe over the years. His former students include: a Miss Rodeo Canada, a winner of the Griffin award for... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 120 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Teaching Games to Foster Self-Regulation
When children and youth have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for self-regulation they are better suited to make healthy choices that affect them and their classmates or fellow program participants. Join Ever Active Schools as we explore how classrooms, the gymnasium, and the playground are all optimal settings to promote these skills through fun, creative and original activities.

Speakers
avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


9:00am

Why We Tell Stories
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Contemporary storytelling delivered through TED Talk style lecture interspersed with spoken word performance. These are stories about love and being connected to the world while celebrating uniqueness. This show is accessible to various learning styles by incorporating multiple mediums, languages, and senses by integrating aspects of comedy, film, captions, dance, music, and more. You will leave feeling engaged and inspired, uplifted and challenged.

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avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in over a dozen cities around the province... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 56 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Very Good Reasons to Kill the Class Novel Study
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Whole class novel studies are now "old school". Inspired by Donalyn Miller's book "Awakening the Inner Reader", take a peek at my grade 9 classroom where we have no assigned novel reading. No novel studies. No book reports. No thirty page booklets to complete at the end of each chapter. Students read books of their choice all year long; a total of 40 books in a year. This session with provide you with a year's overview, sample lessons and assessments, and a taste of book-choice freedom.

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 59 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

History of Residential Schools
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This session will go into the History of Residential Schools in Canada / Alberta as well as the history of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement leading to the Alberta Joint Commitment to Action. There will be a focus on resources and learning opportunities for system and school leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Charlene Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 57 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Littératie et médias sociaux
Limited Capacity seats available

Tenez compte des intérêts et de l’engagement de vos élèves en intégrant les médias sociaux dans vos périodes de littératie! Cet atelier vous guidera dans l’intégration des médias sociaux en classe pour aider vos élèves à développer des compétences en lecture et en écriture. En se mettant dans la peau d’un personnage, les élèves verront les choses sous un nouvel angle et devront sortir des sentiers battus tout en utilisant un médium qui leur est bien familier. Ces leçons fourniront également des preuves d’apprentissage tangibles, particulièrement utiles pour les apprenants de langue seconde (anglais langue seconde, français langue seconde).

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Education Consultant, Dominic P. Tremblay, Education Consultant


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 31 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Tools for a Calm Classroom
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Have you been noticing students are more anxious, stressed or having trouble focusing in class? Do you want to create a calm, ready to learn classroom but don’t know where to start? This session will showcase novice-friendly classroom techniques and resources for all division levels. Discover tools that you can use for yourself and your students to create a calmer, more effective learning environment.

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 134

9:00am

“I Have a Child with Diabetes in My Class… What do I need to Know?”
Limited Capacity seats available

These may be the first thoughts you have when you discover you have a student(s) with Diabetes in your class.

In this session an overview of:

• What is Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

• What are the tasks involved in diabetes management

• What are the goals of treatment of diabetes

• What are the signs and symptoms of high or low blood sugar

• What are the roles of the Teacher, School, Family

• Know who to contact immediately in case of an emergency.

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 137 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Introduction to Taoist Tai Chi™ arts
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Taoist Tai Chi® arts are a way to develop a body that is strong, yet supple, balanced and energetic, a mind that is calm and clear, yet creative and dynamic, and a spirit that is light and peaceful, yet resilient. Taoist Tai Chi® arts involve deep stretching with a full range of motion and continuous turning of the spine. They exercise the whole physiology including muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems, as well as tendons, joints, connective tissue and organs. Rather than depending on tension and the development of hard muscle tissue, these arts develop a body that is relaxed and strong at the deepest levels. The gentle internal movements are balanced throughout the body and have a calming effect on the mind.

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9:00am

The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Eat, Move and Think Better.
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Imagine if school was a place where you went to get healthier and perform to your potential...

There are problems standing in the way of making that dream a reality. The world is faced with 4 inter-related epidemics – sleeplessness, obesity, inactivity and mental illness.

Fortunately, the scientific answers to these problems are available today. Sleep soundly. Eat Smarter. Move More. Think Clearly.

In this presentation Dr. Wells presents the scientific solution to these challenges. Using stories, research and simple tactics, Dr. Wells clearly outlines how to improve your health, supercharge your life and ultimately reach your full potential.

This presentation is based on Dr. Wells’ new book The Ripple Effect.

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA Theatre 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Inclusive Education: Who, What, Where, When, Why?!
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA Gym 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

PODs and High School Redesign: Introduction and Q&A
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In this session, participants will learn about HS redesign as it has been applied to St. Joseph's High School for grades 10 and 11. We will host an information, success and trials conversation as well as host a Q and A. Interested in PODs? Redesign? Come and see us!


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 139 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Building Multiplicative Thinking in Grades 3-6
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Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies or less efficient additive strategies rather than multiplicative strategies. How do we support them in developing more effective strategies? During this session, we will explore:

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA Library 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

An Introduction to Treaty Education
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This introductory workshop will explore historical and contemporary information and resources relating to numbered treaties within Alberta. Educators will build their understanding of the acknowledgment of land and people, as well as our shared responsibilities to the land and each other.   Participants will engage in dialogue and reflect on their professional learning in order to build capacity in treaty education. 

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Loutitt

Shannon Loutitt

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shannon is a division two teacher on secondment to the Alberta Teachers' Association from Fort McMurray Public School District.  Shannon grew up in Northern Alberta learning about her Métis heritage and at the age of five, she said she wanted to be the first "Native Lady Prime Minister... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP COMP 74 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Teachers Want What Students Need
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Join ATA President, Grey Jeffery, for a frank and open discussion about the state of education in Alberta today and how we can make it a central issue in the upcoming provincial election. President Jeffery will take questions and lead a frank discussion on various topics from curriculum change and new standards, to collective bargaining and changing political realities; nothing is off limits.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Jeffery

Greg Jeffery

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


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 131 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

TQS 911: What You Need to Know NOW About the New Teaching Quality Standard
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This September, 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 you with the opportunity to discuss the new standard with Association experts, explore resources and activities, and identify next steps that you and your colleagues can take. you map out the journey, identify resources that you can access, and connect with those who can provide guidance along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Monique Gravel

Monique Gravel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Monique Gravel is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area and is the ATA's lead on teacher education and certification. Prior to joining the ATA in 2013, Monique worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor with Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 73 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

9:00am

High Tech, Low Tech Science Activities
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The use of High Technology (TI-Inspires, Augmented Learning, Peardeck, Padlets, etc) and Low Technology (mystery bags for modelling, playdough, candy, etch) to improve student understanding of concepts in Junior and Senior High Science.

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 116 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

The Impact of Second Language Learning
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Attention all second language teachers! This session is for you! This presentation will focus on the cognitive, academic, personal, societal, intercultural and economic impacts of second language learning including students with exceptionalities. You will gain a deeper understanding of the benefits and challenges associated with learning a second language and leave with great information that can be shared with colleagues, administration, parents and students!

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 33 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

The Journey of Authentic Language Acquisition
Limited Capacity seats available

The journey of authentic language acquisition to the destination of French fluency for any French unit follows three easy steps. Teaching any unit or life aspect in French is like taking a journey. Get packed, grab your maps, and get ready to arrive, thrive and not just survive in the French class. This session will touch on assessment and evaluation practices, as well.

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 34 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Bye, Bye Blues: The Stories of Canada’s Great Western Garment Company
Limited Capacity seats available

The blue jean making industry had a tremendous impact on the history and economy of Alberta and Canada. This session features the Great Western Garment (GWG) factory worker’s narratives, an assembly line simulation and songs. It will help students understand industrialization, immigrant women’s lives and various aspects of our modern economy. Lessons identify concepts and learning outcomes for grades 4, 5 and 7 Social Studies, English language arts, music and math.


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avatar for Barbara Maheu

Barbara Maheu

writer, The Aspen foundation for Labour Education
Barb Maheu writes social studies resources for the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. She served as an executive staff officer at the Alberta Teachers' Association in professional development. She has developed and delivered workshops relating to social justice,  diversity and... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 53/58 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

TCK’sBelieve it or Not: Unbelievable stories from world of International Education
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Using humour, pictures and stories from his experiences growing up in two conflict zones--Cyprus and Yemen--and working in International education, the presenter will motivate and encourage you, and make you laugh. He will share some of his unbelievable, but true, experiences, from working with an Al Qaeda bomb maker in North Africa to having his pockets picked at 80 km on a freeway. The life of an international educator may be many things, but boring is not one of them! Through these stories, he will share life lessons for today’s world and classroom. As a ‘TCK’ himself (Third Culture Kid) his goal is to make you understand the importance of a global vision, and possibly get you thinking about starting a new adventure called international education, all while tickling your funny bone!

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PI

Paul Ivison

Paul has been teaching for 30 plus years, 10 in Canada and 20 overseas. He taught in Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, and Tunisia. He is currently teaching Social Studies 10-12, and PE, in an outreach program in Peace River, Alberta. Born in the north of England, one of 4 children, he... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
GP Comp 60 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Make Your Classroom a Google Classroom!
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Thinking about using Google Classroom? Heard about it and want to see what it's all about? Want help getting started? This is the session for you. We will look at all the basics from setup to management to some of the most useful features. Come play and leave ready to make your classroom a Google Classroom!

All session presentations can be found at bit.ly/memorese on the Presentations page.

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avatar for Memorese Walter

Memorese Walter

Education Technologist, Peace Wapiti School Division #76
I love seeing teachers and students excited about using technology in an authentic way! Technology is always around me and I love exploring new tools.


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
PWA 111 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Creativity & Fun in Your Classroom! (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Pre-registration is required.  The cost is $10.  Please email the presenter at polskieradio@artiza.com to make arrangements for payment and to guarantee a spot in this session.

Are you looking for new, exciting art ideas for your students in grades 1-6? In this workshop, you will learn how to create animals in stained glass technique, yarn landscape paintings, and beautiful mixed media flowers. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used directly in your art classrooms. All supplies provided by instructor.

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avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan is an artist – educator from Edmonton. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Bogdan is very versatile in terms of the subjects he undertakes. Using chiaroscuro and glazing techniques, Bogdan has come to specialize in painting murals and reproducing the works... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
GP Comp 22 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Robotics Sound Cool but... (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to use Lego Mindstorms Robotics but either haven't had the time or perhaps were worried that it would be too complicated? I am going to present on my journey to learning about Robotics WITH my students, share what has worked for me and what challenges I still face. We will go through the basics of teaching robots to follow simple commands. This will be a hands-on session where you will be able to work with the software and the robots. This session is intended for those who are new to Mindstorms robotics and possibly even to coding or robotics in general. If you have more experience and would just like to network with other people interested in Robotics you are certainly welcome to join us newbies!

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
PWA 119 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Definitive Stories: Using story as a foundation for planning, inquiry, and cultural awareness and development in the classroom (DOUBLE SESSION)
Limited Capacity seats available

What was the last important story you heard? What was the last important story you told? Sharing one's own story can allow students to find a sense of belonging. Learning about the stories of others allows students to connect with each other in deep and meaningful ways. As teachers, we choose the texts our classes will study, and in doing so, create stories in our term and unit planning. This session will allow you to create a thematic unit or term plan using the guiding question, "What story do I want to tell?" and the inquiry project frame. Examples of this kind of planning and lesson delivery will be shared, and you will walk away with ideas of how to create opportunities for your students to share their own stories more effectively. This session is ideal for those wishing to create opportunities for cross-curricular learning in their classrooms, or those working with Humanities groups. Please be sure to bring your own device with you.



Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
GP Comp 61 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Connecting Traditional Aboriginal Games to Your Classroom (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Participants will be introduced to as many traditional Aboriginal games as time permits. This is an active session so come prepared to move, play, and explore Indigenous history through playing traditional games. In the second part of the session, participants will explore practical ways on how to use the games in their delivery of the outcomes covered in the Program of Studies for their grade level. In the third part of the session, teachers will be given an opportunity to create some of the games to use in their classroom. A $20.00 fee will be charged to participants for supplies used to create games.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lakey

Terry Lakey

FNMI Learning Services, Red Deer Public School District


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
GP Comp 55 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Treaty 8 and Metis Blanket Exercise (DOUBLE SESSION)
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The Blanket Exercise traces the history of the relationship between Europeans and Indigenous peoples in Canada. and the outcome is to understand the historical relationship. Outcomes will include; -Reflecting on the impact of legislation and policies intended to result in assimilation, -Review key historical and current events that affect Indigenous peoples in Canada and Alberta. -Explore the major themes of assimilation, discrimination. Indigenous rights and reconciliation -Reflect upon your own attitudes, beliefs and dispositions of First nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in a non- threatening environment


Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
GP Comp 32 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Sexual Harassment & Assault (DOUBLE SESSION)
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will help you to define and understand sexual assault and sexual harassment, and the affects they have on individuals. You will have a chance to challenge yourself to see if you are aware of the hidden realities of sexual assault and harassment in our society, and explore myths around sexual violence. You will learn to engage in conversations around the issue of victim-blaming and how we can help reduce this stigma. This workshop will also explore sexual violence in the workplace, and you will develop an understanding of how you can help create a safe workplace. You will also gain tools to assist in handling disclosures of sexual violence, and your responsibilities if you should receive a disclosure.

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
PWA 133 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

Great, I have an EA! Now what? (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Congratulations, you have been blessed with the opportunity to work with an Educational Assistant (EA)! Come discuss the roles of an EA and the many benefits of having them in your classroom. Key elements of this presentation will focus on effective communication with your EA and tips on how to increase student independence while utilizing your support staff successfully. Attendees should come prepared to do some work. There will be paper availabe, but if you rather a device, please bring one. 

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avatar for Erika Walsh

Erika Walsh

Inclusive Education Learning Coach, Peace Wapiti School Division



Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
PWA 140 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

9:00am

The Science of Climate Change (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Climate change is an important issue facing our students. This session will explore the basic science behind climate change by having you engage in hands-on activities you can use in the classroom. You and your students can think critically about the key scientific data and models that indicate our environment is changing.

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Friday March 8, 2019 9:00am - 11:45am
PWA 112 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

How to Get Your Students Writing
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Once upon a time, there was a teacher named Jamie who would 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 an author who could help me.” Good news, Jamie: There is. In this session, he will share all kinds of ideas—from his previous life as an LA teacher—that got his students going and helped them develop their understanding of how stories are built.

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avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author, none
Robin is the author of Space Cadets, a sci-fi action/adventure novel for middle grade readers (ages 9-12). Prior to that he was a teacher of grades 4-7 Language Arts (among other things) for 31 years in Red Deer. He had a bunch of fun doing that, and now he’s really enjoying the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 60 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Making Second Languages Accessible: Creating an Inclusive High School Second Language Class with Playful Pedagogy
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, I will analyze the challenges of second language teaching in Alberta classrooms, consider how teachers can support the needs of students in an inclusive second language classroom, and acknowledge how playful activities can be used as a helpful approach to dealing with academic diversity in second language classrooms.This session will also include concrete examples of playful activities that can be used to fit the needs of teachers and students in academically diverse classes. I will also discuss different modifications that can be applied to these activities so they can meet the needs of more students.

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp33 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

History of Residential Schools
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This session will go into the History of Residential Schools in Canada / Alberta as well as the history of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement leading to the Alberta Joint Commitment to Action. There will be a focus on resources and learning opportunities for system and school leaders.

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avatar for Charlene Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 57 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Maîtres dans leurs domaines
Limited Capacity seats available

Piquez la curiosité de vos élèves à l’égard des études sociales en leur donnant la chance de devenir de véritables historiens, géographes et économistes. Les élèves apprennent à poser leurs propres questions lorsqu’ils voient un artéfact ou une photographie, tout comme le feraient les professionnels du domaine! À partir de ces questions, ils commencent alors à mettre en pratique leurs habiletés liées à l’enquête grâce à l’utilisation d’une boîte à outils en études sociales conçue par Dominic. La boîte à outils peut être accédée en réalité augmentée à l’aide d’un téléphone intelligent et comprend 10 outils permettant aux élèves de trouver des réponses à leurs questions. Chaque outil a sa propre vidéo présentant son utilisation. Les élèves apprennent à utiliser les médias sociaux, les bases de données et les statistiques, les entrevues, les panoramas interactifs, les sondages, les journaux récents et historiques, les cartes interactives, les photographies, les peintures, les dessins et les tendances sur Internet pour effectuer leurs recherches. Cet atelier vous montre une façon efficace et novatrice d’appuyer vos élèves dans leur quête pour trouver des réponses à leurs questions.

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avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Education Consultant, Dominic P. Tremblay, Education Consultant


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 31 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Tools for a Calm Classroom (REPEAT)
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Have you been noticing students are more anxious, stressed or having trouble focusing in class? Do you want to create a calm, ready to learn classroom but don’t know where to start? This session will showcase novice-friendly classroom techniques and resources for all division levels. Discover tools that you can use for yourself and your students to create a calmer, more effective learning environment.

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 134

10:30am

Talking Back to Anxiety
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Our first inclination when faced with the uncomfortableness of anxiety is the need to get rid of it. Many strategies aimed at getting rid of anxiety inadvertently increase anxiety so in this session I will teach you the strategic and light-hearted (anxiety makes us too serious) approaches to managing anxiety in your life and in the lives of your students. It is by knowing how anxiety operates that one can gain the upper hand in managing it's "sneak attacks", "exaggerations", and "never-ending 'what if' rants".

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CB

Cathleen Botten

Registered Psychologist, Botten Psychological Services
I have worked as a psychologist for almost 27 years, specializing in children and adolescents. I appreciate the strengths and struggles of our youth and want nothing more than to educate youth and their parents and their teachers how to manage tough mental health symptoms.



Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 138 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Mindful Educators: an introduction to RADeducators
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In this session, teachers will get an introduction to mindfulness and movement that they can add into their classrooms next week! Simple strategies to build heart and self-love into classrooms. Teachers will learn the basics of mindfulness, practice it themselves and be able to confidently bring some strategies into their classes. There will also be a movement component such as yoga and small games that we will learn and do together so come ready to move and have fun! Teachers will leave with some sample lessons and a better understanding of mindfulness and movement in their classrooms. Please come ready to move and bring a yoga mat with you!


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 139 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Inclusive Education: Designing for a Range of Abilities
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA Gym 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

From Keats to Beats
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Poetry can be a tough sell to students who would rather be on Instagram or listening to the top 40. But what if they didn’t have to choose between the two? What if instagram poets and chart-topping hits were studied alongside sonnets and haikus? What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about learning the limitless styles there are to choose from? Whatever the style or personality of the student, this workshop explores how to create a versatile and open-ended poetry unit that allows these young poets to find their voice.

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avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in over a dozen cities around the province... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 56 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Building Multiplicative Thinking in Grades 3-6
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Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies or less efficient additive strategies rather than multiplicative strategies. How do we support them in developing more effective strategies? During this session, we will explore:

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA Library 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Bucket Drumming for Elementary Music
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Music department on a budget? Wish you would never see a recorder again? Come see how to use body percussion and 5 gallon buckets to enhance your music program! $400 can set you up with a complete class set of “instruments”. Learn how to lead an completely improvised song based on the principles of drum circles for community building. Games, lessons, skills, and marking guide included. All participants will receive a copy of “Music for grades 5-6 Year Plan” to keep the interest in music education going strong until they can choose junior high band.

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 59 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Sing,Move and Play Division I
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This is an active participation session using speech, singing, movement, and instruments for Division I students.  All activities are connected to the Alberta Curriculum. Handout information will be given as to all material used.

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 87 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

10:30am

The 10-minute warm-up: Exploring movement skill development, fitness, and injury prevention
Presented in collaboration with the University of Calgary's Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre and the Be Fit for Life Network, join us as we explore how an evidence-based warm-up can develop safe and effective movement skills to create a foundation for continued physical activity participation. Based on research in Calgary schools, neuromuscular training warm-ups in PE classes can reduce lower limb injuries by 62%. This warm-up is featured on a new poster that you'll receive at the session.

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avatar for Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


10:30am

Orange Marks the Spot: Lesson plans to support outdoor adventure
Active play in nature and outdoors is essential for healthy child development. This interactive session will feature activities and strategies to develop competence, confidence and motivation to be active outside for life. The Alberta Orienteering Association and the Be Fit For Life Network have partnered to create Orange Marks the Spot: a series of lesson plans that are a fun way to introduce outdoor adventure skills to participants ages 5-12. Participants will leave with free downloadable lesson plans and strategies for use in schools, recreation, sport and community settings. This session will be indoor and outdoor so please come prepared for the outdoor weather conditions.

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Soccer Pitch

10:30am

Full Circle: Understanding Social Implications of Indigenous Realities
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This workshop will examine core causes of intergenerational trauma, challenge common myths and misconceptions, as well as explore activities to foster effective relationships with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, families and community.  Participants will explore assimilation strategies that have contributed to many current realities of Indigenous students, families and community.  You will gain an increased understanding of physical, mental, social and spiritual impacts, and strength-based initiatives to contribute to the advancement of the reconciliation process. 

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avatar for Shannon Loutitt

Shannon Loutitt

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shannon is a division two teacher on secondment to the Alberta Teachers' Association from Fort McMurray Public School District.  Shannon grew up in Northern Alberta learning about her Métis heritage and at the age of five, she said she wanted to be the first "Native Lady Prime Minister... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP COMP 74 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

School Leadership Within the Teaching Profession - Challenges and Possibilities
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This interactive session begins with a discussion of the new Leadership Quality Standard (LQS) and its place within the triad of standards that make up the Professional Practice Standards for the Teaching Profession of Alberta.   Participants will engage in a conversation on the need to develop schools as communities of leaders where leadership is fostered in all teachers in addition to the formal roles of principal/vice principal.  If the core of leadership for learning is leading teacher learning, how can we support our formal school leaders in that work? This interactive session will not only provide school leaders with practical information for providing educational leadership to their teachers, it is also an opportunity to celebrate the value of having certificated teachers serve as school leaders.  

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 73 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

10:30am

Religion Education: Engaging the Fortnite Generation
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How do we engage a generation, that is constantly bombarded with stimuli, to engage in a subject that does not offer the adrenaline rush of a "first person shooter video game". Come and learn how we are engaging the youth in our schools.


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 132 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Question and Answer
Limited Capacity seats available

Question and Answer with Greg Wells

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA Theatre 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Student engagement? Yes please!
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Every teacher has a super power, do you know what yours is? Through collaboration with an amazing staff and not being afraid to take risks I learned my power: The power of student engagement. During this session I will walk you through many ways that foster student engagement in the classroom, ranging from day-to-day lessons to labs and centres. Building a culture of lifelong learners who are advocates for their learning with a specific focus on a ‘thinking out loud’ model that works in both a Jr High and High School setting. We will look at ways to build students up, help them believe in themselves and leave your classroom saying “I feel like I can accomplish anything.” You will also walk away with access of to all my teaching materials (Science 7/9, Science 10 (regular and IB), Science 15 (ELL) and Chemistry 20). If there is time, we will look at some common struggles of today’s classroom including but not limited to: the large range of abilities, minimal parental support and struggling learners. Through small changes in how we plan our lessons can make a world of difference.

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KC

Karlie Carter

Rosslyn Jr High School
Karlie is a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools for 8 years at Londonderry Jr High and 2 years at Ross Sheppard High School. She has taught a variety of Science classes from special needs (opportunity classes) to pre-advanced placement 7 through 9, Science 10/10IB, Chemistry 20 and... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 131 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Labs, Labs, Labs & more Labs
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Lots of labs. We will be demoing some mini labs and hands on activities. Teachers will leave with a file of labs resources.

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 116 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

The Power of Videos
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Our students are addicted to the videos that they watch on YouTube, on Netflix and on all streams of social media. What is it with videos? Learn how to harness the power of videos to engage students in discussions, brainstorming, creating and practicing writing, listening, reading and speaking in the language classroom.

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Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 34 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Forever in Blue Jeans: Teaching Ideas for Industrialization, Globalization and Collectivism
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

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avatar for Barbara Maheu

Barbara Maheu

writer, The Aspen foundation for Labour Education
Barb Maheu writes social studies resources for the Aspen Foundation for Labour Education. She served as an executive staff officer at the Alberta Teachers' Association in professional development. She has developed and delivered workshops relating to social justice,  diversity and... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
GP Comp 53/58 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

10:30am

Getting Google-eyed!
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New to the whole Google world of tools? Feeling Google-eyed? Come play and learn about the amazing tools the GSuite provides to education. Learn how to get started and dig deeper to make using technology in your classroom easier and more meaningful. Beginners ONLY!

All session presentations can be found at bit.ly/memorese on the Presentations page.

Speakers
avatar for Memorese Walter

Memorese Walter

Education Technologist, Peace Wapiti School Division #76
I love seeing teachers and students excited about using technology in an authentic way! Technology is always around me and I love exploring new tools.


Friday March 8, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
PWA 111 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Microsoft Excel - The Basics
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Does the idea of a spreadsheet send chills up your back? Have you ever looked at someone else's work on Excel and wondered, 'How did they do that?' Would you like to be able to understand the spreadsheets sent out from your ministry or district to know if you are filling them in correctly? Then this is the right session for you! Together, we will go over the basics of Microsoft Excel: using cells and moving within and between them, constructing tables, using formulas, and constructing graphs. These lessons may also be applied to Google Sheets or other spreadsheet technology. And, if you have questions regarding spreadsheets, there will also be a forum for that. Participants should bring their own laptop with a version of Microsoft Excel on it.


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 119 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Google Classroom and Forms for Beginners
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Google has revolutionized the paper free classroom. Learn how to set up your classroom, add students, assign and grade homework, post articles, run discussions, and add tests! Everything your classroom needs in one place. Google forms now has a self-marking test mode, as well as instant data analysis for each question you create. Exams in real time, color, and the ability to randomize question or answer order to reduce the chances of students looking over another shoulder. Use google read and write as an accomodation! We begin with basics and see where that takes us as a group. Please remember to bring your own device with you to the session.

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Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 59 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Teaching Games to Foster Self-Regulation
When children and youth have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for self-regulation they are better suited to make healthy choices that affect them and their classmates or fellow program participants. Join Ever Active Schools as we explore how classrooms, the gymnasium, and the playground are all optimal settings to promote these skills through fun, creative and original activities.

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Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


12:30pm

What Could Go Wrong? The Simple Question Your Students Can Build a Story Around
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“I don’t know what to write.” Have you ever heard that in your classroom? When it comes to writing, so many students (and adults!) get stuck right at the beginning. This session will show you how to use the simple four-word question that defeats writers’ block every time. You’ll leave with an outline of a simple approach that will not only get your students unstuck when it comes to writing, but teach them plot structure at the same time. The benefits will extend beyond writing to reading comprehension, making this an excellent all-around literacy booster for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author, none
Robin is the author of Space Cadets, a sci-fi action/adventure novel for middle grade readers (ages 9-12). Prior to that he was a teacher of grades 4-7 Language Arts (among other things) for 31 years in Red Deer. He had a bunch of fun doing that, and now he’s really enjoying the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 60 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Truth and Reconciliation and High School Drama
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Participants will examine the high school drama curriculum for ways of embedding themes, practices, and understandings consistent with Indigenous teachings. Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for cross-curricular connections and share resources to develop an action plan to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations for education.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Sheets

Bill Sheets

Curriculum Facilitator, Northwest Regional Learning Consortium
20+ years teaching, 11+ years in administration, Secondary Math/Drama, Guitar, Bluegrass, Officiating Volleyball, Football, Hockey


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 61 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Connecting First Nations, Metis and Inuit Culture and History to Your Classroom Curriculum Delivery
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This session will give teachers examples of where they can connect FNMI culture and history to their curriculum delivery. A wide variety of learning options/styles will be offered. Connections to Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, Physical Education, Computers, Art, and Science will be demonstrated. It will be a make and take session. Participants will be able to make samples and use the activities in their classroom their next teaching day. Along with an opportunity to create classroom samples using dioramas, dough art projects, Aboriginal games, project based models, etc.; participants will be given the opportunity to experiment with Wevideo productions and participate in an FNMI Breakout EDU game. Come prepared to create, play and problem solve your way to enhancing your FNMI curriculum delivery.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lakey

Terry Lakey

FNMI Learning Services, Red Deer Public School District


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 55 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Introduction to Cree Language
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In this session you will learn basic greetings utilizing the Hello Song. How to count 1-10. We will touch on the 7 Sacred Teachings, what they are and what they mean. Basic introduction to Cree syllabics (written Cree alphabet)

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Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 32 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Moose Hide Campaign Learning Platform
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This is an online learning platform that will be launched by the Moose Hide Campaign on February 13th.  It takes teachers and their students through a series of steps from awareness to action to end violence against women and children.  

Speakers
avatar for Charlene Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 57 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Un univers de saveurs
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La nourriture intéresse tout le monde! Apprenez comment intégrer la littératie alimentaire dans chaque matière de votre curriculum. Vos petits chefs pourront faire des découvertes à propos de la nutrition, la lecture d’étiquettes, la cuisine, les origines géographiques de recettes et des facteurs environnementaux reliés à la production de la nourriture.

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Education Consultant, Dominic P. Tremblay, Education Consultant


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 31 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Talking Back to Anxiety in the Classroom- Elementary years
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This session springboards off of the session entitled "Talking Back to Anxiety". I will take you beyond the basics and generalities of how anxiety sneaks up and bosses our children around to how we can structure classroom activities and support 'anxiety-busting' skills within the classroom and school environment. Social and performance anxiety loves the school environment; however, we can teach children how to outsmart anxiety and strategically battle it. Classroom based approaches will be provided to assist k-6 students manoeuvre through "anxiety breeding grounds" to support children in feeling more confident and comfortable at school thus allowing them to learn and thrive.

Speakers
CB

Cathleen Botten

Registered Psychologist, Botten Psychological Services
I have worked as a psychologist for almost 27 years, specializing in children and adolescents. I appreciate the strengths and struggles of our youth and want nothing more than to educate youth and their parents and their teachers how to manage tough mental health symptoms.



Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 138 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Inclusive Education: Designing for a Range of Abilities
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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.

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Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA Theatre 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

The Ripple Effect: Sleep, Eat, Move and Think Better.
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine if school was a place where you went to get healthier and perform to your potential...

There are problems standing in the way of making that dream a reality. The world is faced with 4 inter-related epidemics – sleeplessness, obesity, inactivity and mental illness.

Fortunately, the scientific answers to these problems are available today. Sleep soundly. Eat Smarter. Move More. Think Clearly.

In this presentation Dr. Wells presents the scientific solution to these challenges. Using stories, research and simple tactics, Dr. Wells clearly outlines how to improve your health, supercharge your life and ultimately reach your full potential.

This presentation is based on Dr. Wells’ new book The Ripple Effect.

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Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA Gym 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Storytelling in Science
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This Storytelling in Science workshop fuses the poetic elements of storytelling with the hard facts of science, encouraging students to connect with scientific concepts in a personally meaningful way. During the workshop, students use their natural curiosity and personal experience to connect themselves to the theories they are learning about. Empowering students to go beyond simply stating the facts, they will learn to describe the story in a compelling way that uses scientific theory as the narrative. Krogstad breaks down the recipe for making science poetic and how to write a captivating story. Because science doesn’t have a voice, but you do.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Co-founder, YYSpeak
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. Teaching life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building, she has performed workshops in over a dozen cities around the province... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 56 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Wait...what? I have to teach math? Grades 1-6
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Does teaching elementary math make you nervous? Would you call yourself "math phobic"? Math doesn't have to be boring, scary or intimidating. Everyone is born with the innate ability to be successful in math. It is through our experiences with math that we build our belief about our own abilities. During this session, we will explore the power of a Growth Mindset, discuss powerful questioning techniques, and challenge myths. You will walk away with access to free resources that will support your journey into the exciting experience of bringing math alive for students.

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Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA Library 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Sing, Move and Play Division II
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This is an active participation session using, speech, ostinato, singing, harmony movement and instrumental accompaniments. All activities are connected to the Alberta Curriculum and have been used with students in class.

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Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 87 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

12:30pm

Changes in the Legal Landscape 2018-2019 (What Teachers & School Leaders Must Know)
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Teachers practise within a complex set of employment, professional and social parameters set out in various laws, regulations and policies. This presentation addresses, among other topics, employment contracts, professional conduct, teacher competence, professional relations, litigation, negligence and liability. The presentation can be structured as a general overview or tailored to the needs of the group requesting it. Current issues such as field trip liability, safe grads and assignable duties can be included.

Speakers
avatar for Genevieve Blais

Genevieve Blais

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Geneviève joined the Association’s Teacher Welfare executive staff in 2015. Geneviève holds a BA degree from the University of Ottawa, a BEd degree from the University of Western Ontario and a MEd degree from the University of Lethbridge. Geneviève was formerly an assistant principal... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP COMP 74 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Increasing Student Resilience
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This workshop asks the question, “How can teachers build resiliency in themselves to develop and maintain positive, supportive and caring relationships with students from at-risk environments?” Participants will consider approaches for integrating a strength-based resiliency perspective into teaching practice, examine personal perspectives/paradigms that foster positive relationships with students, and provide ideas, resources and strategies consistent with research-based practices that increase the student’s ability to succeed in school and in life.

Speakers
VM

Vincent Mireau

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Vincent Mireau is a Counsellor in Whitecourt, AB. He is the President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors.


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GP Comp 73 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

12:30pm

Google Slides for the Win!
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Come and discover the power of Google Slides! From templates to publishing to feedback collection... everything but plain old presentions. See what you can do and leave with ways to maximize learning using this Google tool.

All session presentations can be found at bit.ly/memorese on the Presentations page.

Speakers
avatar for Memorese Walter

Memorese Walter

Education Technologist, Peace Wapiti School Division #76
I love seeing teachers and students excited about using technology in an authentic way! Technology is always around me and I love exploring new tools.


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
PWA 111 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Canadian Landscape à la Ted Harrison (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Pre-registration is required.  The cost is $10.  Please email the presenter at polskieradio@artiza.com to make arrangements for payment and to guarantee a spot in this session.

For those who love Canada’s North, Ted Harrison is a MUST. His use of vibrant colours and bold lines made him a favourite artist among Canadian students. With the help of chalk-, oil pastels, and mixed media, 3 beautiful sceneries will come to life. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation (bring your own USB stick) that can be used directly in their art classrooms. Open to art and general teachers of grades 4- 10. All supplies provided by instructor. 

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avatar for Bogdan Konikowski

Bogdan Konikowski

director, ARTIZA
Bogdan is an artist – educator from Edmonton. He received his formal fine arts education in Poland. Bogdan is very versatile in terms of the subjects he undertakes. Using chiaroscuro and glazing techniques, Bogdan has come to specialize in painting murals and reproducing the works... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 22 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

Getting Started With Gamification OR GAME ON: GAMERTAGS, GOLD, GLORY! (DOUBLE SESSION)
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Not long ago a meteorite fell to Earth, and soon after some humans discovered they were hosts to an alien microbe. The only side effects are extraordinary abilities. The government has helped infected humans, known as JUXTA, to discover their abilities. However, a serious threat to humanity has emerged and only JUXTA can help! Deep within secret bases, JUXTA are now aiding the government to defeat this threat. And if you still haven't figured it out: YOU ARE JUXTA, THIS IS A SECRET BASE, AND YOU ARE HERE TO DEFEND HUMANITY. WELCOME TO BLACKPOOL! In this double session, you will experience gamification and learn how you can bring it into your classroom on Monday. More than just game-based learning (GBL) or PBLs, gamification immerses students in a story as they take on characters, complete quests, and help humanity. Gamification offers risks and rewards, builds the 3 C’s, and ultimately makes learning engaging and fun. If you’re ready for an adventure, then let’s Game On!

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avatar for Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff

Gamemaster


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 53/58 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

12:30pm

NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS - Learn to Luge, Ski or Snowboard with Nitehawk
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NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

This session will provide an overview of the variety of outdoor recreation opportunities that Nitehawk has to offer to your students year-round. Participants will be given a presentation highlighting all activities available, an explanation of the importance of outdoor recreation to the mental & physical development of students and an overview of the Student Experience when visiting our community owned non-profit facility. Participants will then be provided with instruction and an opportunity to try either luge, snowboarding or skiing. This will be offered on a first come first serve basis, following the presentation. Participants will be required to sign-up in advance so that we can staff them accordingly. Participants are also welcome stay after the session to spend the afternoon Skiing or Snowboarding, with Lift Tickets & Rental Equipment included. For those that aren't able to stay a Free Lift Ticket Day Voucher will be provided to give you a chance to visit our facility on another day.

Speakers
JC

Johnathan Clarkson

Asst. General Morning, Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park


Friday March 8, 2019 12:30pm - 3:15pm
Nitehawk 6356 Township Rd 702, Grande Prairie County No. 1

2:00pm

Life After Teaching: Living the Dream
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Do you ever dream about life after teaching? Robin will share the story of his recent transition from teacher to author, giving participants an opportunity to reflect on their own journey. Whether you’re in the early stages of your career or nearing the finish line, it’s never too early to look ahead, imagine the possibilities, and begin to lay the foundation for both ending and beginning well!

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author, none
Robin is the author of Space Cadets, a sci-fi action/adventure novel for middle grade readers (ages 9-12). Prior to that he was a teacher of grades 4-7 Language Arts (among other things) for 31 years in Red Deer. He had a bunch of fun doing that, and now he’s really enjoying the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 60 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Breakout EDU
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Come see what Breakout EDU is all about and how you can use these in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lakey

Terry Lakey

FNMI Learning Services, Red Deer Public School District


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 55 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Taking Action for Reconciliation
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This session will examine next steps in taking action for reconciliation in schools and school systems. Examples of good practices, innovation and leadership in education will be shared and participants will be engaged in strategizing for meaningful change in their own schools and school systems. There will be a focus on system and school leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Charlene Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead

Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience. Charlene currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, the... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 57 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Le mouvement FIXER, une version plus écolo du mouvement MAKER
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Le mouvement FIXER peut être une version beaucoup plus écologique du mouvement MAKER. Redéfinissez la mission de votre espace MAKER en modifiant la façon dont vos élèves utilisent les imprimantes 3D, les découpes au laser, les outils de menuiserie, les fers à souder, les machines à coudre et bien plus encore. Au lieu de créer de nouvelles choses qui finissent par se retrouver dans une décharge, vos élèves peuvent utiliser ces outils pour réparer des appareils électroniques, des appareils électroménagers, des vêtements, des meubles et une variété d’objets ménagers. Encouragez vos élèves à développer leur esprit entrepreneurial en ouvrant un atelier de réparation dans votre école!

Speakers
avatar for Dominic Tremblay

Dominic Tremblay

Education Consultant, Dominic P. Tremblay, Education Consultant


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 31 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Talking Back to Anxiety in the Classroom- Grades 7-12
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Anxiety really likes to ramp up during the adolescent years and unfortunately the school environment is it's perfect 'breeding ground'. Social and performance anxiety are the most common manifestations of this "too helpful" biological alert system we have all been born with. This session springboards off of the earlier session "Talking Back to Anxiety" to take teachers through specific ways curriculum outcomes and the school environment could become a player on Anxiety's team. However we will explore ways to provide students with skills and strategies to build their own "team" to talk back to anxiety and shrink it's strength. Through anxiety management, students can thrive in their learning and find school to be an emotionally safe and rewarding place to be.

Speakers
CB

Cathleen Botten

Registered Psychologist, Botten Psychological Services
I have worked as a psychologist for almost 27 years, specializing in children and adolescents. I appreciate the strengths and struggles of our youth and want nothing more than to educate youth and their parents and their teachers how to manage tough mental health symptoms.



Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 138 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Inclusive Education: Who, What, Where, When, Why?!
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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.

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Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA Theatre 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Very Good Reasons to Kill the Class Novel Study
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Whole class novel studies are now "old school". Inspired by Donalyn Miller's book "Awakening the Inner Reader", take a peek at my grade 9 classroom where we have no assigned novel reading. No novel studies. No book reports. No thirty page booklets to complete at the end of each chapter. Students read books of their choice all year long; a total of 40 books in a year. This session with provide you with a year's overview, sample lessons and assessments, and a taste of book-choice freedom.

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 59 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Wait...what? I have to teach math? Grades 1-6
Limited Capacity filling up

Does teaching elementary math make you nervous? Would you call yourself "math phobic"? Math doesn't have to be boring, scary or intimidating. Everyone is born with the innate ability to be successful in math. It is through our experiences with math that we build our belief about our own abilities. During this session, we will explore the power of a Growth Mindset, discuss powerful questioning techniques, and challenge myths. You will walk away with access to free resources that will support your journey into the exciting experience of bringing math alive for students.

Speakers


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA Library 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Sing, Move and Play Division II - Recorder
Limited Capacity seats available

This is an active participation class focusing on use of Soprano Recorder. All participants will need a Soprano Recorder for this Session. Fun activities for starting and reinforcing the notes and a sequence good for your students.

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Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 87 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

2:00pm

The 10-minute warm-up: Exploring movement skill development, fitness, and injury prevention
Presented in collaboration with the University of Calgary's Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre and the Be Fit for Life Network, join us as we explore how an evidence-based warm-up can develop safe and effective movement skills to create a foundation for continued physical activity participation. Based on research in Calgary schools, neuromuscular training warm-ups in PE classes can reduce lower limb injuries by 62%. This warm-up is featured on a new poster that you'll receive at the session.

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Ever Active Schools

Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative that supports and sustains healthy school communities. We provide professional learning, mentorship and special projects that all use a Comprehensive School Health approach.


2:00pm

The Power of Play: Engaging Learners of All Ages
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Play fosters creativity, independence, problem-solving and ownership in learning. This session will provide you with ways to successfully incorporate play into any class at any grade level and give you ideas to use in your next lesson.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Silverman

Kathleen Silverman

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Kathleen has experience working with students of all ages in diverse environments. She currently divides her time between her family, classroom teaching, developing and teaching art history courses to adults, as an ATA Project Liaison and Consultant and as an Association Instructor... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP Comp 73 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB

2:00pm

You Did What?! (When Teachers Get in Trouble)
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This presentation examines a topics which lead many teachers to call the Alberta Teachers' Association for advice or representation. The presentation will examine protocols to protect teacher privacy and autonomy when seeking advice, interpersonal professional conflicts, contract and certification issues, employment risks related to the role-modelling obligations, problems caused by technology and social media use, and liabilities associated with providing service to medically fragile students. Come to this session with questions regarding dealing with difficult people, social media, professional conduct, legislation and anything else on your mind.

Speakers
avatar for Genevieve Blais

Genevieve Blais

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Geneviève joined the Association’s Teacher Welfare executive staff in 2015. Geneviève holds a BA degree from the University of Ottawa, a BEd degree from the University of Western Ontario and a MEd degree from the University of Lethbridge. Geneviève was formerly an assistant principal... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
GP COMP 74 11202 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Question and Answer
Limited Capacity seats available

Question and Answer with Greg Wells

Speakers

Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA Gym 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada

2:00pm

Have SMARTboard, will Teach!
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Learn about the new features of SMART Notebook 18 and SMART's new collaboration tools that allow you to work with and integrate with student devices. There is so much more to your SMARTboard than you probably use. Come discover the changes! Basic session... beginners welcome!

All session presentations can be found at bit.ly/memorese on the Presentations page.

Speakers
avatar for Memorese Walter

Memorese Walter

Education Technologist, Peace Wapiti School Division #76
I love seeing teachers and students excited about using technology in an authentic way! Technology is always around me and I love exploring new tools.


Friday March 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
PWA 111 11410 104 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2Z1, Canada
 


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