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Thursday, February 23
 

9:00am

RDC As A Polytechnic University
You will have heard the term Polytechnic University many times in our community.  RDC’s board of governors has made degree granting through becoming a polytechnic university its number one priority.  Red Deer mayor and council have made it their number one advocacy priority with the provincial government.  Join President Joel Ward as he makes the case for degree granting at RDC.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
1328 Red Deer College

9:00am

Visual Behaviours in the Classroom
Developmental and Behavioural Optometrists along with their vision therapists discussing behaviours in your classroom that may have underlying visual genesis. What are the common behavioural concerns of teachers today? How can the visual system influence behaviours? Who in my classroom is affected? What can I as a teacher or assistant do about it? These questions and more will be answered.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2905 Red Deer College

9:00am

Flipped Classes - When it Works and When it Doesn't
Have you ever considered flipping your class? What makes a class more likely to be a successful flip? This session includes steps for flipping a class and how to increase your chances of a successful flip. A case study of 2 classes – one that worked beautifully and one that failed miserably. Come share your own experiences with flipped classes or ideas on classes you might want to flip.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2305 Red Deer College

9:00am

Free Technology for your CTS Natural Resources Cluster - The NEW Alberta Tomorrow Citizen Science and Simulation App
Whether you teach Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental Stewardship, Primary Resources or Wildlife, the issues facing these sectors must be looked at as a part of a much bigger picture. Make your class more meaningful, relevant and interactive by examining a real problem in Alberta: Managing Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Production in Alberta. The all New GIS Alberta Tomorrow App

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Janzen

Jennifer Janzen

Executive Director, Alberta Tomorrow
A former high school teacher, ecologist and environmental educator, Jennifer is now Executive Director of the Alberta Tomorrow Foundation, a not for profit organization dedicated to educating Albertans in the importance of land-use planning for a sustainable future.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2303 Red Deer College

9:00am

Tips and Tricks to incorporate Google Classroom into your teaching routine
Whether you are starting to use Google Classroom or are a seasoned veteran. This workshop will provide time-saving tips and tricks to use Google Classroom to set the pace of your lesson, improve communication to parents and students, and provide feedback to student assessment.

Speakers
MZ

Michael Zhang

Lead Trainer, Tech Nerd Services
Michael Zhang is a technology consultant and instructor at Tech Nerd Services. He has designed workshops for Google Web Apps, SMART Notebook, and Microsoft Products. Michael also creates video and written tutorials for the Tech Nerd Services Blog: (blog.technerdservices.com). Furthermore, he has traveled throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories to provide training. As a Certified Google Trainer, Michael has facilitated Google Workshops... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
1303 Red Deer College

9:00am

Strategies for Managing Anxiety in the Classroom
Anxiety is plaguing our society, and in children anxiety has many faces. Children who seem to have behavioral concerns, seem shy, or seem op-positional may be dealing with anxiety. This presentation is intended to provide some education on what anxiety looks like in children, so that we can spot it, and then to provide tangible strategies that can be used in the classroom to support those students

Speakers
TA

Tammy Auten-Dye

Psychologist, Auden-Dye Psychological
My name is Tammy Auten-Dye. I am a Psychologist with a Private Practice in Ponoka Alberta and have experieince in a number of rural settings. Providing play therapy with Children starting at 4 years old, youth/teen therapy, adult, couples and family therapy. With an eclectic theoretical technique, my primary mode of therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Margaret Parsons Theatre Red Deer College

9:00am

Original Freedom Writer
TURN THE PAGE: THE MANNY SCOTT STORY.
Manny shares his story, and several eye-opening insights, of how, with hard work and the help of others, he went from being an “unreachable” and “unteachable” student to becoming a successful husband, father, Ph.D. student, entrepreneur, and public servant. This message inspires people to become change agents—“page-turners”—who help others write new, more fulfilling chapters in their lives.

“I’m a senior at this school, and I have NEVER seen anyone do that to this crowd. Ever!”
– Student, Hoffman Estates, IL

Manny shares, step-by-step, several proven practices and principles that engage, equip, and empower people everywhere to reach youth. Based on his doctoral research and own life experiences, Manny explains: how to develop real relationships; how to grab the attention of your intended audience; and, how to persuade others to turn the page and take proactive steps to improve the quality of their lives.

These are tools that others used to reach Manny, and tools that leaders can use right now to begin impacting the lives of others with incredible success.

“I have been in education for 33 years, and this is THE BEST presentation I have ever seen. ...
Mr. Scott did in an hour what many teachers have been trying to do for decades. He got 2000
students to do whatever he asked them to do. The atmosphere here has changed! Every student needs to experience this.”
– Superintendent, Oconto, WI

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avatar for Manny Scott

Manny Scott

By age 16, Manny felt his story was over: | His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of his life was near, Manny sat down on a park bench. | | Then, a man—a complete stranger—took a risk, and sat down beside Manny. That man helped him see that his story... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Main Stage-Arts Center

9:00am

10 Outstanding Ways to Involve your Students in Assessment
Do your students believe assessment is something that is “done to them” or do they see themselves as active partners in the process? In this hands-on workshop, experience 10 great techniques for developing an Assessment for Learning partnership with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Gerald Knox

Gerald Knox

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 February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2006F LIBRARY Red Deer College

9:00am

Teacher and Administrator Exchanges
Take your vocation global! Challenge yourself and reap the benefits of teacher and administrator exchanges. Opportunities are for 2 weeks or 1 year to Spain, Germany, the UK, Australia and other Canadian provinces. This session will feature past participants who will share their exchange experiences and information on how to apply to this Alberta Education exchange program.

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, a Government of Alberta Program administered by the Alberta Teachers’ Association. With a background in Communications and Technology, and working in the Department of Educational Policy with inquiry-based projects, her focus is stewarding digital habitats for communities to learn from and with each other. Her current areas of research centre on the... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2304 Red Deer College

9:00am

Calm Classroom: Mindfulness & Meditation Techniques for Stressed Out Teachers and Students

AGRIOS MINDFITNESS
Connecting the mind and body through movement and breath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=R20MxM8rGoc

 

YOUR MIND FOLLOWS YOUR BREATH. THE KEY TO CONTROLLING YOUR MIND IS CONTROLLING YOUR BREATH.

Tired? Exhausted? Stressed?  That's why Susan, former K-12 school teacher created this workshop for teachers and recorded the Stress Free Zone download.

Take time out to deeply relax your body and mind as Susan guides you through a meditation (yoga nidra, a technique she studied with Yoga Masters in India and in California with Dr. Richard Miller) and teaches you simple and easy to learn meditations some as short as 1-3 minutes in length.  Susan will show you how to integrate these mindfulness and meditation techniques into your daily life and classroom so you won't feel as drained or burnt out by the end of the day and will have a calmer classroom environment.  She will also teach you some quick and simple movement and breath exercises to connect your mind and body.  These exercises are great to help both you and your students refocus or "wake up" when your minds are wandering and you get that tired sleepy feel.  If all else fails just press play on her Stress Free Zone download.

This is a session you definitely don't want to miss as Susan brings these ancient meditation and mindfulness techniques she studied in India, New Mexico and California wtih world renowned Yoga Masters making them easliy accessible to you.

"If you're up for the challenge we will begin day 1 of the 40 day Mindfulness Challenge so you too can join our Mindfulness Movement of over 7000 adults and kids.  I look forward to sharing these meditation and mindfulness techniques with you as  I have seen them change lives.  Hope you can join us!".  Susan =;)

TESTIMONIALS

"Susan Agrios, the incredible woman who inspired me to start mindfulness at Callingwood! School! I began with the basics as you taught us during your time with us...Our principal informed me that a parent of a student in my classroom was truly inspired by her son's ability to practice mindfulness and literally said it has changed his life. She wanted to learn more about it and so our principal passed along to her the mindfulness toolkit that you presented us with...Thank you Susan for all you do to bring peace to our bodies and for sharing that peace with the world! Much respect" 
Jennifer Fedor
K-6 School Teacher

 

"I have had the good fortune of taking the TIME OUT: Mindfulness workshop with Susan on a number occasions. It is so simple to do and has had such an impact on the quality of my life. My relationships within my family and circle of friends have reached new levels since using these techniques consistently.
I have seen my students use meditation to achieve a positive, healthy state of mind before on-stage performance or classroom performance. I have seen anxious students achieve a sense of calm in a hectic day of school. This is a skill that will help them throughout their life".
Jodie Schwartz
Junior High Teacher

 

“Sue’s Yoga Nidra class was truly a one-of-a-kind experience. As a type-A, over-achiever, I often find it difficult to relax and unwind. It took me a few classes to get the full experience of Yoga Nidra, but once I did it was completely exhilarating. At the end of the class I was glowing like a light bulb! I felt rejuvenated, refreshed and I became a true believer in meditation and how it can benefit my overall well-being.
I teach a Holistic Health Class at Ross Sheppard High School and I have introduced my students to Yoga Nidra.  They find it very relaxing and a perfect break from their hectic schedules. I highly recommend Sue’s class. Her energy is contagious and you will leave the class feeling relaxed and refocused.”
Kim Hertlein
High School Teacher

 

 
 





Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
"The incredible woman who inspired me to start mindfulness at Callingwood School! Practicing mindfulness with my students over the last year has changed my life, and many of my kiddos will attest to the same thing. I want the world to know that if my kiddos with special needs (behaviour disorders, nonetheless) can do it, anyone can! Thank you for all the inspiration you've brought out in me and others...for all you do to bring peace to our... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2901B Red Deer College

9:00am

Cool Tools for Schools
Are you looking for ways to further engage your students? This session will look at some interesting websites and online programs that teachers (Divisions II-IV) could use in their classrooms. Pariticipants are encouraged to bring a device as they will be trying out some of the programs.

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avatar for Suzanne Williamson

Suzanne Williamson

Grade 9 Humanities Teacher, Ecole Lacombe Junior High School
Suzanne Williamson is a Humanities 9 teacher from Ecole Lacombe Junior High School where she has been teaching for the past nine years. In her 16 years of teaching, she has taught in Alberta and in the Northwest Territories, both in reserve schools and public schools. | | She is currently the Regional President (for Central Alberta) of the ATA Social Studies Council, and this past fall one of her Social Studies projects won the 2016... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2906 Red Deer College

9:00am

Google Classroom - Just starting
This session will help to familiarize you with the Google Classroom. This is an introduction session designed for beginners but also helpful for those who have dabbled in Google Classroom. You will get your feet wet in the advantages of collaborative features and you will see the benefits of going paperless. Also, see all the new features.

Speakers
avatar for Gilles Theriault

Gilles Theriault

Teacher, Red Deer Public School District
Gilles is presently teaching at École Lindsay Thurber Comp. H.S. in Red Deer. He has provided support to educators and has conducted professional development for over two decades. Google Certified Educator. Gilles is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the classroom. He’s currently teaching Google Apps to students and much more. He has taken his students to various Skills Canada competition to engage and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2602 Red Deer College

9:00am

Bear Necessities of Writing
Are you looking for ways to enhance your student’s writing? Are you being challenged by students who hate to write? The Bear Necessities of Writing program invites students to become risk takers in the writing process, motivating and encouraging them to use a variety of learning styles to build their writing skills. The Bear Necessities of Writing is a hands-on program that now includes the use of

Speakers
DQ

Debbie Quick

Literacy Consultant, Bear Necessities of Writing
Debbie Quick has spent 30 years in education as a teacher and literacy & curriculum consultant. Her academic preparation includes a Maters Degree in Literacy, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Special Education. She is the author of the Bear Necessities of Writing. Debbie has worked extensively with teachers K-12 to develop their knowledge of what it takes to develop student literacy skills.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
913B Red Deer College

9:00am

Fall in LOVE with Phonemic Awareness
Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, think about and work with the individual sounds in spoken words. Children who have a strong sense of phonemic awareness skills are likely to have an easier time learning to read and spell! Solve the biggest reading problems with Phonemic awareness and help set the stage for lifelong success in reading! IDEAL AUDIENCE- K-1 teachers

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avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Literacy Consultant, Lanaco Ltd.
LANA LANE is an Independent Literacy Consultant. She resides on an acreage outside of Canada's only Border City, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. She is happily married to Kevin, an Educator for 22 years. In 2014, Kevin and Lana became part owners of Rusway Construction, the family Water and Sewer business. They have 3 children, only one living at home. Lana is a certified power skating instructor and past owner of a Booster Juice business in... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Upstairs Learning Commons

9:00am

Writing Fiction to Save the World
Fiction can be a powerful tool to help students address the issues that concern them. Author and teacher James Davidge will take participants through a series of writing exercises that encourage using our imagination in socially responsible manners.

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avatar for James Davidge

James Davidge

James Davidge was born in Edmonton, Alberta and studied education at the University of Calgary. His first novel, Driftwood Ellesmere, was published in 2006 by Bayeux Arts. He has since released the four remaining novels that complete the Driftwood Saga, a series about a young girl who tries to save the world using heartfelt magic. James has released two graphic novels with Edmonton artist Bob Prodor; The Duchess Ranch of Old John Ware recounts... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
1437 Red Deer College

9:00am

Making Additive Thinking Accessible to All (K-3)
Students struggling in mathematical problem solving may be using inefficient counting strategies rather than additive 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. This session is made possible through a grant from Alberta Education.

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avatar for Sandi Berg

Sandi Berg

Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant, Central Alberta Regional Consortium
Sandi Berg has taught every grade and almost every subject from K-12. As a Curriculum Implementation Support Consultant at Central Alberta Regional Consortium, she is constantly increasing her repertoire of student centered activities that make connections with the world, develop Competencies and Mathematical Processes and focus on infusing literacy and numeracy within all curricular areas. Her favorite sessions are those that focus on practical... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
1408 Red Deer College

9:00am

They Should Know This! - Math Remedies for Grades 4 to 8
Don't continue to do more of what hasn't work. Come and learn new math games and activities that have been effectively used to help students from a wide range of backgrounds understand and master basic math concepts. Participants will come away from the session with the knowledge, skills and understanding to implement what they learn in the session into their classrooms, easily and quickly.

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avatar for John Felling

John Felling

Co-owner/Author, Box Cars And One Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to all of his workshops. He worked as both teacher and principal with Black Gold SD for over 25 years and is now currently doing workshops across N.A. in the area of games as a teaching strategy and brain compatible activities. He is a featured speaker with ASCD in the area of Teaching Excellence and Leadership. He is the author of several books including the newest from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
1439 Red Deer College

9:00am

Super Fun Lessons for K-2 Music Classes
In Super Fun Lessons for K-2 Music Classes you’ll sing, move, read, write, create, and play instruments while learning about beat, rhythm, melody, form, and expression. You'll have fun creating and playing your own music. You’ll use manipulatives for a tactile hands-on learning experience while seeing how digital resources can reinforce and complement the learning.

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avatar for Denise Gagne

Denise Gagne

Owner, Themes & Variations
Denise Gagne has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from babies and preschool to College levels . She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff. Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay K-6 elementary music curriculum.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2600 Red Deer College

9:00am

Your Pension Matters
The session is of interest to teachers of all ages and is a general overview of the teachers’ pension plan. The presentation will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement.?

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2501 Red Deer College

9:00am

The General Play Skills (GPS) Program - Developing Physical Literacy Through Play
Come learn about and participate in this exciting new program that focuses on developing physical literacy and improving PE experiences for K-4 students. Ready-made lesson plans, assessment tools and supplemental materials have been developed to eliminate the barriers of lack of time, training, money. Learn about the details of the GPS Program & participate in some of the activities.

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avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Owner, PLAY Education Consulting
Tracy Lockwood is a wife, mother of two boys and the Founder of PLAY Education Consulting. She is a certified K-12 Physical Education Teacher and has over 20 years of experience. Her teaching experience includes working with K-12 students in Alberta, Canada and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She was employed as a provincial education coordinator for nearly 10 years where she facilitated hundreds of workshops for thousands of professionals at... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Studio D Red Deer College

9:00am

Totally Tubular
This session will teach you the benefits of using resistance tubing and take you through a number of strength training exercises. This portable exercise equipment is inexpensive and easily stored, making it perfect for home use or when you’re tight on space in the gym. It is effective at toning your muscles and allowing you to gradually increase the stress on your muscles as you regain strength. Wear comfortable clothing to move in!

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avatar for Char Andrew

Char Andrew

Char has been working in the fitness industry for 27 years and is the Health and Wellness Coordinator for RDCRS. She is a group fitness instructor at Studio Pilates in Red Deer and does athletic conditioning for sports teams.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Studio A-Arts Center

9:00am

Develop Inquiry and Problem-solving Skills Using Children's Literature
Participants will see how to use children's literature to support the development of inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. This session will utilize Let's Talk Science’s free resources available on IdeaPark (an online database of cross-curricular Explorations and Investigations). These resources support developing young children's competencies.

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avatar for Candace Beaton

Candace Beaton

Education Program Consultant, Let's Talk Science


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
B501

9:00am

Advancing Reconciliation
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the work around reconciliation that John Humphrey Centre has been doing in schools in Edmonton. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into Canada's post-contact history and take away an activity that shines a light on our shared past with regards to Indigenous Peoples.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
1600 Red Deer College

9:00am

Sleight of Hand, Sleight of Mind ... breaking the spell for war
In this INTERACTIVE session participants are challenged to "break the spell" of War Propaganda by unmasking its Sensory and Psychological Misdirection. Participants will be surprised how their own cognitive biases are manipulated to form the compelling illusions of war. The focus will be on recent geopolitical disputes: Afghanistan,Iraq,Libya,Syria,The Balkans,Ukraine.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter

Teacher, EPSB
Greg Hunter taught science in Alberta for 30 years. Since his retirement he has been studying and speaking on how cognitive biases are used to manipulate our received world views. His goal is to facilitate critical thinking about history and current events. “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge teachers—and all of us—to never assume that received narratives are necessarily true. Such skepticism is the basis of real... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2402 Red Deer College

9:00am

Virtual Reality Without Technology: Simulation Activities
How can we make Social Studies more exciting for our students? For me, one solution was the use of simulation activities. They engage students by connecting their learning to the present, putting them right into the middle of the action. Using several classroom-tested grade 7 lessons as an example, I'll pass on some ideas to help you create teaching activities that your students will never forget!
You can check out my presentation here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sK3cyL48cgrvahxA2v5L4I4N7VgCys5x7luBCt3icVA/edit?usp=sharing
 

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Freelance Writer/Presenter
Robin retired from teaching this summer after a 31 year career in Red Deer. He has worked with students from K-12, with the majority of his experience in grades 4-9 Language Arts, Social Studies and Drama. He believes in engaging students through creative, student-centred approaches to education.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
2301 Red Deer College

9:00am

Fabulous File Folder Journal
Reduce,re-use, and recycle! Learn how to create a visually stunning journal using old file folders. You will be shown how easy it is to embellish file folders you have taking up room in your classrooms. Learn what types of paints and pens are required as well as unique lettering done with Sharpie markers. View this project on my website www.sallytowerssybblis.com under the heading Art Classes.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
2401 Red Deer College

9:00am

Fashion Illustration Drawing for Everyone!
For those who teach fashion, art or simply love fashion: you will learn how to create incredible looking fashion illustrations step by step by using easily available art materials. No experience necessary, just join and have lots of fun! Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and a PowerPoint presentation that can be used art classrooms. All supplies provided. Registration fee $10

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Artistic Director, ARTIZA LTD.
Izabella holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta. Her awards and grants include Winspear Fund Grant and Dahesh Museum Award in New York. Among her commissions are portraits of Lois Hole, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and Dr. Grant MacEwan. She exhibits across Canada and presents at national and international art education related conferences. Izabella has been an art... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
2505 Red Deer College

9:00am

Looking Beyond the Behaviour:Supporting Students with High Functioing ASD and ADHD

Navigating the world as a child on the Autism Spectrum can be a confusing and many times frustrating experience.  Learn practical tools designed to help you guide your high functioning ASD students towards success in the classroom. This workshop is designed to explore the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder as it appears in the classroom, with a focus on children with high functioning Autism (formerly referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome). We will explore methods of functional behaviour assessment, classroom intervention, and proactive behaviour management.



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avatar for Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller

Professional Development/ Disability Support, Foothills Academy
Melissa Miller has supported children and adults with disabilities for over nine years, seven of which was spent as a behavioural therapist with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a breadth of experience as both a behavioural therapist and an educational assistant with a unique and practical perspective. She currently sits on the Bow Valley College Educational Assistant Advisory board. Melissa has presented for the Calgary Board of... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
2503 Red Deer College

9:00am

Through Autism Glasses
Are you somewhat new to the Autism world, or a relatively new teacher? You might need to see things ‘Through Autism Glasses’. This session covers all primary and secondary symptoms, is full of great strategies involving demonstrations, observations, video footage, and a display of physical materials. Also, get a feel for what life can REALLY be like for a child with ASD and their family.

Speakers
avatar for Kitty Parlby

Kitty Parlby

I am the mother of two wonderful young men, one of which has Autism. I am a special needs educational assistant. I am also a board member for the Autism Society of Alberta. I guess you could say my life is Autism Immersed! :) I can't wait to come and speak at the CATCA convention. I'll share lots about Autism, some tricks and tips, some video footage, and some stories from our lives to make it all come alive!


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
B505

9:00am

Love Teaching, but I Hate Feeling Overwhelmed and STRESSED OUT?
Educators are experiencing a dramatic increase in the demands of the profession. As a result, you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and unable to meet the needs of students, parents and your own family. In this session you will reconnect with WHY you became a teacher, acknowledge the demands of teaching and explore strategies to decrease overwhelm and stress throughout the school year!

I will bring the handouts - just had them printed so they 'fit an 8 1/2" by 14" paper, so I will check the numbers and bring them for everyone!  
Looking foreward to seeing you on Feb 23!

One wellness tip:  Exercise!  Enjoy . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jci0JRIBoy8&nohtml5=False

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Sunada

Joyce Sunada

Wellness Educator, Joyful Endeavours
Joyce Sunada is committed to inspire, empower and ignite educators to live joyful and fulfilling lives. She has over 30 years experience as an educator. During that time she was a teacher, an administrator and the Schools Coordinator for Ever Active Schools. Joyce is the recipient of the "Health Promoting Schools Champion" award from the national Physical & Health Education organization, PHE Canada. After ignoring her own wellness, Joyce was... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
2205 Red Deer College

9:00am

Teaching Sexual Health with Confidence!
Come to this interactive session and discuss innovative activities & strategies to engage students in the classroom. You will leave this session with sample lesson plans for grade 4-CALM Human Sexuality Outcomes and knowledge of the other free resources available on Teachingsexualhealth.ca, an authorized Alberta Education Resource.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Brouwer

Nicole Brouwer

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services
Nicole Brouwer has taught everything from grade one PE to Bio 30, and lots of things in between. She has been a teacher in both public and Catholic schools, and recently completed her MEd in Adult, Community and Higher Education. Nicole spent more than 10 years facilitating prenatal and parenting classes with Alberta Health Services and now works as a Health Promotion Facilitator on the Reproductive Health team.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
2302 Red Deer College

9:00am

Using We Video in the classroom
Come and learn the basics of We Video. If you and your students have access to this program this is an excellent method to reinforce learning, assess, extend learning etc in all subject areas. Use this program to have students create various kinds of video production. This will be a student led session with a limited number of chrome books being provided for participant use.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
1435 Red Deer College

9:00am

The Blanket Excercise
The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop in which educators will experience over 500 years of history by taking on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they will walk through time and explore the impacts of colonization, treaty-making, and modern legislation. The Blanket Exercise is concluded by a facilitated debriefing.

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avatar for Crystal Clark

Crystal Clark

Walking Together Program Consultant, Alberta Teachers' Association
Crystal Clark is one of six Walking Together Consultants working with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. She is a Fort McMurray born Metis who currently resides in Rocky Mountain House, AB. She holds a Masters of Educational Technology, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, New Media Diploma, Native Creative Writing and Visual Arts Diploma. Her teaching experience includes working with the Tsimshian Nation in Lax Kw'Alaams B.C and... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Fletcher

Andrea Fletcher

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Andrea Fletcher MEd, Grade two teacher at Ecole Barrie Wilson School.


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Studio B

9:00am

Teachers as Story Catchers In the Studio Classroom – Making Literacy Learning Visible
Do you want to jazz up your literacy instruction, and engage your students while reading and writing? This session is for you. Paula and Sheryl will take the participants on a journey through the Studio Classroom. They will share processes, and a myriad of literacy strategies while using mentor texts. Teachers will be fully equipped with a wide variety of toolbox methods to engage students at a

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
1503 Red Deer College

9:00am

Thinking Inside The Box
Completing the square and quadratic formula - two topics that can baffle and scare students. Not any more! We will explore and play with "The Box Method" to discover "How To Do Absolutely Everything Thrown At You In High School Quadratics and Do So With Ease and Joy and No Memorization."

Speakers
WS

Warren Sembaliuk

Head of Mathematics, West Central High School
I graduated from the U of A in April 1994 with a major in mathematics and a minor in general science. I began teaching in a K-12 school in the town of Edgerton in East Central Alberta. I taught there for three years. In the summer of 1998 I moved to Rocky Mountain House. In September of 2005 we moved into our brand new building named West Central High School. | In August of 2008 I was blessed with the birth of my daughter Stephanie and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
2404 Red Deer College

9:00am

Taking the Can't Out of Cantor
Calling all choir directors, music specialists & ‘WHAT? I have to teach my own music?’ classroom teachers! This ‘I CAN DO IT’ session guides teachers through rehearsal techniques for all levels of choirs. New & exciting voice, brain & body warm-ups, singing tips & repertoire ideas will be introduced. Spiritual First Nations choral music will be explored and celebrated. Session handouts provided.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Turk

Angie Turk

Music Specialist
Angie Turk MEd., BMus., BEd. | | During her 20 year career with the CBE, Angie has had a variety of roles and responsibilities: classroom teacher, music specialist, school-based Learning Leader and AISI Area Learning Leader. Additionally, Angie has had a very busy extra-curricular life, full of song and performances. For 20 years, she conducted both the Calgary Children's Choir and the Mount Royal Childrens Choir. Both choirs participated... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
2601 Red Deer College

9:00am

Tower Garden - Growing Young Minds
A Tower Garden is an aeroponic growing system that is capable of growing types of vegetables indoors throughout the year. Tower Gardens are an incredible addition to any classroom atmosphere. The attachable lights and water pump help to set the tone for a stimulating and calm environment. Equipped for continuous growing abilityTower Gardens encourage children to learn and explore at their own pace

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Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Forum Red Deer College

9:00am

Process-Based Learning: Authentic Learning Through Design
A workshop set designed to show teachers how to design process-based learning in their classrooms. This learning approach provides students the experience of directing and analyzing their own learning as they move toward functional understanding of a topic or area. It emphasizes the strategies and design for learning, and rewards growth in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a lifelong learner

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Currie

Thomas Currie

Educational Design Specialist, Westmount Charter School
A passionate Alberta Educator, Educational Design Specialist, Purveyor of Makerspace, and recent Spark School of Innovation by Design graduate. I have had a blended classroom since the day I started teaching...
avatar for Matthew Virdaeus

Matthew Virdaeus

I'm an educational designer and CTS teacher who is exploring and developing new approaches to education that focus on authentic experiences and student freedom. Although my primary specialty is in computer science education, my work has been to develop new approaches to address the challenges students will face beyond school that could be applied and adapted to a variety of subject areas. My most recent work has been around "process-based... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 9:00am - 3:30pm
1504 Red Deer College

10:45am

Coaching to Support Inclusion
A new Association publication designed as a self-paced program to explore the use of coaching to support inclusive practices. This session will prepare school leaders to facilitate the activities included in this resource to engage the school staff in the dialogue, design and implementation of coaching to support inclusion.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jeff Johnson has served as a school and district level leader for many years and is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a recipient of Alberta’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served in a leadership role in the Council for School Leadership and also Alberta Technology Leaders in Education.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2905 Red Deer College

10:45am

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Revisiting Rubrics
All rubrics are not created equal! A quality rubric can help teachers and students focus on what really matters. But rubrics can go wrong in all kinds of ways. In this session, take a closer look at the characteristics of a great rubric, learn to recognize and avoid some common pitfalls, and take a look at the AAC tools available to help you create effective rubrics for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Gerald Knox

Gerald Knox

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 February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2006F LIBRARY Red Deer College

10:45am

The Houses that We Built
We have created a House Structure at our school to enhance our school culture and create a sense of family and team within our school. This session will outline the implementation of our House Structure from the idea stage to weekly House Time sessions. Many ideas and take-aways will be provided. Several members of the Innisfail Middle School staff will be presenting and answering questions.

Speakers
avatar for DANICA MARTIN

DANICA MARTIN

School staff team, École Innisfail Middle School
Our school team will be sharing the story of our journey to implement a House structure in our middle school. Several team members including administrators and teachers will be on hand to answer questions and share ideas.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
1439 Red Deer College

10:45am

How to save time grading written assignments in Google Docs
Explore two Google Docs apps that can save time grading and giving feedback to Google Docs written assignments. Both Goobric and OrangeSlice provide features such as grading with a rubric, peer-to-peer grading, and formative and summative versions. You can even record an audio message with Goobric! Bring a Chromebook or laptop to follow along!

Speakers
MZ

Michael Zhang

Lead Trainer, Tech Nerd Services
Michael Zhang is a technology consultant and instructor at Tech Nerd Services. He has designed workshops for Google Web Apps, SMART Notebook, and Microsoft Products. Michael also creates video and written tutorials for the Tech Nerd Services Blog: (blog.technerdservices.com). Furthermore, he has traveled throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories to provide training. As a Certified Google Trainer, Michael has facilitated Google Workshops... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
1303 Red Deer College

10:45am

Issues in the Middle years
Red Deer College Middle Years students in their 4th year researched various issues in Education and collected data relevant to Central Alberta. This will be a quick fast paced snapshot of current issues in education may be on some of the following topics: LGBTQ, Bullying, Media, Character education, FNMI, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
913A Red Deer College

10:45am

Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI)
LSCI is an advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors. LSCI views problems or stressful incidents as opportunities for learning, growth, insight, and change. LSCI uses crisis as an opportunity to teach and to teach and create positive relationships with youth.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Reid

Robert Reid

Principal, Lacombe Outreach School
In my 25th year as an educator, 19 in the classroom and the last 6 as an administrator. I have been a Senior Trainer with Life Space Crisis Intervention for the past three years and a practitioner for two years before becoming a trainer. There are many skills that a person can build on in this training. The most significant being understanding the Conflict Cycle.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
1600 Red Deer College

10:45am

Literacy in the Content Areas
Do you have students who struggle when they read the subject content expected in grades 7-12? This session will provide a framework that content/subject teachers can use to structure their lessons to support all students in developing strategies to better understand difficult text. Teachers will be provided with a toolbox of strategies they can use as a part of their regular instruction that will

Speakers
DQ

Debbie Quick

Literacy Consultant, Bear Necessities of Writing
Debbie Quick has spent 30 years in education as a teacher and literacy & curriculum consultant. Her academic preparation includes a Maters Degree in Literacy, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Special Education. She is the author of the Bear Necessities of Writing. Debbie has worked extensively with teachers K-12 to develop their knowledge of what it takes to develop student literacy skills.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
913B Red Deer College

10:45am

Drama Across the Curriculum
Whatever you teach, drama can be an invaluable teaching tool. It engages students and helps them understand new concepts, visualise real-life scenarios, or review previous learning. I have seen countless 'Aha!' moments when students act it out and then finally 'get it' for the first time. In this session I'll share a variety of ways to bring a little more drama (the good kind) into your classroom.
You can check out my presentation here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1bsxidX-B62zi4sFIfccl91Hluks_yZdsw432aBapx4w/edit?usp=sharing  

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Freelance Writer/Presenter
Robin retired from teaching this summer after a 31 year career in Red Deer. He has worked with students from K-12, with the majority of his experience in grades 4-9 Language Arts, Social Studies and Drama. He believes in engaging students through creative, student-centred approaches to education.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2301 Red Deer College

10:45am

Trust and Go: The Gifts of Improv
How do we foster in our students a willingness to try? How do we teach them to hold each other up? How do we celebrate our mistakes together? Improvisation is a powerful tool that can teach courage, compassion, and empathy. Improvisational Theatre is not a game; it's an art form, and a lens through which we can change they way our students see the world.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2305 Red Deer College

10:45am

Original Freedom Writer
TURN THE PAGE: THE MANNY SCOTT STORY.
Manny shares his story, and several eye-opening insights, of how, with hard work and the help of others, he went from being an “unreachable” and “unteachable” student to becoming a successful husband, father, Ph.D. student, entrepreneur, and public servant. This message inspires people to become change agents—“page-turners”—who help others write new, more fulfilling chapters in their lives.

“I’m a senior at this school, and I have NEVER seen anyone do that to this crowd. Ever!”
– Student, Hoffman Estates, IL

Manny shares, step-by-step, several proven practices and principles that engage, equip, and empower people everywhere to reach youth. Based on his doctoral research and own life experiences, Manny explains: how to develop real relationships; how to grab the attention of your intended audience; and, how to persuade others to turn the page and take proactive steps to improve the quality of their lives.

These are tools that others used to reach Manny, and tools that leaders can use right now to begin impacting the lives of others with incredible success.

“I have been in education for 33 years, and this is THE BEST presentation I have ever seen. ...
Mr. Scott did in an hour what many teachers have been trying to do for decades. He got 2000
students to do whatever he asked them to do. The atmosphere here has changed! Every student needs to experience this.”
– Superintendent, Oconto, WI

Speakers
avatar for Manny Scott

Manny Scott

By age 16, Manny felt his story was over: | His father was incarcerated, he missed 60-90 days of school annually from 4th to 9th grade, he dropped out of school at age 14, he lived in 26 places by age 16, and his best friend was brutally murdered. Sensing that the end of his life was near, Manny sat down on a park bench. | | Then, a man—a complete stranger—took a risk, and sat down beside Manny. That man helped him see that his story... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Main Stage-Arts Center

10:45am

Burnt! How to feel less fried by the end of the day
Do you collapse after the final bell? No matter how much you love your work, by the end of a stressful day juggling multiple demands in the classroom, it’s no wonder teachers go home feeling stretched to the max. Teacher wellness is a critical component of a thriving school. Learn some simple and ready-to-use mindfulness strategies to manage stress & cultivate personal & professional resilience.

Speakers
avatar for Laurel Vespi

Laurel Vespi

certified life coach, Stone Circle Coaching
Laurel Vespi is a professional speaker and award winning author who shares her expertise in mindfulness and life enhancement strategies with individuals, businesses and organizations. As the principal of stone circle coaching, she brings to her clients more than thirty years of experience as an educator, consultant and group facilitator helping people living crazy busy lives make their days more manageable and meaningful. Laurel has a Master of... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2304 Red Deer College

10:45am

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

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Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2600 Red Deer College

10:45am

Learn How To Meditate Workshop for Teachers: It Starts With You
AGRIOS MINDFITNESS
Connecting the mind and body through movement and breath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=R20MxM8rGoc


1-11 MINUTES A DAY COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

"As a K-12 school teacher I quickly realized my role was more than just teaching the curriculum...kids were stressed and anxious as young as 7 or 8 years old, many kids in my classroom were labelled ADD or ADHD, unable to focus, concentrate or even sit still, there was bullying, depression, anger issues, insomnia and the list goes on and on. Many of the teachers and parents too were dealing with this. I wanted to do something. I wanted help.  So I developed a TIME OUT Mindfulness Training & kit specifically for teachers, students and parents.  The Mindfulness kit includes mindfulness exercises as well as meditation and mindfulness techniques (3-11minutes) for relaxation, stress reduction, self-regulation, memory, concentration, focus and depression.   It's simple and easy to do.  All you need is you!  Over 1400 teachers, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, parents, business people, athletes etc. have been trained with the Mindfulness Kits and over 7000 adults and school kids have taken her 40 Day Mindfulness Challenge. Will you be the next?"

With over 2 decades of experience teaching in schools Agrios has a solid understanding of what it's like to be in the classroom. What makes Agrios unique is she is also a fitness trainer, multi-sport gold medallist and world master games record holder in weightlifting, cycling and badminton as well as Level 2 International Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher with advanced training in Yoga Nidra (guided meditation). This combination enables her to skillfully work with both your body and mind.

"During this workshop I will teach you a variety of meditation and mindfulness techniques for both you and your students.  I will show you how you can intergrate this into the classroom to create a calmer more relaxing teaching environment.  In particular I'm super excited to share with you a meditation I was taught by a Yoga Master in India which is backed by research showing more blood flow to the frontal lobe...the area responsible for focus, concentration and memory.  Today we will also begin Day 1 of the 40 Day Mindfulness Challenge so you too can join our Mindfulness Movement of over 7000 adults and kids.  Hope you can join us".

 

TESTIMONIALS

"Susan Agrios, the incredible woman who inspired me to start mindfulness at Callingwood! School! I began with the basics as you taught us during your time with us...Our principal informed me that a parent of a student in my classroom was truly inspired by her son's ability to practice mindfulness and literally said it has changed his life. She wanted to learn more about it and so our principal passed along to her the mindfulness toolkit that you presented us with...Thank you Susan for all you do to bring peace to our bodies and for sharing that peace with the world! Much respect" 
Jennifer Fedor, K-6 School Teacher

 

"I have had the good fortune of taking the TIME OUT: Mindfulness workshop with Susan on a number occasions. It is so simple to do and has had such an impact on the quality of my life. My relationships within my family and circle of friends have reached new levels since using these techniques consistently.
I have seen my students use meditation to achieve a positive, healthy state of mind before on-stage performance or classroom performance. I have seen anxious students achieve a sense of calm in a hectic day of school. This is a skill that will help them throughout their life".
Jodie Schwartz Junior High Teacher

 

“Sue’s Yoga Nidra class was truly a one-of-a-kind experience. As a type-A, over-achiever, I often find it difficult to relax and unwind. It took me a few classes to get the full experience of Yoga Nidra, but once I did it was completely exhilarating. At the end of the class I was glowing like a light bulb! I felt rejuvenated, refreshed and I became a true believer in meditation and how it can benefit my overall well-being.
I teach a Holistic Health Class at Ross Sheppard High School and I have introduced my students to Yoga Nidra.  They find it very relaxing and a perfect break from their hectic schedules. I highly recommend Sue’s class. Her energy is contagious and you will leave the class feeling relaxed and refocused.”
Kim Hertlein
High School Teacher

 





Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
"The incredible woman who inspired me to start mindfulness at Callingwood School! Practicing mindfulness with my students over the last year has changed my life, and many of my kiddos will attest to the same thing. I want the world to know that if my kiddos with special needs (behaviour disorders, nonetheless) can do it, anyone can! Thank you for all the inspiration you've brought out in me and others...for all you do to bring peace to our... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2901B Red Deer College

10:45am

Google Cardboard Vitual Reality
If you have experience Virtual Reality you can understand my excitement. If you want to play with Google cardboard, be sure to download a few Google Cardboard apps on your smart phone. Come an experience the possibilities of this great technology.

Speakers
avatar for Gilles Theriault

Gilles Theriault

Teacher, Red Deer Public School District
Gilles is presently teaching at École Lindsay Thurber Comp. H.S. in Red Deer. He has provided support to educators and has conducted professional development for over two decades. Google Certified Educator. Gilles is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the classroom. He’s currently teaching Google Apps to students and much more. He has taken his students to various Skills Canada competition to engage and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2602 Red Deer College

10:45am

Are You Cut Out To Teach FLUENCY?
Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately and quickly. Fluent readers read aloud effortlessly and with expression. Their reading sounds natural, as if they are speaking. Readers who have not yet developed fluency read slowly, word by word. Their oral reading is choppy and plodding. In this interactive session, explore 20+ creative and fun ways to teach students to read fluently!

Speakers
avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Literacy Consultant, Lanaco Ltd.
LANA LANE is an Independent Literacy Consultant. She resides on an acreage outside of Canada's only Border City, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. She is happily married to Kevin, an Educator for 22 years. In 2014, Kevin and Lana became part owners of Rusway Construction, the family Water and Sewer business. They have 3 children, only one living at home. Lana is a certified power skating instructor and past owner of a Booster Juice business in... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Upstairs Learning Commons

10:45am

The Power of Story
When literacy efforts focus solely on pieces of the reading and writing process, it’s like trying to teach kids to play hockey through skating drills. To be human is to tell story and to tell story is what makes us human. Author Sigmund Brouwer shows where story gets power, why story is so effective, and how harnessing this power is one of the best ways to increase literacy in a technology world.

Speakers
SB

Sigmund Brouwer

Author, Rock and Roll Literacy
With close to three million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of his latest novels, The Last Disciple, earned Sigmund an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
1408 Red Deer College

10:45am

Writing Graphic Novel Manuscripts
Have you ever thought about getting your students to make comics but you don't know much about the form? Using examples from both his own work and recognized masters, James will introduce the key vocabulary and techniques involved with writing a script for comic books. James will also explore deeper theories involved with pacing, layout and recognizing a comic book's "psychological space".

Speakers
avatar for James Davidge

James Davidge

James Davidge was born in Edmonton, Alberta and studied education at the University of Calgary. His first novel, Driftwood Ellesmere, was published in 2006 by Bayeux Arts. He has since released the four remaining novels that complete the Driftwood Saga, a series about a young girl who tries to save the world using heartfelt magic. James has released two graphic novels with Edmonton artist Bob Prodor; The Duchess Ranch of Old John Ware recounts... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
1328 Red Deer College

10:45am

Mad About Fractions - Part TWO!
Fractions can be tough! But, with suitable models, solid questioning, and problem-solving, you won't end up with frustrated kids! Together, let's throw out the RULES, talk about common misunderstandings (and what we, as adults, do to perpetuate them), and build the skills to foster conceptual understanding of fractions. Walk away from this session with NEW activity ideas designed to stimulate!

Speakers
avatar for Jane Gannon

Jane Gannon

Owner/Educational Math Consultant, Gannon Consulting
I have been working in the education field of mathematics for over 17 years. My experience spans all four divisions, including classroom teaching, developing, writing, and editing mathematical resources for distance learning, teaching math at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education, and offering math consulting services to teachers, leadership staff, and parents. | | Math education is so much more than the stand and deliver... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
1437 Red Deer College

10:45am

Shake Up Your K-3 Math
Come and learn a variety of math games that use manipulatives commonly found in most homes, schools and "Dollar Stores". This fast-paced, highly engaging session will focus on many of the K-3 math concepts including number sense, place value, math facts and operations. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn. A detailed handout with gameboards and rules will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

Co-owner/Author, Box Cars And One Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to all of his workshops. He worked as both teacher and principal with Black Gold SD for over 25 years and is now currently doing workshops across N.A. in the area of games as a teaching strategy and brain compatible activities. He is a featured speaker with ASCD in the area of Teaching Excellence and Leadership. He is the author of several books including the newest from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Margaret Parsons Theatre Red Deer College

10:45am

ATRF and My Retirement Plan
How should my ATRF pension fit into my overall retirement plan? RRSP versus TFSA...which if right for my/our situation? CPP...should I start receiving at age 60 or wait until age 65? Understanding your pension options. What does COMMUTED VALUE and TERMINATION BENEFIT mean? Is there any scenario where it makes sense to transfer my pension out of ATRF?

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Metzger

Ryan Metzger

Executive Financial Consultant, Oxley Metzger & Associates Private Wealth Management
As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, I specialize in high net worth portfolio management, providing sound advice and financial support to retirees, business owners and professionals. My philosophy is simple: put people and service first. Life is rich and varied. Your financial plan should be, too. | | I tailor solutions to your life’s goals, focusing on all areas of your financial life by incorporating my experience, knowledge... Read More →
avatar for Bill Musselman

Bill Musselman

Associate Consultant, Oxley Metzger & Associates Private Wealth Management
Bill Musselman is an integral part of the Oxley Metzger & Associates Private Wealth Management team. Having worked with Investors Group since 1994 and with the team since 2002, Bill specializes in client servicing and preparing detailed financial plans while supporting the team with pension planning knowledge as it applies to retirement and estate planning. Bill received his B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, and spent 11 years in the public... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2501 Red Deer College

10:45am

Gliding DISC's
Gliding is a total body workout engaging multiple muscles. Using Gliding DISC’s adds intensity, resistance, balance, flexibility, core strength and cardio all in one workout. Gliding DISC’s are suitable for all levels of fitness. Children also love Gliding because it’s incredibly fun! This session will teach you how to incorporate DISC's into PE classes and into your own personal workouts. Wear comfortable clothing to move in!

Speakers
avatar for Char Andrew

Char Andrew

Char has been working in the fitness industry for 27 years and is the Health and Wellness Coordinator for RDCRS. She is a group fitness instructor at Studio Pilates in Red Deer and does athletic conditioning for sports teams.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Studio A-Arts Center

10:45am

Let's Play! Engaging ALL Students in Physical Activity
Within one class, students will differ in many ways.This range of abilities and challenges exist with or without official disability diagnosis.In this session, we will explore ways to adapt and modify movement activities to suit the abilities of the students in your classes, and thereby creating an inclusive environment where everyone is engaged and can participate fully.Come prepared to be active

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Heather

Brandi Heather

Instructor, Red Deer College
I teach Adapted Physical Education in the Kinesiology and Sport Studies Department at Red Deer College. I love creative approaches to teaching that include all people in learning and all aspects of Physical Activity. | I am the Co Founder and Director of Red Deer Children's Adapted Sport Association where we run community programs for children living with impairments in collaboration with RDC student practicum and community service learning... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Owner, PLAY Education Consulting
Tracy Lockwood is a wife, mother of two boys and the Founder of PLAY Education Consulting. She is a certified K-12 Physical Education Teacher and has over 20 years of experience. Her teaching experience includes working with K-12 students in Alberta, Canada and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She was employed as a provincial education coordinator for nearly 10 years where she facilitated hundreds of workshops for thousands of professionals at... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Studio D Red Deer College

10:45am

Develop Inquiring Minds through Science
This session will focus on pedagogical strategies and resources available for free on CurioCity that develop and enhance students’ skills to construct significant and insightful questions through STEM-related learning experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Candace Beaton

Candace Beaton

Education Program Consultant, Let's Talk Science


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
B501

10:45am

Sleight of Hand, Sleight of Mind...the subtleties of Canadian War Propaganda
OMG!  You mean it's not just Americans and Russians....you mean Canadians are like everyone else...believing our own national illusions?  In this INTERACTIVE session participants are challenged to "break the spell" of contemporary Canadian war propaganda by unmasking the subtleties of is misdirection.  Canadian propaganda, as all countries do, creates and plays upon the bias of moral superiority.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter

Teacher, EPSB
Greg Hunter taught science in Alberta for 30 years. Since his retirement he has been studying and speaking on how cognitive biases are used to manipulate our received world views. His goal is to facilitate critical thinking about history and current events. “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge teachers—and all of us—to never assume that received narratives are necessarily true. Such skepticism is the basis of real... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2402 Red Deer College

10:45am

Social Studies 9
Do you teach Social Studies 9? Are you new at it or just looking for additional instructional ideas? If so, this session is for you! Participants will get to see a variety of activities and resources which they can use in their Social 9 classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Williamson

Suzanne Williamson

Grade 9 Humanities Teacher, Ecole Lacombe Junior High School
Suzanne Williamson is a Humanities 9 teacher from Ecole Lacombe Junior High School where she has been teaching for the past nine years. In her 16 years of teaching, she has taught in Alberta and in the Northwest Territories, both in reserve schools and public schools. | | She is currently the Regional President (for Central Alberta) of the ATA Social Studies Council, and this past fall one of her Social Studies projects won the 2016... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2906 Red Deer College

10:45am

Authentic Worship | understanding & teaching the connection between worship & purity
We live in a society where the word purity has become entangled in a gray area of post modernism & self-indulgence. Teaching authentic worship goes beyond just a faith or catechism class in school. It needs to be integrated into our systems as a whole. Accomplishing this requires a paradigm shift in both our mentality and our approach.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hill

Peter Hill

Teacher
Peter is a licensed minister, author, speaker, and teacher. During the school year, he teaches high school math in the city of Calgary. Outside of his teaching career, he is involved in the training, support, equipping & encouragement of an array of different leadership groups and students. He has a heart for the authentic, and a passion to see people succeed. He lives in Calgary, AB, with his wife and two girls.


Thursday February 23, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
2303 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Bridging the Gap: Preparing Students for University Courses at RDC
This will be an interactive session where RDC faculty will give and receive feedback relating to student preparedness in adjusting to the rigors of university-level courses from high school. Data will be presented relating to student expectations as well as their perceptions about this often difficult transition.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2305 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Hey, Leaders! Formative Assessment isn’t Just for Kids!
Formative assessment enhances learning. We know this is true for teachers supporting students. How can we apply these same principles to support the professional growth of our teachers? Explore a planning model designed to help leaders use Assessment for Learning strategies to advance teacher, school and district goals.

Speakers
avatar for Gerald Knox

Gerald Knox

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 February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2006F LIBRARY Red Deer College

12:30pm

I’m Sorry, What Did You Say? | learning how to listen in the centre of the noise
We all want to be heard... to know someone has not only listened but truly cares about what we have said. As teachers, this may be one of our most important roles in the profession – showing those around us that we are listening. These communication skills are often hard to find in the middle of the noise of life around us, and yet vital for the healthy functioning of a school.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hill

Peter Hill

Teacher
Peter is a licensed minister, author, speaker, and teacher. During the school year, he teaches high school math in the city of Calgary. Outside of his teaching career, he is involved in the training, support, equipping & encouragement of an array of different leadership groups and students. He has a heart for the authentic, and a passion to see people succeed. He lives in Calgary, AB, with his wife and two girls.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1328 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Junior Achievement Programs: Fulfilling Your Curriculum Goals
Come learn about the Junior Achievement programs available in your area! JA offers a range of free-of-charge programs for Grades 5 through 12 on the topics of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. Each program is designed in partnership with curriculum developers from Canadian school boards and is delivered by local business volunteers through a series of fun, interactive activities that explore the topics in age-appropriate ways.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2906 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Visual Journaling: Teaching Curriculum through the Arts
Many teachers have visual journals in their classroom but may not be utilizing them to their full potential. They can be used as a vehicle for students to expresss their learning in a unique and individual way. Using visual journals will bring your students to a high level of engagement. You will leave this course with many ideas that you can use right away and bring visual journals to life.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
B505

12:30pm

Teach CTF in Environmental Stewardship with Ready-to-Go Curriculum
Leave this session with access to a PBL course to teach the Environmental Stewardship stream of CTF. CAWST's CTF course enables students to understand water issues in both developing countries and Alberta. See examples of projects students have implemented to address water issues. CAWST and local experts provide resources for students to take action and learn about careers in water.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Southgate

Stephanie Southgate

Wavemaker Program Manager, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST)
Stephanie has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the UK and a BA in International Development with experience in India (investigating the role of female education as a tool of empowerment). Her career started as a classroom teacher and evolved into a recreation leader (at the City of Calgary AfterSchool program), a school program interpreter and camp leader at the Calgary Zoo, and a waste and recycling educator with the City of... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1439 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Everybody Present: Reducing Distraction and Anxiety in the Classroom
The modern classroom is a hyper-busy place where students are constantly "plugged in” resulting in skyrocketing anxiety and a decline in focus and attention. Explore what research has to show about this generation of multi-tasking, digital device addicted and constantly distracted learners & learn some simple, ready-to-use mindfulness practices that create a more focused, less stressed classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Laurel Vespi

Laurel Vespi

certified life coach, Stone Circle Coaching
Laurel Vespi is a professional speaker and award winning author who shares her expertise in mindfulness and life enhancement strategies with individuals, businesses and organizations. As the principal of stone circle coaching, she brings to her clients more than thirty years of experience as an educator, consultant and group facilitator helping people living crazy busy lives make their days more manageable and meaningful. Laurel has a Master of... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2304 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Supporting Self Regulation in the Classroom
This session will improve your understanding of regulation and many factors that impact a child's ability to self regulate. Practical strategies for use in the classroom will be explored and participants will come away with new ideas to apply in the classroom environment to help all their students develop better self regulation skills.

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Tammy Auten-Dye

Psychologist, Auden-Dye Psychological
My name is Tammy Auten-Dye. I am a Psychologist with a Private Practice in Ponoka Alberta and have experieince in a number of rural settings. Providing play therapy with Children starting at 4 years old, youth/teen therapy, adult, couples and family therapy. With an eclectic theoretical technique, my primary mode of therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2501 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Musical Theatre Bootcamp
Producing a school show can be a daunting task! This session will give teachers helpful and practical information from where to find your rights and music tracks to production week musts. We will address auditions, casting, training a crew, publicity, staging, costume design, set design, technical requirements, tips for a smooth production week, and how to reach out for help from parents. By the end of this session, you will be show ready!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Burdett

Laura Burdett

Drama Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
Laura Burdett is a lifelong Alberta prairie girl with a 35 year history of involvement in theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes. Since receiving her degree in Fine Arts from BYU-Idaho and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, she has taught various forms of theatre, dance and music to performers of all ages. Laura teaches Drama and Language Arts at Rudolph Hennig Junior High, in the Elk Island Public School district. She... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1600 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Rethinking Rewards and Awards in Schools

The vast majority of our students enter our schools in kindergarten with high motivation to learn but as they progress up through the grades, motivation and engagement tends to fade. Due to the many challenges facing our schools, educators often resort to a variety of incentives to try to motivate students to learn and improve behaviour to help create the optimal learning environment.  Schools also try to encourage students to excel by offering certificates, plaques, and trophies to those who do better than others. The use of rewards can become part of a school culture and awards are generally steeped in tradition… but what if we have this extrinsic motivation strategy all wrong? What if these tactics work in the short term but cause problems in the long term? What if there are students that go through our schools with strengths that are not valued nor honoured? Is there a better way to create the conditions for long-term motivation? Is there a way to move away from awards so more students are honoured, more students feel connected, and there is a more positive, inclusive school culture?

This session will challenge participants to rethink the use of incentives and awards; Chris will encourage you to look at ways to create the conditions for students to motivate themselves, including rethinking reward systems and traditional awards ceremonies. Participants will be challenged reflect upon their current views of human motivation and come away with ideas and strategies to move toward a more inclusive culture and increased intrinsic motivation for students in their classrooms and schools.


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avatar for Chris Wejr

Chris Wejr

Principal, James Hill Elementary
Chris is a father of 5 year-old twin girls and a former high school PE/Science/Math teacher and volleyball coach. He currently works as a teacher/principal of James Hill Elementary in Langley. Previous to this, he worked as a teacher/principal in the community of Agassiz in which he worked with the staff to create positive changes in school climate as well as student motivation and engagement based on a strength-based school culture. He has... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Main Stage-Arts Center

12:30pm

REVISED: Hot Topic What You Need to Know About the New Quality Standards
This session has been revised to focus on the new Quality Standards only.  If you'd like to receive more information about the Curriculum Development work that is underway, please contact Dr. Mark Yurick, Coordinator of Professional Developmant at mark.yurick@ata.ab.ca.

New Quality Standards are coming! In a year or so, all educators in the province will be held to these new standards and must be able to demonstrate that they meet the included competencies. This is one of the first opportunities for the province’s teachers and principals to look closely at the new standards and discuss them with ATA leaders who were involved in their development. 

In this session, teachers and principals who are excited, worried or merely curious about the changing standards will have the opportunity to work with ATA staff who are involved with the development of new curriculum and standards.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Jeff Johnson has served as a school and district level leader for many years and is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a recipient of Alberta’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served in a leadership role in the Council for School Leadership and also Alberta Technology Leaders in Education.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2905 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Essential Oil Education
School is a wonderful and rewarding place. However, classrooms can often be stressful and be a magnet for germs and unpleasant odors. Is there a solution for these issues? Yes, there is! Essential oils can help support a healthy lifestyle for teachers and students. What are essential oils? How do you use them? Are EOs safe? Those questions and more will be answered in the EO symposium.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2303 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Kids Yoga: Embrace Your Inner Child
In this session you will actively participate in a variety of yoga poses, games & activities geared towards kids ages 4-12. Experience how breathing exercises, yoga postures, & visualization/relaxation techniques can enhance the physical, mental & emotional well-being of your students while enhancing creativity, engagement & fun! Please wear comfortable clothing- mats will be provided.
 

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avatar for Crystal Noble

Crystal Noble

Elementary Teacher/Yoga Instructor, Red Deer Public Schools/Red Deer Hot Yoga
Crystal Noble is a Grade 3 Teacher at Fairview School, and also an instructor at Universoul Yoga Studio in Red Deer. She completed 200hrs of Yoga Training in Costa Rica in 2013, and has additional training in Yin Yoga and with Rainbow Kids Yoga. 


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
AC148 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Let's Talk About Student Stress
Is student’s stress starting to affect your classroom? Discover what exactly is stressing our youth and what effect stress has on their bodies and minds. Participants will explore the challenges of teaching those who are experiencing stress and the resulting changes in cognition. Focus will be on practical activities that can be taken back to the classroom to teach students of all ages- includi


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2205 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Outdoor Play in the Early Years - Connections for learning, personal well-being and nature
Play is the work of the child' and one role of the educator is to create spaces that allow unstructured play that stimulates and engages young children and helps with learning and development. In this session, you will learn about the research and benefits of active outdoor play in nature, see examples and consider how you can incorporate this into your teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Education Director, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is ACEE’s Education Director and has worked with ACEE since 2012. She leads ACEE's work on K-12 curriculum redesign, education stakeholder engagement, supports the Edmonton region Community of Practice, coordinates ACEE's Alberta Green Schools and supports with fund development. She has more than 25 years of experience in developing, implementing, delivering and managing environmental education programs for youth and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2301 Red Deer College

12:30pm

TIME OUT Mindfitness Triathlon with 40 Day Mindfulness Challenge

AGRIOS MINDFITNESS
Connecting the mind and body through movement and breath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=R20MxM8rGoc

 

Unlike traditional swimming, cycling and running competitions, this triathlon will focus on three core areas - mind, body and heart. A first of its kind in Canada launched in both Edmonton Catholic and Edmonton Public Schools, the TIME OUT Mindfitness Triathlon incorporates fitness, yoga and meditation as well as a 40-day Mindfulness Challenge.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the mind body connection and learn new skills that will help reduce stress, improve memory and increase concentration. Susan will also talk about how to bring this event to your school.

 

Created and led by Susan Agrios, CEO and founder of Agrios Mindfitness, former school teacher, highly trained fitness professional as well as multi sport world medalist and record holder in cycling, badminton and weightlifting. A session you won’t want to miss.

 

TESTIMONIAL

“I first learned of Susan’s TIME OUT Mindfulness project through her video launch at a Simrit concert and thought “How amazing is this!” I loved it!  Seeing and hearing the impact she has made with students and teachers I wanted to experience it first hand and I did….Wow!!  I walked away feeling elated and saying “What just happened?” Clearer, calmer and at the same time excited for the difference this project will make in all our lives, now and in the future.  Susan, you bring an energy into the room that spreads to forever growing roots!  Thank you for the opportunity to experience a space to consciously focus on ME: my breath, my body, moving energy and BEing mindful!”



Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
"The incredible woman who inspired me to start mindfulness at Callingwood School! Practicing mindfulness with my students over the last year has changed my life, and many of my kiddos will attest to the same thing. I want the world to know that if my kiddos with special needs (behaviour disorders, nonetheless) can do it, anyone can! Thank you for all the inspiration you've brought out in me and others...for all you do to bring peace to our... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2901B Red Deer College

12:30pm

Breakout EDU
Amanda Wilson (Vice Principal at Ecole Mountview Elementary School) and I plan to introduce and show how to use a Breakout EDU in a classroom setting. Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Specialty K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic. (Limited capacity of 40 attendees for this session)

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avatar for Colin Christensen

Colin Christensen

Teacher, Red Deer Public School District


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2602 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Pros, cons, and how to record lessons to YouTube
Discover how wildly advantageous recording your lessons to YouTube can be for students, parents, and personal life. Find out what strategies to employ for recording lessons and the tools you need to start creating YouTube playlists. Improve your teaching year-by-year by refining your resources in a medium that is familiar to your students.

Speakers
MZ

Michael Zhang

Lead Trainer, Tech Nerd Services
Michael Zhang is a technology consultant and instructor at Tech Nerd Services. He has designed workshops for Google Web Apps, SMART Notebook, and Microsoft Products. Michael also creates video and written tutorials for the Tech Nerd Services Blog: (blog.technerdservices.com). Furthermore, he has traveled throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories to provide training. As a Certified Google Trainer, Michael has facilitated Google Workshops... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1303 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Bring the Battle of Vimy Ridge Into Elementary Classrooms with Age-Appropriate Resources
April 9-12, 2017 will mark 100 years since Canadian troops accomplished the impossible at Vimy Ridge and in so doing, established a national identity. The horrors of this war make it difficult to present this battle to younger students in an appropriate way. Author Sigmund Brouwer tours teaching resources suitable for elementary students, including the significant First Nations war efforts.

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Sigmund Brouwer

Author, Rock and Roll Literacy
With close to three million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of his latest novels, The Last Disciple, earned Sigmund an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1408 Red Deer College

12:30pm

From Keats to Beats: Exploring Poetry from Iambic to Instagramic
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 the limitless styles there are to choose from?

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Spoken Word Poet, Educator
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. With poetry as her tool, she teaches life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1503 Red Deer College

12:30pm

How To Teach VOCABULARY Better Than Anyone Else
Vocabulary refers to the words we must know to communicate effectively. In general, it can be described as oral vocabulary or reading vocabulary. Oral vocabulary refers to words that we use in speaking or recognize in listening. Children learn the meanings of most words indirectly, but some vocabulary needs to be taught directly. Get kids addicted to vocabulary with some excellent strategies to

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avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Literacy Consultant, Lanaco Ltd.
LANA LANE is an Independent Literacy Consultant. She resides on an acreage outside of Canada's only Border City, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. She is happily married to Kevin, an Educator for 22 years. In 2014, Kevin and Lana became part owners of Rusway Construction, the family Water and Sewer business. They have 3 children, only one living at home. Lana is a certified power skating instructor and past owner of a Booster Juice business in... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Upstairs Learning Commons

12:30pm

a, b, c, d,... Math Assessment Done Differently!
Math assessment is all too often rigid both in what is expected and how it is expected to be demonstrated. Kids don't all think along a linear path, nor should they! However, for teachers who see upwards of 160 students per day, the marking demands are already overwhelming! Is there a way to get a better picture of what students know, without increasing marking time? What would this look like?

Speakers
avatar for Jane Gannon

Jane Gannon

Owner/Educational Math Consultant, Gannon Consulting
I have been working in the education field of mathematics for over 17 years. My experience spans all four divisions, including classroom teaching, developing, writing, and editing mathematical resources for distance learning, teaching math at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education, and offering math consulting services to teachers, leadership staff, and parents. | | Math education is so much more than the stand and deliver... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1437 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Super Fun Lessons for Gr. 3-6 Music Classes
In Super Fun Lessons for Gr. 3-6 Music Classes, you’ll play some great games and participate in lessons that teach the outcomes in the Alberta elementary music curriculum. A combination of manipulatives and technology will help to modify for special needs students and address many learning styles.

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avatar for Denise Gagne

Denise Gagne

Owner, Themes & Variations
Denise Gagne has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from babies and preschool to College levels . She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff. Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay K-6 elementary music curriculum.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2601 Red Deer College

12:30pm

DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) - Developing Physical Literacy Through Dance
Students are motivated by dance, yet teaching kick ball change…pop and lock can be intimidating even to the seasoned educator. It’s time to bring playfulness back as we help students develop physical literacy using today’s most popular music! Join us for an active DANCEPL3Y class where you’ll learn simple movements from a variety of dance styles w/ the world's best dance program!

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Owner, PLAY Education Consulting
Tracy Lockwood is a wife, mother of two boys and the Founder of PLAY Education Consulting. She is a certified K-12 Physical Education Teacher and has over 20 years of experience. Her teaching experience includes working with K-12 students in Alberta, Canada and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She was employed as a provincial education coordinator for nearly 10 years where she facilitated hundreds of workshops for thousands of professionals at... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Studio D Red Deer College

12:30pm

A Forest in the Palm in Your Hand: 21st Century Learners and Forest Education
How do you bring forest education to life when you can't bring your students to a forest? Our mini boreal backgrounder will firmly plant you in the current state of Alberta's forests, including making an all-important connection to climate change. Then, we'll showcase a few ways teachers across the province can bring forests into the classroom through project-based learning.

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Andre Morson

Educator, Inside Education
Hello! I work for Inside Education as an educator doing outreach and development programs all about Alberta's natural resources and environment through a lens that emphasizes stewardship and critical thinking. | | I am also eager to talk about youth empowerment , 21st century skills, self-directed learning, and innovation in education.
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Laura Pekkola

Educator, Inside Education


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
B501

12:30pm

Experiential Learning - Projects to Engage
Here you begin the adventure of creating engaging social studies projects. We start with the perfect driving question by fostering student lead discovery. We will work on creating checklists, lesson plans and reflections that are tailored for formative and summative assessment throughout the project. And finish with a public forum for the students to share their discoveries

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avatar for Diane Webb

Diane Webb

Teacher, Elk Island School Board
After the birth of my daughter last year I have spent many moments dreaming of her future. In those instances I knew the kind of classroom that she deserved. A classroom that engages, challenges and supports her. One that allows her to explore and discover. This is the classroom where she will grow into the young lady she will become. And that is the classroom I wish to share with you. | | Classrooms that foster student engagement, self... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2600 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Art Therapy Tiles
Escape the chaos of everyday life by focusing on creating miniature works of art known as art therapy tiles. Take your own hand painted papers and turn them into small pieces of art by the simple process of doodling shapes and borders. This class offers a sense of stress relief for those who take it. This project can be viewed on my website at www.sallytowerssybblis.com under Art Classes.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2401 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Fun-generating Drawing Techniques: Stippling and Scratching
drawing techniques and having your students loving it? Stippling and scratching are easy to learn. The completed projects will be a beautiful addition to your school exhibition. Difficulty level adjusted to the grade level taught. Participants get handouts to use in art classroom. Supplies provided. Registration $10

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avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Artistic Director, ARTIZA LTD.
Izabella holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta. Her awards and grants include Winspear Fund Grant and Dahesh Museum Award in New York. Among her commissions are portraits of Lois Hole, former Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and Dr. Grant MacEwan. She exhibits across Canada and presents at national and international art education related conferences. Izabella has been an art... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2505 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Developing Classroom Experiments: how to create meaningful class activities that allow students to touch and feel what you are trying to teach them
Determine the impact of using classroom experiments (students collect data, make observations, or make decisions as part of a guided inquiry) on areas such as student engagement, information recall, and grade performance. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a number of classroom experiments, share their own, and learn how to develop classroom experiments.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
1435 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Understanding and Managing Children’s Problematic Sexual Behaviour in School Settings
We will present current research on sexual behaviour in children, including guidelines for identifying problematic sexual behaviour and factors contributing to the development of these behaviours. We will address challenges encountered by schools when students exhibit problematic sexual behaviour. We will outline a model for intervening to support all students involved and their families.


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2302 Red Deer College

12:30pm

Tap into your strengths
Strengths...we all have them. Are you aware of yours? Do you know how and when to use them? Research shows that people who use their strengths on a regular basis are happier, healthier and more productive in all aspects of their life. In this interactive workshop you will tap into your own strengths and learn how to spot strengths in your students, colleagues, family and friends.

Speakers
avatar for Renee Joslin

Renee Joslin

Co-owner, Ignite Consulting & Coaching
I work as a psychologist and was previously in education where I enjoyed my time as a teacher, school counselor and behavioural consultant. I use positive psychology to support people who want to live life in a way that promotes increased wellbeing. Positive psychology interventions can be used to improve several aspects of one's life including using your strengths , gaining resilience, increasing optimism, finding meaning and improving... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Kearney

Shannon Kearney

Co-owner, Ignite Consulting & Coaching
I am a Registered Nurse with 20 years nursing experience in a variety of different health care settings. In more recent years, my primary focus has been in health promotion and coaching. | I have extensive knowledge in the study of Positive Psychology. PP researchers have determined that happier people think and behave at a completely different level as compared to less happier people. Skills in PP can be taught to individuals and groups to... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2503 Red Deer College

12:30pm

TGIF Math Games - Thank Goodness It's Fun!
New K to 6 Math Games and Old Favourites will be included in this fast-paced, highly engaging session. There's no math anxiety when it's fun! The games and activities use manipulatives easily found in most schools and homes making it quick and easy for participants to implement what they learned in the session. An extensive handout with strategies, gameboards and full rules will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for John Felling

John Felling

Co-owner/Author, Box Cars And One Eyed Jacks
John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to all of his workshops. He worked as both teacher and principal with Black Gold SD for over 25 years and is now currently doing workshops across N.A. in the area of games as a teaching strategy and brain compatible activities. He is a featured speaker with ASCD in the area of Teaching Excellence and Leadership. He is the author of several books including the newest from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Margaret Parsons Theatre Red Deer College

12:30pm

Teach the Teacher Curling
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This interactive on-ice session will introduce the game of and techniques of how to instruct students on the fundamentals of the sport. Equipment will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment to Michener Hill Curling Club. The session will be lead by Joel Peterman.  He is currently a teacher at Ecole Camielle J. Lerouge and has won a Canada Games Gold medal. In sight will also be given by Joel Carlos, who has coached is both school and competitive levels. He is currently the Head Coach of the Notre Dame Curling Program. Please note that this session has a limited capacity (32 max) due to facility constraints. 

Speakers
avatar for Joel Carlos

Joel Carlos

I've been coaching curling for the past 15 years. The experience has led me to achieve numerous banners at the Junior High level and a gold medal at the Alberta Winter Games. I have also been involved in the Alberta Junior Curling Tour and have had teams participate in numerous levels of competition, including a zone banner at the high school level. I've also conducted Adult Learn to Curl sessions at the Red Deer Curling Club. | | The... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Michener Hill Curling Club

12:30pm

Reexamining 'Munich 1938'… the geopolitics, the parable, and the echoes
German geostrategic goals and methods during The Sudeten Crisis have remarkable analogues in recent illegal military interventions - Yugoslav Wars, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine... BUT a careful examination shows we have learned and taught the wrong lesson - instead of a cautionary tale against illegal aggression the parable of "Munich 1938" has been used to promote such aggression.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter

Teacher, EPSB
Greg Hunter taught science in Alberta for 30 years. Since his retirement he has been studying and speaking on how cognitive biases are used to manipulate our received world views. His goal is to facilitate critical thinking about history and current events. “Greg's talks are multi-media extravaganzas that challenge teachers—and all of us—to never assume that received narratives are necessarily true. Such skepticism is the basis of real... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2402 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Junior Achievement Programs: Fulfilling Your Curriculum Goals
Come learn about the Junior Achievement programs available in your area! JA offers a range of free-of-charge programs for Grades 5 through 12 on the topics of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. Each program is designed in partnership with curriculum developers from Canadian school boards and is delivered by local business volunteers through a series of fun, interactive activities that explore the topics in age-appropriate ways.

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Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2906 Red Deer College

2:15pm

The Balanced Learning Environment Classroom
The Balanced Learning Environment..The Balanced Learning Classroom concept features a classroom environment suited for all learning styles as well as the desired teaching style of the educator. We aim to create a Dynamic, collaborative and focused area within the classroom. The best design for a balanced learning space is to incorporate flow depending on the environment with the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Ward

Craig Ward

Eucational Design Consultant, CDI Spaces
Craig Ward has 9 years of experience in educational spaces.. creating spaces that facilitate the best learning experience possible. He does this by crating a Balanced Learning Environment, which is "an inclusive learning environment that balances the needs of each student's personal learning style.



Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
B501

2:15pm

Cultural Lego: Constructing Gender and Culture
Does gender impact culture or vice versa? This session allows participants to consider media influences on constructions of gender and think about ways to challenge gender role stereotyping and heteronormative society. By exploring the connections between gender and culture in these ways, students and teachers can move from perpetuating current forms of culture towards cultural transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Hawks

Michelle Hawks

Global Education Team Coordinator, Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Research
Michelle Hawks is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, and the Global Education Team (GET) Coordinator for the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research (CGCER). She trained as a math teacher in the US, has experience working with K-12 students in both the US and Canada, and has taught Ethics and Law for Teachers for the past three years. Her research interests include ethics and equity in... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1437 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Reconceptualizing education for refugee learners in Alberta classrooms
Based on learnings from a symposium in March 2016 where educators, researchers, policymakers, and community came together to discuss better meeting the needs of refugee learners, this workshop offers meaningful strategies adopted by various learning institutions as well as recommendations by researchers and practitioners to enhance the integration of newcomers in a meaningful way in Canada.

Speakers
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Neda Asadi

Global Education Team Coordinator, Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Research
Neda Asadi a PhD Candidate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. She is interested in the topics of education, international politics, and health as they relate to marginalized populations and in particular those marginalized due to various forms of migration. Her current focus of study has been issues related to education and settlement of refugees within Canada.


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1408 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Rethinking Rewards and Awards in Schools

The vast majority of our students enter our schools in kindergarten with high motivation to learn but as they progress up through the grades, motivation and engagement tends to fade. Due to the many challenges facing our schools, educators often resort to a variety of incentives to try to motivate students to learn and improve behaviour to help create the optimal learning environment.  Schools also try to encourage students to excel by offering certificates, plaques, and trophies to those who do better than others. The use of rewards can become part of a school culture and awards are generally steeped in tradition… but what if we have this extrinsic motivation strategy all wrong? What if these tactics work in the short term but cause problems in the long term? What if there are students that go through our schools with strengths that are not valued nor honoured? Is there a better way to create the conditions for long-term motivation? Is there a way to move away from awards so more students are honoured, more students feel connected, and there is a more positive, inclusive school culture? 


This session will challenge participants to rethink the use of incentives and awards; Chris will encourage you to look at ways to create the conditions for students to motivate themselves, including rethinking reward systems and traditional awards ceremonies. Participants will be challenged reflect upon their current views of human motivation and come away with ideas and strategies to move toward a more inclusive culture and increased intrinsic motivation for students in their classrooms and schools.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Wejr

Chris Wejr

Principal, James Hill Elementary
Chris is a father of 5 year-old twin girls and a former high school PE/Science/Math teacher and volleyball coach. He currently works as a teacher/principal of James Hill Elementary in Langley. Previous to this, he worked as a teacher/principal in the community of Agassiz in which he worked with the staff to create positive changes in school climate as well as student motivation and engagement based on a strength-based school culture. He has... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Main Stage-Arts Center

2:15pm

Addressing Islamophobia in Public Schools.
Alberta is committed to offering students an education free from bias and discrimination. For Muslim children this is shaded by a highly politicized and negative media environment. This workshop addresses media resources that educators can use in classrooms to address inherent biases. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Milo

Michael Milo

CEO, Milo Productions Inc
We've developed a membership education/entertainment platform for children. We are in process of scaling and marketing the platform internationally. We are also digital content developers - videos, motion graphics, animation, etc.


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2600 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Airigami 101
Learn a new skill to help engage the students in your classroom. Come and learn from one of the best balloon artists in Canada. You will learn how to create a dog, a rabbit and a giraffe out of balloons and become the best balloon artist in both your basement and classroom. Balloon starter kits containing 100 balloons and a pump will be available for purchase for $20 Max 40 participants

Speakers

Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2303 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Seeing Beyond the Mask of Behavior
Approximately 1 in 4 children suffer neglect or abuse. They bring their anger, betrayal, and hurt to school as they keep a shattered home life secret. In sharing her own personal experience of abuse, Louise Blank takes you behind the mask of behavior many children wear. She also shares the simple words her teachers offered that lifted her out of a very dark hole and helped to pull back the mask.

Making a difference in someone's life doesn't take grandiose gestures. The simplest of kind gestures and words rose again and again in my mind when I had to choose what road I would head down. Many of those came from teachers.In this presentation, I provide a firsthand look behind the mask and share how teachers supported and encouraged a belief that I could be so much more than my circumstances.

There will be some hard, emotional moments in this presentation but there will also be lots of humour. While I was a bad-ass, thankfully anger wasn't my only defence mechanism. Humour helped me survive some very dire circumstances and it connected me to the teachers who used humour to diffuse situations.

I  have lots I want to share and look forward to seeing you February 23.      

Speakers
avatar for Louise Blank

Louise Blank

Communications and Mentoring, Techlet Communications
Throughout my career and in my personal life I've committed a lot of my energy to helping troubled youth understand that they need not be defined by childhood circumstances and abuse beyond their control. As a child I grew up in a home with a mother who suffered from mental illness and alcoholism. A burning desire to live a fulfilled life beyond my circumstances, a willingness to forgive, and loving, positive influences including four... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2006F LIBRARY Red Deer College

2:15pm

You Did What...?
The presentation will examine protocols to protect teacher privacy and autonomy when seeking advice, interpersonal professional conflicts, contracts and certification issues, employment risks related to the role-modelling obligations, problems related to technology and liabilities associated with providing sevice to medically fragile students.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Matson

Dave Matson

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dave is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Member Services program area. After earning his BEd at the University of Regina, Dave taught in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and the United Arab Emirates. In 2007, he came to Alberta and settled in as a math and physics teacher at Highwood High School in the Foothills School Division. He became very involved with the Association at the local and provincial levels and became a member of the... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2905 Red Deer College

2:15pm

You've Got This: 101 Tips and Tricks for New Teachers
No one said it was going to be easy, but no one told you it could feel downright impossible! We've been in the classroom for awhile now, but not so long that we can't remember the days when our lesson plans took longer to create than they did to teach. Let us help you lower your blood-pressure, slow your breathing and make sense of the non-sense that is teaching. Leave with simple, tangible tools to use in your classroom next week! 


Speakers
avatar for Laura Burdett

Laura Burdett

Drama Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
Laura Burdett is a lifelong Alberta prairie girl with a 35 year history of involvement in theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes. Since receiving her degree in Fine Arts from BYU-Idaho and her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, she has taught various forms of theatre, dance and music to performers of all ages. Laura teaches Drama and Language Arts at Rudolph Hennig Junior High, in the Elk Island Public School district. She... Read More →
avatar for Derrique DeGagné

Derrique DeGagné

Arts Educator, Victoria School of the Arts
Derrique DeGagne believes in the power of story. Her story is woven from a loving family, a close-knit circle of friends, a knack for directing, and a passion for Arts Education. A teacher at Victoria School of the Arts, A graduate of Grant MacEwan's Theatre Arts program and the University of Alberta's secondary Education program (Drama/ELA), Derrique thrives in a creative, collaborative community. Her recent directing credits include... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1600 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Your Brain on Mindfulness
Mindfulness engages the part of the brain that is responsible for higher level thinking and self-control. That means students can learn to be more focused, less reactive and build greater resiliency to stress and anxiety. In this session you will learn about your amazing brain including the neuroscience of mindfulness, how we get hijacked by our primitive brain and the power of plasticity.

Speakers
avatar for Laurel Vespi

Laurel Vespi

certified life coach, Stone Circle Coaching
Laurel Vespi is a professional speaker and award winning author who shares her expertise in mindfulness and life enhancement strategies with individuals, businesses and organizations. As the principal of stone circle coaching, she brings to her clients more than thirty years of experience as an educator, consultant and group facilitator helping people living crazy busy lives make their days more manageable and meaningful. Laurel has a Master of... Read More →



Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2304 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Brains in Pain Cannot Learn
Stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, traumas and other mental illness’ all impact a student’s neuro-processing and ultimately learning. In this session we will explore what the actual impact is to the brain is and the areas affected with both mental illnesses and concussions.. Discussion will involve what can be done academically to assist these students and what are reasonable goals


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2205 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Nutrition Boot Camp
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Think you have what it takes to make it through a nutrition boot camp? This boot camp puts your nutrition knowledge to the test to see just how much you really know about what you’re feeding your body. You will also talk with local dietitians about how to incorporate this knowledge into the classroom and learn practical tips and tricks for making your school’s eating environment a healthy one.

Speakers
avatar for Harrison Blizzard

Harrison Blizzard

Dietitian, AHS
Harrison Blizzard works as a Dietitian, Population & Public Health specialist with Alberta Health Services, Nutrition Services


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2305 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Automatically grade multiple choice and numeric response questions in Google Classroom
Providing meaningful and immediate feedback to students is a continuous challenge for teachers. Learn practical strategies for creating Google Form assignments in Google Classroom that can provide individual feedback and save you time grading assignments. Creating non-linear forms and using the Flubaroo add-on are tools used to provide feedback to students.

Speakers
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Michael Zhang

Lead Trainer, Tech Nerd Services
Michael Zhang is a technology consultant and instructor at Tech Nerd Services. He has designed workshops for Google Web Apps, SMART Notebook, and Microsoft Products. Michael also creates video and written tutorials for the Tech Nerd Services Blog: (blog.technerdservices.com). Furthermore, he has traveled throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories to provide training. As a Certified Google Trainer, Michael has facilitated Google Workshops... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1303 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Flip Classroom - simplified
Flip Classroom has become an invaluable addition to any classroom. BYOD - laptop or tablet and get inspired to safely and effectively use Playposit to engage, inspire, and ignite student learning on Monday morning! I will share resources to help you understand how Playposit works and much more. Open your option and see how simple it can be to create awesome content for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Gilles Theriault

Gilles Theriault

Teacher, Red Deer Public School District
Gilles is presently teaching at École Lindsay Thurber Comp. H.S. in Red Deer. He has provided support to educators and has conducted professional development for over two decades. Google Certified Educator. Gilles is experiencing first-hand how Google Apps and collaboration are changing the classroom. He’s currently teaching Google Apps to students and much more. He has taken his students to various Skills Canada competition to engage and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2602 Red Deer College

2:15pm

From Keats to Beats: Exploring Poetry from Iambic to Instagramic
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-toppers were studied alongside sonnets and haikus? What if it were less about teaching kids how to write poetry and more about how many styles to choose from? Create a unit as diverse as your students.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Krogstad

Miranda Krogstad

Spoken Word Poet, Educator
Miranda Krogstad is a spoken word poet and educator who uses her words to empower students of all ages and walks of life. With poetry as her tool, she teaches life skills including self-confidence, self-expression, and community-building.


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2404 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Running Records… So now what???
Running records are a STANDARDIZED FORM OF ASSESSMENT particularly useful for teachers in their everyday instructional classroom. Running records provide an opportunity to observe, record, and interpret reading behaviours with ongoing daily assessment of reading skills and strategies. Learn how to complete a detailed running record, but more importantly how to analyze miscues and teach reading!

Speakers
avatar for Lana Lane

Lana Lane

Literacy Consultant, Lanaco Ltd.
LANA LANE is an Independent Literacy Consultant. She resides on an acreage outside of Canada's only Border City, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. She is happily married to Kevin, an Educator for 22 years. In 2014, Kevin and Lana became part owners of Rusway Construction, the family Water and Sewer business. They have 3 children, only one living at home. Lana is a certified power skating instructor and past owner of a Booster Juice business in... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2901A Red Deer College

2:15pm

Students who Struggle with Reading
Are you wondering what will work for your struggling students? Snapword Flashcards can help! Students will easily learn 600 sight words, visualize for recall, learn related body movement, increase reading, and expand reading fluency. Whether you have a kindergartener who is falling behind or an older child who is working too hard on reading, the right-brained teaching resources and tips will help your child be successful!

The answer for children who struggle lies in teaching children using materials that are uniquely designed using right-brained elements such as visuals, body movement, and stories.

The resources are designed specifically for children who need visuals and movement to learn: English as Second language, learning disabilities, visual and kinesthetic learners, those labeled with dyslexia, autism, Asperger’s, auditory processing disorder, right-brained learners and ADHD. These resources can easily be used successfully by Teachers, Educational Assistants, and Parents.


Speakers
avatar for Carrie Forster

Carrie Forster

Grade 2 Teacher, Calgary Catholic School District
Carrie Forster has a Bachelor of Education with a minor in Special Education from University of Alberta. First year teaching, she taught Grade 5/6, 14 students with Learning Disabilities. Since 2006, she has been teaching grade 2. Carrie was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. Her philosophy is that all children can learn. If a child is struggling to learn, then her teaching style and materials are adjusted so that the child is... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2501 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Technology in the Math Classroom | a look at Casio graphing calculators
Students across the province are beginning to try out Casio graphing calculators because of their user friendly operating system & affordable price. As teachers, it can be nerve wracking to see new models in our classroom. This talk takes a look at the models from the perspective of a teacher using them. Peter works with the models in his own classroom and provides support to other teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Hill

Peter Hill

Teacher
Peter is a licensed minister, author, speaker, and teacher. During the school year, he teaches high school math in the city of Calgary. Outside of his teaching career, he is involved in the training, support, equipping & encouragement of an array of different leadership groups and students. He has a heart for the authentic, and a passion to see people succeed. He lives in Calgary, AB, with his wife and two girls.


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1328 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Representing Research Using GARAGEBAND
This is a session that will allow teachers to experience how students can represent their research and voice through GARAGEBAND. Different projects will be shared during this presentation that allow students to express their voices, opinions and has given them a chance to personalize their learning. There will be a tutorial on GARAGEBAND so that all teachers can do these projects.

Speakers

Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
B505

2:15pm

Return of the Mighty Ukulele!
Add to your Music teaching repertoire by incorporating a ukulele unit. Learn secrets to quick success in picking up the ukulele, and how to pass on that success to your students. A limited amount of ukuleles will be available for hands on learning, or you can bring your own. Special guest co-presenter - Denise Gagne of Themes and Variations will highlight her recently released Ukulele Method.

Speakers
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Allen Choromiec

Allen has been teaching Music with Black Gold Regional Schools for nearly 20 years, having previously taught with Edmonton Public Schools. A University of Alberta alumnus, he began as a band teacher who reinvented himself as an Elementary Music specialist. He is passionate about Music education, especially in school settings. He brings a wealth of experience to the elementary classroom, and wants to share his knowledge to encourage other Music... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2601 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Five Minute Field Trips
Environmental education is cross-curricular by its nature and is a great vehicle for students to apply skills in real-world contexts. This session profiles “Five Minute Field Trips”, a ‘greatest hits’ compendium of experienced environmental educators’ favorite activities. Explore the many different ways you can use your schoolyard for different learning experiences. We'll learn by doing!

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Education Director, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is ACEE’s Education Director and has worked with ACEE since 2012. She leads ACEE's work on K-12 curriculum redesign, education stakeholder engagement, supports the Edmonton region Community of Practice, coordinates ACEE's Alberta Green Schools and supports with fund development. She has more than 25 years of experience in developing, implementing, delivering and managing environmental education programs for youth and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2301 Red Deer College

2:15pm

Engaging Games for Your Religion Classroom
Do you need some energizing and engaging games for your religion class? In this interactive workshop, participants will learn new ways to engage their students in authentic and meaningful experiences through play.

Speakers

Thursday February 23, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2901B Red Deer College

3:45pm

Troubled Monk Social
Come and enjoy a free beverage on behalf of Troubled Monk.  Other beverages available for a nominal cost.

Enjoy free food on behalf of the Red Deer Catholic Local #80.

Meet and greet with the MLAs! 

Speakers
avatar for Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Division Math/Science Lead Teacher, Red Deer Catholic School Division
Dave has a Masters of Math for Teachers, and Bachelor of Education. Over the last 8 years, Dave has drastically changed what his Math classroom looks like. Instead of focusing on test results, Dave has decided to focus on creating a passion for mathematics.


Thursday February 23, 2017 3:45pm - 6:00pm
Main Stage-Arts Center
 
Friday, February 24
 

9:30am

Foundations
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 NO EDCAMP SESSION OFFERED
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 NO EDCAMP SESSION OFFERED

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
2919B

9:30am

CALM
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
NO THIRD SESSION DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 12:15pm
2914B

9:30am

K&E
9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 There will be no EdCamp during this session

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 12:15pm
2919A

9:30am

K-12 Adminstrators
9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 Join Mark Ramsankar in the room, or join another EdCamp

Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 12:15pm
Upstairs Learning Commons

9:30am

6-12 CTS/CTF
9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
1439 Red Deer College

9:30am

FNMI
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 Due to low enrollment, there will not be a 3rd EdCamp Session 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
AC159

9:30am

Grade 1
9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch
12:30-1:30 EdCamp Session 2
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
Margaret Parsons Theatre Red Deer College

9:30am

Grade 2
This session will be in 3 rooms:
2301, 2302 and 2303.  

9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch
12:30-1:30 EdCamp Session 2
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2301/2302/2303

9:30am

Grade 3
This session will be in 3 rooms.  Please distribute evenly.
2402, 2404 and 2505

9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch
12:30-1:30 EdCamp Session 2
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2402/2404/2505

9:30am

Grade 4
9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch
12:30-1:30 EdCamp Session 2
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2602 Red Deer College

9:30am

Grade 5
This session will be in 2 rooms.
1503 and 1435 

9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 Lunch
12:30-1:30 EdCamp Session 2
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
1503/1435

9:30am

Grade 6-9 English
This session will be in 2 rooms.
2905 and 2906 

Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2905/2906

9:30am

Grade 6-9 French
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2401 Red Deer College

9:30am

Grade 6-9 Math
This session will be in 2 rooms.
2304 and 2305 

Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2304/2305

9:30am

Grade 6-9 Science
9:30 am - 11:00 am EdCamp Session 1 
11:15 - 12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2601 Red Deer College

9:30am

Grade 6-9 Social Studies
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
B501 (Basement)

9:30am

High School English
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2901B Red Deer College

9:30am

High School Math
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
1303 Red Deer College

9:30am

High School Science
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
B505

9:30am

High School Social Studies
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2901A Red Deer College

9:30am

K-12 Band
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
AC160

9:30am

K-12 Counsellors
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
1437 Red Deer College

9:30am

K-12 Fine Arts/Drama
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
1328 Red Deer College

9:30am

K-12 Languages/ESL
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
1408 Red Deer College

9:30am

K-12 Physical Education
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2501 Red Deer College

9:30am

K-12 Religion
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 There will be no EdCamp during this time. 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2916

9:30am

Kindergarten
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 Lunch
12:30-1:30 EdCamp Session 2
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2600 Red Deer College

9:30am

Online Learning/Outreach
Time: 9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3 

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2503 Red Deer College

9:30am

Pre K
9:30-11:00 EdCamp Session 1
11:15-12:15 EdCamp Session 2
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:45-2:45 EdCamp Session 3

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Friday February 24, 2017 9:30am - 2:45pm
2205 Red Deer College

1:45pm

The Story of the ATA: A Conversation with President Mark Ramsankar
The ATA will begin celebrating its centennial at ARA in May 2017. The history of the ATA and the history of education in Alberta go hand in hand and we have been at the forefront of many monumental changes in education in the past and we look forward to being involved in some exciting changes on the horizon. The next 18 months will be a year of looking back at our many accomplishments; but it will also be a time to look to the future as the Story of the ATA continues to evolve. Join President Ramsankar for a behind the scenes look at the hot issues facing teachers today and an in depth discussion of how the ATA is reacting to the shifting climate, including a Q and A session with members. 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Ramsankar

Mark Ramsankar

President, Alberta Teachers' Association
H. Mark Ramsankar was elected president in 2013 and was re-elected in 2015 following two terms of service as vice-president. Immediately prior to his election as vice-president, he served as president of Edmonton Public Teachers Local for four years.


Friday February 24, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Upstairs Learning Commons