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Thursday, February 23

9:00am MST

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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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... Read More →

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

10:45am MST

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.


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

10:45am MST

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.

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Robert Reid

Principal, Lacombe Outreach School
Rob has been an educator for the past 28 years. He has his degree from Simon Fraser University and has a Masters from Gonzaga University. He started his career in British Columbia working with at risk youth in both the traditional and alternative education setting. In Alberta, Rob... Read More →

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

10:45am MST

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

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Debbie Quick

Literacy Consultant, Quick Educational Consulting
74 Erin Ridge Drive

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

12:30pm MST

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.

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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... Read More →

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

12:30pm MST

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.


Tammy Auden-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... Read More →

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

12:30pm MST

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 MST
2302 Red Deer College

2:15pm MST

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.

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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... Read More →

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

2:15pm MST

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.


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... Read More →

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