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Thursday, February 23

9:00am MST

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.

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Alberta Assessment Consortium

Michele Jones, Executive Director, Alberta Assessment Consortium
The Alberta Assessment Consoritum (AAC) is a not-for-profit registered society funded by jurisdictional memberships. We are a recognized educational partner in the province of Alberta. As an independent voice for assessment, we can provide an informed response to questions/issues... Read More →

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

9:00am MST

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.

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Carolyn Freed

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

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

12:30pm MST

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.

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Jeff Johnson

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association

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

2:15pm MST

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. 

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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 MST
2600 Red Deer College

2:15pm MST

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


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

2:15pm MST

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.      

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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... Read More →

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

2:15pm MST

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.

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Dave Matson

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
A rolling stone at heart, Dave’s teaching career includes experience teaching high school and International Baccalaureate Physics and Math in a variety of communities including a northern community in Saskatchewan, a rural fishing village in Nova Scotia, a metropolitan city in the... Read More →

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

2:15pm MST

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! 

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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... Read More →
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Derrique DeGagné

Consultant, Edmonton Public Schools
Derrique DeGagne believes in the power of story. Her story is woven from a loving family, a close-knit circle of friends, and a passion for Arts Education and heart-led leadership. Derrique brings creativity, curiosity, and strong collaborative skills to her work and is guided by... Read More →

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

2:15pm MST

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.

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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 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST
2304 Red Deer College
Friday, February 24

1:45pm MST

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. 

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Mark Ramsankar

President, Canadian Teacher's Federation
H. Mark Ramsankar was elected as CTF president-designate in July 2016 after serving five terms as CTF vice-president. The past president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association was first elected in 2013 after two terms of service as ATA vice-president. He served as president of... Read More →

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