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CATCA recognizes that convention is situated on Treaty 7, South of Red Deer River, the traditional territory of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina, and Stoney Nakoda peoples, and that the North of Red Deer River Treaty 6, traditional Métis, Cree, and Saulteaux territory. We honour the First Peoples who have lived here since time immemorial, and we give thanks for the land.







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Thursday, February 23
 

9:00am MST

Mini canvases- Acrylic Landscapes
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Explore the world of both two- and three-dimensional media, such as oil pastels, colored pencil, acrylic paint and colored glue to add dimension and to create a few projects. The techniques presented (creating textures, blending colours and overlapping) are suitable for all grade levels and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10 and send an email transfer to candixon@telus.net

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913A

9:00am MST

Innovative Assessment for Middle School
Provide your students, parents and colleagues with engaging, informative and motivating assessment practices that move beyond percentages and into an innovative way to share students engagement, formative progress and summative results. Communicate assessment practices that will be meaningful to students and motivate them to strive further into their content and learning. Successful assessment examples, rubrics and parent communications methods will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his project-based, concept-based and inquiry-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1328

9:00am MST

Using Schoology in Your Classroom
Has your district moved to using Schoology? Is your district considering the move to Schoology? Suzanne has been using the program for the past five years in her junior high and high school classrooms. In this session she will demonstrate how she uses the program in her English, Food Studies, Art, Info Pro, Comm Tech, and Aboriginal Studies classes. She is also willing to share resources to help you get started!

Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Annable

Suzanne Annable

High School Teacher, Wolf Creek School Division
I have been with Wolf Creek since 2007. For approximately 11 years, I taught mainly grade 9 Language Arts and Social Studies in Lacombe. I decided to apply for a transfer to Bentley School to teach high school. This has been an awesome experience and change. My course load includes... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1408

9:00am MST

Therapeutic Play: Fostering Play With a Purpose
When we consider play as a therapeutic opportunity, we begin to see it differently. Play at its core, for both children and adults, encourages us to work through challenges, learn new ideas, and solidify foundational autonomy. Both directed and non-directed play are essential in the development of children and youth and give us unique opportunities to foster an environment that is a catalyst in understanding an individual’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Play inherently creates a curious and safe place for us to explore our world both internally and externally. This session will help you turn the classroom into a place of play focusing on your students’ unique cognitive and developmental needs.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2501

9:00am MST

Engaging Students Through a Restorative Approach
Engagement begins with building relationships with and among your students. Doing ‘with’ students instead of doing ‘to’ or ‘for’ also contributes to increased levels of engagement. These are two cornerstones of restorative practice. This session will focus on the ‘why’ and the ‘how’. Participants will leave with practical strategies to strengthen relationships and ‘do with’ students. This session is appropriate for all grade levels.

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Caroline Gosling

International Institute for Restorative Practice
Caroline is a retired educator with over 30 experience in a variety of roles. Her work has always focused on supporting children, youth and families considered vulnerable and creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments. For the last 20 years, Caroline has... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2301

9:00am MST

Questions School Leaders Ask Teacher Employment Services
This session covers a variety of issues on which school leaders have sought advice from Teacher Employment Services. The issues will include matters related to conduct, competency, administration of medication, human rights, confidentiality, privacy, parent interaction and student/teacher boundaries.

Speakers
avatar for Christien Perrault

Christien Perrault

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Christien joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2022. After completing his BEd degree at the Campus St Jean, he taught in a variety of different communities and schools divisions throughout Alberta before settling down in St Albert. Christien is... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2601

9:00am MST

Embrace Nature: Weaving the Outdoors into School Experiences
Nature is all around us in Alberta. Exposure to nature increases play and physical activity, and builds social emotional skills in students of all ages. It provides meaningful opportunities to connect with others and with the land. In this session, we'll explore practical ways to weave nature and the outdoors into instructional time, daily activities, and play and leisure at school. Get inspired with resources, stories, and tips to make it happen.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Vokins

Christine Vokins

Health Promotion Facilitator, AHS
Christine Vokins is a Health Promotion Facilitator with the School Health & Wellness Promotion Team. She encourages school authorities to utilize Comprehensive School Health (CSH), an internationally recognized and effective approach for building healthy school communities. She has... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2505

9:00am MST

Mental health is wealth - Don't let your thoughts control you.
Your mental health is your wealth. As a leader in your classroom and in your community, you are like the roots of a tree. If you are not taking care of yourself, specifically your mental health, the rest of the tree – AKA your students, families etc. will be effected. You cannot show up for others if you aren’t showing up for yourself. In this session you will learn the importance of taking care of your mental health, how it can improve both your physical and emotional health, how showing up for yourself helps you show up better for others and tactical tools to walk away with to start taking care of your health immediately. Don't starve your mental health, strengthen it.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Derksen

Jessica Derksen

Founder, True To You Lifestyle
Jessica Derksen is the founder of True To You Lifestyle and specializes in high performance habit coaching in both personal and professional development. In a professional setting Jessica helps leaders truly lead and build more effective teams. Her clients learn how to control difficult... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1303

9:00am MST

Transform Your Stress - The Resilience Advantage
Stress affects people physically, mentally, and emotionally.This course is for personal use. You will learn HeartMath breathing techniques to manage stress and increase resilience.

Course Objectives - Participants will:1. Discuss the stress response
2. Identify warning signs of stress3. Review how emotions impact the body, brain, and overall health
4. Practice HeartMath breathing techniques to manage stress.

Speakers
avatar for Rania Page

Rania Page

Alberta Health Services
Rania Page, RSW works for Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services. Rania is a Health Promotion Facilitator/Team Lead with the Central Zone Addiction Prevention & Mental Health Promotion Team.
avatar for Denise C Fredeen

Denise C Fredeen

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2600

9:00am MST

EdCamp:Film Studies
EdCamp for high school film studies
Record all discussions on this form to help future collaboration: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hZP4yF2ef5FD04tTX__kEyINs1Q1JRez1NmTUnWLdHM/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
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Daniel Mills

Dan is a high School teacher in Red Deer Public and has been teaching English and Film studies for the better part of the last 2 decades. He is currently teaching ELA and Film Studies at LTCHS.


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1205

9:00am MST

Develop – and Trust! – Your intuition
Have you ever ignored that little voice, or gut feeling, that tells you to grab an item on your way out the door, then wished you’d listened, because, “Darn! That would’ve been handy to have right now!” That inner guidance was your intuition. Intuition is like a muscle – exercising it makes it stronger. The practical exercises presented in this session build the ability to trust intuition to assess children’s situations, or best course of action, bring greater ease into life and the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for 16+ years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people over the... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2206

9:00am MST

Self Care and Reconciliation
In this hilarious and inspiring keynote, Richard Van Camp will share his tips for self care and mental wellness. He will also share his thoughts on Reconciliation and how everyone can be an ally to Indigenous communities. As well, Richard has prepared gifts for everyone: 24 miracle stories shared by Indigenous Elders, my list of books K through 12 that I believe in and why they matter (with a breakdown of grade appropriateness), our Reclaimed Moon and Star Knowledge (which you can use with your own family and classroom and library), our Reclaimed Community calendar (which you can also use with your own family and classroom and library) and my list of self care tips which will delight you as these are techniques you can use with your own sweet self, your family, your classroom and colleagues. Mahsi cho and we'll see you there! I can't wait to honour you!

Speakers
avatar for Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp

Richard Van Camp is a proud Tlicho Dene from Fort Smith, NWT, living in Edmonton. He is the author of 26 books and his novel, The Lesser Blessed, is a feature film with First Generation Films. You can watch it on CBC Gem for free. Richard is a best selling author and probably owes... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Main Stage

9:00am MST

Teaching the New Physical Education and Wellness Curriculum Without Breaking a Sweat (JK, You’ll be Sweating!)
This session is designed to support teachers to increase their confidence and competence to implement the Alberta K-6 Physical Education and Wellness curriculum. The content will be grounded in best practice in pedagogy, and will cover the similarities and differences from previous curricula, provide tips on planning, implementation and assessment, and include a reference resource for each organizing idea.


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2208

9:00am MST

Let's Clear the Air
The benefits of clean air in the classroom go beyond sniffles and coughs: the air we share has wide-reaching implications in education, both from the health and well-being of staff and students and in enhancing learning and educational outcomes.

This session will explore the science behind indoor air quality in schools and some surprisingly easy solutions that also make great in-class science projects. High indoor air quality is proven to boost cognitive functioning, concentration, test scores, and positive health outcomes while reducing headaches, brain fog, illness, and fatigue.

Speakers
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Dorothy Wigmore

Dorothy Wigmore still has her early 1990s “Fresh air” enscribed brick from the Canadian Union of PublicEmployees (CUPE). One of her filing cabinets has at least one-and-a-half drawers full of materials aboutindoor air hazards and solutions. These days, her work includes building... Read More →
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John Oudyk

John has been involved with indoor air quality (IAQ) since the 1980’s (when background CO 2  levels were 330 ppm – now they’re 420 ppm). He participated on the tripartite committee that wrote the FederalIAQ regulation. He has done about 150 IAQ investigations. Since 1991 he... Read More →
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Dr. Malgorzata (Gosia) Gasperowicz

Dr. Malgorzata (Gosia) Gasperowicz is a developmental biologist and a researcher at the University ofCalgary. She earned her Masters at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology in Gdansk, Poland, and a PhD in biology at Albert Ludvig University of Freiburg, Germany. Dr. Gasperowicz... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2303

9:00am MST

EdCamp: Grade 10 to 12 English Teachers
High School Written Assessment (ELA) --This session will use a collaborative approach and focus on understanding how to apply the descriptors in the rubrics used to mark personal, critical, and persuasive responses. We will also talk about approaches to scaffolding assessment of these forms from grades 10 to 12, and about the things students do in writing that have the potential to complicate assessment.
Use the following document to include your collaboration: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KUnA5Hz6x1fFm_Xvtw5hyRoemQVDSXo7zqAbps01Nks/edit?usp=sharing

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Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2220

9:00am MST

Word Study in the New ELAL Curriculum (Grades 1-3)
Alberta’s new ELAL curriculum approaches Word Study differently than the previous curriculum. Join Karen for practical, meaningful ways to teach the KUSPs related to word study within these Organizing Ideas: Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, and Conventions. Word study will be embedded and discussed in the context of our students’ reading and writing.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych

Words Change Worlds
Karen Filewych has over twenty-five years of educational experience as an elementary teacher, school administrator, and language arts consultant. In 2007, she completed her Master of Education degree in the area of literacy. Karen's first book - How Do I Get Them to Write? - was published... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2305

9:00am MST

Math Games Galore: Having Fun with Math for Division 1!
Need some fresh, new ideas for games and activities that kids LOVE to play? A multitude of engaging games supporting numeracy and basic facts will be introduced and played during the session. These games, designed by a Winnipeg math teacher, are ideal for individual learning, group learning, learning centres, and whole-class instruction in division 1. Be ready to participate, have fun, and win fantastic prizes!Why is this session relevant to teachers?Why this is an important session: This session provides well-designed games to help make learning math engaging and effective.What will be the learning: Division 1 games supporting mastery of basic math facts and games that support numeracy development.Focus: Basic facts and basic numeracy concepts.Takeaway: New games to use in the classroom.(Grade 1-3)

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has led sessions at teacher conventions across Canada... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1435

9:00am MST

The Psalms, Air Pods, and God
Ever wonder what music is streaming in the ear buds of your students? Often woven into the cacophony of bass and treble are profound existential themes that speak to the hearts of listeners. Within the Bible’s book of Psalms, we also find a collection of song lyrics that grapple with deep questions of the soul. This talk explores the structure and themes of the Psalms, draws connections to parallel themes in contemporary music, and provides educators with suggestions for engaging both student interest and curricular outcomes in Religious Education.

THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30TH.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2909C

9:00am MST

Productivity and Organization Working at Home, School, and Everywhere In Between
This session will explore how to build effective personal and professional structures to be your most productive self, cut-out distractions, and find joy in all you do. Professional artist, bestselling author, and work-from-home addict, Alexis Marie Chute shares tips and tricks for scheduling your time, organizing your to-do list, getting more done, and finding your highest level of work and home balance for greatest life-fulfillment. In an age where you may be asked to switch your work environment without notice, this session will help you be agile, adaptable, and find pleasure in unpredictability.

Speakers
avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-932

9:00am MST

Engaging Experiments For Any Grade Level
Every convention you want to leave with someone that you do the next week that will impact student learning. This session will give you just that. Jason presents at conventions and puts on science shows for kids and In this session he will go through some of the easiest experiments you can demo or do with your class for maximum engagement. Science should be fun, loud, silly, and messy. Come have fun and get your science on! THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD AT École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6) in room 1208.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with a local radio station, delivers science shows (pre-COVID) and has been featured on The History Channel as a presenter on History... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-1208

9:00am MST

Optics and the Human Eye
Have you wondered how the lens in your eye works to create a focused image? Have you wondered why your peripheral vision can sense motion? Explore these questions and more! In this session participants will get to explore how their eyes work and how focused images are formed. They will get to use hands-on classroom ready resources developed by the Perimeter Institute. These resources are available for free from resources.perimeterinstitute.ca in English and in French.


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2905

9:00am MST

Teslas in the Wild
We are in the middle of a transportation transformation. The electrification of transportation represents a huge revolution in more than just how we move things. How society views transportation, energy and efficiency will be permanently changed in the next decade. The changes that exist as society pursues electric cars represent a socio-scientific issue that is fertile ground for education. There are many subject-specific connections like energy, efficiency, battery chemistry, and motion that will be discussed, but Ian will also explore how electric vehicles can be used to explore aspects of the nature of science like data gathering, evidence, skepticism, and complexity.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Ian graduated from the U of A in 2002 and began his teaching career in Red Deer. Since then he has taught math and science in Japan, Mexico, China, Vancouver and Edmonton. He has spent over 15 years teaching AB and IB Physics and Calculus and completed a Masters in Education at UBC... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2906

9:00am MST

Do Marks Make the Grade?
As our world has been turned upside down, how do we effectively assess students through a growth mindset? Dave has successfully removed grades from his own high school and middle school math classes. He has then lead entire schools on this transition. Moving away from a fixed mindset around assessment and towards a growth mindset. Come and learn how to lead this transition in your school community. Dave will discuss 5 simple changes you can make that will transform your assessment practices.

Speakers
avatar for David Martin

David Martin

President, Mathematics Council
Dave Martin has a Master of Mathematics, a Bachelor's degree in Education, and most importantly a Love for Learning. Throughout his career, he has challenged many traditional educational practices such as homework, tests, and even grading. Currently as a Post-Secondary instructor... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913B

9:00am MST

How do YOU teach content in Food Studies (or CTS for that matter)?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

I have been teaching Food Studies for about 15 years and I am constantly revising, changing and trying new things. I feel very fortunate to be teaching such a dynamic course but I still sometimes find it hard to balance hands-on-learning with meeting all the curriculum objectives and effectively assess them. I know that many teachers in CTS, Fine Arts and other areas face similar dilemmas. How do you "teach" your classes? Today I would like to share some of my journey as a Food Studies teacher and as a CTS department head and I would love to dialogue with others as we take an opportunity to cook a few of my favourite dishes that I have done with my students over the years and have a few of them share their perceptions of alternative learning in classrooms. Come prepared to participate!

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ENSURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE.
Please send an email transfer of $10 to jeff.lerouge@rdcrs.ca to pay for the ingredients and secure your spot. NO REFUNDS. In your message, please indicate which session you are attending and if you are paying for someone else. Thank you.

This session will be held at Ecole Secondaire Notre Dame High School (50 Lees St, Red Deer, AB T4R 2P6).

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lerouge

Jeff Lerouge

CTS Teacher/CTS Department Head, Notre Dame High School
I teach Food Studies at Notre Dame High School. I love to eat, travel and I would never pass up a great risotto! I truly believe in pushing my students to try new things and I'm right there learning beside them. As an act of Truth and Reconciliation I am trying to learn more about... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am MST
École Secondaire Notre Dame High School-1515

9:00am MST

Radically Shift What You Do To Excel
It is believed that when two people are grieving, they cannot support each other. If this is true, then how can we best support each other in a time when we are all grieving? Your health, thought processes, and well-being may be reflected in the success or failure of your students. Since recent world events have challenged our personal well-being, it is even more relevant today to examine how we are dealing with our own traumas and losses.
Ensuring we can identify the struggles experienced by those we are committed to leading first requires an internal awareness of self. This is not just experienced on an emotional level – it is a multi-dimensional process. The brain and nervous system are impacted, the mind is involved, and the body responds, then our spirit lights up or shuts down. Trauma, loss, and grief can be identified and addressed by our having a keen awareness of body language, word use, and medical conditions. This proactive approach will provide you with learning, joy, and fun while discovering simple tools available to help you excel more effectively and efficiently each day. You are more than your condition.

Speakers
avatar for Janine Brisebois

Janine Brisebois

Janine Brisebois BSc, M-NLP, RMT is an award-winning educator who specializes in trauma and grief recovery. She concentrates on the body’s response to navigating stress and change related to leadership and personal wellness. Janine’s presentations, often described as transformational... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2205

9:00am MST

Enseigner la littératie en immersion - ce que la recherche nous dit
Elyse is a dynamic and creative teacher with over 15 years of experience in French Immersion, virtual teaching and as an instructional coach. A passionate learner, she likes to be on the outlook for the latest research and at the forefront of applying theoretical and technological approaches. She loves to create and share her resources. She has also a background in social work and play therapy with expertise in child development and mental health. She is part of the ACPI 5 Star Program where she has the opportunity to coach teachers in their first immersion job. With her colleague Marylou Gammans, they created Académie Gamin. This amalgam is derived from the merging of their two last names Gammans and Morin. Their goal is to share the latest research, best pedagogical practices and develop engaging resources for teachers of all levels!

Speakers
avatar for Elyse Morin

Elyse Morin

teacher, Wildrose school division
Elyse est une enseignante dynamique et créative avec plus de 15 ans d'expérience en immersion française, en enseignement virtuel et comme coach pédagogique. Apprenante passionnée, elle aime être à l’affût des dernières recherches et à l’avant-garde dans l’application... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1222

9:00am MST

Nourishing our Children’s Mental Health
Are you finding it difficult to reach and teach kids? Do you feel that some of your students are struggling with their mental health or lacking social-emotional awareness and skills and it is impacting their ability to learn? If so, you are not alone. Join me for some stories and strategies to help nourish your kids' mental health (and yours too hopefully!)... because as Glennon Doyle says, "there is no such thing as other people's children.

Speakers
avatar for Jaleesa Grzech

Jaleesa Grzech

Jaleesa Grzech is passionate about supporting children's mental health. With over ten years of teaching experience in the classroom and two young children of her own, she has seen first hand the stressors that kids are facing early on. She believes it is just as important to teach... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1503

9:00am MST

Ten things no one taught you about teaching!
The first year(s) of teaching can be a survival struggle. If you are struggling with wanting to help all students succeed AND having enough time to prepare, this workshop will help you take a breath, fix some problems and take home some engaging activities to use in your classroom.
First year teachers can be overwhelmed by everything they have to do - often they don't know what they don't know and they are very busy trying to do it all. These ten things will help your year run more smoothly, so that you can enjoy teaching!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Carter

Susan Carter

How to Teach Humour for Stress Relief, Life Skills and Fun
Susan shows you how to deal with our teaching world with a laugh. Creative coping ideas come from thirty plus years of teaching Junior High and doing standup! Susan retired from Elk Island Public Schools (Alberta) to substitute, speak to teachers, and of course learn how to deal with... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2302

9:00am MST

Daring Classrooms™
Teachers are some of our most important leaders! Based on her research, Brené developed Dare to Lead™ – an empirically based courage-building program, and adapted it for schools. It’s a game-changer for teachers as leaders at all levels. Covering the four teachable, observable, and measurable courage skills sets, Dare to Lead™ in the Classroom (Daring Classrooms™) covers:1. Rumbling with Vulnerability: The foundational skill of courage-building is the willingness and ability to step into the discomfort of being vulnerable. Without this core skill, the other three are impossible to put into practice. Our ability to be daring educators will never be greater than our capacity for vulnerability – leaning into risk, uncertainty, and emotional exposure.2. Living Into Our Values: What’s our North Star? What do we stand for? Research participants who demonstrated the most willingness to be vulnerable and brave anchored their behavior to a couple of essential values, not 10 or 15. Our core values give us courage and strength, especially when things are difficult.3. BRAVING Trust: It’s a must-have in our important professional and personal relationships, but trust tends to be a fuzzy concept. Understanding the seven evidence-based elements of BRAVING trust helps us to be specific and exchange feedback in meaningful ways that supports real change and enduring trust. 4. Learning to Rise: To push the reset button and be resilient, we must recognize emotion, look at the facts and truth of what really happened, discover the lessons to be learned, make changes, and go forward with more wisdom than before. Daring educators are self-aware, know how to have hard conversations, hold themselves and others accountable, build trust, lead with empathy and connection, take smart risks that lead to innovation, reset quickly after disappointments and setbacks, and give and receive feedback – especially when it’s tough.Building Brave Spaces for Students. We can’t always ask our students to take off the armor at home, or even on their way to school, because their emotional and physical safety may require self-protection. But what we can do, and what we are ethically called to do, is create a space in our schools and classrooms where all students can walk in and, for that day or hour, take off the crushing weight of their armor, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly being seen.We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore the world and be who they are without suffocation. They deserve one place where they can rumble with vulnerability and their hearts can exhale. And what I know from the research is that we should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong—even one—where they can take off their armor. It can and often does change the trajectory of their life.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Knull

Kimberly Knull

Rising Strong After Setbacks
Kimberly Knull is a Registered Psychologist, former teacher, motivational speaker and trained by Brené Brown as a Dare to Lead™ and Daring Way™ facilitator. She’s the Co-Founder of Momentum Walk-In Counselling Society, recognized as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1800

9:00am MST

Ocean, Freshwater, & Us Giant Floor Map and Augmented Reality App
Imagine walking on a giant map, following the local river all the way to the ocean. What connections could you make? What questions would you ask about the places you observe? Join the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition and Ocean Week Canada partners as we explore the foundational connections between ourselves and the water that surrounds and sustains us. This life-sized cartographic lens of the 'Ocean, Freshwater and Us' giant map, helps raise public awareness offering opportunities to celebrate our connection to coastal areas, the ocean, and watersheds in Canada. The augmented reality (AR) extension combines powerful storytelling techniques, immersive technologies, and interactive media to strengthen ocean knowledge. **A portion of the session is BYOD. A personal laptop or smart device will facilitate access to digital resources & AR app.**

Speakers
avatar for Janice Williams

Janice Williams

National Education Coordinator, Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition / Ocean Week Canada
Janice Williams is a twice certified science teacher applying her talents in the global education ecosystem as an educational consultant without borders. Her pedagogical expertise resides at the nexus of science education and competency-based education. She has worked with government... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-AC146 Studio A

9:00am MST

Video Magic Tricks
In this session, participants will learn about and create some "VIDEO MAGIC TRICKS" using techniques that apply to any camera and almost any video editing software (desktop and/or browser based). The use of strategic cuts and stop motion animation will add some flavour to your future videos.

Feel free to take what you learn and try it with your own students or just blow their minds with your magical powers in your next video lesson.

Bring your own camera/device to learn with or borrow one.

Held at Hunting Hills High School.

Led by TJ Hartel, Digital Arts Instructor at HHHS.

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avatar for TJ Hartel

TJ Hartel

Teacher, RDPSD


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Hunting Hills High School-1324

9:00am MST

Esports in Middle School
For this session I will discuss how to set up an Esports Team within your school. I will discuss the setup of a program from the very beginning to participating in tournaments. I will also talk about different issues that may arise from IT to parent concerns. We will also look at running practices and creating teams.

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avatar for Michael Saretzky

Michael Saretzky

Teacher
I am currently a teacher with Red Deer Catholic, teaching grade 6. I have been teaching for almost 18 years, with stops in Fox Creek and Hinton. Recently, I completed my Masters in Educational Technology, through UBC.


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2304

9:00am MST

Establishing Positive HABITS for Strong Fundamental Skills in Beginner Band
Through hands-on experiences, instrumental music educators will address the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed for beginners to successfully engage in music making on woodwind, percussion, and brass instruments. The workshop will develop pedagogical and content knowledge in designing successful warm-ups, addressing instrument fundamentals, as well as engaging in short and long-term planning strategies to focus and motivate young musicians in their development. Participants will explore resources and strategies that support beginning efforts in music making so that students truly enjoy playing by themselves and with others!
THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD AT École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6) in the BAND ROOM.


Thursday February 23, 2023 9:00am - 3:30pm MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-Band Room

10:20am MST

Creative Writing to Cope with Stress and Build Resiliency
Learn creative ways to engage students struggling with anxiety and other mental health challenges, particularly during the pandemic, utilizing the empowering and healing capacities of writing. Creative writing exercises will be presented in both fiction and non-fiction as tools for personal reflection and betterment. Participants will leave equipped to apply the exercises in the compassionate support of students in their schools and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-932

10:20am MST

Gamification: Turn Your Classroom Into Hogwarts
Jason has spent the last eight years perfecting turning his classroom into Hogwarts for an entire unit of chemistry. In this session Jason will explain how he sets up the game, sorts the students, keeps it fair, and maximizes engagement! A good game done right is something students will talk about for days. You'll learn what not to do from Jason's humorous failures, and the exciting highs of just how amazing gamification is when it's done right. Wingardium Leviosa!!! THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD AT École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6) in room 1208.

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avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with a local radio station, delivers science shows (pre-COVID) and has been featured on The History Channel as a presenter on History... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-1208

10:20am MST

How to Engage Students Through Classroom Design - Presented by CDI Spaces
Low student engagement has always been a pain point for educators and is increasingly concerning in the post-pandemic environment. In this session, CDI Spaces classroom design experts will teach you how to transform your educational spaces to generate optimal student engagement for all learners. This interactive session features real classroom examples where you will discover flexible and agile physical setups using your current furniture solutions. You will learn about trends in student-centered classroom design and learning zones that accommodate independent and group work and support an inclusive learning environment. Ultimately, you will walk away from this session inspired and confident to create a learning environment for your students that will visibly impact their engagement and success.

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avatar for Craig Ward

Craig Ward

Student Centered Classroom Consultant, CDI SPACES
We at CDI Spaces like to help with designing your classroom so it is attractive and functional. When designing we like to consider grade/age level appropriateness, the type of classroom activities you will be implementing, and your particular style. For example, we consider the various... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2602

10:20am MST

EdCamp: ESL
Ed Camp: English as a Second Language Use the following document to help collaborate with each other:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K6EKhpVrCzqZ9WInGGRjAfcniYS6GrwzJ9uewy8gtao/edit?usp=sharing

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EY

Emily Young

We are the ESL department at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer, Alberta. We are the designated school for secondary English Language Learners in our district. Together we work with over 150 students with complex needs and diverse levels of English proficiency... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2207

10:20am MST

Word Study in the New ELAL Curriculum (Grades 4-6)
Alberta’s new ELAL curriculum approaches Word Study differently than the previous curriculum. Join Karen for practical, meaningful ways to teach the KUSPs related to word study within these Organizing Ideas: Vocabulary, Fluency, and Conventions. Word study will be embedded and discussed in the context of our students’ reading and writing. Karen will also address how phonological awareness and phonics may support our struggling readers and writers.

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avatar for Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych

Words Change Worlds
Karen Filewych has over twenty-five years of educational experience as an elementary teacher, school administrator, and language arts consultant. In 2007, she completed her Master of Education degree in the area of literacy. Karen's first book - How Do I Get Them to Write? - was published... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2305

10:20am MST

The New Code of Professional Conduct. What is it? How does it affect me?
The Alberta government has stripped the Association of its responsibilities for teacher discipline including receiving complaints, investigating allegations and holding disciplinary hearings. These functions will now be undertaken by the government under an internal process partly facilitated by the Alberta Teaching Profession Commissioner, Julia Sproule. This is a massive sea change in process and the Association is here to help explain the new system and to support teachers who are the subject of complaints made to Alberta Education. Join us for an overview of the process and an explanation of how we have your back!

Speakers
avatar for Christien Perrault

Christien Perrault

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Christien joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2022. After completing his BEd degree at the Campus St Jean, he taught in a variety of different communities and schools divisions throughout Alberta before settling down in St Albert. Christien is... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2601

10:20am MST

AMPLIFYING EQUALITY
Why does it matter that women’s voices still account for well less than a third of those who hold power, set agendas and exert influence? And what can educators do about it? When a country's public conversations fail to accurately reflect the experiences and priorities of a big portion of the population, everybody suffers. In this keynote presentation, Shari Graydon marries research, humour and stories to illuminate the causes and consequences of the gender gap, and to inspire educators to speak up to make the world we share more equitable.


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Main Stage

10:20am MST

Students as Change Makers for Healthy Schools
Student leadership and voice is an essential part of a healthy school community. In this session explore ways that leadership opportunities can be embedded in school culture and encouraged for all students, not just the ones who are already demonstrating strong leadership qualities. Let’s move beyond our assumptions of “what makes a good leader” and create space for all students to show their unique strengths! Learn from a variety of student leadership strategies and success stories from schools across the province, and find opportunities to amplify student voices in your school community.


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2208

10:20am MST

Acrylics and Q-tips Spring Art
Limited Capacity filling up

Create beautiful projects and learn techniques and methods that give your artwork movement, life, and depth! In this session, the participants will create a few projects that will be demonstrated step-by-step by focusing on specific acrylics techniques, color mixing, and basic brush and painting techniques. These projects can be modified for any grade level and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10 and send an email transfer to candixon@telus.net

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avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913A

10:20am MST

How Mentoring Can Support Teen Mental Health and Wellbeing
Are you interested in ways to support and enhance your student’s mental health and wellbeing? Canadian research has found girls who were mentored were 2 times less likely to be depressed; boys and girls were 2 times and 3 times, respectively, less likely to have social anxiety and were 2 times less likely to exhibit conduct problems. This session will look at different forms of mentoring in schools, both formal and informal. Ideas will be shared on how to incorporate or enhance mentoring in your school to support student mental health and social emotional wellbeing. Participants will learn about the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and the resources available to help support mentoring in schools. We will cover a variety of mentoring topics, including:- intergenerational mentoring; -teen mentoring; -virtual mentoring; and -Career and Technology Studies credits.

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CG

Caroline Gosling

International Institute for Restorative Practice
Caroline is a retired educator with over 30 experience in a variety of roles. Her work has always focused on supporting children, youth and families considered vulnerable and creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments. For the last 20 years, Caroline has... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2301

10:20am MST

Test Anxiety: A Group Plan
With the ever-increasing demands of standardized testing, test anxiety is becoming more and more prevalent. Students who struggle with test anxiety are unable to effectively and accurately demonstrate their understanding of topics covered, resulting in frustration and disillusionment with school. This session will provide a basic understanding of the psychology behind test anxiety as well as tools and strategies to help mitigate the effects of test anxiety. Whether participants are working with individuals or a whole class, this step-by-step plan can be used to help students reach their potential.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Christianson

Kris Christianson

Teacher/Counsellor, Holy Trinity High School
Kris Christianson has been a teacher for 17 years and is the Guidance Counsellor at Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton. He has experience teaching a variety of subjects and received his Masters in School Counselling from the University of Alberta. Kris has been involved in many... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2505

10:20am MST

Forest Bathing and Earthing – Natural Ways to Heal
Forest Bathing and Earthing may be the latest health trend, but they certainly are not new practices! In this session you’ll gain a clear understanding of what these practices are, what the benefits are, and how You can do them. Learn how the ancient wisdom of spending time in the forest and with your feet on the earth is not only good for your health, but good for your soul! (A great add-on for outdoor education classes and arts-related programs)

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for 16+ years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people over the... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2206

10:20am MST

Literature to Engage Your Students (cross curricular K-9) and Build Your Capacity with TQS #5 Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit
This session features literature and resources to engage your First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, while supporting First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and perspectives in your classroom for all students. We will also explore why it is so important to show our students that our First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people are not just a part of history, and using literature can be a great way to spark inquiry and engagement in students and make connections that are more meaningful to their learning. Additionally, "Applying Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit" is part of our updated Teaching Quality Standard, and this session will support teachers in meeting this addition to our standard. Participants will get access to valuable resources, activities, and annotated literature lists linking to their program of studies.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2901B

10:20am MST

Mathematics! All Are Welcome! All Belong!
Come for the joy and beauty, stay for the mathematics!!We will start with math on Mars, move to the spooky Recaman spiral, and continue down the spiral of fun mathematics. We will be working on what Gord Hamilton calls "Infinity Puzzles". These puzzles have low floors and high ceilings. Can engage Gr. 1 students and still puzzle high school students. Be ready to see the beauty and joy of mathematics! Whether you teach Grade 1 or Grade 12, there will be something that you can bring to your students the very next day! Even spice up your date night with some mathematics!!

Speakers
avatar for David Martin

David Martin

President, Mathematics Council
Dave Martin has a Master of Mathematics, a Bachelor's degree in Education, and most importantly a Love for Learning. Throughout his career, he has challenged many traditional educational practices such as homework, tests, and even grading. Currently as a Post-Secondary instructor... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913B

10:20am MST

Strings + Beads + Numeracy = Amazing Resource
The numeracy bead string is an incredibly useful tool to support numeracy development. This session will explore how to use them in your classroom from preschool to grade 3. We will cover counting forward and backwards, part-part whole relationship, place value, grouping, basic facts, and more!Why is this session relevant to teachers?Why this is an important session: This session explains how to use numeracy bead strings, an underused and little-known tool.What will be the learning: The use of numeracy bead strings in the classroom to support numeracy development.Focus: Numeracy bead strings.Takeaway: Teachers will understand how to use the numeracy bead string in their classrooms.

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avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has led sessions at teacher conventions across Canada... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1435

10:20am MST

Math Therapy: A Crash Course in Becoming a Math Therapist
Did you know that anyone who thinks they're "not a math person" typically has math trauma they haven't worked through? Ready to dig deep? This crash course in math therapy is for you! Through teaching math we can empower students to believe they are capable of anything and that everything is possible - starting with math. Add "Math Therapy" to your list of teachable and change the lives of your students far beyond the classroom!

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avatar for Vanessa The Math Guru

Vanessa The Math Guru

🧠Math Therapist🧠, The Math Guru
Hi👋 My name is Vanessa, I'm SO excited to meet you + can't wait to connect + talk about MATH THERAPY!A few things you should know about me:💕I am the founder and director of The Math Guru, a super cool boutique math & science tutoring studio in Toronto that's changing stereotypes... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-MP Theatre Room 1400

10:20am MST

How to Host A Hackathon! Learning Design in Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Spaces
Callysto has offered open and freely available online and in-person hackathon experiences to Grades 5-12 students. Come and learn about data science and computational thinking challenges, and how to inspire student and staff learning through hackathons.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Swanson

Jordan Swanson

Data Science Intern, Cybera
Jordan has a Masters of Data Science and Analytics from the University of Calgary. He is a data scientist on the Callysto team with a background in health research, and a passion for sports analytics and data privacy. He enjoys educating students and adults alike about the wonders... Read More →
avatar for Bobbi Belsek

Bobbi Belsek

Education Specialist, Callysto
Bobbi has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education After Degree from Concordia University of Edmonton. He is an Education Specialist on the Callysto team, and has spent much of his teaching career thus far in Grade 5. Bobbi enjoys helping students and educators to build... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1408

10:20am MST

PE and Wellness Take Shape with the New K-6 Curriculum
The new Physical Education and Wellness curriculum uses a comprehensive, strengths-based focus that develops the whole individual and nurtures students in pursuing a healthy and active life. Come explore the learning outcomes of the "Active Living" section of this curriculum as we participate in physical literacy-based activities. Be prepared to walk away with some ideas around planning and see the outcomes take shape while you gain a better understanding of this new curriculum.
THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30th.

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avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Teacher and Consultant, Play Education Consulting
Tracy is a K-12 Physical Education specialist with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland. After 15 years in the classroom both locally and internationally, Tracy served for 10 years as... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1303

10:20am MST

The Space for Science
Astronomy was the first formal science, having been a human endeavor for thousands of years. Modern Astronomy is a discipline that involves physics, chemistry, biology, and 'Earth' sciences in combination with scientific reasoning, problem-solving, and data gathering. In this session, Ian will discuss the latest (and less recent but still exciting!) discoveries in science, explain where Astronomy connects with the science curriculum, and provide examples of how to bring Astronomy into your classroom.

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avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Ian graduated from the U of A in 2002 and began his teaching career in Red Deer. Since then he has taught math and science in Japan, Mexico, China, Vancouver and Edmonton. He has spent over 15 years teaching AB and IB Physics and Calculus and completed a Masters in Education at UBC... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2906

10:20am MST

Social Justice in the New Republic: Plato, Machiavelli, and Catholic Social Justice
Plato’s Republic, a seminal philosophical and political text, delves into the nature of Justice, arguing states and their social structures ought to be ordered by this cardinal virtue. The individual’s quest for knowledge and virtue goes hand-in-hand with social good. Machiavelli’s The Prince, famously rejects Plato’s notion of Justice and radically redefines virtue as the cunning, callous, and calculating guidelines necessary for people in power to stay in power. Machiavelli’s New Republic, founded on pragmatic realism and effectual truth has at its center the individual (uno solo), one who spurns lofty idealism while also extolling the benefits of justice, albeit in recalibrated form. This New Republic has not only become the dominant template for modern state craft but individualism as well. This talk seeks to unfurl these vying visions of how republics engage social justice while also making connections to the Biblical vision of Justice and Virtue. More specifically, it provides educators with an outline of the principles of Catholic teaching on Social Justice and considers the ancient, modern and contemporary articulations of justice along with its role in ordering political and social structures.



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Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2909C

10:20am MST

Waves of Innovation Impacting Education
The 21st Century has brought multiple waves of innovation and world challenges into the classroom all at once. Innovative Thought 2021 (IT2021) highlights the multiple waves and how Albertan teachers can best prepare and share this information with their science and social studies students. This session will focus on five steps that have been designed and proven to challenge students to exceed expectations and better prepare them for high school and the 21-century workforce.

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avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his project-based, concept-based and inquiry-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1328

10:20am MST

Make Your Own Tipi
Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in learning about the tipi and creating your own miniature tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.

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avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Elder
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile Cree Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Onoway area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1205

10:20am MST

OVERWHELMED YET?! Inclusive and Adapted Physical Education That Allows Teachers to Breathe Again
What if I told you this workshop is about including and valuing you? If you sometimes feel like you are drowning in checklists of dos and don’ts, ever-changing curriculum recommendations (sent in emails lol) and information overload on diversity and inclusion this workshop is for you. As educators, we all want to provide inclusive and adaptive environments, experiences and education – this is not even a question. But over half of educators do not feel capable or comfortable providing more inclusive and adaptable instruction and learning activities out of fear of “doing it wrong”. In this workshop, we go back to basics so that we can feel creative, safe, and confident to adapt, try and succeed in our classrooms and gymnasiums. Teachers leave with straightforward tools and strategies for inclusion that they can use as soon as they leave the room.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2600

10:20am MST

Making Fields Real using Playdough
Limited Capacity seats available

Do your students struggle with the concept of fields? What does action-at-a-distance mean? In this workshop participants will start with everyday materials and map out the shapes of various electric fields, use playdough to get LEDs to emit light, explore uniform and non-uniform electric fields and even complete an investigation to get an experimental value for Planck's constant. All of the resources that we are looking at during the session are classroom ready, available for free, and available in French and English. Please send an email transfer of $10.00 to laurapankratz@uniserve.com for the supplies.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz

Western Canada Teacher Network Coordinator, Perimeter Institute
Laura Pankratz is an award winning educator who supports teachers in encouraging students to be successful. Laura was a Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Teacher-in-Residence. In that role, she presented and developed classroom ready resources for elementary, junior high... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2905

10:20am MST

Rethinking Challenging Kids - An Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving®
This session is an Introductory Training in Collaborative Problem Solving®. Participants will learn an empathic and accurate understanding of what causes challenging behaviour and are exposed to an overview of the three key components of the approach. This training is a foundation for professionals interested in learning more about CPS and sharing this approach with others. To learn more about CPS please visit thinkkids.org.

This session will be lead by Matt Sticksl. Matt has been teaching in unique settings with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) for nine years and is the only CPS Certified Trainer in Western Canada. Matt has completed trainings in CPS to professionals and parents within CBE, AHS and across North America. He is passionate about helping others learn CPS and recently moved to a part-time teaching position as a Resource Teacher so he can have more time to share this approach with parents and professionals in Alberta.

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avatar for Matt Sticksl

Matt Sticksl

Teacher
Matt Sticksl is a Think:Kids CPS Certified Trainer in the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach and receives ongoing supervision from Think:Kids. He is also a teacher and parent living in Calgary, Alberta (Treaty 7). Matt is currently teaching in a Student Services role in a K-9... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2501

11:15am MST

Add a Little Spice
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come prepared to learn to cook an Indian dish from scratch. Learn about the mystical spices used to create a dish from scratch.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ENSURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE.
Please send an email transfer of $10 to kimi.abreu@rdcrs.ca to pay for the ingredients and secure your spot. NO REFUNDS. In your message, please indicate which session and if you are paying for someone else. Thank you.

This session will be held at Notre Dame High School (50 Lees Street, Red Deer AB T4R 2P6).

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lerouge

Jeff Lerouge

CTS Teacher/CTS Department Head, Notre Dame High School
I teach Food Studies at Notre Dame High School. I love to eat, travel and I would never pass up a great risotto! I truly believe in pushing my students to try new things and I'm right there learning beside them. As an act of Truth and Reconciliation I am trying to learn more about... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:15am - 1:15pm MST
École Secondaire Notre Dame High School-1515

11:40am MST

High School Teen Mentoring: Did you know students can earn credits?
Students can earn between 1-5 credits for mentoring. This session will provide information on Alberta Education's five,1 credit, Career and Technology Studies (CTS) mentorship courses that help students earn high school credits while deepening their understanding of the mentor-mentee relationship. The courses HSS1050: Introduction to mentorship, HSS2050: Becoming a mentor, HSS3050: Becoming a mentee, HSS3060: Extending the mentoring relationship and HSS3070: Peer mentoring are also available in French. We will look at outcomes, delivery methods and resources to support the implementation of teen mentoring CTS courses in your school.

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CG

Caroline Gosling

International Institute for Restorative Practice
Caroline is a retired educator with over 30 experience in a variety of roles. Her work has always focused on supporting children, youth and families considered vulnerable and creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments. For the last 20 years, Caroline has... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2301

11:40am MST

Bringing Agriculture into the Classroom
From gate to plate, we educate! As the Alberta representative of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, Agriculture for Life provides K-12 teachers with engaging programming materials to bring agriculture to life in the classroom! Join us to explore our collection of curriculum-linked resources including on-line and downloadable lesson plans, student publications, hands-on activities, and more. From classroom garden manuals and seed kits, to career exploration events and sustainability youth challenges, our student programs are designed to get students thinking critically about where their food comes as well as their place/role in the food system. We hope to engage, educate, and inspire both rural and urban students of all ages to understand the incredible depth and opportunity that agriculture affords in the province of Alberta and beyond.

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NB

Nanita Blomquist

Nanita grew up on a farm in central Alberta, where she still resides and farms with her family. With a passion for Agriculture, Nanita completed her B.Sc in Agriculture at the University of Alberta. With over 20 years of experience in the Agriculture industry, Nanita had the opportunity... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2208

11:40am MST

Teaching Data Literacy Through Sports Analytics
Data-informed decisions in athletics are becoming increasingly popular, and technology is providing the opportunity to make sports analytics more approachable. Analyzing data on team performance can provide insight into game play while making data literacy meaningful. We'll situate computational thinking within data literacy, talk about possibilities for data collection, and explore data analysis in Jupyter notebooks. Connections to math, physical education, and team sports will be highlighted in the context of data science.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Swanson

Jordan Swanson

Data Science Intern, Cybera
Jordan has a Masters of Data Science and Analytics from the University of Calgary. He is a data scientist on the Callysto team with a background in health research, and a passion for sports analytics and data privacy. He enjoys educating students and adults alike about the wonders... Read More →
avatar for Bobbi Belsek

Bobbi Belsek

Education Specialist, Callysto
Bobbi has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education After Degree from Concordia University of Edmonton. He is an Education Specialist on the Callysto team, and has spent much of his teaching career thus far in Grade 5. Bobbi enjoys helping students and educators to build... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1408

11:40am MST

“Where there’s a WIL, there’s a way!"
Are your students’ gaining skills for their future careers? They could be, and we can help!
For 25 years, CAREERS has passionately supported WIL (Work Integrated Learning) to help launch high school students into a career path. Learn how we connect students to employers, allowing them to gain the skills and knowledge for their future career, all while getting paid and earning high school credits. Teachers know their students best and the more teachers that know what options are available for their students, the more we can all work together to create a successful pathway for them. There are many different professions to explore, and CAREERS can help your students discover which path is right for them! Come learn and share best practices related to off-campus and work integrated learning experiences and discover how CAREERS can support you and your students!

Speakers
TJ

Tessa Jones

Regional Manager, CAREERS
avatar for Jennifer Fleckenstein

Jennifer Fleckenstein

Student Engagement Coordinator, CAREERS: The Next Generation
I work with CAREERS as a Student Engagement Coordinator and with Chinook’s Edge School Division as a Career Practitioner. Prior to this role, I worked for 14 years in Post-Secondary Admissions, Recruitment and Advising. I love helping young people figure out “what comes next... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913A

11:40am MST

Sport Psychology – Train the Mind, Improve the Performance
Are you looking for ways to push your athletes or teams to the next level? Have you watched your star athlete miss an easy shot in a high-pressure situation? There is an increasing body of evidence that training the mind of an athlete is as important, if not more so, than traditional physical preparation. This session will explain the basics of sport psychology by examining the importance of setting goals, establishing routines and the use of guided imagery to increase an athlete’s likelihood of success. Regardless of the sport, these suggestions will provide coaches and teachers with simple strategies to give their athletes the skills to reach their potential.

Speakers
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Kris Christianson

Teacher/Counsellor, Holy Trinity High School
Kris Christianson has been a teacher for 17 years and is the Guidance Counsellor at Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton. He has experience teaching a variety of subjects and received his Masters in School Counselling from the University of Alberta. Kris has been involved in many... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2505

11:40am MST

Understanding UDL Using PBL, CBL and IBL.
Universal Design Learning (UDL) can be a very complex and challenging for teachers. This session will focus on implementing 'Project-based Learning', 'Concept-based Learning'", and 'Inquiry-based Learning' into your classroom that is engaging, meaningful and effective for all learner levels and abilities. Classroom protocols, assessment practices and instructional methods appropriate for grades 6 - 9 will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

CTF/Social Studies/Innovation
Innovation in Education has been Paul's passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 23 years with his project-based, concept-based and inquiry-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1328

11:40am MST

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

THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30TH.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2909C

11:40am MST

Creating a Sustainable Future Together: Engaging Elementary Students in Climate Solutions
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face. Students know this but don’t know what to do about it. In this highly engaging session, learn how to steer clear of gloom and doom and instill confidence, optimism and connectedness in young learners by nurturing a positive relationship with nature. We’ll also demonstrate how it’s never too early to engage your students in real-world, age-appropriate climate solutions that are fun and build hope and agency as students learn how they can play a role in helping build a sustainable future. We’ll also share connections to the Alberta curriculum and many high-quality resources you can use immediately with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Alberta Council for Environmental Education / French
Dr. Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2216

11:40am MST

Pulse of the Profession: Creating New Spaces for Hope and Resilience
While we can maintain our connections with the past, we must always find ways to pull away from it and move towards a healthier and more hopeful future. In this conversation Dr. McRae will explore what we are learning in the field of education through the global pandemic, a current pulse of the profession of teaching in Alberta, and how teachers and school leaders might draw on these experiences to create more hopeful futures for Alberta schools, our students and communities of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Phil McCrae

Dr. Phil McCrae

Associate Coordinator, Research • Governmen, Alberta Teachers Association
Dr. Phil McRae is Associate Coordinator of Research at the Association and supports the research activities for the profession of teaching in the province of Alberta, Canada; facilitates the strategic planning for the profession of teaching; and liaises with local, national and international... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Main Stage

11:40am MST

ATRF Your Pension Essentials
This presentation is designed specifically for teachers that have recently joined the plan. It gives a general overview of the plan, including information about pension contributions, maintaining your spouse/beneficiary information, the eligibility requirements for a pension, purchasing leaves of absences and substitute service, and transferring service with another pension plan. You are encouraged to sign in to your My Pension account to access your most recent plan member statement.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1437

11:40am MST

Counting Time
The session will provide teachers with a process for collecting data on hours of work (both instructional and assignable), defining assignable time, and monitoring time assignments. 

Speakers
avatar for Christien Perrault

Christien Perrault

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Christien joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2022. After completing his BEd degree at the Campus St Jean, he taught in a variety of different communities and schools divisions throughout Alberta before settling down in St Albert. Christien is... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2601

11:40am MST

Mind Your Money - The Psychology of Saving
We know saving money will give us financial security for the future. Even so, we are still tempted to spend our money now instead of putting it away. Why do we do this? Participants in this course will learn about how human beings are naturally inclined to spend and learn different strategies to counter those basic instincts in order to secure their financial future.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Kalinowski

Mark Kalinowski

Financial Educator and Credit Counsellor, Credit Counselling Society
Having sat both sides of the credit desk  - as a senior lender and as a credit counsellor - Mark has seen first hand how credit can help build wealth and the emotional toll of debt.  His interest in personal finance started after college when working at a bank call center having... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2302

11:40am MST

My Retiree Plan Presentation
Retirement can no doubt be both exciting and daunting. Between all the paperwork and planning, let us make one of the items on your checklist a little easier!
During this presentation, you’ll learn the ins and outs of your health benefits during retirement. From eligibility requirements to different types of coverage, ASEBP has got you covered—literally.

Speakers
SB

Sunny Bruno

Sunny has been a benefit specialist with ASEBP for almost 1 year, providing assistance to covered members by phone, email, and in person. She has a decade of previous experience in the health and dental benefit insurance industry. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2305

11:40am MST

No More Heebie Jeebies: Normalizing Sexuality Conversations
Your students trust you as a reliable resource. Strengthen your toolbox with accurate health information and techniques that you can use in everyday encounters with all students. Using a comprehensive sexuality education approach, we provide the space to have healthy conversations. This enables our students to make healthy, informed, age-appropriate decisions throughout their lives. Sexuality Education is an on-going endeavor. Bring YOUR questions to the table.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2602

11:40am MST

Teacher Hacks
What is a hack? A hack is a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way. In this session, I will go over simple hacks for you to implement in your classroom right away. This will include classroom management, student engagement, and virtual classroom hacks. All links and materials will be provided so you can always reference them. By the end of the session, my hope is for you to find a sense of flow, and organization in both your teaching life which can positively impact your personal life.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Mahal

Jennifer Mahal

My name is Jennifer Mahal, _x000D__x000D_I graduated from the University of Lethbridge. As a teacher, I have had experience substituting across different schools in Calgary. I also took some time to teach Science at an Academy in Hastings, UK. Once my time aboard came to a close... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1222

11:40am MST

Kids and Grief: Let’s Talk About Death
Kids contemplate loss in profound ways, whether they express it externally or not. Adults must be prepared to initiate meaningful conversations with children that help them learn, grow, and thrive through their grief. Bereaved Mom, Alexis Marie Chute, shares observations of her living children as they mourn for their sibling. Become confident in noticing signs of grief and acquire tools to gift children on their lifelong journey of healing. We can change the culture around grief from one of silent struggle to one of support, compassion, and resiliency.

Speakers
avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-932

11:40am MST

Learning in the Gardens - a Grade 4 integrated unit
This session presents the results of a pilot project undertaken at the Common Ground Garden Project in Red Deer by Ms. Beebe, her Grade 4 class, and the staff and volunteers of the community garden. Learning activities included caring for the garden - planting, harvesting, creating recipes from the produce, and contributing to community charities. Activities addressed curriculum in Science, Math, Language Arts, Art, and Health. As a result of their labour, the class received the first and third prizes in the Canadian Geographic Queen's Jubilee Contest for 2022.
Participants in the session will have access to learning activities, curriculum links, recipes, and suggestions for modifications to create a school yard based program.


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2304

11:40am MST

Create Calm in your Classroom with Sound
We live in a noisy, stressful world. Science proves that sound affects mind and body, whether we realize it or not. In this session, learn how sound impacts the body and mind. Discover what sounds you can use to bring peace and calm into the classroom to make you and your students more comfortable… and improve learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for 16+ years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people over the... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2206
  Health and Wellness (TQS 3), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   Technology (TQS/LQS 2), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   Language Arts (TQS 3), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   Mathematics (TQS 3), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   Science (TQS 3), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   Social Studies (TQS 3), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   Curriculum & Pedagogy (TQS 3), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   Inclusive Education (TQS/LQS 4), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   Special Education (TQS 3), Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K) |   School Leadership (LQS 1-9, Division 1 (Gr 1-3), Division 2 (Gr 4-6), Division 3 (Gr 7-9), Division 4 (Gr 10-12), Early Childhood Education (Pre K-K)

11:40am MST

Run, Jump & Throw Like a Legend
Are you prepared to BECOME LEGENDARY?! Come experience learning outcomes from the NEW Physical Education and Wellness curriculum in this "legendary" session. We will explore and participate in activities from two sought-after programs; Mini Legends and Run Like a Legend. Both provide opportunities for students to practice fundamental movement skills, boost confidence, improve communication skills and so much more! The skills learned from these programs transfer over to countless sports, activities and in life!


Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Teacher and Consultant, Play Education Consulting
Tracy is a K-12 Physical Education specialist with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland. After 15 years in the classroom both locally and internationally, Tracy served for 10 years as... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1303

11:40am MST

Looking Ahead to New ADVENTURES
If you are considering retirement within the next five years, then you’ve got some big decisions just around the corner. Make sure you’re ready for them! This presentation will go over everything you need to know about the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA), including programs and perks available to members and, of course, the nationally acclaimed Retiree Benefits Plan. A current retired teacher will provide important points to consider before making the leap into retirement and will touch on some personal experiences. We’ll outline the health, travel, and dental benefits ARTA offers and touch on considerations you’ll want to start thinking about as you begin to plan for your retirement. Join us to discover how ARTA can give you the support you need to begin this new, exciting adventure.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Sawatzky

Gary Sawatzky

Chief Operating Officer, ARTA
Gary has been working as the Chief Operating Officer for the Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association since 2017. With over 20 years of experience in group benefits, he knows just about everything there is to know about what makes a good retiree health benefit plan. Gary has his Certified... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2207

11:40am MST

Self-Esteem Doesn't Come in a Bottle
The problem with society today is that women and teens think there's a quick fix for healthy self-esteem, something in a bottle. Something they can do quickly that will instantly give them self-esteem. Kelly takes you through her journey of getting burnt as a two year old to being the ugly scar-faced girl in school to being named by Global TV as the Most Inspirational Person of 2020. How did she do it? In this presentation you will learn her strategies for strong, healthy self-esteem.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2303

11:40am MST

The History of Residential Schools, and Classroom Resource Ideas K-9
The history of Residential Schools in Canada was ignored for a long time. Fortunately, now we have a lot of information available, but it can be difficult to pick and choose where to start, and tricky to find appropriate material. This session will explore books about Residential Schools to share with students, and appropriate books to introduce the topic of Residential Schools in Canada with young readers. Additionally, teachers will gain more information to support their understanding and competency in updates to our Teaching Quality Standard, as teachers must demonstrate that they can apply “Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit". Learning objectives: Gain exposure to literature and resources on Residential Schools Understand more about history of Residential Schools in Canada Feature of authors Christy Jordan Fenton and Margaret Pokiak Fenton

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Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2901B

11:40am MST

pîmastîhwâkiskiyihta - Weaving Authentic Métis Education Resources into your Classroom
This session is designed for participants to explore several authentic recommended Métis educational materials that help to create teachable moments and provide foundational learning opportunities through-out the school year. Building your foundational knowledge about Métis will empower you to select authentic, accurate resources that honour distinct Métis perspectives to weave into your current teaching practice. Together we will explore resources designed by Métis educators that integrate Métis voices into purposeful lessons and engaging activities!

Speakers
avatar for Rupertsland Centre for Teaching and Learning

Rupertsland Centre for Teaching and Learning

Rupertsland Centre for Teaching and Learning develops comprehensive foundational knowledge resources, engaging lesson plans, meaningful professional development opportunities and authentic classroom learning tools that speak accurately and meaningfully to topics in Métis educati... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1503

11:40am MST

Aboriginal Games
Participants should come prepared to meet others and have a blast! Bring along a colleague or friend to challenge! We'll be playing a wide variety of Aboriginal games. Participants will receive background on the various games, and suggestions on how to differentiate them to all levels. But mostly come for some movement and wellness and an opportunity to connect with others while learning some Indigenous culture and history!

Speakers
avatar for Terry Lakey

Terry Lakey

FNMI Learning Services, Red Deer Public School District


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic- Main Gym

11:40am MST

ADDICTED TO "LIKES:" THE HEROIN OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Social Media Addiction is one of the biggest threats to youth mental health today. Canada's social media expert and national award-winning speaker, author, and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, provides an informative presentation on the rise of Social Media Addiction causing an anxiety-induced fixation on "LIKES" and "FOLLOWERS" Research now shows that social media addiction is equivalent to an addiction to an illicit drug like heroin. Wade shares the latest information on how the addiction is causing mental health and body image issues along with expert tips on how to recognize addiction symptoms before it causes serious mental health issues. He also shares online safety tips and stresses the importance of balancing the virtual world with the real world. Wade Sorochan is the author of the ground-breaking book UnSocial Media; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety.

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avatar for Wade Sorochan

Wade Sorochan

Owner, Wade Sorochan Communications
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and national award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. Nicknamed the "Tone Arm," Wade became the first broadcaster in history to spontaneously use song clips to enhance a radio talk show. As a mental illness survivor, Wade... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-MP Theatre Room 1400

11:40am MST

Math Games Galore: Having Fun with Math for Division 2!
Need some fresh, new ideas for games and activities that kids LOVE to play? A multitude of engaging games supporting numeracy and basic facts will be introduced and played during the session. These games, designed by a Winnipeg math teacher, are ideal for individual learning, group learning, learning centres, and whole-class instruction in division 2. Be ready to participate, have fun, and win fantastic prizes!

Why is this session relevant to teachers?Why this is an important session: This session provides well-designed games to help make learning math engaging and effective.What will be the learning: Division 2 games supporting mastery of basic math facts and games supporting numeracy development.Focus: Basic facts and basic numeracy concepts.Takeaway: New games to use in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has led sessions at teacher conventions across Canada... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1435

11:40am MST

The Cell Deck Building Game
If you are looking for something a bit different than making a model cell out of candy OR doing a cell analogy project come try this game.
Jason has developed a deck building game in which you gather resources each round to build a cell. Players must manage waste and growth and VIRUS ATTACKS to build the best cell and survive! THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD AT École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6) in room 1208.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with a local radio station, delivers science shows (pre-COVID) and has been featured on The History Channel as a presenter on History... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-1208

11:40am MST

Video Analysis in Science Classes
Videos are everywhere and they represent an incredibly powerful form of scientific evidence. In this session Ian will demonstrate how detailed analysis is possible for classroom activities or demonstrations. Bring authentic, exciting, real world analysis directly into the classroom by capturing and analyzing all sorts of videos. This session will primarily focus on how the video analysis can be used to support physics and chemistry lab work as well as examine the functionality of different software packages including Logger Pro and Video Tracker.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Ian graduated from the U of A in 2002 and began his teaching career in Red Deer. Since then he has taught math and science in Japan, Mexico, China, Vancouver and Edmonton. He has spent over 15 years teaching AB and IB Physics and Calculus and completed a Masters in Education at UBC... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2906

11:40am MST

How to teach financial literacy
At some point in your adult life, you may have experienced the harsh consequences of poor money management. It could be when you fell behind on rent payments or got in over your head with credit card debt. If we want youth to avoid those same pitfalls, then we need to start teaching financial literacy sooner rather than later.

Research, including influential work by David Whitebread and Sue Bingham of the University of Cambridge, suggests that many of our financial habits are set by age 7. If good habits aren’t formed early, it becomes harder and harder to point your offspring in the right direction.How, then, do educators teach the value of a dollar and other key financial lessons? Here are some basic steps teachers can take immediately to put them on the right path. This is part of the new curriculum this session.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa From

Melissa From

President & CEO, JA Southern Alberta
Melissa From is the President and CEO of JA Southern Alberta, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching youth about business, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. In addition to a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina, Melissa holds a Certificate... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913B

11:40am MST

Remembering the Children: The Red Deer Indian Industrial School - Documentary Film to Use in Classrooms
Join local First Nations Elder Dr. Lyle Keewatin Richards DSL and Edmonton Film Teacher from the K-12 Victoria School of the Arts Chris Aanderson (who grew up in Red Deer and operates his family farm there) to share knowledge about Canada's deadliest Residential School per population, the Red Deer Indian Industrial School, and our hope for the future with reconciliation leading to action. This documentary film is available to be used in classes for free as a student friendly way for Social Studies and Indigenous Studies classes to learn about their local history when it comes to Residential Schools. CTS teachers can also hear about how the film was made with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Jr High and High School students providing their film services to the non-profit "Remembering the Children Society" and the opportunities that provided to engage students in positive reconciliation.

If a 120min "Half Day" time slot can be used we would show the 1 hour long film and then do a Q&A with Elder Lyle and Chris, if we can only fit into a 60min "Basic Session" block we would show highlights from the film and spend more time on the Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Aanderson

Chris Aanderson

Teacher, Victoria School of the Arts
Chris Aanderson (he/him) has been a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools for the past 5 years at Victoria School of the Arts. He teaches Film and Media Arts and Social Studies and is also a union ACTRA Film and TV actor with 20 years experience in the Alberta Film Industry in acting... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 11:40am - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2205

1:00pm MST

Oil Pastels- Endless Possibilities
Limited Capacity filling up

This session combines techniques and strategies to effectively use the vibrant colours of the oil pastels. Creating new colours, blending colours and achieving texture will be explored by step-by-step demonstration of each project. These projects can be modified for any grade level and abilities. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10 and send an email transfer to candixon@telus.net

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913A

1:00pm MST

Incorporating Data Visualization Exercises into your Lessons
In this session, educators will be introduced to Callysto Data Visualization Exercises, which provide a meaningful and authentic way of bringing data literacy into classrooms across all subject areas. These activities will provide opportunities for students to communicate in a variety of contexts, purposes, audiences, and given a variety of situations, and encourage them to use data to communicate their understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Swanson

Jordan Swanson

Data Science Intern, Cybera
Jordan has a Masters of Data Science and Analytics from the University of Calgary. He is a data scientist on the Callysto team with a background in health research, and a passion for sports analytics and data privacy. He enjoys educating students and adults alike about the wonders... Read More →
avatar for Bobbi Belsek

Bobbi Belsek

Education Specialist, Callysto
Bobbi has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education After Degree from Concordia University of Edmonton. He is an Education Specialist on the Callysto team, and has spent much of his teaching career thus far in Grade 5. Bobbi enjoys helping students and educators to build... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1408

1:00pm MST

From Anxiety to Empowerment: Engaging Secondary Students in Climate Solutions
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face, and students know this. A 2020 survey of over 500 Alberta youths revealed that a strong majority of students are concerned about their future as a result of climate change and want to learn what we can do to address it. In this interactive session designed specifically for secondary teachers, learn how to steer clear of gloom and doom and instill confidence and optimism about the future by focusing on climate solutions. In the words of climate activist Greta Thunberg, "The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change." Join us as we demonstrate how exploring real-world climate solutions is a fun and engaging way to build hope and agency in your students, equip them with the knowledge and skills to become the environmental leaders of tomorrow, and introduce them to exciting careers of the future. We’ll also share connections to the Alberta curriculum and many high-quality resources you can use immediately with your students.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Alberta Council for Environmental Education / French
Dr. Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2216

1:00pm MST

Sick Leave
This session covers the definition of sick leave, what is acceptable medical documentation for your school division, what is the effect of an evergreen clause, monitoring board practices, and the principles of privacy legislation. In this session you will learn more on sick leave

Speakers
avatar for Christien Perrault

Christien Perrault

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining, Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Christien joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2022. After completing his BEd degree at the Campus St Jean, he taught in a variety of different communities and schools divisions throughout Alberta before settling down in St Albert. Christien is... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2601

1:00pm MST

Tobacco, Vaping & Cannabis in Schools: Supports for Teachers
Alberta Health Services health professionals will discuss vaping, tobacco and cannabis use amongst youth. Participants will learn:  Trends in and prevalence rates of tobacco, vaping and cannabis use for school aged youth  Effective strategies to help students Best Practices for cannabis, tobacco and like-substance related school based initiatives, including e-cigarettes and vaping A summary of available on-line resources for students, teachers, parents, and administrators to prevent and reduce nicotine and cannabis use by young people

Speakers
avatar for Darrel Melvin

Darrel Melvin

Health Promotion Facilitator 2, Alberta Health Services - tobacco, vaping, and cannabis program
Darrel Melvin, M.Ed. RRT CRE CTE is a registered respiratory therapist, certified respiratory educator, certified tobacco educator based in Red Deer, Alberta. He has a background working in different areas of respiratory health care ranging across acute care, community based chronic... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2901B

1:00pm MST

You're More Than Enough
In this presentation Kelly shares her journey of going from the ugly scar-faced girl to the Most Inspirational Person of 2020. You will learn your value is not in how much money you make or don't make, but in your journey of life. Your story. Your lessons. Your gifts. That's where your true value in life lies. You will also learn how to take your sour lemon stories and turn them into sweet lemonade.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2303

1:00pm MST

Self-Harm: A Community Approach
Self-Harm continues to be an issue of great concern in schools at all levels; yet people are still reluctant to discuss this topic in schools. More often than not, supports and training are put into place after several incidents have been identified in a school community. This session aims to take a proactive approach, by providing teachers with a plan to educate the students, teachers AND parents in a school community about the nature of self-harm. Participants will look at myths associated with self-harm, empathetic ways to react to disclosures and barriers to students seeking help. The goal? If people are educated about self-harm, they will be able to encourage more positive methods of coping and respond appropriately when faced with a student engaging in this behaviour.

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avatar for Kris Christianson

Kris Christianson

Teacher/Counsellor, Holy Trinity High School
Kris Christianson has been a teacher for 17 years and is the Guidance Counsellor at Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton. He has experience teaching a variety of subjects and received his Masters in School Counselling from the University of Alberta. Kris has been involved in many... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2505

1:00pm MST

Happiness & Emotional Balance
For the past couple of years I’ve never heard more teachers say I’m just not happy, I’m easily irritated, I’m having a hard time staying focused and I’m struggling to start and complete tasks as the motivation just isn’t there. If this resonates with you, know you’re not alone. Come join us and learn simple tools to boost your happiness, focus, motivation and emotional balance. As well, learn how to shift a negative thought pattern in 30 seconds.

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avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

Founder & CEO, Agrios Mindfitness
Agrios MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness) was born in the connective tissues between health and wellbeing._x000D_ Susan Agrios changes lives. Online and in person, she teaches fitness, mindfulness and yoga for people and businesses the world over._x000D_ Before MINDFITNESS, Susan... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-MP Theatre Room 1400

1:00pm MST

The Shop Your Pantry Meal Challenge!
Attention all Elementary Math, Science, Health, CTF and Social teachers! Are you looking for a great idea to help you work with some of the new curriculum? In this interactive session, we will show you tips and tricks to share with your students in the ultimate Shop-Your-Pantry Meal Challenge to see who the savviest junior chef in the kitchen is! We will explore a food labelling activity, apply some math skills in the kitchen, learn about budgeting using foods you might have on hand in the fridge and pantry, and explore the health benefits, science, and sustainability linked to growing canola and pulses.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Labonte

Louise Labonte

Public Engagement and Promotions Coordinator, Alberta Canola Producers Commission
Hello, my name is Louise Labonte, and I am the Public Engagement and Promotions Coordinator for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. I have a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, with a major in TMT - Construction Technologies and a Biological Sciences Minor. I have 12 years... Read More →
avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Pulse Growers
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of experience in health care, education and industry. Debra now brings her passion for food and nutrition to her role as Food & Nutrition Coordinator with Alberta Pulse Growers where she enthusiastically encourages everyone... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1328

1:00pm MST

Classroom and Teaching Strategies for Students with FASD
Understanding that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading developmental disability in Canada and is life-long, educators can expect to support at least one student with FASD each year. The impact of alcohol exposure on brain development is often seen in the classroom as behaviour difficulties, social and peer issues, gross and fine motor challenges, and an inability to retain learning. Educators apply best practice methods to students with FASD and often question or wonder why the students continue to make poor social choices or fail to achieve academically. Balancing foundational knowledge of FASD and practical ideas to support students, this session aims to equip educators with take-away strategies to inform their practice.

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PK

Patricia Kincaid

FASD Network
I am an FASD Instructional Coach with the FASD Network who has a background in inclusive education as a primary/junior educator. Most of my experience has been learning alongside neurodiverse early years children in Head Start programs in both rural and Northern parts of Canada. As... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1503

1:00pm MST

Become a Life-Changing Math Teacher in 5 Steps
Let's be honest. Math can be super stressful for kids, parents AND teachers these days. Feeling like you can't do math leads to a lack of confidence, a feeling of hopelessness, and...a LOT of tears (from everyone involved)! But guess what? You don't have to be a math genius in order to inspire one! These 5 super secret (and super easy!) tips are guaranteed to turn that math frown upside down - for parents, teachers, AND their kids! This workshop emphasizes the idea that through teaching math, teachers can help students see themselves as creative, confident, and capable of anything. Ready to transform the way you approach teaching math? Let's do this!

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa The Math Guru

Vanessa The Math Guru

🧠Math Therapist🧠, The Math Guru
Hi👋 My name is Vanessa, I'm SO excited to meet you + can't wait to connect + talk about MATH THERAPY!A few things you should know about me:💕I am the founder and director of The Math Guru, a super cool boutique math & science tutoring studio in Toronto that's changing stereotypes... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Main Stage

1:00pm MST

Math intervention made easy with Cross-Number Puzzles
Have you been struggling to determine why your students are unable to grasp basic numeracy concepts? This session will present Cross-Number puzzles based on extensive Math Recovery research and theory. As students work through the Cross-Number puzzles, you will be able to easily identify the concepts. Not only does it then become clear why they are “not getting it,” but more importantly, what needs to be done so they can move forward.Why is this session relevant to teachers?
Why this is an important session: It explains the increasingly popular Math Recovery approach to numeracy intervention and provides a unique and powerful tool for teachers to use with students struggling in math.What will be the learning: Developmental levels students go through when learning number concepts and number operations, outcomes at each of these levels, and how to identify the missed outcomes.Focus: Numeracy concepts.Takeaway: Familiarity with numeracy development and also have a means to easily identify missed outcomes and move students forward.

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has led sessions at teacher conventions across Canada... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1435

1:00pm MST

ENCANTO to Tik Tok: Dances for K-12 Phys Ed
Ready to pack your PE toolkit with the best and most popular dances that get students active? In this session, learn how to combine PLAY with PURPOSE as you experience a dance class with choreography based on fundamental movement skills. With these moves and coaching, your students will develop physical literacy: the competence, confidence and the motivation to be active for life. We Don’t Talk About Bruno…but you WILL leave this session talking about how much FUN and simple teaching dance can be!


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avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Teacher and Consultant, Play Education Consulting
Tracy is a K-12 Physical Education specialist with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland. After 15 years in the classroom both locally and internationally, Tracy served for 10 years as... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1303

1:00pm MST

Elves, Orcs, Hobbits and the Meaning of Life According to J.R.R. Tolkien: A Theological Investigation of Middle Earth
The enigmatic and obscure Oxford philologist, J.R.R. Tolkien produced a corpus of writings on the world of Middle Earth that has captivated countless readers. The cinematic renderings of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit has further popularized his works, yet readers and viewers alike are often surprised at the profound impression Tolkien’s Catholic faith has made upon his writings. C.S. Lewis, a close friend and associate whose encouragement was necessary for Tolkien to publish, wove Christian themes within his works via allegory. Tolkien, on the other hand, chose a much different and more sophisticated approach in creating the drama of the Rings of Power. This talk offers educators of Literature and Religion insight into the life and works of Tolkien and the undercurrents within thought—and how these can be made accessible to students in the classroom.

THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30TH.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2909C

1:00pm MST

When a Child Receives a Diagnosis: building relationships between school and home.
When a child receives a diagnosis, it can have lifelong implications for both the child and the family. In moving forward, creating a relationship between the school team and the family is a valuable and essential process for building a collaborative team to support the student. "When a Child Receives a Diagnosis: building relationships between school and home" presentation will provide educators with a parent's perspective of what happens behind the scenes when a family is presented with a diagnosis of their child and the implications this experience can have within the home. The important role that school teams can have during this time will also be discussed. The presentation will furthermore provide real-life examples of co-creating a communication plan, how to navigate Individualized Program Plans (IPPs) alongside families, and strategies to engage with families during tensions and difficult conversations. It is important to acknowledge that creating relationships with families is a process that unfolds over time. This relational work connects the mind and heart in supporting students with their schooling and education experiences alongside the family as key partners.

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avatar for Brittany Ouellette

Brittany Ouellette

School Administrator
Brittany is a certified K-12 Educator and School Administrator in Alberta. She obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta in Educational Psychology and is now a Ph.D. student. During her career, Brittany has worked collaboratively with Educators as both a Learning... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2208

1:00pm MST

Dungeons And Dragons but with Plants. Using Game Theory to teach Plant Systems
The Plant (and leaf cross section) isn't the most exciting thing to teach kids in the world. Let's be honest, you probably get more kids buying in if you talk about Giraffes or Sharks. However, for those science teachers that have to teach the curriculum it's always a struggle for engagement. SO- this activity might be for you. Come experience what it feels like to be a DERMAL WARRIOR (if that's your chosen character class) to grow and dominate the forest, either choking sunlight out from your friends, defending pest attacks or clogging up the root system.Come join the session to have fun and learn a fun activity to teach the plant system. THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD AT École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6) in room 1208.

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avatar for Jason Zackowski

Jason Zackowski

Zed Science
Jason Zackowski is a science/chemistry teacher with LTCHS and currently the curriculum leader for Science there. He has done “Extreme-Science” videos with a local radio station, delivers science shows (pre-COVID) and has been featured on The History Channel as a presenter on History... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-1208

1:00pm MST

The Science of the Flat Earth
Most people consider the notion of a flat earth to be comically or silly. In this session, Ian will talk about how misconception's like a Flat Earth can be profoundly useful in teaching contexts. Ian will provide examples of how and why scientific approaches to these issues can provide students with a better understanding of the nature of science, and empirical evidence and help students develop the critical thinking skills necessary to navigate other socio-scientific problems.

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avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Ian graduated from the U of A in 2002 and began his teaching career in Red Deer. Since then he has taught math and science in Japan, Mexico, China, Vancouver and Edmonton. He has spent over 15 years teaching AB and IB Physics and Calculus and completed a Masters in Education at UBC... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2906

1:00pm MST

Using Online Simulations to Improve Conceptual Understanding in Math and Science
Learn how online simulations help teachers take advantage of research-proven instructional strategies and help students of all ability levels develop conceptual understanding in math and science. Teachers can supplement and enhance instruction with powerful interactive visualizations of concepts. Students can manipulate key variables, generate and test hypotheses, and engage in extensive “what-if” experimentation.

Speakers
avatar for Josee Desmeules

Josee Desmeules

Implementation Coordinator, ExploreLearning
Josée Desmeules has over 25 years of experience in education.  She began her career in Montreal as a special education teacher, then as an educational consultant, before moving to Alberta in 2005.  She taught math and science for a few years and became the Educational Technology... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2207

1:00pm MST

Immersive Wildlife Education for Your Classroom!
Immerse yourself in the world of teaching wildlife, ecosystems, and land use with Inside Education! This interactive session will guide you through hands-on activities to engage students in meaningful learning about Alberta’s wildlife species, habitats, species at risk, and human interactions, while instilling an environmental stewardship mentality. This session not only leaves you with inspiration and new ideas to use in your classroom, but you will also gain access to newly developed interactive games that allow students to experience ecosystems by traveling through the Westcastle and Boreal regions of Alberta. Through the eyes of different organisms in the games, students immerse themselves in the wilderness and complete quests to experience life cycles, habitats, interspecific relationships, and human interactions firsthand.Come along for the wild ride!

Speakers
avatar for Braeden Elenko

Braeden Elenko

Inside Education
Inside Education is an Alberta-based, environment and natural resource education charitable society. We have been supporting teachers and inspiring students to think critically about natural resource topics since 1985! With our full suite of no-cost teaching resources, youth summits... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2305

1:00pm MST

Phone Photography
Learn how to create DSLR-quality photos with your phone. Learn what makes great photos in a hands-on session. We will explore the default camera app and I will suggest a few free apps. Their will be easy tips to remember and apply every time you want a great photo. Memories worth printing them! THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD AT École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6) in room 3300.

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. Passionate about photography, videography, and tech. Helping students to discover their own unique digital... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-3300

1:00pm MST

Documentary Filmmaking: Step by Step through the 48 Hour Film Challenge
Learn the steps of documentary filmmaking through the case study of the 48 Hour Film Challenge. Alexis Marie Chute, award-winning filmmaker, will share her process of creating her documentary short, “Of Love & Light,” during the 48 Hour Challenge in 2021. Alexis will cover developing a shot list, storyboarding, writing interview questions, preparing equipment, working with a team, scheduling the shoot, sourcing music, and editing. The 48 Hour Film Challenge inserts a “Key” when the clock begins of things that must be included in the film. Alexis will share how she incorporated those elements on the fly. “Of Love & Light” interviews nineteen-year-old Edmontonian Jordan Stonehouse whose mother, Lisa, died at the age of 52 at the University of Alberta Hospital following complications due to Astrazeneca vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT). Lisa was the first case of VITT in Alberta.

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avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-932

1:00pm MST

Canva in the Classroom
Canva is a great online, cloud-based website that can be used to make multiple classroom tools some of which include, videos, classroom worksheets, posters, cards, and invitations. Bring your laptops for this interactive session, where we will go through the ins and outs of Canva. My goal is by the end of our time, you walk away with something that you will use for your next lesson or have a lesson plan ready for your students so they can build something with Canva.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Mahal

Jennifer Mahal

My name is Jennifer Mahal, _x000D__x000D_I graduated from the University of Lethbridge. As a teacher, I have had experience substituting across different schools in Calgary. I also took some time to teach Science at an Academy in Hastings, UK. Once my time aboard came to a close... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1222

1:00pm MST

Sustainable Agriculture - Soil Microorganisms and Growing Mushrooms in Your Classroom
This talk done by Tatenda Mambo will address the vital role soil microorganisms play in the development and support of soil health for the growth of plants. The talk will highlight the relationships plants and microorganisms form that supply plants with nutrients, protect plants from predators and provide vital ecosystem services. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to observe live soil microbes in different trophic levels to highlight the diversity found in healthy soils.
The second part of this talk will have hands on components and address how to grow mushrooms using byproducts (straw, sawdust) and food waste (spent coffee grounds, spent brewery grains). Discussed will be the mushroom life cycles and the various cultivation steps from inoculation to harvest. Also addressed will be the role fungi play in nature and their vital role in nutrient cycling, supporting healthy soils and sequestering carbon in the soil.

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avatar for Dagmar Knutson

Dagmar Knutson

Executive Director, Dagmar Knutson
Dagmar Knutson, CPA, CA, is the Executive Director of Ten Peaks Innovation Alliance Inc. and CFO at Fusion Production Systems Inc., an oil and gas manufacturing company, with more than 25 years’ experience working in the energy industry in Alberta. But it was when her son came home... Read More →
avatar for Tatenda Mambo

Tatenda Mambo

Postdoc
Tatenda Mambo is a postdoc in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and an Instructor in the Sustainability Studies program at the University of Calgary. As part of his postdoc, Mambo’s research explores sustainability, sustainable food systems, regenerative agriculture... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2301

1:00pm MST

Enseigner la littératie en immersion au 2e cycle du primaire- ce que la recherche nous dit
In this workshop we will provide an overview of the science of reading, and structured literacy in Grade 4-6. We will look at how to teach in a systematic and explicit manner and the basic principles to help our students decipher the "code" by developing an understanding of phoneme-grapheme correspondences. We will also explore how to identify and intervene with struggling students. These are often mistakenly thought to be fluency problems, when in fact they are often related to word acquisition (especially academic/literate language at the 2nd grade level), retention, and comprehension. Time permitting, we will also explore what morphology is, and how to incorporate it into our lessons using strategies, tools and games.

Speakers
avatar for Elyse Morin

Elyse Morin

teacher, Wildrose school division
Elyse est une enseignante dynamique et créative avec plus de 15 ans d'expérience en immersion française, en enseignement virtuel et comme coach pédagogique. Apprenante passionnée, elle aime être à l’affût des dernières recherches et à l’avant-garde dans l’application... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2220

1:00pm MST

How to teach humour for stress relief, life skills and fun!
This workshop is an informative and interactive session discussing the place of humour in your classroom. Susan has “lived” humour in her own classroom and has developed actual humour lessons suitable for the grade eight (and up) level. She will discuss how humour works in the classroom and how to solve and resolve problems through humour. This will spill over to the staff room as well! After participating in this workshop, teachers will:
• Be able to discuss humour with their students
• Be able to teach ways humour can be used to retain content • Be confident about teaching a unit about humor to Grade eight (and up) students • Encourage students to bring out their “inner comic” by developing a funny story about themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Carter

Susan Carter

How to Teach Humour for Stress Relief, Life Skills and Fun
Susan shows you how to deal with our teaching world with a laugh. Creative coping ideas come from thirty plus years of teaching Junior High and doing standup! Susan retired from Elk Island Public Schools (Alberta) to substitute, speak to teachers, and of course learn how to deal with... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2302

1:00pm MST

Courage to Teach - A Circle of Trust® Retreat for Educators
Many of us became teachers for reasons of the heart. Inspired by passion for our subjects and helping people learn, but as the years go by, many of us lose heart. How can we regain the heart that inspired us from the beginning and in turn give heart to our students? Courage to Teach® provides educators with an opportunity for rest, renewal and re-engagement with their identity and integrity as teachers. This program offers educators a rare opportunity to step back and reflect on the role of the heart and soul in teaching, and gain insight and solidarity in a talking circle with other educators. Just as we experience nature’s cycle of renewal through the seasons, so we experience natural cycles of engagement and withdrawal, love and loss, creativity and despair in our personal lives and work. When we take time to slow down, quiet ourselves and reflect, to renew ourselves, and recall our commitments, important changes can happen within us and around us. As we are renewed, we in turn can contribute to the renewal of our professions, workplaces, communities. The Circles of Trust® approach uses poetry, evocative images, and a facilitated talking circle format to create space for rest and reflection and to foster a sense of hope and wholeness in the midst of the despair and broken heartedness experienced by so many in our world today. Circles of Trust® retreats help us to live more purposeful lives, do more courageous and meaningful work, and bring greater love and wholeness into our schools and classrooms.

This retreat series is grounded in the Circles of Trust® approach as described in Parker Palmer’s book, A Hidden Wholeness. For further information on the Circles of Trust® approach see: https://couragerenewal.org/courage-renewal-approach/

This is not a typical lecture style session, and will be facilitated primarily in a talking circle format. Participation in the talking circle is always by invitation, and never by demand, however please be aware that this experience is centered on opportunities to engage in personal reflection both alone through journaling and contemplation, as well as through sharing with others in pairs and the larger group.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Cornell

Paula Cornell

Facilitator, Centre for Courage and Renewal
Paula Cornell is an enthusiastic idea generator, curious question asker, hungry food aficionado, and amatuer crafter. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her partner and their two greyhounds. Paula has been a social worker for over 10 years and has a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2600

1:00pm MST

Gifts of Imperfection™
Let go of who you think you're supposed to be, and embrace who you are! Perfectionism is a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of blame, judgement, and shame. This is a myth...no one is perfect. These thoughts hold people back from enjoying life and can cause significant amounts of distress. Have you ever seen a student cry when getting a 90% or fall apart after coming in 2nd place in a competition? In this session you will learn about the “gifts” of imperfection: courage, connection, and compassion. These are “gifts” because they come when you’re willing to be vulnerable—you develop the courage to accept that you’re imperfect, you connect with other people because they empathize with your vulnerability, and you become compassionate with other people because you realize nobody’s perfect and accept their imperfections. Learn tools for embracing healthy striving, rather than perfectionism, to excel in life.

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avatar for Kimberly Knull

Kimberly Knull

Rising Strong After Setbacks
Kimberly Knull is a Registered Psychologist, former teacher, motivational speaker and trained by Brené Brown as a Dare to Lead™ and Daring Way™ facilitator. She’s the Co-Founder of Momentum Walk-In Counselling Society, recognized as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1800

1:00pm MST

Tipi Teachings and Balanced Living
Join an interactive cultural learning experience that will support your understanding of the traditional use and teachings of the Tipi. Join Elder Phillip Campiou, from Treaty 8, as we share in the setting up of a full size tipi. We will share stories of the past and understand how these stories provide insight for us in the present moment. Learn some history of the tipi, both Cree and Blackfoot, and how you can incorporate this learning into your classroom and your daily life.

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avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Elder
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile Cree Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Onoway area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1205

1:00pm MST

You've Got To Be Joking!
Do you want to add more humor to your classes and presentations? Who Doesn’t!? This interactive workshop will teach you specific techniques on how to bring the funny. When your students are having fun they’re paying attention – and you get better results. Let an experienced corporate speaker, police trainer and stand-up comedian show you how to tell engaging stories and inject laughs into your presentations. Warning: This is a hands-on workshop, so expect to participate and above all – laugh!

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avatar for Dan Fraser

Dan Fraser

Speaker/Author/Comedian, Fraser Training Solutions
Dan is a presentation and instructor development specialist. He is a retired police Sergeant and a former soldier. For the past decade Dan has presented regularly across Canada and the US. He uses his experience as a stand-up comedian to help instructors hone their ability to deliver... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2501

1:00pm MST

ACADEMIC TRUST: What It Is and How It Can Close the Achievement Gap. A Guide for Teachers
Hour one workshop explores the science of interpersonal trust (three pillars) and institutional trust (two pillars) and how these are foundational to the health of any organization and then introduces the concept of Academic Trust, the kind of trust that must exist between a teacher and their students for optimum instructional impact to take place in every classroom. A definition, conceptual framework, and model of Academic Trust (six things all teachers control and three significant influences) is introduced and developed, along with an exploration of what is described as the teaching trust distrust dilemma, and the level of authentic instructional complexity that is present in every classroom everywhere, that is largely misunderstood and consequently ignored when it comes to system, school, and classroom change.
Hour two of Creating Academic Trust In the Classroom focuses on the practical support of how to close the achievement gap in every classroom. It examines, in detail, the six practical things every teacher can do in their instructional practice to build academic trust with every student they instruct and then explores the three major influences each teacher can have on supporting the development of creating enough critical mass to positively impact school wide improvement as measured by student achievement. A systematic approach to teacher team capacity building is offered.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Rice

Tony Rice

Owner, Tony Rice Educational Consulting
My education career began in 1980 when I began my training at the University of Winnipeg. In 1984 I started my first teaching position in a small northern Manitoba village named Cranberry Portage with Frontier Collegiate Institute, a 7-12 school. I went north for 2 years and stayed... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2304

1:30pm MST

Teaching Diversity in Food Studies
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the past few years I have worked on integrating different cultural themes in a meaningful and respectful way in my high school Food Studies classes. It has been a journey of discovery and reconciliation but I have built up a better understanding and hope that the students in my classes have come to learn and grow as well. I have developed projects centred around Indigenous Heritage Month, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month and other months of recognition or celebrations throughout the year. Other projects have explored Canadian Heritage Foods and each student's own personal heritage and traditions. The planning is continuing as I explore more. Today I would like to share some of what I have learned, including project ideas, student examples and then through a mixture of demonstrations and hands-on-cooking, we will work together to prepare some dishes connected to the projects I have done with my students. Come join in the journey.

PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ENSURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE.
Please send an email transfer of $10 to jeff.lerouge@rdcrs.ca to pay for the ingredients and secure your spot. NO REFUNDS. In your message, please indicate which session you are attending and if you are paying for someone else. Thank you.

This session will be held at Ecole Secondaire Notre Dame High School (50 Lees St, Red Deer, AB T4R 2P6).

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lerouge

Jeff Lerouge

CTS Teacher/CTS Department Head, Notre Dame High School
I teach Food Studies at Notre Dame High School. I love to eat, travel and I would never pass up a great risotto! I truly believe in pushing my students to try new things and I'm right there learning beside them. As an act of Truth and Reconciliation I am trying to learn more about... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 1:30pm - 3:30pm MST
École Secondaire Notre Dame High School-1515

2:20pm MST

Oil Pastels- Projects for all seasons
Limited Capacity filling up

During this session, the teachers explore basic oil pastel techniques (blending, layering, pointillism, creating thin/thick lines) and apply them to create a few art projects. These projects are being demonstrated step-by-step and can be adapted to any grade level to address a variety of learning styles. Composition, design and color will be examined as well to guide the participants find their own inner artistic talents. All the supplies are being provided and the fee for this session is $10 and send an email transfer to candixon@telus.net

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

Art
As a teacher and artist my main goal is to inspire others to love, appreciate, and explore Art and various mediums: oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, inks, etc. Each medium is versatile in a specific way and the final projects sometime combine a few of them to achieve astonishing... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913A

2:20pm MST

Edcamp - Cosmetology
EdCamp - relaxed opportunity to network and collaborate with other educators who are teaching or wanting to teach cosmetology.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2208

2:20pm MST

EdCamp:Secondary Art Sharing Session
Join us to share ideas and best practices while getting to know, or become reacquainted with (it's been a while since the before-time), your Secondary Art colleagues! Use the following to document any ideas: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DiYu_AMWHXpXU0AoTvV9iSyUoUUbjlmlNamgkgDMJIc/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2907

2:20pm MST

Paint the Rails ‒ Integrating Stories of Diversity and Resilience in the Classroom
This fall, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) released the Paint the Rails (PTR) Legacy Book and corresponding Teacher Resource. PTR was a collaboration of local artists, Elders, and community organizations painting five public murals in Edmonton transit stations telling the histories of untold communities in the city and province. In this session, JHC will share concrete ideas on how to use this book and the teacher resource to engage upper elementary and junior high students in celebrating the stories of strength, resilience and settlement of eleven distinct communities within the Province of Alberta. Topics such as history, art, diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism are explored using timelines, calls to actions, lesson plans and many other downloadable in-class resources.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Chow

Tim Chow

Education Coordinator, The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Trained as an English teacher, I was drawn to the power stories have in shaping our sense of identity, belonging, and community. It was a natural transition to begin talking about how those same stories can be brought into the classroom for students to learn from. These stories are... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2303

2:20pm MST

Relationships or Death ~ You Pick
Did you Know? Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death . . . of Teens? That is a horrific statistic and it's heartbreaking and infuriating at the same time. It doesn't need to happen! Conversation also includes the following: * family dynamics* belligerent behaviour and what it tells us * what did you do this time vs what happened to you* ACES aren't always winners* The here and now ~ what can we do

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett

Author, speaker, ElizabethBennettGroup
With over 35 years of teaching, administration and coaching experience, Elizabeth offers a unique blend of leadership, vision and a vast background of knowledge. This award winning, recently retired school principal, has a relentless passion for transforming this broken, violent and... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2305

2:20pm MST

Social Skill Supports for Students with FASD
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading developmental disability in Canada. Educators can expect at least one student with FASD in their classroom. Given the way alcohol can affect the brain during fetal development, students may present with a myriad of behaviours in the classroom. For educators and students, social skills are essential in the classroom community. Educators often spend instructional time managing classroom behaviour stemming from disagreements, misunderstandings, misreading social cues, and boundary violations. Students often feel confused from lack of social skill development, the inability of transference, dismaturity, and the intersectionality of a myriad of perceived or actual differences. This session will provide foundational knowledge of FASD and how it commonly causes social skill concerns for teachers and students. Next, strategies will be presented to support the teachers and the students in the classroom. Consideration of cultural ways of being will be discussed, and ways to approach complex social situations will be strategized.
Time will be given for questions.

Speakers
PK

Patricia Kincaid

FASD Network
I am an FASD Instructional Coach with the FASD Network who has a background in inclusive education as a primary/junior educator. Most of my experience has been learning alongside neurodiverse early years children in Head Start programs in both rural and Northern parts of Canada. As... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1503

2:20pm MST

Financial Wellness
Financial Wellness 101 is built to give you tools to take control of your financial life. How to start saving. Easy steps on where and when to put your money. Easy budgeting tips. On the flip side, what if things go horribly wrong? What if a member of your family gets sick? Or dies prematurely? What if there's a job action? We look at the biggest financial risks that can happen to you and how to lessen their impact. Teachers can get so busy taking care of the needs of others that they often don’t have time to focus on their own wellness – but it’s crucial. Financial wellness is a big part of that. 40% of Canadians in a recent study who say they’re “financially unwell” are more likely to report stress associated with their money troubles. 88% of those say they’re “often” or “sometimes” worried about their finances, 49% say it distracts them at work. What if there was a way to quickly and painlessly learn some tools – things you can set up in just a few minutes – to help alleviate that stress? The first step is knowing what some of these are – and that’s why this session was developed. For CALM teachers, there’s an added bonus of seeing how financial wellness is presented based on hundreds of presentations to teachers over the past 40 years – you may come away with some ideas of how to communicate this to students too.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2205

2:20pm MST

The 3 R’s: Relax, Renew and Refocus. All you have to do is lie there
Stress is disruptive to our lives and can negatively impact our emotional and physical wellbeing. Grab a blanket, pillow, dim the lights and experience profound relaxation for your body and mind. All you have to do is lie there as Susan guides you through a deep meditation known as Yoga Nidra. A perfect way to start or end your day. Yoga Nidra (Guided Meditation): an ancient technique, thousands of years old, that Susan studied with Yoga Masters in India having done her advanced training in this area.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

Founder & CEO, Agrios Mindfitness
Agrios MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness) was born in the connective tissues between health and wellbeing._x000D_ Susan Agrios changes lives. Online and in person, she teaches fitness, mindfulness and yoga for people and businesses the world over._x000D_ Before MINDFITNESS, Susan... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-AC146 Studio A

2:20pm MST

Bottoms Up – Understanding Canola and Pulses from the Soil Up!
Hey Science, Health, CTS Foods, and CTS Agriculture teachers! Are you looking for a new approach to explaining sustainability and the health benefits of canola and pulses to students from the soil up? During this interactive session, we will explore the health benefits and science of canola and pulses specifically as to how they affect our cell development and overall health of our body systems. We will be getting our hands dirty as we explore how soil chemistry can impact the health of canola and pulse growth, and discuss the sustainable practices that farmers use to ensure optimum soil health to feed an ever-increasing global population. Last of all, we will demonstrate how Alberta pulses and canola can be incorporated into a tasty farm to table recipe!

Speakers
avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Pulse Growers
Debra McLennan is a Registered Dietitian with over 20 years of experience in health care, education and industry. Debra now brings her passion for food and nutrition to her role as Food & Nutrition Coordinator with Alberta Pulse Growers where she enthusiastically encourages everyone... Read More →
avatar for Louise Labonte

Louise Labonte

Public Engagement and Promotions Coordinator, Alberta Canola Producers Commission
Hello, my name is Louise Labonte, and I am the Public Engagement and Promotions Coordinator for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. I have a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, with a major in TMT - Construction Technologies and a Biological Sciences Minor. I have 12 years... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1328

2:20pm MST

Simple Dances for Phys Ed: 80s and 90s Edition! (K-12)
Get your hairspray, rocker gear, neon spandex and boombox ready - we're going Old Skool with this dance party! This session will show you how simple and easy teaching dance can be, featuring simple moves purposefully designed to develop jumping, twisting, leaping, hopping cross-lateral coordination, and other fundamental movement skills, in support of your K-12 Physical Education curriculum. Forget 5-6-7-8 or left foot/right foot choreography - there are only 3 rules in this class: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself.


Speakers
avatar for Tracy Lockwood

Tracy Lockwood

Teacher and Consultant, Play Education Consulting
Tracy is a K-12 Physical Education specialist with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland. After 15 years in the classroom both locally and internationally, Tracy served for 10 years as... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1303

2:20pm MST

Is climate change racist? Exploring the connections between climate change, racism and reconciliation
What is intersectionality? What is the role of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in understanding climate impacts, resilience, and solutions? What is the role of environmental education in reconciliation? Why are two-eyed seeing and social justice vital climate solutions? How can EcoSchools contribute to a better relationship with Mother Earth? This hands-on session will show you how to explore these hot topics with your students in an atmosphere of curiosity and respect.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Tremblay

Marie Tremblay

Alberta Council for Environmental Education / French
Dr. Marie Tremblay joined the Alberta Council for Environmental Education in 2018 as senior education advisor, bringing to her role a dual passion for education and the environment. With university degrees in engineering, education, environmental design (Master's) and ecology (PhD... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2216

2:20pm MST

Paperless is Not a Pedagogy
The 1980’s promised us a paperless future. While we have still not seen the promise of flying cars and zero paper, we do have self driving cars and every person does indeed have a calculator in their pocket at all times. The last four decades have forced educators to rely even more heavily on technology to ensure their students are being taught, even when there is no access to the school building. Teaching with paper and teaching with technology have one thing in common, it begins with relationships. However, the approaches to teaching with technology are not the same as paper tasks, but the focus is the same, maximizing student engagement so the lessons and learning are relevant.

Speakers
avatar for Alice Keeler

Alice Keeler

Author, Teacher, Keynote
Alice Keeler is a mom, teacher, author, Google Certified Innovator, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter. "I am a passionate educator who believes that professional development is not always formally delivered. I am a technology missionary, on a quest to inspire and help teachers... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Main Stage

2:20pm MST

UFLI: Implementing in the Classroom
The University of Florida Institute (UFLI - pronounced you-fly) is a collaborative effort by teachers and teaching faculty to improve the reading abilities of students. Their program, which was designed to target K-2 (and beyond) students decoding and encoding abilities, provides systematic and explicit instruction in reading. Following a research-based scope and sequence, the lessons incorporate phonemic awareness, phonics, word work, reading, and spelling. This session will provide information on the basis of the program and how to implement it in both a classroom and intervention setting.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2505

2:20pm MST

Photography as a Tool for Developing Observational Skills and Self-Awareness
In an age of phone cameras and photo quantity over quality, an examination of Photography itself can be used to flip the script. Historical photographic practices will be examined for how they can slow us down from quick, thoughtless documentation to intentional, considered observation. “Photo challenges” are opportunities for mindful presence. The work of creating impactful and meaningful photos often begins well before picking up the camera. Explore ways to develop the skills of observation and awareness using the camera and photograph as the creative prompt.

Speakers
avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-932

2:20pm MST

Les outils de simulation Gizmos pour favoriser la compréhension des mathématiques
Venez découvrir comment les mathématiques peuvent prendre vie dans votre classe grâce aux outils numériques Gizmos. En plus de permettre aux élèves de s'engager pleinement dans leurs apprentissages des mathématiques, ces outils de simulation les amènent vers une compréhension approfondie par le questionnement et la manipulation. Dans cet atelier, nous allons nous amuser avec quelques Gizmos et apprendre comment les intégrer dans une classe. Si une image vaut mille mots, une simulation numérique en vaut un million !

Speakers
avatar for Josee Desmeules

Josee Desmeules

Implementation Coordinator, ExploreLearning
Josée Desmeules has over 25 years of experience in education.  She began her career in Montreal as a special education teacher, then as an educational consultant, before moving to Alberta in 2005.  She taught math and science for a few years and became the Educational Technology... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2206

2:20pm MST

Success with basic addition and subtraction facts
It might seem these facts are easy to teach, but is this actually the case? This interactive session will first explore the number relationships that are the basis of building an understanding of these facts and then cover our approach: “chunking” facts into groups, developing efficient thinking strategies for each chunk, and the importance of drill/practice. You will leave this session with important insights on how best to teach basic addition and subtraction facts.Why is this session relevant to teachers?Why this is an important session: It provides an effective and straightforward approach to teaching basic addition and subtraction facts.
What will be the learning: Number relationships, chunking facts, commutative or turnaround property of basic facts, thinking strategies for basic facts, and John Van de Walle’s theory of building mastery.
Focus: Basic addition facts.Takeaway: Teachers will be able to improve on their current approach of teaching student addition and subtraction facts.

Speakers
avatar for Roni Kraut

Roni Kraut

Math
Roni Kraut is a chartered professional accountant, family physician, medical researcher, and passionate about elementary math education. She has taught at the college and university level, has a certificate in adult education, and has led sessions at teacher conventions across Canada... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1435

2:20pm MST

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Educators
What do we mean by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning? What are the potential impacts on education and society, and how do we talk to students about all of this? In this (session or panel discussion) we will explore these topics, try out some examples, and talk about the potentials and pitfalls of AI and related technologies.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Swanson

Jordan Swanson

Data Science Intern, Cybera
Jordan has a Masters of Data Science and Analytics from the University of Calgary. He is a data scientist on the Callysto team with a background in health research, and a passion for sports analytics and data privacy. He enjoys educating students and adults alike about the wonders... Read More →
avatar for Bobbi Belsek

Bobbi Belsek

Education Specialist, Callysto
Bobbi has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education After Degree from Concordia University of Edmonton. He is an Education Specialist on the Callysto team, and has spent much of his teaching career thus far in Grade 5. Bobbi enjoys helping students and educators to build... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1408

2:20pm MST

Teamwork, Inclusion, Diversity and education: A Winning Combination
Since the beginning of this project, Jeff McWhinney, had a vision to inspire young people through words of encouragement and a message of teamwork, inclusion, diversity and education. With that vision, Jeff has worked tirelessly to find partners that share these values. The result is that Jeff has created a book that not only exemplifies these themes, but he has also found partners that have graciously allowed him the opportunity to gift 3000 books to at risk schools, organizations and hospitals anywhere across Canada. Jeff’s vision of encouragement and hope to struggling youth in Canada, and his message is both valuable and timely through the many trials of the pandemic and speak the positive message of unity to children, individuals, and parents alike.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2901B

2:20pm MST

The Lion, the Witch, and the Teacher: A Theological Perspective on the Life and Writings of C.S Lewis
C. S. Lewis continues to hold remarkable appeal to a broad readership. His corpus of writings is wide-ranging, encompassing fantasy literature like the Chronicles of Narnia, to popular articulations of faith, such as Mere Christianity. This talk seeks to explore the thought world of C.S. Lewis and critically evaluate the trajectory of his thought as well as the popular reception of his works in order to offer educators of Religious Education insight into the undercurrents of his writings. Particular attention is paid to ethical imagination and virtue as well as the overarching vision of the teacher and the purpose of Education.

THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30TH.

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Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2909C

2:20pm MST

Getting at the Nature of Science by Doing!
Getting at the Nature of Science by Doing! In this session participants will engage in three hands-on activities that explore the relationships between observations and inferences and model building and model testing. The activities can be modified for any learning setting in which the unique nature of science is being developed by students. The session will be conducted in English but the classroom ready resources are available for free in both French and English from the Perimeter Institute at resources.perimeterinstitute.ca.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Pankratz

Laura Pankratz

Western Canada Teacher Network Coordinator, Perimeter Institute
Laura Pankratz is an award winning educator who supports teachers in encouraging students to be successful. Laura was a Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Teacher-in-Residence. In that role, she presented and developed classroom ready resources for elementary, junior high... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Unland

Lindsay Unland

After teaching high school sciences (physics, biology AND chemistry) for 15 years Lindsay has taken on a new role this year as the lead Science and Technology teacher at Glendale Sciences and Technology School, a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, in Red Deer, AB.  She is passionate... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2905

2:20pm MST

Looking for Scientific Literacy in the 21st Century
In 2019 the SARS-CoV2 virus first appeared and within six months it radically changed how society functioned. In this session, Ian will talk about how the pandemic has highlighted the need for improving Scientific Literacy in students (and society!). He will discuss current research, and suggest classroom practices and approaches that can help foster critical thinking, evidence-based decision making, and lifelong engagement with science.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Doktor

Ian Doktor

Ian graduated from the U of A in 2002 and began his teaching career in Red Deer. Since then he has taught math and science in Japan, Mexico, China, Vancouver and Edmonton. He has spent over 15 years teaching AB and IB Physics and Calculus and completed a Masters in Education at UBC... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2906

2:20pm MST

An Indigenous Veteran War Experience
Indigenous war contributions in WWI and WWII will be presented along with their treatment upon their return to Canada. The story of my Cree Metis father's WWII experience and his time spent as a POW in Italy and Germany will be shared with participants. Vocal recordings and pictures of Cpl Alphonse St.Germain of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada will be shown.

Speakers
avatar for Brian St.Germain

Brian St.Germain

Brian St. Germain was born and raised in Red Deer and recently retired from Red Deer Public Schools after 42 years of teaching. The last 14 years as a lead teacher with FNMI Learning Services. He also served as an Indigenous Education PD Facilitator with the ATA._x000D_ Brian is Cree... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2207

2:20pm MST

Joy of Movement (Enhancing Learning)
Moving the body is important for health, (physical, mental, and emotional) and also enhances learning. Interactive session offers great tools for your personal well-being, as well as for improving student performance and attitudes. Experience creative, expressive movement that’s safe, easy to do, and simple to incorporate into the classroom. Learn The BrainDance (a technique to help students improve performance, focus and co-ordination), the principles of Nia, and more in this fun session, which includes dance-based movement. Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle.

NOTE: a ROOM WITH OPEN SPACE FOR MOVING IN IS REQUIRED AND A FLIPCHART Or WHITEBOARD WOULD BE A GREAT ASSET FOR THIS SESSION.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Thrussell

Tina Thrussell

Facilitator, Best U Can B Inc
Tina Thrussell has been facilitating impactful, interactive, personal expansion experiences for 16+ years. Her light-hearted energy and contagious enthusiasm have contributed to her reputation as The Feel Good Lady. This deep lover of life has inspired thousands of people over the... Read More →


Thursday February 23, 2023 2:20pm - 3:20pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2601

3:20pm MST

CATCA Social
Enjoy a complimentary drink and some pizza while catching up with your colleagues!  Drink choices include: Beer (Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Session Ale, Mexican Lager), Troubled Tea, and a Vodka Lemonade, as well as non-alcoholic Craft Sodas (Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Orange, and Saskatoon).A variety of pizza toppings will be available, with plates and napkins. Veggie trays will also be available.

Thursday February 23, 2023 3:20pm - 5:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Foyer (AC104)
 
Friday, February 24
 

9:00am MST

Alberta's Landscape in 1Point Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

Step-by-step tutorial on how to teach 1 point perspective drawing to the young artists. The exciting landscape images of Alberta will come to life with ease and fun. Pastels and coloured pencils will be used to complete this project. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. All participants will be provided with PowerPoint and video that can be used directly in your art classrooms or as online resources. Open to art and general teachers of grades 1- 9. All materials are provided by the instructor. $5 registration fee to be sent at the following email transfer address: orzelski@ualberta.ca

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Art
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... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2205

9:00am MST

Next Level Art: Meaning & Mental Health through Hands-On Creativity
Visual art is our first language, which connects us to how we first began to understand the world. In this workshop, learn how visual art and creativity can engage the body, brain, and hearts of educators and students alike—and why this connection is critical for thriving mental health. Be inspired with visual art project examples that will get your creative juices flowing. Discover how to deepen the meaning of the artistic process and inspire students to think outside-the-box in all areas of their lives.

Speakers
avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2901A

9:00am MST

Students interests and Curriculum topics – How to blend them
The generational “interests” gap will always be an issue for teachers and students. How can we try to stay a step ahead of it? Join this workshop on discussing strategies that will give teachers a leverage on how to understand students likings and how to use them in the teacher’s favour. We will talk about Pokémon, Fortnite, Youtubers, trendy technology and more! Learn to see science/math/arts when children only see “zaps” and “gleams”. Understand good leveraging points to keep students engaged on boring topics and, most importantly, how to find/have fun while doing it.

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Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-932

9:00am MST

Self-care...Now More Than Ever!
The presentation is a facilitated conversation about what self-care means to each individual. Through videos, guided activities and self reflection we allow people to look at self-care differently. Teaching demands have changed so much over the last few years that it is important that we take care of ourselves so we can take care of our students. Self-care is not selfish!

Speakers
avatar for Char Andrew

Char Andrew

Char has been the Health & Wellness Coordinator for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools for the past 10 years. She has been in the fitness industry for over 32 years. She is a certified Wellness Coach. She is certified in AFLCA group exercise, resistance training, spin, portable equipment... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913B

9:00am MST

Custom Button Making in the Classroom
Incorporate custom button making into the classroom! In this hands-on session participants will learn how to design and transfer pictures, logos, graphics, and other art work onto buttons. We will explore button machines and packages, software and templates that can be used, and make our very own unique buttons.
This session will be hosted 'off campus' at Central Middle School's CTF Computer Lab in room 113 - "The Shop". Central Middle School is located at 5121 48 Ave, Red Deer, AB.  Come in through the East doors that face the parking lot.

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Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Central Middle School-113

9:00am MST

The 4 and 7 of Trauma
This session will provide an overview of the Four Pillars and Seven Principles of Trauma. Trauma plays a key role as an obstacle in the ability for a student to learn. Dean and Lee will help you understand how the 4 and 7 can be implemented in your organization. They believe that every organization needs to understand the pillars and principles before implementing a process in order to effectively support children and youth who are experiencing trauma.

Speakers
LC

Lee Caine

Education Program Coordinator
DP

Dean Pasiuk

Director of Education


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2220

9:00am MST

Integrated Units and Assessment in Middle School
There are so many possibilities when you can collaborate with your fellow teachers to plan integrated lessons, units and assessments. This session will focus on integrating curriculum in grades seven to nine and show how effective collaboration and strong relationships are a common byproduct. Often times in division three we find ourselves subject specific and this can isolate us from others and from different and innovative teaching strategies. In the past I have been focused on math and science but when I discovered that working with the humanities teachers I learned so much more about my students and was able to brainstorm many more teaching strategies to help engage kids and strengthen our middle years team. In my experience a strong team in these tough years can make the world of difference. If you are interested in integrating curriculum, project based learning, fostering effective relationships and weaving in indigenous education knowledge and strategies please come learn with me! This session is geared towards middle years teachers, department heads, administrators, and more!

Speakers
avatar for Tia Vandermeer

Tia Vandermeer

Teacher, Wolf Creek School Division
My teaching philosophy is based heavily around delivering a classroom environment that reaches every single learner in a 21st-century teaching style. We work heavily together figuring out our learning styles. Once we find our strengths we continue to grow in these areas. Next, we... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2905

9:00am MST

Morphology in Middle School
Did you know that the English spelling system is structured and intentional. There are no "oddball spellings" or "rule breakers" because the things about how a word is spelled that creates confusion likely has a story to explain it. Understanding words and how they are built is a key piece to vocabulary development at any age. Morphology is specifically referenced in the new ELAL curriculum in grades K-6 and can be leveraged to build understanding of content area words across subject areas. This session will offer some foundational understanding about morphology (and orthography in general) as well as some strategies and ideas you can use in your classroom right away.

Speakers
avatar for Charlie Kraig

Charlie Kraig

Designer of Professional Learning, Learning Network
Charlie is an educational consultant for Learning Network Educational Services. Experience as a classroom teacher (Gr 1- 12), school-based coordinator (LA/SS and Inclusive Education), and vice-principal (K-8 school) helps her craft unique professional learning opportunities for educators... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2906

9:00am MST

Introduction to Computational Thinking with the Northern Coding Academy
What does it mean to think like a computer? How can coding concepts help students across subjects? From the applications on our smartphones to the life-saving equipment in our hospitals, technology plays a vital role in our lives. Students exposed to computational thinking concepts early on will have an easier time learning the computer science skills which will allow them to succeed later in life. Teachers of all subjects can benefit from incorporating these concepts into their curriculum.

Join us as we explore the core computational thinking concepts and how to apply them in your own classroom, across curriculums and grades. Dive into hands-on computational thinking and coding activities for you and your students. Teachers of all subjects welcome -- no coding experience required!

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Whitney Horban

Outreach Coordinator | Coordonnatrice de l’animation extérieure, Telus World of Science
Whitney Horban has worked at the TELUS World of Science in the Education department for close to 4 years developing and delivering programs. She has worked both in formal and informal education and enjoys bridging the gap between the two. As part of the Science in Motion outreach... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2901B

9:00am MST

Evidence-Based Strategies for Deep Learning
Cognitive Science has uncovered numerous practices that have been proven to help with deep and durable learning in any subject and for learners of every age. Participants will explore these practices as they implement new curricula into their classrooms to maximize learning and will leave with numerous specific strategies for implementing them in their classrooms. Practices included are: retrieval practice, spacing, interleaving, feedback-driven metacognition, elaborative interrogation, concrete examples and dual coding

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Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2501

9:00am MST

Introduction to EcoSchools in Alberta for Elementary Teachers
In this session, learn about how your school can become an EcoSchool by engaging students in curriculum-linked, environmental and action through a choice of over 50 actions including schoolyard greening, water and energy conservation, active transportation, and waste reduction - most of which are also climate solutions. We will also demonstrate how EcoSchools’ powerful and fully bilingual on-line platform allows you to create a customized action plan for your school, track your progress, and measure the impact of your actions. Join us to learn about the many benefits of being part of the growing EcoSchools Canada in Alberta sustainability movement. Best of all, EcoSchools is free for all publicly funded schools. This is one invitation you won’t want to miss!

Speakers
avatar for Dixie Taylor

Dixie Taylor

Director of Programs, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Dixie Taylor joined ACEE in 2022 as the EcoSchools in Alberta Program Director after serving over a decade delivering, designing, and managing various youth programs and leading successful partnerships with school districts and community partners. Dixie attended the University of... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2305

9:00am MST

Promote Yourself: Resumes and Cover Letters that Get Noticed
Are you interested in learning how to communicate the story of your teaching career and showcase your educational, professional, leadership and volunteer experience to pique employers’ interest? In this session, the presenter will share advice on how to edit your resume and write a strong cover letter to improve your chances of getting an interview.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Associate Coordinator, Professional Development • Professional Development, Alberta Teachers Association
Nancy Luyckfassel is a teacher, wanderer and wonderer. With 27 years of experience that included: 7 schools, 4 towns, courses in grades K–12, and roles as Assistant Principal and Principal. Her teaching career always involved languages—English, French and German and has given... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2600

9:00am MST

Aristotle, Happiness and Teaching
Aristotle is one of the most pre-eminent thinkers of all time. Come to this session to learn about his biography and his compelling ideas about happiness! This session will also link Aristotle’s account of happiness to teaching to show how it can be a source of hope in a time of increasing demands and stresses both inside and outside of the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan is a teacher at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park. He has taught science for over 20 years at schools in Alberta, Burkina Faso and Jamaica. He has degrees from the University of Alberta in Science Education, and in Philosophy. He also has a Masters of Science... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1303

9:00am MST

ASEBP Benefit Overview Presentation
Whether you’re a new covered member or not, this session can help you learn about the wide range of benefits, programs and services we offer.
In this presentation you’ll discover how to get the most from your coverage, our different tools and platforms, the benefits of spending accounts and more!

Speakers
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Sunny Bruno

Sunny has been a benefit specialist with ASEBP for almost 1 year, providing assistance to covered members by phone, email, and in person. She has a decade of previous experience in the health and dental benefit insurance industry. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1435

9:00am MST

ATRF Steps to Receiving Your Pension
This presentation is designed for teachers who are planning to retire during the current year or within the next few years. It provides detailed information about deciding to retire, the steps to retirement process and forms, the pension options, and post-retirement considerations. You are encouraged to sign in to your My Pension account to access your most recent plan member statement.

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Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1503

9:00am MST

Energize your Life with Body Awake Yoga
You probably know that yoga is really good for you, but did you know that yoga is supposed to make every part of your life better, on and off the mat? It’s supposed to give you more confidence and energy, activate your ability to heal yourself and help you find resolution to old stories and patterns. There’s something missing from many yoga practices and that’s the specific skill of using the mind to track the breath in the body in order to activate your life force energy. If you’re open to seeing all that yoga can really do for you, beyond being a nice stretch, join us for this active session that will enliven your body, mind and spirit. You’ll be able to use what you learn in every yoga class you do from now on, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been a yogi for years.
BRING YOUR YOGA MAT TO THIS SESSION!

Speakers
avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed-out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic- AC147 Studio B

9:00am MST

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Attendees will learn about SILA Skills, a Canadian Organization, that is taking skills normally taught in a therapeutic setting and making them accessible to all who work in schools. Teachers using these skills will be able to build better relationships with their students, improve their coping skills, and create a supportive, validating, and respectful environment. This session will be an overview of the three main focus areas in a Transforming Classrooms Workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Maxwell

Kelly Maxwell

Co-founder and facilitator, the SILA Skills Group
When you meet Kelly Maxwell, one of the first things you will hear her talk about is how skills have changed her life both personally and as a teacher. Recently retired after 32 years as an elementary school teacher, Kelly is excited to share her story about how SILA Skills came to... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1408

9:00am MST

One Teacher Away - How one educator changed my life
Your actions matter. You make a huge impact. Your role in education is similar to a gardener. You plant seeds, water them and often don’t get to see them flourish. Sometimes it takes 15 years before a student reaches out to tell you how much of an impact you had on them. Sam is the 23-year-old example of one of your future students. Sam’s teacher, Michael Loudfoot, changed his life. He believed in Sam when Sam stopped believing in himself. Every day, you have the same opportunity with your students. Through this keynote, Sam shares what Mr. Loudfoot did that made him buy into his lessons and leadership. You and your colleagues will leave this session filled with hope and optimism, remembering exactly why you started teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Demma

Sam Demma

Thursday Feature Speaker
Sam Demma is a 2-time TEDx speaker, Podcast Host, Author, Inspiring Keynote Speaker & Founder of The High Performing Educator, a multi-media company that highlights leaders in education across the globe. He is the youngest board director of the Canadian Association of Professional... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Main Stage

9:00am MST

Where do I start? Differentiated Instruction and Assessment
How to plan for differentiation is based on the modification of three elements. Teachers in this session will learn more about the differentiation framework based on the work of Carol A Tomlinson. AAC will share tools and templates to make differentiation planning easier for teachers.

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

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


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2301

9:00am MST

L’enseignement adapté aux différences culturelles  
Cet atelier explore le concept de la compétence culturelle grâce auquel vous apprendrez à reconnaitre croyances, attitudes, politiques, structures et pratiques d’enseignement qui permettent aux écoles interculturelles de bien fonctionner. Les participants développeront des capacités qui les amèneront à s’évaluer culturellement et à prendre davantage conscience des dynamiques inhérentes aux interactions interculturelles.

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Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1222

9:00am MST

Winter is a Time for Stories
When the snow covers the ground it is a time for stories. Why is it important to tell stories while the snow is on the ground? Learn about all the ways we can tell stories. Think about how you can bring the power of storytelling into your classroom.
Join in this session as we learn about traditional oral storytelling, exploring the use of Indigenous literature in elementary and secondary, stories of resilience, and information that supports foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Elder
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile Cree Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Onoway area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2303

9:00am MST

THINKING THROUGH MATH! How to activate Tacit knowledge through developing a questioning construct in your students.
Each year I survey students and start diving into some of the current research to design my next experiment on how to improve my teaching for the current students I have. Currently, my focus came from a brilliant Social Studies teacher. “How do you teach source-based analysis so quickly?” I asked. “Three Steps: 1) What do you see? 2) What do you think? 3) What do you wonder?”. I have spent years simplifying rules to a point where students have everything they need on an index card for each unit… but still they hesitate to use the tool. Why? They don’t know the question to ask to initiate the task. It is enhancing retention and understanding in my students. Can we accelerate student learning with a shift in how we teach the rules of Math... Come and see how one teacher is activating our innate ability to see what is in front of us to help students become more independent.

THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30th.


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Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2505

9:00am MST

Fun and Games in the Music Room
Teaching and reinforcing musical concepts, social skills, multicultural music - all of this can happen in the context of music games - and while having fun in the process!! Additionally, games are one of the most effective ways to engage reluctant singers. In this session, Joyce will introduce new game material and some “greatest hits” game activities which will bring enjoyment and learning to your music room.

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 30 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2302

9:00am MST

Handle with Care: A go-to guide for self care
Self-care is essential for managing stress, enjoying relationships, and being our best selves (or even just our okay selves! :) This session will look at self-care in new ways and help us see why self-care isn’t just pedicures & fancy coffee and definitely isn’t selfish (let that guilt go!). Participants will learn the why and how to self-care, and get back to the basics of feeling good and able to take on life’s challenges.

THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30TH.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1437

9:00am MST

Stump the Chaplain!
Having spent more than 25 years working with teenagers in Churches and schools, Evergreen Catholic Schools Chaplain Mike Landry has answered a lot of questions. He knows that at the same time, teachers often have a number of questions of their own - on scripture, Church, worship, and so on. This session is your chance to ask Mike anything relating to the Christian faith, and he'll answer it for you - and he'll point you to some of the most useful resources he's found when faced with difficult questions from students, colleagues, and his own life experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Landry

Mike Landry

Read through the history of our faith, and you’ll notice that God has often chosen unlikely people along the way. Growing up, Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program that was launched during his high school years... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1800

9:00am MST

Where Staff Believe They Belong
Simple, low-cost ways to recognize and retain staff. The staff retention message is simple. People stay where they feel respected, valued for who they are and appreciated for what they achieve and how they contribute. Organized around themes, this program is fill with simple ways to create a workplace where staff members feel they belong. If you feel you are where you belong, why leave?

Speakers
avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with managers, supervisors and administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of Thanks! GREAT Job... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2304

9:00am MST

Phone photo editing
Learn how to take your photos to the next level. Learn what the pros are doing to their photos before posting them on Social Media or printing. We will start with the default app and quickly move to better apps and they are FREE! This session will cover the most common photo edits that can make some major differences to your photo. THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD AT École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6) in room 3300.

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. Passionate about photography, videography, and tech. Helping students to discover their own unique digital... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-3300

9:00am MST

Art with Punch - Primary Art for Non-Majors
Through hands-on examples and a curriculum specific planning tool, we will develop 3 POS outcomes. Each larger outcome will have a skill building warm up activity, a new media experience, and a compositional problem to solve. Teachers will complete a sharpie drawing with watercolour, an oil pastel painting and a clay sculpture. Please send an email transfer of $25 to barcar@telusplanet.net for supplies and registration.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Walker

Carolyn Walker

Art You Creative!
Before retiring from my full-time teaching assignment, I taught grade 8 to 12 Art for 7 years. Before that assignment I was an assistant Principal in 3 schools in NGPS, and before that I taught grade one and special needs for 9 years. Since I retired, I have been a substitute teacher... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2601

9:00am MST

Learn to Sew - Bunting
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

No prior experience required, participants will learn to use a sewing machine, and will make decorative bunting in the process. This will be a hands on activity in a lab setting, with participants learning the basic sewing principles. There will be opportunity for a more custom creation if participants have prior experience with sewing. All are welcome, whether your intent is for personal growth or you intend on using this project in your fashion studies class. There will be a $10 fee to cover fabric, thread, seam binding and other consumable supplies sent through an email at carlygibson@hotmail.com. Participants will have a selection of colours and prints to choose from for their projects. This session will be located at Lindsay Thurber High Schools in the fashions classroom at the SE corner of the school that faces the track.

Speakers
avatar for Carly Gibson

Carly Gibson

teacher, RDPSD
Carly Gibson teaches Fashion Studies and Food Studies at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-1312

9:00am MST

Ocean, Freshwater, & Us Giant Floor Map and Augmented Reality App-Second Run
Imagine walking on a giant map, following the local river all the way to the ocean. What connections could you make? What questions would you ask about the places you observe? Join the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition and Ocean Week Canada partners as we explore the foundational connections between ourselves and the water that surrounds and sustains us. This life-sized cartographic lens of the 'Ocean, Freshwater and Us' giant map, helps raise public awareness offering opportunities to celebrate our connection to coastal areas, the ocean, and watersheds in Canada. The augmented reality (AR) extension combines powerful storytelling techniques, immersive technologies, and interactive media to strengthen ocean knowledge. **A portion of this session is BYOD. A personal laptop or smart device will facilitate access to digital resources and AR app.**

Speakers
avatar for Janice Williams

Janice Williams

National Education Coordinator, Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition / Ocean Week Canada
Janice Williams is a twice certified science teacher applying her talents in the global education ecosystem as an educational consultant without borders. Her pedagogical expertise resides at the nexus of science education and competency-based education. She has worked with government... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-AC146 Studio A

9:00am MST

The Road to Optimal Health is Paved with Good Intestines!
Can the state of our gut really affect our whole body? Come discover how the microbiome – or the „healthy bacteria” in our intestines – influences everything from immunity to obesity to mental health.

The presenter is former family physician Magda Czegledi, who is passionate about empowering people in personal health improvement. She will explore this much neglected topic using easy-to-understand language and lots of real-life examples while also providing practical suggestions that can be put to use immediately. Develop an action plan for improving your gut health so that you can thrive, not just survive!

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Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1205

9:00am MST

What Every Educator Needs to Know About Teaching Reading
What is the "Science of Reading," and how does it align with our new ELAL curriculum? This informative and interactive presentation will delve into this hot topic by highlighting research and resources to teach phonological awareness, phonics and fluency outcomes in our new ELAL curriculum. Teachers will leave with practical, evidence-based routines to develop the foundational decoding skills that every student needs to be a successful reader!

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Sherri Jansen

Literacy Coordinator, Red Deer Public Schools
Sherri Jansen has 30 years of experience teaching from Kindergarten to grade 12. Currently, she is the literacy coordinator for Red Deer Public Schools and an instructor for preservice teachers in the School of Education at Red Deer Polytechnic.
avatar for Christine Squire

Christine Squire

Six years ago, Christine became very passionate about learning about the Science of Reading, how the brain learns to read, and dyslexia when her nephew was diagnosed with dyslexia. Since his diagnosis, it has been Christine's passion to help all students learn to read. Literacy-specific... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-811

9:00am MST

Improv for All! A Beginner’s Guide
Improv is a fun and exciting way for students to step out of their comfort zone! This workshop will provide teachers with everything they need for a successful improv unit. From introductory activities to basic improv games, as well as ideas on assessment, this workshop is designed to give teachers a hands-on experience they can take back to their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Christianson

Kris Christianson

Teacher/Counsellor, Holy Trinity High School
Kris Christianson has been a teacher for 17 years and is the Guidance Counsellor at Holy Trinity High School in Edmonton. He has experience teaching a variety of subjects and received his Masters in School Counselling from the University of Alberta. Kris has been involved in many... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2208

9:00am MST

Raise your voices! And Write for (a) change!
Can writing and words truly make a difference? Can the spoken word really make change? Through this session, explore multidisciplinary techniques for engaging your students in the writing process. Help them to find their ‘voice’ and explore the delights and possibilities of the human voice through performing their own words shaped by themes they are passionate about. Imagine Greek chorus, spoken word, rant, hip hop, plus a little movement/improv thrown in for fun. Encourage even the reluctant writer to believe in wordpower. Gail will take you from idea generation to creation to performance as a model for your own classroom. Join her as she guides you along a YouthWrite path to inspire youth to write and raise their voices for (a) change!


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2216

9:00am MST

2SLGBTQ+ Inclusive Education
In this workshop participants will explore concepts and terminology regarding gender and sexual diversity. We will look at best practices for teachers to create a safer and more welcoming school for all students as well as strategies for addressing homophobia and transphobia in their classroom. Teachers will also discuss methods for developing allyship skills within their school as well as the community at large.


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913A

9:00am MST

Trauma-Informed Leadership
Trauma-Informed Leadership is simply about understanding that each team member has an individual set of experiences outside of work which may impact their work. These experiences change from day to day and leaders create an environment that acknowledges this. Trauma and stress affect our body, mind and behaviours. Understanding the nervous system and managing our own response to stress and trauma is essential for leaders and staff. When we begin to understand the nervous system, we can then explore our own wellness and self-care. Participants will understand the conscious and unconscious impact trauma and stress have on themselves and others. We will work through the 6 principles of trauma-informed care as they apply to leadership. We then explore the skills to implement a trauma-informed approach into practice and leadership through relevant and engaging learning. Throughout, we will explore their own wellness and self-care through the Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Personal and Protective Plan.

Speakers
avatar for Rochelle Galeski

Rochelle Galeski

Owner/Operator, Little Rock Professional Development
Rochelle Galeski is a Psychological First Aid Instructor through the Canadian Red Cross and has 15 years of experience working with vulnerable populations including immigrants and refugees, individuals without homes, families living in poverty and incarcerated adults.Rochelle owns... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1328

9:00am MST

The Importance of Science History integrated into Science Lessons
What do we often love to do in science? Labs, activities, presentations, and experiments. These are certainly wonderful ways to pique the curiosity of students in science, but how many students understand how science has arrived at its status quo? Within the context of science, science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein may have said it best when he declared that "A generation which ignores history has no past and no future." So how can you get your students engaged in the history of science? How can you bring in the discussion of both historical science figures and scientific discoveries as an integration of the science curriculum? The first half of this session discuss the importance of history's integration into science classes; the second half will be demonstrations of various activities that promote the instruction of history in science.

Speakers
avatar for Nate Siler

Nate Siler

Science Coordinator, RDPSD
Nate Siler is the science coordinator for Red Deer Public School Division. He also teaches science education courses for the University of Alberta at Red Deer Polytechnic. There's nothing that he loves more than some people attending his sessions that have some great questions, especially... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2207

9:00am MST

Systems for Growth: Organizational and Pedagogical Strategies for Developing Musical Skills
When Musicians begin to play an instrument in an ensemble setting they want to play as much as they can as soon as they can. However, we know that student experiences should be designed to ensure strong fundamental skills. Through hands-on participation, participants will explore "Ways of Knowing" - what AND how we want students to know, do, and understand. The "knowing" will affect the way we use class materials (method books) and how we select and rehearse repertoire with our student. The relationship between listening, speaking, reading, and writing a language will be related to instrumental musical performance with practical tips on designing engaging and productive rehearsals, using repetition as a positive teaching tool, and on genuinely assessing individual student growth.
THIS SESSION WILL BE HELD AT École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (4204 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6) in the BAND ROOM.


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 2:00pm MST
École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School-Band Room

9:00am MST

Winter Activity Day - Facilitation Skills for Outdoors and Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome to Kuriakos! We’re thrilled to host you for our Outdoor Education Day. This session is a great way to get out of the city and share some of our passion for the outdoors and for guiding youth. Topics to be covered include classroom initiatives and theories of facilitation in Experiential Education. Activities for the day will be interactive and mostly outdoors, making the most of our beautiful site on Sylvan Lake. Participants will be provided with session notes and assorted lesson plans for Outdoor Education. Please dress for the weather. We’ll provide all the equipment, plus coffee and lunch! Just a reminder there is limited cellular service at this location. We are only accepting 20 delegates to this session.

Kuriakos is a year-round summer camp and Outdoor Education Centre on Sylvan Lake. We are 30 minutes west of Red Deer, north of Hwy 11A on Range Road 24 (5-39317, Range Rd 24, AB T4E 2R7). For more information about Kuriakos Outdoor School, visit https://kuriakos.ab.ca/outdoor-school

Our schedule for the day is available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1InE1bF4vqvAGX2T91vV9N0pb397OYCXmN7gmtKZnOOA/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Kendra Freeland

Kendra Freeland

Program Director, Kuriakos Outdoor School
Hi there! I'm the Program Director at Kuriakos, a camp and retreat centre on Sylvan Lake. Since 2010, Kuriakos has been offering Outdoor Education programs through Kuriakos Outdoor School (KOS). I've been in my role since 2014, but have worked here since the beginning of KOS programs... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 9:00am - 3:20pm MST
Camp Kuriakos 5-39317, Range Rd 24, AB T4E 2R7

10:20am MST

Turning Dots Into A Painting
Limited Capacity filling up

If you want to teach your students optical colour mixing, this is the perfect workshop for you! Using watercolours, you will complete an art project that is fun and a great learning tool for your students. We will follow in the footsteps of Georges Seurat, the great pointillism master! Excellent for teachers of grades 3 - 12. The level of difficulty can be adjusted according to the grade level taught. You will receive a PowerPoint presentation and a video link for your classroom. All supplies are provided by the instructor. $5 registration fee to be sent at the following email transfer address: orzelski@ualberta.ca

Speakers
avatar for Izabella Orzelski

Izabella Orzelski

Art
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... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2205

10:20am MST

Aligning Current Assessments To New Curriculum
An AAC facilitator will demonstrate a 6-Step process for aligning current curriculum assessments to new curriculum. Participants will gain access to the 6-Step process template to guide their future planning.

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AAC Facilitator

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


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2301

10:20am MST

Pathways Alliance
Long-term future of oil and gas industry in a net zero world, as a partner in reducing GHG emissions. Discussion on how Canadian Natural and industry are collaborating towards net zero through the Pathways Alliance and what it means to Canada. There’s a bright future for oil and gas and students can drive change from within the industry. Simon Davies, VP Technology and Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, and Dagmar Knutson, CPA, CA, is the Executive Director of Ten Peaks Innovation Alliance Inc will have an engaging presentation where we ask questions to the audience and in return, it will be an animated discussion.

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Dagmar Knutson

Executive Director, Dagmar Knutson
Dagmar Knutson, CPA, CA, is the Executive Director of Ten Peaks Innovation Alliance Inc. and CFO at Fusion Production Systems Inc., an oil and gas manufacturing company, with more than 25 years’ experience working in the energy industry in Alberta. But it was when her son came home... Read More →
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Simon Davies

Simon Davies is a pragmatic engineer and team builder with over 37 years of experience working in the petrochemical and oil and gas sectors. As the VP of Technology and Innovation for Canadian Natural Resources Limited, he ensures that existing and upcoming technologies are considered... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-819

10:20am MST

Using Minecraft to Teach Coding!
This session will focus on how to use Minecraft Education Edition to teach the FUNdamentals of computer coding. Coding in Minecraft can be done either with Microsoft MakeCode (block coding) or with Python. No coding experience necessary! This session will be hosted 'off campus' at Central Middle School's CTF Computer Lab in room 113 - "The Shop". Central Middle School is located at 5121 48 Ave, Red Deer, AB.  Come in through the East doors that face the parking lot.
https://education.minecraft.net/en-us/get-started

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Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Central Middle School-113

10:20am MST

Supporting the Anxious Child in School
This presentation is geared towards those working with elementary and middle school-aged children, but the information can be adapted to high school-aged students as well. Information will be presented, some tools will be practiced, and there will be time for discussion. The focus will include: • Common types of anxiety in children • Ways anxiety manifests in children • Understanding the anxiety cycle • On-hands strategies/tools for managing anxiety o Shifting Self-Talk o Mindfulness Practice (Focus/Awareness) o Body Relaxationo Breathing o Externalizing o Empowering o Anxiety Toleranco Retraining/Relearning through Exposureo Positive Reinforcement • Determining what is helpful and what is enabling• Working with the parents

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Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2901B

10:20am MST

Hybrid Texts - What are they and how can I teach them?
Hybrid texts are specifically mentioned in the new ELAL curriculum in grades five and six. This session will explore several sample hybrid texts and offer a few ideas of how you might include them in your ELAL planning.

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avatar for Charlie Kraig

Charlie Kraig

Designer of Professional Learning, Learning Network
Charlie is an educational consultant for Learning Network Educational Services. Experience as a classroom teacher (Gr 1- 12), school-based coordinator (LA/SS and Inclusive Education), and vice-principal (K-8 school) helps her craft unique professional learning opportunities for educators... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2906

10:20am MST

FIELD Kits - Adaptations
This FIELD Kit Session will include an introduction to who Kenzie is, what is FIELD Kits and FIELD Kits why, and a run-through of the FIELD Kit itself. Participation is encouraged during this session.

The Adaptation FIELD Kit is a unique way of educating your students about local animal and plant adaptations. Students will be intrigued every step of the way through the interactive, inquiry-based learning, and hands-on experience. This kit includes surprise puzzles of an animal or plant that will be followed by questions and a "show and tell" of animal or plant artifacts (biofacts). To end your day, indoor and outdoor activities will be provided to continue your students learning and inspire a connection to nature. Adaptations I - Eagle, Skunk, Beaver, Snake Adaptations II - Bee, Wild Rose, Deer, Bat

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avatar for Kenzie Field

Kenzie Field

Owner of FIELD Kits, FIELD Kits
Kenzie Field is the Founder and Operator of FIELD Kits. She is very passionate about the environment and enlightening our youth on environmental issues, concepts, and critical thinking skills. Her passion for the environment extends back to her early childhood. She remembers always... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1435

10:20am MST

3 Words that will impact your classroom dynamics - HALTSSS, And & WAIT
Do you struggle with emotional interactions in your classroom or elsewhere that go sideways far too easily? This session introduces you to the magic of three words - HALTSSS, And, & WAIT. Managing difficult emotions doesn’t have to take hours of preparation and practice. Your presenter knows from personal experience that learning these three words and using them effectively is a great start! Come see how you can immediately change your classroom dynamics right away.

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avatar for Kelly Maxwell

Kelly Maxwell

Co-founder and facilitator, the SILA Skills Group
When you meet Kelly Maxwell, one of the first things you will hear her talk about is how skills have changed her life both personally and as a teacher. Recently retired after 32 years as an elementary school teacher, Kelly is excited to share her story about how SILA Skills came to... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1408

10:20am MST

A fresh approach: make food literacy part of everyday learning
Nutrients, servings, portions, oh my! Let's move beyond traditional nutrition education with a fresh approach to building food literacy. Food literacy helps us connect to the food we eat, explore culture, navigate nutrition fads, and feel good about nourishing our bodies. It’s like a toolbox for healthy eating—one we use for life. Join AHS dietitians to generate ideas of how to incorporate food literacy in your classroom.

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avatar for Katherine Brandon

Katherine Brandon

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
I'm a Public Health Dietitian with Alberta Health Services. We work with community members to support healthy eating environments within the community, including schools, childcares, recreation centers, and workplaces. I cover Red Deer, Lacombe and Blackfalds including the Wolf Creek... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2206

10:20am MST

Ditch the Overwhelm and Be Calm in the Chaos
There are so many balls in the air. You’ve said yes to more than you can handle and now your mind is racing, the to-do list just keeps on growing and you’re beyond exhausted. What’s an overwhelmed educator to do?

In this entertaining and informative session, you’ll discover what’s causing you to feel overwhelmed (it might not be what you think...) and learn practical strategies that will help you become productive and peaceful at the same time so that you can go back to work on Monday feeling energized, calm and armed with self-care strategies that don’t have to wait until the weekend.

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avatar for Christina Marlett

Christina Marlett

Courageous Self-Care
As the creator of Courageous Self-Care, Christina is passionate about helping stressed-out teachers learn to lead their students, families and themselves from a place of wholeness, overflowing energy and deep self-respect. She excels at helping overwhelmed leaders revitalize their... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2503

10:20am MST

Care and Connect—Social and Emotional Learning: Series
Now, more than ever, there is a need to look at practices and systems that nurture the social and emotional health of all members of the school community. This workshop was developed to enhance the social-emotional skills of adults within a school environment so that they can more effectively model and teach SEL to their students. This interactive workshop can be facilitated over a series of sessions in which participants will learn and apply practical, powerful strategies to enhance social and emotional competence within themselves and their students.

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Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2600

10:20am MST

Why Kindness
We will be examining definitions of kindness and how “helpers high” (a term coined by Stuart Shanker) can bring us closer together in a classroom, in our communities and in our staff rooms. Led by Laurie of @mrsmacskinders on Instagram, we will be examining definitions of kindness and how “helpers high” can bring us closer together in a classroom, in our communities and in our staff rooms. Infused with strategies and activity ideas surrounding connection to be used in our schools, we will dive into why kindness matters now more than ever. Now, more than ever, kindness is key to connection and relationships with our learners, colleagues and ourselves. Learn strategies and practices to infuse kindness into every day.

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avatar for Laurie McIntosh

Laurie McIntosh

Teachers These Days With Dr. Jody / I Like Good Books and I Cannot Lie
Some of the best lessons are taught in the moments between literacy and numeracy. These golden moments based on kindness, connection, and community are the moments Laurie lives for. With compassion and thoughtfulness, Laurie has an incredible way of acknowledging the accomplishments... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-MP Theatre Room 1400

10:20am MST

Profiter au maximum de sa vie d’enseignant : comment atteindre un bienêtre durable
Cet atelier abordera d’abord les grands thèmes liés au bienêtre des enseignants, pour ensuite traiter des défis les plus courants en matière de santé mentale auxquels doivent faire face les enseignants : le stress, l’anxiété et l’épuisement professionnel. La formation comprendra des stratégies pour aider les enseignants à gérer leur bienêtre émotionnel et psychologique de manière à favoriser leur réussite en milieu éducatif.

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Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1222

10:20am MST

‘Educa-shunned’ Observations from the hallway
As a student Tazz was bullied incessantly by teachers and students alike for his weight, thick glasses, home life and inability to pay attention. His report cards tell the story: “easily distracted, disrupts the class and perhaps he should be tested to be placed in the ‘proper’ classroom environment”. His school experience was one of constant bruising to his body, emotions and self-esteem, from both student and adult bullies. Eventually Tazz realized that it wasn’t his fault for the way he was being treated by peers and those who were supposed to educate and protect him. It wasn’t a flaw in his character but theirs.

Once being told by a principal “this is life, better smarten and toughen up” Tazz knew in his heart that other students, like himself, were going to be treated the same way.

He openly talks about the path he stumbled through as a student from the “classroom shenanigans that must stop” to what drove him to his first suicide attempt, to seeking and finally creating help and hope for himself and others akin to him. He vowed that no student shall be undermined because of what they can’t control. Promote more understanding with educators for their students and themselves. Everyone has a unique struggle, but they also have a unique talent that must be polished so it may shine through.

Tazz speaks to the pressures of being a caring educator, often understaffed and underfunded. Championing those school staff where student development isn’t a job but a passion.

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avatar for Big Daddy Tazz

Big Daddy Tazz

Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business”, Big Daddy Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for more than a decade and a half. Known as the Bi-Polar Buddha, Tazz is equal parts comedian and mental... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Main Stage

10:20am MST

Smudging Circle
Participants will be introduced to a smudging circle. They will learn about the different smudges that are utilized in the different nations of Turtle Island. Each smudge utilized is also a medicine. Participants will learn more about these plants as medicines. To smudge is to bring balance of mind, body and spirit and to make a connection to the Creator. Smudging circles are a way to start a talking/sharing circle.

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avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Elder
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile Cree Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Onoway area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2303

10:20am MST

How to engage the "Board" students-Board Games in the Classroom-Part 1
Are you a teacher looking to expand on your practices? Are you hoping to bring some hands on activities into your classroom? Come learn about how to incorporate board games into your lessons and tie them to curriculum.

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avatar for Evelyn Chan

Evelyn Chan

Middle School Teacher, Red Deer Public School
I have been teaching for over 13 years with Red Deer Public School. I started teaching Medical Studies, Sports Medicine and Biology at Hunting Hills, then moved to North Cottage and the Alternative Programs teaching Math and Science. Currently, I am teaching Social and Science at... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2907

10:20am MST

Teaching Recorders and Loving It
If you dread the thought of having a class full of recorder players, then this is the session for you! Teaching beginner recorders is highly motivating for students, as they get to play their own real instrument. Joyce will introduce tried and true methods for getting good recorder sounds from the very first class followed by sequenced learning songs which may include pop music, classical themes, folk songs, jazz and blues to help students explore many genres.


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avatar for Joyce Holoboff

Joyce Holoboff

Music
Joyce Holoboff has taught elementary music and junior high band with Wolf Creek School Division for 30 years. She uses a hybrid approach combining elements of Kodaly, Orff, and world music in her elementary instruction, and she loves teaching beginning recorder. She directs choirs... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2302

10:20am MST

Essential skills for teaching PE - Simple things that make a HUGE difference in your teaching -
Back to the basics - When I started teaching Physical Education, I had a partner teacher who loved to set me up to fail. He would set up kids to pretend to fight, fake an injury, leave the gym, sit down… all on his cue. Why? He was testing my basic skills to observe and adapt. This session is a practical session for teachers trained in PE or who have ended up teaching PE and need some tools to manage the gym, which if you're reading this, know that it is a very different skill set than a classroom. I will be sharing some of the Key Skills for the gym to engage all students, everyday in some key categories: feedback (zone approach so they think you're always watching), movement around the gym (why the middle is trouble), teams (student psychology), game modification (level the playing field), how to challenge all students and level the playing field between skill levels. I was mentored by some of the best, time to share the skills that make it easier.
THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30th.

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Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2505

10:20am MST

Stress, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll: Managing Stress & the Work-Life Balance
Stress looks and feels different for everyone, but we all know what it’s like to be overwhelmed, burnt out and ready to throw the stapler! Come learn about your brain on stress, why work-life balance doesn't exist (wait….what??), and how to win at work and life anyway. We will explore the dynamics of mental health and mental illness and how we can support both helping us all understand ourselves and each other a bit better. Information, humor and some practical and strategic “life-hacks” make this session just what the doctor ordered!

THERE WILL BE A POST-CONVENTION VIDEO FOR THIS SESSION UNTIL MAY 30TH.

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avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Mental Wellness
Ariel Haubrich works in school & community mental health as a counsellor and program manager, and also as a consultant, presenter and private practitioner with government, businesses, teams and individuals working toward personal and organizational development. She is a Certified... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1437

10:20am MST

Healthy Grief Conversations that Heal
Many feel uncomfortable talking about death and grief—but it is a pivotal conversation we all must face with compassion and empathy. Learn to change your perspective on loss and speak about grief in a healthy and authentic manner. Learn about the pillars of the “Healthy Grief Movement” created by bereavement author and advocate, Alexis Marie Chute. Learn to foster safe places for grief expression with tips for what to say, not say, and what are the most meaningful ways to support the mourners in your life.

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avatar for Jaclyn Chute

Jaclyn Chute

Registered Dietitian, Teach Nutrition
Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian at Dairy Farmers of Canada. She is passionate about helping others cultivate a healthy relationship with food and themselves. She enjoys finding creative ways to share the message that eating can be nourishing and satisfying. Observing her two young... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2901A

10:20am MST

A Sacred Family Bond
Have you ever been intimidated trying to read the Bible? You pick it up, and perhaps it seems like a series of unrelated books bound together and handed onto us as God’s written word. Perhaps you’ve made a resolution to read the Bible for New Year’s or Lent… and everything is going well until you hit Leviticus. There, you may have been overwhelmed by the number or scope of the laws Moses handed on to the people of God. Dr. Scott Hahn says that: "(covenants) are the master key that unlocks the Bible."We cannot talk about God’s love for us in Scripture without talking about covenants.” During this session, Evergreen Catholic Schools Chaplain Mike Landry will take you on a tour of the major biblical covenants and the ways in which you can use these covenants to help your students better understand God's love for them.

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avatar for Mike Landry

Mike Landry

Read through the history of our faith, and you’ll notice that God has often chosen unlikely people along the way. Growing up, Mike Landry was a geeky, awkward teenager whose faith was awakened thanks to a parish youth ministry program that was launched during his high school years... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1800

10:20am MST

Unlucky When Hiring?
Have you ever wondered, “What was I thinking when I hired this guy?” His on-the-job performance doesn’t match what his resume and interview promised. What went wrong? It’s tempting to attribute hiring decisions that don’t work out to “just being unlucky.” Turns out that luck has little to do with it. Most bad hires can be traced back to mistakes that could easily have been avoided. By the end of this session, participants will understand the 13 reasons administrators are “unlucky” when hiring and how to avoid these missteps.

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avatar for Nelson Scott

Nelson Scott

97 Staff Recognition Tips in just 60 Minutes
Nelson Scott has been a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent. Today, he works with managers, supervisors and administrators who are committed to hiring the right people and engaging them using high-value, low-cost staff recognition. He is the author of Thanks! GREAT Job... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2304

10:20am MST

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

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avatar for Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan

Tyler Buchan is a teacher at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park. He has taught science for over 20 years at schools in Alberta, Burkina Faso and Jamaica. He has degrees from the University of Alberta in Science Education, and in Philosophy. He also has a Masters of Science... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1303

10:20am MST

Introduction to EcoSchools in Alberta for Secondary Teachers
In this session, learn about how your school can become an EcoSchool by engaging students in curriculum-linked, environmental and action through a choice of over 50 actions including schoolyard greening, water and energy conservation, active transportation, and waste reduction - most of which are also climate solutions. We will also demonstrate how EcoSchools’ powerful and fully bilingual on-line platform allows you to create a customized action plan for your school, track your progress, and measure the impact of your actions. Join us to learn about the many benefits of being part of the growing EcoSchools Canada in Alberta sustainability movement. Best of all, EcoSchools is free for all publicly funded schools. This is one invitation you won’t want to miss!

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avatar for Dixie Taylor

Dixie Taylor

Director of Programs, Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Dixie Taylor joined ACEE in 2022 as the EcoSchools in Alberta Program Director after serving over a decade delivering, designing, and managing various youth programs and leading successful partnerships with school districts and community partners. Dixie attended the University of... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2305

10:20am MST

Seeing Queerly
This session will look at current research in support of anti homo/transphobic school environments. There will be opportunities for networking, sharing of resources, and dialogue to support classroom practices and schools moving forward to support queer inclusivity for students and staff.

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avatar for Sarah Beech

Sarah Beech

Sarah (she/her, they/them) is a teacher and GSA advisor at William D Pratt School in Calgary. Sarah is asexual, agender and aromantic and somehow ended up teaching in the same classroom as her colleague and co-presenter, Darren Vaast, who is gay! Sarah holds an M Ed degree from the... Read More →
avatar for Darren Vaast

Darren Vaast

Darren (he/him) is a teacher and GSA advisor at William D Pratt School in Calgary. Darren is gay, and somehow ended up teaching in the same classroom as his colleague and co-presenter, Sarah Beech, who is asexual, agender and aromantic! Darren holds an MEd degree from the U of C... Read More →


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-913B

10:20am MST