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Equity & Human Rights (TQS/LQS 4) [clear filter]
Thursday, February 23

10:20am MST

OMG! What if I really AM the best person?
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.

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Shari Graydon Author and Women’s Advocate

The founder and catalyst of Informed Opinions, she’s an award-winning author and women’s advocate. Since 2010, she has helped amplify the voices of more than 2,500 women in diverse fields and sectors across Canada, supporting them in sharing their insights and analysis with a... Read More →

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

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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Brandi Heather

Brandi Heather speaks from the heart of experience when she says “what we want most for our students is what we need to give our educators; everything flows through them.” It is time to return to play.Brandi Heather is an award-winning educator and speaker with 25 years of lived... Read More →

Thursday February 23, 2023 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-1222

11:15am MST

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

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).

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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

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.


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

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.


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

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!

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Vanessa The Math Guru

🧠Math Therapist🧠, The Math Guru
Known as the Lady Gaga of math education, Vanessa is the founder and director of The Math Guru, a super cool boutique math & science tutoring studio in Toronto. She is also the host of the Math Therapy podcast, author of the Math Hacks series for Scholastic, and lead singer/keytarist... Read More →

Thursday February 23, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-Art Centre Main Stage
Friday, February 24

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.

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Alexandra Emily Marshall

Education Coordinator, University of Alberta
Alexandra Marshall (she/her) is the Rural Education Coordinator for the Fyrefly Institute at the University of Alberta. She lectures pre-service teachers on creating inclusive classrooms, delivers professional development for in-service teachers and admin regarding best practices... Read More →

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

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


Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 11:20am MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2602

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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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 →
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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-B501 (Basement)

10:20am MST

How to talk to kids about racism and discrimination
This workshop was developed and is delivered in partnership with an RSW (Registered Social Worker) who has over 10 years of experience in child protection and adoptions work and is Metis. Speaking to our children about the current civil rights movements and the historical and current atrocities in our communities is overwhelming. The difficult reality of humanity is complicated for adults to understand, let alone for our tiny humans. This workshop teaches parents and educators alike how to talk to children in a way that is developmentally appropriate and why we need to talk to children about the core concepts behind systemic discrimination and significant social movements. Specific topics include Black Lives Matter and residential school, and colonialism.

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Aynsley Graham

Behaviour Consultant, Strategies for Stress and Vulnerable Children
Aynsley is an independent Behaviour Consultant who works with caregivers and educators to teach trauma informed, developmentally appropriate approaches to behaviour challenges. She holds a Graduate degree in Human Ecology, specializing in Family Ecology and Practice, and has over... Read More →

Friday February 24, 2023 10:20am - 12:40pm MST
Red Deer Polytechnic-2601

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