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Thursday, February 20
 

9:00am

Addictions-Understanding and Treatment Series
Before diving into addictions, this keynote takes attendees into the experience of psychoactive drugs with some very cool simulations! Current information about substance addictions (e.g., hallucinogens, stimulants, and depressants) and a brief look at behavioural addictions is reviewed before forging into the reality of the opioid and addiction crisis. Lastly, what can teachers do to help?
Questions This Keynote Address Will Answer:
- What is it like to use psychoactive drugs?
- What distinguishes them from each other?
- What are the behavioural addictions?
- How bad is the addictions crisis?
- What can teachers do?

Speakers
avatar for Dr Kevin Alderson

Dr Kevin Alderson

Dr. Kevin Alderson, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary.He has been a counsellor for 40 years and a registered psychologist since 1986. He is currently Presidentof the College of Alberta Psychologists, the regulatory body for psychological... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Art Centre Mainstage-117

9:00am

Dances with Decolonization
In this keynote Art delves into some hard realities on topics such as assimilation, institutional racism and abolishment of Indigenous rights. Starting with an historic overview of colonialism and intersected with personal stories of life on a northern "Rez", this Keynote concludes with some practical tips on reconciliation from an indigenous perspective and offers hope for building bridges between worldviews. 

Speakers
avatar for Art Napoleon

Art Napoleon

Art Napoleon is host and co-producer of APTN’s popular show Moosemeat & Marmalade, an internationalfood series that showcases Indigenous foods, traditional knowledge and outdoor cooking techniques. Thisformer chief is as comfortable on a big city stage or boardroom as he is skinning... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
GW Harris Performance Gym

10:45am

Two-Spirit Diversity - LGBTQ2, Race, and Gender
Team Ahkameyimok provides practical insights on how to identify and remove unconscious bias, stereotypes, and stigmas so that individuals can gain new perspectives and focus on solutions for a brighter future. They focus on advocacy, acceptance, and understanding of anyone that can be classified as different so that we can all lift each other up and eliminate behaviours that separate us from one another. This presentation will provide key introspective learning for individuals and organizations that work and create new inclusive programs for diverse populations. By creating inclusive and accepting environments, we will be able to create new leaders, stronger teams and a united strength for success and equality.

Speakers
avatar for James Makokis & Anthony Johnson

James Makokis & Anthony Johnson

Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson are two of Canada's leading experts for First Nation and LGBTQ2 peoples. They both grew up in remote First Nation communities that lacked public and community services. They are also both proud Two-Spirit and LGBTQ2 individuals. Growing up, James... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
GW Harris Performance Gym

10:45am

Bringing Mindfulness & KINDness Into Your Classroom
As a K-12 school teacher I quickly realized my role was more than just teaching the curriculum... kids were stressed and anxious as young as 7 or 8 years old, many kids in my classroom were labelled ADD or ADHD, unable to focus,concentrate or even sit still, there was bullying, depression, anger issues, insomnia and the list goes on. Many of the teachers and parents were dealing with this too. I wanted to do something. I wanted help. So, I developed a beKIND Mindfulness Training & Kit Download specifically for teachers, students and parents. During this session, I will teach you a variety of mindfulness techniques for relaxation, to help improve concentration and self-regulate thoughts and emotions to integrate in your daily life and in the classroom with your students. You will also get to experience in 30 seconds how you can shift negative thought patterns with a very simple breathing technique. I will conclude this session with a beautiful healing meditation I was taught by a Yoga Master in India (available for purchase online at www.agriosmindfitness.com store).Come join us, our beKIND Mindfulness Movement of over 17 000 kids, teens and adults as we begin Day 1 of the beKIND Mindfulness Challenge together.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios leads retreats & teaches thousands around the world about fitness, yoga & mindfulness. She created MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness) which focuses on giving kids, teens and adults self-regulating tools to... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Art Centre Mainstage-117

12:30pm

Addictions-Understanding and Treatment Series
Addictions
Before diving into addictions, this keynote takes attendees into the experience of psychoactive
drugs with some very cool simulations! Current information about substance addictions (e.g.,
hallucinogens, stimulants, and depressants) and a brief look at behavioural addictions is reviewed
before forging into the reality of the opioid and addiction crisis. Lastly, what can teachers do to
help?
Questions This Keynote Address Will Answer:
 What is it like to use psychoactive drugs?
 What distinguishes them from each other?
 What are the behavioural addictions?
 How bad is the addictions crisis?
 What can teachers do?

Speakers
avatar for Dr Kevin Alderson

Dr Kevin Alderson

Dr. Kevin Alderson, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus of Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary.He has been a counsellor for 40 years and a registered psychologist since 1986. He is currently Presidentof the College of Alberta Psychologists, the regulatory body for psychological... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GW Harris Performance Gym

12:30pm

Dances with Decolonization
In this keynote Art delves into some hard realities on topics such as assimilation, institutional racism and abolishment of Indigenous rights. Starting with an historic overview of colonialism and intersected with personal stories of life on a northern "Rez", this Keynote concludes with some practical tips on reconciliation from an indigenous perspective and offers hope for building bridges between worldviews.

Speakers
avatar for Art Napoleon

Art Napoleon

Art Napoleon is host and co-producer of APTN’s popular show Moosemeat & Marmalade, an internationalfood series that showcases Indigenous foods, traditional knowledge and outdoor cooking techniques. Thisformer chief is as comfortable on a big city stage or boardroom as he is skinning... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Art Centre Mainstage-117

2:15pm

MINDFITNESS Breaks: Quick Techniques to Create a Calm, Focused & Fit Classroom
Mindfitness: the condition of being mentally, emotionally, physically & socially healthy This signature MINDFITNESS Training combines Mindfulness and Fitness to create MINDFITNESS. Designed specifically for teachers, students and parents we use movement and breath to connect the body and mind. Research shows exercise boosts student’s academic achievement, decreases behavior problems and improves focus and retention of information. During this session I will teach you MINDFITNESS techniques for relaxation, to improve fitness (DPA), focus, attention and concentration and to foster self-regulation. As well, experience in 30 seconds how to shift negative thought patterns with a very simple breathing technique.So come join us to experience MINDFITNESS techniques and learn how to integrate this into your daily life and classroom so everyone can lead healthier lives physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. If you’re up for the challenge we will also begin Day 1 of the 40 Day beKIND Mindfulness Challenge so you too can join our Mindfulness Movement of over 17 000 kids, teens and adults. A session you won’t want to miss. The new MINDFITNESS Kit will be released in the spring of 2020.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Agrios

Susan Agrios

President and CEO of AGRIOS MINDFITNESS, Agrios Mindfitness
Described as “inspirational, passionate & changing lives”, Susan Agrios leads retreats & teaches thousands around the world about fitness, yoga & mindfulness. She created MINDFITNESS (Mindfulness + Fitness) which focuses on giving kids, teens and adults self-regulating tools to... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:00pm
GW Harris Performance Gym

2:15pm

Two-Spirit Diversity - LGBTQ2, Race, and Gender
Team Ahkameyimok provides practical insights on how to identify and remove unconscious bias, stereotypes, and stigmas so that individuals can gain new perspectives and focus on solutions for a brighter future. They focus on advocacy, acceptance, and understanding of anyone that can be classified as different so that we can all lift each other up and eliminate behaviours that separate us from one another. This presentation will provide key introspective learning for individuals and organizations that work and create new inclusive programs for diverse populations. By creating inclusive and accepting environments, we will be able to create new leaders, stronger teams and a united strength for success and equality.

Speakers
avatar for James Makokis & Anthony Johnson

James Makokis & Anthony Johnson

Dr. James Makokis and Anthony Johnson are two of Canada's leading experts for First Nation and LGBTQ2 peoples. They both grew up in remote First Nation communities that lacked public and community services. They are also both proud Two-Spirit and LGBTQ2 individuals. Growing up, James... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Art Centre Mainstage-117
 
Friday, February 21
 

9:00am

What Great Teachers Do Differently
What are the specific qualities and practices of great teachers that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective teachers do differently than their colleagues.  Participants will focus on what the most successful teachers do . . . that others do not. Everyone will leave knowing what great teachers do differently, why these things make them more effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own classrooms and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker

Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
GW Harris Performance Gym

9:00am

“ Personal Climate and Culture … It’s Up to You”
Gerry uses his videos to develop a strategy for making the work place a pleasant place where faculty, administrators, and support staff all maintain mutual respect, regardless of personal differences, resulting in more efficient and fulfilled workers.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his masters in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Art Centre Mainstage-117

10:45am

Improving Student Behaviour
The concept of classroom management may seem old school to some educators.  That term may be trite, but being able to positively influence student behavior never goes out of style.  If we think about any school and ask, “What percentage of teachers would like their job more if they could get the students to behave better?”  The answer, of course, is 100 percent.   Great teachers are always looking for ways to improve their craft and positive effecting student behavior is one way that they are always on the prowl for.  Struggling to get students to be attentive and appropriate is often shared as a reason that teachers become less motivated and even leave the profession.
This session will help everyone improve the behavior of students in the classrooms, children in their homes and enjoy our jobs again.  Come and learn how choosing the right mode can increase our success in the classroom.

Will these work for you?




Speakers
avatar for Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker

Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
Art Centre Mainstage-117

10:45am

“ Personal Climate and Culture … It’s Up to You”
Gerry uses his videos to develop a strategy for making the work place a pleasant place where faculty, administrators, and support staff all maintain mutual respect, regardless of personal differences, resulting in more efficient and fulfilled workers.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his masters in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
GW Harris Performance Gym