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Thursday, February 20
 

9:00am

What is it about the #85 & how does it affect my retirement?
What is it about the #85, and why does it have to be so stressful?This session is focused on Wealth Planning and the discussion of entering retirement. The goal of this session will be to help teachers & administrators prepare and understand what their options are for retirement. Plus the steps that they may take to be ready.We help Teachers, Professors, Education Administrators and their families across Western Canada build, grow and maintain their wealth.To learn more and keep up with what we are doing, visit us! www.callanwealth.com

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Callan

Patrick Callan

Callan Wealth Management
My name is Patrick Callan, the head adviser of Callan Wealth Management.I attended Junior High School at St. Thomas, and High School at Notre Dame where I graduated in 2004. My wife Hope and I live in Sylvan Lake with our 8 month old son Carter. I am also the head coach of the Local... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2906

9:00am

Calm Classroom: A Calm Mind Is A Focused Mind
Stress is disruptive to the learning process. Take time out to deeply relax your body and mind as Susan guides you through a relaxation technique she studied with Yoga Masters in India and in California with Dr. Richard Miller and teaches you simple and easy to learn mindfulness techniques some as short as 1-3 minutes in length. Susan will show you how to integrate these mindfulness techniques into your daily life and classroom so you won't feel as drained or burnt out by the end of the day and will have a calmer classroom environment. She will also teach you some quick and simple movement and breath exercises to connect your mind and body. These exercises are great to help both you and your students refocus or "wake up" when your minds are wandering and you get that tired sleepy feel.
This is a session you definitely don't want to miss as Susan brings these ancient mindfulness techniques she studied in India, New Mexico and California with world-renowned Yoga Masters making them easily accessible to you.
"If you're up for the challenge together we will begin day 1 of the beKIND Mindfulness Challenge so you too can join our beKIND Mindfulness Movement of over 17 000 kids, teens and adults. I look forward to sharing these mindfulness techniques with you as I have seen them change lives. Hope you can join us!". Susan =;)

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 9:00am - 10:15am
1303

9:00am

E-Liability 2.0: Mitigating Risk in the Digital Age
Increasingly teachers are facing employment discipline resulting from their use of school computers, laptops, Internet connections and cellphones. The use of social networking sites are also resulting in disciplinary action of teachers by employers. How do teachers use technology without jeopardizing their career? Teachers can also be victims of surreptitious monitoring and recording. What rights and responsibilities do teachers have with respect to issues of recording, cyber-harassment and cyber-libel directed at them by students, parents or colleagues?

Speakers
avatar for Elissa Corsi

Elissa Corsi

Executive Staff Officer, Member Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Elissa is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Member Services program area. She worked as a teacher and administrator in Alberta schools, both English and French Immersion, before joining the ATA.


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
1435

9:00am

Meditation & Mindfulness: A Tool for School
This session will include a lecture portion to discover outcomes of current research related to meditation and mindfulness. Participants will learn the potential benefits and applications of these practices both at school/work and personally for home. The majority of the session will be practical experience. The speaker will guide participants through several types and styles of meditation, breathwork and mindfulness. Participants will be equipped to implement these practices into everyday life at work/school, or home, immediately upon completion of the session. The aim of this session is to broaden knowledge related to the practices of meditation and mindfulness in a way that inspires participants to use the tools learned in the session, and perhaps begin their own journey of learning more about these valuable practices.

Speakers
TT

Tammy Twyne

Facilitator/speaker is Tammy Twyne, Physiotherapist and Registered Yoga Teacher. Tammy has 24 years experience in physiotherapy across Canada, both clinically and in leadership roles. Tammy has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy with acupuncture in her practice... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
2905

9:00am

UNDERSTANDING & HELPING THE ANXIOUS STUDENT
In Canada, 1 in 8 children suffers from anxiety, while only 20% of these children get the help they need. Anxiety manifests in many ways:Panic attacks, separation anxiety, stomach aches, headaches, tantrums, obsessions/compulsions, avoidance of activities, racing thoughts, troubles with sleep, rigid behaviours, aggression etc.In this workshop, professionals will learn about the psychological and physiological roots of anxiety, why it is on the rise in our children, and what to do to help children better manage it. Research and theory in the field of mental health and interpersonal neurobiology will be explored and attendees will be given 15+ concrete, direct tools to help their students regulate their anxiety in the classroom that also foster resiliency.

Speakers
TS

Tammy Schamuhn

Institute of Child Psychology
I am a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, Speaker, and Educator. I am the Co-Founder of the Institute of Child Psychology and Founder and Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres, based out of Leduc and Edmonton.I have been working in private practice... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
2501

10:45am

Alberta Teachers' International Cooperation Initiatives: Teachers Raising Teachers
This presentation will focus on Alberta Teachers’ Association International Cooperation initiatives worldwide. Learn how you can become involved in professional development projects with overseas teaching partners and students.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Berg

Andrea Berg

Executive Staff Officer, Government, Alberta Teachers' Association
Andrea Berg is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Government program area. Among her chief responsibilities are supporting the ATA's Diversity, Equity and Human Rights (DEHR) committee. Prior to joining the ATA in 2009, Andrea taught with the Edmonton Public School D... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2302

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

10:45am

Canada’s New Food Guide: Taking it to the Classroom
Have you seen the new Food Guide? Are you wondering how to use the new Food Guide to talk about healthy foods with students? Join Alberta Health Services Dietitians for an interactive resources and discuss up-to-date messages you can use to teach about healthy eating using the Food Guide. Participants will hear stories and ideas from schools across the province and have the opportunity to share their own ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Harrison Blizzard

Harrison Blizzard

Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services
Harrison Blizzard is a Registered Dietitian, working in population and public health. His interests include helping to ensure all Canadians have access to healthy affordable food and sports and performance nutrition for athletes.



Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
1437

10:45am

Continuing ASEBP Benefits into Retirement
Retirement is exciting, but also a little daunting with all the paperwork and planning to be done. With so many things to remember, let the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) make one of your checklist items a little easier—your retirement health benefits. During our session, participants will learn about eligibility requirements for maintaining their ASEBP benefits into retirement, the different coverage options available to them, the cost of coverage, as well as benefit options available after ASEBP coverage has ended. This session is beneficial for employees currently participating in ASEBP benefits and thinking about retirement.

Speakers
avatar for Patti Priestnall

Patti Priestnall

Administrative Coordinator, ASEBP
Tenjie Railey is a benefit specialist who has been with ASEBP. Tenjie assists covered members with their benefit inquiries, educates members on how to effectively use their benefit plan and spending accounts and advises members on the benefit options for early retirement and leaves... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2600

10:45am

Leading Through Story
The stories of our lived experienced through teaching and leading can provide us opportunities for reflection, change and growth.  Participants will reflect on the power of stories, ways stories can be used and how to craft effective ones that will both engage and move listeners. The focus will be on the use of stories in educational settings such as meetings, presentations and  blogs. Participants will leave with tools to begin creating and sharing their stories immediately!

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2503

10:45am

LGBT in the Classroom
The break-out begins with an experiential component that provides opportunity to work with 2 or 3 other participants, and in so doing, begin learning about the defining features of LGBTQ individuals. A brief focus on affirming attitudes follows before launching into what teachers can do to deal successfully with LGBTQ students from elementary through the high school years. It addresses the special issues and concerns often raised by each subgroup (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and those who identity as queer or questioning).
Questions This Keynote Address Will Answer:
- What subgroups comprise the LGBTQ community?
- How do affirmative attitudes differ from those that are not?
- What are the best ways to deal with LGBTQ students?
- How do I foster a respectful environment with other students in the classroom?
- What are the identity labels that some students now use?

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 10:45am - 12:00pm
MP Theatre-1400

10:45am

Pension vs Transfer
More and more teachers are wanting to get financial advice on the merits of commuting their pensions. Statistics show that roughly 1 in 10 ATRF members take their Termination Benefits rather than a Pension. This session will cover the pros and cons of making such a decision.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Musselman

Bill Musselman

Oxley Metzger and Associates have over 25 years of working with Central Alberta Teachers and their financial planning. Our practice is all about looking at your goals and providing solutions for your money and your life. Bill Musselman and Ryan Metzger have over 40 years with IG Wealth... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2906

10:45am

Understanding Risk: Enhancing Well-Being in Children & Youth
Unhealthy Relationships, Substance Use, Mental Health - is enhancing the wellbeing of your students important to you? Together we will examine current trends, discuss the importance of building connections with youth, and review strategies / explore resources that support growth towards healthy choices. Participants will have time to connect with subject matter experts in the areas of: Sexual Health, Mental Health, Tobacco, Cannabis and Vaping.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
1408

10:45am

An Invasive Games Unit: Utilizing a Models Based Teaching Approach
Utilizing a models based teaching approach we will cover a 2-4 week invasive field games unit that can be modified for K-12 PE. Soccer, Rugby, Gaeilic Football, Australian Rules Football and American Football are used to in this unit to highlight similarities and differences between invasive field games. Teaching models covered are: Teaching Games for Understanding, The Sport Education Model and Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility in Physical Education. Please come ready to move and participate.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
1002 (Main Gym)

12:30pm

The Parent Connection: Bridging the Gap Between Home and School
With the current landscape of technology and connectivity, parents and caregivers are becoming more interested in their role in their student's education. Unfortunately, families are busier than ever, and parents often seem unavailable or disconnected from their child's academic journey. Information is wide and varying, and parents often come to teachers frustrated and overwhelmed in trying to determine their role. As teachers, it can be difficult to know how to best support and manage parent involvement. Using current research in child developmental psychology, parenting and education, we can develop an understanding of the unique and valuable role of parents in a student's educational success. We can also determine the best ways to communicate and advise parents about their role, minimizing conflict and fostering relationship. In this session, we will examine the current landscape of parenting, the common struggles teachers face in dealing with parents and caregivers and some creative new ways to support and involve parents in a constructive way.As teachers, dealing with parents can be a time-consuming and frustrating part of the teaching process. Despite this, most teachers know that parent involvement and support is one of the most influential and advantageous parts of fostering student success. By better understanding the parental role in a child's education and development, and working proactively to create strong relationships and communication with families and caregivers, we can greatly reduce teacher stress and workload in addressing parent concerns. In strengthening the relationships between families and their education providers, and helping parents to better understand their unique role, we can reduce redundancy, frustration and conflict, allowing both teachers and caregivers to play their own role in raising kids who successfully navigate their education.

Speakers
avatar for JACQUELINE GANTON

JACQUELINE GANTON

My name is Jacquie Ganton and I have been an educator in Alberta for over a decade. I am also a mother of four school aged children (ages 5-11). My time as an educator has been spent both in the traditional classroom as well as in both distance and outreach education. As such, I've... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2305

12:30pm

Writing to Cope with Teen Trauma and Build Resiliency
Learn creative ways to engage teens struggling with trauma, bullying, identity, life direction, family issues, and mental health challenges, utilizing the empowering and healing capacities of writing. Creative writing exercises will be presented including journaling, free writing, memoir, poetry, and fiction as tools for personal reflection and empowerment. Participants will leave having tried these writing exercises themselves and equipped to apply them in the compassionate support of teens in their communities. Award-winning author and artist Alexis Marie Chute will share her own journey of using creativity to heal and empower.

Speakers
avatar for Alexis Marie Chute

Alexis Marie Chute

Author, Artist, Filmmaker, Curator, Alexis Marie Productions Inc.
ALEXIS MARIE CHUTE is the author of the award-winning memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss (She Writes Press, 2017). Expecting Sunshine was a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2017 and an IndieReader Top 10 Best Reviewed Book of 2017. The second... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GWH 167

12:30pm

Builiding Intentional Connections
Let’s create some intentional connections! School connectedness is increasingly recognized as cohesive and collaborative. The research is strong and consistent; students who feel connected to school do better academically and are healthier. Come prepared to connect with Health and Wellness Champions from multiple districts to celebrate and share how you are creating connections within your school environment. You will leave this session with new ideas,resources and meaningful examples of how to better connect the staff and students in your school.

Speakers
JT

Jackie Tomalty

School Health Facilitator, AHS
Jackie is a Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services – Central Zone.">Jackie is a Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services – Central Zone.


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1437

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

Financial Wellness
This presentation assists teachers in learning how to read their pay statements. It helps teachers determine where they are on the pay grid and how to calculate a pay cheque. It further reviews deductions such as pension, CPP, EI, income tax, benefits and dues.

Speakers
avatar for James Gerun

James Gerun

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, The Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2906

12:30pm

The Wellness World Cafe
Do you teach health? This is the session for you! Join us to connect with a variety of topic HeartMath. Review strategies and explore resources that will expand your comfort level in addressing a wide range of health related trends and issues in your classroom.

Speakers

Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1408

12:30pm

Build your Toolbox to support a fun, free and flexible club to get students active
This interactive session will feature activities and strategies to implement a run, walk or activity club at your school. The Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools have partnered to and flexible club. Participants of this session will leave with the expertise to develop a new club or enhance an existing one with access to downloadable handbooks, practice plans and free swag. Come ready to move and have some fun!

Speakers
KT

Krista Trim

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Youth Run Club (YRC) is a partnership program between the AMA and Ever Active Schools (EAS). It is a free, fun and flexible program aimed at increasing physical activity levels in children and youth across Alberta. We provide registered clubs... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1002 (Main Gym)

12:30pm

Relax, renew and refocus with Yoga Nidra (guided meditation)
Stress is disruptive to the learning process. Relax, rejuvenate and refocus as Susan guides you through a deep meditation inducing profound relaxation for your body and mind. The perfect session after a busy week since all you have to do is lie there. Yoga Nidra is a technique she studied with Yoga Masters while in India and in California with Dr. Richard Miller a clinical psychologist having attained her advanced training in this area. Susan’s guided meditation downloads are available online at www.agriosmindfitness.com store and can be used at home or in your classroom with your students. This will be an experiential session, however she does lead educational sessions if you are interested in having her come to your school.
PLEASE BRING YOUR YOGA MAT TO THIS SESSION!

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 12:30pm - 1:45pm
AC 146-Studio A

12:30pm

The Power of Play
Play is to the child what talk is to the adult: it is a medium for expressing feelings, exploring relationships, describing experiences, disclosing wishes, and self-fulfillment. Children express themselves and their needs, relive their past, and connect with others through play. It allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It is through play that children, at a very early age, engage and interact in the world around them and develop resiliency.In this session, Tammy Schamuhn, Registered Play Therapist, will help attendees better understand play and the benefits to utilizing it as a tool to help child develop resilience and overcome a variety of mental health issues. They will also explore how play is related to development of the brain, and how play deprivation can adversely affect children.

Speakers
TS

Tammy Schamuhn

Institute of Child Psychology
I am a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, Speaker, and Educator. I am the Co-Founder of the Institute of Child Psychology and Founder and Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres, based out of Leduc and Edmonton.I have been working in private practice... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2501

12:30pm

Starry Night Theatre Performance
1 in 100 people or 42,000 Albertans are living with schizophrenia, a treatable brain disorder. The onset most often occurs between 15 and 25 years of age and this illness does not discriminate. All genders, races, socioeconomic and education levels are all equally affected by schizophrenia. Starry Night is an impactful play that was written by and is performed by people living with schizophrenia. The performers hope is that the play will provide insight into what it is like to live with schizophrenia and foster increased empathy and understanding for all those living with this illness. After the play, the 13 cast members are very open to answering questions about the play, about living with schizophrenia and their own journeys to recovery. The Starry Night Performance is educational and exemplifies recovery in action. It is an extraordinary performance by extraordinary individuals.

Speakers
WB

Wendy Bonertz

The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta is a non-profit society dedicated to supporting the approximate 42,000 Albertans living with schizophrenia and their families and caregivers. WE offer support and education programs through our 6 branches and our online programs. We provide Community... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
MP Theatre-1400

12:30pm

What really causes depression?
"Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease." - World Health Organization. If we know the real reason which is behind many superficial reasons causing the depression , we may be open to learn metaphysical method to conquer it and become carefree human beings. This session is to introduce a newborn Buddhism school called: Mind Way or Guanyin Citta Buddhism Practice; it leads audiences to look at the mental problem from metaphysical angle rather than scientific view.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Cai

Sandy Cai

Teacher, Hunting Hills High School
Sandy Cai is currently teaching Mandarin Chinese and Intercultural Studies at Hunting Hills High School. She received her B.A. degree from Beijing University of Chinese in 1988 and received Master degree of Education from University of Alberta in 1995. She has been studying and practicing... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2905

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

Belief Re-patterning®: Something Different for Professional Development
Struggling for real, practical and effective ways of teaching mindfulness?Finding many of the effective curricular outcomes to be challenging to implement?Looking for an engaging opportunity for your staff that has immediate application across all grade levels and subject areas?Wanting assistance in integrating this into your daily activities, developing a more positive and supportive school culture?Ready to build on the good work that is already happening in your school and expand it to a higher level?Developed by an Albertan Educator, Belief Re-patterning has effectively supported individuals and groups for over 20 years. In 2012 this grassroots movement burst onto the international scene with the publication of Belief Re-patterning: The Amazing Technique for “Flipping the Switch” to Positive Thoughts (Hay House). Described by personal development thought leaders as the “How to Go to” for developing supportive self-talk, it is based solidly in cognitive learning theory, educational psychology and years of practical teaching application.With either a focus on personal development for the staff, or professional development for classroom use, our team of Educational Professionals will tailor a day to meet your needs.Together we will develop and explore practical and easy ways to:Turn problems into stepping stones.Navigate life’s challenges with greater ease.Fall in love with who you see in YOUR mirror.Develop the habit of positive self-talk.And translate your personal learning to directly impact your daily work with children in a practical and step by step way. Model positive self-talk for the children in your sphere of influence.Implement mindfulness into your day to day activities and lessons.Create a foundation structure for the children to use both at school and at home.Your impact is immense, your job a BIG responsibility! The effect of your words, actions and way of BE-ing on the children you are in contact with shapes their lives. Call 587-449-8224 to discuss the options for your school.

Speakers
SC

Suze Casey

Belief Re-patterning: The Amazing Technique for “Flipping the Switch” to Positive Thoughts (Hay House 2012) brought Suze Casey’s unique and evolutionary work to an international audience. Best-selling author, facilitator, speaker, radio show host, master laser-coach and entrepreneur... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1303

2:15pm

Animals as Partners in Healing
There is a ever-growing body of evidence-based research that demonstrates that working with animals leads to increased physiological, emotional, and psychological well-being including an increase in self-esteem, self-awareness, empathy, concentration/focus, communication skills, and pro-social behaviours; and reduction in stress/anxiety, depression, anti-social behaviours, and trauma symptoms. In this session attendees will explore the physiological and psychological benefits to working with animals, and ways in which professionals can integrate the use of animals in helping children overcome emotional obstacles; and increase levels of wellness, resiliency, and connection. The instructor, Tammy Schamuhn, is a Registered Psychologist who developed both canine and equine assisted therapy programs for children and teens, and consults with a variety of organizations across Canada on how to ethically utilize animals therapeutically.

Speakers
TS

Tammy Schamuhn

Institute of Child Psychology
I am a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, Speaker, and Educator. I am the Co-Founder of the Institute of Child Psychology and Founder and Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres, based out of Leduc and Edmonton.I have been working in private practice... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2601

2:15pm

LGBT in the Classroom
The break-out begins with an experiential component that provides opportunity to work with 2 or 3 other participants, and in so doing, begin learning about the defining features of LGBTQ individuals. A brief focus on affirming attitudes follows before launching into what teachers can do to deal successfully with LGBTQ students from elementary through the high school years. It addresses the special issues and concerns often raised by each subgroup (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, and those who identity as queer or questioning).
Questions This Keynote Address Will Answer:
 What subgroups comprise the LGBTQ community?
 How do affirmative attitudes differ from those that are not?
 What are the best ways to deal with LGBTQ students?
 How do I foster a respectful environment with other students in the classroom?
 What are the identity labels that some students now use?

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 2:15pm - 3:30pm
GWH 208

2:15pm

Looking Ahead – By Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers
This one-hour presentation is designed for those who are considering retirement within 5 years, or who are almost 65 years old. The realities of retirement are shared by a retiree, along with considerations for a life that is not governed by the bell. The Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (ARTA) is introduced – what ARTA provides and the benefits of becoming a member. While the presentation also briefly touches on retirement income considerations and your pension, this presentation is not focused on your pension. Pension questions should be directed to the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF). The balance of this presentation is focused on the Retiree Benefits Plan offered by ARTA – the health, dental, and travel options; and how the plan is managed.

Speakers
GS

Gary Sawatzky

Alberta Retired Teachers Assoc
Looking Ahead – By Retired Teachers, for Retired Teachers. Presented by Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association. This one-hour presentation is designed for those who are considering retirement within 5 years, or who are almost 65 years old. The realities of retirement are shared... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1439

2:15pm

Maternity and Parental Leaves, Pay and Benefits
This presentation assists teachers in learning how to read their pay statements. It helps teachers determine where they are on the pay grid and how to calculate a pay cheque. It further reviews deductions such as pension, CPP, EI, income tax, benefits and dues.

Speakers
avatar for James Gerun

James Gerun

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Welfare, The Alberta Teachers' Association


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2906

2:15pm

Social and Emotional Learning in any Classroom, featuring the NEW Social and Emotional Shuffle
The development of social and emotional skills is foundational to students success in school,work and life. Join Ever Active Schools to explore the five competencies of social emotional learning (SEL) and how these skills help to support students in both their academics and relationships. Featuring our newest resource, the Social and Emotional Shuffle, this session will feature practical classroom activities that tie back to SEL competencies, explore effective implementation strategies, and builds upon what you and your school are already doing.


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1408

2:15pm

The New Standard for Warming Up:Supporting quality PE through movement skill development, fitness and injury prevention
Presented in collaboration with the University of Calgary's Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre and the Be Fit for Life Network, join us as we explore how an evidence-based warm-up can develop safe and effective movement skills to create a foundation for continued physical activity participation. Based on research in Calgary schools, neuromuscular training warm-ups in PE classes can reduce lower limb injuries by 62%. This warm-up is featured on a new poster that you'll receive at the session.

Speakers
avatar for Chesa Peter

Chesa Peter

School Health Facilitator, Ever Active Schools
Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health approach, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and youth in... Read More →
avatar for Carla van den Berg

Carla van den Berg

Knowledge Broker, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary
Carla is a Knowledge Broker with the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is a CSEP-Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and works to deliver coach and teacher workshops on neuromuscular training warm-up programs to prevent... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1002 (Main Gym)

2:15pm

How to survive and to overcome depression?
If Session one is to reveal the secret of depression. Session two is to learn the Mindy Way or Guanyin Citta Buddhism Practice to toss the depression behind the life and move towards the brightness of the future. Thousands and thousands of people who have been suffering from depression are out of the shadow and become normal through this metaphysical method.Being safe and well is blessing.Being virtuous leads to longevity.Being content is a mark of prosperity.Letting nature take its course is a nobility. This session is also trying to open a new window to examine human fatal illnesses (depression) and is trying to re-define the concept of being happy and healthy in life. In this session, the law of universe will be revealed and further explained (not Newton's law).

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Cai

Sandy Cai

Teacher, Hunting Hills High School
Sandy Cai is currently teaching Mandarin Chinese and Intercultural Studies at Hunting Hills High School. She received her B.A. degree from Beijing University of Chinese in 1988 and received Master degree of Education from University of Alberta in 1995. She has been studying and practicing... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2905
 
Friday, February 21
 

9:00am

Central Alberta sexual assault support Center
The Central Alberta sexual assault support Center offers counseling for victims, victimizers and families of sexual assault. We also offer free programs to schools and the community that are age appropriate around the topics of safe and unsafe touches with the K to 4 program of No Secrets. The grade 5 to 8 program follows the same topic along with body boundaries and consent. The grade 9 to 12 program follows the outcomes of CALM and offers information around consent, healthy relationships and sexual assault. These are not sex education programs. They are body safety and life skills programs.

Speakers
DM

Dianne Macaulay

Information about the free counseling and education programs that the Central Alberta sexual assault support Center offers to schools and the communities in central Alberta.


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
GWH 177

9:00am

Your Pension Matters
The session is of interest to teachers of all ages and is a general overview of the teachers’ pension plan. The presentation will include information on beneficiaries, pensionable service and salaries, calculating your pension, your pension options and steps to retirement.​

Speakers
LL

Linda Lau

Linda has been with the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund since 1990 and has spoken at numerous conventions, pension seminars and counselling sessions throughout the province.


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2501

9:00am

Oil Pastels- endless possibilities
Limited Capacity full

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 please pay to the following email transfer: christina.dixon@cssd.ab.ca

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2402

9:00am

Stress, Drugs and Rock n' Roll
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!

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Knowledge is Power: Consulting & Wellness Services
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 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
1439

9:00am

9:00am

Living a Great Story
People have always loved stories. Why is that? Perhaps the answer lies in their powerful connection to everyday life. Robin will share insights gleaned as he transitioned from 31 years in the teaching profession to a second career as a writer. We’ll look at the characteristics of a truly great story, talk about the significance of character arcs, and then consider how understanding all of this can impact both you and your students.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author
Robin was a Language Arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. Upon his retirement in 2016, his primary focus became writing. His first novel, Space Cadets, was published in January of 2018, and he is currently working on a sequel. He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2301

9:00am

BECOMING A TRAUMA INFORMED EDUCATOR
In Canada 1 in 3 of children are impacted by trauma, while caregivers (including educators) have extremely limited resources as how to identify and help these children heal when they have impacted by adverse experiences. Children affected by trauma can present significant challenges, and often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them. During this seminar you will explore the impact of trauma on neurological development and how this presents in the classroom. Strategies to support children and teens following experiences of trauma will be presented, giving attendees concrete ways in which they can support these students in their lives. And most importantly, a framework of how to foster a school culture that prioritizes resiliency, attachment, safety, and emotion regulation will be outlined for educators and administrators.

Speakers
TS

Tammy Schamuhn

Institute of Child Psychology
I am a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, Speaker, and Educator. I am the Co-Founder of the Institute of Child Psychology and Founder and Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres, based out of Leduc and Edmonton.I have been working in private practice... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 12:00pm
2601

10:45am

Life After Teaching: Living the Dream
Do you ever dream about life after teaching? Robin will share the story of his recent transition from teacher to author, giving participants an opportunity to reflect on their own journey. Are you in the early stages of your career? Taking the time to look ahead and imagine the type of career you’d like to look back on one day can play a huge role in shaping your future. And for those nearer the finish line, the time is now to imagine the possibilities: How might you craft a satisfying end to your career while at the same time laying the foundation for a great new beginning afterwards?

Speakers
avatar for Robin Pawlak

Robin Pawlak

Children's Author
Robin was a Language Arts teacher (grades 4-7) for 31 years in Red Deer. Upon his retirement in 2016, his primary focus became writing. His first novel, Space Cadets, was published in January of 2018, and he is currently working on a sequel. He enjoys the calm, quiet life of a writer... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2301

10:45am

Teachers Talking about Teaching - Book Club
Professional development is more than just attending a conference. We started a teachers talking about teaching bookclub in 2018. I will touch on how the book club is funded, how often we meet, how we choose books, and highlights from each book we have discussed so far. At the end of the session the will be a draw for one of all of the books discussed.

Speakers
MW

Michelle Wotherspoon

High school math and science teacher at Lacombe Composite High School.



Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2505

10:45am

Youth Anxiety Epidemic; How Schools Can Prevent Lifelong Suffering
There's an anxiety epidemic in today's youth. Canada's award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate Wade Sorochan believes mental illness awareness needs to be an integral part of the school curriculum. Young people aged 15-24 are more likely than any other age group to experience mental illness and substance abuse and addiction. Teens today are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression than ever before due to family issues, school and peer pressures and social media addiction; suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24. Wade Sorochan is a lifelong sufferer of mental illness who experienced numerous anxiety and panic attacks throughout his school years; a precursor to five mental breakdowns as an adult, before treatment was provided to help him live with the illness today. Wade believes that his lifelong suffering could have been avoided if mental illness awareness was an important component of the school curriculum. Wade Sorochan is the author of the groundbreaking book UNSocial Media; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety.

Speakers
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. As a mental illness survivor, Wade is a sought after motivational speaker bringing awareness to those areas in life that can cause serious mental health issues. Wade... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
MP Theatre-1400

10:45am

Monochromatic Projects
Limited Capacity filling up

Discover and experiment monochromatic color schemes that are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints to create a few projects. Color strategies and specific techniques will be incorporated to bring energy and life to traditional subjects such as landscape and seascape. 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 please pay to the following email transfer: christina.dixon@cssd.ab.ca

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2402

10:45am

Gender Identity
Speakers
RL

Rin Lawarence

Rin (Mandy) Lawrence is a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools. Rin has been a teacher for five years within two Alberta school districts, and has partaken in school community GSAs since beginning their teaching career in 2013. Rin sits on the Edmonton Public Schools Local 37 Diversity... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
GWH 173

10:45am

Education for the Real World
EVERFI believes in educating the whole child and designs online resources in the areas of applied STEM & career exploration, social-emotional learning, health & wellness and financial literacy. The online resources are aligned to AB curriculum outcomes and are cost-free due to community partners like the NHL & United Way.

Speakers
LP

Leila Pullum

Based in Calgary, Leila currently works as the Sr. Implementation Manager for Alberta at EVERFI. Previously, Leila taught elementary school for four years in a traditional classroom in both urban and rural settings and three years online. She now manages all of the school implementation... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2305

10:45am

An Apple A Day: How technology & the Internet affect Health & Wellness
Technology and the world-wide-web have opened up the world to connection, information and entertainment, but oh what a tangled web! Did you know that all this texting, tweeting and selfie-taking are having a major impact on your health? Be it email, Facebook, gaming or Googling, our brains, bodies and bank accounts are paying the price for the digital demand. This session will talk about how technology changes our relationships, our thoughts and our behaviors and how we can make sure it is for the good. We will review the basics of staying safe online, and recognize the importance of staying well online…because there’s no app for that.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Haubrich

Ariel Haubrich

Consultant/ Trainer/ Private Practitioner, Knowledge is Power: Consulting & Wellness Services
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 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
1439

12:30pm

Growing Up Professional
A much anticipated and requested resource, the Association is pleased to share this toolkit with members across Alberta. Participants will engage in interactive activities to discover the interconnected roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the field experience component of the preservice teacher preparation program, from cooperating teachers, student teachers, school leaders, students and parents to university personnel, Alberta Education and the Association. Informed by current research and educational trends, this online and print resource is chock full of practical ideas, strategies, templates and useful links to services and information, legal considerations, and more to promote successful professional field experiences for our future teachers and meaningful professional development (leadership) opportunities for cooperating teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Monique Gravel

Monique Gravel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1437

12:30pm

Working With Parents to Support Student Success
The potential consequences of abuse or exposure to violence as a child are also becoming increasingly evident. Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to suffer from biological, social, emotional, and/or cognitive development problems than those who are not. In this session, teachers will learn to recognize the signs of vicarious trauma and receive information on supports available.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Good

Chris Good

Principal at Barrie Wilson, Red Deer Public Schools
Chris has been a school administrator for 17 years across all grade levels. Currently he is the principal of Ecole Barrie Wilson School, a large K-5 school in Red Deer. He is also an Associate Administration Instructor for the Alberta Teachers Association.


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2905

12:30pm

5 Simple Secrets You Don’t Know About Health That Can Help You Start Loving Your Life Again
Remember when you had endless energy and patience? It’s so hard to be the educator you want to be when you’re exhausted or in pain or dealing with (insert your health issue here). Unfortunately, you’ve been misinformed your whole life about what’s healthy and what isn’t. Kristy will be mythbusting common health advice and providing simple and sustainable strategies that will help you not only feel better now, but prevent future problems from happening.

Speakers
KR

Kristy Russ

Kristy Russ is the Maverick Pharmacist Functional Medicine Health Coach with over 2 decades of experience in helping people both improve and preserve their health. She is also certified with Additional Prescribing Authority, Authorization to Administer Injections and Bioidentical... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
MP Theatre-1400

12:30pm

The Dark of Days of July
Mental illness is here, it's here to stay, and it doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care how great your life may look like from the outside, it doesn't matter how much money is in your bank account, what kind of car you drive or how many friends you have. It's real, and it is something we need to deal with. And it is something that is very prevalent in our education system, with not just our students, but our teacher as well.
As someone who has struggled with my own mental well being, It has become an area of conversation that I feel needs to be discussed in our school systems. Not by just our FSWW but by everyone, we need to arm our teachers and students with the skills to help one another when the days become dark. In this session I want to speak firsthand, and tell my story. What my dark days of July looked like, how I felt, and how the voices grew louder inside my head. But more importantly I want to tell the story of how I dug out of the rabbit hole and what it takes on a daily basis for me to live my best life, how I deal with my insecurities, and how I have come to be in a situation and frame of mind to help others around me. During this session I want to create a safe atmosphere that allows the audience to realize they are not alone, and that other ordinary, happy people can struggle mentally. And hoping that then my experience may aid them in their search for a stronger mental state and in turn a happier and healthier life.


Speakers
BG

Brett Gardiner

Like many announcers before him, Gardiners' Rodeo career began in the arena as a contestant. While competing in both the Roughstock and Timed Events, he gained an insight and love for the sport of Rodeo. It is that love for the sport and appreciation for the contestants that he tries... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1600

12:30pm

UNSOCIAL MEDIA; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety
Canada's social media expert and award winning speaker and author, Wade Sorochan, provides an informative and humorous presentation on the rise of Social Media Addiction causing an anxiety inducing fixation for "LIKES," FOLLOWERS" and "COMMENTS." Studies now show that social media can make you feel sad, anxious and depressed; social media is training us to compare our lives to others instead of appreciating our own lives. Addiction to social media is equated to an addiction to heroin. Wade believes social media is one of the biggest threats to mental health today. Young people today are experiencing higher levels of anxiety than ever before. Wade shares the latest information on the effects of social media on mental health with expert tips on how to recognize symptoms before it turns into an addiction and causes mental health issues. Based on the groundbreaking book.

Speakers
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. As a mental illness survivor, Wade is a sought after motivational speaker bringing awareness to those areas in life that can cause serious mental health issues. Wade... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2501

12:30pm

Childhood Trauma & The Healing Power of Connection
In Canada 1 in 3 of children are impacted by trauma, while caregivers (including educators) have extremely limited resources as how to identify and help these children heal when they have impacted by adverse experiences. Children affected by trauma can present significant challenges, and often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them. During this session educators will explore the impact of trauma on neurological development, and how it can uniquely present in the classroom. Select, key strategies will be presented to support children and teens following experiences of trauma, including the importance of attachment, connection, and the power of story telling in shifting the adverse impact of trauma on children's development.

Speakers
TS

Tammy Schamuhn

Institute of Child Psychology
I am a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, Speaker, and Educator. I am the Co-Founder of the Institute of Child Psychology and Founder and Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres, based out of Leduc and Edmonton.I have been working in private practice... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2601

12:30pm

Stress is a Habit - Let's Make it a Good One
Teaching is stressful, but it can be less stressful. Join Stress Reduction Coach, Victoria Smith, as she shares five tangible strategies to help you stress less in both the classroom and at home. Want to better enjoy your teaching career? Victoria will help give you tools and strategies to reduce daily stress, and in turn these are strategies that you can teach your students to help them manage their own rising stress levels.

Speakers
VS

Victoria Smith

Having contracted shingles twice before the age of 30, Victoria Smith realized that she had a terrible relationship to stress and burnout. Victoria underwent her own journey to re-calibrate her relationship to stress, and years on, she is the founder of Stress Less Ladies. Victoria... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2600

12:30pm

Mini canvases mixed media
Limited Capacity filling up

Explore the world of both two- and three-dimensional media such as pencil, colored pencil, acrylic paint and textiles 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 please pay to the following email transfer: christina.dixon@cssd.ab.ca

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2402

12:30pm

Safe Spaces & Healthy Boundaries
Creating safe spaces for LGBTQ2S+ students and staff presents specific challenges. However, setting healthy boundaries around those spaces can be the largest challenge. We will discuss strategies and best practices to ensure that you are creating the most effective safe space you can for GSA/QSAs and LGBTQ2S+ students and staff in your school. Everything from set up of physical space, language use, curricular content, and navigating the legislative changes around Bill 8 and parental contact.Further, we will explore how to ensure you are setting healthy boundaries around that safe space to protect yourself and others. Dealing with compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, self care, and the code of conduct can be difficult to navigate when dealing with high emotion and the needs of at risk students. Come share in the discussion, questions, and safe and healthy space

Speakers
RL

Rin Lawarence

Rin (Mandy) Lawrence is a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools. Rin has been a teacher for five years within two Alberta school districts, and has partaken in school community GSAs since beginning their teaching career in 2013. Rin sits on the Edmonton Public Schools Local 37 Diversity... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GWH 173

12:30pm

Benefits of Smashball and Tripleball
The session will share resources in hand, digital and live demonstrations assisting elementary and middle school teachers to bolster physical literacy in their PE programs using the premade lesson plans that you can take back to school on Monday and implement K-9! Volleyball Canada is sending a representative as we are piloting the NEW App!!!

I am a 23-year PE teacher with expertise in the world of coaching volleyball, for 33 years. I am also on the Volleyball Alberta Executive as the chair to direct Provincial Athlete Development. I am also the President of the Central Alberta Queens Volleyball Club where I coordinate 14 female teams from U13-U18 here in Central Alberta. I also will be coaching 2 teams this season 2019-20[U16 and U18]. The last part of my experience is that I am also a certified N.C.C.P. Coaching Development and Elevator for all levels.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson

I am a 23-year PE teacher with expertise in the world of coaching volleyball, for 33 years. I am also on the Volleyball Alberta Executive as the chair to direct Provincial Athlete Development. I am also the President of the Central Alberta Queens Volleyball Club where I co-ordinate... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1002 (Main Gym)

12:30pm

Hands-On Puppet Workshop for Teacher Self-Care and Mental Wellness
Spend a few hours creating your own beautiful self-portrait mask body puppet, using paint, ephemera and other taught techniques. Find your voice and share your story as you choose. The process of making art offers a uniquely creative and symbolic means for self-exploration, celebration and affirmation. Based on WP Puppet Theatre’s award-winning VIEW from the Inside, the program has resonated with youth and adults promoting positive mental health and wellness. Led by VIEW facilitators who are accredited art therapist and artists. This workshop can be just for teachers own self-care or inform programs for students.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Passmore-Godfrey

Wendy Passmore-Godfrey

Artistic Director, W.P. Puppet Theatre Society
Wendy Passmore –Godfrey, BFA , shares her passion and experience in the art of puppetry, through innovative and explorative projects to enhance the artistic, educational and life experiences of young people. She founded WP Puppet Theatre Society (WPTS) in 1991, and continues as... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2205

2:15pm

Dare to Lead #daringclassrooms
Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program. #daringclassrooms is derived from the Dare to Lead curriculum.Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly lists.The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armoured leadership to daring leadership.Teachers are some of our most important leaders.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

Owner, Courageous Leadership
Kimberly Knull is a former teacher, registered psychologist, motivational speaker and trained by Brené Brown as a Dare to Lead™ and Daring Way™ facilitator. She’s the owner of Courageous Leadership, co-founder of Momentum Walk-In Counselling Society, recognized as one of Avenue... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
GWH 208

2:15pm

Foam rolling/mobility training
Char has been the Health & Wellness Coordinator for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools for the past 9 years. She has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She is certified in AFLCA group exercise, resistance training, spin, portable equipment and step. She has other certifications in Stott Pilates mat and reformer, TRX, Agatsu Kettlebell, Ever Active Kids, Zumba and Physical Yoga 1. She has been a conditioning coach for a number of sports teams in our community and has coached over 100 men and women in triathlon training. She brings humour and passion to every class she teaches. She cares deeply for her participants and challenges them to take charge of their own health. She is on a mission to educate people about the importance of total body wellness. Char strongly believes that active living, proper nutrition and positive mental health are 3 pillars people can focus on to achieve a sense of balance in their lives. PLEASE BRING YOUR FOAM ROLLERS AND A YOGA MAT TO THIS SESSION!

Speakers
avatar for Char Andrew

Char Andrew

Char has been the Health & Wellness Coordinator for Red Deer Catholic regional Schools for the past 9 years. She has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She is certified in AFLCA group exercise, resistance training, spin, portable equipment and step. She has other certifications... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
AC 148-Studio C

2:15pm

Heart-based Meditation in a Classroom Setting
Learn the heart-based meditation technique, the science behind it and ways to implement it in your classroom as well as your daily life.Meditation is possibly the most difficult skill to learn and even harder to teach. Thanks to intensive, ongoing studies of the heart and the way it communicates with the brain, heart-based meditation is one of the easiest to learn and most rewarding forms of meditation. Used by police officers, soldiers returning home, trauma victims, executives and more, heart-based meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety by over 50% with in three minutes. In this session you will learn the technique, the science behind it, ways you can easily implement it in your classroom and even see some technology you can use to fine tune those skills. With the growing numbers of child anxiety, stress and depression, the skill of meditation is more important than ever.The number of children with anxiety issues, depression and stress are higher than ever and with classroom sizes increasing it can be very difficult to help children (and yourself) cope with these issues. Heart-based meditation is easy to learn, easy to teach and proven effective in classroom settings. You can use this meditation to not only help reduce stress with your children, but with yourself as well. With an entire institute devoted to developing the meditation, technology to aid in the learning process and an online support community, this meditation is a perfect addition to the classroom.

Speakers
MB

Matt Boisvert

Matt has been working with children of all ages for the last 15 years from daycare, to Boy's & Girl's Club, Aunt's & Uncle's at Large to the City of Edmonton. He has trained in many forms of meditation but finds Heart-based meditation the most applicable for our modern classroom settings... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
MP Theatre-1400

2:15pm

Pension vs Transfer
More and more teachers are wanting to get financial advice on the merits of commuting their pensions. Statistics show that roughly 1 in 10 ATRF members take their Termination Benefits rather than a Pension. This session will cover the pros and cons of making such a decision.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Musselman

Bill Musselman

Oxley Metzger and Associates have over 25 years of working with Central Alberta Teachers and their financial planning. Our practice is all about looking at your goals and providing solutions for your money and your life. Bill Musselman and Ryan Metzger have over 40 years with IG Wealth... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
GWH 162

2:15pm

5 Strategies to Immediate Reduce Your Stress
Teaching is stressful, but it can be less stressful. Join Stress Reduction Coach, Victoria Smith, as she shares five tangible strategies to help you stress less in both the classroom and at home. Want to better enjoy your teaching career? Victoria will help give you tools and strategies to reduce daily stress, and in turn these are strategies that you can teach your students to help them manage their own rising stress levels.

Speakers
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Victoria Smith

Having contracted shingles twice before the age of 30, Victoria Smith realized that she had a terrible relationship to stress and burnout. Victoria underwent her own journey to re-calibrate her relationship to stress, and years on, she is the founder of Stress Less Ladies. Victoria... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2600

2:15pm

Name That Voice
One of the most powerful tools you have to navigate through everyday life is your voice. It is your communication centre and communicates both verbally and non-verbally from many different aspects of who you are: Tone of voice is related to the voice of your emotions. Emotion colours everything. Your body has a voice you use every day. Your mind has a voice. And your soul has a voice. In this session we will explore understanding tone of voice and how it shows up in communication. We will experience how the voice of the body stimulates the natural healing response; explore the critical voice of the mind the learning tool it is designed for; and we will explore how to listen to the soul’s voice.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Carne

Sharon Carne

Director of Training and Program Development, Sound Wellness Institute
Sharon Carne, BMus, M.F.A., Director of Training and Development for the Sound Wellness Institute, is an author, international speaker, sound therapist, publisher, musician and recording artist. From 1988 to 2016, Sharon was a faculty member of The Conservatory, Mount Royal University... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2901 A

2:15pm

Painting Skies in Watercolour
Limited Capacity filling up

Create beautiful skies 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 watercolour techniques, watercolor paint qualities, 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 please pay to the following email transfer: christina.dixon@cssd.ab.ca

Speakers
avatar for Christina Dixon

Christina Dixon

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 →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2402

2:15pm

Pulses: from Farm to Table!
Did you know that pulses are dry peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas and we grow them right here in Alberta? Come to this interactive session and discover more about the pulse industry in Alberta, how to prepare pulses and get some ideas to help you incorporate pulses into your class curriculum. You'll get some great resources to take home with you at the end of the session. Get your taste buds ready to try some samples showcasing the great taste and versatility of pulses!

Speakers
avatar for Debra McLennan

Debra McLennan

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


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2401

2:15pm

The Impact of One Decision
Decisions, we make them every day. But what happens when someone else's decision affects your life? Amanda had heard all the excuses. In 2004, she was working as a police officer in Alberta. She was used to seeing the fall out of others decisions (like impaired driving) but she was completely unprepared for the night when someone else's decision would change her life. Never once did she think she would become a victim of impaired driving. This presentation includes Amanda's full story about what happened that fateful night as well as information on the cost of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, the problem of enabling, how to recognize if someone is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, the employer/employee/student relationship regarding marijuana in the workplace/school, medical marijuana and the rules surrounding it, legislation examples, how a criminal code charge could change an employee’s life, insurance liability and a hands on demonstration with the Fatal Vision alcohol and marijuana simulation goggles. Come to this presentation to gain a wealth of knowledge, learn a story you will never forget and see if you can walk the line!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Oling

Amanda Oling

Keynote Speaker and President of company, Northern Spirit Productions Inc
Amanda Oling spent 15 years working as a police officer in Alberta. In 2014, after being diagnosed with PTSD, she decided to leave the enforcement world behind and become a motivational and impaired driving prevention speaker. In 3 years, she went from being an unknown speaker to... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
GWH 173

2:15pm

Indoor Recess Emergency Kit
Scenario: You live in a world where it is -35, the gym is booked, and it is day 13 of indoor recess. The kids are losing their wits. You lost yours three days ago. This session is here to save you. We will build an emergency kit for indoor recess. It will cost you no money. We will play games in this session and have some fun. Be ready for fun.

Speakers
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Vincent Mireau

Teacher/Psychologist
I am a Psychologist who has changed directions after a decade of teaching. I am the Past President of the ATA Council of School Counsellors, a football coach, Franco-Albertan and a woodworker. I am totally fluent in French and English. I love presenting workshops at teachers conventions... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1503