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Thursday, February 20
 

10:45am

What does quality thinking look like?
As Alberta educators begin to prepare for the implementation of new curricula, they face many seemingly competing demands: How do we ensure students know “the basics” and develop conceptual understanding, all while nurturing student competency? This session will explore how a focus on quality thinking can address such questions. Participants will examine the key attributes of quality thinking and identify effective and practical strategies to nurture it in all subjects for all students. This session will feature ideas valuable for all teachers and instructional leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Warren Woytuck

Warren Woytuck

The Critical Thinking Consortium
As well as his roles as a facilitator, senior editor and writer, Warren contributes to TC² as a project consultant. He has been a K-12 teacher and elementary principal for more than 20 years. Warren has leadership experience in government and not-for-profit organizations and co-led... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
GWH 177

10:45am

Emotional Intelligence, the Power of Connection
According to the World Economic Forum, Emotional Intelligence (E.I.) will be one of the top ten workplace skills by 2020. This presentation examines the factors that created the conditions leading E.I. to become so crucial in our rapidly changing workplaces. We will look at some background info about E.I. and examine why for many managers, emotional intelligence is more highly valued than I.Q. or technical ability. We will explore why rapidly advancing technological changes will make E.I. skills increasingly important and sought after. Next, we'll be looking at workplace and societal changes that have ushered in the emotional intelligence era and the speaker will unpack and examine one of the most widely used E.I. assessment tools in use today using stories, humour and real world examples. Harvey brings emotional intelligence to life in the real world in an easily understandable and enjoyable manner. The audience will learn applicable techniques to increase their E.I. throughout their daily activities. Harvey enjoys interacting with the audience which enhances the learning tools he teaches.

Speakers
HD

Harvey Deutschendorf

CEO, Harmony House Press
Harvey Deutschendorf is an emotional intelligence expert, speaker and internationally published author of The Other Kind of Smart, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success. He is a regular contributor to FAST COMPANY and writes... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2601

12:30pm

What does quality thinking look like?
As Alberta educators begin to prepare for the implementation of new curricula, they face many seemingly competing demands: How do we ensure students know “the basics” and develop conceptual understanding, all while nurturing student competency? This session will explore how a focus on quality thinking can address such questions. Participants will examine the key attributes of quality thinking and identify effective and practical strategies to nurture it in all subjects for all students. This session will feature ideas valuable for all teachers and instructional leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Warren Woytuck

Warren Woytuck

The Critical Thinking Consortium
As well as his roles as a facilitator, senior editor and writer, Warren contributes to TC² as a project consultant. He has been a K-12 teacher and elementary principal for more than 20 years. Warren has leadership experience in government and not-for-profit organizations and co-led... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
GWH 177

12:30pm

Environmental Sustainability & Stewardship
The importance of environmental sustainability and stewardship has evolved over the past twenty years. Social awareness has ignited an interest and sense of action in the students. Where does a teacher look for accurate and up to date information for students? This session will focus on Alberta curriculum resources and community supports that are in your region of Alberta. Successful lessons, projects and actions will be shared within the session. Become your students mentor and facilitate stewardship and environmental sustainability in your community.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bohnert

Paul Bohnert

Innovation in Education has been Paul\'s passion and focus for the past 15 years. Paul has been engaging university, high school and middle school students for 22 years with his project-based learning approach. He has shared his classroom and educational experiences with more than... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1435

2:15pm

Benefits of Humane Education for Div 3 and 4
Character education with a wagging tale – that’s how you can describe humane education. Humane education is an approach to teaching that inspires kindness to animals, people and the environment – every living thing. Humane education incorporates students’ relationships with other species and the earth we share, thus providing a unique point of reference for reflection on one’s place in the world.The idea that encouraging kindness to animals will result in more kindness to people has been the underlying philosophy of the humane education movement for close to 150 years. It has long been recognized by SPCAs and Humane Societies across the continent, many of which originally had the mandate of protecting both animals and children.Any teacher can easily practice humane education. By using animal welfare examples, stories and lessons within the existing curriculum you can add an extra dimension to your teaching.

Speakers
KF

Karen Fahrlander

After recently retiring from teaching for 36 years, I have embarked upon a journey to share information with teachers regarding humane education. I have gathered lessons and materials from Alberta SPCA, BC SPCA, PETA and other agencies in Canada and the USA. Teachers can enter their... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2205

2:15pm

Student Centered Classroom
Craig will walk you through what it is, the theory behind it, and how you can employ Student Centered Classrooms. It is relatively new concept that has been developed over the last few years, and it's gaining great popularity, particularly among top educational institutions. How do students learn and what's the best teaching methods. We will be reviewing passive and active learning in the classroom so that we can understand that the Student Centered Classroom changes the student's role int he learning process. It is truly designed for collaborative learning, as opposed to be centered upon authority. The differences between the education factory - rows and columns approach whore the teacher led authority vs. the Student Centered Classroom - actively engaged, next generation of today's learners to take a willing role in their own education.

Speakers
CW

Craig Ward

Craig Ward has been an account executive with CDI Spaces for 9 Years and has doing presentations at Schools and School Division in Alberta. He is very knowledgeable and does a very informative presentation.


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2503
 
Friday, February 21
 

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

10:45am

The Highly Sensitive Child
Does this sound like a child you work with: struggles with emotional reactivity, appears to be impacted by sensory issues, broods over failures, takes things personally, deeply impacted by others emotions, easily withdraws if overwhelmed, thinks deeply about things, deeply rich inner life, doesn’t do well with change, highly conscientious, and perceptive?A highly sensitive child [HSC] is one of the fifteen to twenty percent of children born with a nervous system that is highly aware and quick to react to everything. This makes them quick to grasp subtle changes, prefer to reflect deeply before acting, and generally behave conscientiously. They are also easily overwhelmed by high levels of stimulation, sudden changes, and the emotional distress of others (Aron, 2018).In this workshop, educators will learn to better understand these children and ways to help them manage in the home and the classroom.

Speakers
TJ

Tania Johnson

Tania Johnson is a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist and the Co-Founder of the Institute of Child Psychology. The Institute of Child Psychology offers live presentations and webinars , both in Canada and internationally, on issues pertaining to children's mental... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2602

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

Helping Stressed Out Overachievers
The pressure and expectation of near-perfect achievement can be a tremendous challenge for super-students (and teachers). Stress is good and normal, and often our highest achievers need coaching from the adults they trust to manage the weight they so often put on their own shoulders. You will learn 7 strategies to use with your super students.

Speakers
VM

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 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1503

12:30pm

Students with Scars: Understanding Self Injury
The reality of the pain and struggles that many of our students experience is becoming more apparent, and unfortunately the coping strategy of "self-harm" is becoming more common. There is a lot of fear, misunderstanding, myth, judgement and confusion surrounding why and how students self-injure and we are left wondering how best to react (or not?) and support them as they cope. This session will provide some insight into the reasons students self-harm, the various forms this behavior can take, and the best strategies for prevention and support through both their physical and emotional healing.

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 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1439

12:30pm

ADHD AND TEENS
The teen years can be challenging for anybody; a diagnosis of ADHD makes it even more tricky.This workshop focuses on taking the fear out of the diagnosis by empowering you to become the agent of change in a teens life. We will begin with a brief introduction to the neurobiological and environmental roots of ADHD, followed by an exploration of effective classroom-based strategies to help your students thrive.

Speakers
TJ

Tania Johnson

Tania Johnson is a Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist and the Co-Founder of the Institute of Child Psychology. The Institute of Child Psychology offers live presentations and webinars , both in Canada and internationally, on issues pertaining to children's mental... Read More →



Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2602

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

From the Calgary Stampede to the Classroom--The keys to Success of Audience Engagement
There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing you have the complete and undivided attention of your audience. Wether that audience is 25,000 screaming fans at the Calgary Stampede or 25 grade 9 math students. I firmly believe that student engagement is one of the most important aspects of teaching school in 2020 and beyond. There are so many incredible teachers that have mastered their content but may struggle to have their students engaged and in a position to learn on a daily basis. During this sessions I want to provide educators with real life examples of what I have used in the classroom, as well as on some of the biggest stages in the country to captivate audiences of all ages
A few of the key points to be discussed:
-Self assessment within the moment
-Use of humour
-Importance of/ and how to quickly build healthy teacher student relationships-Importance of authenticity and knowing your material
-Proper and productive self evaluation
-Understanding an audience, what they need and when they need it

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 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1600