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Thursday, February 20
 

9:00am

From Grades to Growth: Assessment to Support our Most Vulnerable Students
As time goes on, we find the needs in our schools becoming more complex. All students need school to be a safe place to grow and learn. What are we doing to ensure that our classroom is that safe place? Come to this session to gather ideas on how you can use assessment to help support your most vulnerable students.

Speakers
avatar for AAC Facilitator

AAC Facilitator

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


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2302

9:00am

Our World, Our Communities, Our Classrooms: Embracing diverse perspectives
Our classrooms have become dynamic environments for learning about multiple ways of being in the world. This session will provide some practical tools for understanding and talking about cultural diversity in your classrooms, schools and communities. In 75 minutes we can only begin to touch on cultural diversity and its impact because learning about/embracing diversity is a lifelong process – it is a way of being in the world. Our goals for today are to facilitate what might be a beginning for some of you or continuation for others, some methods of understanding and addressing cultural diversity in your classrooms, schools, communities and lives.

Speakers
PD

Pamela Dos Ramos

Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
Pamela Dos Ramos, M.A. Ph.D., a Human Rights Educator for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre does presentations at schools and creates resources for the Centre. She is a Board Member of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education. She also teaches Culture and Diversity... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2901 A

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

Inclusive Practices for Any Classroom
School communities are celebrating the diversity of students in their spaces and acknowledging the responsibility to be inclusive. This active and interactive session will explore respectful language as a key tenet of building an inclusive school community; games and activities to foster student empathy and students feeling, thinking, and acting on inclusion; and practical strategies for modifying learning climates to accommodate diversity in wellness education and physical activity. Participants will receive new EAS resources designed to support inclusion.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Mahon

Katie Mahon

Projects Coordinator: Equity, Access and Inclusion, 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 →



Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
1600

10:45am

Talking with youth in conflict
Key differences in the psychological worlds of adults and kids often lead to conflict. This session will look at specific skills for listening to young people in ways that build trust and cultivate communication. Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is a therapeutic, verbal strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviours. LSCI provides educators, counselors, youth workers, parents and other caring adults with a roadmap through conflict to desired outcomes, using problems as an opportunity to reach and create positive relationships with youth. The LSCI skills of Drain Off and Timeline de-escalate a young person in crisis and help that young person put language to emotion, leading to insights and long-term behavioral change. More than 80% of classroom problems are caused by 10% of students who challenge and undermine teacher authority. These students are skilled in frustrating adults and pushing the emotional buttons of even the most competent teachers.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Reid

Robert Reid

Principal, Lacombe Outreach School
Rob has been an educator for the past 28 years. He has his degree from Simon Fraser University and has a Masters from Gonzaga University. He started his career in British Columbia working with at risk youth in both the traditional and alternative education setting. In Alberta, Rob... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
1435

12:30pm

Tools to help you Plan for the Inclusive Classroom
Using tools from the UBC Education Summer Symposium with Shelley Moore Jennifer has restructured many documents into google documents that are user friendly and easy to use. Working through each document to help teachers further understand these useful documents and how to utilize them in a classroom with ever changing needs.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Lacourse

Jennifer Lacourse

Teacher with Red Deer Public Schools with many years experience working and advocating for inclusion of students with disabilities. Jennifer has been working with children and adults with disabilities most of her adult life having had developed a passion for this area when she was... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
1503

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

2:15pm

Trauma Sensitive Classrooms
Trauma in the classroom; how can we respond to it? A trauma sensitive school is one in which all students feel safe, welcomed and supported. This session will help provide an understanding about the impact of traumatic experiences on students and their classroom behaviors. We will speak about strategies and approaches that can be used to mitigate this impact with the hopes of improving educational outcomes.

Speakers
MJ

Mark Jones

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2501

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

2:15pm

Working Collaboratively with your EA to support Inclusive PE
Teachers and educational assistants are often paired up in classrooms to implement inclusive practices and establish an environment where all students will be successful in learning.However, these practitioners are not often trained to work with each other and have different skill sets, knowledge, and experiences, in which they bring to the inclusive physical education environment. This session will: (a) discuss ways teachers and educational assistants different can collaborate in physical education, (b) unpack the different roles and responsibilities of these practitioners for inclusion, and (c) share a practical guide to implement in diverse school contexts to assist teachers and educational assistant collaboration.

Speakers
HM

Hayley Morrison

Hayley is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. She researches and teaches how to create inclusive environments and provide meaningful movement experiences for students with disabilities in physical education. Hayley is an advocate for movement... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1600
 
Friday, February 21
 

9:00am

Let’s Talk About Identity, Power and Privilege
Understanding race, racism, privilege and oppression requires concerted effort toward uncovering the daily hierarchies and power structures that surround our complex identities. For educators, promoting social justice is central to our daily work with students. Addressing specific issues, such as privilege, is difficult and uncomfortable for most people, for a variety of reasons. This workshop will help teachers explore these issues and provide them with ideas for student exercises and activities.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

Early Learning Lead Teacher, Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division
I currently work at St. Gregory the Great in Blackfalds as an Inclusion  Teacher for grades three to five primarily. I have worked at Red Deer Catholic for 7 years now including two years at central office as the Early Learning Lead Teacher supporting pre-kindergarten to grade 1... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2905

9:00am

Making Sense of Child-Brain Development: Interpersonal Neurobiology Made Easy
Did you know that at birth, the brain is one of our most under-developed organs? By the time a child is 5, the brain will be 90% developed. Development continues to occur rapidly throughout the childhood years, with new neural connections developing as a child grows, experiences, and interacts with his or her world.Children who have experienced optimal environments tend to have a greater ability to make decisions, exhibit greater physical and emotional control, have a fuller self-understanding, engage in stronger relationships, and are able to excel in new and challenging experiences. Join Tania Johnson for this 75 minute presentation which is packed full of strategies on how to make sense of, and nurture, optimal childhood brain development.

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 9:00am - 10:15am
2602

9:00am

PRISM—Professionals Respecting Individual Sexual and Gender Minorities
This workshop will help school staff understand legislation and educational policy and will discuss how to support sexual and gender minority students and staff.

Speakers

Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2503

9:00am

An Educator's Role in Preventing Discrimination and Radicalization that can Lead to Violence
Educator's have an important role to play in the prevention of discrimination and radicalization that can lead to violence; yet this is often a challenging point of engagement with your students. This session will help educator's identify, understand and prevent these behaviors and exchanges. Using information provided by WIC, CCUNESCO and CPRLV, this session will leave you better equipped to take on these conversations in your classrooms. You will leave with access to activities and tools for engaging your students in guided conversations about embracing a welcoming diverse and inclusive environment.

Speakers
DA

Deirdre Ashenhurst

Deirdre has been a member of Red Deer's Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Network (WIC) for three years and one of the two Co-Chairs for 2019. In the spring of 2019 she will be completing her Masters in Leadership and Sustainable Community Development. Deirdre has completed many... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2901 B

9:00am

15 Games to Address Challenging Needs
This session is practical and active: We will work through 15 games and identify the skills each one teaches. Social and active play is critical for a child's development, and play has the potential to address many of the difficulties in a child's life. You can facilitate simple games to address students' social and emotional developmental needs (that range from the need for social participation skills to self-regulation assets). Many students still need to be taught how to play. Let's do that together! These games require no purchases and are easy to replicate using stuff you probably have lying around your classroom. Each game can be modified for children aged K-12 (yes, even grade 12s) depending on their unique needs. (Plus, these are all useful for indoor recess.)

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 9:00am - 10:15am
1503

10:45am

When Students Get in Trouble—Alternatives to Consider
When students misbehave, numerous people are affected and involved. This workshop will look at the factors that may be behind the behaviour, choices school staff have when responding, and ways to restore relationships and provide restitution. Topics covered will also include the value of positive culture, conscious connection and accountability.

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 10:45am - 12:00pm
2501

10:45am

Integrating Creativity and Ingenuity into Teaching
Students who can think in creative contexts will be well prepared to meet the challenges of the future. Participants in this interactive workshop will tap into their own creative sensibilities to reflect on creativity as a concept, engage in the personal creative process, and develop strategies to engage students in a creative teaching and learning environment across the developmental spectrum.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Gallant

Shannon Gallant

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2905

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

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

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

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

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)

2:15pm

Self-Directed Education: Relationships Rule
Self-Directed Education: Relationships Rule.This session will provide an overview of self-directed education.

Speakers
JA

Judy Arnell

Judy Arnall, DTM, BA, CCFE, is a certified child development specialist, keynote speaker, and master of non-punitive parenting and education practices. She is the bestselling author of 5 print books translated into 5 languages.


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1437

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
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 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1503

2:15pm

Inclusive Communities through Global Encounters Centre
Centre for Global Education (CGE) has partnered with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNESCO to create Inclusive Education projects. Aimed at creating supportive and inclusive communities and schools for youth, these partnerships bring together students and educators from across Canada and around the world to learn with and from each other. CGE’s knowledge-to-action model, grounded in project-based, collaborative learning works in the service of creating more inclusive, student-centered learning environments. In this workshop, participants will engage in hands-on learning experiences as they are introduced to the Centre for Global Education’s educational approach, including building background knowledge on a significant global issues and guiding students to understand and propose solutions to local, national, and global issues.

Speakers
SF

Sarah Flynn

Sarah Flynn is the Program Director for the Centre for Global Education. She has a BSc in Molecular Genetics, an MA in Sociology, and is currently completing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Sarah has worked in both biomedical and clinical research with the Department... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
1435