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Thursday, February 20
 

9:00am

Winter is a Time for Stories
Storytelling.Learning Through Story: Bridging Literacy for All Students.When the snow covers the ground it is a time for stories. Why is it important to tell stories while the snow is on the ground? Learn about all the ways we can tell stories. Think about how you can bring the power of storytelling into your classroom. Join in this session as we learn about traditional oral storytelling, exploring the use of Indigenous literature in elementary and secondary, stories of resilience, and information that supports foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Campiou

Phillip Campiou

Knowledge Keeper, Grassland Tipi
Phillip Campiou is a Traditional Woodland Cree who is originally from Driftpile First Nation, Alberta. He now resides in the Enoch area. As a young man, his father taught Phillip how to be self-sufficient and live off the land. Inherent in these teachings was an unwavering respect... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
AC 148-Studio C

9:00am

Writing 101
Maybe you’re teaching Language Arts for the first time. Maybe you’ve taught it for a while, but feel a need to strengthen the writing component. Or maybe you don’t even teach L.A., but want to support students with their writing in your subject area. Whatever the case may be, this session will help by focusing on the basics of writing instruction. We’ll look at some of the significant challenges and lay out fundamental principles that will help you and your students succeed. You’ll leave with a solid foundation for an effective writing program along with some specific ideas you can implement immediately.

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 →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
2600

9:00am

Congo for the Taking… (Part 1) Leopold’s Congo Free State to ‘Independence’
This session examines the history of Congo as a case study of Imperialism… from Leopold’s Congo to ‘Independence’. It focuses on the roles of foreign actors, including Canada, and their motives. Were they truly motivated by the enlightened Idealism they professed or the dark Realism described by Joseph Conrad, “The conquest of the earth is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much”?  This session quotes from "Heart of Darkness" to illustrate the continuity of Realism in Imperial policy from Leopold's Congo to ‘Independence’ and challenges many of our most cherished historical myths.  For a free paperback of Conrad’s novella and other references click https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t002GqSLqS8W06POxG-Fky16GfBnMlQCgQFIhqDULn0/edit

Speakers
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Greg Hunter

Teacher, EPSB
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias. “What I particularly enjoyed was that this session not... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
GWH 173

10:45am

Writing that Stirs the Heart
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use creative writing in two important ways. First, as an introspective, self-care tool to mend, strengthen and restore joy to the writer’s heart. See how words can foster a renewed sense of peace, passion and purpose. Secondly, how to craft stronger writing, tell captivating stories, and communicate powerfully to move the hearts of readers. Writing styles of focus include: free writing, memoir, poetry, and fiction. Participants should come prepared to write alongside presenter and award-winning author and artist Alexis Marie Chute.

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 10:45am - 12:00pm
GWH 167

10:45am

Tales of a Wash-A-Shore
Every one has a story to tell. This session provides teachers with insights on how to provide their students with the tools to develop their creative skills in telling a story. Tom reveals five tips that can spur creative writing for students and teachers.Teachers are given a behind the scene look at how Tom uses his own experiences as a teacher, coach, and administrator to create his stories. Tom lays down the framework of how personal experiences can be shared by the use of one’s imagination. It allows students to discover who they really are and how they fit in the world around them.Creative writing provides an opportunity for teachers to help their students clarify thinking and foster artistic expression while stimulating their imagination. Teachers show students how to explore the functions and values of writing while teaching them how to learn to read and write.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Dirsa

Tom Dirsa

Author, Tom Dirsa
Tom retired with 38 years of experience as a successful classroom teacher, basketball coach, and school administrator. Since his retirement he has authored the Alberta Distance Learning Centre’s "Social Studies Preview/Review " program for grades 7 to 9, was a free-lance writer... Read More →



Thursday February 20, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2401

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

What Could Go Wrong? The Simple Question Your Students Can Build a Story Around
“I don’t know what to write.” Have you ever heard that in your classroom? When it comes to writing, so many students get stuck right at the beginning. This session will show you how to use the simple four-word question that defeats writers’ block every time. You’ll leave with a complete teaching unit that will help you walk your students through the process of writing a story from beginning to end. Not only will it get your students “unstuck”, but it will teach them plot structure at the same time.

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 →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2600

12:30pm

Practical Gamifcation in the Class
This session is designed to give teachers a hands on experience with gamification.The goal is to give you some practical tools to enhance your classroom, as well as have fun during convention.You will be lead through a portion of "Safe Haven" and then you will be able to explore the core components to build your own gamified classroom. We will lay out how we build in assignments, some of the games we used to engage students, and the challenges that we faced in rolling this out.If you have access to technology, this will assist you at the end to explore some of the resource sites available.

Speakers
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Brian Grocholski

Brian and Leland teach in Alix, Alberta. Three years ago they team taught English 9 and Science 9. They introduced the concept of gamification to their class and saw some strong engagement from the students who normally fell by the wayside. Not only did the kids have more fun in class... Read More →


Thursday February 20, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2401

2:15pm

Library and Author-Artist Collaborations
Join award-winning author-artist and education advocate Alexis Marie Chute as she shares her round-up of ideas for teachers and school libraries looking to collaborate with artists and writers in their community. She discusses projects, residencies, exhibitions, tech options, and multi-disciplinary art incubators. This program emphasizes the importance of collaboration and new ways of looking at programming. Participants will have the opportunity ask Chute for her author-artist perspective in regards to library collaboration ideas. Group brainstorming will round out the discussion.

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 2:15pm - 3:30pm
GWH 167

2:15pm

How to Get Your Students Writing
You arrive at school filled with enthusiasm, ready to mold young minds. But then comes LA class. Story writing. “Woe is me!” you lament. “So many of my students hate writing. They just sit and stare at their papers! If only there was a former teacher who is now a writer who could help me.” Good news. There is! In this session, he will share all kinds of ideas that got his students unstuck and helped them develop their understanding of how stories are built. Participants will leave with at least half a dozen ideas for immediate use in their classrooms.

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 →


Thursday February 20, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm
2600
 
Friday, February 21
 

9:00am

Puppet Projects for Young Learners - Developing Expressive Language & Self-Expression Hands on Workshop for Div 1 teachers
The young child spoke for the first time that year when he held onto his puppet. “I am happy and sad” he said. Puppetry is a powerful medium for learning and its strength as an empathetic friend or a conduit for expression is amazing. This workshop shares fun ready to go puppet ideas that are easily adaptable for student’s abilities, available resources and time. With lots of hands on opportunities the workshop will play with the intrigue of shadow puppets with loose parts and a variety of low- and high-tech projection choices. Additionally, we’ll create puppets made simply with folded paper and card. We’ll run through over a dozen other project ideas and show how they link to multiple curricula and STEAM learnings. Supplies/handouts provided.

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 9:00am - 10:15am
2205

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

10:45am

Reading Comprehension Success! Grades 10-12
As teachers we ask, “How can I improve my students’ achievement in reading comprehension?” Students ask, “How can I get better at reading comprehension?” This session describes how to categorize reading comprehension questions into 5 reading skill categories allowing teachers and students to determine which skills require improvement and how to unpack each skill and determine the alignment to curriculum outcomes. Focus will be for grades 10 to 12. This workshop will provide ELA teachers with a pathway of how to increase student achievement on Reading Comprehension Assessments as well as ease the stress and anxiety students often experience when faced with writing these assessments. The types of questions on Reading Comprehension assessments require specific skills. The skills can be categorized into 5 areas: Identify and Interpret Ideas and Details; Interpret Text Organization; Associate Meaning; Make Connections; Evaluate. During this session teachers will unpack each reading comprehension skill and understand the curriculum outcomes, which align to each skill; review assessment questions which are aligned to each skill; understand and practise aligning assessment questions to each skill; and write assessment questions that assess each skill.

Speakers
avatar for Brigitta Goerres

Brigitta Goerres

President, Edu-Best Educational Resources
I have been involved in education for over 30 years. I have had the fortune of starting my career as a classroom teacher with the Elk Island Catholic School District immediately after graduating from the University of Alberta majoring in both English and Social Studies. I continued... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
1328

10:45am

Electrify Learning!
Learn how to hack and electrify learning in your classroom with the Makey Makey! Imagine being able to make your word walls talk, create quick reaction quiz games, turn your stories into interactive adventures and more! Students of all abilities and ages can become innovative designers using everyday classroom objects!

Speakers
avatar for Trisha Roffey

Trisha Roffey

Trish is a teacher and Emerging Technology Consultant for Edmonton Catholic Schools in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with B.Ed, and a Master degree in Educational Technology (MET). In this role, Trish specializes in supporting teachers and students from K-12 to explore makerspace, assistive... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
2503

12:30pm

Me Screen!
Have you heard of a green screen? Well how about a ME screen. In this session you will become the green screen and be able to create amazing digital stories, news reports, music videos, and travel t-shirts!

Speakers
avatar for Trisha Roffey

Trisha Roffey

Trish is a teacher and Emerging Technology Consultant for Edmonton Catholic Schools in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with B.Ed, and a Master degree in Educational Technology (MET). In this role, Trish specializes in supporting teachers and students from K-12 to explore makerspace, assistive... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 1:45pm
2503

12:30pm

Introduction to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This session will introduce teachers to the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples. We will demonstrate ways that UNDRIP can be used in schools as an educational tool, to explore the injustices of our past and present issues and highlight positive movements that are advancing Indigenous rights and truth and reconciliation efforts in Canada.

Speakers
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Chelsa Burke

Education Coordinator, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Chelsea Burke is an Educational Facilitator with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. Chelsea has a degree in education from the University of Alberta with a minor in Social Studies. She is passionate about pursuing social justice and building community through inquiry... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 12:30pm - 3:30pm
2303