2022 Beginning Teachers Conference has ended

Teachers new to the profession are invited to attend the 2022 Beginning Teachers’ Conference, September 23–24, Fantasyland Hotel, Edmonton. There is no registration fee. Space is limited; apply early.

School principals, school jurisdictions and local associations work together to provide substitute teacher coverage as per the collective agreement to facilitate the attendance of beginning teachers at the conference. Substitute teacher coverage must be organized and approved in advance. Please ensure you meet with your school principal to discuss release time and obtain the appropriate absence code to attend this conference. 

Teachers in charter, federal and private schools must be associate members of the Association to be eligible to attend the Beginning Teachers Conference.

A block of guest rooms have been reserved at the Fantasyland Hotel for conference delegates. Rooms must be booked prior to September 2. Please reference the ATA Beginning Teachers Conference or provide the group code# 5917866 when booking your accommodations.
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Friday, September 23 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Discovering Your Passion (4–12) LIMITED

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This session will explore how students young and old can discover their Ikigai. Ikigai is pronounced (ee-kee-gah-ee) and is a Japanese term that means, a reason for being.

Students will select a topic that they are passionate about and feel they have a talent in. Lots of teacher, peer, parent feedback opportunities will be provided while they research and become experts on their topic. At the end of the project, students will provide a short two to three minute sharing on their area of passion.  This sharing pitch will be given to parents' and peers. Our event was called, The Lions' Cave (think Dragons' Den meets Shark Tank). Parents were referred to as Lions who determined if the student passion pitch was worthy of an investment. Passion pitches are assessed based on student (ie, entrepreneur) knowledge of the passion, following procedures, creativity of pitch, and professionalism.

Past teacher experiences of students identifying their Ikigai will be shared with attendees. The steps to helping students identify their Ikigai and discovering how they can potentially achieve it will be explored. We have created rules to follow (eg, failure is an option and the process of preparing your Ikigai is as important as the final product). A web site for additional information will be provided to the attendees.

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Peter Rehak

Elementary Director & CBE Teacher, ATA Science Council & CBE
ATA Science Executive - Elementary Director & CBE TeacherPeter has been teaching division two and three students in rural and urban locations across Alberta. He started in a small town school teaching grades 4 to 6 in the morning and Junior High in the afternoon. Being flexible and... Read More →

Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Medoc - Conference Room 14