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WELCOME TO THE 2022 BEGINNING TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE!

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
 

7:00am MDT

Registration Opens
Friday September 23, 2022 7:00am - 9:00am MDT
Ballroom Foyer

8:00am MDT

Networking Breakfast/Display Booths
Friday September 23, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Ballroom D/E

9:00am MDT

Conference Kick-Off! Welcome From the President!
Speakers
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Associate Coordinator, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Nancy Luyckfassel is the Associate Coordinator, Professional Development at the Alberta Teachers' Association, where she has worked since 2016. She has been a teacher for over 28 years, starting her career in Rockyview Schools and then returning to her hometown and teaching in Elk... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 9:00am - 9:15am MDT
Ballroom D/E

9:20am MDT

Your Association and You—Things Every Beginning Teacher Should Know (K-12)
This session will discuss questions frequently asked by teachers new to the profession.

Speakers
avatar for Konni deGoeij

Konni deGoeij

Associate Coordinator, Administrator Assistance, Alberta Teachers' Association
Konni deGoeij has worked as school teacher, school-based administrator, teacher educator, researcher, university instructor, and policy advisor in Alberta. She has 35+ years of experience in education that includes 5 schools, 4 towns, courses in grades 4 – 12, and roles as Assistant... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Associate Coordinator, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Nancy Luyckfassel is the Associate Coordinator, Professional Development at the Alberta Teachers' Association, where she has worked since 2016. She has been a teacher for over 28 years, starting her career in Rockyview Schools and then returning to her hometown and teaching in Elk... Read More →
avatar for Elissa Corsi

Elissa Corsi

Executive Staff Officer, Government, ATA
Dr. Elissa Corsi is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Government Services program area. She worked as a teacher and administrator in Alberta schools, both in English and French Immersion, before joining the ATA. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta... Read More →
avatar for Danny Maas

Danny Maas

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Danny Maas is an Executive Staff Officer with The Alberta Teachers' Association in the Professional Development program area. He was previously the Manager of Educational Technology with Edmonton Catholic School Division and has supported teacher professional development for the past... Read More →
avatar for Myra Rybotycki

Myra Rybotycki

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Myra Rybotycki is an Executive Staff Officer with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. In addition to her role in collective bargaining within Teacher Employment Services, Myra acts as the Association’s Pension Expert and delivers pension, retirement and financial wellness education... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 9:20am - 10:00am MDT
Ballroom D/E

10:00am MDT

Break
Friday September 23, 2022 10:00am - 10:15am MDT
Ballroom Foyer

10:15am MDT

Drama Productions: From Zero to Hero—No Experience Required (1–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a first-year teacher who has been, voluntold to put up the school play? Perhaps you're a drama/music teacher looking to build a drama program from the ground up. Regardless, this session is for you. This session will cover the process of choosing a show, planning and preparing a show from start to finish, tech and design, parental involvement and building a culture. This session has been presented at various conventions and PD days, in full day, half day, and one-hour sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Matt White

Matt White

SS and Drama Teacher, Fine Arts Council
Are you a first-year teacher who has been, voluntold to put up the school play? Perhaps you're a drama/music teacher looking to build a drama program from the ground up. Regardless, this session is for you. This session will cover the process of choosing a show, planning and preparing... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Medoc - Conference Room 14

10:15am MDT

Exploring the "Essential 6" in a Mathematics Lesson (1–6)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What are the key elements of any mathematics lesson? We will explore the "Essential 6" to guide your math lesson planning. This is an interactive session to model key math concepts, open-ended questions, cooperative learning strategies, numeracy resources and even fun math games. A comprehensive handout of math considerations and resources will be shared. Prepare to be an awesome mathematics teacher!

Speakers
avatar for Lorelei Boschman

Lorelei Boschman

Chair of Education, Instructor, Mathematics Council
Lorelei is a mathematics and pre-service teacher educator and has taught for over 34 years. Currently she is Chair of Education at Medicine Hat College and facilitates the 4 year B.Ed program through Mount Royal University. Making mathematics achievable for all and building into emerging... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Maderia - Conference Room 7

10:15am MDT

Feedback for Learning in the English Language Arts Classroom (4-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Calling all English teachers hauling piles of marking between home and school! This session is for you. Together, we'll explore ways to focus our feedback on growth so that our students have a clear picture of success. We'll cover tricks to simplify and streamline your assessing process, and discuss using class time and conferences to complement your assessments. Like all ELAC Sessions, you'll leave feeling energized and ready to go, with a long list of book recommendations in hand.

Find the link to Bailey's presentation here!

Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Beginning Teacher Liaison, English Language Arts Council
Bailey supports teachers of English Language Arts from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in her role as Divisional Literacy Coordinator for Prairie Land Public School Division. She is passionate about creativity, technology, and excellent books.


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Bordeaux - Conference Room 9

10:15am MDT

Keepin' It Fresh (7–9)
Limited Capacity seats available

Two friends, colleagues, and teachers with 50 years combined teaching and learning experience, who dove head first into at-home and in-person learning. They have been Keeping It Fresh, especially during these stale times!  Now...a totally refreshed & revamped presentation designed especially for beginning teachers, including: ideas and examples for planning, creating projects, presentations, etc, that can be used in many subject areas, but especially for Social, Math & ELA, with a strong focus on using technology and collaboration to allow students to demonstrate their understanding in unique formats.

Bonus LinkTree of templates will be provided to attendees!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Drury Laffin

Kelly Drury Laffin

Teacher and Coordinator of Assessment & Instructional Design
teacher most of the day. plus coordinator of assessment & instructional design. life-long learner. mom. dreamer. wanderer. t1D advocate. assessment nerd. #MYC2023 #CAfLN
avatar for Vicki Leong

Vicki Leong

Middle Years Council


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Beaujolais - Conference Room 10

10:15am MDT

Littératie médiatique multimodale - Une séquence didactique appliquée (7-9)
Limited Capacity seats available

Lors de nos premières années d'enseignement, nous sommes toujours à la recherche de matériel pédagogique clé  en main. L'objectif de cette présentation est de fournir une séquence didactique complète aux enseignants de français qui répond aux résultats d'apprentissage du programme d'étude. Pas besoin de passer des heures à chercher sur Teachers pay teachers, une fiche dédiée aux enseignants ainsi qu'un cahier de l'élève seront disponibles à  la fin de la présentation.  

Venez découvrir comment intégrer la littératie médiatique à votre classe de langue de manière ludique!

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Sophie Belisle

Anne-Sophie Belisle

Enseignante de français, Conseil français


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Champagne - Conference Room 16

10:15am MDT

Survival Tips for the CTF and CTS Classroom (7–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

If you are a CTF or CTS teacher, then this session is for you! Teaching the complimentary classes can be very different from teaching core academic classes. It brings with it a different set of lesson plans, organizational skills, classroom management skills, assessment, resources and never-ending projects requiring their own sets of tools, equipment and materials, and let's not forget about the health and safety component! Join Susannah, an experienced CTS/CTF teacher to review some basic survival tips and skills to help you get through some of the more challenging days ahead in the CTF and CTS classroom. Come network with new colleagues, learn new strategies and share ideas!

Speakers
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Susannah Killey

Career and Technology Education Council (CTEC)
Susannah Killey (she/her) is passionate Fashion Studies teacher at St. Oscar Romero High School in Edmonton. She has been with the Edmonton Catholic School District for 17 years, 15 years at her current school. Her program has nurtured the careers of fashion designers (Ization Studio... Read More →
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Philip Scott

Career and Technology Education Council



Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Ballroom A

10:15am MDT

Purposeful Play (K–3)
Limited Capacity seats available

PLAY. A simple four letter word for a dynamic concept that carries enormous possibility. As a developmentally appropriate pedagogical approach, play offers magnificent opportunities to bring joy into Early Childhood classrooms. This session is for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 educators who are interested in exploring the physical, social, emotional and educational benefits of play to inspire their learners without using worksheets. Participants can anticipate leaving this session with a smile on their face and strategies to benefit in class and online learning.

Speakers
avatar for Anita Sterne

Anita Sterne

Provincial PD Chair, Early Childhood Education Council
Anita Sterne has a passion for play, adventure and pure joy in early childhood environments! Creating a strong sense of belonging as a gateway to connect culture and strengthen family and community connections is a hallmark of Anita’s practice. The foundation of her work rests on... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Piesporter - Conference Room 5

10:15am MDT

Come and See the Visuals (K–9)
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you heard the suggestion to use visuals but you aren't exactly sure what that means? I will share with you some research behind the power of using visuals, how to do so effectively and see a ton of practical examples. You will leave this session with a better understanding of what 'use visuals' means as well as a wealth of quick and easy examples and ideas. Using visuals is a 'good for all, critical for some' strategy. Come to see what its about!

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Moore

Carmen Moore

CMooreinEducation
Carmen Moore is a passionate researcher, educational leader, learner and team player.  She has most recently been working as an Inclusive Education Coach in Alberta, Canada.  Carmen is a former classroom teacher, school principal and has over twenty-five years of teaching experience... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Chablis - Conference Room 12

10:15am MDT

Improving Teaching and Learning Through Professional Growth Plans (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide teachers with an opportunity to reflect on their understanding of provincial legislation, policy and other requirements related to teacher professional growth; promote awareness of the effective components of a professional growth plan; and share materials and tools that can be accessed to assist in the development of those plans. The session will also address the implications for teacher evaluation and permanent certification.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Grassick

Dan Grassick

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dan Grassick (they/them) is Executive Staff Officer in the Alberta Teachers’ Association Professional Development program area where their main responsibilities include supporting the Association's specialist councils and teachers’ conventions, and working with teacher education... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Ballroom C

10:15am MDT

PE Wellness and Physical Activity Resources for Any Space (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Ever Active Schools and experience a variety of our free and low-cost physical activity resources. We will showcase tools and activities that connect to the new Physical Education and Wellness Curriculum, and can be used in a variety of spaces to achieve various goals for students: developing social and emotional skills, incorporating literacy and numeracy with movement, building leadership and cooperation skills and participating in moderate to vigorous physical acitivity.

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Harding-Kuriger

Jodi Harding-Kuriger

President, Health and Physical Education Council
Jodi - Health and Physical Educator for the joy and love of movement. Happily enjoying a country and grad student lifestyle with my husband, Mike, and our three active children. Dedicated to life long learning through the University of Alberta & HPEC. Looking forward to learning with... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Chianti - Conference Room 6

10:15am MDT

PRISM—Professionals Respecting Individual Sexual and Gender Minorities (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop is designed to help school staff understand legislation and educational policy and discuss how to support sexual and gender minority students and staff in Alberta schools. Participants will explore strategies for creating inclusive schools while also reflecting on their own attitudes, beliefs and dispositions.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Bromley

Nancy Bromley

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Nancy has been an educator for 30 years and her claim to fame is that she has taught every age group from pre kindergarten to pre- service teachers. She now enjoys her role as an assistant principal, and an association instructor for the ATA. Nancy believes that genuine empowerment... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Chivas - Conference Room 4

10:15am MDT

Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

The provincial Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation Policy deals with accountability and continuous professional growth, and ensures that a teacher’s professional practice is under ongoing supervision. The Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation Policy defines the process and the Teaching Quality Standard defines the competencies for professional practice. This workshop reviews with school leaders their critical role and the duties they must perform as outlined in the Education Act, the provincial Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation Policy and the Leadership Quality Standard.

Speakers
avatar for Konni deGoeij

Konni deGoeij

Associate Coordinator, Administrator Assistance, Alberta Teachers' Association
Konni deGoeij has worked as school teacher, school-based administrator, teacher educator, researcher, university instructor, and policy advisor in Alberta. She has 35+ years of experience in education that includes 5 schools, 4 towns, courses in grades 4 – 12, and roles as Assistant... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Thiessen

Tanya Thiessen

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Tanya joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in April 2021. She spent most of her 15-year career with Elk Island Catholic Schools as a high school teacher, school counsellor and administrator. Tanya was fortunate to be able to serve in many communities... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Ballroom B

10:15am MDT

ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ tapwewin: Dismantling Anti-Indigenous Racism (K-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

This introductory workshop will encourage educators to critically reflect on concepts such as systemic racism and assimilation. Historical and contemporary examples of anti-Indigenous racism will be explored, and participants will be challenged to consider their own role in dismantling anti-Indigenous racism. Educators will leave with a foundational understanding of anti-racism with a focus on Indigenous Peoples, and will also be equipped with suggested resources for further learning. Note that portions of this workshop may be difficult for some participants, particularly for Indigenous Peoples and/or those who have experienced racism.

Speakers
avatar for Billie-Jo Grant

Billie-Jo Grant

ATA Indigenous Education Facilitator/Associate Director Métis Education and Lifelong Learning, The Alberta Teachers Association
Billie-Jo Grant is a proud Métis educator with over 20 years of classroom experience teaching K-9 students in both the Public and Catholic school divisions. She was the recipient of a 2017 Indspire National Award in the role model category for Indigenous education and also received... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 10:15am - 11:30am MDT
Cognac - Conference Room 15

11:30am MDT

Lunch
Friday September 23, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

12:30pm MDT

DigCit in the Elementary Classroom (1–6)
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and learn some tips and tricks on how to make digital citizenship a part of your classroom culture! With digital citizenship now being a part of the K-6 Physical Education & Wellness curriculum, we as teachers need to be confident in supporting and guiding students in the development of becoming a good digital citizen as they grow up in a digital world. You will leave this session with strategies & resources to take back to your classroom that you can begin implementing immediately!

One lucky delegate who attends either this session or the EdTech Tools to Foster Student Engagement will be awarded a $250 Cue Robot prize.

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Munsterman

Sydney Munsterman

Educational Technology Consultant, Elk Island Public Schools


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Beaujolais - Conference Room 10

12:30pm MDT

Mathematics—All Are Welcome! All Belong! (1–12)
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you worried about teaching mathematics?  Is fractions a word that gives you nightmares? Are you wanting to see mathematics as a world of beauty and joy?

Come and explore some high leverage activities to support and challenge all learners of your classroom; for all grades and levels!

You will leave with ideas that can easily be implemented the next day and transform your math class into a world of wonder and excitement!

Speakers
avatar for David Martin

David Martin

Bachelor of Education Instructor, Red Deer Polytechnic
Dave Martin has a Master of Mathematics, a Degree in Education, and a love for prime numbers. He has been teaching for 16 years, during which time, he was nominated for Teacher of Excellence in Alberta, has spoken across North America, and has successfully removed most grades in most... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Piesporter - Conference Room 5

12:30pm MDT

Working with Diverse Texts—Challenges and Opportunities (10–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Why teach diverse texts? Many accept the need, but there are so many challenges facing teachers in choosing the right texts for the right class. Questions of authenticity, representation and other controversies, as well as why inclusive texts are so vitally important in education will be discussed with plenty examples of texts.

Speakers
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Bill Howe

English Language Arts Council


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Ballroom A

12:30pm MDT

Infuse Technologies in the Humanities Classroom (4-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

Stumped for how to make using tech in your classroom a meaningful part of your students' learning? Join Bailey as we explore a plethora of activities and inspirations to make tech more than just an engaging tool. Bring your computer, we'll have time to explore and learn together during this interactive session.
Find Bailey's presentation here!

Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Beginning Teacher Liaison, English Language Arts Council
Bailey supports teachers of English Language Arts from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in her role as Divisional Literacy Coordinator for Prairie Land Public School Division. She is passionate about creativity, technology, and excellent books.


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Cognac - Conference Room 15

12:30pm MDT

What Can SLIC Do For You? (4–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

So you landed your first teaching position! Congratulations! But you've just learned that you will be teaching a second language! Ack! Don't fret! Jessie and Stephanie will share all the ways that the Second Languages and Intercultural Council (SLIC) of the ATA can help you to be successful as you begin this exciting new adventure. We will share with you specific information related to SLIC including how to become a member of SLIC and attend our upcoming PD day as well as provide you with some strategies and ideas that you can take into your classroom on Monday morning!

Speakers
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Jessie Krefting

Teacher, Second Languages and Intercultural Council
FSL Educator for grades 5-9 at Copperhaven School in Spruce Grove.


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Chivas - Conference Room 4

12:30pm MDT

Beautiful Chaos - Project Based Learning in Practice (7–9)
Limited Capacity seats available

The real world doesn't exist in silos, so why should we expect students to learn within them? Cross-Curricular Project Based Learning can seem like a daunting endeavor as you begin your practice but now is the best time to try! In this session you will learn about several projects which have been carried out successfully in the junior high setting and receive advice and resources to support your own teaching. Come and learn how to embrace the beautiful chaos of project based learning!

Speakers
avatar for Julie Arsenault

Julie Arsenault

Science Lead Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
After earning both Bachelors' and Masters' degrees in Science from the University of Alberta, Julie entered the Faculty of Education ready to take on a career that would hopefully inspire other young people to explore their love for science. She has been teaching with Edmonton Public... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Ballroom C

12:30pm MDT

L'enseignement de la lecture en immersion (K-3)
Limited Capacity filling up

L'enseignement de la lecture est un phéomène complexe et en immersion nous avons le double défi de le faire dans une langue que nos élèves ne maîtrisent pas encore. Venez apprendre comment structurer votre enseignement pour qu'il soit efficace et stimulant dans un milieu immersif. Dans cet atelier vous aurez l'occasion d'apprendre différentes stratégies basées sur des données probantes pour faciliter l'apprentissage de la lecture chez le jeune apprenant. Des exemples vidéos viendront appuyer comment mettre tout cela en place dans votre salle de classe. Afin de simplifier votre vie, des ressources et des activités que vous pourrez utiliser avec vos élèves dès votre retour en classe vous seront partagées.

Teaching reading is a complex phenomenon and in immersion we have the double challenge of doing it in a language that our students have not mastered yet. Come learn how to structure your teaching so that it is effective and stimulating in an immersion environment. In this workshop, you will learn different strategies based on evidence to facilitate the learning of reading in the young learner. Video examples will support how to implement these strategies in your classroom. Resources and activities that you can use with your students as soon as you return to class will be shared with you to make your life easier.

Speakers
avatar for Elyse Morin

Elyse Morin

Elyse est une enseignante dynamique et créative avec plus de 15 ans d'expérience en immersion française, en enseignement virtuel et comme coach pédagogique. Apprenante passionnée, elle aime être à l’affût des dernières recherches et à l’avant-garde dans l’application... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Champagne - Conference Room 16

12:30pm MDT

Teaching Elementary Music 101: Tips and Tricks of the Trade (K-6)
Limited Capacity seats available

You have dreamed about this for years and now here you are, teaching music! This session looks at teaching ideas for elementary music programs, incorporating instruments and movement along with singing skills. Discussion of assessment ideas and strategies will also be discussed. Time will also be provided for questions and discussion about your music teaching situation.


Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Friesen Wiens

Kimberly Friesen Wiens

Who is Represented in Our Musical Spaces?
Kim Friesen Wiens has taught elementary music in Edmonton, Alberta for over twenty years. Kim is a movement teacher educator for the Orff Levels at the UofA, having taught graduate and undergraduate students since 2014. She is currently working on her PhD in elementary music education... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Medoc - Conference Room 14

12:30pm MDT

Care and Connect—Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Tools and Practices to Support Students (K-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

Now, more than ever, there is a need to look at practices and systems that nurture the social and emotional health of all members of the school community. This workshop was developed to enhance the social-emotional skills of adults within a school environment so that they can more effectively model and teach SEL to their students. Participants will learn and apply practical, powerful strategies to enhance social and emotional competence within themselves and their students.

Speakers
avatar for Terra Kaliszuk

Terra Kaliszuk

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Terra Kaliszuk has worked in the education field for 19 years and has enjoyed a variety of roles during this time. She has worked as a middle school teacher, lead teacher, and instructional coach with Black Gold School Division -- currently, she teaches grades 7-9 and works as a Wellness... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Maderia - Conference Room 7

12:30pm MDT

Indigenous Content in the New Teaching Quality Standard—Moving From Inspiring to Requiring (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

The new Teaching Quality Standard requires all teachers to demonstrate foundational knowledge about First Nations, Metis and Inuit for the benefit of all students. Where should you start!? In this session, you will be introduced to short, interactive activities designed to enhance your understanding of reconciliation, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional Indigenous Education learning journey.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Sheila WIlliams is an Indigenous Education PD facilitator for the Alberta Teachers Association.



Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Bordeaux - Conference Room 9

12:30pm MDT

Mental Health 101 (K-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

Similar to first aid training, this workshop will give teachers the basic information they need to identify and help students who may be experiencing mental health issues. Lessons learned in this workshop are not confined to the classroom however, and the skills acquired will also help teachers understand the feelings their colleagues, and even themselves, may be experiencing at times. Participants will leave with practical strategies and interventions to promote positive mental health.

Speakers
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Kathleen Silverman

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers' Association
A gardener, Kathleen works to cultivate learning in diverse environments. In addition to her work as an Association Instructor, she has researched and written professional resources for teachers as a Project Liaison/Consultant for the ATA. She began teaching at Edmonton Public Schools... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Chablis - Conference Room 12

12:30pm MDT

Physical Education and Wellness 101 (K–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

HPEC brings you an overview of Physical Education & Wellness! Join us for a smorgasbord of activities focusing on meaningful physical education experiences, inclusive practices, and activities that you can use in your classroom right away!

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Harding-Kuriger

Jodi Harding-Kuriger

President, Health and Physical Education Council
Jodi - Health and Physical Educator for the joy and love of movement. Happily enjoying a country and grad student lifestyle with my husband, Mike, and our three active children. Dedicated to life long learning through the University of Alberta & HPEC. Looking forward to learning with... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Chianti - Conference Room 6

12:30pm MDT

When Being Absent is Necessary (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session reviews leave provisions in the collective agreement and how to access these provisions. It also provides information about who to contact for questions and advice and encourages attendees to contribute suggestions for improvements to leaves to their Teacher Welfare Committees (TWCs).

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gibbon

Chris Gibbon

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in August of 2011. Chris holds a BEd degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Chris spent the last 21 years of his 23-year teaching career in rural... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 12:30pm - 1:45pm MDT
Ballroom B

1:45pm MDT

Break
Friday September 23, 2022 1:45pm - 2:00pm MDT
Ballroom Foyer

2:00pm MDT

EdTech Tools to Foster Student Engagement (1–12)
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you looking for new and fun ways to engage your students with technology? Come and learn about some of the tried-and-true EdTech tools used by teachers in their classrooms! In this session we will explore various digital tools that not only foster student engagement, but also give students a platform for innovation and creativity! You will leave this session with strategies & resources to take back to your classroom that you can begin implementing immediately!

One lucky delegate who attends either this session or the DigCit  in the Elementary Classroom session will be awarded a $250 Cue Robot prize.

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Munsterman

Sydney Munsterman

Educational Technology Consultant, Elk Island Public Schools


Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Beaujolais - Conference Room 10

2:00pm MDT

Strategies for Supporting English Language Learners to Improve Reading and Writing (1-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, teachers will receive resources to build a complete reading and writing unit with strategies to reach all the complexities of today's classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Allan

Tracey Allan

Member at Large Edmonon, English as a Second Language Council
Tracey Allan is an ESL/English teacher who has taught both overseas and in Mexico. Tracey is a high school teacher with Edmonton Public at Centre High Campus and has taught in a variety of learning environments. She has a Master’s in Second Language Learning with the University... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Bordeaux - Conference Room 9

2:00pm MDT

Discovering Your Passion (4–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Rehak

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

2:00pm MDT

No textbook? No Problem! (7-9)
Limited Capacity seats available

From concrete to conceptual: This session will focus on using manipulatives, number lines, Notebook, and non permanent surfaces when introducing the concept of "difference" of integers. Expect to deepen your foundational knowledge while you develop a deeper understanding of the progression of learning related to difference.

Speakers
avatar for Carman Portelli

Carman Portelli

CBE Teacher, Mathematics Council
I have been a Math teacher in Calgary for over 20 years after teaching abroad when first graduating. Math and Musicals are my passion - but i promise to try not to break into song at this session!


Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Chivas - Conference Room 4

2:00pm MDT

Assessment and Evaluation—Supporting Student Learning (K-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the assessment indicators in the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard. Key questions that will be considered include the following:
  • How do we plan assessment with the end in mind?
  • How do we support the learner to successfully meet curricular outcomes?
  • How do we ensure the credibility of our judgments? 

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Fletcher

Andrea Fletcher

Association Instructor, The Alberta Teachers Association



Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Maderia - Conference Room 7

2:00pm MDT

Explore, Create, Play (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine your classroom with challenges to solve, opportunities to create and students who are engaged. In this session, participants will have HANDS ON experience with a number of engaging kits to promote interactive learning. Throughout the session, you will have an opportunity to EXPLORE, CREATE and PLAY! Any member can sign out all demonstrated kits and books FREE from the ATA library. Participants should come armed with a mobile device to navigate the Association library and begin requesting materials before they leave the workshop. Every teacher is guaranteed a take-away!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Teacher. Administrator. PD Leader. Chris is an executive staff officer with the Alberta Teachers' Association and passionate about working with teachers and being involved in professional development. Spending most of his teaching career in Southern Alberta, he loved being a middle... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Ballroom C

2:00pm MDT

Ideas for Dealing with Difficult People and Situations (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Hostile conversations with adults in school settings are becoming more commonplace and more intense, and are deemed to be extremely stressful for educators. What can schools do to safeguard the school and effectively communicate with those individuals who have a propensity toward volatility? This presentation gives an overview of the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers and school leaders with an emphasis on the knowledge and skills for effective conflict management and conflict resolution. This session also provides a brief introduction to the Healthy Interactions Program.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gibbon

Chris Gibbon

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in August of 2011. Chris holds a BEd degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Chris spent the last 21 years of his 23-year teaching career in rural... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Glavine

Michelle Glavine

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services (SARO), The Alberta Teachers Association
Michelle joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in 2019. Michelle holds a Labour Relations Certificate and an Advanced Labour Relations Certificate from Queen’s University, a MEd in Educational Leadership from the University... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Piesporter - Conference Room 5

2:00pm MDT

Les approches pédagogiques en immersion française et francophone en milieu minoritaire (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Quelles sont les grandes tendances d'approches pédagogiques actuelles appliquées en Immersion franaise et en francophone en milieu minoritaire à travers le Canada? Cet atelier présente un regard sur la diversité de la clientéle et les douze approches pédagogiques considérées comme efficaces pour soutenir tous les élèves dans les deux contextes éducatifs. L'examen des approches pédagogiques reconnues fournira des pratiques d'appui et des réflexions pour accompagner l'enseignant.e dans la salle de classe de toutes les matières à tous les niveaux scolaires.

Speakers
avatar for Gwendolyn Shone

Gwendolyn Shone

Les pédagogies de l'immersion française : tendances canadiennes (French Immersion Pedagogies)
Gwendolyn Shone is an Edmontonian, Alberta-born educator and an active member of the Francophonie. She values plurality: living in a French language minority context, having three daughters who were educated within the Francophone school system, having an immigrant father, and having... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Champagne - Conference Room 16

2:00pm MDT

Making the Most of a Teaching Life—How to Be Well and Stay Well (K-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will begin by addressing general themes relevant to teacher wellness and will then focus on the most common mental health challenges affecting teachers: stress, anxiety and burnout. The session will include strategies to assist teachers in managing their emotional and psychological well-being in ways that allow them to be successful in educational settings.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Tisdale

Ian Tisdale

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Ian has worked with youth from at-risk environments while serving as the principal of the BRICK Learning Centre in Ponoka, AB. Through a trauma-informed lens, the BRICK creates an environment that holds students accountable while it truly puts students’ need first. He is also passionate... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Chianti - Conference Room 6

2:00pm MDT

Mental Health in the Middle Years (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Peer relationships at school become important during this time, as they can determine the trajectory of a student's future social and academic progress. What can we do to support our students?
  • Value yourself—Treat yourself with kindness and respect and avoid self-criticism.
  • Take care of you body.
  • Surround your self with good people.
  • Give yourself...
  • Learn how to deal with stress
  • Quite your mind
  • Set realistic goals
Find ways to incorporate this into your school day!

Speakers
avatar for Shawna Cunha

Shawna Cunha

Middle Years Council


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

2:00pm MDT

Recognizing and Addressing Anxiety (K-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

School staff are increasingly challenged to support individuals with all levels of anxiety and related behaviours. This workshop will provide information about the most common anxiety disorders, examine how these disorders impact people, and provide participants with strategies to help support those affected cope and manage.

Speakers
avatar for Sherri Greene

Sherri Greene

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Sherri joined the ATA Association Instructor Corps in 2013. After collecting a few university degrees (B.Mus, BEd, MEd), and teaching an array of grades and subjects, she joined Black Gold School Division where she currently has a dream job as a Music Specialist. Sherri is a PD addict... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Ballroom B

2:00pm MDT

Teachers' Safety Net (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Over many years the Association has been able to construct a safety net for teachers and their families. This presentation provides an overview of what teachers have in regard to sick leave and other leaves through the collective agreement, extended disability, life insurance, other benefit plan provisions, as well as pension and death benefits. This is a light-hearted presentation that is intended to be presented to local teachers in order to provide very relevant and necessary information on existing entitlements.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea McLeod

Andrea McLeod

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Andrea joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2021. Andrea holds a BSc in Biological Sciences, a BEd in Secondary Education, and an MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies, all from the University of Calgary. She also holds a Labour Relations Certificate... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Ballroom A

2:00pm MDT

Why Are You Going to Waste Time on Google? (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Google is a time-sucker! In your first years of teaching, you are going to need a lot of resources. Why lose your precious energy with the time-sucker? Instead learn how to use the awesome web guides and other resources available through your ATA Library! You'll save time and a tiny bit of your sanity!  

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Anderson

Sandra Anderson

Librarian, Alberta Teachers' Association
Sandra is a professional librarian who heads the ATA Library. Sandra’s passion is technological innovation and she applies this interest to all aspects of her work. She is an active voice on social media for the ATA Library and has developed web guides for teachers on dozens of... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 2:00pm - 3:15pm MDT
Chablis - Conference Room 12

3:15pm MDT

Break
Friday September 23, 2022 3:15pm - 3:30pm MDT
Ballroom Foyer

3:30pm MDT

Calgary City Meet and Greet
Delegates from Calgary Public Teachers No 38 and Calgary Separate School No 55 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Maderia - Conference Room 7

3:30pm MDT

Calgary District Meet and Greet
Delegates from Canadian Rockies No 59, Christ the Redeemer No 29, Foothills No 16 and
Rocky View No 35 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Ballroom A

3:30pm MDT

Central East Meet and Greet
Delegates from Aspen View No 7, Battle River No 32, Greater St Paul No 25, Lakeland Catholic Separate No 30, Northern Lights No 15 and Park Plains East No 31 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Ballroom B

3:30pm MDT

Central Meet and Greet
Delegates from Black Gold Teachers’ No 8, St Thomas Aquinas Teachers’ No 45, Timberline No 9
Unité locale francophone
 No 24 and Wetaskiwin No 18 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Piesporter - Conference Room 5

3:30pm MDT

Central North Meet and Greet
Delegates from Evergreen No 11, Evergreen Catholic No 44, Northern Gateway No 43, Parkland Teachers’ No 10, Pembina Hills No 22 and Woodland Rivers No 40 and will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Medoc - Conference Room 14

3:30pm MDT

Central South Meet and Greet
Delegates from Chinook’s Edge No 17, Clearview Teachers No 33, Red Deer Catholic No 80, Red Deer City No 60 and Wolf Creek No 3 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Chablis - Conference Room 12

3:30pm MDT

Edmonton District Meet and Greet
Delegates from Elk Island No 28, Elk Island Catholic Teachers No 21, Greater St Albert Catholic No 23
St Albert Public Teachers No 73 
and Sturgeon No 27 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Beaujolais - Conference Room 10

3:30pm MDT

Edmonton McMurray Meet and Greet
Delegates from Chinook’s Edge No 17, Clearview Teachers No 33, Red Deer Catholic No 80, Red Deer City No 60 and Wolf Creek No 3 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Chianti - Conference Room 6

3:30pm MDT

North West Meet and Greet
Delegates from Fort Vermilion No 77, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Teachers No 42, Greater Peace No 13, High Prairie No 62, Northern Spirit No 6, Northland No 69 and Trumpeter No 26 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President.

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Bordeaux - Conference Room 9

3:30pm MDT

South East Meet and Greet
Delegates from Grasslands No 34, Medicine Hat No 1, Medicine Hat Catholic Teachers No 39, 
Prairieland No 36, Prairie Rose No 2
and Three Drums of Wheat No 20 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Ballroom C

3:30pm MDT

South West Meet and Greet
Delegates from Holy Spirit Catholic No 5, Horizon No 4, Lethbridge Public School No 41, Livingstone Range No 14, Palliser No 19 and Westwind No 12 will have the opportunity to meet their District Representative and Local President (if available).

Friday September 23, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Chivas - Conference Room 4

4:00pm MDT

ASEBP Benefits Drop In Q & A Session
Staff will be available to answer delegate questions on ASEBP Benefits Drop in and out of as many rooms as you like.

Speakers
avatar for James Gerun

James Gerun

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers' Association
James joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in 2017. After completing his BEd degree at the University of Alberta, he taught high school Social Studies in Edmonton for more than 25 years. James also holds a Labour Relations... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

Ask Me Anything Q & A Drop-In Session
Do you have a question that doesn’t fall into one of the Q & A categories? Please visit this session and we will do our best to assist!

Speakers

Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

ATA Library Drop In Q & A Session
Staff will be available in to answer questions on a variety of topics related to the library. Drop in and out of as many rooms as you like.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Anderson

Sandra Anderson

Librarian, Alberta Teachers' Association
Sandra is a professional librarian who heads the ATA Library. Sandra’s passion is technological innovation and she applies this interest to all aspects of her work. She is an active voice on social media for the ATA Library and has developed web guides for teachers on dozens of... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

E-Liability Q & A Drop In Session
Staff will be available to answer questions on E-Liability. Drop in and out of as many rooms as you like.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gibbon

Chris Gibbon

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in August of 2011. Chris holds a BEd degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Chris spent the last 21 years of his 23-year teaching career in rural... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

Employment Contracts Drop In Q & A Session
Staff will be available to answer delegate questions on Employment Contracts. Drop in and out of as many
rooms as you like.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Glavine

Michelle Glavine

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services (SARO), The Alberta Teachers Association
Michelle joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in 2019. Michelle holds a Labour Relations Certificate and an Advanced Labour Relations Certificate from Queen’s University, a MEd in Educational Leadership from the University... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

Financial Wellness Drop-In Q&A Session
Are you living your financial best life? Do you have all the knowledge and tools you need to save for the future, cope with an emergency, get yourself out of debt, and protect your family from the worst things life can throw at you?

Or maybe, just maybe, could you use a place to start? A place to ask the questions and get real answers. Come and talk with your ATA Voluntary Benefits experts – we’re here to help you set up your financial wellness and get a head start on saving for your future.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Walton

Elizabeth Walton

Design & Communications Specialist, Capital Estate Planning
Elizabeth runs the communications and marketing for the ATA Voluntary Benefits Program.  This includes designing and developing all the communication materials for the program, helping teachers and their families to understand the options available to them – like the ATA Group... Read More →
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Rick Harcourt

Professional Financial Advisor, Capital Estate Planning


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

Inclusive/Indigenous Education Drop In Q & A Session
Staff will be available in breakout rooms to answer questions on Inclusive/Indigenous Education. Drop in and out of as many rooms as you like.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea McLeod

Andrea McLeod

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Andrea joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2021. Andrea holds a BSc in Biological Sciences, a BEd in Secondary Education, and an MEd in Interdisciplinary Studies, all from the University of Calgary. She also holds a Labour Relations Certificate... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

Séance de questions et réponses – Services en français
Staff will be available to answer questions on French services. Drop in and out of as many rooms as you like.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Thiessen

Tanya Thiessen

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Tanya joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in April 2021. She spent most of her 15-year career with Elk Island Catholic Schools as a high school teacher, school counsellor and administrator. Tanya was fortunate to be able to serve in many communities... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

Teacher Qualification Services Drop In Q & A Session
Staff will be available to answer questions on Teacher Qualification Services. Drop in and out of as many rooms as you like.

Speakers
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Susan Wilson

Teacher Qualifications Service Manager, The Alberta Teachers Association


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

Working with Educational Assistants Drop In Q & A Session
Staff will be available to answer delegate questions on Working with Educational Assistants. Drop in and out of as many rooms as you like.

Speakers
avatar for Konni deGoeij

Konni deGoeij

Associate Coordinator, Administrator Assistance, Alberta Teachers' Association
Konni deGoeij has worked as school teacher, school-based administrator, teacher educator, researcher, university instructor, and policy advisor in Alberta. She has 35+ years of experience in education that includes 5 schools, 4 towns, courses in grades 4 – 12, and roles as Assistant... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E

4:00pm MDT

Social and Fabulous Prizes
Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:45pm MDT
Ballroom D/E
 
Saturday, September 24
 

8:00am MDT

Networking Breakfast/Display Booths
Saturday September 24, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
Ballroom D/E

9:00am MDT

Wait...What? I Have to Teach Grades 1-3 MATH! (1-3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Does the idea of teaching Math to Grade 1-3 students scare you? It shouldn't! This session will dig into some of the big beginning concepts in Mathematics: Foundational Understandings, Equality and Additive Thinking. We will answer the following questions: How do I know if my students understand those core concepts? What do I do if they are missing pieces? How can I move all students forward in their learning? What high leverage strategies, models and manipulatives can I use with my students? 

Presentation

Speakers
avatar for Sandi Berg

Sandi Berg

Mathematics Council
I am a math FANatic who loves helping people find their math brain! I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to learn math to high levels and love to explore mathematical ideas and share resources with others.


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Piesporter - Conference Room 5

9:00am MDT

Big Ideas of Reading 4 to 6 (4-6)
Limited Capacity seats available

Students who Struggle with Reading in Middle School (Grade 4 to 6)

Students with disabilities tend to have difficulty in several areas of reading. Research has shown that students struggle with the foundation of text or letter sounds, while others struggle with their fluency skills or their reading comprehension skills. Students who struggle with reading will tend to fall further and further behind unless we focus on basic reading skills. I will present on comprehension (silent), word identification (oral), vocabulary (silent), fluency (oral), reading (oral), spelling and writing In the presentation, I will explain each reading component area, along with skills and strategies that will benefit students who struggle with reading. Educators who have a strong understanding of the essential areas of reading, in addition to utilizing research-based reading strategies, will help improve reading skills for students with disabilities.

Speakers
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Carrie Forster

English Language Arts Council


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Beaujolais - Conference Room 10

9:00am MDT

Tips for Math (7-8)
Limited Capacity filling up

Congratulations! You're teaching grade 7 and 8 math! Now how to keep the learning continuing all year long? Come learn some games, useful websites, manipulatives for concrete learning and cumulative review ideas. Resources available in both English and French. Session in English.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin McKeever

Kristin McKeever

Conseil français
Kristin is a grade 7-9 French Immersion teacher in Spruce Grove at École Broxton Park School.  Over her career she has taught grades 2-9 in a French Immersion setting.  Kristin has always had a passion for Math and is super excited to teach math 7-9 as the school math specialist... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Champagne - Conference Room 16

9:00am MDT

Leading Your Music Program with Finesse (7-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Congratulations on having your own music program! There are many facets to running a successful music program while also ensuring your own personal well-being is healthy as well. This session will present many tips and tricks on running a successful program while also taking care of yourself and doing it with finesse!  Many of the ideas presented will be centric to an instrumental music program but the principles can be applied to general music, elementary music, and choral programs.

Speakers
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Samuel Yamamoto

Fine Arts Council


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Medoc - Conference Room 14

9:00am MDT

Reading Strategies That Work for Secondary Students (7-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

You are a few weeks in, and you realize that you have a wide variety of reading levels in your classroom. How can you work to build student literacy without having to make 30 different lesson plans? This session will give you practical, classroom-ready strategies that you can use next week.

Speakers
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Laura Schmaltz

English Language Arts Council


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Chablis - Conference Room 12

9:00am MDT

Understanding the Flipped Classroom (7-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

In 2012 I decided to take on a new way of teaching by adopting the flipped classroom model. In the years since I have modified this technique to fit the needs of my students. And when schools were closed due to Covid, I was ahead of the game with lessons already online! I will share with you what I have learned along the way, and give you access to all of my online resources (so you can have a lesson ready for Monday morning).

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Social/Flipped Classrooms, Social Studies Council President
ObjectivesThe Social Studies Council (SSC) seeks to promote the study of social studies in Alberta and constantly improve the teaching of social studies.ActivitiesTo carry out its objectives, the Social Studies Council encourages and assists the establishment of regional councils... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Chivas - Conference Room 4

9:00am MDT

Classroom Management for Early Learners (K-3)
Limited Capacity filling up

Today's classroom dynamics are complex and busy! Help grow early learners who are resilient, adaptive and inclusive with practical strategies that incorporate cross curricular learning and address multiple learning styles. Work smarter, not harder!

Speakers
avatar for Kristan Myers

Kristan Myers

Current Grade 2 Teacher
Kristan Myers is proud graduate of Concordia University and a certified teacher with over 10 years of classroom experience. She has extensive experience working with special needs children and adults and is passionate about making a difference in the educational community. She is... Read More →



Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Chianti - Conference Room 6

9:00am MDT

From Surviving to Thriving in Your Inclusive Classroom (K-9)
Limited Capacity filling up

You have just met your new students and already see many unique needs. Your students require support for learning, emotional or behavioural challenges. But how can you juggle so many concerns in one classroom? Attend our session to learn tips and tricks to meet the wide variety of learning needs seen in every classroom. Everyone Matters, Everyone Belongs. Fostering Inclusion for All.

Speakers
CW

Cathy Wiederick

Council for Inclusive Education
avatar for Tianna

Tianna

Council for Inclusive Education
Tianna Melnyk has been an educator with the Calgary Board of Education for the last 16 years, working in elementary and secondary school as a teacher and Assistant Principal. She has contributed her leadership to other professional organizations as a member of boards including sitting... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Maderia - Conference Room 7

9:00am MDT

Indigenous Worldviews Within the Class and Beyond (K-9)
Limited Capacity filling up

The TQS states you need to incorporate Indigenous content into your classrooms and the curriculum, BUT where do you begin when you don't know where to go and don't want to be insensitive to the culture. This session will help you find ways to look at Indigenous content and provide you with tools to help make the lessons connect to Indigenous ways of being.

Speakers

Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Cognac - Conference Room 15

9:00am MDT

E-Liability (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Increasingly teachers are facing employment discipline resulting from their use of school computers, laptops, internet connections and cellphones. Also, teachers' posting on their own computers on such social networking sites as Facebook, Twitter or blogs are increasingly facing employer disciplinary action. Integration and use of electronic media and communication in classrooms can present some unique opportunities together with some employment risks. How do teachers use these technologies without jeopardizing their career? This session will also look at cyberharassment or cyberlibel directed at teachers by students or parents and the steps to take in these circumstances.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gibbon

Chris Gibbon

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in August of 2011. Chris holds a BEd degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Chris spent the last 21 years of his 23-year teaching career in rural... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Wilkinson

Kristine Wilkinson

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
Kristine Wilkinson joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in 2021. She holds an Advanced Labour Relations Certificate from Queen’s University, an Education after-degree from Concordia University and a Masters in Educational Psychology (School Counselling... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Ballroom B

9:00am MDT

School Leadership—Things you Want to Know, But are Afraid to Ask (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you wonder what school leaders do all day?  Are you interested in school leadership in the future? Are you curious about some of the trends in educational leadership today? Do you have questions about school leadership that you aren't sure how to ask? Join us to discuss the ins and outs of school leadership from the lens of a beginning teacher. We will talk about things like what to expect in evaluations, working through challenging situations, and taking on informal leadership roles within the school. We will also have an opportunity for participants to ask questions that they are wondering about.

Speakers
avatar for Bryn Spence

Bryn Spence

Council for School Leadership
Bryn has been a school-based administrator for the past 15 years and has worked in many schools throughout Parkland School Division. He has served in many leadership roles including a classroom teacher, special education coordinator, program facilitator, assistant principal and principal... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Ballroom C

9:00am MDT

So, You Teach in a Catholic School…NOW WHAT (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

A Catholic school is more than a religion class; instead, it is the lived experience of the school. The session is for teachers who are new to teaching in a Catholic school that covers the Catholic school's mission, vision, and overview of important topics for the new Catholic teacher. Teachers will be introduced to the "Five Marks of an Excellent Catholic School," guidance on classroom prayer centers, the permeation of curriculum, and how to get involved with the life of a parish. In addition, the session includes an introduction to sensitive topics and how the catholic groups in the province work to advocate for Catholic education, where to find support for curriculum and advocacy, places to purchase authentic Catholic resources for their classroom and the offerings at Newman Theological College for foundational faith development.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey MacNeil

Stacey MacNeil

Religious and Moral Education Council
Stacey MacNeil originates from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She credits her Cape Breton upbringing for her strong roots in Catholicism and faith formation. Stacey has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Mary's University in Halifax, a Bachelor of Education specializing in... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Ballroom A

9:00am MDT

To Behave or Not to Behave (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

This comprehensive workshop will provide educators with the skill sets and training required to work successfully with students displaying behavioural challenges.

This workshop is a strength-based, proactive approach intended to provide educators with an understanding of the ABCs of Classroom Discipline, essential to working with students with severe emotional and behavioural challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Darci Fulton

Darci Fulton

conference Director, Council for Inclusive Education
Myka Piekenbrock and Darci Fulton have been providing workshops across Canada to schools, school boards and educators since 2007. Focusing on the needs of the educator and students who struggle with behavioural challenges in the classroom and school, Myka and Darci will train teachers... Read More →
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Myka Breymann-Piekenbrock

Secretary, Council for Inclusive Education


Saturday September 24, 2022 9:00am - 10:15am MDT
Bordeaux - Conference Room 9

10:15am MDT

Break
Saturday September 24, 2022 10:15am - 10:30am MDT
Ballroom Foyer

10:30am MDT

S'amuser et Enseigner avec bitmoji (1-6)
Limited Capacity seats available

Voulez vous simplifier votre planification et votre enseignement?

Les classes bitmoji permettent aux enseignant(e)s de mettre de l'emphase sur la littératie, l'écoute et l'é criture. De plus, ils sont super mignons et amusants et ils offrent de nombreuses occasions pour de riches discussions et de nombreuses activités de communication orale.

À la fin de l'atelier vous serez capables de créer votre propre classes bitmoji aisément.

Mots clés: Engagement, différenciation, littératie, impliquer les familles, solidifier les concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Cowan

Teresa Cowan

enseignante 3ième année, Conseil français
Née et élevée à Calgary, Alberta, elle était inscrite en immersion française car même si sa mère était anglophone, elle venait de Montréal et voulait que ses enfants grandissent dans la culture canadienne-française. Sa passion pour les langues l’a amenée à l’Universit... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Champagne - Conference Room 16

10:30am MDT

Music Cross Curricular Resources for the Classroom Teacher (1-6)
Limited Capacity seats available

Come check out some music resources that you can use in your classroom that relate to social studies, science, math, ELA and FLA! Lots of fun easy ways to add that extra music interest into your lessons!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Clark

Amanda Clark

Fine Arts Council
Amanda Clark has been an elementary music teacher in Leduc for 10 years where she teaches in both French and English. She also teaches private lessons including the Music for Young Children program. She completed a bachelor of music at University of Alberta Augustana Campus in Camrose... Read More →



Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Medoc - Conference Room 14

10:30am MDT

Wait...What? I Have to Teach Grades 4-6 MATH! (4-6)
Limited Capacity seats available

Does the idea of teaching Math to Grade 4-6 students scare you? It shouldn't! This session will dig into some of the big beginning concepts in Mathematics: Foundational Understandings, Equality, Additive Thinking and Multiplicative Thinking. We will answer the following questions: How do I know if my students understand those core concepts? What do I do if they are missing pieces? How can I move all students forward in their learning? What high leverage strategies, models and manipulatives can I use with my students? 

Presentation

Speakers
avatar for Sandi Berg

Sandi Berg

Mathematics Council
I am a math FANatic who loves helping people find their math brain! I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to learn math to high levels and love to explore mathematical ideas and share resources with others.


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Piesporter - Conference Room 5

10:30am MDT

Humanities in Junior High (7-9)
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching junior high isn't as treacherous and some might want you to believe. Keeping students engaged while still presenting a great lesson can be easy with a few tricks and treats!

In this session, you will leave with new ideas to create an inclusive classroom, incorporate movement breaks, and lesson plans that suit all learning styles.

Speakers
avatar for Kristy Williams

Kristy Williams

Grade 9, GPCSD
Teaching junior high isn't as treacherous and some might want you to believe. Keeping students engaged while still presenting a great lesson can be easy with a few tricks and treats! In this session, you will leave with new ideas to create an inclusive classroom, incorporate movement... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Ballroom C

10:30am MDT

Truth and Reconciliation Books in the ELA Classroom (7-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

Including Indigenous texts in English Language Arts classrooms, and using them in purposeful teaching, provides students opportunities to deepen their understanding of Indigenous experiences and perspectives while fostering truth and reconciliation. The presentation will use texts from the Recommended Books in the ELA Classroom resource which have been recommended by members of the Indigenous Education Council, ATA Indigenous Education PD Facilitators, and the English Language Arts Council for use in Kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Contrada

Angela Contrada

English Language Arts Council
Angela Contrada has been a passionate educator for eighteen years and is currently the ELA coordinating teacher at All Saints High School in Calgary. Her work extends outside the classroom in her executive member role with the English Language Arts Council where she facilitates PD... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Chablis - Conference Room 12

10:30am MDT

Big Ideas of Reading K to 3 (K-3)
Limited Capacity filling up

Students with disabilities tend to have difficulty in several areas of reading. Research has shown that students struggle with the foundation of text or letter sounds; while others struggle with their fluency skills or their reading comprehension skills. Research has shown students must learn how to read early in their schooling. Students who struggle with reading will tend to fall further and further behind unless we focus on the Big Ideas in reading. I will present the five essential instruction reading components: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. In the presentation, I will explain each reading component area, along with skills and strategies that will benefit students who struggle with reading. Educators who have a strong understanding of the essential areas of reading, in addition to utilizing research-based reading strategies, will help improve reading skills for students with disabilities.

Speakers
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Carrie Forster

English Language Arts Council


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Beaujolais - Conference Room 10

10:30am MDT

Counting Progressions for the K-2 Classroom (K-2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Congratulations! You survived the first few weeks of school. You will leave this presentation with ideas and activities you can implement in your classroom on Monday. Come learn how young children progress from counting to additive thinking. This presentation will improve your understanding of how students learn counting concepts through activities and play.

Speakers

Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Chivas - Conference Room 4

10:30am MDT

Bringing Mindfulness into the Classroom (K–9)
Limited Capacity seats available

So you have your classroom and you want to support yourself and your student's mental Health. Finding and developing Mindful practices in the classroom will create safe and supportive environment for learning. You will leave this session with some strategies to develop a calm space.

Speakers
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Patricia Quinn

Counsellor, Council of School Counsellors


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Bordeaux - Conference Room 9

10:30am MDT

COVID Kicked us Right "In The Middle" of... (4-9)
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's face it, whether you have been a student through these trying times or a teacher doing your best to keep it together; it's been a battle. In this session, Mike and Tina will share what it means to be connected with your students in the classroom. You'll walk away with classroom- ready, battle tested, tried and true methods (and a ton of fun ideas) you can use on Monday morning.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Chadwick

Tina Chadwick

Secretary and Conference Registration, Middle Years Council of the ATA


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Ballroom A

10:30am MDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching (K-12)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

 Are you interested in creating a welcoming, inclusive, safe, healthy environment for your students? A space where all students feel that they are valued, represented, and have a sense of belonging? If you are, and I am sure you are, please join me for an interactive and engaging session on Culturally Responsive Teaching. This session will explore what it means to be culturally responsive in a classroom setting. You will leave this session with a wealth of resources and practical, easy to implement strategies to support a culturally diverse and responsive classroom.  

Speakers

Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Cognac - Conference Room 15

10:30am MDT

Student Led Adventures! Games, Teambuilding and the Art of Storytelling (K–12)
Limited Capacity filling up

What good story doesn't have a good adventure? In this session we will discuss and show examples of how games and activities can complement those stories/lessons you teach in class.

It might lead to students understanding the concepts at a deeper level or if anything just having more fun!

We will also go through a variety of games, activities and resources to get your students outdoors, active and leading the way! Why wait for a PE class that might only be a few days a week!? Let's help show teachers and students the purpose of daily fresh air and some simple games to help lead them.

Speakers
avatar for Court Rustemeyer

Court Rustemeyer

CBE Teacher & GEOEC ATA Specialist Council President, Calgary Board of Education
Court has been a full time Outdoor Education teacher in Calgary, Alberta for the past 13 years. Court is President for the ATA Specialist Council GEOEC (Global, Environmental & Outdoor Education Council). He is also on the Board of Directors for the Outdoor Council of Canada (OCC... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Chianti - Conference Room 6

10:30am MDT

Teachers and Educational Assistants (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will review the legislative provisions governing the respective duties of teachers and educational assistants; examine the rights, responsibilities and duties of each group; look at ways of enhancing the relationship between teachers and educational assistants; discuss the proper reporting channels between teachers and educational assistants; and suggest policies that schools and school boards can adopt to ensure that teachers and educational assistants adhere to standards and are held accountable for what they do.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gibbon

Chris Gibbon

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Chris joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in August of 2011. Chris holds a BEd degree from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association, Chris spent the last 21 years of his 23-year teaching career in rural... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Thiessen

Tanya Thiessen

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Tanya joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services executive staff in April 2021. She spent most of her 15-year career with Elk Island Catholic Schools as a high school teacher, school counsellor and administrator. Tanya was fortunate to be able to serve in many communities... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Ballroom B

10:30am MDT

Winning Strategies for Classrooms (K-12)
Limited Capacity filling up

Alberta schools are founded on the concept that all students can learn, regardless of their abilities. When teachers plan for and use effective learning strategies designed to help struggling learners, they also support many other students. This workshop will provide teachers with tools and strategies that can be used at any grade level with all types of students. Engaging, interesting and active, this session will give participants ideas to incorporate into lessons immediately for positive results.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Rudakoff

Sally Rudakoff

Association Instructor, Alberta Teachers' Association
Sally is a teacher and assistant principal in St. Albert Public Schools. She enjoys learning alongside her students and is an avid believer that all teachers are life-long learners. Her passion is in the area of S.T.E.A.M. Learning and she enjoys supporting students to strengthen... Read More →



Saturday September 24, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am MDT
Maderia - Conference Room 7

12:00pm MDT

Lunch, Closing, Thank You and Prizes!
Speakers
avatar for Nancy Luyckfassel

Nancy Luyckfassel

Associate Coordinator, Professional Development, The Alberta Teachers Association
Nancy Luyckfassel is the Associate Coordinator, Professional Development at the Alberta Teachers' Association, where she has worked since 2016. She has been a teacher for over 28 years, starting her career in Rockyview Schools and then returning to her hometown and teaching in Elk... Read More →
avatar for Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson

Coordinator, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. Mark Swanson is the Coordinator of Professional Development at the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Mark has extensive experience in the Alberta education system. He has worked as a teacher and school leader, overseen teacher certification as the Registrar for Alberta Education... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Ballroom D/E
 
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