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2022 Beginning Teachers Conference
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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 and must be book 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 Sean Brown

Sean Brown

Associate Coordinator, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services, The Alberta Teachers' Association
Sean joined the Association’s Teacher Welfare executive staff in 2015 and with the formation of Teacher Employment Services was appointed as Associate Coordinator, Collective Bargaining in August 2020. Sean holds an Advanced Labour Relations Certificate from Queen’s University... 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 Dave Matson

Dave Matson

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, the Alberta Teachers' Association
A rolling stone at heart, Dave’s teaching career includes experience teaching high school and International Baccalaureate Physics and Math in a variety of communities including a northern community in Saskatchewan, a rural fishing village in Nova Scotia, a metropolitan city in the... 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

Exploring the "Essential 6" in a Mathematics Lesson (1–6)
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Education Coordinator, Instructor, Mathematics Council
Lorelei is a mathematics and pre-service teacher educator and has taught for over 31 years. Currently she is the Education Coordinator at Medicine Hat College and facilitates the 4 year B.Ed program through Mount Royal University there. Making mathematics achievable for all and building... Read More →


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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Beginning Teacher Liaison, English Language Arts Council
Bailey teaches English to grades 7-12 in Altario. She is passionate about creativity, technology, and excellent books.


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

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
SK

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 →


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

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!

Ideas and examples for projects, presentations, etc, that can apply to all subject areas, but especially to Social, Math & ELA, with a strong focus on using technology and collaboration to allow students to demonstrate their understanding in unique formats.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Laffin

Kelly Laffin

Middle Years Council
avatar for Vicki Leong

Vicki Leong

Middle Years Council


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

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
AB

Anne-Sophie Belisle

Enseignante de français, Conseil français


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

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

10:15am MDT

Improving Teaching and Learning Through Professional Growth Plans (Eng 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.

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

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

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
NB

Nancy Bromley

This session is presented by the ATA


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

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 C

10:15am MDT

ᑕᐯᐧᐃᐧᐣ tapwewin: Dismantling Anti-Indigenous Racism (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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

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

ECEC PD Chair, Early Childhood Education Council
Anita Sterne has a passion for Early Years inquiry and play-based learning and honours the child as a capable learner who is rich with wonder. Creating a strong sense of social and emotional belonging as a gateway to connect with culture and strengthen family and community connections... Read More →


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

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
CM

Carmen Moore

Council for Inclusive Education


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

11:30am MDT

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

12:30pm MDT

Mathematics—All Are Welcome! All Belong! (K–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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 Dave Martin

Dave Martin

President, Math Council of Alberta
Dave Martin has a Masters of Mathematics, a Degree in Education, and has a love for prime numbers. He has been teaching for 12 years, during which time, he was nominated for Teacher of Excellence in Alberta, has spoken across North America, and has successfully removed grades in most... Read More →


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

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 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!

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Munsterman

Sydney Munsterman

Educational Technology Council
Sydney is an Educational Technology Consultant for Elk Island Public Schools and is also the Treasurer for the Educational Technology Council of the ATA.


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

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 their 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
BH

Bill Howe

English Language Arts Council


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

12:30pm MDT

Infuse Technologies in the Humanities Classroom (4-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Speakers
avatar for Bailey Almberg

Bailey Almberg

Beginning Teacher Liaison, English Language Arts Council
Bailey teaches English to grades 7-12 in Altario. She is passionate about creativity, technology, and excellent books.


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

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
JK

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

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

De-emphasizing Grades in DIV III Science
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
Beaujolais

12:30pm MDT

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

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.

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

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

Indigenous Education PD Facilitator, 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
Cognac

12:30pm MDT

Mental Health 101 (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

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

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

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 Dave Matson

Dave Matson

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, the Alberta Teachers' Association
A rolling stone at heart, Dave’s teaching career includes experience teaching high school and International Baccalaureate Physics and Math in a variety of communities including a northern community in Saskatchewan, a rural fishing village in Nova Scotia, a metropolitan city in the... 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 seats available

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

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

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 is a music specialist with Edmonton Public Schools. She has taught for over twenty years. Currently she is working on her PhD at the University of Alberta. Kim serves as editor of A Fine Facta, which is the ATA Fine Arts Council's journal. Kim is passionate about... Read More →


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

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 seats available

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!

Speakers
avatar for Sydney Munsterman

Sydney Munsterman

Educational Technology Council
Sydney is an Educational Technology Consultant for Elk Island Public Schools and is also the Treasurer for the Educational Technology Council of the ATA.


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

2:00pm MDT

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

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
Chivas

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
Bordeaux

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
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Carman Portelli

Mathematics Council


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

2:00pm MDT

Assessment and Evaluation—Supporting Student Learning (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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? 

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

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 Shelley Magnusson

Shelley Magnusson

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association
Shelley Magnusson is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Teacher Employment Services area. Prior to joining the ATA in 2012, Shelley worked as a middle school teacher, principal, Alberta Education program manager and education outreach manager with APEGA. 
avatar for Michelle Glavine

Michelle Glavine

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, 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 from Queen’s University, a MEd in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary, a BEd from the University of... Read More →


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

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

2:00pm MDT

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

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.

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

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
Beaujolais

2:00pm MDT

Recognizing and Addressing Anxiety (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

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, Teacher Employment Services, 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 into 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
Medoc

2:00pm MDT

Indigenous Worldviews Within the Class and Beyond (K-9)
Limited Capacity seats available

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

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

3:15pm MDT

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

3:30pm MDT

Financial Wellness
Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Walton

Elizabeth Walton

Rick Harcourt, PFA is the Professional Financial Advisor ™ who manages the ATA Voluntary Benefit Program for Capital Planning. He’s the featured speaker at ATA Financial Wellness sessions and Pre-Retirement workshops across Alberta.


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

3:30pm 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 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
TBA

3:30pm 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!

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

3:30pm MDT

ATA Library Drop In Q & A Session
Limited Capacity seats available

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 into 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 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Medoc

3:30pm 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 Dan Coles

Dan Coles

Executive Staff Officer, Government/Member Services, The Alberta Teachers Association
Hello! My name is Dan Coles and I use (he/him) pronouns. I am an Executive Staff Officer at the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) and have worked at the ATA since August of 2018. I currently work in the Government program area and conduct professional conduct investigations as my... Read More →


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

3:30pm 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 Dave Matson

Dave Matson

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, the Alberta Teachers' Association
A rolling stone at heart, Dave’s teaching career includes experience teaching high school and International Baccalaureate Physics and Math in a variety of communities including a northern community in Saskatchewan, a rural fishing village in Nova Scotia, a metropolitan city in the... Read More →


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

3:30pm 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 Melissa Purcell

Melissa Purcell

Executive Staff Officer, Indigenous Education, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Melissa Purcell is Denesuline, born and raised in Edmonton, and a member of Thebatthi in Treaty 8 territory. Melissa is a proud mother of one son and two daughters, and the oldest of her three sisters. Melissa is deeply committed to supporting Indigenous education and advancing truth... Read More →


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

3:30pm 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 Anne-Marie Huizing

Anne-Marie Huizing

Executive Staff Officer, Collective Bargaining - Teacher Employment Services (SARO), The Alberta Teachers' Association
Anne-Marie joined the Association’s Teacher Employment Services (formerly Teacher Welfare) executive staff in 2018. Anne-Marie holds a BA in International Relations, a BEd in Elementary French Immersion and a MEd in Educational Technology for Schools, all from the University of... Read More →


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

3:30pm 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 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
TBA

3:30pm 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.

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

4:00pm MDT

Social and Fabulous Prizes
Friday September 23, 2022 4:00pm - 4:30pm 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? Grade specific examples will be provided.

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

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
Chablis

9:00am 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

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

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

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
Beaujolais

9:00am MDT

Understanding the Flipped Classroom (7-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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
Chianti

9:00am MDT

Tips for Math (7-8)
Limited Capacity seats available

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


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

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 Education after-degree from Concordia University and a Masters in Educational Psychology (School Counselling) from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Association... 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
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Bryn Spence

Council for School Leadership


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

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

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
Cognac

9:00am MDT

Classroom Management for Early Learners(K-3)
Limited Capacity seats available

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

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

9:00am MDT

From Surviving to Thriving in Your Inclusive Classroom (K-9)
Limited Capacity seats available

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
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Tianna Melnyk

Council for Inclusive Education


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

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
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Amanda Clark

Fine Arts Council


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

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
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Teresa Cowan

Conseil français


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

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 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? Grade specific examples will be provided.

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

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
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Angela Contrada

English Language Arts Council
Angela Contrada has been a passionate educator for the past sixteen 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... Read More →


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

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
Bordeaux

10:30am MDT

Culturally Responsive Teaching (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

 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
Beaujolais

10:30am 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 →


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

10:30am MDT

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

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

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 Ian Stewardson

Ian Stewardson

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, SARO, Alberta Teachers' Association
Ian Stewardson is a staff officer in Member Services in the Southern Alberta Regional Office (SARO) of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Prior to joining ATA staff, Ian served as a school-based administrator for 18 years and 11 years as a Junior High Social Studies Teacher and... Read More →
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Anne-Marie Huizing

Executive Staff Officer, Teacher Employment Services, Alberta Teachers' Association


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

10:30am MDT

Winning Strategies for Classrooms (K-12)
Limited Capacity seats available

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
Cognac

10:30am MDT

Big Ideas of Reading K to 3 (K-3)
Limited Capacity seats available

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
Chablis

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.

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Michelle Dean

Mathematics Council


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

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
Ballroom A

12:00pm MDT

Lunch, Closing, Thank You and Prizes!
Speakers
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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