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Saturday, January 23
 

10:00am MST

Opening Welcome -No-Cost Specialist Council Memberships
Speakers
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The 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 January 23, 2021 10:00am - 10:15am MST

10:15am MST

Adventure Time! Getting Your Students Outside and Having Them Lead the Way (K-9)
Let your students lead the way to their own adventures! In this extremely engaging session we will be learning how an active classroom indoors or out can provide learners with:
—Authentic wonderment and opportunities for inquiry
—Self-awareness, resilience and independence
—An immersive curriculum where students are and engaged and empowered
—Increased community connections and environmental stewardship
—The opportunity to be mindful—to be still

Speakers
avatar for Court Rustemeyer

Court Rustemeyer

President - Global, Environmental & Outdoor Education Council, Calgary Board of Education
Court has been a full time Outdoor Education teacher at Vincent Massey Junior High School in Calgary, Alberta for the past 13 years. Court is the President for the ATA Specialist Council GEOEC (Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council). He is also on the Board of Directors... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am MST

10:15am MST

Feedback and Formative Assessment in the Digital Classroom (4-12)
Feedback and Assessment doesn't have to take up all of your time and energy! We'll talk about ways to make feedback a simpler part of your work within Google Classroom. Explore strategies by leaving formative comments, using Screencastify to record more detailed feedback, and using Peer Feedback to build a culture of growth in your classroom!

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.


Saturday January 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am MST

10:15am MST

L'évaluation en salle de classe (9)
Rejoignez cette session pour en savoir plus sur les grands principes qui régissent l'évaluation des apprentissage en salle de classe. Vous aurez aussi l'occasion de développer des outils d'évaluation qui vous serviront tout au long de votre carrière d'enseignant.e.

Speakers
avatar for Leticia Nadler

Leticia Nadler

Vice présidente, Conseil français
Professeure-enseignante à la faculté St Jean et Vice-présidente du Conseil français.


Saturday January 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am MST

10:15am MST

Let’s Talk Physical Education (& Health), Especially COVID Style
Traditionally this activity based session, brought to you by HPEC, was a look at the ABCD’s of PE; it was full of tips and tricks to kick start your school year whether you teach urban, rural, elementary or secondary. Given that we are four months into this school year AND we are in the middle of a pandemic, we’ll “pivot’ a bit, do a quick check-in and then look at tips and tricks to help get you through. We’ll do a couple of activities and you’ll leave with others to try.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Rootsaert

Heather Rootsaert

Health and Physical Education Council
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 →


Saturday January 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am MST

10:15am MST

Purposeful Play (K-3)
PLAY. A simple four letter word for a dynamic concept that carries enormous possibility. In response to the recent pivots in education, 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 →


Saturday January 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am MST

10:15am MST

Reading Culture in the Middle Grades—Tips and Tricks to Get Kids Reading! (4-8)
Struggling to get your middle schoolers to love reading? Come learn some simple tips and tricks to create a culture of book loving students and teachers in your classroom. You will leave this session with simple ideas you can add to your classroom on Monday. There will also be numerous book suggestions to engage every middle schooler in your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Graham

Kelsey Graham

English Language Arts Council
Kelsey is a middle school teacher in central Alberta. She is passionate about engaging students in reading and writing through diverse texts and a literacy-rich classroom.


Saturday January 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am MST

10:15am MST

Teaching the Flipped Classroom (9-12)
In 2012 I decide 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. I will share with you what I have learned along the way, and show 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 January 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am MST

10:15am MST

The Top 5 Strategies to Support ELLs (K-12)
Transform student learning by purposefully focusing on five key strategies: visuals, use of home language, targeting vocabulary, multiple points of access, and differentiating output. This session will focus on highlighting these 5 strategies, designed to increase the English Language Learner's ability to access curriculum in the classroom.


Speakers
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Lisa Smith

Conference Director, English as a Second Language Council
Lisa Smith works as an ELL Consultant with Calgary Catholic School Division. In her role, she works to support school communities in providing safe, welcoming environments which offer meaningful classroom instruction to English Language Learners. She believes that the instructional... Read More →



Saturday January 23, 2021 10:15am - 11:00am MST

11:15am MST

C3 Coffee with the Council on the Couch (K-12)
Join Darcy, Barb and other math teachers, professionals, professors, and guests for conversations about how teaching practices actually play out in classrooms as we interview each other and invite participants to interview us with our joint experiences on display.

Speakers

Saturday January 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm MST

11:15am MST

Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments (K-12)
A walk through of the newly created ATA document Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments.

Speakers

Saturday January 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm MST

11:15am MST

Les centres de mathématiques au primaire (K–3)
Les centres de mathématiques ont étè conçus spécialement pour les salles de classes d’immersion Française en tenant compte des défis que la lecture et l’écriture peuvent représenter chez un apprenant du premier cycle. Mes centres sont basés sur une structure de classe autonome avec un support minimal de l’enseignant, ce qui permet aux apprenants de manipuler une variété d’outils servant au développement de la numératie chez les jeunes apprenants d’immersion. Cet atelier va vous fournir une grande diversité d’outils pratiques, facilement mises en place dans votre sale de classe!

Speakers
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Alexandra Gravel

Rédactrice du périodique, Conseil français
Je suis la rédactrice de périodique officiel, Le coffre aux trésors, du Conseil français (CF) de l’Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA). Il s’agit d’un périodique destiné aux enseignants, aux leadeurs scolaires et aux autres professionnels qui contribuent à l’évolution... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm MST

11:15am MST

Survival Tips in the CTS/CTF Classroom (5-12)
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 Deb 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
TK

Tim Kilburn

President, Career and Technology Education Council


Saturday January 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm MST

11:15am MST

Teaching Elementary Music 101 (K–6)
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.


Saturday January 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm MST

11:15am MST

Teaching ELLs Online: An Online Unit Exemplar (7-9)
Using an online unit created to support ELLs, we will look at how to target all four strands of the ESL Benchmarks using various embedded digital platforms for synchronous and asynchronous instruction and assessment. Participants will receive a copy of the exemplar unit.

Speakers
avatar for Stasi Itterman

Stasi Itterman

ELL Consultant, English Language Learners
Stasi Itterman is an ELL Consultant with the Calgary Catholic School Division.  Her teaching experience includes supporting diverse learners in elementary and junior high environments.  Stasi taught English language development within her district, ESL abroad, and students with... Read More →



Saturday January 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm MST

11:15am MST

When the Science Classroom Becomes the Kitchen (9-12)
When you are so excited to do some labs and activities with your students, and you find out your setting to deliver may change. Join me for some labs that can be done at home with basic equipment. The experiments I will highlight including learning how to modify "The Rubber" egg experiment for Science 9, Science 30, or Chemistry 30. Purple cabbage usage for a universal indicator. Food colouring to teach PPM in the Science 9 Environmental Chemistry as well as using household products to detect which will create an emulsifying agent (reviews classification of matter).

Speakers

Saturday January 23, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm MST

12:05pm MST

Closing and Prizes
Speakers
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, The 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 January 23, 2021 12:05pm - 12:30pm MST
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