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Saturday, October 5
 

8:30am

Learning Disabilities: Critical Concepts (K–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session provides insight into the neurodevelopmental basis of learning disabilities. The different sub-types of reading, writing and mathematics disabilities will be reviewed along with implications for remediation strategies. Literacy skills in typically developing students will be contrasted with skills development in students showing signs of learning disabilities/disorders. The impact of co-existing conditions like executive skills deficits, ADHD and anxiety will also be discussed. Teachers will gain a more complete understanding of LDs and their remediation, informed by current and emerging research.

Speakers
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Ashley McPherson

Teacher and Resource Development, Centre for Literacy
Ashley McPherson is a teacher and resource developer at the Centre for Literacy. Since coming to the Centre for Literacy in 2017, she has been offering intensive reading remediation for students of all ages in French and English. Before teaching at the Centre for Literacy, she taught... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 8:30am - 9:40am
Plaza 2

8:30am

To Behave or Not to Behave (K–12)
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will provide educators with the skill sets and training required to work successfully with students displaying behavioural challenges. The presentation is a strength-based, proactive approach intended to provide educators with an understanding of the positive behaviour strategies essential to working with students with severe emotional and behavioural challenges. Keeping students and staff safe begins with educators acquiring knowledge and understanding students' behaviour as well as their own. The application and analysis of this knowledge can then be implemented to successfully create a safe classroom and a safe school. A broad range of lesson plans and visual supports are provided for the immediate application of the positive behaviour strategies into classrooms and schools.


Saturday October 5, 2019 8:30am - 9:40am
Plaza 1

9:55am

Building Community and Fostering Creativity (K–3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating a mutually respectful community in the classroom is essential. In this presentation, we will discuss how to create a collaborative learning environment where students feel safe, take risks and co-create learning experiences. Students who belong to a strong classroom community feel like valuable contributors to their learning. Creativity and Innovation are also essential competencies in our classrooms. Examples will be given of how projects naturally emerge when students are given opportunities to wonder. There will also be a make and take portion to this presentation, participants will create a project that they can take back to their class for inspiration.


Saturday October 5, 2019 9:55am - 11:05am
Pineridge

9:55am

Check IT Out! Free technology tools to use in your classroom (K–6)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will experience a guided lesion structure while having HANDS ON experiences with a number of engaging kits to promote interactive learning. Throughout the time you will have an opportunity to EXPLORE, CREATE and PLAY! Robots, Makerspace, Escape rooms... ideas for an engaging classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Monique Gravel

Monique Gravel

Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Alberta Teachers' Association
Monique Gravel is an Executive Staff Officer in the Association's Professional Development program area and is the ATA's lead on teacher education and certification. Prior to joining the ATA in 2013, Monique worked as a teacher and guidance counsellor with Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord... Read More →
avatar for Chris Gonsalvez

Chris Gonsalvez

Staff, ATA



Saturday October 5, 2019 9:55am - 11:05am
Plaza 4

9:55am

Lead with Your Heart So You Don't Lose Your Mind (K–12)
Limited Capacity filling up

Working with at risk/complex students is very stressful for first year teachers. Participants will be provided the necessary strategies to understand and then to properly interact with these complex students. This knowledge will transform a teacher’s mindset in understanding themselves and their students.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Tomiyama

Larry Tomiyama

Speaker / Consultant / Professor, In Everything Give Thanks Consulting
The last 8 years of my K-12 educational career was dedicated to working with students, teachers, administrators and parents of children with complex and severe needs. These students taught me what education, leadership and life is all about. As a result, I feel it is my calling to... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 9:55am - 11:05am
Garden Court 1

9:55am

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

This workshop will provide educators with the skill sets and training required to work successfully with students displaying behavioural challenges. The presentation is a strength-based, proactive approach intended to provide educators with an understanding of the positive behaviour strategies essential to working with students with severe emotional and behavioural challenges. Keeping students and staff safe begins with educators acquiring knowledge and understanding students' behaviour as well as their own. The application and analysis of this knowledge can then be implemented to successfully create a safe classroom and a safe school. A broad range of lesson plans and visual supports are provided for the immediate application of the positive behaviour strategies into classrooms and schools.


Saturday October 5, 2019 9:55am - 11:05am
Plaza 1

11:20am

ASEBP—Benefit Overview (K–12)
Limited Capacity filling up

Embarking on a new career, whether it’s your first or you’re trying something new, is exciting and can be overwhelming at the same time. Let ASEBP take the guess work out of at least one part of your new career path—your benefits! If your school jurisdiction offers ASEBP benefits, this overview session will provide valuable information on the type of benefits we offer and the services available to you as an ASEBP covered member.

Speakers
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Tenjie Railey

Administrative Coordinator, ASEBP
Tenjie Railey is a benefit specialist who has been with ASEBP. Tenjie assists covered members with their benefit inquiries, educates members on how to effectively use their benefit plan and spending accounts and advises members on the benefit options for early retirement and leaves... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 11:20am - 12:30pm
Pineridge

11:20am

Engaging Middle-School Learners: Behaviour Management 101 (5–9)
Limited Capacity seats available

Middle-school is like marmite. You either love it or hate it. I'm here to say you should love it. In this workshop you will learn practical tips, and develop best practices for ensuring you have a fun and engaging classroom where students 'behave' themselves. Classroom management and behaviour management can be one of the most challenging parts of a teacher’s job. In fact without it, you can't do the rest. This workshop aims to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to handle whatever the middle-school classroom throws at you.

Speakers
AW

Aisha Ward

Aisha Ward has been an educator for fourteen years. Her diverse career has seen her teaching in both England and Canada - at all grade levels and in a variety of school environments.  Aisha began her career in England, teaching secondary level English, drama and dance. An experienced... Read More →




Saturday October 5, 2019 11:20am - 12:30pm
Plaza 3

11:20am

Fantastic Resources and Where to Find Them! (K–12)
Limited Capacity full

Have you ever started looking for something online and realized you just lost a whole afternoon going down rabbit holes? You know there has got to be a better, faster way but what is it? Come learn how to find great resources online in just 90 minutes!

Speakers

Saturday October 5, 2019 11:20am - 12:30pm
Garden Court 1

11:20am

Integrating Curriculum While Using Student Voice and Choice (5–9)
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome to the wonderful world of teaching. This session will give you tools you can bring back to your classroom on Monday. We will focus on three main areas; student voice, examples of how to effectively integrate curriculum, and weaving these two areas together to create meaningful experiences for students. You will leave this session inspired and ready to take on the year ahead!

Speakers
avatar for Tia Vandermeer

Tia Vandermeer

Teacher, Wolf Creek School Division
Teaching is the most important career in the world! I have been in this for career for over a decade with experience in everything from K-12 in the role of a classroom, teacher, AISI leder, Instructional coach, and technology coach. My passion is project based learning as I have been... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2019 11:20am - 12:30pm
Deerfoot

11:20am

The Student Directed Classroom: An Experiential Learning Experience (5–12)
Limited Capacity seats available

"In its simplest form, experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing". 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 engaged and empowered, increased community connections and environmental stewardship, the opportunity to be mindful - to be still. Team building activities, leadership challenges, reflection and debrief discussions will be highlighted during our lesson. We know outdoor learning provides the teachers with: a natural setting to honour Indigenous ways of knowing and being; opportunities to learn alongside your students; increased confidence to move learning outside the traditional classroom setting; rich organic opportunities to achieve many curriculum outcomes through an emergent curriculum; and personalized experiential learning. Participants will walk away with not only physical resources and *prizes* but a better understanding and confidence for a student-directed classroom. This will be an active session!

Speakers

Saturday October 5, 2019 11:20am - 12:30pm
Plaza 4